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Buffett Records Video on Florida Ballot Issues

posted October 24th, 2016 at 9:02 am

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by Josh Martin

While on tour out west the past couple of weeks, Jimmy Buffett recorded a video urging Florida residents to vote on ballot issues concerning solar power and medical marijuana:

From Politico:

Buffett boiled down his message about the state constitutional amendments 1 and 2 in a bilingual pitch: “No on one. Yes on two. No para uno. Si para dos.”

Amendment 1 has come under increasing criticism because it’s little understood and could trick residents into believing it expands solar-power choices, though it basically enshrines the status quo in the Florida constitution.

Amendment 1 would preserve a right for residents to own or lease solar devices, while prohibiting customers who don’t have solar from subsidizing those who do have them.

Just last week, The Miami Herald reported how Sal Nuzzo of the conservative James Madison Institute praised Amendment 1 as “an incredibly savvy maneuver” because it “would completely negate anything they (pro-solar groups) would try to do either legislatively or constitutionally down the road.” After he was caught, Nuzzo claimed he “misspoke.”

Former Vice president Al Gore recently spoke out against Amendment 1 because it would roll back what’s known as “net-metering,” a state rule requiring utilities to pay customers who produce solar energy.

Utilities backing the measure now have donated at least $17 million of the $22.1 million raised by Consumers for Smart Solar, according to POLITICO Florida analysis of campaign finance reports. Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen said their involvement is a red flag for how anti-consumer the amendment is.

“Let the scum shine,” Hiaasen wrote.

In his video message, Buffett was more understated.

“It’s obvious what’s going on there,” Buffett says. “We’ve been enjoying the sun for most of our lives living in Florida. Now it’s time to use it right, and use it for everybody’s benefit.”

Buffett livened up when it came to Amendment 2, which allows people with debilitating medical conditions access to medical marijuana.

“Amendment 2. Medical marijuana — Duh!” Buffett chuckles.

Opponents of medical marijuana say it’s a backdoor way to outright legalization. Supporters say the amendment is intentionally designed to limit itself to those deemed severely sick by a licensed Florida physician.

Buffett said he used cannabis medically after he had a stage accident in Australia.

“I can tell you from first-hand experience that medical-marijuana is a great cure,” Buffett says.

Buffett also supported a medical marijuana initiative that failed in 2014.


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Buffett Performs with Bon Jovi and McCartney at Clinton Fundraiser

posted August 31st, 2016 at 2:08 pm

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett performed with Bon Jovi and Paul McCartney in the Hamptons at a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night.

A pool report from @evanhalper gives the set list and details from the event:

You pay close attention when getting bass guitar pointers from Sir Paul McCartney. (!)

A photo posted by Jimmy Buffett (@jimmybuffett) on


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Buffett to Host Fundraiser for Hillary Clinton

posted August 8th, 2016 at 9:17 pm

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by Josh Martin

Despite his “endorsement” on April Fools Day of Donald Trump (hehe), Jimmy Buffett will host a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton later this month in the Hamptons.

The Democratic nominee, whose campaign is currently focused on recruiting Republicans disgusted with Donald Trump into the fold, is packing in up to nine big-dollar events during a Hamptons fundraising sprint beginning Aug. 28 and ending Aug. 30, according to three sources familiar with the campaign’s fundraising strategy.
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Singer Jimmy Buffett, a Montauk resident, is expected to host a Clinton fundraiser at his home, the sources said.

And Loews CEO Jonathan Tisch and Rudin Management bigwig Bill Rudin have sent out invitations to a $33,400-a-head dinner they are co-hosting.

Clinton is also planning to attend fundraising dinners in Sagaponack, Quogue and East Hampton, hosted by donors like hedge fund manager and art collector Adam Sender; philanthropist Barbara Lee Diamonstein-Spielvogel and Carl Spielvogel, former U.S. ambassador to the Slovak Republic; and Infor CEO Charles Phillips and longtime Clinton donor Alan Patricof.

Jimmy has hosted and performed at many political fundraisers and rallies over the years for Democratic candidates and environmental causes.


