Earlier this week, new broke that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been targeting Conservative groups over the last few months, sending out bizarre questionnaires and requiring extra measures from the organizations.
President Barack Obama has since announced that such behavior cannot be tolerated and a full investigation launched by the Department of Justice to shed more light on the scandal that has dominated the dialog in the nation’s capitol.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio was one of the many lawmakers from both parties calling for this investigation and has since been on a media offensive trying to find answers.
This problem has found it’s way to Central Florida. Local Tea Party groups have reported that they’ve been targeted by the IRS and have needed to take extra steps to remain in compliance, including some members being audited. Winter Garden Congressman Daniel Webster has also called for this investigation on behalf of his constituents.
Here is Rubio on the Senate Floor.
And Rubio on Both FOX News and MSNBC
It’s a crazy Tuesday and we begin with the IRS Targeting of Conservative groups nationwide, coming home to Central Florida.
Last night, Congressman Daniel Webster went on the record calling for an investigation of the targeting from the IRS that sent hundreds of letters and bizarre questionnaires to Tea Party groups. On a local level the names involved might be familiar with local politicos.
Webster joins Florida Senator Marco Rubio and dozens of other lawmakers all over the country asking for an investigation that President Obama called “unacceptable” during a presser yesterday.
That and rumors over who will be the next LT. Governor of Florida. Names like Former Congressman Allen West and even former local Congresswoman Sandy Adams have been circulated.
WOFL FOX 35: (VIDEO) Fla. congressman to press IRS for answers over targeting tea party groups
Orlando Sentinel: Rubio wants to criminalize IRS targeting of Conservatives.
CF News 13: Rumors swirl about Florida’s next lieutenant governor
WFTV 9 Eyewitness News: (VIDEO) Maitland votes no on proposed billboard
WKMG Local 6: (CNN) Obama: IRS targeting would be ‘outrageous’
WESH 2: GOP governors call for special prosecutor in IRS case
It’s Thursday and I hope you got your rest, it’s going to be a busy day.
We’ve got former President Bill Clinton visiting UCF to give the commencement speech and receive an honorary degree from one of the biggest Universities in the Country. The last time Clinton was here was during campaign season, when he played a major role in the re-election of President Obama.
There is also high drama in Tallahassee as session roars to an end tomorrow. There was controversy over how Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford passed Governor Rick Scott’s manufacturing tax cuts, after a day of bills read by a computer, due to the House Democrats protest on the expansion of medicaid. You can read more about that here.
A lot of bills might die if a solution to that protest isn’t found. There will be many disappointed advocates on both sides of the aisle.
On a brighter note. Those lawmakers might have an extra hour to get drunk at downtown. The city is considering leaving Orlando bars open till 3am. Party on Orlando!
These are your Thursday morning Political Headlines.
CF News 13: Former President Bill Clinton speaking at UCF today
WESH 2: UCF welcomes President Bill Clinton at commencement ceremony
Orlando Sentinel: Clinton’s UCF Speech Highlights Graduation Week
WKMG Local 6: Florida Gov. Scott vetoes bill to end permanent alimony
WFTV 9 Eyewitness News: (Video) Proposal could keep Orlando bars open until 3 a.m.:
WOFL FOX 35: Downtown Orlando bars could have extended hours
Busy Week brings us to “Week in Review and the big show covers a lot of ground tonight.
We break down Governor Rick Scott and Congressman John Mica’s fight to resolve flight delays caused by Air Traffic Control furloughs caused by sequestration.
The Orlando Magic unveiled plans to build a 100 million dollar entertainment complex downtown. It will be in the general area across the way from the Amway Center.
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs filed for re-election. We look at her possible opponents.
Jacobs also visited Rufus the Beagle. Rufus bit his owners young son when the boy rushed him while eating. No one wants the dog destroyed but it might not be up to the owners or even the Mayor. The community has rallied behind the 1 year old pet.
Former President Bill Clinton will be speaking at UCF. The popular ex- Commander in Chief will be giving the commencement speech on Friday.
We also give a quick rundown over what’s left as we enter into the final week of legislative session in Tallahassee. There is so much to do and not enough time. There will be some angry lawmakers driving away from the capitol at the end of the week.
This is your Week in Review.
This was a very busy week.
This could have been a full 30 minute show, with so much to cover but it manages to clock in at just under 12 minutes.
Of course, the main story is Boston. From the terrible attacks at the Boston Marathon leading to the capture, and finally a moment to begin the healing. We’ll talk about how are lawmakers supported the area during the tragedy.
The vote for extended background checks on gun purchases failed on capitol hill this week. We’ll talk about our Senators and how they voted on the measure.
We’ll stick with Marco Rubio as we discuss the Immigration Reform bill released by the “gang of 8″ this week and the challenges that were waiting for it.
At home, we’ve got soccer stadiums, veterans memorials, lawsuits on energy giants, and pro wrestling all dominating the Florida Political landscape.
This is your Week in Review.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has announced that the state of Florida will be suing BP or British Petrol, for potential lost revenue due to the spill in the gulf in 2010.
“The State of Florida suffered considerable economic losses as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and BP and Halliburton must be held accountable,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.” said in her release.
The spill, which President Barack Obama called “The Greatest Environmental disaster in history” was a severe blow to the Southeastern tourism industry that includes the Sunshine State, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
BP has been on damage control ever since. You might recall these commercials that were part of a PR campaign by the energy giant to give tourists the “all clear” on environmental conditions.
Bondi also isn’t the only Florida lawmaker to go on the offensive against BP this week. Senator Bill Nelson has been making noise on Twitter.
