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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

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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

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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

@PatriciaMazzei

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'

@PatriciaMazzei

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

@PatriciaMazzei

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

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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

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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

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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.

Naked Politics Florida Supreme Court rules that PSC and FPL had right to cut out public counsel

The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a unanimous decision that the Florida Public Service Commission did not violate the constitution when it approved a settlement agreement with Florida Power & Light that failed to include the legal offices that represents the public in rate cases.  Download Sc13-144

Naked Politics Lee County opts out of state tests

As our friends at the Naples Daily News report, the Lee County school district on Wednesday became the first in the state to opt out of all state-mandated testing.

Hundreds of opt-out advocates showed up at the district headquarters to watch the 3-2 vote against the new high-stakes assessment.

Naked Politics Climate activists to protest PSC at meeting to interview prospects for the utility board

The normally staid meeting of the Public Service Nominating Council could get a bit lively on Thursday as a group of climate change activists, including a scientist who met with Gov. Rick Scott, stage a protest at the Miami International Airport to complain about the utility board's "cozy relationship with Florida's utility companies."

Naked Politics Tortured pre-teen went from 115 pounds to 56 at death

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Tamiyah Audain, a sickly and severely disabled preteen under the care of state child welfare authorities, endured life-ending neglect so severe that it constituted “torture,” police say.

Naked Politics Culture of secrecy extended to governor's 'legacy' Mansion project

The idea made sense: create a “governor’s park” around the Florida Governor’s Mansion to spruce up the entrance by buying up shabby commercial property on the adjacent street and replace it with a grand boulevard and a visitors commons.

Naked Politics Proposed FIU expansion could be on November ballot, if Miami-Dade commission approves

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Miami-Dade County has already endorsed the expansion of Florida International University onto the Tamiami Park fairgrounds. Now it wants the political backing of a far more powerful group: county voters.

Naked Politics Florida court ask state Supreme Court to address gay marriage questions

From the Associated Press:

Florida's highest court is being asked to decide whether or not the state's ban on gay marriage is constitutional.

In an unusual decision, the state's 2nd District Court of Appeal on Wednesday asked the Florida Supreme Court to settle the question due to "great public importance." If the high court takes up the case, it could result in having the issue settled even before the U.S. Supreme Court acts.

Naked Politics Study: States with medical pot see drop in overdoses from narcotic pain meds

From Stephen Nohlgren, Tampa Bay Times

In a finding that could ripple through Florida, a study released this week reported that the average number of narcotic painkiller overdoses in medical marijuana states is 25 percent lower than would be expected if pot use weren't legal.

Naked Politics Why Charlie Crist's tepid North Florida Dixiecrat support makes him a typical Democrat

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Here's another sign that Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist is a real Florida Democrat: conservative North Florida Dixiecrats aren't crazy about him.

Naked Politics CFO candidate William Rankin not scheduled to campaign with Democrats

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Democrat William Rankin wants to be taken seriously as a challenger to incumbent Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a Republican.

Naked Politics Teachers union to take "legal action" against voucher program

The statewide teachers union plans to announce new "legal action" against Florida's school voucher program at a press conference Thursday, union leaders said.

The voucher program, also known as the Tax Credit Scholarship Program, enables corporations to fund private-school scholarships for low-income children. The businesses receive dollar-for-dollar tax credits in exchange for their contributions.

The cap on tax credits for the program is set by state law.