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  • Claws Come Out in First Debate Between Scott and Crist

    10/11/2014 6:33:00 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | 10/10/14 | Allison Nielson
    ...Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist arrived at WSCV-Telemundo 51 in Miramar Friday for their first of three televised debates.... ....Scott criticized Crist for "sitting on his hands" and "doing nothing" while he was governor as well as making decisions based on "political expediency." When it came to Medicaid, Crist said he’d support its expansion -- a promise he has made repeatedly on the campaign trail. Scott, on the other hand, said he’d oppose such an expansion, saying the state couldn’t afford it, but vowed he was committed to helping Floridians get jobs -- a step he says...
  • Poll: Florida Hispanic voters strongly back Charlie Crist, Medicaid expansion

    10/09/2014 10:02:32 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 44 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | Marc Caputo
    Democrat Charlie Crist holds a sizable 53-29 percent lead over Gov. Rick Scott among Hispanic voters, according to a new poll that indicates this fastest growing segment of the electorate doesn’t like Republican positions on immigration, Medicaid and the minimum wage.
  • Crist says Florida Gov. Scott has no integrity

    09/30/2014 10:42:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 30, 2014 5:23 PM EDT | Brendan Farrington
    Republican-turned-Democrat former Gov. Charlie Crist said Tuesday that current Republican Gov. Rick Scott “has no integrity” and his policies are driven by “the almighty dollar.” Crist made the remarks while discussing his campaign to seek his old job with his new party during an hour-long interview with Associated Press reporters that covered education, the environment and claims by Scott. The gubernatorial campaign has been one of the most negative in Florida history. …
  • Log Cabin Republicans: Can GOP gays win gay South Florida again for Rick Scott?

    09/29/2014 7:36:16 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | September 29, 2014 | Steve Rothaus
    An op-ed from Matt Chen of the Broward Republican Executive Committee: Early voting will begin next week. By Election Day one would presume the demonized homophobic and racist Rick Scott will end up with 95% of the substantial South Florida Gay vote going to Democrat Charlie Crist. Not so, my friends. Sure that's hard to understand when the Florida Agenda perpetually portrays the GOP as virulently and violently homophobic. But Gay Democrats have routinely been stunned to find out that 25-35% of Gay voters routinely vote Republican, according to exit polling.
  • Rick Scott's Toll Lanes Definitely Newsworthy ... but an Exposé?

    09/19/2014 12:41:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | September 17, 2014 | Nancy Smith
    In August 2011 Gov. Rick Scott first made it plain he likes toll lanes on major highways and wants more of them. They speed up traffic, he said. In October 2011, PolitiFact Florida checked out his assessment, rated it "mostly true." So it was a little surprising to see the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting (FCIR), whose stated purpose is "to expose corruption, waste and miscarriages of justice," expose Scott's commitment to toll lanes. Don't get me wrong, I think it's great this news is well and truly in front of the public again. And shame on all of us...
  • Florida spends billions on toll lanes, but public has little input into how money is spent

    09/15/2014 5:01:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Florida Times-Union ^ | September 14, 2014 | Eric Barton
    In the next decade, Florida’s biggest cities will add toll lanes to the state’s busiest highways. Nobody knows exactly how much it will cost. Maybe as little as $3 billion. Maybe double that. What’s clear is that when the toll lanes across the state are complete, they will become one of the largest infrastructure projects in state history. There’s little debate that the toll lanes, also called express lanes or managed lanes, make commutes quicker for those willing to pay as much as $10 to use them. But there has been little debate about the need for the projects —...
  • Charlie Crist calls on Rick Scott to stop Fla's defense of gay marriage ban

    08/29/2014 8:57:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Tampa Bay Times ^ | August 29, 2014 | Adam C. Smith, political editor
    A letter released by the Charlie Crist campaign: Dear Governor Scott: Four years ago, a district court of appeals ruled Florida’s ban on gay and lesbian adoption unconstitutional. When the ruling came down, I believed it was my job as Governor to exercise the authority vested in me by the people and our Constitution. The day the judge ruled, I declared Florida’s adoption ban over. Gay and lesbian parents began adopting the children they loved immediately. It is one of my proudest moments as an elected official. Last Thursday Federal District Judge Robert Hinkle gave you the same chance to...
  • Crist makes Florida comeback bid as 4 states vote

