U.S. State Politics

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    April 4, 2014

    Florida Dems: GOP Failure to Expand Medicaid Equals Six Deaths a Day

    Heartened by Obamacare's hitting the 7 million enrollment mark needed to make the system work, Florida Democrats are making a renewed push for a key element of the program, Medicaid expansion. It is likely to be a major issue in the fall elections. See also: - Florida Is Becoming an Unlikely Obamac ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014

    Rick Scott Down 8 Points to Charlie Crist in Latest Poll

    Rick Scott continues to be unliked by many amounts of people, despite the fact that he's changed his mind about things like Medicaid expansion and despite declaring his love for Florida panthers, and his efforts to put money in people's pockets with the magical elixir known as "tax-cuts." And while ... More >>

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    January 29, 2014

    Rick Scott Proposes $74 Billion Budget That Would Go to Tax Breaks

    On Monday, in a sort of unofficial re-election kick-off, Gov. Rick Scott unveiled his budget plans for the year, only to be drowned out by the news that medical marijuana would be allowed on the ballot in November. Scott proposed a $74.19 billion budget proposal, which includes things like tax-brea ... More >>

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    January 22, 2014

    Rick Scott Says He'll Vote Against Medical Marijuana

    In what is pretty much the least shocking news item you'll read all day, Gov. Rick Scott says he'll vote against the legalization of medical marijuana should it make it to the 2014 ballot. And while 80 percent of Floridians are for the legalization of medical marijuana, and Scott's popularity is sl ... More >>

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    December 18, 2013

    Rick Scott's Internal Polls Have Him Losing to Everybody

    Rick Scott's pollster, Tony Fabrizio, has some bad news for Rick Scott. According to the poll, either Charlie Crist or Bill Nelson would beat Scott in a mano-to-mano general election hoedown. The poll also shows that ex-GOPer/ex-Independent/Brand New Democrat Crist is suddenly a lot more governor ... More >>

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    November 25, 2013

    Rick Scott Wants to Keep Cutting Taxes, but State Agencies Are Suffering for It

    Gov. Rick Scott is all about cutting taxes, eliminating taxes, no more taxes, taxes are evil and vile and need to be utterly obliterated and eradicated like an unstoppable rebel force. That's pretty much been his m.o. as far as anyone can remember, and it's going to be his go-to when he officially h ... More >>

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    November 14, 2013

    Charlie Crist's Environmental Record Means Florida Going Green Again, Maybe

    With all the flip-floppy talk that is sure to come at Charlie Crist in the coming year from Rick Scott and the GOP, there's one area where they might not be able to touch. The environment. Even before he changed parties and began changing his views from right things to left things, Crist had a pre ... More >>

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    October 28, 2013

    Rick Scott Has Used $80,000 in Taxpayer Money to Fix Up Governor's Mansion

    Oh that Rick Scott. Champion of the GOPers and conservative government ideals. He's all about small government, you see. Cutting back on frivolous spending and slashing government so that corporations can get tax breaks and the middle class gets screwed more jobs can be magically created. Scott is ... More >>

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    September 11, 2013

    Rick Scott to Broward Voters: I Want to Buy Your Vote

    Gov. Rick Scott swung through Fort Lauderdale yesterday as part of a campaign-style "tax cut tour" to galvanize support for a quixotic $500 million tax cut he wants to jam through the state Legislature this coming term. Calling it his "primary goal" for next year, Scott again reiterated the appare ... More >>

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    September 10, 2013

    Frank Cerabino, Palm Beach Post Columnist, Asks Tebow to Take State Office in Dumbest Column Ever

    Usually, we go easy on columnist Frank Cerabino. The Palm Beach Post soothsayer, who looks like he should be ensconced in a cubicle somewhere selling insurance, seems like a nice guy. And, make no mistake, it's harder than it looks to write five 700-word columns per week -- and be funny on top of i ... More >>

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    July 19, 2013

    Rick Scott Meets With Stand Your Ground Protesters

    Gov. Rick Scott returned to the state Capitol Thursday evening and sat down with members of the Dream Defenders organization, which had been staging a sit-in protest since Tuesday. Spurred by the George Zimmerman verdict last weekend, the group bused in hundreds of protesters, mostly college studen ... More >>

