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George LeMieux

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    January 17, 2014

    FAU Faculty Critique the Candidates for University President

    FAU faculty met on the school's Boca Raton campus yesterday to discuss the three remaining candidates for the school's presidency. They expressed a clear preference that Dr. John Kelly, Clemson University's VP for economic development, take the helm. Former Florida Sen. George LeMieux and Dr. Chri ... More >>

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    January 9, 2014

    FAU Faculty Dismayed by Presidential Search Process, Politician Candidacies

    None of the 70 or so FAU professors who met at yesterday's faculty meeting to discuss the school's presidential search had anything good to say about it. Gathered in a second-floor lecture hall at the school's College of Nursing, skepticism and resignation reigned, with frustration the dominant mood ... More >>

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    June 20, 2012

    Las Vegas Gazillionaire Sheldon Adelson Tossing Pocket Change at Florida Races

    UPDATE: George LeMieux announced this morning that he's dropping out of the race.A Las Vegas billionaire who has said he could dump as much as $100 million into the 2012 elections has donated $1 million of that chump change to a super PAC backing Republican Rep. Connie Mack in his race for U.S. Sena ... More >>

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    May 25, 2012

    Poll Shows Floridians Like Connie Mack, Stand Your Ground Law, and Rick Scott

    Quinnipiac University has been ringing Florida phones off their hooks the past week or two -- a poll yesterday showed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney pulling ahead of Barack Obama in the state, and there's a poll about Florida baseball that came out this morning that's of pretty much n ... More >>

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    May 21, 2012

    Dave Weldon Announces Run for Senate; Vote for Him Because Obama Stinks or Something

    All across Florida... people are running. For Senate.The latest entry into the hunt for Sen. Bill Nelson's seat is former Florida Rep. Dave Weldon, who served seven terms in the House before retiring in 2008 to spend more time with his family. Apparently he got tired of them.

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    May 16, 2012

    George LeMieux Camp Says Maybe Connie Mack's Water Bill Is So Low Because He Drinks Tiger Blood

    While it's not clear if a Republican can beat Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in November, the fight for the Republican nomination has no shortage of interesting rhetorical maneuverings.The most recent spat between George LeMieux and Rep. Connie Mack started over a web ad the LeMieux campaign released t ... More >>

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    December 19, 2011

    Ranches Activists Plan Holiday Party at Debbie's Office; LeMieux Against ICE Jail

    LeMieux and his highly American family say "no bueno" to the ICE jail...​It's been an eventful few months for the Southwest Ranches and Pines residents who decided they didn't want a prison going up in their neighborhood. An immigration-centered protest in September led to an angry town hall meeti ... More >>

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    November 1, 2011

    George LeMieux Bashes Stimulus by Voicing Distaste for Garbage-Eating Robots

    ​U.S. Senate candidate George LeMieux has apparently run out of things to talk about, so he's bitching about critiquing trash cans.He's upset about solar-powered trash compactors -- $6,000 "robotic trash cans" as he calls them -- some of which were purchased with federal stimulus cash by the L ... More >>

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    January 10, 2011

    LeMieux Back at Gunster After Brief Senatorial Stint; the Door Keeps on Revolvin'

    ​Now that President Obama has named Bill Daley, a JPMorgan Chase chairman whose loudest pronouncements over the past months have been to ridicule Obama's signature accomplishments -- as his chief of staff, it should be perfectly clear: Washington and big business go together like bread and butter. ... More >>

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    June 30, 2010

    George LeMieux Claims Credit for Skimmers Going to Gulf

    Sen. George LeMieux will call off his hunger strike, or sit-in, or whatever he was planning to do next if Barack Obama didn't send more skimmers to the Gulf of Mexico. Nobody knows whether LeMieux's highly misleading rants about the need for skimmers had anything to do with the Obama administration' ... More >>

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    June 23, 2010

    Introducing George "Barely True" LeMieux

    For the past week, Sen. George LeMieux has been obsessed with skimmers. So obsessed that he's found one to match his salmon tie, as you can see above. Recently, Politifact.com busted out its bullshit detector and put LeMieux's claims to the test.

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    June 8, 2010

    Does George LeMieux Think Obama Is Moses?

