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Rubio pushes Immigration deal on every Sunday Morning Talker, Scott signs Internet Cafe Ban, Orange Commission greenlights Universal Bridge – WIR

In Uncategorized on April 14, 2013 at 11:04 pm

It’s your Week in Review and the big news was Florida Senator Marco Rubio‘s media blitz this morning on all of the Sunday talk Shows. He was on Meet the Press, Face the Nation, This Week, State of the Union, Fox News Sunday, and Al Punto.

His main message was aimed at fellow Conservatives. That message? This is not amenesty and will be the toughest immigration laws we’ve seen.

He also talked gun control and plans for 2016. An effective slew of appearances for Rubio, who many believe is the future of the party.

We’ve also got Rick Scott and Tim Tebow and the Orange County Commission gives Universal Studios their pedestrian bridge.

This is your Week in Review

Video Transcript:

Florida Politics with Frank Torres. This is your Week in Review. Now normally, we start from the beginning of the week and move forward to Sunday but this week we’re doing it in reverse. That is because the big new took place this morning. I’m talking about Florida Senator Marco Rubio making his big immigration media blitz, hitting every Sunday morning talker discussing the agreement on sweeping immigration reform from the bi-partisan “Gang of Eight”. Rubio appeared on Meet the Press, Face the Nation, This Week, State of the Union,…Am I missing any? Fox News Sunday and Al Punto on Univision. Rubio’s big message was that this was not amnesty. This talking point was to try to calm some of the more Conservative opinion leaders that any path to citizenship that did not require the undocument or illegal immigrant to return to his country was amnesty.

Immigration wasn’t the only issue Rubio discussed. He was asked several times about Gun Control and the push behind the legislature for mandatory background checks. This was complicated, several of the moderators stretched back to Rubio’s time in the Florida House when he supported background checks. Rubio had to differentiate the two circumstances before moving on. He stressed that Violence was the problem, not the procedure so many Americans go through to purchase firearms.

He was also asked several times about 2016. Rubio deflected by saying that he was in Washinton to solve problems and that’s where his head was. This was similar to what he did last year when he was getting the same kind of questions.

All in all a good round of appearances for the junior Senator from Florida. Not as strong as former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who did the same a few weeks back but, Rubio was talking about gun control and specific immigration points. Bush was promoting a book and the only obstacle he had was his changing mindsets on the path to citizenship.

One problem Rubio had was the lighting at his location. His people need to learn how to handle the lighting. It looked at times like Rubio was melting and was about 3 shades redder than he had to be. He literally was in the hot seat. For a second, I thought we were going to get a repeat of the State of the Union Republican response.

We move on to Florida Governor Rick Scott. Scott quietly signed the bill banning internet cafes this week. Those are illegal, although some are being defiant and staying open until being asked to close. This could have been a bright photo op for the Governor. He could has sent a message by saying he wasn’t going to tolerate companies like this one stealing millions from veterans. He could have had the department of law enforcement, maybe AG Pam Bondi, but instead he chose to sign the bill without any cameras present. This could be because of the connections of former Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeniffer Carroll had with one of the companies that forced her to resign.

Also earlier this week. The Orange County Commission approved the Universal Studios pedestrian bridge that would link the park to one of it’s resorts. This bridge will be payed for entirely with tax payer dollars. The “Yes” votes were Scott Boyd, Fred Brummer, Tiffany Moore-Russell, and Jennifer Thompson. All of those commissioners except Thompson are termed out. The “No’s” were Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Ted Edwards, and Pete Clarke. Those commissioners questioned why they couldn’t split the tab of 9 million dollars with the park that will seen increased profits. Advocates for the bridge will argue that, the more successful the park is, the stronger the profits will be for the surrounding smaller businesses.

Finally, we return to Governor Scott. Scott appeared with Tim Tebow this weekend. It benefits Scott greatly to stand next to a guy like Tebow. As popular as Tebow is, that’s how unpopular Rick Scott is. It certainly doesn’t hurt. Right now Scott at odds with the legislature, this delay additional dents his reputation might have to endure.

