Sunday, 3/5/2015 | 11:44 EDT
Post: Florida Legislature makes history — for all the wrong reasons
H-T: GOP infighting could mean trouble in 2016
Times: A 'Pioneer' Bush fundraiser is working on Marco Rubio Super PAC
OS: Bill Nelson seeks to stop oil exploration off Florida's east coast
Trib: House to Senate (D)s: Case is groundless, meritless
Scripps: Seminoles call for new talks with state over blackjack deal
Post: Twitter wars, lawsuits and posturing rule in unusual last official day of Session
OS: House bill would fund Everglades; faces veto threat
Times-Union: Matt Gaetz apologies for tweet, House responds to Democrats' petition
Post: House says justices should throw out Senate Democrats’ claim
Scripps: While lawmakers feud, Rick Scott visits ferris wheel, Wawa
Times: Andy Gardiner calls for 20-day special session in June, Senate Dems sue
Herald: Super PAC backs Patrick Murphy's Florida Senate bid
H-T: Vern Buchanan out of U.S. Senate race
Times: Money buddies: Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio fundraise in D.C. Thursday
Times: 'Not as good' PSC reforms headed to Rick Scott after Senate vote
Herald: Marco Rubio says he is more experienced, qualified than Barack Obama was in '08
Herald: Sen. Don Gaetz takes jabs at House leaders after early sine die
Post: Feds now say Medicaid expansion, hospital dollars not connected
Herald: Senate to continue session because 'we have a job to do'
Times: Senate warns that intervention by Rick Scott would be 'paternalistic'
Scripps: 'The work of the House is done'
Times: Marco Rubio signs the tax 'pledge' again; Jeb Bush never will
Trib: “Whiskey and Wheaties” provision almost back before state lawmakers
Scripps: Bill aimed at fracking clears House, heads to Senate for vote
Times: Jeb Bush's Super PAC draws another FEC complaint
Herald: Alan Grayson says he is No. 1 in the House for small donations
Times: Andy Gardiner asks federal health officials for guidance
Scripps: Loss of hospital funding would not impact all facilities equally
Herald: Florida Democratic Party fundraiser to feature Bill Nelson
OS: Richard Corcoran defends anti-Medicaid expansion position in barrage of tweets
News Herald: Gwen Graham announces expansion of Choice Program
Herald: Jeb Bush does South Beach
Times: GOP columnist: Marco Rubio can't be trusted on Senate plans
Post: Flurry of budget offers, but no budging by House or Senate
H-T: Budget slatemate over health care
Times: Blaise Ingoglia and continued GOP infighting in the Fla House
Post: Rick Scott administration wary of online voter registration
Times: Rep. Alan Grayson moving closer to Senate run
Herald: Jeb Bush's claim about gun permits in Florida
Herald: House lets Senate take the lead on film incentives
Times: Will Weatherford won't run for U.S. Senate
Herald: How Marco Rubio might step up his presidential game
Times: Jeb Bush's noncampaign campaign honesty problem
OS: Rick Scott pollster: Public split on Medicaid expansion
Herald: Pres. Barack Obama intends to remove Cuba from list of terrorist nations
Scripps: Senate OKs beer growlers, House to vote soon
OS: Senate ramps up Medicaid push, still deadlocked with House
OS: Richard Corcoran disputes House Speaker plot, threat allegations
Herald: Repeal of gay adoption ban clears Senate
Scripps: Senate panel passes Garrett Richter's drone bill
Times: Florida GOP celebrates Marco Rubio's candidacy
TCPalm: Unprecedented Indian River Lagoon study finds herbicides in water
Herald: Complaint filed over Charlie Crist role in Annette Taddeo emails
