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On Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that U.S. News & World Report has named Florida the top state in the country for higher education. This is the third year in a row Florida’s higher education system has earned the top ranking, reflecting the emphasis that elected leaders have placed on student success and affordability.
“It is no surprise that U.S. News & World Report has again named Florida the top state in the nation for higher education,” said Governor DeSantis. “Our state colleges and universities have prioritized affordability and pathways for career and life and, as a result, they are transforming our state. I look forward to celebrating continued success as we build on this positive momentum.”
If you thought the political left's overindulgence in playing identity politics was only at a national level, you'd be sadly mistaken. On Friday, one Tallahassee Commissioner made it clear: you can't be black and support President Donald Trump.
Diane Williams-Cox, a city commissioner representing Seat 5, posted a black and white photo -- literally -- on her Facebook page, showing two black Trump supporters photographed with two white Trump supporters.
The picture, taken at Wednesday right's presidential rally in Panama City, Florida, is accompanied with a politically motivated caption that has become far too common from liberals seeking to combat the political right with a moblike mentality.
"Pictures from President Trump's visit to Panama City, Florida... No words...!" she wrote in her Facebook post.
"Well maybe two...#StayWoke," she continued.
On Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the launch of the Rebuild Florida Business Loan program with $40 million in state and federal funds to help small businesses that are still recovering from Hurricane Irma to rebuild and expand.
The announcement comes during National Small Business Week. This week is dedicated to showing support for Florida’s small businesses and entrepreneurs as they grow their businesses, create more jobs and develop sustainable and resilient communities.
The Rebuild Florida Business Loan program, a resiliency loan fund provided through a partnership with the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, will target industries that have been identified by the state as key strategic markets for future growth and will focus on creating and enhancing the diversification and resiliency of Florida’s economy.
President Donald Trump brought music to the Panhandle's ears on Wednesday, announcing his administration would allocate $448 million in federal aid to communities in Florida affected by last year's Category 5 Hurricane Michael.
"In the wake of the terrible storm, this extraordinary community pulled together and showed the world your unbreakable spirit," Trump told supporters Wednesday night. "Today, I'm doing the most allowed by law to support the people of Florida. Because of the severity of the storm -- Category 5 -- we will have the federal government pay for 90 percent of the cost in many circumstances."
The announcement comes at a critical juncture, with Florida leads and lawmakers calling on the federal government to help rebuild Northwest Florida.
"The money is coming immediately," the president added. "No games, no gimmicks, no delays, we're just doing it."
At 7 p.m. at the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater in Panama City Beach, President Donald Trump will hold a presidential campaign rally ahead of the 2020 elections.
The Panhandle is the heart of Trump's conservative base in the Sunshine State, and was an instrumental voting bloc that got him elected in 2016. According to those close the event, conservative supporters are expected to show up in droves to hear the 45th President discuss a number of important issues.
A lot of topics are on the table for tonight's rally, but residents in the Panhandle are hoping that President Trump is visiting the war-torn area to provide good news about hurricane relief efforts.
President Trump's visit to the area comes at a critical juncture -- with Florida lawmakers requesting additional aid for their constituents. While the president is expected to appeal to his firebrand base on Wednesday, insiders believe that an announcement regarding relief efforts could accompany President Trump to the event.
Conservatives who want to protect innocent lives from bad actors received a monumental win this legislative session, with lawmakers passing a bill that will expand the "guardian program," and allow teachers to carry firearms on campuses.
Under the new proposal, school districts will have to approve the program and teachers will have to volunteer to undergo 144-hours of training and psychological evaluations. The measure that passed in both chambers opens the program up to all teachers, regardless of what role they have at the school.
The bill was a response to the Parkland massacre that occurred last year when a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing seventeen students and staff members and injuring seventeen others.
Just one day after he received an endorsement from Florida Right to Life, Republican Jason Shoaf picked up four endorsements from top law officials who serve District 7.
On Tuesday, numerous Sheriffs in Florida's House District 7 announced that they were backing Shoaf in the upcoming special election. Jefferson County Sheriff Mac McNeill, Wakulla County Sheriff Jared Miller, Franklin County Sheriff AJ Smith and Liberty County Sheriff Eddie Joe White join the growing law enforcement coalition that backs Shoaf.
The four new endorsements today join Gulf County Sheriff Mike Harrison, Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart and the Police Benevolent Association, who had previously joined Team Shoaf.
