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Sunburn – The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics – August 31

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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.

Republican Party of Florida county party chairs and committee members met this weekend in Tampa. Here are some of things that we learned about the state of the party going into the fall of 2015.

1 – Blaise Ingoglia is serious about reforming the party – at least when it comes to outreach.

The RPOF is getting out of its comfort zone and making the effort to try to bring more young people and minorities into their fold. Part of that began when they hired a bilingual spokesperson (Wadi Gaiten) earlier this year. Two of the most prominent speakers over the weekend were black conservative commentator Niger Innis and pollster/author Kristen Soltis Anderson. Although Innis spent much of his time criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement and speaking less about bringing African-Americans voters into the fold, Soltis Anderson provided all types of information about how the GOP needs to work with social media to reach younger voters.

2 – Republican Senate candidates are making Washington as big a target as Democrats.

Both David Jolly and Carlos Lopez-Cantera put an emphasis in their speeches on Saturday differentiating Florida Republicans from Washington Republicans. In particular, Lopez-Cantera boasted about the work that he’s done as a productive member of the Florida Legislature vs. hearing complaints from Washington about how Republicans can’t get things accomplished.

3 – With Jeb and Marco struggling in the polls, there wasn’t much talk about presidential politics.

The main goal from Ingoglia on down is getting Florida into the “R” column on Election Night in 2016, but the lack of any excitement about favorite sons Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio was noticeable. The only candidate being talked about at all with any frequency was Donald Trump, demonstrating how the New York City businessman’s dominance in the 2016 presidential sweepstakes is drowning out eclipsing everyone else in the field.

4 – The rising concerns of independent voters.

It’s hardly a news flash that the biggest growing party of new voters in Florida (as in the country)are non-party-affiliated voters,  but several times that fact was mentioned at the confab. Local party chairs are thinking of creative ways to turn more people on to joining the Republican Party.

5 – The RPOF doesn’t have much respect for Democrats.

Sharon Day, the Republican National Committee co-chair and RPOF national committeewoman, gave two fiery speeches about the state of the presidential race over the weekend. She pumped up party members about fundraising and having an effective ground game, and bashed the top four Democrats running for president as,” a liar (Hillary Clinton), a socialist (Bernie Sanders) a failed mayor and governor (Martin O’Malley) and a metric nut (Lincoln Chafee).”

Similarly, when talking about the party’s ground game, Ingoglia touted that the RPOF was dedicated to having every House and Senate member reelected in 2016, because, “I don’t think that Democrats win elections. I think we lose elections, and we’re going to continue this winning.”

Coming off of 2014’s results, it’s not exactly like the Democrats have a good response.

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TOP JEB FUNDRAISERS LEAVE CAMPAIGN AMID TROUBLING SIGNS via Alex Isenstadt and Marc Caputo of POLITICO

Three top Jeb Bush fundraisers abruptly parted ways with his presidential campaign … amid internal personality conflicts and questions about the strength of his candidacy … The Florida-based fundraising consultants … Kris MoneyTrey McCarley, and Debbie Alexander … said that they voluntarily quit the campaign and were still working with Bush’s super PAC, Right to Rise Super PAC. …

Bush spokesman Tim Miller would only say that ‘Governor Bush has the widest and deepest fundraising operation of any candidate in the field. Ann Herberger – a longtime aide with more than two decades of experience in state and national politics – will continue to lead the operation in Florida with our team in Miami.’ … Alexander, Money and McCarley have deep and longstanding ties to Florida’s GOP power structure. …

Bush’s fundraising pace has slowed … He’s likely to remain the GOP campaign’s top fundraiser … is also spending more than other candidates because he has a mammoth operation. “Jeb has a big army, and that army needs to be fed,’ said one campaign consultant familiar with the campaign’s internal numbers. ‘Jeb might not have a fundraiser problem. He might have a spending problem.”

TWEET, TWEET: @RealDonaldTrump: Wow, Jeb Bush just lost three of his top fundraisers – they quit!”

