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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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Congressman Allen West Defines his Debt Ceiling Conditions

Florida Congressman Allen West held a town hall event in Fort Lauderdale this evening.  It would have been a better show (by which I mean “authentic”), however it did start with some fireworks.

Upon arriving, everyone was given a card to fill out with standard info such as name, address, phone number, and email.  We were also asked to fill out the question/concern we wanted West to address.  Initially I assumed it was so they could gauge the temperature of the crowd.  Ya know, take stock of general areas of interest and call people to the microphone accordingly.  This isn’t unusual considering what most GOP congressman have faced at their respective town halls this week.  If anything I figured they were hoping to avoid the Medicare voucher vote entirely.

He works for "you"....just don't ask him any questions

This wasn’t the case it all.  Instead of calling people down to voice their concerns, Allen West had 2 staffers allegedly read the questions to him. I know for a fact they threw aside most of genuine questions because they threw out at least 4 people who took issue with this Q & A format.  One woman was taken into police custody.

Dave Weigel reports that a Wall Street front group is loading conservative activists with soft ball questions and packing them into GOP town halls.  That was what I expected. Instead we have a Congressman totally ducking any questions and soft-balling himself.

With regard to the Debt Ceiling, West defined the terms under which he’ll vote to raise it: a constitutional “balanced budget” amendment”, a provision in the constitution that triggers automatic budget cuts when the federal budget nears the debt limit, deregulation and cutting corporate taxes to 20%.

**UPDATE** Turns out the woman who was arrested by Fort Lauderdale police was Air America’s own Nicole Sandler.

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The GOP Budget Would Cost Almost 1 Million Jobs

The demand from Congressional Republicans to slash over $60 billion from the federal budget has been analyzed by two independent sources and the outlook is grim. From the latest report from Moody’s Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi (emphasis mine):

While the government spending cuts proposed by House Republicans for this fiscal year mean only modest fiscal restraint, this restraint is meaningful. If fully adopted, the cuts would shave almost 0.5% from real GDP growth in 2011 and another 0.2% in 2012. There would be almost 400,000 fewer U.S. jobs by the end of 2011 than without the cuts and some 700,000 fewer jobs by the end of 2012.


A week earlier, Goldman Sach’s produced a private report for their investors estimating even greater damage. They found the GOP budget “would be a drag on the economy, cutting economic growth by about two percent of GDP.”

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