Wednesday, March 16, 2016

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

So much for that "favorite son" malarkey

"Trumped: Rubio bolts White House campaign after big Florida loss." See also "Trump Routs Rubio in Florida," "Clinton, Trump win big in Florida, Rubio bows out," "Marco Rubio drops out after Florida defeat at hands of Donald Trump," "How Marco Rubio’s campaign collapsed after never really taking off" and "Rubio Bows Out After Losing to Trump in Florida."

The Miami Herald editors: "Campaign over, but Rubio’s job isn’t done."

"Sea rise could force millions in Florida to adapt or flee"

"Sea-level rise, a problem exacerbated by greenhouse gas emissions, could disrupt the lives of more than 13 million people in the United States, three times more than most current estimates, according to a study published Monday. . . . Of the projected population at risk, nearly 50 percent will be in Florida, and an additional twenty percent in other parts of the southeastern United States." "Sea rise could force millions in Florida to adapt or flee, study finds."

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

Marc Caputo: "What’s next for Rubio after Florida thumping? – Florida makes Trump, Clinton de facto nominees – AutoNation CEO is Audi from GOP -- Gov. Scott unveils budget veto list – Hialeah cops’ flamingo folly." "Florida Playbook."

Winners and Losers

Kevin Derby: "Florida Primary Winners and Losers."

Clinton rolls

"Trump, Clinton run up score in Florida." See also "Clinton Easily Handles Sanders in Florida."

"Not enough ballots were printed"

"Voting hours will not be extended in six Orange County cities where not enough ballots were printed, a spokeswoman for Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles' office said." "No voting extension in Orange, despite ballot mistake."

Meanwhile, "Florida election officials: Trump’s name not left off ballot."

Budget blues

"Gov. Rick Scott announces what he’s going to veto from Florida’s budget" and "Most Tampa-area projects spared Scott's veto, but Pasco college hit."

Here we go again: open primaries

Beth Kassab: "It's time for open primaries in Florida."