Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis makes ‘TIME 100′ 2022 list
Time magazine announced Monday morning that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis would be a part of the outlet’s “The 100 Most Influential People of 2022″ list — also known as the ‘TIME 100′ — which includes influential politicians, tech icons, artists and more.
Texas primary is George P. Bush's biggest test yet in GOP
Election 2022 Texas Bush FILE - Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush speaks at a kick-off rally where he announced he will run for Texas Attorney General, June 2, 2021, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File) (Eric Gay)LAKEWAY, Texas — (AP) — Fighting to stay in office, George P. Bush — the last of the Bush family still on the ballot — greeted a small outdoor crowd at an Austin brewery sounding like most Republicans running in Texas' primary Tuesday. Brown has been a donor to both Paxton and George P. Bush and said he considers Paxton a friend, having hosted dinners for the attorney general at his home in Virginia. George W. Bush, the former president and Texas governor, donated $100,000 in the final weeks and Jeb Bush chipped in $25,000. George P. Bush said he talks strategy with his uncle and didn't rule out having his family campaign for him in a runoff.wftv.com
Who is Justice James E.C. Perry, the namesake of Seminole County’s new courthouse annex?
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — A native of New Bern, North Carolina, James E.C. Perry graduated from Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, N.C. in 1966 before joining the U.S. Army. After completing his military service, Perry went on to attend Columbia Law School and graduated with his law degree in 1972, specializing in civil and business law. Perry and his wife, Dr. Adrienne M. Perry, still live in Seminole County where they raised their three children. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 10 Justice James E.C.wftv.com
Senate leader, presidential candidate Bob Dole dies at 98
(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File) (CHRIS O'MEARA)TOPEKA, Kan. — (AP) — Bob Dole, who overcame disabling war wounds to become a sharp-tongued Senate leader from Kansas, a Republican presidential candidate and then a symbol and celebrant of his dwindling generation of World War II veterans, has died. He served served as a committee chairman, majority leader and minority leader in the Senate during the 1980s and ’90s. Elizabeth Dole ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000, then served a term as senator from North Carolina. The Dole Institute of Politics on the University of Kansas keeps an archive of World War II veterans from Kansas. ___Online:National World War II Memorial: http://www.wwiimemorial.comVideo of the WWII memorial is available at: http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/files/specials/interactives/wwii_memorial/ index.htmlCopyright 2021 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Former longtime Lake County Sheriff Gary Borders dies
Former Lake County Sheriff Gary Borders Former longtime Lake County Sheriff Gary Borders has died.
(Lake County Sheriff's Office)LAKE COUNTY, Fla. — Former longtime Lake County Sheriff Gary Borders has died.
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George P. Bush running for attorney general in Texas
George P. Bush on Wednesday launched his next political move: a run for Texas attorney general in 2022 that puts the scion of a Republican dynasty against a GOP incumbent shadowed by securities fraud charges and an FBI investigation. Bush, who has served as Texas' land commissioner since 2015, is the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and the nephew and grandson of two former presidents.news.yahoo.com
How Trump plowed through $1 billion, losing cash advantage
This time around, though, he was betting on a massive cash advantage to negatively define Biden and to defend his own record. Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien insisted money was no issue. And it’s just not a good sign for the Trump campaign,” Ridout said. — Over $7.4 million spent at Trump-branded properties since 2017. — At least $35.2 million spent on Trump merchandise.
Iowa again a battleground, sign of Trump's Midwest obstacles
But there are signs Iowa may be competitive again. Deep concerns about the economy and dissatisfaction with Trump's handling of the coronavirus have changed dynamics of the race. However, Iowa, where Trump won by 9.4 percentage points in 2016, echoes the trend in Ohio, where Trump won by 8 but is now in a pitched battle with Biden. “I believe it is a close race in Iowa," former Iowa Gov. In 2018, Democrats showed signs of resurgence, even though Republican Kim Reynolds became the first woman to be elected Iowa governor.
Chipping in? Trump may put up his own cash on reelection
Trump also is grappling with the political fallout from the mounting number of coronavirus deaths and the pandemic's economic toll. Trump spent more than $60 million of his own money on his 2016 run for the White House. Eberhart said he was skeptical that Trump will spend $100 million of his own money and questioned whether money was significantly hampering the presidents campaign. He echoed the president in saying that the Trump campaign, which was outspent in 2016, has more resources to use between now and Election Day than it did four years ago. Still, Trump added in his comments to reporters that he was prepared to spend his own cash to help his cause.
Trump embraces immigration court fight as election boost
In this June 11, 2020 photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable discussion about "Transition to Greatness: Restoring, Rebuilding, and Renewing," at Gateway Church Dallas in Dallas. Trump has asserted without evidence that expanded mail-in voting will lead to the greatest Rigged Election in history. Trump, who often attempts to shift the nation's focus to immigration when forced to defend himself on other fronts, said Friday he would renew his legal effort. His immigration push is risky, even for someone who has built his political career on defying conventional wisdom. Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh says, Conservative judges were a huge issue in 2016 and will be again this November."
