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Florida Democrats clucking over voter registration drives at local Chick-fil-A restaurants

How the proggies really feel...

How the proggies really feel…

From Fox News: Democrats in Pinellas County, Fla., are crying fowl over the supervisor of elections’ decision to hold voter registration drives at nine area Chick-fil-A locations earlier this week on National Voter Registration Day.

Susan McGrath

Susan McGrath

Susan McGrath, head of the county Democratic Executive Committee and leader of the Pinellas Stonewall Democrats, a pro-LGBT equality group, says she is all in favor of getting out the vote — just not at Chick-fil-A, the Georgia-based fast-food restaurant chain beloved for its fried chicken sandwiches and its adherence to the Southern Baptist culture of its founder by closing on Sundays. The company’s CEO Dan Cathy has made multiple remarks in the past expressing a personal opposition to same-sex marriage.

According to the Tampa Bay Times and Creative Loafing, McGrath wrote a letter to Elections Supervisor Deborah Clark, who chose Chick-fil-A for the voter drives, saying: “As an elected official, you have a duty to be evenhanded and fair. Surely, you and your office staff do understand that using Chick-Fil-A as the base for voter registration activities is not only inherently unfair but overtly partisan as well. This company has a strong and well-understood history of anti-LGBT activism and is publicly associated with Republican Party values.

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Chick-fil-A’s anti-LGBT stance on display

(Hey McGrath! Did you know that Chick-fil-A distributed food and ice tea to those waiting in line to donate blood after the Orland shooting? Yeah, I didn’t think so.)

She compared it to a Democratic supervisor deciding to hold the event at Planned Parenthood and said the get-out-the-vote campaign might just as well be held at the county’s Republican Party headquarters.

McGrath suggested that a recent surge in the number of registered Democrats in the county may have been an impetus to hold the drive in a place Democrats tend to avoid. “While some Democrats may occasionally dine at Chick-fil-A (and perhaps even members of the LGBT community), the coordination of Pinellas voter registration activities with this right-leaning business very clearly conveys that your office is targeting Republican-leaning voters,” McGrath wrote.

A spokesman for Clark said her office will hold 350 voter drives at hundreds of locations this year. He did not address McGrath’s allegations, other than to say the popular chicken chain gets a lot of customers.

In her letter, McGrath strongly urged Clark’s office to reconsider holding future voter registration events at Chick-fil-A locations. 

Across the country, other food establishments are getting into the voter registration game. In Houston, a fleet of taco trucks is now doubling as voter registration centers throughout the city.

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‘Kill white people’ is spray-painted on a highway wall and Black Lives Matter graffiti scrawled on Trump election signs

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From Daily Mail: ‘Kill white people’ and ‘BLM’ are among graffiti that has been spray painted across highway walls, homes and election signs in a week. Workers were forced to paint over a section of wall on Gornto Lake Road in Brandon, Florida, on Wednesday to conceal the words ‘kill white people’. At a nearby home, a Trump For President election sign was defaced with the letters BLM, which stands for Black Lives Matter, abcactionews.com reports.

Tampa has played host to a number of the movement’s protests in the wake of police killings of black men.

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It is not clear who is responsible for the graffiti but it is the latest in a string of racially charged incidents in and around the city. ‘For us it’s criminal mischief, it’s definitely racial. It’s racially indicative, it’s hate speech,’ said Larry McKinnonn on behalf of the sheriff’s department.

Earlier this year hundreds gathered to march in a Black Lives Matter Tampa protest. In July a local lawmaker proposed plans for a ‘Blue Lives Matter’ law to categorise police killings as hate crimes. More than 1million people have liked a local Blue Lives Matter Facebook page which promotes merchandise emblazoned with the slogan ‘hold the line’.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department has not yet traced who is responsible for the latest graffiti.  Detectives are appealing to members of the community for information.

Read the rest of the story here.

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Aetna ditching 70% of its ObamaCare business

Obamacare: Going as planned.

tried to warn you

Via NY Post: Insurance giant Aetna won’t be offering coverage under ObamaCare next year in 11 of the 15 states it now serves — an announcement that instantly became an issue in the presidential race.

Aetna’s decision led Donald Trump to charge that President Obama’s health care reform was “imploding.” “Aetna’s decision to leave the Affordable Care Act’s public marketplaces is the latest blow to this broken law that is slowly imploding under its regulatory red tape,” said Trump campaign deputy national policy director Dan Kowalski.

Millions of Americans have lost their health coverage under this disastrous policy, eliminating their ability to choose their doctors. Thousands of businesses have been forced to cut employment or shutter their doors in response to Obama’s signature achievement,” he added.

The company had previously warned that it expected to lose more than $300 million this year on the 900,000 patients it covers under the Affordable Care Act. Aetna said it is pulling out of ObamaCare markets in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas.

