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Fla GOP notices Nan Rich

Great news for longshot Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Rich: The Florida GOP is attacking her.

Here's the GOP press release, which Rich presumably would love to forward to every Democratic primary voter:


Former State Senate Minority Leader Nan Rich Says Democrats Should Have Liberal South Floridian Like Her As Gubernatorial Nominee. "For 10 years, political pros have taken it almost as gospel that the strongest statewide Democratic candidates are centrists from Florida's top battleground region of Tampa Bay. But 2014 gubernatorial hopeful Nan Rich says that's bunk. 'We tried that three times, and we had three good candidates - we had Jim Davis, Alex Sink and Bill McBride,' Rich said Monday, referring to the last three Democratic nominees for governor. 'And you know what? We didn't win. So let's try something new. Let's try someone from South Florida.'" (Adam C. Smith, "Democrat Nan Rich Says She's Ready To Take On Florida Gov. Rick Scott," The Tampa Bay Times, 5/20/13)

Rich Receives Endorsement From Florida NOW, "Has A Long History As A Liberal." "The political arm of the National Organization for Women has issued an early endorsement for Nan Rich, dark horse Democratic contender for governor. According to an announcement from Rich's campaign, Donna Slutiak, president of NOW's political arm, called Rich 'the best hope for Florida's women.' Rich, a former state senator from Weston, has a long history as a liberal on issues including abortion, gay rights and other social issues." (William March, "Rich Gets NOW Endorsement," The Tampa Bay Tribune, 5/21/13)


Rich Voted For State Funding Of Any And All Abortions. "CS/HB 97 passed the House on April 27, 2011.  The bill was amended by the Senate on April 28, 2011, and subsequently passed the House on May 4, 2011.  The bill was approved by the Governor on June 2, 2011, chapter 2011-111, Laws of Florida, and takes effect July 1, 2011 ... Under the PPACA, states are given the express right to prohibit abortion coverage for any health plans offered through an exchange if the state enacts a law to provide for such prohibition. Additionally, the PPACA specifies that the Act shall not preempt or have any effect on state laws regarding the prohibition of (or requirement of) coverage, funding, or procedural requirements on abortions. CS/HB 97 makes substantial changes to the insurance code and creates sections 627.64995, 641.31099, and 627.66996, and amends section 627.6515 Florida Statutes. This bill prohibits the use of state or federal funds to provide coverage for abortions in health insurance policies purchased through health insurance exchanges created under the PPACA." (FINAL BILL ANALYSIS HB 97/ SB 1414 4/28/2011, ROLL CALL)

Rich Voted Against Parental Notification Of Minor's Abortion After It Was Approved By Public. "In 1999, the Legislature created the "Parental Notice of Abortion Act" (Act), which requires that a physician performing or inducing the termination of the pregnancy of a minor must give at least 48 hours notice of the intention to terminate the pregnancy to one of the minor's parents or legal guardians.  The Act provides for a judicial waiver of the notice requirement under certain circumstances... HB 1659 implements the constitutional amendment.  It re-enacts most of the Act.  This bill requires that a physician must give 48 hours actual notice of the physician's intent to perform or induce the termination of a minor's pregnancy to one of the minor's parents or to the legal guardian of the minor.  This bill provides exceptions to the notice requirement if a medical emergency exists and there is insufficient time to comply with  the notice requirements or if notice is waived by the minor who is or has been married or has had the disability of nonage removed.  This bill provides for a judicial waiver of the notice requirement."  (HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES STAFF ANALYSIS HB 1659/SB 1908, ROLL CALL)

Rich Voted Against Additional Parental Notifications Of Abortion. "HB 1247 passed the House on April 27, 2011, and subsequently passed the Senate on May 5, 2011. The bill was approved by the Governor on June 24, 2011, chapter 2011-227, Laws of Florida, and becomes effective the earlier of October 1, 2011, or upon the adoption of rules and forms by the Florida Supreme Court for purposes of incorporating the bill's amendments to s. 390.01114, F.S. ... HB 1247 makes several revisions to the parental notification law including: Adding a requirement that constructive notice of a minor's abortion must be mailed to the parent or legal guardian via first class mail in addition to certified mail. Requiring that actual notice provided by telephone be followed up with written confirmation. Requiring that when abortions are performed due to a medical emergency that the physician make reasonable attempts whenever possible, and without endangering the life of the minor, to contact the parent or legal guardian. Requiring follow up notification to the parent or legal guardian after an abortion is performed due to a medical emergency." (FINAL BILL ANALYSIS HB 1247/SB 1770 5/05/2011, ROLL CALL)

 Rich Voted Against Non-Profit Appropriation Of "Choose Life" License Plate. "HB 501 passed the House on April 27, 2011, and subsequently passed the Senate on May 6, 2011, with amendments. The amended bill passed the House on May 6, 2011. The bill was approved by the Governor on June 21, 2011, chapter 2011-186, Laws of Florida, and becomes effective July 1, 2011. The bill amends statutory provisions regarding annual use fees collected by the sale of the "Choose Life" specialty license plate. The bill provides that annual use fees from the sale of "Choose Life" specialty license plates are to be distributed directly from DHSMV to Choose Life, Inc., a Florida non-profit corporation. Choose Life, Inc., becomes the entity responsible for identifying eligible recipients within each Florida county and distributing funds to those recipients." (FINAL BILL ANALYSIS HB 501/ SB 196 5/06/2011, ROLL CALL)

Rich Chastised Her Own Party For Not Unifying On Abortion Issue. "...It was the second time in three days that Democrats have aired hurt feelings publicly. Sens. Gwen Margolis, D-North Miami Beach, and Nan Rich, D-Weston, chastised their party Monday for considering a 'lockdown' - a united front - a slightly stronger caucus position encouraging party members to unite against some GOP bills. Rich and Margolis said the mostly male caucus never call for partisan unity on abortion or other issues women members have stressed in recent sessions." (Bill Cotterell, "Black Democrats Feel Jilted; Claim Party Loyalty Is Often One-Sided" The Tallahassee Democrat, 5/5/05)


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