American Bridge Statement on Rick Scott’s Plan to Stack Supreme Court

American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp released the following statement in response to Governor Rick Scott’s plan to stack the Florida Supreme Court:

“Governor Rick Scott’s plan to replace three Supreme Court justices on his last day in office is not only a desperate and transparent attempt to stack the Court with his cronies, but also a potentially illegal slap in the face to hardworking Floridians. It’s just more of the same from Scott, who will do anything to push his own political agenda, even disregard Florida’s voters.”

Orlando Sentinel: Editorial: Reject Rick Scott’s bid to pack Florida’s high court
By Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board | June 21, 2017

Late last year, Gov. Rick Scott filled a vacancy on the Florida Supreme Court with Judge Alan Lawson, an appellate court judge who began his career on the bench in Orange County. There was no doubt about Scott’s authority to name a successor to outgoing Justice […]

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American Bridge statement on Rick Scott’s anti-education bill

American Bridge statement on Rick Scott signing the most anti-education bill of his administration

In response to Rick Scott signing HB 7069, American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp made the following statement:

“Since his first year in office, Rick Scott has fought against public schools on behalf of wealthy corporate special interests. Today’s anti-education bill was crafted in secret by lobbyists and Tallahassee insiders to funnel millions of dollars to corporations that seek to profit off children’s education while diverting precious funding from Florida’s public schools where every dollar is precious. Yet again, Floridians will be worse off because Rick Scott and his friends care more about making money.”

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Nearly 2.4 Million Floridians Could Be Hit By New Annual & Lifetime Limits

A new analysis this morning takes a hard look at what the Senate’s health care bill will do to insurance plans across the country — and the results are terrifying for millions of Americans.

In Florida alone, nearly 1.4 million people could be hit with annual limits and over 1 million with lifetime limits, forcing them to pay out-of-pocket for maternity care, mental health, prescription drugs — even treatment for cancer, reports the Center for American Progress.

American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp made the following statement:

“What else should Floridians expect from a plan that Gov. Rick Scott is ‘helping Trump craft.’ Scott has never cared about patients’ health care, just about making money for himself and his wealthy cronies.

“Senate Republicans are secretly drafting a bill that could decimate care for millions if just one or two states waive essential health benefits. The specter oflifetime and […]

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American Bridge Statement on Pulse Shooting and Gov. Rick Scott

On the first anniversary of the Pulse shooting, American Bridge President Jessica Mackler made the following statement about Gov. Rick Scott:

“Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Pulse massacre in Orlando. Since then, survivors, their families, and the families of this who were lost — and millions of Floridians — have come together to honor and mourn the lives that were lost, and call for action to prevent future tragedies. That starts with commonsense measures to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of terrorists.

“Over the past year, Governor Rick Scott has opposed all attempts to prevent a future tragedy — from banning high-capacity magazines to ensuring individuals on the Terror Watch List can’t buy a gun. Scott refused to even acknowledge that the Pulse attack targeted the LGBT community in his State of the State speech in March. Rick Scott is putting his partisan ideology ahead of keeping Floridians […]

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Marco “Check and Balance” Rubio Defends Trump, Attacks Comey

When he was running for Senate in 2016, Marco Rubio promised to be a check on Donald Trump. Let’s check in on just how that’s going…

Marco Rubio, 2016: I “will act as a check and balance on whoever the president is even if it is a president from my own party.”

Rubio: “The Senate needs to fulfill its role as a check and balance on the president, no matter who it is, and that means a president of our own party.” (6/16)

Rubio: “We need to be willing to stand up to the presidency, even if they’re of your own party.” (7/16)

Rubio: “I have never hesitated to oppose his policies I disagree with.” (10/16)

…Watch the video of Rubio promising to be a “check and balance” on […]

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More Florida Papers Trash Gov. Rick Scott’s Budget Deal

Florida Papers Trash Rick Scott’s “Horrendous,”
“Secret,” “Deceitful” Budget Deal

From Pensacola to Miami, Florida editorial boards are blasting Gov. Rick Scott’s shady budget deal with Tallahassee insiders. Unfortunately, Floridians won’t be surprised, because this is exactly the kind of self-interested dealmaking Floridians have come to expect from Rick Scott. He’s always only looking out for himself and his wealthy corporate cronies.

