Category Archives: Rick Scott

Feds: University of Florida Faculty Members Fed Research to China

Four researchers were forced to resign from their positions at the University of Florida after a federal investigation revealed that foreign countries including China had exploited medical research at the university with the researchers’ help.

Rick Scott: ‘I Don’t Think We’re Going to Have Any Witnesses’

On Monday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show,” Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) predicted that the Senate’s impeachment trial will not have witnesses and will be over “pretty fast.” Scott said, “I think both sides are going to present their case. We’ll get to

Josh Hawley Introduces Resolution to Dismiss Pelosi’s ‘Bogus Impeachment’ Trial

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) introduced a resolution Monday to dismiss the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump, which features robust Senate Republican support.

Sen. Rick Scott: If Pelosi Doesn’t Send Articles, We Won’t Deal With Impeachment

On Friday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Fox News Reporting,” Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) said that the Senate didn’t want an impeachment trial to begin with and if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) doesn’t send impeachment articles, the Senate

Pollak: Matt Bevin’s Loss Shows Risk of Weak Health Care Policy in 2020

Trump and the Republicans cannot coast on the unpopularity of Democrats’ big socialist plans. The GOP needs its own health care alternative.

Nelson: We’ll Lose Florida Again If Democrats Nominate Sanders or Warren

A longtime Florida Democratic lawmaker is warning his party against nominating Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) or Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) for president, saying it would effectively hand his state to President Donald Trump.

Bill Nelson, a former three-term U.S. senator, told the Daily Beast “the answer is yes” when asked if putting forward either of the left-wing candidates would result in another loss in Florida for Democrats.

“I say this with the greatest respect and admiration and friendship for those other senators who embrace Medicare for All,” he said. “But the hard reality is, it is going to be a stretch too far for the Democrat candidate.”

Nelson is backing former vice president Joe Biden, who has criticized Warren and Sanders for their health care proposals, which would abolish private insurance in favor of a government-run system. Medicare for All has staggering costs, estimated as high as $34 trillion in added spending over the next decade.

Biden has called for preserving Obamacare and creating a “public option” that would allow any American to buy into Medicare, an unrealized goal of President Barack Obama’s. Biden’s campaign estimates the cost to be $750 billion over the next 10 years.

Though running in a favorable year for Democrats, Nelson was ousted by Republican Rick Scott in one of the nation’s closest races in 2018. It left the state with two Republican senators for the first time since the 19th century. Republican Ron DeSantis, a Trump ally, won the governor’s race and has maintained a high approval rating since taking office.

Florida, worth 29 electoral votes, is tied with New York as the third-biggest Electoral College prize in the United States. Trump carried the state in 2016 over Hillary Clinton by 1.2 percentage points, marking the sixth consecutive time Florida’s victor also won the presidency.

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Fans, Pols Erupt After LeBron James Caves to China

Politicians and media personalities took to Twitter and unloaded on NBA star LeBron James after he sided with China by assessing that Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey “wasn’t educated” for tweeting support of the pro-freedom movement in Hong Kong.

Kamala Harris Uncomfortable with Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All Plan She Previously Endorsed

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) told wealthy donors Sunday night that she is uncomfortable with Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) Medicare for All bill, even though she co-sponsored Sanders’ legislation and championed Medicare for All for months on the campaign trail.

Joe Biden: My Plan Will Make ‘Health Care More Affordable’

Former Vice President Joe Biden claimed Saturday that his public option healthcare plan will “make health care more affordable” and expand health insurance coverage for millions of Americans that do not have coverage under Obamacare.

Poll: 64 Percent of Battleground State Voters Favor Lowering Costs over Universal Health Care

Nearly two-thirds of swing-state voters favor lowering healthcare costs over providing universal health care, according to a poll released Thursday.

Loesch: I Hope CNN Learned From Last Year’s Gun Town Hall But I’m Not Optimistic

As CNN prepares to hold another town hall Wednesday in the wake of a shocking bout of gun violence, former National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch said she hopes it learns from last year’s but she’s not optimistic.

