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Naked Politics Warden resigns after inmate is beaten by guards, but inmate's mother was never told

via @JKnipeBrown

It has been three weeks since Shurick Lewis was beaten at Columbia Correctional Institution, allegedly by three officers who kicked him and left him bloodied and bruised on the floor of his cell for the next shift to clean up.

Naked Politics Federal judge throws out whistleblower lawsuit filed by prison inspectors

via @JknipeBrown

A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by five prison inspectors and a probation officer who claimed that their bosses at the Florida Department of Corrections threatened them after they tried to expose corruption and cover-ups.

The inspectors, Aubrey P. Land, David Clark, Doug Glisson, John Ulm and James Padgett — all of whom are still employed — filed the federal whistle-blower complaint in July.

PolitiJax Honoring the vow to never forget Sen. Jim King

On his deathbed in 2009, state Sen. Jim King made aide Sarah Bascom make him a promise: "Don't let them forget me," he said.

Naked Politics Fast-moving prison reform gets another round of approval

A fast-moving bill intended to reform Florida’s troubled corrections agency received unanimous approval Wednesday through a second Senate committee but opposition is mounting from opponents who say the bill creates another layer of bureaucracy.

Naked Politics Court hears one more challenge to Florida's congressional district maps

Florida’s congressional redistricting maps should be rejected because they are the product of a shadowy process infiltrated by Republican political operatives in violation of the law against partisan gerrymandering, lawyers argued before the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Naked Politics Scott quietly pulls the plug on drug-testing appeal

via Associated Press

Florida Gov. Rick Scott will not seek U.S. Supreme Court review of a law that would have required applicants for welfare benefits to submit to mandatory drug testing

The law, a top priority of the Republican governor’s first term, was ruled unconstitutional by two federal courts. Scott’s administration did not ask the Supreme Court to consider the case by a Tuesday deadline.

Naked Politics Despite protests from environmentalist, it's easy sailing for House water bill


Environmental groups sent alerts marked “URGENT” warning members about HB 7003 minutes before it was taken up Wednesday afternoon on the House floor.

Naked Politics Another candidate files in Miami's District 2


Coconut Grove real estate agent Javier Gonzalez became the latest candidate to open a campaign account for Miami's District 2 commission seat, which is up for grabs in November. Gonzalez, 53, reportedly announced his intentions to run last week when he stepped down as president of the Coconut Grove Village Council.

Naked Politics Miami-Dade commission chair lays out "prosperity" agenda


Jean Monestime, the new chairman of the Miami-Dade County Commission, went to the county's largest business group Wednesday to lay out his plan for trying to close Miami-Dade's prosperity gap. 

Naked Politics Hispanic activists ask Florida political parties for bilingual spokespeople


This letter has been sent to Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Allison Tant and Republican Party Chairman Blaise Ingoglia, according to a group of Hispanic political activists:

Dear Republican and Democratic parties of Florida,

Post on Politics Florida Senate takes first step toward Medicaid expansion

A Florida Senate panel is racing ahead with a proposal to expand low-income health insurance after holding a brief workshop Wednesday on a handful of possible approaches.

Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, chairman of the Health Policy Committee, said he expects a plan to emerge in about a week. Fueled by Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, a hospital executive, the Senate is cutting a path on Medicaid expansion sharply different from the House and Gov. Rick Scott.

PolitiJax Bathroom bill criticized as attack against transgendered

Rep. Frank Artiles, a Miami Republican, is already having a rough legislative session, and it's only Day 2.

On Day 1, a local college student accused Artiles of punching him in the face a local bar. Artiles denied that he took a swing at anyone and said he was being set up, according to the Miami Herald.

Naked Politics Mixed signals from Scott's office cause Cabinet-level confusion

Gov. Rick Scott faces new roadblocks in trying to fire heads of three Cabinet-level agencies at the start of his second term. At Wednesday's meeting of policy aides to Scott and Cabinet members, Scott's aide appeared to contradict the governor's own intentions on whether those agency heads should be present next Tuesday when new performance measures are discussed.

