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Rick Scott’s best chance for Re-Election? A big head start.

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Yesterday, Florida Governor Rick Scott made another media sprint through the City Beautiful. These sprints started around this time last year and were called his “Charm Offensive”. He spoke to every reporter, op-ed board, and blogger (including me). His dismal numbers experienced a slight bump and he’s been doing it about every 4 months since, using these visits to push his approval rate into the low 40’s, about 7 points higher than it’s normal home in the lower to mid 30’s

The difference with yesterday’s blitz from the others is with Presidential politics over and done with, his re-election campaign has officially began…unofficially.

Technically, re-election starts the day after you’re elected and all of that other stuff but, with an unpopular incumbent like the Governor, this head start is his best chance at surviving re-election.

It’s starts with the fundraising. Scott’s been doing it for months (He would probably prefer not spending tens of millions of his own dollars to get elected this time) and has been having some great luck, with sources reporting his war chest will be filled to the brim by the time the “Let’s Get to Work” sequel hits TV and Radio.

He also enjoys the luxury of watching what could be an entertaining Democratic primary (if the pieces line up right) his old foe, former Florida CFO Alex Sink is considering a run, State Senator Nan Rich is already in, there is the possibility of a popular Mayor like Tampa’s Bob Buckhorn or our very own Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer jumping into the Governor’s race.

Then there is “Charlie’s Revenge”. That would be former Florida Governor Charlie Crist completing his betrayal of the Republican party by going after his old job.

Charlie Crist vs. Rick Scott? We can only dream. The ultimate show down of passive-aggressive politicians.

It’s not like Governor Scott will come to the table empty-handed. Despite his low numbers, the economy has gotten better since he’s taken office. Our long, slow, slog towards job creation has resulted in small wins throughout the state. He’s also got another year and change, to make some large gains.

He’s got to start running now. His state just turned blue for the 2nd time in 3 cycles, and it’s trending blue. You can bet turnout for a mid-term contest won’t be close to what it was as the beginning of the month, but he barely won in a year when Republicans swept the cabinet and took majority of the House in DC.

The “Charm Offensive” needs to be the new normal, if this Governor wants to get re-elected.

Scott's headstart began yesterday here in Orlando

Scott’s headstart began yesterday here in Orlando

DCCC still attacking Daniel Webster three weeks after elections?

In Uncategorized on November 28, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Maybe it was the holiday, the weather, I’m not sure but a release I got yesterday made me look twice at my calendar.

An attack email 3 weeks after an election? What’s the point behind that?

This email was from the DCCC calling for Congressman Daniel Webster to cut ties with Anti-Taxpayer pledge author and super lobbyist Grover Norquist.

This kind of “Copy and Paste”, attack whatever moves, politics from the DCCC was one of the factors their candidate lost to Webster just a couple of weeks ago. Former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings was a good candidate but, from day 1 the voices from outside of her core campaign team did the majority of the talking, with a constant barrage of negative campaigning. Too many chefs in the kitchen cooking up something the voters weren’t hungry for.

Like this slick “Lobbyist Lounge” ad that the truth checkers took apart. That guy next to Webster in the video footage? His son, not a lobbyist. The DCCC spent millions running it anyways.

They ran an ultra negative campaign against Daniel Webster, one of the most recognized names in Central Florida Politics, who’s vowed never to personally sign off on an attack ad. And they lost.

It’s worth a second mention that this is a “Copy and Paste” job and other emails with other Republican names like “Congressman Smithey” from Idaho’s 3rd district probably went out.

No personalization to the voters in that district. No attempt to connect to what the constituents really care about, or their Congressman’s direct relationship to the issue at hand.

It would be great if Webster kicked Norquist to the curb. I wrote about it a couple of days back.

We don’t need the DCCC to tell us that. And Florida’s 10th District who’s already rejected their thinking once, definitely doesn’t.

You have to wonder who’s calling the shots up there. If they know their outside interference hurt Val Demings. Or was she just another blip on a map, that stayed red on election night?

The DCCC’s negative attacks against his positive campaign tactics helped Daniel Webster get elected earlier this month. Will they make the same mistake twice?

