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Naked Politics Jeb Bush's South Beach confab to draw more than 350 donors


Jeb Bush will spend Sunday and Monday on South Beach mingling with more than 350 financial backers, who will get a chance to get to know each other -- and the presidential candidate-in-waiting and his team -- before a formal campaign begins.

Post on Politics Flurry of budget offers, but no budging by House or Senate

The clock is a factor, for Florida lawmakers

With exactly one week left in the 60-day regular session, the two sides showed no sign of bridging the $4.2 billion difference between them in the lone bill they have to approve each year – a budget.

Naked Politics Despite $600 million offer from House, Florida Senate refuses to back off Medicaid expansion

It was intended to be an offer the Florida Senate couldn’t refuse: Give up the quest to expand Medicaid and the Florida House would set aside $600 million in state money to protect hospitals and county health departments facing extreme budget cuts.

But the Senate did refuse the offer late Friday, thrusting the 2015 legislative session into near chaos with just one week to go before its scheduled end.

Post on Politics Democratic House leader says Republicans looking to dance on Medicaid issue

With the Florida budget held hostage by a rift within the state GOP over Medicaid expansion, the House Democratic leader says Republicans in the lower chamber appear to be looking for a way to get back on the dance floor.

Post on Politics Google this: Florida House passes Internet regulations

The Florida House, ignoring opposition from Google and other big on-line companies, passed a bill to impose state-level regulations on the internet. It now heads to Gov. Rick Scott for consideration.

Post on Politics Patient consent-abortion bill heading to Gov. Scott

As expected, the Republican-controlled Senate on Friday passed a patient-consent bill that will require women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion after initial consultation. The bill – SB 724 now goes to Gov. Rick Scott to be signed.

Naked Politics Feds charge ex-chief of staff to former Rep. Joe Garcia with secretly financing ringer candidate

@PatriciaMazzei @jayhweaver

Federal prosecutors on Friday accused former Miami Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia’s ex-chief of staff of secretly financing a ringer tea-party candidate in 2010 to draw votes away from a Republican rival.

OS Political Pulse Lawmakers approve limits on police videos

TALLAHASSEE  — Florida may soon place limits on who is allowed to access video taken by body cameras worn by law enforcement officers.

Post on Politics Marco Rubio fundraiser not ‘working against the Bushes…just working for the future’

Gay Gaines

PALM BEACH — Although she helped Republican Sen. Marco Rubio raise campaign cash today for his 2016 presidential bid, Gay Gaines says she remains a big fan of Rubio’s Florida mentor-turned-rival Jeb Bush.


OS Political Pulse Senate makes offer but health care stalemate remains

TALLAHASSEE – With billions in taxpayer funds on the line, Central Florida hospitals and the working poor and uninsured remain stuck in limbo as lawmakers continue to haggle over health care coverage for the poor.

Naked Politics The careful line Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush walk on immigration reform


NASHUA, N.H. -- Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio have turned explaining their similar positions on immigration reform into a political art form.

Naked Politics Xavier Suarez building war chest for possible 2016 mayoral bid


For someone still deciding on a run for county mayor, Xavier Suarez isn't wavering on raising money.

Naked Politics Republican feud has shades of Democrat's dissension of two decades ago

Republicans in the Florida Legislature have met the enemy, and it is them.

They can’t agree on using federal money for people with no health care and as a result, budget negotiations are in disarray in a year with a $1 billion surplus. Unable to resolve their differences after months of refusing to compromise, Republican lawmakers will end the regular session next Friday without completing the one task they are required to do: passing a state budget.

Naked Politics Senate counter-offer: Expand health care coverage

The Senate doubled-down on its Medicaid expansion plan Friday, rejecting a proposal from the House to use $200 million in state money to help safety-net hospitals absorb a potential loss of $1.3 billion in federal health care funding.

Post on Politics Senate ties Scott school cash to expanding health coverage

Senate President Andy Gardiner ties big school cash to FHIX

Post on Politics Florida Senate sends patient-consent abortion bill to governor

As expected, the Republican-controlled Florida Senate on Friday passed a patient-consent bill requiring a 24-hour waiting period before a woman can have an abortion.

The law, which was approved 26-13 in a mostly party-line vote, provides an exemption for victims of rape, domestic violence, incest and trafficking if they have documentation. The bill now goes to Gov. Rick Scott’s office where it is expected to be signed.

