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President Obama declares parts of Florida a disaster area for damage in Tropical Storm Isaac
St. Petersburg - Tampa Bay Times ^ | October 19, 2012 | staff

Posted on 10/18/2012 11:30:51 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

President Obama on Thursday declared 11 Florida counties a disaster area for damage sustained in August from Tropical Storm Isaac. The declaration makes federal funding available to state and local governments.

In September, the Federal Emergency Management Agency refused Gov. Rick Scott's request for a presidential declaration of disaster for damages caused by Isaac.

FEMA director Craig Fugate... basically argued that Florida could handle the costs on its own.

....It was unclear late Thursday why the decision about the declaration was reversed...

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: 2012election; fema; fl; fla; flelectoralvotes; florida; isaac
Gee....

I wonder why Obama changed his tune?

1 posted on 10/18/2012 11:31:04 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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Sept 22, 2012 - Feds turn tables on Florida Gov. Rick Scott, deny storm money

"TALLAHASSEE — Time after time since taking office, Gov. Rick Scott has boasted of rejecting billions of dollars from the federal government. Now, Washington has turned the tables, shutting down Scott's plea for financial aid in a move that almost instantly took on political tones.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency refused Scott's request for a presidential declaration of disaster for damages caused by Tropical Storm Isaac, declining to provide $26.9 million in aid to hard-hit counties.

Scott moved this week to appeal the decision, but not before the issue was cast in a political light, highlighting Florida's importance in the presidential election and the rocky relationship between Washington and the Sunshine State........

.....The rejection is the latest dust-up in a tenuous relationship between Scott and the federal government.

Shortly after coming into office, Scott rejected more than $2 billion in federal funds aimed at building a high-speed rail line. Obama criticized Scott for the snub, saying he thought it was "wrong."

Scott helped support the U.S. Supreme Court challenge to Obama's federal health care reform this year. When the Supreme Court upheld most of the law in June, Scott said Florida would not accept billions of federal dollars to expand Florida's Medicaid rolls......."

2 posted on 10/18/2012 11:35:21 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Polling on Fla shows him down?

What a crock that he has the ability to do this.


3 posted on 10/18/2012 11:35:50 PM PDT by berdie
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

It was unclear late Thursday why the decision about the declaration was reversed...”

Hahahahaha...unclear to who, the third graders on Sesame Street? They probably just thought “what a pandering ahole” and turned away, wondering when they will get a crack at the kind of money the Disney kids get.


4 posted on 10/18/2012 11:39:39 PM PDT by jessduntno ("Socialism only works...in Heaven where they don't need it and hell where they have it." - RR)
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To: berdie

The Obama administration has been leaning on Texas too.

Their punishment of Texas will change under his watch.


5 posted on 10/18/2012 11:40:21 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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Gee, no one will think he’s using their taxes to buy votes or anything ‘offensive’ like that.


6 posted on 10/18/2012 11:42:45 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: jessduntno

Campaigning on our nickle.


7 posted on 10/18/2012 11:43:10 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: berdie
The Obama administration has been leaning on Texas too.

Their punishment of Texas will NOT change under his watch.

8 posted on 10/18/2012 11:44:09 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Someone at FEMA jumped the gun. I am sure this was supposed to be one of obama’s notorious friday evening document dumps


9 posted on 10/18/2012 11:48:34 PM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Here's something else that may be missed. A friend of mine who was a manager of a hotel that closed was on unemployment and went into federal emergency unemployment.

He had told me that he was surprised that they only went by your word that you actually are looking for a job. And that has been the process until last week.

Beginning October 1, if you apply online you must send in screen shots to prove that you applied online and there are several other ropes to jump through, ropes that my friend said he'd have understood if they were in place all along. But emergency unemployment ends for EVERYBODY at the end of december. My friend's theory is that the Obama administration is trying hard to get people off unemployment which would be a good thing if it were for the right reason. He's thinking it's to lower the unemployment rate even more by november's election.

10 posted on 10/18/2012 11:50:54 PM PDT by tsowellfan (KEEP WORKING like we are 10 POINTS DOWN!!!!)
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To: berdie
Hey, cut him some slack. If I was Obama and reading the latest polls, I'd think Florida is a "disaster area" for me too. He's watching those 29 electoral votes drift further and further away from him. ;-)

New Florida Poll Shows Romney Up By Seven Overall


11 posted on 10/18/2012 11:50:55 PM PDT by BillyBoy ( Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I’m trying to decide if this news gets out there if maybe it would hurt him more than it would help him.


12 posted on 10/18/2012 11:53:20 PM PDT by tsowellfan (KEEP WORKING like we are 10 POINTS DOWN!!!!)
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To: JohnBrowdie

? This is meant to be big news in Florida. Nothing buys votes like free money from the government. They must be either trying to close the deal or seeing it slip away and playing their last trump card.


