The Buzz on Florida politics


Latest Buzz on Florida politics

A political committee led by Sen. Wilton Simpson, a Trilby Republican who is slated to become Senate president next year, collected big chunks of money during the first half of June, according to information on the committee’s website.

The committee, known as Jobs for Florida, had pulled in $190,000 as of June 13, with most of the money coming in three checks. Those contributions were $75,000 from a Florida Chamber of Commerce PAC; $50,000 from an Associated Industries of Florida PAC; and $50,000 from Harvest Enterprises, Inc., an Arizona-based cannabis company.

Sen. Wilton Simpson wants $30 million event center for his home county of Pasco

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A month after learning Russian hackers breached elections systems in two Florida counties in 2016, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday said his administration is focused on identifying “any vulnerabilities” ahead of next year’s elections.

The Republican governor announced he is redistributing $2.3 million in election-security money that went unspent by county elections supervisors last year. The funds are in addition to $2.8 million for elections cybersecurity Florida lawmakers earmarked in the state budget for the upcoming fiscal year beginning July 1.

“This has become an issue in the last couple of months in a way that I did not, and really nobody, appreciated,” the governor told reporters at a Monday press conference.

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BOSTON (AP) — A survivor of the Parkland school shooting announced Monday that Harvard University withdrew his admission over racist comments he made in a shared Google Doc and text messages nearly two years ago.

In a series of posts on Twitter, Kyle Kashuv shared several letters he received from the Ivy League school first notifying him that his admission offer was being reconsidered in light of the comments and, later, that it was being revoked.

The decision stems from comments that have surfaced online recently and that Kashuv says were shared among friends when he was 16, months before the February 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

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Donald Trump is about to launch his re-election campaign from the Colosseum of Florida’s bare-knuckle politics.

When the president takes the stage Tuesday night in the Amway Center in downtown Orlando, he’ll practically be on top of Interstate 4, the coast-to-Florida-coast highway that has come to define the most purple of districts in the most purple of states. The vaunted I-4 corridor spans two of the most important media markets in the country and touches nearly half of Florida’s voters — with whom Trump did exceptionally well in 2016.

In order to secure a second term, Trump almost certainly needs to win Florida, and to do that he’ll need to fight and manage the margins across the entire state. But perhaps more than anything, Trump’s re-election hinges on his ability to once again squeeze as much juice as possible out of Central Florida.

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You know the saying that you can’t take it with you? Well, maybe you can if it’s a federal government benefit — and that’s a problem says a Florida congressman.

Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Steube says tax dollars are being wasted on benefits for dead people.

“It’s estimated that in 2018 alone, dead people received $1 billion in benefits from Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security payments, and federal pensions,” Steube said in a May 28 press release.

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