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Sunburn – The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics – September 25

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

By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Mitch Perry, Ryan Ray, and Jim Rosica.

FIRST AND FOREMOST: Happy birthday to one of the true class acts in Florida politics – David’s much better half, Christina Johnson, president of On 3 Public Relations. I kid you not, Christina’s name came up during a conversation between my wife, Michelle, and I just last night and we both remarked how she is such a vibrant, beautiful woman — and so good at her job. You are very lucky, DJ.

Now, on to politics…

MARCO RUBIO HITS BACK AT DONALD TRUMP: HE’S ‘TOUCHY AND INSECURE’ via Eliza Collins of POLITICO

Rubio … baited by Donald Trump over the past two days, landed his counter-punch … calling the billionaire … “a very touchy and insecure guy.”

“He had a really bad debate performance last week … He’s not well informed on the issues. He really never talks about issues and can’t have more than a 10 second soundbite on any key issue. And I think he’s kind of been exposed a little bit over the last seven days, and he’s a very touchy and insecure guy and so that’s how he reacts, and people can see through it.”

When asked why people should vote for Rubio over Trump, Rubio answered, “First of all, he takes shots at everybody that gets anywhere close to him, in terms of a poll, or anytime he hits a rough spot that’s what he does.” Rubio brushed off Trump’s critiques.

THE STRATEGY BEHIND RUBIO’S TRUMP FEUD via Marc Caputo of POLITICO

Sweaty. Lightweight. A no-show worker. Disloyal. A kid. A borrower “with no money, zero.”

Trump has spent the past two days bashing Marco Rubio with these insults as a way to send a message: Criticize the big dog and get bitten. On Thursday, Rubio barked back at Trump, calling him “a very touchy and insecure guy.” Rubio, who repeated the attacks on FOX later that night, also attacked Trump at his points of pride: his stage presence and his poll numbers.

“He had a really bad debate performance last week,” Rubio told Kentucky Sports Radio. “He takes shots at everybody that gets anywhere close to him, in terms of a poll, or anytime he hits a rough spot that’s what he does.” The conflict between the two men introduces a new feud to the race.

BACKGROUND — “Donald Trump is attacking Marco Rubio for being ‘sweaty.’ Why?” via Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post

RUBIO IS MISSING OPPORTUNITIES, NEW HAMPSHIRE REPUBLICANS SAY via Michael Bender of Bloomberg Politics

[F]ormer New Hampshire House Speaker Donna Sytek … [and] Wayne MacDonald … vice-chairman of John McCain‘s successful 2000 campaign in the state … are publicly voicing what party operatives in the state are privately discussing: Their disbelief that Rubio has largely ignored [the] state … [H]is relatively light schedule in New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina is raising questions about whether he’ll have the infrastructure in place to seize opportunity when and if it comes his way.

News reports … suggest this is part of Rubio’s strategy … J. Warren Tompkins, who runs a pro-Rubio super-PAC, [said] “it takes a lot of discipline” to avoid peaking before February and March, when primary voters start casting their ballots … campaign manager Terry Sullivan [said] the strategy was to wait out the rest of the field.

— “Rubio to hold lunch fundraiser with Tampa-area GOP insiders on Mondayvia Steve Contorno of the Tampa Bay Times

RUBIO GETS EMOTIONAL DURING POPE’S SPEECH via Jesse Byrnes of The Hill

Rubio … teared up during Pope Francis’s address to a joint session of Congress on Thursdaywhen the pontiff spoke about immigrants … The son of Cuban immigrants and a Catholic, Rubio smiled and appeared to blink back tears before wiping his eye. His campaign uploaded a video of the moment online shortly after Francis finished his speech.

POLLS DU JOUR via Adam Wollner of National Journal

Trump tops three new polls of the Republican presidential field conducted after last week’s debate. Trump leads Quinnipiac University’s latest survey with 25%, followed by Ben Carson with 17% and Carly Fiorina with 12%. Jeb Bush takes 10%, compared to 9% for Marco Rubio and 7% for Ted Cruz. A Bloomberg poll shows Trump in front with 21%, followed by Carson with 16%, Bush with 13%, Fiorina with 11%, Rubio with 8% and Cruz with 5%. And a Fox News poll finds Trump ahead with 26%, followed by Carson with 18%, Fiorina and Rubio with 9% each, Cruz with 8% and Bush with 7%.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton leads with 43% in the Quinnipiac poll, followed by Bernie Sanders with 25% and Joe Biden with 18%. She also tops Fox’s poll with 44%, compared to 30% for Sanders and 18% for Biden.

