Props to State Senator Thad Altman (R), who continues to call out Governor Scott for his mistakes and lies about high-speed rail.
Altman said today:

[Rick Scott] intentionally ignored the facts to make a political point. It was a political move to prevent the president from having a project awarded to Florida.
In his disdain for the president and his zeal to make him look bad, he was even willing to hurt the people of Florida.

[Source: The Buzz | Photo]

Props to State Senator Thad Altman (R), who continues to call out Governor Scott for his mistakes and lies about high-speed rail.

Altman said today:

[Rick Scott] intentionally ignored the facts to make a political point. It was a political move to prevent the president from having a project awarded to Florida.

In his disdain for the president and his zeal to make him look bad, he was even willing to hurt the people of Florida.

[Source: The Buzz | Photo]

Of the over $2 billion that Florida was slated to receive for construction of a high-speed rail system, about $400 million of it has been allocated out to other states so far. It was announced yesterday that Illinois will receive $186 million of the “Florida funding” to work on their Chicago-St. Louis line. Illinois could potentially get even more of the money in the future.

This is literally painful to read about. How can Governor Scott see the benefit other states will reap from this money, and not feel the least bit guilty that he cost Florida $2+ billion in jobs and infrastructure-building? He should be ashamed.

BP buys out Florida and Governor Scott for $30M

The facts:

  • BP is giving $30 million to seven Florida panhandle counties for tourism spending; the deal was announced Monday
  • This brings the total BP has given to Florida tourism up to $62 million, plus another $20 million for seafood testing and marketing
  • A lawsuit that was initially filed against Transocean, the owner of the oil rig, has now expanded to include other involved parties like BP. A US District Judge has set April 20 as the deadline to join the suit; Louisiana has joined and Alabama is expected to as well.
  • Rick Scott has indicated that he does not plan to have the state of Florida join the lawsuit
  • Scott also eliminated the oil spill task force that former Governor Crist created in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon crisis

Quotes from Governor Scott:

My goal is to not have to go through litigation and make sure that BP does the right thing.
This is a great day for Florida. I’m very comfortable that my discussion so far with BP is that they’re going to continue to do the right thing.

Isn’t the point of litigation that it makes sure people do the right thing? Or at least that it forces them to make up for doing something wrong?

Just because BP has given Florida millions, doesn’t mean they have fully compensated for all of the economic and environmental damages they are responsible for. Also, Transocean is partially responsible for the Gulf oil spill, and there is no reason for Florida not to participate in that legal action.

Unfortunately, Scott continues to be more than willing to pander to large corporations, cutting them slack wherever he can. His failure to fund beach renourishment programs in Florida shows how little he cares about the welfare of our coastlines.

[Source: The Palm Beach Post]

The results are in: Governor Scott is unpopular with Floridians, and has been ever since he was elected.

  • A PPP poll from December 2010 showed that just 33% of Florida voters had a favorable opinion of Scott, while 43% had a negative opinion
  • A March 2011 PPP poll reveals that currently Scott’s approval rating is 32%, disapproval is at 55%. His approval is only 57% with Republicans and 31% of independents

And here is a reminder of why the youth vote is so important: Voters under age 30 would support Alex Sink 67-26, even today. The problem is that in 2010, youth voters made up only 8% of the Florida electorate.

PPP’s conclusion:

Democratic voters may be disgusted with Scott as Governor but to some extent they did it to themselves by not showing up to vote in November.

The Governor of Florida, Rick Scott, is very serious about his job. That’s why he paid a fortune for boots with the state seal, and wears them to work on a regular basis.
Quote from Governor Scott:

"I’m a boot guy. That’s all I wear. Not when I go to the  beach though. I’ll wear sandals. Or I go barefoot because it feels  good."

Deep, thoughtful insights.
[Source: St. Pete Times]

The Governor of Florida, Rick Scott, is very serious about his job. That’s why he paid a fortune for boots with the state seal, and wears them to work on a regular basis.

Quote from Governor Scott:

"I’m a boot guy. That’s all I wear. Not when I go to the beach though. I’ll wear sandals. Or I go barefoot because it feels good."

Deep, thoughtful insights.

[Source: St. Pete Times]

The sooner the federal government takes over health care reform, the better, in my opinion. Especially while Rick Scott is governor, I don’t trust the online insurance exchange and other programs to be implemented effectively by our state government.

So far Governor Scott has rejected $2 million federal dollars to fund the Affordable Care Act: $1M to plan the insurance exchange and $1M to prevent unreasonable rate increases. (Don’t even start me on the $2.4B he rejected in high-speed rail funding)

So the bottom line is:

Florida and other states, for example, must show by 2013 they are set up to provide a health-insurance exchange, an online service for consumers to compare coverage plans and shop for affordable rates. If states are unwilling or unprepared, the law requires U.S. officials to step in and make a federal-run exchange available for residents at the start of 2014.