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By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Mitch Perry, Ryan Ray, and Jim Rosica.


Though not quite as protracted (and definitely not as written about), another leadership battle in the Legislature seems to have settled after days of arm-twisting, pledge-wrangling and nose-counting.

State Representative Chris Sprowls, a Palm Harbor Republican, reportedly has swayed enough defectors from fellow Rep. Eric Eisnaugle, an Orlando Republican, to make Sprowls the likely Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives after the 2020 elections.

Call it the saga of the “deja-coup,” which comes a month after the Senate settled on Joe Negron as President-designate to succeed Andy Gardiner after what seemed like endless months of dueling with Jack Latvala over that chamber’s top job.

The move is a kick in the face to Eisnaugle, the presumed frontrunner, who seemingly suffered defeat at the hands of a guerrilla movement out of the greater Tampa Bay delegation.

Indeed, the nail in the political sarcophagus came from Republican Shawn Harrison, who tenuously holds a Tampa swing district.

On Thursday, Harrison issued a statement that he had changed his pledge to Sprowls after claiming an iron-clad allegiance to Eisnaugle. Harrison said he switched to end a palace intrigue that contributed to what he called a “Washington, D.C. (style) dysfunction.”

Harrison’s flip gives Sprowls a narrow lead over Eisnaugle among the shared 2014 class of members. Customarily, succeeding classes support the candidate favored by the rising senior class.

The Eisnaugle camp, however, has always been insistent the campaign is one for a majority of the Republican caucus.

How firm those pledges are, however, especially in light of Harrison’s change of heart, is anyone’s guess.

— “Speaker’s race: Sprowls in, Eisnaugle claims support from three classes via Matt Dixon of Politico Florida

TWEET, TWEET: @SaintPetersBlog: … a major tip of the hat to @Mdixon55 for his tip of the hat to us. Notice how he’s always got the goods on the leadership races.

— “Chris Sprowls won’t be Speaker of the Florida House, here’s why” via Frank Torres of Orlando Political Observer

TWEET, TWEET: @Jason_Garcia: The most important allegiance in this drama is Eric Eisnaugle-Paul Renner


SPEAKING OF LEADERSHIP RACES … The Florida Senate released Thursday this extraordinary photograph of the moment when Joe Negron and Jack Latvala embraced during Negron’s designation ceremony.

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TICK, TOCK: 12 days until the next GOP candidates debate, 58 days until the Iowa caucuses.

POLL DU JOUR: A new Public Policy Polling survey in New Hampshire finds Donald Trump’s lead pretty much unchanged at 27%, followed by Ted Cruz at 13%, Marco Rubio at 11%, Chris Christie at 10%, Ben Carson at 9%, John Kasich at 8%, Carly Fiorina at 6% and Jeb Bush at 5%.

— “60 days until Iowa: are the polls predicting the winners?” via Alfred J. Tuchfarber of Sabato’s Crystal Ball

WITH MILLIONS ON THE TABLE, “SHELDON ADELSON PRIMARY” STILL UP IN THE AIR via Florida Politics – Adelson is reportedly close to supporting … Rubio, and is expected to announce his selection soon after the next GOP debate Dec. 15. However, the anointment of Rubio as the winner may face one obstacle – Miriam Adelson, his outspoken and equally conservative Israeli-born wife [who] has gravitated recently toward Ted Cruz, mostly because of the Texas senator’s hawkish national security stance and unwavering support for Israel. “He really likes Marco, but she really likes Cruz,” [says] a source familiar with the Adelson family. “And it’s a standoff.” The impasse between husband and wife could go one of two ways – a split decision, or no decision at all. Both Adelsons have been publicly generous with their donations … but it has always been as a couple. Roughly half of the checks … were written by Miriam … often accompanied by a similar check signed by Sheldon.

DONALD TRUMP SAYS MIDEAST PEACE RESTS WITH ISRAEL via Julie Pace, Jill Colvin and Steve Peoples of the Associated Press – Trump says that if he’s elected president, he’ll know within six months whether he can achieve an elusive peace accord between Israelis and Palestinians, one of the world’s most vexing challenges … he has doubts about each side’s commitment to the peace process. “I have a real question as to whether or not both sides want to make it … A lot will have to do with Israel and whether or not Israel wants to make the deal — whether or not Israel’s willing to sacrifice certain things … They may not be, and I understand that, and I’m OK with that. But then you’re just not going to have a deal.”

MARCO RUBIO HITS TRUMP OVER ISRAEL via Zeke J. Miller of Time –  Rubio took time to attack Trump‘s assertion that the Israeli people must be willing to sacrifice more for peace. … “Some in our own party actually question Israel’s commitment to peace,” Rubio said. “Some in our own party actually call for more sacrifice from the Israeli people. They are dead wrong.”

TRUMP TREADS ON TRADITION IN NEW HAMPSHIRE via Shane Goldmacher of POLITICO  – New Hampshire institutionalists fret that Trump’s celebrity-based and media-fueled candidacy threatens to undermine one of the last bastions of hand-to-hand campaigning left in national politics, and the chance for underfunded underdogs to break through. “We always prided ourselves on insisting on retail campaigning,” said Donna Sytek, who was the first female speaker of New Hampshire’s House of Representatives. “… Trump has turned tradition on its head.”

— “Donald Trump’s old campaign bus is now a Miami art exhibit” via Nick Nehamas of the Miami Herald

DID TRUMP STEAL JEB BUSH’S POLICY PROPOSALS? via Brendan Bordelon of National Review – Jeb Bush accused Donald Trump of ripping off his policy proposals and passing them off as his own. “Two of Trump’s plans – one focused on the Department of Veterans Affairs and one on taxes – seem to have been lifted almost entirely from Jeb Bush’s “low-energy” campaign. From a peculiar focus on female veterans to individual tax rates to the specific language they employ, Trump’s proposals appear suspiciously similar to Bush’s.

SOME BUSH DONORS THINK HE NEEDS A HEAVYWEIGHT POLITICAL ADVISER via Steve Holland of Reuters – [A] number of donors … would like to see Bush bring back Mike Murphy … Some believe Bush might benefit from an experienced hand to travel at his side and help him hammer home his message on the campaign trail … “What he needs is somebody every morning to pump him up and tell him why you need to be the best damned candidate,” said one source.

BUSH ON IOWA PRESS: REPUBLICAN RIVALS GETTING ATTENTION ‘THE WRONG WAY’ via James Lynch via the (Cedar Rapids) Gazette – American voters may be angry, frustrated and believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, but … Bush doesn’t believe he has to be angry to connect with them. The wrong way is … Trump calling for Muslims to be tracked and mosques to be surveilled and when retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson compares refugees to “rabid dogs.” Asked if Trump should apologize, Bush said that won’t happen because “he’s not a serious person and … and therefore it’s hard to imagine him being president of the United States.”

— “As leader of the free world I will stand with Israel in terror fight” via Jeb Bush for Fox News

BUSH’S SUPER PAC TO ‘TELL JEB’S STORY’ IN 15-MINUE DOCUMENTARY via Ashley Parker of the New York Times – Right to Rise … has produced a 15-minute documentary featuring him and will release it online on Saturday and will later show it on television. … The documentary, which includes interviews with Bush and his wife, Columba, will talk about Bush’s record as the governor of Florida, as well as describe his vision for the future, including his plans to defeat the Islamic State and overhaul the federal government. … Right to Rise would not disclose how much money it is putting behind the documentary, or how much it cost to produce, but such undertakings are typically quite expensive. In 2008, Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, flush with cash, aired a 30-minute infomercial on prime-time network television less than a week before Election Day.

ASSIGNMENT EDITORSBush will be back in Miami for a series of private events.

TOP FUNDRAISER QUITS BEN CARSON’S CAMPAIGN AMID INTERNAL STRIFE via Reid Epstein of the Wall Street Journal – One of … Carson’s top fundraisers … is quitting the campaign after he was unable to orchestrate a shake-up of its senior staff. Bill Millis, an heir to a High Point, N.C., sock-manufacturing fortune … still believes … Carson would make the best president, he said, but is no longer confident the staff values his input. … Almost unknown in Washington political circles and a newcomer to campaign finance … Millis has been firmly ensconced in … Carson’s inner circle for more than two years. … By his own account … Millis raised more than $400,000 for the Carson campaign.

MEANWHILE … HILLARY CLINTON FORTIFIES TIES AND FUNDRAISING WITH DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE via Maggie Haberman of The New York Times – Trying to build up her arsenal for a general election, Hillary Clinton‘s campaign is asking donors to write big-money checks to the Democratic National Committee while taking a greater interest in how it is performing its duties… campaign aides have started to scrutinize what have historically been core functions of the party committee, some of which atrophied under President Obama. …  Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook … has taken a particular interest in how the research and communications operations are functioning, according to the people briefed, who asked for anonymity to discuss private deliberations.

THE RISE OF THE CYBERVOTER via Thomas Freedman of POLITICO Magazine – [I]t’s time to add a new voting bloc to the list: a section of the electorate that uses the Internet regularly and shows a surprising ability to coalesce behind issues that affect their digital life. Call them ‘cybercitizens.’… In the 2014 midterms, people who spent at least six hours a day on the Internet made up a quarter of the voting bloc. As a group, these cybercitizens don’t want anyone to limit what they can find on the Internet, and increasingly they view the future as dependent on getting more people and services on the Web.

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BIG GET — MIKE LEE ENDORSES RON DESANITS TO REPLACE MARCO RUBIO via Kevin Derby of the Sunshine State News – “… DeSantis is the gold standard for constitutional conservatism in Florida and is the clear conservative choice for the U.S. Senate,” said Lee. “He will make an immediate impact in the Senate and will be a leader in restoring the Constitution and rule of law, reducing spending and debt, shrinking the bureaucracy and ensuring that only true constitutionalists make it to the Supreme Court.”

MY TAKE: GOP SENATE CANDIDATES FROM FLORIDA, PLEASE SAY SOMETHING (ANYTHING) ON GUN VIOLENCE via Florida Politics –After two assailants opened fire … on a holiday party in San Bernardino … public outrage over gun violence is reaching a fevered pitch … For many, silence is no longer an unacceptable option – irrespective of political party affiliation. In the race for U.S. Senate in Florida, three Republican candidates … Ron DeSantis … David Jolly and … Carlos Lopez-Cantera … have yet to comment publicly (at least on their respective campaign websites) on any of the recent shootings. This simply cannot continue … the national conversation must begin somewhere. And if Republicans fail to become part of the solution – by taking hold of the issue, regardless of their position – they run a substantial risk of being viewed by voters as part of the problem. No campaign wants to be hung with the label “part of the problem,” few can survive it.

CAYMAN ISLANDS RECORDS SHOW HEDGE FUNDS ALAN GRAYSON SAID HE CLOSED ARE STILL ACTIVE via Adam Smith of the Tampa Bay Times – Grayson said more than two months ago he had closed down his Cayman Islands-based hedge fund and related corporate entities that generated a congressional ethics complaint … we asked for it in early October … “Feel free to check with Cayman Islands authorities, if you regard that as relevant or useful,” Grayson spokesman Ken Scudder told The Hill. We did. Grayson’s Cayman-based investment companies remained open as of Wednesday afternoon … the Grayson Fund (Cayman), Ltd.; The Grayson Master Fund (Cayman) LP, and the Sybilline Fund General Partner LLC – are still listed as active. Scudder said … those records are wrong.

GRAYSON SHRUGS OFF CAMPAIGN STAFF EXODUS via Adam Smith of the Tampa Bay Times – Grayson’s campaign appears to have hit a rocky patch. Three top staffers, including his campaign manager, deputy campaign manager and campaign spokesman, this week confirmed they have quit the campaign or are about to depart. Grayson shrugged that off in a radio interview with Tampa’s WMNF … “The media dramatizes everything. Things are going quite well actually … What happened is they took three independent incidents that happened over the course of several months and they conflated it. Doesn’t matter at all.”

WITH MAPS IN PLACE, ANDREW GILLUM INCHING CLOSER TO CONGRESSIONAL RUN via Matt Dixon of POLITICO Florida – Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a rising figure in Democratic politics, is actively taking calls about mounting a primary challenge against U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, whose seat was drastically altered as part of a long-running redistricting legal challenge. … “People are reaching out to Mayor Gillum because Washington desperately needs the type of energy and focus he brings every day as mayor,” said Kevin Cate, a longtime Gillum adviser. “He’s listening and will make his decision on how he can best continue creating new jobs and opportunities, while also being a great husband and father.”

MY TAKE: MARK BIRCHER’S ENTRANCE IN CD 13 RACE HURTS RICK BAKER MORE THAN IT DOES CHARLIE CRIST via Florida Politics – Bircher showed himself to be a competent campaigner, albeit with arch-conservative views not exactly in the mainstream with most of the south Pinellas district … That could be a problem for former St. Petersburg Mayor … Baker … 1) he’d pull Baker to the right, forcing Baker to stake out positions not in step with much of CD 13; 2) he’d annoy Rick Baker and, trust me, Rick Baker does not like to be annoyed.

WAS THE TIMING OF THE CONGRESSIONAL REDISTRICTING RULING INTENDED TO INFLUENCE THE SENATE TRIAL? via Mary Ellen Klas of the Miami Herald – [Was] the out-of-calendar release of the redistricting opinion  just convenience, or was it intended to send a message to the lawyers, and court, in the pending Senate redistricting trial? The timing is important. Friday is the day responses are due in the Senate redistricting case in which parties must specify their objections to the maps submitted … Meanwhile, depositions are underway … lead attorney for the challengers, David King, noted the court’s upholding their maps and validating the mapdrawer and his map will help clarify that argument before the court. “It will very much streamline the Senate case.”

SENATE PANEL CONFIRMS SECRETARY MIKE CARROLL AS HEAD OF DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES via Michael Auslen of the Tampa Bay Times – Carroll … was first appointed interim secretary by … Scott in April 2014, in the midst of serious upheaval in the department. His appointment came after the Miami Herald chronicled a series of child deaths, including 477 children whose families had previously interacted with DCF. In the same vote, committee members supported the confirmation of Agency for Persons with Disabilities Director Barbara Palmer and Department of Elder Affairs Secretary Samuel Verghese. All three appointments must still be confirmed by the committee on Ethics and Elections and the full Senate.

SENATE PANEL OKS CLASSIFYING COMPUTER CODING AS “FOREIGN LANGUAGE” via Jim Rosica of Florida Politics – The PreK-12 Education Committee approved the legislation (SB 468) … sponsored by… Jeremy Ring, a former Yahoo! Executive … his bill would not force other languages out of the curriculum: “You can still take French, still take German, but you can also take C++,” referring to a general-purpose programming language … “It’s not a replacement, it’s optional” … programming languages have become a “fabric of our culture.”

FRACKING BILL SURFACES AGAIN DESPITE OPPOSITION, AND IS GETTING HOUSE SUPPORT via Mary Ellen Klas of the Tampa Bay Times – The three-year effort to make it easier for oil and gas companies to bring the controversial drilling technologies known as fracking to the state is making headway in the  … Florida House, despite opposition from environmentalists and local governments … House Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee … voted 9-3 for the bill … “Passing this bill would effectively lay out a welcome mat for the fracking industry,” said Democratic Rep. Jose Rodriguez … Supporters say that without the regulation companies will continue to have the right to drill for oil and gas on their property and the bill creates a system to protect the public when they do.

BILL ALLOWING STRONGER MEDICAL MARIJUANA ADVANCES IN HOUSE via Florida Politics – Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice OK’d the measure (SB 460) … aimed at allowing stronger but still non-smokeable marijuana for terminally ill patients. It would be made into an infused oil to ingest … The stronger stuff would also be grown by the same five approved nurseries that will grow the “Charlotte’s Web” variety approved last year.

ANOTHER HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS BILL MOVES IN HOUSE via Florida Politics – the legislation (EDC 16-01) would put into state law much of what the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) already has in its internal bylaws … “limits the reasons a student may be declared ineligible for interscholastic athletics” … Specifically, it “prohibits school boards and private schools from establishing transfer eligibility policies that are more stringent than the policies established by FHSAA or that treat transfers by student athletes differently than transfers by other students.”

HOUSE PLAN TO STREAMLINE ELECTION DATES IN FLORIDA COUNTIES RAISES CONCERNS via Tia Mitchell of the Florida Times-Union – A House Committee is moving forward on a proposal intended to increase voter turnout by requiring the cities within a single county to hold elections on the same day … Democrats and one Republican on the House State Affairs Committee voted against the proposal, but Republicans were still about to form a majority to approve the proposed committee bill. It will now be assigned an official bill number and start winding its way through the committee process. There is currently no similar legislation in the Senate.

GOP LAWMAKERS WANT TO REIN IN ASSET SEIZURE via Florida Politics – Amid reports the value of property taken from suspects across the country now exceeds that of property stolen by criminals… St. Pete Sen. Jeff Brandes and Lehigh Acres Rep. Matt Caldwell told assembled media they’ll pursue bills to limit property forfeiture only to defendants convicted of a crime.

JUDGE REJECTS ATTEMPTS BY LEGISLATURE TO DISMISS LAWSUIT AGAINST THEM OVER AMENDMENT 1 via Mary Ellen Klas of the Miami Herald – Leon County Circuit Court Judge George Reynolds ruled … the lawsuit filed by the Florida Wildlife Federation, the St. Johns Riverkeeper, the Environmental Confederation of Southwest Florida and the Sierra Club could continue. But he dismissed a second prong of their complaint which attempted to have the court compel … Jeff Atwater to shift funds from the general revenue fund into the Land Acquisition Trust Fund to replace the errant spending … challengers say that legislators stripped $237 million … to pay for other projects not intended by voters … “If the CFO has the independent authority to take money from one trust and put it into another, that would be a sea change in the way the Florida executive branch is operating,’’ said Richard Donelan, Jr. chief counsel for Atwater.

BLOG POST OF THE DAY: ALLOW RICK SCOTT THIS CHRISTMASTIME BOAST, HE DESERVES IT via Nancy Smith of the Sunshine State News – Scott‘s critics pummel him plenty for abusing his executive privilege on bragging rights. And it’s true, since 2011 our governor’s self-promoting press releases have morphed into a kind of waterboard torture for those of us who get to read them daily. But let’s be fair here. There’s no getting around the fact that Scott has been a powerful magician for Florida economy good — which is exactly what most of his press releases are about. Let’s cut him some slack … with the holidays upon us. The governor’s accomplishment deserves a little respect.

SCOTT’S BUDGET AND TAX CUTS CONTINUE TO DRAW ROUGH TREATMENT IN SENATE via John Kennedy of the Palm Beach Post –Sen. Don Gaetz … has already ridiculed Scott’s approach for pulling more than 80 percent of schools increase from property owners paying more because of rising values across Florida … Scott’s schools increase includes $84 million more in state money and $427.3 million from property taxes. Gaetz says that’s out of balance, and he is among a number of legislators from both parties who see asking homeowners and businesses to pay more as equaling a tax hike. Scott has said that because he has not boosted the tax rate, there is no tax hike.

SCOTT’S BUDGET REQUEST INCLUDES OVER $200M FOR SALARIES, EXPENSES UNDER AMENDMENT 1 via Bruce Ritchie of POLITICO Florida – More than one-fifth of the money … Scott recommends spending next year under a water and land conservation spending initiative approved by voters in 2014 would go towards salaries, contract workers and expenses … may be inflating the amount that would be spent under the Florida Forever land acquisition program by including projects related to South Florida water flow that are not on the Florida Forever purchase list … $928.6 million in spending from the Land Acquisition Trust Fund … [includes] $201.1 million in salaries and expenses among four departments.

ASSIGNMENT EDITORS: Gov. Scott will announce new jobs with a 10 a.m. news conference at Paylocity, 615 Crescent Executive Court, Suite 300 in Lake Mary.

FLORIDA EDUCATION COMMISSIONER PAM STEWART HAS BREAST CANCER via Kristen Clark of the Miami Herald – Stewart will continue working while she undergoes treatment, which is expected to “require minimal time out of the office” … “wants to emphasize that while her prognosis is positive, her diagnosis is the result of a self-examination and to remind Floridians to be diligent in their health care.”

REPORT: FLORIDIANS SPEND MORE IN 2014 AS ECONOMY IMPROVES via the Associated Press – Statistics … by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis shows Florida outpaced the nation’s annual increase in personal consumption – 4.9 percent compared to 4.2 percent … stems from many factors including more discretionary income from heightened economic activity and lower gasoline prices … goods and services produced in Florida increased 2.7 percent last year compared to 2.2 percent nationally. The personal spending hike in Florida also exceeded the state’s 3.7 percent increase in 2013.

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STATE JOB CHIEF: UBER DRIVERS ARE CONTRACTORS, NOT EMPLOYEES via Michael Auslen of the Tampa Bay Times –Department of Economic Opportunity Director Jesse Panuccio’s decision only applies to unemployment insurance, [but] it raises a bigger question about the relationship between companies like Uber and the people they pay, even as ride-booking apps’ mere existence continues to be an issue in some parts of the state … “We need not break new legal ground or upend economic progress by transforming middlemen into employers.”

PAM BONDI’S OFFICE SAYS PTC CAN DECIDE WHETHER TO HIRE LOBBYISTS via Mitch Perry of Florida Politics – Assistant Attorney General Ellen B. Gwynne … went on to quote the AG’s website, which says that questions related to the powers and duties of a public board or commission should be requested by a majority of the members of that body … the PTC board, which voted this year to pay $120,000 to Tallahassee lobbyists Corcoran and Johnston to represent them, is being asked to vote whether they should retain them. Hillsborough County Attorney Chip Fletcher told … Bondi that the county’s Public Transportation Commission does have the authority to hire lobbyists.


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BROWARD COUNTY SENATE RACES APPEAR TO BE SETTLING IN via Florida Politics –With the Florida Supreme Court choosing the plaintiff’s map in the congressional redistricting fight … all of the plaintiffs’ maps are identical in Broward County … For Perry Thurston and Gwyn Clarke-Reed … There was and likely will be a solid minority seat … Lauren Book is a clear winner … she will be the lone candidate in the district 29 seat as both Jim Waldman and Gary Farmer will be put into 34 which heads north and into Palm Beach. Farmer, however, is likely to run in the coastal seat (40) … as opposed to challenging Joe Abruzzo and/or Maria Sachs – and one that puts him in the very best posture to win. Waldman, on the other hand, appears to be in a bit of a pickle … he loses whatever electoral advantage he had if he follows Farmer to the coast. Jared Moskowitz … is staying put and with his boss running for Congress and his own safe seat, there is absolutely no reason for Jared to think about running for the Senate – especially with Congress clearly in his long-term plans. About Evan Jenne … making noise about the coastal seat … Our money says he doesn’t do it. As a “new” freshman in a solid seat, it looks like he floated a trial balloon without ever really intending to run. But with two non-incumbents eyeing the Senate in his backyard, it’s probably not a good idea to count Jenne out of anything.

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LSU, JIMO FISHER ENTERED NEGOTIATIONS via Ross Dellenger and Elizabeth Crisp of The Advocate – Intermediaries from LSU and intermediaries for Fiser were in discussions as late as last week about the former Tigers assistant coach replacing Miles, but those talks curtailed late in the week. Ultimately, the overwhelming monetary money figure to secure both deals concerned the school’s president and others at a time when the state and school are experiencing budget struggles.

WHAT JIM ROSICA IS READING — FACEBOOK EXPANDS SHARING OPTIONS TO INCLUDE LIVE VIDEO via Michael Liedke of the Associated Press – Facebook began testing the live video option … among a sliver of its U.S. audience with iPhones … didn’t specify when everyone with a Facebook account and a smartphone will have an opportunity to broadcast live … latest challenge to … Twitter, which introduced a live video application called Periscope … Meerkat also can be used to share live video in social circles.

ON THIS WEEK’S EDITION OF THE ROTUNDA  Trimmel Gomes’ newest episode of The Rotunda features Florida’s newly selected Senate President Joe Negron discussing his priorities and plans to unify the chamber. University of South Florida Political Scientist Susan MacManus discusses the state’s new congressional redistricting map and flawed polling data driving the presidential race. In the wake of the deadly shootings at the Planned Parenthood center in Colorado Springs, John Stemberger, president of the Florida Family Council tells Gomes why he’s postponing his capitol rally to defund the organization. Meanwhile Planned Parenthood’s Missy Wesolowski explains why they are not backing down from their efforts to provide reproductive health care.

Also, Sen. Anitere Flores makes the case for why anyone interested in Florida politics, should be listening to The Rotunda each week!


Black Almanac with Dr. Ed James on WWSB, ABC 7 in Sarasota: Producer and Host Duhane Lindo reviews the year and looks ahead with board of the Manatee Black Chamber of Commerce.

Facing Florida with Mike Vasilinda: FSU President John Thrasher and Police Chief David Perry talk guns on campus and university safety.

Florida This Week on Tampa Bay’s WEDU: Political writer William March, attorney Rochelle Reback, Hillsborough GOP Chair Deborah Tamargo, and Sherri Day of the Tampa Bay Times.

On Point with Shannon Ogden, on WFCN in Jacksonville: Rep. Janet Adkins on the Florida Supreme Courts recent Congressional redistricting decision and its likely political fallout.

Political Connections on CF 13 in Orlando: Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson talks about recent projects in the county and his district; Michelle Ertel and Jeremiah Jaspon discuss military spending in the United States; and PolitiFact’s Truth-O-Meter rates an internet claim about Sen. Bernie Sanders.

This Week in Jacksonville with Kent Justice on Channel 4 WJXT: A look ahead to the annual Blue Duval Democratic gala with party chair Neil Henrichsen, Jax Young Dems, state House candidate Leslie Jean-Bart, and Rev. R.L. Gundy. Plus former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll on how the recent attacks in Paris could change the 2016 GOP primaries.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to The Edwards Group’s Beth Herendeen and Jason Fernandez.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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