Nov 25 2015

On Tap Update: Lopez-Cantera Brings Some Holiday Cheer

Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera is scheduled today to visit the Mildred Pepper and Palmer House senior centers in Miami-Dade County as the state prepares for Thanksgiving. Lopez-Cantera, who is running for U.S. Senate, will visit the Mildred Pepper center at 11:15 a.m. and the Palmer House center at 1 p.m., according to a schedule released by the governor’s office.

Gov. Rick Scott, meanwhile, does not have any scheduled events.


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Nov 24 2015

No Budget Roadshow Tuesday

Gov. Rick Scott rolled out a proposed $79.3 billion budget Monday in Jacksonville. But he isn’t taking the plan on the road today.

Scott’s office sent out a daily schedule that showed no events slated for Scott and Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera.

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Nov 23 2015

Lopez-Cantera Brings Campaign to Broward

Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera will bring his  U.S. Senate campaign to Broward County tonight. Lopez-Cantera is slated to speak to the Broward County Republican Executive Committee during a 7 p.m. meeting at Deicke Auditorium in Plantation, according to the Broward GOP website.


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Nov 20 2015

On Tap Update: Scott Talks Jobs with Council of 100

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 update.

Gov. Rick Scott is scheduled at 10:15 a.m. to attend an event of the Council of 100, a group of business leaders, in Ponte Vedra Beach. That comes after a previously announced 10 a.m. media availability at the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club to release October unemployment numbers.

Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, meanwhile, is scheduled to take part in a 2:30 p.m. White House conference call on Syrian refugees.

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Nov 20 2015

Korge Takes Aim at NRA On Campus Carry

Most politicians in Tallahassee are wary of publicly taking on the influential National Rifle Association.

But apparently, that doesn’t hold true in South Florida Senate races.

Miami-Dade Democrat Andrew Korge sent out a fund-raising email Thursday that took issue with the NRA after a House committee approved a bill that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to carry guns on college and university campuses. Earlier in the week, another Senate candidate, Broward County Democrat Gary Farmer, also cited the NRA in a fundraising email.

“Moments ago a committee in the Florida House of Representatives passed and advanced the campus carry bill, which will put more guns in our schools,” the Korge email said. “The NRA is celebrating. On the other hand, parents like myself are very concerned. “
Korge has opened a campaign account to run in 2020 in Senate District 35, which is currently held by Sen. Gwen Margolis, D-Miami. But Senate races remain fluid because of ongoing legal battles about redistricting.

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Nov 19 2015

On Tap Update: Scott Gets Together with Boy Scouts

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

Gov. Rick Scott’s schedule includes only one event — the Southwest Florida Boy Scouts Distinguished Citizens Dinner at 7 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs.


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Nov 18 2015

Next Up on Scott Media Tour: Hannity

Gov. Rick Scott, who has been making the TV and radio rounds to talk about Syrian refugees, is scheduled to appear at 10:20 p.m. Wednesday with Sean Hannity on Fox News, according to the governor’s office.

Also expected to appear on the show are U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Tex Gov. Greg Abbott and Geraldo Rivera.


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Nov 18 2015

Senate Candidate Farmer Makes Hay from NRA Defeat

Democrat Gary Farmer, who is running next year for a Broward County state Senate seat, quickly pounced after a House subcommittee Tuesday voted down a bill that would have made it easier legally to claim self-defense in shooting incidents.

The National Rifle Association backed the bill, which dealt with shifting the burden of proof to the state in cases involving the controversial “stand your ground” law. Later in the day, Farmer sent out a fundraising email touting the decision by the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee.

“It doesn’t happen often in Florida: The NRA actually didn’t get what they wanted from the Republican controlled Legislature,” the email said. “In a surprising but laudable vote, a House panel rejected a loosening of the ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws that would have made it easier for people to kill other people without true justification.

“You know it’s a bad gun bill when even the Republicans oppose it.”

Though the bill is likely dead for the upcoming 2016 session, NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer made clear it will be back in the future.

Farmer, a prominent trial attorney,  is running in Senate District 29, which will be vacated next year by term-limited Sen. Jeremy Ring, D-Margate.

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Nov 17 2015

Ross Seeks to Shut Off Refugee Funding

As Gov. Rick Scott and other governors try to block Syrian refugees from entering their states, U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., said Tuesday he will file legislation to bar the use of federal money for admission of refugees from Syria. Also the legislation would apply to refugees with no documented nationality who last lived in Syria.

Ross’ announcement came after Islamic State terrorists launched attacks Friday in Paris.  Republicans have rushed to criticize President Barack Obama’s handling of the Islamic State militant group, also known as ISIS, and Syrian refugees.

“This week, ISIS carried out a series of violent attacks in Paris, and reports have indicated at least one of the terrorists who committed these atrocities entered Europe by posing as a refugee fleeing Syria,” Ross said in a prepared statement. “These horrific attacks provide a warning of what can happen on American soil if we do not take appropriate and immediate action. ISIS is not contained, as our president has falsely claimed.”

But the efforts to block Syrian refugees are drawing criticism from civil-liberties groups and liberal activists.

“Republican governors and politicians are feeding hysteria that threatens to poison our country for years to come,” said Susan Smith, president of the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida. “By falling into this trap, we inadvertently support and further the mission of ISIS to foment hatred and division, and we will once again find ourselves on the wrong side of history.”

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Nov 17 2015

On Tap Update: Scott Hits TV, Radio

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

Gov. Rick Scott is scheduled to be interviewed at 10 a.m. by Stewart Varney on Fox Business Network. He then is scheduled for a 10:15 a.m. interview with conservative radio-show host Laura Ingraham.

Later in the day, Scott has scheduled a 3:15 p.m. ceremonial bill signing in Tallahassee for a bill about the Diabetes Advisory Council. Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera has meetings scheduled with Miami-Dade County Commissioners Esteban Bovo and Xavier Suarez.




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