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Post on Politics Florida House passes bill mandating 24-hour waiting period before obtaining an abortion

With Democrats warning the law would be struck down by the courts, the Republican-controlled Florida House of Representatives passed a bill that would mandate a 24-hour waiting period before a woman could obtain an abortion.

Post on Politics Mom who says kratom helped kill her son disappointed Palm Beach County commission didn’t order warning signs

When Palm Beach County Commissioners opted Tuesday not to move on warning signs for shops that sell kratom,  Linda Mautner wasn’t able to attend. But the Boynton Beach woman said later she didn’t care for their action — or in this case, inaction.

OS Political Pulse Senators seek to revive funding for Orlando soccer stadium

TALLAHASSEE  — Backers of Florida's professional sports franchises are mounting a drive in the waning moments of this year's session of the Legislature to help out the Orlando City Lions, two other pro teams and Daytona International Speedway.

Naked Politics Miami congressman denied Air Force One seat in February will travel with Obama to Everglades


This time around, U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo didn't even have to ask for an invitation.

The White House invited the Miami Republican to ride Wednesday with President Obama to the Florida Everglades. Curbelo said yes; the congressman, whose district includes the Everglades, will be arriving at Miami International Airport with Obama on Air Force One.

Naked Politics Obama will visit Everglades, backyard to Republicans skeptical on climate change

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In his first ever visit to the Everglades on Wednesday — Earth Day — President Barack Obama hopes to connect climate change impacts already unfolding in the imperiled wetland to wider risks across the nation.

Post on Politics Rep. Tom Rooney bill would strip TSA screeners of badges, ‘police-like uniforms’



Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Okeechobee, who this week ruled out a 2016 run for U.S. Senate, has introduced a “Stop TSA Abuses Act” to take away some of the law-enforcement appearances of Transportation Security Administration screeners.


Naked Politics Does the United States spend more per student than most countries?

While some conservative activists and presidential hopefuls have trashed Common Core, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush remains a supporter of the education standards.

Post on Politics County approves money for sports lighting in Pahokee

In a county with a $4 billion budget, $13,000 isn’t a lot of money.

But when the city of Pahokee asked Palm Beach County for $13,000 to pay for sports field lighting, it  raised the eyebrows of county staff members.

Naked Politics AP: Jeb Bush prepares to give traditional campaign a makeover

From the Associated Press' Thomas  Beaumont:

DES MOINES, IOWA The traditional presidential campaign may be getting a dramatic makeover in Jeb Bush's bid for the White House as he prepares to turn some of a campaign's central functions over to a separate political organization that can raise unlimited amounts of money.

Naked Politics Matt Gaetz and the sky-diving is agri-tourism argument

Rep. Matt Gaetz is one of the Florida House's more accomplished debaters, but last month he couldn’t get a judge to agree that his client’s skydiving business constitutes “agri-tourism,’’ so on Tuesday, he prepared an amendment that would have asked his House colleagues to carve out an exception to the law.

Naked Politics Florida lawmakers rip testing vendor after second round of glitches

Schoolchildren who sat for state exams Tuesday experienced few of the technical troubles that brought testing to a standstill one day earlier.

Still, lawmakers in Tallahassee seized the opportunity to publicly blast the state’s testing vendor for its second high-profile blunder in two months.

Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, went as far as to say Florida should end its contract with American Institutes for Research.

Post on Politics Scott’s call for hurry-up, temporary budget rejected by Senate

Senate President Andy Gardiner defies Gov. Scott’s call for temporary budget

Post on Politics Florida Democrats watch as Republicans war over Medicaid expansion

For Democrats, watching House and Senate Republicans go after each other over Medicaid expansion is “fascinating.”

“This is Washington-style dysfunction,” said State Rep. Mark Pafford, a Democrat from West Palm Beach.

Naked Politics Scott says he'll call special session if lawmakers don't pass budget

Gov. Rick Scott unexpectedly announced Tuesday that if the Legislature can't settle its budget differences before May 1, he plans to call lawmakers back for a special session next month and ask the Senate and House to adopt a "continuation budget" to fund critical needs of the state next year at existing levels.