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POLL OF FLORIDA: TRUMP LEADS, CARLY FIORINA AND RUBIO RISE, JEB BUSH STEADY via Melissa Ross of Florida Politics

Trump remains the front-runner among Republican presidential candidates in Florida, with … Bush maintaining strong support … Carly Fiorina surging … Ben Carson losing some ground and … Rubio on the rise, according to a Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute poll … shows a major shakeup in Florida, with five candidates polling in double digits … Trump at 24 percent, Bush at 17 percent, Fiorina at 16 percent, Carson at 15 percent and Rubio at just under 15 percent.

Although Trump leads, the poll also shows he has a favorability rating of 50 percent and the highest unfavorability rating of any candidate in the field, at 40 percent … good news for Trump, Fiorina and Carson, respondents preferred candidates with business over government experience by a 44 percent to 18 percent margin.

NEW SUPER-PAC TV AD HIGHLIGHTS BUSH RECORD ON TAXES AND SPENDING via Michael Bender of Bloomberg Politics

Right to Rise USA, the super-PAC backing Republican Jeb Bush‘s presidential campaign, started airing a pair of new television ads … both positive messages that promote his record as governor of Florida.

Part of a $23 million, four-month marketing campaign in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, the ads — one 30 seconds long, the other 60 seconds … began airing days after … Scott Walker‘s exited the field … portray Bush as a conservative with a record of accomplishment … In the super-PAC’s first ad … a narrator speaks about the “governor” who helped create 1.3 million new jobs, cut billions in spending and taxes, and battled with teachers unions. “The state was Florida. The governor was Jeb Bush.”

The super-PAC, which started airing ads in South Carolina this week, is one of two groups airing presidential campaign TV ads in … Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. The other is Conservative Solutions, the super-PAC backing … Rubio. The pro-Rubio group has spots targeted in the three early voting states as well as a national cable buy announced last week. The two outside groups backing rival Floridians are the only organizations airing presidential ads in South Carolina.

LONGTIME RICK PERRY BACKER JUMPS TO BUSH via Peggy Fikac of the San Antonio Express-News

One of Rick Perry’s staunchest allies is jumping to Bush’s presidential campaign, saying the former Florida governor is the logical choice for Republicans who want a “proven conservative” with a chance of being elected.

“First of all, they asked me to,” Ray Sullivan, who headed a super PAC that supported Perry’s presidential effort, said … of signing up with Bush. “And second, I think the nominee needs to be from the governor’s ranks, needs to have proven electoral and policy success, and needs to be a bona fide, successful conservative. That winnows the field mightily … I think Jeb Bush is the only remaining Republican candidate who fits the bill across the board.”

ASSIGNMENT EDITORSBush will be in Miami for a private event in Boca Raton.

— “Jeb Bush and John Kasich coming to Sarasota” via Zac Anderson of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune

ASSIGNMENT EDITORS: Rubio, Bobby Jindal, Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee and Ben Carson will speak at the 10th Annual Values Voters Summit in the Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street NW in Washington D.C.

FLORIDA GOP TO GIVE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES BALLOT OPTIONS via the Associated Press

The Republican Party of Florida is set to give presidential candidates three options to get on the March primary ballot … a rule proposed … would automatically put candidates on the ballot if they attend a party-hosted summit in November. The party’s executive committee will vote on the rule … If candidates don’t attend the Sunshine Summit, they would also be able to make the ballot by paying a $25,000 filing fee to the state party or by submitting petitions with 125 signatures from each of the state’s 27 congressional districts.

LESLIE DOUGHER WANTS TO BRING BACK FLORIDA GOP STRAW POLL via Tia Mitchell of the Florida Times-Union

Former RPOF Chairwoman Leslie Dougher … has a new idea to bring some pizzazz to the [Sunshine] Summit … to amend the proposed RPOF Presidential Qualifying Rule to include a straw poll … to engage the grassroots activists across Florida during [the] RPOF conference call.

“The Republican Presidential candidates need to know where Florida’s Republican grassroots activists stand; a straw poll at the Sunshine Summit will provide this snapshot … No matter the result, supporters of each candidate will leave Orlando energized and ready to turn out the vote in March.”