Relocating Orange Tax Collector, Property Appraiser Office could be first step in rebuilding trust for County Commission.

In Uncategorized on November 27, 2012 at 5:42 pm

We’ve all got a vision of how our lawmakers live. Lavish parties and fundraisers, power lunches with lobbyists, posh offices, and getting constant faux praise from everyone they come in daily contact with.

That vision would be mostly correct. That’s why elected officials deal with political headaches of running for office?

With the Orange County commission however, there reputation has been under attack over the previous months. There was the political wrangling that irked activists involved with the Orange Sick Time Initiative. The majority of opinion leaders agreed the initiative was a toxic idea, but the Commission hustled the activist to avoid getting it on the ballot. Then there was the static over text messages exchanged during those meetings, involving the controversial measure. Bad press for days, all with political power players using those activists like pawns on a chessboard to flip seats in 2014. The real goal.

The Commission has a chance to start to “Right the ship”. Starting with those high end offices.

The Orlando Sentinel reported this morning that the commission was considering moving County Tax Collector and Property Appraiser’s offices from the Suntrust building which dominates the downtown skyline, to perhaps a county owned building that provides easier access for customers and could conceivably save the residents some money.

Make county services easier to reach for residents and save them money? Is that what they call a win-win?

The Property Appraiser, which the memo attached to the Sentinel article agrees to the change, and the Tax Collector, an office many feel shouldn’t even exist, and should be merged into the comptroller’s office.

This is the kind of initiative the commission should be taking all of the time. I think back to 2010 when county politics played a bigger role in the election landscape, and consolidation and efficiency were two of the biggest buzzwords used on the campaign trail.

It’s time to bring those kind of ideas back and this would be a terrific start.

Relocating those offices to easier, fiscally responsible locations would be a great move for the County Commission to help residents.

It’s time for Florida Republicans to walk away from Grover Norquist.

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2012 at 2:34 pm

The pledge was presented to me three times. I never signed the pledge,” he said. “I cut taxes every year I was governor. I don’t believe you outsource your principles and convictions to people – Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush

Senator John McCain
Senator Lindsay Graham…from South Carolina

They all agree.

It’s time to walk away from Grover Norquist and his pledges. The lobbyist has become an unnecessary “middle-man” between our lawmakers and their constituents. His anti-tax pledge sounds good to the average bystander, but has essentially “handcuffed” our elected officials to a one weapon economic arsenal.

Cut, cut, cut.

“What if a national disaster hit your district? Hit your state? What if you needed to revenue to ensure the safety of your constituents? Would you implement a temporary, revenue increase for aid?”

“No, Grover says I can’t” – said the former Republican lawmaker that lost in November.

For you political gamers out there, Grover hurts Republicans. He’s the weatherman that set the forecast for the President being elected and Conservatives failing to make any gains in the Senate. How? His insensitivity to the needs of all Americans tainted every candidate’s economic message who wasn’t running in a dark red district.

Let’s be clear. Dissing the pledge can’t be an excuse to go on a spending spree. There still is a deficit and while some bend in Washington could help Republicans rebound from last November, a blank check will cause a panic on Wall St. and plunge us into a second recession which we would set us farther back from recovery.

There will also be political opportunists. Those pondering a run for office that somehow believe challenging an incumbent in a primary and softening them up for a Democratic challenger helps. Those candidates will be out there, but here in Central Florida, we see right through those candidates.

It needs to start here in Florida. Mica, Webster, Posey, even the freshman DeSantis. If you’ve met the first 3, you know they’re plenty savvy enough to communicate to their voters that they don’t need a super-lobbyist to serve, they need the ideas and the opinions of the voters that sent them up to Washington to vote for THEM. DeSantis would be taking a risk, but if he folded and signed, the majority of the Central Florida Congressional Delegation, along with Jeb would send a strong message to the rest of the country.

Floridians, not a pledge from someone 99% of us haven’t heard of, are in charge of it’s future and we won’t have it any other way.

This man shouldn’t be telling our lawmakers what their economic principles are.

