Archive for August, 2011

What Happened When Civil Rights Were Restored

Friday, August 12th, 2011

   A report by the Florida Parole Commission found that ex-felons whose rights were restored were less likely to commit new crimes.

Attorney General Pam Bondi campaigned to reverse a decision by former Governor Charlie Crist to make it easier for released inmates to regain the right to vote, serve on a jury and hold an elected office.

In March, when Governor Scott, Attorney General Bondi and the Cabinet met as the Parole Commission for the first time they established a five-year waiting period for former prison inmates  to prove they can go crime-free before getting their rights restored.

Now, a just published state report finds the Rights Restoration initiative established by Crist cut the recidivism rate by almost two thirds. To hear a radio report click on  Parole Commission Report.

The Gov’s Charm Offensive

Friday, August 12th, 2011

When surveys indicated he had the lowest approval ratings in the country Scott switched tactics and started trying to explain himself.

Florida Governor Rick Scott is still the least popular governor in America but his charm offensive is less than a month old.

Scott’s approval rating has ticked up six points since may when 29 percent of respondents in a Quinnipiac University Poll said they approved of his job performance.

Starting in August, Scott tried to start melting the icy relationship between the governor’s office and the reporters who cover him on a daily basis in Tallahassee.

He even invited the press into his office for coffee, donuts and an hour-long discussion with no ground rules. To hear a radio report click on Scott.

Obama Losing Florida’s Voters

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Half of the respondents said the President didn't deserve a second term.

 A Quinnipiac survey of Florida voters indicate Floridians are not impressed with the job President Barack Obama is doing.

Pollsters called voters between July 27th and August 2nd while Mr. Obama and Congressional leaders debated a national debt ceiling deal.   The dispute coincided with the President’s job approval rating crashing.  In a May survey, his approval/disapproval ratio was a positive 51 -43 percent.

The August poll has opposite numbers with the disapproval number at 50 percent. To hear a radio report click on poll.

Assignment Uganda

Monday, August 1st, 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.  

While in Kampala, the 68-year old Rackleff will provide NAPE with communication, fundraising and management services.

Click on Uganda June 19 to read a month’s worth of letters in which Rackleff  walks the congested streets of Kamapla neighborhoods, he writes  police officers have begun to greet him as a familiar sight. 

Rackleff”s latest report covers the time between June 19th to July 25th.