American Bridge Launches “Problem Putnam” Campaign

American Bridge today released their initial campaign against Adam Putnam including a memo outlining initial research into Adam Putnam’s record and a website called ProblemPutnam.com.

In short, Putnam faces a lot of problems in 2018 – he’s failed to stand up to a historically unpopular Republican president, he’s cheered on the Republican Congress’s effort to steal healthcare from nearly a million Floridians, and his record in Washington and in Florida is as swampy as they come.  Adam Putnam’s priorities in public office have been clear: sweet deals for big business and his own bank accounts, while squarely ignoring the needs and concerns of Florida families.

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“Adam Putnam is truly the problem child for Florida Republicans – he’s been cozying up to and making sweet deals on behalf of the lobbyists and donors that keep him in office for decades, all […]

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Adam Putnam Silent on Senate Tax Bill That Would Devastate Florida’s Schools and Farms

This week, the U.S. Senate is voting on a tax bill that would give tax breaks to the rich at the expense of the working class. The bill slashes student loan deductions, making it harder for low and middle-income students to get ahead. But it gets even worse.

The bill eliminates the state and local tax (SALT) deduction, the Senate bill could demolish public schools in Florida. New data shows that this bill puts over $907 million dollars in annual state revenue for public schools at risk. That totals up to $330 per student and risks the jobs of 6,508 teachers.

Rep. Ron DeSantis voted on the House version of the tax bill, which would take away the deduction for Floridians who have uninsured losses from natural disasters like Hurricanes – which have devastated homes, businesses, and orange groves. But what has Adam Putnam, Florida’s own Ag Commissioner […]

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Miami’s Local 10 Blasts Scott for Lax Nursing Home Regulation

In the latest turn in Rick Scott’s growing nursing home scandal, WPLG Miami has aired an explosive investigation into Gov. Scott for his lax regulation of nursing homes.

This lax regulation has persisted even in the wake of the deaths of 14 seniors at a nursing home following Hurricane Irma, WPLG reveals. And WPLG’s Bob Norman has the answer for Scott’s unconscionable deregulation of nursing homes: campaign cash.

Watch the special report from WPLG:

“Rick Scott’s deregulation of the nursing home industry was driven by his desire for campaign cash, not the health and safety of Florida seniors,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “For seven years Rick Scott’s has been putting what is best for him and his wealthy cronies first, and putting Floridians last — and 14 Florida seniors tragically paid the price.”

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This afternoon, Gov. Rick Scott made his first remarks on gun violence following the shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas. It didn’t go well.

Scott was asked: “Can you tell us what specific actions you’ll be doing to prevent mass shootings like this?”

Rick Scott couldn’t even name one. All he could do was stammer the word “evil” nine times in two minutes, which is probably what his pollster told to say if he ever got flustered.

Watch the video of Rick Scott’s abysmal press gaggle:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKAnXV-iUng

“Rick Scott has no answer to Floridians who are crying out for solutions to the gun violence that is ravaging our communities. From Pulse in Orlando to the First Baptist Church in Sutherland, the problem of mass gun violence demands specific solutions, not pablum. Politicians like Rick Scott who fail to put the lives of Floridians — and all Americans — ahead of […]

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Rick Scott’s Lobbyist Crony Kept Deadly Nursing Home Open

An explosive new report Friday by CBS Miami reveals that in 2014, the State of Florida wanted to close down the nursing home where 14 people died during Hurricane Irma.

After the previous owners were convicted for Medicare fraud, the state planned to shut down the nursing home. However, lobbyist Bill Rubin, a close crony of Rick Scott, kept the troubled nursing home open for a client.

This is the latest twist in the ongoing nursing home scandal involving Rick Scott. After the tragic — and likely preventable — deaths following Hurricane Irma, Scott came under fire for deleting voicemails from the nursing home asking him for immediate help, a key piece of evidence in the investigation into the tragedy.

“This is just another example of Rick Scott putting what’s good for him and his wealthy friends above what’s good for regular Floridians,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “Yet again a wealthy […]

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Questions Pile Up As Rick Scott And Mike Pence Stump Together For Tax Plan in Orlando

Today, Vice President Mike Pence is coming to Orlando to campaign with Gov. Rick Scott for the GOP tax plan that would raise taxes on middle class Floridians and encourage jobs to be shipped overseas.

