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Weekly Roundup: All In The Family

By: Brandon Larrabee News Service of Florida | Posted: June 28, 2014 3:55 AM
Rick and Ann Scott

Rick Scott and Ann Scott

There's been plenty of talk in Florida lately about families.

One of the major issues in the governor's race has become which family members should be required to divulge their income tax returns. Gov. Rick Scott embarked on the "Caring for Florida's Families," offering one of the first substantive agendas in what has thus far largely been a contest to see who can sling the most mud.

Meanwhile, the Department of Children and Families showed off a new website that it hoped would highlight its efforts to turn the corner after several months of bad headlines -- only to see a reminder of the past once again enter the public eye. And the Florida State University family feud dragged on over who should be the institution's next president.



PAPERS, PLEASE:

When he ran for office in 2010, Scott's rise to the Republican nomination was fueled in no small part by his support for an Arizona-style crackdown on illegal immigration -- legislation that critics in the Copper State called the "papers, please" law. The proposal never got traction in Florida, but Scott is once again asking to see someone's papers.

This time, he and his campaign are calling on former Gov. Charlie Crist to release his wife's tax returns. In response, Crist released more of his own tax returns, but not his wife's. And Scott's campaign pointed out that Crist had already divulged most of the records he released this week in his previous campaigns for office.

"Charlie releasing tax returns he has already released instead of making public the returns for him and his spouse is a joke," said Jackie Schutz, a spokesman for the Scott campaign. "What's he hiding? His desperation to distract is just making us more curious.”

Crist's campaign brushed the Scott attacks off as a personal affront to his spouse, Carole. Unlike the Scotts, the Crists don't file jointly. Kevin Cate, a spokesman for Crist's campaign, blasted Scott for raising the issue.

"He should immediately apologize," Cate said. "Spouses and children are off limits."

While his campaign pushed for more records from Crist, Scott himself was touring the state to call attention to his plans for the state's foster care and early learning programs.

Scott's plan -- which was released as he tries to soften his image and broaden his platform beyond economic issues -- calls for more support for foster and adoptive parents by establishing an ombudsman program and pushing for more support groups and counselors.

On early learning, Scott says the state should set up "a system of incentives and assessments" for preschool instructors and cut the waiting lists for preschool programs.

And the governor's plan would expand the number of state-backed "personal learning accounts," which provide up to $9,000 for parents to help pay for education services for children with disabilities.

Scott's tour came shortly after he signed a bill (SB 1666) meant to overhaul the state's child-welfare system in response to increased scrutiny caused by child deaths and media reports.

The new law creates rapid-response teams to conduct immediate investigations of child deaths, establishes the Florida Institute for Child Welfare to conduct policy research, and creates the position of assistant secretary for child welfare at the Department of Children and Families.

It will also use tuition waivers and loan-forgiveness programs to help child-protection staffers earn social-work degrees. The new law also aims to keep siblings together and medically fragile children in their homes and communities as much as possible.


AGENCY TAKES STEP FORWARD, HEARS BACK:

DCF also made other efforts to patch up its reputation after the Miami Herald's Innocents Lost series, published in March, which found that at least 477 children known to the department had died of abuse and neglect over a six-year period.

Interim Secretary Mike Carroll, who took the job in early May, rolled out a website this week that will track child deaths and make them public.

Within 72 hours of a death, the child’s name, age, date of death and a narrative of how he or she died will be posted at www.dcf.state.fl.us/childfatality. Users will be able to sort the data in multiple ways, such as determining the causes of local deaths. The department hopes communities will use the data to guide prevention efforts.

"It will be the pre-eminent website in the country in terms of the amount of information and the user-friendliness of that information for the general public around child deaths," Carroll said.

But the agency still couldn't seem to shake the past. Even as Carroll was touting the new database, one of the sponsors of the child-welfare bill Scott signed was calling for an independent investigation into whether the department has been open about some recent fatalities.

"Sweeping child deaths under the rug will only serve to perpetuate a culture of cover-up and corruption," warned state Sen. Eleanor Sobel, the Hollywood Democrat who chairs the Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee, in a statement Tuesday. "Hiding the deaths should never be a solution."

