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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.

PolitiJax Jacksonville City Council District 8 candidates garner endorsements

Candidates running for Jacksonville City Council District 8 have picked up some endorsements.

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

Fields has been endorsed by the Jacksonville Association of Firefighters, Northeast Florida LGBT Leadership PAC, and Northeast Florida Association of Realtors.

Naked Politics Obama commemorates 3rd anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death


President Obama used part of his remarks in a reception Thursday honoring African American History month to remember Trayvon Martin, the Miami Gardens teenager killed three years ago in Sanford.

Naked Politics Miami FDLE chief suspended with pay

via @DavidOvalle305

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s top agent in Miami has been put on administrative leave with pay as the agency investigates a “citizen’s complaint,” a spokesman said Thursday.

Troy Walker, the special agent in charge of the Miami regional field office, had only been on the job for two months after arriving from a high-ranking role in the Tampa field office.

OS Political Pulse Video, Photos: Scott awards $10m in performance funding to Orange schools

Governor Rick Scott presented $10.3 million in school recognition funding to Orange County Public Schools superintendent Dr. Barbara Jenkins during a ceremony at Dr. Phillips High School, in Orlando, Thursday.

PolitiJax Jacksonville City Council District 10 incumbent receives firefighters union endorsement

Incumbent Reggie Brown, a Democrat, has received the endorsement of the Jacksonville Association of Firefighters in his re-election bid to District 10 on the Jacksonville City Council.

He faces challengers Celestine Mills, also a Democrat, and Joseph L. Willis, nonpartisan, in the race.

PolitiJax Jacksonville City Council District 8

Five candidates are running for Jacksonville City Council District 8 where longtime incumbent Denise Lee is term-limited out.

All Democrats, the candidates are James M. Breaker, Katrina Brown, Terry L. Fields, Pat Lockett-Felder and Lynn Sherman.

Naked Politics NYT: Jeb Bush demands 'monogamy' from advisers

From The New York Times:

Naked Politics At CPAC, Chris Christie takes aim at Jeb Bush

via @learyreports

Chris Christie appeared at CPAC today outside Washington and took several shots at Jeb Bush, who is working to stifle Christie's support among center-right Republicans.

Naked Politics Rand Paul slams Jeb Bush over marijuana 'hypocrisy'

via @seancockerham

Sen. Rand Paul slammed Jeb Bush for "hypocrisy" as both prepare to make the case that conservatives should support their presidential aspirations.

Paul, R-Kentucky, noted that Bush opposes legalizing medical marijuana despite admitting that he smoked marijuana as a prep student at the elite Phillips Academy.

Naked Politics Tea-partier calls for walkout during Jeb Bush CPAC speech

via @lesleyclark

William Temple, a tri-corner hat wearing Brunswick, Ga., man who bills himself as the “Colonial face of the tea party,” is urging attendees of the Conservative Political Action Conference to take a stand when Jeb Bush shows up Friday -- head for the exits.

Naked Politics Fact-checks about the Florida Legislature including claims by Badass Teachers, Jeff Clemens and Eckerd prof

When the Florida Legislature convenes March 3, it will kick off a 60-day session during which legislators and Republican Gov. Rick Scott will fashion a budget and set policies on topics including K-12 tests, guns on college campus and whether to allow online voter registration.

Naked Politics Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: "Cuba Poses A Clear And Present Danger To The United States"

At a congressional hearing reviewing President Barack Obama's Cuba policy, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen told members of the Western Hemisphere subcommittee that the Castro regime "undermines our national security at every turn."

"Let me be clear," Ros-Lehtinen said in prepared remarks. "Cuba poses a clear and present danger to the United States."

Read her complete remarks after the jump


Post on Politics Police academies at black universities created by bill

Identical bills introduced into both chambers would create law enforcement academies at historically black universities to increase the ranks of minority officers and promote and “foster greater understanding and respect” for racial and cultural differences.

Naked Politics Fact-checking attack on Debbie Wasserman Schultz about her pot votes

As U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., weighs a potential presidential bid in 2016, a long list of politicians are considering whether to run for his Senate seat.

Post on Politics Ben Carson at CPAC: compassion for poor, destruction for ISIS

Ben Carson of West Palm Beach at CPAC today.

Naked Politics Putnam's draft op-ed cites secrecy in Bailey's ouster

At the height of the outcry over the forced ouster of an FDLE commissioner by Gov. Rick Scott's office, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam was poised to go public with a strongly-worded denunciation of the Gerald Bailey fiasco, including a reference to "key actions" made in secret that deny Floridians the constitutional right of access.

Naked Politics In Miami-Dade County, a lobbyist's email prompts a spat


 A tiff over the guest list for a big speech by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has revealed a spat within his inner circle.

On Feb. 11, lobbyist Jorge Luis Lopez sent an email to clients and others on his mailing list announcing Gimenez’s upcoming State of the County address, a public event being held Thursday morning at Florida International University.

Post on Politics In Miami, Obama shrugs at judge, dares Congress to counter his immigration action

President Obama arrives in Miami on Wednesday.