Tuesday, December 08, 2015

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

Senator has map drawn to favor incumbents

"Republican state Sen. David Simmons asked staff to separate two GOP incumbents drawn in the same district when working on a redrawn version of the state Senate lines, a move at odds with direction laid out by legislative leaders looking to avoid the perception that politics unconstitutionally impacted map-drawing." "Simmons asked staff to ‘unpair’ two GOP incumbents during redistricting session."

Part of Amendment 1 Challenge tossed

"Judge Tosses Part of Amendment 1 Challenge, But Environmentalists Claim Success."

"What's hot, crazy or shady about politics in the Sunshine State"

Marc Caputo: "Scott’s Seminole gambling deal’s long odds – Trump threatens Jeb donor for ‘hater’ ads – Marco’s ‘mostly false’ Obamacare claim – Zoo Miami’s flood watch – for third time, Florida gator catches thief." "Florida Playbook."

"Tough questions for agency heads"

"Some agency heads will have an easier road to Senate confirmation than others. All of them, Senate President Andy Gardiner told POLITICO Florida, will be given the chance to explain why they should be confirmed." "Gardiner promises tough questions for agency heads."

Rubio claims he killed Obamacare

"Presidential hopeful Marco Rubio is taking credit for potentially sounding the death knell for Obamacare, claiming legislation he introduced eventually prevented Washington from giving billions of tax dollars to insurance companies." "Rubio says he prevented a $2.5 billion taxpayer bailout for Obamacare."


"Rick Scott, Seminole Tribe Sign Tentative $3 Billion Gaming Pact." See also "Florida reaches $3 billion gambling deal with Seminole Tribe" and "Scott touts $3B gambling deal with Seminoles."

Trump "banned" from entering St. Pete

"Playing off of Trump’s earlier words, [St. Petersburg Mayor Rick] Kriseman tweeted Monday that he was banning Trump 'until we fully understand the dangerous threat posed by all Trumps.'" "St. Pete mayor Kriseman says Trump banned from city." See also "Kriseman, social media backlash to Trump’s Muslim comments."