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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 Thursday, April 25, 2013

"Jeb!", Really? Enough Already

    "George W. Bush: Jeb Bush Should 'Run' In 2016". More here.

    "Dangerous Bills"

    The Miami Herald editors: "Dangerous bills help Big Sugar pollute, quash government transparency".

    Campaign-finance loophole

    "Legislative deal keeps major campaign-finance loophole". See also "Legislators finish rewrite of ethics, campaign bills".

    GOP back to its "ugly ways" on immigration

    Fabiola Santiago: "" "On immigration, GOP back to ugly ways". More: "Rubio’s effort to woo right on immigration reform continues with Hannity appearance".

    "Florida polluters are winners today"

    "Senate passes water quality bill, House passes fertilizer amendment -- and Sierra Club slams both".

    Voter email address secrecy

    The Tampa Bay Times editorial board: "Plan to cloak voter email addresses invites too much secrecy".

    Dems co-sponsor health amendment with Fasano

    "Democrats to co-sponsor Fasano health amendment". Related: "Policy Note: Medicaid Expansion".

    We missed that press conference

    We missed the Guv's press conference on this: "Weekly U.S. unemployment benefit applications fell 16,000 to a seasonally adjusted 339,000, the second-lowest level in more than five years. The decline suggests companies are laying off fewer workers and may step up hiring. Here are the states with the biggest increases and decreases in unemployment benefit applications. The state-level data are one week behind the national figures. States with the biggest increases:"

    California: Up 24,303, due to layoffs in services

    Texas: Up 3,050, no reason given

    Florida: Up 2,623, due to layoffs in the manufacturing, construction, services, retail and trade industries

    Indiana: Up 2,372, due to layoffs in manufacturing

    Arizona: Up 1,296, no reason given

    "How states fared on unemployment benefit claims".

    Good luck with that

    The Miami Herald editotial board: "Restore affordable-housing funds".

    "Power Grab"

    The Tampa Bay Times editors: "Power grab hurts lower-wage workers".

    Citizens bill delayed

    "Citizens Insurance overhaul bill delayed — again".

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