Monday, January 6, 2014

YOUR DAILY WEEKLY READER: New York cares; hide the Koch; Atwater at odds; pols for Noles. ROWDY!

Posted on Mon, Jan 6, 2014 at 10:34 AM

WHILE JOHN MORGAN’S GREENED-UP CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT GAINS STEAM IN FLORIDA, NEW YORK IS DOING THE EXACT SAME THING BY EXECUTIVE ORDER. TIMES, CHANGING: “Mr. Cuomo’s plan will be far more restrictive than the laws in Colorado or California, where medical marijuana is available to people with conditions as mild as backaches. It will allow just 20 hospitals across the state to prescribe marijuana to patients with cancer, glaucoma or other diseases that meet standards to be set by the New York State Department of Health. While Mr. Cuomo’s measure falls well short of full legalization, it nonetheless moves New York, long one of the nation’s most punitive states for those caught using or dealing drugs, a significant step closer to policies being embraced by marijuana advocates and lawmakers elsewhere. New York hopes to have the infrastructure in place this year to begin dispensing medical marijuana, although it is too soon to say when it will actually be available to patients.” (via New York Times)



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WHAT COULD THE KOCH BROTHERS AND THEIR RICH FRIENDS POSSIBLY HAVE TO HIDE? (A: SAUSAGE): “The filings show that the network of politically active nonprofit groups backed by the Kochs and fellow donors in the 2012 elections financially outpaced other independent groups on the right and, on its own, matched the long-established national coalition of labor unions that serves as one of the biggest sources of support for Democrats. The resources and the breadth of the organization make it singular in American politics: an operation conducted outside the campaign finance system, employing an array of groups aimed at stopping what its financiers view as government overreach. Members of the coalition target different constituencies but together have mounted attacks on the new health-care law, federal spending and environmental regulations.” (via Washington Post)


SO, RICK SCOTT’S CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER IS LOOKING FOR A NEW JOB AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY. TWO THINGS: FAU IS HILARIOUS; ATWATER WAS TIPPED FOR GOVERNOR IN 2018. SMELLS FUNNY: “The Boca Raton-based university is seeking to fill the post vacated in May by Mary Jane Saunders, who stepped down after a series of embarrassing incidents. One FAU professor, James Tracy, had espoused conspiracy theories about the Sandy Hook, Conn., elementary school shooting rampage and the Boston Marathon bombing, saying both tragedies were staged. Another professor, Deandre Poole, was criticized for a classroom exercise on symbolism termed the ‘Jesus Stomp.’ In that instance, students were asked to write ‘Jesus’ on a piece of paper and then step on it. Then there was the controversy that prompted national headlines over a plan to name the 30,000-seat football stadium after the GEO Group,the nation’s second largest private prison operator. GEO’s promised $6 million donation triggered student protests and the stadium nickname Owlcatraz before the idea was scrapped. Saunders remains at FAU as a professor in the university’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. More recently, FAU was in the headlines again when football coach Carl Pelini and defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis resigned last October after Athletic Director Pat Chun confronted them with accusations of what he called ‘illegal drug use.’ The FAU Owls finished the season with a 6-6 record.” (via Miami Herald)


AH, THE POLITICS OF TONIGHT’S BCS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME BETWEEN AUBURN AND FLORIDA STATE. ALSO, LEMONADE. REALLY?: “It’s another sign of how the 2014 contest for governor of Florida will be a marquee national race with millions of dollars pouring in from all over the country. Scott and First Lady Ann Scott will host a $50,000 per couple fundraiser before Monday night’s kickoff.  Crist will be the guest of honor at a Tuesday event hosted by entertainment industry executives, including Ken Solomon, founder of the Tennis Channel. ‘I wouldn’t miss it for the world,’ Crist, a 1978 FSU graduate, said of the title game. “I think we’re going to win.” In a friendly wager with Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, Scott will send a Key Lime pie from Kermit’s in Key West if FSU loses, and Bentley will send a gallon of Toomer’s Lemonade if FSU wins. ‘I look forward to an exciting game and some ice cold lemonade from Toomer’s. Go Noles,’ Scott said.” (via Miami Herald)



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