Aug
23
2015
1

Florida Democratic state DA caught up in Ashley Madison hack.

NAME!
THAT!
PARTY!!!!!

Jeff Ashton, the state attorney for Orange and Osceola counties, will hold a press conference Sunday according to his spokeswoman Angela Starke.

[snip]

Starke did not say what Ashton would be speaking about, but the press conference announcement comes the day after a published report on the website East Orlando Post linked Ashton’s name to the leak of data from the Ashley Madison website.

It’s a shame that the Orlando Sentinel didn’t look up… the Orlando Sentinel on this one; then they might have noted that Jeff Ashton is a Democrat.  Then again, possibly they might not have, either.  It’s always a craps shoot with the newspapers when it comes to this game.

Moe Lane

Aug
05
2015
1

Oh, shucks: AHCA finds that Planned Parenthood in Florida isn’t following all the rules.

Live by the regulatory State, get royally screwed by it:

Three of the 16 Planned Parenthood facilities inspected in Florida last week were performing procedures beyond their licensing authority, and one facility was not keeping proper logs relating to fetal remains, officials announced Wednesday.

The Agency for Health Care Administration released a report saying clinics in St. Petersburg, Fort Myers and Naples were performing second-trimester abortions when they were only licensed to perform first-trimester abortions. The report also found that a Pembroke Pines clinic was not following its own procedures for the labeling and dating of the disposal of fetal remains.

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Jul
27
2015
7

Tweet of the Day, Who Wants Some Good News in FL-SEN? edition.

Here you go.

Chris Cillizza was succinct.

Also, accurate.

Jul
25
2015
11

Scenes from the People’s Glorious Revolutionary Crusade Against Decadent BBQ Smoke!

Alternate title: …Geez.  White people. Except, I don’t know if the Florida woman who enlisted county government in her ongoing neighborhood feud is white. One mustn’t stereotype. But my unabashedly knee-jerk sympathies aren’t with her:

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Jul
20
2015
8

Charlie Crist is almost certainly going to run for FL-13. …As a Democrat. …I THINK?

(Via @Aaron_RS) This is gonna be surreal.

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist all but announced his intentions to run for Congress in a Tampa Bay-area House seat that will likely be redrawn to include his home, have more Democrats and lack an incumbent.

“If the new congressional map includes my home, I intend on running to serve the people again,” Crist said in a Twitter post on Monday afternoon.

As the story notes: this is not an Alan Grayson kind of situation.  A redrawn FL-13 is, on paper, a good fit for the former governor and former Republican and former Senatorial candidate and former Independent… who presumably will be staying a Democrat for this race, because that’s a lot of ‘formers.’ And with incumbent David Jolly deciding to run for Senate, Crist might actually win. (more…)

Jul
16
2015
8

Alan Grayson ahead of Pat Murphy in first statewide Florida DEM primary poll.

Do you believe in miracles? 

Oh, don’t tease me like this.

The first statewide survey of the [Florida] Democratic Senate race since [Alan] Grayson formally announced his campaign found Grayson leading [Patrick] Murphy by nearly seven points – 30 to 23 percent. Just over 17 percent said “someone else,” and 22 percent are undecided.

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Jul
10
2015
4

Charlie Crist returns! …AGAIN. AND AGAIN. AND AGAIN. AND AGAIN.

Dear Lord, does this man not have any hobbies?

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is strongly considering a political comeback in 2016 now that a new state Supreme Court ruling nearly guarantees that a swing congressional seat will be redrawn to rope in his home along with a gaggle of Democrats, sources tell POLITICO.

Via @rumpfshaker.  Mind you, we’re all just assuming that Charlie Crist will run as a Democrat, and not as a Green, or a Reform, or a Libertarian… OK, if it’s going to be one of those three it will have to be as a Libertarian, precisely because the idea of Crist running as a libertarian boggles the mind.  The point is – well, I guess the point is: dear Lord, does this man not have any hobbies?  And I am being nice; the alternative possibility is that Charlie Crist has some sort of compulsive disorder* that requires him to be constantly running for office. (more…)

Jul
09
2015
7

Tweet of the Day, The Florida-SEN Dem Primary Will Be Everything We Hoped edition.

It may even be… EPIC*.

Moe Lane

*Yes, sorry.

Jun
30
2015
15

Are you ready for …AMBASSADOR Charlie Crist? (Cuba.)

Oh, God, the Senate confirmation hearings.  THE CONFIRMATION HEARINGS. Marco Rubio can keep asking Charlie questions in Spanish.

This would be like candy to Rick and me and the rest of our sort.  CANDY.  We’d go nuts.

May
13
2015
5

Ah, the 2016 Senate race. I cannot wait for the Democratic DEEP HURTING*.

I haven’t decided whether this Washington Post article on Alan Grayson is an attempt to warm him up to the Beltway, or else warn the Beltway about him. Probably the latter: you don’t say things like “[h]is campaign Web [site] … liberally uses ALL CAPS, which gives you a sense of what a possible Grayson for Senate campaign would be like” in This Town when you’re trying to be nice.  On the other hand, there is one really important thing that the WaPo should have been mentioned about Alan Grayson, but neglected to.  To wit: in 2010 Alan Grayson had his head handed to him in FL-08, and that was as an incumbent.  Daniel Webster winning with 56% of the vote was enough to get Grayson scurrying for another district. (more…)

May
05
2015
4

Alan Grayson (D, FL) wants to assign his House seat to his girlfriend.

Speaking as a Republican propagandist and general troublemaker, I love Florida: I truly do.  It never disappoints me.  Case in point: not only is Alan Grayson running for Senate – because, hey, why would the Democrats want to have both Senate seats in Florida, right? – but he wants his girlfriend to take over his House seat (H/T: @TheRickWilson). “As Florida Rep. Alan Grayson mulls a Senate campaign to the consternation of national Democrats, his girlfriend is quietly preparing her own bid to succeed Grayson in the House, POLITICO has learned.” Her name is Dena Minning, and while under normal circumstances I would readily concede that somebody with a doctorate in biochemistry isn’t a bad get for a House seat in this particular case that’s more than offset by the fact that Dr. Minning apparently thinks that it’s a good idea to date Alan Grayson*.

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Feb
06
2015
7

Quote of the Day, @TheRickWilson Tells It Like It Is About An Alan Grayson Senate Campaign edition.

Oh, this is some prime stuff. Gold. Gold, Jerry!

Republicans, for their part, seem positively giddy at the prospect of [Alan] Grayson in a Senate general election. As Rick Wilson, a prominent Republican consultant in Florida, chortled, “He’d be a mixture of Sharron Angle, Todd Akin, and Hannibal Lecter.” While Wilson said Grayson would be nearly unbeatable in a Democratic primary, he gave him little chance in a statewide election in November. Wilson did add the caveat that he could see a path to victory for Grayson “if all the other Republican candidates were found to be part of a child pornography ring.”

…Yeah, maybe a little unfair to Sharron Angle, but she did under-perform.

Via @BenjySarlin, whose quote of the title (“Florida’s Craziest Liberal Wants to Be a Senator. It’s Nice to Want Things.”) reminds me of one of my late father’s favorite sayings (“It’s Good To Want.”). So I am actually well-disposed and beaming serenely at the the Daily Beast, at this precise moment in time.  …Yeah, I dunno how long that’ll last, either.  Hopefully until after lunch?  I like cheerful lunches.

Moe Lane

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