Category Archives: State Government

Mar 23

Why “Stand Your Ground” Is Actually “Shoot First”

Cross-posted from Progress Florida. The tragic death of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin at the hands of self-appointed “neighborhood watchman” George Zimmerman has reignited the debate over Florida’s so-called “Stand Your Ground” law. The law, passed with a bi-partisan vote and … Read More

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Jan 11

Rick Scott’s State Of Denial Speech Spurs Brave FL Cop Into Political Action

(Cross-posted at Examiner.com) In delivering his 2012 Florida State Of The State address, Governor Rick Scott kept pitching for less taxes and regulations. He said the best thing government can do to help millions of still struggling Floridians is to … Read More

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Jul 01

Floridians Face Uphill Battle For Independence

Living in Florida? Then in addition to having a great time this Independence Day weekend, why not take a few focused minutes to recognize (and/or help others recognize) what’s happening to the state of Freedom in our state, starting today? … Read More

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Jun 11

Dem Dreams Of Victory on FDP JJ Weekend

Just over sixteen months until Election Day 2012, and the two key questions that Florida’s thousands of Democratic Party and progressive activists must confront sooner rather than later are: 1) Which will get a better reaction at this weekend’s FDP … Read More

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Apr 20

Forget Jesus. What Would Howard Beale Do?

In Florida, we have only one way out of the mess we’re now in with this runaway train of a Republican government currently turning our state inside out and upside down. It’s the Howard Beale solution. Many a movie lover … Read More

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Mar 29

From the Inbox: Florida citizen with disabilities files a legal challenge to Gov. Scott

From Florida Legal Services, Inc.: Rosalie Whiley, a Florida citizen and taxpayer with disabilities, filed a petition yesterday in the Florida Supreme Court challenging Governor Scott’s Executive Order 11-01, which suspended rulemaking powers by state agencies under his direction and … Read More

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Mar 24

Schizophrenic Health Reform Anniversary For FL

(Cross-posted at Examiner.com) Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the federal health reform legislation that introduced groundbreaking new rules of fair play into a profoundly corrupted and costly private health insurance system. Adults and children … Read More

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Mar 08

Chutzpah: Let the Session Games Begin!

I’m not going to lie to you: it’s kind of nice that Duncan doesn’t have to go up to Tallahassee for what amounts to two months for the Florida Legislative Session, which starts today.  Of course, from a political and … Read More

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Feb 26

Florida GOP Keeps Upping “Anti” Ante

(Cross-posted @ Examiner.com) Where to begin? Maybe, with the 2011 budget proposed by Governor Rick Scott, the one that’s anti-education and anti-community, cutting hundreds of millions from public schools and community support services – while proposing a doubling of his … Read More

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Feb 25

From the Inbox: Rep. Dwayne Taylor Letter Regarding the Florida Retirement System

Representative Dwayne Taylor (D-Daytona Beach) today sent the attached letter to trustees of the State Board of Administration pertaining to the Florida Retirement System. The trustees are: Governor Rick Scott, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, and Attorney General Pam Bondi. … Read More

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Feb 16

Total Recall: Kriseman Introduces Legislation to Recall State Officials

Representative Rick Kriseman (D-53), my State Rep., has been on a roll here lately at The Spencerian: yesterday’s post on endorsing, and to date, the only subject in my Profile & Interview series I still want to get going (know anyone that would … Read More

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Feb 10

Everything You Need to Know About Rick Scott’s Budget (Literally)

*Saunders: Scott’s budget is toast – Central Florida Political Pulse – Orlando Sentinel House Democratic Leader Ron Saunders said Thursday that Gov. Rick Scott’s$56.9 billion budget proposal was so politically unpalatable his Republican brethren would have little choice but to … Read More

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Feb 02

From the Inbox: Rep. Alan Williams Alarmed Over Governor Scott’s Pension Tax

Representative Alan Williams (D-Tallahassee) issued the following statement in response to Governor Rick Scott’s announcement today that he wants state workers, teachers, law enforcement officers, local government employees and others to pay a 5-percent tax on their salaries to the … Read More

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