Amendment 3, which allows for an outgoing Governor to appoint judges for positions that become vacant on inauguration day rather than the incoming Governor, is also being hotly debated. Opponents say that this is a simple power grab for the incumbent party (in this case the Republican party) but the same requirements would exist for any incumbent party no matter which party is in power. Hopefully the following links will help you decide how you want to vote.
From our friend Dan Peterson at Coalition For Property Rights-
No on Amendment 1-
Protecting water and land resources is worthy and should be embraced by every Floridian. However, Amendment 1 is a special-interest proposal mandating an $18 billion raid on documentary-stamp revenues for the next 20 years. Red flags should fly before anyone concerned for good public policy regarding conservation and the role of government.
California, with spending mandates in its constitution, has severely limited its legislature’s control over the state’s budget. Consequently, it flirts with bankruptcy. Florida should reject going down that road.
A third red flag is the impact on our state budget and economy. Amendment 1 authorizes expenditures to acquire land. More government land means more government employees to oversee that land, more materials and more equipment to maintain that land. Amendment 1 grows government and increases maintenance expenses.
Beyond growing government and its costs, Amendment 1 will negatively affect Florida’s economy. Targets for acquisition include rural and agricultural lands — farms and ranches. One of Florida’s strongest and largest economic engines is agriculture, supporting thousands of jobs and making Florida a key partner in the international-trade market. Approximately one-third of Florida is in agriculture. Farms and ranches contribute to Florida’s economy providing revenue to our state and livelihoods for many Floridians. Removing those lands from production weakens Florida’s economy.
Another red flag is the amount of land already under government ownership and control. Already more than 27 percent of Florida is in conservation. Add other properties for government offices and facilities, and the total climbs to nearly one-third of Florida owned and controlled by government.
The state of Utah, more than half owned by government, is a case worth noting. Its lawmakers can attest to the challenges of budgeting for education when less than half of the land is available for taxation. That, together with too many acres of government-owned land either uncared for or off-limits to citizens, is another road for Florida to avoid.
The fact is private owners are better stewards of land than government. Government should not be handed $18 billion of taxpayer money to acquire and control land.
The American dream embraces the principle of private citizens owning and using property as a protection against the potential tyranny of the state. Increased government ownership threatens that principle with no guarantees of better land stewardship.
“We the people” have elected representative leaders who have pledged to make water and land public policy a priority in the 2015 legislative session. Hopefully, they will honor that pledge.
Our diverse state deserves a comprehensive approach to addressing our future. Being locked into Amendment 1 for the next 20 years with its multiple red flags limits that approach — and that’s bad for Florida.
Dan Peterson is executive director of the Coalition for Property Rights, a nonprofit advocacy movement.
We all know that we do not have a free market economy and certainly not in healthcare. For various reasons the demand for healthcare services will grow quickly in the next decade yet there are a group of individuals who have total control on how these needs will be met. No, not just the Feds but your State Legislatures with something called a Certificate Of Need (CON). Anyone wanting to build a hospital or a variety of other health related businesses must ask for permission and it is up to the legislation to give it to them. Sure seems like a comfy set up for a little crony capitalism.
Luckily back in the 1980′s Florida Governor Martinez refused to mandate that Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC) needed a Certificate Of Need (much to the anger of hospitals) and as such there are now over 400 ASC’c providing needed services to Floridians. Yet there are still CON’s for other parts of the healthcare industry.
Please click on link for a bit more info and video about the topic-
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.
From Florida Stop Common Core Coalition:
H/T: John Beck
Even though many of us are certainly disappointed in some of Gov Scott’s decisions or votes, such as the largest State budget in Florida’s history, we CERTAINLY want him to beat Charlie Crist. And for those who will complain that the Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie should win, should and could are worlds apart. I would predict that Wyllie will get at most 4% of the vote. That’s too bad but the two party system is in place to ensure its survival. Until all citizens who care about individual freedoms get involved, we have to do the best we can.
So back to the ever increasing liability that most States are dealing with- State Retirement Liabilities-
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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: FactCheck.org) 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
I lost three followers within five minutes of tweeting this. I must be doing something right.
11:20 AM, Aug 13, 2014 • By PETE HEGSETH
With the overwhelmingly bipartisan vote for the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, Congress passed the most significant reforms to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in decades. And, right on cue, here come the grumblings from the second-guessers.
As the bill was on its way to the president’s desk for signing, the critics stepped up to denounce the $16.3 billion congressional compromise.
For example, guests on a Fox News panel savaged the bill, claiming (implausibly) that it was “designed more for unions than veterans.” Meanwhile, an August 4 Wall Street Journal editorial suggests the additional funding for patient choice means that the “VA is being rewarded for failure.”
The argument is that the new legislation will do nothing more than prop up a failing bureaucracy. This represents a serious misreading of the bill’s key provisions. Read more at: weeklystandard.com.
Pete Hegseth is the CEO of Concerned Veterans for America and a Fox News contributor. Pete is an infantry officer in the Army National Guard, and has served tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Guantanamo Bay.
Now that the 2014 Florida Legislative Session has ended I wanted to forward a letter from Dan Peterson with the Coalition For Property Rights. There were victories but also many losses that came out of the session.
SB-296 Firearms/Mandatory Evacuations is a bill to allow law-abiding citizens to take their firearms with them when they are complying with a mandatory evacuation order under a declared state of emergency. This bill will keep law-abiding citizens from being arrested and having their firearms confiscated for taking their firearms with them when they evacuate.
SB-296 Mandatory Evacuation is the Senate version of HB-209 that has been under constant attack by the Florida Sheriffs Association and continues to be under attack in the Senate.
Amendments have been filed for the Florida Sheriffs Association to literally gut the bill and usurp your right to bears arms when you need them most. The Florida Sheriffs Association, while proclaiming their support for the Second Amendment, continues to actively OPPOSE this legislation and your right to bear arms.
Watch the Florida Sheriffs Association tell a previous Committee that it is their opinion that you only have a “right” to own firearms and not a “right” to bear firearms.
THIS IS CRITICAL!!!! PLEASE ACT NOW
Please email THESE committee members IMMEDIATELY and ask them to SUPPORT SB-296 with NO AMENDMENTS
IN THE SUBJECT LINE PUT: SUPPORT SB-296 With NO AMENDMENTS
(To send your message to all just Block and Copy All email addresses into the “Send To” box)
PLEASE EMAIL COMMITTEE MEMBERS IMMEDIATELY
By Michelle Malkin • March 19, 2014
Have you had enough of the testing tyranny? Join the club. To be clear: I’m not against all standardized academic tests. My kids excel on tests. The problem is that there are too damned many of these top-down assessments, measuring who knows what, using our children as guinea pigs and cash cows.
College-bound students in Orange County, Fla., for example, now take a total of 234 standardized diagnostic, benchmark and achievement tests from kindergarten through 12th grade. Reading instructor Brian Trutschel calculated that a typical 10th-grade English class will be disrupted 65 out of 180 school days this year alone for mandatory tests required by the state and district. “It’s a huge detriment to instruction,” he told the Orlando Sentinel last month. The library at one Florida middle school is closed for a full three months out of the 10-month school year for computerized assessments. Read more: michellemalkin.com.
In the Florida District 13 Special Election to replace the late Republican Rep. Bill Young, Republican Jolly received 48.5 percent of the vote, progressive Sink 46.6, and libertarian Lucas Overby 4.8%. The spoiler candidate’s night was spoiled. I guess that’s why Rand Paul and his dad run as Republicans.
A warning to Democrats: David Jolly’s victory in the Florida special election is a big sign the upcoming midterms could be painful.
Privately regarded by Republicans as a weak candidate, the former lobbyist Jolly overcame both funding obstacles and a Libertarian party challenger who received five percent of the vote to beat Democrat Alex Sink.
The race was widely considered a referendum on Obamacare, with top political prognosticators calling it a “must win” for Democrats in the weeks leading up to the election.
A Sink loss would “would almost certainly be regarded by dispassionate observers as a sign that President Barack Obama could constitute an albatross around the neck of his party’s nominees in November,” Stuart Rothenberg, one of the most highly respected political handicappers in the country, wrote in Roll Call. Read more at: breitbart.com.
Related: Democrat Rep. and DNC Chair Debbie “Wasserperson” Schultz spins last nights defeat.