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Miami Dolphins Owner Recruits Puppet Candidates for State
MT ^ | August 01, 2013 | James Taylor

Posted on 08/03/2013 9:34:02 AM PDT by george76

Stephen Ross, the billionaire owner of the Miami Dolphins, is recruiting tax-and-spend puppet candidates to challenge fiscally conservative Florida Republican state legislators in the 2014 Republican primaries. The New York real estate investor’s actions are the latest in his campaign of personal destruction against fiscal conservatives who voted against massive taxpayer subsidies for Ross’ Sun Life Stadium.

Ross, a real estate investor from Michigan who now lives in New York, owns 95 percent of the Miami Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium. Ross sought funding this year from Florida state and local taxpayers to cover much of the expenses for $350 million in upgrades he desired for Sun Life Stadium. After the Florida legislature rejected his demands for public funding of his privately owned stadium, Ross turned his fury on Republican lawmakers who voted against the subsidies. Ross directed particular wrath against Miami-based state legislators Michael Bileca and Carlos Trujillo.

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Ross appears to be taking a daring risk by recruiting puppet political candidates and so venomously attacking local elected officials for refusing to give him money. Taxpayer subsidies for sports stadiums are notoriously unpopular in Florida and nationally. By making the Miami Dolphins a political football in the battle over handing over taxpayer subsidies to absentee owners of sports franchises, Ross risks turning local residents against the Dolphins just as Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria turned local residents against his baseball team after fleecing millions of tax dollars from local residents.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida; US: Michigan; US: New York
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1 posted on 08/03/2013 9:34:02 AM PDT by george76
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To: george76
Don't like it? move....


2 posted on 08/03/2013 9:37:23 AM PDT by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: george76

A lot of creativity in this piece. He “demanded” the taxpayers pay for the renovations? Really? I must’ve missed that.

This is one that actually should have passed. Now Miami can kiss future Superbowl’s good bye.


3 posted on 08/03/2013 9:48:42 AM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: Perdogg; cripplecreek; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ...

Thanks george76.
Ross, a real estate investor from Michigan who now lives in New York, owns 95 percent of the Miami Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium.... sought [taxpayer] funding... to cover much of the expenses for $350 million in upgrades he desired for Sun Life Stadium. After the Florida legislature rejected his demands for public funding of his privately owned stadium, Ross turned his fury on Republican lawmakers who voted against the subsidies. Ross directed particular wrath against Miami-based state legislators Michael Bileca and Carlos Trujillo.

4 posted on 08/03/2013 9:53:22 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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support his “enemies”:

http://www.votetrujillo.com/
http://www.bileca2010.com/
https://votesmart.org/candidate/117033/michael-bileca


5 posted on 08/03/2013 9:56:51 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: Absolutely Nobama; Thunder90; 4everontheRight; ABG(anybody but Gore); Abbeville Conservative; ...

NFL PING

FReepmail Perdogg to be added to, or to be taken off the NFL Ping list...
6 posted on 08/03/2013 10:37:10 AM PDT by Perdogg (Cruz-Paul 2016)
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To: george76
They need to get their facts straight. Ross has good reason to be ticked off.

Ross asked for the initiative to be voted on, he was promised that it would be brought up for a floor vote from the to Republican leader, himself.. He said he was lied to since they closed the session without bringing it to the floor.

Also, he was putting up 70% of his own money for the cost of the new stadium, asking only for 30% being subsidized from the tax payer

He said after this happened to him, he would make sure that he did every thing he could to get those who lied to him thrown out of office. He's making good on his promise.

7 posted on 08/03/2013 10:42:56 AM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: george76; seekthetruth; Joe Brower

Yep, the billionaire did not get his way by having the taxpayers of Florida fund his new stadium...so now he is trying to BUY the legislature.

I hope he wastes his money.

Florida, let’s not let this crybaby billionaire have his way. The taxpayers of Miami-Dade were already snookered into buying the Marlins a stadium. Let’s not let it happen again.

Welfare is wrong, if it is given to the lazy who refuse to work AND it is wrong if it given to billionaires who expect the state to fund their interests, too.


8 posted on 08/03/2013 10:56:33 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: submarinerswife

0% should be subsidized by the taxpayer.

He wants a stadium, he ought to pay for it. He isn’t gonna be sending dividend checks to the taxpayers.


9 posted on 08/03/2013 10:57:39 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: FlJoePa
Now Miami can kiss future Superbowl’s good bye.

