Sunburn – The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics.
By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Mitch Perry, Ryan Ray, and Jim Rosica.
POPE OF THE POOR ARRIVES IN U.S. DENYING HE’S A LIBERAL via Nicole Winfield and Rachel Zoll of the Associated Press
The pope of the poor arrived for his first-ever visit to the world’s wealthiest superpower Tuesday denying he is a leftist and riding in a frugal little family car, windows rolled down.
Pope Francis‘ chartered plane from Cuba touched down at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, where President Barack Obama and his wife and daughters paid him the rare honor of meeting him at the bottom of the stairs on the red-carpeted tarmac. Presidents usually make important visitors come to them at the White House.
Emerging from the aircraft to loud cheers from a crowd of hundreds, the smiling 78-year-old pontiff removed his skullcap in the windy weather and made his way down the steps in his white robes.
He was welcomed by a military honor guard, chanting schoolchildren, politicians, and Roman Catholic clerics in black robes with vivid sashes of scarlet and purple. Joe Biden, the nation’s first Catholic vice president, and his wife were among those who greeted him.
Eschewing a limousine, the pope climbed into the back of a little Fiat sandwiched between huge black SUVs. He promptly rolled down the windows, enabling the cheering, whooping crowds to see him as his motorcade took him to the Vatican diplomatic mission in Washington, where he will stay while in the nation’s capital.
The choice of car was in keeping with his simple habits and his stand against consumerism. His decision to roll down the windows reflected his penchant for trying to connect to ordinary people despite the tight security around him.
WHY THE POPE’S PLANE WAS PUT INTO A HOLDING PATTERN via The Atlantic
As the pope stalkers of the world watched his flight path on the Alitalia website, suddenly… the plane started making donuts. Several loops over North Carolina later, the pope is back on his way to D.C. … the reason the plane started circling was that Obama and Biden were running late to the greeting ceremony. A White House spokesman disputed this account … pointed out that the president did not actually arrive late … The Pope deplaned at 4 p.m., precisely as scheduled, and the president was on hand to greet him.
POPE’S WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE
Pope Francis will visit the White House on Wednesday morning, becoming only the third pope to visit the home. The others were Pope Benedict XVI in 2008 and Pope John Paul II, who visited President Jimmy Carter in 1979.
Francis will be greeted as most heads of state are, with his car pulling slowly up the South Lawn’s driveway to the spot where a red carpet will be rolled out and the Obamas will be waiting.
Thousands of invited guests, including many Catholics, will gather on the lawn to receive Francis.
Shortly after he arrives on the South Lawn, the anthems of the U.S. and the Vatican will play, following military honors that include a 21-gun salute and band members dressed in colonial garb. Obama will welcome the pope with remarks followed by a reciprocal address from Francis. They will then head inside the White House and reappear on the balcony.
Inside, Francis will sign the official guest book. He and Obama will exchange gifts before meeting in the Oval Office.
Following the visit, the Pope will travel in the Popemobile along streets near the White House.
The domed cathedral where Pope Francis will meet with all the U.S. bishops is best known as the site where Washington mourned the death of the first Catholic president, John F. Kennedy. He is memorialized with a marble plaque in the cathedral floor at the site of the 35th president’s funeral.
Inside the cathedral, Pope Francis and the bishops will say the midday prayer.
Next to Catholic University stands the largest Catholic church in the United States and North America, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The basilica is located in Washington’s Brookland neighborhood, which is nicknamed “Little Rome” for its numerous seminaries, monasteries, convents and other Catholic sites.
Pope Francis will celebrate Mass with a crowd of about 30,000 from the basilica’s east portico, facing the campus of Catholic University.
Catholic University, the national university of the Catholic Church in the U.S., was founded in 1887 and is run by the U.S. bishops. The university mall will host a crowd of Hispanic Catholics and Washington-area parishioners to celebrate Mass with Pope Francis.
Catholic University enrolls about 6,800 students from all 50 states and about 86 countries.
— “How to protect the Pope” via Rachel Roubein and Alex Rogers of the National Journal
— “In Nancy Pelosi, strong Catholic faith and abortion rights coexist” via Jennifer Steinhauer of the New York Times
— “Members will be blocked 2 ways from touching Pope Francis” via David Hawkings of Roll Call
BOB BUCKHORN TRAVELS TO WHITE HOUSE FOR POPE’S VISIT via Christopher O’Donnell of the Tampa Tribune
Buckhorn (was) among the dignitaries present when Pope Francis visit(ed) the White House during his historic first visit to the United States. Buckhorn, a Catholic, (was) on the White House lawn when President Obama greet(ed) Francis.
“This is a historic moment for the United States … Having been born and raised Catholic, it is truly a humbling experience to join the President of the United States in welcoming Pope Francis for his first visit. His compassion for so many and inclusive and uplifting messages are truly refreshing. His presence here will leave a lasting impression on millions for years to come.”
TWEET, TWEET: @BillGalvano Very excited! I get to meet His Holiness, @at the @ tomorrow.
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HOW THE DEBATES RUINED SCOTT WALKER AND RICK PERRY via James Pindell of the Boston Globe
CNN and Fox News got what they wanted. Their Republican presidential primary debates obtained huge ratings and had a major political impact … Rick Perry and now … Scott Walker dropped their presidential bids because they were out of money. The reason they ran out of cash? The debates.
These debates have fundamentally changed the race for president on the Republican side … front-runner Donald Trump got his biggest lead and Dr. Ben Carson jumped to second place after the first debate … no one has benefitted more from the debates than Carly Fiorina … her appearance in the second debate has propelled her into third place in the polls … then there is Jeb Bush … was the national front-runner … now he places fifth in national surveys.
(This) creates the incentive for candidates to spend less time campaigning in early states. Nothing they say in a town hall in Derry or Dubuque will get as much attention (including from donors) as a well-prepared debate line … since these debates are using national polling as the criteria to make the stage, candidates have an incentive to raise money to buy advertising to raise their name identification — so they can get on the debate stage.
JEB BUSH SLUMPS TO 6TH PLACE IN IOWA IN NEW PPP POLL via Mitch Perry of Florida Politics
Bush assured reporters in Cedar Falls … “We are in it for the long haul” … believes he’ll be able to pick up some supporters of Scott Walker in Iowa … he’ll need a whole lot more if he’s going to be competitive in the Hawkeye State, according to a new Public Policy Poll … Trump leads the field with 24 percent. Carson is next with 17 percent, with Fiorina now third there with 13 percent.
Next up are Rubio and Cruz … at 8 percent. Then follows Bush at 6 percent … tied with Huckabee … other than Walker, no other Republican has fallen so much over the past month in Iowa than Bush, who in a previous survey was in 4th place with 11 percent support … a 38 percent favorability rating with 40 percent of voters seeing him negatively. His big struggle continues to be with voters who identify themselves as ‘very conservative’- his favorability rating with them is 29/45, and just 2 support him for the nomination which puts him in 10th place with that group.
POLL: MARCO RUBIO PULLS AHEAD OF BUSH IN FLORIDA via Anthony Man of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel
A Florida Atlantic University poll to be released Wednesday shows Rubio … is in second place in the Republican primary field in Florida. … Bush … is in third place.
Trump had 31.5 percent of the Republican primary vote. Rubio was second with 19.2 percent and Bush was third with 11.3 percent.
BUSH SAYS MULTICULURIALSIM WRONG FOR U.S. via Thomas Beaumont of the Associated Press
Bush said Tuesday that multiculturalism is bad for the United States, adding that immigrants who close themselves off from American culture deny themselves access to economic rewards.
“We should not have a multicultural society,” Bush said, before beginning a longer explanation of his views of what comprises culture in the U.S.
“When you create pockets of isolation — and in some places the process of assimilation has been retarded because they’ve slowed down — it’s wrong,” he added. “It limits people’s aspirations.”
Bush’s remarks appeared to conflict with the way he has presented himself throughout the campaign and hew toward other GOP presidential hopefuls who are hoping to appeal to the party’s core supporters.
But Bush said later he viewed multiculturalism as not aspiring to an American ideal. “You have to have people assimilate into society. But that doesn’t mean we have a monolithic, homogeneous population. To the contrary,” he told The Associated Press before headlining a legislative fundraiser in Cedar Rapids. “The power of America is a set of shared values with a very diverse population embracing it.”
IS BUSH READY TO EMBRACE HIS LAST NAME? via Ed O’Keefe of the Washington Post
Two hours into the second Republican presidential debate, Bush took a firm stand … “He kept us safe” … The quick and simple defense of his brother George W. Bush earned one of the loudest rounds of applause of the night … Among Republicans, the 43rd president is more popular now than at any point since leaving office, but Americans overall still have mixed feelings about him. Ron Bonjean, an unaligned GOP strategist, said … “it’s a razor’s edge of embracing his brother because of family loyalty and creating his own path, which Jeb Bush must do to show his independence. However, Bush would turn off conservative voters if it looked like he was disavowing his family for the sake political gamesmanship.” Despite the mixed reviews … Bush has frequently defended his brother — especially on national security.
BUSH: ‘I HAVE THE ENERGY’ TO REIN IN REGULATION via Ashley Killough of CNN
Calling for a revival of the country’s “animal spirits,” Bush … spelled out his regulatory reform plan and argued that he has the “energy” to break down barriers that have cause Washington to “run amok” … Bush outlined a series of proposals that aim to speed up permit approval and halt what he considers unnecessary rule-making … blasted President Obama for allowing what he described as an out-of-control administration gain power by creating more laws than Congress. “I have the energy to tear down those barriers for people that want to be lifted up,” he said, a not-so-subtle rebuttal to rival Trump‘s charge that Bush is “low-energy.”
— “Bush continues to lock down Florida support with Escambia County team” via Alex Leary of the Tampa Bay Times
BUSH OPPOSES RPOF’S PLAN TO FORCE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES TO SHOW UP FOR NOVEMBER CATTLE CALL via Alex Leary of the Tampa Bay Times
Bush opposes a move by the Florida GOP to bar any candidate from the March primary ballot if he or she does not attend a November “Sunshine Summit” cattle call … “Governor Bush is opposed to the proposed rules change. He does not believe it is appropriate to limit Florida Republicans’ choices in this competitive primary” … he will attend the Republican Party of Florida event, a two-day event featuring a speech by Dick Cheney. Critics … say it amounts to blackmail and could diminish the state’s importance in the national election.
ASSIGNMENT EDITORS: Bush heads to Washington, D.C. in advance of private meetings in the morning. This afternoon, Jeb and Columba Bush will attend the Papal Mass.
SAVE THE DATE: Bush brings his JEB2016 fundraising tour back to Florida with a reception on October 5 at the home of real-estate investor Dick Beard and his wife Lea on Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa. A spot on the host committee will be for those who raise $10,000 riase or give $2,700, which gives them a photo opportunity, invite to the host reception and evening reception. Tickets to the evening reception are $1,000 per couple. For information or to RSVP, visit http://jeb2016.com/event/
RUBIO HAS ANOTHER MOMENT via Katie Glueck and Marc Caputo of POLITICO
Shining debate performances. Good press. Better poll numbers. And the implosion of a rival candidate.
Rubio is having a moment in the GOP presidential campaign. Again.
But if it’s like Rubio’s other moments – rising to second in May after his official campaign announcement, wall-to-wall press criticizing President Barack Obama’s new Cuba policy in December – the confluence of his rise in the polls and the luck of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s early exit from the race probably won’t produce much more than a modest dose of momentum and a few favorable headlines.
