Sunburn for 2/19 — A morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics

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A morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics sponsored by Tucker Hall.

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ALEX SINK ON POSSIBLE GUBERNATORIAL RUN: ‘RIGHT NOW…IT’S OFF THE TABLE’

Click right away on this profile by the Associated Press’ Brendan Farrington of Alex Sink. The piece is littered with good wood, including this eye-opener:

“Without a husband, without the person that I relied on the most to shore me up and give me good advice. That’s changed. That’s changed everything,” Sink said. “Right this minute, if you’re asking me, it’s off the table. I’m not prepared to say, `No I’m not,’ but I’m much further away from a run today than I was three months ago.”

Earlier in the story, Sink says about running for governor, “I wish I weren’t thinking about it.”

By the way, her thoughts on Charlie Crist running against Rick Scott — “It’ll be a disaster.”

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POLICY NOTES

>>>The Florida Elections Commission meets at 9 a.m.,  to rule on cases of late filing of campaign treasurer’s reports. There will also be a rules review.

>>>The Florida Public Service Commission meets at 9:30 a.m.,  to consider amending Rules 25-6.0131, 25-7.0131, 25-7.101, and 25-30.120, Florida Administrative Code. The changes would require commission-regulated electric, gas, gas transmission, and water and wastewater companies to remit regulatory assessment fees (RAFs) based on gross operating revenues and establish requirements on how fees are determined.

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SEN. JEFF BRANDES LOOKS TO BE AN EDUCATION PLAYER via the Tampa Bay Times

In legislative circles, St. Peterburg Republican Sen. Jeff Brandes mostly has been considered a transportation guy, as reflected by his leadership assignments.

But Brandes wants to break out of that box, and he’s got his eye on education.

“If I have to say one area I’m passionate about in the Legislature, it’s education,” Brandes, recently elected to the Senate after one term in the House, told the Gradebook. “It’s probably one of the most challenging areas to get your arms around. It really is an area that desperately needs leadership, and not in the traditional way.”

He’s been studying digital education and charter schools lately, and says he sees the future in changing the way Florida views education choices.

“I’m looking at class choice,” Brandes said, suggesting that students should not be limited in any way by the place they live. “The world of class choice looks different than school choice. It’s a real menu of options to choose from.”

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PRETTY FUNNY: THE ORLANDO SENTINEL OFFERS A DRAMATIC READING OF THE FLORIDA CHAMBER’S LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW — Listen here

The group’s 2013 legislative guide paints a terrifying – and wonderfully overwrought – picture of life in the Sunshine State. One where capitalism is under imminent threat. One where the battle for survival never ends.

It’s gripping stuff – especially if you imagine it being read by James Earl Jones. Here’s one passage:

“Friends come and go, but enemies only accumulate. There are forces working to destroy free enterprise all around us. The media ignores them, but defenders of free enterprise simply cannot. … Opponents of free enterprise wake up every day to see what government can do to make the private sector less competitive.”

And then the kicker …

“It’s almost as if they want to turn America into France …”

SMART JUSTICE ALLIANCE TO UNVEIL LEGISLATION TO ‘BREAK CYCLE OF RECIDIVISM’

The Florida Smart Justice Alliance will join Rep. Dennis Baxley and Sen. Thad Altman for a press conference to unveil legislation tol revise the way Florida handles non-violent felons who are near the end of their prison sentences, in order to break the cycle of recidivism and help the offenders become productive, law-abiding citizens. The press conference will be held at 11:45 a.m., outside the House Chambers.

WELCOME BACK RECEPTION

A joint House and Senate Welcome Back Reception is planned from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Governor’s Club Plantation Room.

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FUNDRAISERS GALORE

It will be a busy night on Adams Street on Tuesday as several incumbents have events planned.

The marquee draw may be the f’raiser for Speaker Designate Steve Crisafulli. I believe this is the first Tallahassee fundraiser for the man who will be Speaker in less than two years, so expect a crowd outside the Governor’s Club’s Capitol Room at 4:30 p.m.   

At the same time as Crisafulli’s fundraiser is one for Rep. Dennis Baxley. It’s also at the Governor’s Club at 4:30 p.m.

Rep. Ken Roberson is getting into the fundraising action with a reception in the Private Dining Room of the Governor’s Club. The event begins at 4:30 p.m.

Reps. Ritch Workman and John Tobia are also part of the night’s line-up with an event in the Library Room of the Governor’s Club beginning at 4:30 p.m.

There is also a fundraiser for Rep. Daniel Davis. The event is being hosted by the Florida Retail Federation at their offices at 227 Adams Street. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. 

On the Senate side, the Florida Realtors are throwing a party for Senator Joe Negron. The invite for this event has one of the more interesting descriptions you’ll read: “We are setting up the ping pong tables and bringing in all your favorites from Chick-fil-A! Come join us for a friendly game and some great eats!!”

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Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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.