Here is your Thanksgiving edition of Week in Review. I’ll see you next week!
Florida Politics with Frank Torres, and here we are, the post-Thanksgiving show, I’m hope your Thanksgiving was great and you had the chance to spend it with people you care about, eat some good turkey and do a little shopping, I hope it all worked out for you, as we move forward to the end of the year, the lame duck congress or the lame duck session, will have to discuss the fiscal cliff or sequestration, as you might have heard that was established by the super-debt committee last year, during the debt ceiling talks, what will the congressional delegation from Florida do? Will you see more teamwork on capitol hill, now that the elections are over, will the Republican house stick to their guns and be against any sort of revenue increases or what will happen on that front? It will be interesting to watch, to see what kind of how our lawmakers vote and what role they have in the discussion.
Starting out Week in Review on the entertainment kick, Florida Senator Marco Rubio was featured in an interview with GQ, where he was asked a couple of interesting questions that turned out to be controversial, he was asked about global warming, the effects on the earth, some of the quotes, he gave a longer explanation, I’ll attach those quotes to this post.
“I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I’m not a scientist. I don’t think I’m qualified to answer a question like that. At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all. I think parents should be able to teach their kids what their faith says, what science says. Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to answer that. It’s one of the great mysteries. ”
He basically said that he’s not a scientist and that parents should be able to teach their kids anything they want to in this country, it was a very neutral quote, nothing very volatile, but it prompted a response from “Family Guy” creator Seth Macfarlane, who had the film “Ted” about the talking teddy bear, and will be hosting the Academy Awards, let’s put that tweet up there now and wow, a very interesting response, from Macfarlane, you see the thing about Macfarlane and other entertainers like that is that they can create content that gets the attention of the voters, we’ll we see a Marco Rubio cameo on Family Guy? We know there are bigger things in store for him, so we’ll see how that dynamic works, as you recall in that tweet Macfarlane called Rubio a “smart guy”. those interactions with celebrities matter and to keep things going, his fellow Miami resident, Pitbull, he took, not a jab at Pitbull, but when asked about his music, he called Pitbull a party musician and that he really didn’t have anything to say. When compared to Tupac Shakur and other rappers along those lines, and that maybe he’ll have something more important to say as he gets older, once again not a very violent response, but it made headlines anyways, ironically Pitbull’s new record is called global warming.
These interactions matter as you’ll recall, celebrities jumped into the elections in the last month and flooded the airwaves with their opinions of the candidates, several of them spoke at each other’s conventions, you remember Eastwood and the chair at the RNC. Scarlett Johansson, and Evan Longoria speaking at the Democratic Nation Convention. Younger voters listen to these celebrities.
Later on in the week, we moved on to a gamble that paid off for our Mayors. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, 4.8 million dollars of tourist revenue will be paid to the city, Dyer a big gambler when it comes to meeting his requirements for that big city vision, the toursim taxes were important for the venues like the Amway center, the performing arts center, and now the renovations for the Citrus Bowl, and there are suppose to be more checks coming, we all win on that front.
Then we moved on to Thanksgiving. What do our local politicians have to be thankful for? We start out with our recently elected State House Democrats, they have to be grateful for sharing a ballot with President Barack Obama. Lawmakers like Linda Stewart, Karen Castor Dentel, Joe Saunders, and Mike Clelland. They have to be grateful for being on the ballots with Barack Obama, because those were coattails guys, President Obama was able to turnout his people, gave them all the Obama for American voting guide, and those voters, voted Democrat all the way down the ballot. So they’ve got to be thankful for him. Developers have to be grateful for Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, you know Orlando’s Mayor. He likes to build, condominiums, commuter trains, come on down. Even if the majority of those condominiums stay empty but hey, he won re-election by a landslide in April, and you’ve heard about the rumors of a gubernatorial run in 2014. Also Osecola Republicans have to be grateful for State Rep-Elect Mike Larosa, all Larosa had to do was drop everything in his life, his family, his business, to run for the state house, and he couldn’t even put his name on the ballot, he had to use Mike Horner’s. Horner was allegedly involved in the brothel scandal that led to him dropping out. He also had to deal with Eileen Game, a candidate that was considered a nobody by Florida Democrats and until Horner got into trouble but Larosa was able to pull it out. In a very small amount of time, a very interesting story for him. What do we have to be grateful for? Living here in the I4 corridor during an election year. 4 debates, 3 in the primary, one in the general, over two dozen visits from both tickets, some might consider this a curse but it’s a win being in the political game here in the heart of the I4 corridor, from Tampa Bay to Daytona Beach, and enjoy it because it might not be the case in 2016, we are trending blue the demographics are changing, we might not be the political battleground that we were this year.
So that’s our post-thanksgiving show. I am thankful for all of you. Those who take a minute to read the blogs, watch the videos, I’m grateful for you. We’ll continue the journey together and for Florida Politics with Frank Torres, I’ll see you next time.