Week In Review: Thanksgiving, Tourist Taxes, Celebrities

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Here is your Thanksgiving edition of Week in Review. I’ll see you next week!

Transcript:

Florida Politics with Frank Torres, and here we are, the post-Thanksgiving show, I’m hope your Thanksgiving was great and you had the chance to spend it with people you care about, eat some good turkey and do a little shopping, I hope it all worked out for you, as we move forward to the end of the year, the lame duck congress or the lame duck session, will have to discuss the fiscal cliff or sequestration, as you might have heard that was established by the super-debt committee last year, during the debt ceiling talks, what will the congressional delegation from Florida do? Will you see more teamwork on capitol hill, now that the elections are over, will the Republican house stick to their guns and be against any sort of revenue increases or what will happen on that front? It will be interesting to watch, to see what kind of how our lawmakers vote and what role they have in the discussion.

Starting out Week in Review on the entertainment kick, Florida Senator Marco Rubio was featured in an interview with GQ, where he was asked a couple of interesting questions that turned out to be controversial, he was asked about global warming, the effects on the earth, some of the quotes, he gave a longer explanation, I’ll attach those quotes to this post.

I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I’m not a scientist. I don’t think I’m qualified to answer a question like that. At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all. I think parents should be able to teach their kids what their faith says, what science says. Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to answer that. It’s one of the great mysteries.

He basically said that he’s not a scientist and that parents should be able to teach their kids anything they want to in this country, it was a very neutral quote, nothing very volatile, but it prompted a response from “Family Guy” creator Seth Macfarlane, who had the film “Ted” about the talking teddy bear, and will be hosting the Academy Awards, let’s put that tweet up there now and wow, a very interesting response, from Macfarlane, you see the thing about Macfarlane and other entertainers like that is that they can create content that gets the attention of the voters, we’ll we see a Marco Rubio cameo on Family Guy? We know there are bigger things in store for him, so we’ll see how that dynamic works, as you recall in that tweet Macfarlane called Rubio a “smart guy”. those interactions with celebrities matter and to keep things going, his fellow Miami resident, Pitbull, he took, not a jab at Pitbull, but when asked about his music, he called Pitbull a party musician and that he really didn’t have anything to say. When compared to Tupac Shakur and other rappers along those lines, and that maybe he’ll have something more important to say as he gets older, once again not a very violent response, but it made headlines anyways, ironically Pitbull’s new record is called global warming.

These interactions matter as you’ll recall, celebrities jumped into the elections in the last month and flooded the airwaves with their opinions of the candidates, several of them spoke at each other’s conventions, you remember Eastwood and the chair at the RNC. Scarlett Johansson, and Evan Longoria speaking at the Democratic Nation Convention. Younger voters listen to these celebrities.

Later on in the week, we moved on to a gamble that paid off for our Mayors. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, 4.8 million dollars of tourist revenue will be paid to the city, Dyer a big gambler when it comes to meeting his requirements for that big city vision, the toursim taxes were important for the venues like the Amway center, the performing arts center, and now the renovations for the Citrus Bowl, and there are suppose to be more checks coming, we all win on that front.

Then we moved on to Thanksgiving. What do our local politicians have to be thankful for? We start out with our recently elected State House Democrats, they have to be grateful for sharing a ballot with President Barack Obama. Lawmakers like Linda Stewart, Karen Castor Dentel, Joe Saunders, and Mike Clelland. They have to be grateful for being on the ballots with Barack Obama, because those were coattails guys, President Obama was able to turnout his people, gave them all the Obama for American voting guide, and those voters, voted Democrat all the way down the ballot. So they’ve got to be thankful for him. Developers have to be grateful for Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, you know Orlando’s Mayor. He likes to build, condominiums, commuter trains, come on down. Even if the majority of those condominiums stay empty but hey, he won re-election by a landslide in April, and you’ve heard about the rumors of a gubernatorial run in 2014. Also Osecola Republicans have to be grateful for State Rep-Elect Mike Larosa, all Larosa had to do was drop everything in his life, his family, his business, to run for the state house, and he couldn’t even put his name on the ballot, he had to use Mike Horner’s. Horner was allegedly involved in the brothel scandal that led to him dropping out. He also had to deal with Eileen Game, a candidate that was considered a nobody by Florida Democrats and until Horner got into trouble but Larosa was able to pull it out. In a very small amount of time, a very interesting story for him. What do we have to be grateful for? Living here in the I4 corridor during an election year. 4 debates, 3 in the primary, one in the general, over two dozen visits from both tickets, some might consider this a curse but it’s a win being in the political game here in the heart of the I4 corridor, from Tampa Bay to Daytona Beach, and enjoy it because it might not be the case in 2016, we are trending blue the demographics are changing, we might not be the political battleground that we were this year.