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    July 18, 2013

    Rick Scott Says "No" To Dream Defenders, Protest Continues

    On Tuesday, we told you about the group, Dream Defenders, busing in protesters from all over the state to stage a sit-in at Gov. Rick Scott's office in Tallahassee. The group is staging its protest to demand that Scott call a special session to review the "Stand Your Ground" law and enact anti-raci ... More >>

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    May 9, 2013

    Charlie Crist Now Supports Gay Marriage

    Well, that's a bit of a flip-flop. Charlie Crist, the former Republican-now-Democrat working overtime to make voters forget all about his past life, came out for marriage equality last night on his Facebook page. Right now it's political trendy for former gay marriage opponents ditch their old vie ... More >>

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    May 1, 2013

    Texting-and-Driving Ban May Be Dying a Slow Death

    Just two weeks ago, the Senate unanimously pushed through Bill SB 52, which would ban texting while driving on Florida's roads. Then, on Wednesday, the House passed the ban. So that's the end of it. The Florida Legislature at work yaay!! Except that, no. Because the bill might not even make it t ... More >>

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    March 21, 2013

    Huffington Post Totally Clueless About Rick Scott

    We get a lot of e-mails from Rick Scott. Like a lot. He never forgets his friendly neighborhood media, and he's always appointing someone to some bureaucracy somewhere. But two days ago, he hit us with this Huffington Post article that made everyone go, "Wuuuuuuhhhh"?? The article concerns how swe ... More >>

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    January 31, 2013
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    December 19, 2012

    Rick Scott Is Changing His Mind About Things, Part II: More Early Voting Days

    At first Rick Scott was all, NO EXTRA EARLY VOTING DAYS FOR OUR STATE, EVAR! And then everyone started to hate him and think he's awful because they realized he's a beady-eyed pustule with dumb GOPer agendas and an affinity to eat people's souls (allegedly!). But now, all of a sudden as if by magi ... More >>

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    November 2, 2012

    Rush Limbaugh Thinks Chris Christie Is a Fat Fool

    In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, President Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie joined forces to help that state recover. Christie then made some news when he appeared on Fox & Friends and the Three Trogs that host that show asked him if he would pretty please have a photo op with Mittin ... More >>

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    September 28, 2012

    Rick Scott Continues Dumb Voter-Purge Crusade

    Rick Scott is back on the voter-purge horse because Rick Scott is a voter fraud crusader! *Trumpet blast* On Wednesday, state officials sent local elections supervisors a list of 198 people on the voter rolls who are supposedly noncitizens. The state said about 38 of those registered voters had c ... More >>

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    August 23, 2012

    Charlie Crist Will Switch to Democrat, According To Rumors

    See also: Dear Dems, Please Do Not Run Charlie Crist for GovernorIn probably what is the least-shocking news ever, former Governor Charlie Crist might be switching over to Democrat this week. Saint Petersblog's Peter Schorsch tweeted out that a rumor is going around the Republican National ... More >>

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    July 18, 2012

    Jennifer Carroll Lesbian Fling Case: Five of the Weirdest Unanswered Questions

    Everybody is getting their collective jimmies rustled over the allegations that Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll was caught having a lesbian liaison with aide Bibi Ramos and then fired Carletha Cole, the woman who discovered them. Everyone's honed in on the lady-on-lady action, but there are way, way shadi ... More >>

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    March 12, 2012

    How the PIP Reform Bill Will Impact 411-PAIN

    ​The Broward-based 1-800-411-PAIN Referral Service and other companies that solicit clients who have been in car accidents got a legislative kick in the knees Friday, but they are still standing.A bill designed to cut down on personal injury protection (PIP) insurance fraud passed the state Senate ... More >>

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    December 1, 2011

    Happy Birthday, Rick Scott!

    ​Gov. Richard Lynn "Rick" Scott is 59 years old today, and to his credit, it's been a successful run for him.He's a Navy veteran, earned a bachelor's degree and a law degree, bought some doughnut shops, eventually oversaw a health-care corporation that pleaded guilty to 14 felonies, bought some mo ... More >>

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    November 22, 2011

    Rick Scott Notices Super Committee Failure, Feels the Need to Put Out a Statement

    ​Once again, Gov. Rick Scott feels the need to release a statement about something he doesn't like in federal politics.Three House Republicans, three House Democrats, three Senate Republicans, and three Senate Democrats couldn't agree on how to make $1.2 billion in spending cuts over the next ten ... More >>

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    November 7, 2011

    Rick Scott "Gets to Work" by Playing "DJ Govvy Gov" (Video)