    Sen. George LeMieux is beginning to doubt whether this Barack Obama fellow really is the Chosen One. Because if he were, Obama would be standing on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico, parting the sea. Oil to the left. Saltwater to the right. And his people (Americans) would be free.Seriously, what's w ... More >>

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    June 3, 2010

    Oil Spill an Occasion for a Political Game of Twister

    Sen. George LeMieux loves to invoke the future of his children among his reasons for wanting to slow down federal spending and shrink government. But if that really is what drives his political actions, doesn't the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico pose a far greater risk to his children's future? And ... More >>

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    May 14, 2010

    [UPDATED] It's Splitsville for Charlie Crist's Broward Bromance

    ​While he was a Republican Senate candidate, Charlie Crist didn't have an inner circle so much as a triangle. And all three points on that triangle were from Broward County. George LeMieux, the governor's former chief of staff, whom Crist appointed to the U.S. Senate last August; Eric Eikenberg, w ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010

    Wilted Wall Street Protest Highlights Obama Fatigue

    Lisa Rab​The small crowd gathered outside the West Palm Beach courthouse at noon today was sweaty and subdued. Holding signs urging people to "Stand With the President: Support Wall Street Reform!" the ten protesters -- polite, mostly middle-aged, in shorts and sneakers -- drew mixed reactions."Ye ... More >>

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    May 4, 2010

    Hospital Confirms Haitian Cancer Patient Is On The Way To Broward

    ​Yesterday we brought the story of a Haitian orphan -- volunteers believe his name is Estelhomme Peterson. He has a large, malignant tumor on his neck. Republican Sen. George LeMieux is among the men and women working to bring the boy known as "Peter" to Broward General for a life-saving surgery.W ... More >>

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    April 30, 2010

    "Maestro" Doesn't Like Charlie's New Tune

    FlickrLeMieux's an expert on self-preservation, much like his star pupil, Crist.​The friendship between Charlie Crist and his chief handler, Broward native George LeMieux appears to be one of the casualties of the 2010 Senate race. Today LeMieux, who was appointed to the U.S. Senate by Crist last ... More >>

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    April 23, 2010

    Would LeMieux Endorse Rubio if Crist Goes Indy?

    If LeMieux wants another Senate office, he might have to throw Crist under the bus.​Sen. George LeMieux, the architect of Charlie Crist gubernatorial campaign, who owes his current job to the governor, is said to be considering giving an endorsement to Marco Rubio in the event that Crist declares ... More >>

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    April 15, 2010

    George LeMieux Wants to Party Like It's 2007

    Maybe it's not so hard, running this "government." George LeMieux sure makes it look easy. No matter how complex the problem, LeMieux finds a solution so simple, a total idiot could understand it. But these must be frustrating times for the Broward-born U.S. Senate appointee. First Congress failed ... More >>

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    March 25, 2010

    LeMieux Asks Congress Members to Sacrifice Their Own Health-Care Plans So He Can Make a Point

    Nearly every one of the 535 members of U.S. Congress got there through a grueling, humbling campaign, convincing one voter at a time to entrust him or her with the role of casting votes in the nation's capital. But not George LeMieux. The only guy he had to convince was his BFF, Charlie Crist. So ... More >>

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    March 23, 2010

    George LeMieux Congratulates Self for Leaping Over Low Bar of Expectations

    There's the pride of Broward County, George LeMieux, talking about the terrible suspense as he waited to hear whether his best friend, Charlie Crist, and Crist's chief of staff (a position LeMieux held the year before) were going to appoint him to be a U.S. senator.It's a heartwarming story and an i ... More >>

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    March 15, 2010

    George LeMieux Talking Points Get Mangled on Cable News Show

    Is there anyone out there besides George LeMieux and his fellow Republicans in Congress who think that this health care issue hasn't been debated to death? To someone who was appointed to the U.S. Senate this past fall, it may seem like health care reform has sneaked up on Congress, but it's been p ... More >>

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    February 9, 2010

    Sen. George LeMieux Spots Conflicts of Interest in Regulating Toyota; So Why He Can't Spot His Own?

