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Philip Levine raises $250K in August

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine dumped another $66,000 of his own money into his political committee last month, according to a new campaign finance report filed with the Florida Division of Elections.

Levine, a Democrat, is considering a run for Florida governor, and has even publicly mused about running as an independent if he were to jump into the race.

Including his own money, Levine brought in $251,015 for “All About Florida” last month. The top outside contributor was Stamford, Connecticut-based TCC Air Services at $50,000, followed by New York City resident Bobby Hematian at $25,000.

Expenditures came in at just $38,000, including $8,000 to Matthew Van Name for campaign management, $6,000 to Edge Communications for consulting work, and $5,000 to Sayfie Media for event sponsorship.

Through the end of the month, the committee had raised a total of $4.77 million and had only spent about $116,000. Levine was the source of more than $2.6 million of that money.

If he entered the race for governor as a Democrat, he would be the best-funded candidate, followed by former Congresswoman Gwen Graham of Tallahassee.

Her most recent campaign finance numbers show her with about $1.7 million in the bank for her political committee, “Our Florida,” and another $577,000 on hand in her campaign account.

Jack Latvala joins call to save DACA

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Latvala joined the chorus of so far mostly Democrats calling for preservation of the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program to let young, undocumented immigrants stay in the United States.

Latvala, the state senator from Clearwater, directed his call not at President Donald Trump, who has signaled he will end the President Barack Obama program as early as Tuesday, but at Congress and the Republican Party.

The push to preserve the program, which provides limited protected status to as many as 800,000 people nationally, and more than 100,000 estimated in Florida, has come out from numerous Democrats, but only a few Republicans, notably U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

“We must lead with a compassionate heart, not by punishing children,” Latvala said in a statement first published on Facebook, then released by his campaign. “Florida is a diverse state and our economic success depends on a strong diverse workforce. If DACA ends in 6 months it will have a disastrous impact not only on hundreds of thousands of bright, promising young people but also on our business climate.”

Latvala’s statement came shortly after Democrats, notably Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham, publicly challenged him and fellow Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam to speak out on the plan.

Latvala then turned that challenge to the rest of Republicans in Florida.

“Congress has dropped the ball on this issue like so many others,” Latvala stated. “It’s time for Congress to pass a law protecting Dreamers. I call on other leaders of the Republican Party in Florida to join me in supporting these children so they can come out of the shadows and legally secure jobs.”

Graham, the former congresswoman from Tallahassee, and fellow Democratic gubernatorial candidates Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Winter Park developer Chris King all issued strong statements supporting DACA and urging its preservation. Gillum declared that a revocation of DACA would be a “moral stain.” King called such a move “cruel and misguided.” Graham called it “unconscionable.”

Putnam, Florida’s agriculture secretary, has not made a statement regarding DACA.

Democrats have been pushing for weeks to raise awareness of young adults who were brought without visas to America as young children, or who have overstayed their visas while growing up, and the program that allows them to stay under certain conditions.

Those eligible have been dubbed “DREAMers” after the the “Development Relief And Education For Alien Minors” bills filed several times by pro-immigration members of Congress in recent years.

 

Florida Democrats thrash decision to end DACA

President Donald Trump plans to announce Tuesday that he will end an Obama-era program protecting young immigrants brought into the country as children, which quickly drew the ire of Florida Democrats.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program, allows nearly 800,000 young immigrants, known colloquially as “Dreamers,” a reprieve from deportation as well as renewable two-year work permits.

An estimated 95 percent of the immigrants in the program are either working or attending school.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former congresswoman Gwen Graham was among the first to blast Trump’s plan when the news leaked Sunday night. Fellow Democratic candidates Chris King and Andrew Gillum quickly followed suit.

“THESE ARE INNOCENT HUMAN BEINGS,” she tweeted. “Our friends and neighbors. This is unconscionable.”

The North Florida Democrat, who is the daughter of former governor and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, was more measured in an official campaign press release, saying that Trump and Florida Republicans “are playing politics with young people’s lives.”

“Dreamers might not have full citizenship, yet, but they are still Floridians — and, as governor, I will defend them,” she said.

