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July 19, 2013
This bill actually encourages people to shoot their way out of situations and that’s not how we live in a civilized society. It’s a mentality that has permeated the state of Florida. It’s a mentality of shoot first, and we should not have that in a civilized society.
Florida Senate Democratic leader Chris Smith • Discussing his party’s efforts to convene a special legislative session to modify or drop the state’s “Stand Your Ground” laws. While the effort may prove a challenge—both chambers in Florida are controlled by Republicans, Gov. Rick Scott has created a task force to investigate the law. Smith and his Florida House cohort Perry Thurston suggest a ballot initiative is likely if a revised law isn’t passed.
0:23 // 9 months ago
February 21, 2013
While the federal government is committed to paying 100 percent of the cost, I cannot in good conscience deny Floridians that needed access to health care. We will support a three-year expansion of the Medicaid program under the new health care law as long as the federal government meets their commitment to pay 100 percent of the cost during that time.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott • Discussing his decision to expand his state’s Medicaid program via the Affordable Care Act, despite previously suggesting he would not. Scott, a former medical industry executive, was a staunch critic of the Affordable Care Act, and his decision puts him in conservative crosshairs. But his decision was partly personal — his mother recently died, and the reminder of her struggle to raise him and his siblings on a low income had given him a new perspective on the matter. “Losing someone so close to you puts everything in a new perspective, especially the big decisions,” he said.
9:05 // 1 year ago
January 24, 2013

Long lines at voting precincts deterred over 200k Floridians from casting their vote

201,000 Floridians didn’t vote in November because the lines were too long source

18:50 // 1 year ago
January 16, 2013
It was not my bill…The Legislature passed it. I didn’t have anything to do with passing it.
Florida Governor Rick Scott, insisting to his state’s Legislative Black Caucus that he isn’t responsible for the voter ID laws the state passed in 2011. Of course, Scott signed the bill into law, and his administration spent more than $500,000 defending it in court once it became law, so this is a spurious claim, to put it nicely. In other news, a new poll suggests trouble for Scott when he runs for reelection next year. source
13:58 // 1 year ago
November 15, 2012

Prominent Republicans respond to Mitt Romney’s “gifts” comments

  • Gov. BranstadI don’t think it’s helpful. I guess my feeling is that we need to turn the page, and we need to focus on the future and not make excuses for the past.”
  • Gov. Jindal "We need to continue to show how our policies help every voter out there achieve the American Dream, which is to be in the middle class, which is to be able to give their children an opportunity to be able to get a great education. … So, I absolutely reject that notion, that description. I think that’s absolutely wrong."
  • Gov. ScottIt’s wrong, it’s not true. What we’ve got to do is say we want every vote, we want to take care of every citizen in our state”
  • Sen. RubioI don’t believe that we have millions and millions of people in this country that don’t want to work. I’m not saying that’s what [Romney] said. I think we have millions of people in this country that are out of work and are dependent on the government because they can’t find a job.” 
  • Sen. AyotteThe campaign is over and what the voters are looking for us to do is to accept their votes and go forward and we’ve got some big challenges that need to be solved. I don’t know the full context of them but I don’t agree with them.” source
17:58 // 1 year ago
November 11, 2012
We are glad that so many voters made their voices heard in this election, but as we go forward we must see improvements in our election process. I have asked Secretary of State Ken Detzner to review this general election and report on ways we can improve the process after all the races are certified.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott • In a statement regarding the state’s massive lines on election day. Scott plans to have his secretary of state investigate what happened — and to make improvements in the process. “We need to make improvements for Florida voters and it is important to look at processes on the state and the county level,” Scott continued. “We will carefully review suggestions for bettering the voting process in our state.”
10:26 // 1 year ago
June 20, 2012
Gov. Rick Scott says Florida’s job growth is doing A-OK. Romney’s staff says, “Hey, wait a second, that conflicts with our Obama-is-failing-the-economy message.” Scott apparently chooses to tone it down a tad. Bloomberg writes about it. Then David Axelrod tweets about it. Meet your big inside-politics story of the week.

Gov. Rick Scott says Florida’s job growth is doing A-OK. Romney’s staff says, “Hey, wait a second, that conflicts with our Obama-is-failing-the-economy message.” Scott apparently chooses to tone it down a tad. Bloomberg writes about it. Then David Axelrod tweets about it. Meet your big inside-politics story of the week.

23:31 // 1 year ago
April 8, 2012
A colorful photo, with at least two misgivings: ”Dyed chicks are displayed for sale for Easter in the Bab Touma district in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, April 8, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI implored the Syrian regime Sunday to heed international demands to end the bloodshed and said he hopes the joy of Easter will comfort Christians who are suffering because of their faith.” In a related note, Florida Gov. Rick Scott recently unbanned the controversial practice, which was banned in the state for 45 years, over the objections of animal-rights activists. (Photo by Bassem Tellawi/AP)

A colorful photo, with at least two misgivings: ”Dyed chicks are displayed for sale for Easter in the Bab Touma district in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, April 8, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI implored the Syrian regime Sunday to heed international demands to end the bloodshed and said he hopes the joy of Easter will comfort Christians who are suffering because of their faith.” In a related note, Florida Gov. Rick Scott recently unbanned the controversial practice, which was banned in the state for 45 years, over the objections of animal-rights activists. (Photo by Bassem Tellawi/AP)

13:40 // 2 years ago
March 23, 2012
11:07 // 2 years ago
June 6, 2011

Four years of high school in one week

  • 8 days to get a high school diploma, and it costs less than an iPad! source

» For all the benefits provided by a high-school education, there’s one pesky drawback: it takes four years to get one. InterAmerican Christian Academy in Florida seeks to rectify this injustice by offering a high school diploma to anyone with a free week and four hundred bucks. The school, which is co-run by a convicted felon and located next to a lubricant company, has rigorous curriculum comprised entirely of five short take home tests. But don’t worry; they come with “workbooks” (in case you get stumped), and the place has a “very flexible grading policy.” Supposedly, at least 88 students have used degrees from IACA to gain admission to Miami-Dade College.

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22:37 // 2 years ago