Thursday, March 17, 2016

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

Scott endorses Trump, calls for end of "Republican on Republican violence"

"The day after Donald Trump's big win in the Florida Republican presidential primary - and after U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio suspended his campaign - Gov. Rick Scott called for an end to 'Republican on Republican violence' and called on his party to back Trump for the nomination."

"With his victories yesterday, I believe it is now time for Republicans to accept and respect the will of the voters and coalesce behind Donald Trump," Scott said on Facebook Wednesday morning.
"Gov. Rick Scott endorses Donald Trump."

Nancy Smith: "Scott's Hypocrisy-Oozing Trump Endorsement."

Rubio Poodles

After suffering a thoroughly humiliating defeat at the hands of Florida Republicans, Anthony Man joins the rest of the media poodles who want to make sure Rubio returns their phone calls the next time he runs for office. He writes: "Florida Republicans dumped a bucket of ice cold water on Marco Rubio's presidential ambitions, but they didn't extinguish his political future."

At 44, time is on his side. He has plenty of time for a political comeback — one that ultimately could put him in the White House — despite the devastating loss Tuesday at the hands of the Floridians who had propelled him ever higher in his political career.
"Marco Rubio has plenty of time for a political comeback."

Scott Poodle thinks Millennials don't understand (his) politics

Not surprising to see that a Rick Scott supporter poodle thinks "young adults" have a "disheartening lack of civic understanding."

"State higher education [appointed] officials on Wednesday afternoon debated whether public university students should be required to learn about U.S. history, government and politics, as some members lamented what they saw as a disheartening lack of civic understanding among young adults."

The day after Florida’s presidential primary, Alan Levine, a member of the State University System board of governors, recited a series of statistics meant to demonstrate how little 18- to 34-year-old Americans know about their country’s history and how its government functions.

For example, Levine cited studies that found millennials like socialism and others that show they don’t know what it means.

"State higher education officials on millennials' grasp of civics."

"Just when I thought I was out...they pull me back in"

"Former Republican congressman David Rivera, who has survived separate federal and state criminal investigations, is trying yet again to get back into public office." "Scandal-plagued Rivera mounting legislative comeback."

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

Marc Caputo: "Turned out for what? The Trump Effect in the primary – Gov. Scott to GOP: back Trump for “unity” – SCANDAL MAN: David Rivera runs again -- Florida woman fights state to keep pet gator." "Florida Playbook."

Privatizing pollworker paychecks

"Orange County issued more than $200,000 in worthless paychecks to 1,300 pollworkers who staffed election precincts Tuesday, a blunder Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles blamed on a processing error by ADP, the private company who manages the office's payroll duties." "Orange County issues worthless checks to pollworkers."