Court grills Aramis Ayala lawyer over avoidance of death penalty
06/28/17 11:28 from Saint Petersblog
A dubious-sounding Florida Supreme Court shellacked Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala‘s lawyer during oral arguments Wednesday, questioning her prosecutorial “discretion” … The post Court grills Aramis Ay...

5 kids sickened by ‘cloud of chlorine gas’ at Tampa pool
06/28/17 11:03 from Saint Petersblog
A thunderstorm knocked out a pump at an indoor swimming pool in Florida, causing a “cloud of chlorine gas” that … The post 5 kids sickened by ‘cloud of chlorine gas’ at Tampa pool appeared first on SaintPete...

Chris King picks up Nick Duran’s endorsement in Democrats’ governor race
06/28/17 10:50 from Saint Petersblog
Chris King’s performance in the Democratic candidates’ gubernatorial forum earlier this month in Fort Lauderdale apparently won him the backing … The post Chris King picks up Nick Duran’s endorsement in Democrats&...

Joe Henderson: Lawmakers may write health care bill, but the people always have final say
06/28/17 10:44 from Saint Petersblog
If you have many hours to spend on a project where the only sure thing is that you will have … The post Joe Henderson: Lawmakers may write health care bill, but the people always have final say appeared first on SaintPetersBlog .

New website targets Alex Diaz de la Portilla in SD 40, calls him ‘completely unfit’ to lead
06/28/17 10:13 from Saint Petersblog
A Venice-based political committee has launched a website taking aim at former Alex Diaz de la Portilla in the special … The post New website targets Alex Diaz de la Portilla in SD 40, calls him ‘completely unfit’ to le...

Nelson Questions Rick Scott’s Heart Over Healthcare Issue
06/28/17 08:27 from Shark Tank
Democratic Senator Bill Nelson has just pushed back against his probably senatorial opponent, Gov. Rick Scott (R), questioning him on caring about the “people of Florida.” The post Nelson Questions Rick Scott’s Heart Over Healthcar...

Rubio Not Too Supportive of Current Senate Healthcare Bill
06/28/17 07:49 from Shark Tank
Because Rubio has always been one of the strongest advocates for a completely repealing and replacing of Affordable Healthcare Act, aka Obamacare, settling for anything less than what he as pushing for years is probably not an option for...

New poll: Rick Baker’s lead over Rick Kriseman slims to 5 points
06/28/17 05:55 from Saint Petersblog
Former two-term St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker holds a five-point lead over incumbent first-term Mayor Rick Kriseman according to the first … The post New poll: Rick Baker’s lead over Rick Kriseman slims to 5 points appeared...

The two Ricks slug it out in first debate of St. Pete mayoral race
06/28/17 05:30 from Saint Petersblog
Former mayor Rick Baker and incumbent Rick Kriseman took plenty of verbal shots at each other during the first debate of … The post The two Ricks slug it out in first debate of St. Pete mayoral race appeared first on SaintPetersBlog .

Rick Scott, Aramis Ayala fight heads to state high court
06/28/17 04:15 from Saint Petersblog
Does Florida’s governor have the power to take away a prosecutor’s case if he disagrees with a decision not to … The post Rick Scott, Aramis Ayala fight heads to state high court appeared first on SaintPetersBlog .

Sunburn for 6.28.17 – Heath care politics; Bill Nelson knocks Rick Scott; $1.5 mil for the Crist view; Airbnb ponies up; The Kim McDougal sweepstakes
06/28/17 04:00 from Saint Petersblog
Sunburn – The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster, Mitch Perry … The post Sunburn for 6.28.17 – Heath care politics; Bill Nelson knocks Rick Scott; $1.5 mil for th...

Senator Rubio Advocates to End Human Trafficking
06/28/17 00:03 from Shark Tank
“As chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), I strongly commend the Trump Administration for downgrading China to Tier 3 in the State Department’s 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report.” The post Senator Rubio Advoca...

