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Scott talks dance, but is silent on TV blackout bill

Gov. Rick Scott punted a question about Sen. Mike Fasano's bill (SB 836) that would ban television blackouts for sports teams that take public money during a wide-ranging radio interview Monday.

Rather than say whether he supported the idea, Scott told WNRP-AM host Rob Williams that taxes should be "fair" and talked about his push to give more tax breaks to businesses.

During the interview with the conservative Pensacola station, Scott said he supported the idea of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal as a vice presidential candidate.

Scott said he attended the Florida-LSU football game with Jindal in Baton Rouge, La., on Oct. 8 and came away impressed.

"He's well-liked. He's a nice person to deal with. He clearly cares about people. He's willing to make tough choices," Scott said. "So I think he would make a great vice president."

Scott also talked about his most recent "Let's Get to Work Day," which included time on a Carnival Cruise Lines ship in the Port of Miami.

"Did you see me dancing on the Carnival Cruise Line?" Scott asked Williams.

"Ah, I did not see that," Williams said.

"Oh, you missed it," Scott said. "I'm an unbelievable dancer as you would expect."

"It wouldn't surprise me at all," Williams said.

Scott laughed. "Don't worry. It's not true."

Dem urges 'vote from home'

U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami, appeared on liberal commentator Roland Martin's television show to discuss her plan to get around Florida's controversial new voting law.

Wilson wants people to vote absentee, because that does not require a state identification card. "We're not calling it 'absentee ballots,' because people don't like that," she said on the program, which airs on TV One. "So, it's 'vote from home.' And we have a postcard that you can mail today to be placed on the list to get an absentee ballot when it's time for them to be released."

Wilson's office says you'll hear more from her as she is "ramping up her national TV and radio interviews, with a specific focus on Republican-led voter suppression in FL."

The Florida law reduces the number of days of early voting from 14 to eight; requires voters who move from county-to-county and who update their addresses at the polls to cast provisional ballots; requires third-party groups that register voters to submit forms within 48 hours or face penalties; and reduces the validity of voters' signatures on initiative petitions from four years to two.

Critics say the changes were designed to suppress Democratic turnout in a year when President Barack Obama might need a victory in Florida to secure his re-election.

Crist aide wants House seat

Dane Eagle, longtime travel aide to former Gov. Charlie Crist and a Cape Coral mortgage broker, announced this week that he will seek the open state House seat vacated by fellow Republican Rep. Gary Aubuchon, R-Cape Coral.

Eagle, 28, graduated from the University of Florida in 2005 with a degree in economics. From there he worked for Crist as a travel assistant, deputy chief of staff and then finance director during Crist's unsuccessful 2010 bid for U.S. Senate as an independent candidate. Now Eagle works for his family's business, Eagle Realty of Southwest Florida. His father, Greg Eagle, was a major Crist supporter.

Eagle's immediate challenge could be explaining his loyalty to Crist to fiercely conservative Republican voters in Aubuchon's district.

"I was a young guy with an opportunity, and nobody's going to say no to that," he said. "It's unfortunate how it turned out."

Aubuchon wants to replace U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV, now vying for a seat in the U.S. Senate.

Scott talks dance, but is silent on TV blackout bill 11/08/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 9:50am]
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