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Florida House Democrats demand Rick Scott speak up on CBO’s scoring of GOP health care plan

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
Since the Congressional Budget Office said the Republican health care plan would raise the ranks of the uninsured by 14 million people next year earlier this week, Gov. Rick Scott has been silent.
Florida House Democrats are now calling him out for his sudden reluctance to weigh in on a subject he’s never been shy about talking about before.
The governor has been a major critic of the Affordable Care Act and traveled to Washington last week to meet with President Donald Trump, Sen. Marco Rubio, and House Speaker Paul Ryan to discuss the American Health Care Act.
Scott told reporters later he was “encouraged” about the Act,

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Marco Rubio says ‘Snoop shouldn’t have done it’ regarding video featuring fake Trump assassination

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
Noted hip-hop aficionado Marco Rubio is weighing in on rapper Snoop Dogg’s controversial new music video “Lavender,” that features the rapper firing a toy gun at a clown dressed as Donald Trump.
“Snoop shouldn’t have done that,” the Florida Senator told TMZ on Monday. “You know we’ve had presidents assassinated before in this country, so anything like that is really something people should really careful about.”
“I think people can disagree on policy but we’ve got to be really careful about that kind of thing, because the wrong person sees that and gets the wrong idea, and you can have a real problem,

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Search for next FDP executive director narrows

Sunday, March 12th, 2017
The choice to succeed Scott Arceneaux as executive director of the Florida Democratic Party is between Jonathan Ducote and Josh Wolf, sources tell FloridaPolitics.
Political consultant Jackie Lee and former state legislator Reggie Fullwood were also in the mix, but reportedly are now out of contention for the position.
Ducote has served as political director for the Florida Justice Association since 2014. He previously served as campaign manager for Loranne Ausley’s unsuccessful 2010 bid for CFO, as financial director for Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown’s 2011 election campaign victory, and as campaign manager for Barbara Buono’s unsuccessful challenge to Chris Christie in the 2013 New Jersey gubernatorial election.
Wolf most recently

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Protests at Marco Rubio’s office say focus is on access, not booting him

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio lost leases on his offices in Tampa and Jacksonville in part because of landlord’s impatience with the incessant barrage of protests out front.
Is Orlando next?
The plaza in front of the downtown Orlando office building housing Rubio’s Central Florida office was the site of another protest Tuesday, as it has been almost every Tuesday this year.
This time, it was For Our Future and other groups pressing a combination of state, local and federal liberal causes as part of the statewide Awake The State rallies.
The building itself was occupied by protesters for most of a day and

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‘Anti-Trump’ protesters blamed for impending Marco Rubio Jacksonville office move

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
President Donald Trump apparently is the gift that keeps on giving for Sen. Marco Rubio.
On Monday evening, the Florida Times-Union reported that for a second time in a week, protesters have forced Sen. Rubio from one of his regional offices.
Rubio’s team is working to find new space in Tampa, and now faces a similar challenge in Jacksonville, after a decision was made to terminate the Rubio office’s lease because of what the T-U calls “daily protests” outside.
Worth noting: Rubio’s Jacksonville office is located next to a children’s behavioral clinic, a location which apparently factored into the decision-making matrix.
Rubio spokesperson Christine Mandreucci, meanwhile, suggests that

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An angry weekend follows on heels of frustrations for Donald Trump

Monday, March 6th, 2017
President Donald Trump started his weekend in Florida in a fit of anger over his young administration getting sidetracked just days after his most successful moment in office. He returned to the White House late Sunday derailed — again.
Trump’s frustration appeared to be both the symptom and the cause of his recent woes. Angry about leaks, errant messaging and his attorney general landing in hot water, he fired off a series of tweets that only ensured more distractions.
His staff had hoped to build on the momentum generated by his speech to Congress by rolling out his revamped travel ban

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Bill Nelson holds early lead over Rick Scott (44%-38%) in U.S. Senate race

Monday, March 6th, 2017
A poll released Monday from the University of North Florida shows Sen. Bill Nelson ahead of Gov. Rick Scott in a hypothetical match-up for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat.
Meanwhile, the favorability ratings of both Sen. Marco Rubio and President Donald Trump are both underwater.
Nelson is up by six points (44 percent to 38 percent) over Scott, with 12 percent undecided.
Nelson’s personal favorability is +14 (42 percent approval, against 28 percent disapproval). Scott’s is + 6, with 46 percent of those surveyed approve of Scott, and 40 percent disapproving.
UNF Polling Director Michael Binder describes the six-point spread as “meaningful,” as “Rick Scott’s alliance with Donald Trump will likely factor into this election’s outcome

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Combative House Speaker vows contentious Session

Sunday, March 5th, 2017
The outcome of this year’s Florida Legislature session may depend largely on a 51-year-old firebrand attorney with a deep conservative streak and a love for cigars and the band U2.
New House Speaker Richard Corcoran has taken on rapper Pitbull, gotten in a knock-down fight with fellow Republican Gov. Rick Scott and vowed to keep legislators in session for months if he doesn’t get his way on property taxes.
He has an ambitious agenda for the 60-day session that starts next week, which also includes term limits for Florida’s most senior judges and throwing out some of the state’s regulations on

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Donald Trump meets with 4th graders, private school leaders in Orlando

Friday, March 3rd, 2017
[The following is drawn from pool reports provided by Ted Mann, reporter for The Wall Street Journal.]
Accompanied by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and others, President Donald Trump dropped in on a Catholic school 4th-grade class the met with Orlando Diocese leaders Friday to talk about school choice.
With the 4th grade class of Jane Jones at St. Andrew Catholic School, Trump, who also was accompanied by his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, heard the students declare they were “scholars” and would be going to college and heaven.
St. Andrew is located in the

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Hospitals hopeful on Medicaid following meeting with D.C. delegation

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017
Florida’s congressional delegation is onboard with efforts by hospitals that provide charity care to persuade the Trump administration to treat the state more fairly under the Medicaid program, representatives said following meetings in Washington.
Members of the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida met this week with senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson, and with House members Carlos Curbelo, Stephanie Murphy, and Ted Yoho, and with aides to other members of the delegation.
“We had a very warm reception at Sen. Rubio’s office. He was very well aware that Florida gets short-changed in our funding for the uninsured, and was energized,” Lindy

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Marco Rubio not ready to say Jeff Sessions should recuse himself regarding Russian meetings

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017
Marco Rubio wants to know more about why Attorney General Jeff Sessions failed to disclose that he met twice with the Russia’s U.S. Ambassador during the presidential campaign.
Despite that, the Florida senator isn’t willing to say that he should recuse himself from investigating ties between Donald Trump‘s surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government.
Not yet anyway, despite the fact Sessions said in his Senate confirmation hearing last month that he’d never met any Russian officials during Trump’s campaign.
“We’re not at that stage yet,” Rubio said speaking with Steve Inskeep Thursday morning on NPR’s Morning Edition. “Let’s take this one step at a time, but this is certainly a relevant story.

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Charlie Crist calls for Jeff Sessions to resign after reports of meeting with Russian ambassador surface

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017
St. Petersburg Democratic Representative Charlie Crist is calling for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign, a day after published reports surfaced that Sessions met twice with the Russian Ambassador to the U.S. during the president campaign last year, and yet said last month that he had not done so.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday that one of the meetings between Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak that took place in September in the senator’s office, at the height of what U.S. intelligence officials say was a Russian cyber campaign to upend the U.S. presidential race. Sessions did not disclose those meetings during his confirmation hearings before the

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Marco Rubio’s staff now actively looking for office space in Tampa

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
In the new year, it’s been the go-to spot for those who are part of “The Resistance” – activists against Donald Trump and GOP establishment now in control of all branches of the federal government.
We’re talking about Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s Tampa District office in the Westshore area, where protestors have gathered on a weekly basis since early January.
But no more.
That’s because the landlords at the Bridgeport Center at 5201 Kennedy Blvd. – America’s Capital Partners – notified Rubio’s office on Feb. 1 that it will not renew his lease because the weekly protests are too disruptive to the other tenants and are costly for the company.
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Marco Rubio’s staff now actively looking for office space in Tampa

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
In the new year, it’s been the go-to spot for those who are part of “The Resistance” – activists against Donald Trump and GOP establishment now in control of all branches of the federal government.
We’re talking about Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s Tampa District office in the Westshore area, where protestors have gathered on a weekly basis since early January.
But no more.
That’s because the landlords at the Bridgeport Center at 5201 Kennedy Blvd. – America’s Capital Partners – notified Rubio’s office on Feb. 1 that it will not renew his lease because the weekly protests are too disruptive to the other tenants and are costly for the company.
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Joe Negron, Pulse mother and doctor, a DREAMer, among Trump address to Congress guests

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
As is traditional, Florida’s congressional delegation is using its invite tickets to President Donald Trump‘s first address to a joint session of Congress mostly to make points, although U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is maybe making his points with his wife.
Each member of Congress gets one SOTU invitation to pass out. Democrat Nelson’s goes to his wife of 44 years, Grace Nelson.
Republican U.S. Sen Marco Rubio‘s bringing Florida Sen. President Joe Negron, who is in Washington this week for meetings with Rubio and other state legislators regarding federal-state issues.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Val Demings of Orlando is bringing Christine Leinonen, mother of Christopher Leinonen,

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Marco Rubio joins Tammy Baldwin in bill requiring Nazi art theft restitution

Monday, February 27th, 2017
Florida’s Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio has joined with Democrat Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin in a bill that would force return of or restitution for art and other belongings stolen by Nazis from Jews in the Holocaust.
The bill, entitled ‘‘Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today (JUST) Act of 2017’’ would seek to use the Washington Conference Principles on Nazi-Confiscated Art of 1998 and the Terezin Declaration on Holocaust Assets and Related Issues of 2009 to prosecute claims and return stolen property or award restitution. The United States was a signatory of both treaties.
The bill also would require the State Department

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Marco Rubio wimps out on town halls. Are we surprised?

Monday, February 27th, 2017
As we saw during the last campaign, Marco Rubio can be awfully good at not showing up. His latest no-show has nothing to do with his attendance in the U.S. Senate, though. Now, he doesn’t want to show up at town hall meetings because people might be rude.
“They’re not town halls anymore, and I wish they were because I enjoy that process very much, going back to my time as speaker of the house. I hosted over a hundred idea (meetings) around the state,” he said in an interview with CBS4 in Miami.
“But the problem now is – and

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Introducing FloridaPolitics.com’s latest newsletter: ‘The Delegation’

Friday, February 24th, 2017

We admit it; we love a good newsletter.
So with 10 new members in the congressional delegation, a part-time #FloridaMan in the White House, and plenty of Sunshine State connections to the Beltway, we thought it was about time to launch our own newsletter diving into D.C.
Welcome to “The Delegation,” Florida Politics’ weekly roundup of the news from D.C. as it relates to the Sunshine State.
Here you’ll find stories about President Donald Trump, hot takes about Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, video of Congressman Neal Dunn bringing a musket to the Capitol and everything in between.
Send us your tips, your thoughts and suggestions. And please

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GOP leaders get high marks from their Republican base, new Associated Industries of Florida poll shows

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
Republicans are getting a good report card from Florida voters according to a new poll conducted by Associated Industries of Florida and obtained by Florida politics.
AIF found that 71 percent of likely Republican voters think the state is headed in the right direction, and an astounding 81 percent approve of the job President Donald Trump is doing through his first month in the White House.
The Trump numbers are a far cry from the most recent Gallup national poll on his popularity, which showed him with a 40 percent approval rating on Feb. 17.
Naysayers measured in at 20 percent for the direction

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Pam Bondi still a rock star with Florida’s GOP voters, new AIF poll shows

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Florida’s top lawmakers and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam are struggling with low name identification among likely Republican voters, but that isn’t the case for Attorney General Pam Bondi according to a new poll from statewide business advocate Associated Industries of Florida.
The AIF poll of likely Republican voters obtained by Florida Politics found that 54 percent approve of the job the second-term Attorney General is doing, while just 12 percent have an unfavorable view and 17 percent said they had no opinion.
Among Florida’s top elected Republicans, Bondi’s ratings only trailed Gov. Rick Scott, who had a net 67 percent approval rating,

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Schedule confusion characterizes Al Lawson in Jacksonville

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
U.S. Representative Al Lawson may have had good intentions when choosing to spend the first part of an off week in Jacksonville.
But intentions are one thing. And delivery is another.
Lawson’s itinerary, arrived at last week, was pretty straightforward.
Among other things: the first-term Democrat from Tallahassee was to go to Eureka Garden on Tuesday afternoon, accompanied by Mayor Lenny Curry and Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis.
However, the plan did not come together.
For one thing, Lawson called an audible and made his Eureka Garden visit on Monday — Presidents’ Day.
Mayor Curry was camping with his family.
Councilman Dennis likewise was busy with personal business.
The end

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Al Lawson talks HUD reform at Jacksonville’s Eureka Garden

Monday, February 20th, 2017
U.S. Rep. Al Lawson visited Eureka Garden in Jacksonville on Presidents’ Day, and expressed optimism for the building’s current ownership, while suggesting that more comprehensive reform of HUD is needed.
Speaking to tenants in the 400-unit Section 8 complex’s community center, Rep. Lawson addressed the need for federal help allowing tenants to “make a different quality of life,” by making “funding available.”
The congressman will have an important ally across the aisle and in the Senate in this regard.
Lawson discussed a “sitdown” with an old friend: Sen. Marco Rubio, who has been an advocate of HUD reform for over a year,

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Marco Rubio to attend meetings in Europe this week – not in Tampa

Monday, February 20th, 2017
While federal workers get Presidents’ Day off, Congress takes off the entire week.
For some lawmakers, that means coming home to host townhall meetings, which for many GOP lawmakers have become contentious affairs.
Others are traveling overseas this week, such as Florida’s U.S. Senator, Marco Rubio.
The recently re-elected Senator is traveling to Europe to speak with officials regarding the U.S. relationship with the European Union, NATO operations and Russian aggression in Europe.
That’s according to Rubio’s Facebook page. The post says that, “Senator Rubio is traveling overseas this week to attend multiple bilateral meetings with heads of state and senior government officials in Germany and France, two countries with upcoming elections who

