Archive for June, 2011

Assignment Uganda

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Former Leon County Commissioner Bob Rackleff is spending the summer as a volunteer in Africa. He signed up with the American Jewish World Service to assist the National Association of Professional Environmentalist (NAPE) in Uganda.  

A Tallahassee native and  former Jimmy Carter speechwriter, Rackleff established himself as a local activst in the early 1990s when he led a  campaign to stop construction of a petroleum pipeline through Leon County. Rackleff served three terms as a  Commissioner and retired last fall. He considers construction of the East Side Library and a landfill highlights of his 12 years as an elected official.  

While in Kampala, the 68-year old Rackleff will provide NAPE with communication, fundraising and management services. He said he wants to provide “as much public service I can, while I can.”   Until his return to Tallahassee in late September, Rackleff will write about his experiences in weekly letters. To read  more click on Bob Rackleff .  

 

 

It’s A Sham!, Redistricting Rules Anger Groups

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Twentysix meetings are scheduled across FL this summer

Florida Lawmakers are spending the summer holding public hearings to  get citizens input into the once-a-decade task of redrawing congressional and  legislative districts. 

However the rules and procedures lawmakers adopted for the meetings has angered many activists and a couple Democratic members of the Florida House.

To hear a radio report click on rules.

The Best Government Money Can Buy

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Most Americans agree with Twain that Government is for sale.

 

Most Americans are cynical about the effect of money on politics in the U.S., and that cynicism is significantly higher than it was in the 1990s, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Thursday indicates that 86 percent of the public thinks elected officials in the nation’s capital are mostly influenced by the pressure they receive from campaign contributors.  

James Call reports a University of Central Florida political science professor said Florida is taking steps to change the culture of money and politics. To hear a radio report click on voters

An Incoherent Message

Monday, June 6th, 2011

 Governor Rick Scott is one of the least popular governors in the United States. Since taking office in January, Scott has pursued aggressively policies to reduce the size of governement, lower taxes, cut spending and eliminate regulations.

Less than a third of poll respondents approve of the moves. Scott’s public image suffered when sheriff’s deputies removed citizens holding signs critical of Scott from a budget signing ceremony.  To hear a radio story about the Governor’s media-relations problems click on  Scott