Tuesday, February 19, 2019
A heavy favorite to win reelection, Gelber showcased his accomplishments as mayor, including creating an inspector general’s office for the city, passing a GO Bond program to help more than 50 capital projects, education reform, expanding city trolleys and adding police officers to every public school.
West insisted the rise of the New York congresswoman underscores the need to return the House to the GOP come 2020. 
Persons announced on Tuesday that she will launch her bid on Feb. 25 with the support of state Sen. Lizbeth Benaquisto, R-Fort Myers, state House Majority Leader Dane Eagle, R-Cape Coral, and state Rep. Raymond Rodriguez, R-Estero.
Last week, the NRCC announced it planned to target 55 seats currently held by House Democrats, including four in Florida. 
Political consultant Bert Ralston tells Florida Daily that Republicans shouldn’t underestimate the grassroots efforts by the Democrats and the League of Women Voters when it comes to registering voters.
According to the Florida Department of State, the voter turnout in 2018 for younger voters was up by 15 percent compared to 2014. Voters under 30 moved from 22 percent to 37 percent over those four years. 
While the presidential election will be getting most of the political spotlight in Florida, both parties are continuing to gear up for congressional races as Democrats look to protect and expand their new majority in the U.S. House while the GOP looks to win it back. 
“This time last year, I shared my belief that handing over a majority to Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer would be one of the worst possible scenarios for the future of our country,” Rubio noted on Wednesday. “In the wake of the partial government shutdown, I'm afraid I was right. Democrats have controlled the House majority for less than a month, and their only accomplishments have been gridlock and hyper partisanship. 
Deutch teamed up with U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI, to introduce the “Conflicts from Political Fundraising Act” on Monday. 
Cruz isn’t the only state senator looking to expand elected positions in the Cabinet.