Sunday, July 07, 2013

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

Florida Supreme Court to determine if legislators can avoid testifying

"In what promises to be a precedent-setting ruling over whether legislators can be shielded from testifying in a redistricting case, the Florida Supreme Court has agreed to hear a redistricting challenge brought by the League of Women Voters." "State Supreme Court takes up redistricting".


"In the wake of the July 3 overthrow of Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's Islamist president, by the country's military, two of Florida's most conservative congressmen are offering cautious support for the new regime, even as they insist the U.S. needs to reconsider its foreign aid policy." "Ted Yoho, Trey Radel Cautiously Welcome Egyptian Coup d'Etat".

What's a teabagger to do???

"It’s being widely reported that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will introduce legislation soon to impose a nationwide ban on abortions performed after 20 weeks’ gestation, but Rubio himself won’t confirm or deny that. - See more at:" "Rubio mum on abortion bill plans". More: "Sen. Marco Rubio courted to take up ban on abortions at 20 weeks".

Real heroes just "get to work"

Noelle Nikpour reminds us that heroes are not movie characters: "Police officers and firefighters serve their community quietly and heroically every day."

Ambulance drivers, nurses and doctors save lives in the midst of actual blood and gore, not computer generated special effects, and they do it without a movie soundtrack backing them up or the boring parts edited out. When a patient arrives in the emergency room suffering from gunshot wounds, nobody says, "This looks like a job for Superman." Real doctors and nurses get to work.

Here's the thing: Heroes aren't bulletproof. Unlike Superman, earthlings face the consequences of danger. Many thousands of Floridians have served In Iraq and Afghanistan. Just their willingness to serve makes them heroes for life.

"Plenty of heroes among Floridians".

Hard to compare

"The federal government’s worksite enforcement strategy has changed over time, making it difficult to compare data and declare any president the leader in cracking down on employers, experts tell PolitiFact Florida." "Obama holds record for cracking down on employers who hire undocumented workers, says Wasserman Schultz".