Sunburn — The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics.
DAYS UNTIL… Sine Die: 20; MLB All-Star Game: 42; Debut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens: 199; First day of 2016 Legislative Session: 224; Iowa Caucus 244; Super Bowl 50: 250; New Hampshire Primary: 252; Super Tuesday: 273; Florida’s presidential primary: 287; Close of federal candidate qualifying: 339; Florida’s primary elections: 455; 2016 Election Day: 525.
GOP PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN COMES TO ORLANDO WITH RICK SCOTT’S CATTLE CALL via Scott Powers of the Orlando Sentinel
The 2016 presidential campaign kicks off in a big way in Florida today as … six current or former Republican governors who are or are planning to run for president all will give economic speeches at Walt Disney World.
The event, sponsored by Gov. Scott’s Let’s Get To Work Political Action Committee, will feature Rubio, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Scott also will make remarks.
The invitation-only Economic Growth Summit will be at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Convention Center, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each of the candidates is being given 30 minutes to speak.
U.S. Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas declined invitations, according to Let’s Get To Work. Because of limited time and the large size of the GOP presidential field, most of the rest of the presidential candidates or potential candidates were not invited.
FLASHBACK to Scott’s description of the event during an interview last month: “What I asked all the candidates for this, I said: ‘This is an economic summit. I’d like you to spend all your time talking about how you’re going to turn around the federal economy. There will be lots of other forums where you can talk about ISIS, you can talk about immigration reform’ … Everybody will have a half hour. They can do whatever format they want.”
The speakers between 9 a.m. and noon will be, in this order: Gov. Rick Scott, Sen. Marco Rubio (via video), Gov. Mike Huckabee, Gov. Rick Perry, Gov. Scott Walker
The speakers between 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. will be, in this order: Gov. Chris Christie, Gov. Bobby Jindal, Gov. Jeb Bush, Gov. Scott
AS GOP CONTENDERS GATHER AT DISNEY, OBAMATRADE DIVIDES FIELD via Alex Leary of the Tampa Bay Times
Conservatives are increasingly turning against the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, portraying it as a secretive deal that gives authority to a president who has abused executive action on immigration and other issues.
The criticism — spurred on by conservative commentators who have branded it “Obamatrade” — is notable from a party that generally espouses the virtue of free enterprise and has jeopardized a deal that has already drawn strong opposition from Democrats aligned with labor unions.
… A string of rivals for the Republican presidential nomination have come out against it, signaling distrust in anything Obama does.
“The only way I would give fast track trade authority to a president was if it was a president I could actually trust to negotiate well, and after watching the way this president has negotiated with folks in Iran, I have real concerns about giving this president the ability to negotiate on his own,” New Jersey Gov. Christie recently said on conservative Laura Ingraham’s radio show.
“While I believe in general in giving the executive more authority to negotiate trade agreements, I have real concerns about giving this president executive that trade authority,” said Christie, who will speak here this afternoon.
Huckabee, another speaker, recently wrote in the conservative Daily Caller that Republicans should “never again” give Obama more power.
NEXTGEN CLIMATE TO BRING “KOCH BROTHERS ARK” TO SUMMIT via Mitch Perry of Florida Politics
Last fall, the environmental activist group NextGen Climate built an ark that they brought to the Sunshine State to illustrate Gov. Scott’s reluctance to talk about climate change … they’ll be bringing back that ark … in Orlando, where no fewer than 10 GOP presidential candidates will be appearing at the governor’s economic summit conference, the latest GOP “cattle call” of the 2015-2016 campaign.
It’s no longer the “Scott Ark Tour.” NextGen Climate is now calling it, “The Koch brothers’ Ark,” after Charles and David Koch, the libertarian billionaires who have already announced they will spend $869 million this presidential election cycle for a Republican candidate.
“What better place for the Koch Brothers’ Ark to make its first appearance than outside of Rick’s Scott Economic Growth Summit?” the group announced … “How can they hope to have a discussion about economic leadership in Florida, which is on the frontlines of climate change, when they won’t address the issue—let alone say the words ‘climate change.’”
Both Bush and Rubio have acknowledged that while the climate is changing, they both have cast doubts on whether it’s due to man’s contribution to it.
“The self-serving politicians Rick Scott invited to speak at his so-called “economic summit” reflect this governor’s total disconnect with the challenges middle class Floridians are facing. What advice does Rick Scott think his speakers can offer everyday Floridians?
“Will Jeb Bush offer insight on how to cash in on your family name to make millions on more than a dozen shady corporate boards? Will Marco Rubio explain to Florida’s middle class why he raised taxes and slashed education spending by over $2 billion dollars? Will Chris Christie give tips on dealing with 9 credit downgrades? Will Scott Walker use himself as example of how to run a state budget into the ground? Scott’s other invitees are no better.
“In the end, all Rick Scott is hoping for with this event is a temporary distraction from his disastrous mismanagement of state government and inability to pass a budget. It’s not going to work.”
10 THINGS TO WATCH FOR TODAY AT #EGS15
1. Any Freudian slips about running for president — Although all 7 men scheduled to speak are considered GOP presidential candidates, only two of them – Marco Rubio and Mike Huckabee, have declared their candidacies yet.
2. Any foreign policy talk — The emphasis is supposed to be on the economy, but can these candidates, most of whom spend considerable time bashing Barack Obama’s foreign policy record, resist any references to Iran or ISIS?
3. How many times Rick Scott will talk about how many jobs he’s brought to Florida. Hopefully there is not a drinking game.
4. Any discussion of climate change — Officials with the environmental activist group NextGenClimate say they’ll be bringing their “Koch Brothers Ark” outside the Disney Convention Center to remind the candidates about manmade climate change. Will any candidates dare “go there” in Orlando?
5. Jeb Bush to double down on education — Much of the former Florida governor’s legacy in this state revolves around his education policies he laid out more than a decade ago. Will he talk up Common Core, the federal education standards that he refuses to back away from?
6. That’s unlike Chris Christie, who backed away from his previous support for those standards last week — A few weeks ago Christie impressed some pundits by talking “candidly” about Social Security and Medicare. Last month he urged a phaseout of Social Security benefits for retirees with $80,000 or more in other income, as well as backing a gradual upward adjustment of the retirement ages for Medicare and Social Security.
7. Will Scott Walker talk about his plans to compete in Florida? The Wisconsin Governor continues to be one of the front-runners in the early going of 2015, but made news last week on the Laura Ingraham show last week when he hinted that he may not participate in the Florida Primary on March 15, considering that both Rubio and Bush are going to be heavy favorites in the Sunshine State. Will he admit that in Florida?
8. Mike Huckabee distinguished himself during his speech announcing his candidacy by taking a populist note. Specifically he said he opposed the Trans Pacific Partnership — Where do the other candidates stand on the issue?
9. Immigration –- Huckabee and Perry were booed in some previous presidential debates in 2008 and 2012, respectively, for their tolerant comments on immigration. Do they, and the rest of the field, save for Jeb Bush, continue to convey a tough, “protect the border” stance, with no nuances regarding things like the DREAM Act?
10. Tax policy – we expect at an economic forum that this could be front and center. How specific will the candidates be? Huckabee’s for a flat tax. What about the rest?
TWEET, TWEET: @CraigTimes: If you don’t like politics, you should steer clear of DIsneyWorld on Tuesday.
SPOTTED on the eve of the summit … uber lobbyists Adam Babington, Robert Coker, Chris Finkbeiner, Nick Iarossi, Fred Kaplinsky, and Bill Rubin.
DINING (reportedly) at the exclusive Bull and Bear steakhouse at Orlando’s Waldorf-Astoria hotel … Slater Baryliss, Al Cardenas, and likely Jeb Bush campaign manager David Kochel.
