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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

Yesterday's News

    A few pieces from yesterday.

    Buschco Loyalty Prevails

    "Jeb!" defaults to protecting Dubya:
    Jeb Bush said Tuesday that his brother, President Bush, would adequately protect national security as part of the federal government's approval of the sale of a ports operator to a state-owned company in the United Arab Emirates.

    But at least eight Florida Congress members, including six Republicans, questioned the deal and several of those promised to fight the approval with legislation. But the president later said the transaction involving six major U.S. seaports should go forward and that he would veto any congressional effort to stop it.
    "Gov. Bush has faith in brother's administration in ports deal". In the meantime, in the rest of the world:
    Two Republican governors are threatening legal action to block an Arab company from taking over operations in major U.S. ports and some GOP lawmakers say the deal should be closely examined.
    "Republican governors question turnover of port operations".

    AG Race

    "Saunders announces candidacy for state attorney general". See also "Senator launches bid in Collier".

    Harrison the Hustings

    "U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris brought her grassroots Senate campaign to Hernando County on Saturday night, the first of two promised stops in the county." "Harris 'grass fire' hits county" See also "Harris Uses 2000 Election To Raise Cash".



    its reputation for killing wildlife and spoiling beaches, offshore drilling accounts for only a small percentage of the nearly 76 million gallons of oil dumped into U.S. waters each year. ...

    A more immediate threat than offshore drilling are the millions of gallons of oil, gasoline and jet fuel delivered to Florida's largest ports each year by tankers, freighters and barges that pass dangerously close to the state's beaches.

    Spills from those vessels happen far more frequently than significant discharges from offshore rigs, according to the ''Oil in the Sea'' report by the National Research Council.
    "Drilling debate overlooks details".

    He's Hopping Mad

    "South Florida Republicans have filed grievances with the state party alleging the Broward Republican Party broke state party rules by endorsing Attorney General Charlie Crist for governor last month." "Gallagher forces want state GOP to discipline Broward party".


    "Nelson's past, future tied to space". See also "Nelson: The U.S. Needs Practical Migrant Policy".

    Citrus Dems

    "Citrus Democrats will play a key role in the 2006 election, former Gov. Buddy MacKay told an enthusiastic crowd at the annual Democratic Executive Committee unity dinner Saturday night." "Former governor enlivens his party".

    I am Shocked

    "Ruling clears legislator of conflict accusations".

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