His time in Tallahassee is coming to an end. Eight years of triumph or shambles, depending on your point of view. And yet, Rick Scotts legacy may not be written until his final minute as governor.
For several years, Scott has been plotting a judicial coup that could dwarf every other accomplishment or misstep along the way.
On his final day in office, Scott intends to remake the one branch of government the state Supreme Court that has eluded Republican control for the past two decades.
Does he have the law on his side? Thats highly debatable.
Does he have a scheme to pull it off? He just might.
To set the stage, three Supreme Court justices face mandatory retirement on Jan. 7, which is also Scotts final day in office. Should he get to fill those seats, a court that leans 4-3 toward the left would swing 6-1 toward the right.
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Ford, (F)a sponsor of the National Football League, has voiced support for NFL players exercising their right to free speech and peaceful protest after President Donald Trump urged fans to consider a boycott.
"We respect individuals' rights to express their views, even if they are not ones we share," the company said on Monday. "That's part of what makes America great."
The company's remarks come amid a dispute between the league and Trump, who has lashed out at players who choose to take a knee during the national anthem as a sign of silent protest over racial and social injustice.
Trump said on Friday that NFL owners should fire players who refused to stand during the National Anthem. In response, players across the country knelt during the anthem before Sunday's games. Some violated the NFL's policy by staying off the field completely during the playing of the "The Star-Spangled Banner."
Mac Stipanovich is a Republican strategist and Tallahassee lobbyist who was chief of staff to former Gov. Bob Martinez.
The early narrative by U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis and his supporters in the governors race is that if Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is elected governor, Florida will become another Venezuela. That argument is so preposterous that it is promoted only by demagogues and believed only by dimwits, of which there are, unfortunately, a gracious plenty of both these days.
When unpacked, the arguments major premise is that if a socialist is elected governor, Florida will become another Venezuela. The minor premise is Gillum is a socialist. And the conclusion is, therefore, if Gillum is elected, Florida will become another Venezuela. The fact that the major premise is false should be obvious to anyone with even a smidgin of knowledge about government in Florida and America, and its absurdity infects the equally ludicrous conclusion. But the minor premise warrants investigation.
Is Andrew Gillum a socialist?
The most often cited evidence of his socialist sins are his support for expanding taxpayer-subsidized health care coverage to everyone, or Medicare for all; raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour; and increasing the state corporate income tax from 5 percent to 7 percent a 40 percent tax hike is the way it is breathlessly described by the DeSantis propagandists to fund a $1 billion increase in funding for education.
As a journalist, I spend a lot of time traveling Floridas blue highways and back roads. I am a native Floridian, and I always have been keenly aware of the racism and general intolerance in the state, especially in our rural interior and the Panhandle.
As migrant farm laborers, my parents, my siblings and I lived mostly in Broward, Palm Beach, Lake and Putnam counties. We usually lived outside "sundown towns." These towns were bastions of racism that barred African-Americans and other minority groups after sundown. Punishment was usually severe for missing sundown.
During those years, we knew our place. Our fear of white people and white peoples hatred of us were equally palpable. All around us were Confederate flags and other Dixieland iconography to remind us of racial separation and white superiority.
In many towns, such as Palatka in Putnam County, where we worked, Confederate statues stood guard at official government facilities. The specter of these monuments was intimidating. We always gave them wide berth.
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It's been a long, strange couple of months. What was meant as a quiet, private act of conscience has turned into something much larger. As a result, we've been challenged in ways we never expected -- personally or as a business. We have also met wonderful people, had many hard but worthwhile conversations, and learned a lot about our country, our fellow Americans, and what it takes to live our convictions. We have been especially gratified by your expressions of support, and wish we had time to respond personally to each one.
We've received hundreds of donations to benefit our local women's shelter, our area food pantry, first responders -- fire, rescue, police -- veterans, our resurgent chapter of the NAACP, and those who suffer from inadequate shelter. It warms our hearts.
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