Sunburn – The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics.
By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Mitch Perry, Ryan Ray, and Jim Rosica.
I’M BACK FROM DISNEY AND … HERE ARE 9 FUNDRAISING STORIES TO WATCH CLOSELY
The third quarter of 2015 closed Sept. 30, meaning campaign finance reports from congressional, legislative and local candidates have begun rolling in. State and local candidates’ reports are due by October 10th, federal candidates’ numbers by the 15th.
Here are 9 fundraising reports I’ll be keeping an eye on this week and next.
• Obviously, the campaign accounts of Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio. Actually, it is another Floridian – Palm Beach’s Dr. Ben Carson – who turned heads by generating $20 million in summer fundraising. So the bar has been set pretty high. Bush and Rubio need to come close to what Carson raised. One of the legs upon which Bush supporters are basing his “inevitability” message is his fundraising. If that leg gets knocked out, it will be very damaging to the brand. It will also be interesting to see how Bush and Rubio are spending their money. There was some talk of a high burn rate in Bushworld before it switched campaign managers.
• Is Right to Rise still rising? No one expects the PAC supporting Bush’s candidacy to have raised another $100 mil, but if it reports a strong summer effort, that will reinforce the narrative that Bush and Co. are in it for the long haul.
• Did any of the U.S. Senate candidates raise enough to scare off Jeff Atwater or Bill McCollum? Unless one of the five major candidates for the U.S. Senate seat Marco Rubio is giving up raised north of $5 million, it’s unlikely sideliners Atwater and McCollum will have much to worry about from Republicans Ron DeSantis, Carlos Lopez-Cantera and David Jolly and Democrats Alan Grayson and Patrick Murphy. I’m already hearing that DeSantis and Jolly will report less than spectacular numbers – another indication that the GOP establishment does not yet know where to put its money. As for the Dems, will it be another seven-figure report for Murphy?
• Why is Gwen Graham raising all that money? The North Florida Democrat already reported she raised more than $500,000 during July, August and September – but for what? Hasn’t Graham gotten the memo saying the Legislature and/or Florida Supreme Court will redraw the congressional district map in a way that makes it impossible for her to win re-election? Maybe she knows something they don’t. Or, as is more likely, Graham is demonstrating her trademark fortitude, while remembering that the best way to make peace is to prepare for war.
• Did Charlie Crist freeze Eric Lynn’s money? During his first months campaigning, Lynn raised more than any U.S. House challenger in Florida and more than all but four incumbents of either party. But that was before former Gov. Crist said he plans to run for Congress if the redrawing of the state’s congressional lines put his home in the battleground CD 13. Still, Lynn, with his connections to Obama and Jewish donors, may not have felt much of an impact from Crist’s announcement.
• Has Bob Buckhorn started to raise money for 2018? As much as the Tampa mayor walks and talks like a 2018 gubernatorial candidate, his fundraising efforts have been less than serious. For example, Buckhorn’s One Florida PAC took in just three checks in July. If Hizzoner wants to keep the 2018 Democratic field as narrow as possible, he’d do well to start shaking his tin can in 2015.
• Speaking of 2018, what are Rick Scott and Adam Putnam up to? Many speculate Scott wants to run for the U.S. Senate in 2018 and the clearest evidence of this is that he continues to raise money for his Let’s Get To Work political committee. So how much did the governor raise from the Tallahassee interest groups who thought they wrote their last check to him in 2014? Meanwhile, there’s little doubt that Putnam is running to replace Scott. The only question is whether he’s crossed the $2 million raised threshold for his committee.
• Are the critics right about Blaise Ignoglia and the Florida GOP? It’s no secret that the Republican Party of Florida is in a fundraising slump. After all, the state party is in the middle of its worst fundraising stretch in six years. But is the RPOF in as bad a shape as some suggest? With Rick Scott and Republican senators keeping their money out of the party’s hands, Ingoglia faces pressure to show he can raise money like previous party chairs.
• How are Florida state senators preparing for “Map-aggeddon”? Somehow, someway, the state’s Senate districts will be redrawn by the Legislature or the Supreme Court or an Etch-a-Sketch. This means many incumbents who thought they may not have to run in 2016 will likely be on the ballot. What are state senators such as Jeff Brandes and Jack Latvala (who may end up running against each other) doing in the fundraising department to prepare for the Monopoly board being thrown into the air?
• How is the race to be Speaker of the House in 2022-23 shaping up? It’s never too early to start thinking about who might be Speaker of the Florida House at about the same time my 3-year-old finishes middle school. Redshirt freshman Jamie Grant and Paul Renner may be looking to build an early edge by raising enough money to afford them the ability to play in other House races.
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Q-POLL: WITH JEB BUSH IN 4TH, DONALD TRUMP’S TOP IN GOP RACE BUT STRUGGLES VS. DEMOCRATS via Marc Caputo of POLITICO
Trump’s position leading the Florida Republican field with 28 percent support is a 7-percentage point increase since Quinnipiac’s last poll in late August – during which time former Gov. Jeb Bush has fallen 5 points to 12 percent, putting the one-time frontrunner in fourth place. Dr. Ben Carson, a recent West Palm Beach retiree, is now in second place with 16 percent of the vote, an improvement of 5 points since August, and Sen. Marco Rubio is now close behind in third at 14 percent, an improvement of 3 points in more than a month….
But in a general-election matchup, Trump is the only one of the top-tier Republicans who would lose to all three top tier Democrats. Clinton and Sanders each beats Trump by 5 percentage points (46-41 percent); Biden tops him by 14 points (52-38 percent).
JEB BUSH CALLS WASHINGTON CULTURE ‘INCOMPETENT,’ ‘CORRUPT’ IN NEW AD via Mitch Perry of Florida Politics
In a new 90-second video … “Why I’m Running”… Bush displays fire in his belly during clips from a townhall meeting where he touts his success as Florida’s governor, and blasts Washington, D.C., and Barack Obama directly. “The source of optimism I have is because I know the American people and its ability to innovate, create, to disrupt, its belief in the future … There’s no way that Barack Obama or the progressive liberals in Washington can take away the bigness of this place.”
The ad begins with Bush criticizing the D.C. culture, calling it “incompetent” and “in some cases, corrupt,” but says that doesn’t mean it has to be that way … then goes positive and boasts about how he reformed Florida.
— “I intend to shake up Washington” via Jeb Bush for the Des Moines Register
— “Former Scott Walker donor Stan Hubbard gives to Jeb Bush after giving to rivals” via Sean Sullivan of The Washington Post
— “On eve of Jeb Bush’s longest Iowa trip, three opinion leaders endorse” via Jennifer Jacobs of the Des Moines Register
AMERICAN BRIDGE ANNOUNCES #JEBNOFILTER via Mitch Perry of Florida Politics
[Liberal] research and communications organization American Bridge is launching a new campaign to promote Bush’s flubs, called @JebNoFilter. “Jeb Bush’s blunders don’t just show his inability to succeed as a candidate, they show what he’s really thinking,” says American Bridge President Jessica Mackler. “When Jeb goes off script, his extreme and divisive rhetoric comes out.”
ASSIGNMENT EDITORS: Bush starts the day at a meet and greet at Elly’s Tea and Coffee in Iowa at 9 a.m. CT, 208 W 2nd Street, Muscatine, Iowa. Jeb then heads to Smokey Row in Oskaloosa, Iowa, for a meet and greet event at 12:30 p.m. CT, 109 S Market Street. That night, Bush is attending a fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Charles Schneider in West Des Moines. This event is closed to the press.
WHY MARCO RUBIO’S CHANCES ARE RISING via Nate Cohn of The New York Times
Betting markets … show [Rubio] rising steadily to a 29 percent chance of winning the nomination, more than twice the 13 percent he held before the last Republican debate. Bush is at 31 percent. … But [Rubio] … holds about as much support in the polls as Bush, and far fewer endorsements. … Rubio’s biggest shortcoming is that he is not the natural favorite of any wing of the party [Tea Party, evangelicals, libertarians or moderates], which is the easiest way … to become the first choice of a meaningful block of voters. … could simply be a reflection of his greatest strength — his wide appeal. … Perhaps his vaunted communication skills haven’t turned into big polling gains because his personal traits — he’s a young, Catholic, Latino lawyer from Miami — don’t help him resonate among old, evangelical, white, less-educated and rural voters.