    08/26/2014 8:45:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 26, 2014 11:27 PM EDT | Brendan Farrington and Bill Barrow
    Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist continued his political comeback Tuesday as Democratic voters selected him as their nominee to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott in Florida, one of four states where voters were choosing candidates for statewide office. Crist easily defeated former state Sen. Nan Rich, while Scott coasted in his own primary toward a general election matching the state’s last two Republican governors. Both have struggled with sagging approval ratings and run-ins with conservatives. “It’s a wonderful night,” Crist declared after accepting a concession call from Rich. Crist said the strong showing is a sign that Democrats believe in...
  • Florida: Easy Primary Wins for Charlie Crist and Rick Scott

    08/26/2014 7:06:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/26/2014
    MIAMI — Gov. Rick Scott and his chief opponent, former Gov. Charlie Crist, both handily defeated opponents in their parties’ primaries on Tuesday. Mr. Crist, a Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat, faced the tougher challenge, against Nan Rich, a former state senator who calls herself the “real Democrat” in the race. But he easily defeated her, The Associated Press reported. With little statewide name recognition, Ms. Rich did not gain much traction in her efforts to sideline Mr. Crist. But political analysts were keeping an eye on Democratic turnout to see how much enthusiasm Mr. Crist, a moderate, has engendered among Democrats, who once...
  • Billionaire climate-change supporter pledges to spend big to beat Florida Gov. Rick Scott

    08/02/2014 3:57:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | August 2, 2014 | By Marc Caputo
    The billionaire is ready to take out Florida’s multi-millionaire governor. In a nationwide push to fight Republicans who deny the existence of man-made climate change, investor-turned-activist Tom Steyer has founded a Florida political committee, seeded it with $750,000 of his own money and says he’ll spend far more to help Democrat Charlie Crist defeat Gov. Rick Scott. Florida Democrats are buzzing about Steyer spending $10 million, which he won’t discuss. Republicans say the California Democrat is a phony environmentalist, but they nevertheless worry his financial commitment could be real in Florida. “It’s hard to look at the map of the...
  • U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to Gov. Rick Scott: We're watching you

    08/01/2014 9:33:47 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | August 1, 2014 | Alex Leary
    WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder sent a scathing letter to Gov. Rick Scott over voting changes in Florida and issued a warning that the Justice Department is "carefully monitoring" the state. "Whenever warranted by the facts and the law, we will not hesitate to use all tools and legal authorities at our disposal to fight against racial discrimination, to stand against disenfranchisement and to safeguard the right of every eligible American to cast a ballot," Holder wrote. Scott's office dismissed it as a "bizarre attempt to help Charlie Crist." The letter, dotted with pointed language and examples of...
  • 11th Circuit: Constitutional to Bar Doctors from Asking Patients About Firearm Ownership

    07/29/2014 2:15:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 28, 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    On July 25 the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit "eliminated the injunction" against the enforcement of Florida's "gun gag" law, which restricts doctors from asking patients if they own a firearm unless asking is necessary to a patient's treatment. According to Law360.com, the 11th Circuit ruled that barring doctors from asking about firearms "doesn't violate the First Amendment." Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) signed the NRA-backed "gun gag" legislation in 2011. Suit was brought against the State of Florida over the law by "the Florida chapters of the American Academies of Pediatrics and American College of...
  • Rick Scott Leads Charlie Crist in Florida Gubernatorial Poll

