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Jeb's One Florida program is a winner for minorities [The Tampa Tribune's editors praise Jeb]
The Tampa Tribune via www.jeb.org ^ | May 2, 2002 | Editors of The Tampa Tribune

Posted on 05/02/2002 11:56:44 AM PDT by summer


Gov. Bush meets with a FL middle school teacher.

Thursday, May 2, 2002

Tampa Tribune Editorial

Jeb's One Florida program is a winner for minorities

The hard numbers continue to show that despite all protests, Gov. Jeb Bush's One Florida plan is notably helping minorities.

The governor took a lot of grief when he abruptly adopted the plan to eliminate racial quotas. The move was aimed at defusing a referendum campaign to eliminate affirmative action, which would have greatly restricted the state's ability to aid minorities.

So the governor adopted a plan that guarantees the top 20 percent of students in every high school senior class are accepted into a state university if those students have taken preparatory classes.

The plan also eliminated set-aside hiring of minority contractors by agencies that report to the governor. Instead, the governor gave a clear directive to the agencies: Minority businesses should be hired when possible, records will be kept on minority hiring and agency heads will be held accountable for the department's performance.

For his good efforts, the governor was accused of abandoning minorities. Two lawmakers protested in his office. Opponents still depict him as unsympathetic to minorities.

This is simply not true.
The governor is committed to diversity, as his appointments and policies show. If he made a mistake with One Florida, it was rushing ahead without waiting to build support.

One Florida was designed to help minorities. Statistics show it is working. Consider how it has affected state contracts:

Since One Florida was adopted, state spending with certified minority businesses has more than doubled and most of that increase has come in the governor's agencies. These departments, which fall under his One Florida rule, have nearly tripled their annual certified minority spending, compared to that of the prior administration.

In fiscal year 1998-1999, the governor's agencies spent $151 million with minority businesses. By 2000-2001, that figure had increased 160 percent to $392 million. And the figure is on track to be even higher this fiscal year.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: 2ndamendment; fl; florida; jebbush; oneflorida
There is really some very positive change happening here in FL, thanks to Gov. Bush, and as evidenced by a newspaper like The Tampa Tribune now praising Gov. Bush for One FL, which has been labeled by some as his most controversial policy.

BTW, for more info in how Gov. Bush has improved student achievement in FL, click here
1 posted on 05/02/2002 11:56:44 AM PDT by summer
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To: Jeb Bush; *Florida
For index.
2 posted on 05/02/2002 11:57:14 AM PDT by summer
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To: summer
Of course, we know hell has frozen over when the Sun Sentinal and Miami Herald praise Jeb. SE Florida is REALLY BAD when it comes to local media.
3 posted on 05/02/2002 11:58:51 AM PDT by Clemenza
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To: Clemenza
LOL...
4 posted on 05/02/2002 12:01:09 PM PDT by summer
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To: summer;clemenza
Get this in the Palm Beach Post and I'll eat dirt.
5 posted on 05/02/2002 12:06:58 PM PDT by katherineisgreat
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To: summer
The important point is that this Bush, like the others, is committed to the devisive, illegal, and immoral policy of affirmative action.
6 posted on 05/02/2002 12:08:26 PM PDT by warchild9
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To: warchild9
It sounds like you don't know anything at all about Gov. Bush's actual policies.
7 posted on 05/02/2002 12:10:24 PM PDT by summer
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To: katherineisgreat
LOL!
8 posted on 05/02/2002 12:10:48 PM PDT by summer
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To: summer
You've gotta love Joe Brown's editorials.

I'm pretty sure this is one of his.

9 posted on 05/02/2002 12:11:14 PM PDT by mhking
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To: summer
It said in the article that he was running interference for affirmative action. His brother and father have done nothing to back it into a corner. What's to know further?
10 posted on 05/02/2002 12:14:08 PM PDT by warchild9
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To: summer
Good job Summer! Way to go Jeb! bttt
11 posted on 05/02/2002 12:14:52 PM PDT by lodwick
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To: warchild9
The important point is that this Bush, like the others, is committed to the devisive, illegal, and immoral policy of affirmative action.

