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1 mr.fusion  Fri, Jun 17, 2011 3:07:25pm

You see this one?

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Gov. Rick Scott, the rare statewide politician who doesn't read Florida news, is asking supporters to send a letter to their local newspaper editor praising his work as governor. The letter, of course, would be printed in a paper's editorial section. Scott has yet to sit for an interview with any editorial board in the state.

Scott includes a pre-written letter on his web site that refers to himself as "refreshing" and that he deserves "unwavering and enthusiastic support." A link to the letter was included in an e-mail Scott sent to supporters today boasting that Florida's unemployment rate declined for the fifth consecutive month.

2 What, me worry?  Fri, Jun 17, 2011 3:55:01pm

re: #1 mr.fusion

You see this one?

Link

lol I love the crazed Skeletor look on his face.

The man's ratings are in the toilet. I guess he has no other alternatives, except for maybe, you know, stop following tea party politics and hard rightwing policies.

3 ProGunLiberal  Fri, Jun 17, 2011 5:17:34pm

re: #2 marjoriemoon

He's got crazy eyes.

Isn't this the kind of stuff third world dictators do to make themselves look popular. Just saying.

4 What, me worry?  Fri, Jun 17, 2011 5:22:50pm

re: #3 ProLifeLiberal

He's got crazy eyes.

Isn't this the kind of stuff third world dictators do to make themselves look popular. Just saying.

Didn't think of that, but you're right!

5 moderatelyradicalliberal  Fri, Jun 17, 2011 5:34:25pm

This guy bares a striking resemblance to Lord Voldermort in both appearance and character. I say it's time for Floridians to start looking for Horcruxes.

6 What, me worry?  Fri, Jun 17, 2011 6:31:37pm

re: #5 moderatelyradicalliberal

This guy bares a striking resemblance to Lord Voldermort in both appearance and character. I say it's time for Floridians to start looking for Horcruxes.

LOL His election was a shock. I don't think Alex Sink had enough money. He had what seemed like a never ending supply. It was close race, nevertheless.

7 Interesting Times  Fri, Jun 17, 2011 7:05:19pm

re: #6 marjoriemoon

LOL His election was a shock. I don't think Alex Sink had enough money. He had what seemed like a never ending supply. It was close race, nevertheless.

I hope the people who voted for him have the limb flexibility required to administer a series of well-deserved self-kicks.

8 What, me worry?  Fri, Jun 17, 2011 7:13:38pm

Also, I think it's outrageous to drug test welfare recipients. It seems equally unconstitutional to me. It's also very stereotypical to see the poor as drug addicts. It's just not true.

The statistics do show that substance abuse is higher for people in poverty, but the reason, I believe, is that the numbers for recovery aren't counted among the middle and upper classes. Those people have the means, either through insurance or out-of-pocket (or both) to afford rehab and medications. I don't believe there is any information on the number of these people because it would be considered private, medical history, though I'm not sure. The statistics are counted, however, for those who get government assistance. They would have to be to provide the assistance.

At any rate, the government's National Survey on Drug Use and Health is here:

[Link: oas.samhsa.gov...]

Substance use disorders affect people in all economic circumstances, and all face challenges in trying to overcome these disorders. The difficulties faced by persons living in poverty, however, may be even more formidable as they may lack health insurance coverage. Considering that the number of people living in poverty has increased for 3 consecutive years—reaching a near record high of 39.8 million in 20081 —understanding the gap between service needs and service receipt may help policy makers and program managers ensure that the gap does not widen in the future.

I really see it as Scott criminalizing poverty and it's abhorrent to me.

9 What, me worry?  Fri, Jun 17, 2011 7:16:57pm

re: #7 publicityStunted

I hope the people who voted for him have the limb flexibility required to administer a series of well-deserved self-kicks.

I'm sure you know his history. The man's a crook. A ton of cash, tea party fervor with a dash of Obama hate got him elected. I'd say they get what they deserve, but unfortunately, I'm part of "they" (in the sense I'm a Floridian). I voted for Sink.

10 mr.fusion  Fri, Jun 17, 2011 7:22:58pm

re: #6 marjoriemoon

LOL His election was a shock. I don't think Alex Sink had enough money. He had what seemed like a never ending supply. It was close race, nevertheless.

There was literally more money than we could spend...it was all GOTV. Had S Florida turned out at the same rate as the rest of the state, Alex would have won by about 60,000 votes.

11 What, me worry?  Fri, Jun 17, 2011 7:33:26pm

re: #10 mr.fusion

There was literally more money than we could spend...it was all GOTV. Had S Florida turned out at the same rate as the rest of the state, Alex would have won by about 60,000 votes.

I don't remember that, about S. Florida. I was looking around for the numbers, but couldn't find much.

[Link: www.realclearpolitics.com...]

12 mr.fusion  Sat, Jun 18, 2011 7:01:56am

re: #11 marjoriemoon

Yea it's tough to find

As a microcosm, here's Broward County at about 41% turnout and then Pasco County at about 47%. That 5% in Broward cost us about 50,000 votes.....then start adding up Palm Beach County, etc etc and eventually you get to more than 200,000 votes with Alex winning approximately 120,000.

It was a perfect case study on the enthusiasm gap of 2010. Any other cycle and Alex would have won by 10% at least.....but Bag Nation would have crawled over broken glass to get to the ballot and Dems basically couldn't have cared less.

13 mr.fusion  Sat, Jun 18, 2011 7:04:52am

If Wasserman-Schultz had run for the Senate we might have a Dem Senator and Governor right now in Florida.

14 mr.fusion  Sat, Jun 18, 2011 7:20:16am

re: #8 marjoriemoon

Also, I think it's outrageous to drug test welfare recipients. It seems equally unconstitutional to me. It's also very stereotypical to see the poor as drug addicts. It's just not true.

The statistics do show that substance abuse is higher for people in poverty, but the reason, I believe, is that the numbers for recovery aren't counted among the middle and upper classes.

You could also say the same about a number of different groups. For example, should college students be drug tested before they receive state aid?

15 What, me worry?  Sat, Jun 18, 2011 11:26:36am

re: #14 mr.fusion

You could also say the same about a number of different groups. For example, should college students be drug tested before they receive state aid?

Very good point!

In all fairness, he's getting criticized by conservatives also, why his ratings are so low. This is less than a month ago. 57% unhappy; 29% happy, with some "I don't knows". I think the conservatives are part of the those who didn't want to spend money on drug testing. Maybe the field is looking ripe for a Democrat replacement in 2015. 3.5 more years. 3.5 more .... long.... torturous years..

I think Debbie likes being a Representative. She feels closer to her constituents. I can definitely see her moving on at some point, too.

Your Broward link wasn't working, but isn't 41-47% kinda high? Alex Sink would have made an awesome governor. Long history in banking, CFO of the State of FL and the treasury. Saved $2.2M in waste. Good liberal - pro gun control, pro gay (supports adoptions), pro immigration (anti-AZ legislation). Maybe she'll take another shot at it.

16 mr.fusion  Sat, Jun 18, 2011 12:04:52pm

re: #15 marjoriemoon

Maybe she'll take another shot at it.

I'd put that at about 95% right now. The Dem bench here in Florida isn't very deep....

I just worry that Scott won't even try to run for a second term, and won't give us the chance to take him down

re: #15 marjoriemoon

Your Broward link wasn't working, but isn't 41-47% kinda high?

I thought the same thing.....I just remember the numbers saying that had the Dem strongholds come out at the same rate we would have won by about 60,000 (sorry I can't find strong confirmation). All in all it was a pretty good showing....when you consider the margins of R victory in the other statewide races (I think Bondi and Putnam won by about 1,000,000 while Alex lost by about 65,000).

It was just so infuriating. I remember my neighbor saying he was voting for Scott because he was mad at Obama. And honestly it's that sentiment that put Scott in office. It makes no sense, it's ignorant as hell, but it happened and we all have to live with the result.

17 mr.fusion  Sat, Jun 18, 2011 12:06:45pm

re: #15 marjoriemoon

Good liberal - pro gun control, pro gay (supports adoptions), pro immigration (anti-AZ legislation). Maybe she'll take another shot at it.

And don't forget about her energy plan and support for the high speed rail project and the 25,000 jobs it would have brought. Such a shame the she lost

18 What, me worry?  Sat, Jun 18, 2011 12:13:55pm

re: #17 mr.fusion

And don't forget about her energy plan and support for the high speed rail project and the 25,000 jobs it would have brought. Such a shame the she lost

Ya she rocks!

What part of the state are you? South, North, Middle?

19 mr.fusion  Sat, Jun 18, 2011 12:21:33pm

re: #18 marjoriemoon

Ya she rocks!

What part of the state are you? South, North, Middle?

Middle.....Beautiful blue Tampa here (so proud of the new dem mayor Bob Buckhorn who won in an absolute landslide)...you?

20 What, me worry?  Sat, Jun 18, 2011 12:39:47pm

re: #19 mr.fusion

Middle...Beautiful blue Tampa here (so proud of the new dem mayor Bob Buckhorn who won in an absolute landslide)...you?

Miami. I have friends in Ocala and Deland, but I don't get to Tampa too often.

Our mayor was recalled, I think the second in U.S. history and there's a run off on June 28.

[Link: www.miamiherald.com...]

Miami politics is awful and crooked and many people have lost interest.


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