Gators beat LSU to win first College World Series title
06/27/17 23:46 from Saint Petersblog
Florida scored four runs in the eighth inning to pull away from LSU, and the Gators beat their Southeastern Conference … The post Gators beat LSU to win first College World Series title appeared first on SaintPetersBlog .

Rays blow 9th inning lead, win in 10th
06/27/17 22:52 from Saint Petersblog
David Freese misplayed a groundball at third base, allowing Steven Souza Jr. to score in the 10th inning and giving … The post Rays blow 9th inning lead, win in 10th appeared first on SaintPetersBlog .

CT & FL-Sen: Kamala Harris (D. CA) Helps These Dems Keep Fighting To Protect Our Health Care
06/27/17 19:04 from Daily Kos
Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D. CA) in support of U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D. CT) & Bill Nelson’s (D. FL) re-election campaigns: Sen. Chris Murphy (D. CT) BREAKING: “Lacking votes, Senate GOP leaders...

Number of people using Facebook reaches 2 billion
06/27/17 17:06 from Saint Petersblog
Facebook is reaching another milestone, announcing that it now has more than 2 billion users. CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the … The post Number of people using Facebook reaches 2 billion appeared first on SaintPetersBlog .

Jimmy Patronis’ move to CFO creates PSC, CRC openings
06/27/17 15:28 from Saint Petersblog
Now that Jimmy Patronis is leaving the Public Service Commission and Constitution Revision Commission to become the state’s next Chief … The post Jimmy Patronis’ move to CFO creates PSC, CRC openings appeared first on S...

At rally in Tampa, a call for County Commission to revisit Confederate monument vote
06/27/17 14:20 from Saint Petersblog
Activists and interested citizens gathered in front of the Confederate monument in downtown Tampa on Tuesday, seeking to push the … The post At rally in Tampa, a call for County Commission to revisit Confederate monument vote appea...

Facing defections, Senate GOP leaders delay health care vote
06/27/17 14:19 from Saint Petersblog
In a bruising setback, Senate Republican leaders are delaying a vote on their prized health care bill until after the … The post Facing defections, Senate GOP leaders delay health care vote appeared first on SaintPetersBlog .

Man charged with threatening Jose Felix Diaz on Facebook
06/27/17 13:23 from Saint Petersblog
A Florida man has been charged with threatening to kill a state legislator in a Facebook post. The Miami-Dade Police … The post Man charged with threatening Jose Felix Diaz on Facebook appeared first on SaintPetersBlog .

Make Your Call Right Now!
06/27/17 13:04 from BlueBroward.org
    Good afternoon, friends!     So Senate Republicans work behind closed doors for weeks and then come out with proposed health care legislation that would (as Organizing for Action said) cause 22 million people to lose their coverage, ...

Gwen Graham: ‘Health care is a right’
06/27/17 12:11 from Saint Petersblog
Former Congresswoman and now Democratic candidate for governor Gwen Graham on Tuesday rapped the U.S. Senate’s proposed Obamacare replacement, saying … The post Gwen Graham: ‘Health care is a right’ appeared first...

Annette Taddeo gets union nods like in 2016, when she lost
06/27/17 12:07 from Political Cortadito
Two key unions announced Tuesday that they endorsed Annette Taddeo in her bid to replace former Senator Frank Artiles, who was forced to resign in April after he was caught in a racial rant against a black legislator. The leaders of SEIU...

Joe Henderson: In losing his seat, David Jolly found his voice. Republicans better listen.
06/27/17 11:44 from Saint Petersblog
Losing an election can be liberating. At least it seems to be that way for David Jolly. The former Republican … The post Joe Henderson: In losing his seat, David Jolly found his voice. Republicans better listen. appeared first on S...

Four members of Florida Citrus Commission back Ben Albritton in SD 26
06/27/17 11:02 from Saint Petersblog
Citrus leaders are throwing their support behind Ben Albritton in his bid to replace Sen. Denise Grimsley in Senate District … The post Four members of Florida Citrus Commission back Ben Albritton in SD 26 appeared first on SaintPe...

