Nelson in relatively good shape for 2012, though still early

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., is now the only statewide elected Democratic official in Florida — meaning he will likely face a stiffer challenge than his opponent in 2006, former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris. But a Public Policy Polling survey (.pdf) shows Nelson with solid favorability ratings for an incumbent, though many statewide still don’t know him since he was first elected to the Senate in 1998.
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AIF chief comes out hard against EPA, EarthJustice

In comments made to Tallahassee's North East Business Association Tuesday, Associated Industries of Florida CEO Barney Bishop called environmental law firm EarthJustice a liberal, left-leaning, communist-inspired environmental organization and said that EPA chief Lisa Jackson talks to God.

Bills affecting the environment, regulation a focus of the legislature’s special session

The Republican leadership of the Florida legislature yesterday detailed plans to override most of the vetoes by Gov. Charlie Crist that they first announced would be discussed a week and a half ago. Today's agenda features a handful of bills that, if passed, could have large consequences for Florida's environment and the state's ability to regulate industry.
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Florida Conservative Political Action Conference stacked with GOP stars

A slew of big-name conservatives will appear at the first ever regional Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando on Sept. 23. Confirmed speakers include Mitt Romney, Ann Coulter, Marco Rubio, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul. Florida CFO Jeff Atwater, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam and Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll are also slated to participate.

Florida’s partial victory in its health care lawsuit

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals today affirmed a lower court ruling that the requirement in the federal health care reform law that individuals buy health insurance or face penalties is unconstitutional. It also upheld the lower court's rejection of an argument by Florida and 25 other states that the law's expansion of Medicaid is coercive to the states.