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Naked Politics Nuñez to lead Hispanic Caucus

State Rep. Jeanette M. Nuñez, R-Miami, has been named chair of the Florida Hispanic Legislative Caucus.

In a statement Thursday, Nuñez thanked her predecessor, Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah.

Naked Politics Florida House approves construction money for charter schools

Without a word of debate Friday, the Florida House approved a controversial proposal that could require school districts to share tens of millions of dollars in construction funds with rival charter schools.

The bill was one of four high-profile education proposals that won the support of the Republican-dominated House. The others would:

* Ease the penalties for schools that fail to comply with the Constitutionally-mandated limits on class size;

Post on Politics Cities ask for rehearing in judge’s dismissal of Palm Beach County Inspector General suit

Municipalities who lost their bid to avoid paying for the county’s Office of Inspector General filed a motion for a rehearing this week.

On March 12, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Catherine Brunson


Post on Politics Palm Beach County Mayor Vana delivers “Meals on Wheels”

Shelly Vana played delivery volunteer Friday, stopping at the Century Village apartment of Nora Skelly Consigli and dropping off a tray that included cooked chicken, pita, salad, yogurt and a banana.

The Palm Beach County mayor wanted to draw attention to Meals on Wheels, the volunteer service that delivers about 500 meals a week to people in central Palm Beach County.

Naked Politics Is Ted Cruz, born in Canada, eligible to run for president?

For most of his presidential campaign and much of his presidency, President Barack Obama endured erroneous claims that he was born in Kenya rather than the United States. He released the short form of his birth certificate to prove he was born in Hawaii. Then the long form. The conspiracists died down, but they remained.

Post on Politics More polos and chinos? House almost uniformly likes school uniforms

The Florida House gave a boost to polo shirts and chinos Friday by overwhelmingly approving a bill aimed at encouraging more school uniforms.

The legislation (CS/HB 7043) drops an existing requirement that school boards OK uniforms after ruling they are needed for the “safety and welfare” of students and school personnel. That standard has sparked lawsuits that have discouraged some districts from going ahead with uniforms.

Naked Politics Jeb Bush's claim about Florida's achievement gap

n his first foray into New Hampshire as a potential Republican presidential contender, former Gov. Jeb Bush talked up Florida’s record on education during his tenure.

Naked Politics Official Naked Politics Poll* Results: Amendment 1 is for land buys

* Not even close to scientific.....

Post on Politics Rep. Patrick Murphy’s open House seat: Who’s in, who’s out, who’s on hold

From left: Palm Beach County Commissioner Priscilla Taylor, State Attorney Dave Aronberg and state Rep. Pat Rooney Jr., R-West Palm Beach.

Naked Politics FRIDAY: Five things to watch in Tallahassee

Most members of the Senate will be back in their home districts Friday, but the House is in session at 10 a.m. The lower chamber will take up several high-profile education proposals.
Here are five bills to watch on the House floor:
HB 7043: The proposal by House K-12 Education Committee Chairwoman Janet Adkins, R-Fernandina Beach, encourages school districts to adopt mandatory school uniform policies for children

Post on Politics State Attorney Dave Aronberg: No to Congress, Yes to 2016 re-election

Democratic Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg greets Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi last fall.

Democratic Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg ruled out a run for Congress today and said he plans to seek re-election in 2016.


PolitiJax BOG confirms grade change makes UNF eligible for performance funding

The governing body for state universities confirmed today that the University of North Florida's revised merit pay score makes it eligible for a share of an expected $100 million in performance funding.

OS Political Pulse House Uber bill preempting Orlando's fees heads to floor

TALLAHASSEE – Vehicle fees and minimum fare rates imposed in Orlando recently on cell phone app companies like Uber and Lyft that connect riders with drivers could be eliminated in a bill gaining momentum in the Legislature.

Post on Politics Palm Tran: Connection on-time rate 95 percent

For the Palm Tran Connection, the county’s bus service for the sick, disabled and elderly, a 95-percent on-time performance is great, but not good enough, officials said at Thursday’s meeting of the Palm Tran Service Board.

On time percentages rose steadily from the 68 to 79 percent range in early February and were at 98 or 99 percent on March 23. The three vendors operating the buses averaged between 88 percent and 91 percent over the two months.

Naked Politics House committee workshops gambling plan but progress looks dim

The odds of passing a sweeping rewrite of the state’s gambling laws appeared to dim Thursday as a House committee began debate on a draft proposal to expand gambling in Florida and ended with no commitment to take up the bill for a vote.

Meanwhile, progress appeared to be occurring on another gambling debate -- behind closed doors – as key lawmakers confirmed they continue to talk about renewing the portion of the gaming compact with the Seminole Tribe that expires in July.

OS Political Pulse Gov. Scott's Let's Get to Work PAC raises $700,000 in March


OS Political Pulse PPP Poll: Floridians support Medicaid expansion, marriage equality

A new poll from Public Policy Polling finds Floridians strongly support the idea of expanding Medicaid in the state to capture federal money and close the coverage gap, an option the Legislature has resisted.

Naked Politics Prediction for Pinellas visitors: 2015 session is headed into OT

A visiting delegation of local business leaders from Pinellas County got insights Thursday on where the 2015 session might be headed. The Pinellas Chambers Legislative Coalition heard Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater predict that a "vast gap" between the Senate and House over health care spending will force the session into overtime.

Post on Politics House’s big gambling bill on the table — place your bets

House’s big gambling bill on the table — place your bets

A proposed massive overhaul of Florida’s gambling laws was subject of a four-hour workshop Thursday in a House panel, but its future remained clouded as the legislative session nears the homestretch.

Post on Politics State Rep. Dave Kerner passes on Patrick Murphy seat, eyes commission

State Rep. Dave Kerner, D-Lake Worth

Naked Politics Jeb Bush: 'Stay the course' on Gitmo

From Alex Leary of the Tampa Bay Times:

Jeb Bush just wrapped up an interview with a Fox News radio host and said the U.S. should not close the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay.

The discussion began when the host asked Bush about the desertion charges facing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Post on Politics Democrats stunned by Priscilla Taylor run for Patrick Murphy House seat

Palm Beach County Commissioner Priscilla Taylor (left) “stunned” fellow Commissioner Melissa McKinlay by announcing a run for Congress.

Naked Politics Allen West's claim about the EPA and backyard BBQs

Hands off our backyard barbecues, says former Rep. Allen West, R-Fla.

West -- now the president and CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a Dallas-based free-market think tank -- leapt to the defense of home-cooked meat in a signed item posted on his personal website on March 19, 2015.

Naked Politics In a diss on Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, Rand Paul says he has best shot at beating Hillary Clinton

Among the potential Republican contenders, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., says he is best-positioned to take on likely Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race.

In an interview with Fox News host Megyn Kelly, who asked about his chances at a win, Paul said, "I think when you see my polling, the polling that's out there so far, nobody is doing better against Hillary Clinton than myself."

Post on Politics Larry Klayman strikes Clintons – again – this time in federal court in WPB

Hillary Clinton: defendant


Naked Politics Have lawmakers flushed the transgender bathroom bill?

There just wasn’t time Monday to hear the Senate counterpart to a bill by Rep. Frank Artiles, R-Miami, that would ban transgender people from using restrooms for the sex they identify as, unless it’s on their driver’s license.

Naked Politics Warning signs were ignored by Broward sheriff in dead boy's violent, 'painful' life

The purple bruises on either side of Ahizya Osceola’s jaw were telltale signs: Someone, a child abuse expert said, had grabbed the 3-year-old’s face forcefully enough to leave fingerprints.

PolitiJax Mike Williams gets endorsement of former Jacksonville Sheriff's candidate Lonnie McDonald

  The opening endorsement in the Jacksonville Sheriff's race has been made by Lonnie McDonald, the retired assistant chief who was one of the candidates defeated in Tuesday's first election.

McDonald has given  his blessing Mike Williams, who he worked with at Sheriff's Office in the SWAT unit among other assignments.

OS Political Pulse Second challenge filed to Florida's med pot rules

A second legal challenge has been filed against Florida's proposed regulations that could allow development of a limited medical marijuana industry to provide non-euphoric products to people with epilepsy and other neurological disorders.

Post on Politics Ex-state Rep. Mack Bernard to run for Priscilla Taylor’s county commission seat

Former Democratic state Rep. Mack Bernard