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Gov. Scott meets with Tampa Bay area lawmakers

Gov. Rick Scott had lunch on Thursday at the historic Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City with seven Tampa Bay area lawmakers. They included Sen. Jack Latvala, and representatives Jim Frishe, Shawn Harrison, Jim Boyd, Ray Pilon, Ed Hooper and Darryl Rouson.

("I'm the only Democrat in the room," Rouson remarked at one point. "You can change that," Scott said. "He's tried that," Latvala said. Much laughter ensued. Rouson was a Republican for a little over two years.) 

The free-wheeling conversation ranged from property insurance to the Republican National Convention, prison reform and unemployment compensation taxes. On prisons, Scott said he hopes in the next session lawmakers will find ways to help people released from prison find jobs and deal with substance abuse issues to keep them from ending up behind bars again.

Rouson made several requests of Scott. One, that he include a stop at a substance abuse treatment center as part of his recently announced workdays. He also noted that so far Scott hasn't appointed one African American to a judgeship. "Governor, be sensitive," Rouson said. The governor answered: "I believe in diversity." He said he appoints judges from lists provided to him, and told Rouson if he had any suggestions for African American judges he should contact his general counsel, Charles Trippe.

And finally, Rouson told the governor: "You've done well on some things in my book." But, the St. Petersburg representative said, he'd like to see the governor "soften" on middle and working class folks. "They are feeling a disconnect," he said. "They feel there's been an emphasis on corporations corporations corporations to the exclusion of the worker bees."

Scott said his focus on corporations will, ultimately, help working people: "If we get more corporations to do well, they'll hire more people."


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Joe Noriega

BEWARE OF POLITICAL ATTACK DOGS - Attention Senior Citizens and Veterans of America!
The Tea Party Political Attack Dogs are not finished with you yet. Do not fall asleep while they are taking a few summer weeks off to sharpen their harden hearts and merciless political oratory. Henceforth, when they talk we must listen between their words. Beware; because, they don’t really mean what they say, they simply do want they don’t say.
Now, we must toughen-up ourselves and take the bull by its horn. We must reverse their reckless, radical and ruthless rhetoric. Start taking action now! Call, write, E-mail, text, twitter and or visit your friends and relatives and ask them to help you, because when they return to congress, you will be losing your hard-earned Social Security, Health Benefits and or Veteran Support Services. As seniors, let us use the little strength that we have left and fight back. We must declare political war against our self-declared Washington DC political enemies, the new whippersnappers in the Congress of the United States.
Those dead beat Tea Party People are mostly immature or selfish, and they don’t know, respect or care about us elders or the veterans. They even attacked their fellow republican colleague the Senior Senator of Arizona, John McCain, because he dared to defend us.
Be careful, stay alert, active and defend yourself from all flanks. Take on this new mission to communicate with everybody you know across America, tell them to tell their new congressional and senatorial representatives not to touch or lower or dismantle our earned benefit programs or we will passionately dismantle their political careers in 2012.
Don’t trust the Tea Party Republicans, whom I call “Rip-Publicans” because they are ripping our benefits and tearing our country apart. Protect yourself, start donating anything that you can, money or volunteer time, to help defeat those terrifying, irresponsible and deceitfully calculating Tea Party Political Dogs.
I don’t know what kind of tea they are smoking, but I do speculate that after smoking in the halls of congress, they get delusional and start frightening, threatening and bullying senior citizen neighborhoods and veterans across America. Did not our relatives and friends die during past wars to help protect their parents, grandparents and their new generation? Who or what do they think they are?
Since they don’t care about our well being, let’s us unite in spirit and in action and begin to fight back. Let us stand our ground until we take their new congressional voting toy away from them. We must recruit our children and grandchildren to register to vote so that they can fight with us in the upcoming Historic Grandparents and Veterans Battle of 2012.
In 2012 we must recall the Tea Partiers as “Bad, Damaged, Dangerous or Spoiled Products” and take them off the political market. Since they were elected a hateful, venomous and impugned virus has attacked the United States infecting too many of our neighbors from coast to coast. They are morally, racially and politically discombobulating our society. It is time for all senior citizens to; “Take Out your Flea Pumps”.
Once we fumigate and defeat them and take them off the public shelf, the Tea Party Political Attack Dogs can outsource themselves, and take a one-way flight with their greedy friends on their Corporate Jets (Without tax write-offs) and fly as far away from America’s towns, prairies and heartland as they can. May God bless and protect America.

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