I'm still on a semi-hiatus this week, but there's still plenty going on in Florida politics right now.
If you're itching to fight back against Rick Scott and the other Republicans in Florida there's a blogger, activist meetup taking place this weekend in Inverness with like-minded grassroots folks and Democratic politicians, including, I hear, Charlie Crist. (I won't be able to attend as Beach Peanuts is busy preparing to move operations later in the summer, we hope.)
So if you're free, see blogger SemDem's post here for more details, and head to Inverness if you can. It will be a great way to make a dent in SemDem's "My Stupid State" series, and I personally would love to stop writing about Rick Scott about as much as you want to stop reading about him and living under his version of "paradise."
It's NOT working, and it's time to put Rick Scott out of what seems to be for him, a VERY profitable job.
It's hard to believe, but Beach Peanuts is five years old this month.
When I started the blog, I wasn't really sure how long it would last, if I would want it to last that long, and where it would go from there, but five years later, I'm still here. (The original blog is still here, but over there.)
When I started, little did I know that a guy with a company that broke the record books for Medicare fraud would come to the heart of Medicare country and run for Governor, and further shock me and so many others by actually winning. In my first post on Scott, I referred to him as the "Eddie Haskell of Florida," which later morphed into "Voldemort" as those of us who loathe him got to know him better, or as much as you can know someone who lurks in the shadows and is rarely seen in public, except for election season. I never would have dreamt I would have spent so much time writing about someone as bad as Scott, but let's face it, he's a disaster, and there's been a lot to cover. So much that it took time away from other dreadful Republicans, Conservatives, Teas, and general wing nuts who needed well deserved attention. I'm hoping that will change in November when he loses, packs up that "Blind Trust" of his and leaves Florida, never to be seen again.
As I begin my sixth year, I'm going to be making some exciting changes, and the blog will be making some changes as well. My focus on liberal politics will remain, I'll just be broadening the direction a bit, but I'll have more details on that later on.
It's been a great five years, and none of it would be possible without those of you who read and support Beach Peanuts every day, not just here, but on Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere, and I would be remiss if I didn't give a special thank you to everyone at Progress Florida, who "discovered" my little blog long before many others did and cheered me on from the very beginning. Your support means more than you'll ever know.
So let me extend a huge "thank you" here to all of you, and an invitation to keep coming back as I work to make Beach Peanuts bigger and better in the fututre.
It looks as though the problems at Typepad, in wake of their DDoS attack, have been fixed and the blog seems to be back up. I'm working on a backlog of posts, and with fingers crossed I'll try to post as many that are still current news. However, some minor technical issues still remain which I've seen already today, but I'm trying to work them out. I deeply appreciate all my readers, and hope you'll be patient with any minor hiccups along the way.
In the meantime, thanks for coming back, and posts will be coming ASAP.
If you're a regular reader of Beach Peanuts, you're aware that the blog has been down for the most part since last Friday. This is due to an ongoing DDoS attack on TypePad and is beyond my control. Problems began on Thursday and I haven't been able to gain access to the blog myself since my last post on Friday, and this is the first time I've even come close. I don't know if this post will even go up, but I wanted to at least try and explain what's been going on. (TypePad's last update information on the problems was posted yesterday here.)
The downtime has been extremely frustrating. I appreciate every one of my readers and I hope you'll keep coming back when all of the problems are eventually resolved.
Thank you for reading, and for your patience. I hope to be back up and running soon.
If you stop by here in the next week or so you'll find that Beach Peanuts is dark. I'm taking my annual post-summer hiatus and won't be posting, unless something breaks that I feel the need to comment on. I'll be back posting on a regular basis at the end of the month, and in the meantime I'll still be on Twitter and Facebook occasionally. Let's hope the crazy stays toned down while I'm off.
As always, thanks for stopping by, reading, and commenting. I'll see you when I return!
I'm off this week so I probably won't be posting, but I couldn't resist a mention of this.
Rick Scott has shut down the Lt. Governor's office and told the staff "don't let the door hit ya' in order to "save money." That's four more "not working" in Florida to add to the unemployment list. He also "secured the state computers." Hmm, wonder what's on them that needs to be "secured?" Also wonder if we'll ever find out, you know, transparency and all...
If you read Beach Peanuts and like what I have to say here, I would be so grateful for a shout out to be on The Fix list for Florida.
From The Fix:
Here’s what we want from you. If you’ve got a favorite blog in your home state, your adopted home state or just a state whose politics you follow closely, submit it in our nomination form[here]. (You can fill out the form as many times as you like if you have a whole lot of blogs you like.) If you prefer to make your nominations via Twitter, just make sure it contains the hashtag #fixblogs.
There's so much to cover in Florida, and while there's no way I can cover all of it, (it's just me here, with a little assistance in my "art department") I do my best to choose some of the topics that I think are most important.
Whether you nominate me or not, I appreciate all my readers, both the regulars and those of you who are new here, and I hope you'll keep coming back!