Sobel, who hosted a town-hall meeting on last year's wave of media reports about child deaths, zeroed in on new Herald reports that DCF was less than forthcoming about some deaths in 2013.

Added into the mix was the release of a report by a Miami-Dade grand jury on reforms implemented by Florida's child welfare system after the gruesome death of Nubia Barahona, whose adoptive parents are awaiting trial for her 2011 death.

The report praised the Department of Children and Families for improvements to the state abuse hotline, the practices of child protective investigators and the information systems and databases used by department workers.

But the grand jury also excoriated DCF for its reporting of child deaths, noting, for instance, that the department in 2010 changed its definition of "neglect" in a way that made it apply to fewer children.

Carroll responded to the critics.

As for Sobel's statement, Carroll denied that a cover-up took place on child deaths, but said a regional manager hadn't followed DCF requirements that incident reports be entered into the department's system within one business day and failed to follow a directive to correct the matter for another two months. The manager was suspended for two days.

And DCF tried to emphasize the positive statements by the grand jury, which wrote that jurors "believe DCF and the Florida Legislature responded very well to many of the recommendations" from an earlier grand jury that looked into Barahona's death.


RACES, SPECIAL AND NOT:

Florida State University is another respected institution that's gotten a black eye from recent headlines -- those about its search for a president and what role influential Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, will play as the school moves forward.

A new consultant for the search -- the old one exited amid an uproar about how Thrasher's interest in the job was being handled -- said this week that the hunt for president won't be sidetracked again for any individual.

Alberto Pimentel, a managing partner from the California office of Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, said during informal meetings with students and faculty that he won't repeat the recommendation of the prior consultant to have the search committee interview just Thrasher.

"There will be one process and one process only," Pimentel said. "We're not going to create a special process for some candidates and not for others. I think that you get in trouble when you do that."

At least one politician, however, did get a position through a special process, though one that was shared by all candidates. Curt Clawson, a Republican businessman, won a special election to fill the seat of disgraced former Congressman Trey Radel.

Clawson overwhelmingly won the race in the Republican-leaning Southwest Florida district, beating Cape Coral Democrat April Freeman and Marco Island Libertarian Ray Netherwood with 67 percent of the vote.

Radel, a Republican from Fort Myers, resigned in late January after being arrested on a cocaine-possession charge.

Republican Party of Florida Chairman Leslie Dougher congratulated Clawson for his "well-earned" victory.

"Congressman-elect Clawson will undoubtedly serve his district with distinction, bringing true conservative values to our nation’s capital," Dougher said in a release.


STORY OF THE WEEK: Gov. Rick Scott finished sifting through the 255 bills sent to him by the Legislature, 254 of which he signed. The lone bill to fall victim to Scott's pen this year was a measure (SB 392) that would have allowed the Florida Department of Transportation to raise highway speed limits by 5 mph, including going from 70 mph to 75 mph on some roads.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "I was meant to serve as a cautionary tale to other state workers, that if you want to speak up, try to do the right thing, and take action, here is what's going to happen to you." -- Former state worker Dianne Parcell, whom a jury this spring concluded that the state fired in retaliation for raising questions about nearly 100 cases where DEO had improperly reported overpayments to Floridians receiving unemployment benefits. The state later settled with Parcell for $250,000.


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Comments (5)

Dean
7:56AM JUN 29TH 2014
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An Inside Outsider
4:20PM JUN 28TH 2014
On February 11, 2014 even this publication questioned the 'Outsider' in CD 19 Race!
“Is Curt Clawson Really an 'Outsider' in CD 19 Race?”

BY: ALLISON NIELSEN | Posted: February 11, 2014 3:07 PM
Curt Clawson is billing himself as an outsider in the race for U.S. Rep. Trey Radel's old seat in Congress, but his connections to lobbyists seem to suggest he's not as removed from lobbying groups as he'd like others to believe.

Clawson has been particularly vocal about standing up to lobbyists and special-interest groups since he announced his run in January.