    ​It's nice to see a Broward-born politician like Sen. George LeMieux keeping a vigilant eye for conflicts of interest, even though we're not technically sure he's right -- nor that he's remotely qualified to be an arbiter of such things. A few months ago, LeMieux boldly challenged the chairman of ... More >>

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    February 3, 2010

    George LeMieux's Gotcha Interview With Secretary of Defense

    This is embarrassing. On a day when U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates came to Capitol Hill to dramatically announce his department's plan to ditch the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, Florida Sen. George LeMieux used his time at the mic to push an unrelated and absurd political agenda. Let's roll it: ... More >>

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    January 18, 2010

    Will Florida Bar Tackle Complaint Against LeMieux?

    lemieux.senate.govGeorge LeMieux​If you've followed the recent machinations of the Florida Bar Association, it's hard to imagine it will hold Sen. George LeMieux accountable for what appear to be grievous professional sins he committed in 2008.But at least there's some pressure building, as eviden ... More >>

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    January 14, 2010

    Gambling Compact Bounced From Committee; Setback for Crist, LeMieux

    ​In yet another demonstration of Charlie Crist's plummeting stock in the state Republican Party, a legislative committee has rejected the compact his office hammered out with the Seminole Tribe last year that would have allowed the Seminoles to keep theirLas Vegas-style games in exchange for a ... More >>

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    January 13, 2010

    Ex-Intern for Rothstein Now Building His Case Against Crist's Pal LeMieux

    Flickr: Dr. Purp ThumbsWhen the state hired LeMieux to negotiate with Florida East Coast Railway, was he on the wrong side of the tracks?​Young Andrew Perez is a bit like the canary in the coal mine. The Plantation native was hired three years ago, as an 18-year-old intern at Rothstein Rosenfeldt ... More >>

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    December 17, 2009

    Florida's Unelected Senator Will Begin Rewriting the Constitution Now, OK?

    James Madison, the so-called Father of the Constitution and apparent dunce, neglected to write something in there about not spending too much money. But George LeMieux was not not elected to allow oversights like this. Besides, he's been a U.S. Senator for, like, 90 days and he has three children (a ... More >>

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    December 14, 2009

    Will Charlie Crist, George LeMieux Back Bill for Empowering Ethics Commission?

    Whattaya say to ethics reform, Senator? ​A bill that would expand the powers of the Florida Commission on Ethics has a snowball's chance in hell of being passed by the state Legislature -- unless...Unless the effort should attract political champions in high places. Two men who can move this mount ... More >>

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    November 18, 2009

    Oh, Snap! George LeMieux Compares Marco Rubio's Campaign to Obama's (Which Was Victorious)

    lemieux.senate.govGeorge LeMieux​In Washington, D.C., the St. Petersburg Times politics blog Buzz button-holed Sen. George LeMieux, who's holding that seat for his benefactor, Charlie Crist. Here's what LeMieux had to say about young, handsome, impeccably conservative Marco Rubio, who's been hamme ... More >>

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    November 18, 2009

    Puppet Master at Hospital District: George LeMieux

    lemieux.senate.govGeorge LeMieux​Long before George LeMieux was selected by Charlie Crist to be the state's newest U.S. Senator, he was the most powerful figure in the North Broward Hospital District. An episode from this past March illustrates LeMieux's godfather-like role. That month Marc Goldst ... More >>

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    November 5, 2009

    George LeMieux Sides With Charter Fishermen; Asks for Looser Restrictions on Catch Limits

    In a post yesterday that's part of our Panning for Gold series, I made a crack about how it's rather foolish to trust a charter fisherman's hunch about the sustainability of fish population -- not just for the obvious fox-running-the-hen-house reasons. Mainly, it's because there's a much more relia ... More >>

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    November 3, 2009

    LeMieux's First Bill: Health-Care Fraud Prevention (in Lieu of Health-Care Coverage?)

    We can all agree with what Florida's new senator, George LeMieux, says above, that this health-care fraud thing should stop. And he makes it sound so easy!But if you watch the longer version of that speech above, you'll see that LeMieux's debut piece of legislation is part of a larger, grander Repu ... More >>

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    October 28, 2009

    Crist's Three Disciples: Men Closest to Governor All From Broward

    LeMieux getting comfortable in the office Charlie scored for him.​Say this about young Broward County Republicans: They know a meal ticket when they see one. By my count, the three men who have the most crucial roles in getting Charlie Crist elected to the U.S. Senate are all from Broward.We know ... More >>

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    September 11, 2009

    Morning Juice: Two Men From Broward With Radically Different Stories, Both Feeling Lucky

    ​Today everybody will be talking about 9/11 -- because we haven't talked about it enough these past eight years. Screw that. Let's talk about the local news.Congratulations to Sen. George LeMieux, a lesson to all you Broward schoolchildren that sometimes you only need one vote to win a major polit ... More >>

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    September 10, 2009

    The LeMieux-Crist Master Plan Revealed: Senate Dominance by 2012

    Yes, you heard right. In the closing moments of that Capital News Service video, the reporter says that Broward County trailblazer George LeMieux "is leaving open the possibility that he'll run for U.S. Senate in 2012," when that darned Democrat Bill Nelson is up for reelection. Which means if his ... More >>

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    September 10, 2009

    Meek, Rubio, I-Team Ganging Up on Crist and LeMieux, But Other Broward Dems Are Gun-Shy

    Congressman Kendrick Meek just posted the above video from CBS 4's Tuesday newscast to his campaign's YouTube account, and you can see why. It shows Charlie Crist playing dumb about the role that George LeMieux's law firm, Gunster Yoakley, played in getting visas for the immigrant workers who were h ... More >>

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    September 9, 2009

    Morning Juice: Justice at a Snail's Pace

    ​On the day that Obama has chosen for his health-care miracle, let's look at what's happening on this rain-spattered peninsula.Opening arguments today in the trial of the week: Toby and Kerstin Fenn, accused of first-degree murder in the death of Elly Lorey -- Kerstin's 89-year-old mother, who had ... More >>

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    September 9, 2009

    Florida's U.S. Senators: Which One's Tweedle Dee?

    Flickr: Meeko_Your health care is in their hands. Feeling queasy yet?​At tonight's joint session of Congress, Florida will have two senators in the audience in a position to make good on a policy -- health-care reform -- that is the subject of tonight's speech and that was a major part of Barack O ... More >>

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    September 9, 2009

    Crist's Bulldog in Lipstick

    George LeMieux: Looks better in a skirt than in a U.S. senator's seat.​Citing a Marco Rubio campaign ad, St. Petersburg Times politics blog Buzz earlier today asked whether Charlie Crist had "pulled a McCain" -- committing a tactical blunder that gives his opponent evidence that he's out of touch ... More >>

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    September 9, 2009

    Pretty Speech, Barack, But What Will You Do About the Robots Who Will Eat Our Pills?

    Seriously, that classic SNL sketch above is only slightly more absurd than the kind that are being circulated by Boca Raton's state legislator and House Leader Adam Hasner. In tonight's speech, Obama took on the "death panel" myth and the socialism myth and remembered to shave the Hitler mustache th ... More >>

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    September 1, 2009

    In Final (?) Installment of the Lemieux Report, Broward Senator-to-Be Pooh-Poohs Elections

    There's your new, unelected U.S. senator, Florida, in his former role as pseudojournalist. I don't throw that term around lightly. It's just that in "Topic One" and "Topic Four," our Broward-based correspondent George LeMieux has sources that can give us a huge helping of inside dirt -- namely, him ... More >>

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    August 31, 2009

    During Broward Visit, Rubio Daydreams of Roller Coasters

    Screen grab: Google MapsThe freeway view of Boomers in Dania Beach, from which a speeding Marco Rubio sent his latest Tweet.​Anyone got Shatner's number? Because isn't he the guy to call when looking to unlock the poetry contained within a true conservative's Twitter posts? So please channel the v ... More >>

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    August 31, 2009

    Editorials Lambaste LeMieux, a Week Too Late

    Flickr: oddball7​The editorial sections of major Florida newspapers are furious about Crist's pick of George LeMieux for U.S. Senate. But in their rage -- or maybe it's modesty -- they forgot to mention how complicit their papers are in LeMieux's selection.After all, Crist's office was playing by ... More >>

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    August 28, 2009

    Meek Lambastes Crist for LeMieux Appointment; Rubio, When Will You Tweet?

    U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek​Congressman Kendrick Meek, the leading Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate just released a statement about Charlie Crist's announcement that he was appointing former chief of staff George LeMieux to the Senate seat vacated by Mel Martinez.From the moment Senator Martinez a ... More >>

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    August 28, 2009

    Lawyer Pals Cheer LeMieux at Fort Lauderdale City Hall

    Photo by Lisa RabLeMieux hugs a friend while Crist looks on.​Standing next to Gov. Charlie Crist's famously tanned mug, George LeMieux looks positively pasty, like a British-transfer student on the first day of spring break. But no one cared this afternoon at Fort Lauderdale City Hall, where Crist ... More >>

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    August 20, 2009

    Will George Lemieux Be Crist's Harriet Miers?

    Crist and Martinez, whose Senate vacancy may be filled by the governor's "maestro."​That's the first name that popped into my head when I heard that Crist was serious about tapping his former chief of staff, George Lemieux, Broward County's most connected political player, to serve the remainder o ... More >>

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