Sunburn – The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster, Mitch Perry, Ryan Ray, and Jim Rosica. HAPPY STEM DAY! Go ahead. Play another round of Angry Birds in the courtyard. It’s for science (and technology, engineering and math). The Orlando Science Center and the Motorola Solutions […]
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A couple of interesting tidbits on the upcoming Florida primary: 1. Well over 3 million people will vote in the Florida Presidential Preference Primary. Tampa should be the largest voting market for both parties, albeit more so for the GOP. If African-American and Hispanic turnout is high for Democrats, Miami could outpace Tampa. 2. For […]
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Tony Bennett, the former Florida Commissioner of Education who resigned in 2013 amid controversy, has registered to lobby before the Florida Legislature and the executive branch. A state database of lobbying registrations shows that Bennett signed up to represent Standards for Success, an Indiana-based education consulting company whose services include “Common Core Implementation,” and Texas Teachers, a Houston area company […]
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Florida lobbyist Ben Parks was arrested Wednesday on six drug-related charges, including maintaining a drug house. Along with Parks, 62, Robin Bates, 45, John Elkins, 55, Daniel Oneal, 28, Demestric Peoples, 40, Camellia Prescott, 25, Ashley Ratcliff, 32, Evan Welbon, 29, were arrested on a variety of charges, including possession of methamphetamine, three counts of possession […]
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The Senate Wednesday passed a bill aiming to improve the Florida Early Steps program, a priority of Republican Senate President Andy Gardiner. SB 7058 brings eligibility guidelines for the Early Steps program in line with federal requirements and defines the program’s goals, which include providing timely screenings of infants and toddlers for developmental disabilities. The bill also requires […]
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Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia has drawn a Democratic challenger for his District 35 seat in the Florida House. Ramon Gutierrez of Spring Lake filed Tuesday to run for the Hernando County seat, and is so far the only other candidate in the race. Gutierrez, who was born in Havana, Cuba, works in real estate […]
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Mitt Romney says he thinks there’s a “bombshell” in Donald Trump’s tax returns. The 2012 Republican presidential nominee says on Fox News Wednesday that the contents of Trump’s tax returns are the reason the billionaire developer has not released them. Trump has said his accountants are working on his returns and that he’ll release them […]
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SpaceX scrubbed its planned launch Wednesday of a Falcon 9 rocket with a communications satellite because of high wind at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Tentatively, SpaceX is expected to try again Thursday, with a 6:46 p.m. launch time, though that was not yet confirmed Wednesday evening. The launch is intended to carry a communication […]
Cutler Bay Sen. Dwight Bullard this week joined a multi-state call by chairs of Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian caucus chairs from around the nation urging President Barack Obama to reform federal public-private mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, in order to home ownership more accessible to minorities. “With African-American homeownership rates declining to their lowest in decades, and […]
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