The president is mounting an 11th-hour effort to head off high-profile losses for governor and Senate in his adopted home state.
The White House is planning a political rescue mission in Florida, fearing a wipeout in a key swing state next month that could damage President Donald Trump’s reelection hopes.
Trump is expected to visit the state at least twice, according to two people familiar with the plans. Visits from several Cabinet members are likely, as well. Presidential text messages are being sent to Floridians who still haven’t cast their absentee ballots. And discussions are underway about blanketing the state with robocalls from Trump.
On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway were in the state in support of gubernatorial hopeful Ron DeSantis and Senate candidate Rick Scott, both of whom are close to Trump. Later in the day, the president raised money for Republican House candidate Ross Spano, who’s facing an unexpectedly tough challenge in what’s been a reliably red district.
Behind the scenes, Trump aides have been in contact with top Florida Republicans on a near daily basis, and people close to the president concede that they are worried.
“It is both my hope and my expectation that the president will be in Florida so much between now and the election that Floridians will be hearing ‘Hail to the Chief’ in their dreams,” said Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, a staunch Trump ally who’s been in touch with the president.
The burst of political activity underscores the stakes in the state. Florida, perhaps more than any other state, is home to a bevy of competitive races — with hard-fought contests for governor, Senate and a handful of House seats. Recent surveys have shown DeSantis and Scott trailing their Democratic rivals, setting off Republican alarms.
Aides to DeSantis and Scott insist they’re ahead and point out that early vote numbers are favorable. But they concede the races are close. On Tuesday, Blaise Hazelwood, the top strategist for a pro-Scott super PAC, sent a memo to donors, warning them that the contest was tight and pleading with them for additional financial help.
“It will most likely be a quintessential ‘Rick Scott win,’” Hazelwood wrote, “a nail biter until the very end.”
It’s the governor’s race that most concerns the White House. Governors traditionally play a key role in raising money, hiring staff and marshaling resources ahead of presidential elections. So aides fear that a loss could undermine their efforts to capture the state’s all-important 29 electoral votes in 2020.
A victory by Democrat Andrew Gillum, on the other hand, could buoy Trump’s general election opponent. Gillum, an African-American mayor of Tallahassee, has excited liberals across the state — and presumably, he would work to gin up support for the eventual Democratic nominee.
“A Gov. Gillum would be a significant obstacle for a Trump presidential campaign in Florida, and a Gov. DeSantis would be a significant asset,” said Mac Stipanovich, a longtime Republican lobbyist in the state.
“If they think Florida’s important, which I’m certain they do,” Stipanovich said of the administration, “they should be quite worried.”
The optics of losing two high-profile races in Trump’s adopted state also concern White House aides. Trump has staked an extraordinary amount of political capital on DeSantis, intervening in the GOP primary to give him his strong endorsement. A DeSantis loss would inevitably be perceived as a repudiation of the president, some Republicans say.
As they orchestrate the 11th-hour presidential push, senior Republicans are privately griping about the Florida Republican Party. Once the force behind a powerful get-out-the-vote machine, the state party has been in decline in recent years, struggling especially in its efforts to raise money.
The party this year is leaning heavily on the Trump-backed Republican National Committee, which has mounted aggressive program to recruit and train a stable of staff and volunteers. A committee official said it had about 100 staffers in Florida, describing it as a “presidential election level” effort.
The RNC has launched an effort ahead of the election to turn out voters in the Panhandle, a conservative area that was ravaged by Hurricane Michael. Party officials are concerned that a substantial number of GOP voters were displaced by the storm, depressing turnout.
Trump’s involvement is apparent in other ways. Last month, DeSantis orchestrated a shakeup of his campaign and named Susie Wiles, a veteran lobbyist who ran Trump’s 2016 campaign in the state, as his chairwoman. DeSantis also recently hired Mike Shields, a longtime Republican strategist who is close to Brad Parscale, Trump’s 2020 campaign manager.
Trump’s pre-election visits to the state are being carefully planned to mobilize the Republican base. The president is holding a rally on Oct. 31 in Fort Myers, one of the reddest parts of the state and an area that DeSantis is counting on to come out big for him.
