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Naked Politics Florida's legislators show their priorities: more $ for hometowns than at-risk kids

In the wake of a bloody year for Florida youngsters, lawmakers have pledged to repair the state’s frayed safety net for abused and neglected children.

But as the state’s annual legislative session winds toward the final gavel, many children’s advocates say legislative leaders have failed to match their words with action and fear some proposals may create new problems.

Naked Politics The politics of Charlie Crist debate-dodging Nan Rich

@MarcACaputo

Charlie Crist never leaves a TV camera without a comment or campaign talk unspoken.

Except when it comes to Nan Rich.

If you don’t know who that is, it’s evidence of the effectiveness of Crist’s tactic of cold-shouldering the former Weston state Senator, a fellow Democrat he refuses to debate or really acknowledge.

Naked Politics Charlie Crist's major challenge: the apathetic voters of South Florida

@MarcACaputo & @stevebousquet

Sam Oser is 88, and he wants to live long enough to see a Democrat get elected governor of Florida again — even one who used to be a Republican.

So Oser is ready to embrace Charlie Crist, a career politician of changing stripes who’s a Democratic newcomer. No matter, says the West Palm Beach retiree: Democrats are doomed to irrelevance until they reclaim the Governor’s Mansion after a 16-year absence.

Naked Politics Hialeah mayor’s testimony highlights own involvement in shadow-banking schemes

@PatriciaMazzei @jayhweaver

A big-city mayor took the stand in Miami federal court last week and admitted he charged exorbitant, illegal interest rates to a Hialeah businessman — Florida law calls it “loan sharking” — which he failed to report as income on his tax returns.

But he was not the mayor on trial.

Naked Politics Image of FSU mascot roils South Florida water management board meeting

@jenstaletovich

He wasn’t on the agenda, but Chief Osceola briefly disrupted this month’s meeting of the South Florida Water Management District’s governing board.

As part of a report on water conditions to the Gator-dominated board, a division director, also a Gator, included an image of the Florida State University mascot as a farewell gesture to board member Tim Sergeant, an FSU alum whose term is ending.

Naked Politics SEIU visits Miami lawmaker's office over Jackson hospital legislation

@dchangmiami

Florida Rep. Michael Bileca, a Miami Republican, received a visit Thursday from members of the labor union representing physicians, nurses and other health care professionals at Jackson Health System, the county’s public hospital network.

Naked Politics Scott joins Jeb and Martinez to demand FL Senate vote on DREAMer tuition

From a press release

TALLAHASSEE – Today, Governor Rick Scott and former Governors Jeb Bush and Bob Martinez advocated for lowering tuition by advancing SB 1400, which would allow all Florida students, regardless of their background, to qualify for the in-state tuition rate.

Florida Politics Scott-Bush-Martinez team up to demand Senate pass in-state tuition bill

TALLAHASSEE -- A trio of Florida governors -- including one on the presidential short-list -- joined forces Friday to demand the state Senate pass a blocked bill that would offer in-state tuition to undocumented students whose parents immigrated illegally.

Florida Politics Gaetz tries to re-kindle Medicaid expansion talks with feds

TALLAHASSEE -- With HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stepping down, Florida Senate President Don Gaetz is trying to measure her repalcement's interest in negotiating alternatives to the Medicaid-expansion component of the federal health-care law.

Post on Politics Rep. Ted Deutch: Crist-Rich Democratic primary debate would be ‘worthwhile’

Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, at a town hall meeting west of Boynton Beach on Thursday night.

PolitiJax More than website woes: Controversial skills review snags 120k unemployment compensation applicants

@Mdixon55

When lawmakers passed a $63 million “modernization” of the state’s unemployment compensation system in 2011, proponents promised it would “improve the claims, benefits and appeals process.”

So far, the opposite has been true.

PolitiJax Former candidate sues FBI for records related to bribery allegation against Cliff Stearns

By Teresa Stepzinski

Former Clay County Clerk of Court James “Jimmy” Jett is suing the FBI to make public all its records regarding its investigation into his allegations that former U.S, Rep. Cliff Stearns and his supporters plotted to bribe him to drop out of the 3rd District Congressional race two years ago.

PolitiJax Adam Hollingsworth has ties to Rick Scott-backed project

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PolitiJax Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown's approval rating drops 11 points

By Nate Monroe 

Mayor Alvin Brown’s approval rating has slid to 59 percent from his 70 percent rating last year, according to the latest University of North Florida public opinion poll of Duval County residents.

PolitiJax Compromise backed on nursing home lawsuits

News Service of Florida

Hoping to avoid a politically volatile debate, a Senate committee Tuesday approved a compromise plan that would make changes in lawsuits against nursing homes.

