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The Blog for Monday, November 14, 2011

Public dollars wasted dispelling "myths" about Rick Scott

    "The myth busters in the governor’s office have added a couple of additional talking points to efforts to dispel tales that have circulated about Gov. Rick Scott."
    While the list remains a work in progress, the original five myths have seen some tweaking since they were first reported in August as an effort by Chief of Staff Steve MacNamara to help bolster Floridians' knowledge and perception of the governor.
    "Myth-Busting Effort in Scott's Office Reaches Seven".

    Big of him

    "Stearns backing effort to raise wages for disabled".

    Never mind that Supremacy Clause thing

    "Christian conservatives are planning a campaign to amend the Florida Constitution to define a fertilized human egg as a person."

    The idea, in Florida and states around the country, is to eliminate all abortions – including in cases of rape, incest and to protect the life of the pregnant woman.
    "Move to define 'personhood' causes divide".

    This is of course yet another right-wing GOTV scheme. After all,
    The preemption doctrine derives from the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution which states that the "Constitution and the laws of the United States...shall be the supreme law of the land...anything in the constitutions or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding." This means of course, that any federal law--even a regulation of a federal agency--trumps any conflicting state law.
    "The Supremacy Clause and Federal Preemption".

    Public has no right to be heard at public meetings

    "A court fight over the public's right to be heard at public meetings has ended in a legal stalemate of sorts, leaving the issue open to be fought over for another day."

    William Stetson Kennedy, a civil rights legend with deep roots in Central Florida died earlier this year at 94. Part of the legacy Kennedy left behind was a lawsuit he filed in 2009, claiming he was wrongly kept from speaking at a public meeting.

    Last week, the 5th District Court of Appeal affirmed [without comment] a trial court decision that found Kennedy's rights were not violated when he was not permitted to speak out against a water treatment plant two years ago.

    The treatment plant has since been built on the St. Johns River in Seminole County.

    The trial judge had agreed with a 1st District Court of Appeal ruling, which found Floridians did not have a right to speak at public meetings.
    "Right-to-speak issue lives on with Daytona court's ruling".

    "Preventing the execution of innocent people"

    "Legal experts are taking a look at Florida's death penalty and preventing the execution of innocent people." "Legal experts focus on Florida death penalty".

    Right wing laff riot

    Nancy Smith writes that "The Post [a newspaper Ms. Scott apparently has never read], ever in defense of a union like PBA, grouses that the bid [for private prisons work]likely will go to Boca Raton-based Geo Group, which poured $1.5 million into Florida GOP campaigns in 2010." "Yes, Rick Scott Does Have the Authority to Privatize Prisons".

    "His fate rests with an administrative law judge"

    "Nearly a year after leaving office, Frank Peterman is still fighting to clear himself of charges that he misused his position as head of Florida's juvenile justice agency through excessive travel paid for by taxpayers."

    In two days of hearings last month, two former top aides described Peterman's frequent flights between Tallahassee and his hometown of St. Petersburg as causing morale problems. They said he kept flying between the two cities — even after a legislative order banned travel by other workers unless it was critical to the agency's mission.

    Peterman is fighting a ruling by the Commission on Ethics, which found probable cause that his trips to St. Petersburg violated ethics laws. Now his fate rests with an administrative law judge.
    "Peterman travel investigation ruling in hands of administrative law judge".

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