A few moments ago, the Jeb Bush 2016 presidential campaign released a new video and a new, but familiar logo for the campaign. The "Make a Difference" release and video is the firing of the starting gun for Bush's bid to become the third member of his family to occupy the White House. Bush makes his formal announcement tomorrow in Miami. Crowley Political Report with be there.
PRE-ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO “MAKING A DIFFERENCE” INTRODUCES JEB BUSH TO THE NATION
Miami, FL - Today, Governor Bush released a new web video, “Making a Difference,” introducing himself to the nation ahead of his announcement on Monday. The video highlights the impact Jeb Bush had on the lives of countless Floridians as Governor of Florida.
Drawing on first person accounts, the video tells the story of someone who cares deeply about helping people and getting results that allow everyone the opportunity to achieve their dreams.
“Making A Difference” shows that Jeb Bush knows how to fix the problems facing Americans, because he’s done it.
“He really cares about us. He really cares about people with developmental disabilities, and with all disabilities. There are people today that are getting services because of what Jeb did,” said Berthy De La Rosa-Aponte.
Kim Donatelle echoed Aponte’s sentiment, “I think Governor Bush changed a lot of lives in Florida. I am very grateful that he was our Governor.”
"I said I was going to do these things and I did them, and the result was Florida is a lot better off," says Governor Bush in the video. Leadership is not about "yapping about things…what we need is new leadership that takes conservative principles and applies them so that people can rise up.”
Denisha Merriweather (Jacksonville, FL): My mom, my brother, and my uncle all dropped out of school, by the time I was in the third grade I had failed twice.
Miguel Manrara (Miramar, FL): My first job was picking up garbage and cardboard so I could have some money to feed, to help feed my family, my mother, my father.
One thing you have to credit Marco Rubio campaign team is for its speed. Shortly after Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke today, the Republican candidate had this video in response.
Let's note that while it is a direct shot at Clinton, you could argue that Republican Jeb Bush gets hit by the ricochet.
We get a hint of what the start of Jeb Bush's presidential campaign will look like from this video the former Florida governor launched today.
Note that the ad is dubbed Today and Tomorrow. It certainly suggests that Bush is not about to cede any ground to fellow Florida Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio.
Rubio has sharply divided the race between old-hands, who he is portraying as out-of-touch with the 21st Century, and the younger generation of politicians who Rubio claims are better prepared to deal with life's new realities.
In Bush's campaign video, coming just ahead of his formal campaign announcement on Monday, he is shown campaigning in Iowa and New Hampshire. Oops, not campaigning - exploring. He quickly shifts to a wedding photo of Bush and his wife Columba.
He than brags about his achievements as Florida's governor before switching to a brief look at the future.
No we're talking about the Oak Ridge Boys who often serenaded Jeb Bush supporters with "Elvira." It would not be surprising to find them on stage Monday as the former Florida governor launches his 2016 presidential campaign.
The real question is - will the Bush campaign bring back !
Yup, the exclamation point. It was a staple of Bush's earlier campaigns.
So Crowley Political Report reached out to a well-placed Bush source with perhaps the most important question of the campaign - is the ! back?
These are not the kinds of things that a campaign takes lightly. We're already seen a misstep with the reaching hand of Bush's Right to Rise PAC. Odd looking, easily made fun of, and not very presidential the image has been dismissed as a hand groping for dollars.
So one can only imagine the discussions over the !
Keep it? Drop it? Add more? Jeb!!!!!!
Is it back?
Yes. Jeb is not Jeb with !
If you looks at the photo below, you might conclude that after the 1994 appearance of Jeb!, Lamar Alexander swiped it for his 1996 race for president.
Let's just note that Mike Murphy is a top consultant for both Bush and Alexander.
We're fairly confident that Bush will not make plaid a signature of his campaign.
Of course, we still don't know if Bush will use this as his campaign theme song.
Jeb Bush, who will formally announce his campaign for president on June 15, has named Danny Diaz to be his campaign manager, according to the Wall Street Journal.
From WSJ reporter Beth ReinHard:
Danny Diaz, a 39-year-old Washington, D.C., native who has worked for the past three Republican presidential nominees, will serve as campaign manager of Jeb Bush's anticipated presidential campaign.
