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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 Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Revolving House (speaker) door

    "After starting to raise money in late May for the Senate District 8 campaign," former House Speaker John
    Thrasher collected $268,645 in little more than a month. That is more than all other legislative candidates in Volusia and Flagler districts combined to raise between April 1 and June 30, newly filed reports show.

    Thrasher and three other Republicans have opened campaign accounts for the 2010 race to replace Sen. Jim King, who cannot run again because of term limits....

    Thrasher received contributions from a wide range of businesses and groups in the district and other parts of the state.
    "House Speaker collects large war chest in Senate race".

    Luv 4 sale

    "The top five money raisers in the House and Senate so far are all Republicans and, with the exception of incumbent Dean Cannon, all are chasing open seats." "Republicans Rivera, Diaz head list of top legislative fund-raisers so far".

    Sole tries to cover Charlie's a**

    Michael W. Sole is secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, good little soldier that he is, attempts to rehabilitate Charlie's green reputation ""

    "Gov. Charlie Crist has signed into law a bill concerning our water resources that, while not perfect, provides many benefits to Florida's environment and its citizens.".

    I am shocked(not)!

    "Former lieutenant governor and education commissioner Frank Brogan moved a step closer Monday to becoming the state university system's next chancellor. " "FAU's Brogan a finalist for chancellor".

    "'Convergys redux'"

    Bill Cotterell: "DOE slow to act on ID threat".

    Game on

    The Tallahassee Democrat editorial board: "It's easy to become cynical about such early fundraising and the vast amounts. But the mechanics behind the messages are important in such a large state, and when voters remain so tuned out for so long. The antidote to letting special interests run the show is for everyday citizens to get involved — early — and begin studying the issues and the candidates — the constitutional amendments, too — to understand what's at stake." "Take an interest".

    Wingnuts gone wild

    "Heritage Foundation: Justice is not a popularity contest, Judge Sotomayor". But see "UF experts defend Sotomayor’s experience comment".

    "Florida should examine use of informants"

    Daytona Beach News Journal editorial board: "When the state seeks to convict someone of murder and sentence that person to death, courts have a duty to demand credible evidence that demonstrates guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. In the Florida case of Herman Lindsey, who's spent nearly three years on death row, that didn't happen." "A snitch in time".

    Surgeon general

    "Obama taps former FAMU trustee to be surgeon general".

    Them entrepreneurs are at it agin'

    "Reaching higher up the supply chain than ever before to investigate gasoline price gouging, Florida regulators Monday announced a $2.3 million settlement with the Wall Street firm Morgan Stanley Capital Group." "State reaches settlement in gas price-gouging case".

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