That’s a strange definition of “fight”

Think Progress:

Florida Republicans Fight To Keep ‘Cohabitation’ Of Unmarried Couples Illegal

The TP post is based on this article:

Unmarried? Living together? You’re breaking the law in Florida

Unmarried couples who want to take the plunge and move in together, take heart. A Florida legislator is seeking to make you legal.

“Cohabitation” of unmarried people is currently a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by $500 or up to 60 days in jail. The same penalty applies to cheating husbands and wives — though only to opposite-sex couples.

The laws have been on the books since the late 1800s, but are rarely enforced. In 2006, though, a Jacksonville woman did take advantage of the law and have her husband arrested for cheating, according to a news report. (It’s not clear how the case came out.)

Now, Rep. Ritch Workman, R-Melbourne, is on a mission to repeal the statutes penalizing adultery and cohabitation, as well as other laws he finds outdated, like a requirement that all bicycle riders keep one hand on the handle bars. He filed adultery the bill last week — it’s HB 4021 — though he hasn’t returned phone calls about it for the past two days.

Nobody else much wants to talk about it either.

Asked how Gov. Rick Scott felt about the measure, spokeswoman Amy Graham replied simply, “This isn’t an issue the governor is focused on.”

The bill has no Senate counterpart. And given the almost-certain opposition of social conservatives who lobby hard on “family values” issues, it’ll face tough sledding in an election year.

Consider the response of State Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, who previously headed the Florida chapter of the Christian Coalition: “I’m not ready to give up on monogamy and a cultural statement that marriage still matters,” he said.

So, one Republican wants to change the law, one wants to keep it the way it is, and none of the others is even interested in talking about it. (Apparently there are no Democrats in Florida)

So where is the “fight?”

Meanwhile, progressives waste no time in beating the tribal drums:

Markos Moulitsas:

It’s hard to expect anything less from the American Taliban.


I suppose we could stimulate the economy by hiring more police offers to deal with this sort of thing.


Cohabitation Is Illegal In Florida, And Conservatives Want To Keep It That Way

Democratic Underground:

The small-government GOP at it again.

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35 Responses to That’s a strange definition of “fight”

  1. imustprotest says:

    I stole this from the Blue Lyon blog. Imagine if Obama gave a speech like this….of course he could never give a speech like this. We had a candidate like this but SHE was kicked to the curb. Yes, we need a fighter like this:

  2. They’ve got nothing better to do. Trying to rescue the “base” from extreme apathy. The weird thing about Obots is they never even tried to appeal to disaffected Dems or new Indies. They never had a plan for that. Stupid is as stupid does.

  3. imustprotest says:

    Here’s another from Blue Lyon. This one really sounds like something Hillary would say. It reminds me of her “And the skies will open….” speech. This should be the true Democrat’s answer to Perry or any other Republican (Obama included) who wants to “reform” medicare.

  4. Dario says:

    My guess is that the Democrats want to keep the status quo.

  5. 1539days says:

    Is Jezebel supposed to be a feminist site? They seem to have a whole lot of nasty stuff to say about Bristol Palin.

    • Many of them are women from Wonkette.

      • WMCB says:

        Wonkette is known for outright sexist nastiness toward conservative women. They are the site that had the nasty photoshops up ridiculing Trig, and ran the doctored youtube of Bachmann supposedly saying “who likes white people?”, which she never said (it was raining, people were soaked, and she clearly said “who likes WET people”, and went on to talk about the weather, which they edited out)

        This was Wonkette’s post with the photoshop on Trig’s birthday:

        Today is the day we come together to celebrate the snowbilly grifter’s magical journey from Texas to Alaska to deliver to the America the great gentleman scholar Trig Palin. Is Palin his true mother? Or was Bristol? (And why is it that nobody questions who the father is? Because, either way, Todd definitely did it.)

        Because, ya know, it’s sooooo feminist to accuse the supportive husbands of powerful women of incest and rape, and to mock Down’s Syndrome kids. It’s the same group of women on many of these “progressive feminist” blogs, and they are all petty little self-important whiny-assed hipsters. They are not strong women, they are the Sorority of Simpering Handmaidens of the Democratic Party, mostly in charge of beer runs and hero worship for the frat boyz, and circulating the catty “slam books” for any woman not in their clique.

        • imustprotest says:

          The attacks on Trig were the most repulsive of all the horrible things they did…..and that’s saying a lot. It’s so bad, it’s really even hard to wrap my brain around.

        • Sorority of Simpering Handmaidens of the Democratic Party

          Honk, honk.

        • Just the name alone, Wonkette, should have been a hint. They’re not wonks, as in political wonks, they’re little wonks, as in female wonks. Playing a supportive role to their betters, the real political wonks, males. And they’re supposed to be liberal. Pathetic.

    • ralphb says:

      I think it’s more a Femicrat site.

      • Valhalla says:

        Yes, thanks Ralph. Sites like Wonkette are only “feminist” when the boyz need them to give them some some cred with female voters, or need their little prog sisters to make attacks on female politicians that they can’t make themselves without getting into trouble. It’s a pretty creepy syncophantic relationship, because for sites like Wonkette, nothing proves your cred with the lefty blogger boyz like dissin’ on other women.

