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Florida House Democrats demand Rick Scott speak up on CBO’s scoring of GOP health care plan

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
Since the Congressional Budget Office said the Republican health care plan would raise the ranks of the uninsured by 14 million people next year earlier this week, Gov. Rick Scott has been silent.
Florida House Democrats are now calling him out for his sudden reluctance to weigh in on a subject he’s never been shy about talking about before.
The governor has been a major critic of the Affordable Care Act and traveled to Washington last week to meet with President Donald Trump, Sen. Marco Rubio, and House Speaker Paul Ryan to discuss the American Health Care Act.
Scott told reporters later he was “encouraged” about the Act,

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House GOP health bill facing fresh House committee test

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
The White House and Republican leaders are talking to rank-and-file lawmakers about revising the GOP health care overhaul, hoping to keep a rebellion by conservatives and moderates from snowballing and imperiling the party’s showpiece legislation.
Four days after a congressional report projected the bill would pry coverage from millions of voters, signs of fraying GOP support for the legislation were showing. The measure would strike down much of former President Barack Obama‘s 2010 overhaul and reduce the federal role, including financing, for health care consumers and is opposed uniformly by Democrats.
In a fresh test of Republicans’ willingness to embrace the

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Joe Henderson: ‘Shy’ Rick Scott needs to pipe up on Medicaid expansion

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
Gov. Rick Scott hasn’t been shy about sharing his feelings on the Affordable Care Act. Like any good Republican, he hates it. He wants it to go away.
Now that Republicans have a legitimate proposal on the table to replace Obamacare, though, Scott has gone into stealth mode on the subject. In an Associated Press story, the governor did the Rick Scott Shuffle when asked for his reaction to the plan now being debated intensely in Washington.
Scott said he was glad there is “good conversation” happening on the subject. Not exactly a stop-the-presses comment.
He even met recently with House Speaker

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American Action Network targets Carlos Curbelo in new ad

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
The American Action Network has begun a new $1.5 million issue advocacy campaign to persuade a group of GOP lawmakers to fight for passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA).
The ad highlights key elements of the plan and encourages lawmakers to deliver on their health care promise.
Over the next two weeks, the ads will air nationally on MSNBC’s Morning Joe and in 15 congressional districts nationwide, including in Miami, featuring CD 26 Representative Carlos Curbelo, who voted for the AHCA last week in a House Committee.
The ads are also airing in the congressional districts of House Speaker Paul Ryan, California legislators Darrell Issa,

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House GOP releases bill replacing Barack Obama health care overhaul

Monday, March 6th, 2017
House Republicans on Monday released their long-awaited plan for unraveling former President Barack Obama‘s health care law, a package that would scale back the government’s role in health care and likely leave more Americans uninsured.
House committees planned to begin voting on the 123-page legislation Wednesday, launching what could be the year’s defining battle in Congress and capping a seven-year Republican effort to repeal the 2010 law. Though GOP leaders expect their measure to win the backing of the Trump administration, divisions remain and GOP success is by no means ensured.
The plan would repeal the statute’s unpopular fines on people

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Charlie Crist is demanding more transparency out of Donald Trump

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
Charlie Crist says he is all in on a resolution of inquiry sponsored by New York Democrat Jerald Nadler that calls on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to provide Congress with any and all information from any investigations into President Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest and ethical violations.
Nadler’s resolution bypasses the normal procedures of how bills work their way through the House of Representatives. It’s written in a way that it must be brought to the House floor for a vote within 14 days if not reported by the relevant committee.
Critics have contended that Trump is violating the emoluments clause in the U.S. Constitution, which bars

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GOP proposed health reforms care would ’cause chaos,’ Kathy Castor says

Monday, February 27th, 2017
Tampa Democratic Representative Kathy Castor says that a leaked GOP alternative plan for healthcare would have “dire consequences for families here in the state of Florida.”
A draft bill detailing Republican plans to begin repealing and replacing many facets of the ACA would provide expanded tax credits and health savings accounts for individuals while reducing federal spending on tax subsidies and Medicaid and practically eliminating both the current employer and individual mandate to provide and carry health insurance, according to NBC News.
“The changes that the Republicans have put on the table would really cause chaos,” Castor said on Monday at a news conference held in front of

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For Donald Trump, a solitary start to life in the White House

Friday, February 10th, 2017
Around 6:30 each evening, Secret Service agents gather in the dim hallways of the West Wing to escort Donald Trump home.
For some presidents, the short walk between the Oval Office and the White House residence upstairs is a lifeline to family and a semblance of normal life. Others have used the grand residence for late night entertaining and deal-making with lawmakers.
For Trump, life in the White House residence is so far a largely solitary existence. With his wife and youngest son living in New York, and his grown children busy with their young families, Trump’s first evenings have been

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Francis Rooney talks water during Fort Myers stop

Thursday, February 9th, 2017
Water remains one of Rep. Francis Rooney’s top priority, the freshman congressman told Southwest Floridians this week.
The Naples Republican told member of Businesspeople United for Political Action Committee (BUPAC) that he wants to focus Everglades restoration and improving water quality during his time in office. His visit to Fort Myers kicked off a day-long swing through Lee County focused on water quality.
“I think the top priority is water,” said Rooney. “There’s 49 states competing for infrastructure dollars, and I’m working to get the feds to do their part.”
Rooney has called on Donald Trump to support Everglades restoration, sending a

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Wayne W. Oliver: Solution to address health care affordability

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Health care continues to be at the center of debate across our nation and in Florida’s State Capitol. At the national level, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Representative Tom Price are vowing to make tort reform a key part of their replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act which is usually referred to as “Obamacare.” But while many focus on the number of Floridians covered by some form of health insurance, equal attention should be paid to the ever-increasing cost of health care.
The cost of health care affects everyone: the insured, the uninsured, employers and the State. If costs

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Senate panel approves Nikki Haley nomination to U.N.

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
The Latest on activities in Congress (all times EST):
12:25 p.m.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has overwhelmingly approved South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley‘s nomination to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
By voice vote, the panel recommended President Donald Trump‘s selection of Haley to the full Senate. She is expected to be confirmed easily.
Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, the committee’s top Democrat, backed Haley’s nomination. Cardin says what Haley lacks in foreign policy experience, “she makes up for in capability, intelligence, and a track record of building coalitions in South Carolina.”
During her confirmation hearing, Haley declared her support for moving

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Sean Spicer cites ‘studies’ to back Donald Trump voter claim

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):
2 p.m.
A spokesman says President Donald Trump’s belief that there were millions of illegal votes cast in the November election is based on “studies and evidence.”
But spokesman Sean Spicer did not provide examples of that evidence.
Trump first made the false claim during the transition. He reiterated the statement in a meeting Monday night with lawmakers, blaming illegal ballots for his loss of the popular vote.
Spicer says Trump “continues to maintain that belief.” There has been no evidence to support the claims that there was widespread voter fraud in the election.
Spicer’s only

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Donald Trump arrives in Washington with a wave and a salute

Thursday, January 19th, 2017
Ready for his big moment, Donald Trump swept into Washington on a military jet Thursday and quickly set to building better ties to the Republican Congress as he kicked off three days of inaugural festivities. Washington braced for an onslaught of crowds and demonstrators — with all the attendant hoopla and hand-wringing.
Trump was quickly taking on more of the trappings of the presidency, giving a salute to the Air Force officer who welcomed him as he stepped off the jet with wife Melania at Joint Base Andrews just outside Washington.
His first stop was a luncheon in a ballroom at

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18M more Americans would be uninsured under 2016 GOP repeal

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017
Insurance premiums would soar and some 18 million Americans would lose health coverage if Republicans partially repeal President Barack Obama‘s health care law without a replacement, Congress’ nonpartisan budget office estimated Tuesday.
The Congressional Budget Office analyzed a GOP 2016 repeal measure, which Republicans have cited as a starting point for their 2017 drive to dismantle and replace Obama’s health overhaul.
Premiums for policies bought from online marketplaces established by Obama’s law would rise up to 25 percent a year after enactment of repeal. They’d about double by 2026, the report estimated.
There’d also be 18 million more uninsured people a year

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Mike Pence looks like he will be Donald Trump’s inside man in Congress

Monday, January 16th, 2017
When Mike Pence landed in Congress after the 2000 election, he was a conservative agitator who often bucked President George W. Bush‘s agenda. Seventeen years later, he’s the vice president-elect and Donald Trump‘s inside man on Capitol Hill.
Pence, who spent a dozen years in Congress before becoming Indiana’s governor, is visiting frequently with lawmakers and promising close coordination after Trump’s inauguration Friday. In a sign of his attentiveness, Pence will have an office in the House as well as the traditional honorary office for the vice president in the Senate.
Pence’s role takes on greater importance, given Trump’s ascension to

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Advocates call on Marco Rubio to protect immigrant families as Donald Trump era begins

Friday, January 13th, 2017
House Speaker Paul Ryan told a national cable television audience Thursday night that federal troops won’t be coming after undocumented immigrants once Donald Trump takes power next week.
But that comment alone isn’t likely to reverse the high anxiety felt in that community.
On Saturday, Latino immigrant rights groups are planning for a national day of protest and activities around immigrant and refugee rights. On Friday, representatives from various organizations expressed their own concerns at a news conference inside the West Tampa offices of Mi Familia Vota.
“We’re here today to call on our elected officials to do their duty and make sure that millions of people in

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Advocates call on Marco Rubio to protect immigrant families as Donald Trump era begins

Friday, January 13th, 2017
House Speaker Paul Ryan told a national cable television audience Thursday night that federal troops won’t be coming after undocumented immigrants once Donald Trump takes power next week.
But that comment alone isn’t likely to reverse the high anxiety felt in that community.
On Saturday, Latino immigrant rights groups are planning for a national day of protest and activities around immigrant and refugee rights. On Friday, representatives from various organizations expressed their own concerns at a news conference inside the West Tampa offices of Mi Familia Vota.
“We’re here today to call on our elected officials to do their duty and make sure that millions of people in

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Week 1: Cabinet picks contradict Donald Trump stands on some issues

Friday, January 13th, 2017
The lack of fireworks surrounding Senate consideration of President-elect Donald Trump‘s Cabinet picks may reflect a slew of statements his choices have made contradicting the billionaire businessman’s position on key issues.
Trump acknowledged the differences early Friday, posting a message on his Twitter account saying: “All my Cabinet nominee are looking good and doing a great job. I want them to be themselves and express their own thoughts, not mine!”
This week’s confirmation hearings produced an odd political chemistry where, for instance, one of the harshest examinations of a Trump Cabinet choice came from one of Trump’s fellow Republicans, presidential campaign

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Kevin Hernandez: Donald Trump’s dream team for economic success

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

The American public has long been yearning for a drastic change to the status quo.
Sadly, the past eight years have brought onto us sluggish economic growth, a wave of overregulation that drastically hurts the viability of our small businesses and, overall, an out-of-touch administration. It’s no surprise that Americans are fed up, and this year’s election proved that.
What has been needed, now more than ever, is for someone to shake up D.C. and repair an inefficient and inflated federal government.
With Republicans retaining the majority of both chambers of Congress, and a Republican president in the White House, it’s now

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Donald Trump denounces ‘disgrace’ of reports of Russian ties to him

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
A defiant President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday adamantly denied reports that Russia had obtained compromising personal and financial information about him, calling it a “tremendous blot” on the record of the intelligence community if such material had been released.
The incoming president, in his first news conference since late July, firmly chided news organizations for publishing the material late Tuesday night. After weeks of scoffing at reports that Russians had interfered in the election, he conceded publicly for the first time that Russia was likely responsible for the hacking of the Democratic National Committee. “As far as hacking, I think

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GOP: Cut taxes, change brackets; but what about deficits

Monday, December 26th, 2016
Congressional Republicans are planning a massive overhaul of the nation’s tax system, a heavy political lift that could ultimately affect families at every income level and businesses of every size.
Their goal is to simplify a complicated tax code that rewards wealthy people with smart accountants, and corporations that can easily shift profits — and jobs — overseas. It won’t be easy. The last time it was done was 30 years ago.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., have vowed to pass a tax package in 2017 that would not add to the budget deficit. The

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Donald Trump action on health care could cost Planned Parenthood

Monday, December 19th, 2016
One of President-elect Donald Trump‘s first, and defining, acts next year could come on Republican legislation to cut off taxpayer money from Planned Parenthood.
Trump sent mixed signals during the campaign about the 100-year-old organization, which provides birth control, abortions and various women’s health services. He said “millions of women are helped by Planned Parenthood,” but he also endorsed efforts to defund it.
Trump once described himself as “very pro-choice.” Now he’s in the anti-abortion camp.
Still, the Republican has been steadfast in calling for repeal of President Barack Obama‘s health care law, and the GOP-led Congress is eager to comply. One

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Mitch Perry Report for 12.14.16 – Fun with Guccifer 2.0

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Over the summer, a hacker who went by the nom de guerre of Guccifer 2.0 began distributing internal documents from the Democratic National Committee to a variety of reporters and bloggers here in Florida.
I was one of those recipients.
I bring that up this morning because of the story in Wednesday’s NY Times , which revisits the issue, and highlights the document dumps in the CD 26 Democratic primary between Annette Taddeo and Joe Garcia.
And it reviews the correspondence between Guccifer 2.0 and a blogger who created the website HelloFLA!,, who the Times reports was run by a former Florida legislative aide turned Republican lobbyist.

