Since 2014, the team behind All Aboard Florida (AAF) and Brightline has known that expanding rail in the Space Coast and the Treasure Coast would not be an easy sell. Over the past year, All Aboard Florida officials have expressed optimism after winning court battles and obtaining permits to move forward.
Over the last few weeks, protesters against President Donald Trump have been showing up at local Republican rallies in Northeast Florida.
In recent weeks, opponents of All Aboard Florida’s (AAF) Brightline project insist they have scored some major victories against the expansion of high-speed rail. Groups like Citizens Against The Train (CATT) have boasted the main reason why AAF’s expansion has slowed is because of taxpayer-funded lawsuits against the project.
Talkers magazine, well regarded in the talk radio community, has looked at the top stories and people of the last year and, not surprisingly, the presidential race overshadowed everything else.
The elections in Florida are coming down to who has the better ground game to bring out their voters.
You may have other ideas which of Tuesday's primaries stand out in Florida. But from my point of view, after spending the summer traveling the state, here is a thumbnail sketch of some of the most notable races, local through congressional, I saw leading to the Big Day Aug. 30.
CD 18, Republican
The most covered congressional race this year in the Republican primary is CD 18 on Florida's east coast. This is the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy who is running for U.S. Senate.
Days after the June 12 Pulse nightclub shooting that took the lives of 49 innocent people in Orlando, the political demagoguery began.
Many on the liberal left, from the Florida chapter of the National Organization of Women to the Florida Democrat Party, were calling for more gun control laws. If Florida had stricter gun measures, the Pulse nightclub massacre shooting would not have happened, they said.
Since the announcement of the high-speed rail train project, All Aboard Florida (AAF) has been outflanked by its opponents when it comes to public relations. But on the legal front, AAF is winning the battle.
Welcome to The Dean’s List — an Ed Dean-style look at who Florida’s political achievers were (and weren’t) in the last seven days. What you see here is strictly my opinion, not necessarily the editor’s or the rest of the staff at Sunshine State News.
So far, compared to last year, the current Florida legislative session has been pretty calm. But that could change in the final weeks as Gov. Rick Scott’s proposal to increase funding for Enterprise Florida hits the floor. EF has gotten into a nasty, public fight with fiscal conservative critics.