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The Blog for Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Today's Floida Political News and Pundity

    I will be unable to do the entire review of the news today; however, here are a few quick hitters:

    - "Tallahassee ticker".

    - "Another key adviser in U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris' campaign for the U.S. Senate announced his resignation Monday - two days after Harris accused him of leaking information to the press and then made a series of confusing statements about his status. Adam Goodman, a longtime Harris confidante and media consultant, released a three-sentence statement that his firm was 'ending our relationship with the Katherine Harris for U.S. Senate campaign.'" "Key Harris adviser quits amid discord". See also "Harris Loses Another Key Player" and "More Defections For Harris Campaign".

    - "This time Bush meets protest with talk, not guards".

    - "Attorney General Charlie Crist has unsealed a lawsuit filed against Convergys by a former employee of the People First service center, who reported security lapses in state government's privatized personnel system. In an unusual court filing, Crist's office said plaintiff Sam McDowell blew the secrecy of his own case by filing an Ethics Commission complaint last week against Crist. McDowell claimed in the ethics filing that Crist, a candidate for governor, would not properly investigate Convergys security because one of the company's top lobbyists, Brian Ballard, is involved in Crist's campaign." "Crist unseals lawsuit against Convergys".

    - "Most legislators afraid to take third-grade FCAT".

    - "The Democratic nominee for governor has one overriding challenge awaiting him - getting Florida voters to know who he is." "Shrugs Trump Hopefuls' Support".

    - "Thirty percent of Republicans and 63 percent of Democrats have not picked the man they want to be Florida's next governor, according to a new Mason-Dixon poll." "Poll: Republicans in lead". See also "Poll finds Crist, Davis still leading".

    - "It's hard to fan the flames of anger against a middle-of-the-road candidate." "Can Harris make Nelson the issue?" Not if she keeps this up:
    It is a claim that Republican Rep. Katherine Harris makes at nearly every stop: Her Democratic opponent, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, is so liberal and antibusiness that the National Federation of Independent Business rates his voting record a zero. ...

    The National Federation of Independent Business, which lobbies for businesses interests in Congress, is aligned with the Republican Party, and its priorities match those of the White House and Republican congressional leadership. Many of its leaders have served in the Bush administration or with conservative interest groups.

    Its vice president for politics, for instance, is Lisa Goeas, wife of Republican pollster Ed Goeas - who until last week was one of Harris' top three political advisers.
    "A closer look at one of Harris' jabs at Nelson".

    - "'Keep the Operation FedEx packages coming!' read a Monday e-mail blast from David Browning of Tom Gallagher's campaign. As explained by Browning's message, the operation consists of 'finding two $500 checks "from sources who previously haven't donated, and prior to March 29, drop them in the preaddressed, prepaid FedEx envelope we mailed to you.'" "Tom Gallagher's 'Operation FedEx'".

    - "A plan to add a new layer of wetlands and stormwater protection in the Florida Panhandle is taking hits from groups who say it would allow more wetland destruction instead of less." "Bense's wetlands-protection bill called destructive by some".

    - "Lawmakers to eye limits on political committees".

    - "The state teachers union endorsed a Senate bill that calls for more school spending -- but not a school property tax cut." "Teachers union endorses Senate bill".

    - "New schools, no money".

    - "Michael Schiavo made a last-minute decision to give up on his fight to remove his brain-damaged wife's feeding tube last year as he was hounded by protesters and getting death threats, but his attorney talked him out of it, Schiavo said in a book about the end-of-life case that captivated the nation." "Michael Schiavo says he nearly gave up fight to end wife's life".

    - "Pro-voucher politicians worry about lack of action on issue".

    - "A bill that would more strictly regulate paid employees gathering signatures for proposed citizens' initiatives was revived Monday after it appeared to have died in a committee last week." "Bill aimed at signature gatherers revisited".

    - "How would county like a Mayor Storms? "

    - "Children whose parents work but cannot afford health insurance cannot endure another year of the Legislature's indifference." "Grow up about KidCare".

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