Sentinel: Rep. Bob Cortes denies Lew Oliver RPOF threat allegation
Herald: On Marco Rubio and the Freedom Tower
NYT: Hillary Clinton announces 2016 presidential bid
Herald: Out of prison, Hialeah Ponzi schemer dishes on loans from pols
Times: Q1 campaign reports: RPOF raises $5.5 m, Dems raise $2.7 m, Rick Scott collects $1.5 m
Times: Rick Scott's disengaged approach irks Sen. Greg Evers
Herald: Hillary Clinton will declare 2016 presidential candidacy on Sunday
SPB: Jason Brodeur says it’s time for a truce on gay adoption
Trib: Early voting begins in District 64 House race
Scripps: Testing legislation headed to the governor
Scripps: House gaming plan draws long odds for passage
Times: Marco Rubio gets a Super PAC
Times: Don Gaetz: Rick Scott has changed Medicaid position 'two or three times'
Post: Did Sen. Joe Negron really say that?
OS: House moves to allow religious adoption agencies to refuse gay couples
Herald: New Florida Republican super PAC alert
H-T: Bill Galvano: We're not retreating from our position
Herald: Lobbyists lining up for gay adoption floor fights
Post: Another effort to end greyhound racing in House
Times: Pam Bondi says she won't run for Senate in 2016
Post: ‘Decertify’ liberal group bashing Patrick Murphy, County Dem chair urges
Post: Prison oversight commission still shunned by House
Scripps: When are drones legal? Senate delays answer
Times: Senate panel declines to confirm Scott's pick for surgeon general
Herald: Rand Paul is running for president
Post: Parrotheads flock to Florida Capitol
Times: Jeb Bush spreads the wealth
Times-Union: State, feds dispute over health care heats up as Rick Scott changes positions
Trib: Congressional delegation reviews strategy at MacDill
Trib: Florida could allow first bear hunt in decades
OS: Jeb Bush biotech bet could lead to downgrade for Treasure Coast city
Scripps: State debates: spend more on land for conservation?
Ledger: Alan Grayson could make Demo Senate primary a real race
Post: Preservationists fight land use bill that would impact PBC
Herald: Frederica Wilson endorses Patrick Murphy for Senate
Post: Rick Scott throws more cold water on Senate health plan
Times: Annette Taddeo says she'll challenge Rep. Carlos Curbelo
H-T: A $4 billion difference of opinion
Herald: Seminole Tribe tries to woo lawmakers with ad in Tallahasssee
Times: Jeff Atwater telling Republicans he's running for U.S. Senate
Post: Harry Reid, Jon Tester steer early money to Patrick Murphy Senate campaign
AP: Lawmaker drops lawsuit against pizza delivery driver
Herald: Florida senators divided over early Iran deal news
Times: Corcoran asks House to 'come to war' over Senate's push for Medicaid expansion
Scripps: Divisive gun bills head to House floor
Times: Q poll: Jeb Bush slipping in Florida
Herald: Patrick Murphy says he raised $750K in week since announcing Senate run
OS: 24-hour wait for abortions poised for House floor
Post: Florida health care fight grows dire, with feds cutting off talks
Scripps: Florida Supreme Court now asked to review 'blind trusts' ruling
Post: Senate approves prison overhaul but faces fight with House
Herald: Support growing among Cuban Americans for new U.S.-Cuba policy
H-T: Barack Obama's approval numbers lower in Florida
Democrat: Senate votes up three texting while driving bills
Citrus Chronicle: Charlie Dean sues pizza delivery guy for $14,836
Herald: Florida lawmakers travel to DC to talk health care
OS: Carlos Lopez-Cantera mum on Marco Rubio support
Times: Amendment 1 advocates turn up the heat on Sen. Charlie Dean
