VIDEO: From Tallahassee To Brevard County, a Look Back at the Week In Politics
By Space Coast Daily // July 3, 2017
VP MIKE PENCE SET TO VISIT KSC THURSDAY
SPACE COAST DAILY TV: The Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted a government affairs “State of the State” breakfast on Thursday morning at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA– Even though it’s July, the political landscape across the country and right here in our own backyard of Brevard County remains filled with storylines.
Here in Brevard, the week was highlighted by President Trump’s signing of an Executive Order that reestablishes the National Space Council.
The event was attended by Congressman Bill Posey in the Oval Office at The White House.
NASA news wasn’t limited to the President.
Vice President Mike Pence will Chair the new National Space Council and announced he will be visiting Kennedy Space Center on Thursday. Space Coast Daily TV will be on hand for the Vice President’s visit.
Other highlights this week included the government affairs “State of the State” breakfast last Thursday at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place hosted by the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce. (See above video)
Featured panelist included, Florida State Senators Dorothy Hukill and Debbie Mayfield, as well as local State Representatives Tom Goodson, Rene “Coach” Plascenia, Randy Fine and Thad Altman.
The following are the top stories of the week as seen on Space Coast Daily with some exceprts from the Sunshine State News.
SUMMER TIME A LONELY TIME IN TALLAHASSEE
Aside from the occasional hurricane, there are few elements of drama in most Tallahassee summers. The Legislature is out of town. Many of the statewide elected officers spend a lot of time elsewhere. The population drops precipitously as university students take their break.
Summer seemed to officially begin this week, as Gov. Rick Scott drained the last drops of suspense from the legislative session and its aftermath. He signed almost 30 bills and vetoed a few.
And he named Jimmy Patronis, a former public service commissioner and onetime state representative, as the state’s new chief financial officer, filling the spot being vacated by Jeff Atwater.
One bit of controversy that emerged during the spring has yet to be hammered out as the Florida Supreme Court weighs whether Scott overstepped his bounds by taking death-penalty cases away from a state attorney who said she would not pursue capital punishment.
But even there, the questions from justices seemed to leave little doubt about which way the final ruling would go.
HAIL TO THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Atwater’s decision to leave office more than a year early so he could take a position at Florida Atlantic University gave Scott a rare opportunity to fill a seat on the Florida Cabinet, whose approval Scott needs for some of the actions he’d like to take.
And the appointment of Patronis, a loyal ally with a mix of political and business experience, was in many ways vintage Scott.
The governor had already named Patronis to the Constitution Revision Commission, and before that, to the utility-regulating Public Service Commission, a job Patronis had to give up to take the CFO post.
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