Quoteworthy

  • “Putin is so ‘popular’ that anyone who challenges him must be murdered, exiled or banned. Anyone who treats these (Russian) ‘elections’ as anything other than a dictator’s theater is a fool.”–Russian exile Gary Kasparov.
  • “I think we did a fantastic job in Puerto Rico.”–President Donald Trump.
  • “I don’t think they can impeach somebody that’s doing a great job.”–Donald Trump.
  • “Do not despair of our present difficulties but believe always in the promise and greatness of America. … Farewell, fellow Americans. God bless you, and God bless America.”–The late Sen. John McCain.
  • “I want to be a bridge between McCain World and Trump world.”–South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham.
  • “You learn to let things go.”–John McCain.
  • “We’ve never had a president who’s deliberately made decisions the effect of which is to tear down America’s standing in the world.”–Former Vice President Al Gore.
  • “(Trump) knows that the conservative base of the Republican Party will remain loyal as long as he’s busy stocking the courts with their brand of judges.”—David Van Drehle, Washington Post.
  • “My fellow Americans: Rudy Giuliani is right; truth isn’t truth. And climate change isn’t real. And Donald Trump isn’t president! Feels better already, doesn’t it?”–Bette Midler.
  • “I think Republicans will lose the House in the November midterms, and the results will yield enough angry Democrats for a majority of the House to vote for impeachment.”—Republican political consultant Ed Rogers.
  • “Resign.”–Al Gore’s one-word message to Donald Trump.
  • “Such a fantastic win.”–President Donald Trump, on Ron DeSantis’ primary win over Adam Putnam.
  • “Let’s keep Florida great–and make it even greater.”–Ron DeSantis.
  • “Florida’s not picking an apprentice. We’re electing a governor.”–Adam Putnam.
  • “I think (Gillum) is way, way too liberal for the state of Florida.”–Ron DeSantis.
  • “A failed socialist mayor … who has allowed crime and many other problems to flourish in his city. This is not what Florida wants or needs.”–Donald Trump, referencing Andrew Gillum.
  • “What our state and country needs is decency, hope and leadership.”—Andrew Gillum.
  • “He’s the talent that our party has waited for for so long.”–Gillum primary opponent Chris King.
  • “Now we must put all our efforts behind Andrew Gillum.”–Gwen Graham.
  • “Andrew’s nomination was good news for every Democrat on the ballot. This pumps energy, excitement into the Democratic ticket unlike anything we’ve seen before.”—State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando.
  • “I can’t believe the party has turned into a cult of personalities.”–Keith Rupp, former aide to Adam Putnam.
  • “Either (DeSantis) has got some nasty tendencies within himself or he just doesn’t get out much. And neither is good.”–David Brooks, New York Times.
  • “I’ve always assumed that the path to victory has been through the center. … He certainly has excited the Democratic base. Now the job is to expand the universe.”–Mayor Bob Buckhorn.
  • “Search is not used to set a political agenda, and we don’t bias our results toward any political ideology.”–Google
  • “Give a man fake news, and he’ll fool you for a day. Teach a man to fake news, and he’ll lie to you for life.”–M. Berger, author and fellow with the Counter-Terrorism Strategic Communication Project.
  • “The best way to encourage continued economic growth, make it easier to rebuild aging infrastructure and place more young adults into high-paying careers is to address construction workforce shortages.”–Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America.
  • “The policing of women’s bodies must end.”–Billie Jean King.
  • “Sadly, it’s very common, ballot fatigue. You’ll see with the Amendments in November. … Undervotes have consequences. You literally are letting someone else choose for you.”–Pasco County Election Supervisor Brian Corley.
  • “Our estimates imply that the benefits of school air conditioning likely outweigh the costs in most of the U.S., particularly given future predicted climate change.”–From a Harvard research study of the impact of AC on standardized test results.
  • “His passing will leave a hole in the heart of theatre in the United States and abroad.”—Stageworks Theatre, on the passing of Neil Simon.
  • “The ability to get our new name out there was very important to us, because it is a very competitive landscape in health care.”–Florida Hospital president and CEO Mike Schultz, after signing 10-year deal with the Buccaneers to rename One Buc Place the AdventHealth Training Center.

