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Post on Politics Nixon, haircuts and the 2016 presidential race

December 1970: President Nixon meets with Elvis and an 18-year-old John Kasich in the same week. The Kasich picture is included in a new “scouting report” on potential 2016 presidential candidates by the liberal PAC American Bridge 21st Century.

Post on Politics Scott takes the ‘interim’ off DCF chief’s title

DCF Secretary Mike Carroll

Mike Carroll, interim head of the state’s Department of Children & Families since last spring, was upgraded to permanent status Monday by Gov. Rick Scott.

Post on Politics Email ‘attaboy’ may point to illegal work by Republican consultant

New email raises more questions about whether redistricting laws were co-opted by Florida Republicans

Post on Politics Double D squeeze

Palm Beach County staff and commissioners are getting an earful from unhappy residents near the site of the Double D Ranch and Saloon, a strip club being built on Southern Blvd. near the Florida Turnpike.

Post on Politics Rubio, Nelson differ on Senate’s release of CIA ‘torture report’

Sen. Marco Rubio, right, and Sen. Bill Nelson

Post on Politics Lake Worth teacher honored with Governor’s Shine Award

Lake Worth teacher Alicia Foy honored with Governor’s Shine Award at Capitol

A veteran Palm Beach County science teacher was honored Tuesday with the Governor’s Shine Award — one of nine teachers cited for their contributions to students.

Post on Politics Obamacare adviser who called Americans stupid apologized on Capitol Hill

Economist Jonathan Gruber caused the Obama administration a serious case of heartburn when videotaped speeches surfaced showing Gruber confirming critics worst fears of suspect politics behind the passage of the healthcare law.

Among his remarks, Gruber noted “the stupidity of the American voter” as a key advantage in getting the law passed.

Today Gruber apologize for those remarks during a hearing on Capitol Hill.

Post on Politics Widow and son of firefighter help break ground for new memorial at Capitol

Owen Curry, 10, joins Cabinet members in breaking ground for new firefighter memorial

The widow of a Volusia County firefighter and their 10-year-old son helped state officials Tuesday break ground for a new memorial to fallen firefighters at the Florida Capitol.

Post on Politics Florida debt down $4 billion over past four years

Florida debt declining under Scott

Florida is carrying $24.2 billion in debt as the year comes to an end, a $4 billion drop from what taxpayers owed as recently as 2010, Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet were told Tuesday.

OS Political Pulse Sen. Bill Nelson: CIA decisions `saved lives'

 A searing report detailing the CIA’s brutal interrogation techniques after the 2001 terrorist attacks set off a bitter debate on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

Naked Politics Movers & Shakers

While three secretaries of a major state agency have recently resigned, Gov. Rick Scott has announced the reappointment or promotion of three other administrators this week.

Florida Politics Sen. Bill Nelson: CIA decisions `saved lives'

 A searing report detailing the CIA’s brutal interrogation techniques after the 2001 terrorist attacks set off a bitter debate on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

OS Political Pulse Rubio blasts Senate Dems' CIA report

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio blasted Democrats on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for releasing its 518 report summarizing the CIA's detention and interrogation Program. Rubio called the report partisan, one-sided and "unconscionable." Sen.

OS Political Pulse Taxpayers out $307,000 so far in fight over welfare drug tests

TALLAHASSEE --  Taxpayers are on the hook for at least $307,000, and perhaps much more, to cover legal expenses in Gov.

Naked Politics Miami Commission candidate taps Levine Cava campaign team


The partisan machine that propelled a political newbie onto the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners over a well-funded incumbent will look to do something similar in the city of Miami.

Naked Politics U.S. Senate approves Venezuela sanctions


The U.S. Senate on Monday passed a bill imposing targeted sanctions against Venezuelan officials responsible for violence and political arrests in the wake of anti-government protests earlier this year.

During a sparsely attended Senate session, the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014 was passed by voice vote. The bill had been caught in a political tug of war since May when the House passed a similar version of the sanctions.

PolitiJax SD6: Hutson campaign picks up top law-enforcement endorsements

Republican state Rep. Travis Hutson, who is hoping to fill the vacant state Senate District 6 seat recently vacated by John Thrasher, picked up endorsements from top law-enforcement figures in the north Florida region.