BUSH: DONALD TRUMP ‘SHOULD BE TREATED LIKE THE FRONT-RUNNER’ via Jenna Portnoy of the Washington Post

Bush … wants Donald Trump to be treated like the front-runner he is because, if judged on the issues, the son and brother of presidents believes he’ll win every time … “For him, it’s all about him, but he has tapped into – because he’s so different than people in public life – he’s tapped into this anger and angst that Washington’s not working, I totally get it … And I respect the fact that, look, this is a guy that’s the front-runner, he should be treated like the front-runner, not as some alternative universe to the political system.”

JEB BUSH TOUTS CONSENSUS-BUILDER STYLE, BUT MANY POINT TO DISCORDANT FLORIDA RECORD via Adam Smith of the Tampa Bay Times

Jeb Bush says he’s the man to fix the partisan gridlock and dysfunction in Washington … just takes a willingness to find common ground and reach across the aisle to work with people who may often disagree with you … That’s not the leadership style most people remember from his eight years as governor.

“His style is my way or the highway,” said former Florida House Speaker Johnnie Byrd … “The whole time I worked with him, he never listened to me or anybody else in the process. If Mitch McConnell and John Boehner think they’re going to have a great relationship with President Jeb Bush, they better watch out.”

Many of the signature elements of Bush’s record — high-stakes testing in public schools, overhauling Florida’s higher education system to put more control under the governor, privatizing government services, abolishing affirmative action, restricting lawsuits, trying to overrule court rulings to keep Terri Schiavo alive — had little or nothing to do with building consensus. They were examples of Bush doing what he thought was right regardless of public opinion or political backlash.

TWEET, TWEET: @SaintPetersBlog: If Johnnie Byrd and Nancy Argenziano are your sources, you’re doing it wrong.

— “Jeb Bush’s campaign makes appeal amid fund-raising woes” via Jonathan Martin of the New York Times

— “Jeb Bush’s foot-in-mouth problem” via Dana Milbank of the Washington Post

— “Slipping in polls, Jeb Bush pushes to rack up establishment endorsements” via Ed O’Keefe of the Washington Post

PRO-BUSH PAC TARGETS IOWA FOOTBALL FANS IN FIRST TV AD BUY via Michael Bender and Mark Halperin of Bloomberg Politics

The super PAC backing Bush‘s Republican presidential campaign has ordered its first major advertising blitz, targeting Iowa with a seven-figure buy to air TV spots during the final four months of the year. Right to Rise USA confirmed that it has spent $1.66 million to run ads from Sept. 15 to Dec. 28 … scheduled to air on cable networks, including ESPN, ESPN2, Fox News, Hallmark, HGTV, History, TBS and USA … also scheduled air time on the Big Ten Network for Iowa football games from September through November.

The television channels that political groups and candidate choose to advertise is “like a tell in poker,” said Ken Goldstein, a professor of politics at the University of San Francisco and a polling and advertising analyst … “If you’re looking for white males in Iowa, where would you go looking for them in the fall? College football …”

IOWA POLL: TRUMP BLAZES TO LEAD, CARSON QUIETLY RISES via Jennifer Jacbos of the Des Moines Register

Ben Carson … has been a submarine, quietly cruising into second with 18 percent, just 5 percentage points from the front-runner. Carson has the highest favorability rating of the 17 Republican candidates, with 79 percent who view him positively. …

All the other candidates are … in … single digits. Cruz, Walker 8% … Bush, Rubio 6% … Fiorina 5% … Huckabee, Paul 4% … Christie, Jindal, Kasich 2% … Perry, Santorum 1% … Gilmore, Graham, Pataki: under 1%

HAPPENING TODAY: BUSH FUNDRAISER IN CORAL GABLES See the invite here

The high-profile, $1,000-a-ticket private reception for the former governor begins 6 p.m. Monday, August 31 at the home of entrepreneur Manny Kadre and his wife Annie, 5345 Hammock Drive in Coral Gables.

A spot on the host committee, which includes a VIP reception and photo, will be $20,000 (either donated or raised); an individual photo op with Bush costs $2,700.

According to the invite, event chairs include longtime Bush family friend Jorge Arrizurieta; Floridian Partners founder Rodney BarretoDavid Browning of Southern Strategy Group; real estate entrepreneur Ed Easton; healthcare billionaire Mike Fernandez, developer Sergio Pino; and former House Speaker Will Weatherford.

