Tag Archives: Gov. Rick Scott

News & Comment

How Bad Ballot Design Likely Killed Bill Nelson’s Senate Career

If you’re still mad at Florida for denying Vice Pres. Al Gore the presidency in 2000, you’re probably not any happier with us for denying the Senate another Democrat, in the form of Bill Nelson.

There’s a tragically simple explanation for why the Senate vote went off the rails in the county where Fort Lauderdale is:

Bad ballot design. Like, spectacularly bad design.

In civilized counties like mine, here’s how the ballot looked:

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Enumerati

Democrats Have Narrow Leads in Florida

48% to 45%

A new NBC News/Marist poll in Florida finds Sen. Bill Nelson (D) just ahead of Gov. Rick Scott (R) in the U.S. Senate race, 48% to 45% among likely voters. In the race for governor, Andrew Gillum (D) is ahead of Ron DeSantis (R), 48% to 43%. Said pollster Lee Miringoff: “The political environment in Florida, overall, is tipping in the Democrats’ favor.”

Enumerati

Nelson Takes Lead in Florida Senate Race

53% to 46%

A new Quinnipiac poll in Florida finds Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) has taken the lead over Gov. Rick Scott (R) in the U.S. Senate race, 53% to 46%. Among Florida likely voters who name a candidate choice, 94% say their mind is made up.

Enumerati

Scott Catching Nelson Among Hispanic Voters

44% to 41%

“Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) holds a narrow 44% to 41% lead over Gov. Rick Scott (R) among Latino voters in Florida’s Senate race, according to a new poll that’s raising fresh concerns among Democrats that the incumbent is in a dicey position with a core group of voters he needs to carry by bigger margins,” Politico reports. “For Democrats, those numbers are a problem because a Republican who wins as much of the Hispanic vote as Scott is taking usually wins statewide in Florida. Democrats outnumbered Republicans in the survey by 40% to 33%.”

Poetic Justice

Never Too Soon

Just when we thought racial tensions couldn’t get tenser,
Any meet-up of white nationalists brings an element of danger.
Expecting things to get hot,
Our intrepid Gov. Rick Scott
Already declared a state of emergency for a Thursday speech by Richard Spencer.

Verbatim

Scott Refuses to Extend Voter Registration in Florida After Hurricane

Everybody has had a lot of time to register.

— Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), the chairman of the super PAC backing Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, refusing to extend the Tuesday deadline for voter registration as requested by Hillary Clinton’s campaign due to Hurricane Matthew, Politico reports.

News & Comment

The Governor Who Set an NRA Record for Pro-Gun Legislation in His First Term is Shocked by FEMA’s Denial of His Emergency Request for Dealing With a Mass Shooting

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Scott to FEMA: “But, but, but…”

It had to be hard for Gov. Rick Scott (GOP-TEA) to ask Pres. Obama to declare a disaster in Orlando worthy of federal funding. After all, Scott’s request for all American taxpayers to cover the bill for the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub flies in the face of everything that tea partyers hold dear. As they say, they are Taxed Enough Already.

But he did.

“I urge you to declare an emergency under the Stafford Act so that ‘the full resources of the federal government’ can be made available for the individuals, families and communities impacted by this ‘horrific massacre,’” Scott wrote.

Scott has gotten his response. We can save you some time and tell you the answer was, “No.” But reading the full letter from FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate is just too much fun, so here it is.

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Nation’s Worst Governor Targeted by Anonymous

We wish Anonymous well, especially since Rick Scott’s future looks so bright. He’s being mentioned for the U.S. Senate and as Trump’s vice president.

If you live in Florida, you’d be forgiven for wondering what took Anonymous so long. The hactivist group recently announced war on Gov. Rick Scott (GOP/Tea), and is calling for his impeachment.

The video hits some of Scott’s sins, but leaves out many. That’s because of the sheer number of them.

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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.