Quoteworthy

  • “Make no mistake, democracy in the era of Trump and Putin is in retreat and has been targeted for extinction. With the right amount of public awareness, determination and dedication to the principles we hold dear and love, it can be stopped.”—Malcolm Nance, author of “The Plot to Destroy Democracy.”
  • “I give myself an A+. I don’t think any president has ever done what I’ve done in this short … we haven’t even been two years.”–Donald Trump.
  • “Sure, despite his denial, he was a “crook.” But compared with the incumbent, I’d take Richard Nixon any day.”–Philip Allen Lacovara, former counsel to the Watergate special prosecutor.
  • “We shared, for all our differences, a fidelity to something higher–the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched and sacrificed.”—Former President Barack Obama, on the passing of Sen. John McCain.
  • “While I am attorney general, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations. … No nation has a more talented, more dedicated group of law enforcement investigators and prosecutors than the United States.”–Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
  • “You know the only reason I gave him the job because I felt loyalty. He was an original supporter.”—Donald Trump, on his rationale for appointing Jeff Sessions attorney general.
  • “He’s supposed to be a big hero from 9/11, and yet every one of his lines screams incompetent great uncle who gets drunk at Thanksgiving.”—Gail Collins, New York Times, in satirizing Rudy Giuliani.
  • “We are fighting history.”–Bill Stepien, White House political director, in noting that the party of an incumbent president typically suffers electoral losses in the mid-term year–and why President Trump will be spending a lot of time campaigning for Republican candidates on the ballot in 2018.
  • “If (the murdered) Mollie Tibbetts is a household name by October, Democrats will be in deep trouble. If we can be blocked by Manafort-Cohen, etc., then the GOP could lose (the House) badly.”–Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
  • “The Congressional GOP has not simply enabled Trumpism’s worst and most dangerous instincts, but actually has encouraged them.”–Charles J. Sykes, Weekly Standard.
  • “Life is fraught with opportunities to keep your mouth shut.”–Winston Churchill.
  • “How long is it going to take for us to get guns off the street?”—Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams, in the aftermath of a gunman opening fire during a video game tournament.
  • “Considering that Canada is the No.1 customer for U.S. goods, and Florida is an important part of that, we can only imagine the impact if trade barriers go up in a world without NAFTA. It would hurt everyone.”–Laurent Morel-a-l’Huissier, consul with the Consulate General of Canada office in Miami.
  • “Can’t recall a primary election cycle this nasty.”—State Sen. Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa.
  • “This sort of announcement, I just want to savor it.”—TIA CEO Joe Lopano, in celebrating news that the airport is getting non-stop flights to Amsterdam–TIA’s fifth destination in Europe.
  • “The potential for Brightline to connect Orlando and Tampa is a game changer for the I-4 Corridor. … We are all in on this.”–Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

Media Matters

  • It comes with the territory. You make a power or a cable or a pharmacy call, and you’ll likely start out on hold. And then you’re reminded of something else that comes with the territory: on-hold music. And one other thing: Like back-in-the-day elevator music, it’s supposed to calm and it rarely changes. Apparently for a lot of folks who call CVS and spend too much time on hold, having the same on-hold keyboard song for nearly 20 years only adds to the unhealthy frustration and tedium of waiting.

 

Among those not enamored of the CVS song “Golden Dragon” by circus composer Karl King is Harvard psychiatrist Steven Scholzman. “What they play is supposed to soothe you,” he says, “but after the three billionth time, it’s particularly unsoothing.” In other words, if CVS would just noticeably reduce the down time, music wouldn’t be an issue.

 

  • From the folks who brought us Amazon’s Echo smart speaker, this just in for those looking to get more creative about another layer of home security. Forget lots of lights and a TV left on or the posting of a prominent “Beware of Dog” sign. Echo’s “away” mode features long audio tapes that sound like real–albeit weird at times–conversations that could actually be happening inside.

 

Among the “away” mode conversational choices: A couple breaking up while trying to watch TV and a frustrated mom explaining to her daughter how to assemble IKEA furniture on the phone. This could go far beyond creative; already it sounds like Open Mic Night material.

Quoteworthy

  • “One of the reasons European citizens are stepping away from the European project (EU) is that we are interfering in too many domains of their private lives.”–European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
  • “An exercise in economic masochism that Britons will long regret.”–Assessment of “Brexit” by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
  • “A mafia state.”–That’s how George Soros, the Hungarian-born American billionaire, philanthropist and Democratic activist, characterizes Hungary.
  • “This series of measures is a mix of incoherent and contradictory ideas.”–Henkel Garcia, director of the Caracas consultancy Econometrics, on the announcement that the Venezuelan government will enact a drastic currency devaluation, a tax increase and a hike in gasoline prices.
  • “It should gravely worry all Americans, including intelligence professionals, about the cost of speaking out. My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent.”–Former CIA Director John Brennan, in responding to President Trump’s decision to revoke his security clearance.
  • “…A loudmouth, partisan, political hack who cannot be trusted with the secrets to our country.”–Donald Trump, on his rationale for revoking Brennan’s security clearance.
  • “The local politicians who run Washington, D.C. (poorly) know a windfall when they see it.”–Donald Trump in accusing local officials of inflating the costs of his proposed (now postponed) military parade.
  • “One of the worst things about this moment in our national lives is the fear that if Trump gets into trouble by doing something dumb and obnoxious, he’ll respond by doing something huge and maybe dangerous.”–Gail Collins, New York Times.
  • “He was disingenuous about his commitment to diversity. … I believe that he wants to start a race war in this country. … He has completely taken the presidency to the gutter.”–Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman.
  • “Democrats are running against the tax cut more than Republicans are running on it.”–Paul Krugman, New York Times.
  • “Falsehood flies, and the truth comes lingering after it, so that when men come to be undeceived, it is too late; the jest is over, and the tale hath had its effect.”–Jonathan Swift.
  • “It’s not our job to cover politics, purely, but we’ll cover the intersection of sports and politics.”–Jimmy Pitaro, president of ESPN, which announced that it would not be showing the national anthem before the Monday Night Football games.
  • “This is one of the big puzzles for economists. How low can it go?”–Scott Brown, chief economist at Raymond James, on the Florida unemployment rate inching down to 3.7 percent in July–an 11-year low.
  • “We are very concerned about the growing teacher shortage.”–Cathy Boehme, legislative specialist for the Florida Education Association.
  • “He really has no plan, no vision, no agenda. … No working knowledge of our state. And it would be tragic to have the CEO of the third largest state doing on-the-job training during the first two years.”–Adam Putnam, on Ron DeSantis’ gubernatorial candidacy.
  • “Once you check the ‘I wore a uniform in a war zone box,’ you’re home free in a Republican primary.”–Florida GOP strategist Mac Stipanovich.
  • “It’s insane how much of the news cycle (Trump) eats up.”–Florida Democratic consultant Kevin Cate.
  • “Every day that passes, we are letting down the citizens of Florida who are put at risk by the unintended consequences of this statute.”–State Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, who tried to mobilize support for a special session of the legislature to revisit the “Stand Your Ground” law.
  • “I’m not auditioning. I’ve got a job I love. I still have things to do before I leave.”–Mayor Bob Buckhorn, on speculation that he could be part of a Gwen Graham gubernatorial ticket.
  • “You have the opportunity to not only transform this state politically by electing a strong progressive, but you have an opportunity to send a message that will be heard all over the country.”–Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, at a Tampa gubernatorial rally for Andrew Gillum.
  • “They’re real estate developers.”–Bob McDonough, Tampa’s administrator for economic opportunity, referring to Brightline, which is bidding to build a high-speed rail line between Orlando and Tampa.
  • “Just like BP paid to clean up the oil spill, we want these (drug) companies to pay to clean up the (opioid) pill spill.”–Mike Moore, one of the attorneys representing Hillsborough County in its opioid suit.
  • “It’s really going to protect our citizens. A lot of activity of human trafficking comes from these bathhouses.”–Hillsborough County Commission Chairwoman Sandy Murman, on the county following the city of Tampa in cracking down on illicit services by moving to regulate massage parlors and bathhouses.
  • “Our commitment has always been to provide the most enjoyable fan experience, and we feel that making Raymond James Stadium a smoke- and tobacco-free venue is a necessary part of that commitment.”–Tampa Sports Authority president/CEO Eric Hart.
  • “The Empire State Building was built in 11 months. We should be able to have this figured out by year end.”–Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg, on knowing enough financial details by the Dec. 31 deadline to let St. Petersburg officials know if the Rays will leave Tropicana Field early under pre-negotiated terms.

