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.



The News Service of Florida

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.”

The News Service of Florida

Sep 22 2015

On Tap Update: A Kentucky Kind of Day

Tallahassee will be quiet Tuesday. But Gov. Rick Scott will try to stir things up in Kentucky.

The governor’s office released a schedule Tuesday morning that provides a little more detail about the start of Scott’s two-day trip to Kentucky to try to recruit businesses to Florida.

Scott will start the day at 10:30 a.m. with a business-development meeting in Lexington, followed by a 10:45 a.m. media availability in which he is expected to make a jobs announcement. He is scheduled to hold more business-development meetings from noon to 3 p.m. before a reception that will start at 7 p.m. in Louisville.

Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, meanwhile, will stay back in South Florida. He is scheduled at 11 a.m. to attend a Broward College STEM building grand opening.



The News Service of Florida

Sep 21 2015

On Tap Update: Bondi Targets Human Trafficking

Attorney General Pam Bondi, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings and officials from the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation will hold a news conference at 10:30 a.m. Monday to announce arrests in what Bondi’s office describes as a “major human trafficking ring.” Bondi has made combating human trafficking one of her top issues. The news conference will be at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Orlando.

The governor’s office also sent out a schedule after the News Service’s On Tap feature landed in subscribers’ inboxes Monday.

Gov. Rick Scott will appear at 11:30 a.m. at the CareerSource Florida annual conference at the Orlando Hyatt Regency Hotel on International Drive. Earlier, he was scheduled to appear at Viera High School in Brevard County for the ceremonial signing of a new law known as the “All-American Flag Act.” Scott also has scheduled periods of staff and call time throughout the day.

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


The News Service of Florida

Sep 18 2015

Gators Get High Marks for Educating Low-Income Students

The Gators want you to know they are doing one of the best jobs in the nation in helping low-income students get college educations.

The University of Florida on Friday touted a New York Time report that says it  is the top-ranked school outside of the University of California system  for educating low-income students.


The Gainesville school stands at sixth on the list, after UC-Irvine, UC-Davis, UC-Santa Barbara, UC-San Diego and UC-Los Angeles.  UC-Berkeley is seventh, followed by Vassar, Amherst, Pomona and Harvard.

The only other Florida school on the list, the University of Miami, stands at 167.

The Times report bases its finding on the number of students who receive Pell grants, the graduation rate of those students and overall tuition.

University of Florida President Kent Fuchs credited his predecessor, Bernie Machen, for having “remarkable vision” in making the university  more accessible through the Florida Opportunity Scholars program.

The program, started in 2006, provides financial assistance to low-income students who are the first in their families to attend college. Nearly 3,600 students have received the scholarships, according to the school.


The News Service of Florida

Sep 18 2015

On Tap Update: Scott Heading to Oldest City

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

Gov. Rick Scott will travel Friday afternoon to St. Augustine, billed as the Nation’s Oldest City, for a U.S.-Spain Council meeting at 5:30 p.m., followed by a dinner. The U.S.-Spain Council is holding a forum in St. Augustine to discuss issues such as bilateral trade and foreign policy in Latin America.

Scott and the state Cabinet also held a meeting recently in St. Augustine, which is celebrating the 450th anniversary of its founding.

Earlier in the day, Scott and Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera will make previously announced appearances to release August unemployment numbers and to mark the completion of the PortMiami dredge project.


The News Service of Florida