Rubio on MTV, working out and North Korea

House Speaker Richard Corcoran appeared on C-Span Wednesday morning, pontificating to a national audience about sexual harassment, hurricane recovery and term limits.

A few days earlier, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio got in some air time on a somewhat less-auspicious channel.

The celebrity gossip site TMZ caught Rubio, a Florida Republican, at Reagan airport in D.C. on Monday.

Ignoring the sex scandals rocking Florida’s statehouse and Congress, or any other high-minded topics, the folks at instead honed in on what their inquiring minds want to know: Does Rubio watch the MTV reality show “Floribama Shore?” (which we didn’t even know was a thing).

Rubio said he’s heard of the show but hasn’t seen it.

“We’ve been busy cutting taxes,” he said.

Asked if this could negatively impact the image of Florida and paint Panama City Beach, where the reality show is filmed, as a party town, the Miami Republican said he would have to see it see it first.

The inquisitive TMZ reporter pointed out that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie created a kerfuffle a few years back when he dissed the MTV “Jersey Shore” show, saying it was “bad for New Jersey.”

Rubio said he’d have to wait and see the show before he could comment and indicated he had loftier problems at hand.

“It’s just a TV show. People have a right to put RV shows together. We’ve got a crazy man with nuclear weapons in North Korea,” he said.

The TMZ guy told Rubio he appeared to be in pretty good shape, but the senator didn’t seem to agree.

Saying he hasn’t been working out lately, Rubio said he doesn’t plan on hitting the beach (on national TV) anytime soon.

“After I get a tan and hit the gym, right?” he joked.

By Jim Turner and Dara Kam.

Guess who’s coming to dinner? Your “Clean Cooking Congresswoman”

As we were getting ready to make some oven-baked kale chips, we came across this little gem from U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who’s apparently part of the made-from-scratch movement.

The message was sent by the Broward County congresswoman’s PAC, Democrats Win Seats:

Thanksgiving has always been a special time for me. I’m fortunate to have a loving family, great friends and a support system that continues to stand with me.

Before I sit down for Thanksgiving this year, I wanted you to know that I consider you a significant part of my extended family, and I couldn’t be more grateful for your continued support this year.


Cooking is a major part of my life, and cooking on Thanksgiving is more than just a standard tradition. As your ‘Clean Cooking Congresswoman,’ I wanted to share a recipe I developed with fruits and one of my favorite cooking methods – the slow cooker.

From my family to yours – Happy Thanksgiving.


P.S. If you would like to see more recipes, please follow me on Instagram: @cleancookingcongresswoman.

In case you didn’t know, “clean eating” adherents eschew processed foods and shun additives. Many clean eating movement proponents are, like Wasserman Schultz, cancer survivors.

Here’s DWS’s chicken recipe:

Kumquat and Cherry Chicken with Roasted Vegetables
Recipe by @cleancookingcongresswoman

2 chicken (or turkey) breasts

1 green bell pepper

1 red bell pepper

10 kumquats

10 Orange Glory grape tomatoes (yellow cherry or grape tomatoes are also fine)

10 Rainier cherries

1 tbsp honey

1-2 tbsp Mina Harissa spicy sauce (depending on taste)

1/2 c water

Salt and pepper, to taste


Cut up raw chicken/turkey breast into small pieces, slice bell peppers, cut kumquats and grape tomatoes in half, and slice cherries and remove pits. Place chicken, fruit and vegetables in slow cooker. Add honey, Mina Harissa spicy sauce, water, and salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly. Turn slow cooker on low for 4-6 hours. Stir every hour and check after 3 hours for poultry doneness.


EMILY’s List backs Mary Barzee Flores in CD 27

20374691_747055515505507_3902901032105913306_nEMILY’s List is backing Mary Barzee Flores in what is expected to be a heated race to replace Miami U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who’s quitting Congress after nearly three decades.

Flores, a onetime public defender and former Miami-Dade circuit judge, will face off in the Democratic primary against (among others) state Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez, who’s also a lawyer and who flipped a GOP seat last year after emerging victorious in a vicious contest with incumbent Miguel Diaz de la Portilla (another lawyer).

The backing of Emily’s List not only aids Flores in the fundraising arena, but could also give her a leg up with women voters, who may be more voted to support female candidates amid the national uprising about sexual harassment in the boardroom, in statehouses, in Congress, and, of course, in Hollywood.

The EMILY’s List press release, issued this morning:

“Mary Barzee Flores has built a reputation as a dogged public defender and empathetic judge in the same community she was born and where she and her husband ​are ​rais​ing​ their family. Now EMILY’s List is proud to endorse her as she seeks to bring her incredible work ethic and passion for her hometown to the halls of Congress,” EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock said in the release.

“This open seat represents an opportunity for Floridians to send a message to Washington. Working families need a representative who will fight to protect basic women’s health care services, defend against the rolling back of environmental protections, and push to reform our broken immigration system. Mary is ready for the job, and we look forward to supporting her every step of the way.”

Mary stepped up to run and to fight for the working families of Miami-Dade County after the 2016 election inspired her to be the candidate she knew her community needed. She is running for the open seat currently held by retiring incumbent Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who has represented this district since 1990 — a time during which South Florida has undergone dramatic changes. Mary is an outstanding leader running a strong grassroots campaign, and she has what it takes to flip this must-win seat.


Scott pitches Florida budget — to Congress

The day after rolling out his state spending proposal, Gov. Rick Scott — who’s widely expected to run for the U.S. Senate next year — urged Congress Wednesday to include money in the federal budget:

  • Florida agriculture in future disaster funding;
  • Speed repairs on the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee.
  • repay the state for helping displaced Puerto Ricans from Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
  • reform the National Flood Insurance Program.

“Over the past two months, as Florida has responded to and now recovers from this devastating storm, we have identified critical areas in which the support of the federal government is essential to our full recovery,” Scott wrote House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today.

The letter outlining the need for federal assistance also highlights Scott’s $21 million 2018 state budget request for the citrus industry, the $50 million he’s asking state lawmakers for the dike, and the $12 million he’s proposing to assist students that need help learning English.

Read the letter here.

By Jim Turner.


Rick Scott, Jeb! weigh in on Roy Moore

Gov. Rick Scott called allegations that Sen. Jack Latvala had groped women and made unwelcome remarks about their bodies “disgusting.”

On Tuesday, the governor used that same description when asked about Alabama GOP senate candidate Roy Moore, but this time he softened it with a qualifier.

Moore, the firebrand who was twice ousted from Alabama’s highest court, has been accused by five women of sexual misconduct, including one who said that Moore groped her in a locked car when she was 16 and another.

Moore has denied the allegations, and threatened to sue.

At a press conference in Jacksonville after announcing his budget proposal this morning, a reporter asked Scott if Moore should step aside from the Senate race.

“Whether it’s Roy Moore or what you read about the media reports from California or D.C. or Tallahassee, it’s disgusting. So, if any of those allegations are true, he ought to resign,” Scott said.

The governor was then asked if a different threshold exists regarding predatory behavior with minors.

“I think whether it’s minors, whether it’s women, anybody. I mean, let’s think about it. We all have children. We have nieces and nephews. I have daughters. Now I have grandsons. I expect people to be treated with respect. That’s what you always expect. So, if the allegations are true, he has to get out,” Scott said.

Other Republicans have been more pointed about wanting Moore, a former prosecutor, to get out of the race.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush weighed in during an appearance on CNBC this week.

“This is not a question of innocence or guilt like in a criminal proceeding, this is a question of what’s right and what’s wrong. Acknowledging that you’re dating teenagers when you’re 32 years old as assistant state attorney is wrong. It’s just plain wrong,” Bush, a former Republican candidate, said during the CNBC interview.

“We need to stand for basic principles, and decency has to be one of those,” he went on. “In the really poisonous political environment we have right now, one of the rules I think has to apply is that when you attack somebody on the other party, and the other team, for doing something wrong, when it happens on your team you have an obligation, I think, to speak out as well.”

The Reverend Al comes to MIA to pray on Frederica Wilson

1200px-Frederica_Wilson_official_House_portraitFaith leaders, including Al Sharpton, will gather “to cover” Congresswoman Frederica Wilson in prayer on Saturday at The Historic Saint Agnes Episcopal Church of Miami.

The prayer service is “an effort towards healing and unifying our community during these times of pain and conflict,” according to a press release distributed by Wilson’s congressional office Tuesday.

“Amidst the recent barrage of media reports is a grieving family and community,” Wilson said in the release. “We will come together with local faith leaders to receive special prayers of encouragement and restoration as our community begins to heal.”

Wilson has sparred with President Donald Trump over details of a telephone call that the president made to offer condolences to the widow of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson.

Amid the sparring, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly claimed last week that Wilson boasted in 2015 about raising money for the FBI’s Miami field office during the building’s dedication ceremony. In a video of the ceremony — posted by the Sun Sentinel — Wilson discussed how she pushed for legislation to name the building after two fallen agents. No mention was made of Wilson securing the building’s funding.

Kelly called Wilson “an empty barrel,” an insult she claimed was racist. In tweets, Trump’s called Wilson “wacky,” and his press secretary Sarah Sanders called her “all hat with no cattle.”

Sharpton will be the keynote speaker at Saturday’s event, which will also feature a prayer circle including members of the African American Council of Christian Clergy “who will pray for representatives from each branch of the military,” according to the release.



Watch the video: Dennis Ross on “Victims of Communism Caucus”

It seems like there’s already a congressional caucus for just about every constituency.

But U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross is part of a group that’s launched a new one, dubbed the “Victims of Communism Caucus.”

“Communism is a threat to all humankind and to everyone’s freedoms,” the Polk County Republican says in a video announcing the formation of the new caucus.

The caucus is focused on “raising awareness of how communism victimized and enslaved more than 100 million people in the past and how its tyranny in the five existing communist countries (China, Cuba, Laos, North Korea and Vietnam) and its legacy in the post-Soviet sphere shapes international relations today,” Ross said in a press release.

The caucus includes Ross, GOP Congressman Chris Smith of New Jersey, and Democratic U.S. Reps. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio and Dan Lipinski of Illinois.

“We should not be lulled into thinking that communism is no longer a threat to freedom in the world, given that many people still toil under its hateful, totalitarian rule,” Ross said in Tuesday’s press release.  “Our caucus will ensure that we do not forget those victims who were forced to choose between their faith and the cruelty of a dictatorship. We must hold fast to the virtues of freedom.”