Herald: Cabinet hires RPOF's lawyer for Sunshine Law suit
Times FL Q poll: Jeb Bush 45% to Hillar Clinton 42%; Clinton 46% to Marco Rubio 44%
OS: Q Poll: Email flap has made Hillary Clinton vulnerable
Herald: Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio back contentious Indiana law
Post: Powdered alcohol gets another thumbs down
Herald: Marco Rubio confirms 'big' April 13 announcement in Miami
Times: Appeals court weighs workers comp law
Times: Jeb Bush leads national poll
OS: Koch brothers group attacks Gardiner, Senate over Medicaid expansion
Scripps: Bill requires state to provide teacher liability insurance
Post: Kratom bill amended: Research – not ban – proposed
Post: Fake service dog bill passes House
OS: Condo owners fear 'takeover'
Herald: Jeanette Nuñez to lead Hispanic Caucus
Times: April 13 presidential announcement day for Marco Rubio?
H-T: Alminoy reform moving forward
Herald: House approves construction money for charter schools
Trib: Florida jobless rate drops slightly in February
Scripps: AG nominee Loretta Lynch in Tampa as A. Lee Bentley is sworn in
Post: House’s big gambling bill on the table — place your bets
H-T: Ted Cruz reaches out to Florida governor
Post: Dave Kerner passes on Patrick Murphy seat, eyes commission
Times: Jeb Bush: 'Stay the course' on Gitmo
OS: Second challenge filed to Florida's med pot rules
Herald: Florida Senate finds compromise on student testing
H-T: Pilon pushing experimental drug bill
Post: Work or fun? President Barack Obama in South Florida this weekend
Herald: Senate Medicaid expansion plan inches forward
Times: Scott Walker wants Marco Rubio ... as his VP?
Scripps: Senate adds controversial provisions to water bill
Post: Charlie Crist endorses Patrick Murphy for Senate
Times: Jeb Bush distances self from James Baker's criticism of Bibi Netanyahu
Scripps: 'Guns during evacuations' bill passes Senate
Post: House sends message to Senate with $690 million tax cut plan
Herald: Senate votes to oppose U.S.-Cuba relations
Post: Bill banning powdered alcohol now supports sale
SPB: House bill lays out site-selection process for new veterans’ nursing homes
Post: Hemp gets high sign from Senate panel
Scripps: Patrick Murphy faces name ID challenge
Times: Ted Cruz claims 'breaktaking' support in Florida
Times: Jeff Brandes on medical marijuana: 'We are in legislative purgatory'
Times-Union: Jax Democrats surge in early voting, but unknowns remain ahead of Tuesday election
Post: Patrick Murphy launches 2016 Senate bid
Scripps: Gaming battle looming in the House
Post: As Jeb Bush nears 2016 run, Marco Rubio vs. Florida GOP establishment redux?
WSJ: Bush faces test of exam policy
Scripps: House, Senate budgets differ by $5 billion, mostly over health care
Trib: Does Galvano have enough clout to deliver ‘whiskey and Wheaties’ in Senate?
Herald: Testimony from campus police chiefs riles NRA lobbyist
Herald: Richard Corcoran: Time to 'downsize' prison 'monstrosity'; Dems weigh in
Post: Senate digs in on health expansion; huge budget differences with House
Herald: James Carville's claim about Jeb Bush's emails
TImes: Democrats seen, not heard, in Florida House
Times: Florida House says 'yes' to fewer tests
Herald: Sen. Sachs urges stronger texting and driving ban
Scripps: House member tells story of using her gun to prevent rape
Herald: AP: Jeb Bush rejects idea of federal minimum wage hike
TCP: No money to 'move water south' in latest budget proposal
Post: Health expansion on collision course with House
Herald: House Amendment 1 plan long on land management, short on parks, trails


