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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.

Orange Commission greenlights Universal Bridge, Scott to signs cafe ban quietly, and Rubio and Gang of 8 to announce immigration deal soon

In Uncategorized on April 9, 2013 at 11:59 pm

Big day involving the Theme Parks and local politics. The Orange County Commission greenlit the tax dollars to build the Universal Pedestrian Bridge that would connect the resorts to it’s park. The vote went 4-3 in favor of the 9 million dollar project.

Today, it was announced that Florida Governor Rick Scott will not have any public signing of the internet cafe ban bill. This is due to the connections between an investigation that found one of the cafes allegedly funneling non-profit dollars into for profit companies which resulted in almost 60 arrests. Former Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll resigned because of ties her old PR firm had with the company.

Finally, it was also announced that the “Gang of 8” Senators would announce a deal on immigration next week. The bi-partisan panel including Florida Senator Marco Rubio have been working on a solution for one of the year’s biggest issues on the hill.

This is your daily wrap up

Transcript of Video:

Florida Politics with Frank Torres and this is your daily wrap for Tuesday, April 9th 2013. The big news today was the Orange County Commission approving the pedestrian bridge that would connect the Universal Studios park to the resort. 5 million dollars on the bridge 9 million dollars on the entire package. The vote passed 4 to 3, your “Yes” votes were Commissioner Thompson, Scott Boyd, Tiffany Moore-Russell, and Fred Brummer, those were the votes in favor of the Tax Payers picking up the tab for this bridge for the park. Your “no” votes were Mayor Teresa Jacobs and commissioners Ted Edwards and Pete Clarke. We’re always looking at elections here and the political equity involved and those 4 commissioners with the exception of Jennifer Thompson are termed out. Moore-Russell, Scott Boyd, and Fred Brummer are termed out. Very little to be gained from opposing Universal on this. Jennifer Thompson, we spoke about her new opponent yesterday in Sean Ashby. She’ll be on the ballot next year. Still, very little involved when you add up the reasons to oppose it. Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Ted Edwards and Pete Clarke questioned why the taxpayers should have to pick up the entire tab but, the vote passed and the vote will be passed entirely with taxpayer money. Wow! What a victory for Universal, whoever worked out this bill really did well. This bridge will increase the overall satisfaction of their guests and increase the chances for repeat business. Which have had a big couple of years with the Harry Potter expansion and other attractions. They’ve done really well in the region over the last few years and when they do well. The revenue trickles down to the smaller businesses.

Other news, it was announced that Governor Rick Scott would not have a big public signing of the bill that would ban internet cafes. It was a curious move over why they wouldn’t want to make a signing out of this, it would have been a great photo op for him and State Attorney General Pam Bondi and sent the message that they weren’t going to put up with it. Most recently the group Allied Veterans of the World which allegedly was caught stealing millions. Reasons almost definitely relating to Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll who’s old PR company did business with Allied. It was recently revealed over the weekend that she didn’t volunteer to resign. She was asked to. So, a complicated situation for the Governor. I think the Publicity would have done him well. A public signing would have sent a message that Florida will not put up with this kind of operation. But, there are positives and negatives to both choices.

Finally, late this afternoon Politico broke the news that the Bi-Partisan Gang of 8 will announce a deal at the beginning of next week for sweeping immigration reform. Of Course Florida Senator Marco Rubio has been strongly featured in this group of lawmakers from both sides including John McCain, Chuck Schumer, and Lindsey Graham. It also means that the deal might include tougher rules on worker visas and border security. We’ll see.

Another big day in Florida Politics and we’ll keep rolling along. I’m Frank Torres and I’ll see you next time.

Carroll Fallout, Grayson and Desantis make Headlines, Cortes Rolls out Endorsements- Your Daily Wrap-Up

In Uncategorized on March 14, 2013 at 11:41 pm

Busy day. Legislators are taking action after Lt. Jennifer Carroll’s resignation yesterday against Internet Cafe Companies like Allied Veterans of the World, who’s racketeering charges and connections to Carroll forced her to resign.

We’ve also got two very different Congressman making headlines for different reasons. Alan Grayson and Ron Desantis featured today.

Also in what should be an exciting 2014 race for Florida State House 30, Longwood Commissioner Bob Cortes rolls out endorsements from Orange County Commissioners Pete Clarke and Jennifer Thompson.

Video Transcript:

Florida Politics with Frank Torres. This is your Daily Wrap up for Thursday March 14th, we’ve got a lot to go over let’s get started. We start today with the fallout from the resignation of Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll. She resigned because of her ties with the company Allied Veterans of the World. What this company does is operate those internet cafes that you see in shopping centers that revolve around a large sweepstakes, which is basically gambling, alot of movement from legislators, to try to stand up legislation to stop these kinds of operations, you might remember former State Rep. Scott Plakon tried passing legislation on these cafes. They’ve been a problem in the community for sometime, you might remember a shooting at the Hunt Club location here in Central Florida. A lot of lawmakers now fighting back, we’ll see where that goes.

Also state wide, Republicans and Democrats revealing the campaign donations they’ve received from this organization. Laying all of their cards on the table some very recognizable names, from both sides accepting campaign contributions from this company, so this fall out has affected everybody over this company that was suppose to take it’s profits and give them to Veterans’ charaties and instead rerouted the money to for-profit companies, there have been over 50 arrests and this is turning into the biggest crackdown you’ll see all session. We’ll continue to monitor that situation.

In other news, a Tale of Two Central Florida Congressman, both making national headlines, let’s start with Alan Grayson, he just got his job back two months ago after being elected last November, you’ll recall Alan Grayson, not afraid to let the public know how he feels. No interests in bi-partisanship whatsoever, going off on the Paul Ryan budget proposal. We’ve got a clip.

(Alan Grayson Video Clip)

Yes, as you can see, Alan Grayson hasn’t changed any, since his first term, still trying to start conflict in a congress that already has plenty of it, we’ll see where he tries to go with this, these insults aren’t going to get us anywhere, as far as this gridlock goes.

On the other hand you’ve got Congressman Ron Desantis, trying to sponsor legislation that would freeze a part of Congress’ pay, a Bi-partisan deal, with a Representative from California, we’ve also got a clip from him, let’s check it out.

(Ron Desantis Clip)

Desantis making some waves early on, in his time in Washington. That is Bi-Partisanship legislation, the kind where you could walk up to a man on the street and ask him about and he would probably agree with it. If you go to work and don’t get anything done, you don’t get paid for it, I think Congress should be the same way. Will it work? Probably not, you know how our friends in Congress are.

Next up, the future race for Florida State House 30 Bob Cortes who would be running against incumbent Karen Castor Dentel announcing two endorsements from Orange County Commissioners both Pete Clarke, who was elected last November and Commissioner Jennifer Thompson. These endorsements give confidence to donors, that allow campaigns to stand up and get moving in a hurry. You look at the layout in the district in that race and it’s going to be an exciting race, we’ll keep you posted.

A lot going on in Florida Politics with the crackdown of that company, Congress making national headlines and candidates gearing up for 2014. It’s an exciting time. I’m Frank Torres, and I’ll see you next time.

Florida Political Stocks Who’s Up, Who’s Down in O-Town: Re-Count Warriors Edition

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Here we go with our first edition of Political Stocks after the elections last week. Some of our lawmakers featured had to wait a little longer to find out what their political fate was and those are the headliners. This is also the first edition of Video political stocks. Enjoy!


Florida Politics with Frank Torres and today, we’re talking about Political Stocks, that’s right our first video edition of Political Stocks, we’ve had this feature on our blog for a little over a year now. We’ve done it normally about once a month, but this is our first time doing it with video, let’s see how it goes. The headliners in your first edition of political stocks are your Re-Count Warriors, your Cardiac Candidates, the two candidates who’s stock are on the rise right now are Disrict 29 winner Mike Clelland who defeated Chris Dorworth and Orange County Commissioner Elect Pete Clarke who was able to defeat Lui Damiani, both massive underdog candidates, nobody expected these guys to win, both of them had to do it through a re-count, and both raised a lot of eyebrows with their victories, both of their stocks are up moving forward, Clarke has got a whole term ahead of him in district 3, district 3 first elected official in almost 2 years, Clelland will be vulnerable in 2014, in that Republican heavy district and Dorworth’s negative press.

An unofficial stock increase for Bill Cowles and Michael Ertel, the two supervisors of elections in Orange and Seminole Counties respectively, who did a fine job with these recounts, some good reviews from advocates on both sides aisle at over how these recounts were conducted. So an unofficial increase for these two. Good work by these two. You didn’t have the horror stories like the ones we’re hearing from Dade County or other parts of the country like Ohio.

Stocks up also for Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Mitt Romney lost and now we start looking towards 2016. Who is the big name to take on the Democratic nominee in 2016 that name is Marco Rubio, from Florida, our Senator, and expect more of the buzz as we move forward over the next couple of years. It’s only a matter of time with Marco Rubio, will it be 2016? He’s still young it could be 2020, we’ll see how it goes but for now his stock is up. And of course the stock of President Obama, he’s been re-elected, his worries are gone, he’s got another 4 years to try to get his policies through in Washington and try to deliver on his campaign promises, he took the majority of the swing states, including right here in Florida after a long re-count, you can’t deny that after this tough campaign his stock is on the rise, after this recent re-election to the White House.