This week, Gov. Ron DeSantis, along with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), is celebrating National Small Business Week by recognizing the value small businesses bring to Florida’s economy and communities.
National Small Business Week is dedicated to showing support for Florida’s small businesses and entrepreneurs as they grow their businesses, create more jobs and develop sustainable and resilient communities in the Sunshine State.
“Florida’s small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy,” said Gov. DeSantis. “I am proud to recognize the importance they play in our communities and I am committed to enhancing an environment that supports entrepreneurs’ creative energy. Florida will continue to support small businesses by reducing government costs and interference whenever possible.”
President Donald Trump met with a pair of Floridian allies on Monday to discuss a host of issues, including ways to expand choice and improve competition in Florida's health care market.
Floridians spent a lot on prescription drugs last year, with the total reaching $30 billion, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Earlier this year, Florida's governor pushed for importing drugs from Canada as a way to cut rising health care costs in the state. The program would allow Canada to send FDA-approved drugs to the Sunshine State, thus lowering prescription drugs costs that are crippling the state.
The meeting which included Gov. Ron DeSantis and U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz, took place at the White House yesterday, with it being called a productive meeting by Gaetz on Twitter.
On Monday, Attorney General Ashley Moody took the fight to illegal robocalls and caller id spoofing, calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take further action against the practice of using technology to disguise a caller's phone number.
The number of these fraudulent calls and the consumer financial losses tied to these scams have increased by nearly 50 percent in recent years.
Moody is one of 42 attorneys general asking the FCC to enforce rules against caller ID spoofing on calls to the United States originating from overseas, while also addressing spoofing in text messages and alternative voice services.
Another week, another key endorsement for Republican Jason Shoaf ahead of the special election that will be held on June 18.
On Monday, Florida Right to Life announced its support for Shoaf in the special election for House District 7.
"Florida Right to Life, the state's oldest single-issue organization defending life from conception until natural death, is pleased to endorse Jason Shoaf for State House 7," said the organization about its decision to endorse Shoaf. "We are confident he will stand up for our most vulnerable citizens and be a committed voice for life in Tallahassee. We look forward to working with Jason."
The 2019 Florida legislative session officially came to a close over the weekend, with legislators passing an enormous $91.1 billion state budget that will help fund the upcoming fiscal year.
The 60-day session saw new faces in new positions, with it being the first session for Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. The session also began the two-year terms of Senate President Bill Galvano and House Speaker Jose Oliva,
Of course, the headlines during the two-month session came from GOP lawmakers who passed monumental legislation aimed at turning the Sunshine State red ahead of the 2020 elections.
While media outlets are releasing their 2019 legislative "winners and loser," we here at RoundTable Politics believe there was only one winner this session -- conservatives.
Here are some of the key victories for conservatives across the state:
More help is coming to the Panhandle, with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarding the areas devastated by Hurricane Michael an additional $34 million in recovery funds.
The additional funds brings the total for the week up to $87 million. With this money, Northwest Florida can begin to remove, renovate and rebuild the destruction that was left by the Category 5 storm.
Panama City, one of the hardest hit areas in the Panhandle, was awarded $2,483,882, which is the remaining half of an expedited project’s funding, to Panama City for the costs of emergency protective measures following Hurricane Michael under the FEMA Public Assistance Program.
The Florida legislative session will come to a close on Saturday, and Republicans in the House and Senate are happy following a impressive performance by GOP lawmakers, highlighted by them passing comprehensive legislation that banned sanctuary cities and allowed teachers to carry on school campuses.
All that remains this session is for both chambers to take a vote on a $91.1 billion state budget — setting lawmakers on course to finish the 2019 session close to midnight on Friday.
Friday is the 60th and final scheduled day of session.
Reestablishing the "rule of law" in Florida, Republicans in the House and Senate received a major victory on Thursday after both chambers passed a bill that will require local governments and police agencies to cooperate with federal authorities who enforce immigration law
The bill, which has been the most hotly-contested issue this legislative session, had been passed back and forth between the House and Senate all week. Eventually, lawmakers settled on a comprehensive bill that will not include the House's provision that would have fined local officials $5,000 for violating the policy.
The new vote passed in the Senate 22-18, while the House vote was 68-45.
On Wednesday, House legislators voted 65-47 in favor of expanding the "guardian program," allowing teachers to carry guns on school campuses. The vote comes a week after the Senate voted in favor of the bill.
The bill (SB 7030/HB 7093), now on the governor's desk, is a response to the Parkland massacre that occurred last year when a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing seventeen students and staff members and injuring seventeen others.
Under the current program, teachers are allowed to carry guns in school if they have a role outside the classroom. School districts have to approve the program and teachers have to volunteer and undergo training and psychological evaluations. The measure that has passed both chambers opens the program up to all teachers, regardless of what role they have at the school.
The measure would allow educators who want to carry a firearm on campus to complete rigorous training and pass a psychological test.
On Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill that will increase the penalties for causing harm to search and rescue animals used by the Police and Firemen in the Sunshine State.
The bill (SB 96) will make it a second-degree felony -- up from the third-degree -- for "intentionally and knowingly causing great bodily harm, permanent disability, or death to, or using a deadly weapon upon, police canines or horses, fire canines, or SAR canines," according to the language of the law
The change will also boost the amount of potential prison time from five years to 15 years. In 2017, 140 police departments and 65 sheriff’s offices in Florida used specially trained dogs for purposes such as tracking criminal suspects and detecting drugs and bombs.
The bill will take effect on Oct.1.
Working hard to meet the May 3 deadline, Florida legislators worked well into the early morning to tie up loose ends before the 2019 legislative session comes to a close.
Friday is the scheduled end of the 60-day Florida legislative session. Lawmakers are scrambling to finish the session this week, but those close to the process are unsure that lawmakers will end the legislative session on time.
Rushing to reach a state budget for the upcoming fiscal year, Representative and Senators reached a final deal late Tuesday. The state budget appears to be closer to the $90 billion mark that the House passed.
Because of this lateness, it is unclear if the 72-hour "cooling-off" period will pass before legislators can vote on the proposed budget.
Next week, President Donald Trump will hold a 2020 presidential campaign rally in the Panhandle.
His campaign announced that he will hold the rally in Bay County on Wednesday, May 8th. The event will be held at the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater in Panama City Beach at 8 p.m.
While the Panhandle is the heart of Trump's conservative base in the Sunshine State, the 45th President will be visiting the region to discuss Hurricane Michael recovery efforts.
Large parts of Bay County were devastated by the Category 5 storm last October, leading state and local officials to call for more federal assistance.
With only four days remaining, a lot of big issues remain for legislators to debate and sift through before the looming deadline.
Today, Florida Senators will will take up numerous issues, including a closely watched proposal (SB 7086) that is different than the House version of the bill.
Sponsored by Sen. Keith Perry, the measure would require repayment of restitution but not of fines and fees that have been converted into civil judgments.
The House bill is different, requiring ex-felons to pay all costs associated with their sentences before being eligible to vote. Those financial obligations can include fines, fees, court costs and restitution.
On Monday, the Florida House passed a bill that would make it a primary offense in the Sunshine State to text while driving an automobile.
The bipartisan bill would make it a primary offense, meaning law enforcement would be able to pull over drivers for texting and driving in the state of Florida. Under current law, people can only be cited for texting if they are pulled over for another offense.
The bill would also makes school zones and active work zones hands-free areas.
The bill (HB 107) passed in Florida House today by a vote of 108-7. The same proposal also passed in the Senate, and now heads to Gov. Ron DeSantis' desk.
Like the Night King's undead army from Sunday night's Game of Thrones episode, the Florida Legislature's final scheduled week is officially here, and a lot of hot-button issues are still on the table.
As with most years, many of the bills will die before ever seeing the light of day. With that said, there are a few high-profile proposals that have passed in either the Senate and House, and are awaiting their fate.
This year has been a monumental win for House and Senate Republicans looking to pass comprehensive legislation that could shift the battleground state red ahead of the 2020 election.
However, there are a few more measures that conservative lawmakers would like to ship to Gov. Ron DeSantis' desk. Here are some of those issues, and a prediction for each.
Jeff Vinik, through Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment LLC, owns a major interest in the Tampa Bay Times, according to the corporate records of Bloomberg, "the world's primary distributor of financial data."
It accounts for the Times’ sheer, unfettered promotion of all Vinik enterprises, including the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team, obfuscation of his role in meddling with Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry, and the deliberate withholding of facts surrounding the new 1 percent sales tax for transit in Hillsborough County -- a gargantuan financial windfall for Vinik.
On Friday, conservative in the State Senate passed a sanctuary cities bill that would require local governments and police agencies to cooperate with federal authorities who enforce immigration law.
The bill (SB 168), introduced by Sen. Joe Gruters, passed on a 22-18 vote Friday, banning sanctuary policies and reestablishing the "rule of law" in a state that typically gets it wrong on immigration.
"This bill is about respecting the rule of law," said Sen. Gruters, who chairs the Republican Party of Florida.
The vote comes the day after the House passed a similar bill (HB 527). Among the differences between the two chambers' bills are penalties for violating the policy: The House includes fines for officials who adopt sanctuary policies, and the Senate doesn't.
With the House District 7 general election on the horizon, Republican candidate Jason Shoaf picked up a key endorsement this week to add to his already impressive resume of supporters.
The Florida Police Benevolent Association, Inc. (FLPBA), endorsed Shoaf ahead of the special election for House District 7 that will take place on June 18.
“The Florida PBA is proud to endorse Jason Shoaf for House District 7," said Matt Puckett, Executive Director of the Florida PBA. "This district represents thousands of Florida’s hardworking state correctional officers and their families. Now, more than ever, they need his voice and leadership in Tallahassee,"
On Thursday, Gov. Ron DeSantis made an announcement that Florida has been been awarded an additional $5.8 million in federal funding through the National Dislocated Worker Grant to help recovery efforts in Northwest Florida.
The funds will be used to provide temporary employment to Floridians affected by Hurricane Michael.
The federal National Dislocated Worker Grant, administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), provides disaster relief employment in the form of temporary jobs that support clean-up and recovery efforts in a declared disaster area.
“I’m pleased to announce Florida has been awarded $5.8 million in federal funds to provide employment opportunities for the resilient men and women of Northwest Florida,” said Governor DeSantis. “The communities and businesses devastated by Hurricane Michael are home to some of the strongest and hardest working people I’ve ever met. We will continue to fight for Northwest Florida as they work to rebuild their communities and reemerge even stronger than before.”
NFL DRAFT DAY 2019 is officially here!
Later today, NFL teams will make their most important decision of the year when they select their first round draft choice in the 2019 NFL Draft. Scouts and coaches have been analyzing talent for over a year, hoping that the player they pick will be a future Hall of Famer for their franchise.
Whether or not these athletes will pan out is anyone's guess. These potential playmakers could be boom or bust, and only time will tell.
So in honor of the big day, we thought we'd have a little fun on draft day and conduct a list of our on "IN-FL Draft prospects."
These lawmakers are some of the best in Florida politics. Their potential is endless, and many could be the next great political star in the Sunshine State.
Below are some of the top draft prospects in the 2019 legislative session.
Republicans received three key victories on Tuesday and Wednesday, and are now firmly in the driver's seat with less than two weeks to go this legislative session.
Florida lawmakers are in the "short rows" with the 60-day annual session coming to a close, and conservative legislators are delivering on a promise to implement policies that would make Florida better.
The Florida legislature saved the best for last, and Tuesday and Wednesday of this week delivered a plethora of fireworks for GOP leaders looking to turn the Sunshine State red.
Here is a rundown of some of those victories.
WINTER HAS COME!
The second episode in Season 8 of Game of Thrones aired Sunday, setting the entire GOT universe on wildfire. After a year-and-a-half hiatus, people who love the show are happy to see the highly acclaimed series back.
With only four episodes left, the series will write its final chapter in May, leaving diehard fans with a void that can't be filled.
No worries. We have decided to attach characters from the beloved series to Florida playmakers every week to hopefully put a smile on your face while you wait another week for the next episode.
Below is part 2 of our weekly GOT article.
"When you play the game of Florida politics, you win or die. There is no middle ground."
Two weeks remain this legislative session, and lawmakers have saved the most controversial issues for the final few weeks.
On Tuesday, the Florida Senate will vote on a wide-ranging school safety bill that’s divided both parties over one provision: expanding a program that would allow teachers to carry guns. The measure has prompted hours of discussion leading up to the final vote.
The proposal (SB 7030) is based on recommendations from a commission formed to examine the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland last year that left 17 dead.
On Friday, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that following President Donald Trump’s commitment to federally fund 100 percent of the first 45 days of Hurricane Michael recovery, Bay County is receiving $18.5 million in hurricane recovery funding.
These funds will be used to reimburse Bay County for removing 2.3 million cubic yards of debris in the 45 days following Hurricane Michael’s landfall.
This is also the first Bay County project reimbursed under the Florida Division of Emergency Management’s (FDEM) expedited reimbursement process, which FDEM Director Jared Moskowitz put in place at the order of Gov. DeSantis.
Because Gov. DeSantis secuted 45 days of 100 percent federal reimbursement, the state of Florida and Bay County are saving $4.6 million in taxpayer dollars.
Consumers sick of being taken advantage of across the Sunshine State received another monumental victory as the Assignment of Benefits bill (SB 122) passed in the Senate Rules Committee this afternoon.
The bill, introduced by Sen. Doug Broxson, was amended prior to the vote, brining it closer in wording to its companion bill (HB 7065) that cleared the House unanimously with 96-20 vote last week.
“Today’s action on SB 122 in the Rules Committee is a victory for Florida consumers and the Florida economy. This legislation will go a long way toward curbing skyrocketing insurance costs, protecting consumers, and restoring accountability in our insurance claims process," said Broxson.
"I look forward to continued cooperation with my colleagues in both the Senate and the House as we move this important bill on toward final passage and the Governor’s desk."
With less than three weeks remaining this legislative session, Florida lawmakers are scrambling trying to get important legislation moved through committees before the session ends in May.
With the 60-day annual session coming to a close, there are still a ton of hot-button issues that haven't been resolved. One proposal (SB 792 and HB 235), the "fetal heartbeat bill," remains in political purgatory.
Introduced by Sen. Dennis Baxley and Rep. Mike Hill, the bills would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected -- usually around the six week mark. The measure would also make it a felony for any person who “knowingly or purposefully performs or induces an abortion on a pregnant woman with the specific intent of causing or abetting the termination of the life of the unborn human being whose fetal heartbeat has been detected."
ICYMI: Editor-in Chief of RoundTable Politics, Jordan Kirkland, sat down with Greg Tish and Bobby Mac of Real Talk 93.3 to discuss a variety of topics pertaining to Florida politics.
In it, they discuss the fallout from the House District 7 Republican Primary, the upcoming general election, and what's going on at the state legislature.
If you missed the interview, you can listen to it by clicking play on the video, or visiting RoundTable Politics' YouTube page.
Economic growth is a topic of nearly constant discussion and debate in almost every community around the United States: How can we attain it? What’s holding us back? In too many communities, and particularly here in Tallahassee, the last of those questions is increasingly asked as people notice the burden of unnecessary costs in their local economies every year.
In a new report, Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse turns the spotlight onto a specific but significant economic burden: tort costs. Every year, small businesses spend incredible amounts fighting tort cases brought against them. These costs are then shifted on to local communities as prices incorporate potential lawsuit fees. Not only are court resources spent to move these cases through the civil justice system, they take time away from other more pressing matters.
WINTER HAS COME!
The premiere of Season 8 of Game of Thrones aired last night, setting the entire GOT universe on wildfire. After a year-and-a-half hiatus, people who love the show are happy to see the highly acclaimed series back.
With only five episodes left, the series will write its final chapter in May, leaving diehard fans with a void that can't be filled.
No worries. We have decided to attach characters from the beloved series to Florida playmakers every week to hopefully put a smile on your face while you wait another week for the next episode.
Below is part 1 of our weekly GOT article.
"When you play the game of Florida politics, you win or die. There is no middle ground."
Florida lawmakers are in the "short rows" with only three weeks remaining this legislative session. With the 60-day annual session coming to a close, there are still a ton of hot-button issues that haven't been resolved.
In fact, the Florida Legislature has saved the best for last, with the final three weeks of session expected to deliver a plethora of fireworks that will make the most diehard, politically-savvy follower salivate.
From curbing abortions in the state to expanding gun control rights, the Capitol may very well be set ablaze before we see May.
Here are some of the biggest issues that have yet to be settled.
Fresh off his landslide victory on Tuesday night, Republican nominee for House District 7 Jason Shoaf is wasting little time getting to work for the district he intends on representing.
Sources close to the campaign told RoundTable Politics that the Port St. Joe businessman is moving forward in preparations for after the election, spearheading the formation of an advisory committee that will seek to tackle critical issues facing the Panhandle.
