In conjunction with a Harrisburg, Pa.-based public-opinion polling firm, Sunshine State News will release the results and analyses of its first two Florida Republican primary polls on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Republican Rick Scott seemed to push the right buttons Thursday, appearing before about 300 Sarasota County GOP activists, calling for tougher immigration laws, a smaller state government and turning Florida into a hub of job creation.
With the push for an Arizona-style immigration law already playing a central role in the Republican primary for governor, a pair of Florida legislators Tuesday sought to add the issue to next week’s special session on oil drilling.
Sen. Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland, and Rep. Kevin Ambler, R-Tampa, unveiled measures that would make it a crime for aliens in Florida not to carry registration documents required by federal law, while authorizing state and local law enforcement officials to question the immigration status of residents.
GAETZ COMMITTEE TO LOOK AT SPILL LEGISLATION A Senate committee will consider tax relief for property owners affected by the oil spill later this month, along with other possible legislative changes reacting to the crisis.
Florida Democrats joined with Republican Rick Scott in demanding Wednesday that gubernatorial candidate Bill McCollum appoint an independent prosecutor to continue the criminal case against the state’s former GOP chairman, saying the current probe has forced the attorney general into a legal conflict.
Senate President-designate Mike Haridopolos is looking like the latest top Florida lawmaker putting his money behind fellow Republican Bill McCollum in his primary fight with multimillionaire Rick Scott.
Haridopolos’ Freedom First Committee recently took in $500,000 from three Broward County companies, but quickly transfered most of the cash to another political committee whose leaders are supporting McCollum in the Republican primary for governor.
Placing a distant third in the polls behind Attorney General Bill McCollum and conservative businessman Rick Scott -- and without the financial recourses to launch a comeback -- Sen. Paula Dockery pulled the plug on her campaign for the gubernatorial nomination.
“It is with mixed feelings that I end my campaign to be your next governor,” the Lakeland Republican said in a statement on Monday morning.
The Florida Republican Party stepped-up pressure Wednesday on breakaway Gov. Charlie Crist, with contributors demanding refunds from his U.S. Senate campaign and GOP leaders even hinting he derailed an eBay auction of his portrait.
Former Gov. Jeb Bush also officially weighed in Wednesday. As expected, Bush endorsed Crist’s Republican rival, Marco Rubio, underscoring what emerged as the day’s theme: the allegation that the governor is a liar – and maybe even a thief.