Who’s down? Nobody wants to be in this column. Chris Dorworth, he lost his election to Clelland. He was suppose to be the House Speaker that’s not going to be the case, they’ve already tabbed his replacement. Steve Crisafulli from Merritt Island will be his replacment, there are no stocks lower right now than that of Chris Dorworth, a whirlwind of negative publicity, negative media, it just seemed to turn against him as the election approached, a negative article in the paper one week, a negative tv segment the next, getting tagged on the afternoon drive home every week, too much negative publicity for Chris Dorworth and it ultimately overcame him in that district.

Also, General David Patreaus his stock is also very low, caught in an extra-marital affair through email, or an alleged extra marital affair, now people are bringing up the timing of this news. Did he hold on to it until after the election? To avoid effecting the Presidential election, anyways the timing is curious but he’s done. Regardless of what comes out during those investigations.

Also who else’s stock is down? Here on a Florida Politics Blog. Florida. It took several days for Florida to tabulate it votes. While our guys here had their acts together, it was not the case all over the state, we finally got our results in Saturday afternoon and now we’re hearing horror stories of voter fraud from other parts of the state. So our stock is down, not the people of Florida, but our election reputation you could say. So that is our edition of political stocks this month. We’ll see who goes up and down next month. We’ve got the fiscal cliff looming that could effect our results for now I’m Frank Torres, and I’ll see you next time.

Wednesday Morning Poltical Headlines: Recounts, Texts, and a General Mess

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2012 at 2:07 pm

A lot going as we reach the middle of the week. Let’s break it down!

The Orange County Commission is talking about reforming their electronic communication policies. The Sentinel reports, this includes everything from jamming devices to a complete blackout during the day of the meetings.

The commission should do themselves a favor and ban these devices. Let’s not pretend this is just about transparency in government. This is a partisan fight and people want to take their jobs. Here is proof of that.

Speaking of the commission. They’ll be joined by a new commissioner from District 3 next year. Pete Clarke won his re-count yesterday over Lui Damiani. You can read my summary here.

Also, the mess with General Patraeus is only getting worse.

These stories lead your Wednesday morning political headlines.

Orlando Sentinel: Orange leaders ponder texting ban during meetings

WKMG Local 6: (Video) Pete Clarke declared winner over Lui Damiani in Orange County District 3 race

WFTV 9 Eyewitness News: Clarke beats Damiani to take Orange County Commission seat

CF News 13: Pete Clarke wins Orange Co. Commission District 3 seat

WOFL FOX 35: Gov. Rick Scott drops opposition to ‘Obamacare’

WESH 2: (CNN) Scandal focuses on ‘flirtatious’ e-mails

The Commission should leave the phones in their office.

Pete Clarke beats Lui Damiani in Orange County District 3 Race

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2012 at 2:15 am

Underdog Pete Clarke won his Orange County District 3 race today by defeating Lui Damiani in a recount that saw Clarke win by 70 votes. In these political times, it’s rare to see an underfunded candidate get the job done against an opponent who outspent him 4 to 1. Perhaps, it’s not always pay to play in Orange County politics. A rare result that could inspire others to take the political plunge in the future.


Florida Politics with Frank Torres and today we’re talking about the Orange County Commission 3 race. Pete Clarke has defeated Lui Damiani, he will be the next commissioner here in Orange County. Wow! Lui Damiani the heavy favorite moving into this general election, It was him and Clarke that made it into the run-off, after the August primary, Damiani was heavily favored, he outspent Clarke 4 to 1 and had the support of a lot of the wealthy and powerful in Orange County. What is so special about this story is that Pete Clarke demonstrated that if you’re willing to work hard, pound the pavement, knock on doors and do it the old fashion way, you can be competitive in Orange County politics, it isn’t always pay to play and I think that is so important to see, you can go through 20 races and not see a result like this one, of an underdog like Pete Clarke overcoming these obstacles, Keep in mind it was a recount, he only won by 70 votes, so it was a very, very close race, the assists should be given to Belle Isle Commissioner Lydia Pisano and small businessman Eric Lasso, both speaking on Clarke’s behalf in the general election, and those voices moved votes, So Clarked was able to pull it off the Old Fashioned way, knocking on doors and talking to as many voters as possible, and it is really such a big story, Lui Damiani? He’s not an evil man, he’s not a corrupt candidate, but he had too much of this (waving dollar bills) and not enough of this (touching heart), and sometimes in close races like this, that extra heart, that extra dedication to knock on those extra 20 doors on a late Sunday evening makes a difference, and I think we saw that here, Pete Clarke will be the next commissioner of Orange County District 3 and for Florida Politics with Frank Torres, I’ll see you next time

Lui Damiani vs. Pete Clarke Orange County Commission District 3 Race Preview

In Uncategorized on October 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Here is your race preview for the Orange County Commission District 3 contest between Lui Damiani and Pete Clarke. Here is the Clarke interview I refer to in the piece.