PolitiJax Senate digs in on Medicaid expansion, offers to extend session to June 30

The Florida Senate rejected the House's offer to end the budget stalemate now, saying there are still unanswered health care funding questions that must be addressed first.

Naked Politics House poised to overhaul prison inspections, impose new requirements at troubled agency

The investigative staff at the Department of Corrections would face an overhaul, officers who injure inmates could be subject to felonies, and the state would start a pilot project to put body cameras on prison guards, under a bill set to be given preliminary approval today in the Florida House.

Naked Politics Lawmakers extend statute of limitations on rape cases

Lawmakers have voted to extend to six years the statute of limitations for rapes to be reported and prosecuted.

Dubbed the 43 Days Initiative Act in honor of Danielle Sullivan, who reported a rape 43 days too late, the bill (SB 133) will double the amount of time after a crime is committed that victims can report a rape and see the state take action.

PolitiJax Growler bill ready for Gov. Scott's signature

The Florida House unanimously approved a bill legalizing 64 oz. beer growlers, sending the measure to Gov. Rick Scott's office for ratification. The Senate signed off on SB 186 earlier this month, also with a unanimous vote.

Florida is expected to become the last state in the country to legalize this sized growler, the most popular for craft beer aficionados.

Naked Politics Party-line Senate vote sends abortion waiting period to Gov. Scott

After the most emotionally-charged debate of the session, the Florida Senate on Friday passed a requirement for a 24-hour waiting period before a woman can undergo an abortion. The bill now goes to Gov. Rick Scott, who is expected to sign it.

The vote was 26-13, as every Republican voted for it and every Democrat present voted against it. Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, was excused Friday to attend a funeral.

Naked Politics PolitiFact looks at claims by Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders

While Hillary Clinton has the Democratic field to herself right now, there are other Democrats making waves that they might run for president too -- and PolitiFact is keeping an eye on them. We have been busy fact-checking claims by Clinton, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Post on Politics Rewrite of Jeb!-era pension deal OK’d by Legislature, sent to Scott

Legislature turns back the clock on pension sweetener pushed by ex-Gov. Jeb Bush.

The House approved a pension overhaul Friday intended to end years of combat between Florida cities and their police and firefighter unions — dating to when former Gov. Jeb Bush led the state.

OS Political Pulse Growlers, beer regulations bill heads to Gov. Scott

TALLAHASSEE – Beer lovers, raise a glass. Legislation to allow 64-oz. containers known as “growlers” and relaxing regulations for craft beer brewers is headed to Gov.

Naked Politics PolitiFact looks at one of Rick Scott's environmental promises

As part of his environmental agenda during his re-election campaign, Gov. Rick Scott promised that he would "issue an executive order to provide a foundation for bringing together stakeholders to plan with his administration for additional needed actions."

Naked Politics After three years of debate, Legislature passes growler bill

On Friday, the Florida House voted unanimously to legalize 64-ounce growlers, which, though a standard size in the industry, have long been illegal in this state. The Senate approved the legislation (SB 186) last week.

The legislation, which is awaiting Gov. Rick Scott’s signature or veto, allows craft breweries to sell the half-gallon jugs of beer, a move they say is necessary to foster growth.

Naked Politics Miami-Dade schools to eliminate most tests

via @cveiga

Finally, some relief for the weary troops on the front lines of Florida’s testing battle.

Students who have been overwhelmed by glitchy exams now won’t face quite as many of them. On Thursday, the Miami-Dade school district decided to eliminate all but 10 of 300 course finals previously required under state law.

Naked Politics Marco Rubio's claim about cap and trade and the economy

It’s no secret that Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is skeptical of human-caused climate change. While he’s unsure of the effect humans have on the climate, Rubio is certain that addressing the problem would wreck the economy.

Naked Politics Mayor would take over MDX chairmanship under state plan

Mayor would take over MDX chairmanship under state plan

Miami-Dade's mayor would seize the chairmanship of the county’s controversial toll authority under a Tallahassee proposal that is part of a larger fight over how Miami-Dade makes decisions on transportation funding.

Naked Politics Florida House makes offer to help hospitals

In a last-ditch effort to end the budget stalemate, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli on Thursday offered to set aside $200 million in state money for the hospitals and county health departments that would be hurt by the end of a federal-state program known as the Low Income Pool.

It doesn’t back down from the House’s position, now 3 years old, to not expand Medicaid.