Wednesday, September 16, 2015

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RPOF concerned that Florida is being ignored

"State GOP mulls forcing presidential candidates to attend summit."

Speaker Designation Day

Nancy Smith: "If ever Florida had a speaker prepared to take the gavel, it has to be Richard Corcoran, whose designation today formalizes a kind of 20-year, one-of-its-kind apprenticeship for the job." "Rep. Richard Corcoran: His Speaker Designation Day, and Why Not?."

"Briefing on what's hot, crazy or shady"

Marc Caputo: "RPOF fights for relevance; Jeb’s bad FL poll; Bondi doubts whoremonger rehab; Marco feels Noles’ wrath; FAMU student prez faces impeachment; kids play after cobra scare." "Florida Playbook."

More Marc Caputo: "‘The Thrill’ v. ‘The Hat Lady’; Jeb’s Total Frat Move; Marco’s Nole troll; FL marriage forms swap ‘husband’ & ‘wife’ for ‘spouse’; former Rep. Garcia aide escapes jail sentence."

Jeb drops from second place to fifth

"A new Monmouth University poll shows Donald Trump crushing fellow Republicans in New Hampshire, where he has double the support of the next closest candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, among voters likely to participate in the Granite State primary." "NH Poll: Trump Doubles Lead Over Jeb, Biggest of GOP Race."

See also "Trump Holds Big N.H. Lead While Jeb Falls To Fifth In GOP Poll" ("Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush dropped from second place in a July poll to fifth in the latest and was tied with former technology executive Carly Fiorina at 7 percent.")

"Huge increases in Medicaid spending"

"Despite a transition to managed care meant to tame huge increases in Medicaid spending, the health-care program for low-income Floridians still threatens to consume almost half of the state's revenue growth, an economist told lawmakers Tuesday." "Medicaid Projections Cloud Predicted Forecast."