Former Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre, currently running in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate, will be holding a campaign fundraiser on Sunday, May 30 in Kissimmee featuring numerous artists playing the music of Rafael Hernandez. Hernandez is a Puerto Rican legend and the airport of Aguadilla, in the northwestern part of the island, is named after him.
Conservative businessman Rick Scott has come out in favor of Arizona’s new laws on immigration--and is contrasting his record to that of his chief rival in the Republican gubernatorial primary, Attorney General Bill McCollum
The Hillsborough County Republican Party is kicking off its second summer dinner series Friday with Congressman Trent Franks of Arizona as speaker. First elected in 2002, Franks is consistently ranked as one of the most conservative members of Congress. He earned a perfect 100 score from the American Conservative Union’s congressional rankings and was listed by National Journal
as the most conservative member of Congress for 2009.
House Republicans are turning up the heat on Gov. Charlie Crist and urging him to support HB 1143, the bill passed late in session prohibiting public funds to pay for elective abortions and requiring ultrasounds for women considering having an abortion in the first trimester.
Unlike some social conservative groups like the Florida Family Policy Council and Florida Right to Life, the House Republicans are playing up the public funding aspect and not the ultrasounds in their most recent release.
Florida Democrats are praising President Barack Obama’s nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.
"As the first woman dean of Harvard Law School and the nation's first woman Solicitor General, Kagan is a pioneer in her own right who is driven by clear thinking, not ideology,” said Congressman Kendrick Meek, who is running for the U.S. Senate. “Her judicial temperament, intellect, and ability to bridge opposing viewpoints and build consensus make her a fitting choice to replace Justice Stevens.”
With Washington abuzz that President Barack Obama will name Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court today, a quick glance into the recent past could reveal how the vote will go -- and how Florida’s two U.S. senators will vote.
Big political news from the Panhandle. Rep. Dave Murzin, R-Pensacola, has dropped out of the race to take the state senate currently held by Durrell Peaden. Murzin will instead run for for a county commission seat in Escambia County.
This leaves Rep. Greg Evers, R-Baker, and Mike Hill, a businessman and West Point graduate, battling it out for the seat.
Well we all make mistakes and I made one in my rush to deadline. In my story on energy and the battle shaping up in the 9th House District between Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, D-Tallahassee, and former Leon County Democratic chairman Rick Minor, I said, "She may be in for another tough fight in 2010 as Minor's campaign has kept up with her fundraisng efforts the last two quarters."
This should have read "kept up with her fundraising efforts two of the last three quarters."
Can you imagine Bob Dole leaving the U.S. to move to Costa Rica and, after 15 years, making a political comeback in his new home? Me either but that's kind of what is happening in South Florida as former Haitian Senate President Bernard Sansaricq, a powerful figure in Haiti in the 80s and early 90s, attempts to knock off Congressman Alcee Hastings.
Yomin Postelnik, currently running in an interesting Republican field to take the place of Rep. Ellyn Bodanoff, R-Ft. Lauderdale, in the 91st House District, has also been helping out on Sansaricq's bid.
Congressman Kendrick Meek is not the only candidate taking aim at Jeff Greene. Now former Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre, who is running against Meek and Greene in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate, is also taking shots at the billionaire who made his fortune in real estate investments.
"It's appalling enough that Jeff Greene made his money off of the misfortune of hard-working Floridians," said Ferre on Thursday. "It's even more insulting that he thinks he can use his loot to buy their votes."