Ghost of Charlie Crist haunts upcoming session

It has been over two years since the adults regained control of Florida’s helm, yet the specter of the Charlie Crist days of demagoguery, populism-at-any-cost, and overall political buffoonery looms heavy over the state Capitol.

The idea that Charlie Crist wants to make a political comeback and pursue the office he once held—and neglected then abandoned in order to run for two other offices—has become common knowledge throughout Tallahassee.

The ambulance-chasing trial lawyer firm he works for does everything it can to promote him, including feature him on television ads and countless billboards across the state. He continues to chase photo-ops, pen op-eds, and do anything else he can to offer unsolicited pontifications on any political issue.

If there is an accelerated program that confers Democrat bona fides on someone, Charlie Crist has graduated from it with honors: as a newly-minted independent, he formally supported several Democrat office-seekers in 2012 (including backstabbing former allies), endorsed Barack Obama, was featured as an “independent” speaker at the Democratic National Convention, switched his party affiliation to Democrat after fulfilling the token “independent for Obama” role, and immediately following the Newtown, CT massacre, joined the chorus of Democrats calling for gun control, which is a far cry from his strong pro-Second Amendment record that earned him an A-Rating with the NRA.

This appears to complete his two-year political metamorphosis, which makes him ripe for a possible comeback as a Democrat.

And Legislators are aware of this. Continue reading

Castro’s med school used as indoctrination tool inside and outside Cuba

When Florida state legislators Senator Rene(cito) García (R-Hialeah) and Represenatative Manny “El Bueno” Díaz (R-Miami Lakes) each filed legislation in their respective chambers that would prohibit graduates of Cuban medical schools from practicing medicine in Florida, my initial reaction was to commend them (I always encourage anything that kicks the Castro regime in the teeth).

That being said, I also decided to dig a little deeper to investigate where they were coming from.

But before I get into that, here is a summary of their proposed legislation: Continue reading

Primary Elections Recap

After months of fundraising, campaigning, scheming, punching, and counter-punching, candidates across Florida saw the fruits of their efforts come (and go) in the couple of hours after polls closed at 7pm yesterday.

Many outcomes were expected, some were surprising, and a few were just plain bizarre. On that note, what’s up with Central Florida? I mean, they actually elected the prosecutor who botched the Casey Anthony Trial as their new State Attorney? Seriously?  Oh well. I digress.

Anyway, this is a recap of election results and how things stand in some of the races we at took a position on: Continue reading

The Florida Senate needs courageous conservatives like Jeff Brandes

It’s been said up here in Tallahassee that too many good, conservative bills go off to die in the Florida Senate.  This is true in many cases, despite Republican control for over a decade.

When I moved up to Florida’s capital back in 2006 I quickly noticed that the Florida Senate not only claims the lives of good bills, but also seemingly good conservatives.  For whatever reason, there has been a tendency by many legislators who usually voted the right way during their service in the Florida House of Representatives to get elected to the state Senate only to throw in with the leftists and RINOs on several important issues.  It’s almost as if they undergo some kind of RINOmorphosis. Some attribute this to greater flexibility and independence that the Senate as an institution provides its members as opposed to the House where those in leadership have greater influence over the body.

I just call it not being principled enough, but I digress.

Whatever the reason, we conservatives need to elect those who will stay true to the conservative principles they run on. Occasionally, it is difficult to identify the solid ones from the squishes, but when we do, we need to rally around them. Continue reading

If a divided Congress can do it, why can’t the Florida Legislature?

Last week Congress passed legislation that would not only extend the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for five more years, but would also allow a series of rate hikes to make the program more financially sound and offset some of its debt.

President Obama is expected to sign the legislation into law. #brokenclock

Had congress not taken action, the program would have sunset at the end of this month and flood insurance would have been rendered unavailable. This could have been catastrophic to the millions of Americans in flood-prone areas whose mortgage lenders require them to purchase insurance coverage for flood.

Thankfully, congress made the right decision in reauthorizing NFIP, as observers believed it would.  What is surprising, however, is that a divided congress would also do something fiscally responsible despite it being politically unpopular.

I’m referring, of course, to the provisions relating to NFIP’s rates, which the Florida Legislature may want to take note of. Continue reading