Month: August 2018

Why are y’all so surprised Andrew Gillum won?

Andrew Gillum’s victory in the Florida Democratic gubernatorial primary on Tuesday may have seemed like a surprise. Of the five people in the race, he was the only non-millionaire or billionaire and the only African American. He was outspent and was at the bottom of the polls through most of the campaign. In short, few gave him a shot — …

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DeSoto County Commissioners Vote to Enter Dispute Resolution Process with Mosaic

“No means No” unless you are Mosaic Co.   Last month, Desoto County Commissioners voted 4-1 against Mosaic’s application seeking to rezone more than 14,000 acres from farmland to industrial mining. This was a major victory for the citizens of DeSoto County, as well as those in surrounding counties, concerned about the impacts of mining …

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17th District Rep. Tom Rooney could leave Congress Early

After questioning retiring U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney’s legal chops, a local judicial nominating commission on Tuesday agreed he is one of six attorneys Gov. Rick Scott should consider for an opening on the Palm Beach County bench. Rooney, 47, who announced he will retire in January when his fifth term in Congress is up, made the shortlist after …

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Andrew Gillum Pulled Off the Upset of a Lifetime. Now Comes the Hard Part.

Andrew Gillum waged a quixotic Democratic primary campaign for Florida governor, defeating wealthy rivals who outspent him, dismissing moderate naysayers who questioned him and believing until the end that an unorthodox strategy of excitement generated mostly by word of mouth would propel him to victory. (Read more in NYTimes.com)

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Don’t ‘monkey this up’ and elect Andrew Gillum, Ron DeSantis says

Republican candidate for governor Ron DeSantis said Wednesday morning that Florida shouldn’t “monkey this up” by electing Democrat Andrew Gillum in November. Gillum is Florida’s first black nominee for governor. Speaking on Fox News, DeSantis also called Gillum an “articulate spokesman” for the far-left. (Read more in TampaBay.com)

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Top House Races in 2018

Editor’s note: Below are Charlotte County DEC Legislative Liason Teresa Jenkins’ picks for the key districts around the country that Democrats need to win to regain control of the House. (1) Open Seat, California’s 39th District. This is an Orange-County district where Hillary Clinton won by more than eight points in 2016. The District voted …

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Gillum Vows to “Bring it Home” as Democratic Nominee

“As a child, my grandmother taught me to work hard, do right, and bring it home. To bring it home for my mother, my father, my brothers, and my sister. To bring it home for our community, our beliefs, and our values. Tonight, through the grace of Floridians all across this state, I am deeply honored and humbled to be your Democratic nominee for Governor.”

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Medical marijuana advocate Nikki Fried wins Democratic nomination for agriculture commissioner

Attorney Nicole “Nikki” Fried has won the Democratic nomination in the race to be Florida’s next agriculture commissioner. Fried faced fellow Democrats Jeffrey Porter and R. David Walker for the nomination. (Read more in WTSP.com)

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