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Florida Legislature proves once and for all that it is for sale
St Pete Times ^ | 3/26/2011 | Howard Troxler,

Posted on 03/27/2011 5:08:41 AM PDT by scottteng

These are harsh words for a Sunday morning, but the occasion screams out for them. I take them from the Bible; please forgive me.

The Florida Legislature proved this past week, once and for all, that it is the utter Whore of Babylon.

It is now legal in our state to pay off the Legislature directly. Who says so? The Legislature.

This is not a joke.

This is not satire.

This is Florida — where the laws of our democracy are now openly, officially For Sale.

On Thursday afternoon, with greedy lip-smacking speed, the Legislature voted to relegalize a bygone and corrupt institution, outlawed in this state for more than two decades, known as "leadership funds."

(Excerpt) Read more at tampabay.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: corrupt; florida; legislature; politics
I do realize this is the hand wringing St. Pete Times but if Senator Fasano voted against it it can't be very good.
1 posted on 03/27/2011 5:08:43 AM PDT by scottteng
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To: scottteng

Kind of puts them on the same level as whores doesn’t it.


2 posted on 03/27/2011 5:20:25 AM PDT by scorchedearther
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To: scottteng

The St Pete Times is the farrrrr left wing rag in the south and a Dem party newsletter . Pravda is more balanced than this paper that was caught with two “reporters “ working with HAMAS to help spin lies for a local USF terrorist fundraiser !Anything peddled by Troxler is a redone Fax from the DNC


3 posted on 03/27/2011 5:28:02 AM PDT by ncalburt (Get Even on Election Day)
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To: scorchedearther

I would generally place politicians a notch or two below a whore. Most whores have enough honesty to admit that they do it for the money. Politicians on the other hand claim that they do it for your greater good.


4 posted on 03/27/2011 5:29:11 AM PDT by scottteng (Proud parent of a Life scout)
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To: ncalburt

That is why I mentioned Fasano voting against it.


5 posted on 03/27/2011 5:32:04 AM PDT by scottteng (Proud parent of a Life scout)
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To: scottteng

You don’t pay a prostitute for sex, you pay her to leave.


6 posted on 03/27/2011 5:37:33 AM PDT by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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To: scorchedearther
Kind of puts them on the same level as whores doesn’t it?

No, a whore has been known to turn a John down if he seems shady.

7 posted on 03/27/2011 5:45:02 AM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (3(0|\|0/\/\1($ 101: (4P174L1$/\/\ R3QU1r3$ (4P174L. Could it be any more simple?)
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To: scottteng

Linkie no workie Looks like the meat of his complaint was yet to come.


8 posted on 03/27/2011 5:49:13 AM PDT by mazda77 (Mike Hogan - JAX Mayor)
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To: scottteng

Wasn’t Fasano a big supporter of Charlie Crist?


9 posted on 03/27/2011 5:53:36 AM PDT by AdvisorB (Dilma is "hope and change" Brazilian style.)
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To: scottteng

and...the link doesn’t work...

likely just another bs post...


10 posted on 03/27/2011 6:11:55 AM PDT by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: scottteng
Correct Link
11 posted on 03/27/2011 6:17:27 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: gunnyg

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/florida-legislature-proves-once-and-for-all-that-it-is-for-sale/1159953


12 posted on 03/27/2011 6:17:57 AM PDT by WackySam (To argue with a man who has renounced his reason is like giving medicine to the dead.)
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To: gunnyg

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/florida-legislature-proves-once-and-for-all-that-it-is-for-sale/1159953

active link works


13 posted on 03/27/2011 6:18:42 AM PDT by dennisw ( The early bird catches the worm)
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To: scottteng
Though I rarely agree with Troxler, he is spot on here. I'm not happy about it. Florida can do better than this. Rhonda Storms will be hearing from me today

Of course if the Florida legislature was "rat" controlled I feel Troxler would be writing about something completely different and his moral outrage would be comforted by the fact his fellow travelers are in power.

He's got selective outrage.

