Wow: Yesterday I posted a piece entitled The Constutution is Timeless. It explains why our Constitution is as relevant today as it was when it was written and why it will be relevant in the future. Unfortunately, the folks over at “Common Core Central” disagree. The following is from Bryant School District in Arkansas:
Welcome to the first day of civics class in the Common Core. Your first assignment? Revising the Bill of Rights in the U.S Constitution because it is an “outdated” document? The worksheet says:
You have been selected to work on a National Revised Bill of Rights Task Force. You have been charged with the task of revising and editing the Bill of Rights. .. You will have to prioritize, prune, and add amendments.
Way to go, Ted!
Here’s another. “It just says, ‘Shutdown,’ ” Yoho said. “With a smiley face.”
A year ago, Yoho was a large-animal veterinarian in north Florida who had never held elected office. Today, he is part of one of the most influential voting blocs in the House of Representatives, the hard-line conservatives who pushed their own leadership into a risky showdown over President Obama’s health-care law. Read more at: washingtonpost.com.
Hat tip: Paula Helton
Gov. Rick Scott’s newest executive order paved the way for Florida to pull out of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test on Monday, and legislators across the state rallied to the governor’s side to show support for his decision. The governor notified U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan that Florida plans to withdraw from PARCC. The Sunshine State will now begin a competitive bidding process to select a new assessment to measure students’ academic achievement. In addition, the Florida Department of Education will conduct face-to-face hearings to gather public input on Florida’s educational standards.
The link below also discussed the Democratic Party response to the Governor’s actions.
Thank you Governor Scott
Tea Party abandoning GOP, just 3 in 10 approve of Republican leadership.
This article should have a special meaning to those who have seen a Trevor Louden presentation ( Trevor will be speaking at the Tea Party Netrwork Meeting this weekend).
The Tea Party has had it with Republican leaders, abandoning the GOP in stunning numbers at a time when mainstream leaders are arguing for immigration reform and support for an attack on Syria.
A new Pew Research Center poll provided to Secrets on Wednesday found that just 27 percent of Republicans who agree with the Tea Party approve of Republican leaders in Congress. A whopping 71 percent disapprove.
While Pew did not gauge support for Tea Party leaders like Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., the findings are a good sign for him and other conservatives who are trying to steer the Republican Party onto the Tea Party’s policy tracks. Read more at: washingtonexaminer.com.
PLAN TO ATTEND!
TTPN Annual Meeting in Lake City, Sept. 13-14
Join fellow patriots at the annual Tea Party Network meeting on Friday, September 13th and Saturday September 14th in Lake City, FL. We have a great slate of speakers such as Congressmen Ted Yoho, Florida House Members and such notable speakers as Trevor Loudon (Click Here to see flyer). This will be a very informative meeting. The speakers will cover issues such as Stand Your Ground, Illegal Immigration, Property Rights, Common Core, ObamaCare and much more. Please pass this information to EVERYONE! Click Here to view and download a PDF that you can distribute.
DIRECTIONS: I-75 to Lake City, Exit 427, turn West on us 90, 2.9
miles into Lake City, Jackie Taylor Building 128 Birley Ave., Lake City, FL 32024
(building on the left ), Century 21 sign out front.
If you will attend please RSVP to this e-mail Ttpnrsvp@theteapartynetwork.org after you read the flier. I am looking forward to seeing you there!
Catherine Baer, TTPN Chair
Still another day to register for the Americans For Prosperity Foundation’s Defending The American Dream Summit. Take advantage of this event being in Florida for the first time and network with other Patriots.
Click on the link for a list of speakers and then proceed to register.
Americans for Prosperity Florida is circulating this petition. Please read carefully and sign on if you’re opposed to Common Core.
“The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers as it’s formally known, is a standardized set of elementary, middle and high school math and English assessments that coincide with the federal government’s Common Core initiative.” Are you ready for 20 days of student testing per calendar school year?
