Tuesday, November 10, 2015

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

Poodles in pain

Another Jeb media poodle, the Orlando Sentinel's Beth Kassab, finds it "painful to watch as Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Ted Cruz poll ahead of Bush." "Common Core backlash mirrors Jeb Bush campaign."

See generally: "Attack Poodles and Other Media Mutants."

Graham presses feds

"U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham on Monday encouraged the Army Corps of Engineers to consider the needs of Apalachicola Bay in developing a plan for operating dams on rivers in Alabama and Georgia." "Graham presses feds to consider Apalachicola Bay needs."

"What's hot, crazy or shady about politics in the Sunshine State"

Marc Caputo: "Centrif-JEB-al Force – Marco’s tax cut math – FL tax cut math – Bondi leaves medical-marijuana alone, for now – FL ends ‘climate-change kerfuffle’." Florida Playbook

"If you prick us, do we not bleed?"

"According to the press release, Grayson told radio station WMNF if he lost in the primary, he would not support Murphy. The release also highlights similar remarks from Grayson at the Palm Beach Democratic Executive Committee, when asked the question by an audience member."

"Listen, Patrick’s done some very vicious things to me in this campaign. Now, I’m not looking for your sympathy. Politics is politics. But when you do what Patrick’s done to directly attack me personally you can’t seriously expect that means I’m going to fall into line. I’m not a puppet. I’m not somebody on string. I invite you to consider what Shakespeare said about this – ‘if you prick us, do we not bleed?’ You think about that."
"Grayson takes heat from Democrats for not saying he’d support Murphy."

Raw political courage

"The biggest portion of Scott’s plan is the elimination of income taxes on manufacturing and retail businesses, a move his office says will save $770 million annually. He also wants to permanently eliminate the sales tax manufacturers pay for equipment purchases, and offer a 10-day back to school sales tax holiday, among others provisions." "Scott begins push for $1 B. tax cut package."

More: "Scott criss-crossing state to pitch $1 billion tax cut plan" and "Scott Budget Chief: State Can Afford Tax Cuts, Incentives."

"Florida awarded a 'D-minus' for integrity"

"A Center for Public Integrity report released Monday gave Florida a 'D-minus' for integrity, tying it for 30th in the group’s assessment of state government accountability and transparency."

Among the reasons the group cites for the grade is the selective enforcement of the state’s broad public records law; Florida earned an "F" for public access to information.

"Over the past several years, the rich and powerful in Florida have seemed far less accountable to open government laws than the drug-addled and hapless,” the report states. "So while the public is welcome to read about how a spring breaker bit off a hamster’s head, nobody was supposed to learn about how Gov. Rick Scott ousted a top law enforcement official behind closed doors, potentially violating the state’s open meetings law.”

"Report gives Florida a D-minus for integrity." See also "Florida Fails for Government Accountability and Transparency, Study Finds."

Never mind

"Galvano PAC returns $15,000 fantasy sports contribution."