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July 24, 2013

Third DCA: Miami commissioner can't seek 3rd term


The Third District Court of Appeal on Wednesday ended Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones quest to run for a third term, saying despite a lengthy suspension the commissioner still served two full terms under the city’s charter.

The court’s decision ends a four-month battle between Spence-Jones and the Rev. Richard P. Dunn II, who filed a lawsuit in April arguing Miami Attorney Julie Bru erred when she ruled Spence-Jones could seek a third term because she didn’t complete two “full” terms in office.

Spence-Jones missed 21 months of her second term while suspended by the governor as she fought a pair of felony charges brought by the state. She beat one charge in court, and the other was dropped. She represents Miami’s District 5, which runs from Overtown to the south, through Allapattah, Little Haiti and into Liberty City.

More here.

Scott heads to Aspen to meet with GOP governors

Gov. Rick Scott will be in Aspen, Colorado on Wednesday and Thursday attending the summer meeting of the Republican Governors Association.

Scott, a member of the group's executive committee chaired by his friend, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, is expected to use the gathering to  discuss his favorite subject: jobs in Florida. Last summer, the RGA also held its summer sessions and a fund-raiser in the popular ski resort city, attended by eventual GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

Republican governors control 30 of the 50 statehouses in America. Scott is the incumbent of the largest GOP-controlled state who's seeking re-election in 2014, now that Texas' Rick Perry has announced he will not seek another term.

The Republican Governors Association has played an important role in the past two races for governor of Florida. In 2010, the group underwrote an aggressive TV advertising campaign to drive up Democrat Alex Sink's negatives, in which it claimed to have spent nearly $10 million.

Four years earlier, the group helped then-Republican Charlie Crist get elected. Romney, then a leader of the group, personally paid a visit to Tallahassee and hand-delivered a $1 million check to the campaign of Crist, who later served as host for an RGA meeting in Miami in 2008 where then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin largely stole the spotlight from other GOP governors.

At that Miami gathering, the governors chose Mark Sanford of South Carolina as their chairman.

-- Steve Bousquet

For Crist's 57th, a special GOP birthday wish


Charlie Crist turns 57 Wednesday.

The former Republican governor and possible Democratic candidate for governor in 2014 is sure to get birthday wishes from near and far, and of course the Republican Party of Florida, Crist's No. 1 nemesis, can't let the moment pass without sending along its wishes in the form of a cut-and-paste card that's a homemade mix of dour headlines from his four-year term in office.

This Hallmark moment includes "Jobless rate
keeps climbing," "Home sales keep sliding," "Misery goes on for South Florida sellers," and the icing on the cake is that memorable image from the birthday party that was thrown for Crist by Scott Rothstein, the disgraced Fort Lauderdale lawyer and fund-raiser who ended up going to

Clearly they spend a lot of time at GOP headquarters plotting their next move on Crist, and just think: There's only 468 days until the 2014 general election. 

-- Steve Bousquet