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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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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
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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 Apr 13, 2015 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