Capital Report: 04-29-2016

May 2, 2016

In a hastily arranged meeting Friday morning, Florida’s Cabinet members interviewed three more insurance commissioner candidates, promoting deputy commissioner David Altmaier [ALT my urr].  In the two previous hearings, Nick Evans reports, the governor and CFO have clashed over nominees.

Governor Rick Scott is continuing his tradition of trying to lure business from Democratically led states. Scott is targeting California, but Regan McCarthy reports it doesn’t look like he’s getting a warm welcome.

Sascha Cordner continues the conversation with Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones, who has been in her role for more than a year. We’ll hear more about what direction she’d like the prison agency to take, what’s in store for some of her employees, and her take on certain legal challenges affecting the agency.

Pundits are scratching their heads over one of the most competitive and perplexing U.S. Senate races in Florida history. The five best known Republicans include two congressmen and two scions of Cuban immigrant families, Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez Cantera and Bradenton developer Carlos Beruff. The Democratic slate includes two congressmen, Patrick Murphy and Alan Grayson. Grayson, a millionaire hedge-fund manager, faces an ethics investigation. Jim Ash talked to University of South Florida political scientist Susan MacManus about the race.

Kate Payne takes a look at some of the better-known candidates who are trying to replace Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate.