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Naked Politics "Software issue" to blame for Florida testing woes

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart on Tuesday said "software issue" were to blame for the previous day's testing glitches.

Naked Politics Jeb Bush used private email too, but people knew about it


Jeb Bush used news about Hillary Clinton's private email account at the U.S. State Department to tout the release of his own emails from when he was Florida governor.

He tweeted late Monday:

Post on Politics Greyhound protection bill opens Senate

Sen. President Andy Gardiner will make good today on his promise to make greyhound protection a priority when he begins the 2015 session with a bill aimed at protecting racing greyhounds.

Post on Politics School uniform policy would earn districts extra cash under bill

School districts with a student uniform policy of solid pants, skirts or shorts and collared shirts would be eligible for $10-per-student from the state under a bill proposed Monday by the House k-12 Subcommittee.

Naked Politics Tuesday: Top five things to watch in Tallahassee

Tuesday is the first day of the 2015 session of the Florida Legislature -- the 117th regular session since statehood in 1845. Here are five things to watch:

 * The House will convene at 9:30 a.m. and the Senate at 10. House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, and Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, will each outline their top priorities for the session.

Post on Politics Scott to ask lawmakers to freeze tuition in State of the State

Gov. Scott will deliver his fifth State of the State speech today.

Gov. Rick Scott  opens the 2015 Legislature today with his annual State of the State speech and plans to call on lawmakers to invest more in education while freezing tuition for college students, including those in graduate school.

Naked Politics In Vegas, Jeb Bush distances himself from family

From the Associated Press:

LAS VEGAS -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush distanced himself from his family on Monday as he courted senior citizens in Nevada, the first stop in a national tour aimed at key states on the presidential primary calendar.

Naked Politics NYT: Hillary Clinton used personal email at State Department

From the New York Times:

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.

Naked Politics FDOT's $39.6 billion work plan heads to Legislature


Never mind that Mapquest ranked Interstate 95 and Interstate 4 last out of 66 interstates in the U.S., or that driving in Tampa Bay, Orlando or Miami can be an endurance sport. 

Naked Politics FDOT's $39.6 billion work plan heads to Legislature

Never mind that Mapquest ranked Interstate 95 and Interstate 4 last out of 66 interstates in the U.S., or that driving in Tampa Bay, Orlando or Miami can be an endurance sport. 

Naked Politics Excerpts from Rick Scott's State of the State

Tomorrow, Gov. Rick Scott will address both chambers of the Legislature with his priorities for the coming session. Here are a few excerpts from the speech:

Post on Politics Florida Republicans poised to help Bush with later presidential primary

Former Gov. Jeb Bush could be a beneficiary of a March Florida primary.

Florida’s ruling Republicans appear set on scheduling the state’s presidential primary for March 15 next year — a move that could be helpful to favorite son Jeb Bush.

Naked Politics Pro-immigration activists protest Tallahassee fundraisers

As Florida lawmakers made a last-minute fundraising push on Monday, a group of activists gathered outside the Governor's Club to support immigration reform.

OS Political Pulse South Florida Jewish Dems to attend Netanyahu speech

While some of their colleagues opt out in protest, South Florida’s trio of Jewish Democrats in the U.S.

Naked Politics Tribe launches counter push against gaming legislation

The Seminole Tribe of Florida has broken its silence.

Florida Politics South Florida Jewish Dems to attend Netanyahu speech

While some of their colleagues opt out in protest, South Florida’s trio of Jewish Democrats in the U.S.

PolitiJax House gambling legislation includes South Florida mega-casinos, greyhound decoupling

Rep. Dana Young's all-emcompassing gambling proposal is guaranteed to get lots of attention this session as members debate whether more Florida facilities should be able to offer slot machines and new types of card games.

Post on Politics Casinos could open in South Florida under House bill

Florida House puts gambling in play

With the state’s 2010 compact with the Seminole Tribe up for renewal this year, a leading House Republican unveiled a plan Monday to forge ahead with a sweeping rewrite of the rules for how Florida gambles.

PolitiJax Next sheriff, other city candidates, will promote bicycle safety and awareness

Jacksonville’s next sheriff will be bicycle-aware, no matter who wins the race.

All seven candidates in that contest, as well as hopefuls in other city races, answered a North Florida Bicycle Club survey and “indicated increased commitment to addressing bicycle safety and access issues,” according to the club.

Post on Politics Teachers’ union endorses Democrat’s bills to rollback testing

Teachers’ union finds testing plan it likes

OS Political Pulse Rubio's real close on presidential decision

PALM BEACH — Marco Rubio isn't quite ready to say he's running for president, yet admits it sure does look like he will seek the White House in 2016.

Naked Politics As the Legislature weighs allowing guns at colleges, prof cites suicide stat

A shooting incident at Florida State University late last year has re-opened a debate in the Florida Legislature about whether to allow guns on college campuses.

Gunman Myron May, a former FSU student, wounded two students and a library employee before he was killed by police on Nov. 20, 2014.

Post on Politics Karl Rove to speak at Palm Beach Atlantic U. LeMieux Center event


Former George W. Bush political strategist Karl Rove will speak at Palm Beach Atlantic University on Tuesday in a lecture sponsored by former Sen. George LeMieux‘s Center for Public Policy.


Naked Politics House to launch bill today to rewrite dog racing laws and offer up major gambling reforms

A bill to rewrite the state's gambling laws and open up South Florida to at least one destination resort casino, allow racinos to operate without dog racing, and encourage incentives to close parimutuel facilities in other parts of the state will be filed today by House Republican Leader Dana Young, R-Tampa, sources told the Herald/Times.

Naked Politics School districts report testing troubles

Some school districts are reporting problems with the new Florida Standards Assessments, which made their debut Monday morning.

Miami-Dade school district spokeswoman Daisy Gonzalez-Diego said the new online platform was running so slowly that testing had been postponed in Miami-Dade County until Tuesday.

Hillsborough schools spokesman Steve Hegarty reported similar issues.

Post on Politics Nieman selected as ‘Palm Beach Beauty’

Palm Beach County Attorney Denise Nieman

Online voters have selected Palm Beach County Attorney Denise Nieman as one of five “Palm Beach Beauties,” each of whom is being featured in this month’s issue of Palm Beach Illustrated magazine.

Naked Politics House Speaker Crisafulli: 'Picked after I was proven'

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, covered a wide range of topics in a pre-session Times/Herald interview in his Capitol office. Some highlights:

Naked Politics In South Florida, the business of government looks more and more like the business of politics


The new operatives roaming the halls of local South Florida governments come from political campaigns and public-relations firms, not from high-powered law firms that usually supply big-name lobbyists. In some cases, the consultants aren't lobbyists at all. They don't write legislation. They care less about how elected officials will vote and more about what the public will think.

Naked Politics Miami-Dade lawmakers seek to protect Jackson, public schools

Miami-Dade’s team of state lawmakers will return to Tallahassee next week with something they’ve been lacking in recent years: clout.

That could help the state’s largest legislative delegation accomplish its goals in 2015.

OS Political Pulse Ken Plante, 75, dead of ALS disease

Ken Plante, 75, a former Central Florida lawmaker who went on the become an influential lobbyist, died Sunday night in Tallahassee of Lou Gehrig's disease, according to the Tampa Bay Times.