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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"Congress is considering attaching a narrow background check bill for gun purchases to a must-pass government funding package before the end of the week, when thousands of high school students are expected to congregate in Washington for the March to End Gun Violence. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday said leadership was talking to its members about adding the background legislation, even as news broke of a new school shooting on Tuesday morning in Maryland."
"The House likely will not vote until Thursday on an omnibus spending bill, according to numerous lawmakers who attended a GOP conference meeting this morning. Some two dozen issues are still outstanding, members were told. The $1.3 trillion fiscal 2018 measure must be passed before government funding runs out Friday."
"President Trump is preparing to impose a package of $60 billion in annual tariffs against China, following through on a long-time threat that he says will punish China for intellectual property infringement and create more American jobs. The tariff package, which Trump plans to unveil by Friday, was confirmed by four senior administration officials. Senior aides had presented Trump with a $30 billion tariff package that would apply to a range of products, but Trump directed them to roughly double the scope of the new trade levies."
"President Trump’s attorneys have provided the special counsel’s office with written descriptions that chronicle key moments under investigation in hopes of curtailing the scope of a presidential interview, according to two people familiar with the situation. Trump’s legal team recently shared the documents in an effort to limit any session between the president and special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to a few select topics" on order to "minimize his exposure. ... The lawyers are worried that Trump, who has a penchant for making erroneous claims, would be vulnerable in an hours-long interview."