Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Eyeonmiami Endorsements. By Gimleteye and Geniusofdespair


Florida Governor: Alex Sink. The best reason to vote for Alex Sink? Redistricting. Recent census numbers will require the state legislature to initiate new congressional apportionment in Florida. The only defense against the same GOP gerrymandering Florida experienced the last go-around (lead by Miami-Dade's Republican delegation) is a Democrat in the Governor's Mansion. Who would you rather vote for: Alex Sink or an avowed anti-regulatory zealot whose former company paid the largest civil fine by a health care insurer in US history? Brain Dead Florida: wake up.

US Senate Charlie Crist.
If not careful, Democrats will follow Kendrick Meek down, in this critical election. EOM archives hold plenty on the Meek candidacy. Marco Rubio represents, what exactly? He is a stand-in for the revival of the Jeb Bush wing of the GOP: a new face in an old suit. The Tea Party is mostly clueless in its support of Rubio. Rubio represents, simply, the re-emergence of the Karl Rove management of the Republican party. They had their turn and they wrecked the nation. Please, Crist!

Florida Attorney General Dan Gelber. Dan Gelber, of Miami Beach, is the smartest Democrat elected official in Florida. There is no one even close. During the Jeb Bush interregnum, Gelber was the go-to guy for the Dems with the press for good reason. He sees the Big Picture and can deliver it in manageable portions to anyone in Florida. Gelber started the electoral cycle as a Democratic challenger for the US Senate and stepped aside. The best Floridians could do is step forward with Dan Gelber as Attorney General.

Miami-Dade County Commission District 8 Eugene Flinn. It is only one seat out of thirteen county commissioners, but District 8 has provided a clear voice of reason in the past. Flinn has shown himself adept in the public sector and is a sure bet to continue Sorenson's environmental policies. Flinn's opponent, Linda Bell, represents South Dade politics. Homestead-- where she was mayor-- is poster child for the economic crash in Florida; a nasty and in-bred political teapot where suburban sprawl was set to boil. Who needs more of that, in Miami-Dade? Vote Flinn.

Miami-Dade County Commission District 2 Jean Monestime.
We would like to find something positive to say about the incumbent commissioner in District 2, and we can't. This predominantly African American district has been victimized by Miami-Dade County politics for so long, it is no wonder that a peculiar form of captivity has arrested the district. Let us pray on Sunday and every other day of the week, that the voters of District 2 can summon the spirit for change. Vote for Jean Monestime.

Amendment 4: Yes. Florida voters will have one chance-- and one chance in their lifetimes, only-- to vote on the set of economic circumstances that led to the biggest crash since the Great Depression. Amendment 4 will bust the cartel that caused the housing bust in Florida. By subjecting land use plan changes to popular vote, the umbilical cord between campaign financiers and local zoning officials will be cut. When the system is broken, change it. That is what Amendment 4 will do.

Amendments 5, 6: Yes.
Why would Republicans vote for redistricting, when the GOP controls the state legislature with an immoveable majority? Because "fair districts" benefit everyone. The corruption that underlies current districting would be fairly addressed with the passage of Amendments 5 and 6. Congratulations to the broad bipartisan consensus that will speed these amendments to victory. When the lies come, ignore them. Vote Yes for Fair Districts.

Supreme Court Judge Retention:
Canaday 'no'
Jorge Labarga, yes
James E.C. Perry, yes
Polston 'no'

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

I agree with your choices. Readers: pass this link on to your friends. We want good people in office.

Anonymous said...

Glenn Garvin attacks Gov. Crist today. That is a big reason to vote for the man! Garvin - Miami Herald TV reviewer - has never been right about anything.

Anonymous said...

Whether you like Meek or not, he's a distant third. A vote for him is a vote for Rubio.

Danny said...

Looks the Miami Herald Editorial Board agreed with you this morning on Flinn and Monestime.

Geniusofdespair said...

Florida Chamber of Commerce poll:
September 27-30, the poll of 800 likely voters shows:

GOVERNOR: Rick Scott leading Alex Sink, 46% to 42%

U.S. SENATE: Marco Rubio leading Charlie Crist and Kendrick Meek, 40% to 33% to 16%

If you add Meeks 16% to Crist you have 49% MEEK GET OUT OF THE RACE!

Anonymous said...

if Rubio loses, do you think he would do dancing with the stars?

Anonymous said...

Take it from a Republican who worked on several issues with Charlie Crist. Any Democrat that thinks Crist will be helpful to them is going to be bitterly disappointed. He is not a reliable vote on any issue, including abortion. You are rolling the dice if you vote for him.

Anonymous said...

Rolling the dice is better than not getting the dice.

Anonymous said...

Crist has always been a moderate. He had to espouse conservative bull to try to win the primary.

nonee moose said...

Is abandoning your principle of being principled to defeat something/someone who offends your principles having principles?

Laughable. On so many levels. God help us all.

Anonymous said...

They all flip flop, it is a matter of which flipper you want. Meek actually flipped less but he is a LOSER because of his mother, Stackhouse and Wackenhut: Worse than flip flopping.

Anonymous said...

NO! I cannot believe you are supporting Crist, the most opportunistic elected official I have ever seen! He won't help any one but himself.

Anonymous said...

"...the most opportunistic elected official I have ever seen!"


You need to get out more.

Anonymous said...

You don't have to like Crist to vote for him. You simply have to not be able to stomach the idea of giving Marco Rubio a national stage for six years.

Anonymous said...

I have often said on this blog that I don't like "closeted" politicians, but I finally realized that, in Florida, you cannot run and be gay. Thankfully, it seems that Crist is finally starting to support some gay rights. He absolutely supported the teachers (even though that may have been more of a political move, but what the heck). He's also out of being under the Bush thumb. Meek won't win, and Rubio would be a disaster, so, I guess I'm going to have to get rid of feelings against closed gay politicians. Weird what this election is doing to my power to see things in "black and white". It's getting very gray out there!

tom

Geniusofdespair said...

Tom it is for people like you that this blog is written. You ventured into gray and the world didn't fall apart, only you got more savvy and you are thinking with your brain . You are ready to leave the nest...But we hope you stay on to educate others in critical thinking!

Anonymous said...

Bell has started her campaign of victimhood where on her Facebook she claims to have had several signs vandalized. She did the same in both of her mayoral races. That campaign school she went to in Baton Rougue a few years ago taught her all of the Republican tricks.

Anonymous said...

To the Democratic Party: Please, take Kendrick Meek out of the race. Every vote for Meek is a vote for Marco Rubio. Meek is such an egomaniac that he can't see that he's not electable, and yet he keeps insisting. He's mounting an attack against Crist and all he does is benefit Rubio. And of course, I and my family and friends will vote for EOM choices because they are the right choices for Florida!

Anonymous said...

Experts agree! Rick Scott is a thieving, Medicare-scamming, vapid scumbag.

VOTE Alex Sink!

Anonymous said...

I guess this means, EOM will not be getting any "Netroots" awards, next time out.

Anonymous said...

"Bell has started her campaign of victimhood where on her Facebook she claims to have had several signs vandalized."

Everyone has signs stolen. I have it on good authority that the one in front of Mayor Flinn's home went missing. It is just as likely to be lawn guys, teen pranks, or, in Bell's case since she can't keep her signs off the public right-of-way, code enforcement as evil-doing.

Some great Democrat said something about heat and kitchens.

Geniusofdespair said...

We never got a Netroot award as far as I know....

Anonymous said...

FROM NAPLES DAILY NEWS:

With less than a month to go before election day, the race to be Florida’s next governor is neck and neck between Republican Rick Scott and Democrat Alex Sink, a new Naples Daily News/Zogby poll shows.

The poll of 802 likely voters shows a statistical dead heat between Scott, 57, a Naples businessman, and Sink, 62, the state’s chief financial officer. Sink was favored by 41.1 percent of respondents, while 38.5 percent preferred Scott, which is within the margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.

Anonymous said...

Just a quick point - in Florida the Governor does not have any power over redistricting. The Legislature draws the maps by joint resolution, NOT by general law, so the Governor never gets to sign or veto the maps. All he/she can do is call the Legislature to Special Session if it doesn't draw the maps during its 2012 Sesion.
Even if Gov. Sink threatened to veto other GOP bills if the maps weren't fair enough, that might not deter a GOP Legislature from going ahead regardless.
But there are other reasons to vote for or against Sink besides redistricting.

Calling All Voters said...

If we do not vote for Crist, Meek is too weak and Rubio will win.

We have to vote for Crist.

Anonymous said...

Curious about your take on the Judge Frank A Shepherd & Linda Ann Wells for 3rd District Court of appeals?