That’s your Week in Review, I’ll see you next time.

OC Mayor 2014 Rumors, Hilary Clinton and Charlie Crist enjoy lead in Polls – WIR

In Uncategorized on March 23, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Your “March Madness” Week in Review features rumors about former Orlando Police Chief and Congressional Candidate Val Demings taking on Teresa Jacobs for Orange County Mayor next year, and possibly State Representative Stephen Precourt jumping into the fray as well.

We’ve also got poll numbers that give former Governor Charlie Crist a double digit lead over his successor Rick Scott and even 2016 data that shows former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton beating Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, right here in Florida.

This is your Week in Review:

Video Transcript:

Florida Politics with Frank Torres and this is your March Madness “Week In Review”. My bracket is already a mess, I’d like to thank Georgetown and Wisconsin for “phoning it in” this year and destroying my chances of scoring in those regions.

Anyways, a lot of politics this week, let’s get started. The week started with rumors of former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings taking on Teresa Jacobs in for Orange County Mayor next year. Demings of course lost to Daniel Webster last November, with President Obama on the ballot and with a significant fundraising advantage. She lost to him last November but there is also a rumor that she might go after him again. But, these are new rumors with these two possibly meeting in 2014, Jacobs said she had spoke to her about a run and her response was uncertain, she was running for Congress at the time, her opinions must have changed and she’s got to find a race to run in. Neither of those choices sound very good with Webster’s district leaning Republican and his probable turnout in the mid term and that would also come into play for Orange County Mayor. There are also a lot of questions of Val Demings having the infrastructure to run a county wide campaign with the organizations that had helped her in the past concerned about the national races. But she’s got to do something.

A bizarre twist. Representative Stephen Precourt criticizing Teresa Jacobs, by saying there was a leadership crisis in Orange County, input from Precourt, he says he’s been getting urged to run, I haven’t heard anything about that, I know he’s also termed out. So, he’ll need a race to run in the future. You know, it’s interesting that he would go after jacobs like that. He’s been a supporter of her’s in the past and I actually saw this footage of Precourt talking to Channel 6’s Lauren Rowe on her show “Flashpoint” here take a look.

Precourt “Flashpoint” Footage.

Yeah, so Precourt’s opinion of her must have changed. He’s got a positive reputation and is well liked there might be some support out there for him. Very bizarre but we’ll keep an eye on that moving forward.

Poll numbers coming out this week that put Governor Rick Scott in a double digit deficit against Florida Governor Charlie Crist. The former Republican, turned Independent, turned Democrat enjoying a big lead in polling. You know, I’ve called this the darkest point in the Scott administration with the resignation of Jennifer Carroll, his low approval numbers, and his education policy changes being poorly received. The real question is what is Rick Scott going to do about it? He’s going to have a large financial advantage going in, maybe not as large as the one he ad against Alex Sink in 2010 but a large one. Who also by the way has a lead on him in polling. But what is he going to do to change the mind of the voters? He released that “It’s Working” video but that video was also not well recieved and you wonder if anyone even saw it. We’ll keep an eye on those poll numbers going forward.

Jump ahead to 2016 where former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton enjoys a lead right here in Florida against Jeb Bush and Senator Marco Rubio. That shouldn’t come as any surprise and I’ll tell you why. The state has been trending blue, President Obama has one it during the last two elections and the GOP hasn’t been able to roll with the Demographics and get the Hispanic voters.

So a very busy week with Politicians gearing up for 2014. We’ll keep any eye on everything as we move forward and I’ll see you next time.

Val Demings vs. Teresa Jacobs .. vs. Stephen Precourt in 2014 for OC Mayor? and the RNC Autopsy

In Uncategorized on March 19, 2013 at 12:25 am

If you’re a fan of rumors and speculation involving local politics, then this article in the Orlando Sentinel was a welcome surprise for what is usually a slow Monday. We’ve all know for sometime that former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings was looking at another run and that she could set her sites on Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs next year. We haven’t know that popular State Rep. Stephen Precourt has been urged to run too and unloaded a few shots at Jacobs as well. How hostile can it get this early?

