Some 28 centrists “Blue Dog” Democrats lost their congressional seats after the 2010 elections, including now-former Rep. Allen Boyd, who represented Florida’s 2nd district. #
According to a recent report by the Center for Public Integrity’s iWatch News, nearly a third of them have achieved soft landings by taking jobs lobbying their former colleagues. #
Boyd now works for the bipartisan Twenty-First Century Group, whose client list includes several figures in the telecommunications industry, among them Verizon and Time Warner Cable. #
The report notes that industry groups and their political committees bailed on the Blue Dogs after they failed to pass business-backed legislation when Democrats controlled congress and that many of the groups switched to supporting Republicans. #
The St Johns Riverkeeper's Neil Armingeon and Free Market Florida's Ryan Houck took to the airwaves to discuss the EPA's proposed numeric nutrient criteria on Wednesday morning. First Coast Connect, a Jacksonville news show on NPR affiliate 89.9, hosted the two for a 30-minute segment centered on the heavily debated criteria that would restrict pollution in state waterways.
Speaking at an Orlando fundraiser dinner for Texas-based Heroic Media, an anti-abortion group that relies heavily on controversial advertising campaigns, Florida resident and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee spoke mostly about the importance of promoting alternatives to abortion.