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Congressional candidate Jolly calls for replacing controversial flood insurance program



   Pinellas Republican congressional candidate David Jolly says delaying controversial changes to the National Flood Insurance Program is a good start at reform, but not enough.

   He recommends replacing it with a National Disaster Insurance Program. This would not only cover the flooding that Floridians fear, but also other disasters that affect other parts of the country.

   According to a release from Jolly's campaign:

   "The costliest natural disasters in the last 30 years have included hurricanes, droughts, wildfires, earthquakes and floods.  Federal disaster assistance is often required to cover losses where insurance does not.  Jolly further explained that a Natural Disaster Insurance Program would reduce future federal disaster aid by aggregating the risk of communities from across the country into a common-risk pool reflecting the exposure of all regions – the Pacific Coast to earthquakes; the Northwest to snow and volcanoes; the West to wildfires and drought; the Midwest to tornadoes, drought and flooding; the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to ice, flooding and earthquakes; and the South to hurricanes, tornadoes and flooding."

   Jolly is a Republican running for Congress in the seat left vacant by the Oct. 18 death of  longtime Republican U.S. Rep. C.W. BIll Young. A special election has been called, with a Jan. 14 primary and a March 11 general election.

   Jolly is running against state Rep. Kathleen Peters and retired Marine Corps Reserve Brigadier General Mark Bircher for the Republican nomination to the seat.

   Former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink is the Democratic candidate and commercial diver Luke Overby is the Libertarian candidate. A write-in candidate, Michael S. Levinson, also is running.


[Last modified: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 12:27pm]


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