Sunburn – The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics – July 17

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

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POLL: HILLARY CLINTON’S STANDING FALLS AMONG DEMOCRATS via Lisa Lerer and Emily Swanson of the Associated Press

Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s standing is falling among Democrats, and voters view her as less decisive and inspiring than when she launched her presidential campaign just three months ago, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

The survey offers a series of warning signs for the leading Democratic candidate. Most troubling, perhaps, for her prospects are questions about her compassion for average Americans, a quality that fueled President Barack Obama‘s two White House victories.

Just 39 percent of all Americans have a favorable view of Clinton, compared to nearly half who say they have a negative opinion of her. That’s an eight-point increase in her unfavorable rating from an AP-GfK poll conducted at the end of April.

The drop in Clinton’s numbers extends into the Democratic Party. Seven in 10 Democrats gave Clinton positive marks, an 11-point drop from the April survey. Nearly a quarter of Democrats now say they see Clinton in an unfavorable light.

While Clinton’s approval rating fell, Obama’s stayed constant at 46 percent since April. More than 8 in 10 Democrats have a positive view of the president.

At least part of Clinton’s decline may be due to questions about her character, a topic Republicans have been trying to make central to the 2016 campaign. In ads, stump speeches and online videos, they paint her as a creature of Washington who flouts the rules to get ahead.

The survey suggests that voters aren’t sold on her reinvention: Only 4 in 10 voters say they view Clinton as “compassionate.” Just 3 in 10 said the word “honest” described her either very or somewhat well.

MARCO RUBIO’S TEMPORARY MEDIA CRACKDOWN via Burgess Everett of POLITICO

When Jeb Bush announced he was exploring a run for president, Marco Rubio put on a tour de force for the Capitol Hill press, answering every single question in a lengthy gaggle that only ended when reporters themselves were exhausted.

Those days are long gone. The Florida senator has been avoiding Hill reporters for weeks and said in a fleeting hallway interview that he will no longer do impromptu, quickie interviews. ‘No, I don’t do them anymore. For now,’ Rubio said as an aide cited his ‘busy schedule.’

WHY WE LOVE JEB – BUSH TAKES UBER TO SAN FRAN STARTUP via Janie Har of the Associated Press

It wasn’t quite hipster Jeb Bush who arrived at a San Francisco startup- via ride-share service Uber- but the Republican presidential contender did his best Thursday to show he’s not part of what he called the ho-hum stagnation of Washington.

Bush told a town-hall event that as president, he would embrace the kind of bottoms-up thinking common in startup culture to shake up schools, health care and business culture. His message? Get Washington out of the way.

He addressed about 75 employees of Thumbtack, a company that links customers to service providers such as house painters and photographers.

“The government today in Washington looks more like General Motors in 1975,” he said. “The government of the future needs to look more like Thumbtack.”

… Bush said if companies such as Uber are violating laws and exploiting workers, there are “ways to address it. The fact is, this is disrupting the old order.”

TWEET, TWEET: @AlexLeary: “It’s like the Beatles,” someone says as press surrounds @JebBush car.

BUSH GIRDS FOR DEBATE SMACKDOWN WITH DONALD TRUMP via Alex Isenstadt of POLITICO

The former Florida governor is bracing for the possibility of a presidential debate pile-on; Gaming out how Trump … will present himself has become a growing subject of speculation in Bush’s world. During one recent phone call with a political ally, Bush pointedly asked about the surging real estate mogul. … As the Aug. 6 debate grows closer, some Republicans are relishing the prospect of Trump tearing the bark off the former governor … ‘Trump has one target and one target only,’ said an adviser to a rival GOP candidate. ‘He’s going to bring a lawn mower for Bush.’…

Bush has immersed himself in planning for the debate, holding mock sessions with advisers. Last week, after huddling with top donors at the family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, the former governor spent his time in debate study … [Jeb] could end up spending as much as 50 hours in preparation, an amount that far surpasses what Mitt Romney had done at this point during the last Republican primary.

BUSH TO BEGIN POLICY TOUR IN TALLAHASSEE via Matt Dixon of POLITICO

Bush will stop on Monday in Tallahassee, a city where he still enjoys huge support, to deliver a speech laying out his plan for reforming Washington. The appearance at the Florida State Conference Center is the first in a series of speeches Bush will give outlining his priorities for the presidency. The stop will include the policy speech, but no campaign fundraiser.

The capital city remains stocked with political supporters of the former governor, but taking campaign contributions from the special interests that dominate Florida politics could conflict with the anti-establishment message in Bush’s remarks.

During his speech, Bush is expected to talk about his eight years as governor, which his campaign has touted as evidence he will take on entrenched government and special interests.

On the stump, Bush has previously talked about the fact he vetoed 2,500 separate line-items worth $2 billion from the budget, and cut the state workforce by 11 percent (or about 13,000 workers).

BUSH TO HOLD EVENTS IN ORLANDO, MIAMI DURING NEXT 10 DAYS via Mitch Perry of Florida Politics

While Bush continues to campaign on the West Coast this week, his campaign announced several events that will bring the him back to the Sunshine State over the course of the rest of July.

On July 27, Bush will be in Orlando for an event with Hispanic pastors. And on July 31, Bush will be addressing the National Urban League in Fort Lauderdale, along with presidential candidates Ben CarsonHillary ClintonBernie Sanders, and Martin O’Malley.

Meanwhile, July is the first full month of the official Bush campaign, and national finance director Heather Larrison … announced details of an incentive program for bundlers this month.

For those individuals who can bring in eight individual contributors who donate the maximum $2,700 before the beginning of August, they’ll be invited to attend a dinner with the candidate in Coral Gables at the end of July, as well as attend a debate watch party for the first scheduled Fox debate on Aug. 6.

— “Has Jeb Bush Flip-Flopped On The Segway And Blackberry? We Report, You Decide via Andrew Kaczynski of BuzzFeed News

ASSIGNMENT EDITORS: Rubio is in Iowa today, while Bush is in Nevada for a morning town hall in Carson City and an evening speech at a MavPAC event at the Venetian.

PAM BONDI ENDORSES LOPEZ-CANTERA IN SENATE RACE via John Kennedy of the Palm Beach Post

Attorney General Pam Bondi endorsed newly minted U.S. Senate candidate, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, out of the crowded field of Republican candidates … Lopez-Cantera officially entered the race Wednesday. A former state legislator who has been part of the Scott administration for 18 months, Lopez-Cantera is the only contender with a long history among state Capitol Republicans.

Already vying for the GOP nomination are Rep. Ron DeSantis … and combat veteran Todd Wilcox, an Orlando defense contractor.

U.S. Rep. David Jolly … whose district is expected to be dramatically redrawn by state legislators, is poised to announce his candidacy next week. Panhandle Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, another former state lawmaker, also plans to run.

Still looming as a wild card in the race is Bill McCollum, who Bondi succeeded as attorney general. McCollum said he will make up his mind about the race in coming weeks.

Try as he might, Carlos Lopez-Cantera ain’t no Marco Rubio” via Elaine De Valle of Political Cortadito

BILL MCCOLLUM HAS A REAL SHOT IN LARGELY UNKNOWN GOP FIELD via Kevin Derby of the Sunshine State News

After two unsuccessful U.S. Senate bids and losing to Scott in an ugly gubernatorial primary back in 2010, Bill McCollum looked finished as a candidate for statewide office. But McCollum has a real shot if he wants to make a third Senate campaign.

McCollum is a familiar, perhaps overly familiar, figure to Florida Republicans. First winning a legislative seat in 1976, McCollum was elected to Congress and served 20 years, emerging on the national stage during the Clinton impeachment but losing to Bill Nelson in 2000 for an open Senate seat.

Trying again for the Senate in 2004, McCollum lost the Republican primary to Mel Martinez. Bouncing back two years later, McCollum was elected attorney general and then turned his eyes to becoming governor. McCollum started off as the front-runner but got caught by Scott. The primary was so nasty that McCollum sulked in his tent and refused to endorse Scott in his close race with Democrat Alex Sink.

McCollum’s name has surfaced as a possible candidate to replace Marco Rubio in 2010 though he has not been active in gearing up for a run. Nonetheless, McCollum has a real opportunity to win a Senate seat.

St. Pete Polls took a survey for SaintPetersblog this week and it showed none of the candidates were well-known with around 60 percent of Republicans unsure about the top contenders. David Jolly led the pack with 22 percent, Jeff Miller took 12 percent, Carlos Lopez-Cantera pulled 11 percent and Ron DeSantis garnered 9 percent. But 23 percent opted for other candidates and 22 percent are unsure.

Those numbers bode well for McCollum … (who) would have a few advantages over his potential rivals: high name recognition and winning a statewide contest. Those are no small matters in a crowded primary.

McCollum could also benefit from the inherent conservatism of Republican primary voters.

FIRST ON FLORIDA POLITICS – ALAN GRAYSON 30%, PATRICK MURPHY 23% IN POLL OF DEM. PRIMARY FOR U.S. SENATE Full story here

In the Democratic primary for Florida’s open U.S. Senate seat, liberal Alan Grayson jumped ahead of his more moderate opponent, fellow Congressman Patrick Murphy, according to new survey released from St. Pete Polls and commissioned by Florida Politics.

The first statewide survey of the Democratic Senate race since Grayson formally announced his campaign found Grayson leading Murphy by nearly seven points – 30 to 23 percent. Just over 17 percent said “someone else,” and 22 percent are undecided.

This poll stands in stark contrast to a recent poll from Gravis Marketing that pegged Grayson with 63 percent of the vote. Other polls, including a June poll from Public Policy Polling, showed Patrick ahead of Grayson.

Democrats have a high opinion of Grayson, with +19-point positive approval ratings: 38 percent favorable to 19 percent unfavorable, while a large number (43 percent) remain unsure. Murphy’s favorable rating is also at +19 points, with 34 percent having a positive opinion and 15 percent unfavorable.

Broken down by race, with white voters statewide, Grayson leads by five points, and by more than 16 points with blacks. Grayson also does well in all age groups, particularly with younger voters (age 18 to 29), where he has a 26-point advantage.

One exception is voters aged 30-49; with them, Murphy is favored by 10 points (35-25 points).

IS GRAYSON STILL MARRIED? DEPENDS ON IF YOU SPEAK SPANISH Full story here

A Spanish-language website page for Alan Grayson’s foray into the U.S. Senate race loses something in translation. Or, more accurately, it gains something: Lolita Grayson, his former (or never was) wife.

On the website senatorgrayson.com (more on that in a moment), the Orlando liberal, who entered Democratic primary for Marco Rubio’s open Senate seat, offers Hispanic voters a brief bio in Spanish (“Acerca de Alan Grayson”). Grayson’s bio touts his background, his education at Harvard University, and even membership “de la fraternity Phi Beta Kappa.”

At the end, Grayson – who faces moderate Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy in the 2016 primary – also adds one last, curious “fact”: “Alan y su esposa, Lolita, viven en Orlando, Florida, con sus cinco hijos: Skye, Star, Sage, Storm y Stone.”

For those who do not speak Spanish (or don’t have Google Translate handy) the phrase translates to: “Alan and his wife, Lolita, live in Orlando, Florida, with their five children: Skye, Star, Sage, Storm, and Stone.”

Promoting Grayson’s marital status is of particular note, especially in light of the recent annulment of his 25-year marriage by a Florida court after a protracted, bitter legal battle. A two-page order by Judge Bob LeBlanc voided the marriage since Lolita Grayson was already married in 1990 when she wed Alan Grayson.

Some could brush off the misrepresentation as an oversight, except for one thing: the English language page of the bio provides updated information – without the phrase “and his wife, Lolita.”

The edit – intentional or not – hasn’t made it yet to the Spanish language version.

$1.4 MILLION FOR PATRICK MURPHY via Michael Auslen of the Tampa Bay Times

Early in the election to replace Rubio in the Senate, Murphy says he’s winning the money race.

Murphy raised $1.4 million in the last three months, he said in a statement Thursday. And he has almost $2.5 million cash-on-hand.

Grayson raised $197,000, ending the quarter with $70,000 on hand.

— “Rumors already flying about misconduct in Dem primary to replace Alan Grayson” via Tom Tillison of Florida Rattle Tale

NRCC MOCKS ANNETTE TADDEO’S FUNDRAISING WOES via Kevin Derby of Sunshine State News

On Thursday, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) mocked former Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chairwoman Annette Taddeo for failing to raise big bucks in the second quarter of 2015 despite having the support of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

By the end of June, Taddeo had less than $170,000 in the bank and more than $405,000 of campaign debt. U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, had almost $993,500 on hand.

“Annette Taddeo’s dismal fundraising quarter once again proves that the people of South Florida are not supportive of her never-ending runs for office,” said Chris Pack, a spokesman for the NRCC, on Thursday. “Taddeo should be embarrassed that out of all of the DCCC recruits, she pulled in one of the lowest fundraising hauls in the entire country. Maybe she should hang out in her mansion for a few days and regroup.”

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ASSIGNMENT EDITORS: Gov. Scott will announce June’s jobs numbers at a 10 a.m. press conference at ODC Construction, 1911 Traylor Blvd in Orlando.

EVEN WITH UPTICK, GAS PRICES HAVE MEANT MORE CASH FOR FLORIDIANS, REPORT SAYS via John Kennedy of the Palm Beach Post

Gas prices keep creeping up but state economists … continued to stick with the forecast that the overall drop in fuel will mean Floridians have almost $6 billion more to spend in coming months.

The statewide average … was $2.61-per-gallon, down from $3.54 a year ago, according to the state’s Economic and Demographic Research Office’s new report on the Florida economy.

That’s up about 30 cents from December’s per-gallon price. But analysts still say lower fill-up costs will save average households about $750 each over the next year.

Using the money to buy other goods and services could yield $350 million more in state sales taxes, EDR said. In their report, state economists concluded “consumers have treated the lower gas prices as a one-time windfall or dividend, boosting consumer spending.”

In other data nuggets from the economic overview, Florida’s annual wages in 2014 continued to fall further short of the national average. Floridians earned 87.2 percent of the U.S. average, compared with 87.6 percent in 2013, economists found. It’s Florida’s lowest percentage since 2001.

While Florida’s annual wage — which is not specified in the report — actually grew last year, the nation’s level gained more sharply, EDR said.

STATE OF FLORIDA CITIES ARE GOOD FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH, NEW STUDY SAYS via Florida Politics

North Florida is on the right path of economic growth, says a new “State of the Cities” survey released Thursday by the Florida League of Cities.

A combination of high-quality local services, lower property taxes and new businesses made the difference for Northwest Florida and across the state to maintain positive economic growth in 2014, according to the annual report produced by the League’s Center for Municipal Research and Innovation.

“An important part of our continued growth over the past year was no secret – slow but steady was the approach to sound municipal government,” said League President Matt Surrency, the mayor of Hawthorne. “Florida’s growing population requires that municipal governments be responsive to the citizens they serve, and we are ensuring that our residents, new and old, will remain here for years to come.”

Among the insights in the report: The amount of statewide, municipal property taxes fell by more than 3 percent in the 2012-13 fiscal year from the previous year, a minimum of four straight years of overall declines in municipal property tax collections.

Researchers also noted that most building permits issued by cities across the state were in smaller communities, not big urban areas. Of 113,426 municipal building permits issued in 2012-13, 52 percent of them were in towns with fewer than 60,000 residents.

EVEN WITH UPTICK, GAS PRICES HAVE MEANT MORE CASH FOR FLORIDIANS, REPORT SAYS via John Kennedy of the Palm Beach Post

Gas prices keep creeping up but state economists … continued to stick with the forecast that the overall drop in fuel will mean Floridians have almost $6 billion more to spend in coming months.

The statewide average … was $2.61-per-gallon, down from $3.54 a year ago, according to the state’s Economic and Demographic Research Office’s new report on the Florida economy.

That’s up about 30 cents from December’s per-gallon price. But analysts still say lower fill-up costs will save average households about $750 each over the next year.

Using the money to buy other goods and services could yield $350 million more in state sales taxes, EDR said. In their report, state economists concluded “consumers have treated the lower gas prices as a one-time windfall or dividend, boosting consumer spending.”

In other data nuggets from the economic overview, Florida’s annual wages in 2014 continued to fall further short of the national average. Floridians earned 87.2 percent of the U.S. average, compared with 87.6 percent in 2013, economists found. It’s Florida’s lowest percentage since 2001.

While Florida’s annual wage — which is not specified in the report — actually grew last year, the nation’s level gained more sharply, EDR said.

DEPOSITIONS SHOW FLORIDA GOP PUSH FOR FAVORABLE SENATE LINES via Matt Dixon of POLITICO

Florida GOP officials coordinated with Republican political consultants in an effort to quietly push for favorable state Senate maps, according to depositions and court documents. A lawsuit challenging the state Senate maps was filed in 2012, but it lay dormant as a separate suit over the state’s congressional maps winded its way through the courts.

That lawsuit eventually reached the Florida Supreme Court, which ruled last week that eight congressional seats violated anti-gerrymandering provisions passed by voters in 2010.

After yielding to the congressional case, legal motions and depositions have resumed in the state Senate case, further revealing how political consultants approached a redistricting process that was fundamentally altered by constitutional amendments passed in 2010, which sought to eliminate incumbent protection and political favoritism.

During the congressional lawsuit, political consultants targeted by the plaintiffs argued they were being unfairly maligned because of their profession, and said their status as political professionals should not cost them the right to participate in government.

“Political consultants are people,” Stafford Jones, head of the Alachua County Republican Executive Committee, said … “It does not matter what you do for a living, you could be a plumber. You have the right to participate.”

Jones was not a prominent part of the congressional lawsuit, but emails show he may take a starring role in the second legal challenge.

Emails and depositions in the second legal challenge show Jones helped find citizens to submit consultant-drawn maps and state GOP officials and outside consultants developed a list of people who would use scripted “talking points” drafted by Republican officials to support those maps.

LATVALAWORLD AND WHY YOU READ SUNBURN

On July 10, we reported, “Not only is (Jack) Latvala predicting that the High Court will be in favor of the League of Women Voters and call on a number of Senate districts to be redrawn, but said that the Florida Division of Elections has permitted him to reopen a campaign account for a 2016 run. “I would appreciate your financial support for that account as we prepare for whatever challenges we might have to face,” he writes.

On July 16, the Tampa Bay Times reported, “Term limited, yet state Senator Latvala files for re-election” via Jeremy Wallace of the Tampa Bay Times

AFTER NO COMMENT, STATE DEFERS ON TERM-LIMITED CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE via Matt Dixon of POLITICO

POLITICO Florida first asked the Department of State, which houses the state election division, about the decision on July 9, shortly after obtaining a copy of an email Latvala sent to donors informing them he was allowed to open a campaign account despite serving his final term.

… The department initially responded to POLITICO Florida’s questions with a link to 10 election-related state statutes, but provided no further comment. The statutes covered areas of law relating to campaign finance, when to hire a campaign treasurer, and what constitutes a “public office,” but none addressed the specific situation.

… Another follow-up email sent July 14 asked why the department would not comment on its decision and requested any documents it provided to term-limited candidates when granting them campaign committees.

That email was left unanswered until Thursday night.

“I’ve reviewed your questions again and found a few answers for you,” wrote Beatrice in an email at 8:45 p.m., sent more than a week after POLITICO Florida’s initial inquiry.

She said the department’s responsibility is only to accept applications for campaign accounts, not determine whether or not they are valid.

“The Division of Elections does not give candidates permission to open campaign accounts,” she wrote. “The responsibility and decision to establish campaign accounts in accordance with the Florida Election Code lie with the candidates.”

PROGRESS FLORIDA HAILS 12 HOUSE DEMOCRATS AS CHAMPIONING “MIDDLE CLASS CHAMPS” via Mitch Perry of Florida Politics

As Michael Kinsley writes in the current Vanity Fair, all politicians say they are going to work to help the middle class. In a new report from Progress Florida, the progressive group says that there were twelve Democrats in the state Legislature who were “champions” for the middle-class, based on their votes during the recently concluded session(s).

The 12 lawmakers are all House Democrats: Lori Berman from Boynton Beach, John Cortes from Kissimmee, Janet Cruz from Tampa, Reggie Fullwood from Kissimmee, Joseph Geller from Dania Beach, Evan Jenne from Hollywood, Mark Afford from West Palm Beach, Jose Javier Rodriguez from Miami, Irv Slosberg from Delray Beach, Cynthia Stafford from Opa Locka, Richard Stark from Weston and Clovis Watson Jr. from Gainesville.

High-profile votes that were considered in naming the 2015 Champions of Florida’s Middle Class included Medicaid expansion (HB 2-A), online voter registration (SB 228), the mandatory abortion delay (HB 633), protecting Florida’s school system (HB 7037), the anti-gay adoption bill (HB 7111) and the budget (SB 2500-A).

JAMIE GRANT’S SOLE OPPONENT DROPS OUT IN HD 64 via Ryan Ray of Florida Politics

Little-known political novice Joseph Wilkinson was never much of a threat to the incumbency of Republican Rep. Jamie Grant of Tampa, but now he has completely removed himself from consideration by voters in HD 64 altogether.

Wilkinson, also a Republican, had not reported raising any contributions. Grant, for his part, has raised $25 ahead of his 2016 re-election campaign.

SAVE THE DATE: State Rep. Bob Cortes hosts his 2016 re-election campaign kickoff and fundraising reception for House District 30 on Wednesday, July 22. Event starts 5:30 p.m. at the Altamonte Springs Hilton, 350 North Lake Blvd. in Altamonte Springs. RSVP at bob@bobcortes.com or call (407) 463-8257.

SAVE THE DATESean Ashby will hold a kickoff event for his House District 50 campaign Thursday, July 23 beginning 5:30 p.m. s Stonybrook East Golf Club, 2900 Northampton Ave. in Orlando. RSVP at AshbyForFlorida@gmail.com. Suggested donation is $100.

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TODAY ON CONTEXT FLORIDA: IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL, ENERGY DIVERSIFICATION AND PATIENCE

Today on Context Florida: Political opportunists and wannabes worldwide are working their mouths and typing fingers overtime this week, Daniel Tilson says, trying to turn American public opinion against the Iran nuclear deal in hopes Congress refuses to approve it this summer. And they’re not all seeking the 2016 Republican presidential nomination either — not yet anyway. Whether or not one agrees about the presence of climate change, or the cause of it, Bob Sparks believes there is some agreement in the area of energy diversification. For example, liberals and conservatives routinely join forces to promote the benefits of solar energy. Who decided patience was a virtue? Why not action, determination, and grit? There’s not a problem in the world that doesn’t have a solution – sometimes we have to think, and act, outside the box to bring it about. That’s what happened to Catherine Durkin Robinson.

Visit Context Florida to dig in.

ON THIS WEEK’S EDITION OF THE ROTUNDA

Trimmel Gomes’ newest episode of The Rotunda takes a second look at Florida’s No. 2 spot as Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera jumps in the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by his friend Marco Rubio, who is running for president. The AP’s Brendan Farrington talks with Gomes about Lopez-Cantera’s entry along with the other candidates scrambling for the seat.

Leave it to the Florida Supreme Court to shake things up and force lawmakers back to Tallahassee this summer. Florida Public Radio’s Lynn Hatter chats with Gomes about the big changes ahead, including potential winners and losers as the court orders new congressional district maps in time for the 2016 election.

The Rotunda podcast is available every Friday via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. Subscribers receive free automatic downloads of episodes to their devices. Follow on @RotundaPodcast for daily updates.

WEEKEND TV

Black Almanac with Dr. Ed James on WWSB, ABC 7 in Sarasota: Melanie Thomas, founder of the black youth music group Greatness Beyond Measure.

Facing Florida with Mike Vasilinda: Rep. Irv Slosberg brings the “Irvmentum” to a discussion about drunk driving and prison time for first-time offenders.

Florida This Week on Tampa Bay’s WEDU: Pasco Tax Collector & former lawmaker Mike Fasano, political strategic Barry Edwards, Amy Hollyfield of the Tampa Bay Times, and CBS 10 News’ Mike Deeson.

On Point with Shannon Ogden on WFCN in Jacksonville: In-depth discussion of Mayor Lenny Curry’s new budget legislation, Todd Lindner of the Jax Aviation authority, a re-broadcast of WFCN’s story on the International Space Station, and the former city of Jacksonville mascot.

Political Connections on Tampa Bay’s BayNews 9: Anchor Al Reuchel and political reporter Troy Kinsey on the latest on the (re-)redistricting fallout and how it will affect local Congressional members David Jolly and Kathy Castor. Plus, Charlie Crist: will he or won’t he?

Political Connections on CF 13 in Orlando: Orange County Clerk of the Court Tiffany Moore Russell on clerical fallout from the recent SCOTUS decision on same-sex marriage and the coming switch from a partisan to non-partisan Clerk on next year’s ballot. Plus Michelle Ertel and Jeremiah Jaspon talk 2016 domino effects following Alan Grayson’s decision to run for the Senate.

GATORS GET ONLY ONE VOTE TO WIN SEC TITLE; PICKED FOR 5TH IN EAST via Gary Shelton of SaintPetersBlog

One vote?

Out of 224, the Gators got one vote?

If the media who attended the SEC media days are correct, it will be another so-so year in Gainesville this year. The media gave 96 votes to Auburn to win the SEC title and 80 to Alabama to win the SEC West. Georgia had 28 votes to be the top pick in the SEC East.

For Florida, that might dampen some of the enthusiasm that comes with a new head coach (Jim McElwain) and new quarterback (either Will Grier or Treon Harris). But it has been six seasons since the Gators won the East, seven since they won the SEC. During that time, they’ve finished second twice, third twice and fifth once.

This year, the voters thought the Gators were destined for another fifth-place finish.

It’s a bit frustrating for a Florida fan, whose team finished first in the SEC seven times in 11 seasons.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my right hand, Extensive Enterprises Media’s Phil Ammann and lobbyist Joe McCann, Juan-Carlos Planas. Also celebrating today is former Representative Chris Dorworth.

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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.