As the New Crist Minstrals take recover from the RINOplasty surgery, they increase Florida's reputation as the place where death lovers can ply their trade in peace...
For nearly a decade under former Gov. Jeb Bush, social conservatives dominated Florida's Republican Party.
Sen. John McCain''s win in the state's presidential primary, over the objections of conservative radio hosts and the state Christian Coalition network, was the third straight defeat for social conservatives.
McCain's victory follows Charlie Crist's win in the 2006 GOP gubernatorial primary over the more conservative Tom Gallagher, who was endorsed by the Christian Coalition. In 2004, Mel Martinez, a former trial attorney, beat the more conservative Bill McCollum in the primary for a seat in the U.S. Senate.
"There is some drift toward a more moderate direction," said Dennis Baxley, a former state representative who on Friday started work as executive director of the Christian Coalition of Florida. "We are not doing as much as we used to. We have some work to do."
The results at the ballot box have had a direct bearing on public policy.
Florida, during the reign of Bush, gained national attention for refusing to allow the husband of Terri Schiavo to end her life; for creating the first "Choose Life" license plate; and for approving school vouchers, transferring public funds to private schools.
Today, under Crist, Florida is getting attention for broad regulations to reduce global warming; for restoring the voting rights of felons; and for expanding gambling on Indian reservations....................
In the eyes of the far left, anyone who would fight to keep an innocent from being murdered by the State is an ultraconservative extremist. To them, it is sensible to have the right-to-kill anyone they think is a bother. They would take money from our pockets to pay for it, too.
Here comes the leftist replacement candidate to Florida's Dave Weldon...
Among Blythe's frustrations in his quixotic bid for Congress is that his Republican opponent - U.S. Rep. Dave Weldon - abruptly announced Jan. 25 that he wouldn't seek an eighth term from Florida's 15th District. A physician himself, Weldon is a fierce critic of universal health care, arguing that "we don't need more government intruding in health care delivery."
During his years in Congress, Dave Weldon has courted voters with his strong support for NASA and the military. But his ultraconservative views - he was among the most vocal critics of efforts to remove Terri Schiavo's feeding tube - have made him a polarizing figure....................