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Dear friends,

August 23rd is the date for party preference primaries and we want to make the customary plea of asking that you show up to the polls and help us elect strong, constitutional candidates that will carry us forward in to the general election. Be sure to look out for the new districts that were redrawn this year, you may not be voting in the same district number that you were previously. There are many maps floating around out there and various “find your elected officials” links online, but many of them either are not accurate or are not up to date. Always consult with your Supervisor of Elections if you are unsure.

We are thankful not to have drawn a primary challenger this cycle. It is a testament to the trust that you have placed in us, the strong team that we have built together, and our shared love for faith, family, freedom, opportunity and life. We have drawn a democrat challenger in the newly drawn Senate District 13. This district includes now all of Lake County and part of western Orange County. We look forward to the opportunity to contrast our principles of personal accountability, freedom and prosperity, versus the left’s vision of no accountability, big-government tyranny, and deprivation. Continue reading

Since 1985, the Lifeline program has provided a discount on phone service for qualifying low-income consumers to ensure that all Americans have the opportunities and security that phone service brings, including being able to connect to jobs, family and emergency services. Lifeline is part of the Universal Service Fund. The Lifeline program is available to eligible low-income consumers in every state, territory, commonwealth, and on Tribal lands.

The Lifeline program is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). USAC is responsible for data collection and maintenance, support calculation, and disbursement for the low-income program. USAC’s website provides information regarding administrative aspects of the low-income program, as well as program requirements. Continue reading

Gillum, once mayor of Tallahassee, is accused of acting in concert with associate Sharon Janet Lettman-Hicks to solicit funds using false representations and promises.

“The indictment further alleges the defendants used third parties to divert a portion of those funds to a company owned by Lettman-Hicks, who then fraudulently provided the funds, disguised as payroll payments, to Gillum for his personal use,” a Justice Department press release said.

Gillum is also charged with making a false statement to the FBI. He denied wrongdoing and said the case was political.

Gillum ran for governor of Florida with the Democratic nomination in 2018,  nearly defeating Ron Desantis.

Since then, he has been no stranger to trouble. Continue reading

Members of my team celebrated a $25,000 grant awarded to the Clothes Closet and Food Pantry of Orange Park this week. State Farm, the award sponsor, presented the all-volunteer organization that distributes food, clothing, and household items to residents in Clay County as part of its nationwide program that selects 100 winners across the country.

Congratulations to the Clothes Closet and Food Pantry, and thank you for what you do to support our community!

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Congresswoman Kat Cammack (R-FL-03) joined Congressman Gimenez (R-FL-26) as an original co-sponsor of the Migrant Protection Protocols Act, which seeks to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to codify President Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy.

The Migrant Protection Protocols Act of 2019, otherwise known as the “Remain in Mexico”policy, ensured that migrants were returned to Mexico for the duration of their immigration proceedings and were given a notice to appear in an immigration court rather than being let loose in the United States. This policy was highly effective in securing our southern border as it enabled the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish a safe and orderly immigration process. Under MPP, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) were able to regulate the inflow of migrants, process those who followed the law and properly applied for asylum, and curb the ability of smugglers and traffickers to prey on vulnerable populations.

Now, however, the weak and gutless decision by the Biden administration to reverse the Remain in Mexico Policy incentivizes Mexico to pass its border security responsibilities to the United States rather than dealing with the influx of migrants from Central and South America at the Mexican border. Continue reading

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Congresswoman Kat Cammack (R-FL-03) issued the following statement following the Supreme Court’s release of its decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson case.

“The monumental news in Dobbs v. Jackson is historic. Since the founding of our nation, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness have been key tenets in the United States, and this news has solidified our most basic right—the right to life. For the most vulnerable among us, this decision affirms the undeniable value of life and the protection and respect for all unborn children. This is a historic day. Life wins!”

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—To recognize Military Consumer Protection Month, Attorney General Ashley Moody is highlighting the plethora of resources available for service members through the Florida Attorney General’s Office. More than 1.5 million veterans, 100,000 service members and their families call Florida home. Unfortunately, there are scammers who focus on members of this community. To assist Florida military members and veterans, Attorney General Moody’s office published the Military Consumer Protection Resource Guide, with information about common scams targeting military members, veterans and their families, and guidance on existing laws and agencies that provide protections for service members. Another resource provided by Attorney General Moody is Scams at a Glance: Protect our Patriots. This quick-reference tool provides tips for avoiding fraudulent schemes. Attorney General Moody also staffs a Military and Veterans Assistance Program within the Consumer Protection Division that aids service members dealing with fraud and related issues. Continue reading

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Continuing the Summer Scams Series, Attorney General Ashley Moody is issuing a Consumer Alert to warn Floridians about potential online shopping scams. Many online retailers host huge summer sales. Scammers may mimic these legitimate events to target consumers with malware, phishing texts and other messages designed to steal personal or financial information.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Summer sales are a popular way for online retailers to attract customers and promote seasonal items. Scammers know this and may exploit these shopping events by posing as representatives of major retailers to steal money or personal information from unsuspecting consumers. As we continue our Summer Scam Series, I am asking consumers to take a few proactive steps to avoid fake emails, text messages and websites designed to impersonate legitimate companies.” Continue reading

In Case You Missed It: From the Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development Council

 Florida’s “Open for Business” Strategy Answering Supply Chain Demands

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (July 13, 2022) – Strong investments in Florida’s 15 seaports have well-positioned Florida to answer supply chain demands, and take advantage of a realignment in global trade routes, a new report shows. The Seaport Mission Plan, Florida Ports: Open for Business, released by the Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development Council (FSTED), provides an analysis on the health and capabilities of Florida ports, as well as trends on the horizon.

The report comes as 29 West Coast ports are working without a negotiated labor contract, and many shippers have already changed lanes to reroute to East Coast ports in fears that 2022 labor negotiations could lead to similar strikes, lockouts and slowdowns that occurred in 2002, 2008, 2012 and 2014. Continue reading

Today, Governor Ron DeSantis attended Florida’s annual Teacher of the Year Conference in Orlando to recognize the best educators in the state. At the event, Governor DeSantis highlighted five teacher of the year finalists and awarded each one with a $15,000 bonus. Governor DeSantis also highlighted Florida’s continuing education achievements over the past year, including Florida’s ranking as third in the nation for K-12 achievement according to the latest Quality Counts report.

“Florida is the education state not just because we have good policies, but because we have great teachers who go above and beyond for their students,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “It was great to join some amazing teachers today and to show our appreciation for their hard work and sacrifice. We will continue to invest in our schools and educators, while putting policies in place that improve outcomes for students.”  Continue reading

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