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Gov. Rick Scott says senators want court to push their failed rail policies (suing Scott on HSR)
St. Petersburg Times ^ | Janet Zink Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

Posted on 03/03/2011 3:17:16 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott says two state senators suing him because he rejected federal money to build high-speed rail want the court to push their failed policies.

His sometimes stinging response filed Wednesday with the Florida Supreme Court calls them "senators whose policy preferences have not prevailed in the political process."

Republican Thad Altman and Democrat Arthenia Joyner filed the lawsuit Tuesday, saying Scott overstepped his executive authority by killing the project after the Legislature approved it and appropriated money for it.

Oral arguments in the case are set for 3 p.m. today. Both sides have asked the court to rule by Friday. That's the deadline that U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood set for Florida to determine whether the project can go forward. After that, the money will go to other states.

LaHood said Wednesday he has received a half dozen letters from governors or senators who want the $2.4 billion that Scott wants to turn down.

In a 29-page court document filed Wednesday, attorneys for Scott argue that the Legislature appropriated only $131 million for high-speed rail, not the entire $2.4 billion awarded by the federal government.

To fulfill the request made by Altman and Joyner, Scott's attorneys say, would require the court to order the Legislature to appropriate the entire $2.4 billion, order the governor not to veto the legislation, and, if the governor does veto the legislation, not to override the veto.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: activistjudges; highspeedrail; hsr; scott
What is the story? Who will gain? Who will get run over?
1 posted on 03/03/2011 3:17:22 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Nice video. Too bad it’s low res.

HSR is yet another scheme for the well connected to drill into taxpayer wallets.


2 posted on 03/03/2011 3:35:04 AM PST by PogySailor (The ruling class will not go down easily. And neither will their paid hacks.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Guess these Senators are NOT good stewards of the citizens money.


3 posted on 03/03/2011 3:44:57 AM PST by jafojeffsurf (Return to the Constitution.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Rick is RIGHT.
Project is not needed and will not be used by very many people.
The State would be on the hook for cost overruns that will surely be there as sure as the sun rises.
If they got into the project and then find that they don't have the $$ to complete, they would then be required to return the entire $2.4B
4 posted on 03/03/2011 3:44:57 AM PST by DeaconRed (I wish I didn't know now, what I did know then - 2 Years ago. . . FUBO)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

This is HORRIBLE!

Just imagine all of the political favors that were promised but can’t be delivered. Think of all of the political contributions (bribes) that were paid to insure that their favorite politician “was in the tank” with the special interests that gave them.

This is just terrible! It might even mean that these corrupt politicians might have to give back some of their campaign money to those “special” contributors. Just horrible...just terrible!


5 posted on 03/03/2011 3:48:23 AM PST by DH (The Second Amendment is the only protection for the First Amendment)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

IMO this will be a big case regarding precedent. I have no doubt that a lib judge will try to compel the guvnuh to take all those billions because he is owned by the machine, but in the end, neither the legislature nor judiciary can make the governor take money for anything. That is really simular to obamacare making citizens buy something. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Either side will appeal the judges decision, BTW!


6 posted on 03/03/2011 3:55:31 AM PST by gr8eman (Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

High Speed rail to where?

Why can’t these state senators just go to Disney World and ride the monorail for a day or two?


7 posted on 03/03/2011 3:56:49 AM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???)
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood
High Speed rail to where?

Into your town, state and pocket. Watch the video.

China and Warren Buffett hope you don't understand this.

8 posted on 03/03/2011 4:06:34 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife (Allhttp://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2122429/posts)
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To: PogySailor
Nice video. Too bad it’s low res.

Low res? I guess I didn't notice, what with the scam being pulled on everyone.

9 posted on 03/03/2011 4:07:37 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife (Allhttp://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2122429/posts)
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To: DH
Just imagine all of the political favors that were promised but can’t be delivered. Think of all of the political contributions (bribes) that were paid to insure that their favorite politician “was in the tank” with the special interests that gave them.

They've been paid to go to the mat for this.

When you're bought, I guess you stay bought until you get the boot!

10 posted on 03/03/2011 4:09:23 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife (Allhttp://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2122429/posts)
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To: DH

: ) *big grin*


11 posted on 03/03/2011 4:11:13 AM PST by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: gr8eman
IMO this will be a big case regarding precedent.

I agree.

Walker is holding the line in WI (and with a few wobbly WI GOPs).

Scott is holding the line in FL (and with a few wobbly WI GOPs).