Aetna does not currently offer the policies in New York. It does offer other medical insurance to individuals and small businesses as well as large employers in the state, officials said. It will continue to offer policies in Delaware, Iowa, Nebraska and Virginia.

ObamaCare is credited with expanding coverage to millions of previously uninsured or under-insured people.

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But insurers have complained they have lost money on the policies. United Health Group and Humana are other insurers exiting ObamaCare plans.

Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini, in a statement, said there were not enough younger, healthier customers signing up to make ObamaCare policies sustainable. “The vast majority of payers have experienced continued financial stress within their individual public exchange business. Providing affordable, high-quality health care options to consumers is not possible without a balanced risk pool,” Bertolini said.

More than a dozen nonprofit insurance co-ops have shut down in the past couple years. The pullouts could spell trouble because competition is supposed to help control price increases.

Some states like Alaska and Oklahoma will be left with only one insurer selling ObamaCare plans to individuals in 2017. More densely populated states like New York say their ObamaCare markets remain strong.

But rates for customers are skyrocketing to maintain stability.

Obamacare Screw U

Citing increased medical costs, New York recently authorized insurers offering individual ObamaCare plans to increase premiums by an average 16.6 percent — the highest rate hike in the program’s four-year existence. New York’s small businesses will get hit with an average 8.3 percent rate hike.

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Rep. Corrine Brown (demorat) indicted in fraud case over charity ‘slush fund’

Brown better get on a private jet and rendezvous with Lynch on a tarmac STAT.

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From Fox News: U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown of Florida and her chief of staff have been charged with multiple fraud and other federal offenses in a grand jury indictment unsealed Friday after a federal investigation into a fraudulent charity with ties to the congresswoman.

Brown, a 69-year-old Democrat, was to appear later Friday in Jacksonville federal court on charges of mail and wire fraud, conspiracy, obstruction and filing of false tax returns. She has represented a Jacksonville-based congressional district since 1993 and is seeking re-election in a newly-redrawn district.

The indictment comes after an investigation into the charity One Door for Education Foundation Inc., which federal prosecutors say was purported to give scholarships to poor students but instead filled the coffers of Brown and her associates.

Also charged in the 24-count indictment was Elias “Ronnie” Simmons, 50, of Laurel, Maryland, who has served as Brown’s chief of staff since 1993. It wasn’t immediately clear from court records whether Brown and Simmons had attorneys to represent them.

Earlier this year, One Door President Carla Wiley pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud after it as determined that she had deposited $800,000 into the foundation’s account over four years. Over that time, federal prosecutors say it gave one scholarship for $1,000 and that Wiley transferred herself tens of thousands of dollars.

“Congresswoman Brown and her chief of staff are alleged to have used the congresswoman’s official position to solicit over $800,000 in donations to a supposed charitable organization, only to use that organization as a personal slush fund,” Assistant U.S. Attorney General Leslie Caldwell, chief of the Justice Department’s criminal division, said in a statement.

“Corruption erodes the public’s trust in our entire system of representative government,” Caldwell added.

The indictment says that Brown, Simmons and Wiley “used the vast majority” of One Door donations for their personal and professional benefit, including tens of thousands of dollars in cash deposits that Simmons made to Brown’s personal bank accounts.

According to the indictment, more than $200,000 in One Door funds were used to pay for events hosted by Brown or held in her honor, including a golf tournament, lavish receptions during an annual Washington conference and the use of luxury boxes for a concert and an NFL game in the Washington area.

Documents previously obtained by The Associated Press from Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer’s office show that he received an invitation bearing the seal of the House of Representatives to a July 13, 2013 golf tournament called the “Corrine Brown Invitational.” It was sponsored by the One Door organization and coincided with a freight and rail industry symposium in Jacksonville.

Potential donors attending the tournament received letters from One Door with Brown’s signature and official House seal asking them to give from $125 up to $20,000 to One Door, according to Wiley’s plea agreement.

The invitation said the donations would benefit a scholarship fund for the Jacksonville chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, or COMTO, and other charities. Authorities say none of the charities received any of the money raised.

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Man visiting from India accused of groping 6 people at Disney water park

Aman would have had my knee in his groin.

Photo from Orange County Sheriff's Dept.

Photo from Orange County Sheriff’s Dept.

From Fox News: A man has been accused of groping six people, including teenagers, at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park in Florida.

According to news reports, one of the victims told Orange County Sheriff’s deputies she and 27-year-old Aman Bhatia were in the wave pool Sunday. She says that as waves crashed over her, she felt Bhatia’s hands all over her body.

Another victim says she was in the wave pool when Bhatia grabbed her waist from behind. She was able to break loose from his grasp, but he grabbed her again.

Four others reported similar incidents to authorities.

Bhatia told officers he had broken his glasses and couldn’t see clearly, causing him to unintentionally touch people.

