Sen. Marco Rubio and his wife, Jeanette, were interviewed by TODAY's Natalie Morales this week in South Carolina and it aired this morning during the Thanksgiving telecast. Together they talked about how their kids are supportive of dad's presidential run, but also tough critics. One on one with Morales, Rubio talked about the war with ISIS and the refugee crisis.
"We are most definitely at war with ISIS," Rubio said, "and I'd be supportive of declaring that, whether it's formally thorugh Congress or rhetorically."...
Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, who championed Florida’s “stand your ground” law, is the sponsor of HB 169, which would change the law to require prosecutors to prove a defendant did not act in lawful self-defense instead of requiring the defendant to prove that he or she did act in self-defense and should not be prosecuted. He wrote this column explaining his legislation, which gets a hearing today in Tallahassee. Here's an excerpt:...
Next week, the Tiger Bay Club of Tampa is hosting a panel luncheon on the gender pay gap with a focus on solutions.
Panelists include: Tom Gonzalez, a labor lawyer; Susan Leisner, former chair of the Hillsborough County Commission on the Status of Women; Diane Prince-Herndel, chair of the women's and gender studies program at the University of South Florida; and Lorna Taylor, CEO of Premier Eye Care. And yes, I'll be representing PolitiFact as a panelist, too....
Here's more information on Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton's visit to Tampa next month.
The fundraiser is billed as a "conversation with Hillary Rodham Clinton. There is only one FIRST TIME! This will be once in a lifetime opportunity. You won't want to miss this event. "
The event is Dec. 2, from 9:15-11:15 a.m. at the home of Alex Sink, the former Florida chief financial officer....
From our friends at the Associated Press:
TALLAHASSEE — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who loudly opposed a medical marijuana measure that appeared on the 2014 ballot, is staying on the sidelines this time around.
Bondi’s office acknowledged Monday that the state’s top legal officer is remaining silent on whether the Supreme Court should block the latest version of the ballot initiative....
RPOF statement: “We are excited to welcome Ben Carson to our list of presidential candidates speaking at the Sunshine Summit in Orlando. With the event just 9 days away, our grassroots are ready to hear the candidates share their vision for the future of our nation in what will be one of the largest political events in Florida this year.”...
House Democratic whip Steny Hoyer is a special guest along with U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, at a Sunday fundraiser for Charlie Crist's congressional campaign. And it's being held at the Thonotosassa home of Alex Sink, the former CFO, former gubernatorial candidate, former Congressional District 13 candidate.
The fundraiser is chaired by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Justin Day and Sink....
From our friends at the Associated Press:
TALLAHASSEE — Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is in Israel this week to discuss the challenges facing the world's water supply.
The International Conference on Water brings together government officials and business leaders from around the world. The event also features the latest innovations and technologies to develop new fresh water supplies....
U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores, has an op-ed column in today's Tampa Bay Times explaining why he supports Dan Webster for House speaker. An excerpt:
Dan Webster served honorably as speaker of the Florida House in Tallahassee at a time when Republicans controlled the Legislature and a Democrat was in the Governor's Mansion. Despite this division, he successfully delivered commonsense conservative results for our state....
Count Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and former HP CEO Carly Fiorina in for the Republican Party of Florida's Sunshine Summit next month in Orlando.
“The addition of Sen. Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina to the list of presidential candidates speaking at the Sunshine Summit is further proof that this is the most significant event in Florida politics this fall," Florida GOP Chairman Blaise Ingoglia said in a statement. "We look forward to them firing up the grassroots as we build the momentum to deliver our 29 electoral votes to the Republican nominee in 2016.”...
Florida Republicans are filling out their presidential candidate lineup for next month's Sunshine Summit in Orlando. Today's additions are Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Sen. Rick Santorum.
“We welcome Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Rick Santorum to the lineup of presidential candidates speaking at the Sunshine Summit in Orlando. Our Party has remained committed to empowering the grassroots by bring candidates to Florida. As we continue to announce more candidates, the current 10 confirmed presidential participants will help build excitement for Florida’s grassroots leaders and volunteers in what will be this year’s premier presidential event in Florida.”...
Tampa Bay Times real estate reporter Susan Taylor Martin has been reporting for years on the troubles with Florida's Hardest Hit Fund. Federal investigators released an audit today:
In a blistering report released today, federal investigators say Florida has consistently "under-performed'' other states in using federal mortgage assistance money to help desperate homeowners facing foreclosure....
The Miami Herald's Jenny Staletovich and Joey Flechas reporting on Al Gore's Miami appearance:
As if on cue, a king tide powered by a supermoon flooded parts of South Florida Sunday and Monday, setting a soggy stage for international forums aimed at drawing attention to the perils of climate change.
In downtown Miami, about 1,200 people gathered to train for a climate corps led by former Vice President Al Gore, who drew mainstream attention to the issue in his 2006 Academy Award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth. For nearly three hours, Gore walked a crowd that included participants from 80 countries through his now-famous slide show, rebooted with a decade’s worth of new science and data supporting the dire consequences of a warming planet....
The Miami Herald's Michael Vasquez had an interesting story about state Sen. Oscar Braynon, D-Miami Gardens. An excerpt:
Sen. Oscar Braynon II introduced himself as just an interested lawmaker — interested enough to drive all the way to Gainesville.
At a February meeting of Florida’s Board of Physical Therapy, held in Gainesville’s Best Western Gateway Grand, Braynon stood up to speak about a controversial issue: colleges offering unaccredited physical therapy assistant programs. The Miami Gardens Democrat was no expert on the topic, as he had to ask board members to explain how college accreditation works....
PolitiFact was up into the night fact-checking the second Republican presidential debate and we're back at it today sorting out more of the candidates' claims.
Catch up on all the fact-checking here.
And that back and forth between Jeb Bush and Donald Trump over casino gambling in Florida? We've got you covered....