U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., announced on Wednesday that he is backing U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., in the race to replace U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., in the Senate. Rubio is running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 and has said he will not run for a second term.
U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., was one of more than 50 congressional representatives who missed Monday’s vote on the “Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility Act” which passed the House.
On Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott showcased two license-free fishing weekends later in the month. This weekend, June 6-7, the license requirement for saltwater fishing will be waived. On June 13-14, the license requirement for freshwater fishing will be waived.
With the U.S. Senate passing the “USA Freedom Act” on Tuesday after letting the Patriot Act expire, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., tore into President Barack Obama’s security policies. Rubio, who voted against the “USA Freedom Act,” also took a shot at Republican presidential primary rival U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., for helping kill the Patriot Act due to concerns about the National Security Agency (NSA) gathering phone records of American citizens.
The Daytona State College District board of trustees turned to a familiar face to serve as college president in Thomas LoBasso who has been serving on an interim basis since the start of the year. With a search committee having finished up its work, the board will formally vote on a 12-month contract later this month.
From his perch on the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., offered his take on Takata airbag failures and the impact on public safety.
The Florida House may have adjourned three days early during the 2015 regular legislative session nearly a month ago, but "nonpartisan" group Florida Strong released a new online ad Tuesday letting House Republicans know they haven't forgotten about the early adjournment.
National Democrats are starting to take Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera seriously as a potential U.S. Senate candidate in 2016. On Tuesday, the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (DSCC) hit Lopez-Cantera for bringing in Washington lawyer Charlie Spies to set up his super-PAC. Spies had set up former Gov. Jeb Bush’s Right to Rise PAC.
Sadies Weiner, the national press secretary for the DSCC, tried to tie Lopez-Cantera to questions about how Bush has used Right to Rise.
The U.S. House reauthorized the National Estuary Program (NEP) on Monday with two of the four main sponsors of the bill coming from Florida: Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Posey and Democrat U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy. Both Posey and Murphy noted how the legislation will help improve Indian River Lagoon.
U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, announced on Monday that they will launch a new congressional caucus later this week, focusing on ties between people and animals.