        I have a pretty open definition of feminist, but it does mean more than just being female, and does not include trying to score points with faux prog blogger boyz by attacking other women with appeals to misogyny.

    • bluestate says:

      ah jezebel. no, not feminist. i believe they call themselves post feminist or something like that. and yes they are vile.

  6. Dario says:

    I hear there’s a tequila lover in this group, and he lives near SF.

    $35 for 2 Tickets to San Francisco’s Largest Tequila Tasting Event

  7. ralphb says:

    Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult

    Both parties are rotten – how could they not be, given the complete infestation of the political system by corporate money on a scale that now requires a presidential candidate to raise upwards of a billion dollars to be competitive in the general election? Both parties are captives to corporate loot. The main reason the Democrats’ health care bill will be a budget buster once it fully phases in is the Democrats’ rank capitulation to corporate interests – no single-payer system, in order to mollify the insurers; and no negotiation of drug prices, a craven surrender to Big Pharma.

    But both parties are not rotten in quite the same way. The Democrats have their share of machine politicians, careerists, corporate bagmen, egomaniacs and kooks. Nothing, however, quite matches the modern GOP.

    This is a long article but well worth the read. It answered some questions for me. If the Dems wanted to fight, they could start from here.

    • 1539days says:

      I saw this as one long diatribe about how all the ills of Congress can be traced back to the Republicans. This is insane on it’s face for at least two reasons. First, Democrats had the presidency, a majority in the House and a near filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. In fact, they HAD a filibuster-proof majority for some time in 2010. Second, they had Congress from 2007-2009 when Bush was president.

      The author is practically a nobody. I finally found that he was a defense analyst on John Kasich’s staff. And guess what? He has nothing bad to say about the GOP’s defense posture. In fact, he criticizes Obama’s in an offhand way. It’s kind of like Economist Paul Krugman talking about foreign policy, which he does badly.

      When Obots talk about the loyal opposition, they mean the LOYAL opposition who must obey the president at all times and pass everything he wants, kind of like the way the Democratic Congress approved all of Bush’s Iraq war funding. This former Republican seems to despise the Tea Party because they don’t accept the status quo. Instead, they use whatever (sometimes dirty) tricks they have to stop legislation. In a year, voters get to decide how they feel about that.

      • ralphb says:

        That practically a nobody retired after a 30 year career on both Senate and House committee staff. As far as what you say about him not criticizing the GOP’s defense posture, that’s just utter bullshit.

        It is one of his main pointed complaints on the perpetual war machine or did you miss the part where he took on McCain and Graham etal for wanting to invade everyone in sight?

        As far as the Tea Party goes, they have some good ideas and some which are just reactionary crap. In about a year, voters will have their say and, until that happens, we’re entitled to our own opinions.

        • 1539days says:

          Actually, I did miss that part. It’s a looong article full of sound and fury.

          Of course, if the GOP is the war machine, Democrats are becoming the war factory.

    • Dario says:

      From the article:

      I have joked in the past that the main administration policy that Republicans object to is Obama’s policy of being black.

      I found most of what the writer said to be true, but one sided. The accusation that the Republicans main policy objection is raycism has no merit.

      • 1539days says:

        That was pretty loathesome.

        As Sarah Palin would imply, the people who are not Real Americans. Racial minorities. Immigrants. Muslims. Gays. Intellectuals. Basically, anyone who doesn’t look, think, or talk like the GOP base.

        Because, Sarah MEANS that brown people and gay people aren’t real Americans, even if she has never SAID it.

      • ralphb says:

        I don’t expect a former Republican operative who’s dissing his own side to diss the other side with equal fervor. If for no other reason than he doesn’t have the expertise to do so.

        You have to remember this story is his own take and not absolute truth. That’s why you have free will to judge for yourself.

        • 1539days says:

          I expect a lot more for it to mean anything to me. Actually, he does a good job ruining his case by jokes about the Republican party being racist, reading Sarah Palin’s mind and generally ascribing some conspiracy theory as to why people could possibly vote Republican.

          He claims this crap has been going on for 30 years and he picked THIS year to leave?

    • I still associate any activist group with the word “truth” in it with 9/11 truthers. Just a tick with me.

  8. SYD says:

    Thank you for doing the research on this. It’s important to be informed about these things, as they tend to drive a wedge.

  9. yttik says:

    Only the current left could try to turn a liberal bill lead by a Republican into evidence of how evil Republicans are.

    And, good grief, Markos, “I’d-slap-my-newborn-son for-Obama,” really has no business calling anybody the American Taliban and passing moral judgements.

  10. HELENK says:

    the turning of one group of Americans against another group of Americans is something new for me .
    At one time you could argue politics and then have a drink together. People worked together to make things better.
    I guess the Alinski tactics are working and that is not a good thing.
    Since 2007 there has been more hatred spewed then I ever remember. This New democratic party has become something that I had hoped to never see in this country.

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