Jeb Bush/George private Email accounts


Jeb Bush/George private Email accounts

George and Jeb both had/have privat email accounts.

Why is it that the news media and republicans are keeping Hilary Clintons Email account in the news however, hush, hush on George and Jeb Bush private email accounts?

Jeb Bush dumps emails including social security numbers of Florida residents online

Jeb Bush, a rumored 2016 Republican presidential candidate, just decided to publish hundreds of thousands of emails sent to him during his time as governor of Florida. On its face it seems like a great idea in the name of transparency, but there’s one huge problem: neither Bush nor those who facilitated the publication of the records, including the state government, decided to redact potentially sensitive personal information from them.

“In the spirit of transparency, I am posting the emails of my governorship here,” a note on Bush’s website says. “Some are funny; some are serious; some I wrote in frustration.” Some also contain the email addresses, home addresses, phone numbers, and social security numbers of Florida residents.

The Verge did not receive a response from Mr. Bush or his Political Action Committees office at the time of publication.

George W Bush’s Private Email Account and Server

Hillary Clinton wasn’t the only one busted for using a private email account and a domain and server not owned and used by the federal government. George W Bush is also guilty of such an act. George W Bush was caught using the domain gwb43 (short for George W Bush, 43rd President), which was owned and hosted on an email server ran by the Republican National Committee. It is alleged that as many as 22 million emails may have been deleted.

It was stated that the officials used these private emails to prevent violation of the Hatch Act. The Hatch Act prevents the use of government resource for political reasons. The Administration and RNC stated that the private emails on the RNC servers were political in nature, and might of b noncompliant with the Hatch Act if they were sent using official .gov email handles.


Once again Floridians are the losers!


Governor Rick Scott and congress fight over budget

And once again Floridians are the losers!

Thank-you neighbors for voting him into office and then a 2nd term, maybe we should try for a 3rd and end Florida as we know it?

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a longtime opponent of “Obamacare,” made a startling announcement shortly after his mother’s death, going on TV two years ago to explain that he had dropped his objections to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

Scott’s gratitude didn’t last — he is again one of the nation’s harshest critics of “Obamacare” and the Medicaid expansion the president has been lobbying for. Scott even sued the federal government two weeks ago, alleging that Obama is illegally coercing the state to expand

Gov. Scott’s ‘critical needs’ demand gets defiant responses

I think that finding after two terms they are on to you governor, at least one can only hope so!

What’s a “Minimal” in the eyes of the beholder?

What’s going on with our president?

Flagler Commissioners Formalize Opposition to Fracking and Seismic Testing for Oil and Gas

Currently, some 90 percent of federally owned coastal waters are closed to drilling. Drilling off of Florida’s Gulf coast is banned until at least 2022.

But in January, the Obama administration—in a surprise—presented a plan that would allow oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic coast along the coastline of southern states. Leases would be issued in waters starting in Virginia and ending in Georgia, but not off of Florida.

“Drilling off Florida’s Atlantic coast would be unwise and impractical,” Nelson said. “It would interfere with military operations off of Jacksonville and rocket launches from Kennedy Space Center and Patrick Air Force base, not to mention the environmental hazards it would pose. If you’re not going to drill there, then why do the seismic testing?”

Two weeks ago Flagler County commissioners said they wanted to formalize their opposition to off-shore oil and gas drilling and to fracking, the technique of drilling for oil through hydraulic fracturing of soil and rock beneath the surface.

This evening, commissioners are expected to approve to resolutions to that effect.

That followed a move by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management last summer to allow seismic testing related to oil and gas exploration offshore along the entire coast, including off of Florida waters.

Sen. Bill Nelson, the Florida Democrat, sees the seismic testing allowance as a first step toward actual drilling.

He failed to get the administration to back off of such testing.

In late April, he filed a bill, S. 1171, that would impose an open-ended moratorium on oil and gas-related seismic activity.

The moratorium would be lifted only if the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration determines that such activity’s effects on individuals or populations of marine mammals, sea turtles, or fish “are minimal.”

What’s a “Minimal” in the eyes of the beholder?

Seismic testing triggers largely unknown effects on marine life. In March, 75 leading ocean scientists wrote Obama, urging him to halt the use of seismic testing off the Atlantic coast, claiming the activity “represents a significant threat to marine life throughout the region.” Gov. Rick Scott, too, asked the administration in late March to halt testing.

