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PolitiJax Anna Brosche picks up endorsement from UNF President Delaney for at-large Council seat

University of North Florida president and former Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney said Thursday he's backing Republican Anna Brosche for the City Council At-Large Group 1 seat, another boost for the candidate who already leads the pack in fundraising.

Brosche is hoping to unseat Democratic incumbet Councilwoman Kimberly Daniels.

Naked Politics Carlos Curbelo backs immigration reform but could support House immigration lawsuit against Obama

@PatriciaMazzei

House Speaker John Boehner's move toward suing President Obama over his executive immigration action could put Miami Republican members of Congress in a tough spot. They generally support the policies pushed by the president but oppose how he went about them. So would they back a House lawsuit?

Naked Politics NYT: Mitt's Iowa guy chooses Jeb

From The New York Times:

David Kochel, a Republican strategist based in Iowa who worked on both of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns, is joining Jeb Bush’s political action committee as a senior strategist and is in line to serve as Mr. Bush’s national campaign manager.

Post on Politics How much will Scott’s tax cut save you? Click here for do-it-yourself

Gov. Scott wants to cut cell phone and TV taxes

Naked Politics Return of the GOP King: Jeb Bush's political team staffs up in Tallahassee

@MarcACaputo

A new but old political team is setting up shop in Tallahassee: Jeb Bush’s crew.

Starting this week, Bush’s nascent political operation began working for his Right to Rise political action committee in the capital city, forming the nucleus of a campaign team if the former Florida governor seeks the White House.

Naked Politics Carlos Curbelo creates leadership PAC to benefit pro-immigration reform Republicans

@PatriciaMazzei

As a Republican representing Democrat-rich South Florida, Carlos Curbelo has no trouble supporting comprehensive immigration reform in Congress.

But that's a far more difficult position for some of his colleagues who fear conservative primary challengers to take.

Post on Politics Tupelo honey, the sweet stuff – not the song, could become state symbol

Florida would finally have an official state honey under a bill, SB 556, filed by Sen. Bill Montford. Tupelo

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Naked Politics Ileana Ros-Lehtinen gets assignments in new intelligence committee role

@PatriciaMazzei

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was so visible in Miami as chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee that it's easy to forget she no longer chairs the panel, as a result of House GOP term limits.

Naked Politics Sen. Marco Rubio says Obama administration should support "independent" investigation of Argentine prosecutor's death

From Sen. Marco Rubio press release:

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio today urged Secretary of State John Kerry to support the establishment of an “independent, internationally assisted investigation” into the recent suspicious death of Alberto Nisman, Argentina’s Special Prosecutor in charge of investigating the 1994 terrorist attack against a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires.

Naked Politics Gov. Rick Scott expresses confidence in his staff

Gov. Rick Scott expressed confidence in his staff Thursday, dismissing the notion that they are responsible for the controversy caused by the hurried dismissal of former Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey.

"I have a great chief of staff," Scott said at the Tampa Chamber of Commerce, where he was discussing his proposed $470 million communications tax cut. "Melissa Sellers, along with my other team, is doing a great job."

OS Political Pulse Grab your bills, figure what Scott tax cuts would save you

Rick Scott's office today released a calculator that Floridians can use to figure out just how they'd save if the governor's proposed communications tax cut becomes law.

PolitiJax Major NE Florida transportation projects in Scott's $77B budget proposal

Gov. Rick Scott unveiled his $77 billion spending plan Wednesday, including record funding for K-12 education, $673 million in tax cuts, money to clean up waterways and springs and nearly $500 million for transportation projects in Northeast Florida alone.

Scott’s massive $9.1 billion work plan for transportation includes five major projects in Northeast Florida:

Naked Politics With budget season ahead, Miami-Dade's union talks only halfway done

@doug_hanks

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez negotiated about half of the three-year labor contracts he wanted in 2014. But talks for the remaining half continue to drag on, including negotiations with one of his biggest foes: police union chief John Rivera.

Post on Politics Health advocates make uphill push for expanding Medicaid in Florida

Medicaid expansion still looks like a no-sale with Florida lawmakers

Amid fresh signs that Gov. Rick Scott and the Republican-ruled Legislature will again steer clear of Medicaid expansion, advocates are trying to breathe life into what has become an annual push in Florida.

Naked Politics Rick Scott hears superintendents' testing concerns

Gov. Rick Scott did more than just unveil his budget recommendations on Wednesday.

He met with nine superintendents and Education Commissioner Pam Stewart.

The meeting gave the superintendents a chance to express their concerns about the state's new tests.

Naked Politics 4 key quotes from the Cabinet about Gerald Bailey and FDLE

Gerald Bailey's removal from the top job at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement was, unsurprisingly, the big story at the Associated Press Legislative Planning Meeting today.

