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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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The ongoing Republican attack on women's health is heating up, and the latest episodes range all the way from the ridiculous, to all out lies, to posing a real danger to women across the country. Just yesterday, amid the stock market plunge, televangelist Pat Robertson blamed the sell-off on Planned... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Beach Peanuts
Jeb Bush, now known basically as the Trump-lite candidate, has been a bit testy lately over criticism of his use of the term "anchor baby." Last week he got visibly hot under the collar when questioned about it, and actually tried to defend using the term by saying it wasn't... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Beach Peanuts
Rick Scott is always fond of adding the word "historic" to things he claims to fund in his budgets when it's apparent it's anything but, like education and funding for the environment. The GOP lawmakers do the same thing, but they managed to illustrate that absurdity rather well with news... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Beach Peanuts
In the years long GOP effort to find a way to thwart Florida voter's will to gerrymander the heck out of the state and keep all power within the GOP, another chapter in the saga ended in a meltdown this week. It happened during yet another taxpayer funded special session... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
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No Worries Ladies, He'll Make The "Difficult" Choices For You While the media has kept everyone distracted with the reality clown show that is Donald Trump, much of the focus has been taken off the rest of the GOP candidates. Whether you're in the camp who believes Trump will ride... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
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If anyone thought Rick Scott's "investigation" into Planned Parenthood was anything other than a political witch hunt, he certainly made it abundantly clear they were wrong last week when he announced his "findings." Planned Parenthood has been under attack ever since an extremist anti-abortion group with ties to violence against... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
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Almost a year ago, Rick Scott went to California to see a lawyer about some emails, because those emails may have proven what many in Florida already expected: That Scott was violating public records laws, or what we aptly call Sunshine Laws. He was especially hasty in doing so because... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
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The Real Abortion Profiteers While anti-abortion extremists with ties to violence at clinics, against women and their doctors, and now, GOP extremists in Washington and Florida, are busy setting their hair on fire as they try (again) to take down Planned Parenthood, they’re also exposing their fake outrage for what... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2015 at Beach Peanuts
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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 Jul 30, 2015 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 Jul 29, 2015 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 Jul 28, 2015 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