State Capital Briefs: Monday, July 9, 2018
STATE CAPITAL BRIEFS (EVENING EDITION): MONDAY, JULY 9, 2018
July 9, 2018NSF Staff
JUSTICES TO HEAR CASE OVER LACK OF COURT REPORTER

The Florida Supreme Court on Monday agreed to take up a case in which a woman argues her conviction on a contempt charge should be overturned because a court reporter was not present during a hearing. Attorneys for Jennifer M. Woodward took the issue to the Supreme Court after the 4th District Court of Appeal upheld the direct criminal contempt conviction in a Broward County probate case involving the estate of Woodward’s dead aunt. The Supreme Court, as is common, did not explain its reasons Monday for agreeing to hear the case. But Chief Justice Charles Canady and justices Barbara Pariente, Jorge Labarga and Alan Lawson approved hearing it, while Justice R. Fred Lewis dissented. Justices Peggy Quince and Ricky Polston did not take part in the decision. Woodward was convicted on the contempt charge in June 2016 after being accused of making a misrepresentation to a circuit judge during a March 2016 hearing about whether she and her son were living in a home owned by the dead aunt. ...

CORCORAN COMMITTEE REPORTS MORE THAN $1.4 MILLION IN BANK

A political committee tied to House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’ Lakes, spent nearly $200,000 in June --- but still had more than $1.4 million in the bank, according to a newly filed finance report. Corcoran raised $6.9 million for the committee, known as Watchdog PAC, in 2017 and early 2018 as he considered a possible run for governor. But Corcoran announced this spring that he would not run for governor and stopped raising money for the committee. ...

PATRONIS CONTINUES TO LEAD IN CFO FUNDRAISING

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis added $79,800 to his campaign accounts during the fourth week of June, nearly doubling the $88,000 collected earlier in the month for his reelection bid. The latest campaign finance reports show Patronis, appointed to the Cabinet post by Gov. Rick Scott last year, continues to separate himself financially from Democratic challenger Jeremy Ring, a former state senator from Broward County. As of June 29, Patronis had a combined $3.2 million on hand in his personal campaign account and political committee, Treasure Florida, according to reports posted by the state Division of Elections. Ring had a combined $472,087 in his personal account and Florida Action Fund political committee, the campaign finance reports showed. ...

WHITE, MOODY KEEP PACE IN GOP ATTORNEY GENERAL MONEY CHASE

Republican primary opponents in the race for attorney general --- state Rep. Frank White and former Hillsborough County Circuit Judge Ashley Moody --- were neck-and-neck in terms of fundraising during the fourth week of June, according to the latest campaign finance reports. White, who remains the overall fundraising leader in the contest, picked up a combined $40,149 in his campaign account and political committee, United Conservatives, according to reports posted by the state Division of Elections. Moody added $44,685 to her campaign account and Friends of Ashley Moody political committee during the same time period, the reports show. ...