State Attorney R.J. Larizza, St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar and Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson said Monday they are backing Hutson's bid.

OS Political Pulse State breaks ground on Fallen Firefighter Memorial

TALLAHASSEE -- A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday in the Florida Capitol courtyard for the state's new Fallen Firefighter Memorial.

Naked Politics Miami-Dade mayor heads to New York for CBS News interview on race relations


Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez will be traveling Tuesday to New York, according to his office. The purpose of the trip: a "CBS Evening News" interview on how mayors handle race relations in the wake of national unrest about policing in minority communities.

Naked Politics First family lights Christmas tree at state Capitol

Gov. Rick Scott, First Lady Ann Scott and thr three Cabinet members gathered Tuesday morning for a holiday tradition in Tallahassee: the lighting of the official Christmas tree outside the governor's office. This year's tree is a locally-grown Virginia pine from the Havana Christmas Tree Farm in the town of Havana in Gadsden County, north of Tallahassee.

Naked Politics Advocate sues Miami-Dade over voter-approved FIU expansion onto youth fairgrounds


A parks advocate has sued Miami-Dade over a referendum voters approved last month that would let Florida International University build on county fairgrounds — an already contentious plan that could now get more complicated.

Naked Politics On his way out, Carlos Curbelo wants Miami-Dade school board to oppose voucher lawsuit


Carlos Curbelo has lobbed a politically-charged parting gift at his fellow school board members.

Before the newly-elected congressman heads to Washington D.C., Curbelo wants the board to take a symbolic stance against a lawsuit attacking Florida's school voucher system.

Naked Politics Gov. Scott names Mike Carroll permanent DCF chief

Nearly eight months after appointing him, Gov. Rick Scott on Monday announced that Mike Carroll will be the permanent secretary of the Department of Children and Families. Carroll is a long-time Pinellas County resident who was named DCF's interim secretary last April.

Naked Politics With Senate redistricting lawsuit pending, court releases disputed document

The Florida Supreme Court on Monday thrust into the limelight yet another secret email that reveals the role of political consultants in the redistricting process that could have bearing on the pending lawsuit over Senate redistricting.

Tom Hofeller, of the Republican National Committee, wrote to Rich Heffley, a consultant to the Republican Party of Florida, which appeared to underscore the consultants' role in the redistricting process.

Naked Politics Florida House speaker announces committee appointments

The Florida House published its new list of committee chairs and members Monday.

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, said the chairmen and chairwomen "represent every region of our state" and will bring "fresh ideas and common-sense solutions to government."

Naked Politics Jean Fitzgerald, 88, Navy captain, Broward leader

Jean Fitzgerald, a prominent member of the civic, cultural and political life of Broward County for more than three decades, died of heart failure Sunday in Jacksonville. He was 88.

Naked Politics Judge allows new complaint against Gov. Rick Scott alleging he intentionally withheld public records

A Tallahassee judge on Monday opened the door for a new complaint against Gov. Rick Scott that alleges he intentionally withheld public records in violation of state law, a charge that could result in sanctions against the governor after months of delay in the case.

Naked Politics New Republican lawmakers reflect Florida’s diversity

The new class of Republican state representatives doesn’t fit the national GOP stereotype.

Four of the 19 new members are Hispanic. Two are women.

The GOP has long been more diverse in Florida than in other states, thanks largely to Cuban Americans from Miami-Dade County. But the party is involved in a broader push to recruit minority and female candidates from across the state.

Naked Politics The 5 signs Jeb Bush getting ready to run for president

Jeb Bush is not running for president.

And he’s not not running for president.

Let’s just say Bush is jogging en route to the campaign track. The former Florida governor is getting ready, pre-campaigning. In dramatic terms, he’s backstage mulling whether his campaign is to be or not to be.

“I’m not saying, ‘Oh, woe is me,’ here, don’t get me wrong,” Bush said Monday at a Wall Street Journal event in Washington. “I’ve got to really do a lot of soul-searching.”

Naked Politics George W. Bush on Jeb running for president: 'I have no clue where his head is now.'


Will Jeb or won't Jeb? Even his brother, former President George W. Bush, doesn't know if the former Florida governor will run for the White House.

Here's what the one Bush said of the other to CNN's Candy Crowley: