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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 Monday, January 09, 2006

"Doctrine of Jebian Supremacy"

    "The executive branch's firm belief in the Jebian Supremacy remains even in the face of the Supreme Court. Gov. Bush said he will "calmly" decide what to do next. Following the constitution as definitively interpreted by the court does not seem to be an option." "Doctrine of Jebian Supremacy".

    "Preserv[ing] his Legacy"?

    "Bush has an ambitious agenda for his final year in office, but he may wind up spending time and energy trying to preserve his legacy." "Bush sets ambitious agenda for final year".

    Corporate Precincts

    "Sometimes good intentions can have unintended consequences. This may be one of those times." "Corporations will be invited to "adopt" election precincts"

    Gift Ban

    "House members will undergo a training session Tuesday regarding a new law prohibiting gifts from lobbyists to lawmakers. Today, legislators begin a week of committee meetings in Tallahassee, their first official gathering since the law went into effect on Jan. 1." "Legislators to learn ins and outs of ban on lobbyists' gifts". See also "Registration clause stymies lobbyists".

    "Where's GOP outrage"?

    "[I]t's odd that [the Bush] administration seems blithely unconcerned about state personnel information that might be floating around cyberspace." Bill Cotterell says it makes "you wonder whether they [Crist and Gallagher] fear being too inquisitive about the popular governor's biggest "outsourcing" initiative would alienate legions of his fans, who vote in Republican primaries." "Where's GOP outrage over floating data?"

    Harris - Where's the National Support?

    "It's now been seven months since Katherine Harris, R-Longboat Key, announced she would run for the U.S. Senate. Still, national Republican Party groups still aren't embracing her, as apparent by the National Republican Senatorial Committee - a group charged with helping Republicans win Senate seats." "Will National Support Come?".

    House Races

    There are only a few competitive U.S. House races.

    Only one of those [truly competitive races according to "experts"], the district of Fort Lauderdale Republican Rep. Clay Shaw, is in Florida.

    Shaw, just released from the hospital after undergoing surgery for lung cancer, faces Democratic state Sen. Ron Klein in November. Klein has raised more money than Shaw, and both parties have made the district, which votes for Democrats in presidential campaigns, a priority.

    Feeney is being opposed by Andy Michaud, a 47-year-old Democrat who says he doesn't plan to raise the issue of Feeney's dealings with Abramoff and his golfing trip to Scotland with the lobbyist. And while the Democratic Party decries what it calls a "culture of corruption in the GOP," Michaud said he would rather talk about Social Security, health care and Feeney's vote to allow some oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. ...

    Democrat Charlie Stuart, who wants to run against Orlando Republican Rep. Ric Keller, wasted no time after Abramoff's guilty plea in criticizing Keller for taking money from Abramoff and others tied to the scandal.
    "Political climate changing ahead of elections".

    Orlando Sentinel Hearts "Jeb!"

    "More good grades for A-Plus".

    Cabinet Races

    "The race to replace Gov. Jeb Bush, who must leave office because of term limits, and Republican U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris' attempt to oust Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson from office have grabbed most of the headlines leading into the 2006 election. Further down the ballot, though, are some races well worth watching that could have a profound effect on the state." "Florida's Cabinet races well worth watching".

    Abramoff's "Tampa Tangle"

    "A trip by congressional staffers to the 2001 Super Bowl in Tampa has emerged as a key part of the federal investigation into the scandal involving Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff and members of the House and Senate." "Lobbyist case has Tampa tangle".

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