Shalom from Israel
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is wrapping up his historic trip to Israel, and it will be back to work on Monday. Actually, the oversees trip was all business with an occasional visit to holy site. Did you see DeSantis’ custom made Yarmulke? Did Netanyahu gift it to him when they met? >> READ MORE
Democratic candidates are still calling for heads to roll, specifically President Trump’s. Impeachment is all the talk, but that could prove to be a big mistake for them.
Trump and his administration have pushed back (as expected), continuing to call out the concluded Mueller investigation, and the talk of continued congressional obstruction investigations, as a mere “witch hunt.”
Cory Booker :”Robert Mueller’s statement makes it clear: Congress has a legal and moral obligation to begin impeachment proceedings immediately.”
“This is as close to an impeachment referral as it gets. Robert Mueller could not clear the president, nor could he charge him — so he has handed the matter to Congress, which alone can act to deliver due process and accountability.”- Pete Buttigieg
Oh Bernie Sanders. >>> “Given the reality that we have a president who believes he is above the law, Congress must continue its investigations. If the House Judiciary Committee deems it necessary, I will support their decision to open an impeachment inquiry.”
Julian Castro says that if he is president, he wont hesitate to use the recess appointment option. READ MORE
PUERTO RICO, OHHHH! – Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott continue talking disaster relief. Rubio was in Puerto Rico on Thursday (he was on the last flight out of dodge Thursday night) to discuss the ongoing recovery efforts.
“U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colón (R-PR) conducted an official visit to San Juan, Puerto Rico where they met with members of the United States Coast Guard Sector San Juan. They received an update of the ongoing counternarcotic efforts on the island as well as the state of recovery efforts following Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Rubio and González-Colón also visited a small business, Papos Guacaros Place, in the municipality of Dorado. Papos Place fed local police officers and the barrio of Mameyal for two weeks following the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The legislators also met with Cuban and Venezuelan nationals who are currently living in Puerto Rico. During the meeting, Rubio reiterated his support for the interim government of Juan Guaidó and the restoration of democracy and human rights in Cuba.”–Rubio press shop
Sen. Scott is slated to fly to Puerto Rico on Friday.
Dynamic Duo Ted Cruz and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez help BLAST Act by HISPOLITICA :The political world has just been shocked to its core, as one of the most conservative members of Congress, Sen. Ted Cruz, and one of the most socialist-minded members, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have made nice and will be partnering to work on a bill that would ban former members of Congress from lobbying. READ MORE
Tlaib: Trump “Endangers our Well-Being” by The Floridian’s Daniel Molina: The submission of the Mueller report only heightened tension concerning the Russia collusion narrative as Democrats made the push to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump. READ MORE
Al Lawson endorses Joe Biden for president by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres :Former VP Joe Biden is by far the frontrunner in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary race, and because he is commanding a huge lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders and the rest of the field of candidates, key legislative endorsements will begin to pile up. READ MORE
Mr. Fox News, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R) is questioning CNN’s hiring of embattled former gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, who says the network has hired the “least-trusted Florida Man w (1) an ethics guilty plea, and (2) an active FBI investigation?
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) is calling out the press corp as “Fake News.” ‘DWS’ using President Trump’s coined term for the media during softball practice for the annual game where members of congress take on media personalities.
“Congress has one thing to say about the press winning this year, “FAKE NEWS!”
Rep. Charlie Crist (D) needs your help. >>> “We are at a pivotal point in our nation’s history. I’m working every day to ensure justice is carried out in Washington. At the same time, I’m working to take care of our veterans, expand access to healthcare, protect our environment, and make it easier for the people’s voice to be heard at the ballot box.”
Now send me some campaign cash
Rep. AL Lawson (D) says “they don’t make’ em like Joe anymore.”
