Vern Buchanan pays down candidate debt ahead of GOP Primary

He still reports more than $1.7 million cash on hand for the final stretch
0 4min

Ford O’Connell continues to outspend Tiffany Esposito, but his self-funding is running dry

Lee County Republican Ford O’Connell has spent nearly $200,000 running for a House seat. That’s almost $60,000 more than San Carlos Park Republican Tiffany Esposito. But his spending comes almost entirely out of pocket, while donor support fuels her run. The House District 77 race pits O’Connell, a Fox Business personality, against Esposito, a local […]
0 3min

Ron DeSantis ‘Education Agenda Tour’ gears up in final weekend before Primaries

DeSantis starts out the afternoon in Miami-Dade, where he’s backing Roberto Alonso and Monica Colucci.
0 8min

Personnel note: Jolien Caraballo elected President of FLC

‘I am incredibly humbled to have your support and serve as your next President for the upcoming year.’
0 3min

Ron DeSantis ‘Education Agenda Tour’ gears up in final weekend before Primaries

DeSantis starts out the afternoon in Miami-Dade, where he’s backing Roberto Alonso and Monica Colucci.
0 8min

Ron DeSantis says he wants a Republican legislative supermajority

“We’re excited about the opportunities in Florida.”
1 4min

Ron DeSantis stumps for Donald Trump’s picks in Arizona

‘Big DeSantis Energy” in Phoenix for Kari Lake, Blake Masters.
1 6min

Charlie Crist taking campaign back to North Florida, ‘where it all began’

Crist conducted a campaign swing through South Florida over the weekend.
5 6min

Matching funds firm Daniel Uhlfelder’s lead in Dem AG Primary fundraising

Ashley Moody awaits the Democratic Primary winner in the General Election.
0 3min

Statewide bus tour to be Nikki Fried’s last lap in Primary race for Governor

The state Agriculture Commissioner has a distance to go for the Democratic Party’s nomination for Governor.
3 5min

Val Demings steps up fundraising as Marco Rubio continues slower pace

Demings spent a small fortune in July, $7.5M, while Rubio dropped just $1.5M.
0 6min

Second poll in a week shows Val Demings and Marco Rubio in dead heat

It’s the second poll in a week released by partisan outfits that finds the U.S. Senate race tied.
25 4min

Some 40 years ago, Florida elected its first woman to U.S. Senate. Will Val Demings be the second?

‘It’s taken a lot of time for women to aspire to run for statewide office.’
17 12min

American Federation of Teachers gives Charlie Crist a $500K boost

‘It’s the biggest single donation Crist has received this election cycle.’
7 6min

2022 – Congressional


Vern Buchanan pays down candidate debt ahead of GOP Primary

He still reports more than $1.7 million cash on hand for the final stretch
0 4min

Stay keeps Rebekah Jones on CD 1 ballot, for now

The last deadline for briefs is set for Thursday at 5 p.m.
2 4min

Lauren Boebert backs Anna Paulina Luna, releases robocall

“Anna Paulina Luna has zero tolerance for illegal immigration, opposes amnesty, and will fight to stop the invasion at our southern border.”
15 6min

Ken Russell leads pre-Primary spending spree in CD 27

He also launched a virtual phone bank initiative this week on the social media platform, TikTok.
1 11min

Brian Mast raises six figures in pre-Primary reporting period as he seeks a fourth term

The three-term Representative’s donations included $5K from Donald Trump’s super PAC, Save America.
3 8min

2022 – Legislative


Ford O’Connell continues to outspend Tiffany Esposito, but his self-funding is running dry

Lee County Republican Ford O’Connell has spent nearly $200,000 running for a House seat. That’s almost $60,000 more than San Carlos Park Republican Tiffany Esposito. But his spending comes almost entirely out of pocket, while donor support fuels her run. The House District 77 race pits O’Connell, a Fox Business personality, against Esposito, a local […]
0 3min

Trial lawyers fuel Tracie Davis’s fundraising as she gains momentum in race for SD 5

Over the last three weeks, Davis’ committee has raised over $310,000 and has spent roughly the same amount.
0 4min

Kiyan Michael, backed by Ron DeSantis, finding traction in HD 16 race

Fundraising slows for Lake Ray, Chet Stokes as donors find Michael late.
1 4min

Roger Stone endorses candidate running in Palm Beach County state House race

Jane Justice wrote to Donald Trump’s political operative, who is a convicted felon, and he responded with a video endorsement.
4 6min

Culture Wars


LGBTQ groups denounce Florida AHCA plan to limit transgender care

‘AHCA’s actions … are morally and legally wrong, as well as medically and scientifically unsound.’
3 4min

Marco Rubio blasts academics who met with Joe Biden as ‘snobs’

‘These are elitists completely insulated from the consequences of the things they support.’
22 4min

Cannabis clash continues between Nikki Fried, Justice Department

‘DOJ’s argument is as offensive as it is inaccurate.’
4 4min

Andrew Warren releases video vowing a fight to remain State Attorney

The suspended Hillsborough County official blasts the Governor’s attempt to “overthrow democracy in Florida.”
14 8min

Indiana becomes first state to approve abortion ban post Roe

Religion was a persistent theme during legislative debates, both in residents’ testimony and lawmakers’ comments.
17 7min

