Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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"Florida has one of the least fair tax systems in the nation"

"Florida politicians, including Gov. Rick Scott, often tout the absence of a state income tax and a host of business-friendly exemptions in hailing the state’s allure."

But WalletHub, the online personal finance resource, says Florida has one of the least fair tax systems in the nation, ranking 45th overall; is No. 3 among states where the top 1 percent in income are most undertaxed; and is No. 4 among states where the poor are overtaxed.
"Florida nice to rich, mean to poor, tax survey says." See also "" and "".


"Yoho: No government shutdown likely, but Boehner must go."

Feel free to stay

"Gov. Rick Scott will fly to Kentucky early Tuesday for two days of private meetings in Lexington and Louisville with unidentified business owners about moving or expanding to Florida." "Rick Scott to Begin Two-Day Recruiting Trip to Kentucky."

Hot, crazy or shady about politics in the Sunshine State

Marc Caputo: "‘BLACK LIVES’ & WHITE COLLAR DEFENSE for Grayson – A TWO (CUBAN-AMERICAN)-MAN GOP primary? – CLIMATE CHANGE: FL ad blitz timed for Pope’s visit – SEAQUARIUM SUIT ENDS, protesters get space – ‘LIVING WAGE’ fight starts in Osceola." "Florida Playbook."

Now, let's gut their pensions

"Colorado Springs Fire Captain Steven Oswald said that the Florida firefighters' quick action probably saved her life." "Fort Lauderdale firefighters save Colorado snakebite victim."

A "consultant," no less

"U.S. Rep. John Mica has once again drawn a Republican primary opponent, consultant and Army veteran John Morning of Orlando. Morning has filed to run against Mica in Florida's 7th Congressional District, where Mica is seeking re-election to a 13th term in 2016. As with previous Republican challengers, Morning portrays Mica as someone who has been in office far too long and has become part of the Washington-business-as-usual issues." "Mica draws primary opponent, Army veteran John Morning".

"Corcoran parties with privileged insiders."

"On the eve of a fiery speech in which he urged members to “build an absolute firewall between our private lives and the influence of special interests,” House Speaker-designate Richard Corcoran held a party at a posh Capital City hotel bar for upward of 400 lobbyists, legislators and Citrus County supporters." "After declaring war on privileged insiders, Corcoran parties with them."

More: "With stinging critique of Florida House, Corcoran faces pushback" and "No Offense, Richard Corcoran, but Ethics Again?"

State of Florida turned its back on the River of Grass

"Guess it’s up to Congress to come through for the Everglades. Goodness knows the state of Florida turned its back on at least one big boost the life-sustaining River of Grass needed this year." "Congress to the Everglades’ rescue"

"Flawed assessment"

The Daytona Beach News Journal editors: "Schools and teachers should not be judged with a flawed process." "No grades for flawed assessment."

Apparently these federal dollars are acceptable to FLAbaggers

"[PBC] kitchens served nearly 50,000 meals, paid for by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the state’s Department of Health’s Bureau of Child Care Food Programs." "Twenty PBC schools now serving free meals after school too."

Attacks Fly in SoFla

"Even with congressional redistricting up in the air until the state judiciary making a final ruling on new maps, the contest is heading up between U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., and former Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chairwoman Annette Taddeo." "Attacks Continue to Fly in S. Florida Even Before Congressional Redistricting Finalized."

Please, Florida jokes

"Video: Rand Paul aide says Marco Rubio aide punched him in face."

Rubio playin' hooky

Joe Henderson: "Marco Rubio received 2.6 million votes from Floridians in the 2010 race for the U.S. Senate. That was 49 percent of the ballots cast in a three-way race, an overwhelming victory any way you want to look at it."

Voters sent Rubio to Washington because they believed he would do the best job of representing their interests and values. He draws a pretty good paycheck, too — $174,000 a year, plus benefits that include eligibility for a government pension after serving five years.

Being a senator is demanding, and they should be compensated accordingly, but that comes with a caveat that the person actually should do the job. People have been on Rubio’s case lately — rightly so — about the time he is spending away from the job he was hired to do.

"Um, Sen. Rubio? The people of Florida hired you to do a job."

One trick pony

"Bush says too many regulations are hurting US economy."

DWS draws fire

"U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), is drawing fire as activists want more debates between the candidates running for the party’s presidential nomination."

So far, there are only six debates scheduled, prompting some of the dark horse candidates to demand more of them. In the 2008 cycle, when Barack Obama beat Hillary Clinton, there were more than 20 debates held. Wasserman Schultz backed Clinton who is running again after losing to Obama last time out.
"Debbie Wasserman Schultz Pummeled by Fellow Democrats on Presidential Debates."

FlaBaggers shill for FlaGOP

"Civility is Just Another Talking Point for Democrats, Hillary Clinton, Alan Grayson."