Monday, February 21, 2011

Scott's judicial appointment raises concerns about politicizing

From the February 15 Palm Beach Post:
Gov. Rick Scott's appointment Monday of a St. Lucie County judge to the Fourth District Court of Appeals is causing concern among judges.
The issue is not about the appointee. Longtime Circuit Judge Burton Conner of Fort Pierce is very well qualified, they say. But they see politics injected into the selection process.
In announcing the appointment, Scott said in a press release: "Judge Conner represents the values and judicial conservatism I am looking for in our judges. He has a great reputation in the community and a great law-and-order demeanor."
Retired Fourth DCA Judge Gary Farmer, who seat will be filled by Conner, said Tuesday he has never seen such overt political philosophy expressed in a judicial selection.
"What it says to me is, the governor has an agenda with judges. It's unsettling," Farmer said.
Farmer said he recommended Conner to fill the vacancy created by his retirement. He had no sense of Conner's politics "until he read the governor's statement," he said.
Palm Beach County Senior Judge Roger Colton said he too was surprised by the political language.
Colton, a 9-year FBI agent who considers himself a law-and-order kind of judge, said he doesn't want to see politics injected into a judicial selection.
"The governor should be saying 'I picked the most knowledgeable, fair, just, equitable candidate," Colton said.

Scott's two-day inaugural bash was funded by private donations. The ceremonies cost about $3 million, and are largely funded by business interests in Florida that, as the St. Petersburg Times writes, have “the most at stake in his administration.” From tobacco companies trying to avoid taxes, to drug companies and HMOs hoping to benefit from Medicaid changes, Scott’s lavish ceremony is being paid for by those who want to be a part of the real party: Florida is the world’s twentieth-largest economy and Scott will enjoy almost unchecked control of the state’s business, as his party holds super-majorities in both legislative chambers.

Florida "Bought and Paid for". Thanks Rick Scott!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Twitter & Wikipedia

I have recently signed up for a Twitter account. The main reason was to follow Howard Stern's tweets, but I also discovered that Governor Rick Scott is on Twitter. I have been having a blast shooting off tweets to him every couple of hours."Don't mess with FRS" is my new slogan.

The Florida Public Employees Facebook page staged a "shock and awe" telephone campaign tonight. They wanted everyone to call or email the Governor's office between 7 and 8 PM. It will be interesting to hear the results.

Rick Scott was asked if he would consider a phase in period for his pension reform and his reply was a terse "no".

Did you know that Rick Scott owns the Solantic Urgent Care Facilities. According to Wikipedia, they have been sued multiple times for discrimination. Allegedly, Human Resources were told not to hire obese or elderly people. Check out the Wikipedia on Rick Scott. It is very enlightening.

Please forward this link to your coworkers and as always your comments are welcome.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

More Facebook Links

I have found some very good Facebook pages dedicated to the fight against the proposed changes to the Florida Retirement System. They are a great place for us to make our feeling known and contain very valuable information. Please check out "Florida Public Employees" at  http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Florida-Public-Employees/150747251645924?v=wall. This page has over 1000 members and growing. There is also a related youtube channel called "thepublicservants" and website http://www.floridapublicemployees.com/

Another good page is called "100,000 Floridians Against Rick Scott" The link is http://www.facebook.com/100KAgainstScott.

Please continue to call, write and email your Legislators!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Egyptian Democracy

The news out of Egypt today of Mubarak's resignation shows what can happen when the people make their voices heard. Florida Governmental employees contact your legislators. Go www.myflorida.com or www.flgov.com for links.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Facebook links

Just discovered there are a multitude of anti-Rick Scott Facebook pages set up. Here is a link:

http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=113713755317783&topic=148

My favorite is "Rick Scott Is An Alien". Also "Rick Scott Can Kiss My Beloved Spanish Speaking Ass". People can be so creative.

Lets keep the heat on Tallahassee. Write, call or email your Representatives or the Governors office.

Please forward to your co-workers.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Make Your Voice Heard

Rick Scott is quoted in today's Miami Herald saying ``It's only fair that if you're going to have a pension plan, you're going to do just like the private sector does,''.  What he fails to understand as there are differences between the private sector and government. In the private sector, I can get profit sharing and stock options. There is a better opportunity to make large amounts of money and advance through an organization.  As government workers, we gave up big money opportunities in exchange for security. Now this security is being snatched from us when we need it most.
Make your voice heard! Contact the Governors office directly. There are email links at http://www.flgov.com/contact-gov-scott/

Also, check out the video below in which Rick Scott discusses his plans for the Florida Retirement System. He statements regarding Alex Sinks handling of FRS are very misleading.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PudKNxTKzrc

Please forward this link to you co-workers. We must be heard!


Thank you.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Florida Government Employees Unite!!

Separated at birth? Sorry, but I could not help but notice the resemblance. Just kidding Rick. My reason for creating this blog is not to make jokes, but for a very serious reason.

Florida Governor Rick Scott is proposing that all employees covered by the Florida Retirement System start paying 5% of their gross pay towards their retirement benefit. This is the same as a 5% pay cut. And if this is enacted, whats to stop it at 5%, Why not increase it every time the budget gets tight!

Government employees accepted less money at the start of their careers in exchange for a superior benefit package. Slowly these benefits have been taken away. The job security is gone. The pension may soon be gone. Sick & vacation benefits are being reduced. Hours worked are increasing. No pay increases in 3 - 5 years. If this continues, there will be a mass exodus from Government back to the private sector.


As Florida governmental workers, we must unite. Write and call your State Legislators. Make it known that you will not stand for this slap in the face. You work hard and have earned the retirement that was promised you when you were first employed.


Please feel free to comment.


Thank you.