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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 Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Oil Drilling Slips By Our Governor

    While "Jeb!" Slept

    "The Bush administration's attempt to give Louisiana authority over waters as close as 100 miles from Florida's coastline is far from a done deal, say supporters and opponents of oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico." "Both sides find fault with offshore shifting".

    Revisit Law

    "Sen. Al Lawson is so very right that lawmakers ought not run from their own shadows. They certainly should step up and revisit the inscrutable ethics legislation that was signed into law last month to keep lobbyists from feeding the bears - that is, lawmakers." "Revisit new law".

    Davis Gets Boost

    "Miami lawyer Kirk Wagar, one of John Kerry's top Florida fundraisers in 2004, is jumping aboard the Jim Davis ship." "Wagar Backs Davis".

    Pay Up

    "State Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla should pay $8,750 in fines related to campaign law violations that occurred during a 1999 special election, a judge has ruled." "Judge: Fine senator $8,750".

    Good Luck

    "Members of a legislative committee tackling migrant labor issues outlined Monday what they believe are the most pressing issues to the migrant community." "Group outlines most pressing issues for migrants".

    Since We're "Grading" Everything These Days

    "Florida ranked C- in national report on emergency medical care" "In its "National Report Card on the State of Emergency Medicine," to be released today, the group also said Florida needs to add emergency rooms because it ranks near the bottom nationally in the number of emergency departments and trauma centers per 1 million people." And isn't this the cat's meow: " Alan Levine, secretary of Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration, said the report oversimplifies a complicated problem, and said the state has some of the country's best emergency care providers." "Physicians group gives low grade to our ER's". See also "Emergency room crisis diagnosed; now treat it".

    Early Start

    "An effort to restore a more-traditional calendar will get a hearing in Tallahassee this week." "House to begin talks on bill to ban early start of school". See also "Mom and lawmaker leading fight to delay school start dates".


    "Next governor should be ready to make tough choices".

    "Wasserman Schultz And Alito"

    "Democrats have added first term U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, to their list of witnesses to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Supreme Court nonmination of Samuel Alito." "Wasserman Schultz And Alito".

    "Jeb!" Money To Gallagher?

    "While Charlie Crist has been outraising Gallagher, Zachariah's addition to the Gallagher camp is a giant coup. Not only is he a fundraising titan, but his close ties to the Bushes will have tea leave readers seeing a signal of Jeb Bush's preference in the race." "Zachariah Joins Gallagher Team".


    "Boyd concerned about nation's budget".

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