Saturday, December 06, 2014

Our digest of, and commentary on today's Florida political news and punditry.

Bondi laff riot

"Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said the lawsuit isn’t about politics but about President Barack Obama overstepping his authority by circumventing Congress on reforming immigration." "Florida joins 17 other states in lawsuit against President Obama’s executive immigration plan."

Not a joke

"House Republicans are making a final push this month to give schools a temporary break from healthier school meal standards." "GOP pushes waiver from healthier school lunches."

Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart

"Three Democrats joined Republicans in voting for it, and seven Republicans voted with Democrats against it. But in a joint statement after the vote, Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen stressed the need for comprehensive immigration change."

"Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mario Diaz-Balart vote with Democrats to oppose GOP-led immigration bill."

Weekly Roundup

"Weekly Roundup: Wait 'Til Next Year."

Vern on the move

"This week, Florida’s only member of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee expanded his portfolio, taking a seat on a congressional subcommittee with jurisdiction over Social Security." "Paul Ryan Adds Social Security to Vern Buchanan's Portfolio."

Same-sex marriage licenses

"" "Tampa Bay area prepares to issue same-sex marriage licenses." See also "Florida clerks association: When will it be legal for us to marry gay couples?."

"An astronomical hosing"

"Here's the really short version of how the latest big decision about our power bills played out in Tallahassee:"

Power companies: Hey, Florida, remember when we said we wanted to help customers save energy by encouraging rooftop solar panels?

Florida: Sure do. And some homes are more energy efficient now. Congratulations!

Power companies: Yeah, well, that's costing us a boatload. And it's bad for business. Wall Street wants us to increase demand, not reduce it. We'd like for you to go ahead and help us kill those efficiency programs.

Florida: No problem! We're only the third biggest electricity user in the country. What do we need to save power for?

"Hard as it is to believe, Florida has managed to launch an even more irresponsible energy policy than it had in the first place."
We're talking an astronomical hosing of power customers
"How the PSC is letting you down (again)."

The best they can do

"John Couriel, Jose Pazos Try Again to Get to Tallahassee."