Legislative, Influence & Policy


Personnel note: Jolien Caraballo elected President of FLC

‘I am incredibly humbled to have your support and serve as your next President for the upcoming year.’
0 3min

Appeals court nixes $17K sanction against Boca Raton law firm

‘Because the trial court did not provide adequate notice and an opportunity for an evidentiary hearing prior to entering its sanction order, we reverse.’
0 3min

Christina Pushaw moves to Ron DeSantis campaign, Bryan Griffin in as Press Secretary

Pushaw’s successor hopes to ‘ensure the Governor’s message is amplified and that false narratives are debunked.’
14 6min

Marijuana treatment centers have 60 days to comply with emergency rule on website purchasing

Leafly.com and I Heart Jane run websites that allow customers to shop for medical marijuana and place orders online.
0 5min

Gov. DeSantis looking to recruit veterans to teaching field

Veterans with at least four years of service and an honorable discharge can get a temporary teaching certificate.
2 4min

Democratic lawmakers call for Attorney General investigation into FPL

Democrats say FPL ratepayers should know what their money has gone toward after recent scandals.
7 3min

South Florida


South Florida farmers hit 66% phosphorus reduction in previous year, beating 25% benchmark

Farmers have averaged a 57% reduction in phosphorus each year sin 1996, when compared with the 1979-1988 base period.
0 4min

Broward County school district tries to fix bad Spanish translation on ballot

The Spanish version of a question translated ‘one mill’ into ‘one million,’ among other issues.
3 4min

Jorge Fors Jr. ad for Miami-Dade Commission campaign errantly runs on Coral Gables website

He blames the city’s recently renovated website for the oversight, which has since been corrected.
0 9min

Top Dem pols headline Charlie Crist’s Miami-Dade get-out-the-vote committee

Increasing turnout is an urgent manner for Crist as Democrats’ Miami-Dade dominance hits headwinds.
4 6min

Miami-Dade County Commission sued over Sheriff ‘power grab’

‘It’s a constitutional violation and, equally important, it’s a violation of the will of the voters of Florida and Miami-Dade County.’
1 12min

America in Crisis


Some Capitol rioters try to profit from their Jan. 6 crimes

A few rioters are writing books about the attack or marketed videos they shot during the riot.
1 16min

Rick Scott argues Dems don’t ‘give a damn’ about inflation

‘Biden and the other so-called “leaders” in Washington right now haven’t got a clue.’
11 4min

Marco Rubio says FBI sowing more discord than Russia after Donald Trump raid

The Senator claims actions by the FBI and Putin will ‘foment’ political division.
14 4min

Father, son get life for hate crime in Ahmaud Arbery’s death

‘It’s not lost on the court that it was the kind of trial that Ahmaud Arbery did not receive before he was shot and killed.’
2 9min

Latest from Bill Day



Federal


AARP Florida applauds Congressional delegation for Inflation Reduction Act passage

The bill includes several provisions to lower the prices of prescription drugs — a priority of AARP Florida. 
2 4min

Marco Rubio defends vote against CHIPS bill in room full of microchip execs

As long as China can steal technology from American companies, the U.S. shouldn’t invest, Rubio said.
3 6min

Congress leans on NOAA to avoid major Florida fishery closures

A nontraditional population survey could lead to longer red snapper seasons.
1 8min

Critics label Marco Rubio’s tweet on George Soros-backed prosecutors as anti-Semitic

The Miami Republican wants the Senate requiring prosecution of violent criminals, he said.
36 5min

Foreign Affairs


Marco Rubio plans social media push to fight China’s threat

China is the real threat to U.S. interests, the state’s senior Senator plans on explaining further.
0 4min

Iranian operative charged in plot to murder John Bolton

Shahram Poursafi is wanted by the FBI on charges related to the murder-for-hire plot.
1 4min

Ex Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez charged with bribery

Charges against Wanda Vázquez seen as a blow to her party’s pro-statehood movement.
0 12min

Marco Rubio blames ‘woke’ Pentagon for China moves on Taiwan

The Senator said today’s military was a ‘woke social experiment organization.’
12 4min

Speaker Pelosi defies China, visits Taiwan

Chinese official says she’s ‘playing with fire’
4 2min

Florida Democrats — and most Republicans — applaud killing of Ayman al-Zawahiri

Across the partisan divide, Florida’s pols applauded the drone strike killing of Osama bin Laden’s successor.
6 6min

Epilogue: Trump


FBI seized ‘top secret’ documents from Trump home

The seized records include some that were marked as a special category meant to protect the nation’s most important secrets.
9 13min

Suspect who tried to breach FBI office dies in standoff

Federal officials have also been tracking other threats of violence against federal agents
0 4min


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Universities


UF has No. 2 ROI among public universities nationwide

It had the No. 4 return on investment among all universities, public and private.
1 3min

UCF researchers secure $4.5M in funding to prepare for next health crisis

‘It is very difficult to prevent pandemics, but what we can do is we can help communities be better prepared.’
4min

UCF removes anti-racist statements from department websites

Critics are tying the decision to the “Stop WOKE Act,” pushed by Gov. DeSantis.
9 5min


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