HAPPENING TOMORROW: TED CRUZ TO RAISE OFF IRAN-DEAL OPPOSITION IN BAL HARBOUR via Marc Caputo of POLITICO

Cruz is ready to bash Obama’s Iran-nuke deal at the Republican’s first Florida fundraising stop of his presidential campaign … at the Bal Harbour home of the Falic family, top Jewish conservative donors who at one point accounted for half of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign funds.

The family has also backed … Debbie Wasserman Schultz … the following day … Wasserman Schultz has scheduled a constituent meeting with Vice President Joe Biden, who’s pitching the president’s Iran nuclear plan.

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GOP SENATE CANDIDATES SLAM OBAMA, “WASHINGTON REPUBLICANS” via Sergio Bustos of the Associated Press

They railed against the Obama administration’s foreign policy. They scolded “Washington Republicans.” And they decried the $18 trillion national debt and the dysfunction of a Congress that cannot get anything done.

These were the messages delivered Saturday morning by four Florida Republicans seeking their party’s nomination to compete in the race next year to replace Sen. Marco Rubio.

U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis … said he’s “sick and tired of an administration that treats (Cuban President) Raul Castro and (Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali) Khamenei better than it treats the prime minister of Israel.”

DeSantis promised to limit the federal government’s size, reduce taxes and regulations and demand a balanced budget amendment to lower the $18 trillion national debt.

… U.S. Rep. David Jolly … said he would stand up to “Washington Republicans,” a group he described as “go-along, get along, look the other way” GOP lawmakers. “Our national debt constitutes the greatest threat to our national security,” he said.

… Lt. Gov Carlos Lopez-Cantera … didn’t spare anyone in his harsh critique of Obama and Republican-dominated Congress.

… Todd Wilcox … said he offered “real-world” experience in a field of GOP Senate candidates who agree on “95 percent of the issues.”

Impressions of the GOP field running for Florida Senate” via Adam Smith of the Tampa Bay Times

DAVID JOLLY CAMPAIGNING ON BROKEN LEG via Mitch Perry of Florida Politics

Jolly is moving a bit gingerly these days … broke his fibula while playing in a family football game with his new in-laws this month in Pennsylvania. “Too old, too stubborn, and now I shouldn’t be playing,” the congressman quipped “I was afraid it was a knee” … he attempted as much as possible not to have to use crutches to move around.

Jolly – broken leg and all – has been using some of that free time to begin campaigning for the GOP primary scheduled a full year away. “We are particularly getting a strong response out of South Florida, and so we have continued to talk with community, business and political leaders down there, but again, if we do our day job here, the Senate race will take care of itself …”

ASSIGNMENT EDITORS: Floridians for Solar Choice will host an 11:00 a.m. press conference at the Florida Press Center in Tallahassee to brief reporters on the Solar Choice ballot initiative’s oral arguments before the Florida Supreme Court. The court proceedings can be live streamed starting at 9:00 A.M.

NANCY DETERT STILL UNDECIDED via Zac Anderson of the Sarasota Herald Tribune

With Detert expected to leave the Senate and run for the Sarasota County Commission, the line of candidates forming to take her current job continued to grow last week.

Former Sarasota County and city commissioner Nora Patterson announced her Senate candidacy and is expected to be a strong contender after nearly a quarter century in local government.

But everything hinges on Detert, who said last week she’s still not ready to make an announcement.

“I welcome the new participant waiting in line for my chair,” Detert said. “I feel guilty for still sitting in it.”

Detert said she wants to wait until the Legislature is done meeting this year to make a decision, but the special sessions keep on coming. Another is planned for Oct. 19 through Nov. 6 to redraw the Senate district boundaries, which means Detert’s announcement could still be a ways off.

DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST STEVE SCHALE REACHES ACROSS THE AISLE TO SUPPORT RAY PILON IN 2016 via Florida Politics

Republican state Rep. Ray Pilon has found an unlikely ally in his 2016 House re-election campaign in … District 72: leading Democratic strategist Steve Schale. Schale appears on the host committee for an upcoming fundraiser for the third-term Republican lawmaker … Schale cited Pilon’s stance this year in a major battle over Medicaid expansion in the statehouse as well as a personal rapport when explaining his across-the-aisle support.

“Both Ray and his son Chad, who was an FJA board member during my time there, are friends … But more directly: I talked to a lot of my Republican friends about the need to expand access to affordable health care for working families and frankly, I thought Ray showed real courage breaking from his party to vote for expansion … I believe it’s the right thing for me to stand by him.”

SAVE THE DATE24-year-old Republican Rep. Jennifer Sullivan will kick off her 2016 reelection campaign on this Friday, September 4 in her native central Florida. The event is set to get started at 5:30 p.m. at the Donnelly Park Building (530 N. Donnelly St.) in Mount Dora.

SAVE THE DATE: A fundraiser for Sarasota Rep. Greg Steube is set for Thursday, October 1 at the home of Amanda & John Horne. The event will take place between 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. at 608 87th West Street in Bradenton.

SPOTTED at Michael Mena’s StripSteak at the historic Fontainebleau Miami Beach: Speaker Designate Richard Corcoran and Speaker-to-be Jose Oliva for a fundraiser benefitting House Majority. The event, which reportedly raised more than $200K for the GOP’s House campaign arm, was hosted by elite lobbyists Michael Corcoran, Jeff Johnson and Bill Rubin. In the crowd were Reps. Pepe Diaz, Bryan Avila, and Janette Nunez.

***On September 17-18, Florida CHAIN will host its 1st Annual Conference, Moving Forward Together in a New Era of Health Care. It’s an opportunity to join national experts, advocates, consumers, navigators, health care providers, policy makers, and other stakeholders to learn about pressing health policy topics, acquire new skills, and network with other participants dedicated to improving the health of all Floridians. In addition to two plenary sessions, a keynote address, engaging workshops, and interactive trainings, an exciting awards dinner will be held the evening of September 17th. Learn more and register today at www.MovingForwardFlorida.org.***

BLAISE INGOGLIA DENIES RUMORS HE IS PLOTTING TO BECOME HOUSE SPEAKER via Mitch Perry of Florida Politics

Stamping out speculation that began months ago, Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia told a group of party members at the conclusion of this weekend’s summer quarterly meeting in Tampa that he has never offered himself as a future Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, not does he intend to anytime soon.

“Let me be clear,” Ingoglia said at the beginning of an executive board meeting that culminated a busy two days of events for the state GOP. “I’m not going to offer myself as a Speaker of the House.”

Rumors began circulating during the regular legislative session this past spring that Ingoglia… was behind an effort to oust Orlando state Representative Eric Eisnaugle as Speaker-to-be in 2021. Ten days ago, it was reported that Ingoglia was circulating a letter of “condemnation” to fellow freshman House Republicans as part of a coup to take down Eisnaugle.

POLITICO Florida’s Marc Caputo wrote that Ingoglia was the author of an email sent to nine of the 19 freshmen members of the state House, where he said he wanted to reform the process of picking speakers years in advance. Ingoglia didn’t back down from that goal over the weekend.

REPUBLICANS: JACK LATVALA COURTING DEMS IN BID FOR SENATE PRESIDENCY via Matt Dixon of POLITICO Florida

 As the ongoing battle to become the next state Senate president approaches its third legislative session, a handful of Republicans say fellow GOP Sen. Jack Latvala is courting Democrats in a “desperate” attempt to win the race … “I think he is throwing a Hail Mary,” said Sen. Jeff Brandes … who has quarreled politically with Latvala in the past and could run against him in the future. The fight changed … when Negron proclaimed he had the support of 14 of the chamber’s 26 Republicans. As a result … Andy Gardiner … called for a Republican designation vote in December, which could effectively end the battle.

“If you’ve got a Democrat senator who says on the record that I’ve approached them for support, that’s a story,” (Latvala) wrote in a text message. “For any Republican senator who says it, that would be hearsay” … leveled the same criticism at POLITICO Florida: “You’ve proven to me before that you revel in hearsay, so go to it …”

TWEET, TWEET: @SaintPetersBlog: I wonder if Dan Webster & other Republicans who built Fla. GOP majority were as rude to each other as the Repubs committing fratricide now?

HAPPENING TOMORROW: PRO-JACK LATVALA POLITICAL COMMITTEE TO HOLD LUNCHEON via Florida Politics

Latvala will hold a fundraiser luncheon co-sponsored by several current and former Pinellas politicians in St. Petersburg … features two dozen co-chairs, including current state Reps. Larry AhernKathleen PetersChris Sprowls and … freshman Rep. Chris Latvala. Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano will also be in attendance … noon at the Hilton Carillon Park …

GOP OPERATIVES FILE LAWSUIT AGAINST FAIR DISTRICT AMENDMENTS via The Associated Press

A group including a Pensacola state legislator and the chairman of the Alachua County Republican Party is launching a new legal challenge to two amendments passed by voters.

Rep. Mike Hill and Stafford Jones are among a group of people who filed a lawsuit Thursday in federal court. The lawsuit contends that the “Fair Districts” amendments violate the U.S. constitution including the 1st Amendment.

The amendments prohibit the Florida Legislature from drawing legislative and congressional districts that benefit an incumbent or a member of a political party. Florida courts have ruled that legislators violated these amendments and drew up districts designed to benefit Republicans.

But the lawsuit maintains that the court rulings have blocked the ability of citizens to discuss redistricting with legislators, including privately.

Others involved in the lawsuit include GOP political consultants and some Alachua Democrats.

BILL GALVANO COMPROMISE TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE AS REDISTRICTING MAP IN LIMBO via Mary Ellen Klas of the Miami Herald

Senate Reapportionment Committee Chairman Bill Galvano … hopes the court gives lawmakers another shot at drawing the districts themselves … offered a “compromise” map to appease many of the concerns the House had with the final Senate map … House Redistricting Chairman Jose Oliva responded in a letter to House members indicating the Senate map had promise — but also warned it may be too late.

“If the Senate had offered an amendment like the map filed by Chairman Galvano yesterday afternoon, that map would have been given serious consideration,” Oliva wrote.

On the same day Galvano offered up his new plan … challengers to the redistricting map asked the Supreme Court to take over the map-drawing process, saying after three attempts and three failures the court should no longer trust lawmakers to work it out. Galvano believes the court may be a bit more open-minded and may be willing to give lawmakers more time. If lawmakers can agree to convene again in special session and pass the compromise map, the challengers will have an opportunity to raise questions in court about whatever legislators pass.

DON GAETZ DEFENDS REDISTRICTING via Tom McLaughlin of the Panama City News Herald

Gaetz says he stands “100 percent” behind his words from five years ago when he promised “more transparency than any previous redistricting effort.”

“Everything in that statement was carried out exactly as it was stated,” he said.

He’s not universally believed. “Don did a lot of bad things that a lot of us didn’t know about,” state Sen. Latvala was quoted in Politico as saying.

JOSE OLIVA ROSE RAPIDLY TOUTING ‘FREE MARKET’ IDEALS via Mary Ellen Klas of the Tampa Bay Times

Rep. Oliva kept an icy cool as he verbally sparred with Senate counterpart Bill Galvano over the redistricting map that would force the Legislature’s special session to end in stalemate. As the meeting adjourned, Oliva … suggested they might do better to take the meeting to his house, where they could light up a cigar. “As long as they are Oliva cigars,” mused Galvano … a reference to the Nicaraguan tobacco cultivated and sold by Oliva’s family.

The 42-year-old CEO of Miami Lakes-based Oliva Cigar has made ample use of his namesake product as he climbed the political ladder in Tallahassee … Elected in a special, off-year election in 2011 to replace Rep. Steve Bovo  Oliva quickly turned his skills to becoming speaker-designate of the Florida House for 2018 … Oliva emerged as a thoughtful and unflappable leader in the recent redistricting session, where he was head of the House Reapportionment Committee.

WHAT WERE THE REAL REASONS FLORIDA LOTTERY SECRETARY RESIGNED? via Gary Fineout of the Associated Press

Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell abruptly resigned … amid questions about her travel, spending and work habits … she was leaving in order to “explore opportunities in the private sector” … the announcement that she was stepping down came several hours before The Florida Lottery released O’Connell’s credit card records requested a month ago …show that O’Connell used her corporate American Express card for a wide array of personal expenses at department stores, grocery stores, hair salons as well as car washes, a trip to the dentist, and visits to Krispy Kreme … frequently charged late fees and delinquent charges for failing to pay her bill on time.

