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Naked Politics Who will compete with John Thrasher for FSU presidency? Applications due at midnight


Tonight is the deadline for anyone who wants to apply to become Florida State University's next president.

The search firm and conventional wisdom say that the most qualified applicants emerge at the ninth hour whenever Florida's state universities look for new presidents. We will be checking the FSU website in the morning to get the final list of applicants and see if that rings true once again.

OS Political Pulse Anti-medical marijuana campaign blasts Morgan bar speech

Amendment 2 chairman John Morgan went to a bar last Thursday, had a few drinks and was invited up on stage to talk to the rowdy patrons about medical marijuana. The result wasn't pretty.

Naked Politics Lee County School Board reverses decision to opt out of tests

The Lee County School Board on Tuesday rescinded a controversial decision to opt out of all state-mandated testing.

Lee County schools Superintendent Nancy Graham had said the decision could cost the district up to $280 million in state funding. And the Florida School Boards Association had warned that thousands of high school students might be unable to graduate.

Naked Politics A (half) whopper about Burger King's taxes

When Burger King, the American fast-food icon, announced a deal to join forces with the Canadian coffee-and-donuts giant Tim Hortons, the reaction was swift. Burger King, it turned out, would become part of a Canadian parent company, potentially resulting in significant savings on what it pays in U.S. taxes -- a maneuver known as a corporate tax "inversion." Politicians, and ordinary Americans, cried foul.

Naked Politics George Sheldon launches campaign PAC


Democratic attorney general nominee George Sheldon is stepping his campaign up a notch through the launch of his own political committee.

Naked Politics Truth-O-Meter says Crist's attack on Rick Scott and Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein misleads voters

The Republican Party of Florida attacked former Gov. Charlie Crist in a TV ad alleging that he let Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein pick judicial appointments in exchange for campaign donations.

Naked Politics A Black History museum complicates the culture-spending debate in Miami-Dade


The question of a Cuban Exile museum prompted sharp debate this summer on the Miami-Dade commission, where ethnic tensions sometimes thrust themselves onto the agenda. Now comes a new request from the commission's senior African-American member: a Black History museum on prime Miami waterfront, possibly built with county funds. 

OS Political Pulse Florida voters split on governor, support medical pot

A new poll from Gravis Marketing finds that Florida voters are split on the governor's race, ready to try medical marijuana and unhappy with President Barack Obama.

Naked Politics Rick Scott says Charlie Crist ran Fla into ground


SARASOTA — Rick Scott, in some respects, makes it easy on journalists. If a reporter misses something he says in an interview, maybe even spaces out for a moment, it doesn't really matter, because Scott is certain to say the same thing again. And again. And again.

Naked Politics Florida Democrats have a Florida Democrats problem

Look in the mirror, Democrats.

You’re the reason Charlie Crist could easily lose against Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

If that happens, don’t blame Crist. Don’t blame Scott and his millions. Don’t blame voter suppression.

Naked Politics President Clinton to campaign with Charlie Crist on Friday


President Bill Clinton will use his star power to ramp up support for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist on Friday in Miami.

The rally will be held at 6 p.m. at the J.W. Marriott Marquis hotel. Members of the public who wish to attend must RSVP at

Naked Politics After Sheldon raises debate challenge to five, will Bondi call?

Officially, Attorney Pam Bondi was the first to issue the debate challenge to George Sheldon.

Naked Politics Crist asks Scott to let federal gay-marriage ruling stand

Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist sent a letter to Republican Gov. Rick Scott on Friday, urging him not to appeal the recent federal court ruling that found Florida's gay-marriage ban unconstitutional.

Naked Politics Andrews asks court to hold governor and attorney general in violation of state Sunshine laws

Tallahassee lawyer Steven R. Andrews expanded his public records complaints against Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi on Friday, asking the court to hold the state's top officers in violation of the state's public records laws and seeking relief and attorneys fees. 

Naked Politics Voter groups appeal newly draw congressional map in latest redistricting challenge


The coalition of voter groups that originally challenged maps draw during redistricting efforts in 2012 said they will also apeal newly draw maps approved earlier this month by a Leon County circuit court.

