Tuesday, September 2, 2014

ATTENTION GRU Ratepayers! GRU Charging Tax Erroneously!

August 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Hot Topics

For a long time, the City ofGainesville (since 1960) and Alachua County(since 1995) have been charging a “utility tax” to GRU  customers.  Specifically, our local  governments have:

1) applied their “utility tax” at the maximum “not to exceed” rate  of 10% to the customer charge, which is not a “purchase” within the meaning of  Florida Statute §166.231.

2) applied their “utility tax” to the separate mandatory State  Gross Receipts Tax without authorization.  Moreover, since the “utility tax” cannot be applied to “Fuel”, but the Gross Receipts Tax must, “Fuel” is being taxed  indirectly despite an express §166.231 (1) (b) statutory prohibition.  This is being done inconsistently on  electric but not gas bills –  despite  the fact §166.231 applies to both.

3) the GRU surcharge for Out-of-City residents is likewise miscalculated  as described in paragraph 2 above.

For a complete explanation, copies of the refund requests pending and  other money saving tips, please go to www.grutaxrefund.org.   For assistance in applying for  your refund, please contact Jim Konish @ falr@bellsouth.net.

We urge all GRU ratepayers to act.   Our local governments must be held accountable for the erroneous  and unfair application of this “utility tax” and surcharges on our already way too expensive  GRU  bills.  The City of Gainesville and GRU are collecting over $10,000,000 in “utility  tax”, and $9,000,000 in surcharges annually. Alachua County and GRU are collecting approximately $3,500,000  annually. And as our rates continue to rise so will this onerous tax and surcharge. You cannot afford to ignore this!


August 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Hot Topics

Common Core Action Meeting – Thursday August 7th

From John Beck:

 Many of you attended the Common Core meeting at Countryside Baptist Church on July 15th. Dr Pesta’s presentation was the best I have seen in the two years I have been working to repeal Common Core. If you did not see the presentation, you can view a similar one here https://fpeusa.org/index.php/about-fpe/lectures/common-core-free .

At that meeting, Florida Representative Keith Perry agreed to work on passing legislation to repeal Common Core. Tim Marden, Newberry City Commissioner, and I have scheduled a Common Core Action meeting to get together  to coordinate our support for Representative Perry’s effort to repeal Common Core here in Florida. You can read Tim Marden’s editorial on Common Core here:  http://www.gainesville.com/article/20140714/OPINION03/140719921

It is important that we all have accurate information. This unified effort will save us all time and money.  After speaking with several other leaders around Florida it will be important to review this information with you. This will maximize our efforts moving forward and to increase our chances of success. The meeting below will be to organize the group and focus our efforts. Bring pen and paper.

Please find the FACEBOOK EVENT  HERE and RSVP or you can RSVP by email to Commoncorersvp@aol.com  , the room only holds 40 people so don’t delay. Please promote the event by inviting friends, teachers, and others interested in our children’s and grandchildren’s education future.


  • Educational Review
  • Area Efforts
  • Follow Up Task Assignment


Perkins Restaurant (map/directions) W Newberry Rd Gainesville Just East of I-75, in the semi-private room


Food: 6:30pm (please get there a little early to order some food/drinks)

Meeting Agenda:  7pm-8:30pm



Thursday August 7th

Conservative Party Endorses Congressman Ted Yoho for Re-Election 2014

August 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Hot Topics, Legislative Branch

