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Local Lawmakers react to Boston Marathon Explosions

In Uncategorized on April 15, 2013 at 10:53 pm

Earlier this afternoon, there were two explosions at the conclusion of the Boston Marathon. These explosions left 3 dead and dozens more injured.

The specifics and origins of the blasts are still being investigated. President Barack Obama addressed the nation a few moments ago saying “those responsible will feel the full weight of justice” and assured Americans that the Boston and Massachusetts officials will have the full resources from the government at their disposal.

Here are some of our own elected officials here in Florida reacting to the news.

Florida Governor Rick Scott sent out this tweet:

Boston marathon rick scott

Florida Senator Marco Rubio on Facebook:

Boston Marathon Marco Rubio

Congressman John Mica FL-7 on Facebook:

Boston Marathon John Mica

Congressman Ron Desantis FL-6 on Twitter:

Boston Marathon Ron Desantis

Congresswoman Corrine Brown Fl-5 on Twitter:

boston marathon corrine brown

Congressman Daniel Webster Fl-10 on Twitter:

Boston Marathon Dan Webster

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer on Facebook:

Boston Marathon Buddy Dyer

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs on Facebook:

Boston Marathon Teresa Jacobs

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam:

boston marathon Adam Putnam

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings also advised the public to call if anything suspicious surfaces, during his press conference held earlier in the afternoon.

Boston you are in our prayers

Scott tries to get back on track with “It’s Working” Vid

In Uncategorized on March 20, 2013 at 1:10 am

– Low approval numbers including hypothetical double digit deficits to Charlie Crist in polling
– Can’t win back educators and critics after returning money to budget and pushing for teacher raises
– His “Number 2” resigned last week after connections to a criminal ring robbing Veterans

This is the lowest point in Florida Governor Rick Scott‘s time in office and he’s got to change the subject. This is how he’s going to do it.

This is your daily wrap up.

Transcript of Video:

Florida Politics with Frank Torres. This is your daily wrap-up for Tuesday March 19th, 2013. Your big story today is a video released by Florida Governor Rick Scott. Scott having a rough start to the year. First, with former Governor Charlie Crist officially changing party affiliation to be a Democrat and asking questions about his old job. Second his change of position in Education with the Governor returning budget money he took from his first two years in office and with his proposals to give teachers a bonus has played as insincere. Finally, there was the resignation of Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll. He’s put off naming a replacement, I think that is a mistake, leaving a gap that big in his administration, I don’t know why he would want to wait until after session perhaps, his preferred choice is working in the legislature. So he released this campaign video which is trying to relay what the Governor has been trying to shout above all of the political noise. Let’s take a look.

(Its working video)

It’s working. I’m not crazy about that catch phrase. “Let’s get to work” was perhaps the most likeable part of the the Scott campaign and really related to what the voters wanted. Let’s get to work for 2014, is it working? Well, it’s debatable. Expect more of this kind of media as a delivery system for Rick Scott to say what he has to say without follow up questions. Scott stayed away from the media during his first run sorta went into this shell. We’ll see if that continues. We’ll see where it goes. You look at all of that talent up there in Tally right now. Your Adam Putnam’s your Atwaters, you really don’t want to see Scott go through a primary but you’ve got to wonder what you would do to keep the Governor’s mansion on your side. We’ll see how it goes, there will be more speculation and rumors over Jennifer Carroll’s resignation. I’m Frank Torres, I’ll see you next time.

Why the Rick Scott Push towards the middle isn’t working Part II

In Uncategorized on February 27, 2013 at 1:31 am

Yesterday, we talked about Florida Governor Rick Scott‘s push to appeal to moderates wasn’t working.

We broke down the reasons why. Like his sincerity, track record, and timing on key decisions, but now we’re going to break down what he actually has to do to get the GOP back on his side after flipping on The President’s Health Care Plan, and how to put together a real plan to win over moderates that don’t plan on voting for him in 2014.

Read from the Book of Jeb: If there is one guy that can bring the party back to Scott’s side, it’s the Governor who preceded the Governor, who is probably going to run against Scott for Governor in 2014. I’m talking about Jeb Bush. The reason people still talk about Jeb even though he’s been out of office for 7 years, and the reason he’s still a GOP favorite to run for President in 2016, is that he’s capable of communicating above the typical Anti-Obama, Big Spending, Democrats are Destroying this country, kind of rhetoric and make a more complicated, educated, argument against current policies. He delivers the party’s platform with an elegance and sophistication that brings Republicans together and gets the moderates thinking.

This might be a tall order for Scott, who ran on the same five Tea Party Talking points for only 6 months in 2010.

He needs to evolve on the stump with some really groundbreaking ideas, that gets him on the path where the party is heading.