At a May 4 Flagler County Commission meeting, Commissioner Barbara Revels asked the county administrator to draft a resolution supporting Nelson’s and the governor’s opposition to seismic testing, and urging Congress to pass Nelson’s bill. The “enormity of environmental and ecological risk, in addition to that of public health and human safety,” the Flagler resolution reads, “surpass the desire to expand oil and gas exploration and drilling in the advancement of strategic private business goals and objectives.”

The resolution makes note of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, and ties the county’s opposition to oil and gas drilling to Flagler’s tourism industry.

“Long term damage to marine life, ecosystems, business, and tourism around Florida’s Panhandle and along the coast has illustrated the gravity of economic and environmental danger oil and gas related catastrophes pose for the entire State should well-drilling in this region be permitted by Congress,” the administrator’s memo to the commission reads. “Flagler County is a hub for tourism in Florida and as a Coastal County, relies heavily on a clean ocean and beach environment to attract this new business both local and abroad.”

Revels also sought a similar statement opposing fracking, even though no such exploration appears likely in the county in the near future.

“I’m trying to think if you can even do fracking in Flagler County,” Commission Chairman Frank Meeker said.

But fracking has been drawing increasing attention and causing controversy because of its potential to heavily damage the environment, even though out of view. Fracking is conducted by drilling beneath the soil’s surface and injecting shale layers with mixtures of water and chemicals at extremely high pressures to release oil and gas trapped in rock. The relatively new exploration method led to a surge in oil and gas production in the United States, especially in North Dakota, Wyoming and Texas, but it has also been tied to small earthquakes and to the poisoning of water aquifers.

A bill filed in the Florida Legislature in the last, abbreviated session would have called for studies on fracking’s effects. The bill died.

“You talk about Florida’s water system, and all of our porous lime rock, and they start pumping that goo into our state and we will never have” clean water, Revels said.

And the problem with the limestone is it so easily can dissolve and collapse, and all of a sudden I’ve got a building falling,” Meeker said.

It is “the sense of this Board that the potential high-risk negative impact on the local and regional environment imposed by the process of mass hydraulic fracturing in the State of Florida is too perilous to allow these practices before the conclusion of a responsible scientific study and a potential moratorium by the people of this State,” the Flagler resolution reads.

The same day Flagler commissioners said they wanted to make the local government’s position known on fracking, the Texas legislature passed a bill prohibiting local governments from banning any sort of oil and gas drilling within their boundaries, including fracking. It was a hint of what’s ahead in the political debate over oil and gas exploration.

We’re tired of empty words on immigration


We’re tired of empty words on immigration During election campaigns, politicians toss around empty promises about immigration reform like candy.

President Barack Obama garnered support for his reformist approach on immigration and then deported more people than any other president before him.

Now, presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush are attempting to court the Latino vote, which is crucial for winning the 2016 election.

The GOP presidential contenders are all over the map.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has gone back and forth on whether he supports a path to citizenship.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio once drafted his own version of the DREAM Act (providing residence to many young undocumented immigrants), but never introduced it in Congress.

He recently signed an amicus brief to support an injunction against the executive action Obama put forth last November allowing millions of undocumented immigrants to stay on in this country.

And so did Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. At one time, Bush and Rubio both supported a path to citizenship, but no longer.

Former governors and current presidential aspirants Rick Perry and Mike Huckabee have put an emphasis on border security. These stances are sure to change now that Clinton has staked a more progressive position on immigration than Obama.

The truth is that Republican presidential candidates need the growing Latino vote to win the White House.

The party learned this the hard way in 2008 and realized it again in 2012.

Moderate Republicans have been trying to push the GOP in the right direction, but their more hardline colleagues are not budging.

We need to move beyond empty posturing.

Several million people are waiting for immigration reform and they are tired of campaign promises that don’t amount to anything.

They deserve better.

From Tribune News Service.

The Mouse for Superintendent!


Lake county School Board Florida still wants to hires administrators to watch over the administrators?

When what is needed, besides dumping the school board and their boss and starting all over again, “MORE TEACHERS!”


Class-size violations nearly cost the Lake County School District $1 million in fines back in 20014 and the school board was considering paying compliance officers more than $100,000 a year to make sure it doesn’t happen again?

Administrators insisted the new staff members were needed to keep track and see to it that the rules aren’t broken.

Some residents believe somebody should have been held responsible for misreporting of the number of pupils.

Not one senior managers was censured, and nothing was done with the principals!

