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Fla. Gov. Scott's response to rail lawsuit pending
The Washington Post ^ | March 2, 2011 | The Associated Press

Posted on 03/02/2011 4:17:19 AM PST by GreatJoeMcCarthy

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Supreme Court is awaiting a response from Gov. Rick Scott to a lawsuit challenging his refusal to accept $2.4 billion in federal money for a Tampa-Orlando high speed rail project. The Republican governor has until noon Wednesday to reply to the bipartisan suit. State Sens. Arthenia Joyner, a Democrat, and Thad Altman, a Republican, claim Florida law gives Scott no choice but to accept the stimulus funding. Scott says he won't do it because Florida taxpayers may be stuck with billions in cost overruns and subsidies. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says a revised plan for local management of the project would absolve the state of liability. LaHood has given Scott has until Friday to accept the deal.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: fl; florida; lawsuit; rail; rick; rickscott; scott

1 posted on 03/02/2011 4:17:24 AM PST by GreatJoeMcCarthy
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To: GreatJoeMcCarthy

I hope they pass a law putting those two numbskull politicians on the hook personally for any future dollars this will cost Florida.


2 posted on 03/02/2011 4:21:52 AM PST by Mouton (Government expands to fill any voids in freedom.)
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To: GreatJoeMcCarthy

Take your stupid train and shove it!


3 posted on 03/02/2011 4:21:58 AM PST by screaminsunshine (34 States)
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To: GreatJoeMcCarthy

Did I fall aslseep and wake up in Cuba? Since when are States forced to accept federal stimulus money? This Soetoro administration just doesn’t understand that this country is broke and its people are demanding that our government stop spending.

I love what Scott Walker and Rick Scott are doing. These guys are standing tall against government spending and not compromising. No compromises. That is what I have been looking for in a conservative for a very long time. Its great to see two guys taking a stand and holding strong!


4 posted on 03/02/2011 4:23:38 AM PST by GreatJoeMcCarthy
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To: GreatJoeMcCarthy

I am leary about Scott,
I voted for him and am hoping he stand firm against the obammy klan.


5 posted on 03/02/2011 4:25:31 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: GreatJoeMcCarthy

Altman is hardly a Republican. He’s as Republican as Hizzoner Mayor Bloomberg. He represents the area around Melbourne, which has been overrun by northern transplants, and he’s got skin in the game with Melbourne looking to grow by commercial exploits that would rely on the Tampa-Orlando loop.

That being said, WTF is with our government trying to shove money down our throats? This is VERY disconcerting.


6 posted on 03/02/2011 4:27:01 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Joe Boucher

I voted for him also...he says and does the right things so far so I have no grief with my choice. Given the opposition was a lib dem or a clam baked RINO, there was no choice.

Speaking of RINO Crist, he was just voted onto the BOD of St Joe’s Corp, a major land onwer in the Panhandle. Given his go with the wind decision making skills, I guess I will scratch that firm from my list of potential investments.


7 posted on 03/02/2011 4:38:21 AM PST by Mouton (Government expands to fill any voids in freedom.)
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To: Mouton

“Speaking of RINO Crist, he was just voted onto the BOD of St Joe’s Corp, a major land owner in the Panhandle.”

You’ll find a long list of Democratic and RINO politicians on BOD’s. If I recall, Hillary Clinton was on Wal-Mart’s board. The companies are paying protection money. When they get sued by some save-the-whales or protect-the-environment group, the companies have their pet politicians make phone calls and quash the suit. If you look at the company literature, you’ll see these big-name liberals never attend meetings but get paid north of $50,000 per meeting anyway. If that’s not protection money, what is?


8 posted on 03/02/2011 4:51:24 AM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: Mouton

Damn near anyone is better than Chuckie Crist.


9 posted on 03/02/2011 4:52:30 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: GreatJoeMcCarthy
Did I fall aslseep and wake up in Cuba? Since when are States forced to accept federal stimulus money?

You and me both. I must've missed this earlier? W-T-F is going on? This administration is out of control. They won't prosecute the Black Panthers, they won't seal the border from foreign invaders... Yet they will sue Arizona for attempting to implement the existing laws and now they're going after FL for not taking money for an ill-considered project?

obama and his cohorts in crime are dangerously out of control and out of touch. They make Marie Antoinette look like a lady of the people by comparison. The only difference between obama and the other two-bit dictators of the world is they send in their thugs with clubs and guns to enforce their will. obama sends in legions of lawyers via the "Justice" Dept. Not sure which is worse. But seriously, the mentality behind both actions is the same, exactly the same. We have a tin-pot, elitist dictator occupying the WH.

10 posted on 03/02/2011 4:57:43 AM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: GreatJoeMcCarthy

All of the politicians and “community leaders” pushing for the train share several characteristics:

1 - In some way, they expect to personally profit or gain some benefit (or expect to help their friends do so) from the construction and/or operation of the train.

2 - They will never use the train themselves. Or if they did it would be for a political stunt or media photo-op.

How often would you expect to see these two state senators riding the train back and forth between Orlando and Tampa? Never would be the safe bet.