We’ve also got the RNC autopsy from Reince Priebus. Where do our GOP lawmakers stand.

This is your Daily Wrap Up!

Video Transcript:

Florida Politics with Frank Torres and this is your Daily Wrap for Monday March 18th, 2013. Let’s look at the big story in the Orlando Sentinel this morning that said that Val Demings was a considering a run at Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs for Orange County Mayor in 2014. A lot of layers to this, let’s look at Val Demings, She ran against Daniel Webster last November for Congress and lost in that Republican heavy district with President Obama on the ballot and a decisive money advantage. Couldn’t come up with the grassroots support needed to counter Daniel Webster’s efforts on the ground and ultimately lost that race.

She’s got two choices. She can run against Daniel Webster again without President Obama on the ballot, the DCCC is still attacking Daniel Webster on a weekly basis, trying to pick apart what he’s been doing in Washington this year but she would still be an underdog going into a congressional race, even with the money being there.

She could run against Teresa Jacobs for Orange County Mayor. She won’t be able to match policy wits against Teresa Jacobs, it’s true that Demings is more at home with municipal issues but Jacobs has 12 years of experience with County Policy.

So, you look at her options, neither look very good, but she’s got to do something. If you look at what she would face against Teresa Jacobs in 2014, it would be a mid-term, she’d have to find the money, and raise the grassroots, running a campaign in Orange County is no easy task, it’s huge. You have to wonder if she’s got the infrastructure there to stay competitive.

Jacobs has been underfire recently for “Textgate” or the text messages exchange about the Orange County Sick time initiative. She was targeted by activists, but this isn’t about Sick Time, you can’t think that, this is about flipping seats. Those activists will be able to give Val Demings a push should she decide to run against her. But the policy knowledge isn’t there, she debated Daniel Webster once and didn’t do well, she would have to debate Teresa Jacobs at least 4 times if you look at the debate schedule from 2010. She is a strong candidate with a good background so it’s only a matter of time before she picks her next race.

Out of nowhere, State Representative Stephen Precourt taking some shots at Teresa Jacobs in the media saying there is a leadership crisis in Orange County and that he’s been urged to run. Precourt a pretty reasonable guy, one of the sharper Reps in the area and well spoken but, you’ve got to wonder where this is coming from. He says he’s being urged to run. Who’s urging him? Friends and family? The political community hasn’t been urging him because from the Republican side the two biggest priorities for 2014 is getting Rick Scott elected (which is a task in itself) and reinforcing it’s incumbents. He’s termed out so, he’ll have time to figure out what he wants to do next but really bizarre behavior from Stephen Precourt from what I’ve seen so far. I know some of his buddies tried to throw her off the Expressway Board sometime back.

So, if you look at Jacobs’ role in all of this. She’s going to be attacked for being too lax on the rules from Val Demings in “Textgate” and she’s going to be attacked for being too strict with regulations from Precourt, you just can’t win if you’re the Orange County Mayor.

A very intriguing story it looks like a lot of people are already gearing up for next year, it looks like it’s going to be exciting. 2010 had some interesting personalities and made for a good race and with the potentials already kicking the tires on a potential run, it could be even bigger in 2014.

Other news today, The RNC releasing what is being called “The Autopsy” put out by Chairman Reince Priebus, illustrating the talking points over what went wrong with the Republican party last November. Most of it is stuff we already know. More technology, more outreach or inclusion of minority voters. What I’m interested in is how the local politicians will react. You’ve got John Mica and Daniel Webster who were re-elected and you’ve also got Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush who are already moving in the new direction. You’ve got to wonder what these lawmakers in the state will do. Will they stick with old script? Or the new one?

Big day. Buzz over who’s running for what and national reports being published. We’ll keep an eye on it for you. For now, I’m Frank Torres and I’ll see you next time.

Carroll Resignation, CPAC Buzz, and Mystery Candidate in Florida House 44 – WIR

In Uncategorized on March 17, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This is your week in review and this Sunday we’ve re-visit Lt. Governor Jennifer Carrol‘s resignation, buzz from CPAC involving Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio. A rift between Tallhassee Republicans and State Young Republicans and finally a mystery candidate in Florida State House 44 that could spin the race in a different direction.

