Recall Rick Scott

The job-killing governor – St. Petersburg Times
May 26, 2011, 7:45 AM
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The job-killing governor – St. Petersburg Times.

Gov. Rick Scott will sign into law today a $69.7 billion state budget for 2011-12 that he boasts is all about creating jobs and reducing Florida’s high unemployment. In fact, it is a job-killing budget that threatens the state’s anemic recovery and makes the state less attractive to new residents and businesses.


How Many Ways Can Rick Scott Screw Up Florida? Let’s Count Together!
March 30, 2011, 9:36 PM
Filed under: Florida, Government, Politics, Rick Scott, State Legislature, Uncategorized

From Mother Jones’ Offbeat Politics: This Week in Zany Florida Republicans
— By Adam Weinstein | Wed Mar. 30, 2011 1:32 PM PDT
In recent weeks, we’ve detailed the hilarity that ensues when tea partiers decide to dismantle the protections of government that had been assembled by Democrats and Republicans alike in this, the fourth-largest state in the union. Included in the fun:

  • an inane winding-down of the public-school system;
  • a Medicaid coup that will benefit the governor’s business interests;
  • mandatory drug testing that also will benefit the governor’s business interests, assuming it’s not ruled unconstitutional;
  • the governor going against law-enforcement officers to ban a database that prevents drug fraud;
  • the GOP plotting to rule over the Florida legislature until at least 2018;
  • the governor having trouble counting past nine, while shafting state employees;
  • said governor professing his undying love of Wal-Mart, again and again and again;
  • and, of course, GOP legislators standing up for truth, justice, and the inalienable right of homeowners to avoid inspections on their septic tanks.

But wait! There’s more!

Lawsuit challenges constitutionality of Gov. Rick Scott’s rulemaking freeze
March 30, 2011, 1:55 PM
Filed under: Corruption, Florida, Government, Greed, Politics, Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott’s rulemaking freeze has been challenged in court as unconstitutional.
By Janet Zink
Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau

TALLAHASSEE — A blind woman from Miami seeking to reapply for food stamps has filed a petition in the Florida Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of Gov. Rick Scott’s rule-making freeze. The freeze was one of Scott’s first acts as governor, included in an executive order signed less than an hour after his Jan. 4 inauguration.

It’s the second lawsuit filed in the Florida Supreme Court this month charging that Scott has exceeded his power. The first came from state Sens. Sens. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, and Thad Altman, R-Melbourne, over Scott’s decision to reject federal money for high-speed rail. The court rejected that suit.

Read more at the Miami Herald website.

Civil Rights Group Says Rick Scott Violated The Voting Rights Act With New Restrictions On Felons
March 29, 2011, 10:11 AM
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A few weeks ago, Rick Scott reintroduced Florida to Jim Crow-style voting laws, which essentially disenfranchise a large percentage of African Americans and just so happen to boost Scott’s chances at reelection.

Read the full article at the Broward/Palm Beach New Times blog.

Facebook group called ‘Boo Rick Scott on Opening Day’ gaining steam
March 29, 2011, 10:02 AM
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I’m getting a great chuckle out of this new Facebook event, “Boo Rick Scott on Opening Day.” I’m not even a baseball fan and I fully plan to participate!

From Ryan Witt, via The Examiner:
“…a group is now attempting to organize a “Boo Rick Scott on Opening Day” event. Scott is scheduled to throw out the “first pitch” for the Opening Day of the Tampa Bay Rays this year. Scott was already booed when throwing out the first pitch for a spring training game in Florida this year. It now appears that Scott may receive an even more chilly reception at Opening Day.”

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Tallahassee reporter: “Rick Scott most press-averse Governor in decades”
March 29, 2011, 8:32 AM
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St. Petersburg Times reporter Lucy Morgan has covered ten Florida governors over the last 40 years. She says Rick Scott’s office delays requests for documents, tries to hand-pick pool reporters, and has forbidden his agency heads to talk to the media on their own.

Scott does have a Facebook page and Twitter account with thousands of followers, but he won’t send or receive email. Morgan says even when reporters get an interview, they don’t get answers. “I have not seen him give a real answer to a question since he’s become governor,” claims Morgan.

Click here to read the full article at ABC Action News.

Senator Nelson: Scott making a monumental mistake
February 27, 2011, 4:26 PM
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In The Miami Herald, Senator Bill Nelson writes, “I am disappointed and – quite frankly – think it pitiful that Scott would turn down $2.4 billion in allocated funding for high-speed rail in the nation’s fourth-largest state. Such a decision will cost Florida 24,000 new jobs and will obstruct economic growth along the I-4 corridor, and eventually all the way from Orlando to Miami.

His claims were hasty and ill-informed when he first announced his decision a week ago. Today, they’re untrue.”

Well said, Senator. Well said.

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