ENJOYING the seafood at Todd English’s beautiful BlueZoo restaurant … Nancy and Robert Watkins … Ryan Tyson … Marc Caputo and several other POLITICO staffers.
HOLDING COURT at Crew’s Cub Lounge inside the Yacht Club resort … Enterprise Florida’s Mike Grissom with former Florida GOP executive director Juston Johnson nearby.
MORE NOTES FROM THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL…
JEB BUSH FACES CHALLENGES IN WINNING OVER BROTHER’S TEAM via The New York Times
A sampling conducted largely by email of about 120 people who worked for George W. Bush … found about 25 who said they were supporting his younger brother. Fifty others said they were neutral or supporting another candidate, while the rest did not respond, passing up a chance to declare allegiance to the Bush candidacy.”
CARLY FIORINA DIGITAL AD HIGHLIGHTS ‘MOMENTUM’ IN IOWA via Phil Ammann of Florida Politics
Carly Fiorina released the first digital ad in her race to be the Republican presidential nominee. The 90-second spot, titled “Momentum,” mentions the “early buzz” for the former Hewlett-Packard CEO as she becomes the only female candidate in a crowded GOP field.
“We need leadership in the White House now that will unlock the potential of this great nation by changing the order of things in Washington, D.C.,” Fiorina says in a statement. “Challenging the status quo.”
The ad, produced by the Carly for America campaign, pushes her unique experiences as CEO and features a woman in a focus group saying Fiorina is a “good communicator … she knows what she is talking about.”
We need someone who can win the job,” Fiorina says. “It’s worth considering someone who can do the job.” Another clip has a pair of pundits pointing out that Fiorina does what none of the other Republican candidates seems comfortable doing – taking on Hillary Clinton “squarely.”
EMILY’S LIST TARGETS MIAMI U.S. REP. CARLOS CURBELO via Mitch Perry of Florida Politics
The Washington, D.C.-based political action committee EMILY’s List has put Miami Republican U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo on a list of 15 GOP incumbents “On Notice” for their re-election bids next year.
The PAC, which supports pro-choice women candidates, lists three specific factors in putting Curbelo on its list.
“In less than five months into the 114th Congress, we have seen Congressman Curbelo put his personal interest ahead of his constituents by co-sponsoring abortion bans, restricting women’s access to health care, and not supporting minimum wage proposals that would benefit the most vulnerable women and families in Florida’s 26th Congressional District,” Emily’s List President Stephanie Schriock said in a prepared statement.
“Less than five months into the 114th Congress, we have seen House Republicans more extreme than ever before, repeatedly prioritizing national abortion bans and restricting women’s access to health care over enacting policies that benefit more women and families across the country,” Schriock said. “That’s why for the first round of ‘On Notice’ incumbents, we’ve zeroed in on House Republicans whose refusal to stand up for women and families in their districts will get them sent packing in 2016.”
ACTUAL PRESS RELEASE: “New Congressional Caucus Launching to make a More Humane World for People and Animals” via U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis’ office.
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EIGHT FLORIDA LAWMAKERS EXCUSED FROM START OF SPECIAL SESSION via Steve Bousquet of the Tampa Bay Times
Eight members of the Florida Legislature won’t be at the Capitol for … start of the special session on the budget. All have excused absences, including the Senate president pro tem and two of House Speaker Steve Crisafulli’s top lieutenants. Sen. Garrett Richter … had a long-standing commitment, according to Senate President Andy Gardiner’s spokeswoman, and is the only excused senator. Eight House members — four Republicans and four Democrats — also won’t be at their desks.
They include Republican Reps. Dana Young of Tampa, the majority leader, and Ritch Workman of Melbourne, the House Rules chairman. In a letter to Crisafulli, Workman said he will be “out of the country on international waters” from May 26 through June 9 and “it is not something I am able to rearrange.”
Republican Reps. Greg Steube of Sarasota and Charles Van Zant of Keystone Heights also were excused. The Democrats’ no-shows on opening day are Reps. Daphne Campbell of Miami, Ed Narain of Tampa and Bobby DuBose of Fort Lauderdale, according to Crisafulli’s office. Rep. Janet Cruz … was listed by the speaker’s office as receiving an excused absence, but the House Democratic Office says Cruz is present for the start of the session.
