Randy Maggard wins District 38 seat

Voters have selected Randy Maggard to become their next representative in District 38 of the Florida House of Representatives. Maggard, a Republican, received 9,615 votes, or 55.58 percent of the total in the Special Election held on June 18. His opponent Kelly Smith, a Democrat, received 7,684, or 44.42 percent of the vote. The voter turnout in the contest was 15.24. The district’s … [Read more...]

Local veterans’ home celebrates 20 years of service

The Baldomero Lopez State Veterans’ Nursing Home drew hundreds to a celebration to mark the 20th anniversary of the center’s opening in Land O’ Lakes. The April 30 ceremony was held outside the facility, which has been home to veterans and has been a place where many community organizations have been involved for two decades. Marlies Sarrett, the facility administrator, opened the … [Read more...]

Political Agenda 02/20/2019

House District 38 Two Republicans and a Democrat are vying in a special election to fill the vacant seat in Florida State House District 38. Danny Burgess had been re-elected to the post, but vacated it after Gov. Ron DeSantis offered him the position of executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs.  The Republican candidates that have qualified for the race are Randy … [Read more...]

Spotlight is always on Florida, Pasco elections supervisor says

Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian E. Corley recently spoke at the East Pasco Networking Group’s breakfast meeting, touching on a number of topics involving elections. For one thing, Pasco is gearing up for a special election to fill the Florida State House District 38 seat, vacated by Danny Burgess, who was invited by Gov. Ron DeSantis to serve as the executive director of the Florida … [Read more...]

DeSantis wants Burgess to lead state’s veterans affairs

Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis has announced his recommendation of state Rep. Danny Burgess to serve as the state’s next executive director of Florida's Department of Veterans Affairs. If his appointment is confirmed, Burgess will have to resign from his District 38 seat in the Florida House of Representatives. “It’s bittersweet,” Burgess said, noting the appointment “is completely unexpected … [Read more...]

Burgess seeks state funding for veterans’ health

Alternative therapies to treat post-traumatic stress or brain injuries are bringing relief to veterans who say more traditional approaches don’t work. Rep. Danny Burgess is sponsoring a bill (the Alternative Treatment for Veterans Act) in the 2017 Florida legislative session to authorize the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs to provide state funding for alternative treatments offered … [Read more...]