QUICK CLIP: Parkland Student Slams Rick Scott’s “Easy Way Out” Gun Bill

In the wake of the tragic mass shoot in Parkland, Florida, Governor Rick Scott has been blasted for failing to fight for meaningful reforms and working to actually block sensible gun safety measures.

As Scott gets ready to run for Senate, count on him to use the inadequate bill he signed last week to whitewash his record on guns. Here’s what a Parkland student had to say.

Marjory Stoneman Douglass student Cameron Kasky: “You know, Governor Scott is trying to look like he’s taking a step in the opposite direction of the NRA but we know that’s not really going to happen… I do think that Rick Scott is using this as an easy way out of the situation and while we appreciate his praise, this is not what we’re looking for.”

Watch the interview on CNN:

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Rick Scott’s Makeover on Guns is Lipstick on a Pig

“Rick Scott thinks he can make Floridians forget his horrific record on guns for doing the bare minimum in response to the latest tragedy,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “The truth is, Rick Scott has prevented sensible gun violence prevention measures his entire career, and he is a major reason why Florida has ‘among the most lax gun laws in America.’  He is underestimating Floridians if he thinks this political ploy will fool anyone.”


Politico: Rick Scott gets gun control makeover

By Marc Caputo | February 26, 2018

“‘Rick Scott is trying to erase the memories of everybody on the stances he’s taken on guns for the past eight years. But it took not just one mass shootings in Florida, but two to get him to act. And he’s not doing much,’ Tant said, referencing the Pulse nightclub slaughter in Orlando that happened during Scott’s term in 2016.”
“The reality is […]

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Rick Scott’s Weak Gun Proposal is a Political Ploy that Doesn’t Do Nearly Enough

American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp offered the following statement on Gov. Rick Scott’s gun proposal:

“The tragic school shooting in Parkland was the fifth mass shooting in Florida in two years, yet for seven years Governor Rick Scott has worked to weaken common sense regulations at every turn and prevented even the most sensible of gun violence prevention laws. Now that he’s in political peril, though, he’s offering a smokescreen that doesn’t go nearly far enough in protecting Floridians from gun violence. Floridians have had enough of politicians like Scott who repeatedly put their political allies ahead of keeping kids safe.”

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#TBT: Seven Years of Florida Editorials Slam Rick Scott’s Gun Violence Record

The tragic school shooting yesterday in Parkland was the third mass shooting in Florida in two years. But for his entire tenure as governor, Rick Scott has worked to weaken commonsense regulations to curb gun violence and prevented even the most sensible of gun violence prevention laws.

“Floridians have been crying out for Rick Scott to take action to protect their communities. Instead, he’s met them with silence and empty words that enable future tragedies,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “The time for action is long since past — it’s time for consequences for politicians who put partisan politics ahead of keeping kids safe.”

Read years of editorials against Rick Scott’s shameful record on gun violence below:

Pensacola News Journal Editorial: “Why Conservative Lawmakers Who Profess To Believe That Government Should Stay Out Of Health Care And Not Impose Politically Motivated Restrictions On Individual Freedom Is Also Almost Beyond Comprehension.” According to an editorial by the Pensacola News Journal, […]

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QUICK CLIP: Seriously? Rick Scott Claims He Has Heard No Ideas to Prevent School Shootings

“Floridians have been asking Rick Scott for common sense gun violence prevention measures for years and yet he claims he has heard no ideas on how to help prevent mass shootings. This is either a blatant lie or Rick Scott has not cared enough about the horrific number of Americans who die each year from gun violence to listen to a single family member or survivor,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

Watch the full clip here.

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TIMELINE: Rick Scott’s Irresponsible Gun Violence Record

It’s time to call a spade a spade: Governor Rick Scott’s seven-year record in Florida has made Floridians less safe and enabled future tragedies. Scott has consistently and irresponsibly loosened commonsense regulations on guns, and created new loopholes for evildoers to slip through. Worst of all, Scott has consistently opposed any action whatsoever to address violence even, even as three mass shootings have occurred in Florida in the last two years.