Mr. Diaz is a founding partner of FP1 Strategies, a public affairs and advertising firm, and has been advising the Bush effort. The son of Spanish immigrants most recently worked for newly elected Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez two states with large Hispanic populations that will be key to the GOP winning the White House. Mr. Diaz was a senior adviser to Mr. Romney’s campaign, deputy communications director for 2008 nominee John McCain and southwest regional press secretary for former President George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election.
Read more of Reinhard's report here.
From Diaz's bio on his company's website:
Danny Diaz is a founding partner at FP1 Strategies LLC, a public affairs, media relations, digital communications and advertising firm specializing in project management, strategic planning, message development and advertising for political and issue-based campaigns.
Diaz has worked at the highest levels in national political campaigns helping Republican candidates win congressional, senatorial, gubernatorial and presidential races. He also serves as a strategist and consultant on various public affairs initiatives addressing a host of issues, including transportation, health care, retail and education.
Diaz most recently served as the general consultant in Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s general election campaign, as well as once again serving as a senior advisor to New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez. Previously, he was a senior consultant to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in his campaign for Virginia governor. During the most recent presidential cycle, Diaz served as a senior advisor to Governor Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.
In 2010, Diaz worked as a lead consultant on two of the most closely watched races in the country, Mark Kirk for U.S. Senate and Susana Martinez for Governor. Martinez became the first Hispanic woman elected governor in both New Mexico and American history.
In 2008, Diaz was the communications director of the Republican National Committee (RNC). As such, he managed the national party’s press, research and e-campaign operations, including specialty, regional, broadcast and online media.
Prior to that, Diaz served as deputy communications director for John McCain 2008 and deputy communications director at the RNC. He played a key role in developing and implementing the strategic media plan to advance the nominations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court, in addition to managing the committee’s independent expenditure program and anti-vote fraud efforts.
In 2004, Diaz served as southwest regional press secretary for Bush-Cheney ’04 and was a member of the campaign’s National Hispanic Working Group.
A native of Washington, D.C., Diaz graduated from George Mason University and resides in Vienna, Virginia with his wife, three daughters and son.
With a thanks to SaintPetersBlog which first reported this....Jeb Bush will launch his bid for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination with a rapid series of fundraisers. That is in addition to campaign trips to key primary states.
His fundraising push continues to be impressive. See below.
Let's start with the premise that the fact that Florida Senator Marco Rubio got a handful of traffic tickets over nearly 20 years is not a big deal. And the fact that his wife got quite a few more, well, who cares?
Still, that is one of the big stories in today's New York Times.
Perhaps more interesting, however, is the media squabble that is unfolding with the Washington Free Beacon reporting that the New York Times got its traffic ticket story from Democratic research firm American Bridge.
The Beacon reports: Records show that each of the citations mentioned by the New York Times were pulled in person by American Bridge operatives on May 26, 2015. . . .Neither of the reporters, Alan Rappeport and Steve Eder, appeared on the docket records for any of the traffic citations for Rubio and his wife. An additional researcher credited in the New York Times, Kitty Bennett, also does not appear on any of the court records.
Note the word "operatives." Makes it all sound very shady.
Frankly, it is more surprising that the Times needed two reporters and a researcher to work on a simple traffic ticket story.
Here's a snippet from the Times story:
According to a search of the Miami-Dade and Duval County court dockets, the Rubios have been cited for numerous infractions over the years for incidents that included speeding, driving through red lights and careless driving. A review of records dating back to 1997 shows that the couple had a combined 17 citations: Mr. Rubio with four and his wife with 13. On four separate occasions they agreed to attend remedial driving school after a violation.
Now there is nothing at all unusual about reporters being fed information from outside groups. Happens every day. What the Beacon is doing is trying to make the Times appear to be working with Democrats. Of course this ignores the fact that when Republican leaning groups give the Times similar information against a Democrat it would also be published.
What really seems odd is that the traffic ticket story seems silly and may actually help Rubio's presidential campaign. This just helps him with his "I'm just one of you" image that he is cultivating.
Jeb Bush announced today that he will announce on June 15 whether he is a candidate for president. Of course the only thing that would surprise everyone that day would be an announcement that he is not running for the 2016 Republican nomination.
After months of being the "golly, I'm still thinking about it" candidate, Florida's former governor is not quite the unstoppable candidate that many thought he would be when he first launched his bid.
The Bush campaign has created a new website jebannouncement.com.
