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Martha Jackovics
Interests: National and Florida Politics (but not politics as usual), with facts, not spin. Liberal, progressive, good sense of humor.
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Deal With The Devil Floridians who still have health care are going to need it after they woke up with a major case of whiplash as Rick Scott, Donald Trump and the guy who pretends to be the Secretary of Interior, Ryan Zinke, attempted a political stunt that backfired. As... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2018 at Beach Peanuts
Who's Running The Next Election? Donald Trump and Mike Pence are using Trump's imaginary delusions about massive voter fraud giving the popular vote to Hillary Clinton during 2016 as a ruse to launch a voter suppression effort, and they're using Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a man well known... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2017 at Beach Peanuts
Meet The GOP Death Panel The Senate Republican's version of the latest tax cut for millionaires and billionaires "American Health Care Act" has finally seen daylight, and even just a glance at it shows why they kept everyone in the dark on what was in it. It's virtually loaded with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at Beach Peanuts
As I write this, the Republicans in the U.S. Senate are still crafting their effort to kill the Affordable Care Act which, if it's similar to the recent Republican House bill as we've heard, will throw millions of Americans off their health insurance, eliminate protections for pre-existing conditions and lifetime... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at Beach Peanuts
In trying desperately to give Donald Trump a "win" a few weeks back, House Republicans hastily threw together an awful bill as a first step to repealing the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. The original bill was bad enough for those who would be hurt by it, but it wasn't... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at Beach Peanuts
Republicans, To Americans: "Drop Dead" Last month House Republicans pulled off a vote in favor of a health care bill that would throw 14 million people off their insurance next year and 23 million by 2026 while gutting protections for pre-existing conditions and giving states the opportunity to waive coverage... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at Beach Peanuts
The 2017 hurricane season began last Thursday, and five months into Donald Trump's presidency,* he has yet to appoint permanent leaders in either the Federal Emergency Management Agency or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, leaving the country unprepared in the event of a hurricane in what is predicted to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Beach Peanuts
Rep. Gus Bilirakis, Trump, And House GOP Celebrate Throwing Millions Off Health Insurance The verdict is in for the Republican's tax cut for the rich American Health Care Act, or TrumpCare, that would destroy the Affordable Care Act and (surprise!) it's a death sentence for millions. As you'll recall, Republicans... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at Beach Peanuts
Rep. Bilirakis Celebrates His Vote To End Your Health Care With Trump "Rep. Bilirakis is adamant about protecting those with pre-existing conditions." That's what Republican Rep. Gus Bilirakis' office told us when Beach Peanuts reached them by phone earlier last week concerning the Republican's upcoming vote on the first step... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at Beach Peanuts
Grim Reapers This week Republicans in Congress are taking another stab at throwing millions of Americans off their health insurance to both satisfy their own lust for ending "evil" Obamacare (and killing people) and to give Trump what he thinks will be a "win," in that he'll get to sign... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at Beach Peanuts
(Via: Center For American Progress) If you were hopeful you dodged a bullet when Trumpcare died on the GOP operating table recently, I have some bad news. Trumpcare is back, and it's even worse than the previous version. Trump is desperately looking for a "win" as his first 100 days... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at Beach Peanuts
Sen. Frank Artiles, Mitt Romney Republican Miami state Sen. Frank Artiles is facing calls to resign after an ugly incident over drinks at the members-only Governors Club in Tallahassee earlier this week in which he used racial slurs and obscenities to describe several of his Senate colleagues: Sen. Frank Artiles... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Beach Peanuts
Members Only, But Leave Your Wallet At The Gate (Photo: Wikimedia) Just 84 days into his presidency,* Donald Trump has spent a quarter of that time at his private Palm Beach, Florida club, Mar-a-Lago, on the taxpayer dime, with the profits going directly into his pockets. The meter is running... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at Beach Peanuts
What A Yahoo Large animal veterinarian turned Congressman Ted Yoho of Florida, like most Republicans now days, doesn't seem to grasp the idea of "public service." This isn't new to observers of Yoho, but it was highlighted today when he was questioned about the ongoing Devin Nunes-Donald Trump Keystone Cop... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Beach Peanuts
FEMA, Who Needs That? Florida voters have done it again. They voted against their own self-interests by helping to elect Donald Trump, a guy who makes Rick Scott's conflicts of interest and contempt for average Americans look meager by comparison. Every day there's a reason for buyer's remorse, and Trump... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Beach Peanuts
Marco Rubio: Ignore What I Say And Do, Just Send Money Marco Rubio is without a doubt a shameless hypocrite, but you've got to hand it to him on his latest fundraising plea. As you'll recall, last week Rubio was busy avoiding town halls and his constituents who wanted to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at Beach Peanuts
"Be Respectful" Rubio Says, To Voters He Calls "Rude And Stupid" If there's one thing that's consistent about Marco Rubio, it's his habit of never showing up. Despite having the worst absentee record in the Senate, voters in Florida sent him back for another term last November. So how is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at Beach Peanuts
Little Marco Flees The Interview. Again. (Updated below) Republicans are home on recess this week (again) which technically means they're working back home, so it's the perfect time to catch up with the concerns of their constituents. Unfortunately their presidential candidate won the election with an assist from Russia and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at Beach Peanuts
Bilirakis Ignores A Constituent Listens To A Constituent (via YouTube) Republican Rep. Gus Bilirakis hosted a "listening session" Saturday to give his constituents a chance to share their concerns about his party's plan to repeal Obamacare absent a replacement, but their pleas to keep the ACA in place fell on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at Beach Peanuts
Rick Scott, the Grim Reaper of the health care industry, is unsurprisingly giddy at the prospect of Republicans finally killing off President Obama's health care law, and possibly thousands of Americans right along with it. In fact, he was so excited about it that he recently fled Florida once again... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at Beach Peanuts
Please Don't Bother To Clap Just in case you were under the impression that Jeb Bush had grown a spine since the primaries, fear not! Bush has resurfaced after being humiliated by Donald Trump in the primaries to applaud Trump's choice of a climate change denier to head up his... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2016 at Beach Peanuts
Ponder for a moment, this headline from Politico today: "GOP Wagers Americans Don't Care About Trump's Conflicts" That's quite the wager in a sea of wagers the Republican Party seems wiling to make in their post-reality Trump existence. Unfortunately for them, the polls say they're wrong. Americans very much care... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2016 at Beach Peanuts
Whose Side Are You On, Sen. Schumer? I hate to write headlines with a question mark lest they be perceived as clickbait, but this isn't clickbait. It's an honest question. Because in Florida right now, we have a Senate race that's winnable for Democrats where the Republican candidate is the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at Beach Peanuts
So @marcorubio just showed up at a largely Puerto Rican street fair in Orlando and got booed of the stage big time. — Adrian Florido (@adrianflorido) October 23, 2016 Long before revelations about Donald Trump's views on sexual assault and tales of his presence and behavior at events where... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at Beach Peanuts
Lying For Dummies This is hardly "breaking news" to anyone who pays attention, but Marco Rubio thinks voters are stupid. Or at least he hopes they are. In the first of his debates against his Democratic opponent Patrick Murphy earlier this week, Rubio tried to snow voters once again by... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2016 at Beach Peanuts