Tampa Bay Times: Editorial: Florida budget deal trades cash for bad policy

The governor [is] poised to allow horrendous legislation to become law that would further dismantle public education.
Yet all of this additional spending is not worth the damage that would be caused by the education legislation that Corcoran covets and Scott evidently agreed to spare.
Anyone who cares about the future of public education should not be so easily bought off.

Sun Sentinel: Editorial: Florida’s secret budget deal undermines education, public trust

Florida…is more like […]

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Rick Scott’s secret budget deal panned by Florida papers

The negative editorials are rolling in for Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Florida Republicans as Floridians learn just how dirty this Tallahassee “secret deal” really is…
Sun Sentinel Editorial: Florida’s secret budget deal undermines education, public trust

By Sun Sentinel Editorial Board | June 5, 2017

“The budget deal that Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday is lousy in terms of substance and how the deal came about.”
The budget would “poke a long-term hole in funds for construction and maintenance,” “give the governor an $85 million slush fund for economic development,” and “come at the expense of state colleges and many worthy local projects.”
Rick Scott “can claim victory as the state loses.” “Can you say ‘slush fund?’”
The “biggest problem”: a “massive education package that school superintendents, school boards, the teachers’ union and parents’ groups want Scott to veto” that Palm Beach County School Superintendent Robert Avossa called, “The single largest piece of legislation to dismantle […]

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Hypocrisy Alert:  GOP Senate Hopefuls Cared *A Lot* About Classified Information Last Year

Back in 2016 and earlier, ambitious Republican politicians scored political points by feigning outrage over the handling of classified information. Now these Republicans are running for U.S. Senate — or are weighing campaigns — and what action are they taking about Donald Trump’s dangerous recklessness with classified intelligence?

Nothing.

(Or, if you’re Jeff Flake and Dean Heller, worse than nothing: excuses for doing nothing that give Trump a free pass).

Let’s turn back the clock and take a look at what Republican Senate hopefuls said about the mishandling of classified information…

Pennsylvania: Rep. Lou Barletta: “A crime”
Florida: Gov. Rick Scott: Spent $1 million on ads about classified emails
Indiana: Luke Messer: “Dishonesty and poor judgment”
Missouri: Rep. Ann Wagner: “Cannot be trusted
North Dakota: Rep. Kevin Cramer: “Appoint a special prosecutor to formally investigate”
Pennsylvania: […]

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Constituents Demand GOP Reps. & Sens. Back Independent Commission on Trump/Russia Scandal

Voters are heading to town hall events across the country to demand their members of Congress support an independent commission or special prosecutor to investigate the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. The demands follow Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, a transparently political maneuver designed to obstruct the Bureau’s ongoing investigation. 

Voters want to know: As Congress heads back into session this week, will their Representative take a stand against Trump’s abuses of power and endorse an independent commission or special prosecutor?

Iowa

Rep. Rod Blum (IA-01)

WATCH: “Are you [inaudible] to call for an independent counsel? [Applause].”

WATCH: “Real simple question for you: today, at 4:30, Donald J. Trump fired the director of the FBI. I want you to tell me, will you help [inaudible] voice the need for a special prosecutor? [Applause].”

Michigan

Rep. Tim Walberg (MI-07)

WATCH: “All have questions relating […]

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Rick Scott would profit from Trumpcare, big league

“Rick Scott made his wealth while his hospital company was stealing hundreds of millions from Medicare. Now he wants to keep all that money, and it’s no surprise he’s willing to do it by risking the health care of millions of Floridians,” said American Bridge spokesman Joshua Karp.

Politico: Scott would see big tax savings under Obamacare repeal

By Marc Caputo    04/11/17

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is urging Congress to keep trying to repeal Obamacare, but he’s not mentioning the personal benefit he would derive: a windfall tax cut of anywhere from $250,000 to $500,000.

After Republicans failed to wipe out Obamacare the first time, Scott penned a USA Today op-ed last week that called on lawmakers to pass a plan “that actually provides affordable and quality health care for families.”

“Remove Obamacare’s excessive mandates and taxes … NOW,” Scott demanded.

Unsaid by Scott: such a repeal would have saved him exactly $246,109, […]

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