Since 2002, daily Florida political news and commentary


UPDATE: Every morning we review and individually digest Florida political news articles, editorials and punditry. Our sister site, FLA Politics was selected by Campaigns & Elections as one of only ten state blogs in the nation
"every political insider should be reading right now."

E-Mail Florida Politics

This is our Main Page
Our Sister Site
On FaceBook
Follow us on Twitter
Our Google+ Page
Contact [E-Mail Florida Politics]
Site Feed
...and other resources


Welcome To Florida Politics

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.


Older posts [back to 2002]

Previous Articles by Derek Newton: Ten Things Fox on Line 1 Stem Cells are Intelligent Design Katrina Spin No Can't Win Perhaps the Most Important Race Senate Outlook The Nelson Thing Deep, Dark Secret Smart Boy Bringing Guns to a Knife Fight Playing to our Strength  

The Blog for Monday, February 14, 2011

RPOF/Teabaggers running wild in Tally

    "A 2009 law authorizing a statewide prescription drug database is 'on the way out,' says state Sen. Joe Negron."
    The database has become a political football since Gov. Rick Scott announced last week that he wants to boot it. His call for repeal appeared to undercut Attorney General Pam Bondi's high-profile campaign against "pill mills" and elicited outrage from newspaper editorial boards darkly suggesting the governor, a former health-care executive, was playing into the hands of doctors and the pharmaceutical industry.

    But Scott isn't the only one opposing the database, which is not yet operational due to a bidding dispute.

    Negron, R-Stuart, told Sunshine State News: "Government has no business snooping into the medicine cabinets of citizens. The database is overly intrusive. It violates the privacy of law-abiding Floridians." ...

    A growing number of Florida Republicans appear more attuned to the tea-flavored libertarianism of limited government. In one of his first acts as governor, Scott disbanded the Office of Drug Control, a Fasano initiative that was signed into law by then-Gov. Charlie Crist.
    "Resistance to Drug Database Gains Strength in Legislature". See also "Backing National Marriage Week, Rick Scott Offers Florida a Valentine" and "Allen West and Connie Mack Speak at CPAC".

    Go figure

    Aaron Deslatte: "Gov. Rick Scott's budget sends variety of messages". See also "Florida Watch episode No. 3: Rick Scott’s budget" and "Scott's big tax cuts don't help everyone".

    Gutting justice system

    "Scott’s proposed budget cuts ranging from 5 percent to more than 7 percent for various parts of the justice system come on the heels of other recent cutbacks and, if enacted, will place an even greater strain on judges, prosecutors and public defenders. Although funding has dwindled, the number of criminal and civil cases has continued to rise." "Florida’s strained justice system workers fear more cuts".

    Sorry Reince

    "Sorry, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Preibus. It looks more and more like Florida Republicans will ignore your insistence that Florida move its 2012 presidential primary to March or later." "Primary change?"

    Wingers flip flop on Arizona-style

    The Sun Sentinel editors: "Thankfully, the white-hot zeal for an Arizona-style immigration law has run up against some cold, hard reality in Tallahassee." "Immigration reform hits snags in Tallahassee".

    Charter school madness

    "As Gov. Rick Scott backs away for now from a push for an expanded school voucher program, former Gov. Jeb Bush’s education foundation has begun quietly circulating draft legislation that may serve as the Legislature’s template to massively expand the number of charter schools throughout the state." "Talk Begins on Charter School Expansion Plans".

    U.S. Senate on Vern's radar

    "U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan is reaping the benefits of finally being in the majority in the House and enjoying new prominence on the Ways and Means Committee. But don't think that means the Longboat Key Republican has taken running for the U.S. Senate in 2012 off his radar." "Buchanan for Senate?".

    "Some likely gains"

    Adam Smith asks what "what would be the practical effect of requiring compact districts that don't favor incumbents? Certainly no Democratic tidal wave, but some likely gains." "Compact districts in Florida could lead to gains".

    Florida: the place for losers

    If you thought Donna Arduin was bad ("The Real Culprit" and "Marco's Muse"), Ricky has managed to dredge up another loser, education "superstar" Michelle Rhee.

    "The spokesman from Florida’s teacher’s union wondered why lawmakers were listening to her. 'It’s a little difficult to understand why she is given rock star status,' said Mark Pudlow, of the Florida Education Association."

    Washington D.C. schools score at the bottom of the national Education Week Quality Counts ranking, while Florida rates close to the top. He observed that some of Rhee’s controversial efforts to fire 'ineffective' teachers have been overturned by an arbitrator after the Washington Teachers Union fought the effort.
    "'Star' educator Michelle Rhee sparks debate in Florida". See also "Why Michelle Rhee's Education 'Brand' Failed in D.C." ("Rhee was as a key, polarizing figure in Fenty's reelection campaign, which ended when he was defeated in the Tuesday primary by his challenger, D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray. Rhee brazenly politicized her job as Schools Chancellor in a way that may be unprecedented for education bureaucrats.")

    West "vulnerable"

    "Only a month on the job, U.S. Rep. Allen West has tossed out the seen-not-heard rule that new lawmakers typically follow, barreling to the top of the political insiders' lists of the most vulnerable members of Congress." "Taking a bulldog's approach".

    Are these Ricky's jobs?

    "Miami Beach investigates porn video shot in public".

<< Home