Thursday, March 26, 2015

Defend Yoho NOW


Congressman Yoho’s Gainesville district office phone number:  (352) 505-0838

Firearms- An Email To Protect Your Rights

Yes, amazingly  this is still an issue-

 

ALERT!  Carrying Firearms During Mandatory Evacuation 

FROM:  Marion P. Hammer, USF Executive Director, NRA Past President

SB-290, Firearms/Emergency Evacuation by Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Community Affairs Committee on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 1:00PM.

SB-290 is a bill to protect citizens from being disarmed and charged with a crime for carrying a weapon or firearm during a mandatory evacuation ordered by the Governor or local government during a declared state of emergency.

WHY DO WE NEED SB-290?

When you’re ordered under a mandatory evacuation to take your family, pets and important documents and leave your home and other belongings behind, you should be not be deprived of the ability to protect yourself and your family.  You should not be denied the right to take your firearms with you rather than leave them behind for looters.  This bill is especially important for law-abiding people in a state that is prone to evacuations due to hurricanes. This bill is about your safety and the safety of your family.  Read the bill here:  SB-290 Emergency Evacuation

Please EMAIL Committee members IMMEDIATELY and ask them to SUPPORT SB-290 

IN THE SUBJECT LINE PUT:  SUPPORT SB-290 on the Community Affairs Agenda Wednesday

(To send your message to all just Block and Copy All email addresses into the “Send To” box)

simpson.wilton.web@flsenate.gov,
brandes.jeff.web@flsenate.gov,
abruzzo.joseph.web@flsenate.gov,
bradley.rob.web@flsenate.gov,
dean.charles.web@flsenate.gov,
portilla.miguel.web@flsenate.gov,
thompson.geraldine.web@flsenate.gov

Committee members need to hear from you.  Please email Committee Members today.

March For The Children

COME FOR THE RALLY - STAY FOR DINNER!

Let’s have some fun! The rally ends in the afternoon, but don’t leave town. Stick around for dinner that evening.

The Tea Party Network will be meeting for dinner at a local restaurant in Tallahassee and you will have the chance to network with fellow Tea Party groups from across the state.  Anytime The Tea Party Network brings people together you can be promised a good time. We have a lot to talk about. With the Presidential election campaigns already underway, it is up to us to deliver Florida and give the country a clear conservative victory in 2016.  Let’s work together and not allow the big party establishment to select our next candidate.

We the people need to take charge, nominate the right candidates, win the election and restore our liberties!

 

Jeb Bush’s CPAC Fail

NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland–Here at CPAC, the speaker lineup got shuffled around to accommodate Sen. Rand Paul’s voting schedule in the Senate. That led to a big delay for a large group of young Jeb Bush supporters who arrived in time to boost their candidate’s CPAC speech.

Instead of Jeb Bush, who was expected to speak at 1:40 this afternoon, supporters found Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson on stage.

As the delay continued, the influx of Bush supporters wearing red “Jeb!” stickers thumbed through their smart phones and waited patiently in the ballroom aisles for their candidate. Many of the ballroom chairs weren’t filled, but they appeared willing to stay standing in groups.  Continue reading at breitbart.com.

Jeb Bush Bombs at CPAC 2015

 

Here’s Jeb’s full speech if you can sit through it.

Common Core Tweets

My Tweets from yesterday’s Tweet fest to stop Common Core & No Child Left Behind event sponsored by Heritage Action:

https://twitter.com/AlanBerkelham/status/570350896099430401

https://twitter.com/AlanBerkelham/status/570364387661209600

https://twitter.com/AlanBerkelham/status/570369162440151042

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!

https://twitter.com/AlanBerkelham/status/530017728497983488

https://twitter.com/AlanBerkelham/status/530017196924489728

 

Watters’ World Midterm Election Edition – How The Folks Feel About The Election?- O’Reilly

Mark Levin Comments on Charlie Crist’s Statements About Why He Left the Republican Party

November 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Educational, Hot Topics, State of FL Info

Florida Amendment 3: Judicial Appointments

October 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Hot Topics, State of FL Info

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.

http://ballotpedia.org/Florida_Prospective_Judicial_Vacancies,_Amendment_3_(2014)

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-endorsement-amendment-3-20140930-story.html

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/opinion/commentary-making-the-case-for-amendment-3/nhhb5/

Amendment One

October 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Environment, State of FL Info

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.

The first red flag raised is the bad public policy of inserting a part of our state’s budget into the constitution. Why? It limits the budgeting authority of the Legislature. It is the Legislature’s responsibility to work with the governor to balance the budget annually, meeting the manifold needs of our state. Through the Legislature, all needs (including environmental) are considered, debated, and approved by our elected representatives, not just those of a single special interest.

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 second red flag is the fiscal impact additional conservation land will have on meeting local needs. When property is moved from private ownership to government, it is moved off the tax rolls. Less taxable property means less tax revenue to pay for things like education, roads, infrastructure and public safety. Local governments will be forced to choose between cutting spending or raising property taxes and/or fees. The counties in Florida with the most conservation lands are also the counties with the highest property taxes, according to Florida TaxWatch.

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.

The “Certificate of Need”

October 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Healthcare, State of FL Info

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-

http://www.thenewamerican.com/economy/commentary/item/19146-the-certificate-of-need-con

 

 

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: flstopcccoalition.org.
H/T: John Beck

Blame ‘Retirement Liabilities’ for Florida’s $11.5 Billion in Off-the-Books Debt

August 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Hot Topics, State of FL Info

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-

Click for article-

http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/blame-retirement-liabilities-floridas-115-billion-books-debt?utm_source=Constant%20Contact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Morning%20Lead&utm_source=August+29%2C+2014&utm_campaign=ML-06122013&utm_medium=email

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