Thursday, December 13, 2018
The Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Polling Initiative (FAU BEPI) released a poll of likely voters on Tuesday afternoon which showed Scott with 42.3 percent of the vote while Nelson is right behind with 40.6 percent while 13.1 percent remain undecided. 
With toxic algae and red tide continuing to impact the Sunshine State, three members of the Florida delegation scored a win this week on Capitol Hill to help alleviate the problems.
By declaring this state of emergency, Governor Scott is ensuring that state and local government has ample time, resources and flexibility to get prepared for this storm.
Rubio and Nelson are calling for amending the 2019 Labor, Health, and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill to send $1 million to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help Floridians impacted by the algae blooms.
Lee County in Southwest Florida will be getting the bulk of the funds, around $2 million, with $750,000 headed to Manatee County, $190,000 to Collier County and almost $100,000 to Sarasota County.
On Thursday, at a media event, protesters called on Democrat David Shapiro who is running for his party’s nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., to call his stocks in Halliburton Corporation which was found negligent in the Gulf oil spill, something Buchanan’s campaign team was happy to weigh in on. 
Caldwell said the average Floridian in the city or suburb might not understand just how wide ranging the department’s responsibilities are.
U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., the vice chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee despite being in his first term in Congress, wrote to U.S. Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Calif., on the matter, urging him to match the Senate’s appropriation level which is an increase of $1.5 million.
U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney wrote SVA Administrator Linda McMahon on the matter on Friday, urging her to make a declaration for Lee County. U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan followed suit on Monday, focusing on Sarasota, Manatee and Hillsborough counties. 
Backed by the Estuary Caucus, Posey was able to add the funds as part of the Interior and Environment Appropriations bill.