This week we get all hot and bothered with Debbie Wasserman Schultz at an Obama office launch, then we get get all cold and critical in our private prison cell. We go to extremes.
Published: September 1, 2011
Who’s to blame for the death of the CMA, besides the CannonHair™-led Republicansin the State Legislature from whom we never expected any noble deeds in the first place? Governor Rick Scott, perhaps? Nope. In fact, the governor – get ready for this, Happytown loyalists – took a sensible position on the matter, proposing that a small portion of the Department of Corrections’ budget be siphoned off to save the CMA. This plan, however, was blocked by the Florida House. Also, in May, Scott vetoed the bill that would have erased the CMA from the state statutes, meaning sympathetic legislators could take a swipe at refunding it during the next legislative session. But then again, the next session will feature the same (im)balance of power as the last. “Governor Scott is disappointed that the legislature didn’t see the value in [the CMA],” Lane Wright, the governor’s spokesperson, told the Weekly. “He did everything he could to save it.”
But for prisoners in South Florida, where all correctional facilities are set to be privatized by the beginning of next year, there is a silver lining to this cloud: Many private companies provide their inmates with air conditioning, which feels amazing on an open wound.
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