U.S. State Politics

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    October 16, 2014

    Rick Scott Should Release His 2013 Tax Information If He Wants Anyone to Take Him Seriously Now

    Rick Scott might be trying to recover this morning from one of the more idiotic and childish political blunders since barefoot Greeks first started tallying votes in the Acropolis. But the current governor of Florida actually might have a bigger issue starting today. Scott -- whose personal wealth i ... More >>

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    September 15, 2014

    Rick Scott Has Appointed Fewer African-Americans to Judgeships Than Previous Governors

    In the first four years of his governorship of Florida, Rick Scott has apparently appointed fewer African-Americans to judgeships in the state than the past two governors in that same time span. This, according to new data released by Scott's office over the weekend. In all, Scott has appointed no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    Nan Rich Brings Grass-Roots Campaign for Governor to Lake Worth

    Nan Rich's relentless campaign for the Florida Democratic Party's nomination for governor touches down in welcoming territory tomorrow, the gay-friendly, multi-ethnic confines of Lake Worth, AKA "South Florida's Coolest City." See also: - Can Nan Rich Lead Democrats to Victory Over Rick Scott ? Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    Charlie Crist Receives Endorsement From LGBT Group

    In 2008, the ban of same-sex marriage was voted into the Florida constitution, the end of a process that was kick-started two years prior, when then-Gov. Charlie Crist signed a petition to get that prohibition approved. Six years later, the LGBT advocacy group Equality Florida is taking the state ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    Obamacare Shaping the Rick Scott, Charlie Crist Narrative in Florida

    The latest numbers say that about 980,000 Floridians have signed up for private insurance through Obamacare. That's up from 440,000 in February and March. And, as the AP correctly predicted weeks ago, the state is well on its way to blowing out its original projections. For his part, Charlie Crist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    Activists Hold a "Die-In" Outside of Palm Beach Post Offices

    "If the press won't come to us, we will go to them." Thus spake progressive activists who held a "die-in" yesterday outside of the Palm Beach Post to bring attention to the fact that the state legislature is likely to end this year's legislative session without expanding Medicaid, thus leaving tho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    GOP Failure to Expand Medicaid to Cost Florida Business Millions, Study Finds

    We've already written about how, according to a recent study, the Florida Legislature's failure to expand Medicaid coverage to an estimated 1.27 million low-income Floridians will result in as many as six otherwise avoidable deaths a day in the Sunshine State. See also: Florida Dems: GOP Failure to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2014

    United for Care Director Ben Pollara: We're Pivoting From Medical Marijuana Petition to Get-Out-the-Vote Drive

    An organization is a terrible thing to waste. Especially if you're in the business of winning Florida elections and the organization is one that in six short months canvassed statewide and located more than 700,000 legally registered voters and got them to sign a petition to amend the state constitu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    Today: Supreme Court Hearing on Medical Marijuana

    Today is pretty much Super Bowl Sunday for the medical marijuana issues here in Florida, at least for the next year. The state Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday over the 75 words proponents want to include on next year's ballot, an initiative that would open the doors for doctors ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2013

    Jeb Bush Endorses Rick Scott for Re-Election

    In a statement released on Tuesday afternoon, former Republican Gov. Jeb Bush has officially taken a side in the upcoming gubernatorial race and endorsed Rick Scott. It's the least shocking news you'll read today, as Bush is, number one, a Republican and, number two, not a big fan of Charlie Crist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2013

    Will Maria Sachs, Local State Senator, Face Five Years In Prison?

    Several weeks, Channel 10's Bob Norman dropped a report showing that Broward County State Senator Maria Sachs' may not actually be living in a Fort Lauderdale residence -- which lies within her district -- but in a $1.5 million residence in Boca Raton, which would violate the state Constitution. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    Roger Stone for Governor: Legalize Pot, Gay Marriage

    Right Wing wild card Roger Stone may throw his hat in the ring of the 2014 Florida governor's race. The ace in his hole: marijuana. He wants to legalize it, and gay marriage. How serious is he? It's always a thin line with Stone, who so revels in outrage it's like he does things just because he ... More >>

  • News

    January 31, 2013
  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Rick Scott Denies Request to Extend Early Voting by One Day

    During the 2008 elections, early voting lines went long. So then-Gov. Charlie Christ extended early voting, allowing more people the chance to vote. That was pretty much when the Republicans started to hate him because a lot of them blamed Obama winning Florida on that move. Because everyone being a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    Boca Raton Teenager, ACLU of Florida Suing to Let Kids Donate More Money to Candidates

    ​With the way campaign-financing laws are going these days, this may not even be surprising -- the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida and a 17-year-old girl from Boca Raton are challenging a state law that prohibits minors from giving as much money to state and local political candidates as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Florida Democratic Party's New Fundraising Technique: Identifying the "Rickpublicans"

    ​Forget Kevin Bacon, the Florida Democratic Party is playing the "Six Degrees of Rick Scott."How do you play? Well, apparently by launching a website identifying the state's "Rickpublicans."Sure enough, hometown favorite Rep. Allen West landed a Bacon Rick number of one, with a direct connection t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    Rick Scott and Private Prisons Engaging in "Pay to Play" Politics, Teamsters Complaint Alleges

    ​Florida politicians received nearly $1 million in campaign contributions from two private prison corporations last election cycle -- GEO Group and Corrections Corporation of America -- and an ethics complaint filed by the Teamsters union yesterday claims $30,000 of those contributions that went t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    A Thank-You Note From Rick Scott

    No, thank you, Mr. Governor.​When one arm of the government fails to speak to another, bizarre things occur. For example, a reporter might write a lengthy critique of Florida's governor and his legislative accomplishments, including a cover illustration of him as the evil emperor from Star Wars. F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Rick Scott's Quiet Campaign Against the Environment

    Parks and trees? Who needs 'em!​Remember the environmental apocalypse Rick Scott was supposed to create?While campaigning for governor, Scott called the Department of Community Affairs, the state agency charged with overseeing local development projects, a "jobs killer." He said he'd heard complai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Gov. Rick Scott Allocates $370 Million of Stimulus "Disaster" Money Into State Budget

    tolivetolaughtolove.comFlip flops: The official footwear of Gov. Rick Scott​Remember that campaign talking point Gov. Rick Scott had about President Barack Obama's stimulus package being a "disaster," when Scott said he would endlessly fight the stimulus money?Well, he managed to leave $370 millio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Bill Nelson Warns Rick Scott to Veto Election Bill or Face a Federal Investigation

    State lawmakers want to keep people from having sex with animals. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson wants to keep lawmakers from screwing voters.​Although it seems like Gov. Rick Scott will make the bold and progressive move of banning bestiality, he still plans to screw voters. The election overhaul bill, wh ... 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.

  • News

    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.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2009

    Recap: Crist on Meet the Press

    Florida Gov. Charlie Crist faced off with David Gregory on NBC's Meet the Press a few minutes ago. Crist started by stressing the importance of bipartisan support for President Obama's stimulus package, then ended by... well... essentially withdrawing his own support for the package.Host Gregory beg ... More >>

  • News

    February 28, 2008

    The Talk of the Green Iguana

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

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2006

    Down On Florida

    I've been goofing on the boys and girls who do the St. Petersburg Times Buzz blog the past couple days, but man I'm really starting to get addicted to that thing. It's definitely the best political blog in the state, easy, and not just because informed reporters are constantly updating it, but becau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2006

    Davis Speaks

    It's heating up. The Davis campaign today released this statement from Jim Davis and Florida Dem Chair Karen Thurman: --------------- Davis and Thurman Criticize Personal Attack on Crist TALLAHASSEE - Democratic nominee for governor Jim Davis and Florida Democratic Party Chair Karen Thurman ... More >>

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