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Naked Politics Here they come: Florida's latest round of standardized tests

via @CViega

More students are expected to flunk. School districts warn they might not be ready. And parents are threatening to boycott.

Ready or not — and many school boards, parents and teachers have been screaming to lawmakers that they’re not — Florida will roll out its new, much debated standardized tests on Monday.

Naked Politics 15 years of prison deaths in Florida: Here's map of where they happened and what we know

Florida prisons are becoming deadlier. More than 3,900 inmates in 68 prisons have died, some by unusual circumstances, since 2000.

Naked Politics Diaz and Garcia bill would strip fees from rock miners

via @JennyStaletovich

South Florida rock miners would be spared millions of dollars they now pay to protect wetlands and the state’s largest drinking water supply on the fringes of Miami-Dade County under a bill making its way through the Legislature.

Naked Politics Jeb Bush, the non-candidate, rewrites campaign finance playbook

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As Jeb Bush continues a torrid fundraising schedule across the country, he is pushing new boundaries of campaign finance law, exploiting his status as a noncandidate to avoid contribution limits and amass a cash pile already in the tens of millions.

Post on Politics Rubio says Obama desire for Iran nuke deal blocks ISIS defeat

Sen. Marco Rubio at last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference.

President Barack Obama’s desire for a nuclear deal with Iran is blocking the military defeat of Islamic State forces, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio contends.


Post on Politics A grind, a whirlwind, and a touch of hucksterism: The issues ahead for lawmakers

The 2015 Legislature kicks off Tuesday.

Florida’s two-month legislative session is both a grind and a whirlwind – with budget, policy, and political issues colored by the special interest hucksterism of a carnival midway.

Post on Politics When session starts, more money doesn’t solve everything

A billion dollar surplus helps. But plenty of issues divide lawmakers.

Naked Politics Venezuela bans 'terrorists' Marco Rubio, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mario Diaz-Balart


Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Miami Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen have been banned from traveling to Venezuela.

Naked Politics Rand Paul wins CPAC straw poll, Jeb Bush 5th, Marco Rubio 7th

via @LightmanDavid

Rand Paul won the Conservative Action Political Conference straw poll Saturday, but Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker continued his surge to the top tier of potential Republican candidates with a strong second place showing.

Paul, a U. S. senator from Kentucky, won for the third straight year. But his 25.7 percent total was lower than his 31 percent showing last year. Walker won 21.4 percent.

Naked Politics Email shows how Jeb Bush organized CPAC supporters

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Setting aside Jeb Bush's solid performance on the CPAC stage yesterday, the headlines would have been quite different today had he been repeatedly booed or faced a mass walk out.

Naked Politics Columnist Fred Grimm: The morning docket in the Broward County court of tears

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Coos and giggles of two toddlers added a kind of harmony to the babble of lawyers, clients, social workers, guardians, all whispering among themselves, scurrying in and out of a chaotic little courtroom.

Applause broke out as the smiling judge pronounced their adoption official. He descended from the bench to pose for photographs with the happy parents and the squirming twin boys with the new last name.

Naked Politics As session opens, legislators are forced to confront the 'cannibalizing' of Florida's prisons

The two DVDs were only minutes long but they depicted deplorable conditions in the state’s prison system: uninhabitable dorms, inmate-on-staff assaults and roofs that were so porous that prison staff rigged sheets of cardboard to serve as makeshift gutters.

Naked Politics Jeb Bush aims for conservatives conservatives who 'don't know that they're conservative'

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Jeb Bush didn’t back down Friday as he faced skeptical conservatives, staunchly defending his stands on immigration and education policy while pointing to his record as a tax-slashing governor as proof of his conservative bona fides.

Naked Politics Rush Limbaugh: Jeb Bush thinks U.S. is 'flawed,' wants to make it more like Miami


Miami politicians and civic leaders like to say that their city looks like what the rest of the country will look like in coming decades. What that means in effect is that American cities will have more and more immigrants and people speaking Spanish.

Naked Politics CONNECT's unemployment system blasted by Auditor General


Gov. Rick Scott has repeatedly refused to answer questions about problems with Florida's unemployment claims system, CONNECT, since it launched in October 2014.

But according to an audit released Friday by the state's Auditor General, there are a number of critical issues with CONNECT, which is now estimated to cost taxpayers $77.9 million.

