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Thanks for visiting. On a semi-daily basis we scan Florida's major daily newspapers for significant Florida political news and punditry. We also review the editorial pages and political columnists/pundits for Florida political commentary. The papers we review include: the Miami Herald, Sun-Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, Naples News, Sarasota Herald Tribune, St Pete Times, Tampa Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Tallahassee Democrat, and, occasionally, the Florida Times Union; we also review the political news blogs associated with these newspapers.

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The Blog for Monday, August 10, 2009

Who you callin' a "wimp?"

    The Miami Herald editorial board doesn't want people to "confuse the rowdy protests in the healthcare reform forums with the fine American tradition of talking back to those who wield political power."
    Last week, protesters showed up at a forum in Tampa by Democratic Rep. Kathy Castor, who had barely begun her opening remarks before the protests erupted. She had to be escorted out before any real discussion could take place. Another protest by a group described in this newspaper as rowdy and rude greeted staffers of Rep. Ron Klein on Wednesday in Lighthouse Point.

    Much the same has happened elsewhere, with the protests taking on the character of anti-administration rallies and much of the venom directed at President Obama himself. One protester at a forum held by Rep. John Dingell of Michigan carried a poster of the president with a Hitler-like mustache. Such outrageous tactics were used against President Bush in protests about the war on terror.
    "Protests don't promote honest debate on healthcare".

    The Saint Petersburg Times editorial board: "The American people should not spend this summer's congressional recess succumbing to the fearmongering and outright lies that some House Republicans and special interest groups are using to erode public support for comprehensive health care reform." "On reform, move past fears".

    Get this: "Foe says Klein’s tele-town hall shows 'cowardice'". See also "Klein insists 'telephone town hall' isn't wimpy".

    The Sunshine State

    "Report: Fla. leads country in attacks on homeless".

    Goin' up

    "Price of gas in Florida jumps 9 cents in past week".

    Never mind

    "Homeowners who cut their insurance bill by installing shutters will soon see those discounts slashed if insurers have their way." "Florida may gut discounts for hurricane shutters".

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