Police Officers, Fed Up with Rick Scott, Leave Republican Party En Masse

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A flyer distributed by the police union
Update, June 12, 2012: A year later, the PBA has a couple hundred fewer Republicans in its ranks, thanks to this event. Read an update here.

Next month the Broward County Police Benevolent Association is holding a "Party to Leave the Party" -- an event coordinated with the Supervisor of Elections where police officers and the general public can switch their voter registrations from Republican to Democratic or Independent.

The reason for the switch? The association, which serves as the bargaining union for the county's law enforcement officers, is unhappy with the leadership of Governor Rick Scott and the results of the past legislative session, including changes to the Florida Retirement System that will require the workers to pay more of their own wages into retirement savings.

The PBA may be a union, but it's not traditionally a bunch of liberals. "You'd be surprised," says Broward PBA President Patrick Hanrahan. "I think most of our police officers and stuff are Republicans." Well, until the party-switching party, that is.

"We've been supporting Republican governors for the past 20 years," Hanrahan continued.

But this one's antics may be too much for the traditionally red-voting, gun-wielding, meat-eating, hippie-busting (OK, we'll stop) cops to stomach.

"[Governor Scott's] union dues deduction bill is a flat-out union-busting bill," says Hanrahan. "Under the law, a government agency wouldn't be allowed to collect union dues if it was involved in political campaigns." He notes that Scott had "no problem" taking money from the police union in the past election. Scott did get significant pushback on the bill from some Republican representatives, but the House eventually passed it.

So here are the details: On Saturday, July 16, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. behind the PBA headquarters on SW 26th Terrace in Fort Lauderdale, the union will have elections officials standing by to register new voters or switch party registrations for anyone with a valid Florida ID.

Hanrahan says he's heard remarkably little controversy among the rank and file about the event, though he got one letter saying he had been a little too sarcastic when he wrote in the newsletter, "If you continue to be a registered Republican, you should be happy with what's going on in Tallahassee."

Apparently, the officers didn't want to be accused of such a thing.

Update 6/12: Here is the text from the back of the invitation:

The Broward PBA wants to send a message to the Republican Party, the governor and the Republican-led legislature-- those that are wreaking havoc on the lives of public employees--that we will not sit idly by and take it. Supporting the GOP means supporting those that are working hard against your interests and those who believe that labor unions are bent on destroying America.

On July 16, we want you, our members, your friends and your family, to leave the Republican Party. Law enforcement, firefighters, teachers and other public employees are invited to join us in switching from the Republican party to the party of their choice. Those who are not registered voters are welcome to come register so their voices can also be heard. Reg- istering or switching parties takes two minutes. All you need is a government-issued ID like a Florida Driver's License or a Florida ID.

There is one more legislative session before the 2012 elections--let's put them on notice.


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Chuck Jones
Chuck Jones

Why is this suddenly NEWS?   Charlie Crist being gay was covered in a broadcast by Clayton Morris on The Daily Buzz when Crist was the Attorney General and running for governor.  For those of you who don't know, Clayton Morris is a current co-host of Fox & Friends Weekend on Fox News Channel and a former co-host of the syndicated The Daily Buzz. Don't you Teapublicans listen to your own propaganda "news"? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZP6IUUrvgY

Nonnymouse
Nonnymouse

Good grief.  I have no particularly strong love for the police in general, would love to see a lot less autocratic behaviour and corruption across the entire country.  But cops are people, our neighbours, sometimes even friends and relatives.  So to see the backlash against the police in these comments when they're actually trying to do something GOOD is quite depressing.  Good on ya, guys.  It's an appreciated step in the right direction.  Hope you also support other unions come time for a bit of back-up...

Agent Change
Agent Change

Maybe the police will actually begin working to protect us instead of the elites in this country?  

Mr. Rick
Mr. Rick

Conservatives are like to devide us with petty issues. Eliminate corporate welfare. The amount of cash that corporations are sitting on is at a record. Corporations act like Veruka Salt. They want more and more, nothing is ever enough. They are driven by one thing, that is profit. At a time when Hedge Fund managers are buying 125 million $ 8th homes we are supposed to take less money for a job that requires more of us. Productivity is way up. Profits are way up. The private sector is kicking our ass, but it's not enough. Ayn Rand was a sociopath and her books were science fiction. Don't defend your captor. Just because they give you crums does not mean they care about you. During slavery, the Masters would keep the slaves hooked on drugs, so they would work hard and not need much to eat. We are being turned into slaves and we don't even realize it. Our sons and Daughtes are all over the world fighting wars to protect their interests and open new markets for plunder. Retired Marine two star General Smedly Butler stated "I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism." Corporations don't help people sucseed, it is the other way around.

M. Edmund Howse
M. Edmund Howse

why is it that there has to be a tragedy before someone notices the major deficiency

Johnny-on-the-spot
Johnny-on-the-spot

Bravo! Police demonstrate that they are thinking people not the stereotyped "pigs" they are often caricatured. 

American worker
American worker

I fully support police officers, firefighters and public sector employees. Teachers, cops and firefighters have the most important jobs in the world. It's time for police officers to turn against the Republicans. Remember Ohio and the union stripping bill that was overturned. The Republicans have changed. They are uncompromising fiscal extremists, funded by greedy billionaires who want to lower the wages and benefits of working people. They won't budge an iota on increasing taxes on the incomes of the wealthy to help offset budget cuts. Even Ronald Reagan would be targeted by them as too liberal, and they'd run candidates against him in primary elections. 

Steve-O
Steve-O

I am sorry I said that.  I am sitting in my own piss and shit looking at child porn.I like it in the ass by big dick and I am STEVE-O

Anticommunist35
Anticommunist35

I do not like COPS. I like more Militia power. It is much better.

jaded45
jaded45

Check out the Rick Scott Voodoo Doll t-shirts and mugs made especially for teachers, police officers, firefighters, and state workers on www.manbashersclubgifts.com

Gsp
Gsp

Florida voted this clown in and now they can reap what they sowed. How could anyone in their right mind ever elect this crook to dog catcher; never mind governor.

brianeno
brianeno

Why haven't police in WI done this already?

Scott I
Scott I

They had about 100 people at their pity party on Saturday.  Most cops know the budget needs to be tightened.  It's their union the PBA, run by a candy ass, that has let them down. 

Maniac113
Maniac113

"changes to the Florida Retirement System that will require the workers to pay more of their own wages into retirement savings"

Oh how terrible. Awful. Yeah, like the REST OF AMERICA already does.

Jugears McKenyan Jr
Jugears McKenyan Jr

They go through with this they can kiss our family down there 's money for their 'benevolent association' drives and such GOOD FREAKIN BYE>  if you think with this nation in full terminal velocity free fall dems anywhere are the answer you need a serious head examination or a month in a drunk druggie tank to dry out.

Shona
Shona

Um...who ISN'T fed up with Prick Scott (a.k.a. Rick Scott)?

Ziah Jolley
Ziah Jolley

Hey Florida! Legalize Marijuana, Industrial Hemp, help end Federal prohibition on Marijuana, then you won't need to steal more money from your people, or force Police Officers to pay more of their salary to retirement. We are a country that is going in reverse FAST with trillions in debt. Who pays for it? We all do. Stand up for yourselves and your right to be free. If you can't find someone that's supposed to represent you, then find someone that will and vote them in.

http://cannabisclubbing.com/bl...

AlaskaMariner
AlaskaMariner

..."including changes to the Florida Retirement System that will require the workers to pay more of their own wages into retirement savings."

Oh no, the poor babies have to actually pay for retirement savings?? How can we be so cruel.

Jugears McKenyan Jr
Jugears McKenyan Jr

No kidding, their whining is falling on deaf ears as even Obama's thug now mayor Emmanuel in Chicago, 20miles south safely from my orbit) is laying off 700 Public Union thugs if they don't get the message the free rides are over. We suffer they suffer since they forget we pay their salaries.

And they keep thugging it up everywhere they'll become enemy number one quickly around the nation, we're sick of their 'dem given special rates' and 'blood sucking pensions'....Howz about we all abandon these towns? Then they don't have the money to pay for electricity much less lifelong Pensions.

Problem solved for the 'taxpayer', just freaking move.

Those who have them over 45 should keep em, the age gets bumped to 60,  and the rest get nothing unless they contribute half. If I was king that would be the order of the day.

Leolife3154
Leolife3154

Please keep in mind anyone can reply on this blog...Anyone can simply write stupid remarks making people angered... Exp: Fuck the pussy ass cops.... Civilians are cop calling pussies.... We all need to rise up and be civilized...

Leo......