STEVE CRISAFULLI: IF IT QUACKS LIKE A DUCK, IT’S MEDICAID EXPANSION via James Rosica of the Tampa Tribune
As state lawmakers Monday kicked off a 20-day special session to finish a budget for next year, Medicaid expansion supporters took a different tack to get it passed: Using terms other than “Medicaid expansion.”
Members of “A Healthy Florida Works,” a coalition of hospital and business interests backing the state Senate’s version of expansion, were at the Capitol to again press their case.
“The House has made it clear they’re not interested in expanding Medicaid, and the good news is, neither are we,” said Dale Brill, a Tallahassee-based business consultant and former state tourism director under then-Gov. Charlie Crist.
“We need a plan that doesn’t bend to the will of the federal government,” he added. “We need a plan that we can call a Florida solution.”
Jim Cameron, a vice president of the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, continued that message.
“There’s a better way: A Florida way that doesn’t tie us to Washington politics and allows Florida to do what it needs to do … without expanding Medicaid,” he said.
Their reframing of the issue didn’t win over House Speaker Steve Crisafulli.
“It’s still Medicaid expansion,” Crisafulli told reporters. “It uses the Medicaid population, it uses the Medicaid dollars, and it uses the program’s rules. You know the saying, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck. It’s Medicaid expansion … and it’s fiscally irresponsible.”
NO SURPRISE: SENATE PANEL OKAYS AMENDED FHIX PLAN via Michael Auslen of the Tampa Bay Times
The Senate Health Policy Committee unanimously passed its Florida Health Insurance Affordability Exchange Program, or FHIX, after amending it to be more palatable to conservative constituents and the House Republicans.
No surprise there as the initial plan was developed and passed by this committee during the regular session.
… A primer for those new to FHIX: Under the amended proposal, Floridians would have to prove they meet the employment, education or disability criteria to gain access to a health care exchange with heavy subsidies. They would also have to contribute to the program via monthly premiums ranging from $3 to $25.
HOUSE TAX PACKAGE SHRINKS TO $400 MILLION via John Kennedy of the Palm Beach Post
House Speaker Crisafulli … did say that the House is willing to steer more taxpayer dollars toward hospitals to ease expected funding cuts.
A big chunk of that money would come from the House reducing its $690 million tax break package, Crisafulli said.
“The reality of $690 million certainly isn’t there,” Crisafulli said. “But we’re going to work and try to do as much as we can to give as much back to Floridians as we possibly can.”
He added, “Recognizing that the Senate is focused on hospital rates and we’re focused on tax cuts, we’ll have to find a compromise somewhere in there.”
TWEET, TWEET: @Fineout: Plan by @to have me serve on jury instead of covering session does not come to fruition. Did hear talk about SYG/self-defense
TWEET, TWEET: @hunt_rjones: Fire up the Keurigs, today marks the beginning of a special session in Tallahassee. Time to pass a balanced budget.
TWEET, TWEET: @MaryEllenKlas: Welcome to Tallahassee # and the season of thick air, steamy glasses and sticky palms.
TWEET, TWEET: @RealMichaelWilliams: Special Session means Session Songs. Oh, BTW, there’s not always a hidden message in the lyrics. Sometimes we just like the tune.
TWEET, TWEET: @UNGRU: To everyone “back in town” or otherwise engaged in the process- best of luck over the next few weeks
FLORIDA CHAMBER POLL SHOWS WIDE SUPPORT FOR CABLE AND CELL PHONE TAX CUT via Janelle Irwin of Florida Politics
A new poll shows Floridians want a tax cut that would save them money on their cell phone and cable bills. Earlier this year … Scott announced a plan to cut $470 million in taxes on those services … would save the average Florida family who spends $100 a month on cable and cell service about $43 a year.