The compromise, offered as an amendment to SB 670, has the backing of the Florida Health Care Association nursing-home group, the Florida Justice Association trial-lawyers group and the AARP senior-advocacy group.

PolitiJax Senate kicks off pension reform push, but hurdles remain

@Mdixon55

The Senate’s attempt at overhauling the state pension system formally kicked off Tuesday, but a reform bill tweaked after last year’s failed reform effort is not likely to see smooth sailing.

The Senate Community Affairs Committee voted 5-4 to introduce the bill as one of that committee’s priority pieces of legislation.

PolitiJax After heated testimony, Board of Education green-lights changes to new education standards

@Mdixon55

What do European Socialism, the Hitler Youth and “data mining” have in common?

They are all derogatory terms used by opponents during a heated Board of Education meeting to blast a set of education standards being implemented by Florida education officials.

PolitiJax JEA board member says Mayor Alvin Brown's office pressured him to approve pension proposal

By Nate Monroe

JEA board member Peter Bower said today that Mayor Alvin Brown’s administration pressured him to guarantee a yes vote on the mayor’s pension proposal.

The proposal would in part boost JEA’s contribution to the city by $40 million a year over the next 14 years to help pay down the city’s unfunded pension liability.

PolitiJax Angela Corey: Fired IT director 'owed a duty of loyalty'

By Derek Gilliam

State Attorney Angela Corey filed a counter claim against her former information technology director who sued her for wrongful termination, according to court documents.

Ben Kruidbos testified in court that the State Attorney’s Office did not turn over all information it was able to obtain from Trayvon Martin’s cellphone in George Zimmerman’s 2013 murder trial.

TBO Blogs Az anti-gay rights law enters Fl governor’s race

In 2010, an anti-illegal immigration law in Arizona was an issue in the Florida governor’s race. This year, it looks as if an Arizona anti-gay rights law could be.

Democrats including Charlie Crist, the likely nominee to run against Republican Gov. Rick Scott, are playing up Scott’s refusal on a…

TBO Blogs Gaetz, Weatherford: No major environmental actions coming in session

Legislative leaders Don Gaetz and Will Weatherford said they don’t foresee any major legislation for protecting Florida water sources passing in this session of the state Legislature, in part because they intend to leave the field clear for incoming state Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli.

Asked…

TBO Blogs Chamber poll: Jolly over Sink 44-42

A poll done by a Republican-oriented political consulting and research firm for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce shows Republican David Jolly leading Democrat Alex Sink 44-42 percent in the special election to replace U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young in Pinellas County.

Libertarian Lucas Overby got 7 percent.

Previous polls in…

TBO Blogs Medical pot advocate upset over booze measures

The head of the drive to legalize medical pot in Florida is blasting lawmakers for proposing to expand the “sale of hard liquor to grocery stores” while opposing marijuana as medicine.

Ben Pollara, campaign manager for United for Care, sent out an email Tuesday, taking the Legislature to task…

TBO Blogs Buckhorn host Obamacare weekend sign-ups

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will open city rec centers in three neighborhoods in March to encourage residents to sign up for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.
Buckhorn announced Tuesday a schedule of six weekend and one mid-week events starting March 1 aimed at enrolling up…

TBO Blogs Tampa Chamber urges MacDill emphasis in D-13 race

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce isn’t picking a favorite in the race to fill the late Congressman Bill Young’s seat, but it is stressing the economic importance of MacDill Airforce Base, and wants whoeverr wins to advocate for it amid the perennial threat of base closures. Young is credited…

TBO Blogs Mr. Crist Goes to Tallahassee

Former Gov. Charlie Crist strode into Tallahassee Thursday night and nothing was going to get him down.

Not the protestors in front of the Books-A-Million where he was going to sign copies of his book, “The Party’s Over: How the Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP and I Became a…

TBO Blogs Cramming time for those casting ballots Election Day

If you’ve tuned out the noise leading up to the special election to fill the seat of the late U.S. Rep Bill Young, you’re in good company.

Even the candidates have turned up their noses at the nasty nature of their television commercials.

But at…

TBO Blogs StPetePolls says Sink leading among early voters

A poll that sought out Pinellas County voters who have already voted or are likely to vote in the special election in congressional district 13 says Alex Sink has a lead over David Jolly.

The poll by StPetePolls, conducted Feb. 25, includes responses of 813 people…

TBO Blogs Update: Scott says he’d veto Az anti-gay rights bill

Gov. Rick Scott, who declined in a television interview earlier today to say whether he’d support an anti-gay rights bill of the kind recently passed in Arizona, has now issued a statement he’d veto it.

The law would allow businesses to deny services to gay…