King called Trump’s decision “cruel and misguided” and he and Gillum also pledged to support and protect the Dreamers if elected next year.

“These young people have been educated in our schools, opened businesses in our neighborhoods, and made significant contributions to our economy. Ripping families apart, and punishing innocent children for the actions of their parents, is not in line with Florida values,” King said.

Gillum said axing the program was “as wrongheaded as it is heartless” and said he was “deeply saddened” on behalf of Florida Dreamers.

“When we deport children who have never known another country, we have truly lost our moral standing on the world stage,” he said.

About the only thing the three Democrats weren’t aligned on is the number of Dreamers who call the Sunshine State home. Graham cited 50,000, while King said 70,000 and Gillum claimed upwards of 100,000.

Republican U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was among the few GOP officials to slam the plan, voicing her disapproval over Twitter Sunday.

“After teasing #Dreamers for months with talk of his ‘great heart,’ @POTUS slams door on them. Some ‘heart’…” she said.

Ben Ray Luján, who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, blasted out an email about an hour after the story was first reported by POLITICO.

“President Trump’s cowardice on DACA threatens the lives of hundreds of thousands of law-abiding young people and is a disgrace. In Trump’s absence of leadership and compassion, House Republicans must move immediately to work with Democrats, codify DACA into law and do everything possible to protect Dreamers,” he said in an email.

State Rep. David Richardson, who is running for congress, echoed Luján’s leadership angle, saying the president’s decisions “are not the actions of a great leader, or for that matter any kind of leader.”

“This is yet another example of the President singling out the most vulnerable among us for incredible levels of anguish – he builds up the level of hate to reinforce the acceptance of prejudice,” he said.

CD 27 candidate Mary Barzee Flores added that the decision “is going to have a devastating effect on American families and communities.”

“I’m hard pressed to think of a more callous policy than putting 800,000 children and young adults in trembling fear over having their lives uprooted in virtually the only country they’ve ever called home,” Flores said.

Trump’s plan would phase out DACA after six months, and those within the president’s inner circle warned that he could change his mind in the interim.

The delay in the formal dismantling of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program, would be intended to give Congress time to decide whether it wants to address the status of the so-called Dreamers legislation, according to two people familiar with the president’s thinking. But it was not immediately clear how the six-month delay would work in practice and what would happen to people who currently have work permits under the program, or whose permits expire during the six-month stretch.

During his campaign, Trump slammed DACA as illegal “amnesty” and vowed to eliminate the program the day he took office. But since his election, Trump has wavered on the issue, at one point telling The Associated Press that those covered could “rest easy.”

The expected announcement would come as the White House faces a Tuesday deadline set by Republican state officials threatening to sue the Trump administration if the president did not end the program.

The Associated Press contributed to this report, reprinted with permission.

Bill Nelson and Rick Scott virtually tied, new poll shows

A new poll of the likely 2018 U.S. Senate race finds Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and likely challenger Gov. Rick Scott virtually tied.

The Florida Atlantic University poll, scheduled for release Tuesday, shows Nelson with 42 percent support compared to 40 percent for Scott.

“It is very early with many undecided voters,” wrote FAU political scientist Kevin Wagner.

The poll also took stock of the race to replace Scott as governor and found nearly half the voters for both parties – 47 percent of Democrats and 53 percent of Republicans – had not yet decided who they would support during primary season.

Republicans picked Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam with 27 percent support, followed by House Speaker Richard Corcoran at 10 percent, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis at 9 percent and Senate Appropriations Chair Jack Latvala at 2 percent.

Only Putnam and Latvala have launched campaigns.

Democrats’ top pick is John Morgan, who picked up 19 percent support despite not being in the race, followed by former Congresswoman Gwen Graham at 14 percent, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum at 9 percent, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine at 8 percent and Orlando Businessman Chris King at 4 percent.

Levine, like Morgan, has hinted at a run, but has not yet entered the race. He has also played around with the idea of running as an independent in 2018.

The biggest dividing line between voters is how the Sunshine State should handle guns.

Over half of Democrats, 54 percent, said the state should outlaw guns in public places, while 55 percent of Republicans hold the opposite view.

About a fifth of Republicans are in favor of “open carry” gun laws, so long as a person is licensed, while only 16 percent of independent voters and 9 percent of Democrats felt the same way.

