Category Archives: Jeb Bush

Charlie Crist DEAD WRONG on Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush left the Governor’s office over six years ago, yet his influence continues to permeate our state. This past weekend, Charlie Crist the Democratic front runner for Governor made a ridiculous statement for the ages. “Yeah, I think he (Bush) probably would (make a good president). He made a great governor, in my humble …

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Rick Scott’s Florida: Examples of why #ItsNotWorking, with Commentary

We here at the Florida Squeeze have long planned on doing a series regarding Rick Scott’s unfulfilled job promises and misleading job claims in early 2014. A simple narrative had developed that Governor Scott has put Floridians to work after Governor Crist cost the state jobs. This, however, is a simplistic way of looking at …

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Florida GOP tax breaks do not always add up

Yesterday, the Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald ran an earth shattering investigation into Governor Rick Scott’s failure to bring more jobs to the state of Florida. As we’ve noted regularly on this site, the type of middle-wage and high-wage professional jobs that Florida needs have tended to not transpire under the leadership of our …

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The Crist Files: Charlie Crist and school “choice”

Many leaders of Florida’s Teachers Union have made it clear that they find Governor Charlie Crist, now seeking a return to the office he quit four years ago an acceptable choice. While it is entirely possible Crist’s views on education have evolved swiftly over the past few years, his record is very poor especially when …

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The Crist Files: When Republican Charlie Crist took on Jeb Bush and the GOP

As we continue our look at former Governor Charlie Crist it is important to note that while a partisan Republican for much of his time in office, he did take on his party on some issues. The GOP finally gained the Attorney General’s office for the first time post reconstruction in 2002. That year a …

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Tony Bennett Controversy: Jeb Bush’s Dangerous Education Agenda

With the Tony Bennett news I wanted to write some analysis, but since I am very pressed for time today with other items, here is a piece from the last week of the 2013 session about Jeb Bush’s education agenda from a historical perspective. From May 1, 2013: Jeb Bush left the Governor’s office over …

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Old trial with Jeb Bush resurfaces

From the Tampa Bay Times…This issue regarding Bush could have been a major talking point in campaign 1998, but Buddy MacKay, a dignified and humble public servant the likes this state has rarely seen since choose not to drag the campaign into the mud. MacKay’s efforts to elevate the discourse by talking about issues and …

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PolitiFact rates FDP claim “false. ” Really?

I applaud the Florida Democratic Party for finally making the subject of cronyism and corruption in Florida an issue in statewide politics. For years, I have begged Democrats to make this the central issue of our state. A state where the GOP’s Soviet-styled control of every arm of state government. PolitiFact focuses on the claims …

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The Voting Rights Act and Florida: Historical challenges in light of the Supreme Court decision

Tuesday’s ill-advised and unfortunate Supreme Court decision regarding the voting rights act recalls the shameful specter of potential voter purges and racially motivated disenfranchisement that characterized Florida and the American South prior to 1965. While much of the caricature of the south during that era has been drawn in hindsight by a guilty northern-dominated press …

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Zest of the Day: Have Floridians Become Straight Ticket Voters?

Interesting analysis from Dave Trotter at “How the World Votes.” He hits some important voting trends in the state but also seems to ignore some other mitigating factors. Still a highly recommended read. I have noted more and more straight ticket voting in Florida since let’s say since the 1988 Election where George Bush got …

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