Medicaid and Florida
As Republicans in the Congress and the State House push back against the 2012 election returnsâ€¦ at their political peril some say, insisting that the majority of Americans support higher taxes for the rich and health care reformâ€¦
Those critics say the GOP may be divided over issues like Immigration, but continues, for example here in Florida, over its own Republican Governorâ€™s objections, to pursue an agenda to deny Medicaid expansion in Florida to a million poor and uninsured Floridians, while in Washington, theyâ€™re reviving the centerpiece of the failed Romney-Ryan campaignâ€“ to repeal Obama Care and gut Medicare for vouchers.
Some look forward to the off-year elections in 2014, hoping to mute the GOP majority in the US house and replace among others Floridaâ€™s unpopular Republican Governorâ€¦ Political experts point to the gerrymandering of Congressional districtsâ€¦the careful construct aimed at deflecting democratic challengers â€“the stacking of the courts with conservative republican appointeesâ€¦and the elevation of corporations as citizens with the political fund raising free for all that most Americans see as the engine of political corruption showing virtually no sign of slowing down. In fact, the GOPâ€™s solution in Florida to reform ethics and end campaign spending horror stories is to dramatically INCREASE the amount of money that can be given a candidate, while promising more so-called transparency. Some transparency today as Lt Governor Jennifer Carroll resigns amidst allegations she used false documents to qualify her consulting firm for minority business grants in promoting internet cafesâ€¦
My guest today Wayne Garcia, is a life-long journalist with a wide range of experience from political reporting, to political consultingâ€¦heâ€™s run campaignsâ€¦and now teaches the next-generation of journalists as a professor at the University of South Floridaâ€¦ welcome Wayneâ€¦ thanksâ€¦
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Wayne what about this political standoffâ€¦ that in washington looks like the big stallâ€¦and in florida feels like the steam roller is already rolling in tallahasseeâ€¦
Q+A Can we take the standoff between Governor Rick Scott and House Speaker Will Weatherford for exampleâ€¦ here the governor, citing his motherâ€™s struggles with a siblingâ€™s health, supporting the Medicaid expansionâ€¦ and the house speaker, at first denying his fatherâ€™s use of Medicaid for a brotherâ€™s illness, still opposing the health care expansion to the poor, claiming the feds will leave florida holding the bagâ€¦ the same logic by the way that cost florida 26-thousand high speed rail jobs at the low point of the economic downturnâ€¦
-teacher appeal of the governor
On gun control, another great divide, with recent studies questioning just how large a constituency there really is for the NRAâ€™s battle against federal registration, an end to the gun show loophole on sales, and restrictions on military weapons and expanded ammo clips. A New York times report showing surprising drops in the number of homes with guns over the last 40 years. Supporters of the public opinion study say its mostly current gun owners buying more guns thatâ€™s driven record sales at guns stores and gun shows so over-run that local fire marshals have had to restrict entry into the halls â€“ creating two hour waits just to get in. Critics of the study say it canâ€™t be trusted because it was published by the untrustworthy NY TIMES of the eastern â€œLiberalâ€ media. And IRAQ â€“ the tenth anniversary of the War coming up six days from nowâ€¦a war financed in part by borrowing from the Chineseâ€¦a war that now we now was sold on a lie-that the Iraqis had weapons of mass destructionâ€¦a war that contributed mightily to the financial morass we now sufferâ€¦a war that history, critics say, will consider with Afghanistan, as one of the greatest in a long line of foreign affairs blunders that have cost so tragically and mightily in American blood, political capital, and those critics say, in the crippling of our economic future in the 21st century forward.
Local politicsâ€¦ Commission Races.. Registry failureâ€¦ Bass Pro voteâ€¦
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