Just 8 percent of respondents said residents should be able to openly carry firearms without a license.

The survey was conducted by the FAU Business and Economics Polling Initiative and took in 800 responses from registered voters through the internet and robocalls. It has a margin of error of 4 percent, while the polling questions on the Democratic and Republican primaries have a margin of error of 7 percent, due to smaller sample sizes.

Contributions slow for Democratic gubernatorial candidates

The three Democrats running for governor are in the middle of a slow fundraising month according to recently updated reports from their political committees.

Though Gwen Graham and Chris King haven’t set the world on fire, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum continues to flounder on the fundraising trail, and unless the specter of his email scandal or the cloud of his tangential connection to a Tallahassee FBI investigation magically disappear his contributions are likely to remain flat.

The first-in Democrat hasn’t brought in a dime through “Forward Florida” since July 14. That $10,000 contribution came from homemaker Lu-Shawn Thompson and made up the whole of the committee’s income that month.

His expenses haven’t slowed as quickly. Since Aug. 1, Forward Florida has spent about $70,000. The Florida Democratic Party received $65,000 of money, with the remainder split among various fees for software, shipping and travel.

King’s committee, “Rise and Lead Florida,” shows only a single $1,000 check from Winter Park Marketer Ross Johnston so far this month, while its expenses clock in at about $60,000.

FDP took in $50,000 from the committee, with another $2,000 heading to Coral Gables-based Martinez Consulting Group and the remainder split across travel, shipping and mileage reimbursements, though SD 40 Democratic nominee Annette Taddeo received a $500 contribution from the committee.

Graham has been the fundraising leader in the Democratic Primary for a while, and though her August numbers aren’t record breaking, her competition has kept the bar low.

Our Florida” has brought in $54,500 since the start of the month, including $25,000 from BLS Investments CEO Bernard Schwartz, $10,000 from health care software entrepreneur Michael Singer of Alachua, and $5,000 a piece from homemaker Alina De La Cruz and retiree Michael Beebe.

The committee’s expenses are only at $4,000 so far, with the bulk of that going to Atlanta-based credit card processing company First Data.

Current data puts the committees’ on hand totals at $1.73 million for Our Florida, $525,000 for Rise and Lead Florida, and about $139,000 for Forward Florida.

Campaign finance reports for the full month are due Sept. 11.

Andrew Gillum: ‘Nothing admirable or respectable’ about Donald Trump

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum bills himself as the Democrat who is not afraid to be a Democrat and Thursday night he showed a gathering of University of Central Florida students he’s not afraid to call out President Donald Trump.

Challenged by a student who identified himself as not a Democrat who wanted to hear Gillum say something nice about Republicans, particularly Trump, the Tallahassee mayor praised the dignity of both Presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush and even grudgingly complimented former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

But Gillum refused to compliment Trump, essentially saying there was nothing admirable about him, not even for a Republican, except to “unite us in opposition.”

“He has united reasonable-thinking people on the left and on the right to oppose his hatred, his vitriol, his division, his derision, and his inability to be adult,” Gillum said. “He’s already proven he’s uniquely unqualified for the position.”

Gillum insisted he himself is a political optimist, but added, “You can’t get there without also calling out where we are. It’s important to acknowledge where this state has slid to, and where it has slid away from.”

This was Gillum’s fourth stop in his “Back to School” tour of college campuses this week, the second on Thursday, after Stetson University in DeLand. He openly sought try to mobilize college students to join he called “The G Unit,” to try to engage early dialogue and outreach among a segment of voters notorious for not voting. His appearance before about 100 people at UCF, not all of whom were students, was organized by the UCF College Democrats.

Gillum ran through his biography and Democratic platform, strong support for public education and the  environment, confronting issues associated with climate change, restoration of voting rights for felons, promotion of solar energy industry, appreciation of immigrants and refugees, and a retooling of the economy to get away from reliance on low-wage jobs..

He also pitched an idea for a four-year college plan: students who commit to work four years after graduation in a field the state needs help in, such as teachers, forestry firefighters, etc., the state would pay for their public university tuition.

