Fort Lauderdale, Orlando airports knocked for slow departures Memorial Day weekend
Florida Politics
by Drew Dixon
4h ago
With Memorial Day weekend being the unofficial beginning of Summer, it brings intense travel demands and some Florida airports will be some of the busiest in the country. The extended weekend draws some of the heaviest crowds to airports, which can result in substantial delays and cancellations. The Orlando and Fort Lauderdale international airports are among the most notorious for those setbacks, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Air Travel Consumer Report as analyzed by JW Surety Bonds. Travel advisors are warning flight passengers to be sure to give themselves ample ..read more
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AAA motor club projects most travelers for Memorial Day weekend in 20 years
Florida Politics
by Drew Dixon
4h ago
Travel experts are projecting that this Memorial Day weekend could put more people on the roads and in airplane seats than has been seen in two decades. And Florida is going to be one of the main destinations for those on the move this holiday period. It appears that the weekend honoring America’s military service personnel might prompt the most people to drive and fly since AAA began tracking the travel patterns for holiday periods in 2000. It’s also a sign that traveling in the U.S. may have fully recovered from any residual impact from the COVID-19 pandemic, which began in 2020. AAA project ..read more
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Diagnosis for 5.22.24: Checking the pulse of Florida health care news and policy
Florida Politics
by Christine Jordan Sexton
4h ago
Welcome back to Diagnosis, a vertical that focuses on the crossroads of health care policy and politics. — Anticipation is keeping us waiting— Two major federal lawsuits dealing with Florida’s safety net health care program and subsidized children’s health insurance programs remain in a holding pattern. It’s been nearly two weeks since a federal judge postponed a trial challenging how the administration of Gov. Ron DeSantis has removed people from the Medicaid rolls. The trial was delayed because U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard had a death in her family. A status conference to discus ..read more
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The loss of James Miller leaves ripples of remembrance
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by Andrew Meacham
10h ago
When a beloved figure dies, colleagues, family, and friends search typically find the appropriate words among a well-worn but serviceable list: Loyal, consistent, selfless, devoted, agreeable, or kind. They would give the shirt off their back. Their smiles lit up the room. For James Miller, who died yesterday (5/21/24) at 48, those closest have to search and strain. So, to describe him, most end up defaulting to his actions: Coaching his sons’ baseball teams as cancer sapped his strength. It’s true he smiled often, but it was the kind of smile that drew the warmth and mirth in others. His gene ..read more
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Push poll wrongly claims Bob Henriquez is overvaluing properties, suggests Tom Lee plans to challenge him
Florida Politics
by Janelle Irwin Taylor
11h ago
Hillsborough County Property Appraiser Bob Henriquez plans to investigate the origins of a poll sent earlier this week accusing Henriquez of overvaluing properties in the county and “causing a large increase in property taxes for the average resident.”  There is no evidence to suggest Henriquez or his office has overvalued property, and the question relating to that claim ignores regulations that protect property owners from such over-valuations.  Additionally, according to Florida State Statute 195.096 (3), the Florida Department of Revenue annually audits each property appraiser’s ..read more
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‘Violated’: GOP lawmakers demand answers, vow probe after Cuban tour of Miami airport security
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by Jesse Scheckner
11h ago
Unsatisfied with the agency’s explanation, Republican federal lawmakers are demanding more information about why the TSA gave Cuban officials a tour of security areas at Miami International Airport this week. U.S. Rep. Carlos Giménez¸, a House Committee on Homeland Security member, said his chamber will launch an investigation and introduce legislation to prevent such an incident from happening again. He and four other GOP lawmakers — U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, and U.S. Reps. Mario Díaz-Balart and María Elvira Salazar — also penned a joint letter chastising the federal adminis ..read more
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Rick Scott begins Senate leadership campaign with Donald Trump’s blessing, Democratic objections
Florida Politics
by A.G. Gancarski
11h ago
Florida’s junior Senator is making another bid for the top job in the Republican Caucus. U.S. Sen. Rick Scott announced his pursuit of the GOP Leadership position Wednesday, offering yet another option for the post-Mitch McConnell era, citing a need for “dramatic change” in an upper chamber that often doesn’t align with House Republicans’ priorities. While Scott got just 10 votes in 2022, he told Fox News host Laura Ingraham why he was running for a second time and noted that the presumptive Republican Presidential nominee is glad he’s running. “We need to see change. I talked to (Donald) Trum ..read more
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Panhandle colleagues unite to support Joel Rudman
Florida Politics
by Staff Reports
15h ago
Republican Representatives in the Panhandle are coming together to back one of their own for re-election. Reps. Shane Abbott, Alex Andrade, Patt Maney and Michelle Salzman are all endorsing Rep. Joel Rudman, the House District 3 incumbent. Rudman, a family doctor from Navarre, is so far unopposed in his first re-election bid after securing his seat in the House in 2022 against a self-described “MAGA’ conservative, Mariya Calkins. Qualifying for state House races does not begin until June 10, and would-be challengers have until June 14 to jump into the race, meaning the endorsements could still ..read more
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Poll: Donald Trump leads among Hispanic business owners, but workers prefer Joe Biden
Florida Politics
by Jesse Scheckner
15h ago
When it comes to garnering favor from Hispanic business owners in this year’s Presidential Election, it’s not a close contest; they like Donald Trump a lot more. But among their employees and non-business-owning entrepreneurs? Joe Biden’s their guy. Newly released polling from the U.S. Hispanic Business Council (USHBC) shows Trump has a double-digit advantage in support among the group’s business-owning members. Forty-six percent of respondents who own businesses said they’d cast ballots for Trump if the election happened today, compared to 30% who said the same for Biden. However, 52% of the ..read more
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Leonard K. Spencer, former Disney executive, challenges Carolina Amesty in theme park-rich HD 45
Florida Politics
by Jacob Ogles
16h ago
Leonard K. Spencer, a longtime Walt Disney Co. executive, has filed to challenge state Rep. Carolina Amesty. The Gotha Democrat filed against the Republican incumbent weeks before Florida’s qualifying deadline for legislative seats. But with strong connections to House District 45’s largest employer, Spencer’s entry into the race in a battleground district instantly turns the election into one of Central Florida’s marquee contests. Voters in HD 45 favored Joe Biden in the 2020 Presidential Election, where the Democrat won more than 52% of the vote while Republican Donald Trump collected less t ..read more
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