The Buzz on Florida politics


Latest Buzz on Florida politics

WASHINGTON – The child immigrant controversy roiling Washington has spread rapidly to Florida, triggering outcry and support while injecting an explosive issue into key campaigns.

Sen. Bill Nelson on Tuesday will visit a federal facility in Homestead where as many as 1,000 immigrant youth are being held, "some of whom were separated from their families at the border, and others who were unaccompanied minors when they crossed the border," according to Nelson's office, which notified reporters of the visit.

The Democrat blasted the Trump policy and accused rival Gov. Rick Scott of not standing up to the president. Nelson has co-sponsored legislation to stop the practice.

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Gubernatorial candidate Philip Levine says he'll place his assets in a blind trust if he's elected governor of Florida, a decision intended to enable the $133 million man to govern without conflicts under state law by handing control of his investments to a third party.

"I think when you're the CEO of an $89 billion organization, I'm not so sure you have time to run anything else," Levine said Monday in Tallahassee after explicitly disclosing his net worth and assets for the first time in his political career. "When you become governor, your No. 1 priority is to be governor 24/7. I only wish that the same law in Florida would apply to the presidency — full disclosure and everything else."

Levine made the commitment while opening a Tallahassee regional office for his campaign, and shortly after filing a detailed financial disclosure with the Florida Division of Elections in order to make the August Democratic primary ballot. Levine declared his net worth at $133 million — or about five times the $25 million he said he might be willing to invest in his own campaign when he announced he was running for governor.

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Agriculture Commissioner and Republican governor candidate Adam Putnam has mostly taken veiled shots at his opponent's lack of appearances in Florida.

On the campaign trail, Putnam says things like, "If you want to be governor of Florida, you should be focused on Florida issues and be willing to roll out your positions on things that matter to Floridians." It's clear who he's talking about, but for the most part, Putnam has avoided mentioning the "R" word: Ron DeSantis.

On Monday, though Putnam's campaign slapped a red and white winter hat on a cartoon caricature of their rival and fired of a press release asking: "Where's Ron?"

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Gov. Rick Scott returns to Puerto Rico Tuesday for the second time in three weeks and the seventh time since Hurricane Maria devastated parts of the island. A more detailed schedule will be released later, but Scott is a guest speaker at a summit regarding hurricane recovery.

The published agenda for the Puerto Rico P3 Summit includes "a panel to provide insights from governors regarding recovery after natural disasters and the importance of infrastructure investments and the role of P3s."

Scott's handling of the post-Irma debris removal effort in South Florida was the focus of a three-part report on CBS4 in Miami in recent days that the TV station said drove up the recovery costs by $28 to $30 million. The governor's office has disputed the station's reporting and said he sent in additional resources because existing debris contractors were "overleveraged."

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In a widely expected move, an appellate court Monday refused to lift a stay on a Tallahassee judge's ruling that would allow patients to smoke medical marijuana if their doctors approve it.

The 1st District Court of Appeal's decision means that patients will continue to be barred from legally smoking medical marijuana for the foreseeable future — at least until the appellate court issues a final ruling on the merits of the case.

Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers last month sided with Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan and a group of plaintiffs who filed a legal challenge after the Legislature included a ban on smoking in a 2017 law carrying out a constitutional amendment broadly legalizing medical marijuana.

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Gov. Rick Scott said Monday he has accepted three invitations to debate Sen. Bill Nelson in their nationally-watched battle for the United States Senate.

Scott's campaign said he has agreed to take part in debates sponsored by Telemundo 51 Miami, the Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute and WJXT Channel 4 and CNN.

Dates and locations for the debates have not yet been announced.

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