Jeanette Nunez

Florida Gov. candidates with their running mates [from left to right]: Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democrat, chose Orlando Businessman and former rival Chris King, while Fla. Congressman Ron DeSantis, a Republican, chose state Rep. Jeanette Nunez.
Andrew Gillum's Twitter/Ron Desantis' Twitter

This week, Florida gubernatorial candidates from the two major political parties chose their running mates: Florida Congressman Ron DeSantis, a Republican, chose state Rep. Jeanette Nunez, while Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democrat, chose Orlando Businessman and former rival Chris King. Sascha Cordner spoke to University of Central Florida Political Scientist Aubrey Jewett to discuss the Republican and Democrat running mates, whether picking a Lieutenant Governor matters, and if the right choices were made on each ticket.

Florida House of Representatives

State Representative Jeanette Nuñez is Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis’ pick for lieutenant governor in Florida’s gubernatorial race. Nuñez, a Cuban-American from Miami, is a hit with Florida’s Republican Party — but isn’t exactly a conventional pick.

Gov. Rick Scott speaking during the 32nd Annual Governor’s Hurricane Conference.
Governor Rick Scott's twitter

While Hurricane Season is two weeks ago, Florida is already starting to see tropical depressions and bands of heavy rain across the state. And, looking back at the 2017 season, officials want to make sure not only are stakeholders prepared this year, but Florida’s citizens as well.

MGN Online

A bill building on Florida’s anti-human trafficking efforts is now heading to both the House and Senate floors.

Two Hispanic female lawmakers will have leadership roles within the Florida House and Senate.

Florida Channel

Bills seeking to compensate the families who want to rebury their loved ones found on the property of the now-closed Dozier School for Boys are continuing to move in both chambers of the Florida Legislature. One bill is already headed to the Senate floor.

MGN Online

A statewide council looking to build on Florida’s current anti-human trafficking efforts is mulling over potential legislation for 2016.

cuban and american flags
www.straitstimes.com

When president Obama indicated an interest in reopening trade agreements with Cuba, it didn’t take long for many to voice their disagreements. Now, Matthew Seeger reports that Florida lawmakers are getting their rejections heard in the form of a house memorial.

MGN Online

Governor Rick Scott signed more than 90 bills into law Friday. It includes a bill banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors as well as a controversial abortion bill.

Among the bills Scott approved is a measure seeking to change the 2016 Legislative Session’s start date from March to January. Originally, the bill would have affected all even-numbered year Sessions, but Rep. Jeanette Nuñez (R-Miami) says it later got watered down.

Huffington Post

Governor Rick Scott has about two weeks to act on more than a 100 bills delivered to his desk Thursday. They include a bill granting in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants as well as a bill legalizing a mild strain of marijuana for medical purposes—a couple controversial measures Scott has already said he’ll sign.

Charlotte's Web

Lawmaking Session Could Start Earlier In Election Years

Mar 3, 2014
WFSU / WFSU

A pair of Miami lawmakers want Florida’s legislative session to start earlier during election years.

In odd-numbered years, the session would still begin in March and run through early May. But in years where lawmakers have to stand for election, it would begin about six weeks earlier – officially the first Tuesday after the second Monday in January. Rep. Jeanette Nunez (R-Miami) is the bill’s House sponsor. She talked it up Monday, reminding lawmakers that in years past when the session started earlier to accommodate redistricting, the advanced schedule caused few problems.