I’ll keep an eye on this as the lawsuit moves a long.
Bondi announced the State would sue BP for lost revenue
It was a really busy! Hectic at times (thanks CNN) and so many events occuring, you could have had 8 television screens and still not have eyes on everything.
This makes for a very hectic daily wrap.
The big late story was the Senate voting down extended background checks in the gun control debate. Florida Senators split with Democrat Bill Nelson voting “Yes” and Republican Marco Rubio voting “No”. After the vote President Barack Obama took to the podium at the White House surrounded by those affected by gun violence and slammed Senate Republicans.
Rubio remained in the news when the full text of sweeping immigration reform hit the web. Wild speculation from questionable interpretation of the bill had the Rubio staff beating back myths the entire day.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer also spoke to WFTV Channel 9 today and revealed more facts concerning the Soccer only stadium the Orlando City want to try and win an MLS franchise. The stadium would require tax dollars for completion.
This is your daily wrap for Wednesday April 17th 2013.
In a key component for Gun Control legislation, this afternoon, the Senate voted on a measure that would extend background check regulations, when purchasing firearms.
The two Senators from Florida split. Democrat Bill Nelson voted “Yes” in favor of the measure. Republican Marco Rubio voted “No”.
The measure failed to pass and prompted an emotional press conference from President Barack Obama. With former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, her husband Astronaut Mark Kelly, and parents from the victims of the deadly Sandy Hook shootings at his side, the President slammed Senate Republicans calling the measure common sense legislation, and continued saying “All in all this was a pretty shameful day for Washington. But this effort is not over.”. He also cited statistics that %90 of Americans agreed with extending the background checks, as well as the efforts the bi-partisan team of Senators Jon Manchin (D) and Republican Pat Toomey (R).
The vote was expected to go down this way, and the argument is expected to conntinue on this very passionate issue.
The Senators from Florida have been at the center of controversy in recent days. Rubio rolling out sweeping immigration reform and Bill Nelson announcing support of Gay Marriage, after a long hold-out.
This issue will continue to be debated on Capitol Hill. The President has made Gun Control one his top priorities for his second term and called the day of the Sandy Hook tragedy, the toughest day of his Presidency.
Un dia muy ocupado en el mundo de politica.
Empezamos con la vota para reforma de los armas. Este legislacion va incluye mas cheques para gente que querer comprar armas. La vota falla en el senado con dos Senadores de Florida seperado. Democrata Bill Nelson voto “Si” y Republicano Marco Rubio voto “No. Despues de la vota Presidente Barack Obama delante de la familia de los victimas de Newtown dijo que esto es solamente es el inicio de esto campana.
Seguimos con la anuncia de la legislacion para reforma migratoria. Su puede leer la detalles de la ley aqui. Pero hoy fue el primero dia con todo la legislacion estaba disponsible para el publico. La reforma es como ocho ciento paginas y cuando los criticos empieza leer lo estaba mucho confusion de los regulacions y tenia muchos gente enojada. El administracion de Rubio gasto todo el dia explicando a Facebook y Twitter la verdad. Nosotros podia a vez esto problema vienendo para Rubio. Esto es un luchar que va necesito mucho paciencia de todos involucrado.
Finalmente, mas informacion de el nuevo estadio para futbol que es un posibilidad para Orlando y pude trae un Equipo MLS. Alcade de Orlando Buddy Dyer hablo con WFTV de la tierra la ciudad compro para el estadio. Dijo que un nuevo sitio que estas solamente para futbol va querar circa de Downtown, el Citrus bowl, y tambien el Amway center. Ellos compro la tierra para 8.2 milliones pero la tierra es dignio para casi 3 miliones. Dyer dice que esto es un bueno inversion. El equipo de Football Los “Orlando City” querer dinero de empuestos para esto estadio.
Only nosotros hablamos de un articulo en el Orlando Sentinel que dice qu unos de los comisarios de Winter Garden Bobby Olszewski esta explorando an correr para Representante de Camara en el distrito 44 contra Eric Eisnaugle en el eleccione primario. Esto posibilidad tiene mucho Republicanos en la area nervoso. Yo va decirte por que esto es muy temprano para esto sentimiento.
Tambien nosotros hablamos de Representante de distrito 29 en Seminole County. Mike Clelland no queria votan contra el presupesto de los Republicanos in Tallahasse. Clelland es Democrata pere su distrito es muy Republicano.
Tambien Representante de Congreso para Osceola County Alan Grayson no podia apoyer el presupesto de President Obama por que los cortes a seguridad social. Mas en el video.
Transcripto de Video:
Florida Politica con Frank Torres. La tema mayor major, es la noticia de Comisario de Winter Garden Bobby Olszewski esta explorando la posibilidad para correr para Representante de Camara para Florida Distrito 44. Esto trae la posiblidad que Olszewski puede correr contra Eric Eisnaugle para replazar Stephen Precourt que no pude quedar mas en ese posicion. Esto tiene mucho gente nervoso. Yo creo que esto es muy temprano para preocupar. Olszweski dijo que el esta pensando solo.
Seguimos con Democrata Mike Clelland de Distrito 29 en Seminole County que votan el presupuesto de los Republicanos. El solo es el unico Democrata de la camara de representante en Tallhassee para votan en favor para este presupuesto que echa mas dinero para educacion y servico publico. Los otros Democratas no va votan “si” por que el presupuesto no va incluir el expansion de medicaid para el plan de Salud de Presidente Obama.
Mas conflicto con Democratas para esto veces es en Washington con Representante de congreso Alan Grayson no va apoyo ed presupesto de President Obama porque va cambiar los costos adjustes de seguridad social.