NAMECHECKING CHARLIE CRIST, NAMECHECKING CHARLIE CRIST. WE’RE GOING TO NEED A CLEAN UP ON AISLE 11: “Wooing politicians like Gov. Charlie Crist and U.S. Sen. John McCain was a key to the success of his $1.4 billion Ponzi scheme, convicted fraudster Scott Rothstein told a jury Wednesday in federal court. Testifying for more than eight hours in a trial of Boca Raton attorney Christina Kitterman, a former low-level associate charged with wire fraud, Rothstein described how he used his wallet to curry favor with politicians, lawyers, bank presidents and cops to create the aura of respectability he needed to fuel the scheme. Politicians were particularly beneficial, he said. ‘The general perception of the public, despite what they think about some politicians, is that politicians are upstanding, good people,’ he testified. ‘So, the perception is when they see you with them is that you must be an upstanding person.’ ‘The closer to you are to them,’ he continued, ‘the more you became like them in the public eye. The more power you wield.’ (via Palm Beach Post)
LOOK AWAY, BABY, LOOK AWAY!
UM, MR. WEATHERFORD, I’M GOING TO NEED YOU TO MEET ME IN THE LOBBY: “The Florida Medical Association, one of Tallahassee’s most influential lobby groups, sat out last year’s legislative nail-biter over Medicaid expansion, saving its firepower for pocketbook issues, such as making it harder for patients to sue and keeping non-physicians off their turf. But now an FMA advisory committee that studied the issue is backing Medicaid expansion, which would bring in federal funds to cover the low-income uninsured, according to two doctors who have seen the documents. A resolution from that committee goes to the FMA Board of Governors later this week. ‘I think the chances (of passage) are very good,’ said obstetrician-gynecologist Aaron Elkin, author of the resolution and chairman of the Broward County Medical Association. ‘I don’t see any reason it would not be adopted.’ Elkin's resolution goes beyond a simple plea that Florida take the money, estimated at $51 billion over 10 years. It predicates the FMA support for the Medicaid expansion on legislative action fixing the pay for doctors treating Medicaid patients at an amount equal to that for Medicare, the federal program for seniors and the disabled.” (via WUSF)
WHAT’S RUBIO GOING TO DO ABOUT HIS ALL-WHITE JUDICIAL SODA COUNTER NOW?: “The slate of judicial nominees that President Barack Obama announced Wednesday includes a judge who, if confirmed, would become the first openly gay male African-American on the federal bench. Darrin Gayles, a state circuit court judge in Florida, was one of four nominees announced Wednesday for two different U.S. District Courts in Florida. A fifth nominee – Cheryl Ann Krause – was tapped to serve on a Philadelphia-based U.S. Court of Appeals. Gayles is nominated to serve in the Miami-based Southern District – the same federal bench where Obama first nominated William Thomas in November 2012, before eventually pulling the nomination last month. Thomas is also an openly gay African-American.Thomas’ confirmation was blocked by Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who originally signed a letter supporting the judge. In a statement, Rubio’s office said the senator questioned Thomas’ “judicial temperament” and other concerns. (via CNN)
BATHSALTS ARE BACK, BACK, BACK! OR ZOMBIES, MAYBE? OH, WAIT, IT IS THE FACEBOOK ANNIVERSARY THING: “Until the moment Anesson Joseph got naked Tuesday night and, in an apparent moment of insanity, allegedly chased, attacked, or bit several passersby before police shot him dead, he was a thoughtful West Palm Beach hipster who neither gave indication of what was to come nor had a criminal record. He was just ‘Ano,’ documentarian, Starbucks barista, and avid Instagram user. In an occurrence already riddled with unknowns, perhaps the most baffling question is what spurred this 28-year-old party organizer to do what he did? Just two years ago, according to state business records, he founded Nightlife University Parties & Events. And now he's dead in the most unusual of circumstances.” (via Miami New Times)
EYES WITHOUT A FACE, GOT NO HUMAN GRACE