THEN AGAIN, AMERICAN BRIDGE OFFERS THIS SHOT & CHASER…
SHOT: On an appearance on NBC’s “Today Show” Tuesday morning, No-Show Rubio said: “No, in fact the majority of the job of being a senator is not walking on to the Senate floor and lifting your finger on a noncontroversial issue and seeing which way you’re going to vote…the majority of the work of a senator is the constituent service to committee work, that continues forward unabated.”
CHASER: As The Huffington Post helpfully pointed out: “Rubio’s point about committee work is a bit odd given his absence from the Senate Foreign Relations full committee and subcommittee on which he serves. According to a Politico review of his record from 2011 to 2014, Rubio missed 52 of 106 hearings on both panels.”
RUBIO CRITICIZES GOVERNMENT REGULATION OF ON-DEMAND ECONOMY via Jonathan Lemire of The Associated Press
Rubio vowed … to cap the number of regulations government can impose on businesses, particularly “on-demand” startups like Uber and Airbnb that he considers models for a changing national economy.
Speaking in New York City to tech enthusiasts, Rubio praised the “disruptive” companies but said such businesses and the people who work for them are unfairly burdened by a meddlesome and “out of touch” government. “The result is a worsening friction between our 20th century government and our rapidly changing 21st century economy … We have to realize that all of the best innovation in our economy is happening in the unregulated space.”
Rubio said the on-demand economy requires the tax code be overhauled and criticized New York City’s recent efforts to cap ride-sharing giant Uber and Airbnb.
— Rubio wants to be the tech industry’s savior” via Issie Lapowsky of Wired
RUBIO: EVERYWHERE…BUT CNN via Tom Kludt of CNN
For more than two months, CNN has sent daily interview requests to Rubio … each time, the campaign has passed. Over that same period, every other GOP candidate has given multiple interviews to CNN. Only Rubio has been absent. Meanwhile, the Florida senator has appeared on several other news networks. Rubio’s last appearance on CNN was August 7, and it got tense.
It was the day following the first GOP presidential debate on Fox News, and CNN’s Chris Cuomo questioned Rubio’s position on abortion. The two debated on-air … about whether Rubio’s support of legislation that included a carve-out for abortion in cases of rape and incest amounted to support for the carve-out itself.
“So it seems that you had your own record wrong. Is that something you want to correct this morning?” Cuomo said. The normally polished Rubio appeared to stumble a bit before saying that Cuomo had it wrong. “No, I, that’s, that’s. That’s not true,” Rubio said.
— “Rubio not sure what century Bush Administration took place” via Jonathan Chait of New York Magazine
JOHN KASICH, RICK SANTORUM JOIN SUNSHINE SUMMIT LINEUP via Amy Hollyfield of the Tampa Bay Times
Florida Republicans are filling out their presidential candidate lineup for next month’s Sunshine Summit in Orlando. Today’s additions are Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Sen. Rick Santorum.
“Our Party has remained committed to empowering the grassroots by bring candidates to Florida. As we continue to announce more candidates, the current 10 confirmed presidential participants will help build excitement for Florida’s grassroots leaders and volunteers in what will be this year’s premier presidential event in Florida.”
Already confirmed: Bush, Chris Christie, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, Rubio, Rand Paul and Trump.
THE TWITTER FOLLOW LISTS OF THE 2016 CANDIDATES via Brendan Farrington of The Associated Press
Jeb Bush follows Donald Trump on Twitter but … Trump mainly follows people with a connection to himself. Ted Cruz‘s follow list is a big tea party … Rubio seems open to following everyone under the sun … Bush … has been tweeting about policy and family since long before his campaign.
