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Thursday, March 04, 2021

As Florida's eldest residents struggled to sign up to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, nearly all those aged 65 years and older in a wealthy gated enclave in the Florida Keys had been vaccinated by mid-January, according to an emailed newsletter obtained by the Miami Herald.

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MFA (follow the money):

Since DeSantis started using the state's vaccine initiative to steer special pop-up vaccinations to select communities, his political committee has raised $2.7 million in the month of February alone, more than any other month since he first ran for governor in 2018, records show.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-03-04 06:31 AM | Reply

The GOP is the party of the working man!

- Ted Cancun Cruz

#2 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-03-04 06:51 AM | Reply

#1 This is the type of swamp style corruption that AG Merrick Garland should have a field day with.

#3 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-03-04 06:52 AM | Reply

#3 If Florida had NY's AG, they'd investigate on a state level as well.

#4 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-03-04 08:13 AM | Reply

This is really simple.

Was the dose delivery comparable, on a per capita level, to other deliveries around the state.

If no then it's pretty clear this was used by DeSantis for political gain and he should be investigated from top to bottom for corruption.

#5 | Posted by jpw at 2021-03-04 08:49 AM | Reply

@#2 ... The GOP is the party of the working man! ...

Republicans Won Blue-Collar Votes. They're Not Offering Much in Return.
www.nytimes.com

...As the election returns rolled in showing President Donald J. Trump winning strong support from blue-collar voters in November while suffering historic losses in suburbs across the country, Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri, a Republican, declared on Twitter: "We are a working class party now. That's the future."

And with further results revealing that Mr. Trump had carried 40 percent of union households and made unexpected inroads with Latinos, other Republican leaders, including Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, trumpeted a political realignment. Republicans, they said, were accelerating their transformation into the party of Sam's Club rather than the country club.

But since then, Republicans have offered very little to advance the economic interests of blue-collar workers. Two major opportunities for party leaders to showcase their priorities have unfolded recently without a nod to working Americans....


#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-03-04 02:50 PM | Reply

You got to love it. Those that brought the virus to the world through air travel and have done the least to stop the transmission of the virus by refusing to wear masks and also live in the safest places to self distance without any trouble also get the vaccine first. Talk about inequality. The USA is not any different than Latin America in this aspect. Not any different.

#7 | Posted by tknees at 2021-03-04 03:04 PM | Reply

Best health care money can buy!

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-03-04 03:30 PM | Reply

Where da righties at?

#9 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-03-04 04:12 PM | Reply

he should be investigated from top to bottom for corruption.
#5 | Posted by jpw at

He should be, but you can bet that he won't be. Why bother to buy a governorship if you can't make money off of it?

#10 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2021-03-04 04:14 PM | Reply

Florida Gov. DeSantis accused of favoritism in distributing Covid vaccine, Congress urged to investigate

Florida's agriculture commissioner on Monday called for a congressional investigation into Gov. Ron DeSantis over "alleged political favoritism" in his state's distribution of Covid-19 vaccine doses.

Nikki Fried, the state's Democratic agriculture commissioner, noted that at least three "pop-up" vaccination sites have been "organized in wealthy communities affiliated with donors to the governor's political campaigns."

www.cnbc.com

#11 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-03-04 04:56 PM | Reply

$27,000,000 in campaign donations from the communities DeSantis prioritized COVID vaccine shipments to:

DeathSantis traded vaccine for $2.7 million in campaign cash

As Florida's eldest residents struggled to sign up to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, nearly all those aged 65 years and older in a wealthy gated enclave in the Florida Keys had been vaccinated by mid-January, according to an emailed newsletter obtained by the Miami Herald. The management of Ocean Reef Club, located in north Key Largo, also acknowledged in the Jan. 22 message to residents that the rest of the state was grappling to get its hands on the vaccine.

(courtesy of Nixon)

#12 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-03-04 05:09 PM | Reply

FLorida is also full of Republican, 65 & over former blue collar retirees. You suppose they may just think the next time before they just vote?

