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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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Today Rick Scott was asked again if he thought the legislature should focus on Medicaid expansion, and again he refused to answer the question. He's content to ignore the fact that there will be more and more stories like this one, just as the legislature is. People are dying in... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Beach Peanuts
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"Hey, Who's In Charge Here Anyway?" Rep. Dennis Ross (R-eally Sorry-I-Keep-Apologizing-But-Never-Change-My-Behavior-FL) demonstrated this week why few Republicans will participate at town halls back home during their numerous recesses that they claim they "need" because they have to do important work back home: They're confronted by voters. Another reason Republicans aren't... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Beach Peanuts
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We already know that Florida's Republican lawmakers could care less if low income Floridians die without the health care they would have access to if the legislature had allowed Medicaid expansion. After all, Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford has proudly bragged about blocking it, even though his own family befitted... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Beach Peanuts
If you're one of those who are waiting for the other voter suppression shoe to drop even though Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner halted Rick Scott's most recent voter purge, this could be it: A victory in the civil rights battle for voting was registered in Florida last week... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Beach Peanuts
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As Rick Scott touts his support for tuition breaks for veterans and unveils a new campaign video to tell how lucky he was to get ahead in life thanks to a GI bill, his new found support for veterans just ahead of the election isn't really all that surprising. He's... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Beach Peanuts
Really? That's interesting, considering that the open enrollment period for ACA ended in March. Since Rick Scott and the legislature refuse to expand Medicaid, perhaps you would be better served taking those complaints up with them. They are responsible for that coverage gap, not the ACA.
The bill not only would expand the Stand Your Ground law in Florida to include firing warning shots, but would allow those who have used SYG to expunge their records if they're later found innocent: An open government watchdog is asking Gov. Rick Scott to veto a bill that would... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Beach Peanuts
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Who Are You Going To Believe, The GOP Or Your Lying Eyes? Oh the hypocrisy. The religious right and their wing-nut pals are afraid the GOP will be powerless to resist the pull of Sheldon Adelson’s deep pockets and hold their 2016 convention in Las Vegas, but all that money... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
“To allow people to go into a riot while concealing a gun without a permit is the definition of insanity,” said Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri. “The bill is crazy. It’s absurd.” And yet the Florida House approved a bill to do just that. Because what Florida law enforcement wants... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
If you've paid attention to the new and improved voter suppression tactics in Florida, especially since Rick Scott bought the governors office, you probably remained skeptical when his beer lobbyist turned Secretary of State Ken Detzner halted the second voter purge recently, after the first one managed to remove legitimate... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
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Republicans continued to claim they aren't conducting a War On Women by blocking even a debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act in the Senate. Senate Republicans voted unanimously on Wednesday to block debate from beginning on Democratic-led legislation aimed at narrowing the pay gap between men and women. The motion... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
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Charlene Dill 1981-2014 Six people in Florida will die every day while state Republicans refuse to expand Medicaid. Above is one of those who died on March 21, 2014. "Peter lost his battle with cancer, and my father found himself with a mountain of medical bills that he could never... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
A new nonpartisan study by Pew Charitable Trusts has concluded that states generally did a better job managing the 2012 election than in 2008. There was, however, one exception. Florida: The notable exception was Florida, which had the nation's 49th-longest wait times to vote. Average wait times swelled by 16... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
There's no bigger force on the right campaigning against the Affordable Care Act than Koch Industries and their counterparts, Americans For Prosperity, who have spent millions in a barrage against its implementation. So The Kochs and AFP would be the last people you would imagine taking advantage of the new... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
Rick Scott isn't a big fan of facts. He's also not a fan of allowing the media to question him on the facts, so he avoids both. Now, even though the claim has been debunked by fact-checkers, his political committee "Let's Get To Work" is still running an ad that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
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Polls Say Mind The Gap Last year Rick Scott saw the writing on the wall, and for a nanosecond he claimed he changed his mind on Medicaid expansion. Then he never brought it up again. Republicans led by House Speaker Will Weatherford blocked it anyway, sending millions of tax dollars... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
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When this year's legislative session began, Will Weatherford stated his and the Republican Party's true goal: Before the session began, House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, said his goal was to help Scott "put points on the board" by passing popular legislation. You read that right. It's all about Rick... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
Republicans in Orange County are now outnumbered by Democratic and third party affiliation, where Latinos make up about a quarter of the electorate. In light of that, comments like this one made by Lew Oliver, the Chairman of the Orange County Republican Executive Committee, certainly won't improve those numbers: "The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
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Birds Of A Feather Avoid Actual Work Together Floridians will recall Trey Radel (R-Snorts-With-Strangers) who was eventually forced to give up his seat in the U.S. House after being arrested for cocaine in Washington D.C.? Well, the race for that seat is on, and one of the candidates who wants... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
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"Thwack!" If only we could say three strikes and you're out to Rick Scott, he would have been gone soon after inauguration. Another bad week keeps getting worse for the guy who's playing badly. For those of you keeping score: Scott Takes A Swing At Crist, Hits His Own Party... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
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Go Ahead, Ask Them An excerpt from President Obama's remarks today on the 7.1 million who have now enrolled in the Affordable Care Act: That’s on top of the millions more who have gained access through Medicaid expansion and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Which, of course, doesn't include the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
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Last week was a pretty bad one for Rick Scott amid a racist joke scandal in his campaign and the loss of two former supporters, followed by his lack of concern over it. Now it looks as though that was only the beginning. This week is starting to look like... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
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You know the tried and true, well heeded bit of advice for lawyers: Never ask a question you don't already know the answer to? Well, Ted Cruz apparently slept through that discussion in law school, because he tried that with a question about the Affordable Care Act on Facebook, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
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HealthCare.gov Rick Scott continues to ignore the fact that Republicans in the legislature refuse to even discuss Medicaid expansion as the money goes to other states for theirs. He continues to bash "Obamacare." The Florida GOP has all but based their entire message against Charlie Crist on his embrace of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Beach Peanuts
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Going Down... In spite of his trying to ignore it, the racist joke controversy in Rick Scott's campaign isn't going away. It's getting bigger, and the "we're a diverse organization" band-aid he tried to cover the wound up with failed to do the trick. Because repeating that you're diverse when... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Beach Peanuts