According to the campaign, "This event will take place Monday, June, 15. Doors open at 1:00 p.m., at the Miami Dade College Kendall Campus. The event will be held in the Theodore R. Gibson Health Center."
Much has changed over the last six months, including a growing number of GOP candidates, the rise of Florida Senator Marco Rubio, and steadily dropping poll numbers for Bush. His campaign has become a bit of a punchline for opponents who see Bush's long, tedious journey to a formal announcement seemed exhausting even to his supporters.
But his campaign has stuck to its plan willing to weather early criticism confident that early polls are meaningless with few voters locking onto a candidate. Still, Bush's path to GOP nomination seems more treacherous than it did just a few months ago.
Even the Bush campaign's expected $100 million-plus bank account has done little to scare off opponents. And some political commentators are now calling Bush a middle-of-the-pack candidate as opposed to a front runner.
Bush has not helped himself with gaffes about Iraq, and a campaign style that lacks the rhetorical passion of a Rubio.
All of this creates a lot of pressure on Bush when he launches his campaign in 11 days. This will be his moment to prove that Bush is indeed a leader of the GOP who is, as he is fond of saying, his own man.
Florida Senator and 2016 presidential candidate Marco Rubio sent a video for his appearance today at Governor Rick Scott's economic summit in Orlando. In the video, Rubio raps "outdated leaders." It is an ongoing theme of his campaign.
Attending the summit is "I'm still kinda thinking about it even though sometimes a slip-of-the-tongue has me admitting I'm a candidate" former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.
Which leaves one wondering are Rubio's remarks intended to sweep Bush into the net of old fogies?
Rubio: "While our economy is transforming our policies and our leaders are not. Our outdated leaders continue to cling to outdated ideas. . . .Time has come for a new generation of leaders."
So tell us Senator - are you including Jeb Bush among the old timers?
Somewhat dismissively, presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush told folks in Iowa that he is skipping the largely worthless straw poll there because - "I just don't do straw polls."
Bush made the statement as if straw polls were the silliest thing he ever heard.
But he didn't feel that way in 1995. That year, shortly after losing his 1994 bid for governor, Bush led the most successful Florida straw poll in the state's history. there were more than 3,300 delegates. Hundreds of reporters from across the nation attended. Nearly every major candidate participated.
Held in Orlando, the November contest ended with Kansas Senator Bob Dole, getting 1,104 votes, or 33 percent. Texas Senator Phil Gramm got 869 votes and Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander got 749 votes. Five other candidates, including Pat Buchanan and Alan Keyes, stayed in single digits.
The candidates campaigned heavily for months before the straw poll, spending a small fortune wooing delegates. Jeb Bush told the delegates: "You can get to choose who the next President of the United States may very well be."
By 1999, Bush was Florida's governor and his big brother was running for president. There seemed no point in attempting a straw poll that would appear rigged for George W. It effectively put an end to Florida straw polls.
And apparently now, Jeb Bush just doesn't do straw polls.
Democratic political operative Steve Schale has taken an interesting look at Florida's Hispanic voters and questions some of politics assumptions about this strategic group of voters.
Some excerpts shared with his permission:
Here are some key toplines:
Two other noteworthy things happened over that same time:
If you are Democrat, this next bit should worry you and if you are a Republican you should love it:
Does Jeb Bush like being compared to his brother, former President George W. Bush? That is the central question in an interesting piece written by Politico Florida reporter Marc Caputo.
For much of his political career, Jeb Bush has performed a delicate balancing act when it came to his family. The Bush name effectively made him, opening doors in politics and business and producing in him a fierce family loyalty. At the same time, with two Bush presidencies and a life of patrician privilege to live down, Jeb has felt obligated to insist to the world, “I am my own man.”
This week, Bush took a serious tumble from that high wire, botching a simple question about the Iraq War that his brother George W. Bush launched and which most surveys now show a majority of Americans believe was a disastrous mistake. “Knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the invasion?” Fox News’ Megyn Kelly asked him. “I would have, and so would have Hillary Clinton, just to remind everybody,” Bush confidently replied. “And so would almost everybody that was confronted with the intelligence they got.”
But Jeb wasn’t finished with his show of family loyalty, the polls be damned. “Just for the news flash to the world: If they’re trying to find places where there’s big space between me and my brother, this might not be one of those,” he declared, just as defiantly. Bush also surprised some donors at a recent closed-door meeting by saying that his brother, whom many Americans believe mishandled the post-9/11 challenge in Iraq, was his top foreign policy adviser on the Mideast, according to the Washington Post.
