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D.C. Buzz: Gaetz vs. Hayward for Congress

D.C. Buzz:  Gaetz vs. Hayward for Congress

The talk from Washington, D.C. is Rep. Jeff Miller will run U.S. Senate. I was told it's a 85 percentage chance he will jump in the race. Who do Beltway insiders think are the two top contenders for Miller's Congressional seat? State Senator Don Gaetz and Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward are [...]

Breaking news: Feds offer state $1 billion in LIP funds

Breaking news: Feds offer state $1 billion in LIP funds

State Senator Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) stopped by the Inweekly offices and reported that the federal government this morning has offered to fund $1 billion for the Low Income Pool for Florida. "However, the funds do come with conditions," said Gaetz, "One of which will be the dollars will follow [...]

Gaetz reports on his bills: what did or did not make it to the governor

Gaetz reports on his bills: what did or did not make it to the governor

From State Sen. Don Gaetz: What happened during the Regular Session: Overall, 1,755 bills were introduced in the Senate this year. Two hundred twenty passed. While it’s certainly not a tragedy that the Legislature passed fewer laws due to the truncated session, I do regret that the [...]

Gaetz: ‘Continuation budgets; that’s Washington talk’

Gaetz: ‘Continuation budgets; that’s Washington talk’

State Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) mocked Governor Rick Scott's efforts to force Florida hospitals to share their revenues with less profitable facilities. On the radio show "Pensacola Speaks, he said, "When Governor Scott, who as you know made probably hundreds of millions of dollars buying and [...]

Gaetz hopeful lawmakers will hammer out health care solution

Gaetz hopeful lawmakers will hammer out health care solution

Don Gaetz is hopeful that the Florida House and Senate will hammer out a budget in June. The biggest sticking point is how the state will be budget for the health care of its 820,000 uninsured citizens. “I'm encouraged that our budget chief, Senator Tom Lee, and Representative Richard [...]

Don Gaetz on Pensacola Speaks at 5:35 p.m.

Don Gaetz on Pensacola Speaks at 5:35 p.m.

State Sen. Don Gaetz will be on the second half of "Pensacola Speaks." Maybe he will announce his candidacy for U.S. Senate? "Pensacola Speaks airs on News Talk 1370 WCOA Monday-Friday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. You can call in and join the discussion – 850-478-3116. For iPhones and iPads, download [...]

Gaetz: How to make local government more accountable

Gaetz: How to make local government more accountable

State Sen. Don Gaetz sent out today this report on how to make local government more accountable: In January when a group of Okaloosa County elected officials met with over 200 citizens in an “Accountability Okaloosa” town hall meeting, one of the topics on many minds was tightening [...]

Gaetz on budget impasse: ‘We are the O.K. Corral’

Gaetz on budget impasse:  ‘We are the O.K. Corral’

State Sen. Don Gaetz is clearly frustrated with how both the Florida House and Governor Rick Scott are refusing to deal with the $2-billion hole in the state budget caused by the loss of the federal Low Income Pool program. The Florida Senate has voted for a budget that accepts the LIP is over [...]

Gaetz: Suing feds does not solve budget issue

Gaetz: Suing feds does not solve budget issue

Last week, Gov. Rick Scott announced that he will sue the federal government over the Low Income Pool program that is set to expire in June. State Sen. Don Gaetz said a lawsuit will not solve the $2 billion shortfall in the state budget because of the LIP funds going away. "The governor has [...]

PS Podcast: Gaetz explains his passion for his adoption bill

PS Podcast: Gaetz explains his passion for his adoption bill

On Pensacola Speaks last week, State Sen. Don Gaetz talked about why he has fought so vigorously for bringing back the incentive program that encourages state employees to adopt special needs kids out of foster care. He also endorsed the state law that banned gay adoption. Inweekly: Why is this [...]

Gaetz needs to decide if he has fire in his belly for U.S. Senate

Gaetz needs to decide if he has fire in his belly for U.S. Senate

State Sen. Don Gaetz is leaving his options open on whether to run for U.S. Senate in 2016, but he isn't sure that he has the "fire in the belly" to go to Washington, D.C. On Pensacola Speaks yesterday, the former Senate President said, "My family is all in. Matt, Erin, Vicky are all in, but [...]

Gaetz and others question the handling of LIP by Scott administration

Gaetz and others question the handling of LIP by Scott administration

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Senators raised questions Wednesday about how Gov. Rick Scott's administration has handled negotiations with the federal government over billions of dollars in health-care funding that has thrown the state budget process into disorder. The [...]

Buzz: Gaetz could run for U.S. Senate in 2016

Buzz: Gaetz could run for U.S. Senate in 2016

Republicans are scrambling to test the waters to run the U.S. Senate seat of Marco Rubio, who has announced his run for president in 2016. Several Congressmen are talking with the media and supporters about the possibility. One name that is being batted around is State Sen. Don Gaetz, who terms [...]

Gaetz leads floor debate for adoption incentives, repeal of gay adoption ban

Gaetz leads floor debate for adoption incentives, repeal of gay adoption ban

This morning I received a text from Ryan Wiggins, political strategist and regular guest on Pensacola Speaks. She was watching the Florida Senate debate on a bill that restored cash incentives for state workers who adopt children in Florida's foster-care system, especially children with special [...]

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