On Thursday, Southwest Florida Republican Congressman Curt Clawson stunned the political world as he announced he will not run for reelection to focus on his ailing father. “Since my mother’s passing last year, our family has gone through significant change and transition,” Clawson said. “I believe that now is a good time to pass the baton and spend more time close to home."
A resolution from two congressional representatives from Florida urging Germany to “fulfill its moral responsibility to Holocaust survivors and urgently provide the financial resources necessary to ensure that Survivors live in dignity and comfort in their remaining years” cleared a key committee vote this week.
The two congressional representatives from Florida who lead the House Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee brought a resolution backing a longterm Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on military assistance between the U.S. and Israeli governments.
With more than 110 cases of Zika already reported in the Sunshine State, Florida’s two senators have teamed up to fund President Barack Obama’s request for $1.9 billion to fight that virus, almost twice the amount Congress is willing to provide.
Congressional hopeful Ken Sukhia beat out his Republican primary rivals in a straw poll held at the end of last week by conservative group Florida Family Policy Council.
The straw poll was held after a debate in Tallahassee on Thursday. Sukhia, who served as U.S. attorney in North Florida under President George H.W. Bush, took 42 percent of the vote with Tallahassee attorney Mary Thomas in second with 28 percent. Dr. Neal Dunn and businessman Jeff Moran are also running in the Republican primary.
The Florida congressional district is set to radically change after the November elections. Between redistricting, some unexpected retirements and four representatives running for the U.S. Senate, almost half of the Sunshine State’s 27 congressional seats are in play in the primaries or the general election. With that many seats up for grabs, Florida can expect some differences in how it's represented starting in 2017.
Running for the Republican nomination to replace Marco Rubio in the Senate, Congressman Ron DeSantis brought out a bill to Thursday to crack down on child predators.
Gus Bilirakis, the Florida Republican congressman who is the vice chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, scored a win this week as the House passed his bill reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) and the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD) use of opioid medicines.
Rick Scott gets solid marks in a new poll after another survey released this week found him upside down.
Morning Consult released its Governor Approval Rankings and it showed the Florida governor moving up in the polls with 49 percent of Florida voters approving of him and 41 percent disapproving of him. Back in November, a Morning Consult poll had Scott upside down with 47 percent of those surveyed disapproving of him while 44 percent approved of him.
In his final months in the Senate, Marco Rubio is urging Congress to back President Barack Obama’s call for almost $2 billion to battle Zika.