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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 Sunday, May 03, 2015

Delinquent GOPers safe in gerrymandered districts

    "A lengthy budget crisis could spell trouble, but the fallout is unlikely to hurt Florida Republicans, whose seats are in mostly safe districts." "Florida Legislature gridlock unlikely to hurt Republicans."

    FlaDems target reps over walk-out

    "Florida Democrats are targeting Republican state representatives in swing districts with robocalls and mailers telling voters that their representatives "walked away" from their jobs to avoid voting on health care." "Democrats targeting state reps over walk-out."

    Meanwhile, Rick Scott, according to the Miami Herald editors, is "Missing in action."

    Special session solution

    "Florida Senate president proposes special session in June to end historic budget stalemate." See also "Gardiner floats June special session to complete budget."

    "Florida House slimier than an Everglades python"

    Daniel Ruth: "When the going gets tough, the Florida House gets slimier than an Everglades python as it slithers out of Tallahassee." "How term limits degraded Florida House."

    "The Florida Legislature is broken"

    The Tampa Bay Times editorial board: "The Florida Legislature is broken. The depressing drama that played out in Tallahassee last week highlighted the legislative branch's structural flaws that make it virtually impossible to create bipartisan solutions to the state's biggest issues. The system is rigged to benefit the most partisan lawmakers from both political parties, protect incumbents and amplify the voices of lobbyists and large campaign contributors." "Fixing the broken Florida Legislature." See also the Orlando Sentinel editors, "How the Florida Legislature crashed and burned."

    Gaetz' Kentucky Derby blues

    "Update on Optics alert: Twitter shows Matt Gaetz in Kentucky, but hey, it's nothing!"

    Hillsborough SA open to making pot a civil offense

    "In a shift that could influence the local debate over decriminalizing marijuana, [Hillsborough County] State Attorney Mark Ober now says he’s open to making juvenile possession of small amounts of pot a civil rather than criminal offense." "Florida state attorney shifts stance on pot violations."

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