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Naked Politics Marco Rubio pens Miami Herald op-ed on Cuban independence day

From Wednesday's Miami Herald:

As we mark Cuban Independence Day this Wednesday, we must never forget that the only true form of independence for the Cuban people is freedom and democracy, and we must recommit our state and nation to the goal of helping them achieve that vital objective.

Post on Politics Palm Beach County plans food giveaway June 12 in Belle Glade

Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, State Senator Joseph Abruzzo and State Representative Kevin Rader will host the Fantastic Food Giveaway from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 12, at the Avenue D Loading Ramp in Belle Glade. About 500 food cartoons of fruits, vegetables, bread and other staples will be distributed to families. Pre-registration is not required.

Post on Politics Georgia case similar to that of Palm Beach County man’s suicide; parents blame kratom

News reports out Georgia describe a death similar to one in Palm Beach County in wich the victim’s son blames the drug kratom.

Late last year, Palm Beach County commissioners considered kratom regulations, including banning the sale to minors, at the request of Linda Mautner of Boynton Beach,

Naked Politics Gov. Rick Scott's health care commission meets to talk about Medicaid, hospital profits

A commission set up this month by Gov. Rick Scott to address health care funding will meet for the first time Wednesday afternoon to discuss providing health care to low-income Floridians and the financial affairs of the state's hospitals.

Growing disagreement between the governor and hospital executives over profits and the role of the state in funding health care for those who cannot afford it are expected to be on display.

Naked Politics President Obama to tap Miami Democratic donors next week


President Obama will drop by Coconut Grove next week for two fund-raisers to benefit the Democratic Party.

Naked Politics How liberal opposition research groups target GOP presidential hopefuls

via @lesleyclark

Jeb Bush was in New Hampshire, talking to voters about the education standards called Common Core.

Back in Washington, ears perked up on a team that spends all day, every day, scouring television and the Internet for appearances by Republican presidential candidates. A check of the team’s vast video archive unearthed a 2011 clip of Bush seemingly saying something different.

Naked Politics Black robes only in court, Florida chief justice says

via @stevebousquet

Justice isn’t blind after all.

It’s black.

Florida’s highest-ranking jurist, Chief Justice Jorge Labarga of the state Supreme Court, has laid down the law: Every judge must wear a solid black robe in court at all times, and with no “embellishment.”

From now on, colored robes are banned in courtrooms, and no embellishment means nothing else — not even a cross or tiny American flag.

Naked Politics Feds launch criminal investigation into Miami-Dade inmate's shower death

via @juliekbrown

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division has begun a criminal investigation into the death of Darren Rainey, the 50-year-old inmate who was locked in a shower that had been converted into a scalding torture chamber at Dade Correctional Institution.

Naked Politics Jackson hospital blasts Florida health department over trauma-center application

via @chabelih @dchangmiami

After the Florida Department of Health denied Jackson Health System its bid for a trauma unit in South Miami-Dade April 30, Jackson is fighting back, saying that the department changed the requirements of the application beyond what is outlined in state law, leaving the hospital in a “guessing game.”

Naked Politics Statewide test won't hold students back in Miami-Dade, Broward

via @cveiga

Empowered by a new state law, education leaders in Miami-Dade and Broward counties announced Tuesday they won’t use the results of the new Florida Standards Assessment to hold students back — one of the most polarizing issues when it comes to how Florida uses tests in high-stakes decisions.

“We will not allow the results of one single test to determine the future of our students,” Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie said at a news conference.

Naked Politics Republican backed by big political names ousts Democrat in Jacksonville mayor race

From the Associated Press:

Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Lenny Curry defeated Democratic incumbent Mayor Alvin Brown on Tuesday with help from powerful friends like Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush.

Florida Politics House-passed human trafficking bill includes help for rape victims

 The House approved a bill on Tuesday to curb human trafficking, a significant source of crime and exploitation in South Florida.

OS Political Pulse House-passed human trafficking bill includes help for rape victims

 The House approved a bill on Tuesday to curb human trafficking, a significant source of crime and exploitation in South Florida.

OS Political Pulse Pew Poll: Rubio may have an age issue (not the one you think)

A new national poll by Pew Research Center reveals some early strengths and weaknesses among several key Republicans running for president, including the observation that U.S. Sen.

