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Do the Do (Over)
Mar 8th, 2008 by Mike

The political buzz around Florida is the possibility of a do-over primary. The Democratic National Committee last year ruled that Michigan and Florida delegates elected in the January 29, 2008 primary would not be seated at the convention because the primary date violated the rules of the DNC. Now, with the race “too close to call” some are crying, “Foul!” and want Michigan and Florida to count. So the party of enfranchisement is trying to figure out how to dis-disenfranchise the 1.7 million voters in Florida1 whose vote didn’t count.The cost of another primary is estimated to be $17 to $25 million dollars.2  The DNC says they don’t have enough money to pay.3 And Florida’s governor Charlie Crist will sign a bill OKaying the primary as long as the State doesn’t have to pay. Who do you think should pay for the do-over? 

© 2008, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

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  1. and I don’t know how many in Michigan []
  2. Some have whittled the estimated price down to $6 million by conducting a mail-in primary []
  3. Read that, “Correct our mistake.” []
Florida Senior Moment
Feb 6th, 2008 by Mike

From the Daily Sun, February 6, 2008:

Confused Florida voters try to cast ballots

Florida voters got so caught up in the excitement of Super Tuesday many tried to cast ballots for the presidential primaries — again.

Election officials across the state said they fielded hundreds of phone calls from confused voters asking where they could vote Tuesday, apparently unaware that Florida’s presidential primary was last week.

“We’ve had over 100 calls at least over the last two days,” said Kathy Adams, a spokesman for the Palm Beach County Election Supervisor.

“Caught up in the excitement” is a complete mis characterization of the ignorance of these Florida voters. It’s not that we had early polling for two solid weeks before a week ago Tuesday’s election complete with campaign visits and ads from all the Republican candidates. One would have to living in a cave to miss all that.

Maybe we should yield to the stereotype of Florida and chalk it up to a “senior moment”.

Maybe since the Dems side of the primary was essentially marching in place due to the decision by the DNC to not count Florida’s votes at the convention for having the primary on Jan 29, many Dems weren’t paying attention to the election.1 Or since Hillary came to Florida after the primary vote, perhaps voters got confused as to when the election was.2

Maybe some voters just figured that they were entitled to vote twice during each election.3

I don’t know.

© 2008, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

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  1. It wasn’t reported, by the way, how many of the callers were Republicans or Democrats []
  2. Palm Beach County is the next county north of the infamous Broward and Miami-Date counties made famous by the 2000 presidential election []
  3. We do have migrants from Chicago and New York, don’tchaknow []
A Defeat of Purpose
Jul 22nd, 2006 by Mike

An article in yesterday’s The Villages Daily Sun reported that the Florida Citrus Commission raised the tax on orange growers 19%1 to pay for a more aggressive advertising campaign. The commissioners cited rising supermarket prices for the cause of decreased consumption of Florida oranges and orange juice. “If you basically don’t hammer home the message to the consumer that as prices increase you still have to buy this, the consumer won’t,” said commission chairman Stephen Ryan.

So, Steve, let’s see…raise the tax (price)2 on a product that is losing market share because the price is too high . Then advertise to overcome the rise in price the tax brings. Hmmmm.

© 2006 – 2008, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

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  1. From 18.5 cents per 90-pound box to 22 cents per 90-pound box []
  2. The tax that will obviously be passed on to the consumer []
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