Thursday, December 5, 2019
Elected to lead the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) this past weekend, state Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, has some big challenges even as the state GOP continues to ride high. 
“This is serious,” Waltz added. “We need to secure our border, we need to reform our immigration system, we need to reopen the government, and I’m standing here in an empty building ready to do that.”
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. 
On Friday, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., toured the Keys and showcased efforts as that area recovers Hurricane Irma which hit the area at the end of summer in 2017. 
Earlier this month, Scott pushed the British government on the issue, calling on Prince Charles to abandon his planned trip to Cuba and visit Florida to meet exiles from the communist regime instead. Scott wrote the British government on the matter. 
With the Legislature kicking off its regular session on Tuesday, DeSantis returned to the themes that he stressed in the campaign including the “economic opportunities that lie before us,”  the “environmental challenges that require our attention” and “our obligations to education and public safety.”
Trump’s proposed budget includes $63 million for Everglades restoration, far short of the $200 million that Gov. Ron DeSantis and U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rick Scott, R-Fla., asked for.
“While the plan is quickly becoming a litmus test for Democratic presidential candidates, it does not mean it is a serious policy proposal,” Rubio wrote. “In fact, the Green New Deal includes proposals that have nothing to do with Earth’s climate or environment."
President Trump has repeatedly cited Israel...to prove that border walls work. With the president threatening to close the Mexico border, some Democrats are expressing fear that while the world might not completely end, avocado deliveries might. In Israel, temporary border closures...
This week, Scott, who worked as a healthcare executive and who Trump has said is a key GOP leader in the field, threw his support behind the “Protect Act” from U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis.