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Questions You Should Ask Allison Tant At Tomorrow’s Headline Event For Florida Democrats
DO YOU SUPPORT STATE REP. JIM WALDMAN’S “ORWELLIAN, SMALL TENT” PROPOSAL TO OUST DEM LEGISLATORS WHO DON’T VOTE ACCORDING TO HIS WISHES?
State Rep. Jim Waldman Leading Effort To Change House Dem Caucus Rules To “Impose Penalties” Against Dem Legislators Who Vote Against “Official Caucus Positions.” “Rep. Jim Waldman of Coconut Creek, who is leading a committee of five House Democrats looking to rewrite caucus rules, confirmed to Sunshine State News that one of the rules he’s proposed would require Democratic members to vote in accordance with official caucus positions, and impose penalties if they vote against those stances without receiving the necessary dispensations from House Democratic leadership.” (Eric Giunta, “Are Florida House Democrats Getting Read To Purge Moderates From Caucus?,” Sunshine State News, 6/11/13)
Waldman Rule “An Orwellian/Small Tent Party Proposal.” “[A]n Orwellian/small tent party proposal by Florida House Democrats enabling the sanctioning of members who stray from official caucus positions.” (Adam C. Smith, “This Day In Crist-ory,” The Tampa Bay Times, 6/13/13)
Former Dem Rep. John Patrick Julien: ”Each Individual Has To Be Given The Ability To Represent His Or Her Constituents … I Think That The Democratic Party Is Really Shooting Itself In The Foot.” ( Eric Giunta, “Ousted House Democrat Speaks Out Against Caucus Purge Of Moderates,” Sunshine State News, 6/12/13)
ARE YOU HAPPY THAT DEBBIE DIDN’T STOP YOU FROM MAKING “BONE-HEADED” MOVE OF REFUSING TO #FREENANRICH?
Debbie Wasserman Schultz Confirms Nan Rich, A “Longtime Ally,” Asked Her To Intervene And Convince Allison Tant To #FreeNanRich. “Wasserman Schultz and Rich are longtime allies … Rich talked to Wasserman Schultz and asked her to intervene with Tant – who Wasserman Schultz strongly pushed for the state party post. Wasserman Schultz said she wouldn’t get involved. ‘I’m the chair of the Democratic National Committee. I do not micromanage any state party’s program for their Jefferson-Jackson dinner, whether it’s my own state or any other. So I haven’t had any conversations with Allison Tant about what her program should include this weekend. She’s made that decision on her own. And that’s as it should be.’” (Anthony Man, “Wasserman Schultz Staying Away From Nan Rich Kerfuffle,”The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 6/12/13)
Refusing To Let Nan Rich Speak Is A “Bone-Headed” Move. “Florida GOP … exploiting bone-headed Democratic moves (like not allowing Nan Rich to speak at this weekend’s JJ dinner …” (Adam C. Smith, “This Day In Crist-ory,” The Tampa Bay Times, 6/13/13)
ON THE DINNER SEATING CHART, HOW FAR AWAY WILL THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS SIT FROM CHARLIE CRIST AND DAN GELBER?
Democratic Party’s Progressive Caucus, Having Already Attacked Crist, Promises To Review All Dem Candidates’ Stances On Other Issues. “The state Democratic Party’s Progressive Caucus, meanwhile, has announced it will issue analyses of the three candidates’ stances on gun rights, reproductive rights, education and possibly the environment. The first installment, on gun rights, criticizes Crist …” (William March, “Shaky Democratic Governor’s Race Could Benefit Crist,” The Tampa Tribune, 6/8/13)
Liberal Dan Gelber Embracing Crist, Shepherding Him Through The Florida Democratic Party. ”If at some time in the fall of 2014, Charlie Crist steps forward to a podium in the Grand Ballroom of St. Petersburg’s Vinoy Hotel to accept the Democratic nomination for Governor, one of the first people he will have to thank is former Senator Dan Gelber, who, in openly inviting Crist to the Democratic party, will have done as much as any single person, save perhaps John Morgan, to pave a path for Crist’s victory … And now he has been invited into the party by a Democrat from the Democratic wing of the party.” (Peter Schorsch, “Why Dan Gelber’s Embrace Of Gov. Crist Is So Important To Charlie’s Future,” Saint Peters Blog, 8/8/12)
DO YOU SUPPORT EFFORTS TO REMOVE REP. DARRYL ROUSON AS INCOMING HOUSE DEMOCRATIC LEADER?
Florida House Democrats Might Be “Trying To Elbow-Out Darryl Rouson.”“After a legislative session involving a contentious leadership vote, House Democrats are considering a new rule that would clarify how they fill any future leadership vacancies. Top House Democrats downplayed the idea that the proposed change is aimed at incoming leader Darryl Rouson. In February, the St. Petersburg Democrat was voted in as House Democratic leader for the 2015-2016 term. His opponent, Mia Jones, D-Jacksonville, had the support of many party leaders.” (Matt Dixon, “House Democrats Considering ‘Chris Dorworth Rule’ Amid ‘Rumors’ They Are Trying To Elbow-Out Darryl Rouson,” The Florida Times-Union, 6/4/13)
The Tampa Bay Times: “Rep. Darryl Rouson Failed To Pay Taxes On Tallahassee Townhouse.” “In 2010, state Rep. Darryl Rouson bought a townhouse in Tallahassee. Since then, he has missed three years of property tax payments, falling so far behind that the unit soon could be put up for auction. That’s not all. Last fall, Rouson borrowed $20,000 from a relative using his already heavily mortgaged St. Petersburg home as security. And this spring, Rouson parted ways with the Tampa law firm of Morgan & Morgan, which had been paying him as much as $565,000 annually.” (Susan Taylor Martin, “Rep. Darryl Rouson Failed To Pay Taxes On Tallahassee Townhouse,” The Tampa Bay Times, 6/4/13)
AMIDST NATIONAL SCANDALS, WOULD YOU ADVISE GWEN GRAHAM TO CAMPAIGN WITH THE PRESIDENT OR NOT?
The Associated Press: “Facing Controversy, Obama Political Value Unclear.”“A string of high-profile controversies involving the Internal Revenue Service and government intelligence-gathering raises questions about whether Obama will be more asset or liability for his party in the coming election season, with control of Congress and his second-term agenda at stake. Even in Democrat-friendly Massachusetts, there are signs of modest declines in his popularity as Republicans seize on the White House’s struggles in the special election to replace John Kerry and in nascent campaigns across the nation.” (Steve Peoples and Josh Lederman, “Facing Controversy, Obama Political Value Unclear,” The Associated Press, 6/12/13)
Polls Show Public Distrust Of Obama On IRS Scandal. “A pair of new polls indicated that Americans are questioning President Barack Obama’s honesty in the wake of the Internal Revenue Service targeting scandal. The latest Bloomberg National Poll released Tuesday evening showed that 47 percent of Americans don’t believe Obama’s claim that he wasn’t aware the IRS was targeting conservative groups for additional scrutiny, while 40 percent believe he is telling the truth. Meanwhile, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released early Wednesday showed that 55 percent of Americans believe the agency’s improper targeting raises doubts about the Obama administration’s honesty and integrity. But the same NBC/WSJ poll found that only 33 percent believe Obama is “totally” or “mainly” responsible for the targeting. It also showed the President’s approval rating holding steady since the previous NBC/WSJ poll in April.” (Tom Kludt, “Polls: Public Questions Obama’s Honesty On IRS Targeting,” Talking Points Memo, 6/5/13)