Florida

Democrats Like Mucarsel-Powell Embrace Gun Safety as a Winning Issue by Charles Yeganian

Gun control is no longer the losing message for swing district Democrats that it used to be. Gun control groups like Giffords PAC are playing in are suburban battlegrounds, and Democrats in swing districts now pledge to stand up to the NRA.

This is a change of tune from past elections, where the battlegrounds were often focused in places where Democrats did not want to talk about, or side with, gun control. This year, a number of suburban Democrats are picking up this messaging in their ads. “I’ll stand up to the NRA to protect our community,” Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, who is running in FL-26, says in an emotional ad detailing her father’s death.

Barzee-Flores Making FL-25 a Race to Watch by Charles Yeganian

Mary Barzee Flores is “quietly building momentum” in her race in FL-25 against incumbent Mario Diaz Balert, according to Peter Scorch in Florida Politics:

…MDB has been taking it on the chin repeatedly over the last few weeks.

Then came a one-two punch of brutal stories from CBSMiami’s Jim Defede. One a broad piece about the intersection of guns and politics in 2018, that showcased the CD 25 race, along with Diaz-Balart’s post-Parkland NRA funding as the centerpiece of the segment. Then an equally devastating piece that basically implied a pay-to-play nexus between Mario’s seat in congress and the foreign lobbying contracts of his brother, former Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart.

Lee Mangold: Repeal "Guardian Program" by Charles Yeganian

This year, in the wake of the Parkland shooting, our legislators passed a large public safety bill. While there was a lot of good that came out of that bill, it’s also authorized the creation of the “Guardian Program.” This program allows school staff members to take a short training and carry guns in schools. As of now, the county Sherriff must approve of the Guardian Program for the county and this excludes teachers. At a time when our teachers can’t afford to live on their salary, the legislature spent $67 million dollars to put guns in schools. The other concern is that legislators will start filing bills to include all teachers in the program and potentially remove the requirement of Sheriff’s approval.

There is a lot of things we can do to improve safety in our schools that do not include arming teachers. I know this because I’ve done this professionally; the sheriff also knows this. We need to get our hands around this situation NOW and repeal the guardian program.
— Lee Mangold

Another Gun Safety Endorsement for Anna Eskamani by Charles Yeganian

A week after receiving the endorsement of the Brady Campaign, Florida House District 47 candidate Anna Eskamani has also been endorsed by Everytown for Gun Safety:

“As a longtime gun safety advocate, I am honored to receive the endorsement of Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund. House District 47 is home to Pulse nightclub, and every day we lose 96 people to gun violence. This includes deaths by suicide and accidental deaths,” Eskamani said.

“For the first time in a long time, Florida has a chance to elect a gun safety majority to the state legislature, and it’s time we elect people who are courageous enough to take on the NRA, push for meaningful mental health funding, and be unapologetic when it comes to passing proactive gun safety legislation,” she concluded.