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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.

For each story, column, article or editorial we deem significant, we post at least the headline and link to the piece; the linked headline always appears in quotes. We quote the headline for two reasons: first, to allow researchers looking for the cited piece to find it (if the link has expired) by searching for the original title/headline via a commercial research service. Second, quotation of the original headline permits readers to appreciate the spin from the original piece, as opposed to our spin.

Not that we don't provide spin; we do, and plenty of it. Our perspective appears in post headlines, the subtitles within the post (in bold), and the excerpts from the linked stories we select to quote; we also occasionally provide other links and commentary about certain stories. While our bias should be immediately apparent to any reader, we nevertheless attempt to link to every article, column or editorial about Florida politics in every major online Florida newspaper.


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The Blog for Wednesday, April 12, 2006


    "In the Republican primary for governor, real estate, development and construction interests top the list of contributors to both Attorney General Charlie Crist and Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher." "Development Bloc Fuels Crist, Gallagher".

    "From NASCAR to developers and unions, state Sen. Rod Smith took full advantage of his last day of fundraising to stoke his campaign for governor." "Fundraising Flurry Puts Smith Near Davis".

    "With big-money issues dominating the Republican-ruled Florida Legislature this election year, the state GOP has raised $7.3 million over the past three months -- one of its top fund-raising periods in years. Democrats, badly outnumbered in the Legislature, were able to muster a mere $2.5 million during the same period. They say the disparity suggests there's a pay-to-play approach at the state Capitol." "GOP coffers getting a last-minute boost".

    In "Big spenders", the Sun-Sentinel lists "some of the biggest contributors to the state Republican Party between January and March". See also "Monster Quarter for RPOF".

    "Meanwhile, Republicans are spending more than Democrats too - $4.2-million to $1.7-million this year. Castle Communications in Pennsylvania received more than $42,000 from the Democrats, while the GOP paid nearly $415,000 this year to Randy Nielson's consulting firm, Public Concepts of West Palm Beach." "Big News: GOP Dominates Democrats".

    Session News

    - "Coming up at the Capitol today".

    - "Legislature 2006: Developments from day 36, April 11". See also "Capitol Roundup".

    - "Homestead hike ballot question nears House OK".

    - "Environmentalists, legislators clash over water problems".

    - "Child-support bill clears panel" ("House committee votes to allow man to end support if he's not the dad").

    - "Bill would crack down on disqualified drivers who get behind the wheel".

    - The Tampa Trib argues that the "State Need Not Be Online Chaperon" ("this isn't something that needs to be mandated by state law, especially since there is no similar requirement for more traditional matchmakers or speed dating clubs.".

    - "Gun advocates, park lovers reach accord on hunting bill".

    - "Wetlands 'poison pill' provisions anger some" ("Bill pre-empts more stringent local legislation").

    - "Bill would sap local cable control Cities, counties couldn't grant franchises; proponents claim consumers would save".

    Immigrant Rallies

    "Across Central Florida, Spanish-language radio stations were the key to organizing thousands for immigration protests." "Immigrant rallies born on air".

    "Countdown to Election Day"

    "Florida needs to move quickly to clean up its voter registration rolls. The statewide primary is five months away. Yet officials in Tallahassee have yet to inform some of Florida's largest counties whether felons, dead people or others who shouldn't be are registered as qualified voters. Local elections supervisors cannot wait until the last minute to prepare for Election Day. Further delays will sap public confidence in the state's ability to hold elections." "Countdown to Election Day".

    2008 Republican National Convention

    "Hurricanes never came up when a delegation of 18 people interested in bringing the 2008 Republican National Convention to the Tampa Bay area pitched the region Tuesday to a site selection committee in Washington." "Pitch For RNC Overlooks Hurricanes".

    Just Don't Mention Stem Cells

    "At this year's BIO conference, Florida's governor pitched an aggressive plan to make his state a biotech hub" "Jeb Bush's Big Biotech Push".

    We Can Hope

    "Is Putnam the next DeLay?"

    Harris Tour

    "U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris will tour the state for five days next week while Congress is in recess so she can refocus her Senate campaign on issues." "Harris plans 5-day tour to promote Senate issues".


    "All this comes on top of the biggest jump in consumer prices in South Florida in a quarter-century. Early this year, the cost of clothes, housing and medical care in South Florida zoomed ahead of price increases for the rest of the nation." "Increase in gas prices, insurance, utilities putting strain on S. Floridians' budgets".

    Harris and the National Review

    Jeremy Wallace blogs "National Review: Harris Can't Win", and directs us to Harris' response. Go to NRA here, if you must.

    AG Race

    "Another $309,000 For McCollum".

    More From The "Values" Crowd

    "Farmworkers thought this year their kids would get subsidized health insurance, but the House is balking, despite a record surplus." "Despite surplus, 14,000 kids go without". See also "Immigrants' KidCare placed in limbo".

    Indeed, "you have to wonder about lawmakers who would leave impoverished children responsible for their own health care -- but let big corporations skate on their responsibility to people they've injured or cheated." "Sham of fairness".


    "'Glades project gains steam with land buy".

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