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On Thursday, the Florida state director of Americans for Prosperity, Slade O’Brien, ripped into the agreement to raise the debt ceiling and end the federal shutdown.
“Once again, hypocrisy and a lack of leadership reign supreme in Washington, D.C.,” O’Brien said. “Just as Obama has unilaterally changed provisions of the Affordable Care Act to suit his own agenda, Congress has now decided it’s just going to blow through the spending caps set forth by the Budget Control Act as if it’s just a suggestion and not the law of the land. It’s no wonder that both the administration and Congress are suffering through historically low approval ratings. Americans are sick and tired of their elected leadership kicking our problems down the road. It’s time for politicians from both parties to grow up, show up and start addressing our out-of-control spending habit and put the country back on track to financial sustainability.
“In the months leading to the end of this deal and the negotiation for a new budget, our activists will be sending the message, loud and clear: It’s time to stop the overspending,” O’Brien added.
"Representative C.W. Bill Young's condition turned for the worse overnight and he is gravely ill," a spokesman for Young said. Young's doctor said his prognosis is "guarded."
Young has had one of the longest careers in Florida politics and has served in Congress since 1971.
Gov. Rick Scott weighed in on Thursday on the fight over the debt ceiling and the federal shutdown. Scott contrasted the record in Washington with his own in Tallahassee.
“Washington’s failure to reach a long-term agreement on the debt ceiling confirms our nation’s leaders have their heads in the sand about our economic future,” Scott said. “America’s unchecked debt, along with the increase in inflation that follows, will only put us deeper in the hole we have been trying to climb out of since the national economic downturn.
“In Florida, we have paid down $3.5 billion in state debt over the last three years – ending the decades-long practice of racking up state debt -- and paid back another $3.5 billion re-employment assistance federal loan,” Scott added. “We need leadership in Washington. We need negotiation and compromise to rein in spending, pay down debt, and keep the dollar strong for our economy to grow. Americans deserve nothing less.”
"Shawn Harrison took some tough votes in favor of law enforcement and prosecution in Tallahassee," said Ober of Harrison. "He understands how to make our communities safer. I am pleased to offer my endorsement of his campaign for the Florida House."
Harrison is running for House District 63, which covers parts of Hillsborough County. He will face off against Rep. Mark Danish, D-Tampa.
Said Harrison of Ober's endorsement: "Today I am honored to release the endorsement by Hillsborough County State Attorney Mark Ober. I have known Mark for over 20 years. I worked with him in the 2011 and 2012 sessions as we took action to strengthen our criminal justice system. I am humbled to have the support of such a highly respected public official and the man in charge of putting criminals behind bars in my home county."
Only 21 percent of likely U.S. voters think Republicans are acting on a bipartisan basis these days, according to a new Rasmussen Reports poll. Sixty-one percent believe they are acting like partisan Republicans.
When it comes to Democrats, 27 percent say congressional Democrats are acting in a bipartisan fashion, but 55 percent feel they are performing instead like partisan Democrats. Over half of all voters -- 51 percent -- believe President Barack Obama is acting like a partisan Democrat. Thirty percent say he is acting in a bipartisan fashion.
The national survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted Oct. 14-15. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.
Former U.S. Rep. Allen West lashed out at President Barack Obama as a “tyrant" on Wednesday night and insisted the federal health-care law is “not the law of the land.”
West took to Facebook on Wednesday night to rail against the agreement to end the federal shutdown and raise the debt ceiling.
“I’m watching the spectacle occurring on the Senate floor,” West wrote on Facebook. “They have passed the 60-vote threshold for ending cloture. I want the American people to understand that tonight the constitutional republic we know as America has suffered a horrible defeat.
“Obamacare is not the law of the land,” West insisted, despite last year’s Supreme Court decision. “It is an edict handed down by a tyrant, not a president. The U.S. Senate has just voted to affirm a new precedent that the executive branch can amend law without congressional approval, and Congress allows it. The waivers, exemptions, and delays implemented by President Obama have delineated a separation, not of powers but between the political elite and their cronies -- and you, my fellow Americans. This is reprehensible, and we can expect even more bad behavior from a president that continues to spit on our Constitution and in our eyes ... and smile. The incessant government spending continues with no solution for economic growth. Anyone voting for this tonight owes some explaining to Americans … but maybe not. As Obama stated, ‘I won.’”
