Last year, I had the opportunity to cover the 2012 elections with the great team at Central Florida News 13. We provided hours of political coverage that I sincerely believe was the best in town. We covered all the races, broke down every debate and was there every night of both party conventions. On election night, we were the last ones out, with live coverage that lasted into the early morning. It was a rewarding experience that I was very proud to be a part of.
Now, I get to do it again.
I’ll be teaming with the Orlando’s only 24hr local news network to cover what will be a very entertaining cycle and we’re only getting better. In this 2nd full cycle with the organization, I’ll do my part to make sure we’re even better this time around.
Thanks for reading and of course thanks for watching!!!
It was a wild scene last night in Downtown Orlando.
About 1400 jammed into the Chayenne Saloon to usher in a new era for sports in region.
The Orlando City Soccer Club will become the 21st MLS franchise.
On hand last night was Florida Governor Rick Scott, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. Among the MLS Officials were league President Don Garber, City Lions President Phil Rawlins, who was really what made this a reality, and future MLS owner of the Club Flavio De Augusta.
The Announcement ended what was a political battle that led the club all over the country, including an extensive legislative battle in Tallahassee with state lawmakers and right back down to Rosalind Ave, where the final obstacle included wrangling with Orange County Commissioners who had to green light a 94.5 million dollar venues package, that included funds for a new Soccer Stadium, a mandatory condition of MLS to grant the city a team.
This story sweeps your Wednesday Morning Political Headlines:
Today, the big announcement that Orlando will be the next home of a Major League Soccer franchise will happen at about 130 in front of what should be a wild crowd in Downtown Orlando.
We’ve also got Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius in town today to talk about ACA or “Obamacare” the massive legislation has been riddled with technology problems that has hurt enrollment and caused many Americans to lose coverage they were suppose to be able to keep.
I’ll have coverage on both. Have a great day!!!
WOFL FOX 35: Orlando City Soccer expected to announce new club, Osceola to give $1 million
First Lady Michelle Obama will be speaking at a Veterans event today at Disney. She will be the keynote speaker at conference that encourages private companies to hire Veterans. FLOTUS was a regular visitor to Central Florida when she was campaigning for her husband’s reelection campaign with stops at UCF and Osceola County.
The Mayor of Groveland Jim Gearhart will be resigning from his duties of the small town. He blames political games, and confusion as reasons why he’s leaving the post, we’ve got video on that.
These stories lead your Thursday Morning Political Headlines. Have a great day!!
We had high profile elections all over the country including New York City, New Jersey, and Virginia. We also had municipal elections right here in Central Florida and while not as high profile as a Chris Christie re-election, these smaller elections often put the lawmakers that can swing a vote one way, or another into office.
Cathy Hoechst will be the new Mayor of Mt. Dora.
Sarah Reece was re-elected to the Altamonte Spring City Commission.
A New Charter for the City of Eatonville that would have also cut the small town into even smaller voting districts, and awarded Mayor Bruce Mount a substantial raise was rejected.
We’ve also got high drama at the Orange County Commission with the western part of the county torn over the location of a possible new High School. Orange County Public Schools wants to build on a rural site near the town of Windermere. Residents of the community are concerned about noise and the possibility of further development in a community that prefers tranquil living.
These stories lead your busy Wednesday Morning Political Headlines.
Today, we’ve got municipal elections in Altamonte Springs, Eatonville, and Lake County. If you’re one of my readers in these areas. GET OUT AND VOTE!!! Too often these small contests are ignored and then we have to listen to the complainers later. Make it happen. I’ll have coverage of these races tomorrow.
Yesterday, the Orlando City Council approved the land sale for a new entertainment complex for the Magic, where the police department currently stands. You can read my write-up HERE.
And yes, More Charlie Crist. You can read all of my write-ups on the unofficial start to the election cycle HERE, HERE, and HERE.
These stories lead your busy Tuesday morning Political Headlines.
Here are Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer’s Press Clippings from the past several years. NOTE: this is just from unbiased Professional Media. Mayor Dyer has a whole collection of City of Orlando videos that contain useful information for residents and voters, but are produced with the only the best possible representation of the Mayor in mind. Articles posted are those where the Mayor is a featured person of interest in the story The link to many older Sentinel articles don’t work anymore. I’ll continue to try and add those moving forward.
Here are the Press Clippings for Orange County Commissioner District 1 Scott Boyd. This isn’t every media spot from the commissioner, just what I’ve seen from the professional news orgs in town and what might be useful for voters, residents, consultants, etc. Only stories which strongly feature the commissioner are present.
If you haven’t heard by now, and if you’re on a Political Website on a Saturday Morning, I’m sure you have, Former Republican turned Democrat Charlie Crist is running for his old job and will challenge Governor Rick Scott next year.
He officially filed yesterday, and will announce at a presser at 10am in his hometown of St. Petersburg. The Republican Party of Florida has already fired off a salvo of internet attacks, including accusations that Crist may have broken election law.
His announcement will officially kick-off the election year a few weeks early. Last night, I wrote down the 5 things you should look for as the year closes.
This story leads your Saturday Morning Political Headlines: