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May 08, 2013

Rick Scott's Obama shuffle: Sequestration is bad (this time because of hurricanes)

@MarcACaputo with @cmorganherald

Florida Gov. Rick Scott continued his political evolution Wednesday in opposing conservative-sought budget cuts -- this time because of hurricane preparedness.

Scott's made his comments during the Governor's Hurricane Conference in Fort Lauderdale where he wondered if the National Guard would have the money and the manpower to help the state recover from a disaster. Under the federal budget cuts, known as "sequestration," guard members could be furloughed, improperly trained or both.

“My biggest concern is that while they say sequestration will stop during a disaster, are they going to be ready in the meantime?” Scott asked.

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Social Security number-cruncher: immigration bill boosts retirement program, decreases illegal entry


From a press release:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio today welcomed encouraging preliminary findings from the Social Security Administration’s Chief Actuary regarding S. 744, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.”  According to Chief Actuary Stephen C. Goss, “Overall, we anticipate that the net effect of this bill on the long-range OASDI actuarial balance will be positive. This positive effect for increased immigration is consistent with the sensitivity analysis contained in the 2012 Trustees Report.”

The Actuary’s Office also claims that, over the next 10 years, the legislation will prevent 2 million illegal immigrants from coming to the U.S., create 3.22 million jobs, and increase our gross domestic product by 1.63 percent more than if the status quo is left in place.

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Politics is a contact sport: North Miami mayoral candidate punched at campaign headquarters

via @NadegeGreen

A North Miami mayor candidate was attacked at his campaign headquarters by an acquaintance who was upset that he is seeking higher office.

North Miami police arrested the acquaintance Tuesday night for punching Councilman Jean Marcellus in the mouth after a heated discussion about the upcoming election.

Marcellus, one of seven candidates vying for mayor, said the man’s name is Felix and he knew him from when they worked in real estate together several years ago.

North Miami police did not immediately respond to a request for the suspect’s name, but confirmed there was an arrest.

“When he came last night, we were catching up on old times. Then he started to talk about the campaign,” said Marcellus. “That’s when he said, ‘You can’t win the race, you’re an m-fer,’ and he got really pissed.”

More here.

Cutler Bay mayor to kick off congressional campaign against Rep. Joe Garcia


Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall, who has spent the past few months opposing the Miami Dolphins' now-defunct push for a subsidized stadium renovation, plans to challenge Democratic Congressman Joe Garcia.

MacDougall, a Republican who has already opened a fundraising account, will kick off his campaign Wednesday night.

"I've lived in South Dade for 50 years -- this is where I grew up," he said. "My children live here, my grandchildren live here. This is part of my soul, South Dade, and I don't believe it's had proper representation."

MacDougall is the first candidate to file paperwork to run against Garcia for the 26th Congressional district that stretches from Kendall to Key West. Former Miami-Dade Commission Chairman Joe Martinez said earlier this year he would also seek the seat but has yet to begin fundraising. Both MacDougall and Martinez are former police officers.

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Jim DeMint's immigrant-bashing researcher thinks Marco Rubio's dumber than DeMint due to ethnicity

@MarcACaputo via ThinkProgress:

The Heritage Foundation’s analysis of the economic consequences of immigration reform uses absurd methodology to come to conclusions entirely at odds with the organization’s own findings in 2006. Perhaps one explanation for this incoherence is that one of the paper’s coauthors, a new hire, opposes Hispanic immigration because he thinks Latinos are stupid.

Jason Richwine joined Heritage in 2010, after finishing his PhD in Public Policy in 2009. The Washington Post’s Dylan Matthews dug up Richwine’s dissertation, which was titled “IQ And Immigration.” In it, Richwine argues that Hispanics have and will always have lower IQs than whites. Matthews summarizes:

Richwine’s dissertation asserts that there are deep-set differentials in intelligence between races. While it’s clear he thinks it is partly due to genetics — ‘the totality of the evidence suggests a genetic component to group differences in IQ’ — he argues the most important thing is that the differences in group IQs are persistent, for whatever reason. He writes, ‘No one knows whether Hispanics will ever reach IQ parity with whites, but the prediction that new Hispanic immigrants will have low-IQ children and grandchildren is difficult to argue against.

Miami-Dade's GOP VP candidate draws heat: was Dem, didn't vote in '12, attacked R's by name


Picture 2In the short time as a Republican, Emmanuel "Manny" Roman has made more than a few enemies at the Miami-Dade Republican Party.

And now that Roman is running for vice-president of the county party, he's feeling the backlash.

Last night, Republican Roxanna Greene sent out a blast email that pointed out Roman voted for and contributed to Barack Obama in 2008, that he became a Republican less than two years ago and that he "DID NOT VOTE in the 2012 general election!"

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Miami-Dade school board member sues Hialeah over car crash that killed her daughter

via @joeflech

A School Board member whose daughter died in an accident with a Hialeah police detective has sued the city.

Also suing City Hall: the girl’s boyfriend, who was seriously injured in the Oct. 19 wreck.

Susie Castillo, who was elected to the School Board in November, filed suit Tuesday against the city of Hialeah and Detective Raul Somarriba in Miami-Dade Circuit Court.

Castillo’s daughter Andrea, 21, was with her boyfriend Marco Barrios, 23, when Somarriba, who was on duty, collided with Barrios’ SUV at East Ninth Court and 49th Street. The force of the impact flipped Barrios’ black Jeep Compass and sent Somarriba’s unmarked Ford Crown Victoria flying over a median.

Castillo died two days after the crash.

Barrios sued the city on May 1, also in Miami-Dade Circuit Court.

More here.