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Sunburn for November 2 – Fla. Dems gather; Jeb regroups; Jose Oliva drops a map; Rick Scott drops a bill; Kevin Cate’s sends me a message

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Sunburn – The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics.

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

FLORIDA DEMOCRATS RALLY FOR 2016 WITHOUT HILLARY CLINTON, BERNIE SANDERS via the Associated Press – Clinton was a no-show Saturday. Ditto … Sanders. The Florida Democratic Party held a weekend convention to rally supporters … Without the benefit of a presidential candidate actually showing up … While Florida will play a major role in deciding the presidency, it will have far less influence in choosing the Democratic nominee. And Democratic delegates understand that. By contrast, the Republican Party of Florida is holding a similar event in two weeks … gleeful that they’ll get international attention … While the Democrats are relying on Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill as their keynote speaker.

GWEN GRAHAM FUELS SPECULATION ABOUT POSSIBLE RUN FOR GOVERNOR via Matt Dixon of POLITICO Florida – In a speech to party activists and donors … Graham dumped fuel on the fire for those who think she will, or should, run for governor in 2018 … “In 2018, we are going to turn the governor’s mansion blue. … I live in Tallahassee, but you don’t have to live there to know how bad things have gotten in our state Capitol” … only added to what seemed like a scripted bit of political theater all designed to build buzz for a potential Graham run for governor.

TWEET, TWEET: @BallardFirm: Don’t get all crazy Gwen

BARNEY FRANK ENDORSES PATRICK MURPHY via Mitch Perry of Florida Politics

(F)ormer longtime Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank announced that he was backing Patrick Murphy for the U.S. Senate Saturday afternoon, one of his most noteworthy endorsements of his 2016 Senate contest. “I have no doubt that he is the best candidate to win this crucial senate seat so we can take back the Senate,” said Frank. It was a surprise in more than one way. Frank had not been advertised as appearing at the Florida Democratic Convention, where a press conference was held in one of ballrooms at the Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Convention Center shortly after 3 p.m.. … At the same press conference, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and McCaskill also showed up to endorse Murphy.

— “U.S. Senate Democrats throw support to Patrick Murphy via Jeremy Wallace of the Tampa Bay Times

— “Florida Teamster endorse Patrick Murphy” via Florida Politics

CHARLIE CRIST GETS A HERO’S WELCOME via Frank Torres of Florida Politics  – Despite falling to Rick Scott last year, Crist came back to a hero’s welcome and is still the best retail politician in the state, seamlessly floating from table to table shaking hands and taking pictures.

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DONALD TRUMP RELEASES PLAN AIMED AT IMPROVING VETERANS’ CARE via the Associated Press Trump released a plan … aimed at improving veterans’ health care and other services in the wake of continued criticism of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Under Trump’s plan, eligible veterans would be able to bring their veterans’ identification cards to any doctor or facility that accepts Medicare and be able to receive immediate treatment … would help improve wait times and services by adding competition … Would also increase funding for treating for post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide prevention services as well as provide additional job training and placement … calls for better support for female veterans, including improved health services.

PAUL SINGER, INFLUENTIAL BILLIONAIRE, THROWS SUPPORT TO MARCO RUBIO FOR PRESIDENT via Maggie Haberman and Nicholas Confessore of the New York Times – The decision by … Paul Singer, is a signal victory for Rubio in his battle with his rival … Bush for the affections of major Republican patrons and the party’s business wing … It comes as a major blow to … Bush, who is seeing his once vigorous campaign imperiled by doubts among supporters, and whose early dominance of the race was driven by his financial muscle. Bush and several other candidates, including … Christie … had competed fiercely for … Singer’s blessing.

TWEET, TWEET: @RealDonaldTrump: I see Marco Rubio just landed another billionaire to give big money to his Superpac, which are total scams. Marco must address him as “SIR”!

THE RYAN AND RUBIO MOMENT via David Brooks of the New York Times – So after all the meshugas on the right … the Republicans could wind up with two new leaders going into this election … That’s a pretty excellent outcome for a party that has shown an amazing tendency to inflict self-harm. … Bush‘s problems are temperamental and thus most likely permanent. He would probably be a very effective president. And he would have been a very effective candidate – but in 1956. These are harsher times. … Cruz looks likely to emerge as the candidate of the disaffected white working class … now … with Trump. But … Cruz just isn’t likable enough to build a national campaign around. … Rubio is a balance of marketing and product. If Ryan and Rubio do emerge as the party’s two leaders, it will be the wonkiest leadership team in our lifetime. That’s a good thing.

