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Florida Politics Bill would allow concealed weapons during emergency evacuations

Carrying a concealed weapon without a permit would be allowed during hurricane evacuations and other states of emergency under a bill advanced by Florida state representatives Wednesday.

Naked Politics RPOF's Mostly True claim about Charlie Crist and taxes

Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill that will cut auto tag fees and pointed the finger at his predecessor for raising them in the first place.

"We are going to right the wrong of the 2009 tax increase that Charlie Crist enacted," Scott said as he signed the fee rollback on April 2.

Scott, a Republican, is expected to face Democratic frontrunner Crist in November.

Naked Politics Truth-O-Meter tackles Medicare Advantage attacks

Gov. Rick Scott, like many other Republicans, has pinned part of his re-election strategy on criticizing the Affordable Care Act. He’s attacked President Barack Obama’s signature legislation time and again in campaign ads, especially the law’s effects on Medicare. The ads claim that rate cuts will drastically alter seniors’ access to the doctors and care they want.

Naked Politics My Lawmaker website helps find who represents you

Looking for an easy way to learn who represents you and how to contact them? We have re-launched My Lawmaker, a website where Floridians can plug in their street address and find out their federal and state representatives.

The site is updated with new district maps and we have phone numbers, websites and email addresses for your lawmakers.

Naked Politics Old marijuana conviction snuffs out proposal to rename Miami-Dade baseball complex


Miami-Dade County commissioners were not so high about naming a portion of a West Kendall park Tuesday after a youth baseball coordinator who was once convicted of a pot-related charge.

The late Al Engle was the former president of the Kendall Hammocks Optimist baseball program and, according to Commissioner Juan C. Zapata, who knew him, was beloved by the community.

Naked Politics Miami-Dade commissioners: We might not support PortMiami soccer stadium site


Here's a lesson for investors looking to play ball -- any type of ball -- with Miami-Dade County: It's not enough to make nice with Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

Thirteen county commissioners need to be persuaded, too. And on Tuesday, it looked like international football star David Beckham and his group, who are seeking a Major League Soccer stadium at PortMiami, had not done enough to court them (at least, not yet).

Naked Politics So far, Senate favoring big beer over craft breweries

Under a bill that passed the Senate’s Community Affairs Committee on Tuesday, craft brewers will finally be able to sell their concoctions in 64 ounce containers that are legal in 47 other states and popular for home consumption.

Naked Politics A loophole costing Miami-Dade school system $60 million may get fixed by Legislature

It’s become commonplace in Miami-Dade County: Agents file property-tax appeals for homeowners — sometimes without their permission — in hopes of sharing in the refund.

For some agents and homeowners, the practice has yielded thousands of dollars.

But for the Miami-Dade school system, a $4 billion public agency funded partially by property taxes, it could cause a $60 million hole in the budget, superintendent Alberto Carvalho said.

Naked Politics Miami Dade College president slams local lawmakers over sales-tax bill

Branding them ‘bullies’’ and “idealogues,” Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padrón blasted a handful of powerful local lawmakers on Tuesday, charging that they are sabotaging his school’s best hope for a desperately needed infusion of money.

Naked Politics Jeb's 'pandering' on immigration, says Rep. Labrador

From the Shark Tank Blog

During the Heritage Foundation’s monthly “Conversation with Conservatives” meeting with right-of- center Republican congressmen on Capitol Hill, a reporter asked the panel to opine on Jeb Bush’s recent “act of love” comment regarding immigration reform.

Post on Politics Pressure, and a change of heart gives new life to Richardson bill in House

A former fruit picker convicted but later cleared of committing one of the most brutal mass murders in Florida history edged closer Tuesday to becoming eligible for more than $1 million in state compensation.

The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee voted 11-0 to approve a bill (HB 227) created to help James Richardson, accused of killing his seven children by poisoning them with insecticide in the DeSoto County town of Arcadia, just days before Halloween 1967.

Florida Politics Latvala throws down over distributor 'tariff' imposed on craft beer


Naked Politics Sachs puts the brakes on greyhound racing de-coupling as hearing 'melts down'

The effort to reduce greyhound racing in Florida hit the skids Tuesday as the sponsor of the amendment was forced to withdraw it when it appeared she didn't have the votes.

