Rick Scott, the former HCA CEO turned Florida governor, is set for a bruising Florida battle with Charlie Crist, the former Sunshine State governor who officially switched to the Democratic side of the aisle a year ago after declaring himself an independent in 2010. Bloomberg says campaign spending may be shattered in the process.
State Rep. Mike Turner plans to give up his leadership role in the House Democratic Caucus in January due to disagreements with the party’s state chairman Roy Herron.
“This is what it is: Roy is my friend and Roy is a good man. And I hope he’s successful. And he needs a caucus chairman that can work with him,” he said.
Turner said he wants the party to move in a more technology-oriented progressive manner, and Herron has more of a conservative, traditional approach. The decision to step down is “nothing personal,” he added.
“With the short time I’ve got left up here, I don’t need to be butting heads with the party,” he said. “Look, if I was 25 years old — hell, if I was 45 years old — I would keep fighting and try to get the party to go my way. But I’m not going to be here that much longer. I’ve got about two more terms in me, that’s about it.”
While Turner said he has taken an aggressive approach to dealing with the Republican Party, that’s not the tone the state party wants to set, he said.
Turner’s decision to step down from Democratic Party leadership follows the exit from the party of several staffers who cited Herron’s leadership style.
State Sen. Brian Kelsey, Republican of Memphis, presented HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius with a copy of the book Web Sites for Dummies during her visit to the Bluff City.
From the Inbox:
(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), November 1, 2013 -- State Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) announced today that he will appear at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library in his district at 1:00 p.m. in protest of the visit of the Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Senator Kelsey will also voice his opposition to Medicaid Expansion in Tennessee.
"Given the failure of Secretary Sebelius in designing the healthcare.gov website, I am 100% opposed to her designing an Obamacare Medicaid expansion plan for Tennessee.
Will Cheek tells In Sesh that Roy Herron is probably safe for now:
“I don’t know what our options are,” Cheek said. “I’m not going to vote to just hold an election in January and have a jump ball. If that makes me an ally of Roy’s, I guess I am. It’s really a matter of whether or not something like that makes sense, and to me it really doesn’t.”