Life and politics from the Sunshine State's best city

Tag archive

Melissa Sellers

Rick Scott announces Jackie Schutz Zeckman as next chief of staff

in 2017 by

Jackie Schutz Zeckman has been tapped to serve as Gov. Rick Scott’s right hand woman. The Naples Republican announced Tuesday that Schutz Zeckman will serve has his chief of staff beginning July 1. She’ll replace Kim McDougal, Scott’s current chief of staff, who is departing to pursue opportunities in the private sector. “Jackie has been on my team since my first year in office and has done a great job leading my communications efforts and conveying my vision of Florida…

Keep Reading

Let’s Get to Work raises $145K in May

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

The political committee backing Gov. Rick Scott continued to boost its coffers in May, raising more than $144,000 in the one-month fundraising period. State records show “Let’s Get to Work“ — the political committee that fueled Scott’s 2010 and 2014 gubernatorial campaigns — raised $145,100 in May. Since January, the political committee has raise more than $1.4 million. The committee received a $50,000 contribution from The GEO Group; several $10,000 donations, including ones from the Ferber Company, the Jacksonville Jaguars,…

Keep Reading

Takeaways from Tallahassee – The “That Was Easy” edition

in Peter/Top Headlines by

Gov. Rick Scott gave a State of the State speech on Tuesday that was focused almost entirely on creating jobs and cutting taxes, boasting that Florida has added more than a million jobs since he took office. During Scott’s speech, there was, of course, the obligatory cheering and standing ovations. There was also “wooing.” At least, that’s how lobbyist Gus Corbella described it on Twitter. @GusCorbella: Wooing is never appropriate for the State of the State. This is a speech in the…

Keep Reading

Tom O’Hara: Banner plane delivered highlight of AP Legislative Planning Day

in 2017/Top Headlines by

I attended the annual Tallahassee ritual Wednesday when politicians address the media and take some questions. The Republicans talked in generalities at the AP Legislative Planning Session and, for the most part, refused to respond to direct questions with direct answers. The Democrats, because they have absolutely no power in Florida government, mostly complained. Nonetheless, the gathering was great fun, particularly for someone like me who rarely sees these people. (I saw Gov. Rick Scott last year in a Starbucks…

Keep Reading

Rick Scott defends his call for Florida hospitals to share the wealth

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

Rick Scott‘s call for Florida hospitals to share their profits if the federal government refuses to authorize $2.2 billion in healthcare spending has been greeted as a form of socialism by critics, including some from his own party. “That’s government price controls,” Niceville-based GOP state Sen. Don Gaetz said in a recent radio interview. “That really brought the Soviet Union into a ‘Going Out of Business’ sale.” Earlier this month, Scott proposed to the Florida Hospital Association that if the U.S. Health and…

Keep Reading

Jeff Atwater, Jose Oliva & Florida Senate stars of Capitol Press Corps Skits

in Apolitical/Top Headlines by

The Florida Senate’s creative use of music and a whimsical self-awareness among members of the Florida Cabinet were among the highlights of the 60th (Sometimes) Annual Capitol Press Corps Skits Tuesday night. Reporters and politicos lampooned each other with the House and Attorney General Pam Bondi paying Times reporter Michael Van Sickler maybe the profession’s highest compliment – the jokes at his expense revealed they are really glad he’s leaving town for a gig downstate. Tia Mitchell demanded attention with…

Keep Reading

Annual Capitol Press skit show skewers Tallahassee elite

in Apolitical/Top Headlines by

News will take a backseat to humor Tuesday night when the Capitol Press Corps presents the 60th edition of the sometimes Annual Press Skits; a tradition that began when the senior members of Florida’s political/media class were toddlers. “It’s become ingrained in the culture of Tallahassee, said Steve Bousquet, appearing in his 21st Press Skits show. “You almost have to be a part of Tallahassee to get the jokes and they serve as sort of a release valve for lawmakers…

Keep Reading

Show Buttons
Hide Buttons
Go to Top