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The 4th session of the year will occur in an increasingly tense political atmosphere -- with House Speaker Marco Rubio dissing Gov. Charlie Crist in print on two separate occasions.
Rubio called: Crist is too liberal.
The op-ed pieces in the Miami Herald and the Florida Baptist aimed at attacking Charlie Crist.
In the Florida Baptist Witness, Rubio took on Crist over his willingness to "allow pro-gambling bills to become law." A new law that took effect this month allows card rooms at pari-mutuel facilities to stay open longer and have higher betting limits.
Rubio opened the Baptist piece with his own version of the popular Christian initialism, WWJD. But in this case, Rubio evokes, "What Would Jeb Do?"
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Sunday, July 29, 2007
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It was his poor performance before the committee, Putnam said, that convinced him it was time for the attorney general to step down.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Republican Fred Thompson's Campaign in Turmoil, Losing Steam, Supporters Losing Patience
"It's now become an open joke among people in the consultant community and political movers and shakers that the senator's wife is really running the campaign," said Tony Fabrizio, a Republican ...more
Friday, July 27, 2007
And a bit later in the day, now speaking in a townhall meeting in Iowa, Romney slammed YouTube again. This time he asked his audience if they watched the debate before saying, "No, I didn't think so. You were peeling carrots or, you know, something else critical at that time...and, ah, just like me, I was doing something else. But you saw the excerpts, and perhaps on YouTube, you saw one of the presidential candidates on the left talk about what he'd do in his first year in office."
Your ad can be the one pressuring Republican Senators in some key states. Submit your script as soon as you can write it!
Quite simply, we want to take an unusual step - and we want to do it early. I think we need to run radio ads in the states of the Roadblock Republicans, making it crystal clear that they don't deserve to be reelected because of their continued support for the Bush Doctrine of escalation without end. We need to turn up the heat even higher.
It's the pressure of activists and the voice of the people that have gotten us this far in the Iraq debate, not the cookie-cutter ads and thirty second soundbites of Madison Avenue media firms.
So we decided, why don't we let you speak in this radio campaign? If user generated content can change presidential debates, I know it can help change the next election on the most pivotal of issues.
That's why we're running a contest. We want you to send in a script for a 30 second radio spot (that's about 65 words long), we'll whittle it down some to the top 20, and then we'll open up the voting to everyone. The winner that's chosen by the people will be what we air in the states. And we'll fundraise for the airing of that spot, with each of you able to choose with your contribution where you think we should run the ad. No political professionals making the spot, or choosing where to run it. It's all done by you.
You can make the spot sad, or satirical, or hard-hitting. Whatever you want to do. You can make it a personal story from your life (maybe you know someone in Iraq or have a family member there or maybe you are one of the many veterans in this community), or you can make a factual case on why voters should consider someone else because of this issue, or anything else you'd like. You get it -- it's up to you. And what you do can be the ad that goes on the air targeting the Roadblock Republicans.
So click here to submit your script.
You have until midnight ET on Saturday August 11th to get your script in, so get thinking and start writing. And forward this email to everyone you think might be interested in submitting a radio spot to this contest. If you know someone who has a way with words and wants to make a difference, send this along. We'd love to get their scripts.
Thank you, and let's make sure we get a change in course in Iraq very soon.
A. I regret that it ended up in the newspaper! No, but seriously, I understand why the way it was presented in the Miami Herald and St. Pete Times created some concern. Unfortunately, they didn't get the story right. To be clear, I don't work for a Republican and I don't report to a Republican.
Since before I became Chair, and I have had my own lobbying and consulting firm. Recently, I teamed up with Eric Gould, who served as my former legal counsel from when I was on the House Ways and Means Committee and later worked in the Clinton Administration. In addition to working with me, Eric, a good Democrat, is a partner at Tew Cardenas, a firm that, yes, is part-owned by former Republican Party Chair Al Cardenas but employs Republicans, Democrats and non-partisan folks. Eric asked me to help them lobby on behalf of Miami-Dade County because of our new Democratic majority in Congress. After careful consideration, I decided, because the issue is one that I feel is very important, that it would not conflict with my duties as Party Chair. And it hasn't. In fact, it's opened more doors for Party fundraising than I ever imagined.
Now, I am not and have never been opposed to fully disclosing my outside income as Chair, and I'm certainly not the first chair to have other interests. However, our Party bylaws don't address the issue. But now we are in the process of discussing how to best to go forward. One option is to amend the bylaws with a procedure for disclosure, since that really seemed to be the issue for people that had concerns.
I assure you, I still spend most of my waking hours working for and worrying about the Party. If you don't believe me, just ask my husband!