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REDISTRICTING TRIAL DAY 1 RECAP via Gary Fineout of the Associated Press

Circuit Judge Terry Lewis has been asked by the state Supreme Court to pick a new congressional map and send it to the justices for final approval after the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature failed to reach an agreement during an August special session. A three-day trial over the proposals started on Thursday.

The House and Senate have each given Lewis rival maps while the groups that started the legal battle over Florida’s current districts have also turned in their own proposals.

But Lewis told lawyers he may opt to recommend a “combination” of all of the maps when he rules sometime in October.

Lewis said that he viewed his job as trying to come up with the “best” map that would meet the state’s constitutional requirements and follow the high court’s decision. Because of this he took a much more direct role in the trial and made unusual move of directing questions to one of the witnesses.

He asked a House employee who worked on maps about whether he should be “concerned” about a proposed east-west configuration for the seat now held by U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown. Brown’s district now runs south from Jacksonville to Orlando. The Supreme Court ordered an east-west alignment and legislators responded by drawing up a proposal that would stretch Brown’s district from Jacksonville to west of Tallahassee, into Congresswoman Gwen Graham‘s district.

Most of the first day of the trial, however, centered on how the House and Senate have proposed redrawing two South Florida districts.

Legislators have endorsed a proposal to shift the city of Homestead into the district of Rep. Carlos Curbelo instead of splitting the city. But in order to keep the districts equal in population size the new map also shifts three black neighborhoods into the adjoining district of Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Lawyers for the groups that sued the Legislature contended that this change was made to protect Curbelo, a Republican who was first elected in 2014.

Jason Poreda, the staff director for the House Select Committee on Redistricting, said he had “no idea” that they were taking three black neighborhoods out of Curbelo’s district.

David King, an attorney representing the League of Women Voters of Florida and other groups, said legislators “badly failed” in coming up with a legal map for South Florida. King said the League’s map was “vastly superior” to the one being recommended by the Legislature.

PLAINTIFFS LAWYER: PRISON POPULATION WON’T AFFECT BROWN’S SEAT via Matt Dixon of POLITICO Florida

An attorney for a set of plaintiffs in Florida’s long-running redistricting legal challenge says he doesn’t think prisoners in a proposed redraw of Rep. Corrine Brown’s district will have an effect on its ability to elect minority candidates

… Rep Corrine Brown, a black Jacksonville Democrat, has been concerned that boosting the prisoner population in her proposed new North Florida district would make it harder for a minority candidate to be elected there, since prisoners are counted in a district’s overall population but can’t vote.

— “Republican lawmaker apologizes for Corrine Brown comments” via Matt Dixon of POLITICO Florida

— “When you have to ask if any reporters are present, you should probably keep your mouth closed” via Ron Littlepage of the Florida Times-Union

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SAVE THE DATE: Republican candidate Mary Thomas will host a Tampa fundraiser to support her campaign for Florida’s 2nd Congressional District. The $500-per-person event will be Tuesday, September 29 beginning with cocktails at 6 p.m. and a buffet dinner to follow. Location is at the home of Dr. Rahul Mehra, 2918 W. Harbor View Ave. in Tampa. RSVP at www.RunWithMary.com.

SAVE THE DATE: Democratic congressional candidate Eric Lynn will hold a St. Petersburg fundraiser on Wednesday, September 30 at the Synovus Bank Building, 333 Third Ave. N, Suite 200 in St. Petersburg. Event begins at 5:30 p.m. RSVP to Tom@EricLynnforCongress.com or at (217) 257-6998.

2018 WATCH — IS BOB BUCKHORN PREVIEWING A STUMP SPEECH? via William March of the Tampa Bay Times

At a fundraising dinner … for the East Pasco Democratic Club … Buckhorn — considered a potential 2018 candidate for governor — gave a talk that sounded a lot like a stump speech … reiterated accomplishments in Tampa — reinvigoration of downtown and job growth, including “more jobs than any other city in Florida in two of the last four years, with a Democrat at the helm.”

He said those accomplishments “could absolutely be used at the state level” and are “a great road map for Democrats moving to the future.” He talked about the 2016 presidential race, but also extensively about the 2018 state elections.

Bemoaning what he called “the crazy stuff that’s emerging out of Tallahassee these days,” he said, “If there has ever been an opportunity to turn the tide, it’s in 2018 … I will tell you in no uncertain terms the bench of the Democratic Party is the big-city mayors.”