    07/29/2014 2:07:31 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 24 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | July 29, 2014 | Dignitas News Service Team
    Despite claims that he switched to the Democratic Party as a result of "GOP racism," Charlie Crist has been unable to secure strong minority support and as a result has lost the lead in his bid to reclaim the Florida Governors mansion against incumbent Governor Republican Rick Scott. In the latest CBS/New York Time/YouGov poll, Scott now leads Crist by five points in a race analysts suggest may be getting away from Crist. Charlie Crist led the race by as many as 15 points in polls taken early this year, but has been unable to muster strong support from minority...
  • Job Numbers Released; Florida Trending Upward [Media REFUSES to credit Rick Scott]

    07/19/2014 5:52:22 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    wusfnews.com ^ | 7/18/14 | Nathan Powell
    Florida is leading the nation in job growth, adding more than 37,000 jobs this month. The Tampa Bay area has added over 25,000 jobs in the last 12 months, third among metro areas in Florida, according to state officials..
  • Charlie Crist blows 12-point lead over Florida Gov. Rick Scott: Poll

    06/14/2014 7:49:40 AM PDT · by freedom1st · 109 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/10/14 | T. BECKET ADAMS
    Noted party-jumper Charlie Crist has blown a 12-point lead over Florida's incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott, narrowing the state's gubernatorial race to a dead heat, according to the Democratic-leaning survey firm Public Policy Polling.
  • Jindal: Obama Told Governors He Doesn’t Trust the States

    05/31/2014 10:31:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 31, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    Fox News’ Sean Hannity sat down with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Thursday at the Republican Leadership Conference to talk about the accomplishments conservative governors have made across the U.S. “All of you inherited deficits you turned into surpluses, high unemployment now low unemployment,” Hannity said of Jindal and Govs. Rick Scott (FL), Rick Perry (TX), John Kasich (OH), Scott Walker (WI), and Nikki Haley (SC). “What can the Republicans in Washington learn?” Washington can actually learn a lot from states if they want to—it’s just common sense, Jindal replied. Lawmakers inside the beltway always talk about the things...
  • Governor Scott to Sue U.S. Veterans Affairs Over Obstruction

    05/28/2014 9:03:20 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 8 replies
    Governor Rick Scott ^ | 5-28-14 | Staff for Rick Scott
    Today, Governor Rick Scott announced plans to file a lawsuit establishing the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration’s (AHCA) authority to inspect federal VA hospitals in Florida, and to stop the federal veterans affairs agency from obstructing state actions. Governor Scott said, “As the chief health policy and planning entity for the state that licenses, inspects, and investigates consumer complaints, AHCA should be allowed access to federal VA hospitals to inspect their processes and their facilities. On seven separate occasions at six federal VA hospitals, however, state inspectors have been blocked by federal officials from carrying out their mission of...
  • Northrop Grumman announces larges(t) expansion project in the country

    05/17/2014 10:43:34 AM PDT · by shove_it · 37 replies
    HometownNews ^ | 16 May 2014 | Chris Fish
    BREVARD -- Brevard County will soon be the home of the largest economic development project in the country, officials said. The Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast announced on May 8 that Northrop Grumman Corporation has selected Brevard County for an expansion project that could create 1,800 jobs, with an average annual salary of $100,000. The project was secretly known as "Project Magellan" throughout the due diligence phase, as part of a confidentiality agreement between the company and the Space Coast, officials said. Northrop Grumman plans to invest approximately $500 million in new capital investments at Melbourne International Airport,...
  • Crist Considering Cuban Visit: Report

    05/08/2014 4:40:52 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    NBC MIAMI ^ | 5/7/14
    Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist has made no secret of his desire to end the U.S. embargo on Cuba, but he may go even further and take a visit to the communist nation over the summer, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The Times reported that Crist is “eager to learn more about the country as he call for normalizing relations with Florida’s neighbor." Crist’s calls to lift the embargo lines up with polling across the state and the nation that show majorities favor ending the U.S. policy.
  • Crist: Race Motivates GOP Opposition to Obama (He likes both Hillary and Jeb Bush)

    05/07/2014 7:30:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Fusion ^ | May 6, 2014 | Jordan Fabian and Jorge Ramos
    Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (D) said Tuesday that a “big reason” why he left the Republican Party was because many in the GOP were hostile to President Obama due to his race. Crist, who is running for his old office against Gov. Rick Scott (R), said in an interview with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos that he felt uncomfortable with his previous party affiliation. Republicans are perceived as “anti-women, anti-immigrant, anti-minority, [and] anti-gay,” he said, and they refuse to compromise with Obama. The ex-governor said he feels, “liberated as a Democrat.” “I couldn’t be consistent with myself and my core beliefs,...
  • Rick Scott Welcomes Obama to Florida With Attack on Health-Care Law

    03/20/2014 9:16:08 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 11 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | 3/20/14 | Ken Derby
    With President Barack Obama heading to the Sunshine State on Thursday, he is drawing fire from an old foe in Gov. Rick Scott. Rising to political prominence by opposing Obama’s federal health-care law, Scott went after Obama for taking funds from Medicaid Advantage to fund the law. "Today, President Obama is coming to Florida to raise money and do a campaign-style event,” Scott said. “No one knows specifically what he’s going to talk about, but it’s safe to say he won’t be addressing the 1.3 million Florida seniors who are in danger of losing their health care benefits, doctors and...
  • Unions to Spend $300 Million to Unseat Scott Walker, Other Governors

    02/22/2014 8:44:48 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 45 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 2-13-14 | Kyle Maichle
    HOUSTON, TX – The nation’s leading labor union will plan to spend $300 million in 2014 trying to unseat Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and four other Republican Governors. More: AFL-CIO to Target Walker, Other Governors People’s World reported that the AFL-CIO announced on Thursday morning during a press conference in Houston that they would spend money trying to unseat Governor Walker. Other Governors that the labor organization is targeting are John Kasich (R-Ohio), Tom Corbett (R-Pennsylvania), Rick Snyder (R-Michigan), and Rick Scott (R-Florida). The American Federation of Teachers backed the AFL-CIO’s plan. President Randi Weingarten said: “In many ways it...
  • Ponzi schemer Rothstein: Wooing politicians, including Crist [and McCain], key to success of fraud

    02/05/2014 11:53:59 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 6 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | February 5, 2014 | Jane Musgrave
    WEST PALM BEACH — Wooing politicians like Gov. Charlie Crist and U.S. Sen. John McCain was a key to the success of his $1.4 billion Ponzi scheme, convicted fraudster Scott Rothstein testified Wednesday in federal court.In a wide-ranging discussion of how he built the scheme and how it imploded in October 2009 that came during his testimony in the trial of lawyer Christina Kitterman, Rothstein was both confident and contrite.
  • Medical marijuana ballot called 'plan' to help Crist beat Scott

    01/27/2014 12:46:38 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    http://tbo.com ^ | January 24, 2014 | By William March |
    TAMPA -- Some Florida Republicans fear, and some Democrats hope, that a November referendum on legalizing medical marijuana in Florida will drive young and liberal voters to the polls, helping Democratic candidates including gubernatorial challenger Charlie Crist. The initiative, still not certified for the November ballot, is generating charges of political motives from both sides. Some Republicans call it an expensive ploy by Crist's backers to help him win. "It is no coincidence that Charlie Crist's law partner and biggest supporter, John Morgan, is financing medical marijuana," said Gainesville-based GOP consultant Alex Patton. "It's a plan." Some Democrats, meanwhile, say...
  • Stand Your Ground: Why Florida Boycott Is The Only Effective Solution

    11/18/2013 9:27:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Black Star News ^ | November 17, 2013 | Ron Daniels
    The Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW), multitudes of people of African descent and people of conscience and goodwill have not forgotten about the tragedy and travesty of the murder of Trayvon Martin. There is a deep seated feeling of injustice and lack of closure as the Justice Department has yet to render a decision whether to pursue civil rights violations in this case --a course which is highly unlikely. And, the “Stand Your Ground Law” which provided George Zimmerman the pretext to profile and ultimately murder Trayvon Martin with impunity is still in place. Despite a courageous...
  • Ex-GOP Florida Governor Crist to Run for Job as Democrat

    11/01/2013 4:50:49 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 25 replies
    nwi.com ^ | November 1,2013 | BRENDAN FARRINGTON
    Former Republican governor turned Democrat Charlie Crist filed paperwork Friday to run for his old job with his new party, a move that will turn the race into one of the most watched in the nation. Crist is now the front-runner to represent Democrats against Republican Gov. Rick Scott, one of the most unpopular chief executives in the country. Scott, though, will be well-financed and is expected to spend as much as $25 million in attack ads against Crist. For Crist, he is hoping to revive a political career that seemingly crashed when he left the GOP and lost an...
  • Democrats rally against Gov. Scott at conference

    10/26/2013 7:45:40 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 61 replies
    news-journalonline.com ^ | October 26, 2013 | BRENDAN FARRINGTON
    Congresswoman and Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz told the 650 Democrats at the dinner that Scott was the worst governor in Florida history. She then paused and said he was the worst governor in the nation's history. "I trust Rick Scott to lead this state as much as I trust Ted Cruz to read bedtime stories to my daughter," said Wasserman Schultz, referring to the Sen. Cruz, R-Texas, reading Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs and Ham" during a filibuster earlier this month.
  • Alan Grayson plans agenda for GOP conference

    10/26/2013 4:00:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Tampa Bay Times' The Buzz ^ | October 26, 2013 | Marc Caputo, The Miami Herald
    Just days after comparing the tea party to the Ku Klux Klan, Florida’s most-outspoken Democratic Congressman, Alan Grayson, addressed the state party faithful Saturday and likened some Republicans to Confederate flag-waving “bigots.” Grayson made his comments during a mock reading of a fake Republican Party agenda in which he suggested conservatives were also gay marriage-bashing gun nuts. “At 8:30 a.m., the morning breakout sessions,” Grayson said, reading the made-up GOP agenda. “Ballroom A: the bigots. Ballroom B: the paranoids. And Ballroom C, the largest group of all: the gullible.” The speech, largely applauded by the attendees of the Florida Democratic...
  • The 'Dream Defenders' would defend us all: 'Stand your ground' law affects more than blacks....

    08/20/2013 4:17:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | August 20, 2013 | Paul Rosenberg
    Weeks have passed since George Zimmerman was acquitted of killing Trayvon Martin in mid-July, but a group of young activists known as the Dream Defenders only recently ended their occupation of the state capitol building in Tallahassee, where they called for a special session of the legislature to repeal Florida's so-called "stand your ground" (SYG) law, confront racial profiling, and end the school-to-prison pipeline. They were right to do so for four main reasons: •the "stand your ground" law is badly flawed, and the evidence is overwhelming; •it was directly implicated in Zimmerman's acquittal, even though Zimmerman's lawyers did not...
  • Zimmerman/Martin case: Exclusive interview with former Sanford police chief and captain

    08/02/2013 3:22:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Police One ^ | August 2, 2013 | Professor Karen L. Bune
    The death of Trayvon Martin was an avoidable tragedy, and some of the things that happened following the incident are also avoidable if we heed to the lessons learned by two of Sanford’s top cops.Born and raised in Sanford (Fla.), former Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee was in his position 11 months when the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman occurred. Leveraging his three decades of law enforcement experience, Chief Lee was at the helm of a department with budget woes. Two months before the Zimmerman/Martin incident occurred, Lee had hired another law enforcement veteran with 30...
  • Zimmerman Verdict Protesters Hold ‘People’s Session’ At State Capitol (W/Jesse Jackson)

    07/31/2013 6:42:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    WFOR-TV ^ | July 31, 2013
    More than two weeks after George Zimmerman was acquitted charges for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, a group of protesters continue to stand their ground in the hallway near Governor Scott’s office in Tallahassee. “We’ve really made ourselves at home here waiting on the governor to show some leadership,” said Philip Agnew, the director of the Dream Defenders, the protesters that remain in Tallahassee. The protesters, after Governor Rick Scott continues to deny their demands to call a special legislative session, have taken matters in their own hands by holding a People’s Session. Rev. Jesse Jackson gave the protesters...
  • Florida Gov. Scott asks Jesse Jackson to apologize for 'divisive, reckless' remarks

