U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., who was accused by his wife of a domestic violence incident, was cleared of the charge by the Orange County sheriff's office. Earlier in the week, Lolita Grayson, the congressman’s wife of 24 years who is currently engaged in a divorce battle with him, was granted a temporary injunction against the congressman. Grayson responded by showing video of his wife attacking him.
On Friday, the Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) and the Consumer Energy Alliance submitted almost 24,300 signatures from Florida to federal officials in support of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, threw his weight behind David Jolly, the Republican candidate in the special congressional election in Pinellas County. Jolly takes on Democrat former state CFO Alex Sink and Libertarian Lucas Overby in Tuesday’s election.
Noting that this weekend marked the fourth anniversary of then-U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s, D-Calif., statement that Congress needed to pass President Barack Obama’s health-care law to see what was in it, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) took aim at former state CFO Alex Sink on the law on Friday. Sink is the Democratic candidate running in a special congressional election on Tuesday when she faces Republican David Jolly and Libertarian Lucas Overby.
U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., took to the House floor on Thursday and attacked President Barack Obama’s decision to shift funds from Medicare to pay for his signature health-care law.
“Nearly 30 percent of all seniors – 15 million Americans – choose Medicare Advantage,” Bilirakis said. “Individuals have testified before the Energy and Commerce [Committee] that Medicare Advantage provides better results than traditional Medicare by embracing free-market principles.
A Rasmussen Reports poll released Thursday shows former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton handily beating former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla., in a hypothetical 2016 presidential match-up. Clinton takes 47 percent in the poll of likely voters while Bush garners the support of 33 percent. Six percent are undecided and 14 percent say they would back other candidates.
A Washington Post-ABC News poll released on Thursday throws cold water on former Gov. Jeb Bush’s presidential prospects in 2016. The new poll shows 48 percent of Americans say they definitely would not vote for Bush in 2016. Only former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass., generates more opposition with 49 percent saying they will not vote for him. Only 6 percent said they would definitely vote for Bush while 38 percent said they would consider voting for him.
Florida TaxWatch released a report on Thursday which showed increased use of telemedicine would save Floridians more than $1 billion a year.
"The opportunity costs of not investing in telemedicine are too high for the state of Florida and its taxpayers," said Dominic Calabro, the president and CEO of Florida TaxWatch, on Thursday. "Florida needs to expand telemedicine to not only improve health care outcomes, but to provide care at a lower cost to Floridians."
Former state Rep. Gary Aubuchon announced on Wednesday that he was supporting Florida Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, for the Republican nomination in the special election for the congressional seat left open when former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., resigned after pleading guilty to cocaine possession. Aubuchon ran in the Republican primary back in 2012, taking 16 percent but taking fourth place as Radel won.
U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla., announced on Wednesday that the Army Corps of Engineers will spend $2.25 million to expand Jacksonville’s harbor and that President Barack Obama’s budget calls for more than $3 million for the project in 2015. The funds will help deepen JaxPort’s harbor as the First Coast prepares for larger vessels which will be hitting the Atlantic after the Panama Canal expansion.