If I still lived in Miami, I'd be crying myself to sleep about that. Not.

10 posted on 08/03/2013 12:44:08 PM PDT by Notary Sojac (I call it messin' with the kid.)
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To: submarinerswife
asking only for 30% being subsidized from the tax payer

About 29.9999999998 percent too much IMO.........

11 posted on 08/03/2013 12:45:08 PM PDT by Notary Sojac (I call it messin' with the kid.)
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To: george76

Boycott the NFL


12 posted on 08/03/2013 12:46:14 PM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: george76; All

He’s bankrolling Gov Rick Scott in his re-election campaign...Scott will need lots of help after caving into the Black KKK and trying to lynch George Zimmerman

No more welfare for pro sports teams. Learn to deal with the free market


13 posted on 08/03/2013 1:04:46 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Difference between George Zimmerman and Al Sharpton is that Sharpton woulda let honky family burn)
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To: Notary Sojac

Say what you want, 3 superbowls in say 13 years is hundreds of millions of dollars into the local economy. Hard to deny.


14 posted on 08/03/2013 1:06:54 PM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: submarinerswife
Also, he was putting up 70% of his own money for the cost of the new stadium, asking only for 30% being subsidized from the tax payer

Exactly 0% should be subsidized by the tax payer.

15 posted on 08/03/2013 1:28:00 PM PDT by TaxPayer2000
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To: SoFloFreeper; manc; wymck; ghost26; PJammers; myuval; tiredofreeloaders; WBITT; bigcheese; Yulee; ..

Forida ping here.

As aways, if you wish to be off my ping list, please let me know through FreepMail. Thanks!


16 posted on 08/03/2013 7:10:09 PM PDT by seekthetruth (I still want a Commander In Chief who honors and supports our Military!)
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To: SeminoleCounty

I haven’t seen that...Scott has plenty of his own money, and I haven’t seen Scott and Ross together. Are you certain?


17 posted on 08/03/2013 7:18:49 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper
If post # 7 is true the guy may have bee Marcoed. I am leery of trusting FLa. reps anymore myself. And I was born here! The only one who was ever born in S. Fla.,Miami, by the way! As you will note everyone else is from somewhere else!!
18 posted on 08/03/2013 7:32:13 PM PDT by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin our secret weapon)
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To: seekthetruth
"...Forida ping here..."

I live in Forida too ............................................................................... FRegards

19 posted on 08/03/2013 7:32:55 PM PDT by gonzo ( Buy more ammo, dammit! You should already have the firearms ... FRegards)
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To: SeminoleCounty

I like Scott,met the guy, I’m a real fan.
If the guy is putting up 70% and asking for 30% nothing unfair about that, IMHO.


20 posted on 08/03/2013 7:34:29 PM PDT by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin our secret weapon)
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To: george76
This is the degenerate prick who managed to get a "special election" called with only this one issue on the ballot.

Imagine my surprise when I received my absentee ballot in the mail and this robbery attempt was the only item on it.

This at the same time the other degenerate prick Loria is putting a minor league team on the field and pocketing a hundred million bucks this season after conning the chumps into a new stadium

Dolphins suck and are a bunch of greedy crooks.

Loudmouth New York douchebag Ross wants to target conservatives, they are going to target him and his team right back.

Still don't like commies too much down in Miami.

21 posted on 08/03/2013 7:45:40 PM PDT by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: Rome2000

Miami is a true third world sh_t hole.I thought it was bad in 1970 when I left. I can only imagine what it is now.Dolphins get a lot of support from Broward,Palm Bch. and Martin counties.Dade County surely gives them some support but not all.


22 posted on 08/03/2013 7:53:22 PM PDT by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin our secret weapon)
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To: george76

I REALLY, REALLY dislike DAMYANKEES!


23 posted on 08/03/2013 7:56:02 PM PDT by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

We have the same problem here in Jacksonville — Jags want a $63M scoreboard. Owner of Jags is a billionaire. $63M is chump change for him (he just paid $250M for an ENGLISH! soccer team!), and he wants Jax taxpayers to fund part of the scoreboard.

Excuse me!

Buy the damn thing yourself, Mr. Kahn! We cannot afford it! You can!


24 posted on 08/03/2013 8:00:38 PM PDT by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: SunkenCiv

and the guy who sold him the Dolphins was a real Republican?


