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TALLAHASSE, Fla. / As the U.S. Senate debates legislation to fund the government for the remainder of the year, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is leading an effort to include Representative Tom Rooney’s (R-FL) amendment to defund the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) numeric nutrients mandate that will hurt our economy and cost jobs. Unfortunately, Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) has chosen not to sign on to these efforts. While the Obama administration moves forward with this job-destroying mandate, Nelson stays silent and won’t press Harry Reid to include the Rooney amendment in any upcoming bill.

“The EPA’s mandate will be disastrous for Florida’s businesses and families. Unfortunately, while Florida Republicans like Marco Rubio and Tom Rooney are acting to halt these job-destroying regulations, Bill Nelson has stayed silent. Instead of standing on the side of Florida families and pushing his fellow Democrats to act, Nelson has chosen to stand with President Obama and Harry Reid as they pursue policies and regulations that are taking our country in the wrong direction,” said Trey Stapleton, Republican Party of Florida Communications Director. “Floridians can’t afford six more years of Bill Nelson watching as unelected bureaucrats in Washington hurt job creation and take Florida’s economy backwards.”

Read more about Senator Nelson’s failure to stand up for Floridians here.

Read the about Florida’s lawsuit against the EPA’s job killing program here.

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WASHINGTON / Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid lacked command and passion during Thursday’s debate against Republican challenger Sharron Angle, a sign that the Nevada incumbent is losing ground in the most important political fight of his career, the Washington Post reported.

Staff writer Dan Balz pointed out, “It was as if the four-term senator, one of the most powerful politicians in the country, didn’t know what to say without written prompts, other than that he believes his opponent is an extremist, his mantra for the campaign.”

The latest data from polling website RealClearPolitics.com finds Angle’s support is tied with that of Reid–both candidates stood at 45.4 points on Tuesday. Angle supporters note the data preceded the debate by two days, and believe that Reid’s foibles at the podium will adversely affect his base at the polls on Nov. 2.

“Harry Reid’s true colors were exposed once again, and that only helps prove that Nevada and America are ready for new blood,” said Sharron Angle supporter Debbie Pringle.

Reid and Angle sparred over Nevada’s unemployment rate, which this year has become the worst in the country, as well as job creation and government involvement in health care.

Earlier this year, Your Politics News uncovered several investment banks that donated to Reid’s reelection campaign while the institutions still owed billions to the federal government following the 2008 bailout. Big Four bank JPMorgan Chase & Co. gave Reid $63,100 this year as of August 1, while Goldman Sachs contributed $50,100. Both banks owe taxpayers close to $40 billion by the federal government’s estimates.

Nevada’s Tea Party supporters of Sharron Angle have criticized Reid for his campaign ads that attack Angle’s take on extended unemployment benefits.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. / While Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink has slammed gubernatorial challenger Rick Scott over his connection to Medicare fraud, two of Florida’s most egregious cases of consumer fraud–and the unfolding of the nation’s most infamous Ponzi scheme–have happened with Sink at the helm.

Elected as the state’s CFO in 2006, Sink heads the Department of Financial Services which oversees 13 divisions, including insurance fraud investigation, consumer protection, hedge funds, and registered investment advisors. One of those advisors, convicted Ponzi scheme mastermind Bernie Madoff, admitted in 2008 to defrauding $50 billion from Florida investors. Twenty-five percent of the accounts Madoff managed belonged to Floridians, the South Florida Business Journal reported.

With Florida’s gubernatorial election four weeks away, critics point out Sink did nothing to stop the Ponzi locomotive that thundered through Florida on both coasts under her leadership. Certain Florida hedge fund managers had invested with Madoff, sentenced last year to 150 years in federal prison, and many voters wonder why Alex Sink failed to discover the fraud sooner. Earlier this year Fort Lauderdale attorney Scott Rothstein and Sarasota hedge fund manager Arthur Nadel pleaded guilty in unrelated schemes that defrauded consumers out of billions of dollars. The media even dubbed Nadel “mini-Madoff.”

Fred LaRosse, a Tampa-based Florida insurance agent, told Your Politics News that Alex Sink fought agents too hard when she should have kept a close eye on the likes of Rothstein and Nadel. 

