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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 Thursday, December 08, 2005

Another Political Hack

    "Gov. Jeb Bush turned to an old family friend and contributor Wednesday to succeed former Orlando Mayor Glenda Hood as Florida secretary of state."
    "It sends a very bad message," Karen Thurman, chairman of the Florida Democratic Party, said of Cobb's appointment. "She has no experience with elections and her background is with the party. She's a political appointment." ...

    Federal records show Chuck Cobb has contributed $130,000 to Republicans over the past three years, including $75,000 to the Republican National Committee.
    "Bush picks major donor to oversee state elections". See also "New secretary of state chosen" ("Business executive with ties to Bush family named to post") and "S. Floridian named secretary of state" ("Bush tapped Sue McCourt Cobb, a Coral Gables developer").

    The Tampa Trib kindly overlooks the hackishness of the appointment in this silly bit of fluff: "U.S. Diplomat Chosen State Secretary". And this AP story is no better: "Former diplomat named to state's top election post".

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