Posted January 23, 2014 08:02 am

Florida Morning: Scott wants more Everglades funding - Va. AG to fight same-sex marriage ban - gov's race tightening

Florida Morning: Scott wants more Everglades funding, alimony debate to return, PPP: race is tightening, and Virginia to fight same-sex marriage ban


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House leaders balk at plan to help parents get access to marijuana extract

The proponents of a proposal to decriminalize a non-euphoric marijuana strain that helps kids with seizures are winning hearts, but not the support they need from Florida House leadership. Tampa Bay Times

CNN targets Gov. Rick Scott in report on 'pay-to-play' politics

CNN devoted nearly 15 minutes in prime time Wednesday evening to a report on what anchorAnderson Cooper called "the extortion game" of pay-to-play politics -- and a case study in the piece was Gov. Rick Scott. Miami Herald

OIR report: No-fault auto insurance reforms causing rates to drop

The reforms to no-fault auto insurance -- formally called personal injury protection, or PIP -- passed during the 2012 legislative session are saving Florida motorists money, according to a report from the Office of Insurance Regulation. Miami Herald

House speaker's race for 2020 is already off and running

Eric Eisnaugle, a 36-year-old Republican from Arcadia isn't a member of the Legislature but he is already campaigning to be speaker of the the Florida House in 2020. Sound like a long time away? It is, but it's the latest dance in the term-limits foxtrot politicians in Florida engage in behind the scenes, with little public attention. Tampa Bay Times

Scott pledges $130M to Everglades restoration

Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday pledged $130 million to Everglades restoration in the upcoming budget. Associated Press

Bill would require doctors to offer Hepatitis C tests to Baby Boomers

The Centers for Disease Control issued a report in May highlighting that 75 percent of all adult patients with Hepatitis C are so-called Baby Boomers, or those who were born between 1945-1965. Florida Times-Union

Crist says Romney camp hinted at 'major campaign' job for aide LeMieux in return for endorsement

The Mitt Romney film and trashing of Charlie Crist is a good time to dip into Crist's new book in which he describes his version of the 2008 endorsement process. Crist does lend some credence to the notion he was going to remain neutral. But he also describes how the candidates worked on him, even implying Romney's camp talked about giving Crist confidant George LeMieux a job in return. Tampa Bay Times

Alimony debate will return to the Florida Capitol

The Zephyrhills Cinema 10 is playing more than Oscar contenders and popcorn flicks this week. Also on the marquee: an obscure documentary about alimony. Tampa Bay Times

PPP: Rick Scott gaining ground -- 10 points since September -- on Charlie Crist

Gov. Rick Scott is gaining ground on former Gov. Charlie Crist in the latest survey from Public Policy Polling, which shows the Democrat leads the incumbent by just 2 percentage points. Miami Herald

Not Florida

Virginia to fight same-sex marriage ban

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring will announce Thursday that he believes the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and that Virginia will join two same-sex couples in asking a federal court to strike it down, according to an official close to the attorney general with knowledge about the decision. Washington Post

‘The guerrilla’: Mitch McConnell’s long-shot challenger

For Matt Bevin, the rookie Senate candidate taking on one of the most powerful Republicans in the country — and possibly the most ruthless — every day on the stump brings a new hazing. Politico

Schumer seeks to poison Tea Party

Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the Senate Democrats’ political guru, has a plan to poison the Tea Party by driving a wedge between its rich funders and its blue-collar rank and file. The Hill

Polis Extends Colorado Cannabis Invite to Obama, Reid

Rep. Jared Polis wants President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to come see how Colorado is implementing its new marijuana legalization laws. Roll Call




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