    YouTube"DJ Govvy Gov" and his crew.​Gov. Rick Scott may not think Florida needs more anthropologists, but cruise-ship DJs -- that's a different story.The governor held another one of his borrowed "Let's Get to Work" days this Friday at the Port of Miami, and among his duties, the governor's office ... More >>

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    October 26, 2011

    Florida Ethics Commission: No Problem With Rick Scott's Cash From Private Prison Firms

    ​The Teamsters' ethics complaint filed last month against Gov. Rick Scott -- which alleged his million bucks from private prison corporations was somehow affecting the state's decision to enter contracts with the companies -- has been tossed out by the Florida Ethics Commission.Among other things, ... More >>

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    October 13, 2011

    Herman Cain Leads Latest Poll of Florida Republicans; Rick Perry Registers Just 5 Percent

    We'll guess the phrase coming out of his mouth in this picture starts with "9-9-9."​It looks like Texas Gov. Rick Perry is last week's news to Florida Republicans -- pizza man Herman Cain leads the latest poll of the state's GOP voters with a six-point buffer over the second-place former governor ... More >>

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    October 4, 2011

    New Voting Laws in Florida and 13 Other States May Affect 5 Million Eligible Voters, Study Says

    ​New voting laws passed in 14 states -- states that control 171 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win a presidential election -- could make voting "significantly harder" for more than 5 million people who are actually eligible to vote, according to a new study.As many as 1 million of those peop ... More >>

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    September 7, 2011

    Rick Scott Wins "Worst Governor Ever"

    worstgovernorever.comFlorida governor and two-time election winner Rick Scott.​Gov. Rick Scott has officially been crowned Worst Governor Ever.The Transport Workers Union of America found a way for people to vote for Scott again, as he beat out Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and Wis ... More >>

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    July 29, 2011

    Rick Scott Removed From Florida Veterans' Hall of Fame List; Confederate Soldiers Remain

    fourfour.typepad.comI don't think that's what he meant.​Florida officials have been working on a list of people to nominate for the Florida Veterans' Hall of Fame -- a list that originally included Gov. Rick Scott and six Confederate soldiers as well as 15 others.The list of all-white, military ve ... More >>

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    July 11, 2011

    Sarah Palin's Emails, Translated to South Florida

    What would Stacy Ritter write to her dad?​Recently, thousands of pages of emails from Sarah Palin's tenure as governor of Alaska were released to news organizations. (It took three years to get the records, partly because Palin shared Rick Scott's disdain for public email accounts.)But now, reader ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Rachel Maddow Takes on Rick Scott's Vanishing Act With New Times Cameo Appearance (Video)​The Pulp was checking out MSNBC last night to see what the liberals were up to when Rachel Maddow began a segment on Gov. Rick Scott's trip to the Koch brothers retreat in Colorado that seemed awfully similar to a story we wrote earlier in the day.Lo and behold, that was because she actu ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Should Charlie Crist Run for Governor Again?

    Stew on that, Charlie.​We're fully aware of the journalistic rule that says if a headline ends in a question mark, the answer is "no." But humor this venture into the lands of political possibility, driven by desperate flight from the backward policies and reckless attitudes of Rick Scott, Florida ... More >>

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    June 19, 2011

    Rick Scott Asks Few Remaining Supporters to Mail Pre-Written Letter to Newspapers

    Making a mockery of journalism, politics, and the practice of reading.​Rick Scott, apparently desperate to appeal to the thin slice of voters who a.) might consider supporting him and b.) still read newspapers, has orchestrated a fake-letter-writing campaign to ambush Florida's newspapers with uns ... More >>

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    June 17, 2011

    Rick Scott's Office Refuses New Times Interview, Advocates Silent Treatment

    No interview for you!​You may have noticed that Rick Scott doesn't love the media. His spokesman got into a spat with a Miami Herald reporter, and the governor himself refuses to use email because he's "embarrassed" by it.  (Presumably, he's embarrassed when the media and public read the mail ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    Rick Scott's Vacation to Canada Gets Even More Bogus

    ​Here's the new number of jobs Gov. Rick Scott actually brought to Florida during his "trade mission" to Canada last week: zero.That's right, not a single one.Over two statements from Canada last week, the governor announced that 210 new jobs were coming to Florida from our neighbors to the north ... More >>

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    June 10, 2011

    Gov. Rick Scott Declares a Day of Prayer, Then Says He Didn't

    Rick Scott: Now I said it, now I didn't​Gov. Rick Perry Jr. Rick Scott sure has been providing a lot of "charades of the day" recently, including today -- after the governor signed a declaration for a day of prayer, he then proceeded to say that he didn't.Out in Texas, Gov. Rick Perry decided to h ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011

    Playing Doctor: Politicking Medical Professionals Kill Anti-Concussion Bill, Leaving Kids Unprotected

    Got Damage? ​ Pop quiz.You're a legislator, and you've got a chance to vote on a bill that would protect kids from deadly brain injuries at no additional cost to the state.