And finally, if people really are concerned about anything I've done as Party Chair, I encourage you to write to me or call me with your concerns before you go to the papers or secretly videotape my conversations (it's happened!). We're all in this together, and the more we attack our own, especially when the facts aren't clear, the more we cede the upper hand to Republicans. Their Party, for good reason, is getting fired at from all sides. If we want to take back Florida, we should be getting out of the way, instead of taking bullets for them. We have got to stick together and trust one another or we'll never win. (I'm not talking blind, Bush Republican-type trust, but you get what I mean.)
Republicans talking about cleaning up governmental corruption is just like saying that Lucifer will suddenly become the angel of light again!
Stand down, PFC Juan S. Restrepo, your mission is now complete, may you rest in eternal peace.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
The vote followed a heated debate over the facts of an ongoing investigation into the Justice Department's firing of several U.S. attorneys. Miers and Bolten refused to comply with Judiciary Committee subpoenas for testimony in the matter. Democrats are trying to find out whether politics played an improper role in the prosecutors' dismissals and what role, if any, White House officials played.
Though he has not yet even declared he is running for president, Fred Thompson shook up his team Tuesday amid fears he was losing momentum and needed an injection of talent.Top advisers to the "Law & Order" actor and former U.S. senator from Tennessee had soured on Tom Collamore, the operations chief for the Republican presidential campaign in waiting.Collamore, a former executive at Altria (nee Philip Morris), was moved to an advisory role Tuesday, advisers said.The day to day campaign will now be run by Randy Enwright, a Florida consultant who was the political director. And former Sen. Spencer Abraham (R-Mich.) will be the chairman, acting as the campaign's ambassador to official Washington.
When it comes to National Security, Democrats are now trusted more by 42% of likely voters, Republicans by 40%. This means that Democrats now enjoy at least a nominal edge on all ten issues regularly tracked by Rasmussen Reports to gauge voters' trust of the two major parties.
In late June Democrats had the edge on nine of ten issues. At that time, the GOP had a single point advantage of the National Security issue.
Sgt. 1st Class Michael S. Curry, 37, had spent the last 20 years of his life in the Army, and for most of that time he had been assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade at Caserma Ederle, in Vicenza, Italy. It's also where he met his wife and had two sons, one of whom turned 12 today. The other is 9.
"He was a wonderful husband, father and son," said Curry's sister, Niki Martin, 35. "He was so wonderful, like something that is too good to be true."
"I think it's unfortunate that in the last week or so you have cherry picked some comments on the Daily Kos site that you or I or others might find objectionable and decided to smear an entire community - hundreds of thousands of people who go to the site every day, who talk to one another, who participate vigorously in our democracy; and you are urging Democratic presidential candidates to stay away from their yearly conference. And unfortunately with all due respect for you, the days where you can dictate where Senator Clinton and other Democrats go, who we talk to, are over." - Howard Wolfson
Instead, he fanned the flames further, so to speak! Hear his insulting "apology" here
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Jennings told Jeremy Wallace of the Hearld Tribune that she was unsure if she would have voted for the April 1, 2008, withdrawal date advocated by Democrats in Congress.
Schneider's statement said she would have supported the withdrawal.
"Congress should long ago have asserted itself to overturn the failed policies pursued by President George W. Bush in Iraq," Schneider's statement said.
It would be the third contest between the Sarasota residents.
In 2004, Schneider won beat Jennings4. In a four-person primary, Schneider won 47 percent of the vote to Jennings' 38 percent. Schneider went on to lose to then-Rep. Katherine Harris.
But in 2006, Jennings turned the tables, winning 62 percent of the vote to Schneider's 38 percent. Jennings went on to lose by 369 votes to Republican Vern Buchanan in the general election.
Will he also be funding Kid Care?
Monday, July 23, 2007
|Florida voters disapprove 63 - 33 percent of the job President George W. Bush is doing, matching his lowest score ever in the state.|
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But Floridians shouldn't expect that to last.
With only two minor tropical storms so far, the 2007 hurricane season has been quiet since it officially began June 1. But the slow start is typical, even for the above-average season that is still expected.
"Just because things are quiet on July 20 doesn't mean the active season won't come true," Jack Beven, a senior hurricane specialist, said Friday. "There have been plenty of active seasons where we didn't have any activity before August.
"Just look at 2004."
That was the year when one tropical storm Bonnie and four hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne smacked the Sunshine State in a six-week span that started Aug. 12. Yet the first named storm didn't pop up until Aug. 1.
On Friday, Beven was keeping an eye on a tropical wave near Puerto Rico, though conditions weren't favorable for its development. But he and other forecasters don't expect those conditions principally, high wind shear to endure.
