It’s been a while. Let’s do Political Stocks!
School Teachers: Legislators are enjoying their ride on the “Education train” that saw teachers get a $2,500 dollar raise, and money returned to their budget after cuts over the last two years. No one is enjoying the ride more than Florida Governor Rick Scott who, saw his approval rating creep into the 40′s for the first time in a year.
Every Legislative Review I’ve attended or watched on television, has had lawmakers from both sides bragging about support for the school system and it’s resonating with constituents. Bet on this fad returning next session, when many of these lawmakers will have opponents.
Orange County Superintendent Barbara Jenkins: Yes, it’s true that Jenkins probably won’t be the next Lt. Governor of Florida (her local party was ready to turn and destroy her) but the Democrat got a great deal of exposure from the rumors that had her being considered for the position. This will no doubt open any doors for her in the future if she does decide to run for public office.
The Central Florida Congressional Delegation: Despite White House scandals dominating cable news, members of the House of Representatives have been pretty quiet, with the only lawmaker making any real noise being Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson (go figure). There has been an occasional email here and minor role in a press conference there, but no know has really moved the needle.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio: The “Gang of 8″ immigration bill is beginning to chip away at his armor a bit, with Conservative opinion leaders rejecting the measure at every turn. Despite amendments and additional conditions like requiring immigrants to speak English, Rubio can’t get traction. Getting a deal done would be General Election Gold in 2016 but possibly Republican Primary Kryptonite in that very same cycle. One interview this last weekend had the Senator from Florida being asked if he “was getting played”.
Nan Rich: The only announced Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate was denied speaking time at the biggest fundraiser of the year, last weekend. While she took it in stride, it signals that Democrats are prepared to flock towards anyone else that declares, including Ex-Republican Charlie Crist
State Senator Darren Soto: He’s got a bright future but has had a dark week. In addition to taking a loss with Sick Time like many of his other Democratic Colleagues, Rick Scott signed into law a measure that would speed up the Foreclosure process in the state. One of Soto’s campaign promises last year was to do the exact opposite and despite a penned, opened letter in the press it becomes law anyways.