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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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Despite the GOP's constant parroting that Obamacare would be, or is, a "train wreck," the facts prove time and again that it's doing just fine. In Florida, as of June, 866,485 enrolled in health care plans under the Affordable Care Act, and that number is predicted to reach 1.1 million... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
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Charlie Crist, Speaking With The Media During The 2010 BP Oil Spill (Photo: Martha Jackovics) Regular readers of this blog are no doubt aware that I haven't always agreed with Charlie Crist in the past. When he was governor I didn't like everything he did, but I gave him credit... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
I'm still on a semi-hiatus this week, but there's still plenty going on in Florida politics right now. If you're itching to fight back against Rick Scott and the other Republicans in Florida there's a blogger, activist meetup taking place this weekend in Inverness with like-minded grassroots folks and Democratic... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
Rick Scott's former company practiced Medicare fraud. He refuses to expand Medicaid and has thrown up roadblocks against affordable health insurance for Floridians. The thought of paying Floridians a minimum wage makes him "cringe." But having a blind trust that invests in projects he signs off on like this one?... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
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A Pipeline To Profits As he said when asked for his views on climate change and what to do about it, Rick Scott responded by saying he's "not a scientist." Well, he's not a scientist, he's an investor. That may be another reason he's not interested in doing anything about... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
I'm still on a semi-hiatus here due to ongoing moving preparations so my blogging has been spotty. It's been tough not being able to blog when Rick Scott's campaign seems to be on the verge of an implosion, but his past, as well as his present in being perhaps the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
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Last week Rick Scott went on what he called his "Keep Florida Safe" tour in an attempt to appear tough on crime. He "invited" members of law enforcement to appear at his campaign events, but many of them said they were led to believe it was for official business and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
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It's been a bad week for Rick Scott, and it's only getting worse. In a move reminiscent of Mitt Romney's famous 2012 photo-op, when he used coal miners as campaign props who weren't paid for their time as anti-environmental, pro-coal human shields, Scott set out on another one of his... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
Are you the same Joe Kreps quoted in the article linked below? Because if so, it sounds like you would vote for Crist, nonetheless: "Joe Kreps stood nearby holding a "Nan Rich" campaign sign and saying he would have to "hold his nose" to vote for Crist if he wins the nomination." http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/bill-clinton-fires-up-florida-democrats-who-face-big-election-year/2186430
Rick Scott has spent millions on campaign ads already in return for little in the polls. Today the Crist campaign launched his first television ad focusing on his support of the middle class, education, cutting property taxes, minimum wage, and equal pay for women. @BeachPeanuts Related articles "Galactically Stupid" The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
Liza, with all due respect, you're misinformed. The only people benefitting from Scott's tax cuts are the rich and large corporations, and the only government workers raking it in are those working directly under Scott at six figures. You're also commenting on a three year old post. Try reading more up to date ones, they'll give you the information you apparently aren't aware of. Thanks for reading and commenting.
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Former DEO Employee and Whistleblower Dianne Parcell "There's a climate in the Scott administration where employees are not encouraged to do the right thing and are penalized for doing so" The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the same agency which, under Rick Scott, spent millions on a new website that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
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A Governor With A Lot To Hide? Back in 2011 when Rick Scott named Herschel Vinyard as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, it was in part due to what Scott said was his expertise in the permitting process between businesses and environmental concerns. Vinyard had been director of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
Rick Scott signed yet another controversial abortion bill into law last week, no doubt a gift to conservative and so-called "pro-life" voters that he hopes will flock to the polls for him in November: House Bill 1047 bans abortions once a fetus is considered viable, which is typically at 23... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
Yesterday Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 1030, or Charlotte's Web, into law. The law allows the use of a certain strain of medical marijuana to treat cases of epilepsy and a few other diseases. Legislators were at first reluctant over the bill. The GOP fought to keep a medical marijuana... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
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Scott's Demands Denied When Rick Scott started campaigning for reelection, he said he was going to focus on social media and for the most part, avoid the news media, which has been par for the course since he bought his way into the governor's office. While he's not true to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
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"Please Proceed Senator" There was a brief period of time a couple weeks back when the GOP stopped ignoring veterans and feigned outrage when long waiting lists at the VA were revealed, revelations that most of them knew about already but ignored. People like Not President And Still Bitter About... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
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75 Times And Another Four Years Is Not The Charm Rick Scott wants voters to forget that his former company, Columbia/HCA, wrote the book for Medicare fraud. Literally. His "credibility" in that field appears in a college textbook called “Business Ethics: Ethical Decision Making and Cases” and cites the following:... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
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Stressed Out In Florida: "We're Number 1!" (Graphic: Movoto) "It's Working?" That's one of Rick Scott's favorite campaign phrases, but is Florida indeed "working" as Scott claims? Not so much, according to this: Beaches, sunshine and citrus fruit apparently don't bring peace of mind to the residents of this state... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
One of the first things Scott did when he took office was to make it harder for anyone to gain access to public records, while also making it cost prohibitive to the average citizen who has every right to know what's being done with their money, and on their behalf.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
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Marco Rubio Takes Another Gulp Of His Own Kool-Aid Poor Marco Rubio. He has such a difficult relationship with reality. As he's once again claiming he's "undecided" on a run for the White House to anyone who asks, and anyone who doesn't, someone may want to tell him the public... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
In case you're keeping score, Rick Scott's latest reason for ignoring climate change is the same as one of the many used by national punch line Marco Rubio recently: "I'm not a scientist." That's an understatement, coming from a man who clearly has no business being a governor either. After... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
Rick Scott and the Republican Party's blatant hypocrisy in the VA situation continues at an accelerated pace highlighting their main interest in veterans: To be used as political pawns, nothing more. The Republican Party (most of which have never served) never hesitate to "Support the Troops" by sending them to... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
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Rick Scott was busy today joining the Republican Party in placing all the blame for the problems in lack of care and deaths through the Veterans Administration at President Obama's feet while ignoring his own party's part in all of it. He made media appearances and took to social media... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Beach Peanuts