How it played: Grayson not charged in Domestic scuffle with Wife

Good new for Congressman Alan Grayson.

The Orange County Sheriff’s office announced last night that it would not be seeking charges against the House Rep for the 9th District, because there was no probable cause that he visited his home last weekend to harm his estranged Wife, Lolita Grayson in a nasty domestic incident. Lolita Grayson was granted a protective injunction by a Judge Monday, after she said her Husband (whom she is in the middle of a divorce with) caused bruises by pushing her against the door. Grayson’s staff vehemently denied those allegations and published cellphone video, presented by his attorney earlier this week. You can watch that video HERE.

Here is how the announcement played in the Orlando media last night.

WESH 2: Rep. Alan Grayson will not face charges in domestic incident

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WFTV 9 Eyewitness News: Investigators say no charges will be filed in U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson domestic dispute

CF News 13: No arrest for Rep. Alan Grayson in case involving his wife

WOFL FOX 35: No probable cause to charge Rep. Alan Grayson

Orlando Sentinel: Sheriff will not pursue case against Grayson

How did it play?: Well, it’s obviously good news for Congressman Grayson but it could have been prevented.

You don’t really win in a situation like this as much as you stop the bleeding. Listen, Grayson’s team may be declaring victory after law enforcement agreed with their side of the story but there never really is a winner in a situation like this. He’ll go back to being the way Alan Grayson is. Bold. Aggressive. And yes, occasionally reckless. We’ve learned and hopefully his administration has learned that a quiet Grayson is usually best for everyone involved.

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How it Played: Congressman Alan Grayson accused of Domestic Violence

Yesterday, the Congressman from the 9th District Alan Grayson was accused of domestic violence by his Wife Lolita (whom he is currently divorcing). She has since been granted a protective injunction by a judge. Grayson’s staff have vehemently denied all claims and say she was the aggressor during the incident.

Here’s how it played:

WESH 2: Staffer denies claims made by Grayson’s Wife (link to video)

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WFTV 9 Eyewitness News:

CF News 13: Judge grants wife’s protective injunction against Rep. Alan Grayson

Orlando Sentinel: Wife says Alan Grayson shoved her during domestic incident

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So How Did It Play?: It’s a crisis that will stretch on for weeks because of the conflict of accounts of what happened that afternoon, and Grayson’s controversial reputation.

Grayson has a history of aggressive behavior both behind the podium and even during events (that story HERE). He’s a sitting Congressman that’s being accused of a nasty crime and that will always draw the cameras and generate headlines. This story actually outplayed Governor Scott’s State of the State yesterday. If there is one bright side, his Rep handled himself well on the phone and was very assertive when explaining what he saw this afternoon. A statement from Ms. Grayson’s attorney asking for privacy would have been better than coming to the door and barricading herself from the media. I’ll keep an eye on this for you.

How it Played: Feds Raid Home Owned by State Rep. Linda Stewart

Yesterday, Federal Officials raided a home owned by District 47 State Representative Linda Stewart and handcuffed about a dozen individuals, who were depending on who you ask, renting or squatting in the East Orlando Residence.

Stewart herself is not being investigated but the coverage concentrates on her daughter’s involvement with the people living at that house and her residential status. It’s uncertain if the State Representative herself, even knows exactly what is going on.

In a statement sent out, Stewart had this to say. “Today, I learned that a search warrant was executed at a rental property owned by my Husband and I. After a period of lapsed rent by the residents, we began the legal process of eviction going so far as a notice to vacate earlier this month. Neither I or any member of my immediate family has been the subject of investigation on this matter. I am grateful by today’s swift action by law enforcement authorities. I appreciate their work, as well as the professionalism they’ve displayed during this investigation”

Here is how it played

Orlando Sentinel: Drug agents swarm house owned by Linda Stewart



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WFTV 9 Eyewitness News:

CF News 13: Homeland Security raids home owned by Rep. Linda Stewart

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Miami Herald: Lawmaker short of answers after house raided by federal agents

So How Did It Play?: This is an absolute mess

Best Case Scenario: Stewart was an uninformed property owner that was housing the (allegedly) crack smoking and prostitution type element that she was elected to help eliminate.

Worst Case Scenario: Stewart did know what was going on in that house and her daughter was living there. This not only brings her integrity into question but completely ruins any credibility she has with crime in the legislative arena. How can anyone take her seriously when it comes to public safety when this was going on, right under her nose.

Listen. We all know Linda Stewart isn’t a Walter White/Heisenberg type (although you social media politicos have a sharp sense of humor) but this should not have happened, despite how relieved the former Orange County Commissioner was to see an arrest made. She’s got a tough election coming up this fall, this was exactly the kind of unforced error she did not want to make. She looks confused in all of the media hits and that Herald article stings.

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How It Played: $215 Mil Expansion Project Announced for Orlando International Airport

Today, Florida Governor Rick Scott announced that he wants to spend $215 Million Dollars on a train station as part of the expanding Orlando International Airport. The station would run trips up and down Florida with the main destination being Miami.

There is also the possibility that the depot could also link up to Sunrail in the future.

The project also has the support of the regions two most powerful people. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Teresa Jacobs were on hand for the announcement and optimistic about the potential benefits of the project.


Orlando Sentinel: Rick Scott announces $215M for new train depot at Orlando International Airport

WESH 2 :( Video) Gov. Rick Scott pledges $213 million for OIA expansion

WKMG Local 6: Gov. Rick Scott says $213M to aid OIA expansion project

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WFTV 9 Eyewitness News: Orlando Int’l Airport to become transportation hub with new train station

CF News 13: Major airport expansion to link Orlando to Miami by rail

WOFL FOX 35: New train depot planned at Orlando International Airport

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SO HOW DID IT PLAY, FRANK?: With cautious optimism

Most of the stories led with the price tag. It was anywhere between 200 and 215 mil, depending on what you were watching and there is not doubt that if this project gets the greenlight it will be scrutinized every step of the way.

It did however, have support from a lot of leaders and getting positive sound bytes from the two Mayors builds it credibility. This is Scott’s baby though and since he’s pushing the budget for this project, it depends upon the legislature approving it this year for the first half of the funding and his reelection for the second half. Only one outlet reached out to Charlie Crist to asked if he would support it. It’s likely he would considering Orlando’s standing as the tourism destination of the world.

Seminole County Commission Greenlights 28Mil for Sports Complex

Yesterday, WOFL FOX 35 Reported (that story HERE), that the Seminole County Commission has unanimously approved a 28 million dollar sports complex near the Sanford/Orlando International Airport.

Take a look at the report below.

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This move comes a couple of months after the Seminole Commission chipped in 2 million for the MLS Soccer Stadium in Orange County. This continues their heavy investment trend in the local sports community.

“Heads in beds” reasons like what you read/heard in the report is the main economic benefit of initiatives like this are the biggest selling point for projects like these.

One objection that may come to mind is will the new facility be competitive with the Disney Wide World of Sports in Osceola County, which already hosts many events like the ones Seminole County wants to take place in their stretch of the I4 Corridor.

The project is expected to be paid for with Tourism Development Taxes which are required by law to be used on initiatives like this one. The goal for completion is 2016.

Seminole Sports Complex