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Wed Mar 14, 2012, 11:54 PM

New Florida law prohibits government hiring of companies with Cuba ties

Source: Miami Herald

New Florida law prohibits government hiring of companies with Cuba ties
Patricia Mazzei and Martha Brannigan | The Miami Herald • Published March 14, 2012

Delving into Miami-Dade’s tricky exile politics, Florida lawmakers passed sweeping but little-noticed legislation this session prohibiting local governments from hiring companies that do business with Cuba.

The law appears to target one of the county’s largest contractors: Odebrecht USA, the Coral Gables-based subsidiary of the giant Brazilian conglomerate. The parent company’s Cuban affiliate is participating in a major expansion at the Port of Mariel.

Miami-Dade legislators, with near-unanimous support of the Florida House of Representatives and Senate, pushed the bill as a way to keep taxpayer dollars out of the hands of repressive regimes. The law also applies to companies that work in Syria, which, like Cuba, is on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.

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Yet a major portion of the legislation, which applies to contracts worth at least $1 million, seems likely to face a court challenge for interfering with the federal government’s power to set foreign policy, experts said.

Read more: http://www.theolympian.com/2012/03/14/2029302/new-florida-law-prohibits-government.html#storylink=cpy

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Reply New Florida law prohibits government hiring of companies with Cuba ties (Original post)
Judi Lynn Mar 2012 OP
alp227 Mar 2012 #1
murielm99 Mar 2012 #2
nanabugg Mar 2012 #10
BigDemVoter Mar 2012 #3
Sancho Mar 2012 #4
fasttense Mar 2012 #5
DFW Mar 2012 #6
dipsydoodle Mar 2012 #7
Turbineguy Mar 2012 #8
Bradical79 Mar 2012 #9

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Mar 14, 2012, 11:59 PM

1. meanwhile American co's still sell weapons to violent foreign regimes

such as Alabama-based Drummond selling guns to Colombia

and the US, Germany, and UK sold weapons to Iraq during the 1980s!

despite 9/11, the US still sells weapons to Saudi Arabia (in Dec. 2011, the US sold F-15 fighter jets to the Saudi Air Force!)

not to mention the mass importation of cheap children's toys and general electronics made in (Communist) China;

but Florida is all up in arms about CUBA? Puh-leez.

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Response to alp227 (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 15, 2012, 12:04 AM

2. Too many wealthy Cuban exiles live there.

They have the power to do this. They are nearly all repubs, too.

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Response to murielm99 (Reply #2)

Fri Mar 16, 2012, 11:12 AM

10. Really need to check out their immigration status to prevent voter fraud! nt

 

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Mar 15, 2012, 01:06 AM

3. Good God. . .

It's so amazing that this tiresome shit is still going on, 50 years & going strong. . .

If we're going to talk about repressive regimes, shouldn't we include Kuwait & Saudi Arabia as well?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Mar 15, 2012, 01:45 AM

4. Limbaugh is gone now!!! Damn those cigars from Cuba!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Mar 15, 2012, 05:05 AM

5. So, where's the law that prevents us from doing business with Communist China?

Communist Cuba is a NO, but Communist China is a go.

This is merely a bone to rich conservative Cuban exiles.

When Castro threw them out along with most of their criminal activity, the uber rich Cuban exiles all moved to Florida to throw stones at Castro and Cuba. They are still mad about it. I guess they never heard about going Galt.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Mar 15, 2012, 05:58 AM

6. I'll go them one better

Prohibit any elected officials from having Cuban background.

Senator Rubio--YOU'RE RECALLED !!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Mar 15, 2012, 06:36 AM

7. The Miami crowd

should just stick to playing with themselves.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Mar 15, 2012, 10:31 AM

8. Whenever it's about principles

it's about money. Somebody is going to take Odebrecht's place and make a fortune.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Mar 15, 2012, 03:32 PM

9. Since they're targeting oppressive regimes...

I assume Saudi Arabia is next, right?

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