So that’s our post-thanksgiving show. I am thankful for all of you. Those who take a minute to read the blogs, watch the videos, I’m grateful for you. We’ll continue the journey together and for Florida Politics with Frank Torres, I’ll see you next time.

Thanksgiving Special: What local Politicians should be thankful for this year.

In Uncategorized on November 23, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope that you had plenty of turkey and good times with family. It really is a blessing to call Central Florida home and to spend it with the ones we care about. Hopefully, you’ve got a lot to be thankful for.

The area’s politicians certainly have a lot to be thankful for, especially after the recent elections. Let’s break it down.

Winning State House Candidates are grateful for sharing a ballot with President Obama: Orange, Osceola, and even Seminole counties were responsible for big gains in the Florida House. State Rep-Elect Mike Clelland, Linda Stewart, Joe Saunders and Karen Castor Dentel will be heading to Tallahassee after victories in November. Even Darren Soto is now heading to the State Senate.

They were all solid candidates in their own rights, why should they be thankful?

Because, whether they won easily or in a re-count like Clelland, the difference between victory and defeat was determined by the fact that President Obama turned out his voters for re-election. Coat-tails, umbrella votes, whatever, those voters took their “Obama for America” Voting guides to the polls and voted Democrat all the way down the ballot. This wouldn’t have been the case in 2010 where turnout for Democrats was dismal.

No Obama GOTV efforts, no massive Democratic gains in Tally, it’s that simple.

Developers and Contractors should be Thanful for Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer: You want to build condominiums in Downtown Orlando? Bring it on! Arenas, Performing Arts Centers, Commuter trains, if it involves developing Downtown, to bring it in the national “Big City” conversation, go ahead, build away.

Even if the majority of those condos are empty.

Still, Dyer’s vision for the future agrees with the voters. He won re-election by a landslide in April.

Osceola Republicans should be thankful for Mike Larosa: Yeah, we need you to drop everything in your life including your self-built business, young family, and life plan to run for the Florida State House.

By the way, you’ve got 3 weeks, your name isn’t going to be on the ballot, and instead of your name, we’re going to leave the name of an alleged sex criminal in place.

So, goes the story of State Representative-elect Mike Larosa who ran after Mike Horner dropped out and prevented Florida Democrats from swiping that seat with a candidate who wasn’t even on the radar before the scandal and was impossible to find by the media at times.

Larosa’s story is a great one to hear. I’ll try to get an interview in the future.

Larosa jumped in the his State House race and was able to win despite a damaged name on the ballot in his place

We should all be thankful for the national attention: 4 Presidential debates (3 GOP Primary, one general), Over two dozen visits from both tickets, millions and millions on advertising, all for your vote!

With the changing demographics, that might never be the case again. Florida is trending blue and that title of the biggest political battleground in the country is in jeopardy.

It was fun while it lasted and it was a very memorable experience.

I sincerely hope that you have much to be Thankful for, outside of the political world.

By the way, I’m thankful for all of you!

Dyer-Jacobs Risk Scores 4.8 Mil Payday

In Uncategorized on November 21, 2012 at 3:36 pm

On Tuesday, the Orlando Sentinel reported that the city would receive a 4.8 million dollar check from the tourism tax that was a safety net for all of the big venue projects currently under construction or scheduled to begin in the future.

5 million dollars is a drop in the bucket for the renovations costing hundreds of millions of dollars but it’s a sign that the tourism is rebounding from hard economical times.

