Monday, January 27, 2020
With last week marking the 47th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, members of the Florida congressional delegation offered their thoughts on the issue of abortion, dividing on partisan lines over the issue. 
Last week, U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., spoke at the S&P Global Platts Aluminum Symposium and weighed in on how trade policies can hurt American medical manufacturing
Moody said Florida is about to see increased human trafficking. The key to cracking down on it will be enlisting the public’s help.  In particular, law enforcement has been working with truckers. Moody said that interstate highways are the main arteries to bring victims into the state.
DeSantis that the unemployment rate in Florida stood at 3.0 percent in December, down from 3.1 percent from November and from 3.3 percent at the start of the year thanks to 220,000 Floridians entering the workforce throughout 2019 and more than 198,000 new private sector jobs. The national unemployment rate stood at 3.5 percent in December.
On December 6, 2019, Ahmed Mohammed al-Shamrani, a Saudi Arabian national here in the United States on an A-2 visa for military training, killed three people and injured eight at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida.
DeSantis announced FEMA is extending Hurricane Michael crisis counseling services in Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson and Washington Counties for an additional 90 days which will take it through until the end of the school year.
In a letter to DeSantis, Buchanan noted the 140-mile proposed highway from Polk to Collier Counties will run directly into the habitat of the panther. Construction is expected to begin by 2022.
The state currently allows a temporary permit for some people here on either a tourist or work visa but a bill introduced by state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, would expand that to include any person living in Florida whether they are here legally or not.
Gimenez entering the race is a major coup for the GOP which was looking for a high profile candidate to challenge Mucarsel-Powell. Back in 2018, Mucarsel-Powell edged U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla. While there had been buzz that he could seek a rematch, Curbelo closed the door to that possibility.
On Wednesday, U.S. Sens. Rick Scott, R-Fla., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark. sent a letter to American Hospital Association President Richard Pollack requesting information on the steps they have taken to safeguard U.S. research and intellectual property from the influence of foreign adversaries, including Communist China.