Join us for an exciting day of outreach to enthusiastic voters. We win when we talk to our neighbors face-to-face. We need canvassers to knock doors with our message and drivers to navigate our roads. Plus, any trainees can tag along to see how it works! Join us to learn that Democrats in Charlotte County…Details
A Republican activist who donated more than $20,000 to Ron DeSantis and lined up a speech for him at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club recently called President Barack Obama a “F—- MUSLIM N—-” on Twitter, in addition to making other inflammatory remarks. Steven M. Alembik told POLITICO on Wednesday he wrote the Obama tweet in…Details
Faith Olivia Babis is leading Republican state Rep. Joe Gruters in the race for SD 23 by 3 percentage points. (The polling on the District 23 race is included in this story on FloridaPolitics.com) Florida Democratic Party spokesperson Caroline Rowland was quoted saying, “After 20 years of Republican rule in Florida, it is clear that absolute power has corrupted absolutely.…Details
Florida Governor Rick Scott’s bumpy 10-day bus tour has run into a ditch in recent days. He was booed out of a restaurant in Venice. He canceled his event in Naples. And he only got a warm reception among Charlotte County Republicans because their event locked out anybody but local GOP leaders. (Read the story…Details
Last week, Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis asked why his Democratic opponent Andrew Gillum was making so few public appearances in Florida. The answer, apparently: he was fundraising in Washington, D.C. Gillum’s political committee had a banner week from Sept. 8 through Sept. 14, hauling in over $1.75 million from 196 different contributions. (Read more in TampaBay.com)Details
Democrat Andrew Gillum holds a 6-point lead over Ron DeSantis (R) in the hotly contested gubernatorial campaign in Florida, according to a new poll. The Reuters–Ipsos–UVA Center for Politics poll found that 50 percent of voters surveyed support Gillum, compared to 44 percent who back DeSantis. (Read more in TheHill.com)Details
The Supreme Court on Tuesday insisted that many donations to predominantly conservative political nonprofit groups — what’s often called dark money — be disclosed, seven weeks ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. The ruling closes, at least for now, a loophole that has allowed wealthy donors to finance aggressive ads while staying anonymous. Crafted by…Details
U.S. sugar producers received the third highest share of “trade-distorting” government aid in the world between 2015 and 2017, behind only Vietnam and the Philippines, according to data compiled by Jared Greenville, senior agricultural policy analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. In absolute terms, only China provided more aid to its sugar…Details
Local leaders from Southwest Florida are teaming up to demand more be done to take care of the health and water quality in the Caloosahatchee River. Mayors from Sanibel, Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Cape Coral, and Bonita Springs all joining in to oppose the recent decision from South Florida Water Management District that increases…Details
For the second time this week, Gov. Rick Scott was booed by environmental protesters at a U.S. Senate campaign stop in Orlando on Tuesday. The Republican governor’s “Make Washington Work” bus tour around Florida has hit a few obstacles in its 10 days as Scott campaigned against Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson. On Monday, Scott was called “Red…Details
“Wheels Fall Off Scott’s Bus Tour,” began today’s Politico Florida Playbook. “Rick Scott campaign stop besieged by red tide protesters,” wrote Zac Anderson in the Sarasota Herald Tribune. Indeed, working with less than two days’ notice that Scott would be at a Venice restaurant to greet supporters, Englewood Indivisible, Indivisible Venice, several Democratic Party organizations and…Details
VENICE – Florida Governor Rick Scott lasted about 10 minutes at a restaurant this morning before crowds eventually booed him out the back door. Scott, who is currently running for Senate against Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson, was visiting Mojos Real Cuban in Venice, Florida, for a campaign stop when he was greeted by hundreds of protesters…Details
The Sanibel and Captiva Chamber of Commerce reports businesses on the two islands lost $19 million in just July and August. Thursday, US Senator Bill Nelson met with business owners to talk about solutions.Details
Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis spoke at a conference of an anti-Muslim extremist group in October 2017 whose founder argues devout Muslims cannot be loyal Americans. DeSantis, who resigned from his U.S. House seat last week to focus on his run for governor, spoke to the group meeting in Washington, D.C., taking a hard line…Details
With a horrific red tide killing marine life and tourism on Florida’s southwest coast, and with toxic green algae bringing misery to the Treasure Coast and Fort Myers area on a now-annual basis, it’s understandable that Gov. Rick Scott would want to run away from his environmental record. Voters shouldn’t let him. (Read more in…Details
After months of limiting his contact with Florida voters and reporters, Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis this week turned into a ubiquitous and pugnacious presence on the campaign trail. He also jumped head-long into the realm of the absurd with some of his attacks on Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum. Desantis suggested Saturday in Central Florida…Details
TALLAHASSEE, FLA—The Sierra Club today released “Tu Isla Salvaría,” an animated Spanish language music video. The video reminds Puerto Ricans living in Florida of the role climate change plays in hurricanes like the ones that devastated the island last year, as well as Governor Scott and his Siting Board’s role in approving or rejecting the…Details
Nearly half of Florida’s 67 counties had fewer jobs than a decade ago, according to a 2017 report by the Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Most are smaller rural communities in North and Central Florida and around Lake Okeechobee. Other counties include Alachua, Baker, Charlotte, Citrus, Columbia, DeSoto, Gadsden, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Holmes, Levy, and Okaloosa.…Details
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum accepted invitations to debates hosted by Univision and by Leadership Florida. But whether Republican Ron DeSantis will be on stage as well remains unclear.
“We hope that Congressman DeSantis will join us, though it’s unclear whether he’ll be able to answer a single question about his nonexistent campaign platform,” said Gillum adviser Scott Arceneaux in a statement.Details
Per Rasmussen Reports, Democrat Andrew Gillum has a six point lead over Republican Ron DeSantis in the gubernatorial race.
The Rasmussen poll of 800 likely voters was conducted Monday and Tuesday.
Gillum was buoyed by female and NPA voters, and held his own with men and white voters, while DeSantis continues to show difficulty reaching out beyond his base.Details