Biden campaign 'flooding the zone' with celebrity backers
The four-time Grammy winner isn't the only Biden playlist mainstay helping his campaign against President Donald Trump. Still, Biden has gone beyond celebrities in search of campaign surrogates. Stars generate candidate buzz, help with fundraising and can build campaign event crowds even for those online. His reelection campaign has been holding its own online events with top supporters nearly every night for months and says its online events average 2.6 million views per broadcast, though its headliners are often the presidents children. The Trump campaign has also seized on Biden's preferred venue for participating in online events, a basement studio in his Delaware home accusing the former vice president of hiding from voters.
Naval Academy holds its first-ever virtual graduation event
On Thursday, the Senate confirmed Kenneth Braithwaite, a former U.S. ambassador to Norway and a 1984 graduate of the Naval Academy, as Navy secretary. The decision not to have a live Naval Academy graduation ceremony reflects concern about the coronavirus pandemic. It stands in contrast to the Air Force, which held a scaled-back live graduation ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colorado on April 18. The Army is scheduled to hold a U.S. Military Academy live graduation ceremony at West Point, New York, on June 13 with President Donald Trump as the commencement speaker. In the virtual spirit of Friday's Naval Academy event, Milley, chimed in with a Twitter note of encouragement to the graduates.
Jimmy Buffett Lends Support for Florida's Recreational Marijuana Initiative
To no one's surprise, Jimmy Buffett, famous for his "Cheeseburger in Paradise" anthem and Coral Reefer brand, has endorsed the Make It Legal Florida campaign to legalize recreational marijuana in the Sunshine State. "Pot, weed, marijuana, cannabis whatever you call it, it's good medicine," Buffett says in a video released by the campaign today. Make It Legal Florida has received verified 190,000 signatures in support of its adult-use marijuana initiative and says it is waiting for thousands more to be verified by supervisors of elections around the state. To make the upcoming election ballot, the initiative must collect 766,200 verified signatures by February 2020. Three different polls this year have revealed strong bipartisan for adult-use marijuana.miaminewtimes.com
Inaugural BayCrest Music & Food Fest slated for Jan. 26
Mark the date of Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 on your calendar and plan to enjoy the inaugural BayCrest Music & Food Fest, an extraordinary day of great music, delicious food and family fun at Palmetto Bay Park, 17535 SW 95 Ave. (just east of US1). The inaugural BayCrest Music & Food Fest will feature a large musical stage, plenty of seating and room for blankets and folding chairs, merchandise vendors, food booths and trucks as well as a childrens activity area. The BayCrest Music & Food Fest will benefit The Brothers Project, a charity founded by Wayne and Colette after the tragic loss of their three sons in traffic accidents. There will be a whole day of music with a local flavor, country music, Jimmy Buffett-style music, you name it, Wayne explained. BayCrest Music & Food Fest gates will open at 9 a.m. and the event will end at 5:30 p.m.Tickets purchased in advance online at www.thebrothersproject.org for $19 include festival admission and free onsite parking while spaces are available.communitynewspapers.com
Miami Beach Considers Hosting Jimmy Buffett Show to Push Out Spring Breakers
Live Nation is apparently in negotiations with Jimmy Buffett to play in Miami Beach during spring break. This year's spring break was one of the most contentious in Miami Beach history. Live Nation is apparently in negotiations with Jimmy Buffett and Pharrell Williams to perform in Miami Beach during spring break. It was so successful that he wants to bring it to Miami Beach but has nowhere to do it. But the partnership with Live Nation seems to be less about the music and more about pushing out a certain type of tourist.miaminewtimes.com