Friday, August 29, 2014

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..

Bus Rapid Transit?

April 9, 2014 by  
Filed under Educational, Hot Topics, Local Info

Gainesville Residents! Time To Vote For Your Commission!

March 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Hot Topics, Local Info


Please VOTE (early or March 11) to help bring  representative government back to the citizens of Gainesville and elect people  that put citizens first rather than rigid political ideology!$116  million in unjustified biomass costs were shifted to GRU customers, against the  advice of legal counsel, while the majority of the City Commission was asleep at  the wheel giving GRU management outstanding performance review and  raises.We can’t afford this malfeasance or to keep paying the highest  electric rates in Florida (and going higher) because of the fiscally  irresponsible decisions made by a City Commission that doesn’t listen to the  citizens.

The Todd Chase Campaign from District 2, The Craig Carter Campaign from District 3 and The Annie Orlando Campaign , At-Large, have put party politics aside and appear to be the only candidates who care about ALL the voters. They were the only campaigns to inquire about what concerns many of the Gainesville Tea Party supporters had about the future of the city.

Happy 5th Birthday, Tea Party!

Rick Santelli’s Rant Feb., 2009

Hat Tip:

Alachua County Residents: Attend Transportation Tax Meeting!

February 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Hot Topics, Local Info

ONE CENT TRANSPORATION SURTAX PUBLIC MEETING: Tuesday, February 18 at 5:00, Room 209 of the County Administration Building at 12 SE 1st Street, Gainesville.
From our responsible commissioner, Susan Baird:
Now you and everyone else who have complained about the roads have an opportunity to make your voices heard! On Feb. 18th, 5:00, the  BoCC will have a public meeting about the Transportation Sur Tax initiative that  will give us a chance to give input to the current referendum for the November  ballot.  Commissioner Hutch along with two other commissioners have already approved the tentative draft to  include:
One cent sales tax for ten years
Maintaining the same split as 2012 for each municipality with each town providing its own project wish list.
The project list for the county is for resurfacing – no new capacity.   We have yet to see what the City of Gainesville will include in theirs – whether or  not they have Bus Rapid Transit with dedicated bus lanes and even their Trolley.
If you only go to one meeting this year, this could be the most interesting  one that will affect all of you and easy to understand.  Put it on your  calendar.


February 5, 2014 by  
Filed under Local Info, Press Releases

Thanks to the valiant efforts of a dedicated group of citizen activists an INDEPENDENT Special External Audit of GRU is being discussed tomorrow night, Thursday, February 6, at 6:30 at City Hall in downtown Gainesville. MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND! It is very important that the auditorium be filled with ratepayers who want to hold GRU accountable for the irresponsible financial decisions made by the commission over the past few years. (Parking is free). Only by showing that the ratepayers demand this audit is there any chance that it will actually occur. This is an opportunity for you to make a difference! Please see the letter below.

Support an audit!
Please join me and other fed-up citizens at City Hall on Thursday @ 6:30 pm in the auditorium to support a desperately needed external special audit of Gainesville Regional Utilities.
Properly designed special audits are necessary to gather information about past decisions that cannot be obtained any other way.
Unfortunately, several anti-progressive machine politicians on the Gainesville City Commission  ­— those who have been responsible for bringing Gainesville the highest electric rates in the state, who are wrecking our environment and who continue to call out-of-state and overseas wood-burning energy speculators their “partners” ­— do not want a special audit.
Expect excuses like “too expensive,” “fishing expedition,” or “it’s time to move forward,” or, if those excuses don’t work, expect cynical efforts to limit the scope of the audit with arguments like “we need to concentrate only on what we can in advance guarantee will result immediately in identifiable reductions in electric bills.”

Cynical. Outrageous. Enough.

Ernesto Martinez,


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