12 posted on 03/03/2011 4:11:49 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife (Allhttp://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2122429/posts)
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To: Caipirabob
Occupation: Contractor/Consultant

Rep Thad Altman

13 posted on 03/03/2011 4:31:31 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife (Allhttp://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2122429/posts)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Great post. Thanks for the alert. My guess is that Crist was in on this scheme...


14 posted on 03/03/2011 6:37:45 AM PST by bronxville
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; Joe Brower; All
Florida news!

Oral arguments in the case are set for 3 p.m. today. Both sides have asked the court to rule by Friday.

The Supreme Court of Florida should have rejected this entire suit...the question is a POLITICAL one, not a JUDICIAL one.

I hope Scott has a plan to kill this project if the Robed Masters in Black rule against him.

15 posted on 03/03/2011 6:47:08 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: bronxville
..My guess is that Crist was in on this scheme...

I imagine he was and why he had to twist himself every which way trying to keep political clout to help push this through.

16 posted on 03/03/2011 6:52:16 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife (Allhttp://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2122429/posts)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Pam Iorio is really pissing me off. Saw her on the local news this morning pimping this suit. I guess she needs a big cash infusion for her next political campaign and so sees this HSR scam as her meal ticket.


17 posted on 03/03/2011 7:02:36 AM PST by PogySailor (The ruling class will not go down easily. And neither will their paid hacks.)
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To: JulieRNR21; kinganamort; katherineisgreat; floriduh voter; summer; Goldwater Girl; windchime; ...

Florida Freeper


18 posted on 03/03/2011 8:31:17 AM PST by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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bttt


19 posted on 03/03/2011 8:39:07 AM PST by Matchett-PI ("Freedom's Just Another Word For Nothing Left to Tax " ~ Gagdad Bob)
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

HSR is about one thing and one thing only: The control of the sheep[people]. There will be a few politically connected individuals that will make[steal] a lot of taxpayer money. But initial and main thrust is the control of the sheep by the politicans. Communisism or Socialism comes to mind.


20 posted on 03/03/2011 8:44:28 AM PST by sport
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To: SoFloFreeper

So do I.


21 posted on 03/03/2011 8:46:03 AM PST by sport
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To: PogySailor

You are right.


22 posted on 03/03/2011 8:47:28 AM PST by sport
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To: PogySailor

You are right.


23 posted on 03/03/2011 8:47:28 AM PST by sport
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To: Joe Brower
Charlie Crist WRECKED every single state agency. They're all making mistakes that are coming to light now. Governor Scott has been urged to make top down reviews of every state agency. The failures are epic. Lax governor = lax state workers.

I'm glad Scott's a businessman cuz the State's agencies are a hot mess. We should fix them instead of dreaming of pie in the sky trains.

FV

24 posted on 03/03/2011 9:25:06 AM PST by floriduh voter (The culture of participating being replaced by the culture of taking. Animal Farm?)
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To: floriduh voter

“Charlie Crist WRECKED every single state agency.”

You said that right. He infused greenies every chance he got. I tried to fight the DPUC over higher rates for electric and the start of a two-tiered system at TECO. Wasted my time with nothing but ‘save the whales’ logic.

Most of these staffers are idiots now in office, need pink slips.


25 posted on 03/03/2011 10:20:39 AM PST by George from New England (Escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: George from New England
We've got to hammer it home to Gov. Scott. He wasn't my first pick but man, every agency is a disaster. I told Rep. Ahern's office that Jeb admin everything ran like clockwork. Now, everything is backarsewords. Crist was lax and state employees followed in his footsteps. We're getting Crist's sloppy seconds.

DOR threatenend to lien me for not filing my biz taxes. I cancelled my biz two years ago. Now they were going to lien me for not complying w/something that had nothing to do w/me?

The tier thing with water and power is a Ponzi scheme. It's redistribution of wealth based upon what tier you are stuck in by a computer or low end bureaucratic paper pusher.

26 posted on 03/03/2011 2:59:00 PM PST by floriduh voter (The culture of participating being replaced by the culture of taking. Animal Farm?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Wow. Scott pissed off the RPOF and legislative insiders when he beat McCollum, but… just, wow. This is an extreme step.

Scott now has absolutely no reason to do anything the legislature asks of him.


27 posted on 03/03/2011 3:37:58 PM PST by Terpfen (Buh-bye, Suntan Charlie.)
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To: PogySailor

Florida’s the land of kickbacks. They’re all lining up for their first installments but there’s a new Scott in town.


28 posted on 03/03/2011 4:03:12 PM PST by floriduh voter (The culture of participating being replaced by the culture of taking. Animal Farm?)
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