Naked Politics Sachs puts the brakes on greyhound racing de-coupling as hearing 'melts down'

The effort to reduce greyhound racing in Florida hit the skids Tuesday as the sponsor of the amendment was forced to withdraw it when it appeared she didn't have the votes.

Naked Politics Prison workers want equal pay from Legislature

The 2014 legislative session is at the point when people do whatever they can to call attention to what appear to be lost causes.

Florida Politics Another year, another stalled batch of Democratic-sponsored elections bills

TALLAHASSEE – With an eye toward the fall elections, Florida Democrats are hoping to build pressure on the Republican-controlled Legislature to adopt tougher voter-protections for minorities despite a sweeping elections reform enacted last year.

Naked Politics Greyhounds have a quiet, but powerful, advocate in Vicky Gaetz


Florida greyhounds have a powerful, unofficial, lobbyist.

Post on Politics Bill tightening oversight of summer camp employees advances in Senate

A measure aimed at tightening state oversight of summer camp employees, inspired by a 2012 Palm Beach Post series on abuses in the current system, cleared a Senate panel Tuesday.

The bill (SB 1424) by Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, was approved by the Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee. It would create a statewide identification badge to be worn by summer camp personnel, proving that the person has cleared a criminal background check.

Florida Politics Florida Senate panel approves 'pro-life' abortion bill

A “pro-life” abortion bill passed its second Senate committee on a party line vote Tuesday morning.

Naked Politics Report faults Fla. vote but state says issues fixed

A new report by the nonpartisan Pew Charitable Trusts says states generally fared better in 2012 than previously in their handling of elections and voting. But the report singled out Florida as an exception, concluding that wait times for voters increased by 16 minutes, when elsewhere in the U.S., wait times decreased by three minutes.

Naked Politics Dem Poll: 58% want Fla to expand Medicaid coverage


A newly released Public Policy Polling poll for the liberal group finds Charlie Crist beating Republican Gov. Rick Scott 49 percent to 42 percent. That's an oddly big shift toward Crist, who barely led Scott, 43 percent to 41, in a January PPP survey.

Naked Politics Economists: If greyhound tracks decouple, state will see revenue dip for two years

Even before the ink was dry on the proposed amendment to SB 742 to allow greyhound tracks to operate their poker room and slot machine operations without racing dogs, the state's economists were hard at work calculating the cost.

Naked Politics Despite CONNECT, DEO's Panuccio on verge of confirmation

The man who presiding over Florida's $63 million CONNECT fiasco is just one step away from getting confirmed so he can keep his $141,000 job as the executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

Florida Politics Senate advances amped-up film incentives bill

TALLAHASSEE – In a heated competition for show business, Florida lawmake rs are poised to green-light a substantially higher investment in the film and entertianment industry.

Naked Politics Legg lone Republican holdout on "warning shot" bill

Sen. John Legg, R-Trinity, did something quite rare last week.

The 38-year-old Republican actually opposed a bill that had heavy NRA backing.

Post on Politics Dems target Domino and Turnquest with web ads, robocalls blasting Ryan budget

Post on Politics Jeb Bush says undocumented immigrants commit “acts of love” not felonies

Speaking to Fox News Sunday, former Florida GOP governor Jeb Bush, who is being mentioned increasingly as a presidential candidate in 2016, said political rhetoric that reviles illegal immigrants needs to stop.
“Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony,” Bush said at George Bush Presidential Library Center in College Station, Texas. “It’s an act of love; it’s an act of commitment to your family.”

Post on Politics Anti-smoking groups condemn bill limiting cities, counties on e-cigs

Brenda Olsen of American Lung Association, Florida, leads rally against e-cigarette measure

Florida Politics Jeb Bush stirs immigration backlash

With a potential presidential run at stake, Jeb Bush has taken a controversial stance on immigration at the risk of alienating a big faction of Republicans.

Post on Politics Gov. Scott, former Gov. Martinez, 2006 Dem governor nominee Davis all on hand for business confab

Not the Blue Man Group at Palm Beach County Convention Center but Gov. Rick Scott in odd lighting at a business gathering.