Naked Politics On Senate floor, Marco Rubio blasts 'horrifying, human-rights catastrophe that is Venezuela'


Making his pitch as a the foreign-policy go-to guy in a crowded field of potential Republican presidential contenders, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio took to the Senate floor Friday to denounce the government of Venezuela (and, at one point, of Cuba). He also continued his push for the Obama administration to move more quickly on implementing sanctions against Venezuelan leaders signed into law late last year.

Naked Politics The bad news at FDLE traveled fast -- to CFO's office

Florida Cabinet members have said they were blindsided by Gov. Rick Scott's decision to oust former FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey on Dec. 16.

"(It) caught a lot of us by surprise," Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater recently told Capitol reporters.

Naked Politics High-level staff changes at McCarty's insurance shop

With Gov. Rick Scott having acknowledged that he wants to show state insurance regulator Kevin McCarty the door, high-level staff changes are afoot at McCarty's Office of Insurance Regulation. But a knowledgeable source says the personnel moves have been in the works for a long time, and are not related to the current turmoil surrounding Cabinet agencies.

Naked Politics Judge rules taxpayers should cover legal bills for Ray Sansom

From our friends at the Associated Press:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge says taxpayers should pay the legal fees of disgraced former House Speaker Ray Sansom.

Circuit Judge Angela Dempsey said Friday that she would side with Sansom.

Dempsey didn't say exactly how much she would award Sansom. He sued the state to recover nearly $1 million stemming from his successful defense of corruption charges.

PolitiJax Candidate Shacter pledges to donate council salary if elected

City Council District 1 candidate Melody Shacter pledged to donate her entire city council salary for the duration of her term if elected.

“My husband and I had a talk and we decided, together, we should donate my salary back to Arlington,” Shacter said Friday. “I’m running, and I’m not running for a paycheck. I’m running for civic reasons.”

OS Political Pulse Will budget battle pit affordable housing against environment?

TALLAHASSEE - Affordable housing programs could wind up being pitted against conservation projects in a budget fight at the Capitol, though interests groups from both sides insist there’s plenty of money to go around.

Post on Politics Bill O’Reilly controversy and the inevitable Palm Beach connection

Soon after NBC suspended Brian Williams over debunked claims about coming under fire while covering the Iraq war, liberal Mother Jones reported that Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly “has his own Brian Williams problem” related to

Post on Politics Everglades groups step up pressure for buying sugar land

Buying U.S. Sugar land near Lake Okeechobee called vital to Everglades work.

Environmentalists continued pressuring state lawmakers Friday to steer a big chunk of voter-approved conservation money toward buying U.S. Sugar land for water storage.

Naked Politics The political importance of the Parcel B park: White voters



Naked Politics In hall packed with conservatives, Marco Rubio brings acclaim and laughter


Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida told a gathering of conservative activists from around the country Friday morning that America doesn’t owe him anything – but that he owes a “debt to America that I will never be able to repay.”

Post on Politics At CPAC, Rubio calls Hillary ‘yesterday,’ jabs Jeb on Common Core

Marco Rubio and Sean Hannity at CPAC.

PolitiJax Katrina Brown gets endorsements in Jacksonville City Council District 8

Katrina Brown, a Democrat running for Jacksonville City Council District 8, has received two endorsements.

Brown has been endorsed by the Northeast Florida Builders Association and First Coast Manufacturers Association.

She and four other Democrats are seeking to succeed longtime incumbent Denise Lee, who is term-limited out. The other candidates are James M. Breaker, Terry L. Fields, Pat Lockett-Felder and Lynn Sherman.


Naked Politics The Invitation Imbroglio in Miami-Dade: A follow-up


Yesterday, we reported on a County Hall dust-up between a prominent lobbyist Jorge Luis Lopez and Michael Hernández, communications chief for Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez. 

Post on Politics Today: Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Donald Trump at CPAC

Ben Carson of West Palm Beach at CPAC on Thursday.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio joins a parade of potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates at the Conservative Political Action Conference today with an 8:40 a.m. appearance at the gathering outside Washington.


Naked Politics And now, the unofficial response to the State of the County address


Needless to say, local versions of the president's annual State of the Union address never quite capture the pomp of that Congressional moment. But Miami-Dade's State of the County speech can now boast one presidential flourish: a video response from the opposition.