Airbnb says county agreements should lead it to equal 2016 tax payments in first six months
06/27/17 10:53 from Saint Petersblog
Vacation home-rental marketing giant Airbnb said Tuesday its expanding list of tax agreements and its growing business should lead it … The post Airbnb says county agreements should lead it to equal 2016 tax payments in first six m...

Andrew Gillum proposes constitutional amendment declaring affordable health care ‘a fundamental right of all Floridians’
06/27/17 10:45 from Saint Petersblog
Andrew Gillum is calling for a constitutional amendment declaring affordable healthcare is a fundamental right for all Floridians. Gillum, one … The post Andrew Gillum proposes constitutional amendment declaring affordable health c...

These senators will make or break the GOP’s health care push
06/27/17 10:37 from Saint Petersblog
President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to repeal and replace “Obamacare” is now in the hands of a key group of … The post These senators will make or break the GOP’s health care push appeared first on SaintPetersBlog .

A month into hurricane season, Charlie Crist says Donald Trump needs to fill NOAA post now
06/27/17 10:16 from Saint Petersblog
Among the many positions in the federal government that have gone unfilled during the first five months of the Donald … The post A month into hurricane season, Charlie Crist says Donald Trump needs to fill NOAA post now appeared fi...

Real-life drama in age of Donald Trump challenges TV’s storytellers
06/27/17 09:22 from Saint Petersblog
Say you’re a storyteller whose TV show draws inspiration from real-life Washington. Whether portraying the noble geopolitics of “Madam Secretary” … The post Real-life drama in age of Donald Trump challenges TV’s storytellers appear...

Since leaving Congress, David Jolly has discovered a different view of the Affordable Care Act
06/27/17 08:10 from Saint Petersblog
When David Jolly defeated Alex Sink in the special election for Florida’s 13th Congressional District, his criticism of Obamacare was … The post Since leaving Congress, David Jolly has discovered a different view of the Affor...

House GOP Asks Justice Ginsburg To Recuse Herself From Travel Ban Hearings
06/27/17 07:50 from Shark Tank
The ruling also allows the 120-ban of any and all refugees, from any country wishing to enter the US, to also go into effect. The post House GOP Asks Justice Ginsburg To Recuse Herself From Travel Ban Hearings appeared first on Shark Tank .

It’s Rick Baker’s birthday; What presents are in store for him during tonight’s first mayoral debate?
06/27/17 07:22 from Saint Petersblog
It’s Rick Baker’s 61st birthday today. This begs the question: What do you get the former mayor who has everything? … The post It’s Rick Baker’s birthday; What presents are in store for him during tonight...

Darryl Paulson: Midterm elections boost Democratic chances
06/27/17 04:15 from Saint Petersblog
Democrats are looking forward to the 2018 midterm election with great hopes of regaining political control of the House and … The post Darryl Paulson: Midterm elections boost Democratic chances appeared first on SaintPetersBlog .

Sunburn for 6.27.17 – A final Scott veto?; Scott vs. Oranges; Kellyanne Conway speaks to Miami GOP; More negative mail in SD 40; Donald Trump at Hall of Presidents
06/27/17 04:00 from Saint Petersblog
Sunburn – The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster, Mitch Perry … The post Sunburn for 6.27.17 – A final Scott veto?; Scott vs. Oranges; Kellyanne Conway speaks to ...

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Celebrates Gay Pride
06/26/17 23:24 from Shark Tank
In an email blast, Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz talks about mourning the tragic PULSE nightclub shooting. The post Rep. Wasserman Schultz Celebrates Gay Pride appeared first on Shark Tank .

Brady Singer’s 12 Ks lead Gators over LSU 4-3 in CWS finals opener
06/26/17 23:12 from Saint Petersblog
Brady Singer struck out a career-high 12 in seven innings, Jonathan India doubled in two runs, and Florida beat LSU … The post Brady Singer’s 12 Ks lead Gators over LSU 4-3 in CWS finals opener appeared first on SaintPetersBl...

PA, FL & OH-Sen: Al Franken (D. MN) Helps These Democrats Continue To Take On Trump's Agenda
06/26/17 21:26 from Daily Kos
Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Al Franken (D. MN) in support of U.S. Senators Bob Casey, Jr. (D. PA), Bill Nelson (D. FL) & Sherrod Brown’s (D. OH) re-election campaign: Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. (D. PA)   I want you to remem...