“I think we need to elect Congress people who can challenge thinking of a career politician, lobbyists and special interest groups,” he said. “I really am an outsider. I never considered running for office before this.”

But according to Fox 4 News, the former CEO of Hayes-Lemmerz International worked closely with lobbyists while navigating the company through two bankruptcies. During the second bankruptcy, Clawson paid $30,000 to lobbying group Ben Barnes to "help them with manufacturing and bankruptcy."

HAYES-LEMMERZ THEN DUMPED $93 MILLION OF ITS UNDERFUNDED PENSION PLAN ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT -- AND THE FEDERAL AGENCY THAT ABSORBED THE UNFUNDED PENSION PLANS OF HAYES-LEMMERZ AND OTHER AUTOMOBILE COMPANIES IS NOW $5.2 BILLION IN DEBT.

Clawson served as CEO from 2001-2012.
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Another outsider like Rick Scott – who claims to be a successful businessman – squandering millions of our tax dollars, then jumping at the public trough with all their lying spins calling for pity like Rick Scott again dragging his mother out of the closet and taking about his poor childhood life – No mention of his years of Tom Hicks and George W. Bush schemes and involvements while “working for the city’s largest law firm, Johnson & Swanson, primarily representing companies in the health care, oil and gas and communication industries!”

Yea! Curtis Clawson bills himself as another outsider just Like Richard (Rick) Lynn Scott still bills himself as an outsider. REMEMBER: After law school, Gov. Scott stayed in Dallas, working for the city’s largest law firm, Johnson & Swanson, primarily representing companies in the health care, oil and gas and communication industries. Partner with GW Bush and Tom Hicks (#3 on GW Bush list to pay to play) In 1987, (The year IMC Medicare Fraud was uncovered by a low level government employee) while still practicing law, Gov. Scott (#65 on the GW Bush pay to play list) made an offer to purchase HCA, Inc. When the offer was rejected, along with the help of Jeb Bush, Gov. Scott and Richard Rainwater (#10 on GW List to pay to play) started Columbia Hospital Corporation with the remnants of (IMC) International Medical Centers – when Jeb’s partner Miguel Recarey fled the US under indictment for Medicare Fraud!

And who financed Miguel Recary, Jeb’s close friend and partner? Santo Trafficante, Jr. the Tampa born mobster who was run out of Cuba with the Batista mobsters by Castro in 1959 where he relocated and run his mob from Miami and Tampa for years until his death. Now who runs the Trafficante mob?

Rick Scott is trying to connect Charlie Crist to the mob through Scott Rothstein. But, he’s hiding his south Florida hospital takeovers originally financed by the mob for Recarey who left them holding the bag! So! Is it really any surprise to those with brains that Rick Scott got caught as an investor in some oil company that is drilling in the Everglades? Bush OIL and Hospital lawyer!

Like Rick Scott Mr. Clawson has got to have friends in high places in order to get the feds to suck up “$93 MILLION of its underfunded pension plan! EVERYONE SHOULD TRY THAT!

