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Showing posts with label Rick Scott. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rick Scott. Show all posts

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Florida's Rick Scott: Lie to Win

Says Sen. Bill Nelson "voted for higher taxes" 349 times.
— Rick Scott on Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 in an ad

Rick Scott, soon to be former governor of Florida and candidate for the US Senate, is little more than a state level Donald Trump.  Granted Scott may not have a cabal of apparent criminals and perpetrators of fraud at his side or on call, but his use of the lie for politicking tracks right along with Trump.

Scott published via Tweet a lie about Bill Nelson's voting record via the common use of taxes by the GOP to win elections. the tweet is an over-the-top lie according to Politifacts.

You may follow Scott's latest campaign lie via the Politifact link, here.


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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Watch Morning Joe Trump Facilitators Seek "False Journalism"

After months of groveling and cowling to Donald Trump it seems the cast of Morning Joe are working to pull the wool over our eyes with perfunctory exhibitions of 'sales journalism.' 

Do you recall MIka's agreement to "go soft" on Trump during an interview setup? Linked.

We don't need to post nor list examples of Scarborough sucking-up to the Manhatten bloviator.  

For reasons that are totally understandable as the Morning Joe "skirts' showed over their obvious affection or Trump the duo of Mikan and Joe, seem focused on showing a false journalistic face. Example? Today's interview jostle and "mic shut-off" of by far the most despicable GOP governor after Michigan water poisoning Snyder, Rick Scott, is proof-positive of Morning Joe false journalism.

The piece opened when Scott was asked, “Would you tell your friend Donald Trump that he should walk back his statements that Muslims, that Islam, hates America? Do you think Muslims in the state of Florida hate America?”

Scott dodged the question, opting instead for some mumbo jumbo about his constituents in Florida being a melting pot. 
“I want you to answer the question!” Joe Scarborough pressed. “Do you personally think that Islam is a religion that hates America?” 
As soon as the Governor began to respond again in terms of his homestate — clearly avoiding any semblance of an answer to what should be an easy question — Brzezinski can be heard telling the Morning Joe producers, “Wrap it.” 
“No, no. That’s not answering any questions,” said Brzezinski sharply. She ended the interview immediately, and when Rick Scott attempted to speak again, it became clear his mic had been shut off. 
Back from commercial, Brzezinski stated to the viewers, “That’s just not what we do on our show.” Watch the above awkward exchange from MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
The shame of MSNBC's top conservative day-break show. StumbleUpon

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Charlene Dill Dead: No Medicaid Expansion in Florida...Death Panels?

Charlene Dill didn’t have to die. That's how this article from Orlando Weekly starts about a young mother of three who died while selling vacuums door to door. On that day, in order to make enough money to survive, she made two last-minute appointments. At one of those appointments, in Kissimmee, Charlene collapsed and died on a stranger’s floor.
Dill, estranged from her husband, was raising three children aged 3, 7 and 9 by herself. Charlene was supposed to bring her three children over to the South Orlando home of her best friend, Kathleen Voss Woolrich. The two had cultivated a close friendship since 2008; they shared all the resources that they had, from debit-card PINs to transportation to baby-sitting and house keys. They helped one another out, forming a safety net where there wasn’t one already.
Dill’s death was not unpredictable, nor was it unpreventable. She had a documented heart condition for which she took medication. But she also happened to be one of the people who fall within the gap created by the 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allowed states to opt out of Medicaid expansion, which was a key part of the Affordable Care Act’s intention to make health care available to everyone. In the ensuing two years, 23 states have refused to expand Medicaid, including Florida, which rejected $51 billion from the federal government over the period of a decade to overhaul its Medicaid program to include people like Dill and Woolrich – people who work, but do not make enough money to qualify for the Affordable Care Act’s subsidies. They, like many, are victims of a political war – one that puts the lives and health of up to 17,000 U.S. residents and 2,000 Floridians annually in jeopardy, all in the name of rebelling against President Barack Obama’s health care plan.
Dill had been bumped off Medicaid because she was making too much money – an estimated $9,000 a year – and had yet to be able to afford a divorce, which might have bettered her chances.
According to the DCF website, parents are only eligible if their income is less than or equal to 19 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. The Federal Poverty Level for a household of four in 2014 is $23,850. Charlene Dill would have missed that mark if she made more than $4,531.50. Medicaid expansion would have raised that percentage of FPL to 138 percent, or $32,913, and would also have included non-parents in a household of just one that made less than $16,104.
Coincidentally, Kathleen Voss Woolrich found out she lost her Medicaid benefits on April 2 after driving all the way from Conway to Kissimmee to see a doctor that would accept Medicaid – on a day off from canvassing for the ACA.
Charlene's best friend, Kathleen Voss Woolrich has spent the better part of 2014 canvassing for the Service Employees International Union and for Planned Parenthood in an effort to educate people about Medicaid expansion and to enroll residents of poor neighborhoods into the Affordable Care Act’s medical-care exchanges. During the course of her work, she saw women with tumors that had yet to be treated, many chronic conditions affecting people living in the gap, and sometimes she found herself having to be the bearer of bad news. March 21 was her day off. She was looking forward to getting away from the politics. “I was off. Spring break was going to start for me and her kids,” she says.
“Going into election season, basically we have the spirit and the memory and the mantra of Charlene Dill. We need to make sure that there are no more Charlene Dills that are victims of this system,” says SEIU's Monica Russo. “That’s our mandate. Charlene Dill goes on. Make sure that her legacy is alive.”
Please read the full article on their website:
Update: Kossack Eileen B provided a link that was setup by her best friend Kathleen Voss Woolrich to pay for Charlene's funeral expenses last month.
And a picture of Charlene with her three beautiful kids:




Thursday, January 23, 2014

Money In Politics According To CNN (VIDEO)

Corruption, money in politics, extortion, "Pay-to-Play," are not phrases that are new to anyone who has navigated to this site.  In fact, the essence of the phrases is embedded in the business of politics world-wide. While Fox News and conservative media will only rarely foray int the shady business of money in politics, we are fortunate others do so and do so very thoroughly.  

One of our most cherished website is the Center for Responsive Politics  "Open Secrets" website.   Reading our pieces on money in politics and extensive pieces from Open Secrets takes time. 

Our credo is 'time equals value, if expended to feed the brain." Alas, we are information geeks and do not expect same from most reads.  

We have found out that CNN (diminished in our minds but clinging to vestiges of journalistic integrity) has announced the network will probe deep into money in politics throughout the year.  Yes, CNN has moved decidedly right in its business model, but can never move as far right as the number one cable news network: FOXPEN (Fox Propaganda and Entertainment Network).  Why CNN will probe and track money in politics for the year, we have no idea.  We suspect the year as a mid-term election year is someplace in the genesis of the (periodic) series. 

The following is the first segment, aired last night on Anderson Cooper 360.  The segment is 9:17 minutes long, but it is a real get your popcorn and watch segment. 

And, yes we know money in politics spans political camps and is in fact as bi-partisan as money will allow. There seems to be plenty money to spread around

Let's see how the next few segments flow.  We suspect it will get even uglier.   

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Rick Scott declares, "debate" over. What debate, how about Justice Dept. order!

GOP Race to the bottom
And the Tea Party winner is.....Rick Scott!

Huffintgton Post and MSNBC have independently reported on Rick Scott's efforts to suppress votes in Florida.  Despite Justice Department orders to stop gubernatorial ordered lists to suppress voters rosters, voting supervisors are reticent to investigate and eliminate voters from active voter rosters.  Data related to ethnic demographics are obviously focused on reducing minority voters across the state.

Scott has declared a unseen debate closed.  I have followed the developing suppression very closely; I have not observed nor read about a 'debate'. I see a state governor and Secy. of State, with a suspect history of fixed elections, defying Justice Department orders to stop purging voters. Before I offer a bit of information from Huffington Post, let me say this is the very reason, I and millions are suspect of the GOP's "state's rights" mantra.  Oh, the GOP would love to have its ALEC back stooges administering ALEC legislation and ALEC policies as they "manage" people. The ALEC sponsored GOP, is a tool and circular facilitator of benefits to the members of ALEC, and that means profits to ALEC members, nothing less.

"The debate's over," Scott told CNN. "We know we have almost 100 individuals that have registered to vote that are non-U.S. citizens. Over 50 of them have voted in our elections."
Earlier counts by Florida officials suggested that they'd found 87 non-citizens on the voter rolls, 47 of whom had voted. That was out of a list of 2,700 potential names pared down from an original catalogue of around 182,000. The final list was also judged to have contained 500 names of voters who were legitimate U.S. citizens. 
According to a Miami-Herald analysis, more than 60 percent of the voters on the list are black or Latino. 

Read More linked above.

Now take a few minutes and follow the same story only form broadcast media.

As I have written many times, the GOP needs for Mitt Romney to have any real prospect of winning this November.  If you think for one second that well-oiled-shifty-underhanded and deceitful political operatives in the GOP do not understand reducing historic Democratic P{arty voting blocs, you have your evening news dial set to only one network: Fox News and the three Keystone Cop broadcasters. You have been brainwashed by "bloviating" O'Reilly, "tape edit fiend" Hannity, and "say anything you please"  Van Sustren.

It appears Rick Scott is governing very close to dangerously obtuse, in-you-face hardheadedness.  The Justice Department should take as hard a stance against the Governor as did JFK and LBJ in the mid-1960s.

Voter Suppression Florida style and gubernatorial malfeasance & incompetence

George W. Bush won the 2000 Election by a margin of 500 hundred votes. In 2000, the SCOTUS of the United States ruled on legal challenges related to the 2000 Vote in  a manner  that Florida's Secretary of State was allowed to stop vote counts in one of the closest presidential election in US History.  Florida governor's brother (G.W. Bush) walked away the win and the US has not been the same.

In 2002, a well-publicized article drew attention to clear evidence of voter fraud that appears to have helped with the Election 2000 "SELETION" of George W. Bush as the 43rd President of the United States. We all know how the next eight years unfolded and we know how much the nation is still suffering from those documented cases of voter fraud.  

Florida's Governor Scott seems to be either chasing shadows, or he is 'hell bet' on  self -serving mission. I posit, the latter!

Florida voting officials have expressed serious reservation about Governor Rick Scott's orders to review of groups potential voters (lists). Reuters recently reported as follows.
The purge effort, begun in April, compares lists of registered voters with driver's license records that contain information on citizenship. Critics contend the information can be out of date as many people become citizens after they get their driver's licenses or state IDs. 
So far the state has identified about 2,700 voters as suspicious and sent them letters demanding they produce proof of citizenship to avoid being stricken from the voter rolls. 
According to the Miami Herald, Florida's current list of potential non-citizen voters includes many people who are lawful citizens. One voter singled out as suspicious turned out to be a Brooklyn-born World War Two hero with a Bronze Star from the Battle of the Bulge. 
About 58 percent on the list were Hispanics - Florida's largest ethnic immigrant population. Whites and Republicans were least likely to face being purged from the rolls, the newspaper said. 
Civil rights groups say Florida has a long history of voter roll tampering and manipulation. Most recently, in 2000 and 2004, it tried purging convicted felons from the rolls using what were found to be inaccurate lists that kept ballots out of the hands of black voters - who tend to vote Democratic.
How about a quick graphic......

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Sun Sentinel, Kathleen Haughney, Tallahassee Bureau reported on June 5th, 2012. 


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

GOP :"Shock & Awe" against women: Florida campaign

Sexual Assault is a world problem.

 Assault on the gentler and more vulnerable gender (and much more intelligent)  has been with mankind probably since man noticed a libido blissful difference in himself and his Earthly companion called "woman". Sexual abuse is a serious problem that has only started to ease out of the closet within the past quarter century. Over the past quarter century organizations for assistance to assault victims have proliferated and produced considerable success. Many agencies and programs have been successful in helping victims back from the dark depths of physical and mental shame and hurt, as well as providing education in sexual abuse. One such organization has just been attacked in the State of Florida. It was attacked by the Florida Governor. Governor Rick Scott, dealt a damaging blow to education towards and prevention of prevention abuse.

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center, Founded by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, established the month of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).  The SAAM  mission and goal is posted on its website as follows.

"The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence."