The odds of the Florida Legislature convening for a special session sometime before the end of the summer regarding Medicaid expansion were always fairly infinitesimal. Nevertheless, such a possibility has been floated amongst some Democrats and political observers.
But Will Weatherford dashed those hopes yesterday in a television interview, saying it would be "a big mistake" to do so without any idea about how they would go about it, clearly forgetting that state Senator Joe Negron had conceived of his own plan that passed that chamber that wouldn't exactly be following along the lines that the Obama administration has called for in expanding Medicaid, where they would pay all costs for three years and 90 percent after that.
For good measure in the interview, Weatherford slipped in the proverbial GOP talking point that this being a federal government "bait and switch."
Moving on, a group getting support from Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson has a petition ready for Floridians to sign to get a repeal of the 2008 ban on same-sex marriage on the 2014 ballot. But not everybody in LGBT politics in Florida is convinced that now is the right time to push the matter.
Hillsborough County Commission Al Higginbotham is leading a team of local officials flying to Macau today to observe and try to woo the Indian International Film Academy Awards to Tampa Bay for 2014. It sounds like a great plan, though what's with comparing the economic value of the event to the Super Bowl? Can't we just say it'd be a big money maker for the community?
And recently CL wrote up a feature on Feeding America Tampa Bay, the major food bank located in Tampa that services hundreds of different social service agencies throughout 10 West Central Florida counties. In order to cut costs, the organization announced yesterday it was eliminating its warehouse in Pinellas County, though officials insist the amount of food offered up to agencies across the Bay won't be affected at all.