GOP candidates balance pros, cons of running with Trump
Republican Sen. Thom Tillis, facing a competitive North Carolina reelection contest, is looking forward to campaigning" with Trump, Tillis' spokesperson said. GOP Sen. Steve Daines tweeted, Montana cant wait to have you back, Mr. President! after Trump promised to help him battle a strong Democratic challenger. Republican candidates are hostages, said Trump critic Tim Miller, an aide to past GOP presidential contenders including Jeb Bush. Anyone who wants to win in November should be running with the president, said Trump campaign spokesperson Erin Perrine. In the House, Democrats hope to use allegiance to Trump that GOP candidates touted in primaries against them in general elections.
Biden aims to move left without abandoning centrist roots
But they left many of the partys strongest liberals worried that little progress would be made toward their sweeping goals. Asked whether his recent moves mean hell govern as a progressive, Biden retorted on CNBC: Im going to be Joe Biden. Biden aides say hes uniquely positioned for a wide Biden coalition because voters prioritize experience and temperament, along with policy. Republicans who dislike Trump the kind who cut deals with Sen. Biden or Vice President Biden arent likely to back President Biden's proposed public option health insurance expansion when theyve never embraced the Affordable Care Act. Winning back just that cohort back could be enough to secure Biden to the presidency alone this cycle, he said.
Florida deadline to register to vote, switch parties nears
ORLANDO, Fla. – Eligible Florida voters have only a few days left to register or switch their party affiliation if they want to vote in the March 17 Democratic presidential primary. Florida has closed primaries, which means anyone not registered as a Democrat by Tuesday will be unable to vote to choose the party’s nominee. Early voting begins at the beginning of March and lasts through the weekend before the primary. In 2016, former Florida governor Jeb Bush was running for the Republican nomination. The former Florida governor dropped out of the race two weeks before his home state’s primary, but 43,511 people wound up voting for him.
Fifth Third Bank reverses course on voucher program to anti-LGBTQ private schools
click to enlarge Image via Google MapsFifth Third Bank said Friday it will resume contributions to the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, reversing course after saying it would stop contributing over concerns about vouchers going to schools with anti-LGBTQ policies.The bank said it can support the program again, following a comprehensive review of the program and detailed conversations with management at AAA Scholarship Foundation, a nonprofit organization that administers part of the program.The banks initial decision to end contributions came after aninvestigation found more than 83 religious schools that accepted vouchers for low-income students had policies explicitly barring gay students from enrolling.More than $105 million from the program, which is funded by corporations that receive state tax credits in exchange for their contributions, went to campuses with anti-LGBTQ policies last year, the Sentinels report found.Fifth Third and other businesses that halted contributions after the report have faced fierce backlash from some Florida lawmakers, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, former Gov. Jeb Bush and religious leaders. School-choice advocates argued corporations were hurting low-income students, including many who are black or Hispanic, by stopping donations to the program. But state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, and Rep. Anna Eskamani, D-Orlando, argued no private school that receives the scholarships should be allowed to single out and discriminate against gay students in school policies.Fifth Third said it can support the program again, while adhering to its core values, because AAA agreed to develop a roadmap to help parents navigate the school selection and application process. That would entail helping parents identify school-specific information or policies at the schools they choose for their children, the bank said in a statement.Incoming House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor applauded Fifth Third for coming back to the table, listening to all voices and working through concerns. This decision means that thousands of underprivileged, minority students will not have to give up their dream of a better future, Sprowls tweeted on Friday.orlandoweekly.com
A decade of mass shootings in Florida
For Florida, 2010s also included two headline-grabbing murder trials, and a devastating hit in 2018 from Hurricane MichaelFORT LAUDERDALE For Florida, the 2010s were a decade of high-profile mass shootings: at a nightclub, a high school, an airport and a naval base plus two headline-grabbing murder trials that ended in acquittals. Meanwhile, in politics, Rick Scott began 2010 as a near-unknown, was elected governor 11 months later and eventually defeated U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson. MASS SHOOTINGSFour times Florida found itself in the 2010s dealing with a high-profile mass shooting, leaving 74 victims dead, changes to its gun laws and a group of motivated young survivors who pushed their message nationally. Scott won and narrowly defeated Democrat Alex Sink in the general election, spending $75 million of his own money. In 2018, Scott challenged Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, who was seeking a fourth term.ocala.com
Oil legend T. Boone Pickens dies
(CNN) - Legendary oil man T. Boone Pickens, whose investments helped shape the American energy industry going back to the 1950s, has died at the age of 91. Pickens announced his retirement from the oil and gas industry in January 2018 due to his poor health. A longtime maverick in the US energy industry, Pickens began a campaign in 2008 to help the US lessen its dependence on oil from OPEC nations. I have always believed that maintaining the status quo inevitably leads to failure," Pickens wrote in an op-ed for Forbes in 2017. "Back then, the notion that shareholders own the companies and managements were employees was foreign to big oil companies that would rather operate like empires.
