Why is the GOP folding a winning hand on health care reform?

Why is the GOP folding a winning hand on health care reform?

One thing that never ceases to amaze is the Republican Party’s uncanny ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

When the Democrats have control of the levers of power they work ruthlessly to get their agenda passed, even if it means using arcane budget rules to pass a health care bill with a simple majority in the Senate, the contents of which were so secret we were told they would have to “pass the bill to see what was in it”.

Contrast this hard-charging, take-no-prisoners …

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Tobia’s Lobbyist Registration Ordinance Fails

Tobia’s Lobbyist Registration Ordinance Fails

District 3 Commissioner John Tobia’s proposed lobbyist registration ordinance failed to pass this evening, with only District 5 Commissioner Kristine Isnardi supporting the measure.

There seemed to be two primary concerns among the other Commissioners:

That the ordinance would somehow prohibit citizens or volunteers from speaking to Commissioners without paying a registration fee. This was in spite of the fact Tobia repeatedly said they could further clarify the language to ensure there was no confusion about the definition of “lobbyist”.
The most amusing concern cited by the staunch …

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New ‘conservative’ Commissioner’s first official vote of record raises eyebrows; helps elect Democrat Fisher to Chair

New ‘conservative’ Commissioner’s first official vote of record raises eyebrows; helps elect Democrat Fisher to Chair

Newly elected “conservative” County Commissioner Curt Smith’s first official vote of record raised eyebrows amongst supporters last night when he voted with three other commissioners to elect Robin Fisher as Chair of the Brevard County Commission. Commissioner Infantini was the sole dissenting vote.

Fisher, the only sitting Democrat on the board, has a proven track record as a sexist bully, and has used the Chair position in the past to fire off insults at and cut off comments from District 3 Commisisoner Trudie Infantini. One of …

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Did incumbent John Tobia win re-election with a stamp?

Did incumbent John Tobia win re-election with a stamp?

The week before the primary election I learned that incumbent state house rep John Tobia was sending out letters and including .70 worth of postage for the voter to return his or her absentee ballot. Tobia defeated challenger Tim Street with 5,195 votes to Street’s 4,211. I filed the ethics complaint below.

Here is what Florida Statute says: 104.061 Corruptly influencing voting (Emphasis added is mine to show relevance)

(1) Whoever by bribery, menace, threat, or other corruption whatsoever, either directly or indirectly, …

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New D5 School Board Candidate Dale Davis’ Stunning 2013 Tweet Implies He Holds Blacks In Very Low Regard

New D5 School Board Candidate Dale Davis’ Stunning 2013 Tweet Implies He Holds Blacks In Very Low Regard

I was surprised to see Dale “3D” Davis had filed to run for the District 5 School Board seat. I know Mr. Davis through his involvement with the local Republican Party, and he is one of the most despicable and dishonest people I’ve ever met. On second thought, maybe I shouldn’t be surprised, as those seem to be common characteristics in those running for office these days. But I digress.

Mr. Davis considers himself to be a political operative, and likes to …

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State Attorney Releases Initial FDLE Needelman Report Showing Activist Nye Filed Inital Complaint

State Attorney Releases Initial FDLE Needelman Report Showing Activist Nye Filed Inital Complaint

The State Attorney has released the initial investigative report that triggered the investigation that ultimately led to the arrests of Mitch Needelman, Matt Dupree and Rose Harr. To date the Florida Today has never reported on what triggered the investigation of Needelman and company, in spite of being provided with copies of emails between myself and the FDLE investigators.

Board Awards Contract to Waste Management in Spite of WastePro Being Low Cost Bidder

The board voted 3-2 Tuesday before last to move forward with awarding the solid waste contract to Waste Management instead of first place ranked challenger WastePro. You can watch the meeting here – if you click on ITEM VI.A it will take you to that portion of the video.

While it turns out there are several questionable aspects to this deal, one thing that really jumped out was the “commitment” to Brevard Field of Dreams increased from $20,000 annually as presented on …

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