14 posted on 03/27/2011 6:31:08 AM PDT by Popman (Obama. First Marxist to turn a five year Marxist plan into a 4 year administration.)
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To: Popman
I read the entire article and while the author railed about money in gunny sacks, whores and buying of the votes, he didn't point out what the law said or does.

He charges that the legislature will now be able to sell votes because people will come with sacks full of money, he doesn't say how this is different from what it was.

People making campaign donations always want something.

Maybe I'm dense, but if there is something going on with this law, the author does a poor job of explaining it.

15 posted on 03/27/2011 6:48:12 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages.)
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To: USS Alaska
Party leadership positions decide which bills go before the legislation to get voted on.

I can see where this "could" be a conflict of interest when donations are made into "leadership funds" and then those people get to decide which bills move forward.

Politicians are people after all and can be motivated to justify just about any BS

16 posted on 03/27/2011 7:00:46 AM PDT by Popman (Obama. First Marxist to turn a five year Marxist plan into a 4 year administration.)
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To: Popman

Isn’t this donk unionista hysteria because FL just decided that public union members can decide whether or not to pay dues, have some control over which portion goes to political donations and unions must stand for recertification annually?

We hear a lot of similar breathless sh!t here in Wisconsin for the same reason. The favorite is “Wisconsin is not broke.” Ask the teacher’s union member if that means that they found the former donk Governor’s stash and they turn purple in fury.


17 posted on 03/27/2011 7:06:00 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: USS Alaska

Politics take money (mothers milk etc.) pols come to you hat in hand to raise money for their campaigns. You get to vote 2 ways with your cash and at the ballot box. If the leadership has a big stash of cash they can enforce members voting their way against the will of their constituents and make up the shortfall of contributions. Kind of like what happens when a local race gets targeted nationally. Most Floridians think that our state legislature needs to be accountable to us the people of the state not well heeled power brokers. I generally have no great love for any politician but it just make sense to keep them seeking their constituents cash backing not being beholden to any large cash cow.


18 posted on 03/27/2011 7:08:39 AM PDT by scottteng (Proud parent of a Life scout)
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To: Ouderkirk

I wish that worked with politicians the more they get the longer they hang around.


19 posted on 03/27/2011 7:12:05 AM PDT by scottteng (Proud parent of a Life scout)
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To: reformedliberal
I'm sure Troxler will write a screeching "donk unionista hysteria" rant on the subject of teacher tenure and unions dues no longer being deducted from members paychecks once the bill passes the Florida Senate, but this article is more of a call to keep the legislative transparent since it is GOP controlled.

Of course if it was Rat controlled, I think we would be hearing the sound of "crickets" from Troxler

20 posted on 03/27/2011 7:19:07 AM PDT by Popman (Obama. First Marxist to turn a five year Marxist plan into a 4 year administration.)
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To: dennisw

ThankYa....
Best
Gunny G aka: Dick G
*****


21 posted on 03/27/2011 7:33:25 AM PDT by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: scorchedearther
Kind of puts them on the same level as whores doesn’t it.

Lower. Much lower.

22 posted on 03/27/2011 7:48:45 AM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|http://pure-gas.org|Must be a day for changing taglines)
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To: Popman
Thanx.

I still think this is asymmetric propaganda. Just opening more fronts and keep the pressure on when the progs are out of power.

23 posted on 03/27/2011 8:21:44 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: reformedliberal
I still think this is asymmetric propaganda

No doubt............since everything in a progressive mind is political in nature

24 posted on 03/27/2011 8:34:36 AM PDT by Popman (Obama. First Marxist to turn a five year Marxist plan into a 4 year administration.)
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To: USS Alaska
People making campaign donations always want something.

That is true, and donating in what they perceive as their own self interest is fine. But "buying" legislation has to be stopped.

I propose that by law, all political donations be anonymous. That way, the voter (actually the business, organization, etc.) can donate to whomever he wishes to support, but can't "buy" him. You can't sell influence if you don't know who is buying.

25 posted on 03/27/2011 12:59:18 PM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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