From Keith Westbrook, PhD., Chairman, Conservative Party of Florida


The Conservative Party of Florida recently interviewed both “Conservative” candidates for the 3rd. Congressional District Republican primary race in Florida. After meeting with both candidates and based on their own words during those interviews the executive committee of the party retracted the endorsement of the Jake Rush campaign (based on direct interviews and verification that Rep. Yoho did not receive the communiques we had sent him) and called for town hall constituency queried debates between the 2 GOP candidates. In several telephone interviews with Mr. Rush in which I, Keith Westbrook, personally conducted where I questioned him on many subjects including Mr. Rush’s campaign tactics I was given his word that it would be based on merit and facts.  Unfortunately that has not been what his campaign has recently demonstrated in baseless and false accusations in both print and air time media. Mr. Rush’s campaign has now resorted too many of the detestable behaviors commonly associated with progressive, liberal Democrat campaigns where distortion and outright prevarication replace honest and truthful interchange between candidates. This trend has been increasing in both tenor and tone. Instead of offering solutions to problems we are given scare tactics and distortion of fact.Due to this as well as how Rep. Yoho has performed recently both in Washington in the House of Representatives as well as his honorable behavior for refusing to acquiesce to Mr. Rush’s negative portrayal and obfuscations of his representation, the Conservative Party of Florida is officially endorsing and whole heartedly supporting Ted Yoho’s re-election for office.The Conservative Party is extremely disappointed with Mr. Rush and his ease and comfort with distorting himself when he presented himself to this committee.

In Liberty,

Dr. Keith C. Westbrook Ph.D.

Chairman / Conservative Party – Florida

P.O. Box  358968
Gainesville, Fl. 32635-8968

Progressive Republicans: Enemies Of Liberty

August 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Healthcare

From Trevor Loudon, staunch defender of liberty:

“How will future generations look back on our gravest national emergency of all time? And how will they regard what their forebears didn’t do about it?

This will include what we didn’t do about border nullification, which collapsed the U.S. as a sovereign nation. What we didn’t do about the alignment of our foreign policy with that of jihad movements, which meant the end of liberty, also life itself, for our best allies. What we didn’t do about the growth of tyranny from corruption and Marxism in this cradle of liberty.”

“But another reason Congress did nothing when it still could was because practically every important conservative declared it was ‘premature’ to follow the former Constitution and impeach the tyrant. No public support for impeachment, they said. What we lacked, though, was a political leader to make the impeachment case and win that public support – or go down trying.”

Full article…http://www.trevorloudon.com/2014/08/future-americans-will-ask-why-didnt-congress-impeach-obama-when-it-could/

FHA Housing Bubble About To Burst?

August 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Economy, Hot Topics

From the Washington Times:

“Government policies are creating the next candidate for taxpayer bailout: the  Federal Housing Administration. Originally created to help low- to  moderate-income Americans buy houses, this agency now guarantees mortgages as  large as $730,000, which is significantly higher than the $625,000 houses whose  loans Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac backed before the housing collapse”

“While the Fed will look to “employment  cost” in deciding what to do in cutting back on monetary stimulus and raising  interest rates, it’s not so much that wages rose by 1 percent that matters, but  that productivity actually fell by 3 percent last year, and what happens this  year. If productivity fails to rise, we could be stuck in stagnation because an  employer cannot afford to pay more to an employee who isn’t more productive. The  growing burden of regulations is holding back productivity.”

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/aug/1/editorial-bubble-fever/#ixzz39Qbomzqm

Classic Charter Schools A Real Possibility

July 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Educational, Hot Topics

For those of you who involved with fighting Common Core and hope to make a difference this may be an option.

From Billie Tucker, Past President of First Coast Tea Party:

Hi all:  Let me introduce you to Jerry Merckel.  He is a tea party member and has been with us since the first day we came together on 4/15/09.  The difference between most of us in the tea party and Jerry himself is this…He’s a college professor at UNF and is a CONSERVATIVE!  Not many of them around.

His presentation is about the Educational system and how we can finally do something about it instead of just beating our heads against the wall.  A new program has been formed to help local groups form a Classical Charter School in their community.  Classical Charter Schools are not private.  They are part and parcel of the local school system.  They pay us to provide the school.  Classical schools advance the ideals of Liberty.  Something our schools are not doing now.

I am on the board of a group helping form these charter schools.  Jerry Merckel is also on this board along with Bill Korach of The Report Card.  We have partnered with Hillsdale College and this will help us fight the Common Core issue we are so opposed to.

