Politics

Florida House Speaker Won't Run For Governor, Backs Putnam

May 10, 2018
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After months of considering a run for governor, Republican House Speaker Richard Corcoran will stay out of the race and instead back Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. Corcoran stood with Putnam Wednesday morning as he announced his decision. Corcoran said it's expensive to run for a statewide office and he didn't think he'd have the resources to mount a campaign. The primary is less than four months away.

Florida’s U.S. Senatorial candidates Rick Scott and Bill Nelson have both offered their takes on President Donald Trump’s exit from the Iran nuclear deal. Their respective stances could become a central issue between the opposing campaigns.

Castor Re-Elected To Congress With No Opposition

May 8, 2018

Democrats Kathy Castor and Lois Frankel won re-election to their congressional seats on Friday when no challengers filed before the close of a qualifying period for federal offices.

But the unhindered re-election of the two lawmakers from Tampa and West Palm Beach was the exception as the majority of Florida’s 27 U.S. House members face a highly competitive election year.

When Governor Rick Scott rolled out the first television ad in his campaign for U.S. Senate in April, it centered entirely on his desire to bring 12-year term limits to Congress. Meanwhile, this week saw the retirement of Senate President Joe Negron who says he is a “big believer in term limits.” The conversation has even reached the Constitution Revision Commission, with a proposal that would limit school board members to 8-year terms. Florida Public Radio’s Ryan Dailey recently talked with Professor Daniel Smith, Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Florida to talk about why the conversation about term limits is bubbling up in every level of Florida politics.

Will a bill recently signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott result in making more of Florida's beaches off-limits? And does U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson really have an anemic record of getting bills passed in Congress, as his opponents allege? WUSF's Steve Newborn gets the lowdown on those claims with Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida.

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