Sunburn – The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics.
By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Mitch Perry, Ryan Ray, and Jim Rosica.
OF PARIS AND POLICY
JEB BUSH CALLS FOR US GROUND FORCES TO FIGHT ISLAMIC STATE via Thomas Beaumont of the Associated Press – Bush … called for the U.S. to send more troops to the Middle East to fight the Islamic State. “This is the war of our time … Radical Islamic terrorists have declared war on the western world. Their aim is our total destruction. We can’t withdraw from this threat, or negotiate with it. We have but once choice: to defeat it … The United States, in conjunction with our NATO allies and more Arab partners, will need to increase our presence on the ground.” He offered no specifics, but said the number of Americans sent to the region should be “in line with what our military generals recommend, not politicians.”
— @jpodhoretz: This is a thoughtful, well-developed, politically daring, and very serious speech by @JebBush. Best of the campaign
— @DavidCornDC: Jeb Bush calls for US ground troops in the Middle East. He can’t help it. It’s in his DNA.
— @IngrahamAngle: I’d like to see a poll on support for committing tens of thousands of US troops back into Middle East.
HOW BUSH’S SPEECH PLAYED
CNN, Jeb Bush outlines military policy: ‘We can’t withdraw from this threat’ – “Bush offered a four-pronged plan to build up the military … take back the mantle as the world’s leader … ‘Radical Islamic terrorists have declared war on the western world. Their aim is our total destruction. We can’t withdraw from this threat, nor negotiate with it … We have but one choice: to defeat it.’” The Washington Post, Jeb Bush keeps focus on ISIS threat — but struggles on some details – “… he struggled at times to explain the mechanics of how he would respond to the attacks … ‘At a minimum, we ought to be bringing people like orphans and people who are clearly not going to be terrorists … Or Christians. There are no Christian terrorists in the Middle East.” WESH Orlando, Jeb Bush outlines military policy – “calling for the U.S. to ‘declare war’ against ISIS … urged the use of ‘massive force’ to take out the terror group … ‘This brutal savagery is a reminder of what is at stake in this election. … we are living in serious times that require serious leadership.’” Reuters, U.S. presidential candidates debate whether to accept Syrian refugees – “Bush broke with rivals … saying he would support some Syrian refugees coming into the United States but stressed the screening must be tough to ensure no Islamic State militants enter the country … his preference would be to create safe zones in the region, but … ‘You’re not going to solve it by bringing people in. My heart goes out to the refugees and I do think we have a noble tradition of supporting refugees. But the screening process needs to be … difficult and we err on the side of caution.’” Associated Press, Bush open to letting in properly vetted Syrian Muslims – “… supports accepting women and children and orphans of any religion as well as Syrian Christians because of the persecution he said they’ve suffered … no one should be allowed in when there is not enough information about them … For the rest … a clear, rigorous vetting process that does not exclude Muslims … as victims of persecution, too …”
MEANWHILE … MARCO RUBIO MISSES PARIS HEARING FOR FUNDRAISING; DID ATTEND CLASSIFIED BRIEFING via Alex Leary of the Tampa Bay Times – the Senate Foreign Relations Committee went behind closed doors for a briefing titled, “The Aftermath of Paris: America’s Role” … Rubio was not there … on his way to California for fundraising. The absence illustrates how Rubio is not just missing floor votes but also key hearings on national security and foreign policy — issues he has presented as chief credentials of his presidential campaign. He’s also skipping a Paris briefing … for all senators. His office said he attended an Intelligence Committee meeting on Paris.
TWEET, TWEET: @baseballcrank: I swear, watching opponents try to hit Rubio is starting to remind me of watching safeties try to hit Barry Sanders.
DONALD TRUMP PLEDGES TO ‘BOMB THE HELL OUT OF ISIS’
Donald Trump bashed President Obama as “out of touch” and having “no strategy” against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in a new radio ad airing in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, The Hill reports. The ad ends with Trump reiterating his plan to “quickly and decisively bomb the hell out of ISIS.”
MOST AMERICANS AGREE WITH GOP ON SYRIAN REFUGEES
A new Bloomberg poll finds that 53% of Americans say the nation should not continue a program to resettle up to 10,000 Syrian refugees. Just 28% would keep the program with the screening process as it now exists, while 11% said they would favor a limited program to accept only Syrian Christians while excluding Muslims.
MEANWHILE … HAPPENING TODAY: HILLARY CLINTON TO OUTLINE PLAN FOR DEFEATING ISIS via Dan Merica of CNN – … set to lay out her plan for defeating ISIL in a speech … in New York City … The speech will “lay out her vision for the role American leadership must play in supporting our allies, protecting our homeland and forging a safer world.” Clinton has advocated for accepting refugees fleeing Syria but stressed that she, as president, would not commit ground troops to the fight.
RICK SCOTT SAYS CONFERENCE CALL WITH WHITE HOUSE ‘DIDN’T HELP ME AT ALL’ via Jeremy Wallace of the Tampa Bay Times – Scott was among a group of 34 governors who were on a conference call with the White House … about accepting Syrian refugees … “The conference call with the White House yesterday didn’t help me at all … It made me even more concerned” … administration officials told them they were doing thorough background checks but were not willing to share those checks with Florida law enforcement … “They couldn’t explain to me how the U.S. vetting process is any better than the French vetting process, even though we know one of the terrorists posed as a Syrian refugee.”
STATE DEPARTMENT: ‘WE HAVE NOT ASKED FLORIDA’ TO TAKE 425 SYRIAN REFUGEES via Matt Dixon of Politico Florida – Ever since last Friday’s terror attacks in Paris, Gov. Rick Scott has been a mainstay on national news outlets criticizing President Obama’s plan to relocate 10,000 Syrian refugees to the United States. He has repeatedly said 425 of them are coming to Florida.
… The number Scott is using is not tied to Syrian refugees. It is a figure culled from 25 “resettlement agencies” located in Florida that estimate they have the capacity to take an additional 425 refugees next year from anywhere, not just Syria, according to the Department of Children and Families. In addition, federal officials say they have not discussed a specific number of Syrian refugees that could come to Florida.
TWEET, TWEET: So kudos to @Mdixon55 Another example where PR efforts of @FLGovScott administration collide with situation
CARLOS LOPEZ-CANTERA, SON AND GRANDSON OF REFUGEES, SAYS ‘NEW THREAT’ OF INFILTRATED ISIS PROMPTED PUSH FOR SYRIAN REFUGEE BAN via Patricia Mazzei of the Miami Herald –”We must use whatever power we have to refuse to accept these so-called refugees in our state,” Lopez-Cantera’s statement read … The phrase “so-called refugees” seemed to question whether any of the Syrian migrants were in fact fleeing prosecution. “I am the son and grandson of refugees,” he said … maternal great-grandparents were Russian Jews who immigrated to New York … his father is a Cuban immigrant … Yet … he came to his hard-line position on Syrian refugees after learning one of the Paris attackers entered Europe using a Syrian passport. “That, right there, is evidence of a new threat … Even if a fraction of a percent of them were ISIS infiltrants — that’s a problem.”
LENNY CURRY, FLORIDA REPRESENTATIVES ISSUE STATEMENTS ON SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS via First Coast News – Curry asks … Sens. Rubio … Bill Nelson and Representatives Ander Crenshaw and Corrine Brown to stop the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program … stresses that safety is his top priority and that in the wake of the Paris attacks, he is ‘more committed than ever’ to keeping Jacksonville residents safe and eliminating ‘threats to our city’s safety’ … while Americans have a history of compassion in response to crisis overseas, it is more important to keep potential threats out of our country. Nelson released a statement shortly after Curry’s letters … says that while he believes America must remain a country compassionate to those in need, security comes first … would like to know how Obama’s administration plans to vet the refugees.
CONTEXT FLORIDA OP-EDS ON THE PARIS TERROR ATTACKS – Tom O’Hara: Grim questions, sobering answers after Paris – A lot of smart people have written about the brutality of the attacks, the complexities of the ISIS threat and the West’s response. To simplify things, I’ve drafted sobering answers to basic questions I suspect many of you have. Jac VerSteeg: To win war against ISIS, prepare for disaster – I’m not saying America can’t win the war against Islamic extremism – embodied at this point in history by the Islamic State. But war is not a series of inspiring victories. War is a series of dispiriting calamities … And that is true even for the victors. Steven Kurlander: Faux unité avec Paris — ditching internationalism to protect the American Dream – Our continuous “internationalist” war against Islamic terrorism, wrapped in the guise of a united effort of “allies” in the Middle East to combat the spread of feudal radical Islamic governance and brutality, is not working. Paris shows that. Diane Roberts: Stop the French-bashing; we owe them – When the French refused to participate in our perfectly stupid invasion of Iraq, we boycotted their wine and some particularly silly congressmen demanded that the House cafeterias serve “Freedom Fries,” and “Freedom Toast.” Now that Paris has suffered terrorist attacks that killed at least 132, some Americans are expressing sympathy and solidarity with France … the United States could learn from France – as we have always learned from France. Julie Delegal: Is luxury of peace now yielding to horror of war? – The horror in Paris reminds us the covenant of civilized life is a fragile thing. It reminds us that the progress of humankind, as we know it, is out of reach for many of our planet’s struggling people. It reminds us that many people are angry, desperate, lost – and that it’s a short step from powerlessness to violence; from being disaffected to being suicidal and homicidal, with a shared psychosis given the right leadership. Martin Dyckman: The road to Middle East stability isn’t through war – France paid a terrible price for the chaos we created when we invaded Iraq and destroyed its government with no thought of history or of the consequences beyond the premature boast, “Mission accomplished.” The evil we didn’t know proved to be worse than the evil we did. Catherine Martinez: Beacon of hope extends hand to war-weary world – The great irony is that the Baha’u’llah worked tirelessly to bring about world unity and peace through the power of his inspirational words and the example of his life. Meanwhile, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria works to bring about its goal of worldwide domination through terror and death … This is a worldwide problem that requires a worldwide solution.
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ASSIGNMENT EDITORS: Bush will participate in a business tour and employee meet & greet at Dynamic Network Services Incorporated, 150 Dow St. in Manchester, NH at 10 a.m. ET. At 12 p.m. ET, the former governor will file for the New Hampshire Republican Primary at the Secretary of State’s office, 25 Capitol Street in Concord, New Hampshire. That evening, he will attend a town hall at the Londonderry Senior Center, 535 Mammoth Road in Londonderry, NH at 6:30 p.m. ET.
POLL DU JOUR: Trump remains on top of the GOP field in New Hampshire with 23%, according to a new WBUR poll. Rubio and Carson both took 13%, followed by Cruz with 8%, Kasich and Bush with 7% each, Christie with 6%, Paul with 5% and Fiorina with 4%.
TRUMP HOLDS COMMANDING, TWO-TO-ONE LEAD AMONG FLORIDA REPUBLICANS, POLL SHOWS via John Kennedy of the Palm Beach Post – Trump leads with 36 percent, Rubio is at 18 percent … Carson at 15 percent … Cruz has 10 percent … Bush rounds out the field’s top five with 9 percent. Trump’s unfavorability rating is 51 percent to 41 percent among all voters surveyed. Rubio also is underwater at 42 percent to 47 percent … Faring worst, however, appears to be Bush … While 51 percent have an unfavorable impression of the former governor, only 34 percent hold a favorable opinion.
TWEET, TWEET: @SaraMurray: “Who cares?” Trump says of Jeb Bush. Predicting “it’s over” for Bush.
RICK SCOTT ENDORSEMENT WATCH via Kyle Roerink of the Las Vegas Sun – The Republican Governors Association arrived in Las Vegas this week to talk about how great the party is doing at the state level. At the event … Scott said Donald Trump is leading in his state because he’s done a good job with talking about jobs.
BUSH HAS LITTLE TO SHOW FOR $20 MILLION SPENT ON TV ADS via Mark Murray of NBC News – Bush and his allies have now spent … more than twice as much as any other candidate or outside group … And they have little to show for it, will poll numbers for Bush currently stuck in the single digits both nationally and in the early states … Right to Rise, has spent $19.5 million in TV ads in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, while the campaign has spent an additional $438,000.
RUBIO NABS ANOTHER REPUBLICAN FUNDRAISER via Fredreka Schouten of USA TODAY – … Rubio won the endorsement … of another deep-pocketed Republican donor, the latest sign [he] is gaining momentum in the battle for the GOP nomination. Frank VanderSloot, an Idaho businessman who raise millions for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential bid, said Rubio has the intelligence and temperament to win next November. “Rubio is a standout … He’s really bright. He has a good grasp of the issues, both domestically and internationally. We like him especially because he’s so articulate that the average person can follow his arguments.”
RUBIO PLANS ADVERTISING BLITZ IN N.H. via Matt Viser of the Boston Globe – Rubio and an outside group supporting him have already reserved more than 1,900 spots — representing $2.8 million worth of television ads — on Manchester-based WMUR-TV, the state’s dominant television station … Rubio is vacuuming up more advertising time than his rivals. The Dec. 1 start date for the spots will mark a turning point for the Florida senator, who has yet to air any ads in New Hampshire and who so far has kept a low profile in the state. Bush, whose campaign earlier this year built expectations that he would outspend all of his opponents, and the super PAC supporting him have reserved nearly 1,600 ads, spending more than $3.3 million. Because super PACs do not receive the same rate discount required for candidates, and Bush’s super PAC is carrying a heavier load, the Bush groups are spending more money but reserving less ad time than Rubio.
TWEET, TWEET: @AP_Politics: A new feature from @AP_Politics arrives tmrw: the #APConversation, an in-depth talk with a 2016 hopeful. Up first: @marcorubio on Cuba. Got a question about @marcorubio’s thoughts on Cuba? @jpaceDC will be here 2p ET Thursday. Use #APConversation to ask and follow along
MUST-CLICK: BLOB WARS via Chris Kirk of Slate – Which super PACs have given to which candidates, illustrated in the most intuitive form possible: Flying blobs. (Chris Kirk, Slate)
PATRICK MURPHY FARES WELL IN FAU POLL OF FLORIDA U.S. SENATE RACE via Mitch Perry of Florida Politics –… a 9-point lead over … Carlos Lopez-Cantera … 39 to 30 percent, with 31 percent undecided. Murphy also leads … Ron DeSantis, but it’s much closer at 38 to 36 percent, with 26 percent undecided. The poll does not include the two other GOP candidates in the race … David Jolly … Todd Wilcox. Alan Grayson, does not fare so well … Lopez-Canters leads Grayson, 38 to 34 percent, with 28 percent undecided … DeSantis leads Grayson, 37 to 33 percent, with 30 percent undecided.
EMAIL INSIGHTS: COMMUNITY, OPPORTUNITY ARE WHY RANDY PERKINS IS RUNNING FOR CONGRESS via Florida Politics – Perkins believes stories like his simply aren’t possible anymore. That’s why he is running for Congress: to give back to the community so that others can have the same opportunities for success – with hard work and determination. “Small businesses simply aren’t being afforded the same opportunities to grow and create jobs that I was given as a young man … And that’s just wrong!”
EIGHT FLORIDA REPUBLICANS RECOGNIZED AS NRCC “YOUNG GUNS” via Florida Politics – … on the National Republican Congressional Committee’s “radar,” which could lead to substantial campaign support … in the running for support through the group’s “Young Guns” program, which helps Republican candidates challenge incumbent Democrats or get the edge running for an open seat. Florida’s eight candidates on the list topped all other states in the “On the Radar” round … Mary Thomas and Neal Dunn in CD 2, Sandy Adams and Adam Barringer in CD 6 and Rebecca Negron, Rick Kozell, Noelle Nikpour, Brian Mast and Carl Domino in CD 18.
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FIRST ON FLORIDAPOLITICS.COM: AIRBNB TO START COLLECTING FLORIDA TOURIST TAXES BEGINNING DEC. 1 via Mitch Perry – The San Francisco based tech-company that allows people to rent out their homes or rooms to travelers has made an agreement with county and state officials in Florida, and will begin collecting occupancy taxes beginning Dec. 1. … “We’re thrilled,” said Erin Sullivan, chief tax auditor for the Pinellas County property tax collector’s office. Sullivan said her office has been working with landlords on an individual basis who’ve rented out their proprieties to online travel companies the past few years to collect taxes, but the new development will improve the capture of those occupancy taxes “by leaps and bounds.”
… In a memo distributed to condo and homeowners in Florida who have been working with Airbnb, the company says that for reservations booked on or after Dec. 1 guests will see a line item for Occupancy Taxes on their bill. If landlords have already been collecting occupancy taxes, they no longer will have to do so. The company said that “just like before, you’ll receive your accommodation fee minus the 3 percent Airbnb host service fee.”
WHAT THE GOV’S OFFICE IS READING – FLA. MOVES UP TO NO. 4 IN NATION FOR BUSINESS TAX CLIMATE via Kevin Derby of the Sunshine State News – “The absence of a major tax is a common factor among many of the top ten states,” the Tax Foundation noted. “Property taxes and unemployment insurance taxes are levied in every state, but there are several states that do without one or more of the major taxes: the corporate income tax, the individual income tax, or the sales tax … Florida has no individual income tax … This does not mean, however that a state cannot rank in the top ten while still levying all the major taxes.” Florida led the nation when it came to individual income tax and placed third on unemployment insurance taxes … ranking 17th on both corporate income tax and sales tax. Florida ranked 20th when it came to property taxes.
RICK SCOTT’S DEP CHIEF GAINS VOTE OF CONFIDENCE FROM SENATORS via Steve Bousquet of the Tampa Bay Times – Jon Steverson, won a vote of confidence … from senators who rejected calls from the Sierra Club, League of Women Voters and others that he be ousted [as] secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection … If he’s not confirmed in the 2016 session, he’ll have to resign, but it appears that won’t be a problem, despite an ongoing controversy over Steverson’s plans to study expanding commercial activity in state parks, such as hunting and timber harvesting. Scott and the Cabinet confirmed Steverson’s reappointment in August.
TWEET, TWEET: @SaintPetersBlog: Told ‘ya so.
— “Sen committee approves confirmation for prisons chief” via Mary Ellen Klas of the Miami Herald
NO CASINOS TELLS GOVERNOR TO LEAVE EXPANSION OUT OF GAMBLING TALKS via Jim Rosica of Florida Politics – John Sowinski, president of Orlando-based No Casinos, wrote to Scott … deadlocked with the [Seminole Tribe of Florida] over renewing a now-expired provision of the Seminole Compact … “We believe that having compact negotiations serve as a vehicle for any expansion of gambling, either on tribal property or off of tribal property, is completely contrary to the entire basis by which the compact was sold to the public back in 2010 … Instead, we believe the best course of action for the state of Florida is to ensure that any compact renewal be predicated on a zero expansion policy.”
— “Florida asks federal court to dismiss lawsuit filed by Seminole Tribe” via Associated Press
SCOTT SEEKS $8.5 MILLION TO HELP PROCESS RAPE KITS via Brendan Farrington of the Associated Press –… backlog of about 11,000 untested rape kits … The money would be used to help Florida Department of Law Enforcement crime laboratories process the kits by providing new equipment and upgrading a DNA database … “The $8.5 million investment … is critical to giving innocent victims the answers they rightfully deserve, including the thousands of women who have been victims to absolutely horrific, violent crimes.”
ADAM PUTNAM LAUNCHES CAMP PRAIRIE, OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES FOR DISABLED VETERANS via Florida Politics – Putnam announced the opening of Camp Prairie … as a part of his department’s “Operation Outdoor Freedom” campaign … “Our veterans have risked their own safety for our liberty, and Operation Outdoor Freedom is one way we can demonstrate our gratitude to the brave men and women who were injured while serving our country” … The program provides free outdoor experiences, such as hunting and fishing trips, for disabled veterans. To date, more than 1,400 veterans have participated.
SENATE GIVES COURT A NEW REDISTRICTING CONFIGURATION, REJECTING PLAN THAT PASSED FULL SENATE via Mary Ellen Klas of the Miami Herald – The Florida Senate offered the court yet another proposal for redistricting South Florida … submitting a configuration that merges pieces of a map approved by the full Senate with one that never got a vote. The new configuration, chosen by Senate President Andy Gardiner … pieces together two different maps drawn by staff: S9090 (formerly S9078) — the bulk of which was adopted by the full Senate, and S9080, a configuration that was rejected by three Miami senators and never came to a vote. Gardiner rejected the configuration for Miami adopted drawn by Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla that was voted upon by the Senate on a 22-18 vote, and instead choose a different version that was drawn by the staff.
TWEET, TWEET: @MaryEllenKlas: For Gardiner and lawyers to submit a map not approved by full Senate was ‘pretty bold’ says @oscarjb2
TWEET, TWEET: @MarcACaputo: Natl Journal hed said FL’s “Anti-Gerrymandering Measures Didn’t Work.” The before & after congressional maps show that’s pure horseshit
STAND-YOUR-GROUND CHANGES ADVANCE IN SENATE, DESPITE STALLING IN HOUSE via Kristen Clark of the Tampa Bay Times – Republicans on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice, by a 5-1 vote, approved the bill sponsored by … Rob Bradley … It would shift the burden of proof in a pretrial hearing to the prosecutor, who would have to prove why a defendant claiming self-defense isn’t immune from prosecution … Darren Soto … was the lone dissent … He panned the bill as “a massive expansion of ‘stand your ground’ with an unprecedented burden shift.”
EMAIL INSIGHTS: GARY FARMER PRAISES TALLAHASSEE FOR “GETTING IT RIGHT” ON GUN MEASURE via Florida Politics – [The] Democratic Senate District 29 candidate … praises the Florida Legislature for “getting it right this time” on gun laws … “It doesn’t happen often in Florida: The NRA actually didn’t get what they wanted from the Republican controlled legislature” … The House rejected … an effort to loosen the state’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” self-defense laws, in what Farmer calls a “surprising, but laudable,” vote. “You know it’s a bad gun bill when even the Republicans oppose it.”
ALIMONY OVERHAUL BILL CLEARS FIRST HOUSE PANEL via Jim Rosica of Florida Politics – A House bill aimed at overhauling and streamlining the state’s alimony rules cleared its first panel … despite a retired judge telling lawmakers “bad things are going to happen to nice people” if the measure becomes law. The Civil Justice Subcommittee OK’d the bill (HB 455), sponsored by … Colleen Burton of Lakeland … along party lines. Burton’s bill “effectively end(s) permanent alimony” by limiting judges’ discretion in awarding alimony after a divorce by providing a preset formula for how much an ex-spouse should get and for how long.
CLICK BAIT HEADLINE via John Kennedy of the Palm Beach Post: “Is Florida ready for less ‘lewd and lascivious behavior’?“
CORRECTION OF THE DAY via the Tampa Bay Times: “State Rep. Darryl Rouson of St. Petersburg is a Democrat. A caption in Wednesday’s Times listed another party.”
STATE MAY EXPAND HELP FOR INTELLECTUALLY DISABLED CHILDREN via the Associated Press – The Florida Legislature is moving ahead with a measure that will increase the number of children eligible for vouchers that pay for special education programs. A Senate panel … voted for the bill that is one of the top priorities for Senate President Andy Gardiner … A House panel voted for the same bill earlier this week. The legislation (SB 672) permanently expands the program known as the Personal Learning Scholarship Account.
LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS via Legislative IQ powered by Lobby Tools
HOUSE EXAMINES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLAN
The House Economic Affairs Committee will hear testimony from the state Department of Economic Opportunity on Scott’s economic-development proposals for the 2016 budget. Among the requests is a $250 million fund for economic incentives. Meeting begins 9 a.m. in Reed Hall of the House Office Building.
HOUSE DEBATES GUNS ON CAMPUS
Facing the House Judiciary Committee is a bill (HB 4001) from Sarasota Republican Rep. Greg Steube and Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, a Tallahassee Democrat, to allow individuals with concealed-weapons licenses to carry guns on Florida college and university campuses. Meeting begins 9 a.m. in Room 404 House Office Building.
SENATE COMMITTEE CONSIDERS EXPRESSWAY AUTHORITY BILL
The Senate Transportation Committee considers SB 574, filed by Miami Republican Sen. Anitere Flores that deals with expressway-authority governing boards. Meeting begins 9 a.m. in Room 37 of the Senate Office Building.
SENATE COMMITTEE LOOKS AT WATER POLICY
In front of the Senate Appropriations Committee is a water-policy bill (SB 552) from Inverness Republican Sen. Charlie Dean, which seeks to regulate water flow levels for springs and specify the Central Florida Water Initiative. The bill offers management action plans for Lake Okeechobee, the Caloosahatchee Estuary and the St. Lucie River and Estuary. Meeting starts 1 p.m. in Room 412 of the Knott Building.
HOUSE DISCUSSES TAX CREDITS, TOURISM TAXES
The House Finance & Tax Committee will study tax credits for research and development, as well as discuss tourism-related taxes. Meeting begins 1 p.m. in Morris Hall of the House Office Building.
JACK LATVALA TO HOST 13TH HOLIDAY FOOD GIVEAWAY WITH FARM SHARE THIS FRIDAY via Florida Politics – Joined this year by his son … Chris … Latvala will partner with volunteers from the South Florida nonprofit Farm Share Inc. to give free produce to the public at three locations … From 9 to 10:30 a.m. … at the Citizens Alliance for Progress (CAP) agency located at 401 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. in Tarpon Springs. At 11 a.m. … at the Willa Carson Health and Wellness Center at 1108 North MLK Jr. Avenue in Clearwater. The final distribution of the day is at the Highpoint Neighborhood Family Center in Clearwater at 5812 150th Avenue North, and will take place 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. No documentation will be required for families to receive produce.
MORE CRITICISM FOR MATT GAETZ via Tom McLaughlin of the Panama City News-Herald – Okaloosa County Commission Chairman Nathan Boyles … made headlines across Florida by endorsing Bay County Commissioner George Gainer in his 2016 state Senate race against … Gaetz. [Commissioner Wayne] Harris, though, took his endorsement announcement a step further. He not only said he intends to back Gainer, but also opined he thought Gaetz ought to be serving time … [At a] meeting of the Hootnanny Social Club in Okaloosa County … Harris, who is running as a Republican for Gaetz’s state House seat, say something to the effect of “if I could, I’d put him in jail.”
SHOT: @TomMnwfdn: Senate candidate George Gainer, @GainerforSenate, says he didn’t even know @JackLatvala when he decided to run against @mattgaetz.
CHASER: @MattGaetz: @TomMnwfdn riiiiiiiight
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LAUDERDALE WON’T CONSIDER A LAUREN BOOK BOULEVARD via Larry Barszewski of the Sun Sentinel – City commissioners were to consider a resolution Tuesday night supporting the state Legislature’s decision to name a stretch of Federal Highway in honor of Book, a state Senate candidate and the daughter of lobbyist Ron Book. But the item was pulled from the commission’s agenda because of one unnoticed problem: The bill that included the honorary naming apparently didn’t pass the Legislature this year after all. A review of the Florida Senate‘s web site shows the bill cleared the Senate but was not taken up in the House of Representatives.
SAVE THE DATE: House Republican Majority Leader Dana Young will raise money for her re-election with a major event Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the Tampa Yacht and Country Club, 5320 Interbay Blvd. in Tampa. Event begins at 5 p.m.. Among those headlining are Florida Cabinet members Jeff Atwater, Pam Bondi and Adam Putnam, as well as House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Speaker-Designate Richard Corcoran. Honorary hosts include state Sen. Jeff Brandes and Rep. Tom Lee, several state representatives and Hillsborough Sheriff David Gee.
— “GOPAC names Dana Young to legislative leaders advisory board“ via Kevin Derby of Sunshine State News
HAPPENING TODAY: STACEY WEBB FUNERAL via James Call of the Tallahassee Democrat – Services will be held 4 p.m. Thursday at Good Samaritan UMC on Capital Circle SE. The family will receive visitors immediately following the service. Webb is survived by her husband John, and son, Walker, who is 14. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Good Samaritan for a foundation for musical training for children.
— “Friends remember lobbyist Stacey Smelser Webb’s .immense heart,’ ’kind soul’” via Jim Rosica of Florida Politics
FIRMS COLLECT NEARLY $31 MILLION DURING Q3 TO LOBBY FLORIDA LEGISLATURE via Florida Politics – Ballard Partners tops the compensation list for lobbying the Florida Legislature in the third quarter of 2015, bringing in $2.22 million … Registered lobbying firms took in almost $32 million in fees — $31,775,000 to be (somewhat) exact … three other companies cracked the $1 million mark: Ronald L. Book P.A. ($1.65 million); Southern Strategy Group ($1.59 million) and Capital City Consulting LLC ($1.23 million). Eight firms earned more than $500,000, but just under $1 million: Greenberg Traurig P.A. ($974,000); Corcoran & Johnston ($881,000); Johnson & Blanton ($735,000); The Rubin Group ($695,000); GrayRobinson P.A. ($630,000); Floridian Partners LLC ($605,000); Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC ($584,000); and Metz Husband & Daughton P.A. ($575,000). Another nine firms came in between $300,000 and $499,999: Smith Bryan & Myers Inc. ($490,000); Capitol Insight LLC ($455,000); Colodny Fass, P.A. ($410,000); The Advocacy Group at Cardenas Partners LLC ($385,000); Anfield Consulting ($370,000); The Mayernick Group LLC ($350,000); Spearman Management Inc. ($320,000); The Fiorentino Group ($320,000); and Heffley & Associates ($305,000). In total, registered companies reported paying a median $30,682,000 in legislative lobbying fees during Q3 2015.
NEW LOBBYING REGISTRATIONS
Fred Baggett, Gus Corbella, Hayden Dempsey, Lesli Dughi, Greenberg Traurig: LeadingAge Florida
Al Cardenas, Slater Bayliss, Sarah Busk, Christopher Chaney, R. Justin Day, Sandy Fay, Stephen Shiver, Cardenas Partners: The Association of Public Media in Florida; Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Christopher Carmody, Christopher Dawson, Todd Steibly, Robert Stuart, GrayRobinson: Woodard & Curran; Target
Michael Colodny, Donovan Brown, Trevor Mask, Claude Mueller, Nate Strickland, Katherine Webb, Colodny Fass: Prepared Insurance Company; G&G Holdings Group
Claudia Davant, Adams St. Advocates: Veritas Technologies
Daniel DeLisi, DeLisi, Inc.: City of Sanibel
Rob Fields, One Eighty Consulting: Parchment; Promethean
Rudy Garcia, Florida Governmental Affairs: Palm Springs General Hospital
Todd Lewis, Lewis Consulting: House of Hope
Lisa Kirkland O’Steen: Florida Sports Foundation
David Ramba, Ramba Consulting Group: FLGR Development
William Rubin, Melissa Akeson, Christopher Finkbeiner, The Rubin Group: Max Scholar; Hartman & Tyner; South Central Florida Express
James Randolph Spratt, Magnolia Strategies: Douglas Products
Robert Stuart, Jr., GrayRobinson: Metropolitan Systems
Jim Taylor: Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners
Larry Williams, Michael Cusick and Associates: Charter School Capital
Cameron Yarbrough, Gunster Yoakley & Stewart: Air-Conditioning Heating and Refrigeration Institute
PARAGRAPH OF THE DAY (IF YOU ARE IN THE INFLUENCE INDUSTRY) via Isaac Arnsdorf of Politico Influence – “Digital grassroots and grasstops will be the most important change in the influence industry next year, according to a new survey from communications firm Rasky Baerlein of 201 “Washington insiders,” conducted by the Prime Group . Fifty-eight percent said that category’s share of advocacy budgets would grow, including 21 percent predicting rapid growth. Almost two-thirds said spending on direct lobbying would stay about the same. This year the insiders said they’ll spend 48 percent of their budgets on lobbying the Hill and the executive branch, compared with 20 percent for public affairs and media relations, and 15 percent on grassroots and grasstops. The respondents still considered traditional government relations to be the most effective.”
PERSONNEL NOTE: FATIMA PEREZ JOINS KOCH INDUSTRIES TO LEAD REGIONAL STATE GOV’T AFFAIRS via Florida Politics – Perez, most recently chief of staff for Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, will become the new state government affairs regional manager for Koch Companies Public Sector LLC … she will be responsible for all state and governmental affairs for Koch Industries and its affiliates in Florida, and North and South Carolina.
PERSONNEL NOTE: FORMER REPORTER JOE FOLLICK JOINS FLORIDA TAXWATCH AS COMM. DIRECTOR via Florida Politics – Veteran Tallahassee reporter Joe Follick has joined Florida TaxWatch as its new Director of Communications and External Relations. Follick brings more than two decades of communication and media experience, serving as communications director for the Florida Department of Education and with the Department of Children and Families since 2009.
PERSONNEL NOTE: VETERAN STATE CIO ROB FIELDS JOINS ONE EIGHTY CONSULTING via Florida Politics – Rob Fields, chief information officer of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, is joining One Eighty Consulting, a Tallahassee-based governmental affairs consultancy firm. Fields, a 14-year-veteran of Florida state government was chief information officer at the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles … the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration … and chief of distributed infrastructure for the Florida Department of Financial Services.
SPOTTED at The White House: Tampa’s Aakash Patel, with 60 community leaders from around the nation for a briefing on the president’s trade agenda.
TAMPA BAY TIMES RECEIVES INNOVATION IN JOURNALISM AWARD FOR “FAILURE FACTORIES” via Florida Politics – The National Press Foundation announced … its newly minted Innovation in Journalism Award goes to the Tampa Bay Times … for its “Failure Factories” series … which investigated the five worst-performing elementary schools in the state. “The Tampa Bay Times investigation surfaced the disastrous impact of resegregation of its local schools,” the NPF judges said. “Its innovative use of data visualizations encouraged the reader to see the impact and interact with the data.”
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to U.S. Senate candidate Todd Wilcox and Moore Communication’s Karen Moore. Belated wishes to state Senate candidate Dean Asher and Capital City Consulting’s Gerald Wester. An early happy birthday to our friend Anthony Pedicini. It takes two editions of Sunburn to give him his due.