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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 Sunday, February 05, 2006

The Sunday Papers

    An excellent piece arguing that a "savvy candidate for governor would take a close look at a new survey of school principals about the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test." "Candidates, look at FCAT".

    The rest of today's Florida political news and punditry includes: "Davis says he supports adoption by same-sex couples, not marriage", "Don't let them gut your right of amendment" ("amendments are all that voters have to overrule self-serving politicians. That you dare butt into their private club is of great concern to them"), "Gray areas in lobbyist law lead to lawsuit", "Jeb Bush enjoys sweet ride of booming real estate taxes" ("Once a millionaire real estate developer, Gov. Jeb Bush is now profiting politically from Florida's housing boom with his whopping $70.8 billion budget proposal that's moored to a bounty of new tax receipts")"Everglades crusaders have history on their side", "Pumpkin pie and free parking" ("Lo and behold, that's when Keller realized he'd made a mistake."), "Powering Florida" (Bush's "heavy focus on deregulation and nuclear power is worrisome"), "Under Bush, work force sees moderate decline" as well as this bit from the values crowd: "State fails kids in turmoil".

    And here's a good question:
    Should a state with so much debt, such unpredictable income and such meager investment in its major lines of business be so eager to give away half its projected $3.2-billion tax windfall for next year
    "Sense and surplus" See also "Don't play politics with windfall".

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