Newark Mayor Cory Booker expanded the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate when he beat former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, the Republican in the race, but it doesn’t seem to be hurting Republican Gov. Chris Christie. Booker won 55 percent of the vote while Lonegan trailed with 44 percent.
A Quinnipiac University poll released on Thursday shows Christie romping to victory over New Jersey state Sen. Barbara Buono, the Democratic candidate, 62 percent to 33 percent. Quinnipiac released a poll last week which showed the exact same results. Independents are propelling Christie to victory as he carries 71 percent of them while Buono can only muster 21 percent of them.
"Governor Christopher Christie was able to keep Mayor Cory Booker off the November ballot, and the governor certainly looks like a winner in his race against State Senator Barbara Buono," said Maurice Carroll, the director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "One caution: Blow-out polls tend to have a self-correcting factor so that the lead can shrink a bit on Election Day."
The poll of 1,938 likely New Jersey voters was taken from Oct. 10-14 and had a margin of error of +/- 2.2 percent.
While he voted against the deal to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown on Wednesday night, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said he was confident conservatives would still prevail on rolling back President Barack Obama’s federal health-care law.
Rubio appeared on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News on Wednesday night and predicted the health care law would be a flop.
“We have missed a golden opportunity to do something about it,” Rubio told Hannity. “But we haven’t given up the fight. The one thing I want people to understand is, they should not feel depressed about this or discouraged about the long term of it. We are going to prevail on this issue. It is just a matter of time. We will prevail because Obamacare is going to be a disaster. And it won’t be long before many people in this town will be scrambling to try to fix it.”
Rubio has been mentioned as a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2016 and has been a vocal supporter of defunding the health care law.
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., supported the deal that ends the federal shutdown and raises the debt ceiling which passed both chambers of Congress on Wednesday night.
"This responsible solution ensures that the government reopens and we do not default on our debt in order to restore stability to our economy and provide economic security for our communities,” Ros-Lehtinen said. “People are tired of Washington’s partisan bickering and while we have forged a responsible compromise, there is still much work to be done.”
Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich called for U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to resign on Wednesday.
“The kickoff of Obamacare and roll-out of the exchanges since Oct. 1 has been a disaster,” Gingrich wrote supporters on Wednesday night. “It has been a technical disaster, a fiscal disaster, and most importantly, a human disaster. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius should be held responsible. We now know that the Obama administration’s early characterization of the problems as ‘glitches’ caused by overwhelming demand was disingenuous at best.
“The technical failures are extraordinary,” Gingrich added. “Millions of people are supposed to sign up for insurance plans using the exchanges in the next few months, but very few have been able to do it. It appears the system has turned away the vast majority of users. Apparently the flaws are so serious they may not be fixed for ‘a couple of months,’ according to an astonishing New York Times report this weekend.”
Gingrich, a noted supporter of space exploration (his musings about a state being based on the moon hurt him during his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012) compared the health care website to a Mars rover and found it lacking.
“The Obamacare website, HealthCare.gov, cost taxpayers an estimated $500 million and yet doesn’t work, even after three years of lead time to develop it,” Gingrich wrote. “For comparison, the Mars Pathfinder (a pretty complex technical undertaking) cost $150 million and was developed in less than three years. It also actually worked.
Gingrich ended by calling for President Barack Obama to fire Sibelius if she does not resign. “She has presided over one of the largest bureaucratic disasters in recent memory,” Gingrich insisted. “If she won’t go voluntarily, President Obama should fire her. It’s time for real accountability.”
U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), praised leaders in the Senate for “coming together in the spirit of bipartisanship” by reaching an agreement to raise the debt ceiling and end the federal shutdown.
