‘party to leave the party’

Broward Palm Beach: Next month the Broward County Police Benevolent Association is holding a “Party to Leave the Party” – an event coordinated with the Supervisor of Elections where police officers and the general public can switch their voter registrations from Republican to Democratic or Independent.

The reason for the switch? The association, which serves as the bargaining union for the county’s law enforcement officers, is unhappy with the leadership of Governor Rick Scott and the results of the past legislative session, including changes to the Florida Retirement System that will require the workers to pay more of their own wages into retirement savings.

The PBA may be a union, but it’s not traditionally a bunch of liberals … “I think most of our police officers and stuff are Republicans,” says Broward PBA President Patrick Hanrihan. Well, until the party-switching party, that is.  “We’ve been supporting Republican governors for the past 20 years,” Hanrihan continued.

But this one’s antics may be too much for the traditionally red-voting, gun-wielding, meat-eating, hippie-busting (OK, we’ll stop) cops to stomach. “[Governor Scott’s] union dues deduction bill is a flat-out union-busting bill,” says Hanrihan. “Under the law, a government agency wouldn’t be allowed to collect union dues if it was involved in political campaigns.” He notes that Scott had “no problem” taking money from the police union in the past election….

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Thank you HopeFruit

53 Responses to “‘party to leave the party’”

  1. 1 StR
    June 12, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    They got the government they deserved. Voted for the criminal nut just because he had an [R] after his name. And now they have him for four years because they couldn’t take off their partisan blinders to see how utterly unqualified he was and how much better Alex Sink was.

    Only sympathy I have is for the folks who actually voted for Sink, and especially those who donated and volunteered for her campaign. Those who voted for Gollum or didn’t vote at all are getting what they deserve.

    • June 12, 2011 at 1:10 pm

      Yep, they were republicans all while being protected by a union that the democratic party fought to have in existence to serve the people. And their vote in 2010 is hurting millions of Americans –seniors, kids, etc. They should be ashamed.

    • 4 Karen, Sr.
      June 12, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      On July 1st, I will lose 3% of my gross. That’s on top of not having had a raise in 3 years. We’re calling it the Public Workers’ Tax.

      I blame Charlie Christ, whom I had liked. But, when he ran from President Obama instead of standing up to the crazies in his party, I lost all respect for him. So did many independents. I would have voted for Sink, but Charlie wouldn’t have lost to Scott if he had not been a coward and cowered to the fringe who ended up punishing him anyway.

      • 5 StR
        June 12, 2011 at 1:33 pm

        Crist was running for the Senate against Rubio and Meek.

        • 6 hopefruit2
          June 12, 2011 at 2:12 pm

          I blame Meek for stubbornly staying in the race when it was clear that he was simply splitting the vote and increasing Rubio’s chances of getting elected.

          • 7 lisalovesobama
            June 12, 2011 at 2:54 pm

            You too?!!! I told my dad that a couple months ago. Meek did us a disservice here. I would have preferred the lesser of two evils: Charlie, at least he had a history of reaching across party lines. I think politicians forget that politics isn’t about them, it’s about us and what’s best for us not them. I really wish there was some politician etiquette school were they could learn the proper ways to behave, and how to properly partner with us and ensure that they are always doing their best for us. I think it’s ridiculous that any Tom, Dick and Psycho can run and win ie: Scott, Kasick, Walker, Rubio and the rest of the GOP Crazy & Co.

          • 8 theo67
            June 12, 2011 at 5:48 pm

            I have never understood why Democrats didn’t support Meek – a Democrat, and called for him to step aside to allow a Republican to win against another Republican. Remember, Crist only went Independent when his party abandoned him, and he was interviewed saying that he was not committing to caucus with Democrats after the election, that he would make up his mind after he got all the Democratic votes to win. Meek has a record of promoting and passing Democratic legislation, and was definitely going to work for Democrats. If Democrats had supported him, a member of their own party, then he would have possibly won. Instead, Democrats called for him to step aside, and allow someone like Crist to run, who actually ran away from President Obama. I’ll never understand that whole scene.

            • June 12, 2011 at 6:08 pm

              Thank you theo. I was real pissed about the lack of support for Meek.

              • 10 nathkatun7
                June 12, 2011 at 7:39 pm

                I was also pissed, Sherijr and Theo! I just didn’t get why Democrats would support a Republican over a fellow Democrat? To blame Meek for Rubio’s election makes absolutely no sense to me! Charle Christ was a REPUBLICAN? Why should Democrats support a Republican over a Democrat? Rubio’s win should be blamed on Democrats who either didn’t show up to vote, or voted for a Republican pretending to be an independent!

    • 12 Asher in Boston
      June 12, 2011 at 3:43 pm

      Co-sign. StR

    • June 12, 2011 at 6:05 pm

      You speak for me StR- exactly what I was thinking while reading this article.

