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Post on Politics Teachers’ union endorses Democrat’s bills to rollback testing

Teachers’ union finds testing plan it likes

OS Political Pulse Rubio's real close on presidential decision

PALM BEACH — Marco Rubio isn't quite ready to say he's running for president, yet admits it sure does look like he will seek the White House in 2016.

Naked Politics As the Legislature weighs allowing guns at colleges, prof cites suicide stat

A shooting incident at Florida State University late last year has re-opened a debate in the Florida Legislature about whether to allow guns on college campuses.

Gunman Myron May, a former FSU student, wounded two students and a library employee before he was killed by police on Nov. 20, 2014.

Post on Politics Karl Rove to speak at Palm Beach Atlantic U. LeMieux Center event


Former George W. Bush political strategist Karl Rove will speak at Palm Beach Atlantic University on Tuesday in a lecture sponsored by former Sen. George LeMieux‘s Center for Public Policy.


Naked Politics House to launch bill today to rewrite dog racing laws and offer up major gambling reforms

A bill to rewrite the state's gambling laws and open up South Florida to at least one destination resort casino, allow racinos to operate without dog racing, and encourage incentives to close parimutuel facilities in other parts of the state will be filed today by House Republican Leader Dana Young, R-Tampa, sources told the Herald/Times.

Naked Politics School districts report testing troubles

Some school districts are reporting problems with the new Florida Standards Assessments, which made their debut Monday morning.

Miami-Dade school district spokeswoman Daisy Gonzalez-Diego said the new online platform was running so slowly that testing had been postponed in Miami-Dade County until Tuesday.

Hillsborough schools spokesman Steve Hegarty reported similar issues.

Post on Politics Nieman selected as ‘Palm Beach Beauty’

Palm Beach County Attorney Denise Nieman

Online voters have selected Palm Beach County Attorney Denise Nieman as one of five “Palm Beach Beauties,” each of whom is being featured in this month’s issue of Palm Beach Illustrated magazine.

Naked Politics House Speaker Crisafulli: 'Picked after I was proven'

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, covered a wide range of topics in a pre-session Times/Herald interview in his Capitol office. Some highlights:

Naked Politics In South Florida, the business of government looks more and more like the business of politics


The new operatives roaming the halls of local South Florida governments come from political campaigns and public-relations firms, not from high-powered law firms that usually supply big-name lobbyists. In some cases, the consultants aren't lobbyists at all. They don't write legislation. They care less about how elected officials will vote and more about what the public will think.

Naked Politics Miami-Dade lawmakers seek to protect Jackson, public schools

Miami-Dade’s team of state lawmakers will return to Tallahassee next week with something they’ve been lacking in recent years: clout.

That could help the state’s largest legislative delegation accomplish its goals in 2015.

OS Political Pulse Ken Plante, 75, dead of ALS disease

Ken Plante, 75, a former Central Florida lawmaker who went on the become an influential lobbyist, died Sunday night in Tallahassee of Lou Gehrig's disease, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Post on Politics Will Patrick Murphy’s Republican appeal be Democratic Senate primary liability?

This 2014 Florida Democratic Party mailer touted Rep. Patrick Murphy as “independent.” If Murphy runs for Senate, Democratic primary rivals might use that image against him.

Naked Politics Monday: Top five things to watch in Tallahassee

Monday is the calm before the storm: the day before the start of the 2015 legislative session. Here are five things to watch in Florida’s Capitol:

Post on Politics Awake the State to coincide with session’s opening

Fifth annual Awake the State to take place Tuesday.

Naked Politics Ken Plante, former state senator and lobbyist, dies at age 75

Former state Sen. Ken Plante died Sunday night after a three-year battle with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

 Plante, 75, was hospitalized last week as his condition worsened.

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

via @learyreports @adamsmithtimes

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

via @learyreports

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

via @grimm_fred:

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'

via @lesleyclark

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.