A recent snapshot of whom the leading presidential candidates are following on Twitter: (@HillaryClinton) Followers: 4.38 million Following: 290 Whom she doesn’t follow: Democratic rivals, reporters or media … (@realDonaldTrump) Followers: 4.35 million Following: 44 Whom he follows: Nearly half are accounts linked to Trump properties and companies. …. Whom he doesn’t follow: Megyn Kelly. … (@marcorubio) Followers: 886,000 Following: 2,554 Whom he doesn’t follow: Jeb … (@RandPaul) Followers: 693,000 Following: 393 Whom he follows … Obama. Whom he doesn’t follow: Jeb … (@RealBenCarson) Followers: 700,000 Following: 48 … Whom he doesn’t follow: Republican presidential rivals, other than Cruz and Paul. … (@tedcruz) Followers: 518,000 Following: 13,840 Whom he doesn’t follow: Nonconservatives, except President Barack Obama … (@CarlyFiorina) Followers: 579,000 Following: 689 … (@BernieSanders) Followers: 616,000 Following: 1,281 Whom he follows: News media, celebrities, labor unions. Whom he doesn’t follow: … Clinton … (@GovMikeHuckabee) Followers: 411,000 Following: 495 Whom he follows: Christians, flat-tax supporters … Whom he doesn’t follow: … Bush, Trump … Fiorina, Cruz, Chris Christie, Carson, Rick Santorum …
(@JebBush): Followers: 325,000 Following: 193 … (@JohnKasich) Followers: 111,000 Following: 9,703 Whom he follows: Seemingly every Republican member of Congress … (@ChrisChristie) Followers: 55,381 Following: 175.
EMAIL I DIDN’T OPEN — “Peter, will you join Latinos for Hillary” via Selma Hayek
TOLD YA SO: “FOX 13 investigates Alan Grayson for campaigning in House office” via Craig Patrick, Fox 13 News; FLASHBACK: “Alan Grayson may have violated ethics rules with campaign interview from official House office” via Florida Politics
ALCEE HASTINGS AND 10 OTHER HOUSE MEMBERS IMPLICATED IN ALLEGED BRIBERY SCHEME via Dan Christensen of FloridaBulldog.org
Congressional ethics investigators will review allegations that … Alcee Hastings and 10 other House members took bribes by accepting campaign contributions from the payday lending industry shortly before or after taking official actions in support of the industry.
The Campaign for Accountability, a Washington-based watchdog group, asked for the probe … to the Office of Congressional Ethics … The official actions allegedly included sponsoring or co-sponsoring legislation to impair the ability of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to regulate the payday lending industry and eliminate consumer protections against certain payday lending practices … Other anti-corruption measures … were possibly violated: honest services fraud and the illegal gratuity statute.
Hastings, is accused of … co-sponsored HR 1566, legislation that Allied Progress said would “undermine oversight of payday lenders by allowing them to bypass the regulatory authority of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and stronger state laws.” On March 27, 2013, he received a $2,500 campaign contribution from payday lending executive Ian MacKechnie of Amscot Financial. MacKechnie contributed another $500 to Hasting’s campaign on June 28, following Hasting’s support for HR 1566. In all, Hastings and five other congressmen who supported the measure, or similar legislation, received a total of more than $72,000 in contributions from industry executives or PACs.
SOLAR AMENDMENT SLAMMED AS CREATING NEW TAX via James Rosica of Florida Politics
The ad war between the two competing solar amendments flared … with the release of a new commercial slamming one of the initiatives for creating a “shady solar tax.”
Consumers for Smart Solar’s ad … calls into question a new monthly fee the competing amendment would create, using sound bites from their opponent’s lawyer’s oral argument before the state Supreme Court … titled “Listen Closely,” says that will mean a new fee that all energy consumers will have to pay “whether you use solar or not.” The ad’s graphics flash “crony capitalism” and “corporate welfare.”
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STUDY: FLORIDIANS DON’T WANT GUNS ON CAMPUS, ARE SPLIT ON MEDICAID EXPANSION via Michael Auslen of the Tampa Bay Times
Floridians are pretty well split in agreement on a number of hot- button issues — Medicaid expansion, Common Core and offshore oil drilling … the Legislature … may want to think about areas of widespread agreement.
A massive statewide poll … by University of South Florida researchers shows that more than seven in 10 adult Floridians want to allow police to wear body cameras, have stricter water quality regulations, continue banning concealed guns on college campuses … Less and less, people consider the economy and jobs to be the most important issue in Florida … 73 percent of Floridians oppose allowing guns on campuses, compared to just 17 percent who are in favor. … Stand Your Ground Law … is more divisive, with 30 percent wanting to repeal the law and 41 percent wanting it on the books.
WHAT THE GOV’S OFFICE IS READING — “Scott’s hospital price plan deserves support” via the Sun Sentinel
“So Gov. Scott‘s proposal this week to discourage hospitals from what he called “price gouging” is worth a good look from legislators. Scott would require hospitals to post on an easily accessible part of their websites the prices they charge and average payments they collect for their services and products. The governor would also force more hospitals to release tax filings that include how much their executives are paid and how much they spend on lobbying. …The governor’s goal of greater transparency on hospital prices deserves support.
YEP, MANUFACTURERS LIKE SCOTT’S PLAN TO CUT MANUFACTURERS’ TAX via John Kennedy of The Palm Beach Post
Scott drew not-so-surprising support … for the first tax-cut proposal he’s floated for next year — a $144 million elimination of the manufacturing sales tax. The Manufacturers Association of Florida … said they are trying to get lawmakers to sign a pledge to keep equipment taxes from going up. Nancy Stephens, MAF’s executive director, said most states don’t impose a sales tax on equipment. “The more taxes imposed on expensive manufacturing equipment, the harder it is to create jobs,” she said.
CITING FRAUD ‘CRISIS,’ SCOTT’S JOBS GURU WANTS TO CREATE POLICE UNIT via Steve Bousquet of the Tampa Bay Times
Scott‘s jobs guru, Jesse Panuccio, wants more money from the Legislature to create a police unit in his Department of Economic Opportunity to fight what he calls a “crisis” in unemployment assistance fraud in Florida. DEO’s budget proposal includes $3.5 million for fraud prevention and detection, including a “fraud criminal investigation unit” with three sworn officers and three investigators to start.
Testifying before a legislative panel … Panuccio described “organized criminal enterprises” committing rampant identity theft to steal jobless benefits intended for others and that the problem is most severe in South Florida … also made a pitch for $85 million for job-incentive programs next year — a top priority of Scott’s. Panuccio said Enterprise Florida’s “toolkit” of incentive programs “was significantly underfunded last year” and prevents Florida from competing effectively for jobs with other states.
SENATE PANELS VOTE TO TRIM BUSINESS TAXES via the Orlando Sentinel
With the backing of a variety of business groups, two Senate committees … approved bills that would reduce taxes on commercial leases and corporate income … Senate Community Affairs Committee and the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee are initial steps in … deciding what to include in a final tax-cut package during the 2016 legislative session.
The Community Affairs Committee approved … SB 116 … filed by Finance and Tax Chairwoman Dorothy Hukill … reduces from 6 percent to 5 percent a tax on leasing commercial property. State Sen. Jeff Brandes … questioned whether a better approach was to gradually raise exemptions to the lease tax instead of reducing it from 6 percent to 5 percent … likened to a “pretty blunt instrument.”
HOUSE COMMITTEE APPROVES BILL TO ALLOW OPEN CARRY OF GUNS via Brendan Farrington of The Associated Press
Licensed gun owners would be able to openly carry their weapons in public under a bill approved by a House committee.
The Criminal Justice Subcommittee voted 8-4 for the bill on Tuesday.
Republican state Rep. Matt Gaetz says his bill will make the state safer, pointing at statistics that show violent crime and robbery are lower in states that allow the open carry of handguns.
Democratic state Rep. and former police officer Dave Kerner opposed the bill, saying it has no provisions that require gun owners to holster their weapons and be trained on how to keep someone else from grabbing their guns.
LAWMAKERS IRKED OVER DELAYS IN MEDICAL POT LAW via Jim Rosica of Florida Politics
Two lawmakers – one Republican, one Democrat – expressed frustration … over the state Health Department’s delay in putting Florida’s lone medical marijuana law into action. At a meeting of the House Health Quality subcommittee, state Rep. Greg Steube asked the Health Department’s top lawyer: What’s taking so long?