A Chamber of Commerce poll … 70 percent of those polled support the tax while only 15 percent oppose it. The remaining 12 percent were unsure.
Marian Johnson, Senior Vice President of the Florida Chamber Political Institute …“Clearly, voters agree with Governor Scott and the Florida Chamber that lowering cell phone and cable TV taxes will put money back into the pockets of Floridians and help make Florida more competitive.”
The $470 million tax cut will be determined in a final budget.
ASSIGNMENT EDITORS: Health advocates and Millennials falling in Florida’s coverage gap will be delivering a scroll of more than 13,000 petition signatures urging the house to come to an agreement on Medicaid expansion Petitions will be delivered to House Speaker Steve Crisafulli’s office, 4th floor of the Florida Capitol at 10:30 a.m.
AGENCY REDO: RICK SWEARINGEN, JON STEVERSON REAPPLY FOR FDLE, DEP JOBS via Steve Bousquet of the Tampa Bay Times
The acting leaders of two of the largest state agencies, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Department of Environmental Protection, reapplied for their jobs before Sunday’s filing deadline.
… [I]nterim DEP Secretary Jon Steverson and interim FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen, forced to reapply for their $150,000-a-year jobs when they were among 16 agency heads who failed to get Senate approval during the spring legislative session, are among dozens of applicants for the two posts.
Cabinet staffers will quickly weed through the resumes, many which appear to fall short of the requested job requirements. Scott and the three Cabinet members … are expected to discuss the applicants at the next Cabinet meeting June 23.
The deadline to apply was Sunday, and as of Monday morning 50 applications had been posted on the Cabinet website for the DEP job and 43 applications were listed for the FDLE post. Swearingen’s name was not among those listed, but FDLE spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said Swearingen turned in his application Friday.
PROBATION OFFICERS SAY DANGEROUS LAPSES PERSIST via Noah Pransky of WTSP
State probation officers say the failure to address major resource shortages at the Department of Corrections has led to more preventable crimes in the community, including a slew of recent sexual assaults and murders. And with the legislature set to take up budget issues in its special session … a small window of opportunity opens to address the problems and protect Florida families from unsupervised felons.
In addition to previously-exposed probation dangers linked to years of budget cuts and penny-pinching at the Department of Corrections, officers say a lack of training funds has led the department to prohibit officers from searching the phones and computers of sex offenders, even though most were ordered by judges to avoid certain electronic communications.
“It’s a free pass,” said recently-retired probation officer Paul Wells, who spent 16 years monitoring sex offenders and working with the state to tighten supervision of their electronic communications. “(An offender) feeds his addiction to child pornography by looking at it on his computer; he’s getting more worked up, just like a drug addict needing another fix, and eventually he’s going to get to the point where he’s going to go find another child.”
Two years ago, amid another round of state budget cuts driven by Scott and the legislature, the Department of Corrections issued a memo that informed officers “the decision has been made to discontinue computer searches by all Department staff,” due to the “lack of training and resources required.”
A DOC spokesperson says probation officers can still ask local police officers or state FDLE agents for help searching offenders’ computers, but probation officers tell 10 Investigates it’s typically difficult to coordinate and impractical given their massive caseloads – another symptom of years of budget cuts.
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DEMOCRAT CARLOS GUILLERMO SMITH ENTERS HOUSE DISTRICT 49 RACE via Phil Ammann of Florida Politics
Carlos Guillermo Smith, the Orange County Democratic Executive Committee chairman, is running for Florida House District 49.
Frank Torres of The Orlando Political Observer reported that the University of Central Florida graduate made his announcement … Smith had previously suggested he might run in April.
Smith was a legislative aide to Democratic state Reps. Joe Saunders, and Scott Randolph, who is now Orange County Tax Collector.
“The needs of working families of House District 49 have been ignored by Tallahassee for too long,” Smith said in a prepared statement. “We need someone from the community, who has consistently fought for the issues most important to voters … job creation, fully funded public education and rolling back social and economic inequality.”