Gillum also tossed unnamed comparisons to his Democratic rivals former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham [“I may not have the right last name,” an apparent reference to Graham’s father former Gov. Bob Graham] and Winter Park developer Chris King [“I surely can’t write my own check to become governor,” an apparent reference to King’s wealth.]

But the distinction that might stick with the young, disenchanted, disheartened voters that experts say populate college may be his “Democrat not afraid to be a Democrat” theme.

He praised Republicans who “have the fidelity in what they believe,” and who, even though he disagrees with their policies, “are in it for the right reasons, so far as their ideologies and belief systems go.” He used Jeb Bush as an example. Gillum said he disagreed “whole-heatedly” with the former governor’s education agenda, and had even led marches against it, but allowed, “I don’t doubt for a minute that Jeb Bush believes whole-heatedly in the mission that he’s trying to pursue.

“But that’s different from what we’re experiencing in the body politic today,” Gillum continued, “when we have a president who is willing to make immigrants feel unwanted, who is willing to give cover to racists, who is willing to malign some of the most helpless in our society.

“There is nothing admirable or respectable. And everything is disagreeable about that posture,” he concluded. “And I don’t make apologies about it.”

 

Speaking at USF, Andrew Gillum takes aim at Gwen Graham’s voting record

The three Democrats running for Florida governor have focused their fire attacking Donald Trump, Rick Scott, and the Florida Legislature, while mostly refraining from criticizing each other. That was not the case Wednesday night when Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum took issue with a number of votes cast by Gwen Graham during her one term in Congress.

“I did not like her vote to weaken Obamacare. I did not like her vote to approve the Keystone Pipeline. I did not like her vote on Dodd-Frank, I did not like a host of her votes on various environmental issues, and I certainly did not like her vote on the Syrian refugee crisis where she joined with the overwhelming majority of Republicans where Democrats voted with the President to practically change the refugee system that would have brought to a halt the immigration of refugees into this country,” Gillum told a crowd of about 80 college Democrats gathered at the Marshall Center on the USF campus in Tampa.

Gillum was speaking as part of his “Back to School Tour” of college campuses.

Gillum spent the first 55 minutes of his hour-long visit talking about his own candidacy and record. He brought up Graham only after being asked by a student about his thoughts about his Democratic competition.

Gillum acknowledged Graham was “probably” the front-runner for the Democratic nomination. He reminded the audience that he worked to help Graham get elected to Congress in 2014.

“Where Gwen and I had a part of departure was on a lot of her votes,” he said.

Graham won her seat running what she called “The North Florida Way,” which included criticizing Barack Obama over his response to ISIS and saying the Affordable Care Act needed changes.

Her centrist voting record played well within her center-right district, but undoubtedly will be scrutinized closer as the battle for the nomination heats up. In addition to the votes that Gillum mentioned, Graham also voted with Republicans on keeping terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay, curbing federal regulations, and was one of only two Democrats to support a GOP companion bill to prevent Obama from lifting sanctions on Iran.

She’s been more progressive on the stump this year, calling for a living wage of $15 an hour and a public healthcare option.

Gillum also said that he liked Graham “very much as a person,” adding, “I’m sure that there’s a lot that we agree with.”

Gillum said he didn’t know much about businessman Chris King, and said that “everybody believes” that Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine will ultimately join the race.

“We’ve worked together with the U.S. Conference of Mayors,” he said of Levine, adding, “I need to hear him talk more about what he wants to do. I heard him in the lead up to running and it’s interesting, you should check it out, what’s been said,” he said, generating laughter with the seemingly ambiguous remark.

Gillum concluded by saying that he was excited that there’s actually going to be a contested Democratic primary next year.

“We have spent a lot of time handpicking nominees in our state,” which he said has resulted in alienating some Democrats participating in midterm elections. “I’m running in this race unapologetically as a Democrat and as a progressive, and I think we can actually run that way in this state and I actually we can win, and I want y’all to help me make that case,” he concluded, calling for volunteers to assist his cause.

Paying attention is the Republican Governors Association, who issued a press release Wednesday referring to an FBI investigation of Tallahassee-backed land deals involving a handful of local officials and developers, including Gillum’s former campaign treasurer.

“With each passing day it becomes more apparent that Andrew Gillum has a huge problem on his hands and that contrary to his wishes, voters won’t be misled by his empty rhetoric,” read the statement.

Jose Diaz stomps Annette Taddeo in new SD 40 fundraising reports

Democrat Annette Taddeo has crossed the six-figure mark in total fundraising for her SD 40 campaign, but the perennial candidate’s spike was overshadowed by another banner campaign finance report from Republican Rep. Jose Felix Diaz.

The pair are running to take over for former Republican Sen. Frank Artiles, who was pushed out of office in the middle of the 2017 Legislative Session after a racially charged outburst directed at a pair of black senate colleagues.

Diaz’s first report since trouncing Alex Diaz de la Portilla in the Republican Primary shows $242,000 in contributions, putting his campaign well past the $1 million mark in total fundraising. That money was augmented by another $202,579 of “in kind” contributions from the Florida Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee.

The committee was also his biggest backer monetarily, chipping in with a $50,000 check in early August, though Diaz took in plenty in non-party contributions.

Max donors for the three-week reporting period included  Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Sen. Dennis Baxley, Anheuser Busch, and Sen. Tom Lee through his political committee, “The Conservative.” Consultant Steve Marin also chipped in alongside his wife and his consulting shop Marin & Sons.

Diaz also spent more than $100,000 between July 21 and Aug. 18, with the lion’s share heading to ad buys and campaign swag. Miami-based DRC Consulting got $60,000 aloe, while Marin got $14,100 for campaign signs and print ads.

On Aug. 18, Diaz’s ledger showed $208,000 on hand.

Taddeo’s report listed $106,552 in contributions, a personal best, for a to-date total of $190,451. The filing also shows $101,071 in spending, leaving her with just under $29,000 in the bank a month out from the Sept. 26 special election.

The Miami Democrat’s campaign for SD 40 bid marks her fourth campaign for elected office in as many years.

In 2014, she was former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist’s running mate in his failed attempt to become return to the office as a Democrat, and in 2016 she fell 51-49 to former U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia in the primary race for Florida’s 26th Congressional District. She also lost out in a run for the Miami-Dade County Commission.

Despite the losing streak the Florida Democratic Party isn’t backing down. During the three-week reporting period they shoveled $60,000 into the campaign and topped it off with another $77,000 of “in kind” support, mainly for campaign research and staffing.

Other donors included the Service Employees International Union, Ruth’s List Florida, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham and a political committee tied to Democratic state Rep. David Richardson. Each gave $1,000.

The bulk of Taddeo’s expenditures, about $58,000, went to Chicago-based Snyder Pickerill Media Group for ad buys, likely for her recent TV ad attacking GOP opponent Jose Felix Diaz for his ties to President Donald Trump.

The SD 40 electorate has a fairly even split. Artiles made it into office in 2016 with just over 50 percent of the vote. His main opponent, former Democratic Sen. Dwight Bullard, earned just 40 percent due to no-party candidate Mario Jimenez siphoning away nearly 9 percent of the vote.

A recent poll released by left-leaning D.C. shop Anzalone Liszt Grove Research show Taddeo with a 4 point lead over Diaz, 42-38. The 400-person poll also found her with 16-point lead among no-party affiliation voters.

Gwen Graham spends ‘workday’ as a high school student

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham spent a “workday” Monday in Lynn Haven shadowing Mosley High School’s senior class president.

Graham caddied around Caroline Noble’s backpack, listened to her classmates and participated in school assignments. The former congresswoman was also around for the morning announcement broadcast, lunch and a tour of the school’s technical classes and ROTC.

“I have been a mom, PTA president, public school official, and spent Workdays with teachers across the state, but it’s been a few years since I have been a student — and what better way to experience today’s public schools than as a student,” Graham said. “The politicians in Tallahassee have become caught up in ideological battles and sold out to the education industry. They’ve forgotten what public school is really about: educating our children.”

Graham also got to listen to a lecture or two from her father, former governor and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, who dropped by economics, government and history classes to talk about the importance of civics education.

