Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs had a busy day today. This morning she posted photos from the Winter Park Political Update Breakfast. She sat on the panel with State Senator Andy Gardiner, State Rep. Karen Castor-Dentel and Winter Park Mayor Ken Bradley. Also in attendance but not on the panel was Orange County Commissioner Ted Edwards (who can apparently grow a beard “Like a Boss”). The Orlando Sentinel’s Scott Maxwell was in attendance moderating, also spotted was former State House 49 candidate Marco Pena.
From there Mayor Jacobs headed downtown, to the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center Topping Off Ceremony. She was joined by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, her fellow members of the Orange Board, Commissioners Pete Clarke and Scott Boyd, as well as City Commissioners Daisy Lynum, Robert Stuart ,and a host of other past local leaders.
Analyzing Sunday Talkers:
The Post Legislative Reviews on the local Sunday morning Talk Shows, can be some of the best political programming of the year. I watched two of them back to back and the State House took the brunt of the criticism for not expanding medicaid. House Republicans were criticized for not taking the government’s money for the expansion that would accommodate “Obamacare” and Democrats were left wondering if their filibuster measure of forcing all of the bills to be read aloud, the last couple of days in protest had any real effect on the measure at all.
Here are the takeaways:
State Senators Andy Gardiner and David Simmons shared almost word for word the same statement regarding the failed stadiums bill. Gardiner told WFTV’s Greg Warmoth on “Central Florida Spotlight” (link to show HERE) and Simmons told Lauren Rowe on WKMG’s Flashpoint (Video HERE) that they kicked it to the House 3 different times but the leadership had a problem with the Miami Dolphins. Simmons also put the heat on the House for not acting on Medicaid.
Democratic Senators Darren Soto (on Flashpoint) and Geraldine Thompson (on Spotlight): Awarded C’s. Soto gave Governor Rick Scott himself a “C”, while Thompson gave the overall outcome of the session the same grade.
State House Representative Democrat Linda Stewart said the Filibuster measure of forcing the bills to be read was “The only tool they had in the box” to counter the measure.
Castor-Dentel and Simmons stayed busy into the evening. Here is a photo of the two at another legislative update.