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Sunburn for 3.16.17 – Everything is awesome!

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
Sunburn – The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics.
By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster, Mitch Perry and Jim Rosica.
EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!
Everything’s fine, Senate President Joe Negron said Wednesday. Nothing to see here, folks. 
His signature tax cut this year, a reduction in the communications service tax to be paid for by removing a subsidy to the insurance industry, was abruptly pulled off the agenda earlier in the day of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Finance and Tax.
That decision was Kelli Stargel’s, the Lakeland Republican who chairs the panel. Only three of the five members showed up for the meeting. She had said it was too

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Wall Street Journal op-ed highlights assignment of benefits abuse

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
An op-ed in The Wall Street Journal Tuesday called out the assignment of benefits (AOB) system in Florida, saying the abuse of AOB by trial lawyers will get Florida taxpayers “whacked with Category 5 bills.”
“Florida homeowners already face risks from hurricanes, hail storms and other natural phenomena,” the article states. “Do they need to face the unnatural disaster known as plaintiff’s attorneys too?”
AOB is a system where homeowners can sign over the rights to their insurance policy after a catastrophe or other property damage. Whoever gets the rights to the policy then can sue an insurance company for repair costs.
Florida

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Sunburn for 3.14.17 – Press skits tonight; Fineout finds out; Kionne McGhee to lead House Dems; Eyeball wars flaring up

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Sunburn – The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics.
By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster, Mitch Perry and Jim Rosica.
HAPPENING OVERNIGHT – WIND SCRUBS SPACE X LAUNCH via Florida Today – SpaceX is expected to try again early Thursday to launch a Falcon 9 rocket and commercial communications satellite from Kennedy Space Center, after strong winds scrubbed the mission’s first countdown on Tuesday.
The launch team called off the attempt while the rocket was being fueled, with more than a half-hour remaining before the launch window opened at 1:34 a.m.

The mission’s backup launch opportunity is at 1:35 a.m. Thursday, the opening

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Credit unions: A ‘winner’ worth picking

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
Free market, corporate welfare, winners and losers.
These phrases are uttered every day in the halls of the Florida Capitol while lawmakers are in Session; but, the reality is, government is, across many sectors of society, still in the business of picking winners and losers.
One such instance where government picks winners and losers is in the fight between banks and credit unions over public deposits. For years, the credit unions have been seeking legislation that would allow them to accept deposits from public entities, like local governments and universities – just like for-profit banks already do.  
Yet the powers that

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Eyeball Wars: It’s all about knowing who takes care of your eyes

Monday, March 13th, 2017
Do you know who is taking care of your eyes?
That question is at the heart of “Joanne’s Story” a video about a Vero Beach woman who nearly lost her eyesight after an ophthalmologist caught a rare diagnosis which was missed by her optometrist.
Joanne was previously under the care of an optometrist who diagnosed her with a “small cataract.” A retinal surgeon removed the cataract, and Joanne returned to the optometrist for the remainder of her care. After several visits, Joanne was told that “everything was fine.”
But everything was not fine.
After sensing foreign matter in her eyes, Joanne turned to

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Heartwarming video shows Medicaid giving hope to Florida’s most vulnerable children

Monday, March 13th, 2017
Health care through Medicaid, particularly for Florida’s most vulnerable citizens — children, the elderly and low-income families — is not an abstract. It is a real need, for real people, and without it, can lead to real suffering.
A fantastic new video shows how the state’s Medicaid program is keeping one Plant City boy alive. It is not just money for lawmakers to spend arbitrarily; it is care for actual people, often those who need it most.
The video is from the Florida Hospital Association, illustrating just what is at stake when lawmakers proposed drastic cuts in the state’s Medicaid program.
The 90-second

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This fundraising invitation from Ed Hooper has me worried

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Late last month, former state Sen. John Legg announced that he would not attempt to return to the Legislature in 2018. Had he run, Legg’s best path to victory was thought to be through north Pinellas’ Senate District 16, where incumbent Jack Latvala is term-limited from running again.
The person who benefits the most from Legg not running is former state Rep. Ed Hooper who, even if Legg was in the race, is the early frontrunner to replace Latvala.
Hooper was in Tallahassee last Monday for a fundraiser hosted by Latvala, the next two Senate Presidents — Bill Galvano and Wilton Simpson —

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Sunburn for 3.13.17 – The FDP’s next ED? A must-read on Steve Bannon; Voter fraud in Palm Beach?; Magic in the Capitol

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Sunburn – The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics.
By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster, Mitch Perry and Jim Rosica.
THE TOUGHEST JOB IN FLORIDA POLITICS
The choice to succeed Scott Arceneaux as executive director of the Florida Democratic Party is between Jonathan Ducote and Josh Wolf, sources close to the decision-making process tell FloridaPolitics.
Political consultant Jackie Lee and operative Reggie Cardozo were also in the mix, but reportedly are now out of contention.
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 victory, and as campaign manager

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Jacksonville Bold for 3.10.17 — Dialing down expectations

Friday, March 10th, 2017
First Coast Delegation dials down expectations
Earlier this week (and last week), we detailed a few reasons Northeast Florida legislators may not have the best Session in 2017; among them, inexperience and lack of stroke.
In the Florida Times-Union, Tia Mitchell offered some more examples of diminished expectations this week.
Much of this you read already with different formatting. Jay Fant wants to save Enterprise Florida. Kim Daniels wants money for an NW Jax YMCA. Tracie Davis intends to work across the aisle. And Clay Yarborough wants to learn the process.
The Duval Delegation is a paradox: temperamentally conservative, it doesn’t line up

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The Delegation for 3.10.17 – Insights from the Beltway to the Sunshine State

Friday, March 10th, 2017

Poll finds key 2018 voters turned off by Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks — A survey commissioned by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) and conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP) found that 59 percent of voters in seven battleground states said they were “somewhat” or “very” concerned that President Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks would “result in conflicts of interest that benefit big business at the expense of regular people.”
The poll question noted that Trump has named “numerous bankers and Wall Street billionaires” that could “result in conflicts of interest,” and then asked if participants were “very concerned, somewhat concerned or

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Sunburn for 3.10.17 – On Bob Buckhorn’s no; Andrew Gillum’s emails probed; Denise Grimley’s $$$; The Bandit speaks; Happy b’day Shawn Foster

Friday, March 10th, 2017
Sunburn – The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics.
By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster, Joe Henderson, Mitch Perry, and Jim Rosica.
BOB BUCKHORN SAYS NO
Buckhorn is a gregarious, ambitious and determined man, and we think he would have made a fine governor for the state of Florida. He certainly ranks among the best mayors the city of Tampa has ever had.
But we also believe he made the right call when he announced in an email to supporters Thursday morning that “I am not planning to be a candidate for Governor in 2018.”
Now, saying “I am not planning

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Sunburn for 3.9.17 – Buckhorn out; King remembered; Negron’s priorities vetted; Akerman lobbyists gone; Lyft in Tally

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Sunburn – The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics.
By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster, Mitch Perry and Jim Rosica.
BREAKING OVERNIGHT – Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has decided not to seek the Democratic nomination for Florida governor. The Mayor made the announcement on his social media accounts early Thursday.
REMEMBERING JIM KING
The late state Sen. Jim King, who would have turned 78 this year, was remembered at an annual happy hour in his honor last night in Tallahassee.
The Jacksonville Republican, who died from pancreatic cancer in 2009, was first elected to the House in 1986 and became one of the most powerful politicians in the state,

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Scott, Corcoran, Negron play Rochambeau with picks to the Constitution Revision Commission

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Rock breaks scissors, but scissors cut paper, which, of course, covers rock.
Neither Rick Scott, Richard Corcoran nor Joe Negron knew they were playing a game of Rochambeau when making their appointments to the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC).
But the way final picks played out, they may well have.
The CRC meets every 20 years to review and suggest changes to the state’s governing document. It has convened twice before, in 1977-78 and 1997-98, but this is the first to be selected by a majority of Republicans, virtually ensuring it will propose more conservative changes than previous panels.
Scott’s selections — just by the sheer fact that he had 6 more picks than

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Did Charlie Crist pull an oopsie naming his PAC after himself?

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
We’re not campaign finance experts, but we think Charlie Crist pulled an oopsie when he named his new Political Action Committee after himself. Simple reason: Federal law doesn’t allow it.
Former Republican Gov. and now Democratic Congressman Crist opened “Charlie Crist PAC” on Monday, calling it “a Leadership PAC.”
In doing so, Crist – or his money people – forgot the distinction in federal campaign finance law between “authorized” and “unauthorized” committees.
“No unauthorized committee shall include the name of any candidate in its name,” the law says, and unauthorized committees are PACs which raise funds primarily to make contributions to other

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Were two lobbyists fired on the first day of Session over the ‘whiskey & Wheaties’ issue?

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
Akerman, one of the state’s largest law firms, has reportedly fired lobbyists Eliakim Nortelus and David Roberts as collateral damage caused by the fight over whether to repeal the state law requiring businesses, such as grocery chains and big-box retailers, to have separate stores to sell liquor.
Multiple sources close to the issue confirm that Nortelus and Roberts were let go at the end of the first day of the 2017 Legislative Session after Walmart, which Akerman counts as one of its largest clients, insisted the pair be given their walking papers.
In a brief text message exchange, Nortelus denied he had been fired and

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Sunburn for 3.8.17 – Governor gets personal; Speaker gets joyful; Bills get moving; Don Gaetz’ next run?; It’s Space Day!

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Sunburn – The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics.
By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster, Mitch Perry and Jim Rosica.
#HUMBLEBRAG
It’s that time of year when everyone in the process emails around CATECOMM’s annual legislative aide study — even the clients he’s working against. It’s a must-read perennial reminder for advocacy groups and coalitions to not send spam form emails or do other dumb things that don’t work.
Here is the Medium post everyone is sharing.
But this year, something special happened and Kevin Cate gave me the heads up — FloridaPolitics.com is about to overtake SayfieReview.com as the most-read political news website by lawmakers. We tied Justin’s aggregator

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Hmmm… House’s whiskey & Wheaties bill stumbles in second committee

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
The House version of the “whiskey and Wheaties” bill stumbled and then face planted in its second committee hearing Tuesday afternoon.
The Walmart-backed HB 81, sponsored by Hialeah Republican Rep. Bryan Avila, would allow grocery stores and other retailers to sell liquor, rather than keeping up the so-called “liquor wall.”
The issue is a top priority for Miami Republican Sen. Anitere Flores and a boatload of retailers, but conservatives in the House Government Operations & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee wanted nothing to do with it.
Their message to Walmart and Avila: no whiskey and Wheaties this year. Or vodka and veggies, or cachaça and chicken.
They were also

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Kathy Castor calls new GOP House health care plan ‘Robin Hood in reverse’

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
Congresswoman Kathy Castor has always been an unflagging champion of the Affordable Care Act, so you could have bet she would have a harsh reaction to the plan unveiled by House Republican leaders on Monday night.
“It’s pretty horrendous,” the Tampa Democrats told a group of reporters who gathered in front of a medical building on West Swann Avenue in South Tampa on Tuesday morning.
Castor said Floridians arguably have the most to lose under the GOP proposal. Over 1.7 million Floridians signed up for ACA plans on Healthcare.gov in 2016, the most of any state. They would automatically lose coverage when the

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Isn’t it time Florida progressive put the ‘Awake the State’ mantra to bed?

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
Later this morning, Gov. Rick Scott will give his seventh State of the State address as lawmakers kick off their annual 60-day legislative session.
After the applause from his fellow Republicans dies down, Florida Democrats and progressives will offer a response to the GOP’s agenda.
“Labor leaders, legislators and advocates for access to health care, quality public schools, reproductive and immigration rights will provide a counterpoint to Gov. Rick Scott and his legislative allies’ agenda that rewards their corporate backers while ignoring the needs of everyday Floridians,” reads a press release from Damien Flier of Progress Florida.
In addition to the press conference

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What do you do after you quit Enterprise Florida? Enjoy a glass of red wine, of course!

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

On Monday, Chris Hart IV abruptly resigned as Enterprise Florida CEO.
Hart cited an ongoing conflict with Gov. Rick Scott over the future of the outfit responsible for recruiting companies to the state.
Hart’s departure comes during a critical time. House Speaker Richard Corcoran is pushing a bill to scuttle the organization and strip it of all state money. The legislation could reach the House floor this week.
So how did Hart end such a tumultuous day?
With a glass of red wine, of course.
The former legislator posted to Facebook late Monday a simple, albeit telling photograph from, presumably, his back yard.  A glass of

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Joe Gruters voices support for incentives programs in op-ed

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
Sarasota Republican Rep. Joe Gruters voiced his support for state economic development arms Enterprise Florida and VISIT Florida in an op-ed published Tuesday.
Gruters said the two organizations are “effective tools helping us to compete with other states to bring jobs and investments home to benefit our communities,” and that he “cannot support a proposal to slash funding for these organizations that would cripple our state’s ability to compete for jobs.”
“We cannot unilaterally disarm,” he said. “Thousands of Florida jobs depend on us doing the right thing.”
The two organizations, along with a slew of other incentive programs, have been targeted

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Sunburn for 3.7.17 – Scott’s SoS; Curtain raises on Leg.; Cruz is ready; Brodeur’s haul; Ander’s new gig

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Sunburn – The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics.
By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster, Mitch Perry and Jim Rosica.
TAILSPIN
A stall, it is said, “can best be described as the situation where there is not enough air flowing over the wings to create the amount of lift needed to hold up the airplane.”
“If pilots can recognize an impending stall,” one website explains it, “they can take corrective action to either avoid the stall altogether or to recover as quickly as possible.”
Based on the events of Monday, the administration of Gov. Rick Scott is now in a stall. Indeed, by later in

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Florida For Care ‘web of influence’ raises questions, concerns about recreational marijuana

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Florida for Care, the group that led the effort to pass Amendment 2 last year, continues to insist its support for expanding medical marijuana in Florida is in no way related to recreational use.
For marijuana opponents, however, that simply doesn’t cut it.
Their claim is that Florida for Care is trying to find a pathway to recreational use instead of helping those patients who need medical marijuana.
And as justification for their concerns, some point to the Florida for Care website, which features several sponsors looking to encourage marijuana beyond just medical purposes.
Businesses, industry groups, and individuals seeking to expand medical marijuana laws

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Why does Florida use pass/fail for health inspections, not actual grades?

Monday, March 6th, 2017
After a local news outlet reported seven Tampa Bay-area Publix grocery stores failed health inspections, the Department of Agriculture pulled all pass/fail grades and inspections from the online database.
“I believe that the pass/fail system is unclear because if it’s a failure, why is it still open?” Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam explained to WFTS-TV.
Which raises the question: Why is the state using a pass/fail instead of a simple grading system?
Most regions use either a letter or number grade for restaurant and other health department ratings; restaurants in California and New York are often seen posting “A” scores in full view of patrons

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FloridaPolitics.com now the top online-first source for where Florida lawmakers get their news

Monday, March 6th, 2017

It’s that time of year when everyone in the process emails around CATECOMM’s annual legislative aide study — even the clients he’s working against. It’s a must-read perennial reminder for advocacy groups and coalitions to not send spam form emails or do other dumb things that don’t work.
Here is the Medium post everyone will be sharing.
But this year, something special happened and Kevin Cate gave me the heads up last night — FloridaPolitics.com is about to overtake SayfieReview.com as the most-read political news website by lawmakers. We tied Justin’s aggregator this year, and we’ve been on a huge curve up since the study began five years ago.
The

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Sunburn for 3.6.17 – Last-minute fundraising; Speaker’s surprise CRC pick; Rick Scott’s new policy director; ‘Get me Roger Stone’

Monday, March 6th, 2017
Sunburn – The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics.
By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster, Mitch Perry and Jim Rosica.
FIRST IN SUNBURN: Bill Nelson leads Rick Scott 44 to 38 percent among registered voters, according to a new poll conducted by the Public Opinion Research Laboratory (PORL) at the University of North Florida. Data crunchers will shake a lot of salt on the poll because a) it’s of registered voters and was conducted over thirteen days.
FIRST IN SUNBURN: Sens. Darryl Rouson and Tom Lee and attorney Rich Newsome are among Richard Corcoran‘s nine selections to the Constitutional Revision Commission. As for others, Arek Sarkissian of the Naples Daily News reports that Erika Donalds is

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Richard Corcoran to pick Darryl Rouson, Tom Lee to constitution panel

Monday, March 6th, 2017
House Speaker Richard Corcoran is expected to announce that Sen. Darryl Rouson, Rep. Chris Sprowls, and Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco will be among his nine picks for the Constitution Revision Commission. He’s also putting himself on the Commission.
The Land O’Lakes Republican’s selections will round out the 37-member review panel, which meets every 20 years to look over and suggest changes to the Florida Constitution. The panel must be established within 30 days before the regular 2017 Legislative Session convenes.
The annual 60-day session kicks off Tuesday.
Rouson, a St. Petersburg Democrat, was elected to the Senate in 2016, after serving serving eight years in the Florida

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Single Charlie is back

Sunday, March 5th, 2017
Some men, after filing for divorce, immediately attempt to catch up for all of the time they think lost while being married.
They buy a sports car, maybe one with a convertible top.
Other men return to a hobby they placed on a shelf after they slipped on their wedding ring. They cast fishing rods and climbs rocks and sail boats and shoot rifles.
Some men, not soon after the divorce papers are filed — or in some cases long before that — feel a need to sow the wild oats that laid dormant during their marriage.
A once-married man will do any number of things once he’s returned to bachelorhood.
For Charlie Crist,

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Takeaways from Tallahassee — Keeping pot pure

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

Frank Artiles wants pot to be pure.
The GOP state senator from Miami this week filed a 33-page bill (SB 1388) to “require independent third party testing for medicinal cannabis treatment centers,” he said in a statement.
“Medicinal cannabis should be tested just like any other medicine,” Artiles said. “This bill will protect those that have a debilitating medical condition and will be ingesting these products. Safety is our primary concern.”
The bill would “authorize the establishment of medical marijuana testing facilities to ensure that all medical cannabis is tested for potency and contaminants in accordance with the (state’s)

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The Delegation for 3.3.17 – Insights from the Beltway to the Sunshine State

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Florida is known for its characters, and now it appears a few are heading from one swamp to another.
It’s no secret Floridians played a significant role in getting President Donald Trump elected. The state’s 29 electoral votes gave him an early nudge to victory, and early primary support from Attorney General Pam Bondi and Gov. Rick Scott helped solidify his GOP credentials.
So now that Trump, a part-time Florida resident himself, has taken up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, it’s only natural some of Florida’s finest are making a move from Adams Street to K Street.
The connection between the Beltway and the Sunshine State has not

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