Month: June 2017

Paul Renner Wins House Speakership for 2022-2024 Term

Palm Coast Republican Paul Renner will likely take over as Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives in 2022. On Friday, Renner beat out three other state reps for the position to secure the title of freshman class leader and eventually, possible Speaker of the Florida House.  House freshmen convened in Orlando Friday to vote on their class leader in a secret ballot for one of the most coveted positions in Florida politics.  Renner ran against three state reps for the job: Erin Grall, R-Vero Beach, Jamie Grant, R-Tampa and Byron Donalds, R-Naples, all vied for the title of class leader,...

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Residency Rumble Erupts in HD116

Does either Republican candidate running for Florida’s 116th House District actually live in the district? The battle for the Republican candidacy in HD116 seems to only grow hotter by the day, with new allegations arising that one of the candidates, Daniel Perez, doesn’t actually live in the district he’s running in — but Perez and his campaign team are wasting no time fighting back. On Thursday, the Miami Herald published a story alleging political newcomer Daniel Perez’s home address is nothing but a “shell of a house,” which is totally unlivable due to being under full construction. The house on Southwest...

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Bad Law: Allowing Lawmakers to Work for Firms that Lobby the Legislature

Senate President Joe Negron is hardly the first legislator to practice law for a firm with business before the Florida Legislature.  In fact, he isn’t even the first to join Akerman LLC, the West Palm Beach law firm that touted him in an efusive press release this week as their proud new hire. Marco Rubio worked for Akerman while he was House speaker; Jose “Pepe” Felix Diaz, who resigned his House seat to run in the SD 40 special election, works for Akerman now. Practicing law for public policy firms is perfectly acceptable under Section 112.313 of the Florida Statutes, providing...

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Rubio Trashes CBO Analysis of GOP Health Care Bill As a 'Joke'

Marco Rubio had fighting words for the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the U.S. Senate’s proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare this week. On Wednesday, Rubio wasted no time laying into the CBO’s evaluation of the bill, which analysts say will leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026.  Rubio appeared in a Facebook Live chat to rattle off what he saw as an analysis riddled with major problems. The two-term Florida Republican senator said the CBO had improperly analyzed the GOP proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare for several reasons, but noted the main reason the CBO was...

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