Though the GOP will hold the governor’s mansion and supermajorities in both chambers of the state legislature, the Miami Herald reports that policy differences among leaders of the two branches will ensure that Governor-elect Rick Scott’s campaign promises will be strongly debated.
The last high-profile item on Gov. Charlie Crist’s to-do list: consider posthumously pardoning Jim Morrison, front-man for The Doors, who was convicted of indecent exposure for actions during a Miami concert in 1969.
Despite their support for strong immigration policy, exit polls show both Marco Rubio and Governor-elect Rick Scott won the Hispanic vote. “Immigration is not a core issue for Florida Hispanics,” a strategist told the Miami Herald.
The Congressional Black Caucus, which is notorious for its left-leaning stances, will welcome newly elected black Republicans, should they wish to join. Congressman-elect Allen West, who beat out Rep. Ron Klein in the 22nd district, appears set to take them up on the offer.
A South Florida website is also reporting that West has named his chief of staff — Joyce Kaufman, a talk-radio host who interviewed and supported West during his campaign.
The actor Jussie Smollett continues to talk about the alleged January 29 attack on him during a frigid night in Chicago, giving Good Morning America his fullest description yet of his claims. It differs substantially from what he told police initially after the alleged assault. Smollett told GMA that the ... Read More
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that President Trump will sign the homeland-security-spending bill pending before Congress while simultaneously declaring a national emergency in order to fund his long-promised border wall. The spending bill, which provides just $1.35 billion for the construction ... Read More
In 1994, the Clinton administration decreed a bright shining future for education. Its Goals 2000 legislation proclaimed that by that year America's high-school-graduation rate would be 90 percent and American students would lead the world in math and science achievements. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D., N.Y.) ... Read More
1. Kirsten Gillibrand’s maternal grandmother was Polly Noonan, who became the longtime trusted aide of Erastus Corning II, Albany’s “mayor for life” from 1942 to 1983. Former New York governor Mario Cuomo once characterized their relationship this way: “Corning was the de facto leader. Polly was the ... Read More
President Trump declared a national emergency on Friday in order to unilaterally appropriate $3.6 billion for the construction of his long-promised border wall. The announcement, made during a televised White House Rose Garden ceremony, came after Congress passed a bipartisan homeland-security-funding bill ... Read More