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Naked Politics Crews: Scott, consumed by image, ignored crisis facing prison system

@JKnipeBrown and @MaryEllenKlas

It was July 10, 2014. Mike Crews, then-secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections, was in the thick of a public firestorm over allegations that a mentally ill inmate had died in a scalding shower as part of a punishment ritual by officers at Dade Correctional Institution.

Post on Politics Giuliani weighs in for pal Diamond in big-spending Palm Beach race

Rudy Giuliani and Bill Diamond outside Palm Beach Town Hall.

PALM BEACH — Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani made an appearance today for longtime friend Bill Diamond‘s re-election bid in a costly town council race.

 

Naked Politics Ad campaign against David Beckham MLS stadium at PortMiami wins award

@PatriciaMazzei

When you beat David Beckham at something -- even away from the soccer field -- people take notice. So it was for the advertising firm hired to campaign against Beckham's idea to build a Major League Soccer stadium at PortMiami. 

Naked Politics Elián González case proved early test for Jeb Bush

@PatriciaMazzei

Late at night on Good Friday a decade and a half ago, Jeb Bush was glued to his email.

Naked Politics Scott's office silenced Bailey and Putnam not happy

In ways large and small, Gov. Rick Scott's office made life miserable for Gerald Bailey.

Bailey's firing as commissioner of FDLE has become a media firestorm and the worst controversy of Scott's tenure as governor. Here's another incident, one that has Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam shaking his head in dismay, and it involves paying about 300 FDLE employees more money.

OS Political Pulse Mica boosts Apopka veterans

Apopka veterans got a boost this week.

Naked Politics Process starts for Amendment 1 structure changes

The early steps of implementing Amendment 1 have started, but there's a long way to go. 

Sen. Charlie Dean, R-Inverness, filed legislation Friday to restructure state funds that provide for buying and maintaining land for conservation, in accordance with the constitutional amendment, which passed in November. 

Naked Politics New complaint on FDLE debacle filed with Commission on Ethics

@mikevansickler

Naked Politics Fact-checking the 2015 Super Bowl

With Super Bowl Sunday fast approaching, PolitiFact took a break from planning our parties (guacamole!) to research and report a couple of new fact-checks. 

Naked Politics Venezuela makes wrongly detained Miami Herald reporter the face of....tourism?

From @jimwyss:

Venezuela is at a tourism convention in Spain this week trying to draw visitors. It has to be a tough sell, considering it’s one of the most murderous countries in the hemisphere and is prone to civil unrest.

Perhaps as part of the campaign, they’ve rolled out a hash-tag called #Amamosavenezuela or “We love Venezuela.” In a promo on state-run Telesur television the tag-line reads: “We love Venezuela for receiving foreigners like one of our own.”

Post on Politics Gov. Scott brings tax-cut tour to Boca Raton

Gov. Rick Scott holds up his cell phone to promote communications tax cut proposal.

Naked Politics The Florida Chamber's claim about the uninsured

The Florida Chamber of Commerce is weighing in on the state’s rising cost of health care, decrying the Affordable Care Act’s plans to expand Medicaid, but acknowledging uninsured residents cost big bucks.

Naked Politics The Hill: Debbie Wasserman Schultz cast House vote on Mario Diaz-Balart's behalf

@PatriciaMazzei

Voting for another member of Congress is technically a no-no.

But that's what Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Weston Democrat and the Democratic National Committee chairwoman, did this week for Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Miami Republican, according to The Hill.

OS Political Pulse Meggs: I won't look into open-meetings allegation involving FDLE chief

TALLAHASSEE  — A Tallahassee prosecutor says he won't investigate whether Gov.

Naked Politics Fact-checking Debbie Wasserman Schultz's claim about Marco Rubio's position on immigration reform and pathway to citizenship

As U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., considers a bid for president, Democrats are attacking him on his signature issue: immigration.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of South Florida had this to say about her fellow Floridian:

Naked Politics Cameras capture scuffle at Miami community meeting

@NewsbySmiley

We know. We know. The words "community meeting" generally don't get the blood flowing.