Naked Politics Senate education chairman declines award from school boards association

Senate Education Commitee Chairman John Legg declined an award from the Florida School Boards Association on Friday -- one day after the organization announced plans to challenge the school voucher program in court.

Naked Politics Florida Legislature sets schedule for 2015 session


Incoming Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli has notified members of which weeks to block out of their schedules leading up to the 2015 session.

Naked Politics After winning GOP primary, Miami congressional candidate still doesn't intend to disclose firm clients


Nothing has dogged Miami Republican congressional candidate Carlos Curbelo on the campaign trail more than his refusal to disclose the clients of his media and public relations firm, Capitol Gains.

Naked Politics Elected officials tour Miami-Dade courthouse, which judge compares to 'exploded meteorite'


The crew traipsing through the nooks and crannies of the historic Dade County Courthouse Thursday comprised circuit judges, elected officials and their aides –- all of them far too nattily attired for the task at hand.

They had come from more elegant quarters -– a judge’s chambers -– but appeared out of place in the courthouse’s damp basement, stepping gingerly over water pumps and around protective plastic sheeting.

Naked Politics Miami-Dade commissioner reveals 'hate' for open-government law


A Miami-Dade County commissioner let it be known in a public meeting Thursday that she’s no fan of the state law that required the meeting to be public in the first place.

Sally Heyman bemoaned Florida’s Government in the Sunshine law, which among other things forces policy meetings between two or more commissioners to be advertised in advance and open to all.

Naked Politics NextGen says Rick Scott trying to "hide from" donation

NextGen climate has unleashed another attack on Gov. Rick Scott as it relates to a drilling project that the state ultimately shut down.

Naked Politics Florida Health Choices website aimed at the uninsured draws little interest


Last year, legislators allocated $900,000 to help Floridians find affordable health care through a new state-backed website.

At the same time, they refused to expand Medicaid or work with the federal government to offer subsidized insurance plans.

Naked Politics Will Floridians be able to get endless supply of pot?

Opponents have made many arguments against Florida’s proposed medical marijuana amendment, but here’s a new one: They say patients would be able to get an unlimited amount of pot should the measure pass.

Naked Politics Rich shows her support for Crist at Broward rally

Former Gov. Charlie Crist and his Democratic primary rival former state Sen. Nan Rich of Weston put on a united front at a rallies Thursday in Orlando and Fort Lauderdale.

Naked Politics Panel rewards legislative ties, nominating Patronis and Murzin for PSC

The Public Service Nominating Council on Thursday included a current and former legislator, as well as a sitting commissioner, in the slate of seven candidates forwarded to Gov. Rick Scott to fill two positions on the five-person board that regulates Florida utilities. 

OS Political Pulse Video, Photos: Crist and Rich show unity in Fla-Dems' rally in Orlando

In a show of party unity after a sometimes-contentious primary election, 2014 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Charlie Cris t embraced former challenger Nan Rich to the delight of cheering supporters, during a rally at the Painters and Allied Trades Union Hall in Orlando Thursday.

Naked Politics Climate activists protest, but board nominating regulators ignores issue

Scientists hoping to draw attention to Gov. Rick Scott's disregard for climate change and rising seas staged a press conference next door to a meeting of the Public Service Commission Nominating Council at the Miami International Airport Hotel Thursday.
But before they could even start, state Sen.

Naked Politics School voucher lawsuit sparks debate

Naked Politics Excerpts from the text messages that didn't exist

Florida Gov. Rick Scott's office has a no-texting policy for staff. It also has a policy that discourages the use of private email accounts for public business.

Naked Politics Why did more Republicans vote in the primary? They had 19 more legislative races than Democrats


Democrats have good reason to worry that the base might not be enthusiastic about their party’s nominee, Republican-turned-independent-turned Democrat Charlie Crist.

Turnout in Democratic counties was low and more 114,000 more Republican ballots than Democratic ones were cast in the gubernatorial primary.