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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 Thursday, May 02, 2013

Democrats left "crying foul"

    "The three highest-profile figures involved in the 2013 legislative session saw their top priorities sewn up Wednesday night in a rapid-fire series of events that left a trail of unanswered legal questions and Democrats crying foul." "It's a Deal? Weatherford, Gaetz, Scott All Win". See also "Scott signs election and ethics laws, vetoes alimony plan".

    "But there's a catch"

    "Teacher pay raises placed on fast track". More: "Teacher pay raises could come sooner — but there’s a catch".

    Florida consumers "keep losing"

    The Tampa Bay Times editorial board: "Utility customers keep losing".

    "Jeb!" clones in a funk

    "Sen. Kelli Stargel: Sadly, Parent Empowerment Misunderstood".

    "Florida Democrats Torpedo 2013 Session's Bipartisan Spirit, Hold Election Reform Hostage".

    "Abusive" insurance practices

    "Time running out for lawmakers to stop insurance practice homeowners and advocates call abusive".

    Democracy, Tallahassee style

    "In an unusual, late-night meeting, Florida lawmakers negotiating a state budget unveiled — and quickly agreed to — a new tax break meant to help a California company that recently hired one of Tallahassee's most influential lobbying firms." "California company snags last-minute tax break from Florida lawmakers".

    Medicaid fraud in Tally

    "What killed Florida’s plan to reform health care?" The Tampa Bay Times editors: "Weatherford should allow open vote on Medicaid expansion".

    Meanwhile, Nancy Smith complains that "Democrats' Stunt No Triumph for Democracy".

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