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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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"We're Sorry. We've Been Illegally Hacked By Extremists" As anti-abortion extremists released another secretly recorded video in their ongoing attack against Planned Parenthood, it seems Senate Republicans in Washington won't have the votes they need to block the health services they provide. The bill, championed by Kentucky senator and presidential... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Beach Peanuts
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Who could have predicted this would happen? Right on schedule today, Rick Scott announced an "investigation" into Planned Parenthood clinics in Florida based on false information and unfounded allegations made in heavily edited and misleading videos distributed by an extremist "pro-life" organization. Gov. Rick Scott launched an investigation Wednesday into... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Beach Peanuts
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In the wake of the recent series of false allegations and heavily edited videos designed to attack Planned Parenthood, 30 organizations in Florida have signed a letter of support for PP. The videos were selectively edited in a effort to smear PP and mask facts with shock value in order... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Beach Peanuts
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Jeb! Bush, who sat silent for days after Donald Trump called Mexicans rapists and drug dealers, even after Trump also attacked his wife, finally drew the line when Trump criticized John McCain and said he wasn't a war hero. At the time, several media outlets pointed out the hypocrisy of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
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Fresh from a legislative session cut short days early over disagreements on blocking Medicaid expansion, followed by a costly special session where they made their "no" votes official, Florida Republicans in the House are heading out to pick up a new round of cookie cutter legislation from the group who... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
President Obama rarely gets the credit he deserves for pulling the country out of the economic hole George W. Bush left us in when he flew away from the White House for the last time as America waved a much relieved goodbye. In spite of all the GOP obstruction, the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
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Today Rick Scott held a ceremonial bill signing for a land swap that will pave the way for construction of a ballpark for baseball spring training teams. Scott routinely holds these kinds of ceremonies to generate publicity for himself, and this was no exception. Scott Tweeted the following photo today... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
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Bondi Asks The Court To Keep Florida In The Dark Fresh from joining a lawsuit to block the EPA from protecting Florida's wetlands, Attorney General and citizen's rights slayer Pam Bondi is now asking the Florida Supreme Court to block another proposed constitutional amendment from the ballot in Florida. So... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
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The Constitution Is A Fickle Thing It's hard to understand what reasons anyone has for supporting the Republican Party these days, unless you're a corporation that profits at other's expense, or you're one of two Koch brothers. In the past week, on the national stage, we've seen them completely ignore... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
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Blind Trust Bites Watching fictional, evil villains fall as the forces of good conquer them in the end is a favorite pastime for Americans, but they'd be hard pressed to find a real life villain to match Florida's Rick Scott. While the quest to hurt the poor by blocking them... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
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"Blind Trust" Can Be Dangerous Yesterday, in another show of his consistently "bold leadership," Rick Scott hid behind closed doors as he whipped out his veto pen and proceeded to, as some suggested, take his revenge against those in his own party who dared to even hint at trying to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
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ruse |ro͞oz, ro͞os|noun an action intended to deceive someone; a trick Yesterday during a news conference over his meeting with the HHS concerning Medicaid and his failed attempt to get another extension of LIP funds to fill his self-created budget crater, a reporter asked Rick Scott some pointed questions about... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
Remember the George W. Bush "Miss Me Yet?" billboard from 2010? Well, for anyone out there who might have somehow suffered political amnesia after Dubya flew off into the sunset to paint portraits of his feet, Jeb Bush is here to remind them, and he's informing the rest of us... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
Last week, while the Florida GOP was busy walking out on their jobs early without passing a budget and sticking it to the working poor on Medicaid expansion, Rick Scott suffered another defeat from a judge. During his reelection campaign last September, Scott went to a California court in an... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
Rick Scott is floundering in his attempt to make excuses for denying health care to Florida's working poor in the wake of his meeting today with the U.S. Department Of Health & Human Services, who he's also suing with taxpayer dollars. Watch him say in the video below that "LIP... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
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Rick Scott just did Democrats a favor by giving pre-2016 America a great preview of what unchecked Republican power would look like. The man who fancies himself CEO of Florida is in Washington today on a follow up mission to sue the Obama Administration for a government handout after he... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
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"It Doesn't Get Better" What is it with the Republican Party and dogs? Mitt Romney is famous for the incident when his family set off for vacation with the family dog strapped to the top of his car. When asked about it, his answer all but amounted to "Doesn't every... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
Even as the House Republicans shut down the session early in a tantrum over the working poor having access to health care, some bills managed to make the cut beforehand. Some were bad bills, and one in particular is now on Rick Scott's desk and awaiting his signature. The Florida... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
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Bud Crisafulli has taken $132,466 in federal farm subsidies over the past two decades. Bud Crisafulli is the father and business partner of Steve Crisafulli (R-Cut-And-Run), the man currently impersonating Florida's House Speaker. Crisafulli junior abruptly ended this year's legislative session three days early without passing a budget as required... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
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In case you hadn't noticed, the Republicans in Florida are willing to do just about anything to keep people from gaining access to health care, especially the poorest ones. They couldn't care less that about six people die every day in Florida thanks in part to their inaction, and now... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
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President Obama used his weekly address today to highlight climate change and the very real consequences of climate change denial, which is now a cornerstone of the Republican Party's policies. One of the biggest climate deniers is, of course, Florida's Governor Rick Scott, whose administration suspended a state employee who... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
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Who's The Real Health Care Bully? Rick Scott has taken his years-long fight to keep people from getting access to health care to monumental levels of absurdity recently in Florida, and if it weren't for the fact that people are dying every day because he and ideologues in his party... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
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Lately, Rick Scott has been going around saying that Floridians know how to spend their money better than the government does. Well, he's doing his part to prove that's true. He recently went on a business poaching tour to Philadelphia. While he was there, he spent $40,000 of taxpayer and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
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Not Even Remotely Ready Because there are so many more reasons he shouldn't be President (and won't be) than just his immigration flip-flops, we continue a look back at Marco Rubio's greatest failures from the Beach Peanuts archives (part one is here): May 2, 2011: Marco Rubio stumbles onto Meet... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Beach Peanuts