But every once in a while a pastor tells a city commissioner to grow a pair, and someone busts out a chokehold.

 

Post on Politics Scott looks to woo jobless energy workers to Florida

Scott wants laid-off energy workers to come to Florida

With falling oil prices spawning layoffs in some states, Gov. Rick Scott is trying to woo out-of-work energy industry workers to Florida — touting this state’s economic rebound.

Naked Politics Amid friction, Miami-Dade mayor and schools chief agree to lobby on tax appeals

@doug_hanks and @cveiga

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez on Thursday invited the county's schools chief to launch a joint lobbying effort for changes in state law governing property-tax appeals.

Naked Politics Meggs won't investigate possible FDLE open meetings violation

State Attorney Willie Meggs said Thursday that he will not investigate whether the state's open meetings law was violated by Gov. Rick Scott and the three elected Cabinet members in last month's ouster of the commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

OS Political Pulse Poinciana attempt at incorporation falls short again

The third time was not yet the charm for Poinciana residents' attempts at incorporating as a city - but it's not quite over yet.

PolitiJax Anna Brosche picks up endorsement from UNF President Delaney for at-large Council seat

University of North Florida president and former Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney said Thursday he's backing Republican Anna Brosche for the City Council At-Large Group 1 seat, another boost for the candidate who already leads the pack in fundraising.

Brosche is hoping to unseat Democratic incumbet Councilwoman Kimberly Daniels.

Naked Politics Carlos Curbelo backs immigration reform but could support House immigration lawsuit against Obama

@PatriciaMazzei

House Speaker John Boehner's move toward suing President Obama over his executive immigration action could put Miami Republican members of Congress in a tough spot. They generally support the policies pushed by the president but oppose how he went about them. So would they back a House lawsuit?

Naked Politics NYT: Mitt's Iowa guy chooses Jeb

From The New York Times:

David Kochel, a Republican strategist based in Iowa who worked on both of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns, is joining Jeb Bush’s political action committee as a senior strategist and is in line to serve as Mr. Bush’s national campaign manager.

Post on Politics How much will Scott’s tax cut save you? Click here for do-it-yourself

Gov. Scott wants to cut cell phone and TV taxes

Naked Politics Return of the GOP King: Jeb Bush's political team staffs up in Tallahassee

@MarcACaputo

A new but old political team is setting up shop in Tallahassee: Jeb Bush’s crew.

Starting this week, Bush’s nascent political operation began working for his Right to Rise political action committee in the capital city, forming the nucleus of a campaign team if the former Florida governor seeks the White House.

Naked Politics Carlos Curbelo creates leadership PAC to benefit pro-immigration reform Republicans

@PatriciaMazzei

As a Republican representing Democrat-rich South Florida, Carlos Curbelo has no trouble supporting comprehensive immigration reform in Congress.

But that's a far more difficult position for some of his colleagues who fear conservative primary challengers to take.

Post on Politics Tupelo honey, the sweet stuff – not the song, could become state symbol

Florida would finally have an official state honey under a bill, SB 556, filed by Sen. Bill Montford. Tupelo

Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Naked Politics Ileana Ros-Lehtinen gets assignments in new intelligence committee role

@PatriciaMazzei

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was so visible in Miami as chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee that it's easy to forget she no longer chairs the panel, as a result of House GOP term limits.

Naked Politics Sen. Marco Rubio says Obama administration should support "independent" investigation of Argentine prosecutor's death

From Sen. Marco Rubio press release:

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio today urged Secretary of State John Kerry to support the establishment of an “independent, internationally assisted investigation” into the recent suspicious death of Alberto Nisman, Argentina’s Special Prosecutor in charge of investigating the 1994 terrorist attack against a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires.

Naked Politics Gov. Rick Scott expresses confidence in his staff

Gov. Rick Scott expressed confidence in his staff Thursday, dismissing the notion that they are responsible for the controversy caused by the hurried dismissal of former Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey.

"I have a great chief of staff," Scott said at the Tampa Chamber of Commerce, where he was discussing his proposed $470 million communications tax cut. "Melissa Sellers, along with my other team, is doing a great job."