State Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam (R) and former Rep. Gwen Graham (D) “continued last month to hold financial edges over their opponents in the 2018 race for governor, but a potential candidate — state House Speaker Richard Corcoran — is quickly building up cash, new reports show.”
“Putnam … brought in $313,565 for his campaign in August, while a closely aligned political committee, known as Florida Grown, raised $726,634.”
“Graham … raised $241,721 for her campaign in August, while an allied political committee, known as Our Florida, raised $119,547. … Graham’s campaign had $736,185 in cash on hand as of the end of the month, while Our Florida had nearly $1.72 million.”
Housing investor Chris King (R) “raised $34,533 for his campaign, while an allied political committee, known as Rise and Lead, Florida, collected $47,900. The campaign had slightly less than $1.1 million on hand as of Aug. 31, while the committee had about $572,000.”
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D) “collected $60,855 for his campaign during the month, while a linked political committee, known as Forward Florida, raised $14,000, the reports show. The campaign had slightly more than $452,000 on hand as of Aug. 31, while the committee had about $153,000.” (News Service of Florida)
If Rep. Ron DeSantis (R) runs, “a committee called Fund For Florida’s Future is expected to back him and has more than $1.4 million in the bank.” (Palm Beach Post)
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"The United States is preparing to shelter as many as 20,000 migrant children on four American military bases" in Texas and Arkansas, "as federal officials struggled to carry out President Trump’s order to keep immigrant families together after they are apprehended at the border."
"House Republican leaders are further delaying a vote on a compromise immigration bill, planning to make changes to the legislation for a vote next week. The news comes after a two-hour Republican Conference meeting Thursday, in which authors of the bill walked through its contents and members raised concerns about issues the bill doesn’t address, multiple GOP lawmakers said. Many members requested the addition of a provision to require employers to use the E-Verify database to cheek the legal status of their employees."
After a conservative-backed immigration bill failed in the House, 193-231, leaders "postponed a vote on a 'compromise' immigration proposal until Friday. ... GOP leaders, however, are under no impression that they'll be able to secure the 218 votes needed in the next 24 hours to pass the text. Rather, the delay is to give members more time to read the bill."