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OS Political Pulse Bill Nelson tries to clear path for airstrikes in Syria

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Naked Politics Fred Buckine, 75, husband of Justice Quince, has died

Fred Buckine, a former Hillsborough County judge and prosecutor and the husband of Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince for 38 years, died Saturday.

He was 75 and lived in Tallahassee. Peggy Quince, the first black woman to serve on the state Supreme Court, was appointed in December 1998.

Naked Politics Two guards suspended in new inmate abuse case

As Florida corrections secretary Mike Crews declared a zero tolerance policy on abuse of inmates, he suspended two more correctional officers following new charges of sexual abuse of an inmate at a North Florida prison.

Naked Politics Families remember lost loved ones at Missing Children's Day

Hilary Sessions quietly placed a yellow rose by the picture of her daughter, Tiffany, who disappeared more than 25 years ago. Her tribute was echoed by other family members who honored the memory of their missing or murdered child during an emotional ceremony held Monday for Florida Missing Children's Day.

Naked Politics Pam Bondi launches awkward 'Streets' TV ad

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Pam Bondi's latest campaign ad touts her efforts to quell prescription drug abuse in dramatic form: suspenseful music, police lights and sirens in the background and stern glances to the camera. But she ends with a grin as the announcer declares:"Pam Bondi, our attorney general."

Naked Politics On new list of richest and poorest members of Congress, Florida has reps at both ends

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Four Florida members of the U.S. House of Representatives are among the 50 richest members of Congress, according to a new analysis by CQ Roll Call.

Not only that, Florida holds claim to two slots on another list put out by CQ Roll Call: The 10 poorest members of Congress.

Naked Politics Debate over Common Core presents political balancing act for Gov. Rick Scott

It seemed like the commotion over the Common Core had died down in Florida.

But a dust-up last month in the Lee County school system, the state’s ninth-largest district with 85,000 students, reignited the debate over the controversial education benchmarks — and put the issue front and center in the governor’s race.

Observers say it could present a challenge for Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

Naked Politics Florida's lax regulations allow greyhound operators to avoid penalties for years

When Saul Mays applied for a license to own and train greyhounds in 2002, his rap sheet signaled he was not a model citizen.

Naked Politics Rick Scott won't go off-message to go on-message

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Rick Scott has spent as much as $3.5 million on TV ads excoriating Charlie Crist over a former donor convicted in a Ponzi scheme.

But Scott doesn't want to talk about it.

“I’m not a pundit,” Scott said last week when asked about his Scott Rothstein-related ads.

“You guys write about this stuff,” Scott said. “You can write about it.”

Naked Politics Anti-medical marijuana forces uses John Morgan's rant in new ad

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When United for Care's John Morgan gave a profanity-laced rant after a recent debate, it was only a matter of time before it came to a TV near you.

It looks like that time is now. The Vote No on 2 campaign has posted a 30-second spot that has all the makings of a TV attack ad. 

Naked Politics MA Gov. Deval Patrick to stump with Charlie Crist in South Florida

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First it was Bill Clinton. Now it's Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. And soon it'll be Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley.

The Democratic surrogates coming to Florida for Charlie Crist keeps coming.

From a press release:

TOMORROW: Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to Join Crist on Campaign Trail to Discuss Education and Attend Field Events in West Palm Beach, Broward and Miami

Naked Politics Only in Miami: cops draw guns on campaign volunteers

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The call came in to Miami-Dade Police on a rainy Saturday afternoon: two males, race unknown, were wearing dark hoodies and driving around in a late-model Buick as they appeared to case homes in the Palm Springs North neighborhood.

When the cops showed up, they quickly spotted a car matching the description. And the occupants, obscured by rain-slicked tinted windows, appeared to reach down for something.

Naked Politics Florida congressional delegation mixed on decision by White House to delay immigration changes

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Florida’s congressional delegation began to weigh in Saturday on news from the White House that President Barack Obama will postpone any executive actions on immigration until after the midterm election.

Naked Politics Scott leads Crist in new Mason-Dixon poll

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A newly released Mason-Dixon poll conducted on behalf of Telemundo (conducting the first gubernatorial debate Oct. 10) and Leadership Florida/Florida Press Association (conducting a debate Oct. 15) shows Rick Scott leading Charlie Crist 43 percent to 41 percent, within the magin of error of plus or minus 4 percent. Libertarian Adrian Wylie receives 4 percent.

