Saturday, October 28, 2006

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.

Friday, October 27, 2006

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.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

It's so odd. Because Florida isn't known for ballot error.

And here is another reason while Florida voting is a punch line all over the country.

The Sun-Sentinel said that Margate and Lauderdale-by-the-Sea residents were missing pages from their absentee ballots this week.

Get this: The problem occurred from a new machine that cost $1 million messed the up after it attempted to "sort and mail absentee ballots."

If Broward's Supervisor of Elections office gave me $1 million I would sort and mail the ballots myself.

And, you know, not screw it up.

The missing pages are getting mailed to Lauderdale-by-the-Sea first, and then to Margate.

Meanwhile, I'm currently taking bets on how Florida will mess up ballots next.

And he's out!

On October 18, the Broward School Board fired the districts superintendent, Frank Till, from his position.

According to the Miami Herald, there is a fallout that is occurring from the firing. Till is still working with the school board to find his replacement, and many people are fearful of losing their own jobs.

But the article notes that Tills "greatest concern" is how his removal will affect the legislature sessions in Tallahassee in the spring.

''I don't think anybody interim can deal with the Legislature,'' Till said. ``That takes time to build those relationships.''
Unfortunately for Till, he can share his concerns all he want but the issue is out of his hands. And it's just another sour note for the Broward School Board.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Where exactly do you live, Charlie?

Apparently Charlie Crist doesn't know who his congressman is.

The Naples News posted an Associated Press story that said that Charlie Crist claimed that Jim Davis was his districts congressperson, when he is not. Crist lives in Saint Petersburg and his congressperson is actually Rep. C.W Bill Young. Davis represents Tampa.

Both gubernatorial nominees quickly responded.

Josh Earnest, communications director for Davis said...


“Charlie doesn’t know who represents him in Congress, and Florida’s families haven’t been able to count on Charlie to represent them in Tallahassee.”
Erin Issac, press secretary to Crist responsed...
“Charlie Crist is frustrated because Jim Davis allegedly represents Tampa Bay and he didn’t show up for work.”

Is this a petty argument? Yes. But it's politics. That's the norm. Maybe next week they'll actually argue over something like...Oh, I don't know. Education, perhaps?

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Well, this is just pathetic.

Katherine Harris defeats Bill Nelson in the polls.

Except she didn't.

First of all, what that Harris press release doesn't tell you is that children were allowed to "vote" in the so-called poll. Because children are so informed about politics today that they know exactly which candidate will give them the best gummy bears or who will let them drink soda and who will make them drink juice.

In fact, Wonkette has a great picture of Harris actually showing a young child how to vote. Poor kid. I wonder if her parents knew she had walked off.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Political commercials are the root of all evil

The Sun-Sentinel reports that Charlie Crist is leading Jim Davis is the polls for governor. The new telephone poll showed that 53% of 783 likely voters would vote for Crist and 43% would vote for Davis.

The why Davis is behind in the poll? The voters, apparently, don't really know who he is.

My theory? Of course they don't know who Davis is. The only reason I know who Davis is as a politician is largely due to the fact that I, you know, looked him up. And the thing is, a lot of people won't take the time to research candidate.

So when you have an opponent like Charlie Crist who releases as many commercials as he has, and you don't match it, I can imagine that more people would know who your opponent is and vote for him.

Although, there's something to be said for over-advertising. Because personally, if I see one more Charlie Crist commercial I think I'm going to make a commercial of my own about why politicians need to stop making irritating commercials.

Or just change the channel.

Stupid Moments in Florida Politics...in Pennsylvania?

And he blew them a kiss?

Jeb Bush was in Pennsylvania this last Friday showing his support for Senator Rick Santorum when a large group of protesters made their presence known.

According to the Post-Gazette:
Protesters said Gov. Bush blew them a kiss, acknowledging the crowd of about 30
chanting pickets that was made up of United Steelworkers and members of Uprise Counter Recruitment, a tour traveling through 22 cities to support anti-war efforts.

When the protesters got closer to Bush, they shouted "Jeb, go home."

Bush got out of the area quickly, but got surrounded again and police ended up using their tasers on two men.

The protest, however, was said to have been a peaceful protest, so why tasers had to be used I can't say.

I sympathize with the people of Pennsylvania. Having Rick Santorum as your senator is bad enough. Add Jeb Bush to the mix and I'd want to protest, too.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

To notice, or not to notice?

Now it's being reported that the notice informing voters that Joe Negron is running in place of Mark Foley will not be sent to absentee voters.

According to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, about 200 absentee ballots were already sent with the notice, but they will not be included in any others.

The Democrats had concern over the planned notice because they felt it would give Negron an unfair advantage in the race. But in my mind, I would think it would have the opposite effect. And I alluded to my thoughts on this in my last entry.

Although Negron hasn't done anything wrong, his name appearing on the same notice as Mark Foley's could put him at a disadvantage. I don't claim to be a political expert, but I think so many people are disillusioned over what happened with Foley that they don't even want a Republican in the seat and just seeing his name on the ballot will be a turn off in voting for Negron. And it doesn't help that no one really knows who Joe Negron is or that he's running. Although, to the Democrats credit, being able to get rid of the notice will help them win the seat.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Katherine Harris blames democrats. And the media.

Because she was bound to say something at some point...

Katherine Harris wants you to know who's to blame for the Foley scandal. And in true Katherine Harris form, it make as little sense as possible.

She is quoted as saying,
"The media would be quite disingenuous to try to make it a partisan issue. If anything, the Republicans didn't know about these issues. And we are going to be very anxious to find out who in the media or on the other side of the aisle knew about it and kept this from the public interest. Because our children were at stake."
So, if I'm understanding Kitty correctly, it's all the Democrats fault. Because they are democrats and therefore they are too blame. Apparently, the Republicans knew nothing about it, but they are intent on finding out which of those evil democrats knew and plotted this horrible thing Mark Foley (republican) did.

I think we can all figure out what really happened now. Some democrat (I put my money on Ted Kennedy or John Kerry) told Mark Foley (republican) to become a pedophile. Foley (republican) took their council and decided that he should become a pedophile. Although he's a republican (have I mentioned that?) be likes to listen to democrats in an effort to be more bi-partisan.

How dare the democrats turn Mark Foley into a pedophile.

Or maybe the media is to blame.

Yes, that could be it. Possibly the ladies of The View were the ones behind it. Could that be the real reason Star Jones was fired? The pressure got to be too much for her and she was going to admit they knew all about Mark Foley's life as a pedophile? How scandalous.

Watch out ladies. Katherine Harris is on to you.

Voting issues? In Florida? Never.

A vote for Foley is a vote for Negron.

Let's quote the Miami herald right off the bat.
The state is recommending that election supervisors in the eight counties constituting Foley's district send notices to absentee voters and post signs in every voting booth that say, ``Any vote cast for Mark Foley (REP) shall be counted as a vote for Joe Negron (REP).''
You almost have to feel bad for Joe Negron. I imagine one day he's just sitting at home, doing whatever it is that he does, and all of a sudden he's asked to run for a Congress because the guy from his party that was suppose to run is a pedophile and it turns out that other people in his party knew all about it for years.

I mean, talk about added pressure.

Now with only a few weeks until the election, Foley's name is still going to be on the ballots, but Negron has that reassurance that a vote for Mark Foley is actually a vote for Joe Negron.

I'm sure that make him feel so much better.