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Thanks for visiting. On a semi-daily basis we scan Florida's major daily newspapers for significant Florida political news and punditry. We also review the editorial pages and political columnists/pundits for Florida political commentary. The papers we review include: the Miami Herald, Sun-Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, Naples News, Sarasota Herald Tribune, St Pete Times, Tampa Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Tallahassee Democrat, and, occasionally, the Florida Times Union; we also review the political news blogs associated with these newspapers.

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The Blog for Sunday, May 29, 2005

Whose in Charge?

    Mel or or "Jeb!"?
    The last time Florida had U.S. senators from both parties, Republican Connie Mack and Democrat Bob Graham worked closely and cooperatively in nominating and confirming Floridians to the federal bench. We should soon see how well that tradition holds with Mel Martinez and Bill Nelson.

    Members of Florida's Federal Judicial Nominating Commission, which recommends judicial candidates, recently received a letter signed by Gov. Jeb Bush and the two senior members of the state congressional delegation, Reps. C.W. "Bill" Young and Clay Shaw.

    The letter informed them that Martinez would soon "reconstitute" the commission, for which Nelson used to have a say in appointing members. Commission members are supposed to direct all suggestions and questions to Martinez's state policy director, Nilda Pedrosa (formerly of the State Department and a leader of the Miami chapter of the conservative Federalist Society) or state director Matthew Hunter (formerly one of Karl Rove's top aides).
    So, "Jeb!" sends letters to the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission telling them that Martinez would soon "reconstitute" the commission. Whose in charge here?

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