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In that spirit of discord,
Read their analysis on Page A2.
Predicting what effect the election of Democrat
This is because figuring out what Crist's core principles are is an enigma.
The former Republican governor who decided to quit and run for the Florida
Looking at his record as a
Economic Development: As a Republican
Tort Laws: Crist's employer is (or was) the Morgan Law Firm. His campaign has received sizable contributions from plaintiff attorneys making it highly unlikely he would support tort reform.
Medicaid Expansion: He is on record as favoring acceptance of federal funds to expand
Government Cutbacks: Crist has accepted
Courts:It is unlikely that he would support future legislative efforts to curb the power of state courts because of his campaign donors.
Environment: Crist championed green energy, green-house gas reduction and land acquisition as proposed by Amendment 1 to the Florida Constitution on the November ballot, which is opposed by the
Education: He is supported by the teachers union. As governor he vetoed legislation to eliminate teacher tenure and implement merit pay based on student test scores.
Military: Crist has no military experience.
Family: Crist has been married twice and has no children. He is pro-choice.
Immigration: Crist supports an "earned path to citizenship," but not full amnesty. He believes undocumented immigrants should be "sent to the back of the line" and government should focus on sealing borders to prevent illegal immigration. Scott supports a national ID card, and is in favor of an
The Last Word
Working together with the Republican legislature and cabinet, Gov.
Let's Keep Working with that successful team.
The Florida Panhandle, specifically
The Florida Panhandle cannot afford four more years of
Whether the topic is the economy, transportation, health care or social issues, Scott has been laser focused on favoring the wealthy over the middle-class and has made purely political decisions that have hurt the citizens of our county and state.
The values of our homes in the
But don't be so easily fooled.
Every governor who won in the 2011 election can misleadingly produce similar claims about how they saved their state, when in actuality it was the recovery from the Great Recession that gave all these politicians bragging rights.
The Economy: Was Rick Scott the person who saved our state? Far from it.
If prior governor
What's worse than a government run program? By far it is a program run by a for-profit group who lowers the pay of the workers, lowers its standards and skimps on benefits to make as much money as possible for themselves.
Raising the minimum wage would not only help some Okaloosa Countians get off taxpayer funded programs because they fall under the poverty line, but also give them some disposable income which would go to our local shops and restaurants.
The environment: "Let's Keep Florida Beautiful" is an environmental initiative that
Even though I'm admittedly not a scientist, I know that eliminating
Social Issues: We believe that the government should not impose its will on individuals who are not hurting anyone by their actions.
Scott gave some ground allowing patients with certain ailments the right to receive marijuana through gels and vapor, but he certainly hasn't gone far enough.
There are still tens of thousands of patients with diseases not on Scott's list of being acceptable to be treated with medical marijuana. These people could benefit from a naturally grown plant with few to no side effects.
Why else would they have spent so many taxpayer dollars to block gay marriage?
Courts all over the country are ruling that gay marriage bans are illegal. It is time for politicians in
Civil Rights Restoration: Once someone is released from prison for a non-violent crime and after finishing their parole, they are supposed to regain their civil rights, including the right to get job training and the right to reestablish their voter privileges.
This move was purely political and again shows his lack of empathy.
The last word
It's time for a change.
We simply cannot allow
Beginning today and continuing through Friday, the
A schedule follows:
Today: State races
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