Tag Archives: Assault on Florida

News & Comment

The Danger of Mixing Caffeine and Politics

Florida Gov. Rick Scott received a well-deserved tongue-lashing when he stopped in this Gainesville, Florida, Starbucks.

Poetic Justice

But Not Cheaply

Florida opted for four more years of Rick Scott,
Despite the havoc his first four wrought.
We proved it in 2010
And we just proved it again —
The governorship of Florida can be bought.

News & Comment

Miami Lawmaker Wants to Protect Floridians Against a Zombie Apocalypse

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: I’m thankful that the Florida legislature only convenes 60 days a year — think of the mischief lawmakers could do if they were in session more than two months!

Fortunately, the 2014 session thankfully ends tomorrow. But the mischief ain’t done yet.

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Enumerati

Florida Legislative Session Opens Today (Lord Help Us)

60

Number of days the Florida state legislature is in session, beginning today. “Republicans are looking for a smooth session,” said Rep. Mia Jones, D-Jacksonville, as reported by Tampa Bay Times. “I believe they want to be able to walk out and say that we had kumbaya going downstream through this entire process.”

Poetic Justice

A Knight, Errant

Gov. Rick Scott has returned to his crusade,
Undaunted by lawsuits, by outcry undismayed.
He seeks to purge Florida’s voter rolls
Of every registered non-American soul,
And from this quixotic quest he shall not be swayed.

Verbatim

Scott Set to Buy His Second Governorship

I will have $25 million in the bank by the end of the year and will use it in early 2014 to define my opponent.

— Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), quoted by National Review, which notes “a war chest of that size will buy a lot of defining, even in an expensive media state like Florida.”

Enumerati

Scott Prepared to Buy Governorship — Again

$100 million

Amount Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is preparing to spend to defend his Florida governorship, which would be the most expensive re-election campaign in state history, Politico reports.

News & Comment

Tanking in the Polls, Florida Gov. Rick Scott Lies about His Role in Passing the GOP’s Racist Voter Suppression Law

art-assault-floridaPart of the series, Assault on Florida.

Florida’s tea party governor, Rick Scott, must be looking at some really devastating private polling — numbers even more seemingly insurmountable than results of a public poll released yesterday. That news survey from PPP found that Scott’s approval rating was upside down by a whopping 24 percentage points, 33 to 57 percent — and that former Gov. Charlie Crist, who recently joined the Democratic Party, leads him by double digits, 53 to 39 percent, in the 2014 governor’s race.

Devastating poll results could explain why the governor emulated another plutocrat pol, Mitt Romney, this week when he executed a Romney-style 180-degree flip-flop on one of his own signature issues — Florida’s racist voter suppression law.

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Verbatim

Gov. Rick Scott Compared to George Wallace

This June, the governor of another Southern state is challenging the federal government’s authority. Nearly 50 years after Wallace’s showdown, you are standing between Floridians and their right to vote as U.S. citizens. We agree that only citizens should vote, but your approach to cleaning up the voter rolls is fatally flawed. The U.S. Justice Department and county supervisors of election have reached the same conclusion and told you to stop, yet you persist.

—The Tampa Bay Times, comparing Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) to Alabama Gov. George Wallace for trying to purge state voter rolls.

Verbatim

Florida Gov. Rick Scott Reads Ad Lib about Obama and Teleprompters from a Teleprompter

I have to admit, I was a little nervous when I looked out here. I saw all the TV cameras and a teleprompter. I figured President Obama must be here — giving another speech about raising taxes!

– Florida Gov. Rick Scott (GOPT), who actually read this lame quip from a teleprompter, according to a reporter in the room. The punchline was underlined to remind the governor to play it for laughs.