Oct 6 2015

On Tap Update: Scott Heads to the Big Apple

The governor’s office sent out a schedule after the News Service’s On Tap feature hit subscribers’ inboxes Tuesday. So here’s a brief update.

After making previously announced appearances earlier in the day in Palm Bay and Wesley Chapel, Gov. Rick Scott is scheduled to take off at 4:30 p.m. for an economic-development trip to New York City. Scott plans to spend Wednesday and Thursday trying to woo New York businesses to move to Florida.

Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera is scheduled at 11:30 a.m. to attend a Health Choice Network of Florida awards luncheon in Miami.



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Oct 5 2015

Dunn to Graham: Right Back At You

Monday morning started in North Florida’s Congressional District 2 with incumbent Democrat Gwen Graham announcing she had raised more than $500,000 in the year’s third quarter.

It didn’t take long for Republican candidate Neal Dunn, a Panama City physician, to fire back. Dunn’s campaign said he raised more than $450,000 during the quarter and also chipped in $50,000 of his own money.

“I believe this outpouring of support is proof that the residents of our community are looking for strong Republican leadership to represent our area in Congress,” Dunn said in a statement released by his campaign. “I look forward to continuing to build relationships and momentum as I advocate for a conservative agenda on issues that matter the most to our community, including helping to strengthen our economy, grow our work force, support our military and repeal Obamacare.”

The News Service of Florida

Oct 5 2015

On Tap Update: Scott to Toast Sports Teams

The governor’s office sent out a daily schedule after the News Service’s On Tap feature landed in subscribers’ inboxes Monday morning. So here’s an update.

Gov. Rick Scott will entertain at the governor’s mansion Monday. He will host a reception at 11:30 a.m. for U.S. national championship softball and gymnastics teams, according to the schedule. After spending the afternoon on staff and call time, he will host a Hispanic Heritage Month reception at 5:30 p.m.

Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera is scheduled to appear at 11 a.m. at a film and television studio dedication involving the Miami Omni Community Redevelopment Agency. At 7 p.m., he will go to a National Day of Taiwan reception.


The News Service of Florida

Oct 5 2015

Graham Says She Topped $500K in Third Quarter

As Florida lawmakers and courts have struggled to redraw congressional districts, the political fate of U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, D-Fla., has drawn widespread speculation. Under a likely scenario, Graham’s North Florida district will become far more friendly to Republican candidates.

But amid the uncertainty, Graham, the daughter of former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, continues to rake in campaign cash. Her campaign said Monday she topped $500,000 during the year’s third-quarter and has $1.2 million cash on hand.

“It’s humbling to have so many people across North Florida — Democrats, Republicans and independents — rallying to support our campaign. Our continued fundraising success is evidence of more than just a strong campaign  — it shows people really believe The North Florida Way is working.” Graham said, referring to her campaign slogan.


The News Service of Florida

Oct 2 2015

Trump Names Former Scott Staffer to Run Florida Campaign

Donald Trump, the real-estate and entertainment billionaire polling as the Republican presidential  front-runner, is dipping into Gov. Rick Scott’s  past to build a Florida campaign.

The Trump campaign issued a release Friday announcing that Karen R. Giorno will be the campaign Florida director.

Giorno, according to her LinkedIn page, is a government and public-affairs consultant from New York who in 2011 was recruited to Scott’s office, where she created and directed the Office of Public Liaison, and also “restructured and directed the Office of International Affairs, Citizens Services, Scheduling and Advance Office, the Office of the First Lady, and Executive Mansion Operations.”

She was with Scott for one year. She listed earlier positions including director of press advance and operations for California Republican Meg Whitman’s unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign in 2010;  scheduler for President George H.W. Bush; and advance representative for former First Lady Laura Bush.

The Trump campaign also announced state directors for Texas and Virginia.

“These staff additions are the continuation of our plan to have a strategic and significant presence across the country,” Trump said in the release. “I am pleased that my vision to Make America Great Again has generated so much support and such a positive response that we are leading in all the polls.  By adding to our team in these critical states we will be able to build on the tremendous support we have received and share our message with even more voters in these states. . . .  I look forward to being in these states even more as I continue to share my ideas about how to put America back on top!”

The News Service of Florida

Oct 2 2015

On Tap Update: All Quiet in Scott World

The governor’s office sent out a daily schedule after the News Service’s On Tap feature landed in subscribers’ inboxes Friday morning. So here’s an uneventful update.

Gov. Rick Scott and Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera do not have any official scheduled events Friday.



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Oct 2 2015

FSU Medical School to Honor ‘Doc’ Peaden

A proud “country doctor” from the Panhandle, the late state Sen. Durell Peaden helped establish the Florida State University College of Medicine.

And Monday, little more than three months after Peaden died, the university will honor him. The College of Medicine will name its auditorium for Peaden, a Crestview Republican who was known around the Capitol as “Doc.” Also being named for him is the university’s Rural Medical Education Program.

A ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m. Monday at the College of Medicine, 1115 West Call St. on the Tallahassee campus.


The News Service of Florida

Oct 1 2015

On Tap Update: Scott to Meet with Lee County Sheriff

The governor’s office sent out a daily schedule after the News Service’s On Tap feature hit subscribers’ inboxes Thursday morning. So here’s a brief update.

As previously announced, Scott’s schedule lists jobs announcements at 10 a.m. in Daytona Beach and 2 p.m. in Bonita Springs.  After the later event at Shaw Development in Bonita Springs, Scott will sandwich in some staff and call time before a 4:15 p.m. meeting with Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott. The governor will end the day with more staff and call time.

Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera does not have any scheduled events Thursday.


The News Service of Florida

Sep 30 2015

PR Pro Lotane Battles Back

Tallahassee public-relations pro Bob Lotane was a marathon runner who now is partially paralyzed after a contracting West Nile Virus through a mosquito bite.

But as Jennifer Portman of the Tallahassee Democrat reported Wednesday, Lotane is battling back. And Saturday, he will serve as race director of the Robin Lotane Hurricane Run to benefit the Capital Area Red Cross. The run is named for Lotane’s late wife, who died in 2010.

Here’s is a link to the Democrat story.

The News Service of Florida

Sep 22 2015

Rep. Williams Gets Front Row Seat to Pope Visit

State Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee, said Tuesday he has received an invitation to witness the arrival of Pope Francis at the White House on Wednesday.

Pope Francis has challenged us all to find inventive ways to meet the challenges faced by our society from poverty to climate change,” Williams said in a news release announcing the invitation from President Barack Obama. “Pope Francis is inspiring a new generation of people, regardless of their religious affiliation, to be instruments of peace. As a person of great faith, I appreciate his servant leadership and commit to work together with him, the president, our state and national leaders on issues of mutual concern.”

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