Campaign Contribution Limits Ready to Increase
The Florida legislature is poised to change campaign contribution limits.
Two billsone in the House, and one in the Senateare seeking to up campaign contributions significantly from the current $500 limit. The current cap on campaign donations is nearly 20 years old.
Some of the biggest names in the Democratic Party are heading to the Sunshine State this week to hit up Florida donors for cash.
President Barack Obama will be headed to Miami Wednesday to fundraise for the Democratic National Committee at real estate giant Stephen Bittels home. Bittel was a major fundraiser for Obama in 2012, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for the president during his re-election campaign.
Bittel's bash is a high-roller-only affair. Cost per plate to dine with the president: $10,000.
The statewide voucher program which sends nearly 70,000 low-income students to private schools each year received some good news Monday afternoon when a Leon County circuit judge tossed out a lawsuit alleging the program is unconstitutional.
In the ruling, Judge George Reynolds ruled the plaintiffs -- who include the Florida Education Association, the Florida School Boards Association and the Florida PTA -- did not have standing to bring the lawsuit to court.
Four months have passed since Blaise Ingoglia took over as chairman of the Republican Party of Florida in an upset over party favorite Leslie Dougher, but wounds between the Senate and the rest of the party are slow to heal.
Quarterly meetings usually bring in Republican lawmakers from both the House and the Senate. Senate President Andy Gardiner has made appearances at recent meetings, flanked by other top Republicans in the upper chamber.
Not this weekend. Senators were noticeably absent from the party's spring quarterly meeting.
Don't label Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda as just a Democrat.
Over the last seven years she's represented Tallahassee as a lawmaker in the Florida Legislature, Vasilinda has made the focus of her service to the people of Leon County her primary mission, regardless of party affiliation.
"As a legislator, I think we're solving problems. We are helping to empower the people of the state of Florida live the best life that they can," she explained to Sunshine State News.
"For the People" might be the slogan of John Morgan's law firm, but John Morgan and his family certainly don't act like any common person they represent. While they outwardly state they're not for the powerful, the social media accounts of John Morgan's sons paint a very different picture of the uber lawyer and his family.