NANCY DETERT TO RUN FOR COUNTY COMMISSION via Zac Anderson of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Detert ended months of speculation Thursday and officially upended the Sarasota political landscape in announcing her bid for the Sarasota County Commission at a Republican gathering in downtown Sarasota.

“This will be my eighth year in the Florida Senate and I’m here to announce it will also be my last year in the Florida Senate,” Detert said, drawing a standing ovation from the 70 people in attendance at the Sarasota Republican Club meeting at Marina Jack when she added: “Tomorrow I will be filing to run for the County Commission.”

Detert’s decision makes her the overwhelming favorite to replace Christine Robinson on the commission and opens two seats in the Legislature because Sarasota state Rep. Greg Steube will run for the Senate instead of re-election in the House.

DOUG HOLDER MAKES IT OFFICIAL, JUMPS INTO RACE FOR SD 28 via Florida Politics

Just hours after Detert announced she will forgo the remainder of her state Senate term to pursue a seat on the Sarasota County Commissioner, former Sarasota Rep. Doug Holder announced he will run to succeed her in 2016.

Holder was originally slated to pursue the seat in 2018, when Detert was slated to term out, but her decision to retire from the Senate early has set in motion a chain reaction among local pols vying for the Republican-tilting seat.

After congratulating Detert – beloved locally for her moderation and independence in Tallahassee – Holder said he looks forward to running in what is likely a vigorous campaign.
“I am excited about taking our message of conservative values, limited government, and free market principles to the Florida Senate. I look forward to working to remove barriers to economic growth and job creation and making sure that Florida has a world-class education system,” said Holder, who served in the Legislature from 2006 until 2014.
“I look forward to fighting to rein in government spending and stop waste, fraud, and abuse,” said Holder. “It is vital that we keep taxes low so that Floridians can keep more of their hard-earned money, especially our seniors.”

SAVE THE DATE: State Rep. Kathleen Peters will host a fundraiser on Monday, Sept. 28 to support her re-election to Pinellas County House District 69. Event begins 5:30 p.m. at Bascom’s chop House. 3665 Ulmerton Rd. in Clearwater. RSVPs at Katie@kballardconsult.com or (954) 803-3942.

SAVE THE DATE: House Majority 2016 will hold a joint fundraiser for Republican state Reps. Heather Fitzenhagen and Holly Raschein on Tuesday, October 6 at 5 p.m. in the Governors Club. Also at 5 p.m., State Rep. Greg Steube will be there for a separate fundraising reception. Both events are at 202 1/2 South Adams Street in Tallahassee.

SAVE THE DATE: State Rep. Brad Drake will host a fundraising event on Thursday. October 8 beginning 4:30 p.m. in the Governors Club, 202 1/2 South Adams Street in Tallahassee.

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BILL WOULD SUBJECT ABORTION CLINICS TO HIGHER REGULATION via Jim Rosica of Florida Politics

State Rep. Carlos Trujillo …  who chairs the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee, filed … HB 4021 … adds “abortion clinics” to the list of facilities that provide “elective surgical care” under state law. That would subject them to a stricter level of state medical regulation.

“We’re already heavily regulated,” said Laura Goodhue, executive director of the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, which perform abortions at clinics in Florida. “The intent of this bill, which is not medically necessary, is to chip away access to a safe and legal procedure.”

A LOCAL DUD, TROPICAL STORM ERIKA STILL PUT DAMPER ON TOURISM via Hannah Sampson of the Miami Herald

Tropical Storm Erika might have washed out before getting as far as South Florida last month, but it still took a toll on tourism … Miami-Dade and the Florida Keys both saw year-over-year hotel occupancy fall in August, which ended with the threat of a hurricane. The Florida Keys saw the biggest drop: Hotels were 74.3 percent full in August, compared to 79 percent full a year earlier. Room rates still ticked up 4 percent to more than $223 … before the storm threat developed, August occupancy was up 2 percent.

Including hotels that did not report their numbers … occupancy nudged up a tiny bit to 74.7 percent … Average daily rates were up 3.6 percent to $103.20, the highest ever for August.

— “Convergys to hire 400 in Jacksonville” via Roger Bull of the Florida Times-Union

— “Expedia plans Central Florida development” via Caitlin Dineen of the Orlando Sentinel

FLORIDA BUSINESS OWNERS’ ECONOMIC CONFIDENCE SHOWS UP IN EQUIPMENT PURCHASES, REAL ESTATE via Margie Manning of the Tampa Bay Business Journal

More than half of Florida’s small business owners are on track to meet revenue projections for 2015, and almost one in three expect to beat those goals. Those findings, from TD Bank’s Florida Small Business Pulse Check survey, are a positive sign for the market … most small business are planning to keep staffing levels the same … Florida added 20,100 private sector jobs in August, and the state’s annual job growth rate has exceeded the nation’s rate since April 2012 … Recent announcements by companies such as Accusoft, which is expanding its Tampa headquarters and expects to add 125 jobs by 2019, and ReliaQuest, expanding in Tampa and adding 55 jobs by 2017 … Tourism is one of Florida’s core industries, but for small business owners it’s a very small piece of the pie, the survey found.

PORT CANAVERAL CEO RESIGNS UNDER PRESSURE via the Associated Press

Port Canaveral has started a nationwide hunt for a new CEO after its current top executive agreed to resign under pressure … John Walsh said … he would resign in January after two Port Authority commissioners indicated they were prepared to fire him. Walsh had been criticized recently for making disparaging remarks about opponents. Earlier this month, he apologized for calling the opponents of constructing new train tracks from the port “Luddites.”

PAPA JOHN’S HQ STAYING PUT, WON’T MOVE TO FLORIDA via Jim Rosica of Florida Politics

Papa John’s pizza chain founder, CEO and spokesman John Schnatter says he’s not moving his corporate headquarters from Louisville, Kentucky to Florida despite … Scott‘s sales pitch … Schnatter told a local television station that “Florida is much friendlier when it comes to business than Kentucky.”

Schnatter … told WLKY-TV that “Florida’s definitely much more pro-business.” … Papa John’s has a distribution center and 300 stores in Florida … more than 4,700 locations in 37 countries, most of those franchises that are independently owned.

ASSIGNMENT EDITORS: Gov. Scott will announce new jobs at a 9:30 a.m. press conference at Sunera, 1601 Sawgrass Corp. Pkwy., Suite 130 in Sunrise.

INACTIVE CPA LICENSE TRIGGERS POT PANEL SHAKEUP via Matt Dixon of POLITICO Florida

The Department of Health has replaced one member of a panel that will award lucrative licenses to dispense low-THC medical marijuana because she had an inactive certified public accountant license … Ellyn Hutson was selected to replace Ann Filloon on the Office of Compassionate Use’s substantive review panel. Filloon, who was originally announced with the panel’s other two members in late August, directs the department’s fiscal unit and is a CPA, but her license is not active.

Department rules require that at least one person on the three-member panel have a CPA license, but it does not have to be active. Department leaders, however, wanted someone with an active license.

HAPPENING TODAY – ASSOCIATED INDUSTRIES OF FLORIDA TO HOLD WATER FORUM via Florida Politics

Associated Industries of Florida … will hold its sixth annual Florida Water Forum … 9 a.m. at the Renaissance Orlando at Sea World.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam … keynote speaker … former Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Herschel Vinyard … as moderator for several panels … DEP Secretary Jon Steverson is also set to speak …  Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Chairman Charlie Dean … Senate Community Affairs Chairman Wilton Simpson … Senate General Government Appropriations Chairman Alan Hays … House State Affairs Chairman Matt Caldwell … House Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Chairman Ben Albritton … Rep. Halsey Beshears … Rep. Ray Pilon and Rep. Katie Edwards.

NEW LOBBYING REGISTRATIONS

Timothy Beard: Pasco-Hernando State College

Louis Betz: Designated Gaming Services

Kevin Cleary, The P5 Group: Jupiter Medical Center

Angela Dempsey, Fred Dickinson, William McKinley, PooleMcKinley: Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers

Adam Giery, Jim Horne, Jonathan Menendez, Tara Reid, Strategos Public Affairs: Crisis Prevention Institute

Mike Harrell, Mac Stipanovich, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney: Fantasy Sports Trade Association

Jason King: AIDS HealthCare Foundation

Sean Pittman: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

STEVE SCHALE’S BIG NEWS via Ryan Ray of Florida Politics

Next month, Steve Schale is taking his talents to sub-Saharan Africa.

The Democratic strategist will lead a bipartisan delegation of American political professionals to Namibia and Botswana as part of an exchange program sponsored by the American Council of Young Political Leaders.

Schale will escort a cohort of Americans to meet and swap electoral insights with the National Youth Council in Namibia and Botswana’s Organization for Youth and Elections.

With a nod and wink to the epic social media roll-outs of fellow Democratic message-crafter Kevin Cate, Schale had been teasing the announcement on social media.

Given his public association with the movement to draft Joe Biden as a candidate for president, one could be excused for thinking Schale’s announcement – or “BFD“, as Amtrak Joe might put it – was related to his potential run.

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CONTEXT FLORIDA: POLLING FOR 2016, DEADBEAT DADS AND THE 1999 TECH REVOLUTION 

 On Context Florida: For Bob Sparks, polling for the 2016 presidential campaign is a political scientist’s dream. It is not too bad for pundits, either. There is something in it for everyone. An overwhelming number of friends and peers from Catherine Durkin Robinson’s generation had absent fathers. In fact, the term “deadbeat dad” dates back only to about 1975-1980. What a legacy. Nevertheless, it did teach many in the next generation how to be a better kind of father. Blake Dowling reminisces on the tech revolution between 1999 and 2015; in the business world today, without technology, you are out of business.  This may sound like a laughable point, Dowling says, but to think of how fast this has come to be is revolutionary. All things mobile, wireless, fast and online is the norm. It certainly was not 15 years ago.

Visit Context Florida to dig in.

ON THIS WEEK’S EDITION OF THE ROTUNDA

Trimmel Gomes’ newest episode of The Rotunda goes in-depth with Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner following a new report by the Brennan Center for Justice detailing the voting technology crisis across the country. Detzner also talks with Gomes about his new “Get Ready. Get Set. Vote!” campaign to help voters prepare for the 2016 elections.

Plus, another enterprising entrepreneur creates a powerful legislative mobile app to better keep track of the bills, issues and people shaping Florida politics. Will Galloway, CEO of The Capital Steps tells Gomes why his technology is unlike any other in terms of bringing Florida’s political database to your fingertips.

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

WEEKEND TV

Black Almanac with Dr. Ed James on WWSB, ABC 7 in Sarasota: The Sarasota chapter of NAACP celebrates its 30th Annual Freedom Awards banquet.

Facing Florida with Mike Vasilinda: Remembering the late Sen. Ken Plante.

Florida This Week on Tampa Bay’s WEDU: NPR media critic Eric Deggans, Tampa Tribune columnist Joe Henderson, Hillsborough Republican Party secretary Sharon Calvert and attorney Ron Weaver.

On Point with Shannon Ogden on WFCN in Jacksonville: Tia Mitchell of the Florida Times-Union on Rep. Janet Adkin’s recent comments on U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown’s congressional district, reporter Nate Monroe and Florida State College at Jacksonville Professor Tim Gilmore

Political Connections on Tampa Bay’s BayNews 9: Anchor Al Reuchel and political reporter Troy Kinsey look ahead to 2016.

Political Connections on CF 13 in OrlandoRep. Jason Brodeur speaks with host  Ybeth Bruzual about what he has in store for the 2016 Legislative Session. Plus CNN Senior Political Reporter Nia-Malika Henderson, and PolitiFact rates a claim made by Hillary Clinton about drug addiction and treatment in the United States.

The Usual Suspects on WCTV-Tallahassee/Thomasville (CBS) and WJHG-Panama City (NBC): Hosts Steve Vancore and Gary Yordon with Ed Moore.

LIBERALS ARE MORE EMOTIONAL ON TWITTER; CONSERVATIVES ARE MORE RELIGIOUS via Bonnie Kristian of The Week

A study surveying a million tweets from about 10,700 Twitter users reveals that vocabulary and topic choices on the social network correlate with users’ political leanings.

Democrats are prone to emotional language and swear words … disproportionately angry about Dick Cheney and interested in international news … Right-wing Twitter users, by contrast, speak often of religion — “God” and “Psalm” frequently popped up in their tweets — and vent their ire at Barack Obama and Democratic leadership in Congress.

[The] most intriguing finding, given Republicans’ emphasis on individual freedom, was the discovery that conservatives tend to speak in group terms (“we,” and “us,” for example) while liberals’ language is more individualistic (“me,” and “I”).

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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