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Sunday, October 23, 2016

The new stealth campaign against three Florida Supreme Court justices is being backed by those meddling right-wing billionaires from Wichita, Charles and David Koch.

They couldn’t care less about Florida, but they love to throw their money around.

Last week they uncorked the first in a series of commercials from their Political Action Committee, Americans for Prosperity. The targets are Justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince. They were three of the five-vote majority that in 2010 knocked down a half-baked amendment slapped together by Florida lawmakers seeking to nullify the federal Affordable Health Care Act.

The Florida Supreme Court upheld lower-court decisions in finding that the proposed amendment contained “misleading and ambiguous language,” the hallmark of practically everything produced by this Legislature. Stoned chimpanzees have a keener grasp of Constitutional law.

Conservative groups have gone after local justices before. In Iowa, a place which has nothing but vowels in common with Florida, three state justices were fired by voters after being vilified for ruling against a ban on gay marriage.

On the November ballot, Lewis, Pariente and Quince are up for merit retention, meaning voters can choose to retain them or not. This simple system was put in place to keep the state’s high court above the sleaze of political races. The mission of the Kochs, hiding as always behind their super PAC, is to get the three justices dumped at the polls so that Gov. Rick Scott can appoint replacements.

This is worth repeating: If the Kochs have their way, Rick Scott — yes, that Rick Scott — gets to pack the Supreme Court with his own handpicked crew.

Yikes is right.

The head of the Florida chapter of Americans for Prosperity is a person called Slade O’Brien, whose job is to keep a straight face while saying things like: “We’re not advocating for the election or defeat of any of the justices. What we’re attempting to do is call more attention to them advocating from the bench.” Meanwhile, the state GOP’s executive board is less coy. It voted to oppose the retention of Quince, Lewis and Pariente, branding them “too extreme.”

Well, let’s have a peek at these dangerous radicals:

  • I live in Florida and I can tell you that we have been bombarded with GOP propaganda the lat 3 months or so. The theme in Florida is focused on matters important to seniors, for obvious reasons, and incessant accusations claiming that President Obama plans to destroy MEDICARE and that his policies are responsible for the econmic malaise and the real estate debacle in this state. Democrats were slow in responding, but recent political ads countering the GOP claims are bearing fruits and seniors are now pretty much divided between the two candidates, which is lethal for Romney since that is a constituenhcy he can not afford to lose. The reason Florida is getting so much attention is because it is the fourth largest state in population and its 29 electoral votes are critical to both candidates, especially Romney.

    • old_blu

      As long as we buy their products we are just as quilty, we need to stop buying what they are selling.

      • neece00

        That is one way, boycott all the products they represent

        • S-3

          I’ll help fight this: However, I can’t make any promises – these scum will put their name on anything to say to people who knol better like me, “give me a dollar”…

      • I Would Never Buy A Damn Thing They Sell!!! NOTHING!!!

        • Sorry Fern. These scumbags are like the world’s largest Giant Squid, with massive tentacles wrapped around nearly every thing that we use. Think fuel, food, communications, etc.
          We buy their “stuff” even if we don’t know it.

          • I’m Quite Aware Of All Their Products And I Don’t Buy NONE Of Their Shit!!! Believe Me I Do My Homework!!!

        • Hate to tell you this, but every time you drive your car down the asphalt paved road you are using the biggest money making product they sell. Their wealth comes from goverment contracts. They hate the goverment and don’t want to pay taxes, but they sure do like that tax money in their pockets!

      • Did you hear the latest? A man named Staats running for Congress in Tennessee posted a picture of his gun on Facebook with a caption addressed to President Obama that reads “Welcome to Tennessee”. When asked, he responded that he was protesting a UN resolution that bans the sale of guns to terrorists!

        • old_blu

          No I did not hear about that, I have family that lives in Tennessee, and I know they are bowing their heads in shame as we speak, hell even I’m embarrased just to be in the same race as some of these idiots. *blush*

      • anideafromseattle

        Your misspelling of guilty (quilty) is accurate in a way. Koch industries makes Quilted Northern Toilet Paper

        • old_blu

          I didn’t mean it to be that way, but thanks for your support.

      • grammylynn

        There is a saying you can fool some of the people some of the time but you can’t fool them all of the time. Hope fully the older generation[Of which I am one] will use the brains that they were born with and the good education that we received and see beyond the crap that the noneducators are trying to feed us.

