Monday, May 4, 2015

Florida Budget- Up, Up and Away

April 30, 2015 by  
Filed under Hot Topics, State of FL Info

So much for wanting to be viewed as FISCAL hawks. Why does the Republican run State legislation continue to grow the budget?

Heck, 4 years ago the grassroot organizations where supporting and voting for politicians that were going to cut the budget. Yes, I grew up in another country, but, going from $65 Billion to $80+ Billion is not exactly a cut.  Government has again proven that if the money is there, it will be spent.

Please read this good article about this years budget from Sunshine State News-

Florida Republicans have made political hay during Obama’s presidency by trying to contrast the state government with the dysfunction in the Beltway. Things might be bad in Tallahassee, the GOP leaders say, but nowhere near as bad as in Washington.

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FL Campus Carry Bill Doomed

Well, we all knew that it was too good to be true. The fact that the Campus Carry Bill made it through several committees on the Representative side in Tallahassee did not mean it would make it through the Senate.  It was pulled from it’s most recent committee agenda which meant it did not even get a vote. Go figure!!!

 

Please read this article in the Sunshine State News-

“The lies involved in the stalling of this bill are unfortunate and despicable,” Rebekah Hargrove, president of Students for Concealed Carry at Florida State University, said in a statement. “Sen. Diaz de la Portilla is simply too afraid to have his name associated with a divisive bill, even though he has previously claimed to be a supporter of the Second Amendment.”

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FL Senator Insults Conservative Grassroots

April 3, 2015 by  
Filed under Press Releases, State of FL Info

Wow, this so called Republican Senator from the Sarasota area sure has an ax to grind with Americans For Prosperity (AFP). Senator Jack Latvala also showed his dislike for many in the grassroots.

You also have to love the threat at the end of the YouTube clip. It would be funny if not for the power that OUR elected officials yield.  I personally like the Americans For Prosperity organization, and yes, I like the Koch brothers and Koch Industries.

I thought the AFP rep did a good job dealing with the attack.

Click link for article- http://shark-tank.com/2015/04/02/fl-senator-insults-conservative-grassroots-says-they-serve-absolutely-no-purpose-video/#

 

 

 

 

Florida Senate and Common Core

March 30, 2015 by  
Filed under Educational, State of FL Info

Please follow this easy link to contact your FL Senator about an upcoming vote on Common Core.  We defer to the grassroot experts who have been studying common core and oppose the Senate Bill 616.

 

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SB 616 Will Advance to the Senate Floor for a Vote on April 1st.
We must act to STOP IT!

Call and email your legislators today to tell them to kill SB 616 that will be on the Senate Floor April Fool’s Day (no joke) and tell them instead to pass SB 1496/ HB 1121. You can do this in one easy step by clicking the big green button:

Don’t let Florida’s kids and families get thrown under the bus!

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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.

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