MITT ROMNEY ALUM REBUTS WHISPERS: RUBIO PASSED OUR VETTING via Alex Isenstadt of POLITICO – A longtime top aide to … Romney is pushing back against charges from the Bush campaign that Romney came across unflattering information about … Rubio when he was vetted for the VP slot in 2012 … U.S. News published a 112-page document … highlights the campaign’s plans to target Rubio, calling him a “risky bet” … “Those who have looked into Marco’s background in the past have been concerned with what they have found.” … Beth Myers, a longtime Romney political adviser … pushed back on the assertion … “The Bush aide referred to in this article is simply wrong.”

PRO-RUBIO SUPER PAC PREVIEWS FIRST AD TO DONORS, EXCLUDES JEB BUSH FROM LIST OF TOP OPPONENTS via Sean Sullivan of the Washington Post – The super PAC backing … Rubio‘s presidential campaign gave donors a preview of its first TV ad … told them there are four candidates the organization believes can win the Republican nomination. Notably … Bush is not one of them … Conservative Solutions PAC officials … identify the biggest threats to Rubio … “When you consider all angles, as we do, we believe there are really only four candidates with a reasonable chance of becoming the Republican nominee … Rubio … Carson … Trump … Cruz … And when you look on to the general election against … Clinton, we are convinced that Marco gives the GOP its best chance to win.”

UNDER THE RADAR — FEC PANEL DELAYS A DECISION ON SPENDING IN ’16 RACES via Eric Lichtblau of the New York Times  – The FEC deadlocked … on a request for an emergency ruling seeking to clarify the barriers between campaigns and super PACs … lawyers who signed the request – Marc E. EliasEzra W. ReeseJonathan S. Berkon and Rachel L. Jacobs – work at Perkins Coie, which represents the Democratic Party’s congressional campaign committees, the Hillary Clinton campaign and a Democratic super PAC supporting her. A host of the fundraising strategies remain legally ambiguous until the commission takes up a vote on Nov. 10.

FALL OF THE HOUSE OF BUSH: THE LAST CHAPTER OF THE EPIC BUSH SIBLING RIVALRY via Maureen Dowd of the New York Times – Some of Jeb’s disillusioned donors are hanging on just because they can’t bear to shatter the old man’s illusions. How can America be rewarding the wrong dynasty – Little Rock over Kennebunkport? … Trump has gotten into Jeb’s head, making Jeb so petulant he declared he had ‘a lot of really cool things’ he could be doing instead, when we all know he doesn’t. … While Jeb was offstage, the whole party and political environment had passed him by. He came back looking very ’90s. … Jeb got confused. He thought he was still in an era when people had to pay their dues.

BUSH TEAM BRACING FOR CASH CRUNCH via Eli Stokols of POLITICO – Bush’s campaign … is bracing for the possibility that revenue dries up in the coming weeks ahead … Top campaign officials … are seeking to reassure staff that now is not the time to panic … campaign manager Danny Diaz … urged employees to soldier on … Staffers in Miami are reportedly frustrated after having relocated there only to be asked now to work for less money and accept reassignments to other states … is a “broad sense of betrayal, disappointment and anger” … now looking for ways to cut costs … one donor  … suggested that top officials — including Diaz, adviser Sally Bradshaw, and early state strategist David Kochel — might be willing to take additional pay cuts as part of a new barebones operation.

— “Jeb Bush’s gut-check moment” via S.V. Dáte of the National Journal

ICYMI – CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER LEAVES BUSH CAMPAIGN via Reid Epstein and Patrick O’Connor of the Wall Street Journal – The highest-ranking official known to lose her job in … Bush’s flagging campaign is Christine Ciccone, the campaign’s chief operating officer … comes a week after the Bush campaign announced a re-organization that it said would reduce payroll by 40% …  Ciccone … worked in President George W. Bush’s White House, serving as a legislative liaison to the Senate … worked as a lobbyist at Sphere, a top Washington consulting firm.

BUSH’S BULLDOG: DANNY DIAZ via Daniel Lippman and Marc Caputo of POLITICO – Many who know the 40-year-old son of Spanish immigrants insist that the barrel-chested, tough-talking Diaz is just the man to jump-start the floundering Bush organization. … [R]emember the story, dug out of a Boston Globe profile [and regularly invoked by Gail Collins], of how Mitt Romney once strapped family dog Seamus to the roof of the family car? Diaz is widely credited with spreading the story while working on … McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign … [FP1] colleague Ryan Williams said Diaz is ‘the hardest working person in politics’ … Diaz is famous in Washington for sending emails with his trademark $$ symbol of approval [as in ‘money’]. He calls and emails colleagues at all hours. … With jet-black and slicked back hair, Diaz could be mistaken for a Hollywood version of a Mafioso. In the 2004 Bush re-election campaign, he was given a mobster’s nickname, ‘Danny Two Times,’ for saying things twice – a reference to the character in the movie ‘Goodfellas’ called ‘Jimmy Two Times.’

ON MEET THE PRESS, BUSH VOTES TO FIGHT THROUGH CAMPAIGN’S BUMPY TIME via Jordan Frasier of NBC News – Bush remained steadfast in his quest for the White House despite a poor debate performance and a week of dismal headlines for his troubled campaign during an exclusive interview with Chuck Todd for “Meet the Press.” … “I have enough self-awareness to know that this is the bumpy time of a campaign,” he said. “This is the process. I totally understand it, and I’m more than prepared to fight on.”

… Part of the campaign’s reset strategy emerged from a huddle in Houston last weekend with advisers and donors. A leaked memo from that event showed a strong focus on Bush’s rival for the Republican nomination Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. Bush said he did not leak the memo.

“I didn’t see it,” Bush said of the memo that in part referred to Rubio as a “GOP Obama.” Despite that, the governor said comparing and contrasting candidates is part of the process, but that he wants the basis of his campaign to be on fixing problems.

QUOTE OF THE DAY via Bush by the Washington Post: “Look, there are two types of politicians. There the talkers and there the doers. I wish I could talk as well as some of the people on the stage, the big personalities on the stage, but I’m a doer.”

TWEET, TWEET: @MarkHalperin: No one who knows anything about politics would write off the fired-up version of @JebBush speaking in Iowa now.

BUSH MAKING THREE APPEARANCES IN SUNSHINE STATE TODAY via Mitch Perry of Florida Politics – When all appears lost, there’s always home. That seems to be the main reason why  Bush is making three appearances in the state he governed for eight years this coming Monday, even though the Sunshine State doesn’t vote until March 15, after the first four major states in the race: Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.

The “Jeb can fix it” tour, as it’s being dubbed, will commence in South Tampa at 10:30 a.m. at the Tampa Garden Club. … From there he crosses I-4 to appear at the Conductive Education Center of Orlando in Winter Park at 1 p.m. … He then completes the day of campaigning with a town hall meeting at Kaman Aerospace in Jacksonville at 4 p.m.

FLORIDA HOUSE SPEAKER DESIGNATE RICHARD CORCORAN ENDORSES BUSH via Florida Politics – “I have known Jeb Bush for over 20 years.  As Governor, Jeb Bush set the standard against which all other conservatives in this state are measured – no one in Florida would argue that. Jeb Bush always stepped up and was true to his principles, even if that meant facing difficult consequences. I saw him in moments when it would have been easy to cave to the special interests and just go along with the status quo; yet he never did.  He is without question, the most courageous, conservative in this race. That’s what I want in a leader, and what I know the electorate deserves. When the people of this country get to know the Jeb Bush that I know, they will have no doubt that he is the right choice to become the next President of the United States.” – Speaker-designate Richard Corcoran.

>>>Corcoran will join Bush at his first stop in Tampa and will travel and campaign with the governor the remainder of the day.


1. It is coming after last week, the most challenging of Bush’s campaign.;

2. Corcoran was Rubio’s chief of staff — who would know Rubio’s leadership abilities better?

3. Corcoran’s brother, Michael, is probably the one or two most prominent Florida lobbyist (other than Nick Iarossi) backing Rubio.

HOW 1994 EXPLAINS 2016 via Michael Kruse of POLITICO – For both Hillary Clinton and Bush, 1994 was a year that looked bad then – but looks worse now. It was a year that changed them, and their lives, forever. It was a year when political opponents learned how to take them on – and win.

NOT 1994, TRY 2000 via Maggie Habermas of the New York Times – Clinton is trying to reclaim the energy of her Senate campaign.

EMAIL I DIDN’T OPEN via Christina Aguilera: “I’ll sing, Hillary might dance — add your name to be there!”

MEANWHILE … BEN CARSON VISITING TALLAHASSEE TODAY via Jeff Burley of the Tallahassee Democrat – Carson … will be signing copies of his latest book, “A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties,” from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Books-A-Million, 3521 Thomasville Road. … His visit is part of a five-day swing through Florida. He’ll be in Pensacola and Panama City today and head to the Villages immediately following his Tallahassee appearance.

HAPPENING OVERNIGHT — FRED THOMPSON DEAD AT 73Thompson, a Republican U.S. senator for eight years who also acted in feature films and on television, has died, his family says in a statement. The statement says he died in Nashville after a recurrence of lymphoma at 73.

Thompson, a lawyer, alternated between politics and acting much of his adult life. Once regarded as a rising star in the Senate, he retired from the seat when his term expired in January 2003, saying he didn’t “have the heart” for another term.

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FLA. HOUSE FILES ITS OWN SENATE DISTRICT MAP via Jim Rosica of Florida Politics – Jose Oliva, chair of the House … redistricting panel … filed a plan to redraw the state Senate districts that he said borrows from the plaintiffs’ proposal … will be considered as an amendment to the map sent over by the Senate this Wednesday … Bill Galvano, who leads redistricting efforts in that chamber, said his staff is now reviewing the House map.

ADAM SMITH’S LOSER OF THE WEEK IN FLORIDA POLITICS: ANDY GARDINER – “The Senate president does not appear to have much control over a bitterly divided Senate. As if tensions weren’t already festering over the ongoing battle between Sens. Jack Latvala and Joe Negron to succeed Gardiner as Senate president, Sen. Don Gaetz fanned the animosity with a 17-minute rebuke of Latvala over redistricting. ‘One of the lowest points I can ever recall,’ Sen. Tom Lee said of the upper chamber’s divide”

FUNDRAISING REPORTS SHOW SENATE RIVALS JACK LATVALA, JOE NEGRON CLOSE AS EVER via Florida Politics – Early committee finance numbers for … Latvala and Negron show the two rivals are as close as ever in fundraising. Latvala’s outfit, Florida Leadership Committee, entered October with a little more than $1.6 million on-hand, and the committee should get a little boost above that mark once final reports for October are posted … Treasure Coast Alliance, which backs Negron, looks like it will spend a bit more than it brings in on the October ledger. The committee had nearly $65,000 in expenditures through Oct. 29 and has only collected $58,750 in contributions according to the preliminary numbers. Negron’s committee entered October with a small cash-on-hand edge over Latvala – TCA had about $1.62 million to FLC’s $1.61 … the two rivals will remain virtually tied, money-wise at least.

WAR OVER SOLAR AMENDMENTS FLARES INTO BATTLE FOR SIGNATURES via Mary Ellen Klas of the Miami Herald – “It defies all logic to suggest that we think confusing our amendment with theirs will help us get signatures,” said Sarah Bascom, spokeswoman for the group. “If that is happening, we want to know about it because we won’t tolerate it.” … But it’s a scenario many predicted when a coalition of solar companies launched the Floridians for Solar Choice amendment last spring that, if successful, threatens to impose unprecedented competition upon Florida utility monopolies by allowing the establishment of independently run solar installations across the state. The utilities fought back and launched a rival amendment, Consumers for Smart Solar, to leave things as they are and let state and local regulators decide.

… Bascom … accused the rival group of “strong arm tactics,” saying they required medical marijuana petition gatherers to only carry the Solar Choice initiative, not her group’s Smart Solar ballot.

But (Stephen) Smith denied that is happening. Instead, he said, his petition gatherers take the opposite view. “We don’t really care if they carry both because we know their amendment isn’t going to get through the Supreme Court.”

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CONSUMER CONFIDENCE FALLS SLIGHTLY IN FLORIDA via the Associated Press – The monthly University of Florida consumer sentiment survey released Friday showed that consumer confidence fell by less than a half a point this month. This is the second month in a row that consumer confidence dipped in the state.

RICK SCOTT THE SOCIALIST IS BACK Full blog post here – Scott the Socialist’s trial balloon struck out with his hospital profit sharing plan earlier this year. It was openly mocked by Republicans and Democrats alike. But now, just in time to scare red blooded capitalist children at Halloween, Scott the Socialist is back. I’m told his staff has been shopping a hospital price-fixing bill to House Republicans for two weeks, and has yet to find a sponsor, or Bernie Sanders. So, late Friday night, that same exact bill, without a sponsor, showed up on his Hospital Commission website, apparently earlier than directed.

HARDEST HIT FUND CALLED A ‘FLOP’ IN FLORIDA; ADVOCATES BLAME SCOTT via Jeff Ostrowski of the Palm Beach Post – A federal inspector general paints Florida’s Hardest Hit Fund as a flop at saving homeowners from foreclosure … beset by low approval rates and long wait times, Christy L. Romero, the special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, said … Only 20.5 percent of Florida borrowers who applied to the federal program received mortgage help, the lowest of the 18 states participating in the program. In Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee, more than 70 percent of homeowners who applied won mortgage aid. Florida’s program offered assistance to 23,234 homeowners through June 30 — fewer than in Michigan or Ohio, states with smaller populations than Florida and much smaller allotments from the Hardest Hit Fund.

SCOTT APPOINTEE TO BOARD OF EDUCATION HAS HISTORY OF QUESTIONABLE SPENDING via Kristen Clark of the Miami Herald – Scott … appointed a close friend, with little experience in education and a history of questionable personal spending during his time in state government, to fill a vacancy on the State Board of Education. Tom Grady, a 57-year-old wealthy securities lawyer from Naples and former state lawmaker … best known … for his hefty travel spending during his brief tenure in 2012 as interim president of Citizens Property Insurance. In less than two months overseeing the state-run provider, he spent nearly $10,000 on expensive hotel rooms, airplane trips, a limo ride and a three-night stay in Bermuda. Grady defended the spending, saying he was actually “very frugal.” He lost the permanent job … amid questions raised … about his spending habits. He returned to the private sector.

ASSIGNMENT EDITORS: Gov. Scott will attend the grand opening ceremony of the U.S. 98/Cody Avenue Interchange Project in Okaloosa County. Press conference begins 9 a.m. CST at the southwest quadrant of U.S. 98/Cody Ave. Intersection in Hurlburt Field. In the event of inclement weather, the event location will move to the Hurlburt Field Soundside Club at 107 Kissam Street, Bldg. 90910 in Hurlburt Field.

AGENCIES PRESENT BUDGET REQUESTS FOR NEXT YEAR via Jim Rosica of Florida Politics – The Department of Financial Services under Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater is asking for a total of $311.2 million … about $45 million for ongoing technology needs … Department of Lottery requested $176.5 million, including $761,000 for a new sales incentive plan, $948,000 for new computer equipment, and $70,000 for an updated email archiving system … Agency for State Technology asked for $72.7 million to oversee the executive branch’s information technology systems … The Department of Business and Professional Regulation wants $152.7 million … $400,000 to fund the fight against unlicensed real estate activity and $1.9 million to boost hotel and restaurant inspections.

FLORIDA FILES FEDERAL LAWSUIT TO SHUT DOWN SEMINOLES’ BLACKJACK TABLES via the South Florida Sun Sentinel – The state … is filing a lawsuit in a Tampa federal court asking a judge to order the tribe to cease operations … Seminoles were supposed to remove the blackjack tables … But the tribe filed a lawsuit seeking to keep blackjack and other banked card games in place …  Seminoles believe they can continue operating the games while their lawsuit is under consideration.

MEANWHILE … TRIBE LOBBIES UP WITH HIRE OF FLORIDIAN PARTNERS via Florida Politics – Floridian Partners, the lobbying shop headed up by Charlie Dudley, was inked earlier this week to represent the Tribe before … Scott … and the Florida Legislature … Until recently, Floridian Partners had been signed with Las Vegas Sands … The Tribe needs all the political help it can get … already has the gaming experts at Jones Walker (read: Marc Dunbar), the white shoes at PooleMcKinley, and Barry RichardJack Skelding and Screven Watson.

FLORIDA MEDIACAL POT LAW MISSES DEADLINE, NEARLY A YEAR BEHIND SCHEDULE via John Kennedy of the Palm Beach Post – Almost a year-and-a-half since Gov. Scott and state lawmakers legalized a form of medical marijuana, the latest deadline for making it available to Floridians has gone up in smoke. … Activists are frustrated, new legislative proposals are in play, and another effort to ask voters to approve full-blown marijuana for medical use is underway and aimed at next November’s presidential ballot in Florida.

… “Every week that goes by that this substance is not in the hands of these suffering families is one week too long,” said Sen. Rob Bradley, a sponsor of last year’s Charlotte’s Web bill. “I continue to be very, very frustrated.” … In a crucial step in the complicated and combative start-up process, the Florida Department of Health is finally close to selecting five nurseries to grow, process and dispense Charlotte’s Web.

UF CAN BAN GUNS ON CAMPUS AND IN DORMS, COURT SAYS via Jeff Schweers of the Gainesville Sun – The University of Florida has the right to ban firearms on campus and in residence halls, according to an opinion released by the 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee … upholds an earlier trial court’s ruling. In rejecting the appeal filed by Florida Carry Inc. … Judge Joseph Lewis affirmed the lower court’s ruling in favor of UF’s prohibition of firearms on campus property, saying the policy is in line with current state law that bans weapons on school property.

BROWARD DEM KATIE EDWARDS STRADDLES PARTY LINES IN GOP DOMINATED STATE CAPITAL via Anthony Man of the South Florida Sun Sentinel – Edwards is now supported by Democrats who opposed her in the primary the year she was elected — and by a former Republican state legislator from Broward … Supporters also include prosecutors — as well as criminal defense lawyers … she tries to find out what’s important to her colleagues and figure out how to put the pieces together so that everyone involved in an issue can come out with a win. “My job is to bring people who don’t like each other and bring them into the same room and get them to agree on what they can agree on.”

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APPOINTED: Brian Iten to the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court.

APPOINTED: Hunter Conrad as the St. Johns County Clerk of Courts

APPOINTED: Brandon Beil to the Lake Shore Hospital Authority of Columbia County

APPOINTED: Daniel Alvarez and Rebecca Smith (reappointed) to the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority.


Pete Buigas: USCare Inc.

Natalie Kato: Families Against Mandatory Minimums

Jonathan Kilman, Floey & Lardner: The HangIVer Bar

Rebecca O’Hara, Theriaque & Spain: Florida League of Cities

Todd Sumner: Gulf Unmanned Systems Center

LEGISLATIVE PANEL WILL DISCUSS RECENT LOBBYING AUDITS via Jim Rosica of Florida Politics – A joint panel … will go over the first round of lobbying firm audit reports … Joint Legislative Auditing Committee plans to meet, starting at 9:30 a.m. Auditors found a number of firms either under-reporting or over-reporting the money they made in 2014 … Nearly all of those firms turned in amended disclosures, saying any mistakes were unintentional … the panel will consider suggested changes to the quarterly lobbying reports themselves, including allowing lobbying firms to submit a written response to any problems noted by auditors.

PERSONNEL NOTE: FORMER DBPR ATTORNEY MICHAEL MARTINEZ JOINS GREENSPOON MARDER ALCOHOL BEVERAGE GROUP via Florida Politics – Florida firm Greenspoon Marder Law announced Friday the addition of attorney Michael Martinez as Senior Counsel for its growing Alcohol Beverage Group. Martinez brings more than 15 years’ experience in state government in the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). He will be based out of Greenspoon Marder’s newly opened Tallahassee office, joining its alcohol law, government relations, and lobbying division.

REMEMBERING FRED LEONHARDT via Susan Glickman – Fred’s sudden passing leaves quiet where there was laughter. He was the spark for so many good things – devoted to his family, his community and passionate about his clients and their causes. He leaves a host of friends and colleagues who will miss him and we are all better for having known him. … Please join Wednesday, November 4th to toast Fred with champagne as the sun sets at The Edison in Cascades Park 470 Suwannee St, Tallahassee, FL 32301. The sun sets at 5:57 PM. Be there to share memories 5:30 – 7 PM.

THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH FLORIDA BUT IT’S ABSOLUTELY WORTH CLICKING — The New York Times interactive team pulls off another visual treat with a zoom-down-from-space and fly-across-the-ice feature that gives you both a good sense of the life of a scientist investigating the effects of climate change in polar regions, and a clearer understanding of how it’s happening.

MORE FLORIDA – “21 words you don’t really understand unless you’re from Florida” via Jessica Misener of BuzzFeed

WHAT MARC CAPUTO IS NOT READING – “Why the ACC needs to overturn Miami’s crazy controversial win over Duke” via the USA Today

MEANWHILE — “ACC suspends officials for 2 games after Duke-Miami ending” via the Associated Press

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BELATEDLY to The Man, Harold Hedrick, as well as Andrew Fay. Happy birthday today to David Custin.

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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