Florida Politics with Frank Torres and today, we’re talking about the Orange County Commission District 3 race between Lui Damiani and Pete Clarke. You know, we know a lot of about Pete Clarke. He interviewed with the blog, I’ll post a link on this post. A grassroots guy, underfunded throughout the five way primary, and he got his way into this primary with Lui Damiani by knocking on doors, walking the district, he did it the old fashion way. He is still vastly underfunded in this contest with Lui Damiani, as far as Damiani is concerned, he was appointed to the county commission by then Independent Charlie Crist after Mildred Fernandez was removed, he’s never actually been elected. I think it gets confused a little bit by the way he’s framing his campaign, I think it’s important that voters know that, also the lack of grassroots presence with his campaign, he’s got a lot of power donors, a lot of powerful people donating to his campaign, not a lot of individual donations, once again it’s the way his campaign is coming across. Also, his lack of availability, I’ve been to a couple of district 3 forums, and haven’t seen him, he’s the only candidate not to interview with this blog, so what very little media is out there on this race, I don’t have much to go on. So, I think you have two very different campaigns, and I think availability and openess is very important, especially with all of the controversy we’ve seen from the commission this year. So, that’s just a snapshot of the Orange County Commission 3 race between Lui Damiani and Pete Clarke I’ll see you next time.

Video: Castor-Dentel Complaints, Candidate forum brings races together

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2012 at 11:30 pm

Here is a video highlighting the conflicts in the Karen Castor Dentel vs. Scott Plakon races, as well as some observations about the candidate forum from Pine Castle that featured Linda Stewart, Bob Brooks, Jerry Demings, John Tegg, and Pete Clarke.


Welcome to Florida Politics with Frank Torres, I’m Frank Torres. Today is October 16th 2012. We’ve got a lot to cover so, let’s get to it. We’re going to start out with the Florida House District 30 race. That is Karen Castor Dentel against Scott Plakon. Now, recently there have been some complaints file against Castor Dentel for unauthorized emails sent from her account and unfairly using her position as a school teacher for campaign business. Now, all of this is still breaking, it’s all still coming out. Both parties want this race very badly they’ve both poured a lot of money in this race. Both candidate are very well liked by their parties. And right when Castor Dentel seemed to get some momentum this is what she did not need. Now more is going to come out as this race goes on. There is not a lot of time for her to get her arms around this message. Or come up with a defense or clarify what this is, this complaint is trying to say. The conflict I saw was during the news cycle yesterday. In a midday debate, Castor Dentel said that the email had not gotten to that level. The emails being referred to in that complaint. But later in the evening those emails were released by mainstream media and local bloggers. It did indeed have those emails and those emails were referring to what the complaint was trying to say. Now obviously this complaints still need to be looked at but this is not what she needs right now. Both parties want that race really bad, it will be interesting to see what happens in that one.

Last night, I had the chance to attend a candidate forum in Pine Castle. A lot of direct opponents there in state house 47, Linda Stewart vs. Dr. Bob Brooks. Those two had the feature showdown during the first hour of the panel. You know, both well spoken candidates but their positions could not be further apart. Brooks said he would use his position with majority to reach across the isle, Stewart said she was not there for any party and that she would serve all of the people. Stewart said she did not support off shore drilling, Brooks said he would consider a proposal only if it were 50 miles off shore. Brooks brought up some talking points he would use to save some money. Savings found in healthcare and things along those lines. He said he would save 150 million dollars from the budget. Stewart spoke about working with Nemours and her record with bringing jobs to the district. So that race is going to be very close.

The second part of the hour, the feature match-up seemed to be for Orange County Sheriff. Current Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings and his opponent John Tegg. The confusing thing about this race are the numbers being thrown out by both candidates. Jerry Demings says that crime is down 23%. Tegg says that there are 86 jobs available. It’s hard for these numbers to go under the truth test because these numbers are not readily available. Both candidates had goals. Tegg wanted to reduce the zones. Demings wanted to keep crime down, without raising costs, and to keep workers working.

