Scott targets Kentucky for latest corporate hunting trip

Gov. Rick Scott is targeting Kentucky for jobs.
Gov. Rick Scott is targeting Kentucky for jobs.

Radio ads promoting Florida as a place to do business began airing today in Kentucky, the latest Democratic-led state targeted by Gov. Rick Scott for jobs.

In a bid to lure companies to Florida, the spot takes a swipe at Gov. Steve Beshear’s “pro-union and big government” policies. It also promotes Florida as a right-to-work state with no income tax rated highly for its business environment.

The ad promises that, “Florida Gov. Rick Scott is coming to Kentucky to share Florida’s success story.”

Scott plans a trip to the state later this month. His previous trips this year include stops in Pennsylvania, California and Connecticut — states all led by Democrats.

 

Hillary Clinton coming to North Palm Beach for Oct. 2 fundraiser

Hillary Clinton at a 2013 appearance at the University of Miami.
Hillary Clinton at a 2013 appearance at the University of Miami.

Democratic presidential front runner Hillary Clinton will visit the North Palm Beach home of prominent trial lawyer Fred Cunningham for an Oct. 2 fundraiser.

The event carries a $2,700-a-head price tag.

Cunningham is a former president of the Florida Justice Association who has raised money for several Democrats.

Fred Cunningham
Fred Cunningham

After the North Palm Beach event, Clinton is expected to go to previously announced fundraisers that day in Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

It’s unclear whether Clinton will appear at any public events while she’s in Florida.

 

During her last visit to the Sunshine State on July 31, Clinton slammed Jeb Bush in a speech to the National Urban League conference in Fort Lauderdale and called for lifting the U.S. embargo on Cuba in a speech at Florida International University in Miami.

 

Clinton did only closed-door money events when she visited Florida in May.

 

 

 

 

Crisafulli puts kibosh on Senate’s pitch for another special session on congressional map

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli says 'no' to another special session on congressional redistricting (House photo)
House Speaker Steve Crisafulli says ‘no’ to another special session on congressional redistricting
(House photo)

Florida’s battle over congressional redistricting looks likely to be played out in the courts — not before state lawmakers — after House Speaker Steve Crisafulli rejected the Senate’s latest bid for another special session.

In a letter sent Tuesday to House members, Crisafulli said chances for reaching agreement with the Senate by a Sept. 25 deadline set by a court fell somewhere between slim and none.

Instead, Crisafulli said the House will argue before a Leon County circuit judge that the map it prepared in August’s failed special session is what should be recommended to the state Supreme Court, which will get a final look at the best way to draw the state’s 27 congressional districts.

Crisafulli’s letter follows Friday’s ruling by the Florida Supreme Court that Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis should hold a hearing to review maps advanced by the House, Senate and others and pass on a recommendation.

Like Senate President Andy Gardiner, justices also held out the possibility of the Legislture reconvening. But Crisafulli’s letter apparently puts an end to such speculation.