Friday, August 13, 2010

Election Guide: Republican Primary, Florida Governor

This guide is for the Republican Party Primary, Florida Governor (no candidate has chosen a Lt. Governor).

The three candidates and their platforms:

1) Mike McCalister.
  • PhD in Management.
  • Taught college, MBA, and Doctoral Management courses "from Tallahassee to Miami."
  • Retired full Colonel with 33 years military service in the Guard, Reserves, and Active Duty.
  • Worked in health care for over 20 years.
  • A small business owner.
  • Has a 9 page resume on his website (click "About Author" on his website).
  • Author of his book titled "The Right Future for Florida and You..Starting Right Now."
  • "If you fix the education system, the jobs will be there."
  • Supports asking specific industries what should be done.
  • Would eliminate the FCAT.
  • "Doesn't believe the 14th Amendment grants citizenship to people born in the U.S. to illegal immigrant parents."
"Third Wheel" article.

2) Bill McCollum.
  • Property tax freeze and a cap on local government spending.
  • Lower FL corporate income tax by 1% to 4.5%.
  • Provide tax credits for Research and Development.
  • Exempt corporate income taxes for certain qualified small businesses for their first 10 years.
  • Provide a sales tax exemption for certain high-tech equipment and infrastructure purchases.
  • Create Florida's Venture Capital Council and Florida Genesis Fund to increase access to capital. Establish relationships with Florida's universities to profit from projects.
  • A Rating from the NRA.
  • Develop standards for pre-kindergarten curriculum.
  • Phase out tenure by teachers.
  • Supports Amendment 8 to "right size the class size."
  • Require high school students to take at least one internet class.
  • Develop the Florida "Back to Work Program" through competitive funding for programs.
  • Against abortion.
  • Supports Arizona's immigration law "as amended."
  • Require immigrants to carry valid documentation or face up to 20 days in jail.
  • Opposes same-sex marriages.
  • Offer tax incentives for companies to locate or expand their shipping facilities within Florida.
  • Currently the Attorney General of Florida.
  • Expanded the Attorney General's Child Predator CyberCrime Unit.
  • Law degree from the University of Florida.
  • U.S. Navy Veteran.
  • Member of the United States Congress from 1981-2001.
"Unveils Controversial Immigration Reform Plan" article.
"Gives Contradictory Views on Gay Issues" article.

3) Rick Scott.
  • Institute "Accountability Budgeting."
  • Opposed to immigration amnesty.
  • Committed to "conserving Florida's natural resources" and preserving the Everglades."
  • He started Columbia Hospital in 1987 which is now "the 12th largest employer in the world."
  • Co-founder of Florida based Solantic Health.
  • Opposes Obama's "government-run public option."
  • Supports a state constitutional amendment that prohibits the federal government from imposing Obama's mandate.
  • NRA member and supporter of the 2d Amendment.
  • "Rick will create jobs by keeping taxes low and limiting job killing regulations."
  • In the 1990s, the FBI launched an investigation of the Columbia Hospital which "led to the company pleading guilty to criminal charges of overbilling the government." They "paid a record $1.7 billion in fines"
Sun-Sentinel article. article.

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