So it’s no wonder Rick Scott keeps avoiding questions about the GOP tax plan. But as he gets ready to campaign for the passage of this plan that would benefit millionaires like himself, Scott can’t dodge any more.

Here are the key questions Rick Scott needs to answer as he campaigns for the GOP tax plan Pence today:

1. Do you support reducing the tax break for 401(k) retirement plans, which tens of millions of Americans depend on to secure their retirement?

2. How can you support his plan when economic experts — including a former White House adviser for Republican President George H.W. Bush — are sounding the alarm that the GOP tax […]

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Florida Times-Union Editorial: Finally, Word Is Getting Out On The Opioid Crisis

The Florida Times-Union called out Governor Rick Scott in an editorial Friday for putting partisan ideology above Floridians suffering from the escalating opioid crisis.

As detailed in a new five-minute documentary and a 30-page research report released yesterday by American Bridge, Rick Scott’s response to the epidemic has been inadequate and indifferent.

Florida Times Union Editorial: Finally, word is getting out on the opioid crisis
October 12, 2017

The deaths arising from opioid overdoses continue in Jacksonville
Unfortunately, the ideological opposition to Medicaid among many Republicans, including Scott, have denied many Floridians the help they need.
[T]he state Agency for Health Care Administration has proposed budget cuts that would reduce Medicaid payments to hospitals by nearly $1 billion. This would be on top of nearly $500 million in cuts for hospitals during the 2017 legislative session.
A hospital lobbyist called the cuts “devastating” and ‘mind blowing,” as quoted in Sunshine State News.
The state’s approach that uses […]

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A Year After Hurricane Matthew, Counties Ask Rick Scott: Where’s Our Money?

“If you’re not a wealthy insider, Rick Scott just doesn’t care about you. It’s clear that helping North Florida counties recover from catastrophic storms isn’t a priority for Rick Scott — he’s busy helping the wealthy and big corporations get special treatment. After all, he doesn’t have to deal with flooded roads or busted local budgets. He can fly over all that in his private jet,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

Tampa Bay Times: A year after Hurricane Matthew, counties ask Rick Scott: Where’s our money?
By Steve Bousquet, October 12, 2017

“After Hurricane Irma ravaged Florida, an impatient Gov. Rick Scott insisted that all counties remove debris, reopen roads.”
“As the costs of Irma’s Category 4 fury are still being calculated, several North Florida counties hammered by Hurricane Matthew — one year ago — are still waiting to be repaid for the cost of debris removal, road repair and police overtime from […]

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American Bridge Releases New Documentary and Report on Rick Scott’s Opioid Crisis

American Bridge today released a new five-minute documentary and a 30-page research reportholding Governor Rick Scott accountable for his abysmal response to the escalating opioid epidemic in Florida.

The five-minute documentary details Rick Scott’s inadequate and indifferent response to Florida’s opioid crisis, and will be promoted on social media channels to American Bridge’s audience in Florida.

To view American Bridge’s documentary, click here.
To read American Bridge’s report on Florida’s opioid crisis, click here.

“Thousands of Floridians are dying every year from opioid abuse and Rick Scott has done next to nothing to help them,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “No matter how many campaign photo-ops he does now, the truth is Rick Scott has been totally unprepared and absent while the opioid crisis in Florida has exploded, and Floridians won’t let him forget it.”

An estimated 5,300 Floridians died of opioid overdoses last […]

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BREAKING: Miami Herald: Audit Warned Florida’s Hurricane Response System Was ‘Ill-Prepared’ For Disaster

“Wasting money. Haphazard management of supplies. Not enough food or beds. Those are just some of the problems identified by audits of Rick Scott’s emergency management in Florida. While Gov. Scott was busy with self-promotion ahead of Hurricane Irma, his administration was in ‘full scramble mode’ as their failure to plan for disaster was being exposed,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

Miami Herald: Audit warned Florida’s hurricane response system was ‘ill-prepared’ for disaster
By Mary Ellen Klas, Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau

“Long before Florida entered the deadliest hurricane season in a decade, auditors at the state’s Division of Emergency Management sent out a warning: the state was ill-prepared for a major disaster.”
“[I]n audit after audit in recent years, inspectors warned that haphazard management of supplies, poor record keeping and inadequate preparation threatened the state’s ability to respond to a natural disaster.
“Food and water supplies at the distribution center in Orlando were inadequate.”
“Auditors found […]

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