“This is a victory of pragmatism over ideology,” Wasserman Schultz insisted. “Compromise has won out over rigidity. I look forward to working with members on both sides of the aisle to fully repair any damage the events of recent weeks have inflicted on the economy and the confidence Americans have in their federal government. We must avoid manufactured crises like these and get back to doing the business Americans elected us to do.”
U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., voted on Wednesday night to pass the Senate plan to raise the debt ceiling and end the federal shutdown. Buchanan said allowing the federal government to default on the national debt would have dire consequences.
“Jeopardizing the full faith and credit of the United States by defaulting on our obligations was not an option,” said Buchanan “There is no question that we need to reduce spending and balance the budget, but not by degrading America’s credit rating and destroying our credibility.”
“Final passage at the eleventh hour came at a cost of weakened public confidence in Washington’s ability to manage the nation’s affairs,” Buchanan added. “For too long both parties have turned a blind eye to our country’s budgetary mess. It’s time we put an end to the irresponsible spending policies and enacted long-term policies that will keep the American dream alive for future generations.”
U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla., the chairman of the House Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, voted to support the agreement ending the federal shutdown and raising the debt ceiling. Crenshaw pointed to the dangers of letting the country default in explaining his vote.
“The last few weeks have been long and challenging for the country, and today I supported an agreement to reopen the government, prevent default on our national debt, and preserve the savings that I fought to enact into law,” Crenshaw said. “The agreement that passed the House this evening suspends the debt limit through Feb. 7, 2014, and reopens government through Jan. 15, 2014, at current spending levels, not the higher levels the Senate had hoped for.
“The underlying structural problems that surround Washington’s reckless spending patterns are also addressed in this legislation by requiring the House and Senate to work together to develop a budget agreement by Dec. 13th,” Crenshaw added. “I have heard from many of my constituents throughout this debate, and the focus of discussion has been rightly centered on Obamacare. This law is stifling our economy, killing jobs, driving up premiums, and forcing people off the health care plans they have and like. I still maintain that the Affordable Care Act is bad for this country, it is a flawed law, and its disastrous roll-out is a sign of even worse things to come.
“However, today’s debate needs to be rightly focused on reopening the government, avoiding default, and protecting the historic spending cuts we achieved over the last few years,” Crenshaw insisted in conclusion.
U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., came out swinging against the agreement that ends the government shutdown and raises the debt ceiling. Yoho joined 143 other congressmen in voting against it but the measure passed the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate on Wednesday.
“While I am happy we will reopen the government and get Americans working again, this legislation does not adequately address the root problem that got us here in the first place,” Yoho said. “Our out-of-control spending has caused us to constantly borrow more and more which brings us to this point each year. Rather than constant debt ceiling increases, we should focus on cutting our spending and increasing our revenues by creating an environment of certainty by getting government out of the way of business through tax reform, regulatory reform, and health care reform.
“Nothing in this legislation gives me hope that we won’t be right back in this same place a few months from now,” Yoho added. “Rather than simply pushing decisions to another day, we should address them now. We’ve raised the debt ceiling 14 times since 2001. By perpetuating that status quo, we now stand at $17 trillion in debt. That is the equivalent of owing $53,000 per American and $148,000 per taxpayer. By pushing our country more and more into debt, we will end up hurting all Americans regardless of party affiliation.”
As Florida continues to debate implementing Common Core standards, Florida TaxWatch released a report on Thursday morning which argues the Sunshine State should assess students and compare them to standards from across the nation and around the world.
"In determining an assessment aligned with Florida's improved education standards, Florida leaders must be sure it measures students compared to national and international benchmarks," said Dominic Calabro, the president and CEO of Florida TaxWatch.
"Valid assessments are the only way to accurately gauge student achievement and readiness," continued Calabro. "The new assessment must be a departure from traditional multiple choice testing in order for students to truly demonstrate what they have grasped in the classroom."
The report can be read here.
With Democrat Gwen Graham outraising him in the third quarter and currently having more cash on hand, U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., is a top target for Democrats in the 2014 campaign cycle. On Wednesday night. Southerland voted against the agreement crafted in the U.S. Senate to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling.
“With each passing day of this stalemate, I shared the growing anger of my people toward a broken Washington,” Southerland said. “That’s why I fought tooth and nail from day one to avert a shutdown, prevent a debt default and level the playing field between the American people’s health care and that of their government. Unfortunately, as the Senate rejected nearly every House-passed bill to fund essential services and keep the government open, it became clear to me that some in Washington were more interested in scoring political points than finding real solutions.
“I had no choice but to oppose Senator Reid’s bill because it provides short-term spending without addressing the long-term drivers of this shutdown, including an exploding national debt and glaring inequalities under the president’s health care law,” Southerland added. “I simply can’t justify to my constituents a system where corporations and labor unions deserve a one-year compliance delay and government officials get special premium subsidies while average American families receive neither. I hope both parties in Washington learned a lesson from this shutdown and we get serious about addressing these issues before again bringing the nation to the brink.”
The House majority PAC, a Democratic super-PAC, turned up the heat on Southerland who is one of their top targets for 2014.
“Steve Southerland’s government shutdown has already cost $20 billion and preventing our nation from being able to pay its bills would roil economies around the world, but Southerland chose to throw caution to the wind and put politics – not the families of North and Northwest Florida – first,” said Andy Stone, a spokesman for the House majority PAC. “Voters won’t soon forget that Steve Southerland recklessly chose to use a ‘political weapon of mass destruction’ to throw them under the bus.”
While enough Republicans voted to end the 16-day federal shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., ripped the agreement and voted against it.
“I am deeply disappointed with the agreement crafted by the Senate,” Miller said late Wednesday. “I cannot in good conscience support this deal because it does absolutely nothing to reduce the almost incomprehensible debt this government continues to accumulate. This bill simply kicks the can down the road even further and maintains the unsustainable fiscal path toward a debt-induced collapse.
“The American people deserve better than this, and I will continue to work hard toward sensible spending reforms that bend the curve toward a balanced budget,” Miller added. “We have to get serious about a real reduction in spending, and these reductions should be negotiated with our Senate counterparts and the president, as the founders intended.”
The Senate voted 81-18 in favor of the measure, while the House voted 285-144 in favor. The votes in the House set the stage to end the 16-day federal shutdown, just a few hours shy of a national default.
Speaker of the House House John Boehner said his conference’s strategy to demand concessions in exchange for reopening the government had failed.
“Blocking the bipartisan agreement reached today by the members of the Senate will not be a tactic for us,” he said in a statement.
President Barack Obama said he would sign the agreement immediately and also said he hoped lawmakers would learn from the government shutdown.
“I’m eager to work with anybody, Democrat or Republican,” Obama said. "I’ve never believed Democrats have a monopoly on good ideas.”
The agreement will fund the federal government in place of an annual budget through Jan. 15, 2014 and lifts the debt limit through Feb. 7, 2014.
Former Florida governor and chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, Jeb Bush, will kick off the 2013 National Summit on Education Reform on Thursday in Boston.
Now in its sixth year, the foundation’s flagship initiative annually convenes the best and brightest from across America and around the world to share strategies to improve the quality of education for all children.
According to a press release, the two-day event includes keynote and general sessions with national and international leaders, and strategy sessions "covering some of the hottest topics and latest innovations in education."
"The event offers education leaders – including lawmakers, policymakers and advocates – the opportunity to learn about successful education reforms happening throughout world, and together build consensus and form solutions to shared challenges," read the release.
Speaking at the American Association of Port Authority’s annual convention in Orlando on Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott announced he would push a measure to invest almost $35 million more into projects in the next legislative session.
“We’re on the right track to growing more jobs for families with increased investments in our seaports," Scott said. "With this nearly $35 million commitment for critical port projects, we’ll enhance our ports’ ability to move more goods, which will position Florida to play an even greater role in global trade. Our strategy to make Florida the gateway for global trade is working.”
Scott’s proposal includes sending $14.7 million to Port Everglades to lengthen the turnaround area for cargo ships from 900 feet to 2,400 feet. Scott also called for sending $10.4 million to the Port of Tampa and $9.7 million to Port Canaveral for work on container yards.