    07/31/2013 12:31:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 31, 2013
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott is asking civil rights leader Jesse Jackson to apologize for “reckless and divisive” comments following the jury verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial. Jackson on Tuesday called Florida “the Selma of our time.” The remark follows Jackson saying Florida was an “Apartheid State,” after a jury earlier this month found Zimmerman not guilty on all charges in the shooting death of black teenager Trayvon Martin. “Jesse Jackson owes every Floridian an apology for his reckless and divisive comments,” the Republican governor said in a statement. “It is unfortunate that he would come to Florida to...
  • http://tbo.com/news/florida/gov-scott-criticizes-jesse-jackson-over-comments-20130731/

    07/31/2013 12:11:22 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 11 replies
    Tampa Tribune ^ | 7/31/13
    TALLAHASSEE - Florida Gov. Rick Scott sharply criticized Jesse Jackson on Wednesday over comments he made this week while joining a Capitol protest. Jackson spent time with a group upset with the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. They've refused to leave the Capitol until Scott calls a special session and asks legislators to overhaul the state's "stand your ground" self-defense laws. Scott has refused the request. Jackson, the veteran activist, criticized Florida as the "Selma of our time," referred to it as the "Apartheid State" and made a comparison of Scott to former Alabama Gov. George Wallace. Selma, Ala.,...
  • Another casualty of the voting rights act ruling: a lawsuit against the state [FL]

    07/29/2013 9:39:35 AM PDT · by kevcol · 12 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | July 24, 2013 | Mark Ellen Klas
    A federal court in Tampa dismissed the claim by civil rights activists Wednesday challenging the controversial 2012 voter purge enacted by Gov. Rick Scott and the state's Division of Elections to rid the rolls of what they believed were scores of fraudulent voter registrations. The action was challenged by the the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law on behalf of Mi Familia Vota and two U.S. citizens and alleged it unconstitutionally targeted minority voters. The court on Wednesday cited the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Shelby County v. Holder, which dismantled...
  • Dream Defenders: Day 5 And Not Budging

    07/20/2013 4:34:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The first wave of Dream Defenders around the Capitol Rotunda.TALLAHASSEE—Day five and they’re not budging or backing down from their cause. Protesters angered by the acquittal of George Zimmerman are inside the Florida Capitol demanding a repeal of the state’s ‘stand your ground’ self-defense law. Police said about 20 protesters remained firmly in place Saturday, the demonstration’s fifth consecutive day. Members of The Dream Defenders say they will not leave until Gov. Rick Scott calls a special session to have legislators repeal the law.....
  • “Trayvon Martin Civil Rights Act” Gaining Support

    07/19/2013 10:36:27 AM PDT · by kevcol · 94 replies
    CBS Miami ^ | July 18, 2013 | News
    TALLAHASSEE (CBS Miami) – Following the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, some Florida students have joined together to call for a “Trayvon Martin Civil Rights Act”. . . The group called Dream Defenders said it will request a special session of the legislature and called for additional students and supporters to join them at the state capitol in Tallahassee.
  • Florida governor holds emergency meeting with anti-Zimmerman protesters (Another cave-in)

    07/18/2013 10:29:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 19, 2013 | Patrick Howley
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott held an emergency meeting Thursday night with pro-Trayvon Martin protesters that staged a sit-in outside his office to demand an end to Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. Scott, who has been under fire from activists in the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal in Martin’s death, met with protesters at the State Capitol and reminded them that he agrees with Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, but that he’s calling for a “statewide day of prayer for unity” to help people of all persuasions move beyond the verdict. Sean Rossman @SeanRossman Dream Defenders meeting with @FLGovScott at the...
  • Florida Gov. Rick Scott: We shouldn't turn Zimmerman verdict into politics