DOCTORS ASK FULL APPEALS COURT TO RECONSIDER GUN SPEECH LAW via the Associated Press

Physician groups are asking a federal appeals court to reconsider a ruling upholding a Florida law restricting what doctors can ask patients about guns.

Organizations representing some 11,000 medical providers want the full 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear arguments about the so-called “Docs vs. Glocks” law. A divided three-judge panel of the court rejected challenges to the law that claimed it violates constitutional free speech rights.

The law signed in 2011 by Gov. Rick Scott prohibits doctors from asking patients about gun ownership or recording such information unless it is medically necessary.

The court has not yet decided whether to rehear the case.

ENVIRONMENTALISTS ASK JUDGE TO DIVERT STATE SURPLUS TO AMENDMENT 1 FUND via Michael Auslen of the Tampa Bay Times

Environmental groups are asking a Leon County judge to intervene in how the state will spend a large chunk of the $700 million in funds set aside by voters for conservation … If granted, the injunction … by environmental law group Earthjustice on behalf of four nonprofits, would force the state to put more than $200 million from the state budget surplus into the Land Acquisition Trust Fund. The state budget … uses some of the money in the trust fund to fund existing projects like administration of the Department of Environmental Protection or firefighting by the Department of Agriculture. Critics say this flies in the face of what three-quarters of voters demanded when they supported Amendment 1 on the ballot in November.

Connie Barnes, a Lottery spokeswoman, said in a statement that “effective immediately” the department was cutting off the use of corporate cards by approximately 70 Lottery employees who had been issued them … will instead have to use state purchasing cards which may only be used for authorized state government purchases.

UBER CHAOS IN SOUTH FLORIDA: MIAMI WORST, WITH $2.7 MILLION IN FINES via Eliot Kleinberg of the Palm Beach Post

For months, the wildly popular freelance vehicle-for-hire business has sparred with Broward and Palm Beach counties over the rules in which it operates. It left Broward at the end of July, and it’s set to leave Palm Beach at the end of September if it doesn’t get what it thinks is fair.

But in Miami-Dade County, Uber is flat-out illegal.

Miami-Dade County hasn’t even had its first formal discussion on rules. County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez supports setting rules but with the county embroiled in the latest of a long legacy of budget crisis, Miami-Dade spokesman Michael Hernandez said in July that the Uber mess “certainly won’t be resolved before the fall.” That hasn’t stopped the county, however, from writing tickets and even impounding cars when they catch Uber drivers in the act.

In the past year, through July 30, drivers there collectively have been fined a staggering $2.7 million.

Between May 2014 and July 30 of this year, the county issued tickets to more than 1,300 drivers. Of the 2,774 tickets issued, 2,436, or nearly 9 in 10, are under appeal.

SCOOPLET: FLORIDA DEPT. OF HEALTH UNVEILS NEW LEADERSHIP TEAM via Florida Politics

Starting in September, Florida’s Department of Health will be under new leadership … promotion of Alexis Lambert to Chief of Staff, moving Jennifer Tschetter to Chief Operating Officer, and Nathan Dunn will become Deputy Chief Operating Officer. All three appointments begin September 11.

Lambert … served as Director of Communications for the Department of Children and Families for the past two years, was well as a role as Communications Director for the Office of Chief Financial Officer … Tschetter had served as DOH Chief of Staff and General Counsel. Dunn was DOH Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Communications since 2013.

ASSIGNMENT EDITORS: Gov. Rick Scott‘s Commission on Healthcare and Hospital funding will convene at the UCF College of Medicine on Monday. The powwow will feature presentations from health care executives plus the dean of UCF’s med school on “ways to increase patient quality outcomes,” according to Scott’s press shop. The event is set for 9 a.m. – 6 p.m at the Lewis Auditorium, 6850 Lake Nona Blvd in Orlando.

ASSIGNMENT EDITORSAdam Putnam joins St. Johns County Tax Collector Dennis Hollingsworth to discuss expanded Concealed Weapon License services offered at participating tax collector offices. Announcement is at 3 p.m., 4030 Lewis Speedway Building B, 1st Floor in St. Augustine.

HAPPENING TUESDAY – The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association will host two Tampa Bay-area confabs Tuesday featuring FRLA CEO Carol Dover, who will give remarks on the state of hospitality in Florida. Dover will address the group’s annual Suncoast Chapter Luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in Sarasota before speaking to the Pinellas & Hillsborough Chapter at the Don Cesar in St. Pete from 3:30 – 5:30.

NEW LOBBYING REGISTRATIONS

Brady Benford, Ballard Partners: Hernando County School Board

Michael Corcoran, Jeffrey Johnston, Matthew BlairMichael Cantens, Amanda Stewart, Corcoran & Johnston: Florida High School Athletic Association

Diane Carr, Diane Carr Consulting: National Association of Settlement Purchasers

Lori KillingerTerry Lewis, Lewis Longman & WalkerWest Manatee Fire & Rescue District

Joseph Salzberg, Capitol Insight: AvMed Health Plans; Sunshine State Health Plan; Central Florida Expressway Authority; City of Deltona; City of Kissimmee; City of West Palm Beach; Cox Media Group; Faneuil; Florida Association of Insurance Agents; Florida Brownfields Association; Florida Municipal Electric Association; Florida Virtual School; Frito-Lay; Gannett Fleming; Gatorade; HCA Healthcare; MedPharm Organics; Metro Orlando Defense Task Force; Pepsi Bottling Company; Pepsi Cola North America; PepsiCo; Quaker Foods & Beverages; Santa Fe College Foundation; Self Storage Association; Tropicana Products; The Villages; Walt Disney Parks and Resorts; Worldwide Interactive Network

Harold Price, Price Point Strategies: Real Estate Valuation Advocacy Association

Jeffrey Sumner: South Florida Water Management District

PERSONNEL NOTEDanielle Scoggins will be leaving the Florida Department of Revenue for a position as Senior Legislative Advisor for Florida Realtors.

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ACTUAL STORY IN THE TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT: “Five goldfish rescued from Saturday fire

CONTEXT FLORIDA: GOVERNMENT DYSFUNCTION, FLORIDA’S INFRASTRUCTURE AND CRUDE OIL

On Context Florida: A less-than-Special Session cost citizens nearly 700 grand, Rick Scott’s legal bills are now north of $1.5 million, the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has issued more bear hunting permits than there are bears, and there is a big storm aiming for the Gulf of Mexico. Diane Roberts says that in Florida, government dysfunction is the house style. Florida depends on safe, efficient transportation to accommodate a growing population and about 100 million tourists who flock here annually, says Mark Ferrulo. More than 250 of Florida’s bridges are considered “structurally deficient.” Politicians in Washington simply cannot keep kicking this can down the road, Ferrulo writes. According to Tom Garcia, allowing countries such as Iran, Russia, Iraq, Venezuela and other oil-producing countries with unfriendly leaders to retain control of the crude oil market is a step in the wrong direction and potentially puts us at risk. Why should American companies be held back economically while a known enemy — Iran — is allowed to benefit?

Visit Context Florida to dig in.

SPOTTED at the New Orleans nuptials (officiant: Justin Thames; venue: Latrobe’s on Royal; and a Second Line to Pat O’Brien’s) of Natalie Kato and Tim Nungesser: Kirk Pepper, Brian Hughes and Rachel Perrin Rogers, Avery Coleman, Kevin Doyle, Mike Grissom, Susan Harbin, Katie Kelly, Lori and Lee Killinger, Alexis Lambert, Beth Kennedy, Jim Magill, Caitlin Murray, Beth Matuga, Billy McBeath, Andrea and Kevin Reilly, Laura Youmans.

TINDER: HOT WOMEN ARE FROM FLORIDA STATE via the Washington Post

It’s official: The country’s most appealing undergraduates are the women of Florida State University … At least, that’s what Tinder says. The dating app … released its list of the campuses whose students are, in Tinder’s phraseology, the Most Swiped Right. Tinder ranked schools based on the ratio of right swipes — which indicates approval within the dating app — received by students ages 18-23 attending these universities in the spring of 2015.

Campuses with Most Swiped-Right Females … 1. Florida State University … 2. University of Miami … 3. University of Mississippi … 4. University of Colorado Boulder … 5. University of Alabama … 19. University of Florida.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my friend, Ed Moore.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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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