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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 07:51 PM
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Sparks in Florida: Lawton Chiles's son will sue if they raid fund.
These are the battles that Dems should be prepared to fight.

The son of late Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles is threatening to sue if lawmakers and Gov. Charlie Crist try to patch up a dreary budget by draining the trust fund for health care that bears Chiles name.

Lawton Bud Chiles III said Friday in a letter to Crist, Senate President Jeff Atwater and House Speaker Ray Sansom that tapping $1 billion from the Lawton Chiles Endowment Fund was an "affront to all Floridians," and threatened to "seek full relief in the courts" if they proceed.

The fund was created to pay for childrens health care programs after Chiles death a decade ago and funded with a portion of Floridas $17 billion settlement with tobacco companies a legal fight Chiles helped lead.

But lawmakers began draining some cash from the fund last spring to balance the states sagging budget and authorized the governor to tap the fund again if revenues continued to fall.

Now that the state is facing a $2.1 billion shortfall over the next seven months, Crists office and lawmakers have been studying plans to sweep the full $1 billion, possibly in a special session next month.

http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/news_politics/
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 07:54 PM
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1. Now if this money was for fetuses or Teri Schiavo-like folks they wouldn't touch it
:grr:
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:01 PM
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2. It seems Martinez is still licking his wounds over that one.
At least, according to Mike Thomas from the OS.
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peacetalksforall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:03 PM
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3. Bingo. Republicans don't respect anyone or anything except their narrow little.
handful - guns, fetuses, and ultra selected, politically twisted, illogical, over hyped occasional causes. How can they be so selectively heartless?
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:26 PM
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4. Everything is exploitable to them, which is why you can't trust anything they say.
They just want to win, at all costs.
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