Rick Scott vetoes re-organization of state’s technology agency, a priority of Blaise Ingoglia
06/26/17 19:58 from Saint Petersblog
A House bill aimed at shaking up the state’s Agency for State Technology has been vetoed by Gov. Rick Scott. Sources … The post Rick Scott vetoes re-organization of state’s technology agency, a priority of Blaise Ingoglia app...

Senate 40 race turns to quien es mas macho, er, Republicano
06/26/17 15:44 from Political Cortadito
In what amounts to a political pissing match, the two top contenders in the GOP primary for the Senate seat in District 40 are trying to out-Republican each other. Former State Rep. Jose Felix “Pepi” Diaz, whose latest mail p...

Rick Scott says citrus veto is constitutionally valid
06/26/17 15:25 from Saint Petersblog
Gov. Rick Scott responded Monday to a lawsuit brought by homeowners whose healthy citrus trees were torn down by the … The post Rick Scott says citrus veto is constitutionally valid appeared first on SaintPetersBlog .

Jack Latvala backs Ed Hooper as his successor in Senate District 16
06/26/17 14:35 from Saint Petersblog
Jack has got Ed’s back. Term-limited state Senator Jack Latvala is endorsing Ed Hooper as his successor in Senate District … The post Jack Latvala backs Ed Hooper as his successor in Senate District 16 appeared first on Saint...

Kathy Castor on Nancy Pelosi: No time to discuss change of leadership
06/26/17 14:24 from Saint Petersblog
In the wake of Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff‘s four-point lost to Republican Karen Handel in last week’s special election, there has been much … The post Kathy Castor on Nancy Pelosi: No time to discuss change of lead...

Gators look to write new CWS history in Game 1
06/26/17 14:22 from Saint Petersblog
The College World Series finals begin Monday night featuring two teams from the same conference, but two distinctly different histories … The post Gators look to write new CWS history in Game 1 appeared first on SaintPetersBlog .

New mailers target Alex Diaz de la Portilla in SD 40
06/26/17 13:49 from Saint Petersblog
Making a Better Tomorrow is once again targeting Alex Diaz de la Portilla, including releasing a mailer that calls Senate … The post New mailers target Alex Diaz de la Portilla in SD 40 appeared first on SaintPetersBlog .

The Shark Tank blogger Javier Manjarres may run for Congress? Good luck with that!
06/26/17 13:47 from Saint Petersblog
Javier Manjarres, known in political circles as the publisher of The Shark Tank blog, announced Sunday that he is considering a run for … The post The Shark Tank blogger Javier Manjarres may run for Congress? Good luck with that! a...

Donald Trump travel ban partly reinstated; fall court arguments set
06/26/17 13:12 from Saint Petersblog
The Supreme Court is letting a limited version of President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries … The post Donald Trump travel ban partly reinstated; fall court arguments set appeared first on SaintPetersB...

Joe Henderson: Jack Latvala sounds like a candidate for Governor, even though he hasn’t announced
06/26/17 13:03 from Saint Petersblog
State Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater keeps saying he’ll decide in a few weeks whether he is running for the … The post Joe Henderson: Jack Latvala sounds like a candidate for Governor, even though he hasn’t announced appeare...

Kathy Castor says Trump administration is using alternative facts to explain Medicaid cuts in Senate health care bill
06/26/17 12:57 from Saint Petersblog
U.S. Representative Kathy Castor is disputing the line being parroted by Trump administration officials that the GOP Senate health care bill … The post Kathy Castor says Trump administration is using alternative facts to explain Me...

Rep. Ted Deutch Challenged To Six “Spirited” Debates
06/26/17 12:56 from Shark Tank
If I run, I would be challenging incumbent Rep. Ted Deutch (R). Rep. Deutsch and I have had a very warm and respectful relationship over the years, and I don't expect that will change if I decide to run against him. The post Rep. Ted Deu...

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