Daily Archives: July 27, 2011

The Brad Blog: Wisconsin ‘Government Accountability Board’ Shuts Down Recall Election Exit Polling

Says nonpartisan polling 'electioneering' because candidates' names appear on exit poll 'ballot'

-by Emily Levy

July 13, 2011- Two national election integrity organizations jointly conducted exit polling at a pair of poll sites yesterday, during round one of Wisconsin's recall elections. Election Defense Alliance (EDA) and Protect California Ballots teamed up with local activists to poll voters as they exited from voting in now-infamous Waukesha County, with the goal of checking the accuracy of the official election results.

Palm Beach Post: Medicare fraud investigators were directed to Rick Scott’s Solantic during his campaign, records show

-by Stacey Singer

July 11, 2011- In Sunday’s Palm Beach Post I described a former Solantic doctor’s account of working conditions at the urgent care chain founded by now-Gov. Rick Scott and his former Columbia/HCA employee, Karen Bowling.

The backstory on how that doctor’s allegations came to light, and whether federal Medicare investigators acted on them, is below:

During the height of the 2010 GOP gubernatorial race, a lawyer for then-Attorney General Bill McCollum’s campaign forwarded an incendiary email to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement concerning the Solantic urgent care business owned by candidate Rick Scott.

That email came from a fired Solantic medical director, Dr. Randy Prokes, whose animosity for Scott, whom he referred to as “Career Scammer,” was obvious.

In the email, Prokes alleged that Solantic had overbilled Medicare for perhaps two years by using his name to charge for physician visits that had happened with nurses, not doctors. Medicare pays clinics 15 percent less for nurse practitioner visits, he noted.

St.Petersburg Times: A tale of two governors: Florida’s Rick Scott and Texas’ Rick Perry

-By Janet Zink

July 10, 2011- Healthy competition. Friendly rivalry. Man crush. Call it what you will, but Florida Gov. Rick Scott has a major case of Texas Gov. Rick Perry on the brain. Scott said he talks to his counterpart every two to three weeks. And Perry pops up often in Scott's public remarks. "Like everything Texas does, you have done it in a BIG way," Gov. Scott wrote to his fellow Republican in May, warning Perry that he planned for Florida to displace the Lone Star State as the country's top job creator. "I am certain Texas' days at the top are numbered." So how does Scott, 58, stack up against Perry, 61? Take a look.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott: Leads fourth-largest state; Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Leads second-largest state.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott: First elected to office in 2010; Texas Gov. Rick Perry: First elected to office in 1984.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott: Net worth: $103 million; Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Net worth: $1 million (as of 2009).

Alternet: Koch-Funded Tea Party Heavyweight Tim Phillips Spoke at Norweigan Killer’s Political Party Event

July 23, 2011- Anders Behring Breivik, detained in the deadly Oslo bombing and shooting that has left 92 dead, has links to Norway's anti-government political group the Progress Party, according to the LA Times:

On social media forums, he claimed to be a disgruntled former member of Norway's anti-tax, small-government Progress Party, according to the Norwegian Nettavisen news service. His postings reflected strong anti-Islamic views and a deep skepticism about the mixing of different international cultures.

ProgressiveToo: WI Governor Scott Walker to cut DMV centers in Democratic districts

-by Michael Shatz

July 23, 2011- The Wisconsin legislature is finalizing a bill to close ten Department of Motor Vehicle centers located in Democratic districts within the state. The money saved will be used to extend operating hours at DMV centers in Republican districts. These cuts come on the heels of new voter ID laws that require voters to present a state-issued photo identification card at the poll booths.

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