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Naked Politics Marco Rubio's claim about the drop in defense spending

Even with combat in Iraq and Afghanistan officially over, potential presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio is calling for a reversal of a shrinking defense budget.

On March 24, 2015, Rubio and Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., introduced a budget amendment that would raise the Pentagon’s budget despite legislative limitations and an end to two wars. The defense budget already has gone down too much, Rubio said in a speech on the Senate floor.

OS Political Pulse Koch brothers group attacks Gardiner, Senate over Medicaid expansion

TALLAHASSEE – Americans for Prosperity, the free-market advocacy group financed by the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch, is going on the attack.

Post on Politics Squeezing Alan Grayson? Palm Beach County liberals endorse Murphy 2016 Senate bid

According to this Sunlight Foundation analysis, Rep. Alan Grayson votes with Democrats 97 percent of the time while Rep. Patrick Murphy sticks with his party 83 percent of the time.

Post on Politics Kratom bill amended: Research – not ban – proposed

An attempt in the House to place Kratom on Florida’s list of Schedule I controlled substances has been amended to require the attorney general to gather information about the drug and make a recommendation by the end of 2015 as to whether it should be added to the list.

Post on Politics Enviros face new campaign convincing Legislature where to spend money

Environmentalists face new campaign to convince legislators.

After leading a ballot measure last fall directing millions of state dollars toward environmental efforts, conservation groups now find themselves waging a new campaign to convince lawmakers how to spend the money.

Naked Politics MDX overhaul plan gains ground

The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority’s recent pledge not to hike tolls hasn't stopped state lawmakers from attempting to restructure the agency and impose tougher ethics regulations.

Naked Politics Tragedy drives father to change law to prevent pool electrocutions

On a warm day last April, exactly one week after his seventh birthday, Calder Sloan plunged into the pool behind his North Miami home.

Post on Politics Fake service dog bill passes House

A bill that makes it a misdemeanor to pass your pooch off as a service dog passed the House on Friday and has its first committee stop in the Senate this afternoon.

HB 71 received a unanimous vote on the House floor on Friday, after breezing through three committees with unanimous votes.

Post on Politics State Rep. Kerner, Commissioner Vana could run for each other’s seats in 2016

Palm Beach County Mayor Shelley Vana (left) and state Rep. Dave Kerner.

Naked Politics Poll: Cuban-Americans less favorable than other likely voters to favor Obama’s Cuba policy; Rubio trails Bush, Clinton

A slight majority of likely voters nationwide favor President Barack Obama’s policy to normalize relations with Cuba, while a majority of Cuban-American voters think just the opposite, according to a survey to be released Monday by a Republican pollster.

Naked Politics Monday: Things to watch in Tallahassee

TALLAHASSEE The weekend’s over, so it’s time to stop watching the NCAA tournament and get back to watching the legislative session. There’s not much on tap this fine Monday, but brace yourself on for a busy week ahead.

Post on Politics Scenes from President Obama’s arrival for Treasure Coast golf getaway

At St. Lucie County International Airport, President Barack Obama leaves Air Force One for some weekend golfing.

President Barack Obama arrived in Fort Pierce Saturday for a golf getaway weekend.

 

Naked Politics Marco Rubio could announce presidential run in Miami April 13

by Adam Smith of the Tampa Bay Times:

Marco Rubio has reserved the Freedom Tower in downtown Miami for an undisclosed event April 13, which appears to be a potential, if not likely, spot for Florida’s junior senator to announce his candidacy for president.

Naked Politics Nuñez to lead Hispanic Caucus

State Rep. Jeanette M. Nuñez, R-Miami, has been named chair of the Florida Hispanic Legislative Caucus.

In a statement Thursday, Nuñez thanked her predecessor, Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah.

Naked Politics Florida House approves construction money for charter schools

Without a word of debate Friday, the Florida House approved a controversial proposal that could require school districts to share tens of millions of dollars in construction funds with rival charter schools.

The bill was one of four high-profile education proposals that won the support of the Republican-dominated House. The others would:

* Ease the penalties for schools that fail to comply with the Constitutionally-mandated limits on class size;

Post on Politics Cities ask for rehearing in judge’s dismissal of Palm Beach County Inspector General suit

Municipalities who lost their bid to avoid paying for the county’s Office of Inspector General filed a motion for a rehearing this week.

