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OS Political Pulse Bill seeks $950K for woman raped, impregnated at Orlando group home

TALLAHASSEE  --  A Central Florida lawmaker this week filed a proposal that would lead to the state paying $950,000 to a developmentally disabled woman who was raped and became impregnated at an Orlando group home.

Naked Politics Obama and Castro reach historic accord to release prisoners, normalize relations

@MarcACaputo and @MiamiHerald staff

In the biggest change to U.S.-Cuba relations in more than five decades, President Barack Obama and Raúl Castro each announced Wednesday that the Cold War-era enemies are trying to normalize relations and have engaged in a prisoner swap involving two jailed Americans and three Cuban spies.

Naked Politics Obama's Half True claim about U.S. Rep. Yoho's immigration bill

House Republicans are so displeased with President Barack Obama’s executive action granting amnesty to undocumented immigrants, they voted to strip White House authority over the matter altogether.

Naked Politics Fact-checking climate change claims by Sen. Marco Rubio, Rush Limbaugh and more

Climate change was in the news this year, starting with the polar vortex at the beginning of 2014 and continuing with the Keystone XL pipeline and proposed carbon-cutting regulations on power plants.

Naked Politics Miami mayor opposes a Cuban consulate in his city


Will liberalized relations with Havana put a Cuban consulate in Miami?

Naked Politics Gardiner: First bill to pass will be injury reporting for greyhound tracks

Senate President Andy Gardiner said Wednesday he will revive the bill to require the greyhound racing industry to report animal injuries and have the measure sent to the House during the first week of the 2015 session.

Post on Politics Health insurance idea for low-income Floridians called “intriguing” by top Republican

Senate President Andy Gardiner

Although a business-backed plan to expand health coverage to low-income Floridians is getting a cool reception in the state House, Senate President Andy Gardiner called the proposal “intriguing” Wednesday.

Post on Politics Supreme Court moving quickly to consider request to stall gay marriage in Florida

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is moving quickly to hear the state’s request to continue the hold on gay marriage while a federal justice’s decision, overturning Florida’s gay marriage ban, is on appeal.

OS Political Pulse Fullwood wins special Democratic primary in Jacksonville

Former state Rep.

Naked Politics Governor's spox says they want child abuse settlement paid, won't say how

A spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Scott has indicated that the governor's office wants the Department and Children and Families to pay the settlement to the surviving Barahona twin whose sibling died after years of torture by their adoptive parents, but questions remain. 

Post on Politics Trying to convince gay teens that they are not gay would be barred under proposed bill

Teens under 18 could not undergo conversion efforts to change their sexual orientation under a bill proposed by Rep. David Richardson, one of the first openly gay representatives in the state House.

Post on Politics Like fastballs and line drives, baseball puns fly during Palm Beach County Commission spring training debate

With a proposed spring training project on the agenda, Palm Beach County commissioners couldn’t help themselves from pitching baseball puns Tuesday.

“I’m going to ask everybody to be short so we don’t have to go into” — pause — “extra innings,” County Mayor Shelley Vana said as the nearly hour-long discussion wore on.

Post on Politics With one move on Facebook, Jeb! unfriends Marco Rubio

With one move on Facebook, Jeb Bush unfriends Marco Rubio

Jeb Bush announced on Facebook Tuesday that he plans to open a political spending committee next month to help him “actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States.”

Naked Politics Jack Latvala orders another round in beer growler battle

It was one of the most spirited battles in the Legislature last year, pitting scrappy independent craft brewers against wealthy beer distributors intent on preserving their dwindling customer base.

Naked Politics Running for president would be 'life-changing,' Jeb Bush tells Miami television station


A Miami television station caught up with Jeb Bush on Tuesday afternoon after the former Florida governor formally jumped into the 2016 Republican presidential campaign.

OS Political Pulse Mica empowered to investigate TSA, FEMA, HUD, GSA

U.S. Rep.

Naked Politics Lawyer for victim asks judge to order DCF to stop fighting child abuse settlement

Lawyers for one of the surviving victims of the Barahona child abuse tragedy asked a judge on Tuesday to order the Florida Department of Children and Families to honor a settlement it agreed to last year and stop trying to delay the payments.

Naked Politics Gov. Scott shakes up FDLE, forces Bailey to resign

Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday abruptly replaced Commissioner Gerald Bailey of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement with Rick Swearingen, director of the Capitol police. No explanation was given for Bailey's departure and the news came as a shock to others in the law enforcement community.

PolitiJax Florida's business groups take lead in latest push for Medicaid expansion

The number of Republican-controlled states deciding to reverse course and expand Medicaid continues to grow, with Tennessee joining the list Monday.

Naked Politics Suspended North Miami mayor found guilty of mortgage fraud


Suspended North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau was found guilty by a federal jury Tuesday of using her “celebrity” as a Haitian-American community leader to lure “straw buyers” into an $11 million mortgage fraud scheme during the past real estate boom.

Naked Politics Gov. Scott names leaders at DMS and DBPR

Gov. Rick Scott appointed leaders of two more state agencies Tuesday, naming Chad Poppell as the new secretary of the Department of Management Services and reappointing Ken Lawson as secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Naked Politics What will Marco do?

@PatriciaMazzei @MarcACaputo

Jeb Bush has complicated Marco Rubio’s political future. Or maybe not.

It all depends on whom you ask.

Post on Politics Florida clerks’ association urges clerks not to issue gay marriage licenses

An association representing Florida clerks and comptrollers is urging clerks across Florida to wait to issue marriage licenses to gay couples even though a hold on those marriages expires Jan. 5 at midnight.

The association says its legal counsel is recommending that clerks “not issue same-sex licenses until a binding order is issued by a court of proper jurisdiction.”

PolitiJax Rep. Travis Cummings welcomes new addition to the family

Rep. Travis Cummings received a special gift this holiday season. His first daughter, Hattie Marylin, was born on Dec. 10.

Cummings, an Orange Park Republican, and his wife, Jessica, already have two young sons: Beckham and Fletcher.

PolitiJax Former Peyton administration official Chad Poppell to lead state agency

Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Chad Poppell, the city's former chief of human resources under Mayor John Peyton, as the new secretary of the state's Department of Management Services. Most recently, Poppell served as chief of staff in the state's Department of Economic Opportunity.

Here is the full press release from the governor's office:

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Chad Poppell as Secretary of the Department of Management Services.

Naked Politics What Jeb Bush's announcement means for the 2016 White House race


Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is basically running for president now, giving him instant frontrunner status and implicitly pressuring other Republicans to decide whether to run for the White House against him in 2016.

“I have decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States,” the Republican said on Facebook and Twitter Tuesday morning.

Naked Politics Fact-checking Jeb Bush who is 'actively' exploring presidential bid

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced on Facebook Dec. 16 that he "decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States."

His decision means that Florida, already a crucial swing state, will play an even more high-profile role in 2016. 

Post on Politics Criminal case against Scott challenger may be nearing end

Yinka Adeshina

A woman who challenged Gov. Rick Scott in the Republican primary and who was later charged with elections fraud was given another month Monday to decide whether to plead guilty to lesser charges.

OS Political Pulse Jeb Bush: I am actively exploring presidential run

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush just confirmed, via social media, what he said Monday an interview with the Wall Street Journal, that "I am excited to announce I will actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States."

Post on Politics New report shows Florida’s economic recovery leaving many behind

Lena Rahming, leading voter efforts in Boynton Beach, is cover of new report

Even as analysts forecast an almost $1 billion surplus for next year’s state budget, a national report released Tuesday shows that many Floridians remain on the outside of the economic recovery.