Quoteworthy

  • “Space Force all the way!”–President Donald Trump.
  • “The fake news hates me saying that they are the ‘enemy of the people’ only because they know it’s true. I am providing a great service by explaining this to the American people. They purposely cause great division and distrust. They can cause War! They are very dangerous and sick!”–Donald Trump.
  • “Exposing Mr. Trump’s lies seems to play right into his hands. We rarely consider the possibility that the president’s supporters want a scoundrel, as long as he’s their scoundrel. Great con men feed off accusations of dishonesty.”–Emily Ogden, author of “Credulity: A Cultural History of U.S. Mesmerism.”
  • “Donald Trump is a demonstrable authoritarian in terms of his rhetoric, in terms of whipping up his base. Nixon did not do anything similar to that.”–Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein.
  • “If we think of fascism as a wound from the past that had almost healed, putting Trump in the White House was like ripping off the bandage and picking at the scab.”–Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
  • “I think there is going to be a return to normalcy in the Republican Party, and I think there’s an opportunity for somebody or some people to come along and put it back on the right track. I don’t see this continuing beyond this presidency.”–Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.
  • “He’ll get confirmed. It won’t be a landslide, but he’ll get confirmed.”–Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, on the upcoming confirmation hearing on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
  • “We are a nation of less and less impulse control. … Communicating in a language that lacks precision ultimately means having to justify your words to people exercising their own agency in deciding what they want to hear.”–J. McCullough, National Review.
  • “It’s now clear that Facebook will remove a dangerous hatemonger if a lot of people demand it. It’s not clear, however, if it will swiftly remove a figure of (InfoWars’ Alex) Jones’ ilk without a larger campaign.”–Alex Shephard, New Republic.
  • “Corporate boards and managers need to wake up to the reality that sexual harassers, no matter how important they seem, do incredible harm to their companies. They desiccate a culture, draining employees’ motivation. They push qualified employees to leave. … It’s stupid, financially, to keep those men around.”–Bryce Covert, The Nation.
  • “Every November the nation’s eyes turn to Florida. What happens in Florida is so much bigger than just Florida.”–U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., and grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, at a St. Petersburg rally underscoring the differences between Republican and Democratic health care policy proposals.
  • “Here in America, health care is a right; it’s not a privilege for the wealthy few.”–U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa.
  • “Stand Your Ground has no place in a civilized society.”–Tallahassee mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum.
  • “Why aren’t we effectively monitoring waterways so we can predict when an (algae) bloom is occurring?”–Calusa Waterkeeper chief scientist John Cassani.
  • “Good pay is important, but if you look at the reasons people are leaving education, pay ranks about sixth because they aren’t being respected. They need a leader who understands their issues.”–Adam Putnam.
  • “We plan on having a very robust discussion of the issues in the general election.”–Brad Herold, campaign manager for Ron DeSantis.
  • “There are a lot of people who thought medical marijuana would be available in a certain manner when they voted, and it hasn’t turned out that way. I wouldn’t blame them if they felt like this was some kind of bait-and-switch.”–State Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg.
  • “As we see major new hotels and exciting new attractions come on line this fall and into 2019, we can expect to see our success as a destination continue to grow.”–Santiago Corrada, president and CEO of Visit Tampa Bay, in announcing that hotel bed taxes—a 5 percent surcharge on overnight stays—have set records in nine out of 10 months so far this fiscal year.
  • “Because the economy is strong, voters are more likely to accept marginal tax increases if the (transit) initiative is seen as legitimate and beneficial.”—Stephen Neely, USF School of Public Affairs.
  • “The level of activity here and growth is pretty extraordinary.”—Tim Schar, SunTrust Bank president for Tampa Bay and southwest Florida.
  • “What people need to realize is that I’m not here to run out. … Once people see I’m here to run this program, we can build on it. I really am happy to be here.”—USF head football coach Charlie Strong.