Then maybe Adam Putnam can get off his back on social media.

Get Back in the Truck, and Get Back to Work!: You guys remember those terrific “getting to know you” ads from Scott’s 2010 campaign?

Those ads (and the millions to play them) are what made Scott so popular, so quickly, this unknown came out of nowhere to beat Bill McCullom with this confident, well spoken personality that got people on his side.

Why can’t Scott communicate with this image to the voters now? We talk about the “Lets Get to Work” sequel, well start a media tour in one of those gimmicks and spend more time talking to the voters. Scott spent all of last year in hiding after his negative numbers were considered a risk to the Romney campaign. You can come out now Governor. Get in the truck and let’s get going.

Don’t Jump off the Bridge with your friends: Scott likes to believe he’s got the political equity to act like Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker or Ohio Governor John Kasich. He doesn’t. Still, when these Governors with better approval numbers take these hard line stances against Washington, he follows suit and alienates an electorate that’s gone blue for Obama twice. This doesn’t mean he can’t stick to his guns regarding the issues, he just can’t go on morning cable TV and say it.

Listen, we know that the Scott’s popularity problem can’t be diagnosed and solved in two blog posts, but he’s got to do something. He’s got two years and a lot of runway left. If he can fix the obvious problems like uniting the party behind him, and chipping away at the moderates, then maybe, just maybe, he won’t get throttled on election night in 2014.

Why the Rick Scott Push towards the middle isn’t working Part I

In Uncategorized on February 25, 2013 at 4:38 pm

When we officially turned the the calendar to 2013, we saw a new attitude from Florida Governor Rick Scott. A more moderate leader of the state. In fact, if you took a sample from his administration that stretch over the first two months of 2013 and put it to a blind political taste test in front of a casual politico, they would tell you it’s the agenda of a Democrat running a state, not the Tea Party Republican narrowly elected in 2010.

More money for education, pay raises for teachers, a slightly (OK very slightly) cautious approach to granting tax breaks for companies, and last week finally agreeing to expand the state’s medicaid program to accommodate the President’s Health Care Plan or “Obamacare” in a story that got national attention and is being considered a major “caving in” by fellow Republicans. It even prompted this response from a member of his cabinet. Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam.

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A reply that is not to be taken lightly. Especially, since many would like to see Rick Scott face a Primary Challenger. Tea Party Activists have already started looking at alternatives like Putnam, and CFO Jeff Atwater.

All of this to try to and raise his popularity with moderates from both sides and Independent voters, and it’s not working. Now, he’s upset his base and there is the sentiment of betrayal among some of his supporters.

Why isn’t this working? What is Governor Scott doing wrong?

His timing on the Medicaid expansion was off: He was one of the big talkers after the SCOTUS ruling came down last year. He was going to stand with his fellow Republican Governors and do everything to fight the Affordable Care Act at the state level. Instead, he folded in the middle of the week with a weak message and didn’t anticipate that he was going to be all alone on this. He’s not popular enough to do that.

His Education push lacks sincerity: No one is buying that this is anything but a re-election tactic, and since he’s made the announcement about “Making Florida the number 1 place to find a job and get an education” he’s been silent on the topic. Teachers are going to take the money but they’re not convinced he’s going to keep his promises if re-elected.

He has no Bi-Partisan Street Cred: Quick, before this year, name 2 strong examples of Bi-Partisanship by Rick Scott? There might be some “Cupcake Legislation” that might have led to a photo op that I’m sure an Democratic lawmaker regrets taking, but no hard stuff.

It’s easy to just sit back and diss the Governor’s approach to widen his appeal, and most bloggers would be content with doing just that. Not me. Tomorrow, I’m going to tell you what I would do fix Rick Scott’s problems with the moderates.

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Florida Political Yearbook 2013 – Adam Putnam Commissioner of Agriculture

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2013 at 5:41 pm

For only the second time in over 3 years, we’ve got a post exclusively about the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and even now, it’s more about the lawmaker holding the position, than the actual position itself. Let’s talk about Adam Putnam.

Video Transcript:

Florida Politics with Frank Torres. And this is your 2013 Political Yearbook Profile for Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam. Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam? Exactly, you probably don’t even know what that is. You’re probably here because you’re trying to find out who Adam Putnam is. Well, Adam Putnam in 2012 had a pretty steady year, he was on the lower profile of things, but he is a rising star in the party, arguably the biggest statewide rising star excepts for perhaps Marco Rubio. So, he was featured on RPOF literature. Republican Party of Florida Literature last year, and he is the guy that you will hear the insiders whispering about. He’s sharp, won a race for Congress in his late 20’s won his AG race in 2010, and it’s only a matter of when he decides to move up to the next level. So, he had a bright 2012 but I think he should have done more to get his reputation up there, you know, among your casual voters. In case he was prepping for a higher run.