Smith decided to enter the race after the “wake-up call” of the House abruptly ending the 2015 Regular Legislative Session without passing a state budget and failing to extend affordable health care to 800,000 uninsured Floridians.
IN THE DEPARTURE LOUNGE
Summertime often sees a flurry of personnel moves in the world of government and politics. Continuing this occasional series, we update you on who’s in the Departure Lounge.
First up is the well-liked Amy Christian, formerly of lobbying powerhouse Johnson & Blanton, who, like her husband David, has left Tallahassee for Orlando. Christian has gone in-house with Pfizer.
Another lobbyist moving on is Sara Gross, who has left Ron Pierce’s RSA Consulting Group. Pierce, whose firm continues to expand, tells me the parting was amicable and long-planned.
A name known to many lobbyists and politicos in Tallahassee is Caitlin Murray. She’s only sort of in the Departure Lounge as she is no longer fundraising for the Republican Party of Florida after serving a stint there during its transition period. Murray had opened her own company earlier this year. But then she was approached by the RPOF to help it with its fundraising efforts. Now Murray is back at work, building her own brand. She tells FloridaPolitics.com that she already has several clients lined up.
A couple of quick hits about two reporters who cover Florida politics.
As evidenced by this delicious looking going-away cake, Jeremy Wallace’s transition from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune to the Tampa Bay Times is now underway.
Then there’s Micahel Mishak, formerly of the Associated Press now with National Journal, offered this fantastic tweet: @MJMishak: Breaking: This # leaves #. I came, I saw, I went worm gruntin. After LeBron left, it was only a matter of time. Thx to all.
PERSONNEL NOTE: FIORE COMMUNICATIONS ADDS ROBBY CUNNINGHAM, OPENS SATELLITE OFFICE Full story here
Fiore Communications, a full-service marketing firm based in Tallahassee, has announced two changes it says are designed to better serve a growing and increasingly diverse client base. … Hired Robby Cunningham as senior account manager to oversee major client activities and provide strategic content development.
Cunningham is a Florida native and award-winning communicator with an extensive background in executive-level government communications, crisis management and media relations. His experience includes nearly 17 years in state government, where he served primarily as communications director in several agencies under five governors.
Fiore Communications is opening its first satellite office, which is located in Duluth, Minn. The new office is being managed by Digital Marketing Strategist Liz Kossakowski, who has been with the company for almost two years. Kossakowski will continue to provide strategic website content, execution of email campaigns, analytics and social media management for clients in both locations.
PERSONNEL NOTE: JENNIFER HATFIELD JOINS TALLAHASSEE LOBBYING FIRM WILSON & ASSOCIATES Full story here
Wilson & Associates LLC (W&A), a Tallahassee-based lobbying and association management firm specializing in the fields of energy, infrastructure, construction and defense, announced today that it is growing its team with the addition of Jennifer Hatfield as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs.
Hatfield, a lawyer and member of the Florida Bar, has more than 12 years of federal and state legislative and regulatory experience, and a background in grassroots advocacy for trade associations.
Hatfield, who is based in the Orlando area, has represented the Florida Swimming Pool Association since 2006. She has also represented the national pool group, Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association and various product manufacturers. Prior to her work for these industries, she served as a committee attorney in the Florida House of Representatives and worked for the National Republication Senatorial Committee in Washington, D.C.
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FACEBOOK STATUS OF THE DAY via Dr. Ed Moore: “Well tomorrow marks the 41st time Kathleen and I have celebrated our anniversary. It just doesn’t seem that long ago when we married the day after Session ended in 1974- that year on time! So I decided while driving back from the beach that I would try to take a picture of where we each lived before the wedding and where we lived afterwards in Tallahassee. So following this is a series of photos in comments so I have room for each. 41 years. She has been a loving, patient and supportive partner for 14,975 days. I am a lucky.”
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Rep. Mike Hill, Pinellas County Commissioner Dave Eggers, and my friend Chris Ingram.