Thursday, November 27, 2014

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

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: 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

Thanks Florida for Requiring Photo Voter ID

I lost three followers within five minutes of tweeting this.                                               I must be doing something right.

VA Reform Bill Is Just Starting Point

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.

Common Core Finger Puppets

Attribution: Jerry Holbert, The Boston Herald

H/T:  Townhall.com

Springs Protection Act-

May 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Hot Topics, State of FL Info

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.

 

 

Property Rights Protected as Session Ends


The 2014 Legislative Session ended Friday night in Tallahassee with property rights protected from legislation that could have brought harm.The Springs & Aquifer Protection Act remained in House messages without becoming an issue on the final day of Session.  As one colleague wrote to me, It took a huge effort from the Coalition for Property Rights, Homebuilders, the Chamber and AIF as well as local governments to thwart the ill-conceived SB 1576.  Never underestimate the value of your voice at home…it makes a huge difference that legislators hear from affected persons.”CPR thanks each advocate who voiced their opinion to their Senator and Representative.  Your calls and emails made a critical difference.  And, thanks to you and others, CPR was able to speak out regularly and clearly on behalf of property rights in various committees and with many officials individually.Another bill CPR had been watching met the same fate.  The Neighborhood Improvement District bill would have allowed such districts to bond taxpayer dollars for all manner of unnamed projects invented and directed by unelected appointees.  And, property owners would have ultimately been responsible for the borrowed money.To be sure, the issues of water quantity and water quality will be a major focus in next year’s legislative session.  CPR will again be watching and offering suggestions for good public policy on this very important issue.  In anticipation of this discussion, CPR asks you to:

SAVE THE DATE of Friday, May 30.
 
On this date CPR will host the 2014 Spring Issues Forum.  The topic will be:
Florida’s Water Programs and Property Rights
Our keynote speaker will be Governor Scott’s lead man for water policy, the Deputy Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Drew Bartlett. This special luncheon forum will be held at the Orlando Country Club.  Make plans now to attend.  Details will be released soon.Finally, thanks to all who helped fund this year’s travels to Tallahassee.  Your support and words of encouragement made a huge difference during times of discouragement.  One CPR member made it all worth the effort, “Thank you for all your hard work on this bill (SB 1576) and for keeping us informed on property issues. I’m grateful for your leadership.”CPR will continue to work hard so we can keep you informed.
Dan Peterson, Executive Director
info@proprights.com

 

Contact Legislators To Preserve Your Right To Carry A Firearm

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qogTYo4mPuo

 

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)

simpson.wilton.web@flsenate.gov,
thompson.geraldine.web@flsenate.gov,
bradley.rob.web@flsenate.gov,
hukill.dorothy.web@flsenate.gov,
stargel.kelli.web@flsenate.gov,
thrasher.john.web@flsenate.gov

PLEASE EMAIL COMMITTEE MEMBERS IMMEDIATELY

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