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Illeana Ros-Lehtinen turns thumbs down on GOP health care plan

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

As conservatives mount pressure on Republicans in Congress to support the GOP health care plan, more moderate U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen became the first to announce she is breaking ranks.
Ros-Lehtinen, of Miami, announced late Tuesday that she is concerned about the affects the American Health Care Act would have on the poor and elderly, and cannot support it, and saying, “this plan is not the replacement South Florida needs.”
“I have decided to vote no on the bill as currently written,” she stated. “The bill’s consequences for South Florida are clear: too many of my constituents will lose insurance and there will be less funds to help the poor and elderly with their healthcare. I voted to repeal Obamacare many times because it was not the right fix for our broken healthcare system and did not live up to its promise to the American people but this plan is not the replacement South Florida needs.
We should work together to write a bipartisan bill that works for our community and our nation without hurting the elderly and disadvantaged among us,” she concluded.
Her lost vote comes as the conservative American Action Network has begun a nationwide cable TV ad campaign targeting at least three Republican Florida members of Congress, urging people to urge them to vote yes.
The ads so far have appeared targeting U.S. Reps. Bill Posey of Rockledge, Carlos Curbelo of Miami, and Ted Yoho of Gainesville.
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Ron DeSantis, Ted Yoho among targets for pro-AHCA ad buy

Friday, March 10th, 2017

The American Action Network is putting the pressure on three Florida lawmakers to vote in favor of the American Health Care Act.
The AHCA — a proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act — is facing questions from the left and the right both, related to issues ranging from cost-effectiveness to coverage levels for indigent populations.
Florida Reps. Ted Yoho and Ron DeSantis, whose districts are on the fringes of the Jacksonville media market, are two of the three targets.
The third target: Rep. Bill Posey of Melbourne.
The common thread seems to be conservative legislators in smaller, less expensive media markets.
POLITICO notes that the Florida spots are part of a $500,000 ad buy targeting thirty districts nationwide.
The ad contrasts the “job-destroying mandates,” “soaring premiums” and bureaucratic “control” of Obamacare with the AHCA, which “puts patients and doctors in charge” and offers “more choices and lower costs.”
The spot brands heavily around Donald Trump, who was wildly popular in rural areas of the state last November; it urges representatives to “vote with” him on this bill.
See the DeSantis version below:
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Bill Posey, Brian Mast form Congressional Estuary Caucus

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

U.S. Reps. Bill Posey and Brian Mast of Florida’s Atlantic Coast have pulled together a bipartisan “Congressional Estuary Caucus” to focus on environmental health and recovery of places such as the plagued Indian River Lagoon the two Republicans share.
The caucus has pulled in at least 23 members so far including Democratic U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston and Republican U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakus of New Port Richey. In addition to Posey and Mast, the caucus is being organized by Democratic U.S. Reps. Rick Larsen of Washington and Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon and Republican Frank LoBiando of New Jersey, all of whom have troubled ocean estuaries in their districts.
Posey has been pushing for help for Indian River Lagoon for years, until recently with the co-sponsorships of Democratic then-U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy. Mast succeeded Murphy representing the Treasure Coast and has joined Posey.
“Our Lagoon is important to our quality of life, our local economies, tourism, our natural beauty, and provides a critical habitat to many indigenous species of wildlife and plant life,” Posey stated in a news release issued by his office. “This new caucus will help promote and protect our nation’s estuaries like the Indian River Lagoon by giving our communities a platform in Washington to educate our leaders on the important role that our estuaries play.”
“Our waterways are central to the quality of life and the economy on the Treasure Coast. Keeping our water clean is an issue that transcends party lines—it affects all of our families,”Mast stated in a news release issued by his office. “I’ve committed to work with members of both parties to keep our water clean, and this caucus will provide an essential bipartisan forum to protect the Indian River Lagoon.”
There are 28 estuaries of national significance all over the nation, according to Posey’s office.
The Indian

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NASA continuity, moon landings, urged in congressional hearing