Which is why he is trying to eliminate it as best he can? You make no sense.

12 posted on 05/02/2002 12:15:13 PM PDT by FreeTally
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To: FreeTally
Florida law has reduced affirmative action as an overt method of reducing the number of whites entering public universities. The covert methods--code fraternities and sororities, rebalancing SAT scores, etc.--still wait to be challenged in court. We'll see how Florida state supports these policies then. But you Bushites are ignoring Jeb's continued support for hiring minorities over qualified whites, and spreading tax money around in an unfair manner. (And please let me note that I am an out-of-stater and think Jeb would make a better president than his brother.)
13 posted on 05/02/2002 12:21:01 PM PDT by warchild9
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To: warchild9
But you Bushites are ignoring Jeb's continued support

LOL!! Please familiarize yourself with posters before calling them "Bushites". You look pretty silly labeling me like that. I am one of the most vocal criticizers of all things "Bush" on FR. I just think the "One Florida" plan was a step in the right direction. Other than that, Jeb can kiss my arse for taking down the Confederate Flag.

14 posted on 05/02/2002 12:33:13 PM PDT by FreeTally
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To: FreeTally
I'll admit to being oversensitive to Bushite irrationality, and apologize. While it may be an incremental assault on affirmative action, One Florida still smells fishy to me. However, because of his opposition to abortion and support for the Second Amendment, I still think he'd make a decent president. (And I invite you to read my profile as to my stand on Southern Nationalism. His assault on our flag makes me really doubt his One Florida aims. Ahem.)
15 posted on 05/02/2002 12:37:23 PM PDT by warchild9
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To: FreeTally
I just think the "One Florida" plan was a step in the right direction. Other than that, Jeb can kiss my arse for taking down the Confederate Flag.

LOL....FreeTally, let's just remember that he did NOT remove that flag and stick it in a box and hide it in the basement -- he MOVED it to a MUSEUM in Tallahassee where there is a flag display of FL flags, and in all honesty, I think that is an appropriate place for anyone in the public to view it. Other people, and I won't say who, DID remove a Confederate flag or said symbol, outside of FL, and they stuffed it away in a box somewhere. Gov. Bush did not do that. He moved it -- and, presevered that part of FL history. You can still it whenever you want, in a museum.
16 posted on 05/02/2002 12:46:43 PM PDT by summer
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To: FreeTally
I meant: preserved
17 posted on 05/02/2002 12:48:12 PM PDT by summer
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To: warchild9
BTW, Gov. Bush signed into FL law a bill prohibiting partial birth abortion, at the height of national hysteria over such laws. He did it anyway because he said he would do it - and, he did. He is very straightforward in that respect.
18 posted on 05/02/2002 12:49:35 PM PDT by summer
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To: FreeTally
still see it...
19 posted on 05/02/2002 12:50:34 PM PDT by summer
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To: warchild9
And, I disgagree with your post #13 - I think gov. Bush hires the most qualified people he can find, but he is also open to hiring the best people whether white, black, whatever. He does have more minorities working on his staff than the last Dem gov, and to me, that has something to do with the hypocrisy of Dem leaders.
20 posted on 05/02/2002 12:52:52 PM PDT by summer
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To: mhking
Re your post #9 - No, this is not one of his columns. I would have noted him as author if it was. Rather, this is group editorial, jointly filed by numerous editors of that newspaper, according to the published byline.
21 posted on 05/02/2002 12:54:37 PM PDT by summer
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To: Spookbrat; not-alone; DJ88...
FYI. :)
22 posted on 05/02/2002 1:02:43 PM PDT by summer
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To: summer
Oops, you pinged me again.
23 posted on 05/02/2002 1:04:03 PM PDT by Clemenza
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To: Clemenza
Oops! Sorry. :)
24 posted on 05/02/2002 1:05:44 PM PDT by summer
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To: summer
YEEEEEEEEEEEEHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWW! El Reno and the RATS is BURNT TOAST!!!
25 posted on 05/02/2002 1:40:27 PM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: RoseofTexas
Yep, the Dem gov candidates have three big problems in FL:

(1) Many Dem voters prefer Jeb; (2) Most GOP voters prefer Jeb; and (3) Almost all the Independent voters prefer Jeb.

