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Naked Politics How South Florida lawmakers voted: the Syrian amendment

On Wednesday, lawmakers in the House of Representatives voted 273-156 to adopt the Syrian rebel amendment.

The breakdown: 159 Republicans and 114 Democrats voted for the proposal, while 85 Republicans and 71 Democrats voted against it.

The Senate is set to vote on Thursday.

Naked Politics In third year in a row, DC Democrats' wage war on one woman: DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz

@MarcACaputo

If three is a trend, then DC has a rite of late summer: Anonymous Democrats attacking DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Democratic insiders, Politico reports today, have "lost confidence in her as both a unifying leader and reliable party spokesperson at a time when they need her most." 

But let's face it. Some of these folks never had much faith in the Broward congresswoman.

Naked Politics Scientists respond to Scott, call for 'Science & Solutions Summit'

If Florida’s climate scientists have proven anything this summer, it is that they are careful listeners.

Naked Politics Miami-Dade mayor testifies in Homestead corruption case

@DavidOvalle305 

When Steven Bateman paid a visit to County Hall last year, he pressed officials on speeding up permits for a crucial South Miami-Dade sewage pump station.

Naked Politics Former Gov. Bob Martinez leads initiative to improve voter turnout; TaxWatch releases election guide

Bob Martinez, who was a civics teacher long before he became the state's 40th governor, wants to get at the heart of voter apathy in Florida.

Florida's recent primary turnout of 17.5 percent, the lowest in the past 16 years, dramatizes the need for a new initiative, said Martinez, who is heading the new TaxWatch Center for Florida Citizenship. 

Naked Politics Miami-Dade wants more scrutiny of FPL cooling canals, fearing bigger problems

@JennyStaletovich

Worried that rising temperatures and a festering algae bloom in Turkey Point’s cooling canals may hint at bigger problems for Florida Power & Light, Miami-Dade County officials said Tuesday they plan to assert the county's regulatory power to find out what’s ailing the aging canals.

Naked Politics After flirting with FAU, Jeff Atwater says he is loyal to CFO job

@tbtia

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater met with the Tampa Bay Times editorial board today, where he talked about achievement during his first term office as he runs for re-election. Atwater touched on effects of no-fault auto insurance reform, new policies that allow his office to monitor state contracts and even the environment.

Naked Politics Rick Scott’s “swindle” ad is a “swindle” by Rick Scott’s definition

@MarcACaputo

In one of Gov. Rick Scott’s most widely run attack ads, a victim of Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein links Charlie Crist to the “swindle.”

Now Scott is backing away from the allegation of criminal mischief by suggesting that Crist’s “swindle” was due to his political flip-floppery – not the Ponzi scheme.

Naked Politics Rubio: Obama foreign policy 'simply non-existent,' America needs to beef up its forces

In a wide-ranging speech that alternately took shots at the foreign policy – or lack thereof – of President Barack Obama and highlighted his own ideas, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio laid out a case for a strong foreign policy and said “our nation is never isolated from the world.”

Naked Politics Bondi says Florida pill mill doctors are gone

Attorney General Pam Bondi has launched her re-election advertising campaign with a major milestone in Florida law enforcement: The death of the state’s infamous "pill mills."

In a Sept. 8 TV commercial, the incumbent touts her record of overseeing the demise of rampant prescription drug abuse enabled by Florida doctors.

Naked Politics Meet the four finalists for FSU president

 @tbtia

Most of the attention surrounding the search for Florida State University's next president has been on state Sen. John Thrasher. But he is just one of four finalists, and the only who has never worked in higher education.

Naked Politics Crist's economic policy plan targets "cutting-edge industries"

Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist wants to invest in business incubation, create a thriving solar energy industry, and usher in a new age of space exploration.

The ideas are part of his "Fair Shot Florida" plan to create jobs and grow the state's economy. 

Crist unveiled the plan in August. But he provided some new details Wednesday.

Naked Politics Iraq war vet sues Gov. Scott over losing state job

A decorated combat veteran of three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan -- and a registered Republican -- sued Gov. Rick Scott and the state Wednesday, claiming the administration used his overseas deployment to eliminate his job in violation of state law.

The suit was filed by Walter Kreitlow III, who works as an agent in the Department of Business & Professional Regulation's division of alcoholis beverages and tobacco. He earns about $50,000 a year.

OS Political Pulse Photos: Crist at Sentinel editorial board

Faces of Charlie -- Photos from Crist' ed board interview at Orlando Sentinel

Naked Politics Universities need $45 million to offset changes to Bright Futures scholarship program

When Florida lawmakers made it harder to earn a Bright Futures scholarship, they celebrated the cost savings.

But the changes to the eligibility criteria may actually come with an unforeseen price tag.

Naked Politics Mystery man in Scott ad unveiled, misleads about Charlie Crist & Ponzi 'swindle'

@MarcACaputo @jayhweaver

With soft piano music in the background, an anonymous Republican in Gov. Rick Scott’s latest attack ad levels an explosive claim about Democrat Charlie Crist and Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein.

“I got swindled by both Rothstein and Charlie,” the man says.

OS Political Pulse More Crist and Scott advertising attacks

TALLAHASSEE -- With over $40 million poured into the gubernatorial advertising slugfest, and about 50 days until the actual election, both Gov.

Naked Politics Not yet on Miami-Dade commission, Levine Cava chalks up a successful vote

@doug_hanks

Daniella Levine Cava doesn't take her commission seat until November, but she won her first vote on Tuesday. 

Naked Politics Florida's NAACP backs medical-marijuana ballot initiative

 From a press release

Today, the Florida State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People proudly announced its support of United for Care and the passage of Amendment 2 this November. The amendment, which would legalize medicinal marijuana in Florida, will appear on the ballot on November 4, 2014.

Naked Politics Miami-Dade commissioner slams county auto shop

@doug_hanks

Miami-Dade Commissioner Juan C. Zapata recently  got a lower auto repair bill than he had expected. And he's not happy. 

The vehicle in question was a county-issued truck for his office, and Zapata received two  estimates for the work. The county garage wanted $3,787 to replace the transmission. Perez Autoworks at 9375 SW 40th St. said the transmission was fine, blamed a faulty sensor and offered to do the job for $527.

Naked Politics Miami-Dade commission asks Gov. Scott to "reform" troubled child welfare system

Miami-Dade County commissioners urged Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature Tuesday to reform the state’s troubled child protection system, invoking the gruesome death last month of a 4-year-old boy in a resolution they adopted unanimously.

Naked Politics Rep. Darryl Rouson lands gig at Clearwater law firm

@tbtia

After more than a year without full-time work, state Rep. Darryl Rouson announced today that he has joined Clearwater-based personal injury firm Dolman Law Group.

Naked Politics Liberal group to dispense 'Scott hand sanitizers'

The liberal advocacy group Florida for All plans a downtown Tampa protest Tuesday afternoon outside a fund-raiser for Gov. Rick Scott's re-election.  The group says it will distribute "Shady Rick Scott Hand Sanitizers" outside the event, which is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.

Naked Politics Another Crist ad hitting Scott on education spending

Charlie Crist's latest TV ad takes aim again at Rick Scott's education budget cuts at the start of the Scott administration's term:

Naked Politics Finalist for FSU president, Michael Martin, won't make his Wednesday interview

@tbtia

One of four finalists to become Florida State University's next president notified the school today that he is sick and unable to travel to Tallahassee for his interview on Wednesday.

Naked Politics Miami is the exception to Rand Paul claim that "income inequality is worse in towns run by Democrat mayors than in towns run by Republican mayors."

During a recent interview with NPR, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., took aim at the belief -- widely held among Democrats -- that Republican policies are encouraging greater income inequality.

Naked Politics Arts funding remains a battle in Miami-Dade budget debate

@doug_hanks

With Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez backing off a string of proposed budget cuts, subsidies for cultural institutions remain a battleground.

Naked Politics Does Curbelo support raising flood insurance rates?

As thousands of Floridians faced the threat of a massive flood insurance hike in 2014, a deluge of protests from homeowners led Congress to delay some of the heftiest increases.

Now U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Miami, says in a Sept. 5 Web ad that his Republican opponent Carlos Curbelo "supported raising flood insurance rates."

Naked Politics A new look for PolitiFact Florida

Today, we unveil a new look for PolitiFact Florida.

Our overhaul includes responsive design, so our website works better on tablets and smartphones. When you browse the site on those devices, you’ll see a larger Truth-O-Meter rating along with easy-to-read text of the entire report.

Naked Politics Scott 44, Crist 39 in new Survey USA poll for WFLA

A new Survey USA robo poll for WFLA Channel 8 in Tampa has Republican Gov. Rick Scott with a 5 point lead over Democrat Charlie Crist, 44 percent to 39 percent, with Libertarian Adrian Wyllie at 7 percent and 9 percent undecided. The poll has a margin of error of 4.2 percentage points.