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Naked Politics Former Hialeah mayor's wife testifies couple didn't cheat IRS, blames accountant for 'mistakes'

@jayhweaver

The wife of former Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina stood by her man Wednesday, taking the witness stand in the couple’s federal tax-evasion trial to say they did not cheat on their tax returns by hiding $2 million in income from the U.S. government.

Naked Politics Joe Biden to speak at Miami Dade College commencement

@MrMikeVasquez

Miami Dade College has announced its upcoming 2014 commencement speakers — a list that includes U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

Biden will speak at the May 3 graduation ceremony for MDC’s InterAmerican and Homestead campuses. Because of MDC’s massive student body, the college will hold five separate commencement ceremonies on that day. Nearly 15,000 MDC students will be graduating in total.

Florida Politics Florida Legislature's $75 billion budget talks are all wet

TALLAHASSEE – Inking a $75 billion spending plan for Florida government will require some last-minute trading over wetlands, springs, Everglades, lakes and other water-related hometown projects.

Naked Politics Florida lawmakers show support for Venezuelan student protesters



Several members of the Florida Legislature and Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera came together Wednesday to show their support for the student protesters in Venezuela.

Post on Politics Negron advice on budget talks: ‘Don’t leave the Capitol’

Millions of dollars in hometown water projects along with money for cleanup of the Everglades and troubled Indian River Lagoon were among the big ticket issues separating House and Senate budget negotiators as they worked toward a midnight deadline Wednesday.

Florida Politics Juvenile-sentencing bill establishes reviews, minimums

Young criminals who kill or commit other serious felonies would be eligible for sentence reviews under a proposed law given final unanimous approval by state senators Wednesday.

Florida Politics Bill criminalizing fetal death, injury heads to Gov. Scott

It would be a separate crime to kill or injure an unborn fetus when someone commits a crime against a pregnant woman under a measure sent Wednesday to Gov.

Post on Politics House ban on e-cigs for kids lets local regulations stand

Laws already regulating the sale of electronic cigarettes in Palm Beach County and other communities would endure under legislation approved Wednesday that ban their sale to minors.

The House voted 114-0 to approve the statewide prohibition on selling nicotine dispensing devices to those under age 18. The measure still has to win final approval from the Senate before going to Gov. Rick Scott.

Post on Politics Late-filed amendment re-writes late-term abortion bill

An amendment to a controversial abortion bill, SB 918, filed  just before noon today would re-write much of a bill that would ban late term abortions. Under the amendment, filed by Sen.

Naked Politics Obamacare's "Freaky" product-placement: illegal slaughterhouse edition

@MarcACaputo

Obamacare has freaky bad luck.

Naked Politics Charter school bill advances in Florida House

The Florida House approved a bill Tuesday that could limit school districts’ control over privately managed charter schools.

HB 7083 would require school districts and new charter schools to use standardized contracts, effectively stripping districts of their leverage in contract negotiations. The measure found strong support among conservative lawmakers, who said it would “create real choice within our school districts.”

Naked Politics Bikes in, SkyRise Miami out as budget negotiations wind down

From a multi-million dollar bike trail through Central Florida to creating a high-paying job at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, a broad array of local pet projects have been negotiated into the Legislature’s proposed budget.

Fueled by a $1.2 billion surplus and an impulse to please constituencies in their districts in an election year, House and Senate lawmakers have reached so many accords that few major ticket items remain unresolved.

Naked Politics Voucher bill brought back to life, while immigrant tuition in peril in Florida Senate

A Senate committee used a procedural maneuver Tuesday to put a controversial school voucher bill back in play.

But the committee refused to use the same strategy to revive a bill that would allow certain undocumented immigrants to pay in-state college tuition rates, a bill with major political implications for this year’s governor’s race.

Naked Politics Women senators: Don't raise speed limit to 75

The state Senate is likely to pass a bill this week that could increase the speed limit from 70 to 75 mph on certain Florida interstates, but it will be far from unanimous.

Naked Politics Bill to shield nursing home investors from lawsuits gets final approval

Investors in nursing homes in Florida would be shielded from lawsuits when residents are abused or neglected under broad new provisions authorized in a bill the Florida House sent to the governor on Wednesday.

