Former Florida governor James E. (“JEB”) Bush announced weeks ago that he is running for the Presidency of this country. He and the bat-guano-crazy Donald Trump are part of a demented field for the 2016 “GOP” presodential nomination. It consists of the 16 Horsemen of the Apocalpse plus Carly Fiorna. The reason thatI am concerned about Bush is that he is slick enough to pull the wool over enough people’s eyes to win in November.
As a resident of Florida, I have experienced the vileness of James E. Bush when he was governor from 1998-2006. He brought back the patronage system by eliminating the civil service system implemented by previous reform governors. He eliminated the Board of Regents and stacked iit’s replacement with conservative appointees. When activists staged a sitin at his office he told guards/police to “kick their [expletive deleted]s out! He was so mean that people were afraid to talk about how mean he was until he was out of office.
More recently he has said that workers do not work long enough hours and that he thinks Medicare should be phased out. Do not be fooled by his charisma and his efforts to moderate and soften his image. This man is a cruel extremist from an oligarchic family. We need him in the White House like a hole in the head.
The Florida National Organization for Women is had its state convention in Venice, Florida this past weekend. I wish that this event, held by one of the finest organizations around, got more coverage. Far be it from the corporate, allegedly liberal media to pay much attention to progressive organizations.
This one is greatly needed. The reproductive rights of women are under attack across the nation, including in Florida, where the Republicans dominate the state legislature and one of the county’s most pernicious rogue governors was re-elected last year. Progress in narrowing the wage gap is slow. Women make up only 20% of the members of Congress. We still have not had a woman president and the woman who is the front-runner for the next term in the White House is mired in themselves fr scandal. Federally mandated unpaid leave is useless to most women and we have no paid-leave law.
We have a long to go towards equality for women. Feminist organizing is imperative. Progress is being slowed to a crawl by conservative excuse-making and male resistance. Men react to the efforts of women to free themselves from the shackles of stereotypes and glass ceilings by increasing the machismo and darkness and considering ares penetrated by women to be female. One one wonders if in the future men will end up living in caves and swing clubs like their ancestors because they consider everything else to be female.
This is the problem: dividing everything into male and female and heaping disrespect onto what is considered female. The time has come, is long past actually, to stop stereotyping people and to respect subjects and activities that have been identified with women. Enough is enough.
The Federal Election Commission is seeking comments on how to improve regulations governing disclosure of campaign contributions until January 15 (next Thursday). This is our chance to push for them to require full disclosure, which the public has a right to. With the DISCLOSE Act stalled in the Congress, FEC action is imperative and urgent. Please use the above link to find the link to the appropriate FEC page.
In related news, according to Common Cause an anti-corruption ballot referendum passed in Tallahassee, Florida. According to represent.us, the margin was approximately 2 to 1. Finally, according to the Huffington Post, the anti-corruption act includes:
- lower limits on campaign contributions
- a citizen-funding system
- an independent authority to investigate campaigns.
This is a major victory, and by all accounts it was won with a left-right coalition that actually included members of the Tea Party. Hopefully it is the first of many triumphs. Democracy, fairness, and decency demand it.
Marriage equality became the rule in all 67 of the counties of Florida today! Even rogue AG Pam Bondi had to concede the inevitability of this development and wished couples well. Clerks in some counties have resorted to ceasing to perform marriages at all, but they are still required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Now we need a statewide ENDA in Florida and one nationwide. Rights for transgendered people are also essential.
Marriage equality is also sweeping the country, as the above chart from thenewcivilrightsmovement.com shows. They estimate that 70% of gay men and lesbians in this country live in a place where same-sex marriage is legal. Sometimes the “good guys” win in the end.
Big it news here in Florida! Equality Florida has launched TransAction Florida! TransAction Florida is an initiative to promote equality for transgender people. It has a Facebook page and a Twitter feed so far.
Also of note is that Florida State Rep. Holly Raschein has proposed the Florida Competitive Workforce Act. This legislation would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the state law prohibiting discrimination.
Finally, the appeals of the handful of district court decisions striking down Florida’s gay marriage ban have been consolidated. The 11th circuit court of appeals has refused to overrule the expiration of the stay on the district court ruling. This means that, barring intervention by the right-wing U.S a Supreme Court, same-sex marriage will be legal in Florida! 🎈🎉🎈🎉🎈 Hurray!
This post was mostly sourced from Equality Florida.
This election cycle we have the chance to rid this country of the rogue governors who were elected in 2010:
Paul LePage (Maine)
Tom Corbett (Pennsylvania)
Rick Scott (Florida)
Rick Snyder (Michigan)
Scott Walker (Wisconsin)
All are being challenged, all are in tight races except for Corbett who is being routed by Democrat Tom Wolf. The race between Scott and Democrat Charles Crist in Florida is particularly close.
Let us get out and give these turkeys pink slips!
, Tell TV Networks to Stop Running Misleading Koch Brother Ads | Democrats.com. The Kochs are not only trying to buy control of congress, they are spreading lies to that end. That buck stops here. The Republican Party and the dreadful Mitch McConnell must not be allowed to take control of the U.S. Senate. The consequences are too painful to contemplate. Also, the “GOP”‘s rogue governors, Synder in Michigan, LePage in Maine, Walker in Wisconsin, Corbett in Pennsylvania, and Scott here in Florida, must be prevented from securing re-election. The dismantling of corporate control begins Nov. 4!