Political Bits and Pieces

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: February 15, 2014 3:55 AM
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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 Brown called the law “heinous” and said it should be repealed.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. ...

Gainesville attorney Jake Rush, who used to work in the Alachua County sheriff’s office, is gearing up to offer a primary challenge to U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla. Rush has already set up a campaign website. ... From her perch as chairwoman of the U.S. House Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., sent President Barack Obama a letter this week demanding more transparency on the deal to keep Iran from becoming a nuclear power. ... U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., drew a new challenger this week as Tallahassee businessman Luther Lee filed to run against him with no party affiliation. ... Democrats have high hopes for Gwen Graham, daughter of former U.S. Sen and Gov. Bob Graham, against Southerland but another party is also gearing up for the race. The Reform Party has been showcasing website designer William “Cleave” Drummond, promoting him in its national newsletter and other party material. Drummond ran as a write-in candidate against U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., in 2012. ... Southerland was front and center for Republicans this week, bashing former Gov. Charlie Crist who came to Tallahassee on Thursday as he continues his book tour across Florida. Despite spending most of his political life as a Republican, Crist is the Democratic favorite to challenge Scott. ...

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.

Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com.

Comments (2)

Pat Lavins
10:02AM JUN 21ST 2014
Debbie Mayfield has an abysmal track record in getting any bill that she has introduced become law. The one exception was the naming of a bridge in Vero Beach.
10:30AM FEB 19TH 2014
About what we'd expect for SSN "extensive" coverage of the Michael Dunn murder case and the "Stand Your Ground" idiocy of Florida gun laws . . . . basically buried . . . . where are the strength of those convictions that were so prevalent during the Zimmerman case . . . . where's the reporting, the journalism . . . . or does SSN now realize the stupidity and ethical trap of defending a law that promotes murder (regardless of which way this case goes "legally") . . . . once again, in its virtual silence, SSN has proven itself to be basically partisan and . . . .

Pathetic . . . .

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