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This time four years ago Rick Scott was a stranger to Floridians. Then he spent $73 million on his first political campaign and rode an angry voter wave to the Governor’s Mansion. For Florida, this has been a hostile takeover by the former CEO of the nation’s largest hospital chain. In three years Scott has done more harm than any modern governor, from voting rights to privacy rights, public schools to higher education, environmental protection to health care. One more legislative session and a $100 million re-election campaign will not undo the damage.

This is the tin man as governor, a chief executive who shows no heartfelt connection to the state, appreciation for its values or compassion for its residents.

In Scott’s Florida, it is harder for citizens to vote and for the jobless to collect unemployment. It is easier for renters to be evicted and for borrowers to be charged high interest rates on short-term loans. It is harder for patients to win claims against doctors who hurt them and for consumers to get fair treatment from car dealers who deceive them. It is easier for businesses to avoid paying taxes, building roads and repairing environmental damage.

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We can talk about baseball. Talk about politics. Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated.

We have moved in the right direction, and there have been improvements, but we still have a long ways to go in the country. The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.

Baseball Legend Hank Aaron on TPM

"The Republican leader of one of Florida’s most populous urban centers was asked this week why his party was faring so poorly among voters in the area. His answer was that government-loving "semi-socialist" Puerto Ricans are moving in and changing things for the worse."

Told you so? It’s a vicious cycle of a culture of intolerance in the Republican Party. Many things can be said and argued about this line of thought, but what it all boils down to is: if you’re Puerto Rican, Hispanic, or anything different than their concept of the norm, you are not welcome in the Republican Party. Some of this intolerance has even given birth to policy in Florida such as drug testing for welfare recipients and eliminating Hispanic from voter rolls. These and others are all based on hatred and discrimination, not legitimate governmental concerns.

I’m pleased to have stood against it.

liberalsarecool:

Tesla wants to sell and service their cars direct to consumer. That is their business model.

Hypocrisy 101. Republican states like “Wide Open For Business” Texas and GOP leaders like Chris Christie in New Jersey want to keep state regulations to stop Tesla from bypassing the heavily lobbied…

sandyification:

In early March Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) kicked off ”Higher Ed, Not Debt,” a coalition of more than 60 progressive groups looking to turn the widespread frustration over student debt into a full-fledged political force.

The system is in desperate need of an upgrade. The biggest banks in the country enjoy discounted interest rates at 1% while student loans have the potential to increase up to 8.25% for undergraduates and 9.5% for graduates. This just goes to show that we invest more in millionaires than in students working hard for an education.

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ragingprogressive:

Last week, President Obama moved to protect a large swathe of California’s coast near Point Arena as a new national monument. House Republicans are in an uproar — what else — and have scheduled a vote next week to bring down a 108-year-old law that has been used by presidents of both parties to ensure that the nation’s natural wonders are preserved by the federal government.

Euphemistically titled the “Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation of National Monuments Act,” H.R. 1459’s actual goal is to strip the president of his power to establish new national monuments by instituting caps and requiring congressional review of new monuments. It also orders that future expansions of the National Park Service by presidential order cannot include private property without consent, limits the size of parks or the duration of park status (conveniently until after 2016), and requires the submission of a feasibility study to Congress that includes estimates of the cost of maintenance in perpetuity.

In plain English: In other words, the Republican Party wants to obstruct the executive branch’s ability to expand the national park system and place themselves as the arbiter of any expansion in the remainder of Obama’s presidency.

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He seriously can’t do anything without the Republicans blocking or obstructing him. Not one thing..

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