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Senator Bill Nelson Opposes “Opt Out” Plan but Supports Republican “Trigger”

Check out who came out to speak about health care insurance reform? Senator Nelson avoided town hall meetings during the recent recess to discuss the matter with his constituents. The last time I heard from Nelson was an morning email news release supporting the Baucus version of the bill and by the afternoon the press was reporting how the majority of the democratic members of congress were strongly criticizing the bill. How embarrassing that was for Nelson? He finally gets the courage to make a public statement about his position on health care insurance reform and he gets his ass handed to him by his own party and the press. Now look at what angle he is taking. He opposes the “opt-out” plan but supports a “trigger” plan offered by a Republican Senator,  Olympia Snowe? Once again he finds a way to look like he is splitting the difference but all he is doing here is taking a weak position on  the issue to appease the health care insurance industry and once again NOT represent his constituents that voted him in to office to represent them and their interests!!!! The “trigger’ option only “kicks the can down the road” and delays the needed reform to later and allows the for-profit health insurance industry more time to rape people of their money. Maybe Mr. Nelson should leave congress and become a lobbyist for the health insurance industry and let some one take his seat in the US Senate that will represent the people of Florida.

Check out the whole story by David Dayen on FireDogLake
http://firedoglake.com/2009/10/12/bill-nelson-says-no-to-the-public-option-opt-out/

Video clip is from FireDogLake
http://www.youtube.com/user/firedoglake

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Man uses high-traffic location to share political views | uses, high, views – News – Northwest Florida Daily News

FORT WALTON BEACH – A man who flies a Confederate flag on property he owns on Beal Parkway added two large signs Wednesday to express his feelings about President Barack Obama.

“January 20, 2009, A Day of Darkness, Hussen (sic)” is written on both signs, which are each about the size of a dinner table.

Before the second sign was even in the ground, someone had called the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office to ask a deputy to take a look to make sure the first sign would not “incite something.”

Property owner Larry Ford said he put up the signs to share his opinion of Obama, who he refers to as “Hussein.”

“We’ve got a man who shouldn’t even be president,” Ford said when reached by phone Thursday. “He’s an insult to the decent, hard-working people that made this country what it is.”

By Thursday night, Ford was featured on MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann as the worst person in the world.

via Man uses high-traffic location to share political views | uses, high, views – News – Northwest Florida Daily News.

Hillsborough County Florida Voting Problems (again)

On Election Day, large files from early voting machines couldn’t be uploaded to the server that counts the ballots because the program shut down before the task could be finished. That forced elections officials today to re-feed more than 80,000 ballots cast during the early voting period into dozens of scanners.

The delays drew heated critiques. U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor has joined two Democratic state senators, Arthenia Joyner and Charlie Justice, in asking state and federal officials to look into voting problems.

Castor, D-Tampa, wrote to the U.S. Department of Justice, saying Johnson “has not met his legal responsibilities.”

Joyner called the delay “more embarrassing by the hour” and asked Gov. Charlie Crist to intervene.

Johnson’s concession on Thursday disappointed Ferlita, who wanted a more detailed explanation about why things had gone awry. For a second member of the canvassing board, County Commissioner Kevin White, Johnson’s concession showed “a very proud man who was dealing with the agony of defeat.”

The canvassing board still must count about 3,700 provisional ballots today at 4 p.m.

All three members of the canvassing board, including County Judge James Dominguez, said they expect some legal action against Premier.

“Somebody will have to be held accountable,” he said.

WHOLE STORY HERE

Support Kathy Castor, Arthenia Joyner and Charlie Justice in assuring our right to vote.
Contact them the following way:

Kathy Castor – web site
Washington Office
317 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202)225-3376
Fax: (202)225-5652

Tampa Office
4144 N Armenia Ave
Suite 300
Tampa, FL 33607
Phone: (813)871-2817
Fax: (813)871-2864

Office Hours: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

To email Rep. Castor,  please click here

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Arthenia Joyner – web site
District Office:
508 W. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
Suite C
Tampa, FL 33603-3415
(813) 233-4277
Senate VOIP: 41800
FAX (813) 233-4280

Legislative Assistants:
Charlie Anderson, Sonya Pridgen and LaTasha McMillon

Tallahassee Office:
224 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5059
Senate VOIP: 5059
FAX (888) 263-7871

Email: joyner.arthenia.web@flsenate.gov

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Charlie Justice – web site
District Office:
Gateway Executive Center
8601 Fourth Street North, Suite 100
St. Petersburg, FL 33702
(727) 217-7970
Senate VOIP: 41600
FAX (727) 217-7972
Statewide: 1-866-818-4190

Legislative Assistants:
Courtney Vandenberg, Bethany Linderman and Michael Haworth

Tallahassee Office:
308 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5075
Senate VOIP: 5075

Email: justice.charlie.web@flsenate.gov

Northoftampa: Today’s Letters: Vote ‘no’ on faulty tax amendment

Northoftampa: Today’s Letters: Vote ‘no’ on faulty tax amendment
An ad supporting the property tax amendment paid for by the Greater Tampa Association of Realtors appeared in your publication on Dec. 28. I am writing because I thought a different view on this topic should be heard.

In my opinion, people should vote against this amendment for at least the following reasons:

Townhall.com:The Florida Democratic Party will stick with a Jan. 29 presidential primary

Townhall.com::The News::News Article
The Florida Democratic Party will stick with a Jan. 29 presidential primary even if it means losing all its nominating convention delegates, a party source said Saturday.

The Democratic National Committee gave the state party until Sept. 29 to come up with an alternative delegate selection plan to stay within party rules, such as caucuses or a vote-by-mail primary, but party leadership has rejected that idea.

State party Chairman Karen Thurman, members of the congressional delegation and state legislative leaders were scheduling a news conference Sunday to announce their position. State party staff has been polling executive committee members and determined at least 75 percent support for the early primary, the source said. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because executive committee members were still be notified.