(Florida Congressman Trey Radel and) rising Tea Party star was caught in a coke bust. Apparently he forgot the part of the Tea Party story where you dump the product in the harbor before the cops show up.

Personally, I hated to lose a Congressman who was so fiscally conservative that I’m sure he snorted his blow through a one dollar bill. And so committed to family values, folks, that he actually voted to drug test people who received food stamps. He’s not a hypocrite, because he doesn’t get food stamps from the government.

Just his paycheck.

—  STEPHEN COLBERT, The Colbert Report

"He has for sure got some pretty significant images." That’s what Walton County Sheriff Mike Adkinson said of Lane Rees, 61, a GOP higher-up now charged with possession and transmission of child pornography.

Rees is a party committeeman, though the Republican Party of Florida appears to have purged him from its directory of leaders (an archived listing from last August listing Rees is here.) He also helped oversee the GOP’s state budget in 2011, and was appointed to serve on several policy panels by then-Gov. Jeb Bush and the Republican speaker of the Florida House. (A sparse user of Facebook, Rees excitedly updated his personal page in January 2011: “At Florida Inauguration for Governor Rick Scott, LT. Governor Jennifer Carroll and other members of the Cabinet — awesome time.”)

Rees until recently served as chairman of the board for the Foundation for Evangelism, which is associated with the United Methodist Church. (He continues to serve on the board.)

Just last month, Rees reportedly helped train other lay ministers at a retreat in Alabama. His lesson was titled “Living our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way.”

(h/t NW Florida Daily News)

It ought be a local decision. I mean, a state decision.

The state decided. The people of the state decided. But it’s been overturned by the courts, I guess.


Possible GOP Presidential contender Jeb Bush falls in line with GOP orthodoxy (homophobia) on the subject of gay marriage. 

For Republicans, civil rights of minorities should be determined by the majority.

Evening News Read 18 November 2013.

Five Reasons to Vote Out Florida Rep Gus Bilirakis    

1. As a Member of the House of Veteran Affairs, you’d think he’d find using American Veterans as props to further hysteria repulsive but no.

  • He claimed, “The Department of Homeland Security’s view that returning military veterans and gun owners are likely to commit terrorist acts.”

2. Says American Veterans are his top priority.

3. He’s very concerned about the treatment of our Veterans.

4. He cares deeply about the American Military.

5. It’s not like he hates women though.

Private Prison CEO Will Host Florida GOP Governor At $10K-A-Plate Fundraiser

Over the past few years, private prison firm GEO Group has become known for inmate abuseworkplace violence, and fraudulent reporting at its U.S. facilities. One federal judgefound that GEO “allowed a cesspool of unconstitutional and inhuman acts and conditions to germinate” at one Mississippi facility for juveniles.

But on Monday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) will headline a $10,000-per-person VIP fundraiser at the home of GEO Group Chief Executive Officer George Zoley, Mother Jones reports. Attendees can also attend a general reception for $3,000 per person. The proceeds will go to both Rick Scott’s gubernatorial campaign and the Republican Party of Florida.

Scott has long been a proponent of private prisons, even as he has maintained a cozy relationship with prison executives. In 2010, he campaigned on pledges to save the state money by turning more state-run prisons over to private companies. But several years later, prisons were costing Florida more money. Scott has since backed a move to privatize prison health care, and his Department of Corrections forged ahead with a plan to do so even without the approval of the state legislature. That move was eventually upheld by an appeals court and the move will now cost 2,000 state workers their jobs.

GEO and its top executives, meanwhile, have dipped into their pockets to encourage lawmaker moves toward privatization of prison services. Over the past 12 years, private prison firm GEO Group has spent at least $4.2 million on direct, reported political contributions, in addition to other contributions by affiliated political action committees, according to data compiled by the National Institute on Money and Politics. But Zoley and GEO have made significant other contributions, including a $20,000 gift to renovate Scott’s mansion. A 2012 Associated Press report found that GEO and the two other largest private prison firms had spent $45 million on campaign donations and lobbyists over the course of ten years.

GEO executives have been open with their investors about their financial interest in more incarceration. During a conference call touting its success in boosting profits, GEO Group executives boasted that the company continues to have “solid occupancy rates in mid to high 90s” and that they are optimistic “regarding the outlook for the industry,” in part due to a “growing offender population.” Last year, filings showed GEO Group hired a lobbyist to influence federal immigration legislation, despite promises not to do so.

GEO’s significant investment in immigration detention facilities could be a particular flash point in Florida, where racial insensitivity has prompted several top Republican Latinos to abandon Scott and the party. As Mother Jones’ Stephanie Mencimer points out, a GEO immigration detention facility in Broward County, Florida has reportedly held people who should have been released and provided substandard medical care, prompting members of Congress to call for an investigation of the facility. GEO Group earns $20 million annually from that facility alone, according to Mencimer.

Zoley, who founded GEO in 1984, oversaw its expansion into a billion-dollar corporation that almost had a college football stadium named after it. Just last year, the firm saw a 56-percent spike in profits, after adopting a strategy for drastically reducing its taxes. Zoley hasearned more than any other individual in the corrections industry, at $22 million in compensation between 2008 and 2013.

Five Reasons to Vote Out Florida Rep Ted Yoho    

1. He thinks the tanning tax is what?

  • Racist. (Honestly, I don’t even have the words for this non-sense)

2. Ugh, he said he would support what?

3. Who endorsed him?

4. What’s your problem with sugar, man?

5. He doesn’t hate women- just Native women, duh!

Living Together Unmarried Is Illegal In Florida, Hundreds Charged

It may come as a surprise to most Floridians, but living together while unwed in the Sunshine State has been against the law since 1868.

WCTV reported in 2011 that almost 700 people had been charged under the obscure law since 2006, and half a million couples were breaking the ordinance by living together.

While there have been efforts to repeal the law, Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) has remained silent on the issue.

In addition to cohabitation offenders, the law also punishes cheating wives and husbands with a fine of $500 or up to 60 days in jail.

In 2011, state Rep. Dennis Baxley (R) told the Sun Sentinel, “I’m not ready to give up on monogamy and a cultural statement that marriage still matters.”

The Associated Press reports that state Sen. Eleanor Sobel (D) recently wrote a bill, SB 1070, to repeal the law.

Sobel’s bill would also stop judges from preventing parents, who are guilty of breaking the law, from being in contact with their kids.

Former Florida Republican Governor Charlie Crist allegedly paid off two different men and sent them out of state to hide his homosexual affairs, discovery documents in a just-released investigative report by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement claim. The documents also claim Crist — who actively worked to ban same-sex marriage — attempted to kiss another man, the subject of the criminal investigation, and had drunken escapades which included driving a golf cart under the influence while attempting to run over people.

Certainly this is not the first time Crist has been accused of being gay. Crist is on his second marriage, the first having lasted less than one year, the second a reportedly whirlwind romance that culminated in an engagement after nine months in 2008, and marriage a few months later.

h/t: The New Civil Rights Movement

Cop Drags Mentally Ill Woman Through Courthouse After Misdemeanor Competency Hearing (VIDEO)

Cop Drags Mentally Ill Woman Through Courthouse After Misdemeanor Competency Hearing (VIDEO)

Moments before an officer grabbed 28-year-old Dasyl Jeanette Rios and began dragging her through the Broward County, Florida, courthouse, a judge ruled that she was mentally incompetent to stand trial on a misdemeanor trespassing charge.

According to Lynn DeSanti, assistant public defender, Broward County Sheriff’s deputy Christopher Johnson approached Rios following the hearing, telling her to:

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ORLANDO, FL — It’s official: Cainmentum is back. In Florida anyway.

In what can only be seen as a major defeat for frontrunner Rick Perry, former Godfather’s Pizza CEO and tea party superstar Herman Cain swept the results of the Presdiency5 straw poll, a gathering of several thousand state Republicans, Saturday.

Perry had pushed hard to win the poll, and rival Mitt Romney didn’t officially participate (neither did Michele Bachmann.) But after a debacle of a debate Thursday night, Perry’s efforts fell flat and Cain took home the gold.

“This is a sign of our growing momentum and my candidacy that cannot be ignored,” Cain said afterwards in a statement. “I will continue to share my message of ‘common sense solutions’ across this country and look forward to spending more time in Florida, a critical state for both the nomination and the general election.”“

The Georgia businessman got a boost in recent days from conservative bloggers like the influential Erick Erickson at Red State, who declared Perry a “train wreck” in Thursday’s debate and named Cain the clear winner. Others, like Ed Morrissey at HotAir, pumped up Cain’s performance as well.

Cain’s debate earned him more than just kind words: his spokeswoman, Ellen Carmichael, told TPM on Saturday that they had raised more money in the last 48 hours than at any point in the campaign.

Perry congratulated Cain after the victory in a statement, saying the poll “shows the conservative message of job creation, fiscal responsibility and limited government is gaining momentum.” But he quickly pivoted from Cain to attacking Romney, his chief rival for the nomination.

“Floridians and voters nationally want a candidate who is clear on the issues and talks honestly about the future, not someone who takes multiple sides of an issue and changes views every election season,” Perry said. “Today’s vote demonstrates that Floridians are energized and ready to help get America working again.”

The final tally (2657 votes were cast):

Herman Cain: 37.11%
Rick Perry: 15.43%
Mitt Romney: 14%
Rick Santorum: 10.88%
Ron Paul: 10.39%
Newt Gingrich: 8.43%
Jon Huntsman: 2.26%
Michele Bachmann: 1.51%

H/T: TPM 2012

GOP Yahoo Yoho Says God Being Taken Out Of America-- Oh, And We Need A Holy War (VIDEO)

GOP Yahoo Yoho Says God Being Taken Out Of America– Oh, And We Need A Holy War (VIDEO)

On Thursday’s edition of Newsmax, Florida Rep. Ted Yoho weighed in on the President’s terrorism summit and waxed hawkish about ISIL/ISIS with host J.D. Hayworth and talking head former Illinois Rep. Michael Flanagan. From his comments, it appears that Yoho is looking for a fight. In God’s name, of course.

When Hayworth fed Yoho with a question as to whether the terrorism summit was “a PR stunt,”

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