Tag Archives: Rick Scott

Hurricane Irma’s highest body count

While I’ve been posting about missing cable and internet and running out of James Salter novels to read, seniors are dying from heat exhaustion. In Hollywood Hills about twenty miles north of me, Hurricane Irma claimed her highest death toll. … Continue reading

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Rick Scott’s personal relationships

Four hours after my family fun vehicle drove past the intersection of the Florida Turnpike and Interstate 595, the former closed after another lone gunman who understands how the Supreme Court has interpreted the Second Amendment shot at least five … Continue reading

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Florida — the state with the prettiest name, part #678

As the Donald Trump candidacy has adulterated political discourse, so have Florida’s waterways become more toxic thanks to the Southeast’s biggest Trumpist, our governor Rick Scott: We’ve got 450 tons of phosphorus a year flowing into Lake Okeechobee from farms, … Continue reading

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Rising sea levels: worse than expected

lol oops: <blockquoteThe number of people threatened by rising seas fueled by climate change in the U.S. could be three times greater than previously estimated, with more than six million Floridians at risk under a worst-case scenario, according to a … Continue reading

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No incentive in Tallahassee ‘to untie our hands on solar power’

“Market-based action” sounds dandy if you have government-based action encouraging it, as these business leaders and local politicians know: Simon said Florida had made more progress than many states in cutting down on carbon dioxide emissions as part of a … Continue reading

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The sickness in Tallahassee

My buddies in Texas laud their state’s grotesque shit. I’m partial to Florida, especially when a hospital group whose children heart surgery program failed to pass muster watched as the state eliminated its quality standards two months after this group … Continue reading

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The adventures of Rick Scott, Part 451

Speaks for itself: Aides to the governor were intimately involved in crafting the message when the agency announced allegations that three Florida Planned Parenthood clinics had violated their licenses. Nearly every on-the-record statement given by the Agency for Health Care … Continue reading

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The most dangerous governor

Readers will notice I haven’t posted a single Donald Trump story. Why should I? Michelle Bachmann won the Iowa straw poll in August 2011. Herman Cain was the talk of the town that fall. I see no reason to devote … Continue reading

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‘This isn’t changing access; it’s not shutting down clinics.’

Today’s installment of The State with the Prettiest Name. Florida women must wait twenty-four hours before getting an abortion, thanks to a new law signed by Rick Scott: Opponents of the new waiting period say it isn’t necessary because women … Continue reading

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Florida’s ‘slow-moving emergency’

St. Augustine is as good a place to start as any: St. Augustine’s civil engineer says that the low-lying village will probably need a New Orleans-style pumping system to keep water out — but that but no one knows exactly … Continue reading

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Cynicism incarnate

I avoid cliches as much as I can, especially the following one, but I can’t think of anything that best describes how and why Rick Scott accepted the Medicaid expansion in 2013 except that he threw his dead mother under … Continue reading

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The stupidity of Florida legislators

Hours after the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the Florida House violated the Constitution but stepped away from ordering them back into session for ending early, it’s time to survey the damage. No, Floridians won’t get horrifying legislation written to … Continue reading

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