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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 Friday, April 21, 2006

"Off-Color Remarks"

    What a jerk:
    Guy Tunnell abruptly ended his controversial run as head of Florida's Department of Law Enforcement on Thursday, days after sources said he made off-color remarks comparing black leaders who were to attend a Capitol rally to Osama bin Laden and Jesse James.

    Tunnell submitted his resignation to Gov. Jeb Bush hours after The Miami Herald requested he comment on whether he likened U.S. Sen. Barack Obama to terrorist leader bin Laden and the Rev. Jesse Jackson to outlaw James during a meeting of Bush's agency heads Tuesday. One person in the room and another source who spoke with an agency head told The Miami Herald about his remarks.
    "Fla. top cop resigns post under cloud". And where's Jebbie on this?
    "He is a dedicated law enforcement officer who leaves behind an agency that is second to none," a governor's press release stated.
    "FDLE chief steps down". See also "FDLE head quits; sit-in by students at Capitol ends" and "Embattled FDLE commissioner resigns after meeting with Bush".


    "Senator drawn by campaign".


    "From 2000 to 2004, the number of people moving to Florida from within the United States made the Sunshine State the national leader in population gain from domestic migration." "Florida the state Americans dream of".


    "Florida's education commissioner wants lawmakers to pit college students against kindergarteners, but the fight is gratuitous. With a $4.8-billion budget windfall, the state can easily serve both." "A contrived conundrum".

    Session News

    "Legislature 2006: Developments from day 45, April 20".

    Ronda Storms: Personification of the Florida GOP

    "The two Hillsborough County Commissioners' longstanding feud turned ugly and public Thursday night. Castor accused Storms of lying, and Storms implied Castor has no integrity. Both are seeking higher office." "Storms, Castor Trade Insults At Meeting".

    Tax Cuts Going Down?

    "Remember those hefty tax cuts -- as much as $2 billion -- Gov. Jeb Bush and lawmakers wanted to give all Floridians this year? Don't spend the money just yet." "Poof! A $100 tax rebate vanishes". See also "Legislative leaders axe Bush's proposed tax cuts, shift money to schools".

    As well it should

    "Terri Schiavo Case Is Emerging As Factor In Race For Governor".

    Privatization Follies

    "With a prosecutor calling him a bigger crook than some inmates in the privatized prisons he used to oversee, Alan Duffee got nearly three years in federal prison Thursday and was ordered to repay more than $224,000 he admitted siphoning out of state funds." "Ex-prison privatization chief sentenced".

    But don't expect this to get very far: "Senate plan gets tough on privatization".


    "Katherine Harris mailed a lot of dollar bills to potential supporters of her Senate campaign. Quite a few came back to her with donations attached." "Dollar ploy teases Harris donors".

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