Posts Tagged ‘Florida’

Fishbowl America Round-Up for July 7th:

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  • Sneak Peek: First Look At New Harry Potter Film – The Harry Potter trio are back to save Hogwarts from dark forces in the eagerly anticipated sixth film in the series. A year after the last Potter film, Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, JK Rowling’s creation is back in British cinemas in November.
  • Fred Barnes: McCain Better Step Up ‘Homo-Bashing’ As Strategy – Pam’s House Blend: I guess the talking heads on Fox just get right to the point — the GOP is bankrupt of any ideas or actual accomplishments to run on in 2008, so the flagging McSame campaign better drag out the tired homo straw man, according to Right S
  • Andrew Sullivan: A Long Way From The Green Iguana – It’s funny to watch the partisan right out-do each other to declare Obama a cynic while Charlie Crist gets engaged to a woman at the height of McCain’s veep search.
  • Study: Military Gays Don’t Undermine Unit Cohesion – Congress should repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy because the presence of gays in the military is unlikely to undermine the ability to fight and win, according to a new study released by a California-based research center.
  • A Major Speech in Berlin?: Obama Refines Plans for Germany Trip – Barack Obama’s planned European tour might make a major whistlestop in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. The candidate’s schedule isn’t set, but a Berlin appearance before the end of July looks likely.
  • Borat’s Alter Ego Dupes Former Mossad Agent – It’s unclear whether his Mossad retirement benefit card will be confiscated, but former spy and current political analyst Yossi Alpher is certainly feeling sheepish after being fooled by actor Sacha Baron Cohen, aka Borat.
  • Federal Investigation Launched into Obama’s MD-80 – The National Transportation Safety Board said Monday that it is investigating what caused Senator Barack Obama’s plane to make an unexpected landing today in St. Louis.
  • Iraq May Set Timetable For U.S. Withdrawal – Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki raised the prospect on Monday of setting a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops as part of negotiations over a new security agreement with Washington.
  • Webb Says No To Being VP – You can officially scratch off Sen. Jim Webb’s name from the list of Barack Obama’s potential running mates.
  • ABC News: Md. Plantation Attic Holds 400 Years of Documents – For four centuries, they were the ultimate pack rats. Now a Maryland family’s massive collection of letters, maps and printed bills has surfaced in the attic of a former plantation, providing a firsthand account of life from the 1660s through World War II
  • Miami Herald Covers Media Swirl Around Crist – And Avoids The Obvious – I’m not sure how you can explore Florida governor Charlie Crist’s shameless self-promotion for McCain’s consideration as VP (after all, the long-time “bachelor” is willing to get married to pass muster) without going into the ample number of stories about

Nominated for Best Documentary at the 2006 GLAAD Media Awards, WE ARE DAD is the story of a gay couple who are pediatric AIDS nurses that become foster parents to infants who are HIV positive, and decide to challenge the State of Florida’s law banning adoption by gay people.

The film follows the lives of a most unusual family: Two white HIV negative gay men and their family of five kids. Four of them have AIDS, three are black, two come from a backwater cult in Oregon, and one of the children has been in the middle of one of the most hotly debated issues in this country: gay adoption. We follow these delightful men through the highs and lows of their 18 year struggle to raise this amazing family.

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God bless him. He was one of favorite pundits to see on the teevee. I gotta say, i’m greatly impressed by his son. View the memorial service eulogy of Tim Russert by his son Luke Russert.

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God bless him. He was one of favorite pundits to see on the teevee. I gotta say, i’m greatly impressed by his son. View the memorial service eulogy of Tim Russert by his son Luke Russert.

This must be the worst interview ever. Deborah Solomon of the New York Times Magazine interviewed Florida Governor Charlie Crist, who’s supposedly being considered for the VP spot on a McCain presidential ticket.

Anyone worth their two cents of political knowledge knows that he’s not and McCain would be completely insane to put a well-groomed, overly-tanned bachelor on the ticket, especially when its widely rumored that Crist is gay. With McCain already having problems with the base of the GOP, it would be political suicide for him to put Charlie Crist on the ticket. Nonetheless, Solomon punts some pretty softball questions to the Charlie, but puts in a nice gay terrorist fist-jab at the end. It’s almost comical.

And now, for your reading pleasure, the lamest attempt at journalism ever:

As the popular governor of Florida and a Republican known for supporting relatively progressive causes, you are often mentioned as a possible running mate for Senator McCain. It’s been said that you could deliver Florida for him in the November election and lend him some overall centrist appeal. It’s very flattering that people would even consider that a notion.

Is it fair to describe you as socially progressive? I think it is fair to describe me as a common-sense Republican.

Which implies that some Republicans lack common sense. That’s possible.

You have supported stem-cell research, unlike most Republicans. I do support that. I think it is common sense to pay attention to what is happening in science. My father is a physician, my sister is a physician and I try to be enlightened on things that might extend and create productive life.

This Wednesday, you’ll be hosting your annual climate-change summit meeting in Miami, and you have already signed an executive order to reduce the state’s greenhouse-gas emissions, which is not a traditional Republican goal. Yes, but it should be, in my view, much in the mold of Teddy Roosevelt. Here’s a guy who founded our national parks system and obviously cared about the environment and preserving it.

But didn’t he shoot elephants and other big animals? Yes, he did that too. Being a hunter and being a conservationist are not mutually exclusive.

One of your first acts as governor was signing a bill requiring paper receipts on electronic voting machines. You know who convinced me of that? Congressman Robert Wexler, the great Democrat of Southeast Florida.

Your predecessor as governor, Jeb Bush, was content to have touch screens with no receipts. My view of it is, my goodness, you go to an A.T.M. machine, you get a receipt. You go to a grocery store, you get a receipt. Why not have a paper record for the most precious thing we do as citizens?

Where were you during the Florida recount of 2000? I was on the ballot in 2000. I ran for education commissioner that year. And won. No recount!

The novelist Carl Hiaasen has publicly asked that you excuse yourself from the vice-presidential sweepstakes, since you have been governor for only 17 months and haven’t accomplished much, in his estimation. I appreciate his counsel.

If you became vice president, he wrote in The Miami Herald, you would be better remembered for your tan than for your leadership. I hear that too. And that’s also very flattering.

I trust you use self-tanning lotion and stay out of the sun. No. It’s the sun. And it’s my heritage. I’m of Greek descent.

What was your family’s original name? Cristodoulos. My father changed it when he was in high school.

Your personal life is not that of a typical Republican candidate. For starters, I hear you’re not a property owner. It is true. I do not own property. I just never found a need for it. Now I have the Governor’s Mansion, and I rent a condo in St. Petersburg.

You were married nearly 30 years ago, but the marriage lasted less than a year. Do you prefer living alone? I got married and divorced because it didn’t work out. I haven’t found the right one since. It’s really that simple.

You can’t find one woman in all of Florida? Maybe I have. Stay tuned.

Do you have any advice for your fellow Republicans in the meantime? Just lead with common sense. Do what you think is right. And treat others well.

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I’ve got the say… I laughed out loud when Crist revealed the only song he can play on the piano…. is Midnight Cowboy. Wow.

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CNN: Sen. Barack Obama is leading Sen. John McCain in the crucial swing states of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida, according to a new survey.

Obama lost the Democratic primary in Pennsylvania by 9 percentage points. But a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows him leading McCain by 12 points, 52 to 40 percent.

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In Ohio, a state Obama lost to Sen. Hillary Clinton by 10 points in March, he’s leading McCain 48 to 42 percent.

And in Florida, where he did not campaign this primary season and lost an unsanctioned Democratic contest, he leads McCain 47 to 43 percent.

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Queerty: Disgraced Floridian Republican lawmaker Bob Allen, who resigned last year after being found guilty of soliciting gay sex and offering a cop $20 to blow him, has filed an appeal to clear his now smeared name. “We’ve got to persevere because we were right,” said the righteous Allen. Meanwhile, his wife’s trying to get into the political game by running for supervisor of elections. [WKMG and WESH]

Queerty: Disgraced Floridian Republican lawmaker Bob Allen, who resigned last year after being found guilty of soliciting gay sex and offering a cop $20 to blow him, has filed an appeal to clear his now smeared name. “We’ve got to persevere because we were right,” said the righteous Allen. Meanwhile, his wife’s trying to get into the political game by running for supervisor of elections. [WKMG and WESH]

Queerty: Disgraced Floridian Republican lawmaker Bob Allen, who resigned last year after being found guilty of soliciting gay sex and offering a cop $20 to blow him, has filed an appeal to clear his now smeared name. “We’ve got to persevere because we were right,” said the righteous Allen. Meanwhile, his wife’s trying to get into the political game by running for supervisor of elections. [WKMG and WESH]