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The VA is now mailing identification cards to veterans who want tangible proof that they served in the military. But after waiting almost three years for the new government-issued I.D., some veterans are not happy that the card contains an advertisement.

Florida Leaders Blast Oil Drilling Changes

Apr 30, 2018

Members of Florida’s congressional delegation from both sides of the political aisle denounced a White House proposal Friday that they say would weaken offshore oil-drilling regulations.


It might seem a bit surprising – but there is no standardized Identification Card for veterans. Military retirees with 20 years or more service have their own ID card. And veterans who use VA health services have another. But there was no ID card for all veterans - until now.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Vern Buchanan, both of whom are running for re-election, will gather at a roundtable discussion at Manatee Memorial Hospital to talk about the heroin and opioid epidemic.

The Bradenton Herald reports the meeting will be held at noon on Monday. Health care officials, local law enforcement and community leaders will also be at the discussion.

The candidates included incumbent Vern Buchanan, 63, a Republican businessman; Democrat Henry Lawrence, 63, a former NFL football player and businessman; and retired accountant Joe Newman, 101, a write-in candidate. They all seek a seat representing congressional District 16, which includes most of Manatee County and all of Sarasota County.

During Vern Buchanan's 2006 and 2008 campaigns, Terry Keith Howell was a partner in a trucking company with Tampa home builder Timothy Mobley, a longtime friend of Buchanan's, and Mobley's brother-in-law, Timothy Hohl. In testimony to the FEC, Howell said Mobley asked him to contribute to Buchanan, a member of the House transportation committee, because "the amount of favors he could do for us was enormous.'' Mobley and Hohl then gave Howell the money to use for his contributions through a chain of transfers that ended in Howell's personal bank account. Under an agreement announced this week, Mobley and two of his companies will pay $10,000 in fines. Hohl will pay $5,000 and Howell $1,000.

In this story, the president of Manatee County Habitat for Humanity talks about the land deal the organization struck involving Rep. Vern Buchanan’s brother, and the political firestorm that has ensued.

A Habitat for Humanity chapter “was misled” when it purchased a piece of property from the brother of Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, according to a board member who also is a property appraiser.

Even though Buchanan’s brother is listed as making the original deal, Buchanan later used the mortgage with Habitat as collateral on a larger loan with Bank of America, according to an investigation by the Tampa Bay Times. Payments now go to Buchanan's wife.

A Tampa Bay Times investigation is raising questions about Congressman Vern Buchanan of Sarasota and a land deal involving a nonprofit that helps low-income families get new homes: Manatee County Habitat for Humanity.

It says that:

1. Buchanan's brother sold property to the Habitat chapter at what appears to be an inflated price. The land is now worth about one-third what the nonprofit paid for it in 2009.

Congressional Investigation Targets Rep. Vern Buchanan

May 10, 2012

The New York Times is reporting that Sarasota Republican Vern Buchanan appeared to have tried to illegally influence the testimony of an ex-business partner regarding allegations of campaign finance violations in his own race.

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A federal grand jury in Tampa is investigating Sarasota Congressman Vern Buchanan, according to a story today in the New York Times.

The Times cites several unnamed sources in revealing the grand jury inquiry.

It’s part of an FBI  and IRS investigation into whether Buchanan took part in a scheme to reimburse people who contributed to his campaign.