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Gov. Rick Scott's budget scene scripted down to who could attend (Democrats whine)
St. Petersburg Times ^ | May 27, 2011 | Aaron Sharockman

Posted on 05/27/2011 3:07:19 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

THE VILLAGES — Each detail of Florida Gov. Rick Scott's first budget signing was painstakingly considered.

From the location ­— a conservative retirement community in Central Florida — to the mini-red "veto" Sharpie pens Scott handed out as keepsakes.

From the music that would announce Scott's arrival to the stage, to, it turns out, who could be there.

At the urging of Scott officials, Sumter County sheriff's deputies escorted a group of more than a dozen Democrats — mainly retirees who live in The Villages — from Thursday's event at the town square.

The reason?

The $69 billion state budget signing ceremony was a "private event."

Staffers and Republican operatives searched the crowd of about 200 looking for people holding anti-Scott signs. They were noted and asked to leave. Those with pro-Scott signs were allowed to stay.

The Republican Party of Florida rented the town square for the ceremony, which gave party officials the right to say who stays and who goes, deputies said.

"We came here to say what we support," said Lawrence Shipley, 68, one of the Democrats removed from the event. Shipley is president of The Villages Democratic Club, which he says has about 275 members.

"We support the police," he said. "We support public education."

Shipley said the group did not intend to heckle or harass Scott, but it did not matter. Deputies moved them across the street.....

Republican Party of Florida chairman David Bitner defended the decision, saying the event was meant to celebrate the 2011-12 state budget.

"The people who protested against this budget are the people whose ox got gored," Bitner said.

Typically, state budgets have been signed in Tallahassee at a low-key ceremony with little pomp. Not this year....

(Excerpt) Read more at tampabay.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: boohoohoo; lol; sniffle; sob
I love the spectacle of GOP backbone!
1 posted on 05/27/2011 3:07:23 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I don't blame him - for his own safety, of course.

Defeated Dem: - Florida's Scott Should Be Shot

2 posted on 05/27/2011 3:13:03 AM PDT by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

So it wouldn’t bother you if President Obama conducted State business at a DNC fundraiser?

No thanks.


3 posted on 05/27/2011 3:13:12 AM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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"Gov. Rick Scott's $615 million cut through line-item vetoes before signing the 2011-12 budget Thursday is drawing heat from Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike. But budget hawks and fiscal conservatives are praising the governor for his tough decisions....." Scott Line-Item Vetoes Parallel TaxWatch 'Turkeys'

4 posted on 05/27/2011 3:13:17 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Gondring

I like Scott’s style.

It’s time to show some spunk.


5 posted on 05/27/2011 3:14:27 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Gondring

I did not see anywhere in the article that this was an RNC fundraiser. Just that it was a private event.


6 posted on 05/27/2011 3:18:17 AM PDT by roaddog727 (It's the Constitution, Stupid!)
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To: Gondring

Scott wasn’t “conducting state business” at the event.

Removing potential hecklers is pretty typical behavior for either party at a party event.


7 posted on 05/27/2011 3:24:56 AM PDT by livius
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The comments section reads like the DU Funnies.


8 posted on 05/27/2011 3:28:59 AM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: roaddog727
But why would the state governor’s signing of the state budget be a ‘private event’?

I think they chose the wrong venue at which to show ‘backbone’. Since the state's budget is the business of everyone in the state, and since the signing is typically a ‘ceremony’, then in my opinion they should simply have banned ALL signs, placards, etc. (for the sake of the dignity of the event) and antone/everyone who behaved civilly should have been able to attend.

I’m pretty sure there would be quite a bit of uproar/outrage expressed here at FR if some democrat state governor behaved similarly against republicans.

There is a place for partisan politics — and it is NOT at a state budget signing ceremony.

9 posted on 05/27/2011 3:34:26 AM PDT by WayneS ("I hope you know this will go down on your PERMANENT record...")
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To: livius

Will you please explain how the signing of the state budget by the governor of the state is NOT ‘state business’?


11 posted on 05/27/2011 3:36:26 AM PDT by WayneS ("I hope you know this will go down on your PERMANENT record...")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
It’s time to show some spunk.

That's funny. Spell-check evidently changed "poor judgement" into "spunk" in your post.

12 posted on 05/27/2011 3:47:16 AM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: roaddog727
I did not see anywhere in the article that this was an RNC fundraiser.

And Gov. Scott is not the president.

But is the connection difficult to see? Where do you draw the line?

Just that it was a private event. Why is public business conducted at a private event?

13 posted on 05/27/2011 3:49:47 AM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: Gondring

If it’s illegal I’m sure there are lots of lap dog liberal lawyers who will sue.


14 posted on 05/27/2011 4:17:12 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: outofsalt
The comments section reads like the DU Funnies.

Indeed they do. They better pad the walls and break out the straight jackets.

15 posted on 05/27/2011 4:19:58 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Thursday's crowd of mainly white retirees and tea party activists loved it.

Grrrrrr!

So, the fact that the crowd was mostly white means WHITE PEOPLE ARE BAD?!!!!! Black people could have shown up, but they chose not to. Couldn't a person look at that and ask "Where are all the black people when it comes to attending rallies?" But, oh no. They conclude that it was a one-dimentional rally due of the lack of diversity. Were the white people at the rally supposed to knock on doors and deliver black people for the sake of pleasing the press?

I am so sick of the left wing media getting to slant everything any way that fits their agenda!

16 posted on 05/27/2011 4:36:35 AM PDT by REPANDPROUDOFIT (General, Sir, it is perfectly ok to call me "Ma'am"!)
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To: REPANDPROUDOFIT

The msm must keep the racism lie alive. It’s their “job.”


17 posted on 05/27/2011 4:47:53 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: REPANDPROUDOFIT

Heaven forbid the press come to the conclusion that white people are more responsible citizens! That would be just as fair as it is to assume that the crowd is biased and racist due to the lack of black involvement.


18 posted on 05/27/2011 4:50:45 AM PDT by REPANDPROUDOFIT (General, Sir, it is perfectly ok to call me "Ma'am"!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

we have an awesome governor is florida


19 posted on 05/27/2011 4:57:27 AM PDT by jjw
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To: jjw

Awesomely clueless and politically tone-deaf, IMO. I was at a conference in Orlando last week where Scott was one of the keynotes. He displayed total ignorance of the group he was speaking to while achieving an “I” rate to match Obama’s. While those we elect may be our political betters, they generally are not “better” as regards knowledge or wisdom. I seem to recall William F. Buckley making a similar remark about governance by the first 535 people in the Manhattan phone book being at least as good as those usually elected to the Congress and Senate.


20 posted on 05/27/2011 5:41:43 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Gondring
That's funny. Spell-check evidently changed "poor judgement" into "spunk" in your post.

A good spell-checker would have changed 'judgement' to 'judgment'.

21 posted on 05/27/2011 6:09:55 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Yeah,
Like obammy doesn’t get rid of those of us who disagree with his marxist b.s.


22 posted on 05/27/2011 6:24:16 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: SeaHawkFan

Yes, it would. As would breaking my habit of checking the “do not wish to preview” box and then kicking myself after hitting Post.


23 posted on 05/27/2011 7:09:55 AM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: WayneS
The difference is Republicans would be civil and polite where time and time again democrats have proven to be raving moonbats
24 posted on 05/27/2011 10:20:07 AM PDT by Popman (Obama. First Marxist to turn a five year Marxist plan into a 4 year administration.)
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