A three-member panel of state officials is charged with selecting the five approved pot providers out of 28 nurseries who turned in applications that were due July 8. That panel had its own hiccup when one member stepped down after it was learned her certified public accountant license was inactive.
“This is something we voted on two years ago,” the Sarasota Republican said. “There’s a lot of frustration from people here … You’re still telling us today that you have no idea when there will be a timeline as to when the department will select the five dispensaries? I don’t understand how we don’t have some way ahead.”
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SENATE COMMITTEE PASSES BILL ON HIRING DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED via Legislative IQ powered by Lobby Tools
SPB 7010 passed the Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee … the first step in establishing goals for how many developmentally disabled individuals government agencies will seek to employ in coming years … requires that all executive agencies establish goals to ensure “the full utilization” of individuals with a disability as part of their affirmative action plans and to annually report their progress on reaching those goals. Agencies would also have to develop specific plans to promote participation from individuals with disabilities by January 2017.
SOCIAL MEDIA PRIVACY BILL ADVANCES IN SENATE via Florida Politics
The Senate’s committee on Commerce & Tourism has advanced legislation to prevent companies from asking employees for their Facebook or Twitter passwords … approved SB 186 sponsored by Lake Worth state Sen. Jeff Clemens, which explicitly prohibits employers from requiring access to the private social media accounts of workers or prospective hires.
“The issue is, you’re putting somebody in a very uncomfortable position who is interviewing for a job, and they have a choice of giving you the password or walking away from a potential job,” said Clemens … the problem was widespread enough that 30 states have adopted a law similar to his bill.
DANA YOUNG NOT HAPPY ABOUT PTC ADVERTORIAL IN TAMPA BAY BUSINESS JOURNAL via Mitch Perry of Florida Politics
House Republican Dana Young isn’t looking to eliminate the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission. But she’s less than pleased with the agency upon learning that they recently purchased space in the Tampa Bay Business Journal for an advertorial spread explaining how the agency works. “WHY is the Hillsborough PTC advertising in the Tampa Bay Business Journal? If ad not free, we deserve an explanation … I’d like to know what was the benefit that the PTC believes they are deriving from advertising in the TBBJ and on billboards which I’ve seen around town … Are they trying to justify their existence somehow to the public and they’re wasting money doing it? I just don’t think it’s appropriate, and I’m going to find out more.”
FLORIDA DEMOCRATS REFLECT ON WHAT IT’S LIKE TO LIVE ON MINIMUM WAGE via John Kennedy of the Palm Beach Post
Florida Democratic lawmakers who spent last week living on a budget of $85 … part of a minimum wage challenge … gave them a better understanding of the struggles many state residents go through.
“It makes you really appreciate the financial state you’re in, rather than that of…1.5 million Floridians who are going through this every day,” said Sen. Dwight Bullard … a sponsor of legislation to boost the state’s $8.05-per-hour minimum wage to $15.
Sen. Jeff Clemens and Rep. Dave Kerner … went shopping with a low-wage worker last week at a Lake Worth supermarket, to underscore the difficulty of stocking up on groceries without much cash.
Bullard … was disappointed Republican lawmakers didn’t join the challenge.
MY TAKE: NEW YORK TIMES FANTASY SPORTS ‘SCANDAL’ IS JUST THAT – FANTASY via Florida Politics
Covering the fantasy sports industry … described as a multibillion- dollar “unregulated business,” leave it to The [New York] Times to miss the mark entirely … no less than fabricate major scandal out of whole cloth, centered on the inadvertent release of nonpublic data. Joe Drape and Jacqueline Williams write: “An employee at DraftKings, one of the two major companies, admitted last week to inadvertently releasing data before the start of the third week of N.F.L. games. The employee, a midlevel content manager, won $350,000 at a rival site, FanDuel, that same week.”
Sounds like the crime of the century; except that it’s not … Drape and Williams give the impression that fantasy sports are embroiled in a scandal to beat all scandals; insidious “insider trading” targeting unsuspecting college students and 20-somethings at the sports bars. Not quite.
