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Florida bill would require bloggers who write about governor to register with the state
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March 3, 2023 3:11 am
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Gang,

pb no longer trusts anything that comes from the progressive SwampMedia without oodles of collaboration. So, I don't know what to do with this. Is it emerging DeSantis Derangement Syndrome because it's already a real thing? Or, is it the right mimicking the fascist left?

Too early to know.

OD, what do you know about this as the SS correspondent on the ground in Florida?

Anyway,...

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Florida Sen. Jason Brodeur (R-Lake Mary) wants bloggers who write about Gov. Ron DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody, and other members of the Florida executive cabinet or legislature to register with the state or face fines.

Brodeur’s proposal, Senate Bill 1316: Information Dissemination, would require any blogger writing about government officials to register with the Florida Office of Legislative Services or the Commission on Ethics.

In the bill, Brodeur wrote that those who write “an article, a story, or a series of stories,” about “the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, a Cabinet officer, or any member of the Legislature,” and receives or will receive payment for doing so, must register with state offices within five days after the publication of an article that mentions an elected state official.

The bill also requires that bloggers file notices of failure to file a timely report the same way that lobbyists file their disclosures and reports on assessed fines. Fines must be paid within 30 days of payment notice, unless an appeal is filed with the appropriate office. Fine payments must be deposited into the Legislative Lobbyist Registration Trust Fund if it concerns an elected member of the legislature.


Again. pb entirely distrusts the progressive SwampMedia but, if there's truth here, it just proves a point pb made a couple days ago about the Tennessee drag queen bill. Not all GOPs love the Bill of Rights any more than progressive SwampLovers.

If this is true, it's as much an outrage as any mandate or lockdown embraced by our progressives

But pb, but pb! Rights aren't absolute!

Right.

But, d@ng near close to it.


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  1. by oldedude on March 3, 2023 3:45 am
    I hadn't heard of this, nor do I condone any part of it (as explained). This is just plain stoopid and paranoid.

    Literally, this guy's been in the swamp too long. I dunno, I can't say enough about how this is wrong in every way. His district is growing rapidly (more than the rest of the state), but there's absolutely no reason for this. My guess is this will be put down quickly.

    If it can actually get passed (doubtful), it'll get axed in the courts immediately. I see this as silly and unconstitutional as registering guns in this state.

    Man, what a way to start my day... sheer disappointment in my state's government...


  2. by oldedude on March 3, 2023 4:01 am
    So I perused the bill. The "intent" is that many "bloggers" should be considered "lobbyists." Kind of going with the new technology, but my feelings didn't change. My next thought is that you hone the laws on lobbying in the state, but this isn't even a good idea.


  3. by islander on March 3, 2023 4:16 am

    Something sounds way off about that. It's more like what you see in the ONION but then it's FL so ya never know! 😉

    Say what you will about Maine's climate...however...a part of the reason I moved from Fl to Maine was because of Maine's much more moderate climate political climate that is!! 👍



  4. by HatetheSwamp on March 3, 2023 4:55 am

    isle, I've been to Maine. It's woke.

    Gang,

    Let's not forget that lots of wacky legislation is proposed every year...everywhere. That's why I questioned the reporting. This may be nuthin more than the anti-Desantis progressive SwampMedia in Florida doin its thing. My guess is that this bill won't get out of Committee. I'm sure that DeSantis would never sign it if it did.


  5. by islander on March 3, 2023 5:21 am

    "isle, I've been to Maine. It's woke." ~ Hate

    I live in Maine. If Main is "woke" then I'm quite happy to be called woke.

    I was born and raised in Robert Frost’s New England, so I am probably somewhat biased but I think New England as a whole and Maine, where I live now has, overall, a very moderate political climate. With all the crazies I’m seeing out there in the political arena today it feels pretty good to be way up here away from it all and living among the more reasonable people !!! 👍

    ”From 1970 to the present, Maine has had senators of both parties who have been nationally prominent but, Buxton said, have still been regarded by Maine voters as reasonable.

    “That was the defining criteria for their election. That’s how Muskie won in the fifties by being a reasonable person a Republican could accept. That’s how Bill Cohen won in the 70s and 80s. George Mitchell prided himself on thinking things through, and he cited his favorite president was Dwight D. Eisenhower,” Buxton said.

    More recently, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, and Angus King have generally been regarded the same way by a majority of voters.
    Buxton said he thinks that the era of reasonable senators could be at risk, given the polarization of U.S. politics.

    Emery said he thinks Mainers won’t vote for the extremes.

    “I don’t see it changing,” Emery said. “l think it would be very difficult for someone to be elected to U.S. House or U.S. Senate from Maine who is way to the left or way to the right because that’s not where Maine is.”


    newscentermaine.com


  6. by HatetheSwamp on March 3, 2023 5:49 am

    Well, Maine ain't the left coast. But it's not South Carolina, neither.


  7. by oldedude on March 3, 2023 5:57 am
    I think the lobbying laws should be much stricter. You wonder why things don't get done? Because of the aerospace lobby, or because of the auto industry lobby, or better (or worse) is the big pharma lobby. It's tough to get drugs that are made in US/Canada, or even Mexico (other than fentanyl). Interestingly enough, the vast majority of the drugs you use are from China. Which is worse than Maxico. That has not been an "overnight" issue either. You wonder why insulin is so fricking expensive? Big pharma lobby. Jackson was the first president to be open about payoffs. He was a one-term president because of that.


  8. by islander on March 3, 2023 6:37 am

    Well, Maine ain't the left coast. But it's not South Carolina, neither. ~ Hate

    And happy we are not to be South Carolina !!!

    Maine has the lowest crime rate in the country, the more reasonable people tend not to be criminals 👍

    50. Maine

    • Violent crime rate: 112.1 per 100,000 people

    • Total 2018 murders: 24 (7th lowest)

    • Imprisonment rate: 165 adults per 100,000 (2nd lowest)

    • Poverty rate: 11.6% (19th lowest)

    • Most dangerous city: Augusta

    Between 2017 and 2018, the number of violent crimes – a designation comprised of aggravated assault, robbery, rape, and murder – in Maine fell by 6.8%. There were 112 reported violent crimes in the state in 2018 for every 100,000 people, the least of any state in the country.


    9. South Carolina

    • Violent crime rate: 488.3 per 100,000 people

    • Total 2018 murders: 392 (16th highest)

    • Imprisonment rate: 494 adults per 100,000 (23rd highest)

    • Poverty rate: 15.3% (9th highest)

    • Most dangerous city: Greenwood

    South Carolina is one of five southern states to rank among the 10 most dangerous states in the country. There were 24,825 violent crimes in the state in 2018, or 488.3 for every 100,000 people. Aggravated assualt and murder are especially concentrated in the state. There were 7.7 homicides and 362.8 aggravated assaults for every 100,000 people in South Carolina in 2018, the sixth and seventh highest rates among states, respectively.




    usatoday.com


  9. by HatetheSwamp on March 3, 2023 7:02 am

    Sorry, isle. I like Maine, except for the cold. No offense intended. I appreciate your boosterism.

    Maine is charmingly peculiar. But, there's serious wokeness going on up there.


  10. by Curt_Anderson on March 3, 2023 8:47 am
    I had to check this morning that it wasn’t April fools day when I read about this proposed law. There certainly is a lot of reporting on it. I looked up the law on the government website, and the language is so convoluted I can’t make heads nor tails out of it. If anybody can interpret the law which I link to below, let me know.
    flsenate.gov


  11. by islander on March 3, 2023 9:01 am

    Well now that I have a better idea of what you mean by Woke, I can only say it again, "I live in Maine. If Main is "woke" then I'm quite happy to be called woke." 😁

    And...Now you know why our state motto is true, "Maine, The way life should be" !! 🍻

    And as for the meteorological climate, after living in the land where it never snows, ask my wife how she likes having four real seasons once again and she'll tell you about our delightful summers, autumns, and in the spring she can now grow her tulips once again...and winter is the time to rest and read good books by the warm cozy fire !!! 👍👍👍


  12. by Curt_Anderson on March 3, 2023 9:03 am
    “I think the lobbying laws should be much stricter. You wonder why things don't get done?” —OD

    I don’t wonder. Lobbying is protected by the first amendment. It is our right to petition the government.


  13. by HatetheSwamp on March 3, 2023 9:05 am

    pb went to the trouble of posting this to illustrate the reality that the GOP is the home of openness and inclusion and tolerance, diversity, acceptance and, most of all...FREETHINKING.

    What SS has, on the conservative side these days, is two libertarian-ish old men. However, the GOP is genuinely diverse. This bill is absurdly authoritarian. I can't imagine that this bill will go anywhere...because the left, with it's love of mandates and shut downs, is much more comfortable with authoritarianism than GOPs. But, it does go both ways.


  14. by oldedude on March 3, 2023 10:46 am
    Curt- but accepting bribes is not. That's what it's gotten to. A "donor" gives you/ your campaign $100,000. Do you think they're doing this out of the kindness of their heart? Not a chance. They are buying your vote. I have no problem with petitioning a lawmaker to vote one way or the other. I do it all the time. I don't have that money to "donate" without expecting my money is buying a result.

    PACs are an issue we looked in to at Treasury. The idea of a PAC isn't horrible. The loopholes in it are. A list of people get $120K. They keep $20K and donate the rest to the PAC the person wants you to. There's no way to check donors. Basically, it's a money laundering scheme politicians created for themselves.


  15. by islander on March 3, 2023 11:41 am
    "pb went to the trouble of posting this to illustrate the reality that the GOP is the home of openness and inclusion and tolerance, diversity, acceptance and, most of all...FREETHINKING."

    Huh?? All it showed was that a bill was apparently introduced to the FL legislators that didn’t make sense to anyone here. And if it were what the news article you posted implied, nobody here would be in favor of it.