Now this analysis by Caputo is just the kind of thing that irritates the hell out of the Bush world.
As Caputo aptly points out, Bush may not like it but he's stuck with comparison's to his brother. And those comparison are not going to stop anytime soon.
Caputo, a former colleague, also interviewed Crowley Political Report for the story. Here's what we had to say:
For some of those who have covered Jeb Bush and worked for him, the incident exposes his testy media management style, one in which he grows especially defensive about his older brother, who unexpectedly got his shot at the White House before he did.
So Bush—his guard up and his talking points at the ready (Hillary voted for the Iraq War)—answered the question he wanted, not the question asked. And his response persuaded almost no one.
“That was the kind of ‘I’m going to dismiss the reporter, I’m going to dismiss the question’ response but it’s also a sign of a testiness that can cause him some trouble,” said Brian Crowley, the former political editor of the Palm Beach Post who covered Bush’s unsuccessful race for governor in 1994 and his subsequent blowout wins in 1998 and 2002.
Even before Bush’s first run for office, Crowley said, he pushed back against the notion that his family ties gave him special privileges. Still, after his father won the vice presidency, Bush was a “regular correspondent” with the White House and used his connection to advocate for everything from airport issues to Motorola to a businesswoman seeking federal help to increase the sales of rabbit meat, according to a recent New York Times report. In Miami, Bush became a rich man after his partnership with real-estate developer Armando Codina. “Jeb didn’t get that job with Codina because he was John Ellis. He got it because he’s John Ellis Bush,” Crowley said, referring to the initials that have become Jeb’s de facto first name.
Here is the text of Florida Senator Marco Rubio's speech to the Council on Foreign Affairs.
I’d like to begin my remarks today by quoting from the closing of another set of remarks — from a speech that echoes across history due to its proximity to tragedy, but that stands more importantly, more powerfully, as a testament to the bipartisan tradition of strong American leadership.
On the morning of November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy spoke at the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce on the need for a strong and active America, and he ended with this:
“I am confident, as I look to the future, that our chances for security, our chances for peace, are better than they have been in the past. And the reason is because we are stronger. And with that strength is a determination to not only maintain the peace, but also the vital interests of the United States. To that great cause, Texas and the United States are committed.”
These were the final words of the final speech President Kennedy ever delivered. But the commitment to American Strength he spoke of lived on long after him — across decades, across both parties — eventually bringing about the conclusion of the Cold War and the emergence of America as the world’s only superpower.
President Kennedy, like most presidents before and since, understood what our current president does not: that American Strength is a means of preventing war, not promoting it. And that weakness, on the other hand, is the friend of danger and the enemy of peace.
Since the end of the Cold War, the threats facing America have changed, but the need for American Strength has not. It has only grown more pressing as the world has grown more interconnected.
In recent decades, technology has demolished barriers of travel and trade, transforming our national economy into a global one. The prosperity of our people now depends on their ability to interact freely and safely in the international marketplace. Turmoil across the world can impact American families almost as much as turmoil across town. It can cause the cost of living to rise, or entire industries to shed jobs and crumble.
Today, as never before, foreign policy is domestic policy.
Sadly, President Obama disagrees with that simple truth. He entered office believing America was too hard on our adversaries, too engaged in too many places, and that if we just took a step back, did some “nation building at home” — ceding leadership to other countries — America would be better liked and the world better off.
Below is the speech Florida Senator Marco Rubio gave today to the Council on Foreign Relations. The speech is followed with the 2016 Republican presidential candidate answering questions from Charlie Rose.
It is a wide ranging speech and interview with comments about Rubio's view of foreign policy and America's role in the world - from the Middle East to China and, of course, Cuba.
American Bridge, a Democratic video specialist, has come out with a dandy look at recent polls showing former Florida Governor Jeb Bush struggling in the polls. The video snaps back and forth among various talking heads grimly suggesting Bush is in trouble.
The video also includes comments from Bush including his suggestion that everyone "take a chill pill" rather than get worked up about the polls.
Bush is right about one thing - most of these polls, particularly national polls - are silly and meaningless. Many news organizations commit journalistic malfeasance by blowing these polls all out of proportion.