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    May 28, 2011

    Republican Party Asks For Help Spreading Propaganda On Gov. Rick Scott's Budget Signing

    Florida Department of Transportation​Apparently spreading propaganda isn't easy -- that's why the Republican Party of Florida is asking for your help.On the Republican Party of Florida-sponsored website, they politely ask that you please take the "talking points" they have ... More >>

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    May 27, 2011

    Is Rick Scott Obama's Best Chance For Reelection?

    Those cool, amphibian eyes.​What a weird ride it's been for poor Rick Scott! He came into office with hardly any pretense, with his intentions as plainly visible as the veins in his scalp. But nobody noticed, and now everybody hates him.Which is bad news to the folks manning the bridge on the GOP ... More >>

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    May 27, 2011

    Holocaust Rail Car Restoration is Another Train Project that Rick Scott Won't Fund

    A rail car used in the Holocaust​The whole country knows that Governor Rick Scott turned down $2.4 billion in federal stimulus money for a high-speed train between Tampa and Orlando (and many are blaming that move for his current dismal 29 percent approval rating). But another train project, this ... More >>

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    May 25, 2011

    Gov. Rick Scott Gets 2:1 Disapproval Rating From Florida Voters​Gov. Rick Scott's poll numbers are rising. Well, at least his disapproval rating is.According to survey results released today by Quinnipiac University, the governor's disapproval rating is at 57 percent, compared to 29 percent who gave him the thumbs-up.In fact, out of the 10 states t ... More >>

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    May 23, 2011

    Practitioners of Quack Autism Treatment in Trouble With Governor

    David Geier, (not an) MD.​Two weeks ago, the Pulp published a small item about Mark and David Geier -- a father-son team of self-proclaimed autism experts who treat the condition with a powerful chemical castration agent called Lupron. They're from Maryland, but their interests run deep in Florida ... More >>

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    January 3, 2011

    Bruce Grant, Drug Czar to be Sacked by Rick Scott, is Concerned about Pill Mill Enforcement (Updated)

    ​Bruce D. Grant is the director of the governor's Office of Drug Control, and he found out by e-mail last month that Rick Scott's transition team had decided to eliminate his four-person office to save half a million dollars a year. Meanwhile, the state is still struggling to finalize the Prescrip ... More >>

  • News

    December 2, 2010

    FAIR-y Tales

    Russell Pearce and other illegal-immigration populists rely on misleading, right-wing reports to scapegoat immigrants and terrify penny-pinched Americans.

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    October 7, 2010

    It's Time for Florida to Legalize Pot

    Florida has the nation's stiffest pot penalties, but everyone seems to be lighting up.

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    September 15, 2010

    Three Questions for Your Local, Scandal-Plagued Public Hospital District

    Broward General Medical Center: Scene of the crime?​It's time to start paying attention to what's happening at the North Broward Hospital District (AKA Broward Health). Or rather, it was time back in January, when Gov. Charlie Crist removed two commissioners who were going to reform the district f ... More >>

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    August 23, 2010

    Judge Jay Hurley Modest About Role Preparing Florida for Terrorist Attack

    Hurley​During last month's meeting of the Sun-Sentinel editorial board, Broward Judge John "Jay" Hurley departed from his stump speech to mention an exciting, previously unheard credential: He had devised a plan for the governor to follow in the event of a terrorist attack in Florida.For some reas ... More >>

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    November 6, 2009

    Reactionary Politics You Can Love

    Flickr: UN1SONGelber​Usually, we're skeptical when a campaigning politician cites a breaking news story as a basis for new legislation, but we'll suspend that cynicism for the moment. State Sen. Dan Gelber, Democratic candidate for Florida attorney general, has seized on the recent corruption case ... More >>

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    February 28, 2008

    The Talk of the Green Iguana

    Will American voters elect the first gay vice president in November?

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