Post-debate “oops” moment: De Blasio channels Che — in Miami

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It’s typically una cosa buena to show off your Spanish-speaking creds in Miami.

But not so much for New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, who sparked outrage after he reportedly quoted Marxist revolutionary and guerrilla leader Ernesto “Che” Guevara earlier today.

“The eyes of the world are on Miami-Dade and on this airport,” De Blasio said at a rally in support of employees protesting poor working conditions at Miami International Airport. “Hasta la victoria siempre!”

The Spanish phrase — Until victory, always! — has long been associated with Guevara, from his purported “farewell letter” to Cuba.

De Blasio’s comments quickly drew condemnation, and Florida Democrats demanded that the presidential contender apologize.

Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo (@TerrieRizzo) tweeted:

“Mayor Bill DeBlasio does not speak for Floridians or the Florida Democratic Party and he would be wise to apologize.”

State Sen. Annette Taddeo blasted De Blasio on Twitter, saying she was “utterly disgusted.”

State Sen. José Javier Rodrigues also slammed the presidential hopeful in a tweet followed by this post from Javier Estevez, a Miami Democrat running for the state House:

De Blasio’s gaffe gave a boost to Republicans, who’ve been busy painting Democrats — in Miami for two nights of debate that will wrap up this evening — as a bunch of socialists.

 

 

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Watch it: Deutch rocks “singer-songwriter” caucus

Congressman Ted Deutch has a stellar rep for his efforts to protect musicians’ rights to their intellectual property.

Keeping his playbook up-to-date, Deutch, a piano-playing Democrat whose South Florida district includes portions of Broward and Palm Beach counties, this week announced he and U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, an Alabama Republican, are relaunching the congressional “Songwriters Caucus.”

“The caucus will serve as a forum for Congress to engage with America’s songwriters and explore policy issues that affect their often-unrecognized contribution to the music industry,” a press release issued by Deutch’s office reads.

We caught up with Deutch via text to find out who’s at on his list of favorite singer-songwriters.

“Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift (yes, really), Ed Sheeran” Deutch responded.

“Lennon and McCartney!” he added later.

We dug up this old clip of Deutch, a former state senator, tickling the ivories during his initial run for Congress in 2010. (Warning: The audio and video quality of the clip stinks, but the piano playing don’t.)

 

Here’s the rest of the press release:

“Congresswoman Roby and I share an appreciation for music and the talented artists who write the songs we love. But these hard-working artists may not always get the recognition and compensation they deserve,” said Congressman Deutch. “We’ll lead this caucus to explore the industry from the songwriters’ perspective, to educate our colleagues about the issues facing the American songwriting industry, and to consider legislative options for ensuring a fair system for these artists.”

“I have a deep appreciation for the hardworking artists who create the songs and music so many Americans know and love,” said Congresswoman Roby. “I am thrilled to work alongside my colleague, Congressman Deutch, on the bipartisan Songwriters Caucus to ensure that these men and women are properly compensated and recognized for their creative work. Together we will tackle the many issues facing our songwriting industry in effort to improve the system.”

About all that hype over Boeing’s move … much ado about not much?

Boeing’s relocation of its Space and Launch division headquarters from northern Virginia to the Space Coast will be more aspirational than material when completed later this year, as few actual jobs are tied to the move.

“We’re not sharing numbers now, but it will be a small number of senior divisional leaders and support staff,” replied Dan Beck, a spokesman for Boeing Defense, Space & Security, on Wednesday.

Transplanted workers, who will start moving this summer, will occupy a Boeing facility already in Titusville, Beck added.

Seattle-based Boeing, which for six decades has maintained a presence at Cape Canaveral, noted in a release that the move won’t impact company space operations in California, Texas, Alabama, Colorado and Louisiana.

Still, the move was heralded by Florida officials as a testament to the Sunshine State being a leader in innovation and job growth.

Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a release he expects the move will “bring increased investment to the Space Coast,” while state Rep. Randy Fine, a Republican from Brevard County, in the same release said, “Florida families will benefit from this great news.”

Frank DiBello, president and CEO of Space Florida, said the move “solidifies Florida’s position in becoming the global leader in space exploration.”

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott declared in a release that “it’s no surprise that Boeing chose our great state.”

And U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio described the announcement as Florida continuing “to be a leader in space exploration and development.”

State Rep. Tyler Sirois, a Merritt Island Republican, called the move “the latest example of Florida’s resurgent commercial aerospace industry.”

In its release, Boeing noted the timing comes as the company increases a partnership with U.S. Air Force partners at Cape Canaveral and with the 45th Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base.

“Expanding our Boeing presence on the Space Coast brings tremendous value for our commercial and government space programs,” said Jim Chilton, Space and Launch senior vice president, in a company release.

— By Jim Turner.

 

Q-Poll: Floridians high on getting high

pot exclamation pointFlorida voters are at an all-time high for allowing grown-ups to have small amounts of weed for personal use, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released today.

The poll found 65 percent of voters statewide support legalizing small quantities for adult use, while 30 percent disapprove.

Republicans, however, aren’t as keen on green: They’re split 48-48 percent, according to the poll results.

Meanwhile, more than three-quarters of Dems — 78 percent — back the bud, showing that the partisan divide isn’t limited to guns.

The survey also found voters support the sale of legal marijuana in their community by a 61-34 percent margin.

Here’s the crosstabs:

18. Do you support or oppose allowing adults in Florida to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use?

                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              65%    48%    78%    72%    69%    62%    64%    68%
Oppose               30     48     19     24     28     32     30     28
DK/NA                 5      4      3      5      3      6      6      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              89%    70%    63%    52%    71%    61%    66%    66%    68%
Oppose               10     24     34     40     26     32     29     30     30
DK/NA                 1      5      3      8      3      6      5      4      2
 
 

19. Would you support or oppose the sale of legal marijuana in your community?

                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              61%    46%    74%    66%    63%    60%    63%    64%
Oppose               34     50     23     29     33     35     33     31
DK/NA                 4      4      2      5      4      4      3      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              83%    64%    60%    50%    65%    62%    64%    53%    65%
Oppose               17     28     35     45     30     34     32     44     32
DK/NA                 1      8      5      4      5      3      4      3      3
 

 

The poll of 1,279 Florida voters was conducted from June 12 – 17, with a margin of error of +/- 3.3 percentage points, including the design effect.

Nikki Fried goes for GOP jugular: “Don’t grab us” and more …

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Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried — Florida’s top Democrat — issued a scathing “welcome” to President Donald Trump in advance of the part-time Florida Man’s campaign rally in the Sunshine State this week.

Fried lambasted Trump — and the rest of his party — for his now-notorious remarks about women, caught on a hot mike several years ago.

Here’s Fried, a lawyer from Fort Lauderdale, speaking of Republicans in her own words:

“It has become the party that says not only is it OK to grab a woman’s pussy but we’re going to legislate it and tell you what you can and, more importantly, what you can’t do with it.”

It gets better. Watch the whole video, compiled from her speech at the Florida Democratic Party’s gala last weekend and released by her political committee:

 

Here’s the tweet Fried posted this morning:

Ivy League snub: Harvard rescinds pro-gun Parkland activist’s acceptance

When he and his classmates descended on the Capitol shortly after the horrific attack on their Parkland high school, Kyle Kashuv stood out: He was one of the only teens who wasn’t pushing for stricter gun control.

Kashuv, who graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School earlier this summer, has been embraced by conservatives and the National Rifle Association in his rapid arc to fame since the Feb. 14, 2018 mass shooting that left 17 students and faculty dead and 17 other people injured at the Broward County school). Kashuv, who told us last year that his parents are from Israel, has also been castigated by those on the left for his conservative views and unwavering support of President Donald Trump.

The 18-year-old took to Twitter today to inform his more than 301,000 followers that Harvard University has rescinded its acceptance of him following reports of using racial slurs in a shared document several years ago.

Kashuv says he turned down other scholarship offers after he deciding to head to the Ivy League school.

“I’m exploring all options at the moment.”

Read the entire thread:

Oliva, Sprowls: Mike Hill’s “callous indifference” is “unacceptable.” Hill: “Fake news!”

House Speaker José Oliva and his successor, Rep. Chris Sprowls, joined in the rapidly growing bipartisan chorus denouncing state Rep. Mike Hill for laughing at a suggestion that homosexuals should be executed.

Hill created a firestorm after being caught up tape in an exchange posted online by his hometown paper, the Pensacola News Journal, above an editorial by the paper’s prize-winning cartoonist, Andy Marlette.

Marlette wrote:

A citizen comments: “In 1 Corinthians, it says that a man who has an affair with another man will be put to death.”

Hill’s response?

“It says that in the Old Testament, too.”

Another attendee asks, “Can you introduce legislation?”

Chuckles are audible. The state representative joins the laughter. “I wonder how that would go over?” Hill says.

Hill’s comments, and laughter, drew bipartisan condemnation and calls for the founder of the local Tea Party to apologize, resign or both.

State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, who is openly gay, said he was “shocked & disgusted to discover a colleague who I’ve worked with closely would joke about punishing me by death for being gay.”

An hour after the Republican House leaders censured Hill on Twitter, Hill posted a reply to Smith’s outrage.