This is your Week in Review.

Video Transcript:

Florida Politics with Frank Torres. I’m Frank Torres and this is your Week in Review for Sunday, March 17th, Happy St. Patrick’s Day, I hope you’ve had the chance to get out and enjoy this awesome weather. We’ve got a lot to go over, let’s get started.

And we start with the resignation of Jennifer Carroll. Carroll resigned from her Lt. Governor Position after being connected with a company called Allied Veterans of the world. This company runs the internet cafes that you might see in a strip mall that revolves around providing internet access to individuals but at the center of it all is a sweepstakes that is basically a gambling operation. This company was suppose to take the proceeds from this operation and donate them to Veterans causes but it was revealed that the money was being rerouted to For-Profit operations and that only 2% of the procceeds were actually going towards the charity. The company is now being accused of racketeering, Jennifer Carroll thought that because of her connections with the company that it would be best to step down. Florida Governor Rick Scott deciding to name a replacement after session. Choosing to deal with it later than sooner, I happen to think it’s a big mistake. Why leave such a big gap in your administration empty? The Lt. Governor may not do a lot but to leave the story out there for so long doesn’t make a lot of sense. It hurt him during his media tour, Governor Scott in town to talk about job gains and lower unemployment but ended up having to deal with this instead.

More problems with Republicans up in Tallahassee, their handling of younger Republicans and their resources. A disconnect recently reported by the Jacksonville Newspaper of a rift between the RPOF brass and the Young Republicans in the state, Young Republicans saying that they’re not being utilized correctly only being asked to contribute on social media from time to time. I’m compelled to agree. I’m a Young Republican, an active one at that, and it doesn’t seem like, we’re utilized correctly, especially with void between Younger Voters and Republicans, as opposed to Democrats and their connection. So, a disconnect up there, that needs to be addressed, there needs to be a change of strategy to ensure that the youth vote isn’t always lined up decisively behind one party like it has been. Some changes definitely need to be made.

Let’s move right along to CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, with Florida lawmakers taking the stage and playing a very pivotal role, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and Senator Marco Rubio in the spotlight. Jeb got a lukewarm response by some Conservatives by being a little more moderate leaning to some of the social issues. Marco Rubio was well received during his speech reinforcing the traditional thinking of the Republican party, unfortunately he came in second to Kentucky Senator Rand Paul in the CPAC straw poll, Paul coming off of that headline making filibuster taking the win at CPAC. It might be a question for some but it’s not for me, I think if you line up Rand Paul next to Marco Rubio, if you take his style, his delivery, is electable, I can’t see him beating Hilary or even Joe Biden in 2016 but, he plays very well with that audience up there and he takes the straw poll over Marco Rubio, not by a lot and we’ll see how the relationship plays out between those two as they appear to be on a collision course for 2016.

Also some State House races for 2016 already lining up. Some match ups we’ve mentioned before, Florida House District 29 that has former Rep. Scott Plakon going after the newly elected Mike Clelland who narrowly defeated Chris Dorworth last November. Dorworth getting a ton on negative media and losing that very red seat. The early advantage goes to Plakon because of the layout of the district and Republicans turning out better for mid-terms. You’ve also got Bob Cortes going up against Karen Castor Dentel Florida State House 30, Cortes rolling out endorsements earlier in the week. He’s already engaged in that campaign. In Florida State House 28 you’ve got Republican Jason Brodeur going up against Libertarian Franklin Perez in what seems like the hundredth time. It’s likely a Democrat will jump into that contest before it’s all over. Florida State House 44, Eric Eisnaugle vs. Ronney Olivera for that seat for the termed out Stephen Precourt. Eisnaugle stepped aside last cycle to avoid any conflict, with Precourt will face off with Olivera, who lost to Randolph Bracy in November. Unconfirmed rumors of a mystery candidate perhaps jumping into that race, that would change the entire dynamic of that contest in a very drastic way, unconfirmed rumors of another Republican jumping into that race. I’ll continue to track that as we move along.

