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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.

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The Blog for Thursday, January 28, 2016

    Our digest of, and commentary on today's Florida political news and punditry follows.

    Florida Legislature set to boycott BDSers

    "The Florida Legislature is set to ban the state from doing business with any company that boycotts Israel. The bill is a response to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS, movement, which calls for boycotts of Israeli products and companies. " "Florida lawmakers OK bills targeting anti-Israel boycotts."

    "Plot to Destroy Rubio"

    Ryan Lizza in the New Yorker: "The Plot to Destroy Marco Rubio."

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

    Marc Caputo: "Medical marijuana makes FL ballot – Is Bush surging, Rubio falling in NH? – Rick Scott, blizzard warrior – FL gets an AK-47 factory." "Florida Playbook."

    That's our Jeb: "Campaigning in style: How Jeb Bush blew through his warchest"

    "In the world of Jeb Bush, the campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination has at times been a whirl of private planes and high-end affairs, according to the federal filings of Bush’s campaign and his Super PAC, Right to Rise, which can raise unlimited funds for Bush as long as it does not coordinate directly with him." "Campaigning in style: How Jeb Bush blew through his warchest."

    More Jeb: "Terri Schiavo's Husband: New Jeb Bush Ad 'Disgusting'" and "Jeb Bush Pauses Policy Speech to Ridicule ‘Poor Little Donald’ Trump."

    "Floridians knew it was a disgrace"

    "Floridians knew it was a disgrace when it was revealed earlier this month that more than 13,000 rape kits have gone untested statewide. It looks like lawmakers might be getting the message, too." "At last, lawmakers pushing rape kit testing."

    House kills moratorium on fracking

    "Fracking inched one step closer to becoming a reality in Florida Wednesday when the Florida House of Representatives passed a pro-fracking bill by a vote of 73-45." "Bill to Regulate Fracking Gets Green Light in House."

    "Seven House Republicans joined 38 Democrats Wednesday in voting against an oil and gas fracking bill, but the measure easily passed with overwhelming GOP support."

    HB 191 would establish a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing while a study is conducted and regulations are developed. It also pre-empts local governments from banning the oil and gas extraction process.
    "Despite some Republican dissent, House easily passes fracking bill."

    "Killing the Sunshine"

    "Killing the Sunshine Law before our very eyes."

    $1 billion in tax-cuts

    Jim Turner: "Several House Democrats expressed apprehension Wednesday about a nearly $1 billion tax-cut package that Republican leaders unveiled this week." "House tax-cut package: Too much or not enough?"

    Medical MJ

    "Medical marijuana will be on the 2016 Florida ballot."

    Funny how that works

    "Black motorists in Florida are nearly twice as likely as white drivers to receive tickets for seat belt violations, according to a report released Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union"

    The ACLU report specifically criticized Tampa Police and Miami for failing to follow Florida law by not providing racial data to the state on seat belt citations.
    "ACLU says racial disparities in Florida seatbelt citations."

    If the James Madison Institute likes it . . .

    "Direct primary care arrangements allows doctors to collect fees from patients on a monthly basis. In direct primary care arrangements, doctors do not bill insurance companies. The fees cover a variety of primary care services that can be provided in doctors’ offices."

    The bill's sponsor, Rep. Fred Costello, said that most primary care contracts don’t require any written notice before being cancelled.
    "The bill is endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business and organized medicine such as the Florida Medical Association. It also is supported by the conservative James Madison Institute." "Health committee advances ‘direct primary care’ bill."

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