This is exactly the kind of spending that is bleeding our country dry.
FACT: Your tax dollars are being given to a sheriff in South Florida so he can put in place a “Big Brother” plan. Florida House and Senate budget leaders have awarded Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw $1 million for a new violence prevention unit aimed at preventing tragedies like those in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo., from occurring on his turf. The proposal still needs the blessing of Gov. Rick Scott, who has line-item veto authority. But, we need to flood his office with calls or he will just let it go through. Read full details here.
ACTION STEP: Please do this immediately, when you finish reading the article. Things are wrapping up in Tallahassee. Friday, May 3, 2013 ended this session, and the Governor will be finishing up his work in signing bills into law, vetoing bills, and vetoing line item budget items. This budget item needs to go! Don’t let a million dollars of your tax dollars be used against your First Amendment Rights to free speech. Tell the Governor this program is not needed as there are already laws in place to take care of those who threaten people’s lives. Ask the Governor to use his line item veto powers to take back this one million dollars, and use it for something to help not hinder our rights.
Call today, Please contact Governor Rick Scott and urge him to VETO this Big Brother Law .
By Telephone: (850) 488-7146.
I know it seems like there’s so much to do, and that we’re always being asked to write letters, sign petitions and make phone calls – But that’s because there is. The Progressives never sleep! ADB:
Much to everyone’s surprise, SB 584, Purchase of Land by a Government Entity, was placed on the agenda of the Environmental Protection and Conservation Committee last Friday. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2 at 4:00 pm! For more details, visit www.flsenate.gov and put 584 in the bill search engine.
This is great news because it will be an opportunity to make our case for limiting the endless purchase of property for conservation. It is time for us to act!
From the North Central Florida 912 Project’s website:
Florida Forever and the other environmental extremists feel that 28% ownership of Florida’s land is not enough. They have been calling the legislators to kill or alter bills SR 584 and HB 901. It is imperative that you call. They want the budget to include billions of our tax dollars for their salaries and to steal or condemn our land. Tell the legislators not to alter the bill.
Once out of private hands, Florida land is off the tax rolls. Every time that happens, your taxes will go up until eventually your taxes will be too high and you will be forced to vacate your land. Your community will lose land and a tax base without your approval.
This has nothing to do with conservation, it has to do with money power and control. Don’t be Fooled. Isn’t it time that unelected people STOP telling you what to do with your property?
YOUR ACTION STEPS
First, everyone, please send an email to Committee Chairman, Senator Charlie Dean and thank him for putting the bill on the agenda.
Second, if your personal Senator is on the Committee, please send an email and call their Tallahassee office to say something to the effect:
“I am aware SB 584 sponsored by Senator Hays has been placed on the agenda of the Committee of Environmental Protection and Conservation. I am a constituent and am asking the Senator to vote favorably on this bill. This bill is a good government bill because it requires:
One, needed information for decision making before additional purchases are agreed to,
Two, good stewardship of current government owned conservation land, and
Three, fiscally responsible use of tax-payer dollars.
I respectfully request you vote favorably for the SB 584.
PS – After consultation with various special interest groups, Senator Hays will introduce an amended version of this bill which will put it in a better position to be advanced.
Here are the email addresses of the Committee membership:
Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation
Vice Chair: Senator Joseph Abruzzo (D)
- Senator Dwight Bullard (D)
- Senator Andy Gardiner (R)
- Senator Denise Grimsley (R)
- Senator Jack Latvala (R)
- Senator Wilton Simpson (R)
- Senator Darren Soto (D)
Thank you for your good work. I’ll let you know how the vote goes!
Thank you to all that contacted the FL House members over the last month in support of declining the Medicaid Expansion. The grassroot movement was responsible for thousands of emails and calls and it paid off.
Now we just need to consentrate on the FL Senate who are still stating that taking the temporary federal money has value. Below are the names and links of the members of the Senate Select Committee on the Affordable Care Act.