MR. CURTIS J. CLAWSON HAS BEEN THE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF HLI OPERATING CO. INC. AND HLI PARENT CO. INC. SINCE JUNE 2003. Mr. Clawson has been the Chief Executive Officer of Hayes Lemmerz International Inc., a subsidiary of HLI Parent Co. Inc. since August 2001. He served as President of Hayes Lemmerz International Inc. since August 2001. From November 1999 to August 2000, Mr. Clawson served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of American National Can Group, Inc. From May 1998 to November 1999, Mr. Clawson served as an Executive Vice President of American National Can Company, a subsidiary of Rexam Beverage Cans Americas (also known as American National Can Group, Inc.) Mr. Clawson served as the President of Beverage Cans Americas of American National Can Company, a subsidiary of American National Can Group Inc. Mr. Clawson joined American National Can Company in June 1998 as Senior Vice President of Beverage Cans Americas. Prior to joining American National Can Company, he served at Allied Signal Inc. from 1995 to 1997 as President of two separate business units. From March 1995 to January 1998, Mr. Clawson served as a Division President of AlliedSignal Inc. Prior to his experience with Allied Signal Inc., he held increasingly responsible senior level international positions at Arvin Industries, Inc. Mr. Clawson has 11 years of experience in the automotive industry. He began his career in automotive-related businesses at Arvin Industries where he spent 9 years, from 1986 to 1995, including: (i) a position as General Manager of the business unit that supplied Arvin exhaust products; (ii) tenures in sales and marketing; and (iii) tenures in production and plant management. From 1995 until the time that he joined American National Can, he served at Allied Signal, Inc. as President of Allieds Filters (Fram) and Spark Plugs (Autolite) Group, a $500 million automotive components business and then President of Allieds Laminate Systems Group. Mr. Clawson has been Chairman of Board of Directors of Hayes Lemmerz International Inc. since September 2001. He serves as the Chairman of HLI Operating Co. Inc. and HLI Parent Co Inc. MR. CLAWSON HAS BEEN A DIRECTOR OF INC. SINCE AUGUST 2001, HLI OPERATING CO. INC. AND HLI PARENT CO. INC. SINCE JUNE 2003. HE SERVED AS A DIRECTOR OF LEAR CORP. FROM NOVEMBER 9, 2009 TO MAY 16, 2012. He earned his Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Purdue University and a MASTERS OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION FROM HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL.

Mr. Clawson’s friend and fellow board member at Hayes Lemmerz International Inc. - Mr. HENRY D. G. WALLACE served as the PRINCIPAL EXECUTIVE OFFICER AT DIEBOLD, INCORPORATED from January 19, 2013 to June 6, 2013. Mr. Wallace served as the Chief Financial Officer and Group Vice President of Ford Motor Company ("Ford") from January 1999 to December 2001. Since 1998, he served as Vice President of Strategic Planning and Chief Financial Officer for Fords European Operations. From 1996 to 1997, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mazda Motor Corporation and Group Vice President of Asia Pacific Operations since 1999. He worked for 30 years at Ford Motor Company from 1971 to 2001. Before serving Ford in this capacity, Mr. Wallace occupied a number of different positions, including Group Vice President, President of Ford Venezuela, and Chief Financial Officer since 2000.
HE HAS BEEN NON-EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF LEAR CORP. “SINCE AUGUST 2010. HE HAS BEEN THE EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF DIEBOLD,” INCORPORATED SINCE JANUARY 21, 2013. He has been a Director of Lear Corp., since February 10, 2005. He has been a Director of Hayes Lemmerz International Inc., since 2003. “HE HAS BEEN AN INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR AT DIEBOLD, INCORPORATED SINCE APRIL 24, 2003.” HE SERVES AS A DIRECTOR OF HLI OPERATING CO INC. He served as a Director of Ambac Financial Group, Inc. from May 2004 to May 1, 2013. Mr. Wallace holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Leicester in England.

SEP 27, 2011 - Diebold voting machines can be hacked by remote control
A laboratory shows how an e-voting machine used by a third of all voters can be easily manipulated
Voting machines used by as many as a quarter of American voters heading to the polls in 2012 can be hacked with just $10.50 in parts and an 8th grade science education, according to computer science and security experts at the Vulnerability Assessment Team at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. The experts say the newly developed hack could change voting results while leaving absolutely no trace of the manipulation behind.

“We believe these man-in-the-middle attacks are potentially possible on a wide variety of electronic voting machines,” said Roger Johnston, leader of the assessment team “We think we can do similar things on pretty much every electronic voting machine.”
The Argonne Lab, run by the Department of Energy, has the mission of conducting scientific research to meet national needs. The Diebold Accuvote voting system used in the study was loaned to the lab’s scientists by VelvetRevolution(dot)us, of which the Brad Blog is a co-founder. Velvet Revolution received the machine from a former Diebold contractor
Previous lab demonstrations of e-voting system hacks, such as Princeton’s demonstration of a viral cyber attack on a Diebold touch-screen system — as I wrote for Salon back in 2006 — relied on cyber attacks to change the results of elections. Such attacks, according to the team at Argonne, require more coding skills and knowledge of the voting system software than is needed for the attack on the Diebold system.
Indeed, the Argonne team’s attack required no modification, reprogramming, or even knowledge, of the voting machine’s proprietary source code. It was carried out by inserting a piece of inexpensive “alien electronics” into the machine.

