Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Buzz

Florida Democratic chairman resigns over allegations of being creepy

Florida Democratic chairman resigns over allegations of being creepy

Stephen Bittel's rocky tenure as Florida Democratic Party chairman ended in disgrace Friday after he resigned following accusations from women that he leered at them, made suggestive comments and created an unprofessional work environment.Bittel...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Florida citrus industry again passed over for federal relief

Florida citrus industry again passed over for federal relief

WASHINGTON – Rep. Tom Rooney, who has led the charge for relief for Florida's citrus growers, is ticked off that the latest White House disaster aid request to Congress does not include money for the industry hit by Hurricane Irma."Do we want t...
Published: 11/17/17
Al Franken cancels Miami Book Fair appearance

Al Franken cancels Miami Book Fair appearance

From our friends at the Miami Herald:Sen. Al Franken canceled his Sunday appearance at Miami Book Fair amid allegations over sexual misconduct.The call to Book Fair officials came Friday afternoon, said Juan Mendieta, director of communications for M...
Published: 11/17/17
Why Florida House candidate had to campaign from a prison cell

Why Florida House candidate had to campaign from a prison cell

From William March:Jose Vazquez served a sentence from 2007 to 2009 on a felony charge of repeatedly driving with a suspended license. And he filed as a 2008 state House write-in candidate.How did all that happen?Showing documents from a thick folder...
Published: 11/17/17
Gators represent at the White House

Gators represent at the White House

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump welcomed a number of college sports champions to the White House on Friday, including the Florida Gators baseball team.
Published: 11/17/17
Cuban businesswomen says changes hurting entrepreneurs, want Rubio meeting

Cuban businesswomen says changes hurting entrepreneurs, want Rubio meeting

HAVANA, Nov 17 (Reuters) – An association of Cuban businesswomen has asked to meet with Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida to explain the impact on the country's nascent private sector of rolling back a detente in U.S. relations.Rubio, a...
Published: 11/17/17
Florida spent $22,000 to remove online nursing home info from public view

Florida spent $22,000 to remove online nursing home info from public view

From the Miami Herald's Carol Marbin Miller and Caitlin Ostroff:On a good day, Olga Vasquez would dress up in the morning, apply makeup and stand in the hallway at her Hialeah Gardens nursing home, helping other residents get in and out of wheelchair...
Published: 11/17/17
Senate hires special master as second Latvala probe gets underway

Senate hires special master as second Latvala probe gets underway

The Senate’s decision to outsource its investigation of sexual harassment claims against Sen. Jack Latvala got moving on the second track Friday as the Senate’s hired special master started interviewing witnesses.The special master, retir...
Published: 11/17/17
Florida lawmakers illustrate partisan battle lines on taxes

Florida lawmakers illustrate partisan battle lines on taxes

WASHINGTON – Florida lawmakers have drawn hard lines in the debate over taxes.Every House Republican yesterday voted for the $1.5 trillion plan (details here) while every Democrat opposed it*. Talking points were flying on both sides."This legi...
Published: 11/17/17
Florida Democratic chairman apologizes for creepiness; Dem candidates say he should step down

Florida Democratic chairman apologizes for creepiness; Dem candidates say he should step down

Politico has six anonymous sources accusing Florida Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Bittel of making them uncomfortable and too often being creepy.…Depending on the circumstance and the person discussing Bittel, they said he would make refere...
Published: 11/17/17