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Marco Rubio files bills cracking down on Iran, Russia

Friday, February 17th, 2017
Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio announced Friday that he is sponsoring a pair of bills to crack down on Iran and Russia.
Rubio, along with Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn, Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse and Georgia Republican Sen. David Perdue, filed a bill to crack down on Iran’s use of commercial aircraft in support of terrorism.
The Iran Terror-Free Skies Act would require the executive branch to regularly report to Congress on whether Iran has used civilian planes for military purposes, such as transporting weapons or military personnel, to terrorist groups within its borders or abroad.
“As the world’s foremost state

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Alexander Acosta announced as Donald Trump’s choice for Labor Secretary

Thursday, February 16th, 2017
Donald Trump‘s latest choice for Labor Secretary has Florida roots.
Alexander Acosta, the Dean of Florida International University College of Law and former attorney for the Southern District of Florida, was announced as the President’s second pick for the position of Labor Secretary on Thursday.
The first choice, Andrew Puzder, was not going to survive a confirmation vote, especially in light of shocking video of Puzder’s ex-wife describing domestic abuse on the Oprah Winfrey show years ago.
Though the former Mrs. Puzder later retracted these allegations, the damage was done. Puzder withdrew from consideration, and Acosta emerged quickly.
Acosta, a Harvard-educated attorney who once served

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Marco Rubio to chair Congressional-Executive Commission on China

Thursday, February 16th, 2017
Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio announced Wednesday that he has been appointed chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.
The commission was created in 2000 to monitor human rights and legal issues in China and submit an annual report to the president and Congress.
Rubio previously served as chair of the 23-member body, which includes nine senators, nine representatives and five senior administration officials appointed by the president.
“I am honored to continue leading the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, and I remain committed to exposing the brutality of the Chinese government and the heroic efforts of brave Chinese dissidents,” Rubio said in

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Personnel note: Public strategy firm Mercury hires Brian Swensen as senior VP

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Global public strategy firm Mercury is adding noted Republican political adviser Brian Swensen to its Florida public affairs team as a senior vice president.
Swensen comes to the firm following his role as deputy campaign manager for the successful re-election of Sen. Marco Rubio, the latest in a series of key political victories in Florida and Louisiana. He his tenure with Mercury began Jan. 19, 2017.
In his new role, Swensen will bring extensive experience in the political arena to provide solutions and winning strategies for the firm’s clients. He will be based in Mercury’s Miami office.
Mercury Florida, now in its

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Marco Rubio re-sharpens condemnation of Putin and any U.S.-Russia deals

Thursday, February 9th, 2017
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio continued his sharp attacks on Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday calling any potential grand deals “immoral” and “fantasy” while positioning himself to be in staunch opposition to any agreements President Donald Trump may want with Russia.
On Thursday, speaking at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing entitled, “The United States, The Russian Federation and the Challenges Ahead,” Florida’s Republican senator condemned prospects of a grand deal between the Trump administration and Putin involving ISIS, sanctions over Russian hacking, and Ukraine, calling it “a really stupid deal” that would have no chance of forwarding American interests.
Rubio has long been a leading critic of Putin

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Activists march at Marco Rubio’s Tampa office, calling to reject Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary

Monday, February 6th, 2017
Last month, Marco Rubio had harsh words for Rex Tillerson when he came before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as Donald Trump‘s pick for Secretary of State. But the Florida senator ultimately went ahead and supported the former ExxonMobil CEO anyway.
Now protesters are hoping Rubio won’t cave on Betsy DeVos.
With the Tillerson turnaround fresh on their minds, more than two dozen activists gathered in front of Rubio’s Tampa district office Monday, urging him to reject DeVos as the next Secretary of Education when her name comes up for a vote Tuesday.
But they are not expecting him to do so.
“Betsy DeVos is

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Environment Florida wants Bill Nelson to reject Scott Pruitt as EPA head

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017
Scott Pruitt is one step closer to being the next leader of the Environmental Protection Agency.
On Thursday, Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted 11-0 to confirm Pruitt, who serves as Oklahoma Attorney General.
Democrats on the committee boycotted the vote.
Pruitt, a climate change skeptic, was one of 14 attorneys general suing the EPA over regulations to limit carbon emissions put in place by the Obama administration.
The entire Senate will vote on his confirmation next week and the advocacy group Environment Florida is calling on the Sunshine State’s two senators to reject his nomination.
“This country needs an Environmental Protection Agency Administrator whose

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