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Taking the "DUH" Out of FloriDUH

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Greetings from the land of hanging chads and stand your ground insanity. It's also a state where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 4,587,502 to 4,128,098, yet the GOP controls both chambers of the legislature and all cabinet positions. Maybe it's the heat combined with the humidity that make people vote against their own best interests time after time.

Regardless of the reasons, Florida has a chance to rid ourselves of some of the DUH that's infected our land. But to do that, Floridians have to vote in the August 26 primary, and vote for the only progressive Democrat in the race.

If you listen to the Florida Democratic party or the media - local or national - you'd believe that the Florida gubernatorial race was between the incumbent criminal Governor Rick Scott and former Republican Governor Charlie Crist, without ever having been informed that there is even a primary, let alone the fact that Nan Rich, the former leader of the Florida Senate Democrats and a real progressive, is in the race!

I've had the honor of interviewing Nan Rich before, and was thrilled that she put aside some time to speak with us again this morning. I hope everyone in Florida gets to hear her and realize that we have a chance to take the DUH out of FloriDUH once and for all!

As we do every Monday morning, we started the week with Howie Klein of Down With Tyranny and the Blue America PAC for our "Steve Israel Hour, sponsored by Little Debbie," our weekly satirical salute to the idiots running the national Democratic Party.

A programming note: I'll be heading west on Thursday evening, flying out to Los Angeles to cover and broadcast live from the American Federation of Teachers convention on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I'll do the show from LA on Tuesday morning (perhaps Monday too, we're still working on that!).  And then on Wednesday, I fly to Detroit to broadcast live from Netroots Nation on Thursday and Friday, July 17 . Stay tuned for more details!

We're back tomorrow, hopefully with fewer technical issues (the new computer is on its way!), and GottaLaff and Claire Conner too! See you then, radio or not!

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Obamacare Puts Egg On Florida Gov. Rick Scott's Face

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So what happens when you go campaigning in seemingly comfortable waters and things don't go as planned? Let's ask Florida Gov. Rick Scott. He went to a senior center in his state to warn about cuts he said that Obamacare is forcing in a popular version of the Medicare health program. His anticipation was to gain an attentive ear and even to collect senior's horror stories to add to his arsenal.

What he found instead was a satisfied group with few complaints. As a matter of fact, the seniors, by and large, had compliments to say about Obamacare. They even went out of their way to say they liked it.

The Sun Sentinel:

“I’m completely satisfied,” Harvey Eisen, 92, a West Boca resident, told Scott.

Eisen told the governor he wasn’t sure “if, as you say,” there are Obamacare-inspired cuts to Medicare. But even if there are, that would be OK. “I can’t expect that me as a senior citizen are going to get preferential treatment when other programs are also being cut.”

Ruthlyn Rubin, 66, of Boca Raton, told the governor that people who are too young for Medicare need the health coverage they get from Obamacare. If young people don’t have insurance, she said, everyone else ends up paying for their care when they get sick or injured and end up in the hospital.

So all that was left to do was enter spin mode when called out by the press on what happened. One bad story out of 20? If numbers matter, that's half a percent. More than that were offended by his tie.

Maybe running against Obamacare isn't the right plan for Republicans. Does it make you wonder if Scott's going to be blanketing the state, moving from retirement center to assisted living facility running on this issue.? After all, they don't call Florida 'God's waiting room' for nothing. They lead the nation in retirees. And seniors are happy with Obamacare overall. Keep it up, Gov. Rick. Soon Florida will be calling their chief executive, Governor Charlie Crist once again.

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Poll-itics: Fla. Gov. Rick Scott would lose by 14 points to Charlie Crist

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In my previous post, it was amusing to learn that Florida Gov. Rick Scott basically said, "Hey, don’t blame me for that lousy election law, I only signed it!"

He's not too bright, is he?

This is the image-conscious guy who admitted he dumped his dog Reagan after winning the election.

He's not too principled, is he?

