Saturday, July 04, 2015

Our digest of, and commentary on today's Florida political news and punditry follows.

Scott looks to 2018 U.S. Senate run

"Florida Gov. Rick Scott can’t run for re-election. His expenditures on political consultants may hint at a U.S. Senate run in 2018." "Gov. Rick Scott has spent nearly $300,000 on political consultants since April."

Adam C. Smith: "You might have seen Gov. Rick Scott recently talking to you in a TV ad — "We are expanding our industries, investing in our ports, making a record commitment to you, devoting more resources to education'' — and wondered if he's running for office again."

That's the plan, but not right away. Scott, 62, has told several top Republican fundraisers that he's interested in running for U.S. Senate. It would be in 2018, when Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson's third term ends, rather than in 2016, when a potentially open U.S. Senate seat is enticing plenty of politicians and Scott will still be in the middle of his second term.
"Gov. Rick Scott eyeing run for U.S. Senate — in 2018."

Meanwhile, "Eyeing Senate bid, Lt. Gov. Lopez-Cantera must decide whether to stay or go."

Jeb! used his family company pension plan to avoid paying taxes on $350,000 a year

"In the tax returns he released Tuesday, GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush reported large deductions for payments to 'pension and profit-sharing plans.' The payments averaged $350,000 a year for the past five years." "Pension Plan Cut Jeb Bush’s Taxes."

The week ahead

"The week ahead in state government."

Florida's Ties to Four Declaration Signers

Kevin Derby: "Think Florida has no connection to the Declaration of Independence? Actually Florida played a large role in the lives of four of the signers, three of whom celebrated the first Independence Day in Florida on July 4, 1781." "Florida's Odd Ties to Four Declaration of Independence Signers."

Scott makes anger level rise

The Sun Sentinel editors: "Scott's vetoes make anger level rise."

Jeb! obfuscates lucrative and potentially controversial business dealings

"Jeb Bush says he released 33 years of tax returns this week because he wants to be the most transparent candidate to run for president in 2016. But if that’s really the case, why is he continuing to obfuscate some of his most lucrative and potentially controversial business dealings he had before announcing his candidacy, like his work as an “adviser” for investment bank Lehman Brothers?" "Jeb Bush’s Big Lehman Brothers Problem."