Capital Report: 11-11-2016

Nov 11, 2016

Marco Rubio gets to keep his U.S. Senate seat—something he promised to do after now President-Elect Donald Trump won the Republican primary. Lynn Hatter reports Rubio successfully beat back a challenge from Congressman Patrick Murphy.

Tuesday’s election put two new Congressmen in North Florida seats. Regan McCarthy reports Democrat Al Lawson is heading for District Five, while Republican Neal Dunn is the new U.S. Representative for District Two.

Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist is now Congressman Charlie Crist after completing his political comeback on Tuesday.  Crist beat out incumbent David Jolly for Congressional District 13.  Jolly’s district was also redrawn as part of Florida’s redistricting process, giving Crist a more favorable electorate.  We get that story from Steve Newborn and Mark Shriner from member station WUSF in Tampa.

Like the newly elected President and the future Congress, Florida’s future leaders will look pretty much the same. As Sascha Cordner reports, while Republicans still hold a majority in the state legislature, there were some upsets.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is tinkering with new regulations that would expedite public notification for pollution.   But Nick Evans reports many industrial interests are pushing back. 

Not that long ago, the New York Times was calling her Jeb Bush’s enforcer, the intensely loyal political hand clearing a certain path to the White House. But a speed bump named Donald Trump knocked the wheels off the bus, and Sally Bradshaw turned the page. As Jim Ash reports, the result is Midtown Reader, Bradshaw’s latest business venture and Tallahassee’s hot new independent bookstore.

2016 is a year when bonds across race, gender, and political party are being tested. But it’s also the 100th anniversary of the birth of a Florida historian, folklorist and social justice activist, who could offer some advice to a society in turmoil. Kate Payne has this profile of Stetson Kennedy.