    • Koch Brothers Looks Like Their Just Wasting Their Money!! LOL People Don’t Want Nobody Screwing With Their Social Security!!!LOL They Must Know By Now Everybody Is Not For Sell!!!

      • Those ultra-conservative Koch brothers, with their rich asses remind me of the old Mafia of the 20’s & 30’s. they make their money by any means necessary, Then try to by into legitiment business, then take their illeagal gotten gains to buy off police, judges, justices in a supreme court, to protect their best intrest. The result is they are nothing but fucking criminals, trying to corrupt and munipulate the real American way of life, for the progression of their own greed, and the America they want. ASSHOLES

  • theres a pair that swing in a bulls sack those two bro,s . will have it all catch up to them some day . thy will push the wrong button some day and it will catch them hope the one that dose the catching up to them is a cheap SOB like them a lot of money thy have but still greedy bastards . and the one that catches up with them im hopeing will be so cheap what when he takes his 9mm and shoots he trys to get the pair with one shot . knowing thaT pair dosent and isnt worth two bullets and knocks them both off with one

    • CPANY


      Didn’t you ever attend any school? You write like an idiot.

      • It isn’t how he writes but the content and message he is sending that disturbs me.

    • old_blu

      I have just one thing to say to you. Huh?

  • bcarreiro

    the all who you know system and not what you know in justice and in politics. the system never fails when you are rich only when you are considered the 47%.

    • S-3

      Just one more reason for violent revolution – and I support it happening sooner than later. We need to take back America ourselves, not wait for the sane party to get things done for us.

      • bcarreiro

        believe in a new evolution???….gots to kill them with kindness and set a petition for motion to set forward to abolish the republican party so we the people can say we have taken over and we aren’t going backwards but moving forward cause we aint lookin at them… we lookin past ’em.

  • Elarenal

    The biggest danger to this republic is a four letter word “Koch”.

    • CPANY

      It should be a five-letter word, with an added “r” after the “K.”

    • William Deutschlander

      Followed by two words, Republican Zealots, the Republican Party of the 21st Century is not the Party representing the Best Interests of the majority of our citizens, it is the party of the Uber Wealthy, the Evangelical Fanatics and the Radical Extremeists, perhaps one fourth of the population at best.

      • S-3

        Let’s hope that fraction dwindles, someday. It needs to if we want to get on track with the rest of Planet Earth!

  • Sorry Ivory I for one do not like your comment. There really is no place for violence in this country because you oppose someone’s views and their spending money to advance those views. I do hope the voters in Florida and all states are wise enough to see through their ploys and vote their consciences. I have faith in the American people. I abhor extremism on both sides of the aisle and wonder myself what happened to good sense moderation and respecting all who argue from the other side of the aisle. I suspect it is the changing American face. My white anglo friends feel they are in a battle for their lives……..wonder if extreme rabbis, ministers and/or pastors and media in general are getting into the fray to make folks feel that way? That would be sad.

    • Deborah, I agree with you, but many on the right don’t, and that is where the violence has been coming from

  • bcarreiro

    the kochroach brothers cant have a battle of wits with an unarmed person…….they think they have to buy an arsenal!!!!

  • The Koch brothers are a threat to our democracy. They are trying to buy the election for the
    right wingers. This kind of stuff is outrageous to me. I would feel the same way if they were trying to buy the election for the Democrats. These two men are crooks. They think they can buy their way with their billions. They will succeed if we let them. This is the first time in my 74 years that I have ever seen anyone try to buy an election.

    • CPANY

      You have been living a sheltered life. The rich always try to buy elections, along with everything else. It’s all they have, because they don’t have the numbers amongst themselves. Because they are rich, they are few in number.

      Money is their way to power, just as raw numbers are the poor and middle class way to power. We still have a democracy and the majority rules. If we all just ignore what the plutocrats are saying, we’ll defeat them. Their efforts at denying the vote to people who disagree with them may well put this year’s election into the Supreme Court, because I don’t think that Obama will play nice guy in 2012 the way Gore did in 2000. At least, I hope that he doesn’t.

    • BDC_57

      Because they can’t win it any other way.

