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Politico: Rick Scott’s company touted stimulus cash

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From Politico: A telecommunications company owned in part by Florida gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott — an outspoken foe of the federal stimulus — has boasted of winning more than $60 million in stimulus grants and Department of Agriculture loans to develop high-speed Internet infrastructure. In a March 2010 press release, XFONE, Inc. President and CEO Guy Nissenson wrote to investors, “As most of you know, Xfone has been focused on growing its Fiber-To-The-Premise (FTTP) business over the past two years, given the sizable…

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Politico: Rick Scott’s company touted stimulus cash

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From Politico: A telecommunications company owned in part by Florida gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott — an outspoken foe of the federal stimulus — has boasted of winning more than $60 million in stimulus grants and Department of Agriculture loans to develop high-speed internet infrastructure. In a March 2010 press release, XFONE, Inc. President and CEO Guy Nissenson wrote to investors, “As most of you know, Xfone has been focused on growing its Fiber-To-The-Premise (FTTP) business over the past two years, given the sizable…

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Wall Street Journal: Anybody but Marco Rubio?

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Party affiliation wasn’t the only thing Gov. Charlie Crist switched when he dropped out of the GOP primary and decided to run as independent in the Florida Senate race. Mr. Crist has piqued the ire of many conservatives by flip-flopping on a number of issues in order to ingratiate himself with liberals. In fact, he’s made so many 180s that many Democrats are now considering throwing their weight and money behind him in order to upend the remaining Republican in…

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Time offers ‘Ten Questions’ to Charlie Crist, like ‘Who’ll Remember the Tea Party in 20 Years?’

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Last year, Time offered its “Ten Questions” feature to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, but the reader questions it selected were mostly hostile, panning his response to the State of the Union, asking if he looked like the geeky Kenneth the Page from “30 Rock,” and underlining the shakiness of the GOP: “Voters rejected the GOP in November. What changes do you think it needs to make in order to become relevant again?” This week, Time offered the same feature to Florida…

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Time offers ‘Ten Questions’ to Charlie Crist, like ‘Who’ll Remember the Tea Party in 20 Years?’

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Last year, Time offered its “Ten Questions” feature to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, but the reader questions it selected were mostly hostile, panning his response to the State of the Union, asking if he looked like the geeky Kenneth the Page from “30 Rock,” and underlining the shakiness of the GOP: “Voters rejected the GOP in November. What changes do you think it needs to make in order to become relevant again?” This week, Time offered the same feature to Florida…

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Federal stimulus not keeping pace with state and local woes

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From Ezra Klein: As everyone knows, the federal government is still spending a $700 billion stimulus package passed at the beginning of 2009. As most people know, state and local governments have had to sharply cut spending because the recession has decimated their tax revenues. But as fairly few people know, these two forces are canceling each other out. Stephen Gordon explains: It’s important to remember that the proper measure for fiscal stimulus is not spending by the federal government; it…

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Stimulus has helped 153,000 Florida workers

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The grand total of Florida workers who were helped directly or indirectly by jobs saved or created since the start of the stimulus bill more than a year ago amounts to 153,000. That’s the estimate from the Federal Council of Economic Advisers. Jobs “saved” means layoffs that were prevented as a result of the bill, officially known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. A year ago, Florida expected to receive about $12.5 billion from the stimulus bill.…

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