Only a fraction of the jobs Scott can truly influence have actually come about. After pledging $266 million in Corporate Welfare (tax relief) for more than 45,000 jobs,
96 percent of the jobs Scott promised have not been created.
According to state records, 46 of the Scott’s deals — almost 14 percent — have failed, with more projects going undeveloped. Many with committed financial incentives are tied up in red tape, while other companies either closed or went bankrupt.
The Republicans and their corporate backers spent over $5 million in sewer money
to defeat me in 2010. Thanks to people like you, we won back my seat in Congress
in 2012. Yet I'm sure the Republicans will try to repeat their success in 2014.
But they're underestimating me, and they're underestimating you. When
they attack me, they attack you. My secret weapon is you, it's us, it's everyone
who is willing to stand up for justice, equality and peace. And together, we
will not be cowed,
This week Politico reported that the National Republican Congressional Committee is trying to teach Republican candidates and their aides what not to say to their female opponents and constituents
We need to elect progressive champions who will stand strong for women's rights, not just rehearse soundbites. For nearly 10 years, Democracy for America has helped elect strong, progressive women -- like Elizabeth Warren -- to offices up and down the ballot. Now we need your support to elect amazing women candidates like Wendy Davis in 2014.
Bring Voting Rights in Florida Up to International Standards
The United Nations is set to review U.S.
voting rights, and Florida's disenfranchisement of people with past felony
convictions is certain to stick out like a sore thumb, unless something changes
next week. Those restrictions are now under international scrutiny and could
lead to international embarrassment for Florida.
But the state has one last
chance to get it right.
tell Gov. Scott and the Clemency Board to restore voting rights in Florida and avoid international embarrassment for our state. Here
Accusing Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner of trying to “suppress the vote” in an upcoming special congressional election in Pinellas County, Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson said Wednesday he wants the U.S. Department of Justice to look into whether Florida is violating federal law......more
Less than a year until the general elections, it appears the Florida Senate will feature more of the same after November 2014. Not a single senator faces term limits in 2014 and only one of the current incumbents has drawn a major challenger. With Republicans controlling the Senate, it appears Democrats will be hard-pressed to flip the chamber next year. So far, most Republican incumbents in the Senate are cruising to victory in 2014 with next to no Democratic opposition......more
Why isn't Allison Tant doing her job, why isn't Debbie Wasserman Schultz doing hers?
The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments today on a medical marijuana ballot initiative proposed for the upcoming 2014 election. Backers of the proposed amendment, People United For Medical Marijuana,
say the politicians arguing against it are twisting the truth in the amendment's wording to prevent the ill and suffering from legally benefiting from relief that medical marijuana provides. But that's not the only reason they oppose it.
Over 80% of Floridians favor legalizing medical marijuana, as does Democrat Charlie Crist. For years, legislators in Tallahassee have blocked laws for it, but as other states legalize it, it's only become more popular. Yet
Pam Bondi, House Speaker Will Weatherford, Rick Scott,
and others are actively opposing it. Why? Do they believe, as they claim, that it could lead to de facto "unfettered" marijuana legalization under the guise of compassionate medicine?
"The proposal hides the fact that the Amendment would make Florida one of the most lenient medical-marijuana states," says Bondi's initial court brief.
Hardly. Bondi's public reasoning against it hides the fact that those opposed to the amendment are Republicans who back Rick Scott and Pam Bondi. That is the actual driving force behind their opposition. Those who favor it tend to vote for Democrats, which could translate to larger Democratic turnout......more
Rescuers worked feverishly Friday to save some of the pilot whales who stranded themselves in shallow waters near the Florida Keys. At least 21 pilot whales were found in an area about 20 miles north of Key West, 13 whales are dead and the count might climb.......more>
Atheists Don’t Understand Gravity Because God Did It
A Reddit user, Dtootho, posted his daughter’s third grade worksheet from a private religious school in Florida. Would you believe that his daughter missed question four? The parent was so ashamed that he posted it on Reddit for the world to see. Of course, the shame was not with the child, but with the school itself!......more>