20 May 2005

Permanent Open Thread

Sorry if you couldn't find the site earlier. Blogger was having trouble, and the site was down. Things look to be working well now.

Use today's open thread to freely discuss the day's happenings. New candidates, Maddox's "lobbying" situation, Bush & Schwartzenegger, Butterworth for Attorney General, etc.

Check back over the weekend.


Anonymous gator78 said...

I read the article today about Bob Butterworth running for AG, and I have mixed feelings. He was a great Attorney General, but what a horrible candidate for the state senate. I think Democrats should get a guarantee from him that he is going to actually campaign this time or else go with someone else.

His name recognition isn't going to cut it. He'll actually have to work for this. If he's not willing to do so, he should really take a pass. A Butterworth defeat statewide would be devastating to the Dems morale.

11:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Maddox has really screwed up. First, it does sound like he violated the rules requiring lobbyists to register. This is a blatant violation of the people's trust, and that is really going to hurt him in his campaign. (For those who argue he didn't lobby, reread today's article in the TD. It is very clear - he lobbied and didn't register.)

Second, I love how those defending him say he has the right to make some extra money . . . for his family? In 2002, the Democratic Chair made only $25,000 per year. The state committee raised it to $100,000 per year with the understanding that the state chair could then devote 100% of their time to the party and not have to work. This is shameful.

I love how Maddox and his apologists are saying that $100,000 was not enough money to live on. When did Maddox become a Republican? Ha ha!

11:43:00 AM  
Anonymous gator78 said...

I don't see how Maddox is going to wiggle out of this one. He says that he's the candidate of the people, then attacks Rod Smith for being with the lobbyists. Now we find out that Maddox IS a lobbyist. This will be interesting.

6:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh well, Jeb disappoints, again. This is from the May 21 St. Petersburg Times:

"... One of the measures Schwarzenegger proposes is independent redistricting - allowing a group of retired judges, instead of politicians, to decide where legislative and congressional district lines should be drawn.

Ironically, Florida Democrats led by former Education Commissioner Betty Castor are pushing for the same thing, arguing that it would make for fairer districts and more competitive elections. Bush opposes the effort in Florida.

Moreover, Bush has supported efforts to restrict the kind of ballot initiative that Schwarzenegger is pressing for.

Asked about the contradiction, Bush said the two states were too different to compare.

"The context in which we operate here in Florida is very different from the context in California," Bush said. "There's no conflict." ... "


9:32:00 AM  

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