Florida's loss of clout in D.C. could...

Florida's loss of clout in D.C. could prove costly

There are 36 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Dec 29, 2008, titled Florida's loss of clout in D.C. could prove costly. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Central Florida should lose some of its clout in the next Congress -- at least on paper.

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doug diggler

Merritt Island, FL

#1 Dec 29, 2008
Another story about Dems leading the charge. Keep up the good work!
Pooh Bah

White House, TN

#2 Dec 29, 2008
The point is that fiscal and social accountability return to central Florida. It's about time!
Old School

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

#3 Dec 29, 2008
doug diggler wrote:
Another story about Dems leading the charge. Keep up the good work!
You got a problem wit dat?
Winter Park Resident

United States

#4 Dec 29, 2008
As long as Grayson keeps his mouth shut, C. Florida will survive the first 2 years of the Cult of The Personality-Obama, w/o too much damage. However, he is so stupid-universal health care, immediate withdrawl from Iraq, mandatory vacations-we will be the laughing stock of D.C. Pelosi will put him in charge of pooper scoopers in National Parks. He is a total tool.
Procurator

Orlando, FL

#5 Dec 29, 2008
Winter Park Resident wrote:
As long as Grayson keeps his mouth shut, C. Florida will survive the first 2 years of the Cult of The Personality-Obama, w/o too much damage. However, he is so stupid-universal health care, immediate withdrawl from Iraq, mandatory vacations-we will be the laughing stock of D.C. Pelosi will put him in charge of pooper scoopers in National Parks. He is a total tool.
Nancy will love him. All the items you listed are at the top of her wish list.
doug diggler

Merritt Island, FL

#6 Dec 29, 2008
Old School wrote:
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You got a problem wit dat?
No. It's better than another story about how the Republican'ts are screwing things up.

“American Against Fascism”

Since: Apr 08

Central Florida

#7 Dec 29, 2008
Pooh Bah wrote:
The point is that fiscal and social accountability return to central Florida. It's about time!
And everywhere else too.
Diogenes

United States

#8 Dec 29, 2008
doug diggler wrote:
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No. It's better than another story about how the Republican'ts are screwing things up.
You're right. With biased reporting you are only going to get what they put on your plate.

Silver lining???? And then turn around and say they are freshmen representatives and will not likely be able to produce. Fine reporting there Sentinel. That's called political media reporting double speak.

And you want to complain that the Republicans didn't bring in the pork for you. You complain that congress is full of pork and waste and then turn around and complain the Republicans don't bring you enough of it? That's a good one.

Feeny and Weldon did a pretty good job "bringing home the bacon". But it wasn't that they didn't produce enough was it Sentinel? It was the fact you wanted a Democrat in office and you ran your political ads desiguesed as investigative reporting over and over until the numbers dropped low enough that Feeney couldn't get elected. And the issue was his golf trip. One golf trip. The Chigago area politics is a cess pool yet you upheld Obama's run for office when he has countless questions that remain unanswered. Feeney takes one golf trip and you don't accept his explaination of what happened. You only criticize until he's out.

This my friends is the dispicable way our political media reporting is going for the future. You will not be able to elect people based on information because the only information you receive is what the media is willing to spoon feed you. It's sad but our days of treating political candidates as well as politicians fairly is gone.

Media now controls politics so get used to it.
bruce

Orlando, FL

#9 Dec 29, 2008
Winter Park Resident wrote:
As long as Grayson keeps his mouth shut, C. Florida will survive the first 2 years of the Cult of The Personality-Obama, w/o too much damage. However, he is so stupid-universal health care, immediate withdrawl from Iraq, mandatory vacations-we will be the laughing stock of D.C. Pelosi will put him in charge of pooper scoopers in National Parks. He is a total tool.
What are you talking about? We've been the laughing stock of the industrial world since I can remember. We are the world's capital for $8 an hour jobs, blight, apathy, crime, disdain of education, and everything else the Pubbies have been fighting so hard to promote.

If you're so gung-ho about the war, why don't you volunteer your tool for service in Iraq?
Mike

West Monroe, LA

#10 Dec 29, 2008
I hate to agree with Diogenes, but it also appears since the Sentinel endorsed Keller they are going out of their way to chastise Grayson before he even takes office. Look for regularly placed articles of his shortcomings to prove the editorial board right. What a do nothing congressman Keller proved to be.
Friend

Apopka, FL

#11 Dec 29, 2008
The worse thing possible for Central Florida would to be represented by Republicans at this time. It's good they are gone. I4 corridor is critical to winning the State of Florida. I doubt Obama who spent so much time working the I4 corridor during the election is going to forget about us now.
bruce