A lot going on this week with CPAC with, Jennifer Carroll’s resignation and all of these races lining up. I think Rick Scott has to look at this as the low point of his term and he’s never got those approval numbers and with losing someone who helped deliver him the Governor’s mansion, losing her is a big blow. Her replacement will have to be picked very carefully. I’m Frank Torres, I’ll see you next time.

Jeb Leaves Door Open for 2016 Prez Run During Sunday Talker Gauntlet

In Uncategorized on March 11, 2013 at 1:44 pm

The former Governor of Florida was everywhere yesterday morning.

Jeb Bush accomplished a rare “Full Ginsburg” by appearing on all five major Sunday Political Talk Shows. He did hits with “Meet the Press” (where he compared the media to Crack/Heroine addicts), Face the Nation, This Week, Fox News Sunday, and State of the Union. He was in the “B Block” for most of them promoting his new book “Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution”.

Here’s what we learned from that sprint of interviews.

He’s softer on Immigration than what’s written in the book: He’s hearing a lot of static on his changing views, from what he believes now and what’s actually on paper in his book. The book says the undocumented should return home to apply for citizenship, now he says he’s more in favor of what is being thrown around Washington these days. That would be a pathway to citizenship that allows them to remain in the country during the application process.

He’s not backing down or apologizing for Big Brother or the “Bush Brand”: Jeb had to field a lot of questions over his brother’s legacy, throughout the morning. In every interview he was asked about former President George W. and the answer was the same all of the time. “History will be kind to my brother”.

He doesn’t want to hear about disagreements or conflict with Marco Rubio: The bait was thrown out there a few times that would have opened up a discussion over Bush’s disagreements or a even a potential showdown with the GOP rising star. We knew that “Friendly Fire” was going to be a possibility when both of these two are in the spotlight, but Bush didn’t fall for it.

He’s still thinking about a run in 2016: True, this was a book promotion blitz but this is really about staying in front of the voters, while all the other Presidential hopefuls are slugging it out over economic policy, in this perpetual political stalemate. He said this wasn’t a “political re-entry” but the buzz is that he’s still weighing his options. It’s too early to really decide but this kind of tactic keeps his options open, and the pundits speculating.

All in all, a successful Sunday morning for the former Governor.

Jeb hit all of the Sunday talkers to promote his book yesterday morning

Jeb hit all of the Sunday talkers to promote his book yesterday morning

Jeb on Immigration trumps State of State and Beginning of Session on Tuesday

In Uncategorized on March 6, 2013 at 2:13 pm

It was a really busy day in Florida Politics on Tuesday.

You had Florida Governor Rick Scott give the annual Florida State of the State, where he doubled down on his recent support for teachers and, creating a fertile environment to attract businesses to the state and create jobs. You had our new lawmakers cut their teeth on a voting bill that would extend the window for early voting and prevent long lines on election day. Plus, Florida Speaker of the House Will Weatherford made waves officially speaking out against the expansion of medicaid to accommodate the President’s Health Care Plan, taking his place as the new Conservative leader of the legislature (this year anyways).

That is a lot for a 24 hour period but if you turned on Cable Television yesterday, the story was former Florida Governor Jeb Bush‘s evolving opinions of Immigration and Harry Reid‘s reply to those views that resulted in the Senate Majority Leader insulting Bush in the media.

The story grew from remarks written in Bush’s new book that supports sweeping changes to the country’s immigration system but not a path to citizenship, that wouldn’t require those already in the country to return home to begin the process. Bush has previously said he supported a plan similar to the “Gang of 8” plan that allows undocumented workers to remain in the country, while beginning the legalization process.

Harry Reid called Bush a “fool”, said that his views were “Devolving”, and declared Florida Senator Marco Rubio the true leader on Immigration from the state of Florida.

Bush later appeared on CNN to clarify those views, and Rubio has said “they are in the same place” as far as the issue goes.

So what does this all mean.

