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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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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 yesterday 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 2 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 5 days ago at Beach Peanuts
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You're Going To Need A Bigger Bottle Marco Rubio has been pretending to run for President ever since he ran for his Senate seat back in 2010. Today he officially enters the race, and his campaign and the media will work hard to sell him as a "fresh face" (again,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Beach Peanuts
The Jeb Bush "I'm A Conservative, Really!" tour brings him to Nashville today where he will court all the gun toting extremists during the NRA's annual convention there. Naturally, the man who brought us Stand Your Ground will be bragging up what a great thing that law has been for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
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Is This Man's Incompetence The Problem Or The Goal? Florida's voting procedures have a long history as being a joke, but the utter incompetence and suppression tactics coming from the current Secretary of State is no laughing matter. The man in charge of running elections in Florida simply doesn't appear... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
Now that Rick Scott's just barely been reelected, he's stopped pretending he was ever in favor of Medicaid expansion. Luckily for him, most of the Florida GOP seem poised to continue making sure it never happens, so another round of high-fives for letting the uninsured die without it in Florida... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
People may have been surprised to hear last week that Rick Scott is totally against an online voter registration system in Florida. Not because it's news that he's trying to restrict voting mind you, he's got a long history of that. No, what's somewhat surprising is his reasoning for why... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
Yes, this just really happened: Watch FL GOP keep women from testifying against abortion restriction bill. https://t.co/0dlI0k9bVw #pfla #TrustFLWomen — Progress Florida (@ProgressFlorida) April 1, 2015 Republicans in Florida are rushing ahead with yet another abortion restriction bill, this time one that imposes a 24-hour waiting period for an abortion... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
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Your Tax Dollars At Work...Against You I recently wrote about the farce that is Rick Scott's newest bait and switch "tax cut" campaign swing that requires Floridians to be deaf, blind, and stupid in order to buy into it. Basically, he would have you believe that saving around $43 a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
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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 Mar 25, 2015 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 Mar 25, 2015 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