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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-08-11 08:58 PM
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Powerful Florida state senator fired American citizens, hired guest workers instead, lawsuit says
From the St. Petersburg Times:


September 8, 2011


TALLAHASSEE In the waning days of the 2011 legislative session, Sen. JD Alexander, one of the state's most powerful lawmakers, delivered an impassioned floor speech against a measure that would have required employers to check the immigration status of new hires.

Alexander, a Republican from Lake Wales, offered a firsthand account of housing guest workers from Mexico to help pick his crops.

"You can't get anybody to come do this stuff, folks. And it's the same thing, whether it's construction, or whether it's hotels. Americans don't want to do it," Alexander said moments before the Senate defeated the legislation, a top priority of Gov. Rick Scott.

Now, Alexander, who owns a farm in Polk County, is facing a lawsuit from two farmworkers who say he violated federal law by firing American citizens and green card holders and replacing them with guest workers.





JD Alexander is one of the most corrupt members of the Florida legislature.



He is one of two powerful leaders who will benefit from Rick Scott's approval of SunRail commuter rail after Scott destroyed the shovel-ready high-speed rail project for Florida. Alexander and one of his legislative cohorts just happen to own property close to CSX rail lines that are a part of Scott's deal for SunRail.


JD Alexander also pushed through stealth legislation, over industry uproar, radically changing the Florida Citrus Code, which governs the Citrus Department and its overseeing body, the Citrus Commission. This move infuriated members of Florida's largest citrus-growers group, as it took them by complete surprise. Ol' JD owns a few acres of citrus himself; it's probably quite useful to use his power to rewrite the rules to his own ultimate benefit, you see.


JD Alexander also pursued legislation opening up Florida offshore drilling during a time of widespread public outrage. That Big Oil money that would flow into his campaign coffers must have looked good to JD.


And when the lavish Taj Mahal courthouse funding came to light, in a time of great economic hardship for Floridians, there was old JD, along with Marco Rubio and many others, hailed as "heroes" for their grand push to pour taxpayers' money into the mahogany and granite and private bathrooms and workout rooms for the appellate judges who would call the new courthouse home.



And now, JD Alexander is being sued for firing American workers on his farm, and replacing them with guest workers who would only be allowed to work for him, or be forced back to their original impoverished country.


"Guest workers only can work for one employer, the one who got them their Visa. So they're less likely to complain," Schell said. "They want to hire the young motivated Mexican whose choice is to work here or go back to Third World poverty." Link



Floridians deserve better than JD Alexander.



JD Alexander has repeatedly abused his position in Florida's government to enrich himself mightily. And he should be removed from that position of power.




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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-08-11 09:01 PM
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1. Good old J. D......Katherine Harris' cousin. It just runs in the family.
And there's another cousin named Troutman...can't remember first name. He was in the legislature or is.

There's too many of Ben Hill Griffin's kids and grandkids running around legislating. :)
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DrunkenBoat Donating Member (584 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-08-11 09:51 PM
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6. Who is Ben Hill Griffin?
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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-08-11 10:24 PM
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8. Katherine Harris, JD Alexander and Baxter Troutman are among Ben Hill Griffin, Jr's grandchildren.
Ben Hill Griffin, Jr., businessman, citrus farmer, politician, philanthropist, and granddaddy of some real prizes.



AP 2001 file photo
Florida's then Secretary of State Katherine Harris testified on Capitol Hill in 2001, before a House committee hearing on election reform. Harris put the post of secretary of State in the spotlight after the 2000 presidential recount fiasco.
Link



Sen. J.D. Alexander, R-Lake Wales debates the property insurance bill during session on Thursday, April 28, 2011 in Tallahassee, Fla. AP
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Raw, open wounds on the state of Florida.









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DrunkenBoat Donating Member (584 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-08-11 11:19 PM
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10. Thanks. "Florida's Best"
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-08-11 11:23 PM
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11. Interestingly enough, Ben Hill was a Southern Democrat.
Decent fellow. His grandkids are right wing Republicans. Troutman sounds the most sensible of the 3.
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-08-11 09:26 PM
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2. Kicking this.
Dropping too fast for so much good research.

Aha, found this from 2008. The other cousin, Baxter Troutman, was planning to sue J. D. Alexander.

Katherine Harris's Troutman cousin sues the Alexander cousin's line for business losses.

"On Thursday, state Rep. Baxter G. Troutman of Winter Haven sued his cousin, state Sen. J.D. Alexander of Lake Wales, along with Alexander's father, John R. Alexander. The lawsuit claims Alico Inc. - a family-controlled, LaBelle-based business - has suffered more than $1 million in losses because of mismanagement.

The lawsuit claims the Alexanders "negligently, carelessly, and intentionally failed to perform their duties" and funds and assets of Alico were wasted.

..."Troutman said filing the lawsuit against family members was a necessary business decision."
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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-08-11 10:32 PM
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9. This crowd is one of a kind.
Thanks for remembering Troutman--- I'd forgotten about that little family feud.


IIRC, Katherine was all up in arms about her inheritance from her granddaddy, for a while there.








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juajen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-08-11 09:37 PM
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3. These people have no shame, they just continue on.
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LadyInAZ Donating Member (149 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-08-11 09:49 PM
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4. isn't that great 'hiring foreigners'
are happening in all fields during the recession... alot of middle class jobs were lost to peple from other countries... as we get poor non-americans are sitting in jobs that technical should be ours... I'm all for letting others come here... however not at the expense of hard working us citizens...
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DrunkenBoat Donating Member (584 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-08-11 09:50 PM
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5. What a liar. Maybe you should try paying a little better, JD. If "no one" will do the work, the
free market is telling you something.
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LadyInAZ Donating Member (149 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-08-11 09:51 PM
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7. hiring illegals...
lots of jobs in us have been given to foreigners throughout the recession. heck i have been interviewed by them...
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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-09-11 12:53 AM
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12. I believe these temporary agricultural workers were hired under H-2A visas, right?
Once these temporary visas have expired, I wonder what keeps these guest workers from staying in the country without permission?

http://www.dol.gov/compliance/guide/taw.htm
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