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Email Insights: Republican Governors Association takes aim at Gwen Graham

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

The 2018 gubernatorial race has officially begun — even though none of the likely candidates have filed paperwork to run.
In an email Thursday, the Republican Governors Association blasted outgoing Rep. Gwen Graham, one of several Democrats considering a 2018 run. The association said Graham’s office hasn’t responded to Freedom of Information Act requests made by the Republican Governors Association.
According to documents provided by the Republican Governors Association, the organization requested all documents related to Graham Companies, real estate and development projects in Florida, and the “American Dream Project” in Miami. The request was made in October; and in an email Thursday, the RGA said the documents would “give voters valuable insight into how she conducts her congressional office.”
“When it comes to transparency, Gwen Graham says one thing, but does another. Graham says she believes that Florida families deserve full transparency, but as her actions have demonstrated, she only believes in full transparency until it could impact her quest for political power,” said Jon Thompson, the director of communications for the Republican Governors Association, in a statement. “Graham should immediately release her congressional records so that Florida voters know exactly how she was using her influence as a Washington politician to benefit her political ambitions.”
Graham has resigned from the board and said Thursday she has no involvement in the project mentioned in the FOIA request.
“As the RGA probably already knows, I voluntarily resigned from the company’s board when I was elected to Congress, and I have no involvement with this project,” she said in a statement. “We are 23 months away from the Governor’s election in Florida, and there will be plenty of time for the RGA to engage in this petty nonsense and partisan attacks. For the rest of 2016, I’m focused on finishing the job I was elected to

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At second day of Republican Governors Conference, innovation and free-market are the key words

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

At the second day of the Republican Governors Association Annual Conference in Orlando, a slew of governors from across the nation talked in detail about the policies that had led their states to prosperity – among them free market entrepreneurship, education in practical fields, innovation and more.
The panel included Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico, Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona, Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia, Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee, Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas and Gov. Gary Herbert of Utah.
According to them, their states were all doing very well and that was because of less regulation and less burdensome rules from the federal government – both of which they hoped would happen even more under a Donald Trump administration.
Ducey, who served as CEO of Cold Stone Creamery before becoming governor, said they had expanded it to multiple other states and even other countries – and that couldn’t have been done with government overreach that “criminalized risk-taking,” as he put it.
Martinez said as a prosecutor, she based her decisions off reason, science and evidence – and, then, if regulations were only hurting businesses, why have them?
“What do you get from it?” she asked. “If it makes things more expensive, and is harder to apply for – get rid of it. We’ve done that. We’ve been very successful in getting rid of a lot of them.”
Deal talked about Georgia’s booming infrastructure and prosperous airport, and Abbott said Texas was fast-becoming a hub for naked technological innovation. Innovation was touched on by many of the speakers, usually in the context of “releasing the power” of the American entrepreneur, unleashing him from proverbial shackles of regulation from government.
They also talked about the “clouds on the horizon” that America still faced even with the Trump administration they hoped could fix all their woes of

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At second day of Republican Governors Conference, innovation and free-market are the key words

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

At the second day of the Republican Governors Association Annual Conference in Orlando, a slew of governors from across the nation talked in detail about the policies that had led their states to prosperity – among them free market entrepreneurship, education in practical fields, innovation and more.
The panel included Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico, Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona, Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia, Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee, Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas and Gov. Gary Herbert of Utah.
According to them, their states were all doing very well and that was because of less regulation and less burdensome rules from the federal government – both of which they hoped would happen even more under a Donald Trump administration.
Ducey, who served as CEO of Cold Stone Creamery before becoming governor, said they had expanded it to multiple other states and even other countries – and that couldn’t have been done with government overreach that “criminalized risk-taking,” as he put it.
Martinez said as a prosecutor, she based her decisions off reason, science and evidence – and, then, if regulations were only hurting businesses, why have them?
“What do you get from it?” she asked. “If it makes things more expensive, and is harder to apply for – get rid of it. We’ve done that. We’ve been very successful in getting rid of a lot of them.”
Deal talked about Georgia’s booming infrastructure and prosperous airport, and Abbott said Texas was fast-becoming a hub for naked technological innovation. Innovation was touched on by many of the speakers, usually in the context of “releasing the power” of the American entrepreneur, unleashing him from proverbial shackles of regulation from government.
They also talked about the “clouds on the horizon” that America still faced even with the Trump administration they hoped could fix all their woes of

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GOP governors gather amid push for ‘disruptive change’

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

The country’s Republican governors are meeting in battleground Florida with what many of them see as an opportunity for “disruptive” changes to wrest power from Washington and rework health care following the election of Donald Trump.
Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, the incoming chairman of the Republican Governors Association, said Tuesday on MSNBC that Trump elevates “the possibilities in terms of what we can do to take power out of Washington and send it back to the states” and more importantly “back to the people.”
Trump perhaps owes no governor more than Walker, a onetime rival of the GOP presidential nominee who ended up endorsing the billionaire. Walker’s state had been thought to be a Democratic firewall, but for the first time since 1984, Wisconsin voted for a Republican president and helped Trump win the White House.
Walker said the federal government’s focus should be on “fixing and maintaining our existing infrastructure” not “grandiose” high speed rail lines, for example.
According to the Pew Research Center poll after the election, people agree that fixing the nation’s roads, bridges and other infrastructure should be a postelection priority. The survey of Clinton and Trump voters also believe drug addiction is another big problem for the country.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott called on his fellow Republicans to help Trump bring “disruptive change” to Washington. For Scott, that means a complete repeal of President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul.
Scott has been vague about what should be done about the 20 million Americans who got health insurance through the overhaul.
“Of course we will need to unwind in a fair way, but we absolutely must repeal it,” he said during a reception for the governors Monday night.
Scott backed Trump after he won the Florida primary in March and eventually headed up a super PAC that ran ads praising Trump and criticizing Clinton.
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Rick Scott, Scott Walker, Nikki Haley headline GOP governors’ meeting

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will headline the annual conference of the Republican Governors Association in Orlando next week.
Scott will host the event that will have two major sessions, “Republican Governors: Leading The Charge,” on Tuesday, and “Best States For Business: Behind The Headlines,” on Wednesday, at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek resort. The conference is not open to the public.
The Leading The Charge session will be moderated by Bill Bennett, host of “Bill Bennett’s Morning in America,” radio show. It will feature Walker, Haley, Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona, and Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas.
The Best States session will feature Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico, Ducey, Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia, Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee, Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas, and Gov. Gary Herbert of Utah.
 
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