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Post by mimi » Sun Mar 02, 2014 1:50 pm

Brutal Editorial for Rick Scott in the Tampa Bay Times. Just Brutal.





Editorial: If Gov. Rick Scott only had a heart





Friday, February 28, 2014 3:00pm





some excerpts:





This is the tin man as governor, a chief executive who shows no heartfelt connection to the state, appreciation for its values or compassion for its residents. Duke Energy is charging its electric customers billions for nuclear plants that were botched or never built. Homeowners are being pushed out of the state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. and into private insurers with higher premiums and no track records. Federal flood insurance rates are soaring so high that many property owners cannot afford the premiums but also cannot sell their homes. The governor sides with the electric utilities and property insurers. He criticizes the president rather than fellow Republicans in Congress for failing to fix the flood insurance fiasco they helped create.





In Scott's Florida, it is harder for citizens to vote and for the jobless to collect unemployment. It is easier for renters to be evicted and for borrowers to be charged high interest rates on short-term loans. It is harder for patients to win claims against doctors who hurt them and for consumers to get fair treatment from car dealers who deceive them. It is easier for businesses to avoid paying taxes, building roads and repairing environmental damage.Scott, who moved to Naples just seven years before running for governor, treats Florida like another faceless corporate acquisition to be dismantled and repackaged. Collins created the community college system; Scott ordered the colleges to create a gimmick, a handful of bachelor's degrees that can be purchased for $10,000. Askew established the water management districts and reformed the appointment process for judges; Scott gutted the former and injected more politics into the latter. Gov. Bob Martinez pushed ambitious efforts to manage growth and preserve environmentally sensitive land; Scott decimated both.





The state's refusal to accept billions in federal money illustrates how this governor ignores the needs of everyday residents. He fought the federal Affordable Care Act all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and lost. He stood by as the Legislature turned down $51 billion in federal money to help cover 1 million uninsured residents, and now he refuses to reaffirm even his tepid support for taking the money. Tens of thousands of Floridians are signing up for health coverage in the federal marketplace in spite of a governor who refuses to help them.there's more:


[/break1]tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/the-tin-man-if-the-governor-only-had-a-heart/2167877]http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editori ... rt/2167877

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Post by Addie » Mon Mar 10, 2014 2:21 pm

[link]Talking Points Memo,http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/r ... easy-polls[/link]





GOP Feeling Queasy About New Poll Numbers For Rick Scott





Florida Republicans are feeling sick to their stomach about a bunch of new poll results on Gov. Rick Scott (R).





The new polls show former Gov. Charlie Crist, Scott's very likely Democratic challenger int he general election, with strong support across the state. One poll reported by the [link]Miami Herald,http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/03/09/3 ... awful.html[/link], for instance, has Crist beating Scott by 34 percentage points in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.





"There's no way to sugarcoat this: It's awful," a top Florida Republican told the Herald in response to seeing the crosstabs for the new poll numbers. ...





The Florida gubernatorial race is widely considered one of the top races of the 2014 election cycle and previous polling had only shown Crist with a slight lead over Scott.
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Post by kate520 » Mon Mar 10, 2014 2:43 pm

I don't understand how he was elected in the first place, having been convicted of massive insurance fraud. Who in their right mind...oh, I see. ?(
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Post by SPen » Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:24 pm

I don't understand how he was elected in the first place, having been convicted of massive insurance fraud. Who in their right mind...oh, I see. ?($70 million of his own money.

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Post by kate520 » Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:16 pm

There oughta be a law. Didn't there used to be a law?
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Post by Adrianinflorida » Tue Mar 18, 2014 4:23 am

$70 Million + GOP Machine + Alex Sink snatching defeat from the jaws of victory = Governor ScottFlorida ain't blue enough to take any statewide office for granted.

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Post by SPen » Tue Mar 18, 2014 8:53 pm

It turns out I actually missed low, he spent $75 million of his own money.This might be one of those cases where the Democrats win by losing, though. If Crist can beat Scott this year and then hopefully win reelection he'll be in place to veto the next remapping that the legislature will do in accordance with the 2020 redistricting, thus giving us court-drawn maps instead of another GOP gerrymander. That is our only chance of ever taking one or both chambers of the state legislature back in the future. The State Senate (26R-14D) and State House (75R-45D) are hilariously gerrymandered, as are the U.S. House seats, and the only way to change that in the future is to get a Democratic Governor in place.

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Post by kate520 » Wed Mar 19, 2014 2:02 am

Some Floridians are saying Alex Sink shows how close the state is to turning blue because she got so close. What say you, SPen?
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Post by SPen » Wed Mar 19, 2014 8:56 pm

Despite what some pundits are saying, Sink's performance is encouraging for Democrats as far as Florida goes. The 13th is a narrow Republican district, with a Republican registration advantage and demographics that favor Republicans (older, whiter population), and she only lost it by 2% in a low-turnout special election. It is now a tossup district and will remain that way moving forward. The only reason it's even competitive right now is because the Florida GOP gerrymandered it by taking the St. Pete area out and dumping it into the Tampa Bay vote sink they created. If St. Pete was restored to the 13th district where it belongs it would have turned Obama's 1.5% win in 2012 in the district into nearly a double-digit victory, and would allow Democrats to carry the district and area in non-presidential years. That's the current problem right now: Obama can carry the district, as is, with presidential turnout, but other Democrats will have a little more difficulty winning it with non-presidential turnout.





Florida as a whole is becoming more favorable to Democrats too. The population growth and demographic changes are pushing it towards the Democrats if current trends continue. The white share of the electorate dropped to 65.8% in 2012 and could be down to 63% in 2016. Hundreds of thousands of Latino/Hispanic voters are being added to the voter rolls and the younger Cuban voters are not reliably Republican votes like their parents and grandparents were either. The I-4 corridor used to be considered the swing area that would decide the winner of the state but it is trending Democratic. If future Democrats can fare better with white voters than Obama did in 2012 (he lost them by 24 points), or at least match Kerry's 2004 performance (-14), they can build a slight but stable edge in presidential years so long as they replicate what Obama was able to do with Florida Latinos (+21) and what most Democrats can get from African Americans and AAPI's.





Republicans look like they're close to maximizing the support they can get from white voters in Florida. If that's true, and if it's also true that they can't make big gains with the Latino vote, then Florida could become a state that tilts Democratic ever so slightly (like the way Nevada does now) because the white share of the electorate is only going to continue to shrink while the Latino, AAPI, and AA shares of the electorate will continue to grow.

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Post by Addie » Thu Apr 24, 2014 2:00 pm

[link]Talking Points Memo,http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/r ... rick-scott[/link]





Rasmussen Poll: Charlie Crist Leads Rick Scott





Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (D) leads current Gov. Rick Scott ( R) in the Florida governor's race, according to a new poll from the conservative-leaning [link]Rasmussen Reports,http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_ ... a_governor[/link].





The poll, released Thursday, found Crist leading Scott 45 percent to 39 percent with 6 percent saying they preferred another candidate and 10 percent who said they were undecided.





It's the latest example in a strong of polls that have shown Scott in serious trouble of losing re-election or, at the very least, facing a tough fight in the 2014 cycle. In March, the Miami Herald reported that Florida Republicans were feeling sick to their stomach about a handful of poll results for Scott.





"There's no way to sugarcoat this: It's awful," one top Florida Republican told the Herald.





The new Rasmussen poll was conducted April 21-22 among 750 likely voters. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
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Post by Dr. Kenneth Noisewater » Tue Jun 10, 2014 12:14 pm

How this is even a close race is beyond me. Rick Scott has been a disaster for Florida

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Post by SueDB » Wed Jun 11, 2014 1:21 pm

How this is even a close race is beyond me. Rick Scott has been a disaster for FloridaAll I can say is "Floriduh"...
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Post by SPen » Sun Jun 15, 2014 3:54 pm

How this is even a close race is beyond me. Rick Scott has been a disaster for FloridaMoney. Scott's been dumping millions on the airwaves and Crist is yet to go on the air.

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Post by Dolly » Thu Oct 09, 2014 1:27 pm



Lawsuit: Gov. Rick Scott shields more than $200 million in assets



TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott has failed to report more than $200 million in assets on his state financial disclosure form in violation of the Florida Constitution, Democratic attorney general candidate George Sheldon alleged in a lawsuit filed Wednesday.



Sheldon, a former deputy attorney general under Bob Butterworth, is running against Republican Pam Bondi. His lawsuit, filed in Leon County just weeks before Election Day, accuses the governor of relying on a "web of complex financial arrangements" to shift investments and hide his "financial interests from public view."



Sheldon is asking a judge to order Scott, Florida's wealthiest governor, to "immediately and accurately disclose all assets he owns or controls," and to declare the governor's "blind trust" in violation of the blind trust law he signed.



"The lawsuit asks the court to remove the blindfold that Rick Scott has put on the people of Florida so that they cannot see what is going on with his personal assets,'' Sheldon said at a press conference. "The governor likes to talk about how much he has disclosed. The lawsuit is about how much he has not disclosed." <SNIP>



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Post by GreatGrey » Wed Oct 15, 2014 9:29 pm





Hee hee, no fans allowed.
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Post by Whatever4 » Thu Oct 16, 2014 2:26 am

So the issue was that no electronics were allowed? electronic: (of a device) having or operating with the aid of many small components, especially microchips and transistors, that control and direct an electric current.

"an electronic calculator"



A fan such as the one shown is electric, not electronic. What a petty move.
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Post by Whatever4 » Thu Oct 16, 2014 10:08 am

Seems there was an addition to the rules:








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Post by June bug » Thu Oct 16, 2014 12:30 pm

:link:

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Post by Dolly » Thu Oct 16, 2014 12:45 pm

Google image search shows twitter posts for the document. Here is one.





story text but no photo of the rules at the link.

"“The Scott campaign signed and returned the letter on Thursday, October 9. The Crist campaign signed and returned the letter on Monday, October 13, but with the added hand-written note '*with understanding that the debate hosts will address any temperature issues with a fan if necessary.’ [/size]

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politic ... 09766.html





another story about the fan

Charlie Crist and his portable fan have a history togetherhttp://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-gover ... 07911.html
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Post by June bug » Thu Oct 16, 2014 12:51 pm

Thanks, Dolly!

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Post by Dolly » Thu Oct 16, 2014 12:58 pm

from

http://twitter.com/KevinCate

Kevin Cate‏@KevinCate

Debate "organizers" are wrong. Rules were settled two days prior to the debate.





Kevin Cate‏@KevinCate

Again: our signed and delivered debate rules, including the fan, are here: http://chrl.ie/debate-rules #FLGovDebatehttp://twitter.com/KevinCate/status/522582806548197378



link to the rules: http://b.3cdn.net/crist/b0917529c2538b4 ... 6i2igh.pdf
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