Naked Politics In Broward home, Dems reject Rich's call to debate Crist

Last night the management committee of the Broward Democratic Executive Committee rejected a motion to encourage a debate between Nan Rich and Charlie Crist for governor.

The purpose of the resolution was to compel the Florida Democratic Party to call for a statewide debate between two major candidates -- understood to mean Rich and Crist.

Naked Politics Lawmakers agree to delay controversial hospital funding model

@tbtia

Specifics still need to be ironed out, but hospitals across Florida are already celebrating the news that a controversial funding model will not be implemented as planned this year.

Florida Politics Lawmakers look to conservation amendment for springs cash

TALLAHASSEE -- The next Senate president said Wednesday his chamber had backed off a plan to devote at least $378 million a year to cleaning up pollution-choked springs because Florida voters this fall could make the decision for them.

Post on Politics Ouch! Democratic leaders in Nan Rich’s home county reject call for primary debate with Crist

Nan Rich with Hillary Clinton at a 2008 rally at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.

Naked Politics Senate committee rejects effort to reduce dog racing at parimutuels but passes injury reporting

A proposal to end the requirement that dog tracks race greyhounds in order to keep their gaming permits died Tuesday in the Florida Senate on a procedural vote.

The decision not to take up the proposal by the Senate Appropriations Committee means that Florida’s 13 remaining greyhound tracks will operate another year as they are today, following the same racing schedules they have been required to follow for more than a decade.

Naked Politics Miami invited to bid on 2016 Democratic Convention. Will it?

@doug_hanks

Miami is one of 15 cities invited to bid on the 2016 Democratic National Convention, leaving local governments to decide whether the $50 million price tag is worth the effort.

Post on Politics ‘Outsider’ who challenged Obama to 3-point shooting contest wins GOP congressional primary

Businessman and former college basketball player Curt Clawson, who introduced himself to Southwest Florida voters during the Super Bowl with an ad challenging President Barack Obama to a three-point shooting contest, won a special Republican primary Tuesday for the congressional seat of cocaine-busted Trey Radel.

Clawson, who branded himself “The Outsider,” got 38.3 percent to win the four-candidate primary.

Naked Politics Today in Tallahassee: Five Things to Know

Both the House and Senate plan to spend Wednesday passing bills off their respective floors.

Naked Politics Florida Sen. Bill Nelson: Miami Beach ground zero for sea-level rise

@jenstaletovich

Miami Beach became ground zero for climate change Tuesday when U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson convened a rare field hearing to draw national attention to the dangers posed by rising seas.

“For those who deny sea level rise and climate change, here is the proof,” Nelson said halfway through the two-hour hearing at Miami Beach City Hall, and one of several times he pointedly called out colleagues in Congress who deny that climate change is occurring.

Post on Politics Everglades restoration project may be in peril

An internal review board within the Army Corps of engineers failed to green light an Everglades restoration project designed to create more drinking water, save wildlife and bring water to parts of the Everglades that are being starved.
The review board is asking for more time to consider the project, which has been in the works for 18 months. That delay could imperil Congressional approval, advocates say.

Post on Politics Earth Day politics roundup: Hold hearing, tour recycling plant, celebrate Everglades, profess concern

Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera (left) with "Alligator" Ron Bergeron, Sr. at a recycling facility in Broward County.

Naked Politics Democrats troll Carlos Curbelo over petitions for Miami congressional race

@PatriciaMazzei

Democrats took to Twitter on Tuesday to note that Carlos Curbelo, a Republican candidate seeking to challenge Miami Congressman Joe Garcia, did not qualify for the ballot by filing petition signatures.

Florida Politics Gov. Rick Scott goes to bat for tuition bill

TALLAHASSEE -- Gov.

Post on Politics While Dems sense political theater, Scott takes stage to fight for immigrant tuition

A few hours after the Senate Appropriations Committee refused to hear an amendment granting in-state tuition to children of undocumented immigrants, Gov. Rick Scott turned to the media Tuesday to keep the issue alive.

Naked Politics House approves charities reforms, Senate version passes final committee

@tbtia

Agriculture Commisioner Adam Putnam's massive overhaul of state laws governing charities is speeding ahead.

The House overwhelming approved its version of the proposal, House Bill 629, today. The Senate version, SB 638, is ready for a floor vote, too, after gaining approval from the Appropriations Committee today.