Jamboree brings out local candidates
Every two years, during the summer of an election year, the county GOP hosts a “Jamboree” – an old fashioned political picnic for candidates on the upcoming ballot to introduce themselves to the party activists. With a barbecue lunch under the pavillion roof, surrounded by covered booths hosted by candidates and political clubs, it is gathering place for the GOP faithful and those who seek to represent them at all levels of government.
Sales Tax Referendum Gathering Steam
The county commission will vote Tuesday whether to ask the voters to raise the county sales tax from 6% to 7%. After aborted attempts in 2012 and 2014, when a majority of the board thought the proposal was “half baked” and the need not urgent enough to convince the voters to cough up several billion over ten years, this time no one will say that the proposal hasn’t been finely tuned.
Three Takeaways from the Sunshine Summit
The Sunshine Summit, last weekend's gathering of the Republican grassroots in Orlando, brought together 14 of the 15 candidates currently competing for presidential primary votes, along with most of the Senate candidates. Unlike the events of the last two cycles in 2007 and 2011, which featured both televised debates and straw polls, this was mostly a candidate showcase - each was given 20 minutes to make their case. The extreme number of candidates this time, and the fact that Florida does not vote until March 15 - after 26 states will have already assigned their delegates, probably reduced attendance ...
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