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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 Friday, January 06, 2006

Davis Fundraising; Court Spanks "Jeb!"

    Davis Does Well

    "The Jim Davis gubernatorial campaign reports finishing up 2006 with its best fundraising quarter, raising more than $505,000. That brings Davis' total raised to more than $1.6-million. He had $1.1-million on hand, according to preliminary estimates. ... it's apparently the best haul for any Democratic gubernatorial candidate in the year before an election since campaign contruibution limits went into effect in the 1994 race. (By the end of 1989 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill Nelson had $3.9-million on hand, and it didn't help him much once Lawton Chiles jumped in). ... No word yet from the Smith campaign about their fourth quarter take." " Another $500,000 For Davis".

    Vouchers Declared Unconstitutional

    "The Florida Supreme Court tossed out the state's tuition voucher program that allows public money to go to private schools." "Court orders tuition vouchers halted". See also "High court stamps out vouchers", "State high court rejects voucher program", "Florida Supreme Court declares vouchers unconstitutional", "Florida's top court bars vouchers for F schools", "Court throws out vouchers" and "Court Rejects School Vouchers".

    "Jeb!" is unrepentant about his violation of the Florida Constitution: "Bush vows to revive school vouchers after Fla. Supreme Court kills program".

    A copy of the decision is here. (.pdf format). We're discussing it at FLA Politics here.

    Editorial roundup: "Court backs the schools, but Jeb won't turn page", "Let state live up to its mandates for schools" and "Stop the voucher fight" ("Now that the state Supreme Court has ruled vouchers unconstitutional, it's time for lawmakers to get back to fixing public schools."). The Tampa Trib has this gem: "A Disappointing Voucher Ruling".

    The "Jeb!" is the educashun guvner folks say this: "Vouchers serve purpose -- but need has passed".

    More: "Ruling elicits mixed reviews locally".


    "Gov. Jeb Bush will call on Florida lawmakers to spend nearly $600 million to help prepare homes, shelters, and a response plan for hurricanes." "Gov. Bush wants $600M to stormproof state".

    No Smoking

    "Amendment to require anti-smoking spending closer to ballot". See also "Time runs out for activists seeking amendment ballots"


    Harris on the hustings: "Controversial underdog Harris optimistic about bid for U.S. Senate".


    "Negotiations between the state and tribes over an expansion of Indian gaming rights will soon take on new urgency, Gov. Jeb Bush said." "Bush pushes for tribe compact".

    Klein Raises More than Shaw (Again)

    "For the third quarter in a row, state Sen. Ron Klein raised more money than incumbent Rep. Clay Shaw in a congressional race that is shaping up to be among the most expensive in the nation." "Klein's fund-raising tops Shaw in U.S. House race".

    No Sympathy Here

    "The firm that helped ensure George Bush won the 2000 recount legal battle in Florida, that hired Antonin Scalia's son and produced Jeb Bush's general counsel, Raquel Rodriguez, is even getting bashed by some Republicans in the wake of the Abramoff controversy." " Greenberg Traurig's Black Eye".

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