As they get ready for the completion of the Panama Canal, ports across Florida are scrambling to make changes so larger vessels can dock in the Sunshine State. Already the state has allocated $642 million for port improvements, including more than $275 million in the current fiscal year.
Anti-Common Core groups are headed to Davie Thursday to testify against the national education standards that have been stirring up controversy. The groups will be bringing in national experts to expose problems they see with Common Core.
“After the governor’s executive order allowing only three public hearings in the entire state and only 3 minutes testimony only on specific standards, it is clear that we must go the extra mile to present the truth," said Chris Quackenbush, founder of Stop Common Core Florida. "Citizens are expected to drive or fly for hours to speak for 3 minutes and become experts on standards as well.”
The groups have called on several well-known experts on educational standards: Dr Sandra Stotsky, Ze’ev Wurman and Jane Robbins of the American Principles Project, to speak to the problems of Common Core standards. According to a press release from Stop Common Core, the groups have arranged for them to meet with Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart and Dr. Kim McDougal of the governor’s office for a short time.
“Other issues besides just the standards also need to be discussed,” said Thais Alvarez of Florida Parents Against Common Core, and Broward County-Bear Witness Central. She is both a teacher and an attorney who believes that national standards and Common Core are unconstitutional.
Other concerns have taken the stage at the meetings as well, including data mining, quality of the standards and psychological testing. Over 200 parents, teachers and members of the public attended the first public hearing in Tampa on Tuesday. A third hearing will take place in Tallahassee.
A new Rasmussen Reports poll found 78 percent would vote to get rid of the entire Congress and start over again. That's a 10-point jump from the previous high of 68 percent in May of last year. Only 8 percent of voters say they'd keep the entire current Congress.
Sixty-six percent of voters now say they are at least somewhat likely to vote for a candidate other than the incumbent in the next congressional election, with 41 percent who are very likely to do so. Twenty-two percent say they are unlikely to vote for a newcomer, but that includes only 7 percent who say it’s not at all likely. Thirteen percent are not sure.
Voters are also in total agreement, regardless of their party affiliation. Voters who are not affiliated with either major party believe even more strongly, however, in throwing out the entire Congress, and nearly half -- 47 percent -- of these voters are very likely to vote for someone other than the incumbent in the next congressional election.
The survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted Oct. 14-15. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., the chairwoman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, weighed in on Tuesday on the ongoing negotiations with Iran over that country’s nuclear program. Ros-Lehtinen insisted Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani cannot be trusted and warned the Obama administration not to back off on sanctions.
“This latest round of P5+1 negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear program is nothing more than a charade meant to undermine our leverage while allowing the centrifuges to continue to spin,” Ros-Lehtinen said. “The administration must not offer any easing of sanctions against Iran in exchange for empty promises and false hopes.
“The administration should not be deceived by Rouhani’s ruse, which has a history of using smooth talk to buy time for the nuclear program in the past,” Ros-Lehtinen added. “Iran’s intransigence and history of openly ignoring and failing to uphold U.N. Security Council Resolutions should not be rewarded with concessions; rather, it should be met with more constrictions. Responsible nations must not acquiesce to Tehran’s demands of allowing it to continue to enrich even the slightest bit of uranium.
“As the author of the strongest sanctions law ever against Iran -- the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 -- I can attest that this law was instrumental in further crippling the Iranian economy,” she said in conclusion. “The U.S. must continue to increase the sanctions against Iran until it has taken clear and verifiable steps to halt and dismantle its nuclear program.”
After his showing in the 2008 Republican presidential primaries, former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas moved to Florida. He’s remained somewhat active in the Sunshine State, campaigning for Republicans in the 2010 and 2012 election cycles.
Huckabee talked to CBN’s David Brody and, in an interview released on Tuesday, said he was open to a second presidential bid in 2016.
“People want you to run for president again,” Brody said. “Are you going to think about it?”
"Absolutely,” Huckabee replied. “Yeah, no hesitancy to say, for sure. Does that mean I will? I don’t know. Does that mean I won’t? I don’t know. But am I thinking about it? Am I talking to people about it? Yeah, that would be fair to say."