Some of the other races in that second block was the race for Orange County commission 3. Peter Clarke took his time to answer the voter questions and Lui Damiani, the projected frontrunner was not there. In other races Orange County Property appraiser, Bill Donegan took the hour to debate Rick Singh. We’ve got an interview coming with Singh that you should see over the next few days. Fritz Jackson Seide had the room, his opponent Geraldine Thompson showed up late but was there after the panel was over. This is Florida politics with Frank Torres, I’m Frank Torres and I’ll see you next time.

Thompson, Pena, Huckeba Big Winners Tuesday. Your Primary Elections Wrap-up

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Tuesday night brought high drama with conclusions to Mica vs. Adams, Ashton vs Lamar, and just the beginning of Todd Long vs. Alan Grayson but there was a lot of other action out there.

Let’s break it all down.

Geraldine Thompson defeats Victoria Siplin.

A lot of anger over how this State Senate D12 primary contest was going. You had former State Rep. Geraldine Thompson running against Victoria Siplin, wife of Gary Siplin, the controversial termed out State Senator. Thompson was outfront in her campaign with a strong, realistic, campaign message. She won the Orlando Sentinel endorsment and made herself available at public forums, and events. Victoria ran a shadow campaign of sorts, staying away from the voters and letting direct mail do most of the work. When her husband started allegedly using his own mail resources to help his wife, it set off alarms and the local media smelled smoke. Thompson walked to a %56 to %44 victory and faces Fritz Seide in the general.

Geraldine Thompson

Marco Pena beats Coach “P” Plasencia, Joe Saunders defeats Shayan Elahi in State House 49 primaries.

In what was a tough to call race in the days leading up to Tuesday, Marco Pena beat Rene Plasencia %52 to %48 in the GOP primary. Pena trumpeted endorsements from Governor Jeb Bush and locally important endorsements from former OC Mayor Rich Crotty and Current Orange County Commissioners Jennifer Thompson and John Martinez. Plasencia ran a fine ground campaign but couldn’t make enough noise to cover the difference. He’ll be back.

Pena will face Democrat Joe Saunders in the general election. Saunders defeated Shayan Elahi %65 to %35. Saunders had more visibility on the ground and benefited from strong fundraising from South Florida.

Marco Pena

Bow-Tie Wins. Voters choose Huckeba and platform in Orange County Tax Collector Race.

Jim Huckeba defeated two other opponents on Tuesday night. Huckeba, who says he will dismantle the office if elected won with 38%. Eliminating the office has been a popular idea with the media, and apparently voters. He’s been careful to illustrate the process to voters, he won’t be able to snap his fingers and save the tax payers thousands. It would be a process possibly subjected to a vote.

Huckeba faces 96 year old Earl K. Wood who wasn’t going to run for re-election before finding out former Mayor Crotty might seek the office. Then this happened.

Jim Huckeba

Damiani and Clarke head to November Run-Off in Orange County District 3.

In the race for Orange County Commission District 3. It will be the two top vote getters Lui Damiani and Pete Clarke. Damiani holds a heavy fundraising advantage with donations from lobbyists, attorneys, and developers and has been able to afford radio ads. Clarke despite mostly walking and talking to voters was only behind %31 to %23. District 3 is looking for it’s first elected commissioner in over two years.

Pete Clarke

Edwards beats Duncan in Orange County District 5:

Incumbent commissioner Ted Edwards was able to defeat Gina Duncan in their D5 contest. Duncan had a couple of decent talking points to go after Edwards with but not enough to convince the voters they needed a change. Edwards’ constituents would be wise to convince him to try to revive the rental car-surcharge that would bring dollars into the community and put a small additional costs to tourist.

Ted Edwards

Randolph Bracy, Bruce Antone, Jason Brodeur, Kelli Stargel and future Florida House Speaker Chris Dorworth all won their respective primary or final races.

Kelli Stargel

Damiani releases Web Vid in OC District 3 Race

In Uncategorized on July 9, 2012 at 1:26 pm

The projected frontrunner in the Orange County District 3 race, Lui Damiani released this Web Video yesterday.

Damiani was appointed to the seat by then Governor Charlie Crist. He was replaced by Governor Rick Scott with current District 3 commissioner John Martinez.

His campaign enjoys a large fundraising advantage with support from Developers, Lobbyist, and Attorneys.

District 3 has not had an elected leader in the office for over two years.

He faces opposition from Eric Lasso, Pete Clarke, and Lydia Pisano.