So what is Adam Putnam most likely to be? He’s the lawmaker you are most likely to Google in 2013. Like I said before you probably stumbled across this video trying to figure out who the guy is. Just like CFO Jeff Atwater, one his goals for 2013 will be to raise the profile of his office. Not a lot of casual voters know what these lawmakers do. So, that will definitely be one of Putnam’s goals in 2013. For Florida Politics with Frank Torres. I’ll see you next time.

Putnam will have to put his work in the spotlight to make a stronger reputation for himself

Putnam will have to put his work in the spotlight to make a stronger reputation for himself

Scott’s Biggest potential GOP Rivals have been standing next to him the entire time.

In Uncategorized on December 20, 2012 at 12:52 pm

When Quinnipiac poll numbers were released this week and Florida Governor Rick Scott’s approval numbers were suffering, no one thought twice. The Governor’s poll numbers have been dismal since taking office almost two years ago. He’s still got time to turn it around before his November 2014 general election showdown with Charlie Crist or Alex Sink right?

That’s if he makes it to the general election.

The numbers that jumped off the page, and should have Scott’s team worried were the 53 percent of GOP voters that would like to see Scott compete in a primary. 53%. It’s safe to say those looking for another Republican option, would prefer Scott not being the ambassador of their party.

Ironically enough, Scott’s biggest threats have been in this state’s cabinet the entire time, and with these recent numbers and Scott’s overall approval rate failing to break 40% in almost a year, the state’s CFO, Attorney General, and Secretary of Agriculture would have to consider rushing Scott and taking his place in the general election.

It’s about keeping the Governor’s mansion in the GOP after all right? After President Obama was elected and Democrats made massive gains in the state house? Rick Scott jumped into the GOP primary late in 2010 and overthrew longtime favorite Bill McCullom before barely beating a weak Alex Sink. These three lawmakers would be doing what’s best for the party. What’s best for the state of Florida.

Let’s take a closer look at potential Scott rivals in the cabinet.

CFO Jeff Atwater: The former Senate President and current Chief Financial Officer isn’t done. We know that. He shortly considered a run for Senate before declining (a decision that in hindsight was the right one) and is always making the rounds. He’s got the experience in the state legislature and has already easily won a state level campaign. If he’s not done, and if he’s not interested in the Senate (until Nelson retires) then he’s got to be looking at Governor. If not now, then in 2016.

Attorney General Pam Bondi:The rising star on the national level for the the Florida GOP is it’s AG, Pam Bondi. She’s been doing television analysis for years on Cable TV. She was one of the moderators for a primary debate this year and spent the majority of the cycle campaigning with Mitt Romney. Her attractive appearance and that long blonde hair makes her easy to spot in the crowd. It’s easy to see her taking the Tea Party thunder from Scott. She’s been outfront fighting the President’s healthcare plan or “Obamacare”, even after the Supreme Court made it’s ruling. Like Atwater, it’s hard to see Bondi retreating after her stay as Attorney General.

Secretary of Agriculture Adam Putnam: Bondi and Atwater are both popular picks but, the insiders I’ve spoken to, like the young AG secretary. Yeah he’s young but he’s got to experience. He was elected to Congress in his 20’s and is the only one in the group (including Scott) with DC experience. You don’t hear much about him because, well, he’s the Secretary of Agriculture. When Florida Republicans get to know Putnam, he’ll have plenty of opportunities to move up. And he’s younger so, he can wait out Bondi and Atwater.

The big three factors? The ones working against Scott.

None of them had to hide during the recent elections from fear of hurting candidates.
There all adored by RPOF. (Putnam and Bondi are on the party’s literature)
They’ve all got charisma for miles longer than Rick Scott.

So, when Florida Republicans are polling that they would like to see Governor Scott win a primary, he would be best off taking notice.

And creating a little more space between the members of his cabinet, he knows in his heart of hearts could beat him in 2014.

With Florida Republicans open to a Rick Scott primary challenge, Bondi would be a possibility

With Florida Republicans open to a Rick Scott primary challenge, Bondi would be a possibility

Dueling Webster Ads Go Public. Jeb, Bondi, Putnam join the fight.

In Uncategorized on October 11, 2012 at 4:20 pm

The fight for the 10th Congressional district has gotten “real” over the last two weeks with Congressman Daniel Webster and former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings both scoring political points as the election day draws closer.

Earlier this week there was the bizarre Sentinel Op-Ed board that threw both candidates off balance and today if voters were still undecided in the race, they might be even more confused after today.

First was this third party attack ad pushed out today by the DCCC.

