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Naked Politics State fires prison guard with history of unchecked abuse complaints on eve of Herald report

Rollin Suttle Austin was arrested for theft, convicted of drunk driving and accused of dozens of brutal, unprovoked beatings. 

Victims have alleged that the beefy, bald, 43-year-old amused himself by slamming heads into concrete and grabbing people by their throats and often bragged about getting away with killing a man. 

Naked Politics NYT claims to exposes the source in the Gary Hart affair

In a bit of trivia that will fascinate historians of presidential politics, journalism and tawdry sex scandals, the New York Times has named a South Florida woman it says was the source of a Miami Herald story 27 years ago that wrecked the candidacy of Democrat Gary Hart.

Naked Politics As inmate death count mounts, Florida prison boss fires 32 guards on Friday

Thirty-two guards with the Florida Department of Corrections were fired Friday afternoon in what union officials were calling a “Friday night massacre.” All were accused of criminal wrongdoing or misconduct in connection with the deaths of inmates at four state prisons.

Naked Politics With black vote crucial to Charlie Crist, will they turn out?

Mary Wilkerson is aware there's a governor's race on the November ballot, but "it's not on my radar,'' says the 60-year-old from Jacksonville.

Wilkerson, a black Democrat and reliable supporter of Barack Obama, is the kind of voter who is pivotal to the candidacy of Charlie Crist, the former Republican governor turned Democrat.

Naked Politics Six weeks until Election Day, but first wave of Florida ballots already in the mail

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 TALLAHASSEE — More than six weeks before Election Day, some voters are already casting ballots and helping elect Florida’s next governor.

County elections supervisors have until Saturday to mail hundreds of thousands of ballots to Floridians living overseas, many of whom are active-duty military personnel.

Naked Politics Court hears Bainter's challenge to releasing his emails, he warns of repercussions

One of Florida's top Republican political consultants stopped short of accusing the state Supreme Court of lacking "integrity" Friday if it rules that he must disclose emails in a case brought under the state’s new anti-gerrymanding laws.

OS Political Pulse Supreme Court questions need for documents' secrecy

TALLAHASSEE -- A lawyer for a Republican political consultant trying to keep out of public view documents at the center of a redistricting lawsuit ran into resistance from Florida Supreme Court justices across the ideological spectrum Friday.

Naked Politics GOP's Bainter says the Supreme Court's 'integrity' is at stake in his case before them

With his First Amendment challenge pending before the Florida Supreme Court, GOP political consultant Pat Bainter issued a rare statement calling out the court after oral arguments today in which he urged the court to keep secret his emails related to redistricting.

Bainter is now suggesting that the "institutional integrity of the court is at stake" in how they rule.

Here's the statement: 

Naked Politics Charlie Crist releases "4,000 lies" ad against Rick Scott over Ponzi-scheme spot

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In response to Gov. Rick Scott's second ad about Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein, Democrat Charlie Crist is releasing his second response commercial, called "4,000 lies" -- a references to the estimated number of times the ad called "swindle" ran.

Naked Politics Broward PBA's complaint vs. Gov. Scott dismissed

The Florida Elections Commission has thrown out a highly-publicized complaint that was filed against Gov. Rick Scott in July, calling it "hearsay."

Naked Politics Tracker video shows Carlos Curbelo calling Medicare, Social Security a 'Ponzi scheme'

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Taking a page from Rick Perry, Miami congressional candidate Carlos Curbelo called Medicare and Social Security "a Ponzi scheme" that needs extensive reforms in order to remain sustainable.

Naked Politics In 'dirty deal' linked to David Rivera, judge reduces convict's prison sentence

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Justin Lamar Sternad took the bus to his federal sentencing in a campaign finance scheme that prosecutors link to former congressman David Rivera.

After working a night shift at a local hotel, Sternad appeared Friday morning in court where a judge gave the father off five somewhat of a break: A reduction of his seven-month prison sentence to 30 days with three months of house arrest.

Naked Politics Scott raises money in Texas, dines with Rick Perry

Gov. Rick Scott was in Texas Thursday, meeting with Gov. Rick Perry and raising campaign money in Dallas. Scott attended law school at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and later worked there as a mergers and acquisitions lawyer. Perry appeared on Fox Business News' Opening Bell Friday where he talked up Scott's record.

Naked Politics John Thrasher's FSU foes point to political links with Koch brothers

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One of the latest lines of attack against state Sen. John Thrasher becoming Florida State University's next president: Tying him to the billionaire libertarian Koch brothers.

But Thrasher's ties to the political activists — whose name at FSU is especially radioactive since a controversial gift several years ago — are not as clear as some are suggesting.

Naked Politics Putnam goes shopping to pitch weekend tax holiday

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam went shopping Friday to promote the state's latest tax holiday for consumers: a first-of-its-kind three-day break from sales tax for purchases of energy-efficient and water-efficient appliances.

Naked Politics First convict in David Rivera campaign-finance case asks for lighter sentence

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Federal prosecutors and the lawyer for the first conspirator convicted in a campaign-finance scheme linked to ex-congressman David Rivera will ask a judge Friday to reduce the man's sentence.

Justin Lamar Sternad was sentenced last year to seven months in prison for taking more than $81,000 in illegal campaign contributions, which Rivera allegedly steered to him in a failed 2012 congressional bid.

Naked Politics NextGen builds an ark and says Gov. Rick Scott is picking the passengers

 And now for the latest gimmick: NextGen Climate has built an ark, and the Democrat-leaning enviro group is trucking it around Florida using a pretty low-efficiency vehicle to bring home the point that Gov. Rick Scott won't talk about, yes, climate change. 

Naked Politics South Florida advocate pushes Congress for action in assisting poor, ailing Holocaust survivors

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Citing “tragic and unacceptable” poverty numbers among Holocaust survivors in the U.S., a leading advocate from South Florida told a congressional panel Thursday that Congress should do more to help such survivors get the care and resources they need.

OS Political Pulse Moore earns ex-opponent's endorsement in Orange commission race

Eatonville Town Councilman Alvin Moore receives the backing of a former opponent in his campaign for Orange County Commission in District 2.

Florida Politics Floridians push Congress to fund snagged Everglades project

It’s time to cut through the red tape and move water south from Lake Okeechobee to avoid polluted discharges along the Treasure Coast, Florida members of Congress declared on Thursday.

OS Political Pulse Floridians push Congress to fund snagged Everglades project

It’s time to cut through the red tape and move water south from Lake Okeechobee to avoid polluted discharges along the Treasure Coast, Florida members of Congress declared on Thursday.

Naked Politics In battle over Politico article, DNC offers defense of Wasserman Schultz

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U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Democrat from Weston who doubles as the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, was blasted in a lengthy article in Politico that documented her rocky relationship with the Obama White House and indicated her tenure might be limited.

Naked Politics Naked Politics changes commenting requirements

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Starting this week, to comment on this blog you’ll need to log in with a Facebook account.

The Miami Herald wants to encourage lively discussion on the blog, but we also believe that respect and civility must be part of a good debate.  

OS Political Pulse Crist allies call Scott's Rothstein ad a 'lie'

TALLAHASSEE -- Two longtime political allies of Democrat Charlie Crist are calling a Rick Scott ad linking the former governor to convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein “nothing but a lie.”

Naked Politics Gov. Scott appoints Jimmy Patronis and Julie Brown to utility board

Four years after the state Senate rejected two of former Gov. Charlie Crist's appointees to the Public Service Commission because they had no industry experience, Gov. Rick Scott has appointed state Rep. Jimmy Patronis to the same board, even though he has had no industry experience.

Naked Politics Gov. Scott names close ally, Rep. Patronis, to PSC

Gov. Rick Scott chose Republican state Rep. Jimmy Patronis Thursday for one of two openings on the Public Service Commission, the five-member panel that regulates public utilities in the state. Scott also reappointed Commissioner Julie Brown to a second four-year term on the PSC.

Naked Politics Crist supporters want Scott to take down controversial ad



Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano and former Department of Corrections Secretary Walt McNeil on Thursday called on Republican Gov. Rick Scott to take down a controversial attack ad.

Florida Politics Crist allies call Scott's Rothstein ad a 'lie'

TALLAHASSEE -- Two longtime political allies of Democrat Charlie Crist are calling a Rick Scott ad linking the former governor to convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein “nothing but a lie.”

PolitiJax JAX Chamber endorses Mike Williams for Sheriff

The JAX Chamber's political action committee has endorsed Mike Williams for Jacksonville Sheriff, chamber officials announced Wednesday.

Williams retired from the Sheriff's Office in August. He worked in the department for 23 years, most recently as Director of Patrol Operations post.

Naked Politics Lois Frankel says Rick Scott closed 30 women's healthcare centers. PolitiFact Florida says: Pants on Fire!

Democrats have been counting on a gender gap to win races in 2014, and Democrat Charlie Crist is part of that trend, lobbying hard for the women’svote in his battle against Republican Gov. Rick Scott.