The Argonne team’s demonstration of the attack on a Diebold Accuvote machine is seen in a short new video which can be found on the internet. The team successfully demonstrated a similar attack on a touch-screen system made by Sequoia Voting Systems in 2009.

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Diebold Elections Systems, Inc., is no more. At least in name.
After a year and a half of conversely trying to dump their failed voting unit and/or lying to customers about the reliability and security of their voting systems, corporate parent Diebold is giving up the ghost of its election business which, according to an analyst in a Reuters report, was "responsible for less than 10 percent of Diebold's revenue, and 100 percent of its bad publicity."
According to a company statement just released, Diebold Elections Systems, Inc., will become Premier Election Solutions as of today. The company president, David Byrd, who has overseen the disastrous election unit for some time, will stay on as president to go down with the ship, apparently.

BUT, Diebold sets up another entity and claims to sell off the voting machine business – just to get the Diebold name off the vote machine fixing scandals!

Diebold Sells U.S. Elections Systems Business to ES&S
September 3, 2009-

NORTH CANTON, Ohio, Diebold, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) announced today that it has sold its U.S. election systems business, primarily consisting of its Allen, Texas-based subsidiary, Premier Election Solutions, Inc., to Election Systems & Software, Inc. (ES&S), a leading company in the election systems industry. The sale was consummated on September 2.


Diebold has agreed to sell its elections systems business for $5 million in cash plus future cash payments representing 70% of any cash collected on the outstanding U.S. election systems business accounts receivable as of August 31, 2009. As a result of this transaction, Diebold expects to recognize a pre-tax loss in the range of $45 million to $55 million. The pre-tax loss includes the assets and liabilities of the business, certain retained legal liabilities, and other transaction costs. This business will be reported as a discontinued operation. Excluding the impact of this divestiture, Diebold's full-year earnings per share outlook for 2009 remains unchanged.

Diebold entered the U.S. election systems business after purchasing Global Election Systems, Inc., in January 2002. Since early 2006, Diebold has identified its U.S. elections systems business as non-core to its operations and has been pursuing strategic alternatives to ownership, including divestiture. In August 2007, Diebold announced it had realigned its U.S. elections systems subsidiary to operate as an independent entity and renamed the company, Premier Election Solutions. Since that time, Diebold has maintained only a financial interest in Premier with no direct operational involvement. In 2008, Premier generated $88.2 million in revenue, or 2.8 percent of Diebold's total reported revenue for the year.

The company's Brazilian subsidiary, which manufactures voting terminals for Brazil's national elections board, the Tribunal Superior Electoral (TSE), is not affected by the sale of Premier Election Solutions.

Diebold, Incorporated is a global leader in providing integrated self-service delivery and security systems and services. Diebold employs more than 17,000 associates with representation in nearly 90 countries worldwide and is headquartered in Canton, Ohio, USA. Diebold is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol 'DBD.' For more information, visit the company's Web site to learn more about Diebold's 150-year history.

SOURCE Diebold, Incorporated

So! How can anyone with an ounce of brains have had any doubt that the outsider MR. CURTIS J. CLAWSON like the outsider RICK SCOTT before him would not win this race?

When they use the term OUTSIDER in politics that simply means that one of their well connected corporate goons is transferring into the government side of the scheme to defraud the people of America!
Dean
5:26AM JUN 28TH 2014
How did Gov Scott have his net wealth go from 80+ million to 120+ million last year. He wants Carole to release her tax returns while he hides the source of his wealth behind a trust? Something smells fishy and it is not tuna. Not many folks can make that much money in 1 year in a legit fashion. Am I the only person who sees this as important?
Dean
5:30AM JUN 28TH 2014
Let us not forget that Scott sold the aircraft that Florida owned, and mishandled the sale funds, stopping anyone from using them. But requires the taxpayers to pay for him to fly around in his private jet.

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