Friday, 15 January 2016 00:00

Episode 43: The Beginning Session 2016

THE ROTUNDA - This episode captures the opening of the 2016 legislative session. From Gov. Rick Scott’s pitch during his State of the State address to cut taxes and create jobs to the outcry from Florida’s largest teacher’s union organizing a rally of more than 2,000 to say, “enough is enough” with the state education system.
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Thursday, 07 January 2016 00:00

Rick Scott gushes over Donald Trump in op-ed

Gov. Rick Scott issued a non-endorsement endorsement of Donald Trump by penning a Wednesday op-ed in USA Today in which he lauded the GOP presidential frontrunner for bucking the Republican “establishment.” “I won the governor’s race in 2010 and many outsiders — some businesspeople — continue to shock the political establishment by coming into elected office from careers outside of politics,” Scott wrote in the piece, headlined “Donald Trump has America's pulse: Rick Scott.” “I know Donald Trump personally,” Scott continued, “and while I currently have no plans to endorse a candidate before Florida’s March presidential primary, there is no doubt that Donald is a man who speaks and tweets his mind freely.” Scott’s praise of Trump as a candidate marks a turnaround from June, when the New York billionaire and part-time Florida resident was frozen out of the economic forum the governor hosted in Orlando with other likely Republican presidential contenders at the time. Insiders said Trump was fuming. Read more in POLITICO
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Friday, 04 December 2015 00:00

Jesse Panuccio to resign as DEO head

Tallahassee - Jesse Panuccio, executive director of the Department of Economic Opportunity, is stepping down, Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday morning. Since being appointed to the post in 2013, Panuccio has led the department through controversy over technical problems with the online filing system for unemployment benefits and been one of Scott’s top advisers in jobs and economic development. His last day will be Jan. 8, 2016. According to a letter of resignation, he is leaving, “to begin a new chapter of my career and life.” The governor’s office released that Panuccio will “pursue new opportunities.” The resignation comes just before the start of a new legislative session, when Panuccio will be up for confirmation in the Senate, a chamber that has been highly critical of him and which did not confirm him last year. Read more in Tampa Bay Times   Jessie Panuccio is featured on Episode 28: Launch Fraud Protection
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Friday, 20 November 2015 00:00

Episode 38: Seeking Refuge

THE ROTUNDA -A conversation with Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum about his decision to proclaim Florida’s capital city a safe haven for Syrian refugees. Gillum tells Gomes Gov. Rick Scott’s attempt to block those escaping violence and persecution from immigrating to Florida is all about divisive politics fueling mistrust of a rigorous vetting process.
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Wednesday, 18 November 2015 00:00

Scott reiterates tough policy on Syrian refugees

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott reiterated his tough stance on Syrian refugees Tuesday, saying they should not be allowed in the state and that Congress should not allow any federal money to be used for relocation purposes. Scott told a group of reporters who had gathered in his office it was time to “pause” Syrian resettlement efforts after attacks in Paris killed at least 129 people last week. “We will figure out what happened and make sure everybody stays safe,” Scott said. “I am responsible for nearly 20 million Floridians. The most important thing we can do is to keep people safe.” After the revelation that at least one Paris attacker had entered Europe by apparently posing as a Syrian refugee, some Republicans, including Scott, have pushed back against President Barack Obama's promise to accept 10,000 refugees from the war-torn nation next year. Keep reading in Politico. 
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TALLAHASSEE — Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell is stepping down in the wake of a POLITICO Florida report that she took nine weeks of vacation and racked up nearly $30,000 in travel bills last year while her agency was struggling with a fund scandal and audit. Her resignation takes effect Oct. 1. She will leave to pursue opportunities in the private sector. “Cynthia has been part of my team since my first year in office and she has done a tremendous job serving Florida families,” Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement announcing the resignation. He did not ask her to resign, his office said.
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