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Senate Republicans Double Down For Big Oil

NEWS FROM THE FLORIDA DEMOCRATIC PARTY

For Immediate Release: May 18, 2011
Contact: Eric Jotkoff, (850) 222-3411

After Republicans Voted AGAIN to Protect Big Oil’s Taxpayer Subsidies, Floridians Left Wondering Who Haridopolos, LeMieux, and Hasner Will Fight for In the Senate 

When it comes to Big Oil or taxpayers, whose side are Florida’s Republican Senate hopefuls on? That’s a question Floridians deserve an answer to from Mike Haridopolos and Adam Hasner after their party leaders in Washington once again picked Big Oil yesterday. Continue reading

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What Mainstream Media Missed At Allen West’s May 2011 Town Hall

cross posted at dptilson on May 18, 2011

At U.S. Rep. West’s 5/16/11 Town Hall, GOP congressman & Tea Party favorite is circled by security forces, but still gets confronted by small business owner from his district who takes issue with Republican talking points on deficit, taxes, Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid…and gets escorted out of the meeting for expressing himself. Continue reading

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Allen West Instigating Violence Against Muslim Americans

From the Inbox:  Congressman West Statement on South Florida Men Linked to Pakistani Taliban(WASHINGTON)

— Congressman Allen West (FL-22) released the following statement on the news of three South Florida residents charged with funneling money to the Taliban in Pakistan:


The news that three South Florida residents, including an Imam from Margate, are among six people charged with providing support to the Taliban in Pakistan, is further proof that there are individuals among us aiding and abetting terrorists who want to destroy our way of life. The United States clearly continues to be a prime target. These men were living among South Floridians, worshiping at mosques in our own back yard, and using United States banks to wire money back to terrorist groups.


I commend the men and women of law enforcement who were able to apprehend these suspected terrorists. With the removal of Osama bin Laden, our enemies will only grow more brazen and more committed, not just overseas, but right on our own shores. I call on President Barack Obama, the Department of Justice, and all law enforcement to continue to recognize the seriousness of homegrown terrorism.


The protection of the citizens of this nation will continue to be my prime commitment. We must recognize that a very real, dangerous faction of Islamic extremism exists in our communities. These terrorists are recruiting American citizens, infiltrating our schools and our military, and using our own resources against us.


These terrorists will stop at nothing to kill and destroy us. America must be vigilant and on guard against attacks from the extreme Islamic world and not back down or show weakness to these terrorist groups. We must recognize America’s own soil has now become the center of a new, 21st Century battlefield.”

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Abortion Trumps Job Creation During Legislative Session

Republicans campaigned on the promise of focusing on job creation.  Instead of putting Floridians back to work, the GOP majority has spent their first legislative session pushing their radical social agenda: regulating women’s reproductive health care just because they can.

Florida is leading the lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act based on the GOP claims of government over-reach in the doctor/patient relationship.  So it makes sense that Republican lawmakers crafted a proposed constitutional amendment that includes weakening personal freedom by expanding the government.

HJR 1179 will be on the 2012 ballot and if passed, exempts abortion from the state’s strong privacy rights.

The ultrasound bill (HB 1127) was brought back from the dead and sitting on Governor Rick Scott’s desk for a signature.

Last year, Governor Christ vetoed a measure that would force women to have an ultrasound and view the images while listening to a detailed description.

Ultrasounds are routine in abortion procedures, and the most recent version allows women to opt-out of the narrated viewing.  So, Republican lawmakers haven’t actually done anything other than send the message that women are too incompetent to make decisions about her reproductive health and the state government has to intervene.

Senators Evelyn Lynn, R-Ormond Beach, and Nancy Detert, R-Venice, said as much during debate.  “I didn’t come up here to come and tell you what you must do with your bodies,” Sen. Lynn said.  “I will vote no, not only on this bill, but every other bill we have on abortion.”

Sen. Detert added that she resents voting on a bill that “acts like I’m too stupid to confer with my own doctor on what I should do.  This is not what we were sent up here to do.”

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More Insights From Allen West

Allen West held his second town hall since he cast controversial votes that have been plaguing Republicans who returned to their respective districts earlier this week.

It’s that damn Paul Ryan and his budget bill.  The Tea-Party freshman were going to return to a loving embrace at their town halls.  But Karma’s a bitch, and instead time-warped them back to the circus of 2009.  Only now, these town-hall attendees actually live in the area and are yelling at the Republican Congressmen whose plan threatens their Medicare and health care while adding to the massive budget deficit they promised to close.

Less than a minute in to this first clip, West defends his choice to de-fund Planned Parenthood and NPR, a measly 1% of the budget, while the Department of Defense has doubled their budget to over $600 billion.  West’s response is a fantastic demonstration of the art of room clearing:

He might have pissed off all those people with those Planned Parenthood remarks, but he really dug himself into a hole when he pivoted into the “not turning his back on the people he served with” justification.

About 6 minutes into the next clip is West’s read on how the 2 parties can work together for the great good of America as a nation:

There is an incredible ideological chasm developing in the United States of America and the gist is very simple: if you got more people who are tied or dependent upon government, by subsistence check or employment check, it becomes upside-down in the United States of America.  And if there are people who believe that what built this great nation in 234 years is large government, I can’t compromise with that.  Because that goes against our principles – that goes against everything the founding fathers wrote, that goes against everything that has built this country to where it is now.”

That’s depressingly unsurprising.  Allen West stands firm on his tea-bagger platform of not cooperating with anyone who supports helping the greater good of those he was hired to represent.

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Video of Nicole Sandler Arrested From Allen West Town Hall

around minute 8 is where the arrest occurs

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Republicans Attack Unions in Florida

Republicans in the Florida state legislature are taking aim at public unions.  The measures taken in this southern swing state, resemble those taken in states like Wisconsin, New Jersey, and Michigan. Republican governors are battling with public unions and the rights they are entitled to.

I swear, there are a few reasons people want to move to Florida....two of them pictured here

The House passed a bill that would prohibit automatic deduction for union dues from the paychecks of public sector workers. It would also require individual members to annually give express consent for their dues to be used for political purposes.  Other legislation would for the first time require that all public workers take a 5% pay cut so the state can direct that same amount from state workers’ pensions. The Senate budgetary committee also passed a measure denying any fees collected to be used for political purposes in any way.

But here are a few catches:  For one thing, Florida’s state constitution guarantees the right for workers to unionize.

According to Article 1, Section 6. Right to work — The right of persons to work shall not be denied or abridged on account of membership or non-membership in any labor union or labor organization. The right of employees, by and through a labor organization, to bargain collectively shall not be denied or abridged.

Jeanette Wynn, president of the Florida chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents 110,000 workers across the state said the measures fail to address the most important issue:  job creation. “This is all political and not at all economic”.

Florida is considered a “right to work” state. That means any person who works in the state of Florida does not have to join the union in order to work here. In other words: you don’t have to belong to a union to hold a job. It’s entirely optional.  Additionally, workers who do join unions are allowed to end their membership at any time.

Because of this, many see the moves by the Republican legislature, as an attempt at union busting. And these feelings aren’t without warrant.  According to the Chairman of the Palm Beach County Republicans, Syd Dinnerstein, “This is a hot issue across the country because we have public-sector employees who have been allowed to unionize and to become involved in politics and we should never have allowed either one”.

Robert Dow, president of the 8,000-member Palm Beach County Classroom Teachers Association, said it’s not about ideas it’s about money. “This is a struggle over who will control wealth in this country.” He said  “the shift in wealth in US away from the working-class and middle-class and to the wealthy since the 1970s has been astounding.

“Before that as, unions built and grew strong the middle class built and got stronger. And is unions have diminished middle-class wages have gone stagnant and have even begun to go down. What they are trying to do now is destroy the only effective voice workers have.”

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Republicans Move to Control Supreme Court

Florida’s Republican legislature is taking aim at dramatically overhauling the Supreme Court.  The House passed 3 measures, including a constitutional amendment that will be on the ballot next year.

If approved by 60% of voters, the 7 member Supreme Court would add 3 new members and be split into civil and criminal court divisions.  The 3 most senior justices – the only remaining justices appointed by the last Democratic Governor – would be moved to the criminal bench.

The 3 new appointees to be picked by Rick Scott would sit on the civil division.  The civil court would oversee social issues like abortion and political redistricting.

GOP has no love for the Florida Supreme Court

Also included in the proposed Supreme Court rigging amendment, The Governor would appoint all members of the Judicial Nominating Commission – only one third of which are currently appointed by the Governor.  The Republican controlled Senate would be able to confirm the Governor’s appointments.  It would also allow the state legislature to repeal court rulings.

“No one party should be in control of all levels of government,” said Rep. Jim Waldman, D-Coconut Creek. “This is an attempt by leadership to not only command the governor’s office, the House and the Senate — but also the judiciary.”  Democrats charge the Republicans are overreaching – an attempt by the GOP legislature and Governor Scott to shape redistricting efforts by restricting the court’s independence.

Over 60% of Floridians who voted in November approved Amendments 5 & 6, the Fair District Amendments.

Republicans in the state have been working against the measures, first with their own amendment that was struck down by the courts for being intentionally misleading, and most recently with their lawsuit against implementation.  Governor Voldemort even went so far as to withdraw the amendments for review by the DOJ (in compliance with the Voter Rights Act) before the state legislature resubmitted them with prejudicial language.

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Rick Scott’s First 100 Days: Your Reaction in One Word

TBO.com asked for 1 word reactions to Rick Scotts first 100 days in office, and the word cloud is telling

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Floridians Deserve The Right To Recall

A letter from Floridians Deserve The Right To Recall

Florida law currently allows for the recall of local elected officials, but there is no provision to allow for the recall of state officials, unlike 18 other states. Engaged citizens deserve the tools to hold their public servants accountable without having to wait for the next election!

Thats why I introduced legislation to create a citizen recall process in Florida. And to show the widespread support our bill has, I created this petition to be delivered to the Florida State House, the Florida State Senate, and Governor Rick Scott. The petition simply says:

“Create a citizens recall process for state elected officials in Florida by passing Rep. Rick Krisemans House Joint Resolution 785 and House Bill 787.”

Will you sign the petition? Click here to add your name, and then pass it along to your friends:

http://bit.ly/recallScott

Thanks!

–Representative Rick Kriseman

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