Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam hosted a "Florida Grown Breakfast" for the state's Republican National Convention delegates in Cleveland Tuesday and sought to highlight some of the products he oversees.
Florida Republicans gathering in Cleveland for the national party's convention heard a dire message to kick off the week: The presidential candidate they will officially nominate during the four-day meeting would lose the election right now.
"The first thing is, if the election were held today, Hillary Clinton wins," said Republican pollster Frank Luntz, who spoke Monday morning to a Florida GOP delegates' breakfast near Cleveland.
When it came to news, it was hard for Florida to get a word in edgewise this week.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump selected Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate. There was a brutal terror attack in the French city of Nice. And on Friday, an attempted coup in Turkey threw into grave doubt the future of one of America's NATO allies.
In her 23 years in Congress, Jacksonville Democrat Corrine Brown has faced challenges before, from highly touted Republican recruits to questions about her ethics. But she has emerged time and again, winning 12 elections --- almost all of them blowouts.
And in Washington, Brown pushes to fulfill her campaign slogan --- "Corrine Delivers" --- by bringing home spending for a district that has more than its share of low-income neighborhoods.
Longtime Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown was indicted Friday on charges that she and a top aide used a sham education charity to pay for personal expenses and luxurious events, allegations that pose the most serious challenge yet to her 23-year congressional career.
An appeals court on Wednesday rejected former state Rep. David Rivera's challenge to an ethics finding against him but didn't close the door to the possibility of hearing the case again in the future.
There might not have been much cursing or broken clubs, but there was one way in which Florida politics this week resembled a golf game: Everyone seemed to want a mulligan.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio asked for a do-over on his pledge not to run for re-election, three months after Republican voters rejected his presidential bid that prompted the guarantee in the first place. It was a decision that rippled through a campaign season that was beginning in earnest, and candidates at several levels were left scrambling to manage the fallout before Friday's qualifying deadline.
The recent gun massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando continued to reverberate in Washington, D.C., this week, as Democrats staged a daylong "sit-in" on the floor of the U.S. House calling for a vote on gun legislation.
Specifically, the Democrats said they wanted the Republicans to allow the chamber to debate a "no fly, no buy" bill that would bar people on terrorist watch lists from purchasing firearms. The House GOP leadership didn't immediately give in to the demands, and the incident made news across the country.
Dozens of candidates formally stepped into races for state offices across Florida on Monday, but the most closely watched possible campaigner remained silent about his plans.
Florida might not have been on a train bound for nowhere this week, but there were still times when the state's government and political news felt a lot like "The Gambler.
"You've got to know when to hold 'em," Kenny Rogers sings in the country music classic. "Know when to fold 'em. Know when to walk away. And know when to run."