I

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Chief of staff Reince Priebus? Some Donald Trump loyalists still dubious

Thursday, December 8th, 2016
When President-elect Donald Trump tapped Reince Priebus as his chief of staff, Republican leaders cheered the prospect of a close ally having a top White House job.
But as Priebus tries to wield his influence and bring more structure to the president-elect’s freewheeling political organization, he’s frustrating some longtime Trump allies who see him as too conventional a pick for an unconventional president. Others fear being left behind as Priebus fills out West Wing jobs.
The dismay over Priebus stems in part from a belief among some Trump loyalists that the outgoing Republican National Committee chairman expected Trump to lose the

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.15.16 – The non-voters speak out

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
Mike Evans is feeling the heat today – and so is his employer, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Evans decision to sit during the playing of the national anthem before Sunday’s game at Raymond James Stadium vs. the Chicago Bears to protest the election of Donald Trump as president is predictably receiving negative reviews in Tampa -the home of MacDill Air Force Base – and the country.
Among those critics is Clearwater Republican Senator Jack Latvala , who says he’s “tired of it.”
Since this was the first time that Evans has done this, I’m assuming the legislator is referring to other incidents of

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.15.16 – The non-voters speak out

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
Mike Evans is feeling the heat today – and so is his employer, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Evans decision to sit during the playing of the national anthem before Sunday’s game at Raymond James Stadium vs. the Chicago Bears to protest the election of Donald Trump as president is predictably receiving negative reviews in Tampa -the home of MacDill Air Force Base – and the country.
Among those critics is Clearwater Republican Senator Jack Latvala , who says he’s “tired of it.”
Since this was the first time that Evans has done this, I’m assuming the legislator is referring to other incidents of

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Donald Trump takes triumphant tour of Washington, has cordial meeting with Barack Obama

Thursday, November 10th, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump took a triumphant tour of the nation’s capital Thursday, holding a cordial White House meeting with President Barack Obama, sketching out priorities with Republican congressional leaders and taking in the majestic view from where he’ll be sworn into office.
Trump’s meeting with Obama spanned 90 minutes, longer than originally scheduled. Obama said he was “encouraged” by Trump’s willingness to work with his team during the transition of power, and the Republican called the president a “very good man.”
“I very much look forward to dealing with the president in the future, including his counsel,” Trump said from the

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Elizabeth Warren proposes truce with Donald Trump

Thursday, November 10th, 2016
The Latest on the U.S. election:
3:25 p.m. — Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is proposing that she and President-elect Donald Trump “put aside our differences” and work together to rebuild the American economy for working people.
A favorite of liberals, Warren has waged bitter wars of words with Trump. She’s called him a “pathetic coward” and worse on Twitter. He’s nicknamed her “Pocahontas” — a reference to claims she made about being part Native American.
As recently as Monday, Trump called Warren a “terrible person,” ”a terrible human being” and a “terrible senator.”
In a statement Wednesday, Warren said the integrity of U.S.

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Mac Stipanovich: Win or lose, Never Trump movement remains proud

Monday, October 31st, 2016
With Donald Trump still down in the polls with a week to go, the edifice of excuses designed to excuse his potential defeat is being hurried to completion.
To the foundation stones of voter fraud and a mainstream media conspiracy his campaign manager recently added treason, alleging that if Trump loses it will be in large part because he was stabbed in the back by the Never Trump renegades in the GOP.
That is a baldfaced lie. Never Trump did not stab Trump in the back. They stabbed him in the front.
Because Trump is a Republican only in the same sense

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.21.16 – Rick Scott in 2020?

Friday, October 21st, 2016
Forget about Marco Rubio in 2020, what about Rick Scott?
Troy Kinsey from Bay News 9 reports that “some GOP operatives are floating him as a potential presidential contender in 2020, should Trump lose in November.”
Kinsey then quotes all of one lone such operative in his story. But it does make for a good headline.
Now, what about Marco Rubio? The Florida lawmaker made news this week when he declared in his debate against Patrick Murphy, “I’m going to serve in the Senate for the next six years, God willing.”
Even if Rubio does break that pledge, will the GOP primary voters in 2020 become warmer to his candidacy than they did

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