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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 Friday, January 15, 2016

Jeb! out of it, Florida chatterers cling to Rubio's coattails

    Desperate to finally be relevant in a presidential race, Florida's political chatterers prop up Rubio the best they can. See e.g., "Marco Rubio has another moment."

    Legislature approves its priorities

    "House, Senate approve top legislative priorities during session’s first week."

    Nancy Smith: "The Florida House completed its part of legislation to protect Florida's natural resources Thursday, substituting its HB 7005 for SB 552, the bill the Senate approved Wednesday." "House Passes Massive Water Bill -- Little Left but the Shouting."

    One less empty suit

    "Former New Smyrna Beach Mayor Adam Barringer announced on Thursday he would bow out of the race to replace U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., in Congress and threw his support behind state Rep. Fred Costello, R-Ormond Beach." "Adam Barringer Exits CD 6 Race, Backs Fred Costello."

    "Bush donors await green light to jump ship"

    "‘I need you to throw away money on Jeb — out of loyalty,’ a fundraiser told donors." "Bush donors await green light to jump ship." See also "DJ Khaled Made an Inspirational Video for Jeb Bush."


    "Florida universities and colleges would face millions of dollars in added expenses if lawmakers approve a bill this session to allow guns on campus, worried school officials say." "Campus-carry bill comes with hefty price tag, schools say."

    Good luck with that

    "via MyPalmBeachPost.com Teachers, parents rally for more money from state for schools."

    Who runs Florida?

    "Associated Industries of Florida Praises Passage of Fracking Bill". More: "Florida Chamber of Commerce Marks 100 Years of Leading the Business Community."

    "Drivers beware"

    http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/taxonomy/term/220: "Drivers beware: a small tweak in Florida’s auto insurance legislation could have a big impact on Florida drivers, leading to possibility of increased fraud in the Sunshine State." ".Consumer Federation: New Auto Insurance Bill Could Lead to More Fraud in Florida"

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

    Marc Caputo: "Another moment without momentum for Rubio? – Jeb donors ready to jump ship – FL Senate’s new (rebel-free) flag -- Hendry County face monkey-business trial (literally)."

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