Tuesday, January 15, 2019
State Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, a longtime Trump ally, is now heading up the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF), moving up from vice chairman to the top spot this past weekend in Orlando.
Still less than a week into his term, on Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis named Florida Third District Court of Appeal Judge Robert Luck to the Florida Supreme Court, the second appointment DeSantis has made to that court during his short tenure. 
Having left Tallahassee and taking his seat on Capitol Hill last week, new U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., weighed in on his first impressions of Washington, D.C. and, despite Republicans controlling the Senate, the newest member is not that impressed. 
Convicted and impeachment by Congress for accepting a bribe--Hastings became only the sixth federal judge in American history to be removed from the bench by Congress.
With the exception of the supervisor of elections, Orange County officers--all Democrats--sued the county to have that ballot question ruled as unconstitutional.
Crist’s office trumpeted his new seat on Thursday and stressed the importance of the committee. 
With her party now controlling the House, Murphy becomes the only Florida Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee and the first one to sit on it in almost a decade. 
“As chairman, my top priority is to pass bipartisan legislation that will expand economic opportunities for small businesses and entrepreneurs."
Fried’s team presented her as an “advocate for children, schools, and medical marijuana, taking office with a bold agenda” and listed out several of her priorities.
First elected to Congress in a special election held in 2010, Deutch has been moving up the ranks on the Democratic side of the aisle, including leading his party on the Ethics Committee when the GOP controlled the chamber and being the top Democrat on the U.S. House Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee where he often worked with then U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., who chaired the subcommittee, on helping Israel and other key allies in the region.