The trip to the Bay County school was one her campaign’s “workdays,” where the candidate puts herself into the shoes of her would-be constituents to better understand their everyday lives. The events are a staple in her campaigns and those of her father, who served two terms as Florida governor in the 1980s followed by three terms in the senate.

Graham has spent a couple workdays now at Florida public high schools, and said the number of tests and the weight they have on student success is a top concern among the the students she’s met.

“At schools from Panama City to Miami, I’ve asked students what their number one challenge in school is and the overwhelming response is the ridiculous amount of high-stakes testing,” she said. “We all agree there’s an appropriate role for testing, to measure a student’s growth, but the current scheme benefits the for-profit education industry, not our children.”

Graham added that taking on the education industry would be one of her top priorities if Floridians elect her next year.

“I will end high-stakes testing, end the arbitrary system of school grades, and end the lottery shell game, which has diverted funds meant for our public schools,” she said. “It’s time to finally pay teachers what they deserve, reduce class sizes and renew our promise to public schools.”

Bay County School District Superintendent Bill Husfelt said he appreciated both Graham’s stopping by the school and their support for public schools.

“I encourage every public official to spend a day in a school and walk in the students’ shoes. There’s no better way to learn about today’s public schools than by visiting them and listening to teachers, parents, and students,” he said.

Candidates weigh in on question about Rick Scott making Supreme Court appointments in 2019

Unsurprisingly, Democratic candidates for governor say the power to appoint state Supreme Court justices in 2019 lies with whoever wins next November, while Republican candidates are divided on the issue.

Progressive groups are now battling Gov. Rick Scott in court over his authority to replace the three liberal-leaning justices—R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy A. Quince—who will be retiring in early 2019.

Scott, a Naples Republican who is term-limited, has said he plans to name their replacements the morning of his last day in office, Jan. 8. That’s because, his attorneys have argued, their age-required retirements also will become effective Jan. 8.

The League of Women Voters of Florida (LWVF) and Common Cause counter that Scott can’t replace those justices because he’ll be out of office earlier on the same day they retire, and their final judicial terms last till midnight.

The Supreme Court itself, in a non-binding 2006 advisory opinion, said appellate vacancies may be filled by a governor only “upon the expiration of the term of the judge or justice.”

We asked the thus-far declared candidates in the race what they thought. The two major Republicans running, Adam Putnam and Jack Latvala, are split.

“We tried to pass a bill … in a constitutional amendment a couple of years ago, just for the very reason of taking away the doubt and the controversy on that and the voters didn’t deem it necessary to approve it, so I think that probably the new governor has the right to make the appointments based on the presentations that have been made to me,” Latvala told WMNF radio last week.

In 2014, lawmakers placed a proposed constitutional amendment on the statewide ballot, backed by Republican state Sen. Tom Lee, that would have given Scott the power to name the new justices. But it failed to gain the required 60 percent approval.

Putnam won’t offer his opinion: “This is something that the Legislature attempted to clarify and we’ll see what the court decides,” Putnam said while speaking with reporters in Temple Terrace on Monday.

When asked what he personally believed, the current Agriculture Commissioner pleaded ignorance. “Look, I’m a farmer, man, I’m not a lawyer,” he replied. “I think it’s an appropriate decision for the courts to make.”

Meanwhile, the three major Democrats running for governor all believe the power lies with the incoming chief executive.

“Rick Scott’s last-minute power grab to pack and stack the Florida Supreme Court doesn’t just violate our Constitution — it’s an affront to the people of Florida who rejected Scott’s proposed court-packing amendment in 2014,” former Congresswoman Gwen Graham said. She represented north Florida’s 2nd Congressional District in 2015-17.

Andrew Gillum “absolutely supports the League of Women Voters’ action to prevent Governor Scott from making these ‘Midnight Appointments,’ ” campaign spokesman Geoff Burgan said.  He added that Gillum, the current mayor of Tallahassee, is going to play an active role in the 2020 political redistricting effort.

Added the Chris King Campaign in a statement: “It’s telling that Republicans, (who) felt that President Obama shouldn’t be able to name one new justice to the (U.S.) Supreme Court in his entire last year in office, now think Rick Scott should get to name three to the state Supreme Court on his last day.” King is a Winter Park developer.

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