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Jimmy Releases Statement on North Carolina Shows

posted April 11th, 2016 at 9:46 am

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by Josh Martin

Recently North Carolina passed into law a “religious freedom” bill that essentially legalizes discrimination against the LGBT community. Several corporations, sports leagues, and entertainers have criticized the legislation. Paypal canceled plans to expand its campus in Charlotte and Bruce Springsteen canceled a show in the state because of the law.

Jimmy Buffett has two shows scheduled in North Carolina later this month. He released a statement this morning criticizing the “stupid law” but saying that the shows will go on:

As a traveling musician for 40 years, I played many shows years ago, in many states where you could go to prison for 20 years for smoking a joint. It was a stupid law based on stupid assumptions. Time has fortunately reversed a lot of that way of thinking. But now another stupid law, based on stupid assumptions, has sprung up like kudzu in North Carolina, where we are scheduled to play shows next week in Raleigh and Charlotte.

North Carolina was there for me as a performer in the early days and I have always felt a loyalty to fans there that goes deep. Rightly so, a lot of people are reacting to the stupid law. I happen to believe that the majority of our fans in North Carolina feel the way I do about that law. I am lucky enough to have found a job in the business of fun. These shows were booked and sold out long before the governor signed that stupid law. I am not going to let stupidity or bigotry trump fun for my loyal fans this year. We will be playing in Raleigh and Charlotte next week.

That said, as for the future of shows in North Carolina, it would definitely depend on whether that stupid law is repealed. That is up to the good people of North Carolina and there are many, and I am confident that they will see that the right thing will be done. As Forrest said, “Stupid is as stupid does.”

Fins Up,
Jimmy Buffett



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Jimmy Buffett Endorses Donald Trump for President

posted April 1st, 2016 at 2:45 am

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by Josh Martin

In a surprising move given his past endorsements and campaign events for Democratic candidates, Jimmy Buffett endorsed Donald Trump for president on Thursday in a message on his Facebook page:

I’m a baby boomer, born a year after the end of the second World War. Harry Truman was president and It’s A Wonderful Life had just been released in theaters. The future was bright, even for this son of a son of a sailor from Pascagoula, Mississippi. But as I sit here in my boat anchored off the coast of St. Barth, I reflect back on my 69 trips around the sun and how our country has lost much of its magic. It’s time for a new direction. A turn of the rudder to alter course towards fairer winds and calmer waters.

“And there’s that one particular harbour
Sheltered from the wind
Where the children play on the shore each day
And all are safe within”

I want to go to that One Particular Harbour, in a boat captained by The Great Negotiator, Donald Trump. Join me parrotheads.

Jimmy Buffett
31 March 2016
Saint Barthélemy

Trump sent a couple tweets later in the evening touting the endorsement:

Back in 2008 plans were announced to turn a Trump casino in Atlantic City into a Margaritaville Casino but the deal fell through.

Update – Happy April Fools Day! :)


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Jimmy Buffett Gets Mentioned at White House Press Briefing

posted December 3rd, 2014 at 5:22 pm

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by Josh Martin

At the daily White House press briefing on Wednesday, President Obama’s press secretary Josh Earnest name-dropped Jimmy Buffett.

President Barack Obama and incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell held a rare private meeting at the White House Wednesday, though bourbon was not on the menu.

“It’s an afternoon meeting,” Press Secretary Josh Earnest explained to reporters at the daily White House press briefing, adding “that may be Jimmy Buffett’s philosophy, but Jimmy Buffett’s not the president of the United States.”

The behind-closed-doors confab came as the Republican leader prepares to take control of the Senate in January and as Obama has said he’ll be “spending a lot more time” with McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner, even joking he’d welcome a drink with McConnell.

“Actually, I would enjoy having some Kentucky bourbon with Mitch McConnell,” Obama said at a post-election press conference, after Republicans seized control of the Senate and widened their hold on the House.

Obama and McConnell had a “good conversation about a variety of different issues where we might possibly find common ground,” McConnell told CNN.

“This was not the bourbon summit,” he said. “But I’m still hoping we’ll have it.”



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