Florida Democratic Party News Clips — April 13
Cue the Cee-Lo: Dems release new web vid, 'Sh** Allen West says' [Miami Herald] "The Florida Democratic Party is portraying Plantation Congressman Allen West as crazy -- both in the words of talking heads and in the underlying music track, "Crazy," by Gnarls Barkley/Cee-Lo"
Florida Dems release 'Sh** Allen West Says' video after 'communist' remarks [The Hill] "The Florida Democratic Party released a video Friday titled "Sh** Allen West Says," in the style of the viral YouTube meme, slamming the Florida congressman for his controversial comments."
Dem video attacks Allen West remarks [Sun Sentinel] "The Florida Democratic Party released an attack video on Friday rounding up some of Allen West’s most controversial remarks to try to depict him as an unhinged right-wing radical."
What you might have missed on Allen West: Cold War Update - Alleged Congressional Communists [Colbert Nation]The Tea Party's Allen West spills secret hearsay about some Democratic Congress members.
ALSO BREAKING TODAY: FDP RELEASES MARCH VOTER REGISTRATION DATA, BEATING GOP BY 8 POINTS Fla Dems edge out Republicans in voter registrations last month [Palm Beach Post] "Florida Democrats are picking up steam heading into the general election, beating the GOP in lassoing new voters last month by 8 percent, according to data released by the Florida Democratic Party today."
Race before the race: Fla Dems claiming momentum in voter registration [Orlando Sentinel] "The Florida Democratic Party today released their March voter registration data, claiming an 8-percentage point advantage over what Florida Republicans had done. A release from the Democrats called it a 'further sign that voters are fleeing the GOP.' It stated that Republican trailed Democrats in voter registration for the second consecutive month. Democrats continue to maintain an overall voter registration advantage of 4-percent."
POLITIFACT: CONNIE MACK IV AD "MOSTLY FALSE" Connie Mack says Bill Nelson voted to study monkeys on cocaine [Politifact] "Mack’s claim is pretty bananas…Even a critic who calls the project wasteful says you can't blame Nelson. We rate the statement Mostly False."
MEANWHILE…George LeMieux wins another U.S. Senate straw poll [Orlando Sentinel] "GOP U.S. Senate candidate George LeMieux won the East Manatee straw poll today with U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV, who’s lead in all the broad voter polls, finishing a distant third after not showing up…LeMieux also recently won two other straw polls, one of a Tea Party convention last month, and one of the Florida Federation of Republican Women earlier this winter."
OBAMA TALKS TRADE IN FLORIDA
Obama keeps message on economy during Florida stop [CNN] "Touching down in the key campaign state of Florida for the second time this week, President Obama pledged to further promote trade with Latin America and unveiled a new federal program to aide small businesses exporting south of the border."
First Lady praises military families on Fla. Stop [AP] "Mrs. Obama visited Naval Air Station Jacksonville as part of the one-year anniversary of her "joining forces" program, which aims to help veterans and their families"
Happy 6th birthday, RomneyCare! Obama's campaign releases video [Miami Herald] “Lots of interesting quotes here. ‘This is a politicians dream... Romney's people built a stage on top of a stage....Massachusetts is a model for getting everyone insured....’”
OTHER NEWS WE THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW
Counties agree to sue over state Medicaid repayment law [Times/Herald] "The Florida Association of Counties said Thursday that it will sue the state over a new law that requires counties to pay $323.5 million in disputed Medicaid bills."
FAU students find budget cuts hit home [Sun Sentinel] "At Florida Atlantic University, nearly a third of classes in the normally bustling summer session have been canceled, after the school took a nearly $25 million hit. Florida International University is deferring some maintenance projects and delaying hiring while the University of Florida has asked its departments to cut about 5 percent from their budgets."
Scott gets it wrong [PNJ Editorial] "This week the governor vetoed a bill that passed, on a total vote of 152-4, through one of the more conservative legislatures in the country. Yes, it was a remarkably progressive bill to get through the Florida Legislature, but it just goes to show that you should never give up hope. Of course, governors like Scott seem to exist to squash hope."