Trvcampbe
Trvcampbe

Most cops are good people.. Some have power trips,those are the one you want to avoid.I believe we have to many cops and they should not be militarized but we do need cops.To protect and serve..Not to primarily generate revenue. If the public could use there 2nd amendment rights to bear arms openly,then there would be less crime.So you would need less cops.Think about it--If the store clerk and the 5 customers  have guns on there hip,the robber is going to think twice about robbing the store and probably wouldnt. If he did,he would not get away.I am not bashing cops but cops are, 80% of the time,responders after the fact..Somebody has already been offended ,raped ,murdered,robbed,ect.If i have to choose between a .45 and a cop to protect my daughter from a rapist,i would choose that she had the .45..As far as the Governer,he should be in jail, for many reasons..As far as making cops pay more of there own money toward there retirement,i say good..We are all in a tough time right now. People have to make some sacrifices that they normaly would not..I have..

Jugears McKenyan Jr
Jugears McKenyan Jr

Sure most are, but as is the case in the civilian population, you are who your friends are, and when cops and firefighters start thugging it up on streetcorners and striking and such, they won't get my help any time soon at the benevolence ball and Policeman's Christmas fund if they haven't outlawed that one in Commie DC yet.....

We just arm ourselves anyhow up here as does my pops and his wife down in Bonita Bay. as the copppers  only come around to fill out the paperwork and bodybag tags after the fact anyhow.... They'll be putting the hoodies into the bags when they come around my homestead with crime in mind, that's for sure.

In fact we encourage criminals in our suburban hood leaving open garage doors and unlocked cars to suck them into a trap, and in 7 years of doing it, sadly we've had no taker yet.

They (cops) can't be everywhere and aren't ....so ultimately it's up to us to police our own "spreads" anyhow when the rubber hits the road.

Darkstool
Darkstool

Retired after 30 years on the "job", paid my dues, big time. Left my family to make sure your's was safe. Went to college, went to grad school and made 6 figures, my pension is for life and is in the $85,000 bracket, oh yea my medical is paid as well, and I get 3% cola evety July. Now, that is good, real good. I never took a dime that wasn't earned, never fuckin' railroaded anyone and never had a feet on the desk type of job. I wear a size 36 pants, a little bigger then the 34 I started with but never ever been a fat slob, which I detest in all walks of life. I also started out making 11,900 a year. Worked o/t and special details to put food on the table. My promise was, work hard, keep your nose clean and your reward comes at the end. Didn't always have a take home car and when I did it was crap. Had to buy all my own eguipment and weapon. Worked every holiday and  weekends. I also have many friends that were realtors, in the construction biz, banking, and the corporate world. They made tons of money and I admit I was jealous, today, they got shit I was a democrat all my life until I became a independant, because all politicians suck, they all lie, they are all scumbags and they all have the IQ of room tempreture.So, for those that want to say "fuck the police" I must interupt and say, "err excuse me sir/madam, no fuck you very much" Life is Good, no Life is fuckin' Good"........hey what can I say, sucks to be you!

Altered_States
Altered_States

So, the police are fed up with Rick Scott. 

My question is, what took you so long to find out what he and the Republican Party are all about. 

If you had asked, I could have told you way back in 2002 to stay as far away from these guys as possible.  They are pure poison to anyone who works for a living.

You see, the rich and super rich really don't work for a living.  No.  They make money the old fashioned way,  they steal it!!!

If you think Rick Scott is bad, wait until you get a load of what the Bush family does on a regular basis.  Don't forget, they are all Republicans, so that gives them a sense of "entitlement".

Does anyone remember the "Savings and Loan Scandal" of the 1980's?  It seems, whenever the name Bush shows up there is an accompanying scandal that shows up with it.  The following link is just the "tip-of-the-iceberg" in the Bush family "enterprises".http://www.rationalrevolution....

Get ready for a shocking experience.  But, to the Bush family, it's just another day to make a "killing in the market".

P.S. I forgot to add, they all consider themselves to be "Christians".

First Hand
First Hand

After reading the majority of the comments on this thread, I have learned something.I have learned that when you here the term (the people) (middle class) or (public), it refers to public sector government employees. You know, the gov. employees who already made more than their private sector counterparts.It's like a form of class war fair, Public sector and Union employees who live off of the private sector - against - Private sector employees and small biz owners.Those that can; do - Those that can't, join a union or get a Gov. job.

Second Hand
Second Hand

You sir win at being the dumbest person on this comment section.

Congratulations.

Jugears McKenyan Jr
Jugears McKenyan Jr

No I'm voting for your 'offering' Rosie Hand and your five friends...

First Hand
First Hand

Thats the best you can do? The award is yours without any doubt.

