Week in Review 2/11/2017

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Here’s a weekly news roundup of some of the more interesting and/or under-reported things that happened this last week.

State News:

  • Florida might have a government shut down because the Republican House, Republican Senate, and Republican Governor can’t get along.(link)
  • “Alligator Ron” Bergeron might run for Florida Governor in 2018. This rich guy is really excentric saying that he’d have to put a hitching post to the governors Manson for his horse. Can you imagine him vs John Morgan? (link)
  • State Sen. Randolph Bracy might primary Sen. Bill Nelson in 2018. I’m not sure how to feel about this. (link)
  • SB 80, a Florida bill that would gut access to public records passed an important committee this week. (link)
  • Big sugar is trying to hold up a massive bill to clean up lake Okeechobee. It’s polluted discharges lead to massive die offs last year. (link)
  • Marco Rubio might have received hundreds  of thousands of calls urging him to oppose Devos for Education Secretary but that’s nothing compared to the 100,000 + she game him. (link)
  • HB19, the bill that would let people sue abortion doctors for emotional distress, passed a house panel last week. (link)
  • Turns out a bunch of State lawmakers are also employed by lobbyist. Naked corruption. (link)

Immigration:

  • University and college campuses are hesitating on becoming Sanctuary Campuses. (link)
  • Miami-Dade turned over 11 people to ICE in the week since Mayor Carlos Gimenez withdrew the county as a sanctuary city. (link)
  • The chair of the Miami-Dade’s Dem Party got thrown out of a commission meeting for asking about the move away from being a sanctuary city. This is just a taste of what’s to come. (link)
  • And so the raids start. Trump promised to deport undocumented immigrants who commit crimes and that includes Guadalupe García de Rayos. She was found using a fake Social Security number in 2008 and has met with ICE regularly to update her case. The Obama administration prioritized violent offenses for deportation which encouraged people like Guadalupe to cooperate with ICE. During a scheduled meeting she was arrested and deported. Actions like this will push the undocumented community further into the shadows. And just to be clear, that’s the point. Beyond the racism and xenophobia the 1% want a fearful class of non-citizens whose labor they can more easily exploit. And Trumps agenda feeds into this. (link)

Trump Mess:

  • Trumps approval rating in Florida is 34%. It’s a 73% approval rating among Florida Republicans  and an 8% among Florida Dems . The majority (52% ) also don’t want to cut off funding to Sanctuary cities and 56% oppose building a wall. (link)
  • Fivethirtyeight has a good read on the next steps on Trumps travel ban. They will likely make an emergency application with the Supreme Court with a decision as soon as next week. Alternatively, filing a petition for ceriorari would allow time for Trumps  nominee Neil Gorsuch to be appointed. They could also do nothing and wait for the lower courts to rule on the issue. What will Trump do? I’m not even sure if he knows. (link)
  • A bill in the Congress has been filed that will make salting illegal. Essentially this bill would allow a boss to not hire someone if they have a desire to organize the shop into a union. (link)
  • Trumps approval rating in Florida is 34%. It’s a 73% approval rating among Florida Republicans  and an 8% among Florida Dems . The majority (52% ) also don’t want to cut off funding to Sanctuary cities and 56% oppose building a wall. (link)
  • Trump is set to issue a directive shielding companies from disclosing if their products contain conflict minerals. (link)
  • Devos was confirmed as Education Secretary 51-50 (Pence casting tie breaker) and Sessions as Attorney General 47-52 (one democratic breaking ranks). This isn’t normal. These appointments are usually not this contentious. It’s not that the Dems are being whiny, it’s that these are some of the most divisive people to ever be nominated to a cabinet.
  • A bill in the Congress has been filed that will make salting illegal. Essentially this bill would allow a boss to not hire someone if they have a desire to organize the shop into a union. (link)
  • Attorney General Sessions has his priorities. One of the first things he’s doing is undoing the Obama era protections from transgender students. (link)

Hate Watch:

  • Remember that guy who set that mosque in Orlando? He’s going to jail for 30 years. (link). On a similar note, a Fort Myers man is facing 11 years in prison and a $350,000 fine after making threats to two Muslin grocers. (link)
  • Anderson Hall at UF was marked up with pro-Trump and racist messages this week. This follows an a noose being found on a teachers desk, Nazis protests on Holocost remembernce day, and white nationalist flyers being posted around campus. UF President Fuchs released a statement, like he has for the other events but doesn’t seem willing to do much action.
  • Brevard fired an assistant public defender for wearing a Black Lives Matter tie (among other things). (link)

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