    07/16/2013 12:52:07 PM PDT · by kevcol · 60 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/15/2013 | Stuart Varney (interview)
    VARNEY: Now, back in March of 2012, right after the event, the president made a statement -- went in front of the cameras and made a statement about the Trayvon Martin case -- and right after the verdict was delivered, he made another statement which I will quote from in a moment. But, first, do you think that the president inserted himself into the judicial system? Because that has been the subject of some criticism. SCOTT: Sure. I don't know if he did or didn't. What I just think about is, I think about the family, I think about the...
  • Zimmerman Protesters Take Over FL Gov's Office

    07/16/2013 11:17:48 AM PDT · by Nachum · 95 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/16/13 | Lee Stranahan,
    From Lee Stranahan, Breitbart News: A coalition put together by Dream Defenders took over Florida Gov. Rick Scott's office in Tallahassee on Tuesday to demand a special legislative session that they say will address "the issues at the center of the Trayvon Martin tragedy." The coalition contends that "stand your ground vigilantism, racial profiling and a war on youth that paints us as criminals and funnels us out of schools and funnels us out of schools and into prison" is part of the culture that lead to the tragedy. Governor Scott was out of the office and not expected to...
  • Rick Scott, Angela Corey and the Death of Justice

    07/15/2013 4:24:48 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 41 replies
    Red State ^ | 7/14/2013 | Erick Erickson
    (Corey and Stooges) The prosecution of George Zimmerman should fill every American with fear and trepidation regardless of their political persuasion. What the prosecution and subsequent trial demonstrated is that a spineless governor and a prosecutor who has set their eyes on higher political office can and will financially ruin you and put your liberty in jeopardy for grins. We have passed into that twilight of the Republic where we are no longer citizens but rather subjects of a bureaucratic juggernaut at the service of mob rule that will cheerfully kill you and impoverish your family if it furthers...
  • Here’s What I Would Say As Governor Of Florida Concerning Threats Of Rioting & Murder

    07/11/2013 5:01:07 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | July 11, 2013 | Tim Brown
    I don’t normally write a complete opinionated commentary on things here at Freedom Outpost, but I really think there are probably some people out there, like myself, that think someone in authority, preferably Florida Governor Rick Scott, should step up and say what needs to be said in the matter involving the George Zimmerman trial. So here goes. I believe the Zimmerman trial should have never come on the national stage. Barack Obama simply used an occasion to stir up the black community. It’s part of the Alinsky tactics. However, from all the evidence we’ve seen and the railroading of...
  • Gov. Rick Scott gains ground in new statewide poll, but still trails former Gov. Charlie Crist

    06/18/2013 3:21:01 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 6/18/13 | Steve Bousquet
    Gov. Rick Scott is more popular, according to a new poll by Quinnipiac University, but 50 percent of voters say he doesn’t deserve to be re-elected and that he would lose handily to former Gov. Charlie Crist if the 2014 election were today. Scott’s standing with the public has been so persistently grim that any improvement looks like a breakthrough. His approval rating cracked 40 percent for the first time in the latest poll — 43 percent of voters approve of his handling of his job, 44 percent disapprove.
  • Democratic voters won’t swallow the Crist crap sandwich

    06/04/2013 11:02:57 AM PDT · by Jacvin · 19 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | 6/4/2013 | Jack Furnari
    If Charlie Crist runs for governor as a Democrat, he’s going to lose. He’ll either get rubbed out in the Democratic primary, or he’ll lose to Gov. Rick Scott in the general. If Crist runs for governor, rank-and-file Democratic voters will never again trust the party leaders who support Crist. Terence McCoy, of the alternative New Times Broward-Palm Beach, made some excellent points in Five Reasons Charlie Crist Will Not Run For Governor, which I urge everyone to read. McCoy thinks Crist won’t run, but every Democratic leader I know who’s been talking to Crist says he will, and they’re...
  • Florida Gov. Scott: Allen West Would 'Be a Great Lieutenant Governor'

    05/15/2013 2:38:35 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/15/2013
    Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) is looking for a lieutenant governor, and he believes former Congressman Allen West fits the bill. According to Tampa Bay's 970 WFLA, Scott has not determined exactly when he will appoint a replacement for Carroll. He said he plans to wait until the current legislative session is over before taking the matter up. However, he has made clear that West would be a good choice. Said Scott: "[Allen West] is a great American and a great patriot... he'd be a great Lieutenant Governor."
  • Rick Scott: Allen West would make great Lt. Gov.

    05/14/2013 2:21:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    WFLA ^ | 05/14/2013
    TAMPA (970 WFLA) -- Governor Rick Scott hasn't picked a new Lieutenant Governor, and it's not clear whether he will, but he says at least one Florida politician would make a superb choice. On AM Tampa Bay, the governor responded to a question by saying West "is a great American and a great patriot... he'd be a great Lieutenant Governor." Scott has said he would wait until the end of the session before working on finding someone to replace Jennifer Carroll, who resigned earlier this year after being questioned about an indicted charity that ran internet cafes. Her resignation was...
  • Rise of the Republican Governors - A new liberal era? Not according to these reformers.

    05/11/2013 7:04:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2013 | Steven Malanga
    Shortly after Barack Obama won reelection in November, New Jersey governor Chris Christie pointed out that Republicans’ cloudy political prospects had a bright silver lining. “One of the reasons you have 30 Republican governors in America, and why we’re the only organization to add Republican strength,” Christie said, “is because people see us getting things done.” Christie’s stance countered most of the elite postelection commentary, which gleefully pronounced the Republican Party’s political irrelevance. But the governor was right. Since Obama first took office in 2008, Republicans have picked up a net nine governorships, bringing their total to 30 states,...
  • Scott to FAU: Explain this Jesus-stomping incident to me, please

    03/27/2013 10:09:52 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 40 replies
    I missed this incident of Academia Gone Wild when it happened, as I was in Rome covering the papal conclave, but it has all the hallmarks of cluelessness and faux “tolerance” that we’ve come to expect from higher education. It started with a professor of intercultural communications (no, seriously) at state-run Florida Atlantic University requiring students to write the name Jesus in large block letters on a piece of paper, and then stomp on it. One student — one? — refused to comply and told the professor that he would file a complaint over the assignment, which offended his religious...
  • University Apologizes for 'Stomp on Jesus' Lesson

    03/26/2013 3:00:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/26/2013 | Michael Gryboski , Christian Post Reporter
    A Florida academic institution that had a professor tell his students to write the name Jesus on paper and trample on it has issued a formal apology for the lesson. "This exercise will not be used again. The University holds dear its core values. We sincerely apologize for any offense this caused," said Florida Atlantic University, a multi-campus institution, in a prepared statement posted on its website. "Florida Atlantic University respects all religions and welcomes people of all faiths, backgrounds and beliefs." FAU also stated that "no students were forced to take part in the exercise" and "that no student...
  • Magic Johnson: ‘ObamaCare is working’

    03/25/2013 12:10:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 67 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/25/13 | Jonathan Easley
    Hall of Fame basketball player Earvin “Magic” Johnson spoke out on behalf of President Obama’s healthcare law on Monday. “ObamaCare is working. I talk to a lot of CEOs of hospitals. It is working,” he said on MSNBC. Johnson was speaking on "NOW with Alex Wagner" about the NCAA basketball tournament, but he veered into politics at the end of the segment, lauding conservative Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) decision to accept the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. II’m glad that Gov. Scott down in Florida accepted ObamaCare because it will work,” he said.
  • The Whole Record: Rick Scott’s Successful Pro-Growth Policies in Florida

    03/20/2013 5:12:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    A stunning announcement out of Florida this week. The state that was exhibit A for economic disaster two years ago is now experiencing a tremendous rebound thanks to Gov. Rick Scott’s pro-growth policies. Washington should take a page – no several pages – out of Scott’s book. Since December 2010, one month before Scott took office, the unemployment rate in Florida has dropped from 11.1 percent to 7.8 percent – that rate is lower than the national average. After two years of Scott’s policies, 282,000 private sector jobs have been created; in the previous four years the state had lost...