Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for several counties suffering from the impacts of a prolonged red tide.According to the governor's declaration, red tide is a naturally occuring algae that appears almost every year on Florida's Gulf Coast. However, the tide is toxic and it has been killing thousands of marine animals, leaving beaches and shorelines covered with dead wildlife.With Scott's emergency declaration, the state will be able to dedicate more funding and resources to the communities suffering from the effects of the red tide "so we can combat its terrible impacts."The order is in place for Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. It will make Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologists and scientists available to assist in animal rescue efforts, as well as cleanup efforts. The Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium will receive more than $100,000 in additional funding to increase its response to the red … [Read more...] about Florida Governor Rick Scott declares state of emergency amid red tide crisis
President Donald Trump as a 2016 candidate at the South Florida Fairgrounds. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post) President Donald Trump has scheduled a July 31 rally in Tampa. He’ll promote U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis in the Aug. 28 Republican primary for governor against Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam — following up on a December tweet praising DeSantis and a “full endorsement” of DeSantis in June. Donald Trump Jr. campaigned for DeSantis in Orlando last week. Trump, who’ll be appearing at the Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds, will also make a pitch for Gov. Rick Scott‘s bid for U.S. Senate against Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson — identified in a Trump campaign announcement as “Ben Nelson.” Former Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Florida’s Sen. Bill Nelson were often mistaken for each other when their Senate careers overlapped from 2001 to 2013.Scott’s campaign didn’t immediately say whether the … [Read more...] about Trump to visit Tampa for Ron DeSantis, Rick Scott next week
President Donald Trump and Gov. Rick Scott at the Broward Sheriff’s Office in February. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post) Florida Gov. Rick Scott has sharpened his opposition to the federal government’s separation of children from adults who attempt to illegally enter the U.S., specifically linking the policy to President Donald Trump and declaring in a letter late Tuesday that “This practice needs to stop now.” Scott expressed his position in a letter to Health and Human Services Sec. Alex Azar seeking information about an HHS-run facility in Homestead that is housing 94 minors who were separated from their parents. A spokesman for Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson said Scott should have taken his concerns directly to Trump, a political ally who publicly urged Scott to challenge Nelson this year. “President Trump could end this policy with the stroke of a pen. If Gov. Scott really cared about these kids, he would have written this letter to Trump … [Read more...] about Rick Scott links child separations to Trump policy, says: ‘This practice needs to stop now’
Republican Martin County Sheriff William Snyder is among 55 Florida sheriffs endorsing Republican Gov. Rick Scott for U.S. Senate. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post) Florida Gov. Rick Scott this morning rolled out the endorsements of 55 of Florida’s 66 elected sheriffs for his Republican U.S. Senate bid against Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. Nine of the sheriffs listed by the Scott campaign are Democrats and four others are independent or no party affiliation, according to the Florida Sheriffs Association directory. Most are from counties that vote Republican in presidential elections and statewide races. Only one Republican sheriff in the state — John Tate of Holmes County — is not on Scott’s list of endorsers. The 10 other elected sheriffs who did not endorse Scott are all Democrats, including Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, a registered Democrat whose office appears on the county ballot as nonpartisan. Among South Florida and Treasure Coast … [Read more...] about Nine Democrats among 55 sheriffs endorsing Republican Rick Scott’s Senate bid.
Woman in new Rick Scott ad says Democrat Bill Nelson started in politics in 1972. That’s just a little bit less than I am old… and I’m no spring chicken.” On the day Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson dipped a toe in the Florida messaging wars by launching a digital ad campaign, Republican Gov. Rick Scott countered with a $2.2 million TV ad buy calling for “somebody new” in Washington. Scott two weeks ago began airing a person-in-the-street ad labeling Nelson a “party-line politician” influenced by arch-liberal House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The ad didn’t mention any specific votes or issues. Scott’s new ad doesn’t mention any specific issues, either, aside from the longevity of Nelson’s political career. Nelson, 75, was elected to the Florida state House in 1972 and to the U.S. House in 1978. He took a break from public service after losing a 1990 Democratic primary for governor, returning in 1994 to the … [Read more...] about Latest Rick Scott TV ad takes aim at Bill Nelson’s decades in office