Monday, June 18, 2018
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Florida Republicans praise Pompeo, Trump’s pick for State Dept.

WASHINGTON – Florida Republicans offered high praise for Mike Pompeo, President Trump's pick to replace the ousted Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State.

Sen. Marco Rubio, who raised objections to Tillerson over Russia ties but nevertheless voted for him, called Pompeo an "excellent choice" and said he looked forward to a speedy confirmation.

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Former Beach Mayor Levine: Four years of accomplishments, conflicts and self-promotion

Former Beach Mayor Levine: Four years of accomplishments, conflicts and self-promotion

Shortly after voters made him mayor of Miami Beach, Philip Levine gave his campaign strategist a garish poster with the strategist's comically smiling face mounted atop the rippled body of warrior Spartan King Leonidas.Standing before a bloody battle...
Published: 06/17/18
Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

Winner of the weekChris King and Andrew Gillum. The liberal Winter Park businessman and Tallahassee Mayor continue to be standouts in Democratic debates and joint appearances, coming off as the most authentic and passionate. In King's case, he also c...
Published: 06/17/18
Florida Insider Poll finds doubt Democrats will nominate strongest candidate

Florida Insider Poll finds doubt Democrats will nominate strongest candidate

The verdict is clear among Florida's political elites as to who would be the strongest gubernatorial nominees for the general election: Democrat Gwen Graham and Republican Adam Putnam.But among more than 200 Florida political experts participating in...
Published: 06/15/18
Rick Scott fires back in election-year early voting lawsuit

Rick Scott fires back in election-year early voting lawsuit

Gov. Rick Scott's administration fired back in federal court Friday, seeking to undercut a League of Women Voters lawsuit over early voting on college campuses.The League last month sued Scott's chief elections official, Secretary of State Ken Detzne...
Published: 06/15/18

Group ramps up to elect Democrats up and down Florida ballot

A giant, union-backed political group that knocked on an estimated 3 million doors in Florida in 2016 is revving up for an even more ambitious effort this year aimed at electing Democrats up and down the ballot, passing the felon voting rights initia...
Published: 06/15/18
Nelson offered this man up for a judicial position. Now heíll vote against him.

Nelson offered this man up for a judicial position. Now heíll vote against him.

WASHINGTON – Sen. Bill Nelson said today he will vote against a judicial nominee he offered up to the White House along with Sen. Marco Rubio, a remarkable turn that raises questions about Nelson's own vetting process as he tried to put the foc...
Published: 06/15/18
State probes possible misuse of confidential driverís license info

State probes possible misuse of confidential driverís license info

State law enforcement authorities said Friday they are investigating the possible criminal misuse of confidential driver license data in a case involving a high-ranking state official."FDLE is investigating possible improper use of personal identifyi...
Published: 06/15/18
Judge sides with environmentalists, says lawmakers failed to comply with Amendment 1

Judge sides with environmentalists, says lawmakers failed to comply with Amendment 1

Striking a blow to the Legislature, a Tallahassee judge said state lawmakers failed to comply with a voter-approved constitutional amendment to buy and preserve environmentally sensitive lands.Ruling from the bench Friday, Leon County Circuit Judge C...
Published: 06/15/18
Gwen Graham files qualifying papers in run for governor

Gwen Graham files qualifying papers in run for governor

Former U.S. Rep Gwen Graham submitted qualifying paperwork in her bid for governor Friday morning, becoming the first major candidate to file officially in the statewide race.Though the official qualifying period for offices across the state is ...
Published: 06/15/18
Nelson, Rubio oppose breaking up immigrant families

Nelson, Rubio oppose breaking up immigrant families

WASHINGTON – The breakup of immigrant families at the southern border has generated significant controversy and discussion.So what do Florida Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio think?Nelson has been outspoken on the issue and has joined legislat...
Published: 06/15/18