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Originally posted on Feeling Blue in a Red State:
UPDATE NUMBER 2: After a few days of waiting, I finally got a detailed breakdown of travel expenses paid for by the State of Nebraska for the last 8 years. You will not f**king believe what I found.
1.) Only once in 8 years was Amanda in the top 5 in travel spending.
2.) In the last 8 years, one person overwhelmingly dominated travel expenditures: Deb Fischer. Before becoming a US Senator, Fischer racked up (you will not believe this) $27,772 just from 2006-2011. In 2007-2008, Fischer spent $9638.
3.) The top 3 total spenders in the last 8 years: Fischer ($27,772), Vickie McDonald ($19,638), and Bill Avery ($18,917). During that same span, Amanda spent $12,865. In 8 years, Amanda spent less THAN HALF of what Fischer spent in 5.
4.) Let’s give the other side their due: In 2012-2013, Amanda was the top spender…by $11. For context, she spent…
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Christie urges Brevard voters to give Crist title of Loser
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was characteristically blunt in firing up a crowd of about 200 supporters of fellow Republican Rick Scott, the Florida governor in a tight race for re-election.
Most of the online buzz about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is still focused on his recent statement:
This doesn’t mean that Christie is so tired of Americans being overworked and underpaid that he wants the minimum wage raised without any further discussion.
The opposite is true.
Christie voted against raising New Jersey’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50 an hour, despite the good people of New Jersey paying him $175,000 a year, plus benefits.
It stands to reason that any candidate accepting Christie’s support is also “tired of hearing about the minimum wage” … tired in a way that will keep constituents overworked and underpaid.
Since the day he took office, Governor Scott had a lot of governmental business to address in Brevard County … Gannett’s Florida Today turf. Brevard, to the best of my knowledge, still has the most unresolved conviction corruption of any county in Florida.
It’s no wonder that Florida Today is becoming more shameless in stringing together quotes in support of a governor that doesn’t believe in justice.
They need Scott to serve a second term to help them keep it under wraps just how many corrupt government personnel they’ve helped put (and keep) on the public payroll, some of whom they assisted, after their retirement, with articles that whitewashed over historic corruption, so that former the “public servants” could happily into new careers … often at the local college.
Conversely, couldn’t-care-less-about-constituents Rick Scott needs Gannett’s newspapers and news stations.
So does Chris Christie, obviously.
Who else is going to describe Christie as “blunt” when he’s instead just clueless and crude.
” … it appears the [Florida] DOC never asked the companies bidding on its contracts to disclose their litigation histories, which is standard procedure in contract bidding. Had they done so, they would have discovered that Corizon has been sued 660 times for malpractice in the last five years alone.”
Originally posted on Dispatches from the Underclass:
Under the leadership of Republican Governor Rick Scott and a GOP-controlled legislature, Florida has embarked on a massive push for the privatization of prison healthcare services.
Most recently, the Florida Department of Corrections awarded a $1.2 billion, five-year contract to Corizon, a Tennessee-based prison healthcare provider that began serving 41 correctional facilities in August. This comes on top of a $240 million, five-year contract awarded to Pittsburgh-based Wexford Health Sources late last year to provide medical services to state inmates at nine South Florida facilities.
But it appears the DOC never asked the companies bidding on its contracts to disclose their litigation histories, which is standard procedure in contract bidding.
Had they done so, they would have discovered that Corizon has been sued 660 times for malpractice in the last five years alone. A Miami Herald investigation found that, “Nearly half of those cases remain open. Of those that are closed…
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Mumia Abu-Jamal: “As a governor and as an attorney and a member of the…
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Families of abused inmates protest at the Capitol
These family members say they want answers and they might have gotten them.
Secretary Mike Crews met with them after they went to the governors office. Crews said he thanked them for talking to him about their concerns and assured them that they will take the allegations with the department seriously.As for Campos, the two people accused of killing her son have been indicted for his murder.
The way the above Gannett copy reads, it would seem that protesters were able to successfully meet with Florida Governor Rick Scott.
Rick Scott serves only Rick Scott: Floridians with legitimate grievances are of no interest to him, even while he’s running for a second term.
According to sources speaking to George Mallinckrodt, author of Getting Away With Murder, neither Governor Rick Scott or Attorney General Lopez-Canter would speak to the still-grieving or still-worried family and friends of dead or endangered inmates. George wrote:
Any answers the protester “might have gotten” from Department of Correction’s Secretary Michael Crews must be viewed in this ice cold light: the DoC is being investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), whose history of being unable to sort fact from fiction has been ruining and ending lives for all of this century, the result of practice-making-perfect behaviors in the previous century.
There’s an unmistakable tip-off on the FDLE’s ongoing illegitimacy:
Gretl Plessinger, former spokesperson for the FL DoC when many deaths, beatings and other inmate abuses occurred, is now the spokesperson for the FDLE … in other words, someone that obviously must be investigated is in charge of saying who’s being investigated, and how.
The “might have gotten” answers that protests didn’t actually get is standard fare. Hardly anything is the way the mainstream media portrays it, aside from who’s behind the “news” you’re watching … Gannett owns CBS, NBC and ABC stations.
Despite retention or sale of “brands,” media moguls have a shared goal – they’re prioritized their greed ahead of human need. They’re succeeding in many “markets” in having the majority of citizens vote against their own best interests.
Again: Rick Scott serves only Rick Scott; Floridians with legitimate grievances are of no interest to him, not even when he’s running for a second term.
He’s very confident that Gannett, CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, etc., will keep you suffiently stupid enough to vote for him again.
Surprise him. And them. Vote against Rick Scott.