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

The 115th Congress and new administration of Presidential Donald Trump got its first public discussion Thursday of what should be the priorities for NASA, and Congressional leaders and expert witnesses all agreed NASA needs bold specific goals and funding stability to support them.
That would mean Mars based on NASA’s current plans, but it also should mean going back to the moon, several witnesses declared.
At a hearing of the House Science, Space & Technology Committee co-chaired by Chairman Lamar Smith and Space Subcommittee Chair Brian Babin [both Texas Republicans] the committee’s leaders, the Democratic ranking members and witnesses including former Apollo astronaut and former U.S. senator from New Mexico Harrison Schmitt all bemoaned that the space agency needs more focus on a smaller but bold set of goals than the current multi-platform agenda.
“We’re trying to ensure NASA considers everything they do as a stepping stone to Mars. That’s got to be the priority,” said U.S. Rep. Bill Posey, the Republican from Rockledge on the committee. “When everything is a priority, nothing is a priority, and that’s where we are now.”
Without such focus, NASA’s primary goal of landing astronauts on Mars “will always remain 20 years in the future without such commitment,” declared one witness, Ellen Stofan, former chief scientist for the agency.
The debate over NASA’s priorities is not unusual but takes on more immediacy considering that Trump’s space priorities still are not clearly defined. At the same time, the agency continues to make course shifts while trying to juggle numerous major space programs ranging from human space exploration, commercial space promotion, deep space research, robotic exploration of the solar system, lower Earth orbit research and Earth science research.
On Wednesday, for example, NASA’s Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot said, in a speech and a memo to key staff, that the agency now will consider sending

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Dominic Calabro: Keeping cigars in the Cigar City

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Politicians talk repeatedly about doing things to help create jobs. But, sometimes, doing nothing is the best option. We hope that newly-elected lawmakers understand that less government intrusion is often the key to keeping the American Dream alive.
A great example is the 2009 “Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.” This innocuously named effort actually increased federal regulation in ways that even many of its supporters now regret.
The act gave the Food and Drug Administration the right to regulate all tobacco products, not just cigarettes. But bureaucracies tend to expand whenever they can and the agency soon extended its reach to premium cigars — a move that even the most liberal members of Congress said they never intended.
The result is a possible loss of jobs, the death of family-owned businesses and an unnecessary impediment to the American Dream.
A great example is the J.C. Newman’s Cigar Co. It is a classic “only in America” success story. Founded in 1895 in Ohio by an immigrant from Hungary, it is the nation’s oldest manufacturer of premium cigars.
In the 1950s, the business moved to Tampa, also known as Cigar City. What autos are to Detroit and movies are to Hollywood, cigars are the signature item in Tampa. The business flourished in this natural new home.
Cigars made by the 121-year-old family-run business are not marketed toward youth, nor are they used by younger consumers.
But the FDA, empowered to expand its reach without limit, has recently ruled that all cigar manufacturers must pay exorbitant “user fees,” undergo costly scientific tests that could run into the millions of dollars, fulfill new loads of paperwork and are now essentially prohibited from introducing new sizes, brands and blends. Samples provided for charity auctions or soldiers overseas are no longer allowed. And in a cruelly concurrent move, the federal government recently

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Republicans steamroll to win U.S. House races

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Republican incumbents strolled to victory Tuesday over their Democratic opponents in three U.S. House races.
District 6
Republican Ron DeSantis, a two-term Republican incumbent who ran for the U.S. Senate this year before dropping out this summer, won Florida’s 6th Congressional District race to defend his seat. DeSantis, of Palm Coast, beat Democrat Bill McCullough, a political newcomer from DeLeon Springs.
DeSantis won with 59 percent of the vote or 212,923 votes to McCullough’s 41 percent or 150,447 votes.
CD 6 runs heavily Republican and stretches from Jacksonville’s southern suburbs south to New Smyrna Beach.
District 8
U.S. Rep. Bill Posey, who is completing his fourth two-year term in Congress, held on to his seat. He defeated Democrat Corry Westbrook, lead specialist for oceans policy at the World Wildlife Fund, by a wide margin in Florida’s 8th Congressional District.
Posey won 244,097 votes, or 63 percent, while Westbrook took 125,698, or 33 percent of the votes.
CD 8 includes all of Brevard and Indian River counties along with a section of east Orange County including parts of Avalon Park, Bithlo, Christmas, and Wedgefield.
District 11
U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster will continue his long career as a lawmaker, but in a new district.
Webster, a three-term Republican incumbent in Florida’s 10th Congressional District, beat political newcomer Dave Koller for Florida’s 11th Congressional District.
Webster won 256,541 or 65 percent of the vote, while Koller had 123,649, or 32 percent.
Webster switched to CD 11 after redistricting last year. His Orlando-area district was redrawn to favor Democrats so he decided to run in the heavily Republican 11th District.
Webster’s experience in the state Legislature and his six years in Congress gave him strong name recognition over Koller.
CD 11 encompasses parts of Lake, Sumter, Marion, Hernando, and Citrus counties.
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Orlando facing prospect of all-freshman lineup in Congress