“There has been some confusion regarding a recent piece of data that was inadvertently posted on DraftKings’ blog containing information about players and fantasy games,” a DraftKings spokesperson tells FloridaPolitics.com. “Some reports are mischaracterizing the situation and implying that there was wrongdoing. We want to set the record straight … conducting a thorough investigation, including examining records of internal communications and access to our database, interviewing our employees, and sharing information regarding the incident with FanDuel … there is no evidence that any information was used to create an unfair advantage, and any insinuations to the contrary are factually incorrect.”
Not the chaotic situation The Times would have readers believe.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS EXPECT TO APPLY FOR STADIUM RENOVATION SUBSIDIES IN 2016 via Legislative IQ powered by Lobby Tools
Florida lawmakers gave no money for sports stadium projects during the 2015 Legislative Session … that was last session.
With a new application period approaching … Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tampa Sports Authority are expected to seek state funds for renovations at Raymond James Stadium … Bucs announced details of a proposed stadium overhaul, with costs estimated at somewhere between $78 million and $100 million. The Bucs franchise would pick up most of the costs … [although] they did not pay for the stadium’s initial construction in the 1990s. This time, the Bucs are looking to the Legislature for sales tax rebates of up to a million dollars every year.
ASSIGNMENT EDITORS: State Sen. Rob Bradley and state Rep. Gaetz will hold a joint press conference on medical cannabis beginning 8:30 a.m. EST at the State Capitol, 400 S. Monroe Street, 4th Floor Rotunda, Tallahassee, before the Senate Chambers doors.
LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE HIGHLIGHTS via Legislative IQ powered by Lobby Tools
HOSPITAL LOW-INCOME POOL UPDATE
The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services receives an update on the Low-Income Pool. Meeting begins 10 a.m. in Room 401 of the Senate Building.
The Department of Economic Opportunity gives a presentation on the state’s unemployment benefits program and economic incentives to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development. Meeting is 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Room 301 of the Senate Building.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS WORKSHOP
A workshop by the Senate Education Pre-K-12 Committee examines high school athletics, as a battle over regulating high school sports looms in Legislature. Workshop begins 2 p.m. in Room 412 of the Knott Building.
TWEET, TWEET: @Fineout: Your tax dollars in action. @FLSenate holds 1 committee meeting this afternoon. It lasted 8 minutes
HAPPENING TONIGHT — House Majority 2016 will host a fundraiser for Republican state Reps. Jennifer Sullivan, Mike Hill, Chris Sprowls and Cyndi Stevenson at 5 p.m. in the Governors Club Capital Room. Also at 5 p.m., state Reps. Bob Cortes, Blaise Ingoglia, Brad Drake, Paul Renner, Bill Hager, and George Moraitis will be in the Private Dining Room at Governors Club Board Room and Carlos Trujillo and Michael Bileca in the Plantation Room for separate fundraising receptions. All of the events are at 202 1/2 South Adams Street in Tallahassee.
HAPPENING TONIGHT: JASON FISCHER BIG-TICKET TALLAHASSEE FUNDRAISER
Duval County School Board member Jason Fischer … running against former Republican legislator and Jacksonville City Councilman Dick Kravitz … isn’t slowing down when it comes to fundraising [with a] 5 p.m. Happy Hour event … at the Governors Club … host committee features … state Reps. Jay Fant, Paul Renner, and Lake Ray, the chair of the Duval GOP.
SD 29 RACE GETS SECOND FILER, SETTING UP DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY via Florida Politics
Senate District 29 got a second filer … setting up an expensive and contentious Democratic primary for the Broward County seat held by term-limited state Sen. Jeremy Ring. Fort Lauderdale attorney Gary Farmer … will face off against former state Rep. Jim Waldman for the seat … The race will still be costly … The 2006 campaign that put Ring in the Senate cost him more than $1 million … the result will likely be the same for Farmer and Waldman, even if no other candidates make a play for the open seat.
