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Levine Ups TV Buy, Runs Bilingual Ad on Puerto Rico

Gwen Graham said she’ll veto other GOP priorities if Republicans don’t pass Medicaid expansion.

Nov. 21, 2017, 10:57 a.m.

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine (D) released a new bilingual TV ad that “will air for five weeks beginning [Monday], in select markets around Florida” highlighting his delivery of hurricane relief supplies to Puerto Rico.

Levine, altering between English and Spanish at his campaign kickoff: “Washington politicians pointed fingers at each other; I pointed a cargo plane filled with life-savings supplies to San Juan. … We will always be with Puerto Rico.” (release)

Levine’s All About Florida committee backed the ad with a $45,000 buy in Orlando from Tuesday through Dec. 19, bringing its total primary spending to $676,000. (Advertising Analytics)

Levine upped his estimate of possible self-funding, saying he’s “very comfortable putting in $50 million.”

Florida’s statewide races “generally hasn’t included Jews, at least in recent decades. … Levine … is hoping to become the exception. … Levine says he is a strong supporter of Israel — a relationship that began one summer when he visited there while studying at the London School of Economics. … He has returned to Israel multiple times — most recently in November after helping convince El Al to start offering a direct flight from Miami to Tel Aviv after a nine-year hiatus.” (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

HOSTAGE-TAKING. Former Rep. Gwen Graham (D) said Monday she will veto Republicans’ priorities unless they cooperate with her to expand Medicaid. She also said she would back a constitutional amendment by referendum to do so.

Graham: “I’ve lived in Tallahassee most of my life, and I don’t mind the summer heat. It won’t bother me one bit if the Legislature is forced to stay here all summer to ensure Floridians have access to affordable health care.” (release)

NAMES NAMED. State Sen. Jack Latvala (R) “has learned the name of the woman formally accusing him of sexual harassment, but he and his legal team agreed to respect her anonymity after a deal was struck with investigators.” (Florida Politics)

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