Life and politics from the Sunshine State's best city

Tag archive

Gerald Bailey

Joe Henderson: Rick Scott’s approval rating climbs because the economy trumps everything

in 2017 by

The steady increase in Gov. Rick Scott’s approval rating has reinforced the notion that if voters have a job and the economy seems to be humming along, other things don’t matter much. The latest poll, released this week by Morning Consult, put Scott’s approval number at 57 percent. Considering that he stood at 26 percent in 2012 according to Public Policy Polling, that’s downright miraculous. That same PPP poll five years ago included a forecast that Scott would lose a…

Keep Reading

Politics, food and fun: Florida State Fair kicks off

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

With a mix of old and new, the annual Florida State Fair kicks off Thursday. In addition to obligatory references to artery-clogging fair fare by local reporters (Deep-fried butter! Spaghetti Ice Cream!), Opening Day of the Fair is the setting for the yearly Governors Day Luncheon, where every man and women in Hillsborough County who is even thinking of running for office in 2018 already have their ticket. All Cabinet members are expected to appear, with Gov. Rick Scott scheduled to give…

Keep Reading

Today on Context Florida: Top 10 government stories, Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton and minimum wage blues

in Apolitical/Top Headlines by

Today on Context Florida: From palace intrigues to pot, 2015 brought a plethora of material to the Capitol Press Corps. Jim Rosica says trying to pick the top 10 state government stories is a subjective pursuit, to say the least, but here are the FloridaPolitics.com picks for the passing year: No. 1: The “firing” of Gerald Bailey – Gov. Rick Scott actually forced out the state’s top cop in December 2014 but the repercussions of that move spilled well over into…

Keep Reading

Jim Rosica’s Top 10 stories of 2015 in state government

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

From palace intrigues to pot, 2015 brought a plethora of material to the Capitol Press Corps. Trying to pick the top 10 state government stories is a subjective pursuit, to say the least, but here are the FloridaPolitics.com picks for the passing year: No. 1: The “firing” of Gerald Bailey Gov. Rick Scott actually forced out the state’s top cop in December 2014 but the repercussions of that move spilled well over into the new year. Scott originally announced Bailey’s…

Keep Reading

Gay marriage is biggest Florida story of 2015, poll says

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

Florida’s biggest news story for 2015 happened in the year’s first days, when the state became the 36th with legalized gay marriage, according to an Associated Press poll of the state’s newspaper and broadcast editors. Gay marriage easily beat out the No. 2 story, the long-running saga over the districts the Florida Legislature drew for Congress and the state Senate that had to be redrawn because they violated the state’s 2010 anti-gerrymandering law. The first same-sex marriage happened Jan. 5…

Keep Reading

The 5 most disappointing Florida politicians of 2015

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

As much as we would like to think otherwise, in politics, not everyone can be a winner. To put it another way, as Judge Smails did in the eminently quotable Caddyshack: “The world needs ditch-diggers, too.” Few will disagree that 2015 was a particularly fertile political year, one that produced a bumper crop of political disappointments – that’s what we get when the Legislature meets almost unceasingly in special session because it cannot agree on much of anything. Of course, the key word in this analysis…

Keep Reading

Bill Day’s latest: Rick Scott’s lawsuits put Floridians on the hook

in Statewide by

Gov. Rick Scott, in a precedent-setting move, became the first sitting governor in history successfully sued for violating Florida’s public records laws. In Bill Day’s latest, Floridians are now on the hook for at least $700,000. Tallahassee attorney Steven Andrews first filed a lawsuit against Scott in 2012 over violating a contract for the purchase of a building near the Governor’s Mansion, which housed Andrews’ firm. In obtaining emails related to the case, Andrews discovered evidence that the governor and…

Keep Reading

1 2 3 4
Go to Top