#13 | Posted by Yodagirl at 2021-03-04 05:32 PM | Reply

-You suppose they may just think the next time before they just vote?

think about what?

if the GOP runs a different candidate.....they'll win.

#14 | Posted by eberly at 2021-03-04 05:35 PM | Reply

You guys are really reaching for this one. So one enclave of wealthy represents all of the wealthy in Florida? And just because he so happens to raise some money during this time, you are tying to that?

Keep reaching..

#15 | Posted by boaz at 2021-03-04 05:59 PM | Reply

Boaz, do you understand what

"DeSantis started using the state's vaccine initiative to steer special pop-up vaccinations to select communities"

says?

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-03-04 06:01 PM | Reply

Someone has to be first, so why shouldn't it be the Governor's biggest donors? -- Boaz

#17 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-03-04 06:06 PM | Reply

@#15 ... So one enclave of wealthy represents all of the wealthy in Florida? And just because he so happens to raise some money during this time, you are tying to that? ...

You didn't seem to read the article, did you?

Let me quote some of it...

...As Florida's eldest residents struggled to sign up to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, nearly all those aged 65 years and older in a wealthy gated enclave in the Florida Keys had been vaccinated by mid-January, according to an emailed newsletter obtained by the Miami Herald.

The management of Ocean Reef Club, located in north Key Largo, also acknowledged in the Jan. 22 message to residents that the rest of the state was grappling to get its hands on the vaccine.

"Over the course of the last two weeks, the Medical Center has vaccinated over 1,200 homeowners who qualify under the State of Florida's Governor's current Order for those individuals who are 65 years of age or older,'' the message reads.

"We are fortunate to have received enough vaccines to ensure both the first and second for those vaccinated. At this time, however, the majority of the State has not received an allocation of first doses of vaccines for this week and beyond, and the timing of any subsequent deliveries remains unclear."

Neither Ocean Reef's media relations representative nor officials from its medical center immediately returned phone and emailed messages to answer questions about how it received so many vaccines before much of the rest of the state.

Ocean Reef Club is an ultra-exclusive neighborhood that is arguably one of the highest-security private communities in the nation. According to Sotheby's International Realty, it has more than 2,100 members who live there either full or part time. It is also where the very wealthy and where dignitaries, including President Joseph Biden, come to stay when they visit the Florida Keys.

Republican donors live there

It's also home to many wealthy donors to the Florida Republican Party and GOP candidates, including Gov. Ron DeSantis.

In fact, the only people from Key Largo who gave to DeSantis' political committee live in Ocean Reef. All 17 of them had given the governor contributions of $5,000 each through December 2020, according to the Florida Division of Elections.

But on Feb. 25, one resident of Ocean Reef, Bruce Rauner, the former Republican governor of Illinois and former chairman of the Chicago-based private equity firm GTCR, increased his contribution and wrote a $250,000 check.

Since DeSantis started using the state's vaccine initiative to steer special pop-up vaccinations to select communities, his political committee has raised $2.7 million in the month of February...


Apologies for the wall of text, but sometimes it takes alot of words to describe what may be happening.

What I see from the above can be summarized as:

  • Many 65+ senior residents of Florida are struggling to get first dose of vaccine..
  • Management of Ocean Reef Club told its residents it has enough vaccine to deliver both first and second doses. (again acknowledging that the rest of the state does not have enough vaccine for even the first dose).
  • Ocean Reef Club management refuses to answer any questions about this apparent discrepancy.
  • Ocean Reef Club is the home of many donors to Gov DeSantis.
  • At the end of Feb, one resident of Ocean Reef Club wrote a $250,000 check to Gov DeSantis.
  • Gov DeSantis, in a show of how much he respects his constituents refused to answer any questions about the above.

So, what do you think, did I summarize it appropriately?


