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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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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 Saturday, November 03, 2007

Dubya pokes Florida in the eye

    "President Bush vetoed a bill Friday that was intended to revive the flagging Everglades restoration effort" "Bush vetoes water bill". See also "Congress may override Everglades restoration veto" and "Bush vetoes water bill, Congress vows override". Related: "Lake's dike urgently needs work".

    The Orlando Sentinel editors: "Override veto".

    Knuckledraggers get no leadership from their tribe leader

    "Jeb Bush: No endorsement planned".

    Florida's booming economy

    "In July, the economists had predicted that new home construction would fall by 22 percent in fiscal year 2007-08 from the previous year's levels, but begin to recover in 2008-09. Friday, however, they said home starts would drop off by 44 percent and not rebound substantially until 2009-10. Meanwhile, the number of Floridians without jobs will grow, they say. After three years of dwindling unemployment rates, the number of unemployed could jump by as much as 29 percent in 2007-08, and again by 7 percent the following year before the trend begins reversing. The predictions for both years are graver than what the analysts forecast last summer." "Latest State Economic Forecast Even Bleaker". See also "State economists say recovery is farther away than expected".


    "For more than two years, state Rep. Paige Kreegel has pursued a libel lawsuit he says he hopes will derail dirty politics. But as he gears up to run for re-election, not only has he done some negative campaigning of his own, he did it with state resources." "House examines legislator's tactics". Background: "Experts at the attack".

    Another Jebacy
    'bold' Medicaid reform promised more choices, better service and cost savings. A state inspector general has just confirmed that the experiment failed to deliver." "Medicaid 'reform' adds new problems to old".


    "For the second time this year Republican Gov. Charlie Crist has met with a rock star who supports Democrats to talk about environmental issues. This time, it was Jimmy Buffett and the subject was manatees." "Crist, Buffett shoot breeze on manatees".

    Dropped like a rock

    "State Farm Florida agents, customers and even state regulators are surprised to hear the insurer is canceling more home policies than previously announced." "State Farm drops nearly 74,000 home policies".

    Some call it democracy

    "Developers fill campaign coffers".

    Sea cows

    "An accurate count of manatees in the Everglades could shed light on the future of the species as a whole." "Glades count may shed light on manatees' future".

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