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October 05, 2013

Scott's mantra -- blame Obama -- is campaign prelude

As Gov. Rick Scott stood before a group of Realtors in Clearwater on Tuesday, he used the spike in federal flood insurance rates to do what has become his weekly mantra: blame President Barack Obama.

Nevermind that it was congressional inaction that allowed a key provision in the federal flood insurance act to take effect — despite misgivings about the unintended consequences by most of its supporters. Scott accused the president of threatening to cripple Florida’s real estate recovery by failing to stop rates from rising.

In seeking reelection in 2014, Florida’s Republican governor, whose favorable rating hovers below 40 percent in most polls, has found a favorite, equally vulnerable target in the nation’s Democratic president.

With Obama only slightly more popular than Florida’s governor, Scott loses nothing by bashing the president. And he’s got plenty to gain by revving up his Republican base while winning over independents unhappy with the president.

Scott will likely square off next year against Charlie Crist, the former Republican governor who is now a Democrat. Part of his strategy will be the same one employed by Republican Marco Rubio when he defeated Crist, then an independent, in the 2010 U.S. Senate race. He must link Crist to Obama every chance he gets.

In the last month, Scott has blamed Obama for federal budget cuts to Florida’s National Guard troops. He’s complained about the president’s failures in launching the Affordable Care Act. He’s accused the administration of failing to repair the aging dike that threatens Lake Okeechobee. And he has chastised the president for failing to lead as the government headed toward a shutdown.

“The buck stops with the President. We need leadership now,” Scott said in a Tweet to his 40,000 followers on Wednesday. More here.

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Miami-Dade prosecutors to walk in fundraiser in Janet Reno's honor


Sunday's Downtown Miami fundraising walk for the National Parkinson Foundation will feature a well-known honorary chairwoman: former U.S. Attorney General and Miami-Dade State Attorney Janet Reno.

The 75-year-old Reno has waged a high-profile struggle against the neurological disease.

Two teams have organized in her honor. The group organized by Miami lawyer John Kozyak -- whose parents both suffer from Parkinson's -- has raised nearly $30,000.

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle, Reno's successor named to the top prosecutor's post in 1993, has organized more than 20 employees to walk in Sunday's event. The team, Rundle's Runners for Reno, has raised nearly $2,000.

"We do this for a worthwhile cause and to honor our mentor and good friend Janet Reno who has so valiantly fought this disease for two decades," Fernández Rundle said.

Sunday's Moving Day Miami event, aimed at raising awareness of the dehabilitating disease, starts at 8:30 a.m. at Miami's Bayfront Park. For more information, visit www.npfsouthflorida.org.


Homeowners should do their homework when reviewing flood insurance rates

FloodHomeowners hit with substantial increases in their flood insurance as a result of recent changes in the federal program should do their homework, experts say, because there may be ways to lower their bills.

“A lot of people don’t know the flood map is not set in stone,’’ said Jason Cummins of Cummins-Cederberg, a coastal and marine engineering firm based in South Miami. Federal officials “understand they are limited in many aspects, budget, resources and time available, and you can challenge it.”

The Herald/Times spoke with Cummins and obtained information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to answer these questions about the new flood insurance rates: Read here.

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