YOUR DAILY WEEKLY READER: Christie’s burning bridge; Rubio’s poverty lies; petition fouls; Re-stand your ground. JEOPARDY!
SOMETIMES RACHEL MADDOW BLOWS OUR MIND, AND LIKELY BLOWS CHRIS CHRISTIE’S COVER. MACRO-CONSPIRACY!: “The working assumption has been that the administration sought to punish Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat who didn’t endorse Christie’s re-election. But the governor’s incredulity over this explanation is not without merit – it’s unclear if the local mayor’s endorsement was ever even sought. Indeed, the governor’s insistence yesterday that he had no idea who Sokolich was seemed relatively persuasive. And if Team Christie was in the habit of retaliating against fairly obscure Democratic officials who balked at endorsing the governor, there would be a more expansive record of statewide revenge from last fall. So perhaps the working assumption is mistaken. Maybe Christie’s aides targeted Fort Lee, but it wasn’t related to a campaign endorsement that wasn’t even solicited. If so, we’ll need a different explanation for one of the key questions at the heart of the scandal: what happened to cause a top Christie aide to say it was ‘time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee’ on Aug. 13 at 7:34 a.m.? What, specifically, prompted that message on that morning if Sokolich’s preference for governor was irrelevant? What was it, exactly, that Team Christie was retaliating against?” (via MSNBC)
AND FRIENDS JUST CAN’T BE FOUND:
SURPRISE! RUBIO IS DUMB ENOUGH TO BELIEVE THAT THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE CARES ABOUT POOR PEOPLE MORE THAN HE DOES!: “Do-nothing legislators in states like Mr. Rubio’s Florida feel frustrated precisely because most federal safety-net programs are designed to limit the ability of states to refuse to help their less fortunate residents. As Lyndon Johnson knew from personal experience in 1964, when he began the War on Poverty, states could not be trusted to properly address the poverty in their midst. Or, to put it another way, certain states could be trusted to yell and scream and fight to the end for their right to do as little as possible.” (via New York Times)
EXACTLY WHAT IS PUBLIC PROPERTY AND WHAT IS PRIVATE PROPERTY? DOESN’T MATTER WHEN YOU’RE GETTING WEED PETITIONS: “Signature collector and retired mechanical engineer John Chase, 79, of Palm Harbor recently went to the Pinellas driver’s license office on S Pinellas Avenue in Tarpon Springs. He taped a sign to the metal railing in front of the building to solicit. An employee came out, he said, and told him to leave, again saying the area was private property. He also tried the Veterans Affairs building on Little Road, with similar results. Chase said he can’t collect the signatures he needs if he can’t go to where people congregate, and he considers the areas he’s going to public, so he shouldn’t face restrictions. ‘I feel my rights are being impinged upon,’ he said.” (via Tampa Bay Times)
LOSING AT DOUBLE JEOPARDY. SHOPPING IS THE NEW WARNING SHOT: “Alexander, who was freed on bond just before Thanksgiving, is awaiting retrial for an aggravated assault conviction in connection with firing a warning shot near her abusive husband. Her defense team unsuccessfully used Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law and Florida State Attorney Angela Corey prosecuted Alexander to the fullest extent of the law. Shortly after, Corey did the exact opposite for George Zimmerman, who utilized a similar defense strategy in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, and pissed off a good chunk of America and the world at large. Recently, Corey’s office filed a motion to re-incarcerate Alexander citing that she has broken her home detention regulations by shopping and running errands.” (via Jezebel)
WELL YOU CAN TAKE IT AS A WARNING, OR TAKE IT ANY WAY YOU LIKE: