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Baby Got Bench: Florida Democrats' 2018 Field

April 27, 2016 - 11:15am

Gwen Graham’s recent semi-surprise, twofer announcement has the Florida chattering classes (temporarily) taking their attention away from 2016 and toward a post-Rick Scott state Capitol.

The year 2018 will mark 20 straight years in which Republicans have monopolized the Governor’s Mansion. Democrats are understandably terrified about that continued dominance, particularly when they consider the judicial appointments the next governor will make.

At the moment, the Florida Supreme Court is the only true check on absolute Republican hegemony in Florida.

A Congressman Wants to Build A Reservoir in the Florida Everglades. There’s Just One Problem…

April 25, 2016 - 12:45pm

Words that should trigger the red flag: “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” In the Sunshine State, it’s time to start waving in warning because U.S. Congressman Curt Clawson has arrived with a federal “solution” to Florida water storage issues specifically in regard to the restoration of the Everglades.

Sadly, his proposal is one that will not solve anything. To understand why, one must understand the challenge.

Gov. Scott and the Legislature Were Right To Defund Planned Parenthood

April 25, 2016 - 6:30am

Cara Jennings’ 15 minutes of fame came when she cussed out Gov. Rick Scott in a Gainesville Starbucks. Jennings, a self-proclaimed anarchist and frequent protester, verbally accosted the governor for signing a bill to protect unborn babies by defunding Planned Parenthood, and protect pregnant mothers by increasing requirements on abortion providers.

All Aboard Florida Still Hasn't Addressed Rail Project's Safety Failings

April 21, 2016 - 1:45pm

From its inception, Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida (CARE) has believed that threats to public safety are among the most concerning aspects of the proposed All Aboard Florida (AAF) passenger rail project and related increases in freight rail.

Privileged Patrick Murphy Replenishes Daddy’s Cash Stash

April 15, 2016 - 4:15pm

Patrick Murphy's Super PAC is out with its latest quarterly finance report, and - surprise, surprise - the vast majority of its haul came from Dear Old Daddy Murphy:

Honoring Freedom Fighters on 55th Anniversary of Bay of Pigs

April 15, 2016 - 9:45am

Sunday marks the 55th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs effort to remove Fidel Castro and the communist regime from power in Cuba. On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., took to the Senate floor to honor the men who tried to overthrow Castro. His remarks are as follows:

Obama’s Budget Request Doesn’t Match U.S. Objectives for Middle East and North Africa

April 14, 2016 - 11:45am

From her perch as chairwoman of the U.S. House Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., held a hearing on Wednesday on Assessing President Obama’s Middle East and North Africa FY 2017 Budget Request.” Her opening statement is below:

We’re here today to discuss the president’s FY17 budget request for the Middle East and North Africa region.

Todd Wilcox Should Sign Term Limits Pledge

April 14, 2016 - 8:45am

Nick Tomboulides, the executive director of U.S. Term Limits, offered the following response to an open letter to him from U.S. Senate hopeful Todd Wilcox about a term limits pledge:

I don’t know U.S.‭ ‬Senate candidate Todd Wilcox,‭ ‬but he seems to be a patriot and man of integrity. My issue with Wilcox is not a personal one,‭ ‬but rather about his policy stance on term limits for members of Congress.

My Donald Trump Fantasy Cabinet-Pick Game

April 13, 2016 - 11:30pm

With recent comments by Donald Trump about who he’d consider being his running mate, it made me think about what a Trump Cabinet might look like if he selected only from his competitors.

An Open Letter to Nick Tomboulides on Term Limits Pledge

April 12, 2016 - 10:45am

On Tuesday, businessman and Army veteran Todd Wilcox, now running for the Republican nomination in Florida’s  U.S. Senate race, replied to Nick Tomboulides from US Term Limits who took aim at him in an email on Monday for refusing to sign his group’s term limits pledge. Wilcox’s response is included below followed by Toumboulides’ message:

I couldn't agree more with the principle on which US Term Limits was founded: citizen legislators, not career politicians.


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