Orlando, FL

#12 Dec 29, 2008
Diogenes wrote:
<quoted text>
You're right. With biased reporting you are only going to get what they put on your plate.
Silver lining???? And then turn around and say they are freshmen representatives and will not likely be able to produce. Fine reporting there Sentinel. That's called political media reporting double speak.
And you want to complain that the Republicans didn't bring in the pork for you. You complain that congress is full of pork and waste and then turn around and complain the Republicans don't bring you enough of it? That's a good one.
Feeny and Weldon did a pretty good job "bringing home the bacon". But it wasn't that they didn't produce enough was it Sentinel? It was the fact you wanted a Democrat in office and you ran your political ads desiguesed as investigative reporting over and over until the numbers dropped low enough that Feeney couldn't get elected. And the issue was his golf trip. One golf trip. The Chigago area politics is a cess pool yet you upheld Obama's run for office when he has countless questions that remain unanswered. Feeney takes one golf trip and you don't accept his explaination of what happened. You only criticize until he's out.
This my friends is the dispicable way our political media reporting is going for the future. You will not be able to elect people based on information because the only information you receive is what the media is willing to spoon feed you. It's sad but our days of treating political candidates as well as politicians fairly is gone.
Media now controls politics so get used to it.
It's the Sentinel's fault that Feeney got his as shanded to him in the election?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Joe

Deland, FL

#13 Dec 29, 2008
Why didn't the Sentinel point this out when they were endorsing these boneheads for congress?
Ron Mills

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#14 Dec 29, 2008
Last time I check Senator Nelson, the Senior Senator from Florida, had his home in Orlando.
jrs

San Antonio, TX

#15 Dec 29, 2008
I'm moving up to North Florida anyway never stepping foot in this boring pit hole Central Florida again!
Sideline Joe

Kissimmee, FL

#16 Dec 29, 2008
Grayson will be the best upcoming new Congressman in DC. He will make the one man war name for himself in Washington and Central Florida will benefit.

It's great that we have Grayson in the 8th congressional district seat. He will bring the dollars from DC back to Central Florida.He will lead his one man war on bringing jobs to the district and the contractors getting federal dollars better play by the rules.

Orlando will see alot of President Obama and Grayson pushing the I4 corridor project for the next two years.

A Sentinel endorsement did not get Keller re-elected. The best endorsement Grayson was able to obtain was from the voters.

The voters selected Grayson, not Keller. That sends a clear message for change.

Will power is my name. Getting Grayson re-elected in 2010 is my game.....and that effort starts now!

Alan Grayson! Alan Grayson! Yeah!!!!
florida born citizen

Naples, FL

#17 Dec 29, 2008
It's called, no one there to push the pork folks
No Free Cake

Lady Lake, FL

#18 Dec 29, 2008
A rail system from airport to theme parks - how daft! Disney has their shuttles which pickup luggage and drop it in your room and transport you separately. Who would bother to take a rail instead? And why should tax dollars pay for that?

I wasn't a fan of the Bush years but the beginnings of this look like a continuation of the money grab. Just different people grabbing our money.
Jim

Frisco, TX

#19 Dec 29, 2008
Another "shallow" article from the wonderful Sentinel--keep up the good work- lose more subscribers, and go belly uyp in 09.
Native

Orlando, FL

#20 Dec 29, 2008
A light rail system from the airport to the Convention Center and I-Drive would make much more sense.

Disney has vowed to keep any light rail off their property unless it runs directly there from the airport and nowhere else. Fine - let Disney pay to get their own customers out to their property and keep them trapped there. Put the money into a more practical route.

Bringing visitors from the airport down the Beachline and to I-Drive would make our convention center more appealing to large meetings since it makes it more convenient and less expensive to move their attendees around. That should also help with traffic congestion since some folks won't need rental cars.

Of course we'll still need some decent transportation up and down I-Drive but that shouldn't be too much of a problem with a dedicated bus line or two running from one end of I-Drive to another. Put a transportation hub next to the Convention Center and sell tickets to tourists that give them unlimited transport on Lynx for a specific number of days. Mini hubs could be situated at major locations up and down I-Drive.

Universal, Disney and Sea World can provide their own busses to their parks from the hubs so the public won't have to fund that enterprise and we can collect some rent for their pickup spaces.

Once the system is in it can be expanded into Downtown Orlando and beyond via I-4 to help stimulate that economy and provide some transport for workers in the I-Drive area. Perhaps we could get more cars off the road there too.

Sure, it's going to cost some up-front money and the residents will end up footing the bill for part of the maintenance of the system but in the long run you get what you pay for. We've tried this for the last 30 years without light rail and we have a mess of a transportation system to show for it. This type of transportation could make Orlando into the big time player that we always pretend that we are.

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