— “How Marco Rubio is winning the Republican Twitter primary” via Chris Wilson of TIME Magazine
— “Marco Rubio rules out path to citizenship during his presidency” via Sahil Kapur of Bloomberg Politics
HERE IS THE MOST HONEST AD OF THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN via the Washington Post
Naturally, it’s a spoof — from a non-partisan group aimed at promoting campaign finance reform, Represent.us. Previously, “Gil Fulbright” “ran” for Senate in 2014. He did not win any votes, but it’s a funny concept!
MEANWHILE ... HILLARY CLINTON TO HOLD PUBLIC EVENT IN FORT LAUDERDALE AREA OCT. 2 via Amy Sherman of the Miami Herald
Clinton will hold a public organizing event in the Fort Lauderdale area Oct. 2 … On the same day, Clinton has multiple fundraisers between Miami and Palm Beach County including the home of Fort Lauderdale lawyer Mitchell Berger and North Palm Beach lawyer Fred Cunningham.
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UNITED FOR CARE ANNOUNCES IT HAS COLLECTED MORE THAN 500,000 SIGNATURES via Mitch Perry of Florida Politics
United For Care, the advocacy group pushing to have medical marijuana legalized in Florida, has now collected more than 500,000 signatures in its bid to get on the 2016 ballot … news came via an email sent out by … John Morgan … “This is exciting news – and we are way ahead of where we were in 2013” … Meanwhile, unlike 2014, there could be a competition pro-marijuana constitutional amendment on the ballot next year. A group called Regulate Florida announced last month that aims to get their measure before voters … would make it so that pot would be legal to purchase and consume, like alcohol, along with age restrictions.
ALAN GRAYSON WOOS TAMPA DEMOCRATS IN HIS BID FOR U.S. SENATE via Mitch Perry of Florida Politics
Nine days after Patrick Murphy spoke before hundreds of Hillsborough County Democrats at the party’s annual fundraising dinner, Alan Grayson got his shot … spoke and took questions for about 45 minutes … “A lot of people think it’s a club, like the Rotary Club,” Grayson said about being a member of the Democratic Party. “I think of it like a gang, like the Crips and Bloods. We have to protect our turf. Our turf is the American middle class.”
“The entire Republican Party is in a contest to see who can be the biggest bigot,” he said, referring to recent comments made by Carson and Trump. Grayson went on to tout his voting record, where he boasted that no member of Congress has passed more bills and/or amendments in the House than himself. “And if you don’t believe me, check with PoliFact,” he said, what has labeled his boast as “mostly true.”
MARTHA HAYNIE ENDORSES SUSANNAH RANDOLPH IN CD 9 CONTEST via Mitch Perry of Florida Politics
Orange County Republican Comptroller Martha Haynie is endorsing Democrat Susannah Randolph in the CD 9 race taking place next year. “We need elected officials who will listen to people, and help citizens have faith that they will do what they say they will do … Susannah is in this race for the things that we both believe in, and I believe that no one will work harder in Congress to do the right thing for us than Susannah.”
Haynie is stepping down next year after serving in office since 1988 … a Republican with independent leanings, having previously served as chair of Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando, created a county domestic-partnership registry and received the Voice for Equality award from the gay-rights group Equality Florida.
— “On National Voter Registration Day, Kathy Castor and Craig Latimer try to motivate millennials to vote” via Mitch Perry of Florida Politics
CARLOS CURBELO AND ANITERE FLORES MAKE HUFF POST’S 40 UNDER 40 IN LATINO POLITICS via Amy Sherman of the Miami Herald
U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, state Sen. Anitere Flores and Alberto Martinez, chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio made Huffington Post’s 40 under 40 in Latino politics … At only 35 years of age, Alberto serves as the Chief of Staff for Senator Marco Rubio … Flores is the first Republican Hispanic woman to serve in both the Florida House and Senate since 1986. Prior to becoming a Republican Member of the Florida Senate’s 38th district, she served in the Florida House of Representatives 114 district from 2004 to 2010 … At only 35 years of age … Curbelo is one of the youngest Latino elected officials in congress … Also on the list is Wadi Gaitan, the first Hispanic communications director for the Republican Party of Florida and “easily one of the top bilingual media operatives in America.”
