Sep 21 2016

Graham, Scott Trade Barbs Over Sinkhole

Gov. Rick Scott and U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, D-Fla., did a little sniping at each other Wednesday over the opening of a sinkhole in Polk County that sent contaminated water into the Floridan aquifer.

Graham called on the Department of Environmental Protection to investigate the circumstances surrounding the release of the contaminated water. The sinkhole opened last month at a Mosaic phosphate plant. Graham, who is widely expected to run for governor in 2018, chided the Scott administration for soft-pedaling the developments, claiming DEP did not disclose the contamination until forced to by media coverage.

“Their excuse for inaction —  that they weren’t legally required to do so — is appalling. It’s an excuse we should expect from a special interest group —  not from a group whose only interest should be protecting Florida’s environment and citizens,” said Graham, who lives in Tallahassee.

Scott’s office retorted, “We encourage lawmakers and others to make decisions on this issue based on facts and not on their own political interests.”

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Sep 20 2016

Could Scott Crack 50 Percent Approval?

Despite being elected twice, Gov. Rick Scott has never enjoyed particularly good voter-approval ratings.

But poll results released Tuesday by the organization Morning Consult said Scott has a 49 percent approval rating, with 42 percent of voters disapproving.

Morning Consult polled voters about governors across the country. The highest approval rating, at 74 percent, went to South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard. The lowest, at 23 percent, went to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.

 

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Sep 15 2016

2015-2016 Political Almanac of Florida Quote of the Day – September 15th, 2016

The sorority and fraternity houses in the shadow of UF’s Swamp are a couple minutes by car, but a world away from the eastside of Gainesville, majority black and mostly low-income. And the eastside’s urban landscape is a century away from the rural paradise evoked in Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ The Yearling, and has little in common with the post card fences lining the horse farms in the rolling hills of northwest Marion County.

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Sep 13 2016

2015-2016 Political Almanac of Florida Quote of the Day – September 13th, 2016

Cuban-Americans have not just been politically assimilated, their DNA is now mixed into the American stew as well. Cuban-Americans in Miami are still likely to marry other Cuban-Americans, mainly because they’re so numerous here. But the likelihood of marrying a non-Cuban has increased. That gives their children a broader cultural background on which political leanings may be based.

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Aug 29 2016

2015-2016 Political Almanac of Florida Quote of the Day – August 29th, 2016

House District 48 is one of two districts in central Florida that are at least 50 percent Hispanic by population, and the only one in Orange County. The district achieves the high Hispanic percentage by being an odd “J” shaped district that goes from northeast of downtown Orlando down to the Osceola County line and then curves around the south side of Orlando and juts back up to the area south of downtown.

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Aug 23 2016

2015-2016 Political Almanac of Florida Quote of the Day – August 23rd, 2016

If when you’re in Naples you head toward the Gulf, and go south on Gulf Shores Blvd., past the Naples Pier, down to where Gulf Shores ends, the peninsula that separates Naples Bay from the Gulf splits into several fingers of land to form a neighborhood called Port Royal.

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Aug 9 2016

2015-2016 Political Almanac of Florida Quote of the Day – August 9th, 2016

“Democrats didn’t put up a candidate against Rep. Larry Metz, R-Yalaha, in 2014. Metz, an attorney, is probably best known in the House as one of the chamber’s top experts on tort reform. Metz pushed a bill changing the standards for admissibility of expert witness testimony in civil cases, for example, getting it through the House for two years before finally getting it through the Senate in 2013.”

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Aug 8 2016

2015-2016 Political Almanac of Florida Quote of the Day – August 8th, 2016

“When Major William Lauderdale arrived along the New River to lead an effort to protect settlers from Seminole Indians, he encountered black people living in the area, mainly escaped slaves who lived among the Native Americans – and fought with the Seminoles against the white man’s army.”

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Aug 4 2016

2015-2016 Political Almanac of Florida Quote of the Day – August 4th, 2016

“Dudley started out in politics as an aide in the Legislature right out of Florida State University’s law school, before returning home to St. Pete to work in the public defender’s office. After eight years doing that, he started a private law practice.”

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Aug 3 2016

2015-2016 Political Almanac of Florida Quote of the Day – August 3rd, 2016

“A moderate-tinged Republicanism dominated suburban Pinellas County politics for years and the county continued to elect middle-of-the-road Republicans, including state legislators like Dennis Jones, Don Sullivan and Jack Latvala, toward the end of the 20th Century and into the 21st.”

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