Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Our digest of, and commentary on today's Florida political news and punditry follows.

"Holdout politicians also need to get over it"

The Palm Beach Post editorial board: "Those who make noise about the Affordable Care Act still are holding out. Those who must make decisions are moving ahead."

As reported in The Palm Beach Post, only 17 states are setting up their own exchanges — marketplaces on which individuals and small business owners can pool their buying power to purchase health insurance. In Florida and elsewhere, resistance is a sort of political last stand. Gov. Rick Scott claims that the state has received no specific information about the cost of the exchanges, but the governor waited past last June’s Supreme Court decision to even start asking. That delay made Florida miss the deadline for states to submit a plan for an exchange. So the federal government may create one. . . .

Political resistance hurts only the uninsured and underinsured. The best political response would be to make the law work as best as possible, and make the law better when the inevitable shortcomings appear. The holdout politicians also need to get over it.

"On health care law, politicians should act like insurers".

McBride memorial scheduled Friday

"A memorial service for Bill McBride, the Florida Democrat who defeated Janet Reno for the party’s gubernatorial nomination in 2002 but lost to Republican Gov. Jeb Bush, will be held later this week in Tampa. The service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at the Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church." "Memorial set for Ex-Florida governor candidate". Daniel Ruth: "McBride did good and thought big".

"Florida gun sales soar"

"Florida gun sales soar over gun control fears".

South Florida federal court has undergone a generational sea change

"Over the past few years, the federal court in the Southern District of Florida has seen the departure of four judges — Daniel T.K. Hurley, Paul C. Huck, Alan S. Gold and Patricia A. Seitz — who have gone on 'senior' status, meaning they handle lighter caseloads. Another federal judge, Adalberto Jordan, was confirmed this year as a member of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta."

Those five vacancies, in one of the busiest federal districts for criminal and civil cases in the country, accounted for about one-third of all the positions on the federal bench in South Florida.

The retirements have generated coveted openings that have been filled by Scola, 57; Kathleen M. Williams, 56, a former Miami federal public defender; and Robin S. Rosenbaum, 46, a former Fort Lauderdale federal magistrate judge. Rosenbaum, also a one-time federal prosecutor, was sworn in as a new U.S. district judge Dec. 13.

"New generation of judges serving on federal bench in South Florida".