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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 Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Spill baby, spill!

    The hilarious "Adam Putnam rips Democratic opponent for playing politics". "Maddox Pushes Pledge for Candidates to Oppose Offshore Drilling".

    More: "Scientists: Oil slick almost certain to ride current to Palm Beach within weeks", "Crist expands state of emergency south to Sarasota", "Update: Crist, Sink, McCollum to fly over the Gulf oil slick as it edges Florida's coast", "Oil slick has candidates sliding away from offshore drilling", "For North Florida fishermen, passion and livelihood at stake" and "Gulf Coast watches, waits for path of oil spill".

    High-speed rail

    "Federal lawmakers praised Florida's high-speed rail plans and state transportation officials announced plans to seek money for Orlando-Miami line." "Florida pledges to seek funds for high-speed rail".

    "Left for dead"

    The Orlando Sentinel editors: "Too bad Gov. Crist can't compel lawmakers to return to Tallahassee this week and revive legislation they left for dead." "Florida Legislature 2010: What is worth signing, worth vetoing". See also this editorial in the St. Pete Times: "Abortion law should be vetoed". More from the Sun-Sentinel editors: "Legislature wraps up session with successes, disappointments".

    Tarnishing her legacy and cheating her constituents

    The Tampa Trib editors: "Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite tarnished her legacy and cheated her constituents and political party last week with an underhanded move that deprives Republican voters of the right to choose her successor from a strong field of candidates." "Brown-Waite's selfish exit".

    Benefits running out

    "Nearly 142,000 Floridians exhaust unemployment benefits".

    Budget assumptions

    The Miami Herald editors: "Legislature's budget assumptions hurt public schools." "Schools funding doesn't add up".

    "Veto watch"

    "A property insurance bill that lawmakers jammed through the Legislature in the closing hours last week is under consideration by Gov. Charlie Crist." "Veto watch in place for property insurance bill".

    No sh**

    "A bill passed by the Florida Legislature in the waning days of the session that ended Friday could have far-reaching impacts for the state's groundwater supplies and millions of septic tank owners across the state." "New environmental law targets septic tanks".


    "Meek, Rubio report fundraising spike in wake of Crist’s independent bid".

    Choice politics

    "The experience of a lawmaker's pregnant wife before she miscarried prompted him to oppose a law requiring ultrasounds before a woman can obtain an abortion." "Lawmaker cites wife's miscarriage". See also "The story behind a tearful appeal".

    RPOFer runs wild

    "During debate Thursday, a new Capitol web outfit called the Sunshine State News captured video images of Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, looking at what appeared to be a Girls-Gone-Wild-type of photo on his computer." "Lawmaker glimpsed 'beach babe' photo". See also "What was Sen. Mike Bennett watching on laptop during floor debate?".

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