The contact info is half way down the page on the left side.
Please either call or email and let them know you stand with the House’s decision to say NO THANKS to the Medicaid Expansion.
Select Committee on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Members
House panel rejects Medicaid expansion
A House committee says Florida should not expand Medicaid coverage to roughly 1 million more residents under the federal health law.
Committee members expressed concerns about the quality of patient care and the cost to the state. Rep. Rich Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, said during a meeting Monday in Tallahassee that the state has to find a safety net for the uninsured but “Medicaid expansion is not it.” Continue reading at: tallahassee.com
AFP-FL Applauds House Committee’s Rejection of Medicaid Expansion
Tallahassee, Florida— Today, the Florida House of Representatives’ Select Committee on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act voted to reject Medicaid expansion.
Americans for Prosperity’s Florida State Director Slade O’Brien commented:
“I applaud the Florida House’s decision to reject Medicaid expansion and urge the Florida Senate to follow their lead. The majority of House members agreed that expanding the costly and broken Medicaid system is not the correct way to provide quality healthcare for Floridians, and that the financial risks associated with expansion are far too great to force on the taxpayers.” Read the entire article at: commonsensepost.com.
Our good friends at Florida Alliance have set up a petition to let our representatives in Tallahassee know, that regardless of Governor Scott’s views, we are against the Medicaid expansion. The legislative session begins this month.
We need at least 5,000 signatures. This is a statewide petition that is being circulated to all like-minded, fiscally responsible groups. Please forward this to as many people as you can.
Click here to be taken to the petition.
Even though Governor Scott has stated that he now supports the Medicaid expansion, it still takes the FL House and the FL Senate’s approval. It seems both our Senate President, Sen. Gaetz and House Speaker Weatherford are very skeptical of this expansion.
Please contact both of them as well as the Representative and Senator for your district. The best chance of stopping this seems to be the Florida House.
A few talking points you might use:
States that expanded Medicaid early are now facing huge budget shortfalls.
The Federal government can’t pay its bills and the FL taxpayers will be left paying for this.
A majority of Floridians are against implementing any portion of Obamacare.
Here is the information needed to contact them.
Rep. Will Wetherford
Sen. Don Gaetz
Senator Rob Bradley
Telephone: (850) 487-5007
Rep Keith Perry:
Telephone: (850) 717-5021
Rep Clovis Watson:
Telephone: (850) 717-5020
Well, the anti Second Amendment gun control zealots are out in full force, introducing and passing legislation that will strip away our freedoms at every level of government. And the Statists expect us to take it. It’s like the old Death By A Thousand Cuts torture that the Japanese used in World War II: Each little cut they inflicted was minor, but eventually, you were dead. Our Founding Fathers recognized and wrote about this in the Declaration of Independence, of which I excerpted a small portion below:
From our Declaration of Independence: “Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security…”
Finally, We the People are standing up and speaking out. Sheriffs across the country are stating that they will not enforce laws that violate the Constitution or infringe on the rights of the people to own firearms (a topic for a future post), and arms mantuacturers are standing ip as well:
Following is a piece from FreedomOutpost.com. Please be sure to open all of the links within this article.
In a turning of the tables, liberty minded gun makers and companies that supply firearms, accessories and ammunition have determined that they have had it with anti-gun governments at the city, state and Federal levels, even if it means lost revenue. Several companies have announced that they will no longer be supplying equipment to hostile governments, police forces or first responders. New York and California have become the prime targets, making an example of out-of-touch politicians who continue to trample upon the Constitutionally protected rights of their citizens to keep and bear arms. Read the entire article at: freedomoutpost.com.
This information was forwarded to me by fellow Florida Alliance member, Kimberly Kelley (Tampa Vote Fair). I had the pleasure of having lunch with Kim at the Florida Summit in Orlando earlier this month. Kim has been working tirelessly fighting election fraud throughout Florida and keeping supervisors of elections accountable. ADB