  • Florida has some of the best Justices in the country; far better than the “supreme” court which has been under a similar attack since Reagan. Just vote to retain them all and do your part to keep Rick Scott from packing the court with unqualified sycophants. BTW, vote “No” on all the weasel worded amendments and vote No until the legislature respects us enough to word their submissions so that they are comprehensible.

  • Did anyone here ever hear about Billionaire socialist George Soros? End of story. Geeze.

    • geewilly

      Yes, we have heard of him. Can you point us to his PAC that is attempting to rewrite our laws and defeat duly elected judges and representatives?

      • CPANY

        Money against money geewilly. What’s the matter bubi? You don’t like even odds?

        • You’re nuts if you think it’d even. Soros hasn’t spent 1/4 of what the koch’s have. AND he is not trying to eliminate minimum wage, EPA, OSHA. He is not trying to privatize schools. Get stand your ground laws enacted, etc, etc, etc.
          Not even close that the odds have been evened.

  • geewilly

    Money in politics will be the downfall of our beloved country. When rich people can buy their own form of justice we all lose. But, hey… the rich don’t even see us but they want to control us.

    • CPANY

      You’re wrong. We’ve always had money in politics and our democracy hasn’t fallen yet.

  • JSquercia

    The Kochs are merely doing what the Chamber of Commerce has been doing for several years now . That is spending money to defeat Judges who they don’t like .Those Judges being the few who rule in favor of the consumer .
    The documentary Hot Coffee tells the tale of a Louisiana Justice who was targeted . He was able to hold off the Chamber the first time . Somehow they brought tax charges against him but the jury took less than an hour to acquit . IN his second run the opposition bought up ALL the radio and TV time leaving him helpless to defend himself . Just a minor side effect of Citizens United .
    The result of this Court Packing is that Consumers LOSE well over 90% of the cases that reach the Supreme Court

  • GIoia Shebar

    Any candidate the Koch boys put their brand on should be rejected. You’d be amazed at how many candidates,-mostly republicans of course but a few dems got some crumbs- they have invested in.
    Candidates wanting to represent all Americans and not just the greedy few would be wise to simply say,” He/she has Koch money.” In the eyes of voters that should be a deal breaker… and more and more it is. It’s all about branding and the Koch brand is becoming anathema.

  • About time to put targets on the backs of the Kochs!!

  • howa4x

    Koch brothers are the new terrrorists

  • alumahead

    The GOP has put 11 amendments on the ballot. Many are written as to fool someone against the amendment to vote yes, when they really are against the amendment. These amendments will also slow voting to a crawl, which may be another GOP ploy to steal or suppress votes. I’m so sick of these schmucks I could scream, but we elected them, so we deserve them. We can also un-elect them, which is what we should do.

  • barbarahugh

    With all the monies these two Koch brothers and the likes of them throw away and around buying votes pushing people to vote for Romney and what they want we could of reduce the National Debt !!!!!!!! And still have enough to put away if ever we go broke again ..WHAT A WASTE OF MONIES!! Koch brothers do the right thing put that monies to good use help the nation that made you both what you are today give BACK !!! If you have enough to throw your monies away like you both do !! Do something good HELP OUR NATION !!! VOTE OBAMA!!!!!!!!

  • The Koch Brothers along with Texas co-hart and the little wire rimed scum bag that put all the words into George W’s mouth (Carl Rove ) should be put on Trial in ant state where they are captured and we give them a fair TRIAL THEN A QUICK HANGING FOR CRIMES AGAINST America. No delays, do it after they have a fair trial, not like they do it in Texas which hides these Treasonal people if you can call them people.

  • JulieZ77

    I don’t buy gasoline from the stations here in California that sell the evil Koch bros. product. Those two Confederate Dixie creeps should be jailed as traitors to America.

    • oldtack

      t Fuel does Koch Brothers vend? Let us know so we may have the opportunity to participate if we wish.

  • jebediah123

    Can I make a prediction? I believe that the blatant, obvious attempts by certain super rich to pervert the election process will only go so far before there is a violent response. I believe that there are people in the U.S. that are so sickened by what they are witnessing, and have no confidence in a legal solution will as the saying goes “take the law into their own hands”. People are most often hesitant to resort to violence but if a person feels there is nothing to lose and has some deep (fanatical) beliefs he will act. I hope it doesn’t come to that but I have spoken to many people with the same outlook.

  • dsand1445

    Talk about class warfare

  • Koch brothers think that they can buy this election for Mitt Romney and ALL CAN TELL YOU IT IS NOT FOR SALE ” it take votes to win this election

  • I thought State Supreme Court Justices are beholden to the citizens and voters of THEIR States….For reasons of DECENCY and UPBRINGING ALONE, I would feel ILL AT EASE doing anything at all that would usurp or impinge on the rights of the citizens of my neighboring state of Arizona!

    What the KOCHBROS are doing may not be illegal – it certainly smacks of ARROGANCE commensurate with their NETWORTH!

    Sadly….they’re NOT the only ones with that mentality – most of them seem to feel a deep affinity with Republicans….

  • I am concerned about an out of state special interest group (the Koch brothers have only their interest at heart) attempting to influence a judicial review process. Iam horrified at the thought that RICK SCOTT would be able to pack the Florida Supreme Court with Scalia want-to-bes.

    There was suppose to be a android app that would allow you to more effectively boycott the Koch brothers. They are so diversified that it is hard to keep track of all the paper and textile products you cannot use.

  • bpai99

    What is the point of amassing a fortune if it doesn’t give you the ability to buy whatever you want?

    We live in a world run by the Golden Rule: those with the gold make the rules. Deal with it.

    • daniel bostdorf

      bpai99….go read the 13 volumes of Will and Ariel Durants “The history of civilization” before you post here again.

      You are an embarrassment as a human.

      The terrible, cold, cruel part is Wall Street. Rivers of gold flow there from all over the earth, and death comes with it. There, as nowhere else, you feel a total absence of the spirit: herds of men who cannot count past three, herds more who cannot get past six, scorn for pure science and demoniacal respect for the present. And the terrible thing is that the crowd that fills the street believes that the world will always be the same and that it is their duty to keep that huge machine running, day and night, forever.”
      – Federico Garcia Lorca – Spanish Poet and Playwright

      It is useless to shout to the drowning moneylender “ Give me your hand !” He does not know how to give. Instead, shout: “ Take my hand !” and he will clutch at it.

      It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly. –Thoreau

      QUOTING YOU: “those with the gold make the rules.”

      Those with the gold like the 1% crowd are evil.

      bpai99….you are a right wing apologists and propagandists at the highest order…

      Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels said it best:

      “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” (likeFox FAUX News, Limbaugh, Beck and Rove believe)

      or as Adolph Hitler stated:
      “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it”

      Keep lying to yourself bpai99.

      Let us alone.

      • bpai99

        Clearly the sarcasm of my original post was lost on you. Never mind.

  • ca19th50

    Yes, we need to stop buying their products and continue to expose them. I have stopped buying their stuff.

  • The Koch brothers should be doing good and help their underprivlaged people of this country. They should help people in any and all ways they can. I am a Koch and am appalled by them and their lack of Compassion. These guys need a reality check. Hey Charles and David how about giving me some money so I can “SURVIVE”. I AM THAT 47% THAT IS IN THE POVERTY CLASS. Oh by the way I am a PROUD DEMOCRAT.

  • daniel bostdorf

    This is what capitalism and right wing fascist greed brings.

    Among Koch Industries’ subsidiaries across various industries are:

    Georgia-Pacific is a paper and pulp company that produces “Brawny” paper towels.

    INVISTA is a polymer and fibers company that makes “Stainmaster” carpet.

    Koch Pipeline Company LP
    Oowns and operates 4,000 miles (6,400 km) of pipeline used to transport oil, natural gas liquids and chemicals. In January 2000, Koch Pipeline agreed to a $35 million settlement with the U.S. Justice Department and the state of Texas. This settlement, including a $30 million civil fine, represented compensation for three hundred oil spills in Texas and five other states dating back to 1990.
    Pipeline accident Koch’s Sterling butane pipeline had a leak in Lively, Texas, on August 24, 1996. Two teenagers were killed when the gas exploded and burned.