According to key members of his team, the committee will help prepare for session by identifying problems facing voters in HD 7.
Important issues they want to address include rebuilding the Panhandle, continuing Hurricane Michael relief efforts, bringing jobs to the district, and emphasizing technical training and career education.
Florida legislators are taking a bold approach, requiring an estimated 500,000 people who receive Medicaid benefits to work or prove that they are trying to get a job in order to keep their subsidized health-care.
The proposal, HB 955, passed in the Health and Human Services Committee this week (9 to 6). The measure will now head to the House to be voted on.
The Senate, however, has not considered this legislation, and judging by recent court ruling, many believe that the proposal will never see the light of day.
Similar work requirements were tried in states like Arkansas and Kentucky, but .S. District Judge James E. Boasberg ruled against them back in March.
Conservatives around the Panhandle have spoken, electing Port St. Joe's Jason Shoaf as the Republican nominee for House District 7.
Shoaf, the Vice President of St. Joe Natural Gas Company, defeated a crowded field of GOP candidates on Tuesday night to become the Republican nominee for HD 7.
Shoaf's biggest competition, Big Bend Community Based Care's Mike Watkins, was expected to challenge Shoaf for the nomination, but voters made it clear who the real conservative choice was in this race. Other GOP hopefuls in the race included Florida Right to Life President Lynda Bell and Virginia Fuller.
The official vote tally wasn't even close, with Shoaf dominating in almost every county in the district.
Later today, the heart of the Panhandle will find out which Republican candidate will represent them in the upcoming special election for House District 7.
The candidates vying to represent HD 7 include Lynda Bell, Virginia Fuller, Jason Shoaf, and Mike Watkins.
The winner of the GOP primary will face Democrat Ryan Terrell in the June 18 special general election. District 7 is made up of Calhoun, Franklin, Gulf, Jefferson, Lafayette, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, Wakulla and part of Leon counties.
Polls opened today at 7 a.m., and will close a 7 p.m. To vote, please visit your local polling stations.
With only a few weeks remaining in the legislative session, Florida lawmakers are looking at ramming through measures that could impact the Sunshine State for years to come.
One bill, if enacted, would further solidify the state’s unfortunate status as a “Judicial Hellhole.”
SB 1700 by Senator Tom Lee and HB 1253 by Representative Amber Mariano could have an adverse effect on the state. making patient's private information public during litigation.
Following Thursday night's roundtable discussion featuring Republican candidates running for House District 7, voters who attended the event participated in a straw poll following the conclusion of the public forum.
The event, held in Monticello Opera House in Monticello, Florida, saw candidates Lynda Bell, Virginia Fuller, and Jason Shoaf take part in a public forum that was hosted by Editor-in-Chief of RoundTable Politics Jordan Kirkland.
The other candidate in the race, Mike Watkins, did not attend last night's public forum.
Below are the following results from last night's straw poll.
On Thursday, Republican candidates running to replace Halsey Beshears for House District 7 met in Monticello, Florida in an effort to promote political discourse just days before the primary election.
The event, hosted by RoundTable Politics, was held at the Monticello Opera House at 6:30 p.m., and featured all the candidates running on the Republican ticket.
That is, all but ONE...
Big Bend CEO Mike Watkins did not attend Thursday's public forum that featured key voters from around the district. The reason: he had other plans.
On Tuesday morning, Senator Joe Gruters appeared on Fox & Friends First to discuss a Senate proposal that would ban sanctuary cities in Florida. The measure, SB 168, is proving to be one of the legislative session’s most politically charged topics.
The bill, sponsored by the Sarasota Senator, would ban sanctuary cities in the Sunshine State, and give the attorney general authority to act against local governments for failing to comply.
A Senate staff analysis included a list provided by Floridians for Immigration Enforcement that labeled 15 municipalities as “sanctuary cities” in the state.
With 8 days remaining until the Republican primary for House District 7, conservative hopeful Jason Shoaf picked up another key endorsement from a legislator in the state of Florida.
Over the weekend, Representative Chuck Clemons, a member of the Florida House of Representatives, threw a soft endorsement towards the Port St. Joe native.
"Every voter should do their own research. The better candidate will win this election! Vote Jason Shoaf," Clemons wrote on Facebook on Saturday.