Florida Political News for June 2019

Winners and Losers of the First Round of the Democratic Presidential Debate in Miami: The stage was crowded on Wednesday night in round one of the Democratic debates in Miami. While it was tough for the candidates to get that coveted screen time, here is a look at some winners and losers from the first of two nights for the 20 Democrats trying to take down President Donald Trump as they had their chance to step into the limelight.

Florida Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell Says HHS Secretary Alex Azar Needs to Resign<: On Friday, freshman U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., called for U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Sec. Alex Azar’s resignation. Mucarsel-Powell pointed to a number of reasons, including how illegal immigrants in federal custody have been treated.

Mucarsel-Powell offered her rationale for why she thinks Azar needs to go.

“The Trump administration’s immigration policies have broken down our government’s moral fabric when responding to a humanitarian crisis,” Mucarsel-Powell said. “Since President Trump doubled down on his ‘Remain in Mexico’ policies, stopped processing asylum cases, separated children from their families, and diverted sorely-needed funds from various government agencies to build a medieval and ineffective wall, our immigration crisis has only worsened. In no place is that more apparent than at the Homestead child detention facility.

Ron DeSantis: ‘We are Proud that Florida is an Accommodating State’ for the Disabled: – Governor Ron DeSantis spoke at Family Café in Orlando and showcased Florida’s support for the disabled. According to the governor’s office, Family Café is “the nation’s largest cross-disability annual event and connects people with unique abilities and their families with a variety of products, services and resources.” DeSantis highlighted his support for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD).

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody Warns Floridians About One-Ring Phone Scam: Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued a Consumer Alert to warn residents of the Sunshine State about a new phone scam.

“The One-Ring Phone Scam is designed to trick targets into making costly international calls,” Moody’s office noted. “The scam begins with a call and a quick hang-up after one ring. The call is made from an international number, using numbers that at first glance appear to originate from inside the United States. If the recipient of the call calls back, the scammer will try to keep the conversation going as long as possible. There is often a connection fee and per-minute charge associated with these international calls. The scammers, through prearranged agreements, receive a portion of these fees.”

Donald Trump’s Campaign Kickoff in Orlando Shows How Important Florida is to His 2020 Chances: President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are headed to Orlando to kickoff their bid for a second term later this month, underscoring the important role Florida will play in their efforts to stay in the White House.

Trump is scheduled to be in Orlando on June 18 to officially launch his reelection bid though, of course, his campaign team has already been working hard. So far, the Trump team has reeled in around $130 million, an impressive warchest with 17 months until Election Day.

Marco Rubio Takes Aim at the Corporate Left Looking to Boycott Pro-Life States, Israel: With companies calling for boycotts of states enacting pro-life legislation, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., took aim at the “Corporate Left” this week. On Tuesday, Rubio spoke with Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge at a Rule of Law Defense Eventand weighed in on the Left’s efforts to boycott Israel and now states looking to embrace pro-life bills.

Rick Scott Backs Bipartisan Push to Rein in Prescription Drug Prices: U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., announced he was backing a bipartisan proposal to control the price of prescription drugs.