“While she was trying to have insurance agents arrested for selling fixed annuities, Alex Sink missed the biggest financial fraud in history. And then there was Madoff,” LaRosse said. “Alex Sink’s department was responsible for regulating Bernie Madoff. If Sink couldn’t see fraud right in front of her, how could she ever run Florida as its governor?”

RealClearPolitics.com, a Chicago-based political poll tracker, projects Alex Sink with a 1.6-point lead over Republican challenger Rick Scott as of Sept. 22.

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CARSON CITY, Nev. / Distancing himself from his state’s skyrocketing jobless rate, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid dodged the blame in an interview with ABC News‘ political webcast “Top Line” this week.

“You know that I had nothing to do with the massive foreclosures here. You know that I had nothing to do with these unemployment figures,” Reid said. “My job is to create jobs. My opponent says that is not her job to create jobs. And I think that is really wrong. I think it is my job to create jobs and I’ve done my best.”

Last month, Your Politics News uncovered several investment banks that donated to Reid’s reelection campaign while the institutions still owed billions to the federal government following the 2008 bailout. Big Four bank JPMorgan Chase & Co. gave Reid $63,100 this year as of August 1, while Goldman Sachs contributed $50,100. Both banks owe taxpayers close to $40 billion by the federal government’s estimates.

Nevada’s Tea Party supporters of Reid’s opponent, Sharron Angle, recently criticized the Senate majority leader for his campaign ad that attacks Angle’s take on extended unemployment benefits. “We really have spoiled our citizenry,” the ad quotes Angle as having said a few months ago.

Angle supporter Sandi Fiske says Reid’s deflection is representative of being out of touch with his constituents.

“Saying it’s not his fault sounds bitter and childish. This may not be entirely his fault, but his attitude gives his former supporters like me even more reason to vote in some new leadership,” Fiske said.

Nevada’s 14.3 percent unemployment rate is the worst in the country as of July, according to data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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LAS VEGAS — Sen. Harry Reid challenger Sharron Angle will exhibit greater appeal to her state’s Hispanic base over the next two months, a group of her supporters said Thursday.

The Republican, while critical of illegal immigration, understands the outreach necessary with fewer than 60 days to the general election. Nevada saw a large increase of registered Hispanic voters during the months leading up to the 2008 presidential election, according to research done by Democracia USA, based in Miami.

Angle’s camp says the candidate will soon air Spanish-language television and radio advertisements.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may have to work much harder at winning support from Hispanic voters. Last month he publicly said, “I don’t know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, okay. Do I need to say more?” The soundbite provoked negative reaction around the country, and could return to haunt the incumbent.

“It’s going to take a lot more than a simple apology from Harry Reid to erase that blunder,” Evan Shertzer, a local Angle event organizer, told Your Politics News.

Sharron Angle supporters hope the candidate will win an endorsement from Nevada’s Republican gubernatorial candidate, Brian Sandoval, a Hispanic.

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RENO, Nev. / As the dangerous temperatures and humidity soared, the Bureau of Land Management rounded up thousands of wild Mustangs, Your Politics News has learned that Sen. Harry Reid, locked in a dead heat race to retain his U.S. Senate seat in Nevada and fighting for his political future, had a hand in what has become a serious animal rights issue.  The connection became apparent after following the money trail.  

The Mustang roundup is already under fire from Capitol Hill.  Late last week, the Bureau of Land Management announced that it has requested a formal review of its policies by the National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council.

The controversial Mustangs capture was put into action earlier this month. The first group of Mustangs reached the end of their stressful journey around 2:37pm. Now one of three fates await them; adoption, sterilization and release, or a captive life in tight pens. The Bureau of Land Management is also considering a fourth option: slaughter, but that has yet to be decided.

Most of the round-ups were held on private land so the public cannot witness broken legs, heat exhaustion, and deaths of little foals.

Following land records and campaign records, it turns out Senate Democratic leader Reid is connected to this event.

