Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Buzz

With Putnam-DeSantis race ‘closing,’ danger lurks for GOP, Chamber’s political guru says

With Putnam-DeSantis race ‘closing,’ danger lurks for GOP, Chamber’s political guru says

Marian Johnson has tracked political trends in Florida for a long time.The senior vice president for political strategy at the Florida Chamber of Commerce says the Republican race for governor between Adam Putnam and Ron DeSantis is so volatile it co...
Updated: 20 minutes ago
Can Democrats flip this Florida congressional seat? Fundraising suggests…perhaps?

Can Democrats flip this Florida congressional seat? Fundraising suggests…perhaps?

With the help of a significant infusion of her own money, Democrat Kristen Carlson has jumped into the lead in fundraising among all candidates of both parties in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross in the Congressional District 15 seat.Carlson...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Gwen Graham campaign touts support from former CFO Alex Sink

Gwen Graham campaign touts support from former CFO Alex Sink

Gwen Graham is now counting among her supporters the last Democrat elected to Florida's Cabinet, former CFO Alex Sink — a name that still haunts some Democrats."It's an honor to have Alex Sink's support," Graham said in a statement Tuesday...
Updated: 2 hours 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: 2 hours ago
Putnam ad: DeSantis voted to cut Medicare, Social Security; Democrats: Putnam did too

Putnam ad: DeSantis voted to cut Medicare, Social Security; Democrats: Putnam did too

It's that time in the campaign season when candidates start accusing each other of trying to take away granny's health care.Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is airing a new ad that takes aim at his Republican primary opponent, Rep. Ron DeSan...
Updated: 2 hours ago
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: 9 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...
Published: 07/16/18
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 ...
Published: 07/16/18
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