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The raw truth about power and ambition in Florida.

Last Build Date: Sat, 27 May 2017 06:00:00 -0400


Miami pollster Sergio Bendixen dies

Sat, 27 May 2017 06:00:00 -0400

@PatriciaMazzei Sergio Bendixen, the first Hispanic to run a U.S. presidential campaign who later pioneered public-opinion polling among Latinos and other immigrant populations, died late Friday in Miami. He was 68. No cause of death was immediately available. Bendixen had...

Parents rally for HB 7069 in front of Miami-Dade School Board building

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:36:34 -0400

@KyraGurney Parents rallied outside the Miami-Dade School Board building in downtown Miami on Friday afternoon in support of the controversial education bill HB 7069. Inside, the school district hosted a town hall meeting urging parents and teachers to oppose the...

As FHP struggles to recruit, speeding tickets plummet

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:55:27 -0400

@JeremySWallace The number of speeding tickets written by Florida state troopers has plunged three straight years as the agency grapples with a personnel shortage and high turnover. While that might be good news for highway travelers who want to speed...

Starting the veto clock? Rick Scott likely to get budget Tuesday

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:34:47 -0400

As a long Memorial Day weekend gets underway, the biggest and most controversial piece of legislation to emerge from the 2017 session -- the budget -- was still in the Senate's hands on Friday, a safe distance from Gov. Rick...

Gov. Rick Scott names John Tupps as communications director

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:30:40 -0400

Gov. Rick Scott has named John Tupps as his new communications director, replacing Jackie Schutz Zeckman, who was promoted to chief of staff. The appointment takes effect June 5. Tupps, 33, is currently vice president of government relations at VISIT...

Constitution commission plans June 6 meeting for big vote on rules

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:00:15 -0400

After a divisive, day-long meeting over how to write the rules for the powerful Constitution Revision Commission, the panel's chair, Carlos Beruff, on Friday called a meeting for the entire 37-member commission for June 6 in Orlando to vote on...

In South Florida, Nancy Pelosi says Democrats will take on Carlos Curbelo in 2018

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:33:47 -0400

@amysherman1 One of Democrats’ biggest goals for the 2018 election is to defeat Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday during a South Florida visit. What she didn’t explain was why her party has yet...

New DEP secretary’s cell phone is primary contact for business he says he doesn’t run

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:26:41 -0400

Florida’s new Department of Environmental Protection secretary, Noah Valenstein, flatly denied this week he had any role in the political consulting and polling businesses he turned over to his wife when he came to work for the governor in 2012....

55 senators sign on to bill eliminating U.S. travel restrictions to Cuba

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:24:09 -0400

via @ngameztorres As the Cuba policy review reaches its final stage, politicians, companies and organizations that support the policy of engagement are making an extra effort to send a message to Donald Trump: Mr. President, do not eliminate opportunities to...

Florida TaxWatch calls out $180 million of questionable spending in state budget

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:02:49 -0400

@MichaelAuslen Florida TaxWatch, a Tallahassee thinktank, has released its annual "budget turkey" list that calls on Gov. Rick Scott to veto nearly $180 million in special projects tucked into the budget, mostly in transportation. The upshot of TaxWatch's analysis --...

Miami GOP snags Kellyanne Conway to keynote Lincoln Day dinner

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:26:45 -0400

@PatriciaMazzei Kellyanne Conway will headline the Miami-Dade Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day fundraising dinner, the party announced to its members Friday. Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump and his former campaign manager, will be the keynote speaker at the dinner,...

Congressional candidate faces fight over court costs from last opponent

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:48:36 -0400

@doug_hanks Congressional hopeful Raquel Regalado was hit with a deposition request this week over a $1,172 litigation expense that her last opponent, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, says he’s owed from her failed bid to kick him off the ballot last...

Jeb money trickles into Putnam's bid for governor

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:50:14 -0400

@JeremySWallace Money from a Jeb Bush super PAC has made its way into Florida’s 2018 governors race. A year ago, Bush’s Right to Rise PAC put $1,171 in money left over from his failed presidential run into a fund called...

Health officials outline their plan for writing medical marijuana rules

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:32:51 -0400

@MichaelAuslen Florida health officials are taking the very earliest steps toward rolling out rules to let patients use medical marijuana after state lawmakers failed to resolve the issue during the final hours of their session earlier this month. The Department...

Florida ends 'tampon tax'

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:33:34 -0400

From the Associated Press: TALLAHASSEE -- Florida will eliminate taxes charged on tampons under a measure signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott. Scott on Thursday approved a bill that would make feminine hygiene products such as tampons and menstrual...

Roaches, rats and taxpayer money: Plan to save crumbling Overtown condos in trouble

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:05:31 -0400

@NewsbySmiley @NickNehamas and @DavidOvalle305 The tax-funded renovation of Town Park Plaza North, a crumbling Overtown community of more than 100 families, was touted as a new beginning for one of Miami’s most impoverished and neglected neighborhoods. But two years after...

Mel and Betty Sembler's Drug Free America Foundation calls for special marijuana session

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:08:02 -0400

@MichaelAuslen An unlikely voice has joined the drug policy activists calling on Florida lawmakers to come back in special session focused on medical marijuana: The Drug Free America Foundation, which opposes medical marijuana and whose founders spent nearly $10 million...

Florida Republican operative asked alleged Russian hacker for documents to hurt Democrats

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:58:29 -0400

From the Wall Street Journal: The hacking spree that upended the presidential election wasn’t limited to Democratic National Committee memos and Clinton-aide emails posted on websites. The hacker also privately sent Democratic voter-turnout analyses to a Republican political operative in...

Gov. Rick Scott signs tax cut bill into law

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:35:31 -0400

@JeremySWallace It's hardly the $618 million tax cut Gov. Rick Scott asked for four months ago. Still, the Republican governor was more than ready on Thursday to celebrate signing a new package of tax cuts from the Florida Legislature into...

Gov. Rick Scott vetoes repeal of Florida's 'liquor wall'

Thu, 25 May 2017 08:42:43 -0400

Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday vetoed the hotly-debated "liquor wall" bill that would have repealed a Prohibition-era law that prevents grocery stores from selling hard liquor. The governor offered a hint of his thinking a day earlier when, in response...