Sunday, August 19, 2018
  • The Buzz
  • From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Trump’s big Florida week

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump will spend the week in Florida starting Monday with a Miami event on the $1.5 trillion tax cut and including a visit to Mar-a-Lago by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The Monday event in Hialeah — to attended by Sen. Marco Rubio and other officials but not Gov. Rick Scott — is designed to highlight the GOP's signature legislative accomplishment under Trump.

Trump will then go to Mar-a-Lago, marking his 17th visit since taking office. On Tuesday and Wednesday he'll host Abe, with trade and North Korea on the agenda.

Thursday, Trump is to visit Joint Interagency Task Force South in Key West.

On Friday, Trump will attend a fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago to benefit the RNC and the NRCC.

Comments
Bill Nelson: Claims that I divulged classified information are ‘ridiculous’

Bill Nelson: Claims that I divulged classified information are ‘ridiculous’

Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson is denying that he gave away classified information when he told reporters last week that Russians have "penetrated" Florida's election records."That's ridiculous," Nelson said, pointing to an NBC story that cited thr...
Published: 08/18/18
NRA: Florida legislators who voted against stand your ground special session will get a higher grade

NRA: Florida legislators who voted against stand your ground special session will get a higher grade

Democrats did Republicans a "great service" by calling for a special legislative session on stand your ground.That's according to National Rifle Association lobbyist Marion Hammer, who sent out a press release Saturday saying that lawmakers who ...
Published: 08/18/18
Nelson declares vindication on Russia hacking claim

Nelson declares vindication on Russia hacking claim

WASHINGTON – Sen. Bill Nelson declared vindication Friday over his still unsubstantiated claim that Russians hacked into some county election systems in Florida, pointing to a news report that stated there is a "classified basis for Nelson...
Published: 08/17/18
Updated: 08/18/18
Bernie Sanders: Andrew Gillum can politically transform Florida

Bernie Sanders: Andrew Gillum can politically transform Florida

TAMPA — The Bernie Sanders revolution came to Tampa Bay to help elect Andrew Gillum as the first unabashedly liberal governor in Florida history."Right here in Florida, you have the opportunity to not only transform this state politically by el...
Published: 08/17/18
Janet Cruz questions Hispanic group backing Dana Young in state Senate race

Janet Cruz questions Hispanic group backing Dana Young in state Senate race

The Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce endorsed state Sen. Dana Young, R-Tampa, who's being challenged for re-election by Rep. Janet Cruz, D-Tampa.But the Cruz campaign shot back that the chamber is actually "a front group" for special intere...
Published: 08/17/18
Is Trump helping, or hurting, Florida Democrats?

Is Trump helping, or hurting, Florida Democrats?

TAMPA — No wonder Florida Democrats are so optimistic about this election year.President Trump's upset election generated unprecedented progressive energy that has barely flickered through 18 months of his presidency, through the Parkland schoo...
Published: 08/17/18
Bernie Sanders draws a crowd for Andrew Gillum in Tampa

Bernie Sanders draws a crowd for Andrew Gillum in Tampa

Lou Murray did not drive from Sarasota to Tampa's Andrew Gillum-Bernie Sanders rally to talk about Donald Trump.Like many Democratic voters at the Friday rally at the Armature Works event space, Murray opposes the president. But when asked why he sho...
Published: 08/17/18
Rick Scott hasn’t endorsed in GOP primary but he just campaigned with Adam Putnam

Rick Scott hasn’t endorsed in GOP primary but he just campaigned with Adam Putnam

Gov. Rick Scott has remained on the sidelines in the Republican race to replace him. He hasn't backed his co-cabinet member (Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam) or President Donald Trump's top choice (U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis).But on Thursday, Scott ...
Published: 08/17/18
Ron DeSantis visits Puerto Rico in waning days of GOP primary for Florida governor

Ron DeSantis visits Puerto Rico in waning days of GOP primary for Florida governor

Rep. Ron DeSantis is in Puerto Rico on Friday, his first trip to the island as a candidate for governor.DeSantis is scheduled to hold a town hall with Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez, Puerto Rico's representative in Congress, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló ...
Published: 08/17/18
Ronda Storms falling short in contributions but insists she has a chance against Joe Wicker

Ronda Storms falling short in contributions but insists she has a chance against Joe Wicker

The Republican primary for the 59th state House seat pits a political figure with high name recognition against a business owner who's winning the race for money and endorsements.Joe Wicker, 40, is an Army veteran who owns a home health-care business...
Published: 08/17/18