ROBERT DOYEL MAKES IT A RACE IN HD 41 via Florida Politics
Former 10th Judicial Circuit Judge Robert Doyel officially filed late last week to run as a Democrat for the Florida House … the fourth candidate to open a campaign account for the seat being vacated by Rep. John Wood, a Winter Haven Republican, who will reach his eight-year term limit next year.
Lining up for what will be a Republican primary for the House seat … are former 2nd District Court of Appeal Judge Charlie Davis, Polk County Commissioner Ed Smith and Republican fundraiser and activist Sam Killebrew.
SECOND REPUBLICAN FILES IN HEAVILY DEMOCRATIC HD 86 RACE via Florida Politics
A second Republican has filed for House District 86, currently held by term-limited Democrat Mark Pafford, setting up a GOP primary for the heavily Democratic district … Laurel Bennett, who runs health records company PHR Solutions, filed for the seat … joining fellow Republican Stuart Wade Mears and Democrats Tinuade Pena and Matt Willhite in the race.
This is Bennett’s first Florida House campaign, though she did run for mayor in Royal Palm Beach in 2014, taking 5.6 percent of the vote in a four-way race that ended with incumbent Matty Mattioli holding on to his post. As a Republican, Bennett will likely have a hard time gaining traction in District 86. Pafford has taken about 60 percent of the vote the last two cycles, and with a 16,000-voter registration advantage for Democrats.
THIRD DEMOCRAT FILES IN HD 92 PRIMARY RACE via Florida Politics
The House District 92 race got a little more crowded … as the third Democrat for the seat held by outgoing state Rep. Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed. Paulette Armstead, an FSU law school alumna who runs her own practice in West Palm Beach, joins Sajan Kurian and Whitney Rawls in what’s sure to be a contentious Democratic Primary.
The other two candidates share ties to District 101 Rep. Shevrin Jones: Rawls is a childhood friend of Jones and Kurian worked as the Hollywood Democrat’s district secretary. The connections put Jones in an awkward situation in July when Kurian left his job to enter the race. Jones ended up putting his support behind Rawls rather than his former employee.
MAPMAKER FOR FIRM WITH DEMOCRATIC PARTY TIES TO TESTIFY IN REDISTRICTING CASE via Allison Nielsen of the Sunshine State News
The list of witnesses set to testify in the congressional redistricting case … will include two senators who authored a new congressional map, as well as another mapmaker with ties to the Democratic Party … the House, Senate and the plaintiffs (including the League of Women Voters and Common Cause) will gather for a hearing in front of Judge Terry Lewis … Senate Reapportionment Committee chairman Sen. Bill Galvano … will testify in circuit court as will Sen. Tom Lee … who proposed a map during special session to keep Hillsborough County in one district.
Legislative staffers and redistricting experts will also testify … along with redistricting expert Allan Lichtman and John O’Neill, a map-maker from Washington, D.C.-based Strategic Telemetry, a consulting firm with Democratic ties.
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EXCLUSIVE — LAS VEGAS SANDS CALLS IT QUITS IN FLORIDA via Jim Rosica and Peter Schorsch of Florida Politics
The Las Vegas Sands Corp. is giving up its efforts to get a destination casino resort in Florida … Nick Iarossi, the Sands’ Florida lobbyist, said chairman Sheldon Adelson and other company heads made the decision over the weekend. Iarossi said the company … has been canceling consulting contracts for public relations and lobbying – including his … “I understand their perspective … We’ve been pushing this for six years with no success.”