“Florida is the most important purple state in the country. The president is a lot more popular than Democrats realize,” said Brian Ballard, a longtime lobbyist in the state who is close to the president. “Motivating his voters is going to be the difference between winning and losing in Florida.”
DeSantis, a 40-year-old former congressman, is running as a staunch Trump ally. During the primary, he aired TV ads featuring his infant child wearing a MAGA outfit.
But a rift emerged last month after DeSantis distanced himself from Trump’s assertion that Democrats had conspired to inflate the Hurricane Maria death toll. The president, who views DeSantis as indebted to him for his primary win, privately railed to close associates that DeSantis was disloyal.
Tensions have eased since then, people close to both men say. The president called DeSantis before a nationally televised debate on Sunday evening.
Scott’s relationship with the president has been more complex. The Florida governor, who chaired a pro-Trump super PAC in 2016, has long allied himself with the president. But Scott has kept his distance, at times, during his race this year. He’s attended official government events with the president but skipped boisterous Trump rallies, such as one he held in Tampa in July.
After initially being noncommittal, Scott’s campaign announced Friday morning that the governor would attend Trump’s rally next week.
In this digital age, it has never been easier to share one’s favorite entertainment with the rest of the world. Personal blogs can be used to discuss a blogger’s favorite music, movies, books, and performing arts. Posts can be archived according to specific topics such as the date of release of specific films or songs. Similarly, such blog posts can be classified by actor, singer or performer. Bloggers can have plenty of fun in creating their own personal archives featuring short statements or entire articles about anything related to entertainment. This could very well be one of the reasons why personal blogs rock.
When blogging about personal interests such as entertainment, it is important to keep in mind the type of readers that will be exposed to the posts. Often, friends and relatives will be the most loyal followers of such personal blogs. However, it is also a good idea to share some personal interests with fellow workers and other individuals from the workplace.
For example, some teachers are more than happy to share their thoughts about music and movies with students. Teachers might seem “cooler” if they have similar tastes in entertainment as the youth. Similarly, parents of students might also be interested in finding out about the personality of teachers.
Personal entertainment blogs can also act as “icebreakers” for professionals who start a new job. It’s a great way to bond with co-workers by using blogs to talk about specific interests in entertainment or sports. A young professional like Lindsey Stone and other ladies are examples of individuals who blog about their favorite kind of entertainment.
Blogging platforms and social networks actually allow individuals to encourage others to enjoy specific movies, video games, songs, books and more. For example, it’s quite easy to post a link that leads to a movie trailer or review on an external site. Similarly, links could be posted to official websites of video game publishers.
While ordinary individuals blog about their favorite entertainment, companies are also taking advantage of online platforms. For example, recent movie releases or classic films can be downloaded online and then watched on any platform. Users can select to download file formats for an HDTV, desktop computer, laptop or tablet. Before making an online purchase, customers get the chance to preview the movie by watching an extended trailer version.
Before downloading songs or entire albums online, customers have the chance to listen to samples. There might be different versions of a single song such as those for radio play and original album releases. Up to 30 seconds of actual soundtrack can be heard for free before making a purchase of the full-length song. Similarly, video game demo versions could be downloaded for free before making an upgrade to the full-length editions.
Blogging about favorite books is enhanced thanks to external links to websites that might have full versions of specific titles. In fact, most classic literature is available for download for free because copyright laws didn’t exist centuries ago. Marketplaces for digital multimedia are loaded with electronic versions of books that can be downloaded without any charges. Of course, there are also plenty of new releases of books that can be purchased. Before buying electronic books, customers can preview several pages of actual content. Full-length descriptions of books are also available in traditional synopsis format. Sharing these snippets on blogs can attract readers and help bloggers discover new favorites.
Finally, blogging is therapeutic. Where else in your life can you talk endlessly about any subject of your choosing? Likely, nowhere (If you do have somewhere you do this in real life, perhaps you should evaluate how others feel about this).
An entertainment blog can be tailor-made to suit your needs as a writer. Want just a few readers? Only tell your friends. Want your thoughts to be read by the masses? It’ll take a little more work, but there are abundant resources available online to help you learn to expand your readership.
Blogging is a great activity that accommodates all types of writers. Many people, though, have trouble writing that first post. My advice? Just write it, publish it, and then publish more. Expecting big after doing small things could become one of the biggest mistakes bloggers must avoid. Not many people will see the first post. By the time they catch up with you, you’ll have posted 20 times or more. You’ll be better at it from the practice, and your blog will start to have its own identity. The only way to get there is to start, so I encourage you, start your entertainment blog today.
A Virtual Assistant’s salary ranges from $300 to $1000 a month depending on their skills. A programmer will obviously require a higher salary as compared to a data entry specialist, which is almost the same case with office-based jobs. Below is a gist of VA salaries. You can find a more complete list here.
Average Monthly Salary
Accounting Clerk – $180
Nurses – $200
BPO Entry Level – $250
Customer Support Agents – $250
Autocad Operators – $302
Teacher – $420
Accountant – $530
Civil Engineer – $550
Management Accountant – $1,395
Project Manager – $1,400
Accountant – $470 ($300-$2000)
Transcriptionist – $360 ($300-$1600)
Link Builder – $420 ($300-$1500)
Customer Support – $460 ($400-$2000)
Graphic Designer- $450 ($400-$1800)
Artist – $400 ($330-$1800)
Virtual Assistant – $400 ($300-$1800)
SEO Specialist – $500 ($300-$1700)
Copywriter – $500 ($400-$2000)
Web Designer / Webmaster – $500 ($350-$2000)
Video Editor – $550 ($300-$2000)
Software/Web/App Programmer -$800 ($590-$1600)
Minimum Wage for
For office based jobs in the Philippines, there are other factors in play such as the tendency to base salary rates on the government mandated minimum salary and the progressiveness on the industry they are in. The sad part is, for office-based jobs, majority of the rates really are based on the minimum salary requirement.
Average VA Salaries
Across the World
When you compare average salaries in the Philippines with other countries, you begin to see why the Philippines is the fastest growing outsourcing market. When you combine the talent level in the Philippines with the average salaries, the Philippines becomes downright compelling.
How much does the average Filipino have to spend?
To make it easier for you to formulate a rating of your own for your future VA’s, or if a raise is long overdue, we also have a chart on the cost of living in the Philippines. This includes the utilities that they need to fully function in the virtual assistant world.
Transportation: $36 – $150*minimum is 1 round trip jeepney ride. It usually takes a jeepney and MRT for most people
Rent: $150 – $300
Electricity: $54 – $150
Food: $250 – $460
Total Monthly Expenses
$490 – $1060
Internet Connection: $40 – $100
Rent: $150 – $300
Electricity: $54 – $150
Food: $100 – $180
ONE TIME COSTS
Computer: $360 – $1000*computers and laptops replaced every 3 years
Laptop: $500 – $1200*laptops more expensive in the Phils due to customs duties
Total Monthly Expenses
$344 – $568
Again, the chart only includes the basic utilities. Please keep in mind that there are other costs one requires in order to live, like clothes, mobile devices, and anything that allows them to go about their actual lives.
How old and experienced are these virtual assistants?
In the Philippines, a college degree is a prerequisite in order to get a job. That’s why majority of Virtual Assistants are college educated.
What are the optional benefits that employers can pay for?
If you’re like me, you want to give a few extras for your loyal employees. There are some benefits such as health insurance (PhilHealth in the Philippines) or SSS (like Social Security in the USA). If you want to provide this benefit to your workers here’s how much it cost:
As you can see, with Filipino workers, you don’t have to break the bank to give these highly skilled workers a living wage. If you just look at their salary in terms of numbers, yeah they do look insignificant compared to ours. But if you’re that Filipino VA, that $500 or $600 per month will get you more than most Filipino workers get. That amount gets them better meals for their families, better education for their kids, better lives overall. It’s a small amount to you but a big blessing for them.
So the next time someone accuses you of exploiting workers because you outsource, show them these numbers. Ask them what exploitation looks like and show them pictures of your VA being able to send their kids to private school and get iPhones for themselves. If this is exploitation, then giving them a “fair” wage would be winning the lottery.