Wind shear, winds that blow in different directions at different altitudes and rip hurricanes apart or inhibit their formation, typically is high in June and July. It begins dropping in August, kicking off the three peak months of hurricane season.
That's a major reason 90 percent of all hurricanes form in August, September and October, according to Chris Landsea, the science and operations officer at the hurricane center. It's also among the reasons tepid activity in June and July is no indication what the rest of the season may hold, he said.
In May, Landsea and other members of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's seasonal-outlook team predicted that 13 to 17 named storms will form in the Atlantic basin this year. Of those, they estimate, seven to 10 are likely to grow into hurricanes, with three to five ballooning into major tempests of at least Category 3 strength.
But even if they're wronglike last year, when unexpected El Nino conditions tamped down hurricane activity it takes just one storm to make for a terrible season. Case in point: The 1992 hurricane season was below average but nevertheless spawned Hurricane Andrew, which leveled much of south Miami-Dade County.
For now, though, Beven and other meteorologists are happy to be talking about what storms might be lurking on the horizon, rather than the one that has swirled at the hurricane center most of this month.
On Thursday, two weeks after half of the center's staff called for the immediate ouster of their new boss, Bill Proenza, a NOAA assessment team recommended he permanently lose his post. Employees said Proenza's "disruptive" conduct was undermining the center's credibility and the public's faith in its forecasts.
On paid leave since July 9, the veteran National Weather Service administrator had replaced the retiring Max Mayfield in January. Mayfield's longtime deputy, Ed Rappaport, is now acting director.
"We're all happy to have this episode behind us hopefully," said Ben Nelson, the state meteorologist. "Now everybody can concentrate on the peak of season."
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Talking Medicare isn't a good way to appeal to young voters. Seemingly irrelevant issues, along with intense cynicism and hypernegative campaigns, are all cited as reasons younger voters are turned off by politics.
Communication: The old approaches television, mailers, recorded telephone messages aren't the way younger people get their information. "Everything moves fast. Everything is Internet-based," Krishnaiyer said. Republican activist Michael De Gruccio, 27, said smart candidates have professional-looking Web sites, blogs, podcasts and MySpace and Facebook sites.
Negativity: State Rep. Martin Kiar, D-Davie, elected last fall at age 29, thinks negative campaigns alienate younger voters. "From the gubernatorial down to everything else, it was so nasty. It was all negative all the way. Many young people didn't want to come out."
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''You can't turn the Queen Mary around on a dime,'' Posey said. ``This is a big ship and it will take time.''
One emerging explanation for the higher rates is that new rules, expanding a state catastrophe fund to help insurers cover losses if a massive storm hits, may have backfired.
The expansion of the Hurricane Catastrophe Fund was the centerpiece of the reform plan to lower rates for Florida homeowners because it would allow insurers to buy cheaper backup insurance and pass the savings on to policyholders. The CAT Fund now can cover $28 billion in losses.
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Saturday, July 21, 2007
Don't these hypocrtitters know: that God Hates Adultrey 160 times in the Bible
In 2000, Vitter was included in a Newhouse News Service story about the strain of congressional careers on families.His wife, Wendy, was asked by the Newhouse reporter: If her husband were as unfaithful as Livingston or former President Bill Clinton, would she be as forgiving as Hillary Rodham Clinton?"I'm a lot more like Lorena Bobbitt than Hillary," Wendy Vitter told Newhouse News. "If he does something like that, I'm walking away with one thing, and it's not alimony, trust me.""I think fear is a very good motivating factor in a marriage," she added. "Don't put fear down.
...The 48 year old Republican Representative was arrested today on second degree misdemeanor charges for solicitation for prostitution. And the twist is that he's a married man, and was asking an undercover cop in a men's room if he could pay him to give him a blowjob. It's so GOP!Allen was out for a little afternoon delight and got nabbed at noon in Titusville, Florida. "Officers say they noticed Allen acting suspicious as he went in and out of the men's restroom 3 times. Minutes later, he solicited an undercover male officer inside the restroom, offering to perform oral sex for $20."He was first elected in 2000 and lists "water sports" as a hobby on his official state website.The Christian Coalition loves loved Rep. Allen. Like Vitter (and Foley) and the rest of the Republican hypocrites, he was strong on the family values bullshit. In the last session of the Florida legislature, the Christian Coalition commends him for supporting their (extremist, hateful) positions 92% of the time. The Rainbow Democratic club also rates all the elected officials in the area. Allen? "Wicked Witch: Worst of the Worst."
...You start out in 1954 by saying, "Nigger, nigger, nigger."[But] by 1968 you can't say 'nigger' -- that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like "forced busing," "states' rights," and all that stuff.You're getting so abstract now [that] you're talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you're talking about are totally economic things ... and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites.
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