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April 26, 2014

MD. Gov. Martin O'Malley backs Charlie Crist in governor's race


Perhaps more interesting than Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley bashing Florida Gov. Rick Scott over the minimum wage is that the Democrat is taking sides in a primary by endorsing Charlie Crist over Nan Rich.

O'Malley is a past chairman of the Democratic Governor's Association, which just contributed $500,000 to Crist, and he'll probably run for president if Hillary Clinton doesn't.


The email:

During his 2010 campaign for Governor, Rick Scott was asked live on CNN what Florida's minimum wage was.

He got the answer wrong.

It's no wonder he's since refused to listen to the overwhelming number of Floridians -- including a majority of Republicans -- who want to raise the state's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

Fortunately, Charlie Crist is leading the fight to make that happen. He understands that when workers make more money, businesses have more customers -- that raising the wage lifts all boats.

He'll take action as Florida's next Governor, but we need Congress to do the same for all Americans.

No one who works full time should have to raise their family in poverty. That's why, in Maryland, we worked with business owners, workers, faith leaders, and activists to raise our minimum wage to $10.10. Our action will lift over 400,000 of our state's residents out of poverty.

In Florida, raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would directly affect over 1.2 million workers and their families.

Doing the same nationally would create demand for new jobs and reduce government spending because fewer of our neighbors will rely on state and federal assistance to try and make ends meet.

More jobs and less spending: That should be something both Republicans and Democrats can agree on....

For this reason, and many others, I'm doing everything I can to help my good friend Charlie in his campaign. Thanks for signing our petition.

All the best,

Martin O'Malley
Governor, Maryland

Tougher abortion restrictions headed to Gov. Rick Scott's desk


Florida women seeking abortions will face tougher restrictions and a tighter time frame under a measure that is headed to Gov. Rick Scott's desk.

Amid partisan debate about reproductive rights echoing similar battles in other Republican-controlled states, the Senate approved House Bill 1047 on Friday, two weeks after it won approval in the lower chamber.

The proposal would ban most abortions in Florida once a doctor determines a fetus could survive outside the womb. That point can vary depending on numerous factors. On average, a fetus is usually considered viable at around 23 weeks of gestation, roughly two weeks before the start of the third trimester of pregnancy, Florida's current cutoff for elective abortions.

The new proposal allows exceptions, only with written certification by two physicians, if abortion is needed to save the mother's life or prevent serious physical injury to her. Current law also allows third-trimester abortions to protect the mother's emotional health, which the new plan does not permit.

Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, said the measure won't end abortions but will require a woman to make the decision earlier.

"If she's going to make that choice, make that choice before the baby is able to live on its own outside of the womb," Stargel said.

Read more here.