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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 Wednesday, February 22, 2006

"Jeb!" Family Fealty

    The AP Story on Bush's family oriented position on the UAE port deal is gaining traction: "Bush has faith in brother's administration on ports deal".

    In the meantime, the rest of GOP-World is apoplectic: "Deal on U.S. ports triggers GOP revolt" and "Frist Calls for Halt to U.S. Ports Deal".

    Davis Blasts Legislature; GOoPers Throw Hissy Fit

    "Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis compared the way Republicans run Florida to the way Fidel Castro runs Cuba as the state party rallied supporters Tuesday for the 2006 election." "Candidate Davis compares state Capitol under GOP to Castro's Cuba". The GOoPers were in a tizzy over the remarks:

    It didn't take long for the GOP to blast Davis, the current Democratic front-runner, calling it irresponsible for him to compare state government to Cuba under Fidel Castro.

    "Anyone who understands the true nature of Fidel Castro's brutality would know better than to make the remarks Jim Davis made today," said Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher, one of two Republicans seeking to succeed Gov. Jeb Bush.

    By nightfall, Davis was forced to issue a response, saying his comments reflected his concerns about the level of "intimidation" in Tallahassee but that he does not believe Bush or the Republicans are comparable to Castro.

    "I would never and have never compared any of our democratically elected leaders to Fidel Castro," Davis said in a statement. "But let me be clear. There is a climate of intimidation in Tallahassee. That's not good for democracy.
    "Davis blasted for Tallahassee-Havana crack".

    Crime to Dominate

    "Crime Measures To Crowd Docket For Legislature".

    "Jeb!" Says Jump!

    "The Florida Board of Education unanimously approved a plan Tuesday that will give teachers bonuses based solely on their students' performance on standardized tests." "State approves FCAT pay plan". See also "Education board OKs plan to link teacher pay, test scores". Yesterday, "Teachers call FCAT pay plan divisive".

    Harris And GOoPer Surrogates Go Negative

    It is a little early, but the GOoPer whose greatest achievement has been the selection of the family she was born in to has gone negative: "Is Attacking Nelson's Space Trip Fair Game?"


    "State gaming agency begins to set slots rules".

    Electronic Voting

    The executive director of the DeLand-based Florida Fair Elections Coalition argues that in Volusia County "Elections integrity at risk".


    "Gov. lauds research institutions' role in diverse economy".


    "In what they billed as a "unity luncheon" Tuesday, Florida Democrats showcased their top-of-the-ticket candidates and tried to build a little party harmony before November's election." "State Democrats seek party harmony". See also "Nelson urges Democrats to stand together".

    Scripps Money

    "Show public the money that swung Scripps vote".

    "65 percent gimmick"

    "Lawmakers are taking a chance by trying to trick voters into repealing the class size amendment rather than offering a legitimate compromise." "The 65 percent gimmick".

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