Monday, October 15, 2018
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Trump puts Rick Scott on Gulf Coast council

WASHINGTON – President Trump has appointed Gov. Rick Scott to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council.

Other members named today:

Greg Abbott, Governor of the State of Texas

John Bel Edwards, Governor of the State of Louisiana

Phil Bryant, Governor of the State of Mississippi

Kay Ivey, Governor of the State of Alabama

Sonny Perdue, Secretary of Agriculture

Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and designate Chairperson

Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce

Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior

Mark T. Esper, Secretary of the Army

Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security

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Trump arrives in Panhandle: ‘Many of these people have no home’

Trump arrives in Panhandle: ‘Many of these people have no home’

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — President Donald Trump arrived in the Florida Panhandle Monday to view the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael and to personally thank first responders.Air Force One landed at Eglin Air Force Base in Okaloosa Co...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rick Scott leaving campaign trail indefinitely to focus on Hurricane Michael aftermath

Rick Scott leaving campaign trail indefinitely to focus on Hurricane Michael aftermath

Gov. Rick Scott won't make any more campaign visits "for the foreseeable future," his spokesman said Monday, citing the need to focus on the destruction left behind by Hurricane Michael."It's unclear, at this point, whether he will hold any camp...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rick Scott and Jimmy Patronis are calling out Verizon for not restoring service after Hurricane Michael

Rick Scott and Jimmy Patronis are calling out Verizon for not restoring service after Hurricane Michael

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and CFO Jimmy Patronis have been taking aim at Verizon over the last 24 hours, apparently frustrated by how slow the cell carrier has been to restore service to the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Michael.During a Sun...
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Supreme Court says next Florida governor, not Rick Scott, will pick new justices

Supreme Court says next Florida governor, not Rick Scott, will pick new justices

Florida's next governor and not incumbent Gov. Rick Scott will get to pick three new justices to the state Supreme Court, the court ruled Monday in a decision with major implications in this year's gubernatorial campaign.In a major rebuke to Scott, t...
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In Gillum’s absence, running mate Chris King brings healthcare attack on Ron DeSantis to Tampa

In Gillum’s absence, running mate Chris King brings healthcare attack on Ron DeSantis to Tampa

TAMPA – While Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum focuses on hurricane recovery in Tallahassee, running mate Chris King is continuing to attack Republican nominee Ron DeSantis on health care.During a campaign stop in downtown Ta...
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This group is trying to increase voter turnout by getting people to throw parties

This group is trying to increase voter turnout by getting people to throw parties

This isn't normally what we think of when we hear the phrase "political party."The voter turnout group VoteTogether and the social media site Nextdoor are partnering to encourage voters to celebrate civic participation, the groups announced...
Updated: 4 hours ago
GOP ground game in Florida by the numbers

GOP ground game in Florida by the numbers

It doesn't bode well for Republicans that the the Republican National Committee today sent out a news release noting that "absentee voting in the Sunshine State (is) set to begin soon," when in fact it has been well underway for weeks. Typos happen, ...
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FDLE investigating shooting in the wake of Hurricane Michael

FDLE investigating shooting in the wake of Hurricane Michael

State police are investigating a shooting by a state fire marshal in Panama City in the wake of Hurricane Michael, according to police and media reports.According to Pensacola-based station WEAR-TV, a Florida State Fire Marshal shot a looter who trie...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Tallahassee restored power to 90% of customers last night. That could be good for Andrew Gillum.

Tallahassee restored power to 90% of customers last night. That could be good for Andrew Gillum.

Tallahassee's electric utility said it restored power to 90 percent of its customers Sunday night, meeting its goal just four days after Hurricane Michael knocked out service to nearly everyone in the city.Schools and universities were reopening in t...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Former congressman David Jolly quits GOP

Former congressman David Jolly quits GOP

This won't shock a lot of people who have seen former U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Belleair Bluffs, on MSNBC and CNN all the time criticizing President Donald Trump, but he has left the Republican Party. He and wife Laura quietly registered under no-part...
Updated: 8 hours ago