Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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

Wasserman Schultz Primary Challenger?

"Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s decision Sunday to back the Obama administration's nuclear deal with Iran could lead to a political first for her, as a fellow Jewish member of her own party says he is considering a primary challenge to the Democratic National Committee chairwoman." "Wasserman Schultz Iran-deal decision prompts primary threat."

Scott conflict alleged

"An environmental group filed a petition asking the DEP to deny natural gas pipeline permit or at least reroute it in order to protect wildlife and fragile limestone terrain." "Pipeline foes ask DEP to deny key permit, cite ‘conflict of interest’ by Gov. Rick Scott."

Already paid for

"Darden Restaurants has shuttered its Washington, D.C., lobbying office and cut most of its political spending since activist investors took over the company last year." "Darden's new leadership slashes political spending."

Nelson will be 76 in 2018

"Plenty of senators in recent years called it quits when they were in their mid to late 70s. Not Bill Nelson as all signs indicate he will run for a fourth term in 2018. Nelson signaled once again at the end of August that he will run for a fourth term. In 2018, Nelson will be 76 but he shows no signs of slowing down." "Bill Nelson Under the Radar Once More as He Readies to Run Again."

Rocky start to school testing

"Survey responses and focus group discussions shine light on the questions and frustrations Florida schools faced when technical problems hobbled the FSAs in spring 2015." "An inside look at the rocky start to Florida’s standardized school test."

Weekly Roundup

"Weekly Roundup: That Pesky Third Branch." See also "Florida Playbook: Dem eyes Wasserman Schultz challenge amid Iran deal; Trump v. Palm Beach; Miami teacher union mayhem; FL Senate could quit Medicaid fight; fewer Atlantic hurricanes?" Florida Playbook