Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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

"Deal on state budget"

"Leaders of the Florida Legislature agreed to a nearly $80 billion state budget loaded with new projects late Monday, clearing the way for lawmakers to end months of squabbling and adjourn their special session Friday." "Lawmakers finally cut deal on state budget." See also "Florida Legislature approves more than $400 million in tax cuts."

See also "Lawmakers Strike Deal, Pour $301 Million into Last-Minute Projects," "Legislators approve $400M in tax cuts" and "As budget deal emerges, Florida Legislature’s midnight raid on treasury redefines ‘transparency’."

Amendment 1 lawsuit brewing

"It wasn’t until Monday that environmentalists realized lawmakers were setting aside far less, setting up a likely legal showdown over what exactly Amendment 1 means." "Lawsuit could be brewing against state over Amendment 1 funding."


"He's running for president." "Jeb Bush makes it official, announcing presidential run." See also "Jeb Bush Makes It Official and Enters 2016 Race," "5 things you probably missed at Jeb Bush’s announcement."

The cheer leading begins

And so the cheer leading begins. First up, the team from the Miami Herald: "Mr. Bush enters the race."

Next up, the squad from the Tampa Trib editorial board: "Jeb Bush can be himself."

Old foes

"Moments before former Gov. Jeb Bush launched his presidential bid, U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla., explained whey he was backing the former Florida governor for the Republican nomination. Bush beat out Crenshaw in the Republican gubernatorial primary back in 1994." "Ander Crenshaw Weighs in Why He's Backing Old Foe Jeb Bush for President."