Not good for FL Dem candidates...
26 posted on 05/02/2002 3:01:28 PM PDT by summer
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To: summer
It's good to know that the One Florida program is working- hope it gets Jeb some extra votes. GO JEB!!
27 posted on 05/02/2002 3:03:09 PM PDT by mafree
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To: mafree
bttt. BTW, 65% of FL voters now give it a thumbs up, according to recent Miami/St Pete poll...
28 posted on 05/02/2002 3:04:49 PM PDT by summer
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To: mafree
A RINO is a RINO is a RINO
29 posted on 05/02/2002 4:45:20 PM PDT by Jefferson1776
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To: summer
I read this article this morning before going to work. Thank you for posting it here!
30 posted on 05/02/2002 4:49:34 PM PDT by Real Cynic No More
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To: summer
"The important point is that this Bush, like the others, is committed to the devisive, illegal, and immoral policy of affirmative action." (warchild9)

"It sounds like you don't know anything at all about Gov. Bush's actual policies." (summer)

I certainly echo your response to warchild9, summer!

rcnm

31 posted on 05/02/2002 4:53:11 PM PDT by Real Cynic No More
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To: summer;warchild9
Summer:

Keep up the good work!

32 posted on 05/02/2002 4:55:00 PM PDT by Real Cynic No More
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To: warchild9
No. He is trying to make sure that if the children of Florida want to go to college he will find ways for them to do so, based on their abilities.

My granddaughter is going to college and finishing high school in a program that began a year ago, thanks to Bush.

She began in her sophomore year, now is in her junior year. Last year she made the Dean's list and probably will this year also. When she finishes next year, she will have an Associates degree and her high school diploma.

I think her program is called the OWCC Collegiate High school program, but I'm not positive this is correct.

Summer will correct me if I'm wrong. :)

My grandson is going to college on a Florida State scholarship. He received this based on his grades, which were not as high as his sisters but he managed to make the grades he needed to enable him to go to a 2-year college.

I am not aware of other states that have these programs and I certainly know that we do not have them in Texas.

Jen

33 posted on 05/02/2002 5:02:46 PM PDT by IVote2
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To: Real Cynic No More
Thanks so much, RCNM! :)
34 posted on 05/02/2002 5:56:48 PM PDT by summer
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To: IVote2
bttt :)
35 posted on 05/02/2002 5:57:10 PM PDT by summer
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To: summer
I forgot to say that to get into the collegiate program, one tests. Did I get the name of the program right Summer?

BTTT

36 posted on 05/02/2002 6:23:42 PM PDT by IVote2
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To: IVote2
Jen, If this program is it, then, you got it right! Sounds good to me. :)
37 posted on 05/02/2002 6:27:29 PM PDT by summer
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To: summer
That's the one! I wish I'd had this opportunity. :)
38 posted on 05/02/2002 6:32:46 PM PDT by IVote2
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To: IVote2
Students in this state really do have a LOT of opportunity with respect to affordable higher education. BTTT. :)
39 posted on 05/02/2002 6:33:36 PM PDT by summer
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To: Jefferson1776
A RINO is a RINO is a RINO

I don't normally care for most RINOs but sometimes they are the ones who bring lefties, Dems, and others who normally don't vote for the GOP into the fold. Maybe someday no Republican will be a RINO but we ain't there yet.

40 posted on 05/02/2002 7:58:06 PM PDT by mafree
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