Sunburn for 9/7: A morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics

By on September 7, 2012

A morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics.

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OBAMA OUTLINE A SET OF SECOND TERM GOALS

The President used his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention to present what he’ll call “a real, achievable plan that will lead to new jobs, more opportunity, and rebuild this economy on a stronger foundation.” The highlights:

Education: Cut the growth of college tuition in half over the next 10 years, recruit 100,000 math and science teachers over the next 10 years and train 2 million workers for real jobs at community colleges.

Energy: Cut net oil imports in half by 2020 and support 600,000 natural gas jobs by the end of the decade.

Manufacturing: Create one million new manufacturing jobs by the end of 2016 and double exports by the end of 2014.

National Security: Invest in the economy with the money we’re no longer spending on war.

Deficit: Reduce the deficit by more than $4 trillion over the next decade. 

 “CHOICE BETWEEN DIFFERENT PATHS FOR AMERICA”

“I won’t pretend the path I’m offering is quick or easy. I never have. You didn’t elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear. You elected me to tell you the truth. And the truth is it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades. It will require common effort, shared responsibility, and the kind of bold, persistent experimentation that Franklin Roosevelt pursued during the only crisis worse than this one. And by the way – those of us who carry on his party’s legacy should remember that not every problem can be remedied with another government program or dictate from Washington. But know this, America: Our problems can be solved. Our challenges can be met. The path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place. And I’m asking you to choose that future.”

JOBS NUMBERS POP AT 8:30 A.M.

“Friday’s jobs report is unlikely to change Americans’ current assessment of the U.S. economy,” Tony Fratto writes in a note o Hamilton Place Strategies clients. “The President needs a highly improbable 279,000 jobs per month for the unemployment rate to dip below the 8 percent level by Election Day according to the HPS Jobs Day model. Conversely, it seems unlikely we will see a negative jobs report, as evidenced by recent improvement in weekly jobless claims and a positive ADP report. Consensus estimates are for 125,000 jobs created in August.

CLINTON TO CAMPAIGN FOR OBAMA IN FLORIDA

Former President Bill Clinton plans to campaign for President Barack Obama in Ohio and Florida next week, seeking to bring the momentum of his convention speech to the nation’s two largest battleground states.

Obama’s campaign says details on Clinton’s itinerary of campaign events were still being finalized today.

MUST-READ FROM TIME: ONE NATION, SUBSIDIZED by Michael Grunwald

“The sun is shining on Miami Beach, and I wake up in subsidized housing. I throw on a T-shirt made of subsidized cotton, brush my teeth with subsidized water and eat cereal made of subsidized grain … It’s just another manic Monday, brought to us by the deep pockets of Big Government. The sunshine is a natural perk, and while our kids are tax-­deductible, the fun we have with them is not. The dogs are on our dime too. Otherwise, taxpayers help support just about every aspect of our lives.”

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DEMS NO LONGER AFRAID TO TALK ABOUT OBAMACARE 

Bill Clinton, Michelle Obama and Julian Castro each touted the health care law in their convention speeches. It’s a big change from before the Supreme Court upheld the law, as several speakers at the convention even embrace the term “Obamacare.”

TECH STARS WERE A NO-SHOW AT DNC via POLITICO Influence

Look past the Google, Facebook and Twitter booths, and the tech presence in Charlotte isn’t as intense as you’d think. Most industry execs backing Obama aren’t here, and the issues aren’t slated for much of an airing on the DNC stage. M

‘Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt was in New York on Wednesday at a press conference. Top bundler Marc Benioff, the CEO of Salesforce.com, is in the Bay Area prepping for a software event. And you won’t see Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg or Yelp’s Jeremy Stoppelman wandering around the Time Warner Arena, either. Silicon Valley influences the Democratic agenda – the convention platform touches on everything from building out broadband to beefing up cybersecurity – but it has a backseat here in Charlotte. The only Valley rep taking the forum stage during the three-day event is Steve Westly

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CURRY: CRIST A DANGEROUS POLITICAL OPPORTUNIST

The Republican Party’s Florida boss said Thursday that the party is running an ad reminding viewers of Charlie Crist’s past professions of conservative views because they want Democrats to know he’s a dangerous opportunist. “That is a man without a party, a man without a base, which makes him a dangerous, crass political opportunist,” Florida Republican Party Chairman Lenny Curry said Thursday on NBC’s Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd. Curry said the ad makes the point that Crist has said before he has staunch conservative views, and hints that Democrats shouldn’t trust him.

