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The Blog for Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Meek, Crist fight for Dems

    "To have any shot at prevailing over Marco Rubio in Florida's unprecedented three-way U.S. Senate race, Charlie Crist needs to marginalize Democratic nominee Kendrick Meek, who in turn needs to knock down lingering perceptions that he can't win." "Meek, Crist jostle for the top".

    Charlie supports stem cell research

    "Crist, visiting Moffitt Cancer Center today, renewed his support for embryonic stem cell research, even though he declined to act on the issue as governor." "Crist renews support for embryonic stem cell research".

    "Publicity stunt may infuriate the world's Muslims"

    "A Gainesville church pastor vowed to carry on with plans to burn Qurans on 9/11 even though several high-level U.S. officials have warned him against doing so." "Despite warnings, Florida pastor vows to burn Quran". See also "Florida Pastor Says, Burn, Quran, Burn", "Gainesville church still plans Sept. 11 Quran burning, despite general's warning" and "Gainesville minister: Quran burning still planned".

    The Tampa Tribune editorial board: "A small church in Gainesville is organizing a Sept. 11 burning of the Quran to 'send a clear message to the radical element of Islam.' Unfortunately, the publicity stunt also has the potential to infuriate most of the world's 1.57 billion Muslims. Terrorists and their sympathizers will exploit the event to make life more dangerous for U.S. troops and our allies." "Flaming irresponsibility".

    Nancy Smith: "Visit Florida and the state Chamber of Commerce have more to worry about than oil. After the Rev. Terry Jones and his band of lunatics torch a pile of Qurans in the shadow of our flagship university, who in the world is going to feel safe funning in the Florida sun?" "Sorry, Gen. Petraeus, Florida Will Fiddle While Qurans Burn".

    Thank you, Mr. Obama

    "Florida's looming budget shortfall has been cut in half by state analysts, who credit federal stimulus dollars, years of spending cuts and Indian gambling money as helping to forge a brighter picture — but still leaving the state in a $2.5 billion hole." "Florida's state budget shortfall shrinks in new forecast". See also "Florida's Tide of Red Ink Not So High".

    "Scott’s cynical attempt to nationalize race"

    The Saint Petersburg Times editorial board: "Rick Scott must be running for president of the United States instead of governor of Florida. The Republican’s opponent seems to be President Barack Obama, not Democrat Alex Sink. Among his top issues are the federal stimulus money, national health care reform and immigration. Floridians should see through Scott’s cynical, if predictable, attempt to nationalize the governor’s race, and he should tell voters what he would do in Tallahassee rather than what he opposes in Washington." "Note to Scott: You're in Florida".

    Sink wants 'em all

    "Democratic governor candidate Alex Sink broke with President Obama and others in her party Tuesday by calling for an extension of all the 2001 and 2003 Republican tax cuts that are set to expire at the end of this year. Sink said she favors extending all the tax cuts, including the lower rates on all levels of income, capital gains and inheritances." "Democrat candidate for Fla. governor Alex Sink calls for extending the Bush tax cuts".

    Some call it "speech"

    "No recession here: Election spending sets records".

    "Lost in the shadows"

    "Lost in the shadows of the dramatic, competitive battles for governor and U.S. Senate, the two major party nominees in the attorney general’s race nevertheless have begun to attack one another and stake out positions they hope will lead to victory in November." "Pam Bondi and Dan Gelber Start to Raise Attacks in AG Race".

    "Republican-led Legislature failed to meet the basic standards"

    The Sarasota Herald Tribune editorial board: "For all the contemporary rhetoric about respecting the Constitution, a majority of Florida's Legislature disrespected the state constitution by proposing three flawed amendments. The Florida Supreme Court recently ruled, in lopsided opinions, that half the amendments proposed by the Republican-led Legislature failed to meet the basic standards for placement on the ballot." "Failing the constitutional test".

    Scott avoiding depos

    "Republican governor candidate Rick Scott has faced repeated calls to release a deposition in a civil suit he gave earlier this year — first from his Republican primary opponent Bill McCollum, now from his Democratic rival Alex Sink. Scott, who defeated McCollum, has refused, calling the lawsuit by a doctor employed at a company Scott founded called Solantic a 'private matter.' And he is not likely to give in. Over the years, a lot of people have wanted to speak to Rick Scott under oath, and he has been very good at avoiding them." "Rick Scott’s aversion to depositions".

    OMG! "leftist proposals"?!?

    "Republican says 'leftist proposals' will boost taxes, increase federal dependence" "Green Energy-ites Like Sink; Scott Lashes Back".


    "Watts: GOP must show public a change in congressional culture".

    New ads

    "In his new Senate campaign ad, independent Gov. Charlie Crist comes out for 'putting people ahead of politics' and takes a hard line against 'all the finger-pointing' in Washington. Democrat Kendrick Meek, meanwhile, released an ad Tuesday that touches on several specific issues." "Crist, Meek release new campaign ads".

    That glowing feeling

    "FPL bills will rise to pay for nuke projects".

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