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Progressive organization doles out failing grades to Rick Scott

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DevaneOn the same day the state announced high school grades, a progressive group discussed its grading of Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

Florida For All, a group backed by the Democratic Governors Association, gave Scott failing grades nearly across the board. Supporting public schools, creating jobs and keeping promises, minority and Hispanic outreach, managing his employees, and public health: all Fs.

The organization did give Scott one A+, for “protecting special interest.”

“I call them corporate interest because to me the special people are our children, our workers, our public education system,” said Barbara DeVane, a well known Democratic activist in Tallahassee.

Florida for All launched in June as a political action committee after the Legislature’s campaign finance reforms caused the Florida Governance Fund, a CCE, to close. The Governance Fund's money came mainly from the Democratic Governors Association, and it's balance, $671,934, was transferred this summer to Florida for All.

The organization says its mission is to protect and promote the interest of Florida’s seniors, children and middle-class families. However, the main target appears to be Scott.

About 10 activists showed up to today’s press conference to criticize past cuts to education spending and Scott’s current request that state agencies find additional reductions. DeVane also used the Times/Herald’s recent special report to attack Scott’s job creation track record.

Tazh Hall, another Democratic activist, panned Scott’s record with minorities. The governor’s refusal to fight for Medicaid expansion, voter purges and turnover among agency heads and inner staff all represent his short-comings, Hall said.

“Simply put, our governor makes poor choices,” Hall said.

The press conference had some odd moments, including a man whose role consisted of jotting down DeVane’s bullet points on a dry erase board. Then the group “dropped off the report card” by way of reciting talking points to the receptionist in Scott's office.

CardThings got a bit tense when reporters asked questions near the end. Would they be just as critical of former Republic governor and now Democratic candidate Charlie Crist, who accepted donations from the same special interests that Scott has? Were they supporting any particular candidate or cause?

Both DeVane and Hall cut off the questioners to insist they weren’t there to push for any particular candidate but to focus on Scott’s track record. They both distanced themselves from the organization, saying "I'm not Florida for All," even though they stood among people holding up blue signs with the group's logo.

Florida for All spokesman Neal Waltmire said the public could glean the organization’s affiliations and funders by looking it up online.

UPDATE: Susan Hepworth, a spokeswoman for the Republican Party of Florida, sent over this reaction to Florida for All's press conference:

“These extreme liberals can continue throwing out false attacks like spaghetti against the wall to see what sticks, but the fact is that under Rick Scott nearly 441,000 private-sector jobs have been created, state-based education funding is at the highest level in Florida history, schools are improving, and the unemployment rate is dropping.”

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ed jenkins

It is not worth the readers' time to print articles that say that the democrat governors organization does not think the republican governor is doing a good job as this will always be the case with an organization whose objective is to defeat the other party. The readers at least applaud the efforts to question this organization's support of the fraudulent Crist who left this state in horrible condition and was originally elected as a republican on the same stances that he now criticizes Scott for, the same Scott who the citizens and readers are quite pleased with for his excellent fiscal stewardship.

This democrat primary voter would probably support that organization had they not proposed the scumbag Crist for their party's governor nomination, a candidate so overwhelmingly unsatisfactory as far as the citizens are concerned and the readers of this paper.

Rita Trevino

I just wish he will be gone in 2014.

Chet

I hope the people that voted for this 2 face lying crook are proud of themselves - all he has done is reject anything that cud have helped the state of Fla and its residents - Rick the Prick Scott does not care about anyone but himself - he just wants our money and that is where he got his money stealing from people of Fla and Fla business' - You can tell by looking into this man eyes he is evil and needs to be impeached..>

James Williams

To Ed Jenkins:

Not worth it? But it's true, Ed. It's true!

DOUGLAS

RICK SCOTT DOES NOT CARE ABOUT ONLY ONE BUT HIMSELF. ITS A SHAME PEOPLE ARE OUT OF JOBS AND NOT RECEIVING UNEMPLOYMENT DUE TO A NEW SYSTEM THAT TOOK THEM BACK TO THE VERY BEGINNING OF THEIR ORIGINAL FILING DATE. ON TOP OF THAT YOU CALL THE 1-800 NUMBER AT ANY GIVEN TIME AND YOU GET ALL LINES ARE BUSY PLEASE TRY YOUR CALL AGAIN. WINDER WHY OUR PEOPLE ARE HAVING TO RELY ON THE WORKING CLASS FOR FREE ASSISTANCE BECAUSE SCOTT CREATED THIS MESS. HE SLEEPS, EATS, TRAVELS WHILE THE REST OF FLORIDA IS BEGGING AND BORROWING TO SURVIVE. I DID NOT VOTE FOR HIM AND WILL NOT VOTE IF HE RUNS AGAIN. I WILL MAKE SURE WHOMEVER HE IS RUNNING AGAINST I WILL VOTE.

Charlie

So Rick Scott promised 700000 jobs on top of the 1000000 jobs that economists all agreed would be created by population growth naturally. That is 1.7 million jobs over 7 years. We are into year 4, so Rick what is going on? It was reported that last year you were responsible by actions you took that actually resulted in a net job loss through reducing teachers and government. You swine, liar, crook...pleaded the fifth 78 times and was kicked out of HCA. Go back to Illinois you have fu$ked things up here.

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