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Thanks for visiting. On a 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, November 22, 2006

Today's Florida Political News - Shorter Edition

    Enjoy Thanksgiving; we'll return to full force on Sunday. In the meantime, you may want to check out the following stories:

    - CD 13"The group of nearly 18,000 voters that registered no choice in Sarasota's disputed congressional election solidly backed Democratic candidates in all five of Florida's statewide races, an Orlando Sentinel analysis of ballot data shows." - "Analysis: Ballots favored Dems". See also "Judge rejects emergency test of Sarasota voting machines", "Judge rejects quick test in congressional vote challenge", "No fast track in disputed race for congress", "Candidate can't check voting machines yet", "Losing Sarasota Democrat denied voting machine access".

    - Liar! "U.S. Rep. Ric Keller, R-Orlando, began his re-election campaign Tuesday by announcing he's breaking a promise he made in his first campaign. Keller pledged in 2000 that he would only serve eight years in Congress, the same as state lawmakers can serve before they have to leave office. 'We need people who are there for the right reasons, not people who are there to see how long they can stay there,' Keller said at the time." "Keller breaks pledge, says he will run again".

    - Deal: "Bush says SRI, St. Petersburg near deal".

    - Just Do It: "If the head of the Florida Department of Children and Families doesn't get mentally ill inmates out of the Pinellas County Jail soon, she might join them behind bars. A Pinellas judge Tuesday charged DCF Secretary Lucy Hadi with seven counts of indirect criminal contempt for failing to get the inmates out of the jail. The maximum penalty for each of those counts is five months and 29 days in jail. Asked by the St. Petersburg Times whether he would jail Hadi, Circuit Judge Crockett Farnell responded: 'Oh, I'd love to. I'll do whatever I have to do to get somebody's attention.'" "DCF chief may go to jail".

    - There's Alway's Tomorrow: "Gov content to let insurance reform wait until next year".

    - Whatever: "Shaw packs up history for his alma mater".

    - Talk, Talk, Talk: "GOP vows to work closely with Dems in state Legislature". See also "Florida House And Senate Anoint Their New Leaders", "Rubio is in the House", "Lawmakers choose Senate, House heads", "Pruitt, Rubio sworn in as legislative leaders", "Pruitt, Rubio elected Fla. Senate president, House speaker", "Rubio promises 'battlefield of ideas'" and "New Senate Democratic leader Geller urges unity".

    - Yawn: "Gov.-elect Crist picks chief of staff, other administrators".

    - Siplin: "Gary Siplin to remain in Senate pending appeal". See also "Convicted lawmaker to keep seat".

    - So Sorry: "Arza apologizes in letter to district".

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