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Come Monday, Jimmy Buffet's Still Living Down His National Anthem Clown Act

Really? A mic-drop after botching the National Anthem? What was Jimmy Buffet thinkng?

Pardon me if I take this moment away from Sunshine State News to join the cascade of football fans who took to Twitter Sunday to express their disgust at "Margaritaville" legend Buffet for his offensive dramatics in New Orleans before the start of the Saints-Rams football playoff 

Rick Scott: Congress Shouldn’t Get Paid During Government Shutdown

In a Thursday morning press conference in Washington, Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla. offered a stern pronouncement on the ongoing dysfunction in the nation's capital. 

In addition to fighting to ensure the U.S. Coast Guard gets paid during the shutdown, Sen. Scott announced his co-sponsorship of Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind.’s ‘No Budget, No Pay’ bill. If Congress can't work together to pass a budget, Scott said, they should not be getting paid -- a key component of his 10-point plan to make Washington work for families. 

Rick Scott Announces Senior Staff

Sen. Rick Scott on Monday announced additions to senior staff for his Senate office. Jackie Schutz Zeckman was previously announced as chief of staff.

Joe Gruters Overwhelmingly Elected RPOF Chairman

During the party’s Annual Meeting in Orlando on Saturday, Sarasota County Republican Party Chairman Joe Gruters was elected chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. Gruters defeated Charlotte County’s Bob Starr in a final margin of 192-25.

Federal Shutdown Begins as Lawmakers Fail to Make a Deal

The federal government has partially shut down amid a stand-off between President Trump and Congress over border wall funding. 

White House negotiators left the Capitol late Friday, and the House and Senate adjourned without a spending deal.

DeSantis Appoints Richard Prudom Secretary of Elder Affairs

Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis announced Thursday he has appointed Richard Prudom to serve as secretary of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. A long-standing deputy secretary of the department, Prudom will lead the agency beginning in January, as the DeSantis-Nuñez Administration takes office.

DeSantis Chooses Joe Jacquot as Chief Legal Advisor

Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis has tapped Joe Jacquot, a former Florida chief deputy attorney general, to serve as his Administration's chief legal advisor for the Office of General Counsel.

Lt. Gov.-elect Jeanette Nuñez Appoints Alex Garcia Chief of Staff

Lt. Gov.-elect Jeanette Nuñez announced Monday she has hired Alex Garcia as her chief of staff.

Oliva Rounds out Key Committee, Subcommittee Leaders

Though House Speaker Jose Oliva announced in November the chairs of his top committees, he waited until late Friday to introduce his subcommittee leaders and their assignments.

DeSantis Appoints Ken Lawson, Recommends Jamal Sowell for Key Economic Posts

Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that he has chosen Ken Lawson to serve as executive director of the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), and he will recommend to Enterprise Florida, Inc.'s (EFI) board that its directors appoint Jamal Sowell as their next president and chief executive officer (CEO) for the DeSantis-Nuñez Administration.  



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