But Bush knows better than to completely dismiss the polls. While many of them are silly, the constant chatter causes anxiety among active Republicans who take the polls all too seriously. Then, there is a risk that the polls become self-fulfilling causing both potential supporters and donors to have doubts.
If Bush were a lesser known figure, even the national political press corps might have started treating him like his last name was Perry, Huckabee or Santorum.
Whatever you think about the polls, this is an entertaining video.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush gave the commencement address today at Liberty University, the Virginia institution founded by the late Jerry Falwell.
The all-but 2016 presidential candidate gave a spirited defense of Christianity.
How strange, in our own time, to hear Christianity spoken of as some sort of backward and oppressive force. Outside these seven thousand acres of shared conviction, it’s a depressing fact that when some people think of Christianity and of Judeo-Christian values, they think of something static, narrow, and outdated. We can take this as unfair criticism, as it typically is, or we can take it as further challenge to show in our lives the most dynamic, inclusive, and joyful message that ever came into the world.
The text of his speech is below:
“Thank you very much, President Falwell. Trustees, faculty and staff, distinguished guests, parents and friends: I appreciate your kind hospitality. And to all the graduates: Thank you for letting me share in this wonderful day, as you become proud alumni of Liberty University.
“It’s so good to be here, and especially to visit with the Falwell family. My Dad thought very highly of your father, President Falwell, and knew him as a loyal friend. Jerry Falwell had a gift for friendship, spoke to everyone, and turned his back on no one. His legacy endures, and it only begins with this great American university.
“My Dad received an honorary degree here 25 years ago, and so many of you have asked this morning how he’s doing, just a month shy of his 91st birthday. I’m happy to say he’s in pretty good shape. And it’ll stay that way, if we can just keep his mind off that parachute.
“Today was also my first chance to meet Pastor Jonathan Falwell. Jonathan has a unique place at Liberty, among other reasons because, here at this university, his father used to be president, and then his brother became president. Somehow – I don’t know what it was – we really hit it off. I’m not sure what’s in store for you next, Jonathan, but I’m pulling for you.
“The proudest people here won’t be collecting degrees. And maybe the parents of this class are thinking of another time, when your milestones in life were, well, a little less ceremonious than today. Things like standing up that first time, or starting to read books, instead of just chewing on them, or performing little miracles, like blowing your own nose or sitting still in church.
“It doesn’t always feel that way to parents, but they must have done a lot of things right. Today, by the thousands, Liberty is sending forth across America civilized, confident, true-hearted men and women – which happens to be just what America needs.
“When the rest of the world hardly knew of you, you were all the world to your Mom and Dad. And by the way you still are – so how about we all show our gratitude to the parents of the Class of 2015.
“I might add that if you have earned a Liberty degree while on active duty in the United States military, that is a special distinction. You’re a credit to this university and to your country, and we thank you.
“Whether you’re in this stadium or an online student receiving a degree, as of today, Liberty University is in your past. But this school, and the values that it stands for, will always be part of who you are.
“And if there is any useful role I can perform here, maybe it’s just to offer one last word of encouragement in the vocation you have freely taken up. It’s the same one, of course, whatever degree you have earned, whatever work you will do, however life unfolds. It is the greatest of all callings – to know, love, and serve the Lord – and it’s yours by choice.
“You know how to choose a path and stay on it. That’s useful knowledge when life can present more choices than we sometimes know what to do with. Especially if you’re young and trying to live out the message of the Gospels, the world will never run short of competing offers. You’ve heard them all, you’re not impressed, and that wisdom alone will carry you a long way.
“The faith that you brought here, the faith that matured here, doesn’t give every answer to every question. Nor, of course, does it promise anyone a life spared from doubt or difficulty. But in the way of life’s advantages, each one of you already has the best there is – an awakened conscience. When you’ve got that going for you, there’s no end to the good you can do, or the wrongs you can help overcome, or the hope you can bring into the lives of others. This doesn’t always come as a welcome reminder in some quarters, but it is true all the same: Whatever the need, the affliction, or the injustice, there is no more powerful or liberating influence on this earth than the Christian conscience in action.
“How strange, in our own time, to hear Christianity spoken of as some sort of backward and oppressive force. Outside these seven thousand acres of shared conviction, it’s a depressing fact that when some people think of Christianity and of Judeo-Christian values, they think of something static, narrow, and outdated. We can take this as unfair criticism, as it typically is, or we can take it as further challenge to show in our lives the most dynamic, inclusive, and joyful message that ever came into the world.
