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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.


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The Blog for Tuesday, July 07, 2015

"Least favorite son"

    "In the lush countryside and teeming city neighborhoods where Senator Marco Rubio’s family cut sugar cane, toiled in tobacco mills and scraped by to make a better life for their children, the first Cuban-American to have a plausible chance to become president of the United States is the island’s least favorite son." "Marco Rubio Is Hardly a Hero in Cuba. He Likes That."

    "Graham following in Murphy’s footsteps"

    Jeff Henderson: "Gwen Graham is following in Patrick Murphy’s footsteps -- and, so far, it’s working to her advantage. Graham burst onto the political scene last year in a rare bright spot for Democrats, in a lousy election cycle for them." "Gwen Graham Follows Patrick Murphy's Playbook."

    "Harsh language" for the Miami media

    "The Catholic Church is defending Cardinal Jaime Ortega against accusations that he used harsh language to refer to the the Catholic Church is defending Cardinal Jaime Ortega against accusations that he used harsh language to refer to the Miami media.." "Cuban dissidents report being attacked by government security forces."

    "A Very Useful Idiot"

    Nancy Smith writes that "Republicans are regarded poorly enough among Hispanics as it is. Hispanics represent a growing demographic, yet the GOP is falling further behind in winning their vote." "In Donald Trump, Democrats Have 'a Very Useful Idiot'."

    More: "GOPers react to Trump on immigration" and "Donald Trump appears to have deleted an unfortunate retweet about Jeb Bush's wife."

    Privatization floppery

    "A private company accused of violating the rights of poor, low-level criminal offenders is on the verge of winning a contract to supervise misdemeanor probation in Hillsborough County." "Company leading bid process in Hillsborough a target of Georgia lawsuits."

    To replace Murphy

    "GOP congressional hopeful Rick Kozell raised $100,000 in three weeks, campaign says."

    "A proverbial clown car"

    "Liberal U.S. Rep. and likely Democratic Senate candidate Alan Grayson says the 2016 Republican presidential field is 'a proverbial clown car,' though he says Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul doesn’t necessarily belong in grease paint and oversized shoes." "Grayson: GOP presidential field a ‘clown car'."

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