12/08/13 State Roundup
Fox analyst Brit Hume said Sunday that President Barack Obama's decision to start talking about income inequality and raising the minimum wage was a political calculation to shift discussion away from the health care law.
If so, it worked.
In between tributes to former South African President Nelson Mandela, the Sunday news shows devoted significant time to debating whether to raise the federal minimum wage, which has stood at $7.25 an hour since 2009....
Coming Friday on tampabay.com and miamiherald.com (and Sunday in both print editions), the first of a three-part series investigating Gov. Rick Scott's record on jobs. Here's a video preview.
At a speech Monday in San Francisco, a young man yelled at President Barack Obama and urged the president to overhaul the nation's immigration system.
"Mr. Obama, my family has been separated for 19 months now!" the man said.
Obama continued trying to speak, but the man continued yelling, saying at one point: "You have a power to stop deportation for all undocumented immigrants in this country." The heckler was identified as Ju Hong, 24, of South Korea....
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin returned to the Sunday news show circuit to pitch a new book and talk about the health care law with Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace.
In a taped interview, Wallace asked Palin about the issues of the moment: the problems surrounding the rollout of the health care law and the decision by Senate Democrats to stop the ability of Republicans to filibuster judicial and presidential appointments....
President Barack Obama and Democratic supporters of the health care law took another beating on the Sunday news shows, with hosts across the dial criticizing the president's rhetoric and the law's troubled rollout.
ABC's This Week declared "Presidency in Crisis," while NBC's Meet the Press called it the "Obamacare 'fumble.' "
"It may be the lowest moment of his presidency," Meet the Press host David Gregory said to open his show....
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie dodged questions about whether he'd run for president in 2016 while at the same time presenting himself as a problem-solving executive on the Sunday news shows.
In interviews on CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox, Christie said he was focused on being governor of New Jersey, a post to which he was convincingly re-elected last week.
"In New Jersey … we confront problems, we debate them, we argue about them, we get to the table, we come to an agreement," Christie said on ABC's This Week. "In Washington, that seems to almost never happen."...
"The insurance industry is actually run by mostly Democrats."
Dana Perino, co-host on Fox News Channel's The Five
We started by looking at the two largest health insurance associations.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group that tallies political contributions, America's Health Insurance Plans political action committee has contributed about $396,000 to Democrats since 2008 compared with $436,000 to Republicans over the same period of time....
The debate over the health care law has been particularly messy and misleading in the past week, and there is plenty of blame to go around over who created the confusion.
Let's start with what is clear. President Barack Obama said, "If you like your plan, you can keep it," at least 34 times in some form, both before and after passage of the Affordable Care Act. But that is literally not true for hundreds of thousands and likely millions of people....
Nearly two-dozen pundits blitzed five Sunday news shows to dissect and criticize the troubled rollout of President Barack Obama's health care law, highlighting pitiful enrollment statistics and discussing whether you really can keep the health care plan you like.
Karl Rove on Fox News Sunday, Peggy Noonan on This Week and Bill Kristol on Meet the Press took turns attacking the health care law, while former White House advisers Ezekiel Emanuel, Van Jones and David Axelrod did their best to defend it....
Winner of the week
Amanda Murphy. A lot of people want to draw sweeping conclusions from Murphy's special election victory Tuesday in Pasco County's House District 36. Is the election of a Democrat a bad sign for Rick Scott? Does it cement Mike Fasano's role as Pasco kingmaker? We take a simpler view: Murphy was a better candidate who more suits her Pasco constituency....
10/19/13 State Roundup
The premature reports of the death of U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young on Thursday afternoon again showed the perils of political reporting in the age of Twitter.
Peter Schorsch, a St. Petersburg blogger and political consultant, first posted news of Young's death on Twitter at 1:34 p.m. — "A relative of Congressman C.W. Bill Young tells me the iconic Republican lawmaker has passed away." NBC's Luke Russert followed with an unattributed tweet a few minutes later....
ST. PETERSBURG — Here's how St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster wants voters to think of mayoral rival Rick Kriseman: As Foster got down to business at City Hall, Kriseman was lobbing partisan bombs in Tallahassee and getting nothing done.
Foster used the recent Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9 mayoral forum as an opportunity to go after Kriseman's stint as a Democrat in the Florida House....
Best we can tell, Gov. Rick Scott hasn't had a "Let's Get to Work Day" since January. Back in 2011, the governor announced that he was mimicking Gov. Bob Graham's work days as a way to travel the state, meet people, learn what they do and -- this is us talking -- get some easy, noncontroversial publicity.
But those work days seem to have stopped after his January visit to Goya Foods, Scott's 15th work day....
Gov. Rick Scott announced the news on Twitter last night. "@FLAnnScott and I welcome our new grandson, Quinton Pierre Georges Guimard, born today at 5:57pm, weighing 6 lbs. 13 oz. #ScottBabyWatch."
UPDATE: It appears in all of the excitement, the governor's office got the baby's full name wrong. Scott's office posted an updated Tweet shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday declaring that it's Quinton Pierre Phillipe Guimard, not Quinton Pierre Georges Guimard....
Gov. Rick Scott unexpectedly returned to Tallahassee Wednesday night to meet with a group of college students who had camped out near his office for three days to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Scott met with six of the students, called the Dream Defenders, in a press conference room near the governor's office. Scott listened as students relayed their concerns over the "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law and issues related to racial profiling in the state....