Post on Politics President Obama, Hillary Clinton hit up South Florida donors next week

Compared to the six-figure speaking fees she used to command, $2,700 is a bargain to hear Hillary Clinton.

Florida Democratic donors, open your checkbooks.


OS Political Pulse Buddy Dyer announces 1st fundraiser as Council races heat up

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer isn't waiting to draw an opponent to start raising funds for his re-election campaign. 

Post on Politics Carly Fiorina coming to Palm Beach County; Rand Paul cancels to fight Patriot Act

Carly Fiorina

Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina will appear at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach on Wednesday, then attend a ribbon-cutting at the Place of Hope foster care agency in Boca Raton.


PolitiJax Mayoral race: What we do — and don't — know so far

If you're a supporter of Mayor Alvin Brown or Republican challenger Lenny Curry, here are the bright-side arguments for both campaigns as we cross the high-noon hour and voters continue to cast ballots.

Post on Politics Palm Beach County OKs demolition of old Boynton Beach dive shop building

The saga of the old Splashdown Divers dive shop building might finally be nearing an end. Palm Beach County commissioners Tuesday voted 7-0 to give the Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency the green light to demolish the vacant 2-story shack at the Boynton Harbor and replace with public open space including landscaping and a pedestrian promenade.

OS Political Pulse Hillary Clinton coming to Orlando for $2.7K per fundraiser

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is coming to Central Florida for a fundraiser May 29 at the home of Democratic rainmaker and lawyer John Morgan

Post on Politics Palm Beach County takes first vote toward restricting panhandlers

The county has taken the first step toward getting panhandlers off its streets, tentatively passing a tough new ordinance and setting a second and final vote for June 23.

The vote was 7-0. But it came with expressions of concern from commissioners.

Naked Politics Marco Rubio's Half Flip on Iraq

fter former Gov. Jeb Bush’s comments about whether he would have invaded Iraq drew attention, other 2016 GOP presidential candidates staked out their positions, including U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.

OS Political Pulse Grayson declares victory in Obama ban of military equipment to cops

Last year U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson tried and failed to get Congress to consider an amendment that would have stopped the U.S.

Post on Politics Commissioner congratulates Baker as incoming county administrator

Palm Beach County Commissioner Priscilla Taylor congratulated Verdenia Baker, named last week as Bob Weisman’s successor as county administrator.

Naked Politics How Marco Rubio tells the Elián González story

via @learyreports

Elián González is back in the news, giving an exclusive interview to ABC News and saying he’d like to visit Miami. “I want to take the time to thank the American people for their love,” said Gonzalez, now 21.

Marco Rubio practically watched the infamous raid go down in April 2000, and writes about it in his memoir An American Son.

Naked Politics Hillary Clinton's coming to Florida to raise money


Hillary Clinton will make her first trip to South Florida next week as a 2016 Democratic presidential candidate to raise money from well-heeled political donors.

Naked Politics WFTV: Alan Grayson's annulment falls apart, he calls estranged wife 'gold digger'

From WFTV in Orlando:

Congressman Alan Grayson and his estranged wife, Lolita, were back in court Monday after a tentative agreement fell apart.
The last time the two were in court, both sides thought they were hours away from an agreement. Grayson signed the agreement but his wife did not.

Post on Politics Rep. Alan Grayson on estranged wife: ‘Gold diggers gotta dig’

Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, leaving court Monday.

As he contemplates a 2016 U.S. Senate campaign, Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, hasn’t been able to put a messy legal fight with his estranged wife behind him.


Post on Politics Three big items on today’s Palm Beach County Commission agenda

Palm Beach County commissioners take yet another stab today at legislating panhandlers off the streets of the county’s unincorporated areas. The commission is set to discuss a ban on any solicitation in the street, which would run off homeless people and others begging for money but also would eliminate groups such as firefighters who stand at intersections collecting for charity.

Naked Politics After tough week, a warm Miami embrace for Jeb Bush


Jeb Bush felt the welcoming embrace of Miami on Monday as he tried to put behind him a difficult week of campaigning without yet being a presidential candidate.

His political action committee, Right to Rise, held a political fund-raiser in the overwhelmingly Hispanic, working-class suburb of Sweetwater, where the former Florida Republican governor was greeted as a old friend in need of a little TLC.