TRENDING TOPIC FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 31ST: Happy Friday! Today is April Fools’ Day and also the end of the reporting period for federal candidates, including the candidates running to win their party’s nomination in August to replace Senator Marco Rubio in November.

CONGRESSIONAL UPDATE: On “Noticias del Mediodia” on Caracol 1260AMYoly Cuello spoke to Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart about the presidential campaigns and Congress.

Congressman Diaz-Balart initially focused on how Donald Trump and his inflammatory remarks could affect Republicans in Congress. “If he becomes the Republican candidate, the GOP’s majority is at risk. There have been various experts who said that if Donald Trump wins the nomination, it will put the House of Representatives in play. Like we have seen, Trump says things that are offensive, and if he becomes the candidate, we will have to fight to keep our districts.” The congressman remained hopeful stating, “I still don’t believe Trump will be the nominee.” Regarding what they are focused on in Congress, Diaz-Balart explained that “right now, what is taking up 90 percent of our time is the budget and appropriating the funds. The Speaker of the House announced something that I thought was very important, there are five things that are in development specific to significant areas. I believe that this year we are going to be able to introduce legislation that helps combat poverty, increase national security through increasing our military, and create more jobs. Usually, during presidential election years, not a lot gets done in Congress. However, this year we are going to see a change in that.” He emphasized the importance of introducing legislation that can address these serious problems, and have it passed by the Senate and become law.


Matt Dixon ‏@Mdixon55  March 31
Report: Florida’s U.S. Senate race one of the most expensive in countryhttp://politi.co/1VbvIqQ 

Peter Schorsch ‏@SaintPetersblog  March 31
Planned Parenthood calls latest Florida anti-abortion bill extremely dangerous to women via @MitchEPerry http://wp.me/pShRp-14Cf  #FlaPol

Alex Leary ‏@learyreports  March 31
Miami lawyer’s ties to @realDonaldTrump deeper than dispute with @MichelleFieldshttp://bit.ly/22RZoiS 

Mary Ellen Klas ‏@MaryEllenKlas  March 31
Supreme Court okays utility-funded solar power ballot item: @MichaelAuslen The Florida Supreme Court on Thursd… http://bit.ly/1q5QkG0 

Florida Chamber ‏@FlChamber  March 31
30 Senators and 80 Representatives earned an “A” on our legislative report card!http://www.flchamber.com/article/florida-chamber-unveils-2016-legislative-report-card-highlighting-pro-business-legislators-announces-distinguished-advocate-recipients/ …#sayfie

RUBIO’S BID TO KEEP HIS DELEGATES: Bernadette Pardo spoke with Republican Analyst Javier Correoso about the latest news from the GOP race on her show “Pedaleando con Bernie” on Radio Mambi 710AM.

Correoso discussed Senator Marco Rubio’s request to keep his delegates until the Republican Convention. “First, we need to remember that Senator Rubio won in Minnesota, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. There, the delegates were allocated proportionally, and he accumulated 172 delegates during his campaign.” He continued, “based on recent polls, it seems that Senator Ted Cruz is going to win Wisconsin next Tuesday. We are now seeing that none of the Republican candidates are going to make it to the number of delegates they need to get the nomination. The reason why Rubio is asking for his delegates to stay put, is to prevent Donald Trump from becoming the nominee.” Correoso explained that “if Senator Rubio decides he doesn’t want to keep his delegates, they can choose whomever they want in the first round of votes. If he keeps his delegates, then it ensures that those delegates will vote for him and not Trump.” He concluded, “if Trump doesn’t get the delegates he needs from the remaining primaries, we will have an open convention for the first time in 30 years.”