Friday, March 06, 2015

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

Florida's media darling trails Hill by 3 points in national poll

"In a general election match-up, Clinton gets 45 percent to Bush's 42 percent." "March 5, 2015 - Walker, Bush In Tight Race Among U.S. Republicans, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Clinton Sweeps Dem Field, With Biden In The Wings."

See also "Hillary Clinton Holds Commanding Lead Over 2016 Primary Rivals in Florida" and "Not-So-Favorite Son? Scott Walker Catches Jeb Bush in Florida in 2016 Poll."

Jeb, the “headbanging” conservative

"7 Things We Learned Writing a Cover Story About Jeb Bush."

Email games

"News that Hillary Clinton used a private email account during her time as Secretary of State draws contrasts and similarities to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and current Gov. Rick Scott, both of whom have drawn criticism for using private email." "Clinton email controversy raises questions about Jeb Bush, Rick Scott."

More than that, Jeb Bush aides used private domain for public business.

Runnin' Gub'mint like a bidness

"Computer testing woes persist, but exam completion rate jumps."

Jeb trails Walker by two points

"Govs. Scott Walker and Jeb Bush are locked in a dead heat as the favorites for the Republican presidential nomination, according to a new poll."

With 18% and 16%, respectively, Wisconsin's Scott Walker and Bush, the former governor of Florida, lead the pack of prospective Republican presidential candidates according to a nationwide Quinnipiac poll released Thursday of Republican and Republican-leaning voters. That's within the poll's 4.2 percentage point margin-of-error for the Republican side.
"Jeb Bush has Big Lead Over Marco Rubio in the Money Chase."

See also "Jeb Bush has Big Lead Over Marco Rubio in the Money Chase."

"One Bush Too Many"

"Jeb Bush May Be One Bush Too Many for Rank-and-File Iowa GOP."

Bondi has solid lead in 2016 GOP Senate Primary

"If U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., decides to run for the presidency in 2016 and not for a second term, out of the three officials in the state Cabinet, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi holds a solid lead over the other two Republicans in a potential 2016 primary." "Pam Bondi Ahead of Fellow Cabinet Members in 2016 GOP Senate Primary."

Ethics fines for Rivera

"The judge recommended to fine against the former Miami congressman for double-billing taxpayers and misreporting income while he was a Florida state lawmaker." "Judge recommends $58,000 in ethics fines for David Rivera."

Scott stops pissing up a rope

"Scott drops fight to drug-test welfare applicants."

Jax runoff?

"A new poll shows that Jacksonville voters casting their ballots later this month should expect a May runoff in the mayoral election." "Alvin Brown, Lenny Curry Headed to Runoff in Jacksonville, Poll Shows."

Rubio proposes to cut corporate taxes

"Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah outlined details of a tax overhaul that would reduce the number of tax brackets for individuals and drop corporate tax rates, all in an attempt to boost economic growth." "Sens. Rubio, Lee float tax plan to cut corporate rates, individual brackets."

Meanwhile, "Jeb Bush has Big Lead Over Marco Rubio in the Money Chase."