Post on Politics Scott plays hardball with deadlocked lawmakers, demands budget work to begin

Gov. Scott demands a continuation budget

Post on Politics Political and environmental agendas on display for Obama’s Everglades visit

Gov. Rick Scott and the Everglades activists are using President Obama’s Earth Day visit to the River of Grass as an opportunity to push their own Everglades agendas.

Naked Politics Former Miami mayor and Hillary Clinton supporter Manny Diaz hosting event for Marin O'Malley


As Miami mayor, Manny Diaz backed Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. But now he's hosting a breakfast for former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a potential Clinton rival in 2016.

Naked Politics In radio interview, Jeb Bush praises NSA surveillance


Asked by a Seattle radio host Tuesday to name the best thing President Obama's administration has done, likely 2016 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush cited the government's controversial surveillance programs.

"The NSA being enhanced," he told host Michael Medved in a pre-recorded interview, "while protecting civil liberties."

Naked Politics This guy? Meet the frequently wrong doctor House Republicans are relying on for their talking points

In the “history lesson” that House Republican leaders gave to their members on Tuesday, they handed out a resource guide that they could refer to in the coming weeks to bolster their position to oppose Medicaid expansion.

Included in the packet was an article written by Jason Fodeman, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arizona.

Why Fodeman?

OS Political Pulse Scott to Obama: Release cash for the Everglades


Post on Politics Lee warns Scott, House could have “blood on their hands” if session derails

Gov. Scott looking for compromise on standoff?

Rick Scott took a stab at finding a compromise in the standoff over health insurance — with Senate Budget Chairman Tom Lee saying it may stem from fear of yet another political embarrassment in Florida.

Naked Politics Mario Diaz-Balart asks USPS to explain denied ZIP code for Miami Lakes


U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart has written a letter to Postmaster General Megan Brennan in support of Miami Lakes' quest to learn why its request for a ZIP code boundary change was denied by the U.S. Postal Service.

Naked Politics House committee squeezes out gaming bill to phase out dog racing as promoters keep heat on

The calm in the lobbyist-packed room belied the intensity of the behind-the-scenes battle underway to end the House’s resistance to gambling expansion.

Naked Politics Sen. Gaetz: I don’t support allowing agencies to deny gay adoptions

Via the Miami Herald's Steve Rothaus:

Florida state Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, said Tuesday the he does not support a proposal allowing private agencies to deny adoptions by gay and lesbian couples on religious or moral grounds.

Naked Politics Marco Rubio refunds excessive campaign contributions

From Florida Bulldog:

Two days before he officially announced his run for the presidency last week, Sen. Marco Rubio’s campaign disclosed that it had refunded more than $23,000 in excessive contributions it previously had accepted.

Post on Politics Commissioners debate anti-fracking resolution

If Palm Beach County commissioners had passed on Tuesday a resolution opposing (or supporting) the energy exploration process known as fracking, their collective voice would have been heard in Tallahassee, where state lawmakers are pondering legislation on the prac

Naked Politics Cheat Sheet: House GOP's Nine Talking Points on Medicaid expansion

To hold a meeting among House Republicans in private to discuss Medicaid expansion and the Low Income Pool, Speaker Steve Crisafulli said the meeting was for informational purposes only.

“It was strictly a history lesson for our members,” Crisafulli said. “It was important for us to do it.”

Naked Politics Florida House Republicans tackle Medicaid standoff behind closed doors; Senate holds emergency meeting

While the 40-member Senate convened a rare emergency meeting to discuss Florida's budget dilemma Tuesday -- with more than 100 lobbyists, citizen activists and reporters attending -- House Republicans took up the same issue behind closed doors.

To keep reporters and members of the public out, a legislative aide was posted at the door.

Post on Politics Abortion waiting period bill heads to floor

An amended House bill that underwent more than two hours of debate this morning is now headed to the House floor for a final vote.

Rep. Jennifer Sullivan

Naked Politics Sen. Lee: Governor and House should avoid 'blood on their hands'

Senate Appropriations Chairman Tom Lee, R-Brandon, met with Gov. Rick Scott Monday evening and they discussed the health care impasse that will send the 2015 session into overtime.