It’s also a reminder that the conflicting leadership styles of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Teresa Jacobs is a good thing for the region and one that can ensure the this town grows in a responsible manner that also keeps the financial house in order.

You can have both. You can grow and not break the bank, you’ve just got to have the leaders that offset one anothers approach without destroying the working relationship altogether. A tight rope walk? Yeah, but it’s the best of both worlds.

You’ll recall the showdown earlier this year over the renovations on the aging, okay, old Citrus Bowl. Citrus Sports officials were screaming and shouting that we would lose the bowl games if the renovations weren’t done. Dyer and Jacobs went to work and got the deal done. Now renovations will begin in 2014.

Shortly after Jacobs took office, she identified some budget shortfalls with the Performing Arts center. They moved some pieces around, collected private donations and granted after some jabs back and forth between the two Mayors in the media, it got done.

Both were due for some good news. Dyer was overshadowed by former Florida Governor Charlie Crist during the DNC and during President Barack Obama’s re-election efforts here in Central Florida that could stall his chances at going after the Governor’s mansion in 2014. Local Democrats are trying to turn county races partisan in an attempt to oust Jacobs and Vice-Mayor Jennifer Thompson in 2014 and looking for any excuse to fire up activists and draw negative publicity to Rosalind Ave.

This was a victory for both, just in time for Thanksgiving.

The complicated working relationship between Dyer and Jacobs has benefited the entire region.

Rubio vs. Hollywood? Florida Senator buzzes Pitbull, irks Family Guy Creator

In Uncategorized on November 20, 2012 at 3:29 pm

The life of a rising political star is more complicated than ever. Every angle of who you are is put under the microscope.

Even your musical tastes.

You’ll recall the Paul Ryan line at the Republican National Convention about Mitt Romney‘s taste in music.

Now, Florida Senator and 2016 early favorite Marco Rubio is catching some static for his opinion of Miami Rapper Pitbull’s music. In an interview with GQ (found here).

I understand there might not be a lot of Rap Music connoisseurs on this blog so, I’ll make this quick. Pitbull is on top of the music world right now and has a new album (Global Warming. Irony?). He’s done his best when collaborating with other musicians and blending his brand of music with theirs.

He’s kinda like the Buddy Dyer of Hip Hop music. Example.

Jennifer Lopez ft. PitBull = Mayor Teresa Jacobs ft. Mayor Buddy Dyer (more on those two this week).

Anyways, in the interview Rubio said he preferred Tupac and Eminems’ music to Pitbull saying Pitbull’s music “were all party songs and had no message to them”.

That’s true. Pitbull is no more like Tupac, than Buddy Dyer like Bill Clinton. But, enough goofing about our Mayor.

Rubio later tweeted clarification on the article later.

Anyways, I’m sure the two Miami superstars will work things out. What concerns me is the Eminem mention. He could produce a video lampooning Rubio and get him off on the wrong foot with younger voters.

Much like the next celebrity, Family Guy creator and future Oscar host Seth MacFarlane who tweeted this after getting a hold of the Rubio GQ interview.

While you could understand how Pitbull could find a way to be offended by Rubio’s opinion. The Macfarlane angle to Rubio’s answer is a little more difficult. Here is a part of Rubio’s reply to Global Warming.

“I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I’m not a scientist. I don’t think I’m qualified to answer a question like that. At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all.”

Anyhow. MacFarlane’s reply isn’t surprising. We’re talking about a guy wrote an episode that gave Stewie and Brian (a baby and talking dog for the uninitiated) to travel back in time and consider killing Karl Rove. But, Hollywood’s portrayal of politicians can change opinions. Ask Sarah Palin who still gets comparisons to Tina Fey over 4 years later.

A tough week for Rubio with the celebrities but hey, at least he’s still got Bono.

The U2 frontman and Novel Prize winner visited Rubio shortly after he arrived in Washington.

WIR: GOP Reset, Fiscal Cliff, Texting in the OC

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2012 at 1:17 am

Here is your “Week In Review” for this week. Have a great finish to your weekend!

