Since 2002, daily Florida political news and commentary


UPDATE: Every morning we review and individually digest Florida political news articles, editorials and punditry. Our sister site, FLA Politics was selected by Campaigns & Elections as one of only ten state blogs in the nation
"every political insider should be reading right now."

E-Mail Florida Politics

This is our Main Page
Our Sister Site
On FaceBook
Follow us on Twitter
Our Google+ Page
Contact [E-Mail Florida Politics]
Site Feed
...and other resources


Welcome To Florida Politics

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.

For each story, column, article or editorial we deem significant, we post at least the headline and link to the piece; the linked headline always appears in quotes. We quote the headline for two reasons: first, to allow researchers looking for the cited piece to find it (if the link has expired) by searching for the original title/headline via a commercial research service. Second, quotation of the original headline permits readers to appreciate the spin from the original piece, as opposed to our spin.

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.


Older posts [back to 2002]

Previous Articles by Derek Newton: Ten Things Fox on Line 1 Stem Cells are Intelligent Design Katrina Spin No Can't Win Perhaps the Most Important Race Senate Outlook The Nelson Thing Deep, Dark Secret Smart Boy Bringing Guns to a Knife Fight Playing to our Strength  

The Blog for Thursday, December 29, 2005

Thursday's News

    Attack Resumes on Class Size Reduction

    "The latest attempt to weaken the strict requirements of Florida's voter-approved class-size amendment will be led by the senator slated to take over that chamber a year from now — despite his representation of five counties that cumulatively approved the amendment by a 60-40 margin." "Pruitt seeks larger class sizes to reduce costs". For more on the class size issue see "Class-size success just gets tougher" ("requirements for still-smaller classes next fall").

    Massive Confusion

    "Ban on lobbyist gifts generates massive confusion among legislators".

    Too secure for our own good?

    Unintended consequences:

    Is the state becoming too secure for its own good?

    That's the question raised by a Florida TaxWatch report released Wednesday. It offered the mag lab and foreign students as anecdotal evidence that tighter U.S. security and immigration policies are hurting the state's economy in areas such as banking, commerce, health care, education, research and tourism.
    "TaxWatch report questions security".


    "Compensation for people who have been wrongly imprisoned leads the list." "Dedge case raises issues for lawmakers".

    Florida Hate on the Rise

    "Hate crimes jump in state". See also "Hate Crimes Rose In 2004, With St. Pete Topping List", "Hate-crime reports on the rise", "Reports of hate crimes up 20%" "Hate crimes up in state" and "Reported hate crimes up 21 percent in 2004".

    FCAT Foolishness

    "Standardized testing, rather than serving students, is turning into an epic Wagnerian opera that ain't over till the FCAT lady sings." "Tests spoil educational harmony".

    Troxler Retrospective

    "Is truth stranger than fiction? In 2005, it may have been a tossup".

    Business Saavy GOoPers

    "Three months after allegations erupted that one of its top executives took kickbacks from a contract vendor, Citizens Property Insurance Corp. has dropped the vendor [Quantum Claim Services of Texas]." "State-run insurer drops contractor".

    Deutch v. Slosberg

    "Senate hopeful Deutch courts condos".

    But They Can't Vote?

    "The Florida Department of Children & Families is reviewing a policy that allows convicted felons to obtain child-care licenses." "Child Welfare".


    "Boca Raton company defrauded cancer patients, prosecutors say".

    Just Pay 'Em

    "It's another FEMA bureaucracy story. Airboat owners from West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie and Loxahatchee answered a call for airboats to help rescue people stranded on rooftops after Hurricane Katrina. Signing on with a Tennessee company, Cat 5 Disaster Services, the three were among about 30 other boat owners who were promised payment for their efforts. And their efforts were extraordinary. They worked 15-hour days for two weeks, in and around New Orleans. They navigated through putrid water, dodging submerged cars, fences, gunfire, bodies and debris to rescue dozens of people." "Pay airboat operators for Katrina rescue work".


    "Give FAU its fair share".


    "Boca Raton makes final pitch to land Scripps project".

<< Home