Friday, January 30, 2015

A Sad Goodby to a GTP Patriot

Hello all:

It is with much sadness and a heavy heart that I must inform you that my friend and fellow Gainesville Tea Party member, Paula Helton, passed away Saturday after a short illness.  Although Paula could not be active in this group for some time, she remained a staunch patriot until the end. She worked so hard to save our Republic, but as of late she came to believe her efforts were in vain. I can’t help but wonder if this had some part in her passing?

Rest in peace, Paula – I’m going to miss you, you feisty old girl!


It’s a Beautiful Day in Iowa Neighborhoods

So sorry for the loss on the Alachua County Politburo (Commission).  A sad day for Liberty here at home, but in general, a huge win!


VOTE vote VOTE vote VOTE

November 2, 2014 by  
Filed under Hot Topics, Local Info

Tuesday November 4th, election day, is almost here and let’s face it, there are TWO main races that will affect your future.

Alachua County Commission district 4 and Governor of Florida. Yes you still need to cast your vote for the small government candidates in all the races but if you look at the polls they should be pretty safe.

Alachua County Commission district 4: The winner of this race will swing the commission one way or the other.

If you have done your research or attended the Gainesville Tea Party Debate you will see that there is a clear distinction between the two candidates. Only one truly believes and has consistently stressed the need for a limited government that should focus on core services and protect all private property and that’s John Martin.

Last week we posted a video by Terry Martin-Back who made some very valid points about the future direction of the county and the election. Click here to watch

Depending on the role YOU believe government should play in the County, your choice is simple.

Florida Governor:  If the wrong person wins this race it will make the high energy prices brought to us by the disastrous Biomass plant look like amateur hour. Yes, Charlie Crist has already stated that global warming is a serious concern and that he will ensure that green energy takes a front seat in Florida. While he’s at it he might as well make carbon credits/Tax a reality. If the State of Florida developed a backbone to NULLIFY disastrous Federal regulations, via the Tenth Amendment, Crist would only stand in the way.

For all our Libertarian friends who are hoping for a Hail Mary for Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie, go ahead and cuss me out, but the 4% or 5% that he may garner will hurt all of us, the State and YOU if it helps Crist win. You’ve heard our explanation on how to move forward and make a real difference within the two party system so I will not bore everyone with it now.

If you are reading this email you have already or are certainly planning to vote on Tuesday but we NEED MORE.  The two races above are overlooked many times by voters as not important since they are not Federal races. We cannot afford that. Do not hesitate to talk to all your family members, co-workers, church members, friends and ex’s (yes it is that important). No, you are not seeing Tea Party rallies as in the past, but that is in large part due to millions of Tea Party supporters working with Parties, Candidates and Organizations to help turn the Nation, States, Counties and Cities around.



County Elections

October 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Hot Topics, Local Info

Here is a great youtube video sent to us by Terry Martin-Back about  County Elections. Beyond being a great patriot who served his country in the military, Terry is a local Realtor and contractor who continues to serve the community.

As one of the moderators of this side I am using my executive privilege to post this COMMON sense video.

Happy Voting.

Great Tea Party Event This Friday And Saturday

September 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Hot Topics, Local Info, State of FL Info


The Tea Party Network will be having many great speakers at the two day TTPN – 2014 and Beyond Conference. You will be given information and updates on issues facing our state and nation such as immigration, education, ethics reform, property rights, and of course the November election. We will be placing a heavy focus on repealing Common Core since full implementation will occur this year in Florida..  CLICK HERE to review and print the REVISED two day schedule.

Please plan on attending the TTPN – 2014 and Beyond Conference September 12th and 13th. The conference will be held at the Days Inn, 2390 North US Highway 27, Clermont, FL. (Florida Turnpike Exit 285).  This meeting is open to all Tea Party supporters. CLICK HERE to download the brochure for sharing. Please make your conference reservation on the Eventbrite website. There is a $12 fee for each day which includes your lunch. If you would rather send in your reservation, please CLICK HERE  to print out the reservations form.

Hotel reservations can be made by calling the Days Inn (352) 429-0483. Ask for the TTPN Rate: $45/night.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Clermont.


Florida School Board Becomes First To Opt Out of Common Core Testing

From Florida Stop Common Core Coalition:

Karen R. Effrem, MD – Executive Director
In an historic, “shot heard round the world” vote, the Lee County School Board voted 3-2 before a standing room only crowd, the majority dressed in red to show opposition to the testing, to immediately suspend all state-mandated standardized testing.The vote was taken after about 35 different parents gave public comments about the academic and emotional harm as well as expense, lack of legality and constitutionality and many other problems of the incessant and out of control testing program.  Similar to our report of the state hounding a little boy dying of the complications of cerebral palsy about testing, a Lee county mother spoke of the country sending a proctor for her son to take a test when he was in the hospital on home bound education after receiving an external defibrillator for what will be an ultimately terminal heart condition.  (Clip above – ADB)
Read more and watch more clips including the full school board meeting at:
H/T: John Beck

Yoho crushes Rush in GOP congressional primary

Last night challenger Jake Rush proved that the old adage, the problem with political jokes is they get elected, isn’t always true.

Ocala Star-Banner,

U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Gainesville, center, during a party at the Perry Plantation after the polls closed on Tuesday in Gainesville. Yoho defeated Jake Rush in the Republican primary. Matt Stamey/The Gainesville Sun

By Jeff Schweers
Staff writer
Published: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 10:03 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 10:03 p.m.

An acrimonious and sometimes loopy battle for the conservative heart of North Central Florida has ended, with voters giving incumbent freshman Rep. Ted Yoho an overwhelming victory in the 3rd District Republican primary.

With all but a handful of precincts reporting, Yoho received 79.32 percent of the 46,953 votes cast in a landslide victory over challenger Jake Rush, a lawyer from Gainesville. Yoho spent $452,000 to Rush’s $198,000, and still had $302,000 on hand as of Aug. 6.

“There was a lot of anxiety leading up to this moment,” Yoho told a cheering crowd of supporters at Perry Plantation & Kennels, a stone mansion in the middle of a pasture east of Gainesville. “The third is the best district in Florida. You showed us that you like what we are doing for you and we are going to work harder for you.”  Read more at

Justin Amash Supports Ted Yoho for Congress

Two term conservative congressman Justin Amash (R, Michigan) has endorsed Ted Yoho in his reelection bid against challenger Jake Rush.

Rush, a Gainesville attorney, has made headlines for his role playing hobby (source: Gainesville Sun, SaintPetersBlog), for his ruthless attack ads on Congressman Yoho, and large contributions to his campaign from a super PAC Florida Conservatives United (source: which is run by his father and aunt who are both Democrats.


Congressman Amash has recently won his primary after a vicious campaign which was so filled with smear tactics; it was called the nastiest in the country. Amash lashed out in his victory speech where he pulled no punches. Watch a portion of it here:

Video Hat Tip: Rod Gonzalez

Yoho vs Rush- Third Party Perspective

August 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Hot Topics, Local Info

Many of you live in Florida Congressional District 3 and have no doubt received flyers from both candidates. And like me I am sure you are tired of personal attacks and lies. Please review the links below for unbiased comments from third parties about the candidates and the race. published a story on Jake Rush and his father. found that all of Rush’s accusations were FALSE.


Article in THE HILL about Congressman Yoho-



Jake Rush interview on The Sky 97.3 Radio-


Ted Yoho interview on The Sky 97.3 Radio-

Sunshine State News-

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


Love Wearing MY Gainesville Tea Party T-Shirt

I received this tweet from GTP member Jim Sharp yesterday:


Your Help Needed To Fix Alachua

June 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Hot Topics, Local Info

We ENCOURAGE YOU to ATTEND the NEXT Alachua County Commission meeting and join the crowd of citizens who are committed to being there.  Show your support for the right to vote on Tuesday, 6/24.   Your attendance may make all the difference in getting two initiatives brought forth by the citizens of on to the November ballot for a vote in Alachua County.

Issue #1:  Term Limits for County Commissioners.  2 consecutive terms of 4 years or 8 years total.

Issue #2:  Single Member districts for the County Commission.  The sole reason single member districts were created was to ensure minority voices are heard.

It is IMPORTANT to understand that the citizens are NOT asking to make a choice on these two initiatives, ONLY to have them put on the ballot for a vote.  Citizens are asking county commissioners NOT TO SUPPRESS the vote or block access to voting because of self interest. Currently, the City of Gainesville, the State of Florida and the Federal Government have single member districts and term limits.

Even thought the organization that was tasked with getting the petitions needed to add these items to the ballot never really got off the ground, the county residents still had Bruce Nelson.

Mr. Nelson has shown the Commissioners that this is a very worth while and valid vote for the residents to have, and as such, the Commission will debate and vote on whether to add it to the ballot for YOU to vote on it.

Meeting starts at 5:30pm- (arrive early for a good seat)
Where:  County Administration Building

Room 209, 12 SE 1st Street, Gainesville, FL 32601

We look forward to seeing you there.  We encourage you to bring a friend and see how the process of local government works if you’ve never attended a commission meeting before!


Do you remember the Fire Assessment that the County wanted to institute several years ago?  It was only due to the 200+ residents showing up to show their displeasure that it did not pass.  You can have an effect on this too.


Congress, Do Your Job on VA Scandal

An Op-Ed by Pete Hegseth, CEO of Concerned Veterans for America

The Obama administration wants to be clear: they’re very, very angry over the dysfunctional state of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), where reports of falsified wait lists and delayed care at VA medical centers are growing into a national scandal for the executive branch.

Specifically, administration officials say they’re “mad as hell.” That’s how VA Secretary Eric Shinseki described his response to the scandal in testimony to the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee last week. Read more at

The VA scandal has hit “home” as it has reached the Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center here in Gainesville.

Common Core Finger Puppets

Attribution: Jerry Holbert, The Boston Herald


Help Rep Keith Perry Help You!

April 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Hot Topics, Local Info

When Representative Perry was elected he pledged to fight for his constituents by standing firm against irresponsible governing. No governing has been more irresponsible than the administration of Gainesville Regional Utilities by the City of Gainesville Commissioners. Now is an opportunity to join Rep. Perry by signing his petition demanding accountability from the commissioners.

From your State Representative Keith Perry..

“After years of irresponsible decisions leading to some of the highest utility rates in the state, GRU and its managers in the City of Gainesville must be held accountable. Their poor decisions affect the lives and pocketbooks of their customers, including the thousands of customers living outside of the Gainesville city limits who can’t even have a vote to challenge their decisions.

Currently, if you aren’t a Gainesville voter, you have no say in electing the City Commissioners who set your energy rates and policy. I will continue to work hard with legislators and local leaders to give ratepayers a stronger voice and fight for lower rates.”

Link to Petition..

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