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown and her nearly 24 years in Congress – gone.
U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson and his nearly six years in Congress – gone.
U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster and his nearly six years in Congress – gone, moved to an outside district.
U.S. Rep. John Mica and his nearly 24 years in Congress – more at risk than he’s faced in more than a decade.
This year, Orlando is losing most and potentially all its seniority, experience, leadership and clout in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Whoever gets elected, the voters’ choices for change may wind up being for the better. And in the long run, who knows, at this point, how effective the new class might become?
But at first it could be like replacing an entire college basketball team starting lineup with freshmen for the coming year. And it’s not about wins or losses. At least in the short term, it’s about attracting Washington’s attention to Central Florida’s needs and priorities, and about finding and bringing federal money for such discretionary goodies as transportation improvements, veterans’ facilities, military simulation center support, social services’ grants, and college and university research funding.
Might Central Florida’s next congressional starting line-up be able to compete?
“It certainly might have a big effect when you lose so many people who are established in Washington and have been serving this area for at least some time,” said University of Central Florida political scientist Aubrey Jewett. “How much it hurts will be determined by which party is in control of Congress. That’s going to play a big role.”
Technically, Orlando still has U.S. Rep. Bill Posey, the Rockledge Republican, assuming he wins re-election in Florida’s 8th Congressional District. But he’s always been first and foremost about the Space Coast, not the inland counties, though his district includes a sparsely-populated corner of Orange

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Citrus relief bill passes U.S. House

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

A bill intended to give tax breaks to citrus growers needing to replace diseased trees won approval on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives late Wednesday.
House Resolution 3957, known as the Emergency Citrus Disease Response Act of 2016, would allow citrus growers to take a full federal tax deduction, in the current tax year, to cover the cost of replanting lost or damaged citrus trees.
Sponsored by U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, the bill passed overwhelmingly, 400 to 20, with all of Florida’s lawmakers voting yes.
“Help for Florida orange farmers is a major step closer to arriving,” Buchanan, a Republican from Bradenton, stated in a news release from his office. “This bill will go a long way toward protecting the livelihoods of the 62,000 hardworking Floridians in our signature citrus industry. The story of American agriculture is one of resilience and hard work against tremendous odds. Citrus farmers are being hit hard and Congress needs to help them recover.”
The Senate must now take up the measure.
“Florida has always been known for our world class citrus,” Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Posey of Rockledge added. “I am a proud cosponsor of this legislation that will protect countless jobs and provide Florida’s citrus growers with the tools they need to continue to produce the high quality citrus we are known for.”
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CD 8: Corry Westbrook and Bill Posey with contrasting financial statements

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Democratic congressional candidate Corry Westbrook lists scores of investments on her personal financial disclosure and the environmental activist seeking to take down Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Posey in Florida’s 8th Congressional District might be worth millions.
Westbrook’s detailed disclosure statement contrast’s sharply with that of Posey, a four-term incumbent, whose assets as listed are limited to some real estate, his real estate company, and a lot smaller net worth.
Westbrook, a Washington lobbyist for environmental groups who lives in Vero Beach, lists dozens of investments in mutual funds and numerous tech, alternative energy, car and airline companies, including Amazon, Apple, Delta, Facebook, Tesla, and TimkenSteel. But her major asset is a rental property in Washington D.C. she valued at between $1 million and $5 million. With her mortgage on that property, and no other major liabilities listed, not including her retirement funds, her total net worth would be somewhere between $1 million and $5.5 million.
She lists very little income however, limited to $35,000 in salary, between $5,000 and $15,000 in rent from her Washington property, and no more than $15,500 in dividends and other income from her investments.
Posey, of Rocklege, includes among his assets three properties in Rockledge and one in Cape Canaveral. Two of the Rockledge properties are rental properties. He also lists stock in his own real estate companies, Posey & Co. and Rockledge Realty, as well as Rockledge Group I and the Indian Oaks Corp. But he sets the values of each under $1,000. With a mortgage and an auto loan, his total net worth is somewhere between $18,000 and $721,000.
For income he lists rental income at between $22,500 and $70,000 and his state of Florida pension [he is a former Florida lawmaker] at $16,000. He also has his congressional salary of $174,000.
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