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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, February 24, 2006

"Jeb!"'s Double Standard

    helped raise money to make elections more competitive in California, but derided as "Secret Squirrel liberals" those who are pushing the same goal in Florida.

    Asked this week to explain what makes California different, a Bush spokesman replied, "They have had general elections where not one single incumbent has been defeated."

    Yet that's also the state of affairs in Florida, where no officeholder was turned out during the last state and congressional elections, in 2004.
    "Bush Favors Redistricting Changes - Just Not Here".

    "Wobbly house of cards"

    "Despite a record-setting six months of raising cash, the finances of the Florida Democratic Party remain a wobbly house of cards that could collapse just when dollars are needed most this pivotal election year." "Lack of money could cripple Democrats".

    You Don't Think ...

    "A watchdog group said it found errors in the 2004 election in Palm Beach County. County officials disagreed." "Group claims 2004 election was flawed". See also "Watchdog group questions 2004 ballots" ("An election watchdog group from Seattle said Thursday it found problems with electronic voting records from the 2004 election in Palm Beach and Volusia counties that suggest possible vote tampering.")

    The Values Crowd

    "Determined to get a gay marriage ban on the ballot for Florida voters, the state Republican Party has doubled its initial investment in the effort to $300,000." "State GOP sinks $150,000 more into antigay marriage initiative".

    What Conflict of Interest?

    The Orange County "Mayor" and Bushco family retainer is in hot water."Crotty made $112,000 on land deal".

    Statutory Initiatives

    "Florida lawmakers should create the option of statutory initiatives. It would preserve the voice of citizens while keeping pigs, fishing nets and cigarettes out of our constitution." "Let Florida Citizens Make Laws Without Cluttering Constitution".

    Sooner or Later

    "He said he would seek an Ethics Commission opinion. Three weeks later, he hasn't." "Review of Gallagher stock trades is . . . when?"


    "Florida lawmakers from both political parties - with the exception of Panhandle Democrat Allen Boyd - said Wednesday they are ready for a showdown with the White House over a decision to sell six U.S. port operations to a company run by the United Arab Emirates." "Florida lawmakers gird for ports showdown".

    Smith Support

    "State Rep. Joyce Cusack, D-Deland, has endorsed Senator Rod Smith for Governor." "Cusack Backs Smith".

    Wingnut Rag Takes Shot At Davis

    Hold your nose and go here if you want to read it..

    One Can Hope

    "Clay Shaw In Trouble?"

    Folks Don't Like FCAT Pay Plan

    "Florida voters reject 66 – 29 percent a proposal to link teacher pay to how well their students perform on the FCAT statewide standardized tests. Republicans oppose the proposal 51 – 42 percent, with Democrats opposed 78 – 18 percent and independent voters opposed 69 – 27 percent." "Voters Mixed on Jeb's School Ideas". See also "New survey shows voters oppose linking teachers' pay to FCATs".

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