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Martha Jackovics
Florida
Interests: National and Florida Politics (but not politics as usual), with facts, not spin. Liberal, progressive, good sense of humor.
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Threat Level Of Bush Name To Jeb's Candidacy: Severe "I'm my own man." That's what Jeb Bush told an audience at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs last month as he tried to distance himself from his brother George's foreign policy disasters. What he didn't say: His foreign policy advisors... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Beach Peanuts
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Hey Governor Scott: Calculate This It looks like Gimmick-Rick is at it again. Rick Scott is rolling out his latest middle class bait and switch this week with his new "tax cut calculator" for Florida families. Appearing at booths set up in Tallahassee and the University of Florida, it allows... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Beach Peanuts
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Hurricane Rick Is About To Make Landfall Rick Scott's climate change denial problem is about to get a whole lot worse, not just for Floridians, but for Rick Scott's political career: The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making it tougher for governors to deny man-made climate change. Starting next year,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
Last week, news broke that Rick Scott's Administration had ordered his agencies to refrain from using the terms "global warming, climate change, and sustainability." Later, on an edition of "All In With Chris Hayes" on MSNBC, that same whistleblower said the term "sea level rise" was also forbidden. Soon after,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
Just last week a study was released that ranked Florida one of the four "stingiest states in paying unemployment benefits for those who haven’t had a job for 26 weeks or less." Florida has cut the amount of time to qualify for benefits, and cut the benefit period to 14... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
People will recall President Eisenhower's farewell speech for his warning about the dangers of an emerging military-industrial complex. It far overshadowed another powerful message in Eisenhower's January 1961 address - his appreciation for cooperation between Congress and his Administration during his eight years as President. But that point has become... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
The Florida House GOP just took a brief break from using Florida school students as political footballs to focus on the teachers and pass a bill that would allow them to carry guns: The proposal (HB 19) would let schools superintendents designate employees or volunteers to carry concealed weapons on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
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Rick Scott Denies His Climate Change Denial Policy Hey kids, if you think two plus two equals seven but your teacher disagrees, tell her or him they're simply wrong. Better yet, just tell the teacher that the dog ate your homework and call it a day. After all, that's what... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
Here we go again. Florida's so-called "jobs governor" is handing out more pink slips while publicly saying "let's keep working!" Once again some of the most vulnerable people and agencies will take the hit from Scott's bait and switch budgeting practices. This time around the cuts will come from the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
As Floridians struggle to get by without jobs or a decent wage, health care, clean air, water, and the opportunity to vote, it's good to know the Republicans in the legislature have their priorities at heart. Once again this year, a host of bills to prevent imaginary threats and preserve... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
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Open For Business, At Our Expense When Rick Scott speaks in public, no one expects coherence. No one expects facts. Those expectations certainly weren't dashed in Scott's State of the State speech for this year. Scott kicked off his beatitudes this time around by making a joke about the former,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
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(Graphic via Florida CHAIN) Conservatives love to paint the Affordable Care Act subsidies as "free stuff," and if you're unlucky enough to get into a conversation with them over it, they're happy to dismiss you by laughably telling you they're paying for your health insurance! Obamacare moocher, you! Unfortunately, conservative... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
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Before the November election last year I wrote that the first four years of Rick Scott's arrogance and incompetence would pale in comparison to another four years under a two-term governor with nothing to lose when there's no longer an election to worry about. Well, the wait to see that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
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Rick Scott wasn't even sworn into office before his transition emails were deleted in spite of the fact that they fell under Florida's public record laws. At the time it was blamed on a technical glitch. Since then, similar glitches have mysteriously swallowed all sorts of records that should have... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
It wouldn't be a huge surprise if no one remembers that time a while back when Jeb Bush appeared to suggest that the GOP stop behaving like a bunch of loons just this side of a Monty Python villagers spoof. Almost as quickly as he said it, he realized that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
For those who have waited with anticipation for the day when the Republican Party finally wakes up to realize that people all over the country, their party constituents among them, actually like health care, wait no more. That day has indeed come. However, the wait for a common sense reaction... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
We will be back to posting after New Years, but in the meantime, Happy Holidays from Beach Peanuts! Related articles Scott Claims He's "Kicked Crist's Rear?" Now It's Florida's Chance To Make Him Eat His Words Crist Rallies With A Guy Who Was President While Scott Rallies With A Guy... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
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Blown Away? It's Time To Make Charlie Crist The Last Man Standing You have to hand it to Republicans who love to hear their own voices and talking points. They like nothing more than preaching to the choir. That's why they spend so much time on FOX. Rick Scott is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
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These Two Don't Pass The Smell Test This weekend Charlie Crist and Gwen Graham will be accompanied on the campaign trail with former President Bill Clinton. Meanwhile, Rick Scott will be appearing yet again with Chris Christie, a man who dreams of, but never will be President. It's hardly a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
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Rick Scott: Fear The Invisible Hand Of The Great And Powerful Charlie Before Rick Scott was elected in 2010, he blocked voters from seeing a deposition he had recently given, in a case that came after he was run out of Columbia/HCA, the company he founded and the same one... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
In the last debate with Charlie Crist, Rick Scott said "How would I know?" when asked what the minimum wage, which makes him cringe, should be. It was perhaps one of the first times Scott was being honest since he became governor. Not only does he have no clue what... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
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Minimum Wage? Sorry, Not Interested When Rick Scott was asked at last night's debate what the minimum wage should be, he may have given one of the only truly honest answers we've heard from him. He responded: "How would I know?" Indeed. How would he know? He isn't even remotely... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
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A Picture And A Smile Are Worth A Thousand Words During last night's debate, Rick Scott mumbled and fumbled his way through the discussion of the execution he canceled to accommodate a fundraiser for Pam Bondi, at her request. He finally admitted that was the reason he did so, after... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
In reality, a vote for Wyllie is really just a vote for Crist or Scott.
One of the most damaging, and stunning moments of tonight's Florida Governor's debate was when Rick Scott admitted he postponed an execution to accommodate a fundraiser at Attorney General Pam Bondi's request. As you watch, notice Rick Scott's habit of eerily smiling while his unconscionable actions are described by others.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Beach Peanuts