For the second straight year, CNN will televise a gun event in the aftermath of gun violence in the United States. It comes less than week after a pair of unrelated shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, left 31 dead, and it relit a fierce debate over gun rights.

Hosted by liberal primetime host Chris Cuomo, Wednesday’s event is entitled “America Under Assault: The Gun Crisis,” and the topics discussed will be “gun violence in America; white nationalism and the rise in hate crimes; and whether or not the President and Congress will take any action to make America safer.”

“I hope they learned from their last attempt and are doing this in the interest of good-faith discussion, but I’m not optimistic,” Loesch told the Free Beacon. “After their last town hall on guns, where I was called a horrible mother and a murderer, the network allowed guests’ accusations against the character of law-abiding gun owners to continue unchallenged.”

Loesch was one of the participants in an emotional event on CNN last February called “Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action,” where she was repeatedly jeered by the crowd as she jockeyed with then-Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel (D.) and took blistering questions about gun rights.

She previously criticized the town hall as set up like a “WWE event,” and she ripped CNN’s producers for their handling of the sensitive matter. She said she needed a security detail to leave the arena.

CNN won the Walter Cronkite award for best “National Network News Program,” receiving praise for how it helped “advance the national conversation on gun control and violence.”

Moderated by Jake Tapper, it was held exactly one week after a gunman killed 17 at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Gun control advocates Sen. Bill Nelson (D., Fla.), Rep. Ted Deutch (D., Fla.) and Israel attended the event, as did gun rights supporters Loesch and Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.). President Donald Trump and then-Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R.) declined invitations to appear.

The event was highly charged from the outset, with parents and classmates of the victims asking pointed questions. One student, addressing Nelson, said she wanted to ask Loesch if “the blood of my classmates and my teachers” was “worth your blood money.” Another student, Cameron Kasky, told Rubio he reminded him of the Parkland killer. Another, Emma Gonzalez, questioned Loesch’s fitness as a mother.

Israel encouraged students to vote for candidates who supported gun control measures, and he clashed repeatedly with Loesch over her pro-gun stance. Loesch was heckled as a in various chants, and she was jeered when she told the story of a rape survivor who wished she had been armed. Rubio was repeatedly booed for his responses, including when he said he would continue to accept NRA donations and wouldn’t support banning every semi-automatic rifle in the United States.

Nevertheless, Loesch said she didn’t regret participating.

“I would not have skipped last year … I will always go in good faith to where the discussion is and needs to be,” she said. “We all value precious lives and if we value life as much as we say we do then we need to show it the respect it deserves and come from a position of love on this subject when discussing it with others. I hope CNN chooses to encourage this.”

The aftermath of the event was instructive.

One day after Israel’s triumphant speechifying at the town hall, he was answering questions about his deputy’s failure to enter the building as the shooting was ongoing. That Sunday, Tapper grilled him about his department’s numerous failures before and during the shooting. He expressed skepticism when Israel claimed he had provided “amazing” leadership for the county.

Two months later, Israel received a vote of “no confidence” from the deputy’s union, and new Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R.) fired him shortly after taking office in January.

Kasky, the student who likened Rubio to his school’s attacker, later left the March For Our Lives movement and expressed regret over his questioning, saying he was only trying to “embarrass” Rubio.

Nelson is out of the U.S. Senate, ousted by Scott in a tight race last November. Student activist David Hogg said last year of Scott’s hopes of winning the U.S. Senate: “We’re not going to let that f—ing happen.”

Loesch has had her share of run-ins with CNN. She expressed frustration with host Alisyn Camerota last year after the latter allowed Hogg to call the NRA “child murderers” unchallenged. Camerota denied it, but Loesch’s charge was correct.

She also drew criticism last year for saying many legacy media members “love mass shootings” because of the ratings they generate.

Rubio didn’t return a request for comment, and Tapper declined to go on the record.

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