Former governor Jeb Bush arrived in Jacksonville on Monday to support Attorney General Bill McCollum’s bid to win the GOP Primary in the Florida gubernatorial race.
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Cindy Graves, president of the Florida Federation of Republican Women, issued an official statement on Wednesday, calling for a statewide debate between the two frontrunners in the governor’s race. Graves said, “The members of the Florida Federation of Republican Women respectfully call upon our GOP candidates for Florida governor to work out the details necessary to hold a statewide televised debate for the benefit of the voters.”
At present both Democrat and Republican candidates for the Primary in the nation’s fourth largest state are locked in duels that at times make the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral look like a water pistol fight.
Analysis by Kay B. Day
The feeling was palpable in the banquet room at San Jose Country Club in Jacksonville (Fla.) where the Republican Women’s Club of Duval County met on Thursday.
The U.S. Census Bureau counted 171,555 fulltime state employees in Florida in 2008, and The Miami Herald disclosed that among those, approximately 27,479 get a big perk. They pay no premiums for health insurance. Of those 27,479, approximately 2,431 are in the $100k plus salary range. A number of officials were quoted in the story about health insurance for state employees, but only one official quoted by the paper demonstrated fiscal conservatism—Attorney General Bill McCollum.
Commentary by Kay B. Day
For more than a year, I’ve written about scammers who defraud government healthcare systems. Fake clinics, fake patients and mobile medical device rip-offs are just a few of the means criminals use to soak the government, and by default, the U.S. taxpayer. We’re not talking about honest mistakes by established medical facilities. We’re talking about people who see opportunity in a government that hands out money as though it grows on orange trees in our native Florida. The TV program ‘60 Minutes’ finally took a hard look at Medicare and Medicaid scams that make it easy to get fast money by, for instance, setting up a fake clinic with props like a cane, a wheelchair and a nebulizer. Criminals have made a quick $140-150 thousand bucks by doing just that; an interview subject in disguise told the TV show exactly how he and his cohorts did it.