On March 12, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Catherine Brunson

Brunson

Post on Politics Palm Beach County Mayor Vana delivers “Meals on Wheels”

Shelly Vana played delivery volunteer Friday, stopping at the Century Village apartment of Nora Skelly Consigli and dropping off a tray that included cooked chicken, pita, salad, yogurt and a banana.

The Palm Beach County mayor wanted to draw attention to Meals on Wheels, the volunteer service that delivers about 500 meals a week to people in central Palm Beach County.

Naked Politics Is Ted Cruz, born in Canada, eligible to run for president?

For most of his presidential campaign and much of his presidency, President Barack Obama endured erroneous claims that he was born in Kenya rather than the United States. He released the short form of his birth certificate to prove he was born in Hawaii. Then the long form. The conspiracists died down, but they remained.

Post on Politics More polos and chinos? House almost uniformly likes school uniforms

The Florida House gave a boost to polo shirts and chinos Friday by overwhelmingly approving a bill aimed at encouraging more school uniforms.

The legislation (CS/HB 7043) drops an existing requirement that school boards OK uniforms after ruling they are needed for the “safety and welfare” of students and school personnel. That standard has sparked lawsuits that have discouraged some districts from going ahead with uniforms.

Naked Politics Jeb Bush's claim about Florida's achievement gap

n his first foray into New Hampshire as a potential Republican presidential contender, former Gov. Jeb Bush talked up Florida’s record on education during his tenure.

Naked Politics Official Naked Politics Poll* Results: Amendment 1 is for land buys

* Not even close to scientific.....

Post on Politics Rep. Patrick Murphy’s open House seat: Who’s in, who’s out, who’s on hold

From left: Palm Beach County Commissioner Priscilla Taylor, State Attorney Dave Aronberg and state Rep. Pat Rooney Jr., R-West Palm Beach.

Naked Politics FRIDAY: Five things to watch in Tallahassee

Most members of the Senate will be back in their home districts Friday, but the House is in session at 10 a.m. The lower chamber will take up several high-profile education proposals.
 
Here are five bills to watch on the House floor:
 
HB 7043: The proposal by House K-12 Education Committee Chairwoman Janet Adkins, R-Fernandina Beach, encourages school districts to adopt mandatory school uniform policies for children

Post on Politics State Attorney Dave Aronberg: No to Congress, Yes to 2016 re-election

Democratic Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg greets Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi last fall.

Democratic Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg ruled out a run for Congress today and said he plans to seek re-election in 2016.

 

PolitiJax BOG confirms grade change makes UNF eligible for performance funding

The governing body for state universities confirmed today that the University of North Florida's revised merit pay score makes it eligible for a share of an expected $100 million in performance funding.

OS Political Pulse House Uber bill preempting Orlando's fees heads to floor

TALLAHASSEE – Vehicle fees and minimum fare rates imposed in Orlando recently on cell phone app companies like Uber and Lyft that connect riders with drivers could be eliminated in a bill gaining momentum in the Legislature.

Post on Politics Palm Tran: Connection on-time rate 95 percent

For the Palm Tran Connection, the county’s bus service for the sick, disabled and elderly, a 95-percent on-time performance is great, but not good enough, officials said at Thursday’s meeting of the Palm Tran Service Board.

On time percentages rose steadily from the 68 to 79 percent range in early February and were at 98 or 99 percent on March 23. The three vendors operating the buses averaged between 88 percent and 91 percent over the two months.

Naked Politics House committee workshops gambling plan but progress looks dim

The odds of passing a sweeping rewrite of the state’s gambling laws appeared to dim Thursday as a House committee began debate on a draft proposal to expand gambling in Florida and ended with no commitment to take up the bill for a vote.

Meanwhile, progress appeared to be occurring on another gambling debate -- behind closed doors – as key lawmakers confirmed they continue to talk about renewing the portion of the gaming compact with the Seminole Tribe that expires in July.

OS Political Pulse Gov. Scott's Let's Get to Work PAC raises $700,000 in March

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OS Political Pulse PPP Poll: Floridians support Medicaid expansion, marriage equality

A new poll from Public Policy Polling finds Floridians strongly support the idea of expanding Medicaid in the state to capture federal money and close the coverage gap, an option the Legislature has resisted.