Take a look at Rick Scott’s irresponsible gun violence record:

2011: Rick Scott signed preemption legislation, prohibiting localities from regulating firearms and ammunition. Cities and counties were forced to allow guns in parks, hospitals, and government buildings as a result. [Tampa Bay Times, 8/19/11]

2011: Rick Scott signed a controversial “docs versus glocks” bills, which punished doctors who asked patients about gun ownership. Pediatricians feared the safety repercussions of the legislation.

2011: Rick Scott said he would sign a guns-on-campus bill if it reached his desk despite the fears […]

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Florida’s ban on ex-felons voting is unconstitutional and biased, federal judge rules

“Rick Scott has been irresponsibly denying former felons their civil rights for years — and it’s appalling to learn that appealing to Scott’s political party gives former felons a greater chance of getting their right to vote back,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “The right to vote is the most sacred part of our Democracy, and Rick Scott’s partisan bias is a sign of just how corrupt and self-serving this governor really is.”


The Washington Post: Florida’s ban on ex-felons voting is unconstitutional and biased, federal judge rules

By Derek Hawkins | February 2, 2018

“In a blistering decision that could impact the 2018 midterm elections, a federal judge on Thursday ruled that Florida’s system for barring former felons from voting is unconstitutional and potentially tainted by racial, political or religious bias.”

“U.S. District Judge Mark Walker blasted the state panel led by Florida’s governor that decides whether to restore voting rights to people who have completed […]

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Scott Appoints Unqualified Flunky To Run Florida’s Emergency Management 

“Rick Scott only looks out for himself and his cronies, giving well-paying taxpayer-funded jobs to unqualified political allies. Rick Scott’s decision to hire permanently a 29-year-old former campaign flunky irresponsible and dangerous,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “When disaster strikes, who wants this kid coming to their rescue?”

Politico Florida: Scott quietly appoints controversial choice to lead state emergency management
By Bruce Ritchie | January 31, 2018

“Gov Rick Scott has quietly appointed Wes Maul as state emergency management director after receiving criticism in September for the interim appointment.”
“Maul, 29, worked at the Division of Emergency Management and was a scheduling assistant to the governor from 2013-16, and prior to that worked at a mattress store in Gainesville.”
“Scott appointed Maul on Dec. 13 to be emergency management director, a position within the governor’s office that does not require Senate confirmation, said Lauren Schenone, a Scott spokeswoman. The position pays $140,000 a year.”
“‘Gov. […]

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DeSantis is No Hero To Sexual Harassment Victims

Today, Congressman Ron DeSantis announced his campaign for Governor of Florida. The Trump-loving candidate touted his record in Congress, bragging about his bill that would eliminate the Congressional fund used to deal with harassment complaints against Members of Congress.

[See a video of his words here.]

But don’t let DeSantis convince you he’s always been there for victims of sexual harassment. Because he hasn’t. In 2013, DeSantis voted to deny SNAP benefits to women who quit their jobs – even if they quit due to sexual harassment.

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“Ron DeSantis’ pathetic attempts to cover up his checkered record of screwing over victims of sexual harassment won’t work. Given his voting record and his strong support of President Trump – whose own serial sexual misconduct has caused Florida Republicans headaches – DeSantis is no […]

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QUICK CLIPS: What Floridians Are Watching About Rick Scott’s Offshore Drilling Political Games

When Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke came to Florida to help Rick Scott score political points for Scott’s likely Senate run, they held a press conference where Zinke claimed Florida was being removed from consideration for offshore drilling. However, now the Interior Department official in charge of the program — an actual expert — later said that this was not true and that Florida was not exempt.

Watch the scathing coverage from local Florida TV:

Watch the Spectrum News clip here.

Watch the Wink News clip here.

Earlier this month, American Bridge launched a new public awareness campaign on Rick Scott’s hypocrisy on oil drilling in and near Florida, including a digital ad targeting coastal communities and a report on Rick Scott’s long history of supporting drilling.

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