Bush really could shrug this entire thing off… unless he plans on running for President, which means he’s already running a primary and scoring points with the more Conservative voters. This would essentially be a good thing for Florida’s former Governor.

It also means that if he’s still thinking about a run at the White House in 2016, then Friendly Fire with Rubio becomes a possibility every time the two disagree on an issue.

I’ll keep an eye on any movement from this story, and activity from session in Tallahassee throughout the week.

Is Jeb still thinking about 2016?

Is Jeb still thinking about 2016?

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.

Clinton fall should worry all Dems, especially here in Florida

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2012 at 3:22 pm

When former First Lady and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton fainted from dehydration over the weekend, she sustained a concussion from the fall. She is expected to fully recover and get back to work in a few days. During this time, John Kerry will get the opportunity to rehearse for what many believe will be his next position.

A 65 year old woman suffering a concussion is a serious matter, even for a “superwoman” like Clinton who, otherwise is in good health.

She’s going to run for President in 2016. No one tries to discount or disguise this. Democratic Strategist and Author James Carville says, “Everybody wants her to run and nobody wants to run against her”. Fair enough, but if she can’t run, if for health reasons or lack of fire in the belly she declines, what’s next for Democrats? Who else can run?

There is our gaffe-prone VP. Joe Biden could run but, his reputation as a loose cannon has been more of a punch-line for late night television, than a running start into a Presidential campaign but okay, we’ll put him out there. Your Presidential talent pool consists of two lawmakers in their late 60’s with more miles on them, than an 83′ Corolla. Who else?

There isn’t anyone else. No one that can beat a Chris Christie, no one that can beat a Marco Rubio or even a Jeb Bush, who’s name brand should have healed enough by then, to contemplate running.

No one else can win Florida except for Hilary Clinton. If Rubio or Jeb decide to run, the Sunshine State, which has gone blue in 2008′, last month, and is trending Democrat for 2016, will be up for grabs. Heck, the Bi-lingual former Governor or the Senator that’s outfront on Immigration would have to run if Clinton couldn’t go.

If that doesn’t terrify Florida Democrats, it should. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo can’t win down here, Maryland Governor Bob O’Malley can’t either. Kirsten Gillibrand who’s often referred to as “Hilary-light” might be their best chance but, she can’t stand across the stage from any of the three “R’s” mentioned in this post.

Hilary would be 69 years old when sworn in. She shouldn’t be dealing with the same injuries that keep NFL Quarterbacks on the sidelines. If Democrats need to hire an entourage to carry around a Gatorade cooler and a wagon of throw pillows, to follow her around with, they need to do it.

Because right now, no one else from her party can win the Sunshine State.

If Clinton can't run in 2016 Gillibrand could be an alternative

If Clinton can’t run in 2016 Gillibrand could be an alternative

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.

Sunday Morning Political Headlines: DeSantis and Beaven, Jeb and Amendments on TV

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Good Morning!

Lots of solid political television today!

We’ve got both candidates from Congressional district 6 on Political Connections. Heather Beaven and Ron DeSantis will make their pitch to voters just a couple of weeks before they head to the polls. I’m also working on the show this week. We’re breaking down the VP Debate and new poll numbers.

We’ve also got Jeb Bush, a great discussion on amendments, and an interview with Mike Larosa. Eileen Game didn’t appear with him. That’s unfortunate, voters should have the chance to see the candidates side by side over the course of a race.

So relax, we’ve got about 90 minutes of solid political video this week. I’ll see you tomorrow.

CF News 13: Political Connections Candidates for U.S. House District 6 Heather Beaven (D) and Ron DeSantis (R) airing at 130pm and 730pm

WKMG Local 6: (VIDEO) David Siegel, Jeb Bush talk politics on ‘Flashpoint’

WESH 2: (VIDEO) Watch: Mike LaRosa, Republican, District 42 (Part 1)

WFTV 9 Eyewitness News: (Video) Florida Amendments – Central Florida Spotlight

WOFL FOX 35: (AP) Debate preparation trumps 2012 campaigning Sunday

Orlando Sentinel: Candidates have few answers for housing crisis

Beaven appears on local TV today