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Naked Politics PolitiFact's Truth-O-Meter tackles a claim about fat turkeys

On one of our regular cruises of political websites, we came across this from Mother Jones:

"Turkeys today weigh 29.8 pounds," the liberal magazine stated on itsFacebook page. "In the ‘30s, they weighed 13.2 pounds."

The claim was posted Nov. 24, 2014, three days before Thanksgiving.

It made our mouths water and, well, whet our appetite for some holiday fact-checking.

Naked Politics Unusual election could lead to longer term

It has been an unusually long and complicated election cycle for state Rep. Jamie Grant. A primary election scheduled for August didn’t happen until November, and even then, the results were thrown out.

But the strange circumstances could benefit the Tampa Republican.

Naked Politics Obama's Half True claim about apprehensions of illegal immigrants at the border

During his speech to the nation about his executive action on immigration, President Barack Obama talked up his efforts to secure the border. Obama argued that those efforts paid off as the numbers of illegal border crossings are the lowest they have been in decades.

OS Political Pulse Scott's environmental chief stepping down

TALLAHASSEE -- Gov.

Florida Politics Scott's environmental chief stepping down

TALLAHASSEE -- Gov.

Naked Politics Vinyard leaves DEP; Scott names interim successor

After a four-year tenure punctuated by considerable controversy, Herschel Vinyard announced his retirement Wednesday as secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection.

Gov. Rick Scott issued a statement praising Vinyard's record and announced that his interim replacement will be Cliff Wilson, deputy secretary for regulatory programs at DEP.

Naked Politics Public administration society asks Miami-Dade mayor to reconsider staff penalties over ad error

@PatriciaMazzei

When Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez found out this month that the county would have to reapprove its 2015 budget and property-tax rate due to an advertising error, he punished three high-ranking budget employees. They were suspended without pay, and the budget director was required to pay up to $12,000 out of pocket for a new ad.

OS Political Pulse AP: Gov. Scott thwarted open-records law

TALLAHASSEE -- Gov.

Florida Politics AP: Gov. Scott thwarted open-records law

TALLAHASSEE -- Gov.

Naked Politics FSU shooting revives debate over guns on college campuses

Last Thursday’s shooting at Florida State University has spurred a renewed call for allowing guns on college campuses.

Among those leading the charge: Nathan Scott, one of three people shot and wounded last week when Myron May opened fire at the FSU library. Scott is part of a group called Students for Concealed Carry at Florida State, which on Tuesday asked state lawmakers to allow concealed-weapon permit holders to carry firearms on college grounds.

Naked Politics Miami commission candidate may have to resign to run

@NewsbySmiley

The only candidate so far to launch a bid for Miami’s District 2 commission seat in 2015 has been told she must resign her post on an important city board due to her candidacy.

Naked Politics Scott reshuffles press shop, hires new Cabinet aide

Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday announced Monica Russell as his new director of Cabinet affairs and made more changes to his communications shop in advance of his second term in January.

OS Political Pulse Redistricting records: GOP-led process was an 'illusion'

TALLAHASSEE -- Long before the first public maps were released, critics say Florida Republican political operatives were creating an "illusion" of non-partisanship over the once-a-decade redistricting process with a "wink and a nudge toward their collaborators in the Legislature."

Florida Politics Redistricting records: GOP-led process was an 'illusion'

TALLAHASSEE -- Long before the first public maps were released, critics say Florida Republican political operatives were creating an "illusion" of non-partisanship over the once-a-decade redistricting process with a "wink and a nudge toward their collaborators in the Legislature."

OS Political Pulse Eatonville Councilman Moore to resign Dec. 1, wants say in replacement

But special meeting may be locked out, Moore says

OS Political Pulse Eatonville Councilman Moore to resign Dec. 1, wants say in replacement

But special meeting may be locked out, Moore says

Naked Politics The 2014 governor's race votes and ad spending by Florida media market

@MarcACaputo

The race for Florida governor was officially certified last week, so now we have final numbers. By our estimate, more than $103 million was spent on TV ads since March. 

All told, 6,026,802 Floridians cast ballots. Of them, about 53 percent voted early in person or by absentee ballot (1,878,537 absentees + 1,309,198 early votes = 3,187,735).

