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TBO Blogs Gaetz, Weatherford: No major environmental actions coming in session

Legislative leaders Don Gaetz and Will Weatherford said they don’t foresee any major legislation for protecting Florida water sources passing in this session of the state Legislature, in part because they intend to leave the field clear for incoming state Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli.

Asked…

TBO Blogs Chamber poll: Jolly over Sink 44-42

A poll done by a Republican-oriented political consulting and research firm for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce shows Republican David Jolly leading Democrat Alex Sink 44-42 percent in the special election to replace U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young in Pinellas County.

Libertarian Lucas Overby got 7 percent.

Previous polls in…

TBO Blogs Medical pot advocate upset over booze measures

The head of the drive to legalize medical pot in Florida is blasting lawmakers for proposing to expand the “sale of hard liquor to grocery stores” while opposing marijuana as medicine.

Ben Pollara, campaign manager for United for Care, sent out an email Tuesday, taking the Legislature to task…

TBO Blogs Buckhorn host Obamacare weekend sign-ups

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will open city rec centers in three neighborhoods in March to encourage residents to sign up for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.
Buckhorn announced Tuesday a schedule of six weekend and one mid-week events starting March 1 aimed at enrolling up…

TBO Blogs Tampa Chamber urges MacDill emphasis in D-13 race

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce isn’t picking a favorite in the race to fill the late Congressman Bill Young’s seat, but it is stressing the economic importance of MacDill Airforce Base, and wants whoeverr wins to advocate for it amid the perennial threat of base closures. Young is credited…

TBO Blogs Mr. Crist Goes to Tallahassee

Former Gov. Charlie Crist strode into Tallahassee Thursday night and nothing was going to get him down.

Not the protestors in front of the Books-A-Million where he was going to sign copies of his book, “The Party’s Over: How the Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP and I Became a…

TBO Blogs Cramming time for those casting ballots Election Day

If you’ve tuned out the noise leading up to the special election to fill the seat of the late U.S. Rep Bill Young, you’re in good company.

Even the candidates have turned up their noses at the nasty nature of their television commercials.

But at…

TBO Blogs StPetePolls says Sink leading among early voters

A poll that sought out Pinellas County voters who have already voted or are likely to vote in the special election in congressional district 13 says Alex Sink has a lead over David Jolly.

The poll by StPetePolls, conducted Feb. 25, includes responses of 813 people…

TBO Blogs Update: Scott says he’d veto Az anti-gay rights bill

Gov. Rick Scott, who declined in a television interview earlier today to say whether he’d support an anti-gay rights bill of the kind recently passed in Arizona, has now issued a statement he’d veto it.

The law would allow businesses to deny services to gay…

TBO Blogs Az anti-gay rights law enters Fl governor’s race

In 2010, an anti-illegal immigration law in Arizona was an issue in the Florida governor’s race. This year, it looks as if an Arizona anti-gay rights law could be.

Democrats including Charlie Crist, the likely nominee to run against Republican Gov. Rick Scott, are playing up Scott’s refusal on a…

Naked Politics CD19 donnybrook, part XXVII: Connie Mack vs. Brian Hughes

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Ever since cocaine Congressman Trey Radel resigned his Southwest Florida seat, the Republicans vying to replace him have torn each other up.

Naked Politics At predecessor's trial, Hialeah mayor admits to have taken part in city's 'shadow' banking

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Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez, testifying under oath Wednesday in the tax-evasion trial of his predecessor, acknowledged that he too had taken part in the city's “shadow” banking business that charged astronomical interest rates on loans.

Naked Politics Bill Nelson seeks local solution to expand Medicaid in Florida

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Expanding Medicaid to cover thousands of uninsured Floridians has mostly been ignored by Republicans during this year's legislative session, but U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is making a last-ditch effort to get it done.

Naked Politics Udonis Haslem makes pitch for the "Uber bill"

With less than three weeks left in the legislative session, Uber is making an aggressive push to get its priority bills across the finish line.

The luxury-car mobile-dispatching service is throwing its considerable heft behind SB 1618 and HB 1389.

Naked Politics Rick Scott's latest positive ad: Navy

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Upbeat and bearing an inspirational story in just 30 seconds, Gov. Rick Scott's latest TV ad is the kind that makes you want to vote for him. Plus, it's not misleading.