“He’s a self-proclaimed Ronald Reagan-Jeb Bush Republican and his views on abortion are the same as (Missouri Senate candidate Todd) Akin…” Curry said. “…We want to make sure that the Democrats understand who they’ve invited to speak at their convention.” Crist, who left the Republican party for an unsuccessful bid for U.S. Senate as an independent, has endorsed President Obama and will speak tonight at the DNC.

DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ’S CAREER PATH HAZY by Jake Sherman of POLITICO

DWS faces dwindling time in her first term as chairwoman of the party committee, a leadership table with very little room and colleagues who wish she’d used her sway to get the DNC to pour more money into House races. People close to Wasserman Schultz say she isn’t likely to serve a second term at the DNC.

On top of that, her supporters have written her off as a candidate for statewide races in Florida. They also say she would be ill-fitted to serve in Obama’s administration.

In short, her options are few.

Still, Wasserman Schultz is doing what she can to parlay her DNC post into an expanded power base in the House.

DEMOCRATS TAP PHIL GIORNO AS REPLACEMENT CANDIDATE IN HD 27

Volusia Democrats on Thursday tapped their chairman, Phil Giorno, to replace Dennis Mulder on the ballot for the House District 27 race.

Giorno, a former member of the County Council, won 35 of 63 votes cast by the Volusia Democratic Executive Committee on Thursday. His name has been forwarded to the state party’s attorney for review and certification.

FLORIDA EXPECTED TO AVOID BUDGET SHORTFALL NEXT YEAR via The Associated Press

A new budget forecast released this week by state economists shows the state is expecting in 2013 to bring in enough money to meet its needs for public schools and health care programs while leaving $1 billion for reserves.

The three-year forecast will be presented to legislators next week.

This is a turnaround from recent years when legislators have been confronted with budget shortfalls. A $4 billion shortfall in 2011 prompted a round of layoffs and a contentious move to force public employees to pay 3 percent of their salaries to cover part of their pension costs. The nearly $70 billion state budget that took effect in July included a $300 million cut to state universities.

Amy Baker, the head of the state’s Office of Economic and Demographic Research and who helped draw up the new forecast, said recent rounds of budget cuts and a slow recovery from the recession have resulted in the forecast that shows that the state’s budget should remain balanced.

FLORIDA’S NUMBER OF PLANNED JOB CUTS DECLINES

Florida had 1,415 planned job cuts in August, down from 1,944 in July.

NEW AD FROM ALLEN WEST SEIZES ON DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM EPISODE

The embarrassing Democratic platform episode yesterday has already made its way into a new ad from Rep Allen West, who is running against Patrick Murphy, David Brody reports.

ELECTED SUPERINTENDENTS FACE TOUGH TIMES ACROSS by Jeff Solochek of the Tampa Bay Times

Being local, Pasco schools superintendent Heather Fiorentino got the bulk of our attention in her Aug. 14 election defeat. But she was far from the only one to face voter discontent in this election season.

In fact, nine other elected superintendents lost their reelection bids in their primaries. They served in Clay, Hamilton, Jackson, Lafayette, Liberty, Martin, Okaloosa, Putnam and Washington counties. Another six chose not to seek new terms, in Columbia, Gilchrist, Glades, Holmes, Madison and Marion counties.

A handful of others still face general election opposition, while just one — Tim Wyrosdick of Santa Rosa County — won his reelection bid outright.

 

 

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