Naked Politics Lawyer Benjamin Crump's Half True claim about Ferguson, police shootings and race

Even before the grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., announced its decision in the police shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, the lead lawyer for the Brown family challenged the grand jury process.

Attorney Benjamin Crump said the ground rules were skewed in favor of police officer Darren Wilson. All one needed for proof, Crump said, was to look at the statistics.

Naked Politics Flores to lead Miami-Dade Legislative Delegation

The Miami-Dade Legislative Delegation has a new leader.

Sen. Anitere Flores, a Miami Republican, was voted chairwoman Tuesday.

"My goal is for us to speak with as unified a voice as possible," she said.

Naked Politics Miami Commissioner Hardemon says Ferguson grand jury "sabotaged"

@NewsbySmiley

Miami Commissioner and former public defender Keon Hardemon took to Twitter Tuesday morning to blast the tactics of a St. Louis County prosecutor before a grand jury that declined to indict the white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo.

Naked Politics Gov. Scott signs death warrant for 21st execution

Gov. Rick Scott on Monday signed the death warrant for Johnny Shane Kormondy, who killed a Pensacola banker and repeatedly raped his wife as the couple returned home from her 20th high school reunion in 1993. Kormondy is set to die on Jan. 15, 2015.

Naked Politics Miami-Dade County commission elects first Haitian-American chairman

@PatriciaMazzei

Jean Monestime, who left Haiti alone at 17 to move to the United States and went from washing floors at a doughnut shop to running his own real-estate business, was elected Monday as the first Haitian-American chairman of the Miami-Dade County commission.

Naked Politics Crews confirms longstanding rumors and steps down as prisons chief

@Jknipebrown

Michael Crews, the embattled secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections, resigned Monday following months of scrutiny involving abusive corrections officers, suspicious inmate deaths and a poor record of inmate healthcare delivered by private contractors.

Naked Politics Gov. Scott's prisons chief, Mike Crews, resigns

Gov. Rick Scott's corrections chief, Mike Crews, told his staff Monday that he's resigning. The News Service of Florida first reported Crews' decision to quit at a time when his agency has been in turmoil as a result of widespread reports of abuse by prison guards, charges of retaliation against whistleblowers and a chronic multi-million dollar deficit.

Naked Politics Legislators launch plan to rewrite enviro laws to deal with Amendment 1

Florida environmentalists say they were forced to go to voters to get permanent funding for land and water protection because legislators neglected the need for too many years. But now — even though Amendment 1 passed with 75 percent of the vote — the Legislature will get the last word.

Naked Politics FEC asks Carlos Curbelo's campaign to explain finance report errors

@PatriciaMazzei

Carlos Curbelo was elected to U.S. Congress earlier this month, but his campaign work is not over.

The Federal Election Commission has asked the Miami Republican to respond to a series of questions for omitting or mislabeling more than $93,000 in campaign contributions, which Curbelo has blamed on a computer software problem.

Naked Politics Broward lobbyist Bill Rubin hires former Scott aide

Tallahassee lobbyist Bill Rubin, an early supporter of Gov. Rick Scott four years ago, has hired former top Scott policy advisor Chris Finkbeiner to help expand the firm's operations. Rubin also announced Monday that his long-time associate, consultant Heather Turnbull, has been promoted to executive vice president and partner in the firm. 

Naked Politics Daniella Levine Cava taps commission veterans for two top posts

@doug_hanks

Miami-Dade's newest commissioner has staffed up her District 8 office.

Naked Politics Big Miami-Dade donor Wayne Rosen wants another shot at county money

@doug_hanks

Wayne Rosen gave more money to Miami-Dade commissioners than almost anybody did, but the generosity failed to win him the vote he wanted three weeks ago. Now he's trying to reverse that unfavorable decision regarding a $5 million grant request for his Palmetto Bay charter-school complex. 

Naked Politics GOP consultants' 'almost paranoid' mission to circumvent Fair Districts

@MarcACaputo @kmcgrory

The Republican consultants had to be hush-hush — “almost paranoid” in the words of one — because of their high-stakes mission: Get go-betweens to help circumvent a Florida Constitutional ban on gerrymandering.