  16. by HatetheSwamp on March 3, 2023 12:09 pm

    Bullfernerner, isle.

    It shows that, in the GOP there are pretty stark libertarians like OD and pb...and authoritarians as strident as this guy in Florida.

    I get it, isle. This is beyond you. This degree of openness and tolerance is a spiritual thing. You ain't...and I hate to rub your face in it...SPIRITUAL enuff.

    Don't despair. I'm not passing judgment. Just sayin. We'd tolerate you, too.


  17. by oldedude on March 3, 2023 12:29 pm
    And what it does is to require those in a capacity as lobbyists to register with the State, just like lobbying groups. The idea that "words are not 'lobbying'" is under scrutiny if it's done by a group that expects a return on their investment. There are several groups I can think of in the state. Disney, NRA, Planned Parenthood, just to name three. Each of those groups has a list they put out and will do adds for politicians. That is "something of value" according to the bill. It doesn't count individuals that are in an add and say Joe did a great job on what I needed as an individual. If it's attached to a group, they have to register.


  18. by Curt_Anderson on March 3, 2023 12:45 pm
    "pb went to the trouble of posting this to illustrate the reality that the GOP is the home of openness and inclusion and tolerance, diversity, acceptance and, most of all...FREETHINKING." ---HtS

    That's an interesting approach, HtS. You showed us an example of a Republican who would apparently undo the First Amendment to show how open and inclusive the GOP is.

    But we Democrats can do that too! Alex Murdaugh is a Democrat...and a twice convicted murderer no less. Beat that for inclusivity!

    But I am sure you can produce a raft of American Nazis, KKKers and other criminal kooks who are stalwart Republican voters.


  19. by islander on March 3, 2023 12:55 pm

    ”I get it, isle. This is beyond you. This degree of openness and tolerance is a spiritual thing. You ain't...and I hate to rub your face in it...SPIRITUAL enuff. ~ Hate

    Oh ! All the nonsense you’ve been spouting about the GOP is spiritual!!! LoL !!!

    😀 Smiley was wondering if you're still teaching Bible classes? I told him you gave it up and that you're no longer in the belief business. Am I correct?


  20. by Curt_Anderson on March 3, 2023 1:23 pm
    Nice looking backyard, Islander. We have snow in our yard but the crocuses are sprouting through.


  21. by islander on March 3, 2023 1:51 pm

    Thanks Curt!

    That photo was taken around the end of April or the beginning of May last year. No crocuses here yet! We just received 6 or 7 inches of fresh snow yesterday, in fact I took this photo while it was still coming down because I thought the contrast between the flag and the grey and white background looked pretty cool!

    The days are are getting quite noticibly longer and the sun is feeling much stronger so we should be seeing our crocuses popping through in the next couple of weeks !! It's almost spring !! 👍


  22. by islander on March 4, 2023 5:13 am

    I'm going to have to add a couple more days to the time before we see our first crocuses!!!

    It's snowing again !!! 🤣


  23. by Ponderer on March 5, 2023 7:50 am

    You're doing God's work, Curt.


  24. by oldedude on March 5, 2023 9:15 am
    "That's an interesting approach, HtS. You showed us an example of a Republican who would apparently undo the First Amendment to show how open and inclusive the GOP is."

    As explained, and you disagreed with my ethics of bribery, graft, and corruption (you find them acceptable). This was not about the first amendment. It was about campaign law. Two entirely different things. To most. Maybe the same to you. After taking a good look at the bill, maybe the person or AI who wrote the article was taking (or offering/paying) bribes or had a "friend" who did and was paid to do the article. I don't know.


  25. by Ponderer on March 5, 2023 10:30 am

    "This was not about the first amendment." -olde dude

    In a pig's eye it isn't.

    The State Government is going to make a law blatantly infringing on a blogger's free speech by declaring that if they want to talk publicly about the governor or any government officials, they have to register with the government...?

    And you seriously can't see how the First Amendment might come into play with this nonsense???


  26. by oldedude on March 5, 2023 12:57 pm
    Apparently you didn't read what I posted, NOR the bill. So honestly, that was so off the rails and stupid, I'm not going to entertain an answer.


  27. by Ponderer on March 5, 2023 1:02 pm

    Okay.


  28. by Ponderer on March 5, 2023 1:06 pm

    You're right. I don't read the vast majority of what you write, olde dude. Consequently, I didn't realize how many different trains of thought you had leapt aboard since joining the topic of this thread. I can imagine how non sequitur my comment may have seemed. I thought you were referencing the topic of this thread. My bad.


  29. by oldedude on March 5, 2023 2:52 pm
    After I actually read the bill, I could see where they were going with it. If the idea of a "good" republic is to have a transparent and honest government, I think this is changing with the times. I do think the writer is doing a great disservice to the bill by misrepresenting the ideas. I would expect that a bit, but this one doesn't represent the bill at all. Far worse than a bill by the dims with a hater writing the article. So thanks for the post.


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