Now Public Policy Polling has a thing or two to say about a thing or two about how Florida feels about him:

Scott's approval rating is just 33%, with 57% of voters disapproving of him... these numbers represent a regression from early November when he was at a 37/48 spread. Scott meets with near universal disapproval from Democrats (21/71) and independents (32/64) and is even on pretty shaky ground with Republicans (49/38). [...]

[Charlie] Crist would start out as the favorite in a showdown with Scott. He leads 53-39, most notably taking a whooping 29% of the Republican vote. He still has some residual appeal to Republican voters. Crist isn't the only Democrat who could give Scott trouble for reelection though.

Sink (47/40), Iorio (43/39), and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (44/42) all lead Scott in hypothetical head to head match ups as well. [...]

We actually find him trailing in a head to head contest with Allen West, 38/37.

He's not to popular, is he?

Wait, Allen West? That Allen West? Noooooo!

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VIDEO-- Republican consultant: Voter ID laws, long lines "help our side."

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Former Florida GOP leaders, including Charlie Crist, recently said that voter suppression was the reason for new state election laws.

In fact, former Florida Republican Party chairman Jim Greer came right out and said that state Republicans tried to suppress the black vote and called his fellow GOPers “whack-a-do, right-wing crazies.”

Via HuffPo, Republican campaign consultant Scott Tranter was on a panel hosted by the Pew Center and came right out and said this:

"A lot of us are campaign officials -- or campaign professionals -- and we want to do everything we can to help our side. Sometimes we think that's voter ID, sometimes we think that's longer lines -- whatever it may be."

Or as those on the right would put it, "How dare you accuse us of voter suppression! You're just imagining things."

Good grief, what more do voters need? This party is admitting out loud what bottom feeders they are. They've told Americans over and over again that they'll lie, cheat, and steal in order to win, because they sure can't on their policy positions. So dirty tricks it is then.

However, per Reuters, things may very well change. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a speech in Boston that U.S. election officials should register eligible voters automatically and take steps to reduce the same long lines that the GOP claims to relish.

Just do it already.

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VIDEO: Charlie Crist tries to convince us he's a real Democrat. Compare to tweets, video of the "old" Crist.

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The other day I posted this: Charlie Crist to join the Democratic Party. On three… 1… 2… Meh! I was greeted with some rather unkind remarks on Twitter for that opinion. "He'll fall in line! We should be welcoming him in!" they bellowed. (Well, as much as anyone can "bellow" on Twitter.)

But I did welcome him in, just not enthusiastically. Why? Because I don't trust him; he comes off as just a tad opportunistic. I repeat:

He has a mixed record on gay issues. He supported school vouchers and a constitutional amendment for school prayer, was rated A- by the NRA, “indicating a pro-gun rights voting record.” Here is his past history on more issues. He’s fine on some things, but he’s such a flip-flopper... that his political gymnastics simply leave me cold.

If he ran for Florida governor, would he be an improvement over Rick Scott? Just about anybody would be. So welcome to the party, Charlie, but all I can muster up at this point is a rather muted “meh.”

Just now Crist was on "Hardball" where Chris Matthews was grilling him on what kind of Democrat he'd really be. Here's what he said about his transformation:

"The party’s changed.” So when asked if he has changed, he answered by saying it was all the GOP leadership’s fault (because of their positions on deportation, voter suppression). He said that the turning point for him was 2 or 3 years ago when he became an independent. "It became uncomfortable" for him to stay in the Republican party.

Indeed, because he couldn't win a Senate primary against Marco Rubio.

He went on to say he's a “live & let live kind of guy… compassionate, kind.  Do unto others, reach out, we're all in this together.”

And he claims he's absolutely "fine with" unions and no longer supports school vouchers. “I’m a public school kid,” says he... now.

On immigration, he told Chris Matthews that he's in favor of a pathway to citizenship because his grandfather was an immigrant. Matthews asked him, what about the tough stuff like enforcement? His answer: “I don’t know. I’ll be guided by my heart, my upbringing, common sense."

Matthews, listening to these responses and sounding a little incredulous, said, "That's quite a switch."

Crist ended the segment by sharing that he's “more comfortable with the Democratic party than he was in the Republican party or being an Independent.”

And after that aired, BuzzFeed's Andrew Kaczynski linked to the following:

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So IMHO, Charlie Crist will have to do more to convince me he's a "real Dem" than to say he's a "live & let live kind of guy guided by his heart." The last time someone tried to convince everyone he was a moderate, he won one debate and then lost a presidential election.

The video was just posted. Here you go:

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Charlie Crist to join the Democratic Party. On three... 1... 2... Meh!

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Now watch Democrats drool and slobber all over him. Sorry fellow Dems, but I won't be one of them:

(CNN) – Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who served his state as a Republican then sought office as an independent, tweeted Friday night that he switched his party affiliation to Democrat. [...]

"I've had friends for years tell me, 'You know Charlie, you're a Democrat and you know it,'" Crist told the Tampa Bay Times newspaper.

The question is, what kind of Democrat? Color me skeptical.

He has a mixed record on gay issues. He supported school vouchers and a constitutional amendment for school prayer, was rated A- by the NRA, "indicating a pro-gun rights voting record." Here is his past history on more issues. He's fine on some things, but he's such a flip-flopper, such an opportunist, that his political gymnastics simply leave me cold.

If he ran for Florida governor, would he be an improvement over Rick Scott? Just about anybody would be.

So welcome to the party, Charlie, but all I can muster up at this point is a rather muted "meh." At best.

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Former Florida GOP leaders: Voter suppression was reason for new election law

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Welcome to Flori-duh.

In a previous post, Eleventh-hour GOP voter suppression could swing Ohio. And in Florida, more long lines: “Let us vote! Let us vote!”, there was this from Florida:

This is America, not a third-world country,” said Myrna Peralta, who waited in line with her 4-year-old grandson for nearly two hours before being turned away. “They should have been prepared.”

Florida Governor Rick Scott did everything he could to remove people from the rolls by purging voters. That lovely gesture resulted in several lawsuits against his administration. Early voting days were also cut, from fourteen to eight, which severely reduced voter registration by organizations like the League of Women Voters. One guess who was disproportionately affected. Hint: Minority voters.

In fact, former Florida Republican Party chairman Jim Greer came right out and said that Florida Republicans tried to suppress the black vote. He called his fellow GOPers “whack-a-do, right-wing crazies."

Greer has been accused of stealing a couple of hundred thou from the Republican party using a phony campaign fundraising operation. But the Palm Beach Post is reporting that he is suing them right back, saying GOP leaders knew what he was doing and voiced no objection, plus this:

A new Florida law that contributed to long voter lines and caused some to abandon voting altogether was intentionally designed by Florida GOP staff and consultants to inhibit Democratic voters, former GOP officials and current GOP consultants have told The Palm Beach Post.

Republican leaders said in proposing the law that it was meant to save money and fight voter fraud. But a former GOP chairman and former Gov. Charlie Crist, both of whom have been ousted from the party, now say that fraud concerns were advanced only as subterfuge for the law’s main purpose: GOP victory.

Then-Governor Charlie Crist had extended early voting hours by executive order because of the long lines during the 2008 presidential election. He says he told GOP consultants and staffers that he would veto any proposed legislative changes that would reduce early voting.

That was then.

“The people that worked in Tallahassee felt that early voting was bad, ” Crist said. “And I heard about it after I signed the executive order expanding it. I heard from Republicans around the state who were bold enough to share it with me that, ‘You just gave the election to Barack Obama.’

And then Rick Scott got his grubby hands on Florida, and we saw how that turned out. Of course now he's batting his angelic eyes and asking Secretary of State Ken Detzner to check into all those nasty November election issues. Imagine that.

Here's more from Greer:

There is absolutely nothing with their absolute obsession with retaining power that they wouldn’t do — changing the election laws to reduce early voting, to keep organizations like the League of Women Voters from registering people, going after the Supreme Court justices."

But there's also something Floridians can do: Vote the bums out.

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