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Naked Politics For Marco Rubio, personal finances presented an opportunity and a curse

via @learyreports

WASHINGTON -- Marco Rubio nearly quit politics.

He was so broke in 2001 that just as he began his ascent in the Florida House, he and his wife had to move in with her mother. Rubio decided to leave Tallahassee and practice law full-time.

Naked Politics After four failed attempts, lawmakers pass new rules for ALFs

After trying for four years to improve conditions at the state’s assisted living facilities, the Florida Senate on Wednesday sent to the governor a proposal to improve enforcement and oversight at the homes that serve more than 86,000 senior residents.

Naked Politics Impasse claims another casualty: Gardiner and Crisafulli's joint work plan for special needs kids

The budget impasse over health care negotiations has another casualty: some of the bills intended to assist people with special needs that were part of the joint work plan agreed to between House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Andy Gardiner.

Post on Politics House, Senate gap not “bridgeable,” budget chief says

House, Senate has a bridge problem.

House and Senate leaders didn’t attempt to bridge their gulf over health coverage Monday, as prospects of overtime work on a state budget dimmed the usual frenzy of the regular session’s last week.

Naked Politics Here's the invitation to candidate Marco Rubio's first Miami fundraiser


Nineteen days after declaring his 2016 Republican presidential candidacy, Sen. Marco Rubio will once again headline a political event in Miami: his first hometown campaign fundraiser.

Post on Politics Palm Beach County claims bills move along in Senate towards final vote

Two grieving families and a one-time motorcyclist suffering neurological damage. The Palm Beach County residents have waited years for money to compensate them for horrific accidents in which state, county or municipal government was at fault.

Naked Politics Battle of Miami Lakes mayors ends; Michael Pizzi to return to office

via @Paradise_Afshar

The legal battle for the Miami Lakes mayoral seat is officially over.

Wayne Slaton announced on Monday that he and the town would not appeal the Florida Third District Court of Appeal’s decision that gives Michael Pizzi the green light to return office as the town’s mayor.

Naked Politics Value Adjustment Board proposal faces final hurdle

The Florida House passed a sweeping proposal on Monday that could protect the Miami-Dade school system from an anticipated $40 million budget shortfall.

OS Political Pulse House-Senate contretemps flares up over Central Florida expressway authority

TALLAHASSEE – House and Senate GOP infighting isn’t just for Medicaid.

Naked Politics Another FEC complaint filed against Jeb Bush super PAC

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The liberal group American Democracy Legal Fund has filed another FEC complaint against Jeb Bush, arguing he is violating election law by coordinating directly with his Right to Rise Super PAC.

Naked Politics Marco Rubio visits California, home to climate change group that calls him out as 'denier'

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With Marco Rubio in California for fundraising Monday and Tuesday, an environmental group is seeking to call attention to his doubts about man's contribution to climate change.

Post on Politics After languishing for years, grandparents’ rights proposal sent to Scott

Grandparents’ rights proposal sent to Gov. Rick Scott.

A measure that would give grandparents a legal avenue to try to see their grandchildren when visitation is denied was approved Monday by the Florida Senate and sent to Gov. Rick Scott.

Naked Politics Sen. Bradley hopes attempt to revive medical marijuana bill will succeed

Lawmakers have revived their plans to quicken the pace of making certain strains of medical marijuana available to Floridians.

Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, filed an amendment to his medical marijuana bill, giving new life to legislation that had stalled. Lawmakers postponed a vote on the amendment Monday, but Bradley said a solution is “workable,” even if a “difficult road to hoe.”

Post on Politics Fracking bill passes Florida House over fierce Democratic opposition

The Florida House passed its own hydraulic oil fracturing bill on Monday, saying it would provide a framework to regulate the burgeoning industry while Democrats fiercely denounced the proposed law, saying it put out the welcome mat for fracking in environmental sensitive areas such as the Big Cypress Preserve.

Post on Politics Rep. Patrick Murphy sides with liberals, opposes Obama on ‘fast-track’ trade authority

Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, greeting President Barack Obama in Fort Pierce last month.

