Facing a competitive Republican primary with former Rep. Aaron Bean for a state Senate seat representing parts of the First Coast, Rep. Mike Weinstein, R-Jacksonville, unveiled the backing of one of the more prominent tea party leaders in Florida on Monday.
Weinstein announced that he had the backing of Billie Tucker of the First Coast Tea Party. Tucker pointed to Weinstein’s record in Tallahassee and said that he worked closely with Gov. Rick Scott.
A poll released by Rasmussen Reports on Monday morning finds that despite the Supreme Court of the United States upholding most of it last week, a majority of Americans continue to wish to repeal the federal health-care law signed by President Barack Obama in 2010.
After the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday to uphold most of the federal health-care law, presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney called upon GOP leaders in battleground states to speak out against the decision and say their candidate would fight to repeal the law.
The Romney team turned to state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in Florida. Putnam was an early Romney supporter and, along with U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., leads the candidate’s agriculture advisory team.
Former U.S. Rep. Dave Weldon, who is now running for the Republican nomination to challenge Democrat incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida, weighed in on the Supreme Court’s upholding of most of the federal health-care law on Thursday. Weldon, a medical doctor, ripped into the decision and called for the repeal of the health-care law.
With the Supreme Court of the United States on Thursday upholding most of the federal health-care law that President Barack Obama signed in 2010, the impact of the decision is already shaping state and local politics.
For example, on Florida’s First Coast, two Republicans -- former Rep. Aaron Bean and Rep. Mike Weinstein, R-Jacksonville -- are battling in the August primary to replace term-limited Sen. Steve Wise, R-Jacksonville. Both Bean and Weinstein came out swinging against the decision on Thursday afternoon.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who has been leading the coalition of states challenging the federal health-care law signed by President Barack Obama, offered initial thoughts on Thursday morning after the Supreme Court of the United States upheld most of the law including the individual mandate.
“This is a tax on the American people and that’s how it was upheld,” Bondi said.
Gov. Rick Scott of Florida, who emerged on the national political stage by opposing President Barack Obama on the health care issue, weighed in on Thursday after the Supreme Court of the United States upheld most of the federal health-care law.
After the Supreme Court of the United States upheld most of the federal health-care law on Thursday, U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla., ripped into U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. Mack is the heavy favorite to win the Republican nomination in the August primary as the GOP determines who will challenge Nelson in November.
With the Supreme Court deciding on Thursday to uphold most of the federal health-care law that President Barack Obama signed in 2010, the issue moves to the center stage of the close battle in Florida as Democrat U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson looks to win a third term.
Nelson, who voted for the health-care law back in 2010, doubled down on his support of it on Thursday after the court ruled to uphold it.
With Republicans in Tallahassee scrambling after the Supreme Court of the United States upheld most of the federal health-care law signed by President Barack Obama in 2010, Florida Democrats are starting to push Gov. Rick Scott to accept the results of the case. Case in point -- House Democratic Leader Ron Saunders, D-Key West, who is in a tough primary contest for a state Senate seat in South Florida.