Happy Father’s Day to all of the Dads out there, and the Moms who have to be both parents at times. Here are some Happy Father’s Day Greetings from our Florida Lawmakers.
Here is a video from Florida Senator Marco Rubio
Here is a graphic from Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs:
Congressman John Mica sent out this statement
” I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our fathers a very happy and special Father’s Day. As I think you would agree, the importance of fatherhood should not be overlooked.
This week, I wrote the following article on the important role fathers play in American families. I wanted to share this piece with you as we work together to ensure a promising future for our children.”
Here is the best Social Media offerings from out lawmakers in Central Florida this week.
We began with a funny photo from Orange County Commissioner Pete Clarke. Here we have Clarke shopping for a pair of high heels to participate in the “Walk a Mile in her shoes” charity walk for Domestic Abuse prevention. Lawmakers from all over the area will put on heels for a good cause, and walk right down Orange Ave. You can read more about this terrific event HERE Clarke posted the photo on FB
Here we have Congressman John Mica and State Representative Joe Saunders in a Bi-Partisan Cake Cutting at Tastefully Goldenrods 25th Anniversary. This was posted on Saunders’ FB.
Mayor Teresa Jacobs to took FB to post photos from a ceremony honoring a fallen Orange County Deputy. Here is the caption from the photo below: “Hundreds of friends, family and members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office gathered to honor Deputy Brandon Coates, a dedicated husband, disciplined public servant and seasoned military veteran who lost his life in the line of duty in December 2010. Coates bravely served two overseas tours of duty in the Marines before joining the Sheriff’s Office, where he was a deputy for nearly five years. Brandon is a true hometown hero and his service to our community and our country will never be forgotten. His name is now a permanent fixture in Orange County’s Avalon Park community.”
Finally, we have Congressman Daniel Webster picking up the hammer, and doing some work with Americorp and Habitat for Humanity. Here is a pic posted on FB of the Representative.
Normally, this is a Saturday afternoon piece but life got in the way and it’s going down on Sunday. Here we go.
Florida Governor Rick Scott took to Facebook to push his decision to Veto the tuition hikes this year. He continues his education march in an effort to win over some of his critics.
Florida Senator Bill Nelson penned an Op-Ed piece in the Tampa Tribune criticizing that State Legislature and their refusal to expand Medicaid. This is a huge indicator that he’s giving serious thought to challenge Scott in 2014.
Florida’s Junior Senator, Marco Rubio pushed out this Youtube video answering Constituent mail.
Congressman Daniel Webster chose to spread Hurricane awareness on FB. The always stressful season began this weekend.
Congresswoman Corrine Brown chose to publish a partisan jab at House Speaker John Boehner on her FB page.
Congressman John Mica published this photo taken with Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs during a modeling and simulation meeting on his FB page.
Finally, there is Congressman Ron Desantis who took time to speak to the 7th graders of Alice B. Landrum middle school in Ponte Vedra. I don’t remember one time a member of Congress spoke to my class during my time in school!
The State Legislature agreed to terms to deliver the much hyped pay raise to Florida teachers. These raises were Governor Scott’s top priority and after a short period where the plan appeared in jeopardy, the announcements were made late last night. It’s a merit based system that can range from 2,500 to 3,500 depending on the teacher’s performance.
It’s going to be an exciting race to the finish as the State Legislative session in Tallahassee ends this week.
These are your Monday Morning Political Headlines:
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.
At 70 years old John Mica can still throw down on in the House of Representatives.
The long time Winter Park Congressman took to the podium on Capitol Hill today to blast the Obama administration on it’s handling of the Air Traffic Controller furloughs brought on by the sequestration cuts that took effect at the beginning of the year.
Mica and Florida Governor Rick Scott have been very vocal about the furloughs that are causing hundreds of departures and arrivals, in and out of the state of Florida which could hurt tourism here in the Sunshine state.
“If Ronald Reagan were President, we would not be in this mess” Mica said during his floor time on the subject.
You can watch his one minute statement below (For you Michele Bachmann fans, the tea party Congresswoman and former Presidential candidate has a cameo while Mica is being announced.)
Late yesterday evening, the Senate approved a bill to end budget cuts caused by the sequester that caused massive airport delays all over the country.
The bill will fund the fiscal shortfall that put thousands of air traffic controllers on furlough, this resulted in slower turnovers of departures and arrivals at all of the country’s major air traffic hubs.
Florida Governor Rick Scott and local Congressman and former House Transportation Chairman John Mica anticipated this and the possible damage it could do to the states thriving tourism industry. You can read about that HERE.
The bill is expected to be passed by the House today and sent to President Obama for signature.
The sequester is still in effect and could potentially have other side effects to necessary services like this one. It was put in place as a “trigger” during the debt ceiling negotiations of 2011 to compel Republicans and Democrats to find a mutual solution to generating revenue and addressing the deficit.
They still haven’t reached a permanent solution and with other issues like immigration and gun control controlling the dialogue on Capitol Hill right now, it’s unknown when one will be found.
After it’s signed, the bill will put air traffic controllers back to work and reduce lines like this one at airports
Today, we’ve got lawmakers making noise on all levels.
Florida Governor Rick Scott and Congressman John Mica took to the media over the last 24 hours to discuss the sequestration furloughs that have Air Traffic Controllers out of the tower and tourists on the ground. The delays are affecting thousands of visitors to the Sunshine State.