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Naked Politics New documents, emails show GOP consultants steered Republican lawmakers in redistricting process

Republican consultants worked side-by-side with Republican lawmakers in guiding them on drawing new Florida congressional districts that intentionally favored incumbents in violation of the Fair District amendments to the state constitution, according to documents and emails contained in a long-running redistricting lawsuit.

Naked Politics U.S. Supreme Court denies stay in Bainter case

The U.S. Supreme Court won't keep secret documents used in Florida's redistricting case out of the public eye.

Naked Politics FSU trustees praise Thrasher's response to shooting

In the same room where he was jeered and heckled by Florida State students as a candidate for university president, John Thrasher drew widespread praise Friday for being a reassuring presence in the aftermath of Thursday's shooting at the campus library.

OS Political Pulse Hukill bill would cut state corporate-income tax

In an issue that has been a priority for Gov.

OS Political Pulse Congressional reacts to President Obama's immigration reform announcement

Not surprisingly, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D, supports President Obama's immigration reform actions, while U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R, opposes.

Naked Politics Florida Supreme Court grants 10-day stay for secret redistricting docs

The clock is running out on political consultant Pat Bainter.

The Florida Supreme Court has ordered the release of emails and trial transcripts used in the recent redistricting case -- documents Bainter considers private and has been battling to keep out of the public eye. 

Naked Politics Is 50 the new zero in Orange County schools? Jeb Bush's claim faces PolitiFact's Truth-O-Meter

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said in a speech that we shouldn’t worry so much about students’ self-esteem when it comes to setting grades.

And he wagged his finger at Orange County, Florida.

Naked Politics Obama's False claim about his position on executive order for immigration

resident Barack Obama is on the verge of announcing significant executive actions that could affect at least a portion of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants residing in the United States.

As is often the case these days, rumors and pieces of the plan have floated through the media for a couple weeks now, and Obama appears ready to announce the full details Thursday night in an address to the nation.

Naked Politics Rep. Gaetz recalls Myron May, 'caring' classmate

State Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, knew Myron May, the man identified by police as the gunman in the FSU shootings, from their days working together in student government at Florida State.

May was a member of the Student Senate and Gaetz was president of the Insight political party on campus. The Insight party was focused on community outreach programs, and May got involved in the party’s community service committee.

Naked Politics Another South Florida government will have to hold 2015 budget do-over vote

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Make that two local governments that will have to adopt their 2015 budgets and property-tax rates again — two months after the new fiscal year began — after bungling public notices in September.

Naked Politics Police say FSU gunman Myron May was 'struggling psychologically'

Myron May, the 31-year-old Florida State University graduate who died in a hail of police fire early Friday, was "struggling psychologically" and "in a state of crisis," Tallahassee police said Thursday.

Naked Politics Fact-checking immigration, including claims by Marco Rubio and Debbie Wasserman Schultz

President Barack Obama will speak to the nation about immigration on Thursday night, unveiling a plan to prevent deportations for broad swathes of people living in the United States illegally.

Naked Politics John Thrasher's Mostly False claim about Koch donations

Long before John Thrasher became president of Florida State University on Nov. 10, students were expressing opposition to his appointment, many of them charging that Thrasher had ties to "special interests."

As the Republican former state senator begins his presidency, we decided to look back at a comment Thrasher made during a forum with FSU students and faculty on Sept. 15.

OS Political Pulse League to high court: Don't block release of redistricting records

Voting-rights groups Thursday urged the Florida Supreme Court to reject a Republican political consultant's motion to at least temporarily block the release of redistricting records.

Naked Politics AP: FSU gunman was lawyer, FSU graduate

From the Associated Press: 

The gunman who shot three people at Florida State University's library early Thursday before being killed by police was a lawyer who graduated from the school, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.

Florida Politics Jeb Bush blasts public school "monopolies"

Former Florida Gov.

Naked Politics Miami Rep. Diaz-Balart named chairman of House appropriations subcommittee

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U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Republican from Miami, was named chairman of one of the subcommittees in the powerful House Appropriations Committee, which helps dictate federal spending.

OS Political Pulse Jeb Bush blasts public school "monopolies"

Former Florida Gov.

Naked Politics Rep. Diaz-Balart scores transportation, housing budget chairmanship

From a press release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) released the following statement after the House Republican Steering Committee approved his appointment as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations in the 114th Congress.

OS Political Pulse Grayson: Protect vets from foreclosure

Concerned that a law will expire at the end of the year, U.S. Rep.

Naked Politics Student says newly-check library books saved him from gunman's bullets

Jason Derfuss was in the Strozier Library Wednesday night to checking out a stack of books. Among them was Great Medieval Thoughts by the 14th Century English dissident, John Wyclif. When the gunman aimed and fired at Derfuss five feet away, the bullet missed the FSU senior and was stopped and lodged inside the books. 

Derfuss described it on a public post on his Facebook page:

Naked Politics Lone gunman shot, killed after injuring three at crowded FSU library

A lone gunman who opened fire inside the library at Florida State University was shot and killed by campus police early Thursday morning after he wounded three people, authorities said.

The gunman, who was not identified, walked inside the entrance to FSU’s Strozier Library about 12:30 a.m. and opened fire, striking three people, Tallahassee Police Department spokesman David Northway told reporters at the scene. Victims were not identified.

OS Political Pulse Florida senator seeks to require 'patriotic film' in class

A Central Florida senator wants to require middle- and high-school students throughout the state to see what his proposal describes as a "patriotic film."

Naked Politics Scott's low-key second inaugural: no ball, just BBQs

Gov. Rick Scott's second inauguration will be a decidedly low-key affair with a statewide "Jobs Jamboree" tour starting Dec. 1. There are no plans for an inaugural ball or parade in Tallahassee, but instead Scott will attend a series of informal barbecues hosted by Florida businesses in Tampa, Miami, Fort Myers, Orlando, Jacksonville and Pensacola during December. Details on specific events will be announced later.

Florida Politics Scott plans a job-themed swearing-in party

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OS Political Pulse Scott plans a job-themed swearing-in party

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Naked Politics Top lawmakers tout new parenting program

At their first joint press conference since becoming the state's top lawmakers, Republican Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli touted a new parenting program that started in Brevard County.

Naked Politics HHS secretary: Florida will be crucial to 2015 health care enrollment

Florida will play a crucial role in national efforts to sign people up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said Monday during an appearance at Florida International University.

Naked Politics South Florida Dems to Obama: Venezuelans should be part of executive action on immigration

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Two South Florida Democratic members of Congress have penned a letter to President Obama asking him to specifically include Venezuelans in his planned executive action on immigration.

Naked Politics Advertising error means budget redo for Miami-Dade

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Miami-Dade County government thought it had finished with its 2015 budget in September, after two months of rewriting, six town-hall style meetings and two public hearings that culminated with votes from county commissioners.

Not so fast.

A state agency is forcing the county to adopt its property-tax rate and budget again, nearly two months after the start of the Oct. 1 fiscal year.