It’s a solid attack ad with a neat concept but it uses retreaded attack material like the staircase that didn’t hit the right cord with voters two years ago and that fishing trip the ad points out has already been mentioned over and over and both parties are guilty of events like these.

Let’s put it on the Awww Snap Meter.

It’s a neat ad but the attack points are stale and haven’t resonated with voters in the past.

Next is the big one. The positive ad that features 3 lawmakers popular in the 10th district.

“A Champion” features Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, Attorney General Pam Bondi, and yes, Jeb. Former Governor Jeb Bush.

The big names alone make the ad effective but when those 3 speak up in a Republican leaning district and use the “Us vs. Them” approach, it hits the mark. Plus, the lack of any negative campaigning by Webster himself gives the message credibility. The writing in that ad is terrific and they need to run that spot on television as much as possible. It’s not an attacker so we won’t put it on the Awww Snap meter but it’s a great commercial for sure.

The two have a date for a Tiger Bay debate next Friday but, I’m sure we’ll here more from both campaigns before then.

Putnam Stands with “Q” , FFPC Endorses Adams, Crotty Picks Pena

In Uncategorized on July 25, 2012 at 1:51 pm

A few big endorsements over the last 36 hours.

In the Congressional District 9 race, former congressman and current Florida Secretary of Agriculture Adam Putnam has endorsed John “Q” Quinones in his Republican primary.

Putnam is a rising star in the party who’s been featured on RPOF literature frequently over the last year. While this isn’t a flashy endorsement that will throw voters off of the fence, it is the kind of endorsement that’s recognized by donors and will inspire them to pull out the checkbooks.

“Q” is currently competing in the CD 9 Republican primary against Julius Melendez, Todd Long, and Mark Oxner. The winner will face Alan Grayson in the general election.

Sandy Adams’ most recent endorsement could earn the vote of a lot of the social conservatives in Congressional District 7.

The Florida Family Policy Council announced they would endorse the freshman Congresswoman in her intense, primary against fellow House Representative John Mica. The council frequently holds events that vet the social beliefs of conservative candidates and runs awareness campaigns during election years.

This primary continues to garner national attention. Adams adds this endorsement to former Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin. Mica holds a large fundraising advantage and hit television this morning with attack ads against Adams. We’ll put those ads on the Aww Snap meter when they’re available.

In one of the tightest State House races in the region. State House 49 Candidate Marco Pena announced the endorsement of former Orange County Mayor Rich Crotty yesterday. Pena adds the former mayor’s endorsement, to nods from current Orange County Commissioners Jennifer Thompson and John Martinez. He faces opposition from Rene “Coach P” Plasencia.

All three of these races have been competitive and are expected to go down to the wire.

Adam Putnam has endorse John Quinones in his Republican primary

Jeff Atwater declines run for U.S Senate

In Uncategorized on April 21, 2012 at 4:14 pm

This afternoon Florida CFO Jeff Atwater announced he will not run for the U.S senate. There had been much speculation over the previous week and Atwater announced there would be a swift decision made.

This statement was posted on Atwater’s Facebook page.


Friends, for asking and encouraging us to run as your candidate for the US Senate, thank you. Together we share an inspired vision for the future of America that is rooted in the founding documents of our country. Conservative principles of limited government that honors the talent, hard work and sacrifice of every American to pursue their dreams and create a purposeful life for themselves and their family. We also share a deep concern over the direction of our country and with those who believe that more taxes, more spending and more debt to fund bigger, intrusive and centralized government to plan and pamper our lives is destroying the American Character. We must fight for the future of our country. The time is now and the battleground is Florida.
Carole and I and our entire family traveled with you across Florida for sixteen months to ask for and receive your confidence and the high honor of serving as your Chief Financial Officer. For just over a year now we have been at the task of reducing your taxes, reducing your debt and creating an environment for Floridians to succeed on the paths they have chosen. Only slightly a year into this role I continue to feel blessed to be serving as your financial watchdog of government spending and I see so many more ways that I can serve you in this present capacity. As much as Carole and I are humbled by your calls, notes and messages to enter the US Senate race and carry our banner into the fight we believe we have a responsibility to finish the job Floridians elected us to do.
I promise you this, I will be with you and I will work at your side between now and November to see that Florida elects a United States Senator committed to our founding principles of freedom and liberty which has produced a prosperity never before achieved on this planet and which has inspired people across the globe. Let us press onward and see that Florida does it’s part to preserve and advance this exceptional Constitutional Republic in the spirit of what Abraham Lincoln knew to be, “the last best hope on earth.” Jeff


They have got to be doing cartwheels at the Lemieux and Mack campaigns right now. Those who are unhappy with the field won’t stop looking.

Who are they going to ask next? Adam Putnam? Pam Bondi?

Atwater will not join the Florida Senate race