Monday, August 01, 2016

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

Kaine visits Volusia

"Kaine to visit Volusia County to talk jobs, economy."

Scott backs down

"Florida's new law that places restrictions on abortion clinics is going to remain blocked for now. Gov. Rick Scott is not going to appeal a ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle, who in June put a temporary hold on portions of the law while a lawsuit seeking to overturn it makes its way through federal court." "Florida's new abortion law will remain blocked for now."

Writein games

"Write-in candidates are blocking full voter participation in six state Senate districts and 14 House districts on the Aug. 30 primary ballot, disenfranchising 1.6 million Florida voters." "Secretive write-in candidates lock out Florida voters."

DWS on defense

"After national Democratic turmoil, Wasserman Schultz returns home to defend her seat in Congress."

Chamber an arm of the FlaGOP

"U.S. Chamber takes aim at Murphy, endorses Rubio."

Another DWS fave?

"The day after Val Demings was given a prominent speaking role at the Democratic National Convention, two other Democrats vying for Florida's 10th Congressional District cried foul." "Rivals call out Democratic Party after Val Demings speech."

The best the FlaGOP can do?

"Beruff, who vows to cut taxes if elected, avoided $235,000 in 2015 taxes for his business holdings by claiming that the 1,884 acres his companies bought to develop in the future are agricultural land because they are leased to cattle companies or have planted pine trees or crops." "How U.S. Senate candidate Carlos Beruff avoided $235,000 in taxes." Meanwhile, "In Sarasota, Rubio ignores GOP opponent in speech, while Beruff slams the incumbent."