 In 1998 Harry Reid bought an undisturbed, undeveloped parcel of land for approximately $400,000. He also bought another parcel land with Jay Brown whom has been under investigation numerous times for numerous charges from bribery to connections with organized crime. In 2001 Reid sold for an estimated $1.1 million to a corporation created by Jay Brown. Sen. Harry Reid never disclosed the profit on his public ethics reports or the venture he had in Brown’s company. Instead he continued to falsely claim the land as his own. The senator then pushed for the property to be re-zoned for commercial purposes.

Harry Reid also had questionable ties and real-estate deals with Harvey Whittemore. Whittemore contributed big dollars to Reid’s campaign fund and employed many of his family members. Over time Harry Reid crushed all types of environmental regulations to allow Whittemore to cash in on the land. He is not alone, Reid has stood behind and used his position to make the mustang’s homeland, nothing more than “wasted land which should be utilized to better the commercial and real-estate industries”.

The last obstacle was to push through the power corridor. Reid insisted on a bill that relocated the power corridor and allowed close parties to develop the 10,500 acres that were previously under Congress’s control. This meant someone had to move out of somewhere to free up valuable land. The most “politically correct” option? The Mustang’s. They do not pay taxes or contribute to campaign funds, and if he could just convince someone they were damaging the land or were “over-populated,” he could rid them of the area. Ironically, Harry Reid shares the most intimate relationship with the Bureau of Land Management of any senator. Reid pushed and pleaded and eventually “a management plan” was put in place.

After approving of the wild Mustang’s getting rounded up by low flying, horribly noisy and frightening helicopters resulting in too many to count broken legs and ultimately euthanasia, Harry Reid released this statement: “We have a responsibility to preserve these icons of American West for future generations.”

Harry Reid noted the Bureau of Land Management hasn’t done “a particularly effective job.” He said the Bureau was not effective in keeping the Mustangs off valuable, newly zoned commercial land. So, to him, “effective” means making these majestic creatures run hundreds of miles, in brutal heat, over rocky terrain resulting in prolonged, excruciating deaths or a life of captivity surrounded by fear and inadequate nutrition at tax payers expense.

No wonder why Harry Reid says break a leg.

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John Andrews interviewed by Fox News in Chicago.

John Andrews interviewed by Fox News in Chicago.

 

CHICAGO / Besides getting walloped in news articles published in local and national media outlets, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is now getting it from his own team. A Chicago police officer fed up with the manpower shortage on the force complained about it on his personal blog and for breaking ranks he’s now under investigation by Internal Affairs. 

The story about the IA investigation of this office is front-page news in the Chicago. 

“While Chicago has been under attack with its people fearful and hiding, its police department was twisted into paralysis by organizational decimation, incompetent leadership, self-serving politics and corruption,” writes Chicago police Lt. John Andrews on his blog.  “We are sickened that our world-class police department has deteriorated into ruin in only a few short years. We are tired of a leaderless department. We are angry at an unsupportive mayor.” 

(Visit Chicago police officer’s blog

Andrews has become a hero of sorts to many of his fellow police officers because they share his feelings yet have remained quiet.  

Top brass at Chicago P.D. are speaking out, however, critical of Andrews.   

“I think leaders in today’s times should look to inspire, motivate and look for solutions to challenges,” Jody Weiss, superintendent of Chicago Police told Fox Chicago News. “I don’t think leaders should throw rocks at their respective agencies, at those who are actually trying to address the challenges.” 

Now that Andrews has taken a stand, he refuses to back down.  He has talked to the local news media about his gripes and the entry he wrote remains front and center on his website. 

“Homicides, shootings and gang related crimes are sucking the life out of this city. Daily, people are shot and killed on our streets over conflicts with gangs and drugs. Our children are not immune from the victimization as they too are targets or suffer as collateral damage from stray gunfire,” writes Andrews. 

Ironically, say media experts, had Mayor Daley and the police department ignored the blog, the story would likely have never gotten attention. 

“It’s an obscure blog that no one had ever heard of until Mayor Daley and his administration reacted by launching and internal affairs investigation,” says Stephan Lipinsky, a former news editor who’s now a consultant.  “It’s Daley’s reaction that made this a news story.  Had they ignored it, the public might never know about the blog or what the police officer ever said.”  

Political consultants say Daley’s reaction may be a sign of his growing frustration over the crime rate and the political fallout it is causing.

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