ON WAY TO RE-ELECTION, IRV SLOSBERG NOW FACES A PAIR OF MILLENNIALS IN HD 91 RACE via Florida Politics
Incumbent Democrat Irv Slosberg will have to wade through a pair of millennials – including a primary challenger – in order to secure his final term in House District 91. Doug Oberman filed for the seat … a prep cook at Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox in Deerfield Beach, with past jobs including ridesharing services Uber and Lyft. Boynton Beach Republican Ryan Lee Fleming … will “bring liberty and justice to the people and not the banks” if elected to the House and, like Oberman, he lists a slate of party-backed priorities he would push as a representative.
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PERSONNEL NOTE: BRIAN BURGESS’ NEW GIG
Brian Burgess, a former communications director for Rick Scott’s administration, has been hired by a new 501(c)(4) called Better Florida Alliance, and will work with Josh Cooper, who was named executive director of the group.
Cooper will also retain his E.D. role with Let’s Get to Work, as the two organizations are not related.
PERSONNEL NOTE: ENTERPRISE FLORIDA NAMES NEW MARKETING EXECUTIVE via Jim Rosica of Florida Politics
A 30-year veteran of marketing and public relations has been tapped to become Enterprise Florida’s new chief marketing officer … Joseph S. Hice Jr. will be the organization’s senior vice president for marketing, overseeing its marketing and communications. Hice has worked for the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, the University of Florida, North Carolina State University, the Harley-Davidson Motor Co. and Segway Inc. … “Currently, he is a partner with Tampa-based Well Strategics, a communications firm specializing in clients doing business in the healthcare and wellness industries.”
PERSONNEL NOTE: TOP AHCA STAFFER HEADED TO PRIVATE SECTOR via Jim Rosica of Florida Politics
The former top staffer to Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) Secretary Liz Dudek has joined a law and lobbying firm as a “corporate affairs adviser” … Jennifer Ungru is now with Jones Walker LLP’s Tallahassee office … Before her stint as AHCA chief of staff, Ungru was deputy chief of staff to … Scott, overseeing nine agencies, including the departments of Management Services and State … “During her tenure, (AHCA) implemented major health reforms, including the movement to Statewide Medicaid Managed Care, the largest procurement in state history.”
ACCENTURE LATEST MAJOR FIRM TO JOIN FLORIDA TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL via Florida Politics
Accenture, the multinational management consulting and technology services firm, is the latest organization to join the Florida Technology Council (FTC), considered the voice of the state’s technology industry. “With its experience across multiple verticals, Accenture will play a vital role in the upcoming committee weeks and the 2016 Session,” said FTC Executive Director James Taylor. “On behalf of our membership, I welcome Accenture to the team and look forward to working with their outstanding staff.”
NEW LOBBYING REGISTRATIONS
George Oscar Anderson, David Browning, Christopher Dudley, James McFaddin III, Southern Strategy Group: CHCG Land Services; Darden Restaurants; The Grove Counseling Center
Brady Benford, Ballard Partners: Miami Children’s Museum
Ian Cotner: AT&T
Michael Harrell, Jim Magill, Kimberly McGlynn, Mac Stipanovich, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney: Florida Sportsman’s Land Trust; Avis Budget Group
Cynthia Henderson, Cynergy Consulting: Ascend Learning c/o MultiState Associates
Emily Buckley, Christopher Moya, Jones Walker: Genesis Reference Laboratories
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TWEET, TWEET: @EversTre Something about Big Pharma being promoted on @MarcACaputo‘s morning playbook time after time makes me smile
SANTA CLAUS FOR CITY COUNCIL? IT’S NO JOKE IN NORTH POLE, ALASKA via NewsMiner.com
Santa Claus is running for the North Pole City Council … the former North Pole Chamber of Commerce president, whose driver’s license really does bear his legal name of Santa Claus, is one of two candidates who have launched write-in campaigns for City Council. The other is La Nae Bellamy.
The North Pole City Council has two seats up for election this year, but no one filed for office during the regular filing period … The lack of candidates appears to be a problem throughout the Fairbanks North Star Borough. The two candidates for the Fairbanks City Council are uncontested, as are two School Board seats.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY belatedly to state Rep. Kevin Rader, Trey Price, and great guy Jim Rimes. Celebrating today is Mark Logan and Josh Weierbach. And I better not forget that it’s Jon Peck’s big day!