Gov. Rick Scott's hush-hush dinner with former Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. John Thrasher last Thursday at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables was a three-hour education talkfest. A detailed schedule shows the dinner was bracketed from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Palm D'Or Restaurant at the venerable Miami hotel in the former governor's hometown.
That left plenty of time for every form of edu-speak imaginable. State Board of Education Chairman Gary Chartrand also attended the dinner. No word on who picked up the tab, but The Buzz has a hunch: It might have been Scott or Thrasher because of the ban on on lobbyists wining and dining lawmakers. Bush's Foundation for Florida's Future lobbies Thrasher and other legislators as well as the executive branch, and Scott's office lobbies the Legislature, too.
-- Steve Bousquet