Naked Politics Cash keeps rolling into Florida's Congressional District 26 race

@PatriciaMazzei

You know it's getting closer to election season when the two leading candidates for a congressional seat both send news releases touting their fundraising totals.

Post on Politics Sens. Nelson, Rubio to join Thursday to discuss Venezuela crisis

Nelson in West Palm Beach today.

Post on Politics Scott’s reelection story gets another chapter in latest TV spot

Gov. Rick Scott's latest TV ad looks back on his Navy days

Gov. Rick Scott Wednesday launched the second installment of the bi0-pic approach his campaign is using to reintroduce him to Florida voters.

Post on Politics Watchdog groups urge action on ethics bills in session’s homestretch

Watchdog groups Wednesday urged Florida lawmakers to finalize ethics proposals that would strengthen access to public records and require more lobbyists to register and disclose how much they get paid.

Both measures have cleared the Senate, but are languishing in the House. The Legislature returns from a Passover-Easter break on Monday to begin the session’s last scheduled two weeks.

Post on Politics Frankel headed to Ukraine, says ‘my mother is not happy’

Frankel speaking at a 55+ community west of Delray Beach today.

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, will head to Ukraine on Thursday along with other members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Florida Politics Ethics bills languishing in Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE -- A year after passing sweeping reforms on political lobbying and conflicts-of-interests, proposals to impose even stronger ethical requirements on politicians are languishing in the Florida Legislature.

Naked Politics DEO challenges a local permit. Yes, that's news

From Bruce Ritchie of the Florida Current:

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is appealing a development permit in Lake County in what is the first challenge or appeal to a local land use decision since the department was created.

Post on Politics Republican Domino spends $42,087 to raise $31,840 in congressional race

Carl Domino (left) and other Republican congressional candidates at a January forum.

Naked Politics Rick Scott: Charlie Crist's debate challenge is "laughable"

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“Give me Scott.”

Democrat Charlie Crist issued that implicit debate challenge to Gov. Rick Scott during an impromptu caught-on-video meeting with Lieutenant Governor Carlos-Lopez Cantera.

But Scott said Tuesday that he’s not ready to take up the challenge, noting that Crist has refused to debate his fellow Democrat, former Sen. Nan Rich.

“That’s laughable. Think about it. He has a primary,” Scott said.

Naked Politics SurveyUSA poll: Crist leads by 5% as Scott spends $5 million on TV ads

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A new SurveyUSA poll shows Democrat Charlie Crist leading Gov. Rick Scott by about 5 percentage points --and despite $5.2 million in ad buys from the Republican.

The likely voter poll, conducted for Tampa's WFLA station, jibes with about a dozen other recent public surveys except two:

Naked Politics Judge signs off on $1.6 billion Miami-Dade sewer-repairs mandate

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Years in the making, a legal agreement is finally in place requiring Miami-Dade County to make $1.6 billion in repairs over the next 15 years to its decaying sewer system.

Naked Politics Scott calls out Senate for low-balling child protection but defends gaps in his plan

Gov. Rick Scott visited a Department of Children and Families service center in Opa-locka on Tuesday to tout additional funding and staffing for the troubled agency’s child protection system.

Surrounding by child abuse investigators and supervisors, Scott pledged again — as he did earlier this year — to commit about $39 million in new dollars to hire more staff and lower caseloads and chastised the Florida Senate for not including the money in its budget.

Florida Politics Florida lawmakers litter budget with hometown projects

TALLAHASSEE – Southwest Ranches describes itself glowingly as a rural, Old Florida time-warp of a town near Fort Lauderdale, complete with “donkeys braying, roosters crowing, and no sidewalks.”

Naked Politics Charlie Crist is 'behind the eight ball," says Rick Scott's internal ground-game memo

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Remember yesterday's column about how Democrats' voter-registration edge isn't all it's cracked up to be? Well, neither is the party's ground game, according to the following memo from Gov. Rick Scott's Deputy Campaign Manager Tim Saler. Here it is:

Naked Politics Scott, Jindal and Perry pen letter to Obama on Medicare Advantage 'cuts'

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The Obama Administration's announced last week that it was reversing Medicare Advantage cuts used to help fund Obamacare, but three Republican governors say the privately run alternative to traditional Medicare is still getting dinged.

Is it true?

We've asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and gotten no response. Until then, we've put "cuts" in quotes.