It must be so draining to be a rich, old politicians.
According to the St. Petersburg Times, almost every member of the Republican of the Florida House is spending their time at Santa Rosa Beach resort.
Rep. Ray Sansom said, "Our goal is after each election to give members a chance to get to know each other."
Because they obviously couldn't do that at an IHOP.
And who's paying for this retreat? The Republican Party of Florida. Oh, and some lobbyist friends.
According to the article...
The Republican Party did not provide an estimated cost of the event, but four nights at the resort would cost $1,000 for each of the 65 representatives who attended - or $65,000.
Wow. Uh, hello college tuition.
For all four years.
This makes me sad.
He's very sorry that he's a big ol' racist.
Ralph Arza, the disgraced former congressman, wants everyone to know he's sorry
that he's a racist. Okay, maybe that's not how he put it in a letter he wrote recently to his district apologizing for the actions
that brought on his resignation.
According to the Miami Herald Arza wrote,
''I want to personally apologize for my regrettable actions. This has been hard on my family and friends, and I hope you can forgive me for the things that have happened.''
You'll remember that last month Arza got in trouble for leaving a message on the phone of Rep. Gus Barreiro that was filled with racial slurs and profanity.
How about this? If Barreiro forgives him someday in the future then maybe, just maybe, the rest of us will come around.
Chairman of the losing team
Look who's hanging out with the President now.
Florida Senator Mel Martinez is on tap to be the new Chairman of the RNC. Which is sad news for the current chairman, Ken Mehlman, who will leave the post in January, according to the Washington Post.
The Times article said that Martinez allegedly beat out Michael Steele of Maryland who "expressed interest in the job." But with Florida's electoral votes always up as a top prize in presidential elections, it doesn't take a genius to figure out who would get the job.
Okay, so maybe it's not really breaking news anymore...
Breaking News: That dude with white hair wins Florida gubernatorial.
What? Both major candidates had white hair?
Then the one that doesn't hang out with Castro
and whose empty chair
isn't trying to buy 2 for 1 drinks at a local restaurant.
Crist, seen here
hugging his mother, beat Jim Davis with 53% of the vote, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
And in other election news, it's a sad night for the Katherine Harris supporter.
Who will win? Evil or the lesser evil?
Happy Election Day! It's the political person's Super Bowl without the halftime show or the million dollar commercials. Which is a good thing, because the last thing we need is Clay Shaw doing a musical number during a Burger King commercial. Although, that can't be worse than the Charlie Crist commercial
with Jim Davis' empty chair rolling all over the place.
Since the candidates don't stop campaigning until the polls close, the story that Crist snubbed President Bush is making the rounds.
said "[Crist] was skipping a rally [in Pensacola] because he needed to spend his final day of campaigning elsewhere in the state, including vote-rich South Florida."
Crist can deny it, but the snub is understandable. If Bush's approval rating was my golf score...well, it would give the illusion that I knew how to play golf.
Meanwhile, Davis' empty chair was last seen at an Applebee's in Boca Raton.
Vote "Yes" to end political ads.
There's only three more days left until election day and candidates are busy getting as much support as they possibly can. These next three days could really be summed up as the candidates last pathetic attempts at winning.
reported on some of the ongoing "war of words" that are going on between Charlie Crist and Jim Davis. Of course taxes are a major issue, with Crist saying, "You want your taxes lower, vote for Charlie. Higher taxes, vote for Jim."
Very clever. Or not.
At the very least, by November 8 this will be over and everything will go back to normal.
And by normal, I mean watching as the election winners do randomly dumb things.
What? No, this is wrong. I voted for Truman.
The Miami Herald
said that there is already reports of earlier voters having problems with the electronic voting machines. Some voters have been reporting that the choices they picked were not the ones that came up on the review screen that comes up after a voters has made all their decisions.
The paper used the example of one man's problem with his particular machine...
He touched the screen for gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis, a Democrat, but the review screen repeatedly registered the Republican, Charlie Crist.
The problems with voting machines are fixed on the spot, but it's enough to raise eyebrows and make voters question whether there really is a conspiracy going on with the voting system. But it's warning enough for voters to make sure to carefully read over they chose.
It's more work, nowadays, to make sure every vote counts.
I voted for it...before you accused me of voting against it.
The Palm Beach Post
reports that Charlie Crist has started to run an ad that is trying to link Jim Davis to Castro. Which is stranger to type than to read. And Crist has enlisted a special celebrity friend to help him out. Senator Mel Martinez is lending his service in the ad and says,
"This is Mel Martinez. While Jim Davis traveled to Cuba to meet with officials in the Castro dictatorship and utilized his position in Congress to oppose sanctions against the Havana regime, Charlie Crist was working for our families. Charlie Crist never has supported an increase in taxes and has always defended consumers' interests. That is why it is so important for all citizens of Florida to vote for Charlie Crist, the next leader of our state."
With friends like Mel Martinez, who needs a propagandists media team. Although, the media team probably wrote Martinez's little script, so scratch that thought.
Davis was quick to respond...
"I have voted six times to support the embargo, so if the ad says I voted against the embargo, it's a lie. I went down to Cuba to see with my own eyes the misery and suffering of the Cuba people. I came back more determined than ever to defend the people of Cuba."Okay. Maybe Davis can get Bill Nelson to say that for him in a commercial of his very own.
If I start kicking puppies, I'm just going to blame alcohol.
Is there something in the water in Florida that just makes politicians do dumb things? I realize the water has a brownish tint and all, but still, does it have the power to make adults say horrible things? It boggles the mind.
The news that Rep. Ralph Arza is a racist is sending shockwaves throughout the state. The Miami Herald
said that the Democrats that hold office in the Florida House of Representatives are threatening to walkout if Arza isn't removed from his office. This comes after Arza left a message last Saturday on Miami Rep. Gus Barreiro's cell phone. The message was filled will racial slurs and profanity.
And because, apparently, blaming your problems on alcohol is "the new pink..."
Arza has publicly apologized for the remarks, saying he has problems with anger management exacerbated by alcohol.
Well, a drunk racist is still a racist.