Here’s where sh*t stands — the statewide edition

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Last week, Politico reported that Sen. Marco Rubio had moved up publication of his autobiography, “An American Son: A Memoir,” to June 19 — well ahead of the Republican convention, and of a more critical take by the Washington Post‘s Manuel Roig-Franzia, “The Rise of Marco Rubio,” which was scheduled for July 3.

Well, now Simon & Schuster has moved up the release of Manuel’s book up to June 19, according to the book’s Amazon page.

The full House gets its first crack today at the Senate map aimed at fixing a series of errors that led the Supreme Court to strike down the first plan approved by the Legislature.

Leaders said Monday they likely will go ahead and take a final vote on the plan today, which would bring the extraordinary redistricting session to a close.

A source close to the House-Senate negotiations tells me that Rep. Will Weatherford had been prepared to allow renegade members of the House attempt to gather votes to oppose the Senate’s plan, but Senator Don Gaetz threatened severe retribution if his plan was rejected.

Now that the lines for House seats are set in stone, would you believe that discussion has already begun about who might be designated Speaker of the House in 2019-2020? Assuming that Republicans maintain the majority, the leading contender is Rep. Jose Olivia, a “redshirt freshman” legislator who was elected last year, but can still serve the full eight years in the House if he is re-elected this November.  Olivia’s head start is giving him a leg up over other possible contenders.

Tea party groups in Florida are calling on Gov. Rick Scott to veto the Florida Polytechnic University bill that would create the state’s 12th university (SB 1994), along with three other bills the movement opposes. Online news site Sunshine State News reported Tuesday that tea party groups are also asking Scott to veto an energy bill (HB 7117) that would create tax credits for clean energy programs, a measure that backers described as modest, but tea party representatives say is an overreach. “We do not believe the government should be determining the marketplace for renewable energy projects,” the group said in the Sunshine State piece. The group is also calling for a veto of a budget conforming bill (HB 5301) that was controversial because it will require counties to pay the state Medicaid system for money that the counties contend they don’t owe. The money in dispute is over bills for treatment of Medicaid patients. Counties argue that the billing system is flawed and they don’t trust they’re being charged for the correct number of patients. That bill also includes coverage of children of state workers in the subsidized KidCare health care system.

Are Internet sweepstakes cafes legal or illegal? How much should online travel companies pay in taxes? Does theDepartment of Revenue have the power to collect sales taxes from items purchased over the Internet?

All of those questions went unanswered by the Legislature this year, and all are the subject of legal disputes at the local government level. That means as courts wrangle with the issues, local governments and taxpayers; Internet café owners and their detractors; Expedia and hotel chains;Amazon and Best Buy will have to wait at least another year for the Legislature to act.

More from Gray Rohrer here.

State regulators are set to approve Florida Power & Light’s proposal to build a nearly $1.2 billion power plant in Broward County, saying it is the best way to meet the utility’s future needs

Information from the News Service of Florida was used in this report.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.