'Not My President's Day' Protests Erupt Across Florida
02/20/17 09:43 from All Stories
By:  Allison Nielsen Date:  February 20, 2017 - 9:30am Activists are turning Presidents Day into “Protest Day” across the state, using the federal holiday as an opportunity to say “no” to the country’s newest President, Donald ...

Tampa Bay Democrats follow tea party playbook to take on Trump era
02/20/17 08:49 from The Buzz: Florida Politics | tampabay.com - St. Petersburg Times
From Tony Marrero: The married couple stood on the sidewalk in front of the gleaming high rise, clutching pink posters as traffic zoomed by on West Kennedy Boulevard.

'A tough spot': 20 more House Republicans have to choose between Rick Scott and Richard Corcoran
02/20/17 08:15 from The Buzz: Florida Politics | tampabay.com - St. Petersburg Times
It's robo-call time for 20 more Republicans in the Florida House. They are the GOP members of the House Appropriations Committee who are set to vote Tuesday on one of Speaker Richard Corcoran's top priorities: a bill dismantling Enterpri...

'A tough spot': 20 More House Republicans must choose between Rick Scott and Richard Corcoran
02/20/17 08:07 from Naked Politics
It's robo-call time for 20 more Republicans in the Florida House. They are the GOP members of the House Appropriations Committee who are set to vote Tuesday on one of Speaker Richard Corcoran's top priorities: a bill dismantling Enterpri...

Congress, hold town halls and listen | Editorial
02/20/17 08:05 from The Slant | Sun-Sentinel Blogs
Town hall meetings aren't supposed to be campaign rallies. They're supposed to give citizens the chance to engage their elected leaders, face to face. And with revolutionary change on tap in Washington, people across the country want to ...

Razing church would rip out heart and soul of Lauderdale | Opinion
02/20/17 07:55 from The Slant | Sun-Sentinel Blogs
One of the rarest architectural treasures in Fort Lauderdale is slated for the wrecking ball, unless the community steps up and divine intervention slips in. First Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at 441 NE Third Ave., in the heart o...

All the Single Ladies
02/19/17 23:12 from All Stories
By:  Henry Payne Date:  February 20, 2017 - 2:00am

West Palm Crime Story: Media Really Must Stop Giving Trump an Excuse to Hammer Them
02/19/17 18:49 from All Stories
By:  Nancy Smith Date:  February 20, 2017 - 6:00am Donald Trump likes to niggle Chicago as the poster child for violent crime, but over the weekend NBC had some fun  with federal crime statistics, pointing out that West Palm Be...

Donald Trump in Palm Beach
02/19/17 14:54 from Palm Beach Politics
Donald Trump has owned Mar-a-Lago, the Palm Beach estate built by cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, since the 1980s. Trump turned it into a private club and is using it as his Weekend White House.

VIDEO: President Donald Trump's Rally In Melbourne, Florida
02/19/17 07:17 from Brevard Times - Government and Law

Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics
02/19/17 07:06 from The Buzz: Florida Politics | tampabay.com - St. Petersburg Times
Winner of the week Andrew Gillum. The little-known, 37-year-old mayor of Tallahassee may seem like a longshot for governor, but as the crowd of white Democrats looking at running grows (Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, former U.S. Rep. Gwen Gra...

Trump welcomes a super fan onto the stage in Melbourne
02/18/17 20:52 from The Buzz: Florida Politics | tampabay.com - St. Petersburg Times
Donald Trump dismissed security concerns and welcomed a man onto the stage in Melbourne on Saturday, a splash of showmanship in a rally that made you think the campaign was still going. "I'm only worried he's going to give m...

Trump reverts to campaign mode in Melbourne rally
02/18/17 19:50 from Naked Politics
@joeflech @PatriciaMazzei MELBOURNE -- President Donald Trump reprised his favorite role — that of a rousing campaigner — on Saturday, holding a massive rally that offered him a respite from the tribulations of his first four weeks in th...

Amid the Adoration at Melbourne Rally, Trump Gets His Mojo Back
02/18/17 19:28 from All Stories
By:  Allison Nielsen Date:  February 18, 2017 - 8:00pm A tall figure with perfectly coifed blond hair approached the stage nimbly, a spring in his step as the cheers grew louder. Signs flew into the air as a sea of people saw t...

WATCH LIVE: President Donald Trump's Rally In Melbourne, Florida
02/18/17 17:18 from Brevard Times - Government and Law

Neil Gorsuch fight will expose Sen. Nelson's priorities | Opinion
02/18/17 17:04 from The Slant | Sun-Sentinel Blogs
It's no mystery that the radical left is furious about the election results. Understandably, they passionately dislike President Donald Trump's agenda. But their contempt toward the president is pushing them to oppose anyone and anything...

Trump must learn from flawed Yemen raid | Editorial
02/18/17 17:03 from The Slant | Sun-Sentinel Blogs
During the Jan. 29 anti-terror raid into Yemen, Chief Special Warfare Operator William "Ryan" Owens became the first U.S. military combat death of Donald Trump's presidency. Our condolences and our gratitude go to the Navy SEALS' family,...

WATCH LIVE: Presidents Donald Trump's Rally In Melbourne, Florida
02/18/17 16:34 from Brevard Times - Government and Law

Billionaire Democrat's name surfaces in Florida governor chatter
02/18/17 16:12 from Naked Politics
via @adamsmithtimes Add another potentially game-changing name to the prospective Democratic candidates for governor in 2018. Billionaire Palm Beach resident and former U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Greene. "I've been approached by a lot of...

Bob Graham wants 9/11-style panel in Congress to investigate Russian meddling
02/18/17 16:08 from Naked Politics
via @learyreports Former Sen. Bob Graham, who co-chaired a congressional investigation into 9/11, wants a similar approach for a probe into Russian interference. Graham issued the following: "After the horrific terrorist attacks of 9/11,...

South Florida 100 Forum February 19
02/18/17 15:30 from The Slant | Sun-Sentinel Blogs
South Florida's most influential people weigh in on current events. Read their thoughts on the biggest stories of the week and see what they think will make headlines next week. Ian S. Seitel, attorney, Ian Seitel P.A. Last week: The Rep...

A billionaire for Florida governor?
02/18/17 12:48 from The Buzz: Florida Politics | tampabay.com - St. Petersburg Times
Add another potentially game-changing name to the prospective Democratic candidates for governor in 2018. Billionaire Palm Beach resident and former U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Greene.

Trump calls the news media 'enemy of the American people'
02/18/17 12:00 from The Buzz: Florida Politics | tampabay.com - St. Petersburg Times
President Trump on Friday leveled his most acerbic attack on the news media, calling the free press "the enemy of the American people." Trump launched the salvo after arriving at Mar-a-Lago, his third visit in as many weeks.

Enough Stuff
02/18/17 02:57 from All Stories
By:  Jeff Stahler Date:  February 18, 2017 - 2:00am

Trump calls the news media 'enemy of the American people'
02/17/17 21:10 from The Buzz: Florida Politics | tampabay.com - St. Petersburg Times
President Trump on Friday leveled his most acerbic attack on the news media, calling the free press "the enemy of the American people." Trump launched the salvo after arriving at Mar-a-Lago, his third visit in as many weeks.

Anti-Gunners' Hollow Victory; Negron a Flip-Flopper?; Picture a Reservoir Here
02/17/17 20:40 from All Stories
By:  Nancy Smith Date:  February 18, 2017 - 6:00am This column is a vehicle for a number of items in a bits-and-pieces, strictly opinion, sometimes irreverent format. Look for "Just Sayin'" to run once a week in this spot. Holl...

Corcoran Sues Florida Lottery Over 'Improper Spending' in $700 Million Contract
02/17/17 19:07 from All Stories
By:  Allison Nielsen Date:  February 17, 2017 - 7:30pm Another day, another lawsuit for House Speaker Richard Corcoran -- this time, the Land O’ Lakes Republican is hedging his bets against a new target, taking aim at the Flori...

Rick Scott ratchets up feud with House Republicans with robo calls
02/17/17 18:07 from Naked Politics
Gov. Rick Scott (AP) @JeremySWallace Gov. Rick Scott isn't done singling out Republicans in the Florida House of Representatives who voted against one of his biggest priorities. Following a week that he toured the state publicly calling ...

It could be a long legislative session for Shawn Harrison
02/17/17 18:04 from The Buzz: Florida Politics | tampabay.com - St. Petersburg Times
Here's the latest from William March:  State Rep. Shawn Harrison, R-Tampa, is "caught between a rock and a hard place," as Mayor Bob Buckhorn put it, in the internecine GOP feud over business incentives and tourism mar...

Rick Scott ratchets up feud with House Republicans
02/17/17 17:58 from The Buzz: Florida Politics | tampabay.com - St. Petersburg Times
Gov. Rick Scott isn't done singling out Republicans in the Florida House of Representatives who voted against one of his biggest priorities.

Economic Development Incentives Drive Jobs to Florida, Boost State Economy
02/17/17 17:54 from All Stories
By:  Dominic Calabro Date:  February 18, 2017 - 6:00am Shaping up to be one of the biggest battles in the Legislature in many years, the fight on economic development incentives and tourism funding has been swirling throughout ...

Weekly Roundup: Courting Opposition
02/17/17 17:37 from All Stories
By:  Brandon Larrabee News Service of Florida Date:  February 17, 2017 - 5:30pm There was already plenty of anti-judiciary invective being hurled around the Legislature in the run-up to the 2017 legislative session, and this we...

Miami Marlins' Loria eyes windfall, we see lessons | Editorial
02/17/17 17:10 from The Slant | Sun-Sentinel Blogs
It's been like Christmas week for Miami Marlins fans. First, spring training opened in Jupiter, always a cause for celebration. Then came word that much-reviled owner Jeffrey Loria had a "handshake" agreement to sell the Marlins for $1.6...

Miami Marlins' Jeffrey Loria eyes windfall, we see lessons | Editorial
02/17/17 17:10 from The Slant | Sun-Sentinel Blogs
It's been like Christmas week for Miami Marlins fans. First, spring training opened in Jupiter, always a cause for celebration. Then came word that much-reviled owner Jeffrey Loria had a "handshake" agreement to sell the Marlins for $1.6...

Bob Graham wants Congress to set up 9/11 style panel to probe Russian meddling
02/17/17 16:57 from The Buzz: Florida Politics | tampabay.com - St. Petersburg Times
Former Sen. Bob Graham, who co-chaired a congressional investigation into 9/11, wants a similar approach for a probe into Russian interference. Graham issued the following:

Crist wonders who will be affected next by Trump's immigration policies
02/17/17 16:54 from Bay Buzz
Congressman Charlie Crist joked Friday that the news coming out of the White House these days is so fast and furious that he has trouble keeping up.

Want to be where the Trumps are? Here's how
02/17/17 16:20 from Juice: National politics
You don’t have to pay the $200,000 membership fee at Mar-a-Lago to keep up with the Trumps when they visit the Weekend White House. This weekend marks the third in a row that the president has come to Palm Beach, and it could be the star...

Fearing Trump, Miami-Dade commission drops county's "sanctuary" protections
02/17/17 16:13 from Naked Politics
@PatriciaMazzei @doug_hanks Miami-Dade commissioners on Friday backed Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s controversial decision to detain jailed inmates sought for deportation by the federal government, citing funding threats by President Donald Tru...

Accused ‘frontman’ in Venezuelan drug ring is member of Trump’s Doral golf resort
02/17/17 15:25 from Naked Politics
via @ChuckRabin The Trump administration this week froze the assets of a wealthy Venezuelan businessman named Samark Lopez Bello, accusing him of being the “frontman” in a narco-trafficking scheme run by the country’s vice president. It ...

Restore county's 'sanctuary' stance, residents urge Miami-Dade commission
02/17/17 15:00 from Naked Politics
@PatriciaMazzei @doug_hanks One after another, the people who crammed the Miami-Dade County Commission chambers Friday delivered an extended, impassioned and often eloquent defense of immigration, imploring their elected leaders to defen...

Promote fire safety, not substandard condo housing for the elderly | Opinion
02/17/17 14:50 from The Slant | Sun-Sentinel Blogs
Ellyn Setnor Bogdanoff, a paid lobbyist of Florida condominium associations, in an op-ed on Feb. 14, advocated for a bill that "would allow older high-rises to opt out of an ELSS [engineered life safety system] and, for those who do not ...

Lawmaker wants mental health screenings for conceal-carry applicants
02/17/17 14:29 from Naked Politics
@ByKristenMClark Individuals who want a state-issued permit to carry a concealed gun in Florida would first have to pass a mental health evaluation under a new proposal from a Miami-Dade County senator. The measure (SB 956) comes six wee...

Lawmaker wants mental health check for conceal-carry applicants
02/17/17 14:26 from The Buzz: Florida Politics | tampabay.com - St. Petersburg Times
Individuals who want a state-issued permit to carry a concealed gun in Florida would first have to pass a mental health evaluation under a new proposal from a Miami-Dade County senator.

NRA Slams Docs Vs. Glocks Ruling: 'Court Treats Gun Owners Like Second-Class Citizens'
02/17/17 12:22 from All Stories
By:  Allison Nielsen Date:  February 17, 2017 - 12:15pm Doctors in the Sunshine State can now freely ask whether their patients own guns in their home after a federal appeals court struck down the law on Thursday -- and gun rig...

Jeff Brandes Files Bill to Curb Insurance Fraud
02/17/17 11:45 from All Stories
Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, is going after insurance fraud in the Sunshine State. On Friday, Brandes filed legislation to tackle insurance fraud by requiring insurance companies to to develop anti-fraud plans and submit them to ...

Marco Rubio Pushes HSA, FSA Reform on Capitol Hill
02/17/17 11:18 from All Stories
By:  Kevin Derby Date:  February 18, 2017 - 6:00am This week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., teamed up with U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, to bring out a proposal expanding Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Spending A...

The horror when the men from ICE come knocking | Opinion
02/17/17 11:05 from The Slant | Sun-Sentinel Blogs
I wonder daily, really, what life is like on the other side of the windowpane that separates the legal resident from the illegal. I wonder if the young Chinese woman working in the restaurant is legal. I have noticed her because she work...

Ros-Lehtinen backs potential House Intelligence investigation into Russia and Flynn
02/17/17 10:58 from Naked Politics
@PatriciaMazzei Miami Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said Friday she backs a congressional investigation into Russia and its ties to ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Ros-Lehtinen, a member of the House Intelligence Co...

Gasp, Gov. Rick Scott uses the 'p' word to slam opponents
02/17/17 09:12 from Naked Politics
@JeremySWallace It wasn't just that Gov. Rick Scott went into the back yards of a half dozen state representatives to call them out by name for voting for a bill he opposes. It's how he did it that has state...

Nine little words that just might cause a legislative train wreck
02/17/17 09:10 from Naked Politics
The 2017 legislative session begins in Tallahassee in about two-and-a-half weeks and the Senate and House are still hashing out details of a critical joint rule so that writing a budget can get underway. Senate President Joe Negron, R-St...

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