(But what do you really expect with a room full of journalists and a rotating cast of top officials at the lectern?)

Post on Politics Nelson: Increase U.S. military aid to Ukraine’s government, Syrian rebels

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Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, in a Senate floor speech this afternoon, called for the U.S. to increase military aid to the Ukrainian government as it fights Russian-backed forces and to Syrian rebels fighting ISIS.

 

“Let’s don’t fool ourselves. The Russian army is in there and we have to do more to help” the Ukrainian government, Nelson said.

Naked Politics Scott recommends prison budget without money for investigations into inmate deaths

@jknipebrown and @MaryEllenKlas

After years of slashing funding for Florida’s state prison system, Gov. Rick Scott released a proposed budget Wednesday that would inject $51.2 million in new spending into the troubled agency but fails to provide any new resources to investigate inmate deaths – which last year reached a record high.

Naked Politics Bondi: Blame in Gerry Bailey's ouster is on staff, not Gov. Scott

Attorney General Pam Bondi asserted Wednesday that she thinks Gov. Rick Scott's hands are clean in the forced resignation of Gerry Bailey, the former commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. 

Post on Politics Smoking with kids in the car? You could get a ticket for that

Smoking in a car with a child under 13 would become a non-moving traffic violation under a bill proposed by Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth.

Naked Politics Florida legislative leaders outline joint priorities for 2015

Following a tradition established by their predecessors, Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli on Wednesday outlined their list of joint priorities for the upcoming legislative session.

Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, was quick to note that he and Gardiner, R-Orlando, are "good friends" who represent the same region.

Naked Politics Marco Rubio schedules Senate hearing on U.S.-Cuba policy

@PatriciaMazzei

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio took the helm Wednesday of a subcommittee -- and promptly scheduled a hearing on on President Obama's new Cuba policy.

Naked Politics Sunshine Law violations alleged in FDLE firing

Matthew Weidner, a St. Petersburg lawyer whose practice focuses on consumer justice, has filed a complaint with a state prosecutor, accusing Gov. Rick Scott and Cabinet members and their staffs of violating Florida's Sunshine Law and asking for a criminal investigation over the filing of FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey.

Naked Politics Rubio, in charge of Senate subcommittee, to hold hearing on Cuba policy

@CAdamsMcClatchy

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who has been sharply critical of President Barack Obama's plans to ease tensions with Cuba and open trade with the island nation, officially took over a key Senate subcommittee and said the first order of business would be a hearing on the Cuba policy.

Naked Politics Harsh new criticism leveled at Gov. Rick Scott over FDLE firing

Top state officials in both political parties leveled harsh new criticism at Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday for his decision to oust the longtime Florida Department of Law Enforcement commissioner absent public discussion with the three Cabinet members who also oversee the agency.

Post on Politics Uber fights back with email campaign to Palm Beach County commissioners

Less than a day after voting to take action against Uber, Palm Beach County commissioners are getting hammered with emails and phone calls from supporters and drivers of the popular online transportation service.

Commissioner Paulette Burdick had 86 emails in her inbox as of 11 a.m. today, and many other commissioners have been receiving a stream of steady phone calls.

“The emails are really coming in hard,’’ said an assistant in County Commissioner Steven Abrams’ office.

Post on Politics On 29th anniversary of Challenger disaster, a look back at Reagan’s speech

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It was 29 years ago today that the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, killing seven astronauts.

 

President Ronald Reagan, scheduled to give the State of the Union address that night, postponed that speech and instead delivered a brief statement remembering the astronauts and vowing that the shuttle program would go on.

Naked Politics Marco Rubio's wife sideswipes donor's Porsche at Delano fundraiser. Media car-wreck ensues

@MarcACaputo

Sen. Marco Rubio’s wife sideswiped a donor’s Porcsche Panamera at the Delano hotel’s porte cochère during a big weekend fundraiser for her husband, whose truck she was driving.

The owner of the Porsche, whose identity hasn’t been made public, didn’t want to file a report against Jeanette Dousdebes-Rubio because the damage to the vehicle’s bumper was minimal, Miami Beach Police said.

Naked Politics Eyeing a run for county mayor, Xavier Suarez wants to cap officials' pay

@doug_hanks

Miami-Dade Commissioner Xavier Suarez, a potential mayoral candidate in 2016, is prepping a petition drive to establish a cap on county salaries within Miami-Dade's charter.

Naked Politics Rick Scott's budget slashes $673 million in taxes, cuts 1,353 positions

Gov. Rick Scott unveiled a proposed $77 billion budget Wednesday that spends nearly most of a $1 billion surplus on tax cuts and an increase in education spending, but leaves many unmet needs by cutting 1.2 percent of the state workforce.

“It’s a strong budget because our economy is strong,” Scott told a gathering in the Capitol of state reporters and editorial writers. “The way to make it stronger is return more money to the people.”