May 31 2015

Is Jeb willing to touch the third rail of politics?

As he continues preparing to run for president next year, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has raised the possibility of pushing back the retirement age for Social Security and means-testing benefits for wealthy people, The Hill reported.

The Hill report was based on a Bush interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation” show. Here is a link to report.

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May 17 2015

Bush doesn’t ‘do straw polls’

Trailing in the early stages of the presidential race in Iowa, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush also is facing criticism for declining to take part in a high-profile GOP straw poll.  But The Gazette newspaper in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, reported that Bush has a simple explanation.

“I just don’t do straw polls,” the paper quoted Bush as saying after he spoke at a fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley. Nevertheless, Bush said he plans to compete to try to win the state’s first-in-the-nation caucuses. Here is a link to the story.

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May 13 2015

Nelson opposes trade bill; Rubio misses vote

In what was widely seen as a defeat for President Obama, Democratic senators, including Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, at least temporarily blocked a “fast track” trade bill Tuesday. But Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, who hopes to succeed Obama in the White House, missed the vote. Here is a link to a report by The Hill.

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May 12 2015

Florida to have one of top 2016 Senate races

With Republican incumbent Marco Rubio running for president, Florida will have one of the “fiercest” U.S. Senate races in the country next year, according to a report by The Hill.

Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy and Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis are already in the race, and speculation continues about potential candidates such as Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson and Republican Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera. Here is a link to The Hill report.

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Feb 1 2015

Rubio moving closer to White House bid

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio was a protege of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. But that might not stop the two Republicans from both running for president in 2016. The Hill reports that Rubio is moving closer to a bid. Here is a link to The Hill’s report.

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Jan 15 2015

Webster loses speaker bid, wins fans

U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Fla., lost a last-minute bid to unseat House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.  But The Hill reports that Webster won some fans — and is receiving praise that echoes the way Webster was widely viewed when he served as Florida House speaker and as a state senator. Here is a link to The Hill report.

The News Service of Florida

Jan 6 2015

Supreme Court action still possible as gay marriages start

As same-sex couples go to courthouses across Florida to get marriage licenses, the U.S. Supreme Court could still weigh in about the constitutionality of state bans on gay marriage. The Washington Post reports that justices will meet in private Friday to consider whether to take up the issue from cases in other states. Here is a link to the Post story.

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Jan 4 2015

Rubio: Presidential decision doesn’t hinge on Jeb

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio has long faced speculation about whether he will run for president if former Gov. Jeb Bush gets in the race. But in an interview with The New York Times magazine, Rubio made clear he won’t make a decision based on Bush’s plans.

If I don’t run, it won’t be because Jeb is running,” Rubio said during the interview. “Maybe if you’re going to run for county commissioner or to be on the Mosquito Abatement Board or something like that, you may not want to run against a friend of yours.”

Here is a link to the New York Times interview.

The News Service of Florida

Nov 12 2014

Demographics pose big challenge to Florida GOP in presidential politics

Florida Republicans celebrated big victories last week, re-electing Gov. Rick Scott and all three Cabinet members and widening their already-huge lead in the state House. But Bloomberg Politics reports that demographic changes could make Florida even harder for Republicans to win in presidential elections. Here is a link to the Bloomberg story.

The News Service of Florida

Nov 6 2014

GOP wins could doom Medicaid expansion

As he tried to unseat Republican Gov. Rick Scott, Democrat Charlie Crist frequently called for expanding Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act.

But with Scott and other GOP candidates winning gubernatorial races Tuesday, the chances of Medicaid expansion dimmed in Florida, Georgia, Wisconsin, Maine and Kansas, according to Kaiser Health News.

“No one would say it was a good night for the prospects of Medicaid expansion,”  Joan Alker, executive director of the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University, told Kaiser Health News.

Here is a link to the Kaiser Health News story.

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