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2036499 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2011-02-24 18:13:05.0 UTC 2011-02-24T13:13:05.000-05:00 content/would-republican-senator-sue-stop-rick-scott-killing-bullet-train published 2011-02-24 18:13:05.0 UTC 2011-02-24T13:13:05.000-05:00 drupal 105496 The high-speed rail drama is showing little sign of abating. Now, it could become more than just a tale of flip-floppery by some pols, or an intense debate over Florida's future transportation and its financial health. Word in the halls of the Legislature is that some Republican lawmakers are thinking of filing a court action to stop Gov. Rick Scott from killing the bullet train. Just what the action would be is unclear. The man at the center of the talk: Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, who's known as the "legal brains" of the Senate. So what does Simmons say? Nothing. When asked if he were considering a lawsuit, here was his response: "I think it’s premature to talk about that. I really can’t talk right now. I really appreciate you calling." But you realize that if you say no comment, it suggests you're considering a suit? "Well, I'm not saying that," Simmons said. "But I can't comment." A majority of the Florida Senate has already penned a letter to the USDOT asking it to sidestep Scott's order. Some members are being pressured to strip their names from the letter. The fact that a Republican senator wouldn't pour cold water on the idea of suing a Republican governor speaks volumes about Scott's relationship with the Legislature. Add to that Sen. J.D. Alexander's displeasure over Scott's handling the sale of the state plane, and it's going to be quite a lawmaking session. Marc Caputo the-buzz-florida-politics Rick Scott,bullet train Would a Republican senator sue to stop Rick Scott from killing bullet train? templatedata/tampabaytimes/BlogArticle/data/the-buzz-florida-politics/2011/02/24/105496-would-republican-senator-sue-stop-rick-scott-killing-bullet-train BlogArticle The high-speed rail drama is showing little sign of abating. Now, it could become more than just a tale of flip-floppery by some pols, or an intense debate over Florida's future transportation and its financial health.Rick Scott,bullet trainRick Scott,bullet trainMarc Caputo 997880 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:55:40.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:55:40.000-04:00 marc-caputo published Marc Caputo <p>Marc Caputo covers state politics for the <i>Miami Herald</i>, in partnership with the <i>Tampa Bay Times</i>.</p> Miami Herald writers DTI 50590682 Marc Caputo covers state politics for the Miami Herald, in partnership with the Tampa Bay Times. <p>Email: <a href="mailto:mcaputo@MiamiHerald.com">mcaputo@miamiherald.com</a></p><p>Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/MarcACaputo">@MarcACaputo</a></p> 1 /resources/images/dti/2013/03/marc_caputo_wp_10487552.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/50590682-marc-caputo AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:55:40.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:55:40.000-04:00 2281575 2016-06-14 12:04:17.0 UTC 2 Months Ago marco-the-disrupter-rubios-senate-bid-would-upend-fellow-republicans the-buzz-florida-politics Marco the disrupter: Rubio's Senate bid would upend fellow Republicans BlogArticle 2262414 2016-01-22 17:58:18.0 UTC 7 Months Ago gov-rick-scott-skipping-state-republicans-annual-meeting the-buzz-florida-politics Gov. Rick Scott skipping state Republicans annual meeting BlogArticle 2267845 2016-03-03 20:24:02.0 UTC 6 Months Ago gov-rick-scott-says-he-is-not-endorsing-any-republican-for-president the-buzz-florida-politics Gov. Rick Scott says he will not endorse a candidate for the Republican nomination BlogArticle <p>The high-speed rail drama is showing little sign of abating. Now, it could become more than just a tale of flip-floppery by some pols, or an intense debate over Florida's future transportation and&nbsp;its financial health.</p> <p>Word in the halls of the Legislature is that some Republican lawmakers are thinking of filing a court action to stop Gov. Rick Scott from killing the bullet train. Just what the action would be is unclear. The man at the center of the talk: Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, who's known as the &quot;legal brains&quot; of the Senate.</p> <p>So what does Simmons say? Nothing. When asked if he were considering a lawsuit, here was his response: &quot;I think it’s premature to talk about that. I really can’t talk right now. I really appreciate you calling.&quot;</p> <p>But you realize that if you say no comment, it suggests you're considering a suit?</p> <p>&quot;Well, I'm not saying that,&quot; Simmons said. &quot;But I can't comment.&quot;</p> <p>A majority of the Florida Senate has already penned a letter to the USDOT asking it to sidestep Scott's order. Some members are being pressured to strip their names from the letter.</p> <p>The fact that a Republican senator wouldn't pour cold water on the idea of suing a Republican governor speaks volumes about Scott's relationship with the Legislature. Add to that Sen. J.D. Alexander's displeasure over Scott's handling the sale of the state plane, and it's going to be quite a lawmaking session.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:40:05