Jerry will be available to speak to any of your groups about this idea.  Education is the key to Liberty and we hold the key — we just need to turn it in the right direction. Contact me if you are interested in having Jerry speak or if you want to know more about setting up a Charter school in your community.

All for Liberty…
Billie Tucker

House Republicans Prepare To Betray Us Again

July 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Economy, Hot Topics

Using the Veteran Affairs debacle as an excuse progressive House Republicans are growing government YET AGAIN! SHOCKER!

This is how House Republicans want to fix the VA situation.  Only it won’t actually fix the problems.  It just spends massive amounts of money to bandaid the problems. As Daniel Horowitz notes, “Total VA spending has increased by 56% to $152 billion since 2009, yet the crisis has only gotten worse.”  The House Republicans’ solution is to spend even more.”


Will The NLRB Help Unions Destroy Franchise Businesses?

July 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Economy, Hot Topics

What are we being told time and time again? That small business is the engine of our country. But this is fast waning as small businesses struggle to survive under crushing regulations and taxes. Now another threat confronts them: the National Labor Relations Board.

“Big Labor has put a lot of time and money behind unionizing the fast food industry but hasn’t had much to show for it so far. They might soon get a lucky break though when a federal government agency decides a case that could rewrite corporate franchising law.

The problem Big Labor has is that in most cases your favorite drive-through burger joint is actually a locally owned small business. About 80 percent of the 12,700 McDonald’s restaurants in the U.S., for example, are not owned by the corporation.”

“An upcoming National Labor Relations Board case involving complaints against McDonald’s may fix that problem for unions. The NLRB might decide that both the parent corporation and the local franchises are in fact joint employers.”

Full article..http://washingtonexaminer.com/will-the-nlrb-super-size-big-labors-fast-food-industry-push/article/2551378

Attend GRU Environmental Public Meeting, August 5

July 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Hot Topics

This is an opportunity to make yourself heard regarding the environmental issues surrounding the GRU biomass plant. See below.

“Vital meeting

The Gainesville Renewable Energy Center has caused environmental problems and
concerns to residents of Turkey Creek, Hague and other nearby communities. Those
problems include noise, odors, particulates, fugitive dust, truck traffic (with
debris spillage onto the highway) and toxins.

Due to citizen efforts, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has
scheduled a public meeting regarding the draft GREC air permit on Aug. 5 at 7
p.m. at the Gainesville Police Department, 545 NW Eighth Ave. Citizens can speak
to Florida DEP’s technical staff and submit oral and/or written statements and
data that will be considered prior to Florida DEP making a final decision on the
air permit.”


Federal Highway Funding Drying Up

July 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Hot Topics

Those of us who live in Alachua County are very familiar with the progressive mantra: it’s not our money funding bike paths and multi-use trails, it’s Federal money! One of my personal favorites: we’re not allowed to repave the road, these dollars are for bike trails ONLY! And so it goes on and on. Unfortunately as the esteemed Margaret Thatcher said: the problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money. Alachua County is certainly not the only community spending federal tax dollars frivolously. Read the full article for the chuckle of the day.

“A looming shortfall in the federal highway trust fund threatens to dramatically cut the amount of money states get from the federal government for road and highway maintenance. But even as some policymakers examine the possibility of raising taxes to boost revenues, a review of federally-funded transportation projects in Wisconsin finds that federal money has been spent on things like bicycle paths, archeological research, and beautification projects, among other things.”

“Because of these federal mandates defining what the money must be spent on, state and local transportation policymakers have less control over funding priorities. In some cases, the choice is to either use the federal money for a specific purpose or lose it altogether.”

Full article..http://www.redstate.com/2014/07/28/federal-highway-fund-pays-bike-paths-wisconsi/

Obama: Malicious Leader

July 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Hot Topics

FINALLY, Erick Erickson, an astute political analyst who embraces our values, realizes that Obama is not a bumbling incompetent but a conniving man with a mission, that being the subjugation of American citizens and wealth to a consortium of international interests wanting to control our society. Conspiracy? Yes, to a point. But the destruction of our way of life extends beyond Obama to a spoiled, complacent citizenry more than willing to sacrifice freedom for the promise of unearned goodies.

