Politics & Law

Gillum and Nelson

Gillum and Nelson leading in new poll

BY: - October 31, 2018

Andrew Gillum leads Ron DeSantis by six points in the very latest poll on Florida’s governor’s race released on Wednesday, 50 to 44 percent. That comes from an Ipsos poll of 1,069 likely voters, conducted between October 17-25 on behalf of Thomson Reuters and the University of Virginia Center for Politics. It has a margin […]

Florida Phoenix

A big, fat national spotlight is glaring on next week’s Florida election

BY: - October 31, 2018

Everywhere you look in the national media right now, Florida’s election is front and center. The Washington Post writes that “Florida’s Senate race was Rick Scott’s to lose, but he is haunted by his environmental record: Two deadly algae blooms have upended Florida tourism and may have repercussions at the polls.” NBC News reports “Red,blue […]

Caldwell, Fried

Caldwell vs. Fried: Should Florida’s Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner expand the state’s marijuana industry?

BY: - October 31, 2018

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has long been the department that oversees an agricultural industry belonging to an Old Florida – oysters and citrus, beef and dairy. But this year’s race might change that. An outspoken medical marijuana advocate, Democratic candidate Nicole “Nikki” Fried, wants to introduce industrial hemp to the Sunshine […]

The Everglades

Conservationists blast Rick Scott for “political pandering at its worst” at Everglades campaign stop

BY: - October 30, 2018

Gov. Rick Scott tried to get some environmental cred Tuesday during an Everglades campaign stop in his race to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, but it backfired when the Florida Chapter of the Sierra Club blasted Scott for holding what the group called “a self-serving, restricted attendance media event just one week before Election […]

Former Gov.Bob Martinez in Tallahassee today

Advice for Florida’s next governor – Whoever that is

BY: - October 30, 2018

Florida has not had a politically divided state government in more than three decades, but that’s what would likely be the case if Democrat Andrew Gillum wins the governor’s race next week and inherits a Republican-led Legislature. “It’s clearly a challenge,” acknowledged former Governor Bob Martinez on Tuesday. Martinez would know. He was a Republican […]

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Florida Election Protection announces hotline in advance of next week’s vote

BY: - October 30, 2018

With just a week before Election Day, voting rights advocates who want to ensure a fair process for Floridians who go to the polls have unveiled a telephone hotline to address any problems at the voting booth. The Election Protection Coalition, said to be the country’s largest nonpartisan voter protection group, unveiled its hotline number […]

Patronis, Ring

Patronis vs. Ring: Chief Financial Officer post is up for grabs in a race that became nasty

BY: - October 30, 2018

The two men competing to become Florida’s next Chief Financial Officer are miles apart – politically and geographically. Republican Jimmy Patronis, the incumbent, proudly describes his fourth-generation roots in the Panhandle.  He was born and raised in Panama City, and he graduated from Florida State University. More than 500 miles away in Broward County, Democrat […]

Top union official Randi Weingarten says schools need more money; and health care is paramount.

BY: - October 29, 2018

Several of Florida’s largest school districts – including Miami-Dade, Broward and Hillsborough – have referendums on the ballot next week to raise funds for operating expenses, school buildings and security. That makes the Sunshine State a microcosm of the nation overall, says Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, the second largest teacher’s […]

Donald Trump tweet

Governor race more volatile than ever, with candidates deadlocked eight days out

BY: and - October 29, 2018

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum is maintaining a one-point lead over Republican Ron DeSantis in the latest poll of Florida voters — 47%-46% — putting the governor’s race into an almost unstoppable attack mode as the Nov. 6 general election looms. It’s the first poll conducted since reports surfaced last week from an ongoing state […]

Barack Obama to come to Miami to stump for Democrats on Friday

BY: - October 29, 2018

The big guns in American politics are coming to the Sunshine State, a week before the November 6 election. The Florida Democratic Party announced this morning that former President Barack Obama will campaign alongside gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum and U.S. Senator Bill Nelson this Friday in Miami at Ice Palace Film Studios, with the specific […]

Sean Shaw and Ashley Moody

Moody vs. Shaw: Florida Attorney General showdown presents two distinct and different visions

BY: - October 29, 2018

While Democrats may not have been fans of Attorney General Pam Bondi, she’ll leave office early next year viewed as a rock star with the Florida GOP, having won both of her statewide races by wide margins. Republican nominee Ashley Moody – a former federal prosecutor and Hillsborough County circuit court judge – wants to […]

Broward County man arrested in connection with mail bombs; tweeted critically about Andrew Gillum

BY: - October 26, 2018

Four days after mail bombs sent to prominent Democrats and critics of President Trump began being intercepted, authorities in South Florida have taken into custody a suspect. Law enforcement officials have identified the man as 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc of Aventura. He was arrested in Plantation shortly after two threatening packages sent to New Jersey Democratic […]