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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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Not that we don't provide spin; we do, and plenty of it. Our perspective appears in post headlines, the subtitles within the post (in bold), and the excerpts from the linked stories we select to quote; we also occasionally provide other links and commentary about certain stories. While our bias should be immediately apparent to any reader, we nevertheless attempt to link to every article, column or editorial about Florida politics in every major online Florida newspaper.


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The Blog for Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Does This Surprise Anyone?

    The latest from those wild and crazy guys at Associated Industries of Florida:
    Florida's big business lobby added its voice Monday to the debate over oil and gas drilling off the state's coast, arguing energy costs are too high to leave resources untapped.

    In calling for drilling in areas currently off limits, Associated Industries of Florida may risk alienating some in the biggest business in Florida - tourism, where some fear spills that could spoil the state's beaches.
    "Major lobby group favors expanded oil drilling". Bill Cotterell:
    Barney Bishop, president of Associated Industries of Florida, assembled a group of agribusiness, transportation, chemical and manufacturing executives to endorse a plan by U.S. Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Calif., that would expand offshore oil and gas development. Bishop said Florida has growing fuel needs in tourism, farming, industry and home utilities - but does not produce any significant energy.
    "Drilling backers step up efforts".

    Drag a dollar bill through a country club and you'll have every AIF member in the place clutching it.

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