Monday, July 16, 2018
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Mario Diaz-Balart sidesteps Trump’s vulgarity

WASHINGTON – Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami, was at the White House meeting where President Trump made the "shithole" remark. He did not respond until Friday, on Twitter, and never addressed the slur.

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Scott calls Nelson a ‘hypocrite’ over staff pay

Scott calls Nelson a ‘hypocrite’ over staff pay

Rick Scott seized on a report that Bill Nelson has been paying campaign staffers on a contract basis, avoiding payroll and other taxes."On top of that, he's all for these government mandates for health care, but he's not even providing health care to...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Florida lawmakers blast Trump for not calling out Putin

Florida lawmakers blast Trump for not calling out Putin

WASHINGTON – Florida lawmakers on Monday blasted President Trump over taking Vladimir Putin's word that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 election, a conclusion that stands in dramatic contrast to widely held views among the intelligence com...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Rep. Gus Bilirakis sends out press release inflating amount of local fundraising support

Rep. Gus Bilirakis sends out press release inflating amount of local fundraising support

The press release blasted over the weekend touted an accomplishment that would make any congressional candidate stand out.Between April and June, District 12 Congressman Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor, raised $355,000 for his re-election bid, "almost 9...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Rick Scott on his wealth: ‘I don’t know how they invested the dollars’

Rick Scott on his wealth: ‘I don’t know how they invested the dollars’

Gov. Rick Scott on Monday did not shed any new light on how his personal wealth skyrocketed last year.At the conclusion of a U.S. Senate campaign event at a business in St. Pete, most of the questions were about the spike in Scott's net worth."I put ...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Ex-supervisor in Adam Putnam’s gun-license unit warned of ‘gross misconduct,’ sued and got $30,000 settlement

Ex-supervisor in Adam Putnam’s gun-license unit warned of ‘gross misconduct,’ sued and got $30,000 settlement

A former supervisor in Adam Putnam's Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services sued the agency in 2013, claiming "gross misconduct" in the handling of gun permit applications and that quotas for approving concealed weapon permits "guara...
Published: 07/16/18
Conspiracy theorist QAnon promoted, then deleted, by Hillsborough County GOP

Conspiracy theorist QAnon promoted, then deleted, by Hillsborough County GOP

For right-wing conspiracy theorists, an intriguing development of the Trump era has been "Q," or "QAnon," a posting handle on internet message boards 4chan and 8chan.Claiming to be a high-level government official with a "Q" security clearance, QAnon...
Published: 07/16/18
NRA’s Marion Hammer sues 5 men, claims she was target of ‘hate and vitriol’

NRA’s Marion Hammer sues 5 men, claims she was target of ‘hate and vitriol’

Marion Hammer, the National Rifle Association's influential Tallahassee lobbyist, filed federal and state lawsuits Friday seeking more than $2 million in damages from five men she says have targeted her over her Second Amendment advocacy following th...
Published: 07/16/18
Time for Adam Putnam to start worrying

Time for Adam Putnam to start worrying

Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam has drawn thousands of Republican activists to rallies and barbecues across the state and held dozens of well-attended “Up and Adam” breakfast talks with likely primary voters.The Agriculture...
Published: 07/15/18
Anti-sugar candidate takes his fight to sugar’s doorstep

Anti-sugar candidate takes his fight to sugar’s doorstep

"Sugar corporations bear clear responsibility for the billions of gallons of toxic algae water pumping out of Lake Okeechobee and threatening public health," Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris King said after campaigning in communities most hur...
Published: 07/15/18
Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

Winner of the weekSean Shaw. The Republican primary for attorney general is turning into a nasty affair, and it’s not at all clear that Ashley Moody will have enough money to fend off attacks by Frank White.  That’s good news for sta...
Published: 07/15/18