Trump's campaign offered 10 plastic straws for $15 because 'liberal paper straws don't work' and they just sold out
Now, there's Trump Straws. President Donald Trump's reelection campaign is selling 10-packs of branded plastic straws for $15. Because "liberal paper straws don't work," the president's online campaign store asserts. Trump, asked at the White House on Friday if he was in favor of banning plastic straws, said, "I do think we have bigger problems than plastic straws." Some large corporations, such as Starbucks, have even vowed to stop offering plastic straws in all their stores.cnbc.com
Ted Cruz defends proposal to patrol Muslim communities
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz picked up an important endorsement from his former rival, Jeb Bush. He is also celebrating a win in Utah's caucuses. But Cruz is facing a backlash over his proposal to target Muslim Americans after the Brussels attacks. On Tuesday after the bombings, he said, "We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized." Cruz joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss why he is proposing the policy.cbsnews.com
Impact of Trump's South Carolina win, Bush dropping out
As the Democratic presidential race turns toward Saturday’s South Carolina primary, the Republicans are campaigning in Nevada for Tuesday’s caucus. After a third disappointing finish, Jeb Bush suspended his campaign before all the votes were counted last Saturday in South Carolina. Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the 2016 presidential race.cbsnews.com
Jeb and George W. Bush spar with Donald Trump in S.C.
President George W. Bush campaigned in South Carolina Monday for Jeb Bush. The Bush brothers took veiled jabs at frontrunner Donald Trump. Trump reminded voters of the 9/11 attacks, and the former president's decision to invade Iraq. Major Garrett reports from Charleston on the primary battle.cbsnews.com
George W. Bush stumps for brother in South Carolina
With the South Carolina primaries just five days away, Jeb Bush is hoping his brother, former President George W. Bush, can boost his numbers. Front-runner Donald Trump continues to blame the former president for overlooking intelligence in the leadup to 9/11. Major Garrett reports.cbsnews.com
Getting ugly: Republican race in South Carolina
Anti-Trump push polling and anonymous mailers are already appearing in South Carolina. That comes as Marco Rubio is increasing his attacks on Trump and Jeb Bush is bringing his brother, George W. Bush out on the campaign trail. Republican Strategist Leslie Sanchez joins CBSN with analysis of the GOP South Carolina primary fight.cbsnews.com
Republicans Battle: Marco Rubio trashes Donald Trump for profanity; John Kasich says Jeb Bush is too "negative"
As the GOP race is tightening ahead of the South Carolina primary, Marco Rubio is slamming Donald Trump for calling Ted Cruz a "p*ssy." Meanwhile, John Kasich is going after Jeb Bush for his "negativity." Real Clear Politics national political reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns joins CBSN the Republican candidates' strategies moving forward into South Carolina.cbsnews.com
Donald Trump on N.H. primary battle, clashing with Jeb Bush
The latest poll shows Donald Trump holding a double-digit lead on his Republican rivals in New Hampshire. John Kasich, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz are in a race for second. Trump clashed with them and even members of the audience during a GOP debate Saturday. Trump joins "CBS This Morning" from Manchester, New Hampshire, to discuss his campaign and rivals.cbsnews.com
Palin tours with Trump as Cruz faces criticism
The latest presidential poll finds Donald Trump’s main rival, Ted Cruz, is gaining support in New Hampshire. Trump holds a commanding 20-point lead, but the poll shows Cruz is now in second place, moving ahead of Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio who are tied for third. To stay ahead, both Trump and Cruz have to ridicule “the establishment” at every turn, but lately the lines have begun to blur. Major Garrett reports.cbsnews.com
Who won last night's GOP debate?
Weeks away from the Iowa caucuses, the Republican presidential candidates gathered in South Carolina for their first debate of the new year. Donald Trump and Ted Cruz attacked one another's backgrounds, and Jeb Bush criticized Trump's idea to ban all Muslims from entering the United States. CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett spoke with Meg Oliver and Elaine Quijano about the impact this debate will have on the race.cbsnews.com
Jeb Bush: Religious minorities should be given preference
Presidential candidate Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Florida, believes religious minorities seeking refugee status should be given preference. The former governor says the greatest means of refugee support would be to create “safe havens” inside Syria.cbsnews.com
Jeb Bush: Trump is “misinformed at best” on foreign policy
Presidential candidate Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Florida, believes GOP front-runner Donald Trump is preying on the worst fears of Americans. The former governor says his competitor is “not a serious candidate” in the race for the presidency.cbsnews.com
Jeb Bush: Our “post-ISIS world” needs stability
Presidential candidate Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Florida, believes ISIS would not exist if America had maintained 10,000 ground forces in the aftermath of the Iraq war. The former governor says Sec. Hillary Clinton’s “lack of commitment” created regional instability that gave birth to the caliphate.cbsnews.com