Transcript:

Florida Politics with Frank Torres and here we are your Week in Review, your last week in review as we approach the holidays, Thanksgiving just a few days away. If you don’t tune in again, I wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving. Here we are the week after the elections, the dust is still settling some races were still being decided in recounts this week, we’ll go over those in a moment. But the big story of the week is the GOP’s response to the elections, I had the privilege of speaking to a group of Republicans in Daytona Beach this weekend and I was asked several times about the future of the party, the culture of the party, would we be better off sticking to fiscal issues, the principles around small government and things along those lines, and letting the social issues pass, moving forward and those sentiments have been echoed, not only by that group moving forward, but also lawmakers throughout the country, is it better to worry about the fiscal issues, and let everyone know there welcomed with their ideologies, that has been the main tone, a lot of people are calling it the Republican “soul search” following the elections, you’ll recall on a conference call to donors following the election, saying the reason President Barack Obama was elected was because of the gifts his coalition recieved during his term, various Obama programs and economic policies, Republicans pushing back on those comments a little bit, Republicans like Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, Chris Christie, all of those popular Republicans who could be running in a few years pushing back on that sentiment, sort of moving away from Romney, now that the election is over.

Big issues on the horizon, is the “fiscal cliff”, sequestration, those automatic cuts that will take place at the end of this year, if congress cannot reach a resolution, of course those cuts were enacted by the debt Super Committee, which would trigger massive cuts across the board, massive cuts to defense and other government programs, so we’ve actually got another cutdown as the year ends, I’m confident they’ll find a solution, an unusual amount of optimism coming from Washington, so they’ll get it done.

Another story is sort of the jockeying for 2016, among Republican Superstars like Marco Rubio, who was in Iowa last night, speaking to a groups there, Iowa is where it all begins in 2016. Was he posturing himself for something? Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal on the Sunday talkers, like he was already running for something, even though we’ve got another mid-term until then, a lot of interesting developments there.

Here at home, at the county level, we’ve got resolutions to resolve the text message controversy, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. The county commission needs to do itself a favor and put the devices away during county commission meetings, don’t let the groups behind the Orange County Sick Time Initiative, don’t give them any leverage because this is about flipping seats, this isn’t about texting, this is about making county races partisan and flipping seats, changing the Republican majority on the commission. Everybody knows this, thats whats this is really about, it’s not about policy or electronic communication, this is political strategy, gamesmanship, turning red seats blue, nothing more don’t let anyone tell you different, so on that front, leave the phones in the office, you should be listening to the constituents anyways.

In the recounts, Florida State House 29, Mike Clelland beat future Florida House Speaker Chris Dorworth but he will be replaced by Steve Crisafull, the Merritt Island lawmaker, Pete Clarke defeated Lui Damiani and incredible finish to that underdog story. He will be district 3’s first elected commissioner in over 2 years.

So, as we head towards Thanksgiving the ashes are still settling. You’ll see the victors taking there victory laps, sorta wading into political waters. several of them were on local tv this morning, letting them know what there goals are going to be. You’ll see more of these issues. That’s were we stand. We’ll keep an eye on things. For Florida Politics with Frank Torres, I’ll see you next time.

Is Bobby Jindal already thinking about 2016?

Sunday Morning Political Headlines: Winners take Victory Laps on Sunday TV

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Happy Sunday!

With just days before Thanksgiving, we’re still watching game film from the elections. We’ve got prominent Republicans taking the spotlight in major political battlegrounds rolling out a modified election message that push back at Mitt Romney’s comments that President Obama won the election because he gave gifts to his voter base in the form of Government programs.

On TV we’ve got local election winners taking their victory laps before the holidays reach us and everyone goes back to work in January.

These are your Sunday morning political headlines:

CF News 13: Political Connections on CF News 13 at 11am and 8pm

WKMG Local 6: VIDEO- Local Election Winners

WFTV 9 Eyewitness News: AP- Top Republicans say Romney didn’t offer specifics

WESH 2: CNN Rubio brushes off 2016 in Iowa visit

WOFL FOX 35: AP- Republicans: GOP needs to get with the times

Orlando Sentinel:Election boosts chances for an immigration overhaul

Romney alone on gifts comment as GOP resets after election