First Hand
First Hand

Boo Hoo Hoo; How dare you ask me to do like the private sector and contribute to my own retirement. I am a Public sector union member and I demand to suck the taxpayers dry and not play by the same rules they do. You Cops are acting like a bunch of crybabies. The tit is dry, grow some balls and contribute like the rest of us have to do.If that's not good enough, QUIT. See how it looks on this side of the fence having to pay for you crybabies.

Sandy Carrington
Sandy Carrington

What a Joke ? How many union thugs are Republicans....? This crap is all tied to Obama's reelection mostly being driven by the moron people at moveon.org.This crap appeals to morons only....These cops have to be morons and LIARS

First Hand
First Hand

They are. Have no doubts about it.Same mindset as ACORN and SEIU. Cops think they are better than the tax payers that pay their salaries and their retirements. You either allow them to stay on your TIT for life, or they will show you and leave their supposed core beliefs and become WeinerCrats.

Jugears McKenyan Jr
Jugears McKenyan Jr

You got that right, you outta come up to the ghetto 20 miles south of me called CHEE CAGO MANG!!!  ...freaking Illegal aliens and hoodies galore like its the third world.

Frankly white people don't need cops 99% of the time, as its all the murders and burglaries and so on in the hoods where cops spend all their time, not in our neighborhoods and 99% of these hoodies don't even pay taxes!!!!

I've never seen nor heard a cop in my life at my homes in 47 years,  unless they were sucking money outta me for rolling a stop sign or speeding 4 miles over the limit about 6 years ago or a 100 a year for a plate sticker or window sticker or this or that FEE.

We get it both ways coming and going. Meanwhile all the resources are spent coddling the third worlder's. and I'm a 911 dispatcher so I KNOW> I never field calls from Caucasians ever, it's hoodies, Muslims and Illegals all night and all weekend long every week.

Every call after midnight goes like this:   Yo dey tooks my bike Iz stoled lasss week dogg!!  

Or "my burgers be cold mang, wtf?"....

.or "man der someone be shootin up da place outside my crib yo" and they always call the cops but hate em all so much, and then the cops show up, kill the perp and they get sued and they get mad at us because we're sick of paying England like taxes our founders came here to escape!!!

Freaking ghetto ites..I'm sick of em all.

WOODSLOUNGE
WOODSLOUNGE

fuck rick scott and the rest of the devils in his camp! rick scott is full of shit! oh yeah Mr. dick head scott! why not drug test you and your whole camp? why not drug test the crackers thats in power right now in fla? why not drug test everyone who gets a check from the crooked government? why just drug test those who are already down and just getting by? for-real dick head scott you are wrong! since you are the new nigga in charge why not start with drug testing your fake ass FIRST?

First Hand
First Hand

Shut your pie hole you fat Puzzy

Jlg77
Jlg77

I'm amused by some of the Tea Party comments here: you guys think cops are heroes who are always innocent of brutality and corruption one minute, but then you call them union-thug public employees the next.

Oh, and JohnD, not all of the majority of Floridians who now disapprove of the job Scott is doing can possibly be leftists, let alone everyone who doesn't agree with you.

First Hand
First Hand

Your Wrong - I'm Tea Party and always speak out about what crooks and thugs Cops have become.It is their Union and the Union Mentality that did it to them.

I want the Cops off of my Tit. The tax payers are out of milk in their Tits for these Cops.

Jugears McKenyan Jr
Jugears McKenyan Jr

That's right 'hand',  they can't handle the truth so they resort to name calling, in fact using a homosexual slur for an act only Homosexuals perform on other Homosexuals, so they use a word they derived to describe one of their own very favorite man on man sexual acts as a slur against conservatives. That makes sense. Not.

As we can see from his comment, hey all think it's cute calling Tea Party Members tea baggers,  when in fact, it's they who are the ones smoking butts and choking on nuts all night long.

That's a real tea bagger as defined in their favorite research tool, the Urban Dictionary...However, then when someone uses the word fa**ot in the same fashion as a slur, they throw endless public conniption fits.