Lake county

Our problems aren’t completely left or right

Our problems aren’t completely left or right


Russ Sloan, in his weekly diatribe against everything and everybody on the left, wrote,

“Ideology can be good or bad.”

The ideology of the left is bankrupting America.”

This begs a closer look.

He is right that we have an $18 trillion debt, but the question is how did we accumulate such a huge debt.

In 1981, we had a national debt of $963 billion, with a small deficit for the year — the ideology in Washington changed with the election of Ronald Reagan.

That’s when our nation and middle class started to slide.

First we had massive tax cuts, mostly to the wealthiest among us.

Then came the largest military buildup in peace time the world has ever seen.

The result was predictable:

The national debt nearly quadrupled during the Reagan administration.

George H.W. Bush slowed the growth of the debt considerably by breaking a campaign pledge of, “Read my lips, no new taxes”

and increasing taxes, going against the ideology of his party.

Bill Clinton pushed through a large tax increase in 1993, and the booming economy of the 1990s gave us budget surpluses for the last two years of his administration.

The debt grew from $4.2 trillion to $5.7 trillion during his term but was declining when he left office.

The 2000 election returned us to Republican ideology, with their control of the House, Senate, White House and the Supreme Court.

All the tax increases that had given us the surplus were repealed, and some other tax cuts were implemented.

What the Republican ideology did with the surplus they inherited borders on insanity.

With a $5.7 trillion debt, George W. Bush got on television and said the government collected too much money, and it’s your money.

Congress proceeded to pass a bill to give it back the people with rebates.

Republican ideology got us into an unnecessary war without any funding source, and the result was the debt doubled from $5.7 trillion to $11.4 trillion by 2009.

Democrats had total control of Congress and the White House from 2009 to 2011 and were able to repeal some of the Bush tax cuts and the annual deficit was cut in half.


Purge politics

From Halifax Media Group.

Things are getting downright weird at the St. Johns River Water Management District, and each eyebrow-raising event — the list is growing — raises new concerns about the region’s future water policy, indeed its water supply.

First, after a series of moves by the water district administration that actually broke from the historically passive rubber-stamping of every water permit request — the denial of a small one for Sleepy Creek Lands, aka Adena Springs Ranch, notable among them — the executive director and four of the district’s top managers were suddenly shown the door.

They resigned, of course, but no one is pretending it was voluntary.

Then, when it became apparent the purge was orchestrated out of Tallahassee by Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Jon Steverson, with at least approval from Gov. Rick Scott’s office, their involvement was categorically denied and responsibility for the housecleaning was laid on Interim Executive Director Mike Register, a longtime district scientist who accepted the four managers’ resignation one day into the job.

Register’s explanation was he simply “found it in the best interest of the district to accept the resignations of four at-will employees this week.” Right.

But why? Don’t ask. Like every decision coming from the Scott monarchy, the people who fund this agency and whose water supply depends on its actions, policies and, yes, leadership do not need answers — and they are not getting them.

Oh, it gets weirder.

On Tuesday, the St. Johns Governing Board met and, lo and behold, a majority of its members had an executive director candidate already in mind — Ann Shortelle, who currently holds the same post at the Suwannee River Water Management District.

Not just in mind, but ready to hire.

Five of the nine board members voted to hire Shortelle sight unseen.

Not until board member Maryam Ghyabit of Ormond Beach said she found “it a little bothersome” to hire Shortelle without meeting her did the board pause — until a special meeting scheduled for next Thursday.

The rubber stamp is at the ready, to be sure.

Again, the heavy hand of Tallahassee looms large.

Obviously the St. Johns board is nothing more than a bunch of lackeys for the governor rather than advocates for our region’s water future. And clearly, Scott and Steverson do not belive what was, or rather is so wrong at the district to necessitate a purge of most of its top management is the people’s business.

Florida’s five water management districts were established to provide local oversight of the state’s water resources and are presumably constitutionally independent.

Of course, Scott and his regime have no regard for the Florida Constitution, as evidenced by their disregard for, among others, the Pubic Records Law, the Fair Districts Amendment and now Amendment 1, all of which they have flouted with impunity.

Scott has no regard for the environment or our state’s worsening water crisis.

We can think of no reason to believe what is happening at St. Johns is

“in the best interest of the district.”

If there is one, please, Gov. Scott or Secretary Steverson, share with us what it is.

Because what we are seeing so far is more than “a little bothersome.”

From Halifax Media Group.

This editorial first appeared in the Ocala Star-Banner. OUR OPINION-Purge politics