    • 14 RinaX
      June 12, 2011 at 10:52 pm

      I actually put more fault on the eligible non-voters, who outnumber all those who voted and are now among those doing the loudest complaining.

  2. June 12, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    I hope the party is a huge win win and maybe it will spread across our country. Lessons again for all never sit out an election, read between the lines, and don’t vote out of anger.

  3. June 12, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Buyer’s remorse!

  4. 17 GGail
    June 12, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    I wish them well and lot’s of success. Send a loud message across the country. It’s never too late to wake up and smell the coffee!!!

  5. June 12, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Well, the MSM is giving Rick Scott a pass in his stare, blind the woes of his state in, wait for it, the president.
    Their was an article yesterday, that said the president has new problems in Florida, the unemployment rate is 12.1 percent!
    Funny thing is, Rick Scott got elected to bring 700k jobs to florida but instead we have lost jobs here!
    Me thinks, this is the Koch brothers plan of the GOP, wreck the economy state wide and blame it on the president…

    What is not surprising, is how the MSM is so in bed with the GOP that it is scary!!!

    • 19 StR
      June 12, 2011 at 1:36 pm

      And Obama will point out how he tried, specifically with HSR that Scott rejected. And point to how many State officials Scott laid off and how that alleffects the UE rate in Fla. Taxes are at their lowest point in decades, Wall St has rebounded to making it’s record profits again – The Administration can’t force them to hire.

      • June 12, 2011 at 1:45 pm

        Well sure, but until he campaigns, he will not be able to get his message out! Ny times is starting to post positive articles, but will not make the cut in the MSM!
        What the Msm focuses on are the headlines at politico. Which is why the administration leaks info to them.
        Unfortunately, the msm will not cover the president until one year from now, when he starts to campaign… Until then, he is vulnerable to the lies and the Koch brothers,

  6. June 12, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Well, he ran on obamacare and what he called Obama rail. The lady that ran against him ran away from the president, even had a major ad bashing the president.
    That said, she only lost by 60k votes out of 4.5 million votes cast!
    African Americans did not showup to vote for her!

  7. 25 Fred
    June 12, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I took a few minutes ( after saying there is gawd they’ve seen the light in the other thread) to think about those members of the PBA who are “switching” parties just because they are getting screwed by Scott when the President went all over the damn country last fall warning them of what would happen if they were to give the Tea’s and ReTHUGS power back and they didn’t listen to him 🙄

    Let’s get one thing straight;these folks are NOT democrats but they are thinking about their pocketbooks and nothing but their pocketbooks alone so I don’t trust them;sorry

    • June 12, 2011 at 1:43 pm

      You got it, Fred. It was ok to be republican and allow the republicans to screw the country so long as they were protected. That said they owe the American people and if switching and voting democratic will make it right, they need to do it.

      • June 12, 2011 at 1:48 pm

        And they are doing it, but the media ignores it!

      • 28 Fred
        June 12, 2011 at 1:51 pm

        they need to come out now and endorse the President for 2012 and maybe just maybe I’ll give them a modicum of trust

        • 29 fig8jam
          June 12, 2011 at 2:09 pm

          What I am curious about is whether, they wil be voting in the Democratic primaries in FL?

          Does this ‘party after party’ have a more long term insidious goal? i.e. to select the Democratic primary winner?

          • 30 theo67
            June 12, 2011 at 5:54 pm

            I’m concerned about that, too, fig8jam. When they get Democratic ballots, and the Republicans are trying to run a fake Democrat to primary the President – is this another trick?

    • 31 africa
      June 12, 2011 at 3:49 pm

      Spot on, Fred.

  8. 32 Jessica
    June 12, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Leaving this state in 16 days. Enjoy your dirty water, broke down schools, hurricane season and double-digit unemployment Floridians!

  9. June 12, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Also, if the president was really concerned, do you think ge would be playing golf and going overseas?
    He has a plan and he is certain it will work. I still see him as very confident…

    • 36 hopefruit2
      June 12, 2011 at 2:17 pm

      .That’s right Jovie. Golf playing is PBO’s smoke and mirrors for some very intense behind the scenes effort….

    • 37 Tracy Thompson
      June 12, 2011 at 3:03 pm

      Have you noticed that he is doing more local TV interviews (several a week); going weekly to communities to get the word out. Local media are more apt to cover his message. Look at all the articles in Toledo with the last visit (and stimulus to the local economy). I think Linda of What is Working is right: we need to focus on local papers and media as well as social media like FB and Twitter. Richard Wolfe’s short piece Revival 2.0 (available through The Atavist) comments on the recent changes in the WH with Plouffe laser-focused on getting a clear message out and increased organization within the White House. Interestingly he mentions the President’s complaint that more people need to help with the messaging (hence, Debbie Wasserman-Shultz).

  10. June 12, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Just had to share this: Tampa tribune headlines- governor Scott putting Florida back to work!

    WTF? Really?

    • 39 hopefruit2
      June 12, 2011 at 2:15 pm

      What is their evidence to back this up? Any figures/data to back up this headline? Or is the Tampa Tribune another Republican right-wing newspaper bought and paid for by Republicorp, Inc.?

  11. 41 carolyn
    June 12, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    I think playing golf recharges him, and gives him time away from clattering voices to think. Of course he’s thinking and planning. The MSM needs to remember all he was doing that week he was planning the raid on bin Laden. He does more than two things at once! Those people in the press can only deal with one thing at a time…(.Anthony Wiener)…so can’t imagine that he can handle multiple things. Then they wonder why they’re always caught by surprise at what he does…..!!!

    • 42 HZ
      June 12, 2011 at 2:50 pm

      Yes, your are correct in your thinking about the President playing golf. I want him to play golf or any other sports that he will enjoy. He needs that outlet. This President works harder than any President that I have been blessed to see in office. People just do not want to say that. Plus most of them will NEVER say it. But some of us know that he does. Just look at his record. And this thing notion that he is not doing enough about the economy is hogwash. This man came in with a pile of you know what on his desk, and immediately brought together a team with no drama, pulled up his sleeves and move forward with a plan that save us and the world from a bad situation. He DID NOT CREATE THAT MESS. But he did not hide from it, it went into action and did several things at once and did as much as any decent human could do to help us pull things together. He did not turn his back on the automobile companies, and look how they are thriving. President Barack Obama is a clear and intelligent thinker. He brought that mind to the Whitehouse and as along as he is sitting in that Oval Office, he will use that mind to continue to bring us out of this mess. However, most people do not want to understand that we have three branches of government. He is one of those, but they all have to work together. And this sorry MSM has NOT done him fair in ALL of this. These hateful people know that they have not done so either. But the day when Barack Obama walks out of that Whitehouse in 2017, these sorry MSM people will not have a job. There will be no one to come into that Oval Office and work as hard, fairly, and intelligently like President Obama. I do not see how they can go to bed at nnight knowing that they could have covered this great President more faily, intelligently, and honestly than they are presently doing. Where is their conscience? Well, we have evidence where our President’s conscience is.. look at his record, listen to his words, look at the tone of his voice when he speaks of people who are hurting with no jobs, no food, no transportation, and no familly and friends to lean on during these difficult times. And these “old farts in Congress knows what type of climate these people are living in..because most of them saw the Great Depression in their lifetime. You think that they would give up their useless titles and come in and help the American people, no, they are still filled with greed and envy of POTUS. But you know what, POTUS has already made history regardless of what these phony men and women will do. And POTUS will be blessed daily and will be blessed when he leaves after his second term. And most of all the people who want and deserves fairness, love, compassion, care, and help WILL remember all of this. God is a just God. They can(some of them) can go to church every Sun., in the year, but it is how you live the gospel and message of the word in your daily lives that touches the heart of God. So we will journey on with this decent and good President, pray for our fellow brothers and sisters and their families to have faith in their God and trust the instrument that He has placed in that Oval Office to help them. We will make this, trust me. We will try very hard to keep our hearts pure, pray with convictions of what is right to do by our sisters and brothers who are in deep need, and work hard together to re-elect POTUS and regain the House, and we will work our behinds off and get this done. Sermon over. Please forgive me. I love my family. Now, Sue, will you lead us with your beautiful solo, my dear sister and after that please remain seated while brother Fred will lead us in the closing prayer. I am serious.

  12. 44 Kasai
    June 12, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Good Day Everyone:-)

    Yep, Golfing is when the President is doing his master chess thinking…….remember, he went golfing, while he was masterminding OBL killing…
    He’s looking refreshed..and he’s about to kick some A@#@#@#……

    Some of the things I’ve read, that he will be making an announcement regarding Afghanistan
    If he goes to Florida…it will be the best time ….since Scott approval numbers are the lowest..I believe 29% approval
    Florida has a huge number of retirees…and they ARE NOT liking the Ryan Plan one bit.
    If we win Florida (I think President Obama will be re-elected in a land slide.

  13. June 12, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Gee, David Gregory did not help the rnc chairman at all, and never cut off dws? No, not at all!!!

  14. June 12, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Great news: I just watched the full interview with dws and she easily won that debate. Dws got all of our talking points out there that we have been talking about, despite David gregorys insistence to cut her off!

    Good job Debbie..

    Let’s send her an email telling her more of that please?

  15. 52 Asher in Boston
    June 12, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    This evil man is the reason I am thankful each day for my wonderful Governor Deval Patrick and leaving in this very liberal, dem State of Mass. Only that we goofed on scott brown but, promise we will correct that mistake come 2012.

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