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via @stevebousquet Senate President Andy Gardiner says he has no plans to confirm a dozen of Gov. Rick Scott's agency heads before the May 1 end of the regular legislative session. The Orlando Republican said two weeks ago he wouldn't... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Naked Politics
via @learyreports Marco Rubio leads the GOP field in a new national poll and runs best against Hillary Clinton, a big shot for his campaign that's just over a week into effect. Rubio takes 15 percent of the GOP primary... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Naked Politics
From the Associated Press: DES MOINES, IOWA -- The traditional presidential campaign may be getting a dramatic makeover in Jeb Bush's bid for the White House as he prepares to turn some of a campaign's central functions over to a... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Naked Politics
From the Associated Press: ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is heading to Havana, the first American governor to visit Cuba since the recent thaw in relations with the communist nation. Whether his trade mission generates anything more... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Naked Politics
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@PatriciaMazzei NASHUA, N.H. -- That Jeb Bush’s surprise decision in December to explore a 2016 Republican presidential run would complicate the ambitions of his erstwhile Florida protégé Marco Rubio seemed a given. That Rubio’s now-declared candidacy might also make things... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Naked Politics
Tensions remain high in Tallahassee as the verbal arrows fly over the fate of the state’s handling of health insurance for the uninsured. Meanwhile, the House will meet in a full sessionWednesday but much of the action will be in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at Naked Politics
It's Children's Week in the Florida Capitol when kiddie hand prints stream down the rotunda and child advocates fill the halls. But it is also do-or-die week for the budget, as legislators must either make progress or accept the stalemate... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Naked Politics
No offense to his fellow Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, but Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson's office sent out this statement this afternoon: “I am all in for Hillary [Clinton] and will campaign for her in Florida and anywhere else she wants.” Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at Naked Politics
via @cveiga The University of Miami on Monday named Dr. Julio Frenk — Harvard school of public health dean of faculty and Mexico’s former minister of health — as its new president. He will become the first Hispanic to lead... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at Naked Politics
via @learyreports Hours before Marco Rubio makes it official, a Democratic group launched a Spanish-language radio ad blasting his opposition to raising the minimum wage and voting against Dreamers. "Marco Rubio wants to be President—but he’s just another Republican with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at Naked Politics
via @anitakumar01 WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton will formally enter the 2016 presidential race on Sunday, several media outlets reported Friday morning. The announcement was expected to come by video. She will then travel to early nominating states next week, including... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Naked Politics
Thursday is the 38th day of the legislative session, and some things never change: Drinking and gambling are a big part of the agenda. Here are five things to watch: The House version of the "growler" bill (HB 301) is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Naked Politics
@PatriciaMazzei Organizers of Republican Marco Rubio's expected presidential campaign launch Monday said they're emailing tickets Wednesday to some of the people who signed up online to attend the 5:30 p.m. event at downtown Miami's Freedom Tower. From the news release:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Naked Politics
Wednesday is Day 37 of the Legislature's 60-day session. It's hump day of Week Six with an appetizing agenda in the state Capitol. Five things to watch: Aides to Gov. Rick Scott and Cabinet members meet in advance of next... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Naked Politics
via @AmySherman1 State Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, a sponsor of a bill to allow K-12 employees to carry concealed firearms, said the measure makes a lot of sense considering school shootings of recent years. Here's what he said during a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Naked Politics
Come Monday, it will be all right. A very quiet Monday marks the 35th day of the 2015 legislative session, which is also the start of Week 6 of the nine-week sprint to Sine Die on May 1. The sleepy... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Naked Politics
From Politico: Alicia Menendez, a host on the Fusion television network, is not commenting on her father's indictment on federal corruption charges. Reached by email, a spokesperson for Fusion declined to make Menendez available for an interview. "No comment from... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at Naked Politics
From the Pew Research Center: The 2016 presidential campaign has gotten off to a slow start with voters. A majority of registered voters (58%) say they have given at least some thought to candidates who may run for president in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at Naked Politics
@PatriciaMazzei Here's Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson on Thursday's announcement that the U.S., Iran and five other countries had agreed to an outline of a deal over Iran's nuclear program, according to a statement released by his office. He declares... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at Naked Politics
From the Washington Post: Former Florida governor Jeb Bush now leads the field of Republican candidates for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination, but former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton enjoys a decided advantage over Bush and other potential GOP... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at Naked Politics
A slight majority of likely voters nationwide favor President Barack Obama’s policy to normalize relations with Cuba, while a majority of Cuban-American voters think just the opposite, according to a survey to be released Monday by a Republican pollster. The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Naked Politics
The weekend’s over, so it’s time to stop watching the NCAA tournament and get back to watching the legislative session. There’s not much on tap this fine Monday, but brace yourself on for a busy week ahead. The Joint Legislative... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Naked Politics
Most members of the Senate will be back in their home districts Friday, but the House is in session at 10 a.m. The lower chamber will take up several high-profile education proposals. Here are five bills to watch on the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2015 at Naked Politics
The 24th day of the 60-day Legislative Session could have been a lot busier had not the Senate cancelled its appropriations meeting. But it will still be plenty busy. The House Regulatory Committee will hold a 4-hour workshop on gaming... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2015 at Naked Politics
Former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison appeared on MSNBC on Wednesday and said she is going to support Jeb Bush for president. "I think he is exactly what we need right now that will take us in the right direction,"... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at Naked Politics