Speaker-designate Jose R. Oliva was unanimously elected Tuesday to serve as speaker of the Florida House of Representatives for the 2018-2020 session. Upon election, Oliva delivered the following remarks, as provided by the Speaker's office:
Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, was unanimously elected president of the Florida Senate Tuesday for the 2018-2020 legislative term.
After National Security Advisor John Bolton came to Miami at the start of the month to announced additional restrictions on the Cuban regime, this week, the U.S. State Department expanded the list, adding around 30 new businesses and organizations facing restrictions.
With Republicans staying in control of the Florida Senate, incoming Senate President Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, tapped Sen. David Simmons, R-Longwood, to be his top subordinate.
On Monday, Governor-elect Ron DeSantis’ Transition Team announced key staff recruited to lead transition operations for the Governor-elect. James Blair, Chris Clark, Drew Meiner, Amanda Emmons, Ben Gibson, Dave Vasquez, and Claire Whitehead will serve among the first hires of the operation.
A Florida judge has ordered Broward County Board of Elections supervisor Brenda Snipes to turn over all records requested by Republican Senate candidate Rick Scott no later than 7 p.m. Friday.
Judicial Watch, a watchdog group that keeps an eye out for misconduct by public officials, announced late last week it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Justice Department for all records of communications relating to the investigation into former Democratic information technology (IT) staffers Abid Awan, Imran Awan, Jamal Awan and Hina R. Alvi (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:18-cv-02563)).
On the eve of Election Day, President Donald J. Trump made a closing Get Out The Vote pitch to supporters in pivotal districts and other states around the country, including Florida. The president addressed the audience of approximately 200,000 Trump supporters in an exclusive, telephone town hall meeting titled, "One Vote to Victory," hosted by the Trump Campaign Monday morning.
President Donald Trump’s efforts to reimpose sanctions on Iran that then President Barack Obama removed in 2015 as part of the nuclear deal with that nation won the applause of two Republicans from the Sunshine State.
In the final hours of the campaign, a new poll shows Democrats with the lead in the Florida gubernatorial race and in a crucial U.S. Senate contest.