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It’s unclear if he has an attorney. Bhatia was arrested and faces several charges. Disney has banned him from the park.

According to Breitbart, Bhatia was visiting from India and some of the victims were minors.

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Fl. Gov. Rick Scott Signs 5 Pro Gun Bills Into Law.

Folks I knew there was a reason I liked living in Fla. I knew it wasn’t the blast furnace heat for the next 7 months.

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Florida governor signs five pro-gun measures into law, including ‘Pop Tart’ and ‘Warning Shot’ bills

6/21/14

Gov. Rick Scott approved several pro-gun bills Friday that covered everything from clarifying use of force to ending insurance discrimination against gun owners.

Gov. Rick Scott (Photo credit: AP)

Gov. Rick Scott (Photo credit: AP)

“We have a solid, pro-gun governor who strongly supports the Second Amendment and these are all common sense pieces of legislation with a demonstrated need,” Marion Hammer, president of the Unified Sportsmen of Florida and past president of the National Rifle Association, explained to Guns.com in April.

One of the most controversial of the pack was HB89, which changes the interpretation of the threatened use of force. It will make it legal in the state for one to effectively display a weapon in a self-defense situation if proper justifications are met.

The bill was originally crafted after Marissa Alexander, a South Florida mother, was sentenced to a 20-year mandatory sentence in 2012 for firing a handgun during a domestic dispute as a consequence of the state’s “10-20-life” laws.

Commonly called the “Warning Shot” bill in the media, gun-rights advocates in Florida take exception to that classification.

“HB89 is not about warning shots,” said Hammer to Guns.com Friday. “HB89 is about stopping abusive prosecutors from charging people with aggravated assault for defending themselves against an attacker.”

“Self-defense is not a crime,” the NRA icon continued.  “Self-defense is a constitutional right and some Florida prosecutors have been violating those rights. Whether you display a firearm or discharge a firearm to stop an attacker, it is still self-defense. You shouldn’t be forced to shoot an attacker to have the protection of the law. This bill tells prosecutors to stop treating victims like criminals and stop treating criminals like victims.”

The second new law started as HB255/ SB424 and is designed to stop discriminatory insurance practices against firearms owners. The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation already polices this type of discrimination, but the law adds more avenues to protect consumers

The important change is that this law will allow individuals to sue companies directly if they feel they are discriminated against, i.e. their policy was canceled or denied due to a firearms collection.

Next, HB 7029 or “the Pop Tart bill” loosens the zero tolerance guidelines for educators and students in terms of simulated gunplay. The new law is a response to an incident last year in which an elementary-school student was suspendedfor chewing a breakfast pastry into the vague shape of a firearm.

“Anyone that believed that a 5-year-old child should be suspended from school for pointing a finger and going ‘bang bang’ has some serious problems, yet that’s been going on around the country,” Hammer said of HB 7029. “Zero tolerance doesn’t mean traumatizing young children for being children when they play.”

Read The rest here at Guns.com

~Steve~

25 Ways To Know If You Are A True Floridian…

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1. Socks are only for bowling. 
2. You never use an umbrella because the rain will be over in five minutes. 
3. A good parking place has nothing to do with distance from the store, but everything to do with shade. 
4. Your winter coat is made of denim. 
5. You can tell the difference between fire ant bites and mosquito bites. 
6. You’re younger than thirty but some of your friends are over 65. 
7. Anything under 70 degrees is chilly. 
8. You’ve driven through Yeehaw Junction.
9. You know that no other grocery store can compare to Publix
10. You know that anything under a Category 3 just isn’t worth waking up for. 
11. You dread love bug season. 
12. You are on a first name basis with the hurricane list. They aren’t Hurricane Charley or Hurricane Frances. You know them as Andrew, Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne, Wilma, Irene, Cheryl, Rita, Mary, Alison 
13. You know what a snowbird is and when they’ll leave.
14. You think a six-foot alligator is actually pretty average. 
15. ‘Down South’ means Key West.
16. Flip-flops are everyday wear. Shoes are for business meetings and church, but you HAVE worn flip flops to church before. 
17. You have a drawer full of bathing suits, and one sweatshirt. 
18. You get annoyed at the tourists who feed seagulls. 
19. A mountain is any hill 100 feet above sea level. 
20. You know the four seasons really are: hurricane season, love bug season, tourist season and summer. 
21. You’ve hosted a hurricane party.
22. You can pronounce Okeechobee, Kissimmee , Withlacoochee , Thonotosassa and Micanopy. 
23. You understand why it’s better to have a friend with a boat, than have a boat yourself. 
24. You’ve worn shorts and used the A/C on Christmas and New Years. 
25. You recognize Miami-Dade as ‘Northern Cuba.’

~Steve~                          Big H/T  I-Man tip-hat-ani