Political Bits and Pieces
Around the State
U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., came out swinging at Florida’s Stand Your Ground law this week. The First Coast congresswoman accompanied Lucia Davis McBeth, the mother of Jordan Davis, a teenager killed in an altercation in Jacksonville back in November 2012.
Michael Dunn said he believed Davis was going for a shotgun and fired his gun at the teen. Brown called the law “heinous” and said it should be repealed. ... Speaking on Hugh Hewitt’s national radio show on Wednesday, former U.S. Rep. Joe Scarborough, R-Fla., said he was open to running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. While Scarborough is best known for hosting “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, he served as a congressman representing the Panhandle. ... Former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll will be hitting the campaign trail on Monday, almost a year after Gov. Rick Scott asked for her resignation when her name surfaced in an investigation of gambling. Carroll will be speaking at a fundraiser for former state Rep. Carl Domino who is running for the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla. ...
Florida Rep. Debbie Mayfield’s, R-Vero Beach, bill to ensure Florida does not enact Common Core standards isn’t making much progress through committees though another co-sponsor jumped behind it this week. Rep. Travis Hutson, R-Palm Coast, became the fourth co-sponsor of the bill. He joins Rep. Doug Broxson, R-Milton, Rep. Dane Eagle, R-Cape Coral, and Rep. Charlie Van Zant, R-Palatka, in co-sponsoring the bill, ... Speaking of Mayfield’s Common Core bill, it still lacks a Senate counterpart. ... U.S. Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla., has education on his mind. Posey will meet with Brevard County students on Wednesday at Bayside High School in Palm Bay and Florida Tech in Melbourne to talk about opportunities in the STEM (Science. Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) areas. ...
Incoming House Democratic Leader Mark Pafford, D-West Palm Beach, was named as CEO of the the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for the Everglades. Pafford, who does have considerable experience in the nonprofit world, is expected to start the position in the spring, though he is waiting on a legal opinion on whether there would be a conflict of interest between the new job and his legislative duties. ... Speaking of Pafford, he drew a Republican opponent last month in Stuart W. Mears. A fiscal conservative with deep family roots in South Florida, Mears has served in the Army and as a teacher and worked in real estate. ... Scott named Thomas Bean to the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County on Thursday. Bean is the director of public and community engagement at Florida Power & Light Co. and will hold his new post until November 3, 2017.
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