Recall Rick Scott


The job-killing governor – St. Petersburg Times by Recall Rick Scott
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.



Rick Scott Petition: Impeach or Recall? Maybe neither…yet. by Melissa Gridley
April 5, 2011, 6:28 AM
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Search “Rick Scott” on the popular petition website Change.org and you’ll be greeted by several disjointed petitions ranging from a plea to stop trading with Japan for the dolphins’ sake (545 signatures), to a somewhat vague effort by the Innocence Project “to support federal forensic standards to help prevent wrongful convictions” with a mere 85 signatures.

There are a few relevant petitions, including demands for a recall, a simple statement that “IT’S NOT JUST THE GULF THAT REEKS!!” which states (in all caps and with several parenthetical ‘gag me’s) that its purpose is to “demand that the Federal government IMMEDIATELY INITIATE A FEDERAL INVESTIGATION INTO THE FL DEPT OF CHILDREN & FAMILIES AND AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE ADMINISTRATION, AND IMMEDIATELY TAKE MEDICAID ADMINISTRATION OUT OF THEIR HANDS,” and the “Impeach Rick Scott” petition, which garnered the attention of Steve Bousquet of the Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau.

The organizer of the impeach-Scott effort is Laura Strickland, a political activist in Neptune Beach, near Jacksonville. Among the signers is Jim Patrick, 73, of Tampa, a retired Marine electrician and a Democrat.

“I didn’t vote for the man,” Patrick said.

None of the petitions has more than 1,000 signers, and that could be because several of the efforts are nearly redundant. Consolidating the votes under one heading would carry more weight and subsequently garner more attention from the State Legislature, members of which are unimpressed by the impeachment effort.

“Absolutely not,” said Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, when asked if Scott deserved to be thrown out of office. He had received at least 67 petition letters as of Monday.

“It’s silly,” said Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, who also received several dozen letters. “The governor hasn’t broken any laws,” Fasano said. “Some of us disagree with him, but those are not impeachable offenses.”

The impeachment petition is a great idea, and something many of us would like to see happen, but given state law, impeachment of Scott is highly unlikely:

Only the state House has the power to impeach a governor — by a two-thirds vote — and more than two-thirds of House members are Republicans like Scott. If he were impeached, he would be tried by the Senate, where 28 of the 40 members are Republicans.

But according to Bousquet, there’s still a ray of hope in the fight to rid Florida of its gubernatorial albatross.

Rep. Rick Kriseman, D-St. Petersburg, has filed two bills, HJR 785 and HB 787, to allow recalls either through petition or through statute. “Tallahassee always tends to make it difficult on everybody but themselves,” Kriseman said.

The proposals allow for a petition to recall a statewide official, requiring signatures be collected from each of the 67 counties, and the signatures must equal 15 percent of the total votes cast in the last election for the office. A petition to recall a member of the Florida Legislature would require signatures from 20 percent of the total votes cast in the last election for the office.

A statewide recall mechanism, which exists in 18 states, would itself require approval by 60 percent of voters in the 2012 election to become effective, but to even make the ballot, it would need to pass both chambers by a three-fifths vote.

And the “Urge FL Legislators to Pass House Joint Resolution 785 and House Bill 787” seeks to do just that; get the attention of our representatives who do have the power to put the ball in motion. It’s a much more realistic goal considering the current laws and attitudes of our elected officials.

The petition is currently only 168 signatures strong, the weakest support of any of the efforts, which may be because angry Floridians don’t see the effort as directly punitive enough to warrant attention. I think they’re wrong. We stand a better chance of getting our local and state representatives’ attention by telling them, “Hey, I won’t vote for you next election unless you support these bills” than by demanding action for which there is no legal framework and little leverage.

It’s all about leverage folks, and voters should direct theirs where it can have the most impact. Sign the petition to push through the bills that would give us the right to recall our Governor, then we can ramp up efforts to actually recall him. We can keep Florida Scott-free if we attack the issue logically, lawfully, and with a unified voice.

One step at a time, people. One step at a time.

Read Bousquet’s article in its entirety at tampabay.com.



How Many Ways Can Rick Scott Screw Up Florida? Let’s Count Together! by Recall Rick Scott
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!



Civil Rights Group Says Rick Scott Violated The Voting Rights Act With New Restrictions On Felons by Recall Rick Scott
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 by Recall Rick Scott
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.”

Click here to read the full article at TheExaminer.com.



Tallahassee reporter: “Rick Scott most press-averse Governor in decades” by Recall Rick Scott
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 by Recall Rick Scott
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.

Read the rest at Other Views – MiamiHerald.com.