Media Matters

  • As we’ve seen, Facebook has had a tumultuous year over fake news and misinformation on its platform. As we’ve also seen, it’s now much more active in policing that platform. It recently banned 32 accounts and pages for allegedly being involved in “unauthentic” and “coordinated” behavior. So, so long, “Aztlan Warriors, “Resisters” and more. Passive approval is no longer a given.

Sure, backlash over democratic meddling is a driver, but so also is this: Facebook stock recently took a massive hit.

In short, Facebook is now doing the right thing–whatever the motivation.

  • “Hamilton.” OK, so you haven’t seen it yet, and you’re already too late for the Straz option next year. But there could be a major consolation prize: You may still be able to see “Hamilton”–the way audiences saw it on Broadway–at a movie theater. Studios are currently bidding for the rights to show a recording of “Hamilton” made in 2016—with its original cast.
  • Say it ain’t so, Newseum. Up until recently, it had been selling “You are very fake news” T-shirts on its website. Surely, you can be dedicated to the importance of a free press and the First Amendment, and you can manifest an ironic sense of humor without further fueling the fires of media assaults that are both demeaning and dangerous. Surely.

Quoteworthy

  • “The real alternative to an American-led, rules-based international order isn’t successful bilateralism. It’s a Chinese-led order.”—James Dobbins, Rand Corp. senior fellow and former assistant secretary of state for Europe during the administration of President George H. W. Bush.
  • “We have not been taken for a ride.”—Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in denying that the Trump Administration has been deceived by North Korea.
  • “This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further.”—President Donald Trump.
  • “The Russians want a weak America.”—Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C.
  • “Instead of apologizing for America, we’re standing up for America.”—Donald Trump at his Tampa rally.
  • “I appreciate your support, Mr. President. But I appreciate more the leadership you’re showing for our great country.”—Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis, who’s been endorsed by Trump.
  • “Donald Trump is the president of his base.”—Journalist Carl Bernstein.
  • “You see the Nazi platform from the early 1930s … and you look at it compared to the DNC platform of today, you’re saying, ‘Man, those things are awfully similar to a point where it’s actually scary.”–Donald Trump Jr.
  • “If Democrats manage to retake the House in November, the first question on everyone’s lips will be ‘Now what?’ … The true action will be in the committee rooms, if Democrats are ready to do the work.”—Matt Ford, the New Republic.
  • “The globalist Koch brothers, who have become a total joke in real Republican circles, are against Strong Borders and Powerful Trade. I never sought their support because I don’t need their money or bad ideas.”—Donald Trump.
  • “(Trump’s) destroying the Republican Party for years to come.”–“Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough.
  • “Consumer spending, business investments are on a tear. … I think the president deserves a victory lap.”—White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow.
  • “You might recall that when I was nominated by President Clinton, the vote was 96-3. It’s not that way anymore.”—Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
  • “The death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person.”–A new entry in the Vatican’s universal catechism that now reflects Pope Francis’ total opposition to capital punishment.
  • “Most of Florida does not believe in Donald Trump. Most people are ashamed.”—Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jeff Greene.
  • “It’s easy to change laws. It’s harder to change hearts.”—Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris King.
  • “For now. I’m always one day away.”—Former Florida Congressman David Jolly’s response to MSNBC’s Brian Williams when asked if he were still staying in the Republican Party after attending the Trump rally in Tampa.
  • “Every day that passes, we are letting down the citizens of Florida who are put at risk by the unintended consequences of this statute.”–State Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, who is trying to mobilize support for a special session of the legislature to rework the “Stand Your Ground” law.
  • “They’re real estate developers.”—Bob McDonough, Tampa’s administrator for economic opportunity, in reference to Brightline, which is bidding to build a high-speed rail link between Orlando and Tampa.
  • “Our commitment has always been to provide the most enjoyable fan experience, and we feel that making Raymond James Stadium a smoke- and tobacco-free venue is a necessary part of that commitment.”—Tampa Sports Authority president/CEO Eric Hart.
  • “Being home to a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa validates USF’s growing national reputation.”—USF President Judy Genshaft.

Media Matters

  • Omarosa Manigault. Sean Spicer. Corey Lewandowski. Sometimes it seems that there is zero separation between politics and show business. Not to be naïve or anti-capitalist, but must the marketplace be this accommodating to blatant, career-first opportunists still leveraging their Trump connections? Yeah, you’re right; it is naïve.
  • For any journalist who’s covered Florida politics over the last three decades or so, very few sources can rival M. “Mac” Stipanovich as a quote machine. He was that way when he was counseling Bob Martinez in his gubernatorial run. He’s still that way as a Republican strategist assessing this disturbing, chaotic, Trump-driven political landscape. To wit: “Fundamentally, MAGA is reactionary, and it’s anti-intellectual and paranoid. … It’s a manifestation of fear and anxiety by a declining ethnic majority.” Alas.

Quoteworthy

  • “Never ever threaten the United States again or you will suffer consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before. We are no longer a country that will stand for your demented words of violence and death. Be cautious!”—President Donald Trump to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
  • “If the fate of the 20th century was decided in the West, the fate of the 21st will be decided in Asia. … With Europe finally getting serious about the threat posed by China, there couldn’t be a worse time for the Trump Administration to antagonize its natural allies with tariffs on steel, aluminum and automobiles. There are some issues on which the U.S. can go it alone. This isn’t one of them.”—Jamie Fly, director of the Asia Program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
  • “We are ready to invite President Trump to Moscow. … And I’m ready to come to Washington if appropriate conditions for work are created.”—Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • “I would be willing to ‘shut down’ government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall!”—Donald Trump.
  • “The story Donald Trump tells is that we good-hearted, decent people of Middle America have been betrayed by stupid elites who screw us and been threatened by foreigners who are out to get us. That story resonated with many people. You can get a lot of facts wrong if you get your story right.”—David Brooks, New York Times.
  • “It’s true that the president throws gasoline on the fire almost daily, but this bonfire was lit long ago. Most commentators and politicians bring their gas cans to the Burning Man that is cable, talk radio and the Internet every day. It is an unstable situation, and our ‘purple’ famine only makes it worse.”—Hugh Hewitt, Washington Post.
  • “Ideology almost doesn’t matter anymore. It’s about unconditional loyalty to the president.”—Florida Republican Congressman Tom Rooney.
  • “By taking his message directly to the people, he can bypass the media, which slants everything. You’ve got to remember, this is how he won the presidency.”—Sarasota State Rep. Joe Gruters, who co-chaired Trump’s Florida campaign.
  • “So, the fake news doesn’t waste any time with dumb questions. No, I did not know of the (Trump Tower Russian-and-campaign-staff) meeting with my son, Don. Jr.”—Donald Trump.
  • “For better or worse. Donald Trump is becoming a far more transformative president than many of his critics like to acknowledge. Democrats become foreign-policy hawks when the topic turns to Russia. And they morph into states’ rights activists when they want to shield illegal immigrants from deportation.”—Jason L. Riley, Wall Street Journal.
  • “It was very important for those of us who believe that norms have been violated to step out and say (Deputy Attorney General) Rod Rosenstein needs to be impeached.”—Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., who supported an impeachment resolution over the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
  • “I dream about Biden … Look, Joe Biden ran three times. He never got more than 1 percent, and President Obama took him out of the garbage heap, and everybody was shocked that he did. I’d love to have it be Biden.”—Donald Trump.
  • “Trump has to be careful not to overhype this. There are still areas of the country that have not fully come back and that’s Trump’s constituency. Wage growth has been anemic.”—Greg Vallieri, chief global strategist at Horizon Investments, on the announcement that economic growth was 4.1 percent in the second quarter—the biggest quarterly jump in four years.
  • “The problem is that the intersection of wealth concentration and pay-to-play politics is undermining representative democracy.”—Jared Bernstein, senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
  • “I want a party strong enough to take on the hard job of cleaning up after the mess (Trump and his enablers) leave behind once they are gone.”—Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
  • “If the Democrats take control of the House of Representatives, they will move to impeach the president and stop his agenda, and we will move our country backwards.”—Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
  • “Our policy is that you stand at the (National) Anthem, toe on the line.”—Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
  • “I fought hard to elect President Trump, and I’m supporting Adam Putnam for governor. Adam will stand up with President Trump to get tough on illegal immigration, ban sanctuary cities and deport criminal illegal aliens.”—Attorney General Pam Bondi, in a political ad for Adam Putnam.
  • “This is truly a victory for the citizens of Florida, especially with so many young people motivated to vote. This is the right decision, at the right time, for our democratic process.”—Patricia Brigham, League of Women Voters president, responding to a U.S. District Court’s injunction that orders Secretary of State Ken Detzner to tell all 67 Florida counties that they can use university and college campus buildings for early voting this fall.
  • “Our democracy is envied around the world, so it’s not surprising to find our elections in the crosshairs of bad actors. While they may have promoted fear among our electorate, they have not been successful in ‘hacking’ the vote. Exercise your right to vote. Because every vote counts. And every vote will be counted.”—Craig Latimer, Hillsborough County supervisor of elections.
  • “The (movie) theaters were a huge amount of space—all along the water, solid walls. We’re opening it all up. It’s some pretty great space.”—James Nozar, CEO of Strategic Property Partners, the developer of the Channelside Bay Plaza transformation into Sparkman Wharf.
  • “The time to act was 20 years ago. The second-best time to act is today.”–Tyler Hudson, leader of the All for Transportation movement.

Media Matters

  • Where cool meets, uh, weird: This fall Roy Orbison, the iconic R&R crooner, will return for a 28-date concert tour beginning Oct. 1 in Oakland, Calif. He comes to Clearwater on Nov. 19. Make that the LATE Roy Orbison. He died in 1988. It’s actually a hologram of Orbison that will tour North America. Virtual Orbison will perform 16 songs, including “Only the Lonely” and “Oh, Pretty Woman,” and be accompanied by a live orchestra.
  • There’s apparently a market for Sean Spicer. Speaks volumes, doesn’t it?
  • Among those who receive entirely too much local news coverage: race-baiting provocateur Tony Daniel and wrestler-lout Hulk Hogan. Enough.
  • We know all too well about the travails of print media—from digital to demographic. Now add tariffs on newsprint. Here’s the bottom-line take of Paul Tash, the chairman and CEO of the Tampa Bay Times. “The tariffs would add $3.5 million a year to our newsprint expenses, an extra cost we simply cannot absorb,” said Tash.  “Already this year we’ve laid off 50 employees, including some veteran reporters and editors.” Indeed, we’ve noticed.