Posts Tagged ‘Politico’

Report: Brian Mast linked to Florida company under investigation by federal regulators

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
Rep. Brian Mast has been linked to a Florida marketing company under investigation by federal regulators, according to POLITICO.
World Patent Marketing and its owner has been accused by the Federal Trade Commission of defrauding clients of millions of dollars. On Thursday, POLITICO reported Mast, a Treasure Coast Republican, was appointed to the company’s advisory board in February 2016, before the   company’s owner, Scott J. Cooper, donated more than $5,000 to his campaign.
Mast told POLITICO he never received compensation from the company, and became aware he became a member of the board through a press release someone else sent him.
According

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White House bars major news outlets from gaggle

Friday, February 24th, 2017
News organizations including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN and POLITICO were blocked from joining an informal, on the record White House press briefing Friday.
The Associated Press chose not to participate in the gaggle following the move by White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
“The AP believes the public should have as much access to the president as possible,” Lauren Easton, the AP’s director of media relations, said in a statement.
Several news organizations were allowed in, including the conservative website Breitbart News. The site’s former executive chairman, Steve Bannon, is chief strategist to President Donald Trump.
The White

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz says Michael Flynn’s resignation ‘marks a beginning, not an end’

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Tuesday that the revelations about former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn’s conversations with the Russians are only the beginning.
“Flynn’s resignation marks a beginning, not an end,” said the South Florida Democratic Representative in a statement on Tuesday.
Flynn resigned Monday night after it reports were confirmed over the weekend that he discussed lifting U.S. sanctions on Russia with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak before Donald Trump had officially been inaugurated as president. For more than a month Flynn had denied that his conversation with Kislyak had involved anything other than some pleasantries, a statement that Vice President Mike Pence repeated

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Tampa Bay Times’ Anthony Cormier leaving to work for BuzzFeed News

Monday, December 12th, 2016
Tampa Bay Times Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Anthony Cormier is leaving the paper to join BuzzFeed News in New York next month.
Along with the Times’ Leonora LaPeter Anton and the Sarasota Herald Tribune’s Michael Braga, Cormier shared in taking home the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for a series on Florida’s unsafe system of state-run mental hospitals.
The 2015 series uncovered nearly 1,000 assaults or injuries in mental hospitals during a period in which $100 million was slashed from the state’s mental health budget. That forced staffing cuts and created an environment where employees were forced to work double shifts and supervise more than a dozen violent and

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.14.16 – Questioning the exit poll data

Monday, November 14th, 2016
Among the significant factoids produced by the exit poll information conducted by Edison Research from last Tuesday’s election was that Donald Trump actually did better than Mitt Romney when it came to winning the Latino vote.
It wasn’t by much, but according to that information, Trump received 29 percent support from Hispanics, better than Romney’s 27 percent in 2012. That seems counterintuitive to some, considering that while Romney’s most egregious comment when it came to immigration was that people would need to “self-deport,” Trump went much further in his language.
Late last week a Latino polling firm totally questioned the data from Edison, raising a larger question, which is –

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Senate candidate Steven Machat sues to get himself and other indie candidates into Monday night debate

Friday, October 14th, 2016
Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy are poised to participate in the first debate of the Florida U.S. Senate on Monday night in Orlando, but independent candidate Steven Machat is still pushing to get himself, Libertarian candidate Paul Stanton, and the three other non-party-affiliated candidates on the big stage as well.
In papers filed with the 11th Judicial Circuit court in Miami-Dade County on Friday, Machat is calling for a temporary restraining order to prohibit the debate sponsors – Cox Media, Leadership Florida Statewide Community Foundation and Capital New Company (the parent company of POLITICO) from putting on Monday nights debate without including

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Senate candidate Steven Machat sues to get himself and other indie candidates into Monday night debate

Friday, October 14th, 2016
Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy are poised to participate in the first debate of the Florida U.S. Senate on Monday night in Orlando, but independent candidate Steven Machat is still pushing to get himself, Libertarian candidate Paul Stanton, and the three other non-party-affiliated candidates on the big stage as well.
In papers filed with the 11th Judicial Circuit court in Miami-Dade County on Friday, Machat is calling for a temporary restraining order to prohibit the debate sponsors – Cox Media, Leadership Florida Statewide Community Foundation and Capital New Company (the parent company of POLITICO) from putting on Monday nights debate without including

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Senate candidate Steven Machat sues to get himself and other indie candidates into Monday night debate

Friday, October 14th, 2016
Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy are poised to participate in the first debate of the Florida U.S. Senate on Monday night in Orlando, but independent candidate Steven Machat is still pushing to get himself, Libertarian candidate Paul Stanton, and the three other non-party-affiliated candidates on the big stage as well.
In papers filed with the 11th Judicial Circuit court in Miami-Dade County on Friday, Machat is calling for a temporary restraining order to prohibit the debate sponsors – Cox Media, Leadership Florida Statewide Community Foundation and Capital New Company (the parent company of POLITICO) from putting on Monday nights debate without including

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.29.16 — Congress is free to go home. Again.

Thursday, September 29th, 2016
First of all, congratulations to the uber-hip readers at Creative Loafing who, in their Best of the Bay voting for Best Reporter in 2016, selected a columnist who retired two years ago.
Congratulations also to our U.S. Congress who, by voting for a budget bill last to avoid a government shutdown, now gets to skip town for another two months before returning for an inevitable lame-duck session.
Wait a minute, some of you might think — didn’t they just have a seven-week summer break? Hey, that ended more than three weeks ago, silly.
Actually, let’s look at the details: Part of the deal includes passing a

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.15.16 — One less #NeverTrump option for president in Florida

Thursday, September 15th, 2016
#NeverTrump conservatives in Florida have one less option to choose for president in November now.
Evan McMullin, a 40-year-old former CIA official from Utah, has been proposed as a conservative alternative to Trump. He was the nominee of the Independent Party in Florida, but has been removed from the ballot by the Florida Division of Elections because the Independent Party is not a recognized national party by the Federal Elections Commission — a requirement of state law to get on the ballot.
McMullin is only on the ballot in 10 states so far, making his attempt to deny both Trump and

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Patrick Murphy to debate Marco Rubio three times before Nov 8 election

Monday, September 12th, 2016
Patrick Murphy and Marco Rubio will debate three times and participate in a separate campaign forum, bringing an end to speculation that Murphy was reluctant to engage in debates with the GOP Senate incumbent.
The news was first reported by POLITICO’s Marc Caputo Monday afternoon.
The first debate will be held in Orlando on October 17, and is sponsored by POLITICO, ABC affiliate WFTV and Cox Media, and will be broadcast statewide on ABC affiliate stations.
The next debate will the Leadership Florida and Florida Press Association at Broward College in Davie on October 26, also broadcast on ABC affiliates (that debate had previously been announced).
The candidates third debate will

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A.G. Gancarski: So much for the libertarian moment

Monday, October 5th, 2015
I’ve always had a pet theory about when the long-awaited “libertarian moment” would happen. There would be a tipping point of sorts. Governmental debt, the logical victory of civil liberties arguments and a general realization that the American prison-industrial complex was too bloated, inefficient, and corrupt would converge to bring about some common sense solutions to what is currently called “mass incarceration.”
My heart tells me that eventually could happen. My head wonders, meanwhile, when viable proponents of true libertarianism will manifest themselves. In 2016, as with every election cycle for the last few decades, libertarians both nationally and in

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Peter Schorsch: Is it time to bet on Jeb Bush again?

Sunday, October 4th, 2015
Earlier this week, POLITICO ran “5 Reasons to Bet $5 on Marco Rubio” and tried to make the case for a path to the presidency for Florida’s talented junior senator.
Rubio has had very good showings in the first two debates — the same in which Jeb Bush had performed at what charitably might be called a workmanlike level. And Bush, the self-described tortoise in the race, has had to calm supporters amid falling poll numbers and some conversational gaffes on the stump.  But Bush’s team has stuck to the plan of illuminating the conservative former Florida governor’s record in the early primary

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Mike Fasano: Opportunity awaits Richard Corcoran to lead by example

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015
My good friend Speaker-Designate Richard Corcoran is poised to take over the reins of the Florida House of Representatives for the 2016-2018 term.
I’ve known Richard for more than 30 years. A finer public servant would be hard to find. He has the skills, abilities and Tallahassee “know-how” to be an effective leader. He knows how to “get the job done.”
Richard is also a committed family man whose wife and six children are truly his pride and joy. His wife has home-schooled their children, no small feat. The choices he has made in life, with his family at the center

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Diane Roberts: Absence makes the guv grow fonder

Sunday, August 30th, 2015
To recap: The less-than-Special Session cost the citizens nearly 700 grand, Rick Scott’s legal bills are now north of $1.5 million (not counting the lawsuit environmentalists have filed against the House and Senate for not implementing Amendment 1 or the action Planned Parenthood is likely to bring), the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has issued more bear hunting permits than there are bears, and there’s a big ole storm aiming for the Gulf of Mexico.
Did I miss anything?
Yikes! Of course I did: In Florida, government dysfunction is the house style.
Legal Barbie, aka Attorney General Pam Bondi, is fighting the

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Chris Timmons: The GOP needs a new Nixon plan for blacks

Thursday, August 27th, 2015
Let’s circle back to Jeb Bush’s National Urban League address from several weeks ago, because if a big, pointed word must be used, it is “symptomatic” of Republican racial complacency.
(It’s best to exclude Ben Carson, because like all black Republicans from Allen West to Tim Scott, he momentarily forgets that he is black. Colorblindness is infectious, you know.)
Bush told us that after his close loss to Lawton Chiles in the 1994 gubernatorial election he went through one of those “transformations” that recovered his sense of humanity: He converted to Catholicism, he began volunteering at the local Urban League (he

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