Another Democrat has thrown his hat in the ring for Agriculture Commissioner, according to papers filed with the Florida Division of Elections.
Denise Grimsley raised more than $150,000 toward her bid to replace Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, her campaign announced Thursday. Grimsley raised a combined $152,000 — $103,000 for her official campaign and $49,000 for Saving Florida’s Heartland, the political committee backing her — during the one-month period. According to the Sebring Republican’s campaign, she has raised more than $1.1 million to date. “Our campaign is growing stronger by the day and I am honored by the support we have received,” said…
Matt Caldwell brought in more than $108,000 toward his bid to replace Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, his campaign announced Thursday. Caldwell raised a combined $108,275 — $43,275 for his official campaign and $65,000 for Friends of Matt Caldwell, the political committee backing his 2018 agriculture commissioner bid — during the one-month fundraising period. According to Caldwell’s campaign, the North Fort Myers Republican has raised more than $1 million since January.
The summer months don’t appear to be slowing down several candidates vying to replace Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in 2018. Three Republicans — Sen. Denise Grimsley, Rep. Matt Caldwell, and former Rep. Baxter Troutman — are expected to report they raised more for their political committees in July than they did in the previous month.
Matt Caldwell knows a bit about cattle. He worked for free on a ranch in Immokalee before he ran for office, telling the owner to call him know whenever there was something to do. The North Fort Myers resident wanted to learn more about the businesses and get a better understanding of the industry. “I built a lot of fence line for free,” joked Caldwell about his previous experiences. Caldwell got a different view of the cattle industry last month,…
When the history of the 2025-26 Legislative Sessions is written — undoubtedly Tallahassee Democrat reporter Bill Cottrell will be on his sixth retirement by then — what transpired July 25, 2017, may play a definitive role.
Fifty legislators received top marks from Americans for Prosperity-Florida, the largest number of A+ legislators since the organization began issuing its annual legislative scorecard. The organization released its 2017 Economic Freedom Scorecard, which graded 5,500 votes on 96 issues, on Tuesday. The scorecard showed 50 legislators — 11 senators and 39 representatives — received an A+. That means legislators scoring an A+ voted with AFP-FL received a score of 100 percent or higher.