13 posted on 10/18/2012 11:54:51 PM PDT by paul544
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I don’t think he’s going to like what happens to all the money going to Chicago and the rest of Illinois after January 19th if Romney beats him. If there’s any justice, Romney should appoint a very stereotypical set of Texans (who would be very competent) to camp out and return the favors to Illinois regarding mineral rights, mining, industry, etc., etc.


14 posted on 10/19/2012 12:00:59 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: tsowellfan

The Obama earthquake, shaking our nation apart, needs to end.

This “gesture” will not change anything. It’s insulting.

Voters have had a bellyful of his lies and destruction.


15 posted on 10/19/2012 12:04:39 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Will the Canadian Pipeline happen next??

His answer to why he didn't sign it over was unique...."We have enough pipeline to circle the earth"....

How stupid can you be.

16 posted on 10/19/2012 12:04:39 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (r)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
This won't help Obama. It's too late for that now.

Florida '12 Presidential General Election

10/12/2012-10/14/2012

791 likely voters

Mitt Romney 49%

Barack Obama 48%

politico.com

17 posted on 10/19/2012 12:04:49 AM PDT by Daaave ("The ship will self-destruct in t-minus, ten minutes.")
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To: Sacajaweau
....How stupid can you be.

It's all he has.

18 posted on 10/19/2012 12:06:15 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
This “gesture” will not change anything. It’s insulting.

They will be asking "why now and not before when it was needed so badly?"

19 posted on 10/19/2012 12:07:41 AM PDT by tsowellfan (KEEP WORKING like we are 10 POINTS DOWN!!!!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Obumbo will be declaring the entire USA a disaster zone on election day.


20 posted on 10/19/2012 12:12:36 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: Daaave
Florida: Romney vs. Obama

NBC/WSJ/Marist Obama +1

Rasmussen Reports Romney +4

realclearpolitics.com

21 posted on 10/19/2012 12:14:15 AM PDT by Daaave ("The ship will self-destruct in t-minus, ten minutes.")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

A natural disaster in Florida a couple months before the election IS optimal for obama.


22 posted on 10/19/2012 2:10:14 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

There will be nothing but pay-offs in the next three weeks for the swing states.
After all, Obama’s not using his own money to buy votes.


23 posted on 10/19/2012 3:51:29 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: txrefugee

Just wait until we get a look at the Obama-Holder pardon list.


24 posted on 10/19/2012 4:02:27 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

....It was unclear late Thursday why the decision about the declaration was reversed...


CLUE: Politics and more liberal votes.


25 posted on 10/19/2012 4:20:43 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
..It was unclear late Thursday why the decision about the declaration was reversed...

Only to the Tampa Times.

Barry was right. He is the most transparent person I've ever seen.

26 posted on 10/19/2012 4:50:30 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Dumb or Dumber? Biden or Obama?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Kind of stupid by the president to “punish” Florida for electing a Republican that won’t accept his useless train.

Even dumber to then remind everyone of it less than three weeks before the election with a political hail mary.


27 posted on 10/19/2012 4:53:03 AM PDT by BobL (You can live each day only once. You can waste a few, but don't waste too many.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“The Obama administration has been leaning on Texas too.”

True, we don’t get the handouts as much from Obama, but he’s given us much, much, more in the way of oil prices. Lots of really good jobs thanks to his policies.

Ironically President Reagan may have been the worst president for Texas simply because he brought the price of crude down to next to nothing.


28 posted on 10/19/2012 4:55:13 AM PDT by BobL (You can live each day only once. You can waste a few, but don't waste too many.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“Their punishment of Texas will NOT change under his watch. “

I knew what you meant...


29 posted on 10/19/2012 4:56:11 AM PDT by BobL (You can live each day only once. You can waste a few, but don't waste too many.)
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To: txrefugee

I bet he wishes he’d given some disaster money to Iowa during the Missouri River floods. People in western Iowa are STILL angry over that.


30 posted on 10/19/2012 5:31:13 AM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: Spktyr

Don’t punish all of Illinois for what Chicago does, all that mineral, oil etc. is not in Chicago. If he punishes the rest of the state for oil, coal, other mineral rights.....the whole state is done for. Lots of us independent oil/gas farmers south of Chicago.


31 posted on 10/19/2012 7:16:48 AM PDT by GrannyK
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To: BobL

My hubby would agree you fully on what Reagan did to the oil industry..


32 posted on 10/19/2012 7:19:40 AM PDT by GrannyK
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To: BobL

My hubby would agree you fully on what Reagan did to the oil industry..


33 posted on 10/19/2012 7:19:57 AM PDT by GrannyK
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