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Alex Sink's retrograde immigration reform position (maids, landscapers) - 02/25/14

On the video below, Florida congressional candidate Alex Sink says this: Immigration reform is important in our country, it's one of the main agenda item of the beaches Chamber of Commerce, for obvious reasons. Because we have a lot of employers over on the beaches that rely upon workers - especially in this high growth environment - where are you going to get people to work to clean our hotel...

Anti-Christian Alan Grayson compares Tea Party to KKK; he helps Teaparty - 10/22/13

... Party helping them comes from Florida Rep. Alan Grayson. In a fundraising email [1] he sent out the image you see below, of a burning cross at a Ku Klux Klan meeting with the cross used to form the first letter in "Tea Party" and captioned with "Now You Know What the ‘T’ Stands For". Some of his liberal supporters might be confused, but there's a lot that's wrong with that: 1. It's anti-...

What if Stand Up Florida were smart? (interrupts Marco Rubio at RNC convention; SEIU) - 08/28/12

... the SEIU-linked group "Stand Up Florida" ("SUF") [1] engaging in dumb behavior during a Marco Rubio speech at the GOP Convention [2]. Five protesters from that group stand up and start shouting assertions, which Rubio deftly handles. The much smarter alternative would be for SUF to find a skilled questioner - such as a trial lawyer - to engage Rubio in debate. That questioner would ask tough...

Do red states give more to charity than blue states? - 08/20/12

... you go even further and switch Florida from blue to red, only then do the red states pull into the lead. In that case, blue states gave $65.8 billion, and red states $69.5 billion. That assumes that only the 19 states listed in [3] are blue. If you'd like to chart this for yourself, see the spreadsheet here. --------------- [1] By Mackenzie Weinger of Reuters. [2] This is the list of states that...

Tea Party Congress isn't extreme enough for Club for Growth (Allen West, David McKinley, Lou Barletta) - 05/17/12

... borderline-crazy extremist Allen West of Florida wasn't extreme enough for the Club: he only sided with them 64% of the time. Meanwhile, good-on-immigration Lou Barletta of Hazleton, Pennsylvania fame only sided with the Club 47% of the time. One of his sins was failing to "[c]ut Botanic Garden funding by $3 million". The Club for Growth can generally be considered to be on the side of the high...

Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio help deprive Third World of an honor student (also: Frederica Wilson, David Rivera, Ros Lehtinen, Napolitano, Reid) - 03/08/12

... the story of an illegal alien Florida honor student who was going to be deported but who now has a two year reprieve (link) sounds like a heartwarming tale; good luck finding anyone in the media not presenting it as such. However, after the excerpt I'll discuss three very major downsides that you'll never hear about from the establishment media. Then, I'll mention what you can do. First, the...

GOP debate January 23, 2012 ("self-deport", Florida, NBC, Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, Ron Paul) - 01/23/12

... worthless GOP debates move to Florida tonight. NETWORK: NBC News CO-SPONSORS: National Journal and the Tampa Bay Times MODERATOR: Brian Williams PANELISTS: Beth Reinhard (see below) and Adam Smith (from the TB Times) WHERE: University of South Florida in Tampa PARTICIPANTS: Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum. TRANSCRIPT: When available. WHAT TO WATCH FOR: For a preview of...

Obama admits problems caused by mass immigration; panders to illegal aliens; takes foreign citizens' side; opposes non-criminal deportations - 03/29/11

... are possible good signs from Florida (link), what Obama would never, ever mention are things like the chart here showing high school dropout rates by country. The OECD average is 20%, and the U.S. is currently at 23.3%. The rate in Mexico is 56%. And, he'd certainly never mention the "controversial" IQ chart at: en.wikipedia . org/wiki/IQ_and_the_Wealth_of_Nations (remove the spaces). If we...

Michigan, eight other states file brief in support of Arizona immigration law - 07/15/10

... court and is joined by Alabama, Florida, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and Virginia, as well as the Northern Mariana Islands... "By lawsuit, rather than by legislation, the federal government seeks to negate this preexisting power of the states to verify a person's immigration status and similarly seeks to reject the assistance that the states can lawfully provide...

Ohio, Illinois, NY, NJ, Penn to lose political power due to massive immigration (House seats; also: IA, LA, MA, MI, MN, MO) - 11/19/09

... seats: Texas (+4), Arizona (+2), Florida (+1), Georgia (+1), Nevada (+1), Oregon (+1), South Carolina (+1), and Utah (+1). States losing House seats: Ohio (-2), Illinois (-1), Iowa (-1), Louisiana (-1), Massachusetts (-1), Michigan (-1), Minnesota (-1), Missouri (-1), New Jersey (-1), New York (-1), and Pennsylvania (-1). If you're located in one of the states in the latter group, that means you...

Marco Rubio supports attrition, seems to actually oppose amnesty (but: probably still supports massive immigration) - 11/17/09

Speaking earlier today, Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio supported attrition (enforcing our immigration laws in order to encourage illegal aliens to leave on their own) and made statements that seemed to indicate that he opposes amnesty (aka comprehensive immigration reform). That's definitely a far better position than that of those in his general network, such as Karl Rove and Jeb Bush. And...

Karl Rove donates to Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush neutral. Does that confirm my hunch? - 10/05/09

... this: Over the past few weeks, Florida GOP Gov. Charlie Crist has found himself being put on the defensive more and more in the primary thanks to the challenge by ex-state House Speaker Marco Rubio. While Crist has financially overwhelmed Rubio to date, there are many Republicans -- particularly those in Flordia that are close to former GOP Gov. Jeb Bush -- who have publicly become more...

Sen. Bill Nelson turns back on U.S. citizens, supports DREAM Act (Brittany Levine) - 06/29/09

... immigration activists throughout South Florida. In a letter last week addressed to a top federal immigration official, Nelson praised Walter Lara, a 23-year-old who is to be deported July 6. He called him ''exactly the type of person'' a new immigration bill is ''trying to help.'' Lara's story ''vividly illustrates'' the need for Congress to pass the DREAM Act, Nelson, a Democrat, said. Now, for...

Marco Rubio: illegal immigration amnesty supporter, or not? - 05/13/09

... Republican former Speaker of the Florida Assembly who - together with fellow Republican Charlie Crist - will be running for Senate; Rubio is running as a conservative against the more RINO Crist. Rubio's immigration stance isn't entirely clear; some have claimed that he helped block some anti-illegal immigration bills in Florida. See the statement from Floridians for Immigration Enforcement...

The stupidity of the tea parties rolls on, at much reduced rate - 03/30/09

... Odom (taxdayteaparty.com/2009/03/florida-gov-shuts-down-tea-party), and some others try to make a big deal about Cape Coral, Florida cancelling a planned event. Many of them link to this which they apparently didn't read: WINK News spoke to the director of parks for Cape Coral. He says that even now if [the original organizer] is willing to get insurance for the event he'll likely re-authorize...

Interesting: Hilda Solis reviews project using Mexican "guest" workers instead of union workers - 03/04/09

... received approval from the state of Florida and the Bush Labor Department for visas to bring in foreign workers for seasonal work. But the visas are supposed to be granted only if there are no Americans available to do the job. They also provide this Solis quote from a meeting she conducted with the AFL-CIO: We are going to have to take a look at it and, hopefully, work closely with [Homeland...

Jeb Bush considering Senate run (the better to push amnesty?) - 12/03/08

From this: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush - the younger brother of the president - is weighing a run for the Senate seat currently held by Republican Mel Martinez. ...A source close to Bush said he'll be thoughtful and methodical about the decision-making process. He will consider the impact a race would have on his family and his business and whether or not the U.S. Senate is the best forum...

Senator Mel Martinez won't seek re-election in 2010 (mind the door) - 12/02/08

Senator Mel Martinez will not seek re-election in 2010, and might even leave before his term is up, according to this. According to this, a Jeb Bush spokesman says that Governor Bush has not given serious consideration to running for the U.S. Senate, or any other office at this point, which probably means the opposite. As for Martinez, despite being from Cuba he was a strong supporter of...

Hundreds arrested at Pilgrim's Pride plants (immigration raids, identity theft) - 04/16/08

... in Texas, Tennessee, Arkansas, Florida, and West Virginia (link). The company participated in the E-Verify program and cooperated with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The arrests were for identity theft and document fraud in addition to being illegal aliens and/or criminal aliens. There were also smaller, unconnected raids at Shipley Donuts in Houston (a local chain, report link) and...

March 25 Coalition flyer - 03/18/07

... Committee NALAAC-National NGO Florida Convention New England Human Rights Organization for Haiti Northern California May 1 Coalition Puerto Rican Alliance San Romero de Las Americas Church-UCC Sindicato Mexicano de Electricistas-SME (Mexican Electrical Workers Union) South Asian Network Southwest Workers Union-San Antonio Troops Out Now Coalition Union de Juristas de Mexico Union de...

Bush is lying to you about "guest" workers - 02/18/06

... He's a 20-something member of a Florida orange growing clan (link, link). Is Bush accusing him of employing illegal aliens, or is he just referring to legal worker programs? Would he care? Would someone read "In Florida Groves, Cheap Labor Means Machines" to our leader?

"In Florida Groves, Cheap Labor Means Machines" - 03/25/04

Some Florida orange growers are getting smart and using machines rather than foreign serf labor. From the NYT: IMMOKALEE, Fla. - Chugging down a row of trees, the pair of canopy shakers in Paul Meador's orange grove here seem like a cross between a bulldozer and a hairbrush, their hungry steel bristles working through the tree crowns as if untangling colossal heads of hair. In under 15 minutes,...