Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Fried was joined by seasonal crop growers, industry associations, and Florida’s congressional delegation in calling for an end to unfair trade practices that have harmed Florida’s seasonal produce industry for decades.
At the end of last week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., joined U.S. Sens. Mitt Romney, R-Utah,  and Jim Risch, R-Idaho, is sending a letter to U.S. Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza urging for the inclusion of minor league sports venues in the new Small Business Administration (SBA) grant facility for shuttered venues. 
Republicans in the Florida delegation sent a letter to Barton on the matter. Democrats representing the Sunshine State also sent Barton a letter on it. 
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, tracks the background checks based on the FBI’s National Instant Background Check System (NICS). The NSSF found around 8 million Americans became first-time gun owners last year.
Beshears announced his resignation on Friday. He will leave his post on January 29. 
Hunter is indicted for bypassing the bidding process for school equipment and steering business to a friend. State Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Office of Statewide Prosecution served as legal advisors to the grand jury and will prosecute the case.
Since entering the U.S. market in 2009, Mexico’s market share for blueberries has skyrocketed by 2,100 percent, while Florida’s market share has decreased by 38 percent since 2015.
This week, Wright filed a bill which “will allow Veterans Florida the resources to connect employers to our talented military members transitioning to civilian life and new career opportunities" and it “will accomplish this by implementing the Department of Defense’s Skillbridge program initiative throughout the state.”
Florida’s two U.S. senators paid tribute this week to Sheldon Adelson, a prominent supporter of Israel, a major Republican donor and the chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands, who passed away at age 87.
Rubio, who leads the U.S. Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, weighed in this week after the U.S. Treasury Department and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced they were reopening the PPP.