Decision 2012

  1. From the Florida Times-Union:

    The court said that evidence presented in the case clearly showed that black voters utilized early voting much more than white voters do, especially in the 2008 election, when President Barack Obama won Florida.

  2. I ran a bipartisan campaign, I have a bipartisan administration with Republicans and Democrats. I made a promise I would focus on governing, not politics.”

    - Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown to the Tampa Bay Times on why he’ll remain campaign agnostic in the 2012 presidential election.
  3. President Obama has outspent Mitt Romney on television spots in Jacksonville, a sign the Obama campaign may see the conservative area as winnable. 

    From The Florida Times-Union:

    “Jacksonville residents have a front-row seat for presidential election battle,” said Matt Corrigan, head of University of North Florida’s Political Science department, who wrote a book about Jacksonville politics. He said he has never seen Democrats come out so early in the city.

    “There is no doubt the Obama folks are targeting Jacksonville,” he said.

  4. Governor Romney and his allies believe that we should go back to the top-down economics of the last decade. They believe that if we eliminate regulations and we cut taxes by trillions of dollars, we just leave the market alone, that everybody will prosper.”

  5. comedycentral:

    Countdown to Futurama: Crowded Field of Candidates Clip

    People always complain that we don’t have any of the cool futuristic stuff we were always promised. But, as you can see in this clip from the upcoming Futurama episode, “Decision 3012,” when it comes to political debates devolving into inane beauty pageants full of disingenuous talking points, we are way ahead of schedule.

    That’s almost as cool as hoverboards, right?

    Futurama’s one-hour season premiere airs Wednesday, June 20 at 10/9c.

    comedycentral »

  6. Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate, visited Orlando on Tuesday to speak about health care and tax breaks for small business. From the Orlando Sentinel:

    Speaking on the factory floor of Con-Air Industries of Orlando, a company that makes air filters, Romney also decried President Barack Obama as “out of touch,” repeatedly berating him for his comment last week that “the private sector economy is fine.”

    "It’s time we have a president who is [in] touch with America. And I am." 

    orlandosentinel.com »

  7. In an effort to follow through with his decision to remove noncitizens from lists of registered voters, Gov. Rick Scott sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security June 11 over Florida’s recent voter purge.

    The state claims the Department of Homeland Security unlawfully refused to give it access to databases that would aid the state in identifying and deleting noncitizens from voter rosters. 

    In immediate response to the suit, the U.S. Department of Justice sued Florida over the state’s possible violation of two federal laws in its voter purge.

    From the Miami Herald:

    The state’s program is too “faulty” and comes too close to election time to not endanger the voting rights of thousands of lawful U.S. citizens, [Assistant U.S. Attorney General Thomas E.] Perez wrote. He said Florida has repeatedly ignored Homeland Security’s warning that the department’s database, known as SAVE, isn’t designed for the noncitizen hunt on which Florida embarked.

    miamiherald.com »

  8. The Tampa Bay Times’ PolitiFact analyzed a Mitt Romney campaign advertisement  that faults President Barack Obama for the 2.1 percent increase poverty rate among Hispanic-Americans.

    In Florida, successful appeal to Hispanic-Americans — a group that makes up 22.5 percent of the state — could dye the state blue or red.

    From the analysis:

    All told, through 2010, 2.25 million more Hispanics are living in poverty than when Obama took office. So the numbers back up the point.

    But it’s important to explore how much the Hispanic poverty rate can be blamed on Obama’s policies. When rating claims such as this, PolitiFact weighs not only whether the claim is numerically correct but also whether it’s accurate to assign blame to the target of the ad.

    Watch the ad:

    politifact.com »

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