Naked Politics Contract to Cheat: Florida's construction industry rip-off, a special report

Across the country, roughly 10 million construction workers spend each day in a dangerous and fickle industry. They hang drywall, lay carpet, shingle roofs. Yet in the eyes of their bosses, they aren't employees due the benefits the government requires.

Naked Politics State officials demote prison whistleblower, then back off


Naked Politics In boosting Charlie Crist, Bill Clinton frets about low Democratic turnout

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Bill Clinton sounded worried.

“Typically in nonpresidential years, Republicans vote better than Democrats do,” the former president said Friday night at a Miami campaign rally for Charlie Crist. “And we’re not going to let that happen, are we?”

The crowd of several hundred shouted back a loud no.

Naked Politics Judge orders governor to stop fighting records probe

A Tallahassee judge this week ordered Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi to stop fighting attempts to allow Google to turn over basic information about the private email accounts used by the governor and his staff to conduct state business.

Naked Politics New GOP ad misstates when Crist became gov

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Naked Politics Thrasher makes first cut for FSU prez, but not without debate

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Florida State University moved forward with its search for a new president by selecting 11 semifinalists to bring to campus for interviews next week, including state Sen. John Thrasher.

Interim President Garnett Stokes, who came to FSU to serve as provost under former President Eric Barron, is also among the semifinalists. Barron left in April to take the reins at Pennsylvania State University.

Naked Politics Sorry, Rick Scott, Florida's economy is tied to the nation’s…

@MarcACaputo

Florida’s economy, like that of many other states, is closely tied to the nation’s economy. 

But when it comes to Gov. Rick Scott’s effort to identify his office with the improved economy, there’s a good chance that the effort is a lot like his campaign slogan: “It’s working.”

Naked Politics Wasserman Schultz: 'I shouldn't have used the words' about Scott Walker

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Add one more person to the list of people who think DNC Chair and Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz went too far in bashing Scott Walker: Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Her statement:

Naked Politics FL GOP tries linking Charlie Crist to Wasserman Schultz' hair-pulling controversy

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Sharp-tongued DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz got too trenchant in Wisconsin this week when she criticized that state's governor, saying he and other conservatives gave "women the back of his hand" and "are grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back​."

Oops.

Naked Politics An early look at new promises by Scott and Crist

As Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist campaign around the state largely attacking each other, they have also made dozens promises to voters with nearly two months to go before Election Day.

Naked Politics A look back at Rick Scott's 2010 promises

Gov. Rick Scott has had four years to enact the agenda he promised as a candidate back in 2010: a relentless focus on jobs, a downsizing of government and a hard line on illegal immigration.

Naked Politics State agrees with Citizens: inland properties get rate cut, coastal property get another rate increase

State regulators have approved lower rates for most homeowners covered by Citizens Property Insurance, the first widespread rate cut by the state-run insurer in years.

Citizens, which insures those who cannot find coverage in the open market, is the largest property insurer in Florida with more than 933,000 policies as of July 31.

Naked Politics Louisiana’s Landrieu fires back at criticism over Venezuelan sanctions bill

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U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat from Louisiana, fired back at Marco Rubio and Bill Cassidy over the claim that she essentially became a conduit for a recent attempt by the regime of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro “to influence our legislative process.”

Naked Politics Taxpayers may foot former Miami official's legal bills in nepotism case

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Taxpayers will likely have to foot the bill for the legal defense of a retired city of Miami parks director who beat nepotism charges this summer.

Naked Politics FL Supreme Court: won't hear gay marriage case until after appellate court rules

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Florida's Supreme Court on Friday said it would not hear a lesbian divorce case in Tampa until after a state appeals court makes a ruling.

"We decline at this time to accept jurisdiction of the appeal," said the Supreme Court, in response to a recent request from the Florida Second District Court of Appeal,

OS Political Pulse Scott to feds: End one-size-fits-all policy for students learning English or face possible legal action

As promised, Gov. Rick Scott today demanded that U.S.