Wednesday, December 12, 2018
With only token opposition in the GOP primary to see who challenges U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., in November, Gov. Rick Scott will be focused on South America this week. 
Rubio backed the White House for imposing sanctions on 17 Saudis under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act this week. Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi regime, was killed gruesomely when he went into the Saudi embassy in Istanbul last month. 
Rubio paired up with South Florida Republican U.S. Reps. Carlos Curbelo, Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to write U.S. Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross and U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Robert Lighthizer on the matter on Thursday. 
What if this charismatic leader of an Islamic monarchy with a strict system of Sharia-based laws is guilty? What if MBS, who rules a country in which hands are cut off for shoplifting, in which a Muslim can be killed for abandoning Islam, and in which husbands are routinely allowed to hit their wives, is found guilty of ordering the Khashoggi execution?
Taking part in a trade mission to Ireland and the United Kingdom spearheaded by the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) announced on Wednesday that four Irish companies will be doing more business in the Sunshine State.
With the help of U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., the chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., who is running for governor of Florida, brought out a bill protecting businesses from boycotts targeting Israel. 
From his seats on both the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations and the Appropriations Committees, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is looking to amend the FY2019 Defense-LHHS Minibus appropriations bill to deal with the growing crises in the two Latin American nations. 
Most Republicans in the Florida delegation kept away from the matter on Tuesday but there was one prominent exception.
The Florida Chamber of Commerce launches its Business Development and Trade Mission to Ireland and the United Kingdom with an event in Dublin on Monday. 
Democrats at the national level continue to think that U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., is a top target come November.