Quick Hits

The latest news items of importance in Florida politics.

*DownWithTyranny!: Who Remembers Culture Of Corruption Poster Boy David Rivera (R-FL)? I do.

*Dennis Ross and Steve Southerland oppose John Boehner’s debt ceiling plan.

*Broward Politics | Sun Sentinel Blogs | Allen West-Lois Frankel congressional campaign: who hates women? Allen West, not the woman. This has been another episode of simple answers to easy questions.

*Nat’l Republican Campaign Committee calls on Lois Frankel to return controversial contribution. Because they are actually concerned about this and not concern-trolling. We know this because they always ask Republicans to return controversial contributions.

*Policy research group: Florida made ‘unnecessarily harmful’ budget cuts. I’m pretty sure the words “unnecessary” and “harmful” describe all Republican policy options.

*Broward Politics | Sun Sentinel Blogs | Congressional incumbents, candidates by the numbers

*Broward Politics | Sun Sentinel Blogs | Gay leader calls for business boycott over planned appearance by Congressman Allen West. Seems pretty obvious this is a boycott that should be joined by everyone.

*Webster to support Boehner budget plan – Central Florida Political Pulse – Orlando Sentinel. Webster always does what he’s told.

*Southern District of Florida Blog: Florida drug laws ruled unconstitutional. This seems pretty important.

*Group pushes to end money disclosure laws for issue campaigns | Florida politics blog: The Buzz | tampabay.com & St. Petersburg Times. Less disclosure is always wrong.

*Reps. Baxley and Plakon endorse Adam Hasner for U.S. Senate | Florida politics blog: The Buzz | tampabay.com & St. Petersburg Times. This has been another episode of wasted endorsements.

*Utility Regulators Give Up Oversight of Landlines in Florida | Florida politics blog: The Buzz | tampabay.com & St. Petersburg Times. Less regulation and oversight are almost always bad things.

*Is Florida the Number One Slave State in the US? « Re/Creating Tampa. The answer, not surprisingly, is yes.

*Danish company asks Florida to stop using its drug to kill inmates | Florida politics blog: The Buzz | tampabay.com & St. Petersburg Times. Scott will obviously say no.

*FLOG » Blog Archive » warring inside Alvin Brown campaign. Campaign analysis from insiders is always revealing and should always be taken with a grain of salt.

*Rubio surfaces on Romney’s Veep list – Central Florida Political Pulse – Orlando Sentinel

*Frank Bruno ready for State Senate bid – Central Florida Political Pulse – Orlando Sentinel

*Senate pays $109k in legal fees for Siplin’s ethics case – Central Florida Political Pulse – Orlando Sentinel. Have to imagine this is $109k in wasted money.

*PolitiFact’s “half true” ruling on a Debbie Wasserman Schultz quote is the most ridiculous of nitpicking. The substance of what she said is 100% accurate.

*Rubio trying to scuttle Obama nomination for ambassador to Nicaragua | Florida politics blog: The Buzz | tampabay.com & St. Petersburg Times. I’m sure Rubio has a real good reason for this. Wait, he doesn’t? Huh?

*DownWithTyranny!: There's Something Special Happening In The Orlando Area But You Won't Hear About It On Fox & Cox

*Allen West on Gay Soldiers: "People Can Change Their Behavior, but I Can't Change My Color" – Broward/Palm Beach News – The Daily Pulp. The problem is that homosexuality isn’t about “behavior” it’s about an inherent characteristic of the people in question, so it is very similar to color. One thing West could change is his ignorance, but he won’t.

*Demings gets backing from EMILY’s List – Central Florida Political Pulse – Orlando Sentinel

*With some conservatives opposed, West emerges as key supporter of new Boehner plan | Post on Politics

*Frankel plays ‘hate’ card against West | Post on Politics. This is one of the more biased newspaper blog posts I’ve seen in a while. In addition to the biased header, George Bennett attacks Frankel for not yet having posted policy positions, which is unrelated to the story.

*Rove, Crossroads GPS spending $560k to attack Nelson – Central Florida Political Pulse – Orlando Sentinel

*Allen West Headlines Bizarre Muslim Brotherhood Conspiracy Theory Announcement – Broward/Palm Beach News – The Daily Pulp. No shocker here.

*The horrible irony of Lois Frankel’s criticism of Allen West’s alleged misogyny | Saint Petersblog. Not sure I agree with Peter 100%, but worth a read.

*Sen. Andy Gardiner faces challenge from Ron Rushing, who thinks FL Leg. ‘is not conservative enough’ | Saint Petersblog

*Florida Looks For The Lowest Bidder As It Privatizes 30 State Prisons | ThinkProgress. Nope, nothing bad could come from this.

*Pornography officially banned in all Florida prisons | Florida politics blog: The Buzz | tampabay.com & St. Petersburg Times. Nope, nothing bad could come from this.

*The Ybor City Stogie: Florida Rejects Federal Child Abuse Prevention Funds. Nope, nothing bad could come from this.

*Jeb Bush Doesn’t Completely Rule Out 2012 Prez Bid. Mayans also don’t completely rule out end of the world in 2012.

*Allen West lives in Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s district.

*H-T: possible problem for Vern Buchanan? | Saint Petersblog. Wait, Vern Buchanan has ethical problems?

*Joy-Ann Reid of the Reid Report joining MSNBC | Saint Petersblog. Pretty good move.

*11 more Florida lawmakers endorse Pawlenty (but can will he make it to the Sunshine State) | Saint Petersblog. This has been another example of wasted endorsements.

*Florida’s unemployment rate is unchanged at 10.6% | Saint Petersblog. Good thing our jobs governor and job legislature have been on the case.

*Scott’s Law is Likely to Increase Crime in Florida.

*DownWithTyranny!: You Think The Rightists Have Taken Over Yet? Can You Guess Which State Would Make Hitler Happiest?

*DownWithTyranny!: Polar Opposites: Dave Lutrin And Sean Duffy (AKA- Paul Ryan, Jr.)

*DownWithTyranny!: Alan Grayson– Not The Lesser Of Two Evils; A Champion For Peace & Prosperity

*Florida Has Some of The Most Toxic Air Pollution In the Nation, Study Says – Broward/Palm Beach News – The Daily Pulp

*Mandy Dawson Arrested Again — for a Little More Than Prescription Pill Fraud This Time – Broward/Palm Beach News – The Daily Pulp

*Brown again raising bucks to fight Fair Districts – Central Florida Political Pulse – Orlando Sentinel. Corrine Brown is just plain wrong on this one.

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