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Entries in Marco Rubio (42)


Ted Cruz filibuster style speech shakes up a U.S. Senate that needs a shakeup

Photo of Sen. Cruz on Senate floor (Frame grab/C-SPAN)Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) took to the floor of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday to make a long speech—technically not a filibuster—about the perils of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Cruz is the guy the Old Guard loves to hate and Main Street applauds.

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WaPo hit piece on Rubio escalates continuing war waged by liberals

There was a hit piece on Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in The Washington Post on Friday. The writer took the time to research Rubio’s parents’ immigration papers.

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GOP 2012 field still wide open on Main Street

Newsmax ran a feature in the May, 2011 issue (print edition), ‘Who Will Be the Strongest GOP Candidate in 2012?’ The article was written by Doug Schoen, an analyst who is a Democrat. Four possible candidates’ photos are on the first page. They are all former governors: Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Tim Pawlenty and Mike Huckabee.

Other potential candidates like Congressman Ron Paul, former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Donald Trump are mentioned in the article; photos of those potentials and others appear at the end of the article.

Oddly Herman Cain is not included. Schoen mentions Sen. Marco Rubio as a possible vice president.

Cain is very interesting because he has held positions at long-standing US companies—he has actually created private sector jobs. Cain has stumped around the country and garnered a lot of praise (and straw poll positives) from grassroots groups

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Rubio keynotes Lincoln Day, represents GOP’s best bet

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will keynote the annual Lincoln Day dinner on Sat., March 19, in Jacksonville, home of the Duval County Republican Party. The 2011 dinner is actually a combined celebration to benefit GOP local parties in Duval, Nassau, Baker, Clay and St. John’s Counties.

In a press release, Duval GOP chairman Lenny Curry said, “Republicans are demanding a sweeping victory in 2012 and working together with our donors and grassroots machine, the NE Florida party chairmen intend to provide it.”

Rubio could well be key to a "sweeping victory in 2012."

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Rubio co-sponsor of Paul’s REINS Act

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) joined other Republican senators in co-sponsoring the REINS Act (S 3826) introduced by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). Rubio issued a statement that said The Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2011 aims at better drafted and detailed legislation, an improved regulatory process and more accountability by the Legislative Branch. Although most Americans are clueless about the impact of regulatory fees on businesses and individuals, those fees can be hefty.

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Florida 10th Amendment Center warns EPA nutrient standards will ‘strangle’ state’s farmers

Lone fisherman on St. John's River. [Photo by Kay B. Day]

Andrew Nappi, director of the Florida Tenth Amendment Center, has issued a warning about water nutrient standards the Environmental Protection Agency aims to impose on The Sunshine State. In an official statement, Nappi asked state legislators and congressmen at the federal level to “stand up for Florida’s agriculture and sovereignty.”

Nappi said, “Everyone wants clean air and water.” But he said the Clean Air and Water Act is an “unfunded mandate imposed upon the sovereign states by the general government.” Nappi believes the act will “wreak destruction on Florida’s farmers.”

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Midterms produce power shift, few surprises

I have to confess the Midterm Elections pretty much worked out the way I thought they would. I did believe the GOP would take the US House. I did believe we would gain some seats in the US Senate.

I did not believe Democrat stalwarts like Rep.  Barney Frank (Mass.) would lose a seat, mainly because Frank is entrenched in a state that tends to stick with known brands no matter what they do when they're in a position of power. Frank hasn't had to answer for his actions, but if the voters in Mass. don't care, it's not much of my concern as long as he isn't all powerful. And with the shift in power, he won't quite have the run of the place as he did when he was helping inflate the taxpayer sinkholes we call Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

I do confess one of the best moments of my evening came when Marco Rubio won the US Senate seat for Florida.

We will also now have a new speaker of the House and for that I am truly grateful.

In my opinion we will have a more balanced Washington and it is my hope that some of the divisiveness we've seen will lessen.

If you've read my column before, you know how diligently I covered the legislation in this Congress. You also probably know I am a Republican. What you might not know is that I will continue to cover the legislation just as diligently. Our country is facing serious fiscal challenges--the more I dig into government records and information the more troublesome it is.

We can't go to sleep because we got what we wanted.

And I'd like to ask my fellow Republicans to be gracious in victory. I remember some of the commentary directed towards us after the losses in 2006 and 2008. It was pretty rough. I'd hope we can rise above that sort of thing and as Rick Scott says, "Get to work."

I was invited to many celebrations tonight. I love to be around people but I decided to stay home and cover the races from here. I posted updates in three previous columns and this is my last--it's already Wednesday and there is much to do once I get a few hours of sleep.

Congratulations to the candidates who won and to those who ran honorable races. It's a new morning in Florida already and in America as well. We must make the best of it. (Commentary by Kay B. Day/Nov. 3, 2010)



In Florida as midterm nears, the oranges hang low right down there with the politicos

Calamondins grow well in Florida, in a container or in the ground. They ripen late in the season in our area, and they have a lemony taste. We like to put small slices in our tea.In the nation’s fourth largest state, we are beginning to see some types of oranges ripen. Those on my Satsuma are heavy with pulp and juice—I had to prop one limb on the bottom up to make sure the fruit didn’t rest on the ground. Hanging even lower than those small tasty fruits are a few select politicos.

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Rubio’s remarkable connection with Main Street evident during blogger call

For as long as I’ve covered his campaign, Marco Rubio has held blogger conference calls. Not just with the big blog aggregators, but with independents like The US Report.

My first contact with his campaign was a query about a negative story that turned out to be inaccurate. He responded quickly and specifically, avoiding typical political verbiage, and he didn’t hold it against me.

At that time, Gov. Charlie Crist was the darling of the establishment. I’ve written here that after the first time I heard Rubio speak, I came away infuriated.

Not only was he a brilliant speaker, he had credentials that made him a bona fide candidate. Yet those who were in charge of the Republican Party—some now thankfully no longer with the party—anointed Crist without a nod to the supporters who stuck with the GOP through the bitter climate of 2008.

Rubio held a conference call with bloggers on Wednesday. The first thing he did was not unusual for a man who has managed to escape the elitist mentality characteristic of so many in politics today. Rubio thanked us, basically for believing in him early on. He said he wanted to give “recognition” to those who covered the race from the beginning.

His conservatism also came through. Explaining that no one’s won anything yet, he emphasized he wants his message to “excite people” so they’ll come out and vote. He said, “We’re gonna keep working.”

I had the opportunity to ask a question, and I decided to move from typical talking points to something that intrigues me. President Barack Obama has done a number of comedy shows and late night TV shows. Would Rubio ever do that to defend his positions?

He said, “It depends on who the host is.” He added, “We have to be careful not to trivialize issues.” He didn’t criticize Obama for his appearances, though he could have. Rubio has consistently taken stands against Obama's agenda, but he's been very gracious about the president. That's worth noting considering how the president characterizes Republicans, Tea Partiers and anyone else who isn't a big government fan.

Rubio did admit he loves the late night shows.

The engaging candidate also said he plans to continue calls with bloggers if he wins the Florida Senate seat.

Rubio asked one thing of us. He asked that we place his new video on our websites. You’ll see it below.

Rarely have I publicly endorsed a candidate—in my lifetime, I have announced support for 3. Rubio is one of them. I hope you’ll vote for him on Nov. 2, or during early voting. I think Rubio will be a much needed voice of reason and fiscal conservatism at a critical time in our country’s history. He has a remarkable connection with Main Street. (Commentary by Kay B. Day/Oct. 27, 2010)