Naked Politics Miami lawmaker moving on after bar fracas


State Rep. Frank Artiles scored a much-needed political victory Wednesday when his contentious legislation undoing transgender protections in Miami-Dade County cleared its first vote in a Florida House of Representatives committee.

Naked Politics Committee OKs transgender "bathroom bill"

After passionate debate on both sides, a House subcommittee approved a bill that would block Floridians from using single-sex facilities like restrooms that don’t correspond with the sex listed on their drivers licenses or passports.

OS Political Pulse Gov. Scott writes Obama: Keep federal LIP funds flowing


Naked Politics AIF's Feeney gets love from ... Senate Democrats?

As Jeb Bush's original running mate, House speaker and Republican member of Congress, Tom Feeney was a conservative firebrand and constant critic of the federal government. But times have changed.

Post on Politics Battle over congressional district lines waged before justices

Florida’s 2012 congressional redistricting plan argued before Supreme Court

The latest battle over Florida’s congressional district boundaries was waged Wednesday before the Florida Supreme Court, with justices asked to throw out the entire plan as “tainted” by Republican political operatives.

Post on Politics Scott urges Obama to keep cash flowing to Florida hospitals

Gov. Scott shows no interest in expanding Medicaid.

PolitiJax Changes to police shooting reviews, more hiring diversity promised to Jacksonville's African-American community

Depending on who is chosen as the new sheriff, Jacksonville could see a court challenge aimed at opening police shooting review boards, a college aid program to expand diversity in police ranks and a promise to shift primary investigations of officer-involved shootings out of police hands.

Naked Politics Cabinet performance reviews: It's really not a new idea

As the aides to Gov. Rick Scott and his colleagues on the Cabinet revived the debate today over crafting a new policy about how to evaluate the performance of agency heads who report to them in the wake of the governor’s botched firing of former FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey, some history:

Post on Politics Ben Carson says prisons show that being gay is ‘absolutely’ a choice

Carson on CNN today.

A day after launching his presidential exploratory committee, West Palm Beach resident Ben Carson told CNN this morning that homosexuality is “absolutely” a choice.


OS Political Pulse Gov. Scott to Obama: Keep federal LIP funds flowing


Naked Politics Scott won't backfill federal LIP funding

If the state and federal government can't reach an agreement on Florida's Low Income Pool program, Gov. Rick Scott won't backfill with program with state dollars, he said Wednesday. 

Naked Politics Scott's Cabinet agency review plan hits roadblock

Facing a pending lawsuit alleging violations of Florida's open meetings law, aides to Gov. Rick Scott and Cabinet members refused Wednesday to discuss how to make their work more transparent. The decision came at a meeting of Cabinet aides in advance of the next Cabinet meeting March 10.

OS Political Pulse Panel backs March 15 presidential primary date for Florida

TALLAHASSEE --  Just a day after a House committee approved the idea, a Senate panel Tuesday backed a bill that would lead to Florida's 2016 presidential primary being held on March 15.

Naked Politics Rubio, Lee offer details on tax plan that would cut corporate, individual rates


Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Mike Lee of Utah offered details of a tax overhaul that would reduce the number of tax brackets for individuals and drop corporate tax rates, all in an attempt to boost economic growth.

Naked Politics Miami-Dade high on drones, despite unfortunate Hialeah crash


Miami-Dade County's drone initiative this week collided with some local drone news out of Hialeah. 

Naked Politics Gov. Rick Scott targets President Obama in op-ed for Politico

Gov. Rick Scott has an op-ed column in Politico this morning, squarely taking aim at President Barack Obama. Here's an excerpt (Full column here):

Post on Politics Another bill to legalize pot filed

A companion bill that would legalize marijuana for personal use was filed in the House yesterday, but whether either chamber will consider the bills as lawmakers wrangle over whether smokeable marijuana can be prescribed for serious medical conditions is yet to be seen.