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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, October 22, 2015

"Bush has sunk into second-tier status"

    "Less than four months before primary voting begins, Bush has sunk into second-tier status in the GOP nominating bout. He's stuck in a single-digit polling slump, idling between fourth and fifth place in the 15-candidate field, even after his allies have blitzed the television airwaves with more than $5 million in advertising. His much heralded fundraising prowess has also been neutralized, as he's raised essentially as much money as Sen. Ted Cruz this last quarter and saved less than the rogue upstart Ben Carson."
    Bush has been exposed as an awkward communicator for his cause, having been continually emasculated by Trump's taunts and transcended by Sen. Marco Rubio's natural eloquence.
    "The Demise of Jeb Bush."

    See also "Trump’s 9/11 sparring with Bush: The left piles on Jeb’s brother" and "Trump attacks force Jeb Bush out of his malaise."

    Dan who?

    "Dan Webster's Not Backing Out, Even if Paul Ryan Wants the Speaker's Gavel."

    "Road to Sunshine Summit"

    "With 2016 around the corner, the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) will be hosting the Sunshine Summit in Orlando from Nov. 12-14 and the stakes will be high. The presidential hopefuls will take most of the spotlight but there’s another important race already taking shape as Rubio has said he will not run for a second Senate term. Florida Republicans Ron DeSantis, David Jolly, Carlos Lopez-Cantera and Todd Wilcox are already off and running and they will be at the Sunshine Summit trying to win support for their Senate bids." "David Jolly Hopes to Rally Republicans at the Sunshine Summit."

    "What's hot, crazy or shady about politics in the Sunshine State"

    Marc Caputo: "FL Senate leaders face Republican revolt – NERVOUS BUT CLEVER: the Jeb super PAC state – Cop who killed church drummer had reprimands – Jolly can’t quit CRIST." "Florida Playbook."


    "Charlie Crist, Eric Lynn Unveil Endorsements in Pinellas County Congressional Primary."

    Carson in Tampa

    "The popularity of presidential candidates Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Sen. Bernie Sanders has led some political pundits to dub 2015 the year of the political outsider." "Ben Carson, in Tampa on Nov. 3, says voters want outsiders."


    "Bill Galvano: Senate Committee Could Send Maps to Floor by Monday," "Dissension roils Senate’s latest attempt at redistricting" and "South Florida to see big changes under redistricting map."

    "Rubio’s . . . Sharp Elbows"

    "Marco Rubio’s Ambition, and Sharp Elbows, Fueled His Rise in Tallahassee."

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