Rep. Ron DeSantis (R) raised $2 million last month between his campaign ($471,000) and political committee ($1.6 million) and had “over $5.2 million” on hand. (Tampa Bay Times)
Former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine (D) announced Wednesday he self-funded another $800,000 in February and that his campaign and political committee raised a combined $450,000 last month. (release)
Housing investor Chris King (D) raised $265,441 in February, including $201,000 for his campaign and another $64,000 for his political committee. He reported $1.8 million on hand. (release)
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum‘s (D) “campaign announced Wednesday that in February he raised more than $105,270 through his official campaign account and another $140,250 for his political committee, Forward Florida.” (Florida Politics)
STONEMAN DOUGLAS. “The Republican-led Florida House passed a school safety package that includes an unprecedented tightening of gun control regulations on Wednesday. The close vote placed reluctant GOP legislators in a vice between browbeating chamber leadership and the powerful National Rifle Association. … The … bill … would allow for the hiring of more school resources officers, physical security improvements to schools, new age and waiting-period limits on shotgun and rifle purchases and more police powers to seize weapons from dangerous people.”
State House Speaker Richard Corcoran (R): “Today, the House kept its word to the students and families of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. When we said ‘never again’ we meant it.” (Politico)
State Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam (R): “The Legislature’s commitment to funding that Safe Schools account has gone down over time. I think that complacency, unfortunately, potentially crept in. … It’s unfortunate that it took the Parkland event to refocus everyone on the need to harden these schools. … I am a member of the NRA, and that does not make us akin to someone who would kill 17 students.” (WJXT)
Levine and Gillum lauded the bill for taking steps in the right direction but called for further action to curtail gun rights. (releases)
“Gillum, during an appearance Saturday on MSNBC, accused [former Rep. Gwen Graham (D)] of campaigning on the Second Amendment when she ran for Congress. … King, during a news conference Wednesday in Tallahassee, said she never supported the ban during her time in Congress. Graham responded on Wednesday, saying in an email that the ‘attacks are predictable but sad.’ She alluded to her victory in 2014, which came after the NRA spent several hundred thousand dollars in an effort to defeat her.” (Tallahassee Democrat)
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"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."
OMB Director Mick Mulvaney today announced a plan to restructure the federal government, calling it part of the administration's efforts to "drain the swamp." In addition to merging the departments of Labor and Education—a detail which leaked earlier today—the proposal would privatize the Postal Service, begin moving federal workers out of the Washington area, and merge social programs into a department of Health and Public Welfare. The role of the Office of Personnel Management would also be largely phased out.