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February 2018

Rick Scott talks guns at the White House

Florida Gov. Rick Scott spoke at the White House this morning at a gathering of governors hosted by President Trump.

Here is the White House transcript of Scott's remarks:

GOVERNOR SCOTT: Well, the first thing I want to do is I want to thank the President for making something happen. All of us, as governors, know, in any jobs we've had, you have to get something done. If you -- anybody that has gone through one of these -- and if you've gone to the funeral of a 14-year-old girl that her parents just loved her, you know that you have to make a change.

 So what we've done in the last -- I guess, it's a little less than two weeks -- we've looked at what other governors have done. We've brought people together. I'm very appreciative of what the President has done by bringing us all together to talk about this, and also what he did last week by bringing people together because it has created momentum to make sure something happens this time, that we dont go through this and nothing happen.

So, in our state, the way I've done this is I've broken it down into three things. Number one, we're going to have school safety. No parent in our state is going to say, "I'm concerned whether my child can go to school safely." If you go to school in Florida, you're going to know that your child can come home safely. If you're a teacher, if you work at one of these schools, you're going to know you're going to come home safely. That's step one.

We're going to spend $500 million. I have two weeks left in my legislative session; I'm not waiting for the federal government. We're going to invest $500 million, and we're going to have significant law enforcement presence at every public school in our state.


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Schools Superintendent Resigns

Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa has resigned effective June 12. In a letter to the school board, Avossa said he will become Senior Vice President and Publisher of LRP publications based in Palm Beach Gardens.

In recent years, Palm Beach County rarely keeps a superintendent for very long. If the past is any indication, the selection of Avossa successor will be difficult.

From the LRP website:

LRP Publications, founded in 1977 by Kenneth Kahn, is a broad-based media company serving business and education professionals. Specializing in the fields of education administration, education law, education technology, federal employment, human resources, workers' compensation and disability, and ergonomics, the company publishes hundreds of books, pamphlets, newsletters, videos and online resources.

Why Rick Scott should not run for the Senate. It's not what you think.



By Brian E. Crowley

Many believe that most mornings Florida Governor Rick Scott looks in the mirror and sees the Sunshine State's newest U.S. Senator. Certainly Republicans hope he is right.

Scott is their perfect candidate. He can largely pay his own way. He has won two statewide races. And most importantly, he could knock off a three-term Democrat - Bill Nelson - and perhaps help the GOP keep control of the Senate.

Those are swell reasons for the Republican Party to cheer him on but the fact is that Scott might just be miserable as a United States senator. Unless, his plan is to retire to the Senate - and he would not be the first, Scott might be better off not running.

Let's start with why Scott would be miserable.

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King names press secretary

 And here's the press release.

For Immediate Release: Feb. 5, 2018

Contact Avery Jaffe, [email protected]

King Campaign Announces Press Secretary

WINTER PARK, Fla. — Today, Chris King for Florida announced that Avery Jaffe is joining the campaign as Press Secretary. Jaffe will serve as a spokesman for the campaign and will work with the state and national press corps covering Florida’s gubernatorial race.

“My campaign is excited to have Avery on board to help share our vision of new leadership and fresh ideas for all Floridians,” Chris King said. “Avery will help us make sure voters across the state hear our message of fixing Florida’s affordable living crisis by growing an economy that lifts up every Floridian and leaves no one behind.”

Jaffe served as the traveling press secretary for former Gov. Ted Strickland’s 2016 U.S. Senate campaign in Ohio and most recently worked as a strategic communications consultant for progressive candidates running for office. He joins a robust communications team highlighted by Larry Grisolano of AKPD Message and Media, Omar Khan of Mercury Public Affairs and Hari Sevugan of 270 Strategies.

Jaffe can be reached by email at [email protected] and on Twitter @averyjaffe.