Post on Politics Online voter registration poised for final OK in Legislature

Online voter registration expected to get House OK Tuesday

Over continued opposition from Gov. Rick Scott’s administration, the Florida Senate agreed Monday to let voters register online — sending the measure to the House, where it is expected to win approval.

OS Political Pulse Ahead of SCOTUS gay marriage arguments, Dyer blogs support for 'freedom to marry'

The day before the nation's highest court is set to consider sweeping protections for same-sex marriage rights, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer took to his blog Monday to voice support for "the freedom to marry."

Naked Politics Alan Grayson says he is No. 1 in the house for small donations

A day after a Florida man landed a gyrocopter on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol to demand campaign finance reform, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson talked up his own efforts to focus on small donations and his potential U.S. Senate bid.

Naked Politics Florida Senate OKs online voter registration, sends bill to House

The Florida Senate on Monday overwhelmingly passed a bill that requires the state to create an online voter registration application by 2017. The 34 to 3 vote sends the bill to the House, where passage is also expected, despite strong opposition from Gov. Rick Scott's chief elections official, Secretary of State Ken Detzner.

Naked Politics Fact-checking claims about same-sex marriage

The fight over same-sex marriage will be in the spotlight again this week when the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments Tuesday.

The court will hear arguments that pertain to two questions: whether the Constitution’s 14th Amendment, which guarantees due process and equal protection, compels states to recognize same-sex marriages and whether states must recognize such marriages performed in other states.

Post on Politics Could hearings this week help Florida Senate sell health care expansion?

Senate President Andy Gardiner is looking for help this week from the federal government in his drive to get the House and Gov. Rick Scott to drop their opposition to a privatized form of Medicaid expansion.

Post on Politics West Palm Beach resident Ben Carson nears presidential launch

Ben Carson at a recent Forum Club of the Palm Beaches luncheon.

Retired neurosurgeon, grass-roots conservative phenom and West Palm Beach resident Ben Carson is expected to launch a 2016 presidential campaign next Monday in his hometown of Detroit.


Naked Politics Notes from behind closed doors: Crisafulli on where Bush stands, standing firm

What did House Speaker Steve Crisafulli say last week during his closed door meeting with his Republican colleagues. 

Who knows. But here's the script that he worked off.

Download Crisafulliscript.

Naked Politics Senate President Andy Gardiner weighs in on Florida's LIP proposal

The state Agency for Health Care Administration is now accepting public comments on Florida's proposal to continue the Low Income Pool, a federal-state program that helps hospitals cover the costs of treating uninsured and Medicaid patients. 

Among those weighing in: Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando.

Naked Politics For Gimenez spokesman, an opposition role that could have been


Miami-Dade communications chief Michael Hernández is the sharp-elbowed spokesman for Mayor Carlos Gimenez as the mayor faces a reelection challenge from school board member Raquel Regalado.

But circumstances might have placed Hernández on the other side of the campaign.

OS Political Pulse Rep. Plasencia prepared to call out Senate over sex abuse statute of limitations stall


Post on Politics Palm Beach County TV to carry last week of legislative session

As it has done in past years, Palm Beach County’s government channel will pre-empt most of its programming this week to carry The Florida Channel’s live, gavel-to-gavel coverage of the last week of the legislative session.

Naked Politics Florida Democratic Party fundraiser to feature Bill Nelson


Florida Democrats, gearing up for another presidential election in which the Sunshine State will play a pivotal role, plan to hold a fundraising reception Sunday featuring their only statewide elected official, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson.

Naked Politics Hillary for America plans Miami finance strategy session


Early Hillary Clinton presidential campaign financiers in South Florida have been invited to meet top Clinton advisers next week in Miami.

Post on Politics Will Democratic primary for Patrick Murphy seat pit commissioner vs. commissioner?

Democratic Palm Beach County Commissioners Melissa McKinlay (left) and Priscilla Taylor.

There’s a long history of divisions and rivalries on the Palm Beach County Commission. But at least for the last few decades, two incumbent commissioners haven’t gone head-to-head on the ballot.