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Look at this — every once in a while, the judiciary does its job, even in states like Florida! Nice to see Gov. Scott get slapped down in what is yet another of his ruthless power grabs:

Gov. Rick Scott overstepped his authority and violated the separation of powers by freezing state agency rulemaking, the Florida Supreme Court ruled today.

Shortly after he was sworn in as governor on Jan. 4, Scott suspended agency rulemaking and required the proposed rules be vetted by his office. He later created the “Office of Fiscal Accountability and Regulatory Reform” to review the rules, saying he wanted to make sure they did not slow down government, create barriers for businesses or cost taxpayers money.

Sez the CEO whose company had to pay a $6million fine to the federal government and admitted he should have hired more auditors to make sure his healthcare company was in compliance with those pesky Medicare regulations. Apparently the lesson learned is, whenever possible, simply do away with regulations!

But in a 5-2 ruling, the court found that Scott’s executive orders “infringe upon the very process of rulemaking and encroach upon the Legislature‘s delegation of its rulemaking power as set forth in the Florida Statutes.”

Chief Justice Charles Canady and Judge Ricky Polston, both appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist, dissented. Scott acted within his constitutional authority as the state’s chief administrative officer whose duty is “to manage, plan, and hold agencies under his charge accountable to State laws, including the APA. The actual facts before us do not demonstrate otherwise,” Polston wrote.

Canady called the majority opinion an “ill-conceived interference with the constitutional authority and responsibility of Florida‘s Governor.”

Scott also saw it that way.

“It doesn’t make any sense to me,” Scott said of the court ruling. “I don’t think it follows the constitution. It’s a disappointment.

Mr. Blue Sky


I call your name

Ringo, Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty:

Tonight on VSS

Tuesday, Aug 16 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Susie |  Susie Madrak visits with Richard (RJ) Eskow, former executive with experience in health care, benefits, and risk management, finance, and information technology. Richard worked for AIG and other insurance, risk management, and financial organizations and consulted – public policy and finance/economics – in the US and over 20 countries. RJwrites at A Night LightHuffington Post and OurFuture.org. Follow him @rjeskow. | Listen live and later on BTR

Phone number for questions and comments is 646-200-3440.

Oh good

Just as long as they give up their U.S. citizenship!

Running out of drugs

Boy, that for-profit healthcare system’s really working out well, don’t you think?

Isn’t that nice

Beltway style democracy!

It will cost $15 to ask Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) a question in person during the August congressional recess.

The House Budget Committee chairman isn’t holding any face-to-face open-to-the-public town hall meetings during the recess, but like several of his colleagues he will speak only for residents willing to open their wallets.

[...] By outsourcing the events to third parties that charge an entry fee to raise money, members of Congress can eliminate most of the riffraff while still — in some cases — allowing reporters and TV cameras for a positive local news story.

He walks tall, he talks tall, he sucks a mean corn dog in Iowa but, as Paul Krugman notes, Rick Perry is merely another Republican liar when it comes to economic recovery…


Can Obama be like Ike?

I’m guessing no:

In a series of recent reports, Pentagon experts and budget-cutters like Sen. Coburn have proposed cuts of $1 trillion — almost exactly the sum of the $420 billion from the first round of cuts and the $600 billion that would be triggered by the failure of the bipartisan commission. The striking similarity of the details of these reports, despite their authors’ radically differing political views, implies that it’s not so very hard to find
deep reductions in so massive an enterprise as the Defense Department.

All propose a reduction in both civilian and military personnel; a redeployment of forces now stationed in Europe and Asia; the cancellation or shrinkage of planned procurements for fighter aircraft, helicopters, aircraft carriers, and missile defense; reforms in military health care; and a downsizing of the nuclear weapons stockpile. Even after such cuts, the United States would still be spending as much as it ever did during the Cold War, when it was in perpetual conflict with the Soviet Union, which it deemed an existential threat to the West.
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