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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 Monday, March 27, 2006

Author Claims "Your vote is not safe"

    "Ghosts of Flordia":
    Your vote is not safe.

    So warned author and political activist Tom Grayman III on Sunday night, armed with tales of disenfranchisement past and present as he spoke to a crowd of about 80 at St. John Missionary Baptist Church.

    The answer to Florida's election chaos in 2000 — the electronic voting machine — does not reassure the author of "Ghosts of Florida: Making Elections Fair for Blacks", an account of how he believes some groups are repeatedly stymied in their attempts to vote.
    "Activist slams new voting machines".


    Yesterday's PBP story on Pruitt is making the rounds: "State Sen. Ken Pruitt in 2003 and 2004 received a discount worth $8,345 from a Royal Palm Beach home builder who partnered with and retained lobbyists, possibly a violation of the state law that banned lawmakers from taking gifts of more than $100 from people or entities with lobbyists." "State senator's home discount under scrutiny".

    The Gun Thing

    "The fast-moving Florida Legislature takes up one of the most heavily lobbied issues of its 2006 session this week in a showdown between the influential gun lobby and powerful business interests." "Legislature considers guns at work".


    "Republican legislators file numerous bills taking away authority from counties, cities".


    "During his speech to the Sarasota Republicans, Mehlman warned the party faithful not to grow complacent and let Democrats regain control of politics in Washington, D.C. Mehlman said that would mean higher taxes, more government and more activist judges being appointed to the federal courts." "GOP is doing a good job, Mehlman tells Republicans at dinner".


    "It's a travesty that the very people who form the backbone of a community -- teachers, police officers and other middle-income workers -- can't afford a place to live in much of Central Florida." "An affordable home".

    Privatization Follies

    "[T]here may be nothing worth privatizing after Bush. And how do we know the next governor won't dominate the efficiency council the way Bush has had whatever he wanted from the Legislature for nearly eight sessions?
    " "Legislature may regulate privatization".

    "Save Our Homes"

    "It's a cry that's echoing in Tallahassee this spring, as state legislators consider whether to promote changes in a property tax system many observers say has been disfigured by the very cap that keeps taxable values on homes from increasing more than 3 percent per year, even as market values make near double-digit leaps." "Taxes keeping some families from moving up".

    Miami Scandals

    From yesterday's MH: "Scandals a news experience for Miami's mayor".

    "Free ride courtesy of Florida taxpayers"

    "Drawing on the strategy he used to court the Scripps Research Institute, Gov. Jeb Bush's $630 million economic-development package would give top science researchers a free ride courtesy of Florida taxpayers. University labs also would reap a financial windfall." "Bush plan targets biotech industry".

    "Privacy Lost"

    "Lawmaker crossed, so privacy lost".


    "Following criticism of their products, vendors of the ATM-like voting machines no longer want to do business with the elections supervisor in Leon County." "Elections chief irks voting-machine firms".

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