Plus they mistakenly think conservatives won't fight back because we're Christians, but that's just another of their dumbazzzed stereotypes they hate unless they're the one's slinging em themselves that is.... Well they got that one wrong too. I'll fight em all day and night because they're wrong about every  single issue they hold near and dear and our collapsing society is proof the liberal way only leads to societal anarchy and collapse.

deke4
deke4

What all Americans need is a course in the beginnings of the Industrial Age. Or perhaps reading some of the accounts of the life people lived before unions came on the scene. "The Moguls", "Grapes of Wrath", "The Jungle", John Spargo's "The Bitter Cry of Children". But if you want a quick one chapter lesson on the plight of workers and their valiant effort, pick up a book on George Pullman, the inventor of the railroad sleeping car. Just read about the town he built in Illinois for his workers. He would escort pols down one street with freshly painted houses, white picket fences, manicured lawns and flower gardens. But that was just one street where Pullman's overseers lived. Beyond that idyllic street you had large tenements with one water pipe going into the cellar of each house and all the families living in that tenement would have to go to the cellar and fill their pails with water. There was one bathroom on each floor shared by several families living on that floor. If you worked in the Pullman factory you had to live in the Pullman tenement, you had to shop in the Pullman grocery store, buy your shoes in the Pullman shoe store, borrow money from the Pullman bank, and when you died you went to a Pullman mortuary and were buried in a Pullman Cementary.In the early 1870's this nation went into a depression. This Captain of Industry, George Pullman, lowered the wages of his employees and raised the rent of those living in his slum housing. This brought on the Pullman strike.There are numerous incidences of mal treatment of workers before the advent of unions along with numerous broken workers heads and killings of those who advocated the joining together of workers. The Johnston Pennsylvania strike, the Haymarket strike, the Boston strike. All to many of us are not too familiar with life before unions. Those of you fortunate enough to have ancestors in their late 80's and 90's would do well to ask them about conditions in their early life.

toptwome
toptwome

People were snookered by the wealthiest and most dishonest republicans and now it is evident these republican governors serve the rich and themselves without regard for anyone elses lives and futures. Selfish and dishonest is exactly what Scott is and he has harmed to state since taking office.

DrMallard
DrMallard

Rick Scott is truly amazing. He's even got the COPS ticked off!I wonder if this means we're back to no-paper-trail electronic voting next time around...

Trvcampbe
Trvcampbe

Your vote doesnt count anyways..Elections are predetermined..A man name Athan Gibbs tried to change this but failed..Wonder where he is now?..Oh yea i forgot,he is dead..

FieryLocks
FieryLocks

(QUOTE)"We've been supporting Republican governors for the past 20 years," Hanrihan continued.(QUOTE)Voting against your and your state's best interests. You reap what you sow.

Jugears McKenyan Jr
Jugears McKenyan Jr

That's funny because that's exactly what they're threatening to do now: vote against a Governor your freaking state elected to clean up the financial mess that the DC Dems caused the nation by handing out free mortgages to scum who never deserved them nor could afford them

Not to mention nationwide public union paybacks for decades of 'dem only' union support across the board with pensions and high pay raises no one gets in the private sector (even private sector unions and I know< I'm IN ONE) which they ALL KNEW could never be sustained.

But they didn't care in the 70's 80's and 90's when these 'dem only deals' were hammered out,  because they all knew they'd be dead and gone when the collapse came.

And here it is, and the only way to fix it is pay and pension cuts or astronomical taxation from the same people already being taxed for these sky high wages and untenable pensions. Money of which we won't pay and liberals can't because 70% of them are on welfare and or unemployment.

Trvcampbe
Trvcampbe

Here it is again..Two Americans fighting over who caused our problems,Dems or Repubs..The problem here is you have two Americans against each other..Divide and Conquer has worked well for the establishment...There is no difference in the two..Its an illusion..I thought by now,people would have noticed the similarities in democrats and republicans but you have not..While you argue (they are counting on that) they will continue selling this country out to Corporations...Stop fighting ..Unite instead..Did you know ,there is no mention of political parties in the constitution..

BG
BG

I wish we the police and firefighters and teachers could not show up to work for one 24 hour period then see how you big mouths are your buddy Stevo will be robbing all of you or worse

First Hand
First Hand

Please, be my guest. Take a month off. I can do a far better job of protecting myself then you Jack Booted thugs can do any day. You thugs are rude and unprofessional. You are order followers who are unable to think for yourselves. That is why Law enforcement seeks out Low IQ officers. You really don't impress me at all. I can do everything you do, but I can do it better and with respect and courtesy for those who pay your salaries. You should not be so impressed with yourselves, nobody else is impressed with you.

Trvcampbe
Trvcampbe

I second that..Even better,just quit..Go home..Cops are responders after the fact anyways..You call 911 because something has already happened..The cop didnt protect you ,because he wasnt there...People can protect themselves better..Fully enact 2nd amendment rights and half of the Police force will not be needed..Imagine the money saved for the Tax payers..Also,society will be safer...

bg
bg

Stevo must be a police hater because hes a criminal

mark34
mark34

Rick Scott is a tragedy.

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