Your Social Media Sunday Political Round-Up for 4/20/14

Our first entry in this weeks best offerings from your elected official, isn’t an elected official. But, I think it’s important. I might be a little biased.

FB retirement announcement

Seriously though. I’m so happy for the support I’ve received and it hasn’t made the choice easier! Thanks Guys.

Okay, here we go!

Florida Governor Rick Scott actually held a FB Q&A, now these things are so closely monitored, it’s hard to tell how much involvement the Guv actually has, but he did take time to shoot this short vid.

Florida Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio stood together this week against the oppression of the Venezuelan people and pushing for sanctions against that Government.

Congressman John Mica pushed to keep the VA Medical Center in Baldwin Park open this week. The Department of Veterans Affairs has had a poor track record in Orlando. The new VA Hospital is still not close to completion, after setback after setback.

Congresswoman Corrine Brown took to FB to remember an American Hero.

Here we have Congressman Daniel Webster with a couple of other elected officials in a meeting about faith and government.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer took a moment to congratulate participants in the IOA 5K.

Finally, we have Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs touring the construction site and future home of the new Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center. Developers have said it will be the finest of it’s kind in the world.

We’ll have more for you next week!

Your Social Media Sunday Political Round-up for 4-13-14

Here are the week’s best social media offerings from your elected officials.

We start off with a major photo from the opening ceremonies of the Hispanic Business Expo. Let me take a deep breath because everyone is in this shot. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Congressman Daniel Webster, Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn, Orange County Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles, Orange County Commissioners Scott Boyd and Pete Clarke, Orlando Commissioner Tony Ortiz, Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Mike Ertel, Winter Garden City Commissioner Bobby Olszewsky, and Orange County Clerk of Court Eddie Fernandez. This photo was posted on FB and shared many times.

Hispanic Business Expo Everyone

However, Mayor Dyer may have still won the week with this tweet he sent out during his State of the City Address.

Dyer took this photo mid-speech

Dyer took this photo mid-speech

No slouch on social media himself, Congressman John Mica donned an old school Ice Cream Man uniform for this FB post during an event.

Congresswoman and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz went back to school for her 30th High School Reunion.

State Representative Joe Saunders turned 31 Years old this week. Throw him some Birthday Wishes.

State Representative Eric Eisnaugle was a winner on Tuesday and sworn in the very next day. He posted this thanks after his victory.

Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam had some little visitors to the Capitol this week.

Speaker of the House Will Weatherford, buzzed former State Senator and Gubernatorial Candidate Nan Rich with this tweet.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio sounding off on Twitter about the situation in Cuba.

We end with an epic Throw Back Thursday picture from Florida Governor Rick Scott. 1971 when he joined the Navy. Wow!

That’s it for now. We’ll see you next week!

Congress Florida District 7 Race 2014 – Frank’s Notes

Florida Congress District 7 Changeable 3-9-14


These are my professional notes on the race for Florida’s 7th Congressional District, ordered from most recent and working backwards.

3-30-14: The Mica campaign has announced they have qualified by petition.

3-30-14: John Mica hosted a BBQ for the YRS in Orange and Seminole County. This is an area where he has a sharpe advantage. While they can’t officially endorse in a primary, many of them were seen in photos from the event and it was crowded.

3-26-14: Col Smith put out this fundraising goal on his FB page.

3-25=14: Col Smith pushed out his position on Key Issues. You can read them HERE

3-9-14: Zechariah Blanchard reached out to me on this blog and sent me his digital campaign stuff. Slides and tracker updated.

3-9-14: Col. Smith spent his Saturday meeting with voters at the Taste of Oviedo.

3-6-14:  NOTE OPENED


The race for Florida’s 7th Congressional District features an 11 term incumbent and former Chairman of the House Transportation Committee against a trio of Republican primary challengers and one Democrat in the district which consists of areas in Volusia, Seminole, and Orange Counties.

John Mica has been in Congress a long time and has no plans of stepping down anytime soon. He’s got a long list of legislative achievements and a loyal following in the 7th. In 2012, he had to defeat a fellow sitting Republican in a regrettable political fight that had to take place after redistricting. He triumphed and has continued staying outfront of moving transportation here in Central Florida. He continues to push for rail projects like Sunrail and development of motor travel in the area.

These projects cost money and the debate over whether certain projects are needed and how much spending will be needed usually draws Mica some primary opponents. This time is no different.

Former Marine Pilot David Smith has been adamant. He is not running against John Mica or anybody else, but for the people of the 7th district. He says that he was approached about running a couple of years back when there was buzz that Mica could retire. He was against the Paul Ryan-Patty Murray Budget deal that lifted spending limits while restoring allocated funds to certain areas of defense and believes no one will ride Sunrail. He also wants more programs for Veterans improved and is for reeling in Government spending and waste. He’s been campaigning aggressively but has been keeping a positive tone to his message. He understands that he’s fishing out of a pool of voters that have been  local to Mica for sometime.

There are two other Republicans that have filed. Alan Azcona and Zechariah Blanchard.  Neither have made any noise up to this point and have no online campaign identity yet. I’ll keep an eye on them for you.

Democrat Wesley Neuman has the tough task of being the Democrat running in an area where one hasn’t been competitive for years. He’ll need a major political event to shift the public opinion of voters in the district to turn D7 blue.





Sunrail Phase II Budget included in Obama 2015 Budget

It was announced this afternoon that the funds needed to complete the 2nd phase of Sunrail was included in the 2015 budget released by the Obama administration.

There were concerns that the commuter train that will ultimately run from Deland through Orlando, all the way to Poinciana could be delayed if the funds weren’t approved. The first phase is expected to be completed in a couple of months.

A short time after budget information was released, Winter Park Congressman and former House Transportation Chairman John Mica praised the decision. In a statement, he said the following.

“The President’s inclusion of SunRail Phase II is a significant step in moving the next phase of this project forward in Central Florida. Now State and local leaders must work together to ensure the completion of this of multi-county regional fixed transit system.

“I will continue to do all I can at the federal, state and local levels to ensure the financial and operational success of this major transportation and infrastructure project for Central Florida’s future.”

Transportation in general has been on a roll here in Central Florida. Last month it was announced that an Intermodal train system or a rail hub was being developed at the Orlando International Airport. This would eventually link up with Sunrail, as well as other rail systems that could take travelers all over the state.


Your Social Media Sunday Political Round-Up for 2/9/14

Here are this week’s best Social Media Offerings from your elected officials

We start at the top with Florida Governor Rick Scott standing with former Guv Jeb Bush. His operation published this graphic on FB earlier this week.

Here we have the entire cabinet saluting Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers Great Derrick Brooks for his selection to the Hall of Fame. AG Commish Adam Putnam posted this pic on FB.

Florida Speaker of the House Will Weatherford posted this pic on Twitter, shortly after Florida’s new LG, Carlos Lopez-Cantera was sworn in.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio wasn’t happy with the Verbage used by NBC during the first day of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Here is his tweet.

Congressman Alan Grayson is never short of time to trade shots with the GOP. Here is his post from FB.

Florida Congresswoman and DNC Debbbie Wasserman-Schultz shared her friend, former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords video driving for the first time since she was shot in the head in a tragic attack during a community event in Tuscon, AZ.

Congressman John Mica actually had an Intermodal Transportation Facility dedicated in his honor. The former House Transportation Chair has been an important part of that issue for some time.

State Rep. Ricardo Rangel posting on activity in Tallahassee.

Here is a picture of Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs speaking at the Orlando Ballet’s 40th anniversary. Also pictured is Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.

We’ll see you again next week!

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