How often would you expect to see the mayors of Tampa and Orlando ride the train other than for a media stunt? Never is still the safe bet.

How often would we see the construction union leaders riding the train unless it was for a photo-op?


11 posted on 03/02/2011 5:25:44 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Our country's founders cherished liberty, not democracy." -- Ron Paul)
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To: Iron Munro

This is $2.4 billion to install a train for a 1.5 hour drive.

Does anyone have an estimate on how much this train ticket will cost?

It’s probably going to be expensive since it’s a high speed train.


12 posted on 03/02/2011 5:37:58 AM PST by jq2
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To: GreatJoeMcCarthy

RINO Lahood is just another of BO’s Chicago enforcers now. They must have some good stuff on him.


13 posted on 03/02/2011 5:40:37 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: Joe Brower; NautiNurse; tiredoflaundry

Scott kicking butt, ping!


14 posted on 03/02/2011 5:43:06 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: jq2

“Does anyone have an estimate on how much this train ticket will cost? It’s probably going to be expensive since it’s a high speed train.” ~ jq2

It’s NOT a high-speed train. Watch this a find out all you need to know about this scam:

Here’s a Short Video with the ‘Real Story Behind the High Speed Rail Push’!
VIDEO: http://www.ronaldreaganclubs.com/New%20Rail.html

Facts, figures do not lie....this would a disaster for Florida taxpayers and their grandchildren! The video also explains the real reason and who will profit from the Rail.


15 posted on 03/02/2011 5:46:36 AM PST by Matchett-PI ("Freedom's Just Another Word For Nothing Left to Tax " ~ Gagdad Bob)
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To: GreatJoeMcCarthy
Can somebody explain the benefits of a 90 mile long, high speed, Tampa to Orlando train?

As a practical matter, the train could not possibly cut much time off the 1.5 hour drive time. Just getting into the station, checking bags, seating, & waiting for the train to leave the station is the time it takes to drive half way there. Add in the arrival time to retrieve bags & arrange transportation is 15-30 more minutes. Now, if there is a threat of terrorism, you can add 1-2 hours in a TSA security line on a busy day.

Did I mention the smelly person seated next to you, the screaming kid behind you, the lost baggage, or the snotty steward?

Who is stupid enough to endure all that crap, when you can jump into your car & be there in the time it takes to play your favorite CD?

If traffic on I-4 is the problem, then for $2.4 billion, FL can build a dandy road parallel to I-4, or double the number of lanes on I-4.

So, tell me, who is gonna ride this thing?

16 posted on 03/02/2011 5:49:19 AM PST by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: Mister Da

You didn’t mention the time it is going to take for the TSA goon to feel you up.

You know that is coming around the next corner.


17 posted on 03/02/2011 6:02:09 AM PST by Bob Buchholz
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To: GreatJoeMcCarthy

the Florida Supreme Court has such a shaky record I’m afraid I just can’t say which way this is going to go


18 posted on 03/02/2011 6:22:03 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: GreatJoeMcCarthy

Doesn’t Gov. Scott realize billions of federal dollars equals millions of dollars to the politicians, bureaucrats and unions.


19 posted on 03/02/2011 6:29:43 AM PST by radioone (Proud to be an enemy of Obama)
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To: GreatJoeMcCarthy; Joe Brower; All
Rick Scott's response should be this:

"The rejection of this boondoggle can be explained by quoting B. Hussein Obama:

'I won'."

20 posted on 03/02/2011 6:43:07 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: JulieRNR21; kinganamort; katherineisgreat; floriduh voter; summer; Goldwater Girl; windchime; ...

Florida Freeper


21 posted on 03/02/2011 6:50:39 AM PST by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: jq2

$32 Million per mile -vs- $17 Million for interstate lanes per mile


22 posted on 03/02/2011 6:54:06 AM PST by representativerepublic (...loose lips, sink ships)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I’m not too worried about the case. Rick Scott needs to hold his ground...he could be a bit more diplomatic with the Republicans, but he need not apologize for being conservative.

What will the Florida Supreme Court do? FORCE the money on Scott? They’re playing with fire if they try to do that....


23 posted on 03/02/2011 6:54:11 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: screaminsunshine

Well said!


24 posted on 03/02/2011 7:27:25 AM PST by shove_it (just undo it)
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To: GreatJoeMcCarthy

Its (allegedly) FL law, not Federal:

“State Sens. Arthenia Joyner, a Democrat, and Thad Altman, a Republican, claim Florida law gives Scott no choice but to accept the stimulus funding.”


25 posted on 03/02/2011 7:29:26 AM PST by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Heading, with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: Joe Brower

When the response is posted, will you please ping the list...


26 posted on 03/02/2011 7:48:33 AM PST by ken5050 (Admin Moderators rule!!!!)
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To: jq2
Does anyone have an estimate on how much this train ticket will cost?

The people pushing the train claim a one way ticket will be only $30.

They also claim the train will not require taxpayer support.


27 posted on 03/02/2011 8:00:44 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Our country's founders cherished liberty, not democracy." -- Ron Paul)
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