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Senate Tea Party Caucus Forms, Without Marco

As for Senator Marco Rubio, who rode the tea party to victory here in Florida, his name is conspicuously absent. Throughout the 2010 election cycle, Rubio readily accepted tea party support, but always seemed to be walking a tightrope so as to not be too closely linked to the grassroots movement.

Perhaps the tea party movement here in Florida should contact our new Senator and inquire as to exactly when he plans to announce his joining?

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The Excuse For Not Raising Taxes Is That The Rich Will Quit Work

Prognosticators claim that if “the rich” pay too much in taxes, they will simply quit working. While this may be true for a few, it is a foolish effort to sway those in power who make the decision.

Saying this misses the more practical reason that with high taxes, regulation and litigiousness, investments will not make money. Let’s look at the numbers…

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Orlandoan Don Madden Challenges Washington Post

The article, titled ‘Dangerous outcomes from a culture of paranoia’, which tells you what direction Meyerson is going, attempts to paint the right as being overrun by fringe elements consumed with paranoia.

Whereas, it’s not often that a comment to an article overtakes the article itself, this is one of those rare times where that’s exactly what takes place. Don Madden is bold and fresh, getting straight to the point and in the process manages to capture the entire crux of what the real issue is between the right and the left in this country.

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Haridopolos Unofficially Enters Race For U.S. Senate

It looks as if Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos has unofficially declared his candidacy for U.S. Senate. An email was sent out yesterday by Meredith O’Rourke, former Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist fundraiser, inviting big Republican donors to a “private strategy meeting” in Orlando next month.

The invitation is asking them to have $10,000 checks “in hand”.

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Climbing Cost Of State Worker Benefits Spared From Budget Cuts

At a time when almost everyone in the private sector in Florida is tightening their belts and making difficult decisions and the state is facing a $3.5 Billion budget shortfall this year, isn’t it time we ask our state lawmakers why their not doing the same with state worker benefits?

As the story below reports, taxpayers shelled out $1.19 billion for employee health care last year while employee contributions declined slightly during that time, to $154 million. And state Legislature employees get FREE health care…

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John Mica; A Bond Too Far

By: George Noga

John Mica, beginning his 10th term in Congress, represents Florida’s 7th congressional district which snakes from Winter Park to the Jacksonville city limits. The crazy quilt nature of his district likely discourages serious challengers with a political base only in one part of the district.

That may change when Florida redistricts prior to the 2012 election…

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Senate Pres OK With Rail Rolling, If Biz Picks Up The Tab

So does this mean he’s for it after he said he was against it?

In a confusing statement, Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos seems to indicate that he’s not quite as anti-rail as his statement last week indicated. Is that a result of a week of intense lobbying by pro-rail proponents since that statement was made?

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Most Voters View Arizona Shootings As Random Act Of Violence, Not Politics

Americans have closely followed news stories about the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the killing of six others in Arizona on Saturday, and most don’t feel politics was the cause of it.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that…

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Sarah Palin; America's Enduring Strength

By Sarah Palin

If you don’t like a person’s vision for the country, you’re free to debate that vision. If you don’t like their ideas, you’re free to propose better ideas.

But, especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.

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The Rahn Curve: Government vs. Growth

By George Noga

Economist Richard Rahn, the eponymous creator of the Rahn Curve, makes connections between the rate of economic growth and the size of government. The Rahn C urve suggests there is an optimal level of government spending (as a share of GDP) that maximizes the rate of economic growth.

As a corollary, once government exceeds this optimal share of GDP, the economy and everyone in it suffers; the more it exceeds it, the more everyone suffers.

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The Liberal Media: Living In Another World

By Matthew Falconer

Ignoring the fact the gunmen was a mentally imbalanced individual, he was a self-professed liberal. But conservatives do not blame all liberals for this one man’s actions.

As Ronald Reagan said; ‎”We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.”

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Scott's Got A Deal – And Promises To Work With Senate

Gov. Rick Scott joined the Senate Republican caucus for appetizers Tuesday night a block from the Capitol, hinting that he would soon announce that he’d landed his first big business deal, with an out-of-state company poised to begin operations in Florida.

Scott and Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, refused to shed light on the project, with aides hinting it likely involves financial incentives steered through the state’s secretive Quick Action Closing Fund.