  • #18 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-03-04 07:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

    Many 65+ senior residents of Florida are struggling to get first dose of vaccine..
    Management of Ocean Reef Club told its residents it has enough vaccine to deliver both first and second doses. (again acknowledging that the rest of the state does not have enough vaccine for even the first dose).
    Ocean Reef Club management refuses to answer any questions about this apparent discrepancy.
    Ocean Reef Club is the home of many donors to Gov DeSantis.
    At the end of Feb, one resident of Ocean Reef Club wrote a $250,000 check to Gov DeSantis.
    Gov DeSantis, in a show of how much he respects his constituents refused to answer any questions about the above.

    So, what do you think, did I summarize it appropriately?

    #18 | Posted by LampLighter

    You did it perfectly. DeSantis is a corrupt, self-seeking -------

    #19 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-03-04 08:27 PM | Reply

    #18 | Posted by LampLighter

    How did you get the bullet points to show up? I used HTML, which showed up in Preview but didn't after Publish.

    And, again, perfect summary in #18

    #20 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-03-04 08:29 PM | Reply

    @#20 ... How did you get the bullet points to show up?

    OK to explain this, I will have to use some substitute characters so they are not processed by the thread elf's editing engine or your borwser.

    My character substitution:

    { is left carat (the "less than" character)
    } is right carat (the "greater than" character)

    To start you need a
    {ul}

    That means unordered list (a.k.a. bullets). If you want numbers, use {ol}.

    Then for each item use {li}.

    So, what I did above could be summarized as...

    {ul}{li} first
    {li} second}
    {li} third
    {/ul}

    Don't forget to close your list with that {/ul}
    Fun stuff can happen if you don't.

    With the real carat characters..

    • first
    • second
    • third

    With {ol} instead of {ul}...

    1. first
    2. second
    3. third

    YMMV and all that...


    #21 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-03-04 08:42 PM | Reply

    @#20 ... I used HTML, which showed up in Preview but didn't after Publish. ...

    Yeah, that happens here.

    But I do have to give major kudos to the uber thread elf here.

    RCade seems to view security over convenience. The input scrubbing on this site is aggressive. I know I've had my complaints. :)

    But it seems to favor security over convenience.

    And I laud RCade for that. And I hope RCade continues to prioritize security.

    #22 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-03-04 08:46 PM | Reply

    The input scrubbing on this site is aggressive. I know I've had my complaints. :)

    Lol aggressive is spot-on. I've attempted to embed things in various ways in previous comments, and the fine text is basically a whole summation (as far as I can figure) of what is allowed:
    The following HTML tags are allowed in comments: a href, b, i, p, br, ul, ol, li and blockquote. Others will be stripped out.

    #23 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-03-04 08:59 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

    Better to have aggressive scrubbing than a Bobby Droptables situation, or a half broken UI due to over zealous users ;)

    #24 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-03-04 09:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

    @#21

    oops...

    {li} second}

    - should be -

    {li} second

    #25 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-03-04 10:11 PM | Reply

    The following HTML tags are allowed in comments: a href, b, i, p, br, ul, ol, li and blockquote. Others will be stripped out.

    I think that was in response to users going way overboard with certain HTML features.

    For instance, many moons ago, people were screwing up threads by making the font size ginormous. Posts would have some lines with normal 12 font and the rest with size 100 font.

    #26 | Posted by jpw at 2021-03-05 09:08 AM | Reply

    Gov DeSantis, in a show of how much he respects his constituents refused to answer any questions about the above.

    So, what do you think, did I summarize it appropriately?

    #18 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-03-04 07:37 PM | Reply | Flag:

    And he was the #2 choice for 2024 by QPAC for POTUS after -------.

    When he runs for governor again, the morons will re-elect him.

    #27 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-03-05 11:03 AM | Reply

    #21 | Posted by LampLighter

    Thanks!

    {ul}{li} Thank you 1
    {li} Thank you 2
    {li} Thank you 3
    {/ul}

    #28 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-03-05 07:40 PM | Reply

    Got it! Thanks!




    #29 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-03-05 07:44 PM | Reply

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