    Flint Hill Resources LP
    Flint Hill Resources LP, originally called Koch Petroleum Group, is a major refining and chemicals company based in Wichita, Kansas. In March 1999, Koch Petroleum Group acknowledged that it had negligently dumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of aviation fuel into wetlands from its refinery in Rosemount, Minnesota, and that it had illegally dumped a million gallons of high-ammonia wastewater onto the ground and into the Mississippi River. Koch Petroleum paid a $6 million fine and $2 million in remediation costs.In April 2001, the company reached a $20 million settlement in exchange for admitting to covering up environmental violations at its refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas. In June 2003, the US Commerce Department fined Flint Hill Resources a $200,000 civil penalty. The fine settled charges that the company exported crude petroleum from the US to Canada without proper US government authorization. The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security said from July 1997 to March 1999, Koch Petroleum (later called Flint Hill Resources) committed 40 violations of Export Administration Regulations. In 2006, Flint Hill Resources was fined nearly $16,000 by the EPA for 10 separate violations of the Clean Air Act at its Alaska oil refinery facilities, and required to spend another $60,000 on safety equipment needed to help prevent future violations.

    Koch Fertilizer, LLC
    Koch Fertilizer, LLC, which is one of the world’s largest makers of nitrogen fertilizers.[38] Koch Fertilizer owns or has interests in fertilizer plants the United States, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, and Italy, among others.

    Koch Agricultural Company
    Koch Agricultural Company’s Matador Cattle Company division operates three ranches totaling 425,000 acres (1,720 km2) located in Beaverhead, Montana, Matador, Texas and the Flint Hills of eastern Kansas.

    • smartdee

      They also reap rewards from New Balance shoes and cannot build Kwik Trips convenience stores/gas stations around here fast enough. I do not patronize anything of theirs if I can help it. The rest of America should do the same.

  • Nothing new in the Republicans trying to control seniors by confusing them with their lies that they are so good at. But I believe that the old folks like myself have learned to tell a snake like the Republican, and the difference of a donkey. Just pray that Obama dumps the Republicans so hard that we also pick up Congress control as well as the Senate. Can’t take lying good fom the Republicans, but we can help people understand the truth.

    • daniel bostdorf


  • Once again,the rich trying to inpose what they think on everyone else. We should keep politics and judges apart from one another. How are they going to make a judgement if they are afraid it will cost them their jobs.

  • daniel bostdorf

    Breaking news:

    Ryan on video 6 months ago…google it

  • nana4gj

    They are going to go too far one of these days and get caught in a huge scandalous criminal affair, just like the RNC has with their “voter fraud plan”. These kind never get off completely free. It may take a little time, but they will push, push, push, until they go over the edge.

  • The only extreme people are the kochs and the republicans who are trying to buy America, and i have news we are not for sale. But we will pay your transportation to get the hell out and stay out.

  • The Koch Brothers need to keep there dirty scummy hands out of our elections especially Florida’s. We the people decide who we want as our elected officials not them.!!!

  • smartdee

    The Koch Brothers are evil…they wreaked havoc here in Wisconsin and helped get their “puppet boy” Scott Walker reelected among other politicians who think they rule the state. So, if you can at all thwart them, try your hardest because they are dangerous. I have seen videos of the gathering of the well-heeled who gather once or twice a year at a posh location to try to take over the country for the one-percenters. Not good!

  • dljones

    The Koch brothers are honest businessmen and keen strategics . George Soros is a left wing bum and a wannabe nut job politician. Obama’s milkman is getting ready to dump him in the back 40 pasture.

    • This milkman backs winner, not a bunch of losers like the Kosh brothers. Might be because “most” people don’t like your “honest Businessmen” who think they can bend the rule for their self interest.

      • CYNICALZ

        Your so hooked into government honesty has lost it’s way!!

  • Ray

    Keep filthy rich jews away from humanity-affairs!!!
    Let decent human-being live…jew filthy-dollar shouldn’t disrupt their well-being…

  • The Koch brothers are very good reason for every state to have a law that says no money from out of state individuals or any super pac can be contributed to state or local elections. All money contributed has to be proven to be from only individuals that live in that state or local area. If it can’t be proven or if there is a suspsion (not spelled right) that the money came from people or their super pacs like the Koch brothers the money will have to be returned to the contributor . It is bad enough that these two want to be tyrants are already spending money coming and going to buy the White House and Congress now they are interfering with the justice system in a state that theydon’t even live in and are trying to buy their high court.

  • The Koch Bros are determined to buy this country for themselves, and meddle into the politics of states in which they don´t even reside !!!!!! It is about time the people put an end to this , by voting against those candidates which they sponsor !!!! Buying the country is not what our funding fathers had envisioned when they wrote the constitution.