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Everglades reservoir drawing criticism from Florida environmentalists, and silence from feds

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:17:10 -0500

@jenstaletovich Two days before lawmakers are set to discuss a massive Everglades reservoir, things are getting complicated. On Tuesday, Florida environmentalists urged Gov. Rick Scott to step in and fix a design they say does too little to store and...



DACA deal still possible says Miami Republican Mario Diaz-Balart

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:30:40 -0500

via @ngameztorres Miami Republican Mario Diaz-Balart said on Tuesday that an agreement on DACA was still possible this week. But for that to happen it would be unwise to comment or satisfy the media’s curiosity about what President Donald Trump...



Pam Bondi, Casey Desantis attend White House women's symposium

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:15:15 -0500

@NewsbySmiley Hundreds of women gathered Tuesday afternoon in Washington D.C. for a White House event highlighting the accomplishments of women under the administration of President Donald Trump, including Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Casey DeSantis, the wife of Republican...



Oops. Senate Republicans return in-kind contribution from Palm Beach gentleman's club

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:33:16 -0500

The Florida Republican Senatorial Committee blew the optics test this month when it reported it had taken $2,100 in in-kind contributions for a Dec. 18 fundraiser from Monroe's of Palm Beach, a gentlemen's club that touts itself as "the #1...



Marco Rubio asks Trump to act in response to the Herald's 'Dirty Gold, Clean Cash' series

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:21:45 -0500

@alextdaugherty U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, who chairs the Senate subcommittee responsible for Western Hemisphere affairs, urged President Donald Trump to investigate the mining and transportation of illicit gold in Latin America after the Miami Herald investigative series 'Dirty Gold, Clean...



Matt Haggman leads in fundraising, David Richardson in cash on hand in Dem race for Ros-Lehtinen's seat

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:50:58 -0500

@alextdaugherty At least five Democrats in the hotly contested race to replace retiring Miami Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen have raised six-figures in the latest fundraising updates provided by their campaigns. Former Knight Foundation Director and Miami Herald reporter Matt Haggman...



Artiles says Tallahassee sex scandals make him 'look like a Boy Scout'

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:24:54 -0500

@NewsbySmiley Ever since Frank Artiles was forced to resign his Florida Senate seat last year, leaders of the state’s upper chamber have been looking over their shoulders, worried that their former colleague was out for revenge. Jeff Clemens, the incoming...



Lawmakers optimistic about criminal justice reform as new report highlights areas for change

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:50:30 -0500

Sen. Jeff Brandes (center) flanked by Sen. Darryl Rouson (left) and Central Florida Urban League CEO Glen Gilzean (right) DIRK SHADD | Times A small press conference held by academics and think tanks outside the Florida Senate on Tuesday may...



Drug report critical in fighting opioid epidemic. But has Rick Scott read it?

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:11:22 -0500

Florida’s Drug Policy Advisory Council is a hodgepodge of state government appointees, but they’re the closest Florida has to a coordinated response to the growing opioid epidemic. So the panel was mystified Thursday why their annual reportoutlining clear steps to...



Latvala's campaign account pays legal costs in harassment case

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:22:16 -0500

Jack Latvala’s failed bid to be the next governor of Florida is finding new life as his legal defense fund. The former Republican senator from Clearwater, who still remains an active candidate for governor, wrote several checks from the fund...



New Rubio bill would punish Russian meddling in future U.S. elections

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:30:00 -0500

@alextdaugherty U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Chris Van Hollen have a message for Moscow: Any interference in future U.S. elections will be met with swift punishment if Congress acts. The Florida Republican who ran for president in 2016 and the...



Xavier Suarez won't run for Congress. Eyeing Miami-Dade mayor for 2020

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:09:31 -0500

@doug_hanks Miami-Dade Commissioner Xavier Suarez flirted with running for Congress this year in a long-shot bid to replace retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen as an independent. He recently declared that flirtation over, allowing him to now flirt with running for Miami-Dade...



Bill Nelson raised $2.4 million in last quarter, campaign says

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:45:25 -0500

via @learyreports Sen. Bill Nelson raised about $2.4 million in fourth quarter of 2017, his campaign said Monday, and has $8 million cash on hand. The Democrat "received more than 30,600 contributions from more than 21,500 individual donors during the...



Miami Republican still silent as others in White House meeting defend Trump

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:25:55 -0500

@alextdaugherty A high-stakes White House immigration meeting has devolved into a debate on whether President Donald Trump used the terms “shithole” or “shithouse” to refer to immigrants, and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart still isn’t saying anything. Two senators in the meeting,...



Frederica Wilson says she’ll boycott Trump’s State of the Union speech

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:54:27 -0500

via @learyreports Rep. Frederica Wilson says she will not attend President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address, citing his “recent racist and incendiary remarks about Haiti and African nations.” The Miami Democrat, who earlier fought with Trump over...



Trump’s ‘shithole countries’ comment may have a silver lining for Haitians

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:37:23 -0500

@alextdaugherty President Donald Trump’s descent into vulgarity during a high-stakes immigration meeting has brought attention to an often overlooked group in the national conversation: the over 300,000 immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua and potentially Honduras who could be forced...



Rubio and Nelson say Senate stalling on disaster relief

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:29:12 -0500

via @learyreports Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson today urged their respective leaders to speed up a vote on a massive disaster relief package that will help Florida. Dear Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Schumer: We write to highlight...



Curbelo, Ros-Lehtinen to vote against a spending bill (again) unless there's a DACA fix

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:23:25 -0500

@alextdaugherty The federal government will shut down on January 19 if Congress can't pass a temporary spending bill, and Miami Republican Reps. Carlos Curbelo and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen both said they will vote against the legislation, like they did in December,...



A Miami Republican was there, but won’t say if Trump called Haiti a ‘shithole’ country

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:20:19 -0500

@alextdaugherty @newsbysmiley There were only seven lawmakers in the room when President Donald Trump reportedly referred to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as “shithole countries.” Miami Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart was one of them. Did the Miami Republican hear the...



Senate has its solution to sexual harassment problem: one hour of sexual harassment training for each senator

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 19:50:12 -0500

After months of dealing with allegations of sexual harassment against one of states' most powerful legislators -- and fear of retaliation by his accusers -- the Florida Senate has concluded it needs to make just one modest change to the...