Sep 1 2015

On Tap Update: FSU Police Hold News Conference

The governor’s office and Florida State University released schedule-related information after the News Service’s On Tap feature hit subscribers’ inboxes Tuesday morning. So here’s an update.

David Perry, Florida State’s assistant vice president for safety and chief of police, will hold a noon news conference at FSU police headquarters to discuss an arrest Monday stemming from an attempted abduction.

Gov. Rick Scott is spending Tuesday in Northeast Florida, with a Cabinet meeting that started at 9 a.m. in St. Augustine and a 3 p.m. jobs event at Anheuser-Busch in Jacksonville.  Sandwiched in between is staff and call time.

Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera has staff and call time scheduled at 2 p.m. That is the only listing on his daily schedule.



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Sep 1 2015

Sobel Delays Decision on Mayoral Bid

Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Chairwoman Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, can’t run again in 2016 for her Broward County Senate seat. But she’s also not ready to decide whether to run for Hollywood mayor, according to a statement sent to reporters late Monday.

Here is the statement:

“I have been receiving a number of inquiries about this (mayoral) seat.  Given my love for Hollywood, my years of service to this community and the fact that I am term-limited from the State Senate, I certainly understand the inquiries.

However, given my work as a Chair of a vital Senate committee and the critical nature of the upcoming special session, I am forestalling any decision until after the legislative session is completed in March.”




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Aug 31 2015

On Tap Update: Scott Schedule Dissipates

The governor’s office released a daily schedule after the News Service’s On Tap feature landed in subscribers’ inboxes Monday morning. So here’s an update (sort of).

Gov. Rick Scott made a series of appearances late last week as  Tropical Storm Erika threatened the state. But then Erika dissipated.

So Scott appears ready to have a low-key Monday. His schedule includes only staff and call time from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, meanwhile, doesn’t have anything on his official schedule.


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Aug 31 2015

TaxWatch Leads Cheers for College Football

Just in time for the start of the college football season …

Florida TaxWatch released a commentary Monday that says good college-football teams improve the academic competitiveness of universities. The reason: Increased university exposure helps attract more students.

“Given these positive impacts, rooting for Florida universities’ athletic programs may just be rooting for Florida’s academic system,” the commentary said. Here’s a link to the commentary.

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Aug 30 2015

Curry Ships Out Former Clinton Ambassador

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, a former state Republican chairman, is remaking the board that runs the city’s economically vital port.

And the latest casualty is Nancy Soderberg, who served as an ambassador in former President Bill Clinton’s administration and was a Democratic candidate for state Senate in 2012, according to a story in The Florida Times-Union. Soderberg was a JaxPort board appointee of former Democratic Mayor Alvin Brown. Here is a link to the Times-Union story.

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Aug 28 2015

Scott Storms to Tampa

After declaring a state of emergency Friday morning and getting briefed in Miami, Gov. Rick Scott is headed to Tampa to talk about Tropical Storm Erika.

Scott’s office says he will hold a news conference at 5 p.m. today at the Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center, 2711 East Hanna Ave. in Tampa.


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Aug 28 2015

On Tap Update: Scott Gets Ready for Storm

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

Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Friday morning as Tropical Storm Erika threatens to pummel Florida. Scott was then slated to travel to Miami and hold an 11 a.m. media briefing about the storm at the local emergency operations center.

Later, Scott is scheduled to have a 1:30 p.m. briefing with agency heads about the storm and follow that with staff and call time.

The schedule indicates he will return to Tallahassee for a 5:15 p.m. briefing at the state Emergency Operations Center.

Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera is expected to take part in the late-morning briefing in Miami.



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Aug 27 2015

Wasserman Schultz Looks to Biden to Answer Iran Questions

As she weighs whether to support President Barack Obama’s proposed nuclear deal with Iran, Democratic Congressman Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she is looking forward to a visit to South Florida next week by Vice President Joe Biden.

In a statement released Thursday, Wasserman Schultz — who doubles as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee — pointed to questions that she and her constituents have about the deal. She also indicated Biden is well-qualified to address the questions, citing his “extensive experience in the foreign policy arena and his intimate knowledge of the negotiations.”

“Throughout my process of reviewing the agreement and speaking with nuclear experts, economists, and administration officials, my goal has been and remains seeking as much information as possible to make an informed decision on this issue of great national and international security,” Wasserman Schultz said. “Ultimately, I will make this most consequential of decisions based on what I believe is the best way to prevent Iran from achieving their nuclear ambitions.”

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Aug 27 2015

On Tap Update: Scott Talks About Erika

Gov. Rick Scott will hold an 11:15 a.m. news conference Thursday to discuss Tropical Storm Erika and its potential impact on Florida. The news conference will be held at the state Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee.

Florida remains in the National Hurricane Center’s “cone” of potential landing spots for the storm. But an updated forecast indicates the storm could stay more to the east than earlier expected. If so, Erika might skirt Florida’s coast.


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Aug 26 2015

Sorry, Charlie — Lynn Not Going Away

Former Gov. Charlie Crist made a splash when he said he likely will run next year in Congressional District 13 in Pinellas County.

But if Crist takes the plunge, it looks like he will face a primary challenge from fellow Democrat Eric Lynn.

Lynn on Wednesday launched what his campaign described as a “video series” about policy positions. The first video, in part, backs abortion rights.

“I’ll always support access to quality affordable health care including protecting Planned Parenthood from reckless Republican attempts to defund it,” Lynn said in the video, according to a release from the campaign. “I’ll always protect a woman’s right to choose, and her rights to affordable contraception and paid maternity leave. I’ll fight for equal pay for women. And I’ll make sure a woman and her doctor are the only ones who make her personal health care decisions — not some Congressman in Washington.”

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