Sen. Rick Scott (R) says “China is not our friend” after the Asian nation announced that it would stop US soy purchases
AIRBNB REMOVED FROM STATE SANCTIONS LIST by News Service of Florida: Airbnb has been removed from the state’s list of “scrutinized” companies. The change was announced Thursday, days after Gov. Ron DeSantis, while traveling in Israel, said Florida should lift economic sanctions on the home-sharing platform. DeSantis made the comments after Airbnb reversed course on a move to delist about 200 West Bank properties. Florida’s scrutinized-companies list, in part, prohibits state investment in firms that boycott Israel. READ MORE
He did it his way – “DeSantis’ Israel trip concludes after blitz of partnerships and politics,” by Tallahassee Democrat’s Jeffrey Schweers: “At the end of the day for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, it was about building relationships, making new connections and checking in with familiar political allies. DeSantis spent the last day of his marathon mission to Israel meeting with embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu along with the Cabinet and several lawmakers before placing a prayer in the Western Wall for Florida’s safety this hurricane season and a prayer from a Panhandle girl who lost her house in Hurricane Michael.” READ MORE
DROPPING THE HAMER – “Rep. Anna Eskamani calls for probe of NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer,” by Orlando Sentinel’s Steven Lemongello: “State Rep. Anna Eskamani filed a complaint on Thursday seeking an investigation into NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer, who Eskamani claims ‘routinely violated state law’ by failing to disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments for her services.” READ MORE
AG Commissioner Nikki Fried is fired up about Rep. Chip Roy (R) blocking Hurricane Michael disaster relief.
“ He must have forgotten that Texans received help after Hurricane Harvey, but Floridians and victims of other disasters around the country continue to wait for support. Then again this week, another two Republicans, Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie and Tennessee Rep. John Rose, blocked the measure again.”
Speaker Jose Oliva (R) wants Floridians to remember that the “Disaster Preparedness Tax Holiday begins tomorrow. Be prepared early for hurricane season – tax free!”
Florida Chamber of Commerce gives state Rep. Blaise Ingoglia (R) an “A” grade for his work during the 2019 legislative session.
Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis says a prayer. It appears the someone also gifted him a custom Yarmulke
Nothing has changed. Biden is still crushing the field. When it comes to President Trump’s approval rating, Trump is still polling in the mid 40’s, and congress still really stinks. Their approval rating is averaging 20%
President Donald Trump @realDonaldTrump
90% of the Drugs coming into the United States come through Mexico & our Southern Border. 80,000 people died last year, 1,000,000 people ruined. This has gone on for many years & nothing has been done about it. We have a 100 Billion Dollar Trade Deficit with Mexico. It’s time!
Given that Special Counsel Mueller was unable to pursue criminal charges against the President, it falls to Congress to respond to the crimes, lies and other wrongdoing of President Trump – and we will do so. No one, not even the President of the United States, is above the law.
Payback against Rubio?
Senator Marco Rubio has been a thorn in the side of Maduro, and has gone after the embattled Chinese Huawaii telecom company. So, no Maduro is striking a deal with the same chinese company. Hmmm?
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced on Thursday an “immediate investment” in the Huawei company, indicated by the United States of spying in favor of China, to help Venezuela install the 4G mobile network technology, which for now works intermittently in The main cities.
“I have ordered an immediate investment with our Chinese brothers, and Chinese technology, Huawei technology, ZTE, and all Chinese companies and all Russian companies for us to raise the capabilities of the entire communications system and make the 4G system a reality, “Maduro said at a ceremony with the military in Caracas.
This week, President Donald Trump imposed an executive order that prohibits US companies from doing business with foreign companies that allegedly try to spy on the country and that has ended up in a veto on Huawei.
U.S.-Taiwanese relations remain very strong. Good to see @ambjohnboltonhosting #Taiwan’s David Lee for consultations, the first time our two governments’ national security advisors have met since 1979.
Proud of legislation I’ve authored over the years to expand US-Israel civilian cooperation & pleased to see Florida leading the way in space, agriculture, water & academic partnerships.
Bar Association President, Florida Law Firm Partner Arrested for Domestic Battery
A partner with a St. Petersburg law firm presently serving as the president of the city’s bar association was placed under arrest on Monday.
According to online records with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Gregory Hoag was booked into custody at approximately 2:55 p.m. on Monday by St. Petersburg police for a domestic battery offense. He subsequently left on his own recognizance at 3:38 p.m. on Tuesday. READ MORE