Moments ago, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio tweeted the above photo with this text:
The link takes you to Rubio's website where a bold headline states:
"We Can't Turn to the Leaders of Yesterday."
We understand this has been part of his campaign theme since Rubio announced but perhaps it is time to call it what it is - a direct slap at Jeb Bush.
There is no question that Rubio's biggest roadblock to the GOP nomination is Bush. And there is no question that Bush is considered a "leader of yesterday."
After all, Bush's last political campaign was 2002 - not far removed from cell phone in that picture.
Of course there is nothing in the text of this Rubio page - which asks for money - that directly speaks about Bush. In fact, it gently touches on issues before ending with, "it's time to leave yesterday behind."
It seems clear that Rubio's campaign is convinced that the only way Rubio can defeat Bush - and the other GOP candidates - is by presenting himself as the new guy with fresh ideas - the leader of "A New American Century."
For now, Bush seems to be rolling with it. But if Rubio starts to become a real threat, Bush's team will start treating Rubio like an ill-informed school boy.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio's campaign put together a New Hampshire video featuring the Republican making appearances across the Granite State.
The campaign is using the video to raise money.
The video opens with an image of the state Capitol in Concord, the video zips through other familiar New Hampshire images while a voice is heard introducing Rubio to an audience in Manchester. In the largely blue collar state, Rubio talks about graduating students from high school who are ready to take on skilled jobs.
Rubio tells a house party that running in New Hampshire is similar to his first race for a commission seat in West Miami - "the way you get elected there is you just knock on people' doors, you do parties like this. The only thing missing is Cuban coffee."
Florida Democratic Senators are asking the Florida Supreme Court to force House Speaker Steve Crisafulli to finish the 60-day legislative session. Here is what was filed with the court
IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA
Case No. SC 15- _________
ARTHENIA JOYNER, OSCAR BRAYNON, JOSEPH ABRUZZO, MARIA SACHS, DARREN SOTO, CHRISTOPHER SMITH, GERALDINE THOMPSON, JEFF CLEMENS, DWIGHT BULLARD, ELEANOR SOBEL, BILL MONTFORD, AUDREY GIBSON, and JEREMY RING in their capacity as a members of the Florida Senate,
THE FLORIDA HOUSE OF REPRESTATIVES and STEVE CRISAFULLI, in his capacity as the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives,
EMERGENCY PETITION INVOKING JURISDICTION OF THE SUPREME COURT FOR A WRIT OF MANDAMUS TO REQUIRE COMPLIANCE WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF ARTICLE III, SECTION 3(e), FLORIDA CONSTITUTION
MESSER CAPARELLO, P.A. MARK HERRON Florida Bar No.: 0199737 ROBERT J. TELFER, III Florida Bar No.: 128694 J. BRENNAN DONNELLY Florida Bar No.: 268895 P.O. Box 15579 Tallahassee, Florida 32317 Telephone: (850) 222-0720 Facsimile: (850) 224-4359 Attorneys for Petitioners
Pursuant to Rule 9.100, Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure, Petitioners, Arthenia Joyner, Oscar Braynon, Joseph Abruzzo, Maria Sachs, Darren Soto, Christopher Smith, Geraldine Thompson, Jeff Clemens, Dwight Bullard, Eleanor Sobel, Bill Montford, Audrey Gibson, and Jeremy Ring, respectfully petition this Court for a writ of mandamus compelling the Florida House of Representatives to comply with the requirements of Article III, Section 3(e) of the Florida Constitution, which provides that “[n]either house shall adjourn for more than seventy-two consecutive hours except pursuant to concurrent resolution.”
I. BASIS FOR INVOKING JURISDICTION
This Court has jurisdiction to issue a writ of mandamus under Article V, Section 3(b)(8) of the Florida Constitution and Rule 9.030(b)(3) of the Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure. Mandamus is the proper legal remedy to compel a state officer or a state agency to perform a legal duty required by the Florida Constitution. Dade County Classroom Teachers Ass’n. V. Legislature, 269 So. 2d 684 (Fla. 1972). The jurisdiction of this Court is invoked on an emergency basis due to the fact that the action of the House of Representatives was taken in the final days of the 2015 legislative session and relief is required prior to the conclusion of the session in order for the Legislature to complete its duties and responsibilities under the Florida Constitution.