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New Q Poll: Only Romney can beat Obama in Florida

New Q Poll: Only Romney can beat Obama in Florida

The latest poll by Quinnipiac University shows the real problem facing the GOP leadership. The candidate who wins the nomination may not be the best one to best President Barack Obama in the 2012 General Election. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a small lead over the Republican presidential pack in [...]

Scott setting his bills for 2012

Scott setting his bills for 2012

Gov. Rick Scott has been working on his legislative package for 2012. The Sun-Sentinel obtained a document from the Governor's Office that hows he is looking at bills to abolish personal injury protection insurance, reform immigration laws, statewide energy plan focusing on renewable energy and [...]

Murmuring from state capital: casinos, casinos, casinos, casinos

Murmuring from state capital: casinos, casinos, casinos, casinos

There are more and more indications that Florida will be getting casinos, especially now that the current Florida Senate president (Haridopolos, not Gaetz) has shuffled committee assignments. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that Sen. Mike Haridopolos (R-Merritt Island) said he changed the [...]

Gaetz targets higher education

Gaetz targets higher education

On Monday, State Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) was approved by his colleagues to be the Florida Senate President for 2012-2014. The website Florida Current covered the vote and the accompanying speeches. For Northwest Florida, the election of Gaetz is extremely beneficial and will help our area [...]

Obama can’t even have a beer without criticism

Obama can’t even have a beer without criticism

Marine corporal Dakota Meyer received last week the the Medal of Honor on Thursday, the highest award given to members of the armed services. When White House staff contacted him to arrange the ceremony, Meyer asked if he could have a beer with Obama, and the president invited him to the White [...]

NYT: Evers’ law pandered to gun lobby

NYT: Evers’ law pandered to gun lobby

Who would have ever thought that State Sen. Greg Evers (R-Baker) would have legislation sponsored by him earn an editorial in the New York Times? Well, it did Friday, and the NYT wasn't praising his "Gun Privacy Act": How low can the Florida Legislature go in pandering to the gun lobby? Citizens [...]

Papa Gaetz named Florida Senate Prez 2013-14

Papa Gaetz named Florida Senate Prez 2013-14

State Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) will be officially designated Monday as Senate president for the 2013-14 legislative sessions. According to a recent press announcement, his Monday will begin with the private prayer breakfast in Tallahassee, followed by the designation ceremony. A dinner [...]

Powell gives timeline on his resignation

The John Powell for Sheriff Campaign has posted a timeline for his resignation as director of Florida Alcohol, Beverage & Tobacco and a letter to his supporters. My sources were accurate, of course. There are a few pages in the timeline I want to point out. There is a "Point Paper," that appears [...]

New book shows dysfunctional White House

New book shows dysfunctional White House

Washington Post reports that the book, “Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington and the Education of a President,” by journalist Ron Suskind, "paints an unflattering portrait of a dysfunctional and acrimonious White House that sometimes stymied President Obama’s effort to rescue the [...]

Go Fifth

State Republican party leaders want Florida to be the fifth presidential primary--behind Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. The Republican National Committee set forth that only these states can hold primaries or caucuses before March 6 without being penalized by losing half their [...]

Lt. Gov. Carroll offers to help bring jobs to Pensacola

Lt. Gov. Carroll offers to help bring jobs to Pensacola

Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll visited Pensacola yesterday. She was honored at a reception at Jackson's Steakhouse and later walked down Palafox to join in the festivities of Gallery Night. Carroll remarked to the 30 or so people at Jackson's that Pensacola has changed greatly since she went [...]

Bondi recovers $20.2 million

Press Release: Attorney General Pam Bondi announced today that Florida, together with Texas and New York local governments, has entered into a $70 million settlement with Watson Pharmaceuticals to resolve allegations of Medicaid fraud. Allegedly, these companies knowingly set and reported false and [...]

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