The move comes as Sands executives prepare to meet … with legislative leadership in Georgia about a move to authorize a destination casino in Atlanta. “No matter who wanted it, they weren’t going to get destination gaming in Florida; it doesn’t matter who you are,” said Andy Abboud, the Sands’ vice president for government relations.
State Sen. Rob Bradley … wasn’t surprised at the news. He chairs the Senate’s Regulated Industries Committee, which has oversight of gambling in Florida. “It was always a heavy lift to convince many of us that Las Vegas casinos were the right thing for Florida.”
(Uncertainty) regarding a possible renewal of a deal between the state and the Seminole Tribe of Florida that gives the tribe exclusive rights to offer blackjack in Florida … played into the Sands’ decision. “As long as the tribe is influencing the gaming landscape, there will never be room for us,” Iarossi said.
RICK SCOTT POACHES 40 AEROSPACE JOBS FROM KENTUCKY — OR IS IT OHIO? via Steve Bousquet of the Tampa Bay Times
Scott arrived in Kentucky … for two days of job promotion efforts and announced that a Kentucky company plans to expand in South Florida … 1st Choice Aerospace will add 40 jobs at its Miramar location in southwest Broward County. But the geography on this job poaching trip is tricky.
Scott claims he’s poaching jobs from Kentucky in part because it has a personal income tax, but the company’s own web site barely mentions Kentucky and lists its “Ohio location” as being in Cincinnati with a fine-print street address in Hebron, Ky., close to the Ohio border and the home of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
Would Scott publicly boast about stealing jobs from Ohio? No. Why not? Because Ohio has a Republican governor, John Kasich, and Scott only targets jobs from states led by Democratic governors. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, a Democrat, last week ridiculed Scott’s job-poaching trip and cites Florida’s high property taxes.
IN POLITICAL FALLOUT, SCOTT OVERLOOKS SEXIST SLUR via Sue Carlton of the Tampa Bay Times
For nearly three weeks now … Scott has danced the dance with Sam Rashid … That’s how long it’s been since … he was calling Beth Leytham … “tax-payer subsidized slut” who made millions “as an unregistered Lobbyist by having an intimately close relationship with three of our local elected officials.”
Rashid said he would likely resign, then gave a non-apology/apology to Leytham … said he would resign if the governor asked. Well, of course the governor asked, right? Of course he swiftly and decisively sent a message to women, not to mention women voters, that this was unacceptable, right? Not quite.
Scott said he expected “everyone to live up to the highest standards,” and if reports were true, that Rashid would resign. As Rashid seemed to dig in his heels, the governor got really, really stern … “Governor Scott expects him to resign and would accept his resignation” … The aviation authority’s “Enabling Act,” which sets out the board’s rules, is pretty clear … “The Governor has the power to remove any member for good cause.” So does this mean Scott is still ruminating weeks later on whether insinuating a woman used sex to advance her business with absolutely no evidence of it is really “cause?” Apparently … Rashid implied he would do so only if the governor himself gave him a ring. Cha cha cha.
JEFF BRANDES WANTS DATA, INFO ON DRIVER’S LICENSE SUSPENSIONS via Kristen Clark of the Miami Herald
Taking the next steps in an effort to “produce a substantive bill to reform the inequities in the practice of driver license suspension,” the chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee … asked two state agencies and court clerks statewide to gather information and provide it to senators … Sen. Jeff Brandes … asked for data including: how many drivers had their licenses suspended or revoked last year because they didn’t pay a fine or a fee or because they didn’t comply with a financial obligation … how many people are incarcerated in state prisons for driving on a suspended or revoked license and how much those inmates are costing the state … what court clerks are doing to work with drivers who have financial hardships, such as making them aware of available community service alternatives to paying fines or fees they owe.
USF PREPARES TO SEEK ANOTHER $22.5 FOR DOWNTOWN TAMPA PROJECT via Jeremy Wallace of the Tampa Bay Times
Just months after securing $17 million from the Florida Legislature for a new downtown Tampa medical education and research center, the University of South Florida is already laying the groundwork to win another installment of $22.5 million for the project and fighting any notion that it could do with less.
Quizzed about whether USF could take a reduced amount and still stay on schedule, school president Judy Genshaft made clear to members of the board of governors of the State University System of Florida … that it would disrupt the university’s construction plans.
“It would not be optimal for us to delay” … Genshaft said getting $22.5 million from the Legislature in 2016 would help keep the construction on schedule to begin in August 2017 with an eye toward completion in 2019.
— “No offense, Richard Corcoran, but ethics again?” via Nancy Smith of the Sunshine State News
— “Richard Corcoran, Lucius Cornelius Sulla, and the idea of reforming Tallahassee” via Florida Politics
NEW LOBBYING REGISTRATIONS
Brian Ballard, Monica Rodriguez, Ballard Partners: University of Florida Foundation
Brady Benford, Ballard Partners: Miami Children’s Museum
Bradley Burleson, Ballard Partners: Acme Barricades
Kim Case, Holland & Knight: Dominion Diagnostics
Shawn Foster, Sunrise Consulting Group: Pasco Hernando State College Foundation
Justin Hoysradt: Vote Solar
Frank Stevens: One Call Care Management
NOMINATIONS NEEDED FOR 3RD ANNUAL 30 UNDER 30 LIST
SaintPetersBlog’s third annual list of the “30 under 30″ – thirty rising stars in Florida politics who are 30 years old or younger – will be published in October.
Your suggestions for the next generation of top operatives, lobbyists, staffers and politicians are welcomed.
Please email your nominations to peter@floridapolitics.
Previous honorees include: Britton Alexander, Tim Baker, Taylor Biehl, Katie Ballard, Dan Barrow, Katie Betta, Samantha Bowden, Victoria Brill, David Cardenas, Kevin Cate, Kevin Cleary, Sara Clements, Eric Conrad, Lyndsey Cruley, Ryan Duffy, Dane Eagle, Keith Fernandez, Adam Giery, Anthony Glover, Cory Guzzo, Tim Heberlein, Gina Herron, Tyler Hudson, Carolyn Johnson, Victoria Kirby, Stephen Lawson, Matthew Leger, Allison Liby-Schoonover, Ashley Mayer, Kristen McDonald, Meghan Meehan-Draper, Caitlin Murray, Mitchell Norton, Celina Parker, Peret Pass, Toby Philpot, Tom Piccolo, Zara Rahim, Kevin Reilly, Sydney Ridley, Amy Ritter, Stephanie Rosendorf, Ashley Ross, Kathy San Pedro, Ieva Smidt, Ryan Smith, Chris Spencer, Chris Sprowls, Herbie Thiele, Michael Worley, Justin York, Skylar Zander, Christian Ziegler.
The deadline for nominations is Oct. 2.
SPOTTED this past weekend in Chicago for fundraiser during a Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs game benefitting Senate Majority 2016: Slater Bayliss, Travis Blanton, Robert Coker, Craig Hansen, Rich Heffley, and Will McKinley.
SPOTTED this past weekend at Caesar’s Palace taking in a performance by Jerry Seinfeld raising money for Sen. Joe Negron’s Treasure Coast Alliance: Dean Cannon, Nick Iarossi, Jon Johnson, Tracy and Frank Mayernick, Ashley and Scott Ross.
SPOTTED at last week’s New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays game raising money for Sen. Tom Lee’s “The Conservative” committee: Chris Flack, Cameron Cooper, James McFadden, Brad Burleson, Chip Case, Mark Pinto, and Alan Suskey.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to John Fox and Hillsborough County Property Appraiser Bob Henriquez.