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    The Brightline

    Virgin Trains USA has filed for an IPO apparently, so the name is likely to generate interest on selling the stock as part of that IPO to raise capital to build the Orlando segment.
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    LOCAL and Florida Politics

    In order to gerrymander, you need control of said state, so Republicans can't gerrymander in blue states, they can only do it in red states. Democrats can only gerrymander in blue states, not in red states. Thats how that system works. So the purpose of medicaid is not to help the poor, but to help the hospital corporations like Rick Scott's HCA make much more money and add additional bureaucracy to the healthcare system? Hospitals are reimbursed for all the patients they can't get paid on by there super-high rates for those they can collect on. Why should we reimburse them on those and still let them charge the same rates? Hospitals generally are making plenty of money, they don't need new government handouts.
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    LOCAL and Florida Politics

    Rick Scott and Donald Trump have the same exact number of convictions, or even indictments, as Hillary Clinton and Andrew Gillium. All have been subject to extensive FBI investigations regarding crimes they're linked to, that is not really deniable (maybe except for Trump, not sure on him, but I'll leave him in the same category). Hillary even had her political and financial entanglements with the same freakin country, Russia, and if you're ignoring that... Likely all the candidates and pretty much all rich people are guilty of evading a mass amount of taxes, because the tax code and exemptions are so freakin complicated. Trump tried to reduce some of the pain and simplify it so we reduce the situation of laws being sparsely enforced, leaving tons of room for racism/discrimination where the enforcement agents have free reign over who to choose to enforce laws everybody is violating... such as speed limits and our drug laws (which might I point out, Trump is promising to improve right now, I don't think he'll go far enough on the issue for my tastes, but it is quite interesting the supposed "left" issue got no action when Obama had full control with both the senate/house, and now its finally getting some movement with the "right" in control... just as gay marriage had to be handled by the supreme court, which we're all told is right leaning and has been for basically ever, when the left had control of both other branches and did nothing the entire time they were in power. Thats the problem, while the left no doubt has some very real problems they're screaming about, all they know how to do is always throwing money at problems, claiming it will make jobs, and often not solving the very problem they threw a ton of money at. And I can't help but to mention you completely ignored my description of the real problem with the healthcare system (a lack of supply for the demand we have). The healthcare doesn't appear out of nowhere. Where are these doctors and nurses looking for jobs, unable to find work anywhere where they live? Every doctor I know seems to have a TON of hours, long shifts, etc. Unlike the fast food workers, its completely unheard of to hear of a doctor who wants to work more hours and isn't offered that within a single job.
  4. Citadel is tough!!111 they were tied at halftime with the best team ever even if they lose!!111111222 and they had such a quality loss last night they probably deserve to be ranked
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    LOCAL and Florida Politics

    But did you vote for Democrat criminals like Hilary and Gillum? How does Medicaid expansion magically create more doctors and facilities? Every hospital I've been to seems to have waits for beds, shortages of doctors, and it takes a loong time as is to get an appointment even with great insurance. If you want to create more jobs, you have to create jobs, not expand welfare programs. Remove legislation that protects incumbent hospitals from competition (certificate of need requirements for new hospitals), and same for the institutions that train new medical professionals (heavy lobbying on both sides to prevent UCF from opening a dental school, even with a private donor paying for the facilities, and creating more doctors no doubt would improve access to healthcare and reduce prices). If we had doctors sitting around, unable to find jobs, you'd be right, but thats not the scenario we have at all. Any redirection of doctors now is taking away healthcare from someone to give it to someone else.
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    LOCAL and Florida Politics

    I haven't heard of much of a fight on that, but that was a total of 147 votes. It was no doubt a mistake, but it was by [local] election officials on saying that was permissible in light of a huge natural disaster that destroyed tons of homes and made areas impassable, and brought people out of town who were too late to request a proper mail ballot... it wasn't trying to count them twice, failing to submit results of the recount because your numbers went down, etc... very different things And to be even more fair, Bay County followed the protocols for overseas military ballots where mail service would be difficult, so they followed some sort of process with a natural disaster messing things up. Yes, they should have gotten it approved by the state, but thats semantics, its not double counting votes, refusing to submit vote counts, refusing to submit results of the recount when it went in the wrong direction, etc.
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    LOCAL and Florida Politics

    And the concern is about voter fraud, ya know, like counting votes twice like they attempted to do in Broward County this weekend.
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    The Brightline

    There cost basis for the train should be pretty low. Considering most of the tracks were there and also used for freight, and there is a huge amount of commercial within the stations, the costs are really just operational and the biggest capital is the trains themselves. I've heard the WPB-Miami route running now already has the ridership to be profitable in the long term for that segment.
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    The Brightline

    Probably because if Disney doesn't play ball, Universal probably will, and I don't think they would want a stop near Disney. If neither do, its a possibility, but thus far, Brightline hasn't wanted too many stops. We'll have to see if the virgin deal changes that.
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    The Brightline

    My understanding is the Brightline/MCO agreement is already finalized, so there isn't much GOAA can do if Brightline has stops they don't like, so it shouldn't run into the same problems as Maglev. They are paying quite a bit of rent to GOAA though. I wonder if Virgin Trains USA would be willing to tackle a local/the tourist route? I do really like Brightline's train designs, so I'm a bit disappointed to lose that, but otherwise a great deal.
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    The Brightline

    Yes, but thats why it will likely only stop at 1 of the 3.... Disney was very happy to have a stop as long as there were no stops on the I-Drive corridor. If there is better transit from the airport to the attractions, people are less likely to feel the need to rent a car, which makes it less likely they will go off property. I agree stops at Universal AND Disney is extremely unlikely, they won't want to make it easy to go to the other's property.
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    The Brightline

    I feel like with the new Universal park/property, they got the opportunity to get it if they want it, Comcast has deep pockets just like Disney, and it will be a way for them to one up Disney's Magical Express, instead of Disney replacing Magical Express with it. Its all private, so its gonna have some sort of special deal, too much money is on the table not to.
  13. Danny White also believes UCF can set a record for attendance at Collge Game Day at 9am on Memory Mall. 18,000 is the current attendance record for the show, and Danny White wants you to show up for the broadcast by 9am! Parking lots will open at midnight the night prior and tailgating can begin at 6am instead of the normal restrictions to help make this happen!
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    Orlando Attractions Area News & Developments

    My understanding is between Cinemark and Bass Pro, they offered more money then the owner at the time paid for the entire land just a few years prior, and the tenants inside were mostly not paying, so it likely seemed like a no brainer at the time to get out ahead. Although I think Universal probably was more likely, the statements at the time were a new, out of area national theme park operator, who also had a contract on the empty land immediately to the south of it, but I imagine the lease issues and Cinemark/Bass Pro killed the theme park idea. Universal already was fighting its lawsuit on the Universal Blvd land so its possible it wasn't them, and we also had rumors WWE was involved for IP at that time.
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    The Brightline

    I feel confident there will be a stop at I-Drive/Convention Center, Universal, or Disney, but likely only 1 of the 3.