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by Javier Manjarres

Longtime politico Roger Stone, is in full support of Governor Rick Scott’s decision to refuse Government dollars for the proposed High Speed rail in Florida. Stone says the Governor shows ” uncommon political courage” by refusing to accept ‘stimulus’ funds for a rail system that will in no doubt turn out to be a bust for taxpayers- ” a sink whole, a money loser, a train that could never make money”, as Stone puts it.

Stone however, feels that a speed rail route between Orlando and Miami would be a better choice than the already proposed Orlando-Tampa. Stone then goes on to give  ” Stoney’  advise to Congressman Allen West about mastering being a Congressman before seeking higher office.


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Florida Governor Rick Scott debuted his 2011 Budget before a tea party rally.
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The folks at USA Today really ought to vet their candidates for the "Et Cetera — Smart insights on the news of the day" section of the print edition of its editorial page a bit more thoroughly.

Wednesday morning's opener in that section (apparently not available online) featured two paragraphs from a New York Times op-ed by former Pennsylvania Congressman Paul Kanjorski, including this final sentence:

Therefore, it is incumbent on all Americans to create an atmosphere of civility and respect in which political discourse can flow freely, without fear of violent confrontation.

As I noted yesterday (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog; original HT Mark Hemingway at the Washington Examiner), Kanjorski's entitlement to lecture on civility is more than a little suspect, given what he said about Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott and the health insurance industry last year:

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Oh c'mon, this is too easy.

Here's a paragraph from former Congressman Paul Kanjorski's op-ed in the New York Times, published online yesterday, in the print edition today ("Why Politicians Need to Stay Out in the Open"):

We all lose an element of freedom when security considerations distance public officials from the people. Therefore, it is incumbent on all Americans to create an atmosphere of civility and respect in which political discourse can flow freely, without fear of violent confrontation.

Here's Kanjorski, when he was still a Congressman, discussing Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott last year (HT Mark Hemingway at the Washington Examiner):

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 The running mate of Florida GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott (shown at right) is condemning the Gainesville pastor organizing a Quran burning to protest radical Islam.

The running mate of Florida GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott (shown at right) is condemning the Gainesville pastor organizing a Quran burning to protest radical Islam.

Lakeland, Florida (CNN) – The running mate of Florida GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott is condemning the Gainesville pastor organizing a Quran burning to protest radical Islam.

“We have to look at it as a moral issue, it’s a sensitivity issue, and we should not be supporting something like that,” state Rep. Jennifer Carroll told reporters Wednesday at a campaign event in Lakeland, the Scott campaign’s first public comments about the controversial protest.

Scott is battling Democrat Alex Sink in the governor’s race.

Asked to clarify if she believes the protest should be allowed to proceed, Carroll’s spokeswoman Erin Isaac responded: “No.”

Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville is moving forward with the protest, scheduled for Saturday to mark the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, have condemned the protest and warned that images of the Quran burning could inflame anti-American sentiment and put U.S. troops’ lives at risk.

Carroll also said she “would not agree” with Jones’ characterization of Islam as “evil.”

Scott’s running mate was appearing at Polk County GOP headquarters on behalf of Senate candidate Marco Rubio, who scrapped his campaign schedule this week following the death of his father.

Sink also condemned the planned demonstration in a statement Wednesday.

“I stand with General Petraeus in condemning the planned burning of the Quran, as it could put our brave troops in harm’s way. I also feel this display of hatred and intolerance is not in keeping with the values and spirit of our state,” she said.

Updated 1:55 p.m.


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(CNN) - The Republican Governors Association reacted Tuesday night to Rick Scott’s victory.

Read the full statement from RGA spokesman Tim Murtaugh after the jump.

“Intraparty struggles are often difficult to watch, and the contest in Florida has been a good example of that. That said, the primary is over, Rick Scott is the nominee, the general election has begun, and our party now looks forward.

“Alex Sink has had months to run in a clear field and has not gained any traction, showing that her message has failed to connect with voters. She represents the policies of Washington, D.C. Democrats: higher taxes, runaway spending and greater intrusion into the everyday lives of Floridians.

“Couple her flagging campaign with the legitimate candidacy of Bud Chiles, and there is a real battle being waged for Democratic votes in Florida.”


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Rick Scott has spent $ 4.7 million this week and more than $ 38 million so far this year. 

Guess the guy really wants to be governor.





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