FEMA and Florida

September 13, 2005 - Reporter Jason Leopold has a good piece summarizing the bill of indictment about FEMA's role in Florida 2004 and what it says about their response to Katrina. FEMA and the Bush Administration's response to hurricanes in Florida last year was quick and generous, which a growing number of critics in and out of government are saying had everything to do with the upcoming 2004 elections in the critical swing state. One of the juicier bits in Leopold's account:

Republicans Scrap in Florida

June 28, 2005 - Gov. Jeb Bush has vetoed three bills designed to check the governor's power to hand out multi-million-dollar contracts for state government work. The bills were passed nearly unanimously in the Republican-dominated legislature, raising the possibility that the legislature could vote to override Bush's veto.

Big Sugar and the Fight Over CAFTA

May 16, 2005 - As the Washington Post reported last Friday, President Bush is struggling to rescue the "floundering" Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), and could be in for a "rare defeat" in Congress on the pact.

Punishment Is Forever

April 7, 2005 - The St. Petersburg Times reports on how the Hillsborough County (Florida) commission has voted to ban three-time felons from an indigent health care program run by the county. The health plan has fallen into financial crisis, and the change was presented as a way to cut costs.