The Campaign for Liberty, which is chaired by former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, has launched petitions opposing raising the federal debt ceiling. John Tate, the president of the Campaign for Liberty, sent out an email to supporters on Tuesday night urging them to stand against raising the debt ceiling, insisting this was the “best opportunity in years to force Congress to cut spending and finally balance our out-of-control federal budget.”
Tate maintained limiting the debt ceiling was like “cutting up our federal government's credit cards and finally forcing Congress to live within its means.” Tate also bashed the Obama administration’s record on federal spending.
Former Gov. Charlie Crist is turning to Jessica Clark, a fundraiser who helped the Obama campaigns in Florida, as he gears up to run for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Alexander Burns over at Politico has the details as Crist looks to build a war chest to take on Gov. Rick Scott.
While he did not join the Democrats until 2012 after a long political career as a Republican, Crist has been increasingly building ties with his new party. Earlier this week, Politico reported Crist teamed with attorney John Morgan in Orlando to help raise money for former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe who is running for governor of Virginia. Crist works for Morgan’s law firm. Morgan & Morgan has billboards across the state with Crist’s face on them.
The Democrats picked up a seat in the Florida House on Tuesday as Amanda Murphy, a vice president with Raymond James, defeated Republican Bill Gunter, a pastor, in a close contest for the open seat representing parts of Pasco County.
The seat had been filled by Rep. Mike Fasano who was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to be Pasco County tax collector. Despite being a Republican, Fasano endorsed Murphy over Gunter.
With 94 percent of the precincts in, Murphy had 51 percent and Gunter had 49 percent. However, Gunter called Murphy to concede on Tuesday night.
Board members also voted to extend the school grade "safety net" through the 2014-15 school year. The safety net had been instituted over the summer and would prevent school grades dipping more than one letter in any given year.
Board member Kathleen Shanahan cast the only vote against the measure, due to concerns that inflating grades would ultimately undermine the validity of Florida's education accountability system.
"Isn't that sad that we are sitting here voting on something that is going to have no integrity?" she said. Chairman Gary Chartrand called the safety net "unfortunate" but said there wasn't a way around it.
Florida's schools are gearing up to implement Common Core by next year, but the standards have recently caused a commotion due to backlash from parents and members of the public. Gov. Rick Scott responded to these concerns by suggesting Florida eliminate federal intrusion in state education policy. He suggested Florida not adopt the appendices associated with Common Core.
Florida will also be looking at finding a new assessment test by March. The competitive bidding process for tests is scheduled to begin later this month.
The Florida Chamber of Commerce (in full disclosure, my former employer) released a poll on Tuesday which confirms a poll released last week by the University of North Florida (UNF) that Gov. Rick Scott is making up on ground on former Gov. Charlie Crist, the favorite for the Democratic nomination.
The poll finds Crist taking 46 percent of voters while Scott follows with 41 percent. The UNF poll released on Thursday found Crist at 44 percent and Scott at 40 percent. Like the UNF poll, Scott did much better in the Florida Chamber’s poll when matched against former Florida Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich, routing her 40 percent to 29 percent.
“While top concerns for voters remain jobs and the economy, their support of Governor Scott is a signal they approve of his strong ability to create private-sector jobs,” said Marian Johnson, the Florida Chamber’s senior VP of political strategy for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “It’s likely that voters also remember that while Governor Scott gave Florida’s great schoolteachers a raise this year, it was Charlie Crist who actually vetoed a bill (SB 6) that would have boosted teacher pay.”
“In the competition for jobs, Florida is winning,” said Mark Wilson, the president and CEO of the Florida Chamber. “Governor Scott is more than halfway to his jobs goal, and I believe Florida voters are beginning to see the importance of a jobs governor.”
The poll also found job creation and the economy on the minds of Florida voters with a quarter of those surveyed saying this is their top issue.
The poll of 618 likely Florida voters was taken by Cherry Communication on behalf of the Florida Chamber from Oct. 4-8 and had a margin of error of +/- 4 percent.