“For the longest time I have chosen to chalk our President’s stumbles, bumbles, and disasters up to incompetence.  He is in over his head.  He is inexperienced.  He is out of his league.  It is hard to accept otherwise. But it is clearer and clearer that is not true.  It is clear that President Obama’s disastrous  policies are premised not in incompetence, but in maliciousness.  Our President — and he is our President — is not a stumbler and a bumbler”

Full article…http://www.redstate.com/2014/07/28/maliciousness-not-incompetence/

Attend Gen Mem Meeting Tomorrow! Plum Creek Presentation

Plum Creek Timber Company’s development plans are fast becoming a heated controversy in our community. County Commissioner Mike Byerly is vehemently opposed to Plum Creek and is trying to defeat its plans for development in the eastern portion of Alachua County. This is the opportunity to learn the facts: Who is Plum Creek? What is their goal? How will it benefit Alachua County and the surrounding area? Attend the General Membership meeting tomorrow, Saturday, July 26, 10:00 AM for the facts as we are happy to host Plum Creek’s Rose Fagler for a presentation and answers to your questions.

Could this be  Agenda 21 vs Plum Creek?  Attend and find out.

Should private property rights be thrown under the bus? You decide!

When: Saturday July 26 2014. 10:00 AM
Location: Countryside Baptist Church, 10926 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville


Attend Gen Mem Mtg Saturday, July, 26: Plum Creek Presentation

July 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Hot Topics

Plum Creek Timber Company’s development plans are fast becoming a heated controversy in our community. County Commissioner Mike Byerly is vehemently opposed to Plum Creek and is trying to defeat its plans for development in the eastern portion of Alachua County. This is the opportunity to learn the facts: Who is Plum Creek? What is their goal? How will it benefit Alachua County and the surrounding area? Attend the General Membership meeting on Saturday, July 26, 10:00 AM for the facts as we are happy to host Plum Creek’s Rose Fagler for a presentation and answers to your questions.

Should private property rights be thrown under the bus? You decide!

When: Saturday July 26 2014. 10:00 AM
Location: Countryside Baptist Church, 10926 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville


Election Actions! Support These Candidates!

July 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Hot Topics

The two Senate Primary candidates below are being strongly endorsed by Laura Ingraham, among others.  They need money to win!  Please tell everyone you know to donate what they can.

Kansas Primary, Tuesday, August 5, 2014:  Incumbent RINO Senator Pat Robert (R) needs to go.  He is being challenged by Dr. Milton Wolf.  Dr. Wolf is endorsed by Tea Party Express, Senate Conservatives Fund, Madison Project and the Republican Liberty Caucus.  Donate at http://www.miltonwolf.com/

Tennessee Primary, Thursday, August 7, 2014 (not a Tuesday, verified on State web site):  Incumbent RINO Senator Lamar Alexander (R) needs to go.  He is being challenged by Joe Carr.  I have met Jow Carr and he is the real deal! Donate at http://www.carrfortn.com/


In addition to supporting our own US Representative Ted Yoho (www.tedyoho.com), please support Ryman Shoaf running against incumbent RINO Ander Crenshaw in FL US House District 4.  This is another chance to throw a long time establishment RINO out.  Donate to Ryman at https://secure.piryx.com/donate/ljONWhVa/Ryman-Shoaf-for-Congress-Campaign/

 NO AMOUNT IS TOO SMALL!!! Get your wallet out and show your support!

Why Don’t We Defend Ourselves?

July 15, 2014 by  
Filed under Hot Topics

Unfortunately, shielded by our country’s wealth and emboldened by our larcenous natures, more and more Americans are willing to sacrifice living free and safe lives. How much travail is it going to take before our society develops a spine? Or are we going to continue meekly following despots down a black hole? Walter Williams sums it up beautifully, read the entire article.


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