25 posted on 08/03/2013 8:13:56 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: rodguy911
Dade County government has the fleecing of the residents down to a science.

Learned from their fellow travelers in NYC.

26 posted on 08/03/2013 8:29:28 PM PDT by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: GeronL

That question is relevant why?


27 posted on 08/03/2013 10:39:55 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: SunkenCiv

It’s not. I was just wondering.


28 posted on 08/03/2013 10:49:39 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL

It took a while for me to find it, wow, but H. Wayne Huizenga — Dutch descent, but from Chicago, merely went to college here in Grand Rapids — has founded three different companies which wound up Fortune 500. He bought a stake in the team after Joe Robbie had died and the family was “struggling” (it sez here), then bought the rest, pulled Joe Robbie’s name off the stadium, renamed it four or five times, sold half of the team and the stadium to this new joker, then sold all but 5% to the same guy.


29 posted on 08/03/2013 11:54:27 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: SunkenCiv

That sounds familiar, owned that Waste Management company


30 posted on 08/03/2013 11:56:05 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: seekthetruth
Time to push back with a Dolphins boycott!
31 posted on 08/04/2013 4:19:20 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: submarinerswife

Wow, only 30% huh?

Let him pay his own bills, if he wants to move the team, well, bye.


32 posted on 08/04/2013 6:27:17 AM PDT by skepsel
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To: SunkenCiv

I’ve met Mr. Bileca, if only very briefly, when he was mailing campaign literature. He was a complete gentleman during what is usually a tedious process and treated everyone around him with courtesy, a telling measure of character, unlike other candidates I’ve encountered under the same circumstances, including one caught trying to steal a pallet jack, lol.


33 posted on 08/04/2013 6:34:23 AM PDT by skepsel (creative spelling and punctuation and run on sentences a specialty)
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To: FlJoePa

Actually, its a zero sum game. Oh, and did you know the NFL does not pay room tax for their hotel rooms?

Forcefully taking from taxpayers to give to the private interests of billionaires doesn’t sound like a free market to me.


34 posted on 08/04/2013 6:39:17 AM PDT by Tea Party Terrorist (Those who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: submarinerswife
Also, he was putting up 70% of his own money for the cost of the new stadium, asking only for 30% being subsidized from the tax payer

We've just been through this in Minnesota with Zygmunt Wilf hijacking the taxpayers to the tune of $975 million for a new playground. One of our columnists finally got around to breaking down the numbers (the Minneapolis RedStar Tribune made some cash on this due to owning some land used in development). When you say an owner will put up 'his own money', this is what he means ...

"The city of Minneapolis is on the hook for $309 million in construction and operation costs for the new stadium. Throw in interest payments for 30 years and that becomes $678 million.

As a reminder, here’s the breakdown on the alleged $477 million the Vikings are putting into the $975 million project:

The $200 million “loan’’ from the NFL? The Vikings will pay that back with club seat money they would normally share with the league. Ninety-seven percent (31/32nds) of the money the Wilfs will use to pay back the NFL is money that would have gone to their NFL partners anyway.

Naming rights? With the economy rebounded (my note...'uh huh'...) and the NFL red hot, I’m estimating $10 million a year. Zygi won’t get it all up front, but he can take the deal to the bank, pick up a quick $150 million to $200 million and pay it off as the sponsor’s checks come in.

Let’s go with $100 million as Zygi’s remaining expense — and personal seat fees can cover as much of that as the Vikings have the audacity to extract."

35 posted on 08/04/2013 6:53:52 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Army dad. And damned proud.)
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To: seekthetruth; MinuteGal; gonzo
***his campaign of personal destruction against fiscal conservatives who voted against massive taxpayer subsidies for Ross’ Sun Life Stadium***

Always for a bowl of pottage!!! We continually sell our birthright for a bowl of pottage... and, of course, like almost all libs, he has his... to H*ll with everyone else. Of course the time will come when his new-found friends will come after him... It's called MARXISM!

What did Julius Caesar say on the steps of the Senate? Then die, Caesar... Let's hope it doesn't come to that for the honest tax-paying working person in this country.

36 posted on 08/04/2013 9:39:52 AM PDT by Bob Ireland (The Democrat Party is a criminal enterprise)
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To: FlJoePa; seekthetruth

Marlins get two criminal owners in a row. Bad for MLB, bad for Florida.


37 posted on 08/05/2013 12:54:00 PM PDT by darkangel82
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