In S.C., Jeb Bush and other GOP hopefuls run against Obama, terrorism

In S.C., Jeb Bush and other GOP hopefuls run against Obama, terrorism

Republican presidential hopefuls eventually will have to start running against each other. But, for now, many are content to run against President Barack Obama, Iran and Middle East extremists. At the South Carolina Republican convention, Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, called the president's international stewardship "an unmitigated disaster. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum called…

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Florida growers worry about Cuban imports

Florida growers worry about Cuban imports

Some of Florida's agriculture experts say normalizing relations with Cuba could threaten the state's citrus and vegetable crops. The Lakeland Ledger reported on Saturday that Florida growers fear lax inspections at U.S. Department of Agriculture border checkpoints will allow the importation of pests and fungal disease that would harm Florida crops. Members of the Florida…

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Florida Chamber: Special session offers second chance to get it right

Florida Chamber: Special session offers second chance to get it right

After a stubborn budget impasse, capped off by an abrupt adjournment by the Florida House, most will agree the 2015 Legislative Session was something of a disappointment. Among those particularly dissatisfied with the outcome this year is the state’s business community, led by the Florida Chamber of Commerce. But hope remains for a victory, as…

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Juice would be spilled: Imagining 2 Floridas, South and North

Juice would be spilled: Imagining 2 Floridas, South and North

Some South Florida politicians say they've been ignored long enough by state leaders in North Florida. Now they want their own state. The South Miami City Commission is urging the creation of a new state of "South Florida." It's a symbolic resolution, aimed at showing leaders in Florida's current capital of Tallahassee that they're not…

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Jeb Bush on Baltimore police charges: ‘The process works’

Jeb Bush on Baltimore police charges: ‘The process works’

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Friday that he trusts the legal process that resulted in charges against six Baltimore officers in the death of a man from injuries sustained while in police custody. But a president, said the likely 2016 Republican candidate, could do more to address rising anger toward police in poor neighborhoods.…

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Court order brings acrimonious legislative session to close

Court order brings acrimonious legislative session to close

A last-ditch effort to force the Florida Legislature back to work floundered on Friday after the state's highest court ruled that there would be no "beneficial result" to force the state House to reconvene. The Florida Supreme Court ruled unanimously against the lawsuit filed by state Senate Democrats that asked the court to order the…

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Influence & Policy

Florida Chamber: Special session offers second chance to get it right

Florida Chamber: Special session offers second chance to get it right

After a stubborn budget impasse, capped off by an abrupt adjournment by the Florida House, most will agree the 2015 Legislative Session was something of a disappointment. Among those particularly dissatisfied with the outcome this year is the state’s business community, led by the Florida Chamber of Commerce. But hope remains for a victory, as…

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Senate Democrats talk sine die lawsuit, Matt Gaetz’s tweets

Senate Democrats talk sine die lawsuit, Matt Gaetz’s tweets

On Friday, the last regularly scheduled day of the 2015 Legislative Session, lawmakers didn't vote on the budget or scurry to get their bills passed in the waning hours. Instead, Senate Democrats held an afternoon press conference to discuss the Florida Supreme Court lawsuit they filed over the abrupt sine die of the House on…

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Epilogue: Lawmakers hit new low in number of bills passed

Epilogue: Lawmakers hit new low in number of bills passed

On Friday morning, lobbyist Ron Watson prepared reports for clients’ whose interests he represents before the Florida Legislature. The curtains close officially on the 2015 Regular Session Friday, but for all intents and purposes, it ended Tuesday when any accord between House and Senate degenerated into insults and the House adjourned without a  state budget…

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Outside Opinions

  • Joe Clements: Veto SB 604 for sake of Internet

    Joe Clements: Veto SB 604 for sake of Internet

    Last week’s passage of SB 604, or “Florida’s SOPA” or “SOPA Light” as some are calling the “anti-piracy” legislation pushed by the recording industry, embodies a truth about America’s massive tech industry. When it comes to state politics, America’s largest…

  • Bill Day’s latest: Gone fishin’

    Bill Day’s latest: Gone fishin’

    Editorial cartoonist Bill Day sharpens his pencil to mark the “official” sine die of Florida’s 2015 Legislative Session. While Friday would usually be filled with post-hanky drop celebrations throughout the Florida Capitol and along Adams Street, there is no joy tonight…



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