The Federal ID that Pays Illegal Aliens Billions a Year

Established 15 years ago, the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number [ITIN] is a seemingly innocuous administrative requirement that the Internal Revenue Service assigns to anyone who is employed and pays taxes. According to the IRS website, the numbers are used for federal tax reporting only. But since ITINs, as they are commonly known, are issued to wage earners regardless of immigration status, they’ve frequently been abused by the aliens who hold them.

Read the full story by Joe Guzzardi in The Federal ID that Pays Illegal Aliens Billions a Year, published at the Western Center for Journalism.

Presidential Preference Portfolio Event

South Florida 912 and the Palm Beach County Tea Party are jointly hosting a Presidential Preference Portfolio event for January 10 at the First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach on Flagler Drive. It will be moderated by Brian Mudd, Program Director 1290 WJNO & 1230 WBZT, Financial Analyst & Co-Host for The Palm Beaches Morning Rush.


Brian Mudd

The introduction of our 2012 Grassroots Presidential Preference Primary Voter’s Guide is a key part of preparation, and it will be made available at the event.

Each of the eight major Presidential campaigns are being asked to participate, and have been sent a series of questions designed to “get beyond the sound bites” and help us get to know the contenders on the basis of how they would approach the job, and how well suited to it they are.

When:
January 10, 2012
6:00 PM – Meet and Greet
6:30-8:30 Program
Where:
First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach
1101 South Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach
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The project has three parts – the questions, the event itself, and a member survey that asks each of us to score the candidates in the key areas of Leadership, Character, Worldview, Quality of Solutions, and Governing Style. The results of the survey will be included in the Voter’s Guide (available the night of the event), along with the candidate’s answers and our analysis of their policy positions. Following the event, after you have seen how they answered, we will ask you to take the survey a second time and we will record the changes (if any).

The Voter’s Guide will also have a section for the candidates policy positions, either provided by the campaigns or determined by our researchers from publically available campaign collateral and websites. Through this process, we hope to help you (and others who use our voter’s guide) to make an informed selection in the January 31 Florida Presidential Preference Primary.

Member Survey


We need your views of the candidates for the process. Please CLICK HERE to take the survey now. You must be logged in to register your results.

Background


The 2012 Elections are both a referendum on the stewardship of Barack Obama, as well as a choice of what kind of country we are going to become. The Republican standard bearer will carry enormous responsibility to offer a compelling alternative to the progressive, anti-business, social-democratic future that the last 3 years has foreshadowed.

So much damage has been done to our country through enormous deficits, out of control spending, suffocating regulations, erosion of property rights and the rule of law, and a feckless and incoherent foreign policy, that stopping the damage is not enough. The next President must roll back the excesses of the past few years and restore our Republic to one of Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionally Limited Government and Free Markets.

It is a unique time. The country is gripped by fear and crushed by pessimism, yet we are yearning for leadership and open to new ideas. Not since the Carter Administration has there been such malaise, and polls show many think America’s best days are behind her and their children are destined to a lower standard of living and crushing debt. We fear our liberties are being eroded by a massive and growing federal government, that crony capitalism has corrupted the highest reaches of government, corporations and the banking system, that our traditional values of the family, the community, and the nation have been morphed into something unrecognizable. Yet there is some leadership to be seen away from Washington as the states press their case to overturn Obamacare and take the initiative on immigration policy from a failed federal bureaucracy. We as a people are resilient and capable, and will respond to a leader with bold new ideas and a commitment to fixing America.

The next President must have the right policy prescriptions for today’s known problems, and most of our candidates do, but that is not enough. Whoever assumes the position must also be able to meet and triumph over the challenges that lie ahead in an increasingly dangerous world, for a country left in a weakened state from fiscal irresponsibility, a decade of war, and a business sector left reeling from suffocating regulations and economic hardship that has led to the highest sustained level of unemployment since the Great Depression.

How can we determine who can carry this mantel?

We believe the qualifications of our champion can be found in five key dimensions:

  • Leadership – who can inspire us to greatness? Who has the ability to clearly lay out the problem, communicate the urgency, convince us to make the necessary sacrifices to achieve success?
  • Character – who can we trust? Who is loyal to their principles and their countrymen, respects others’ points of view, yet has the courage and confidence to make politically difficult choices?
  • Worldview – who sees the world as we do? Who sees America as exceptional, its people capable and motivated, its strength in the individual efforts and decisions of the many,not the central wisdom of government?
  • Quality of Solutions – who has proposed solutions that really get to the crux of the problem? Who understands that changes have consequences and can explain the broader ramifications of their tax plan or their entitlement reform proposals?
  • Governing Style – who is likely to see their solutions implemented? How will they work with Congress, particularly the other party to form governing majorities on issues? Who can use their political capital and support from the voters to realize a mandate for change?

Candidate Questions


In order to explore these dimensions for each of the candidates, we have prepared the following set of questions. The campaigns have been asked to answer them both in an absolute sense as well as how their candidate’s values may differ from their competitors for the nomination. Obviously, there are no wrong answers, but their responses will help us understand them better.

1. Leadership
a. What are the characteristics of a great leader?
b. What leader has most influenced you in your life?
c. In what leadership roles that you have held have you been most effective and whatdid you accomplish?

2. Character
a. Some of the dimensions of character include trustworthiness, loyalty, warmth, respect, courage, and reverence. How do these attributes guide your behavior and how much do they influence your view of others?
b. Who was the major character influence in your life? How and why?

3. Worldview
a. What do you see as America’s role in the world for the next 20 years?
b. What level of debt, deficit and taxation is “reasonable” and why?
c. What are the top 3 economic problems that “must be solved” to secure our future?
d. What are the top 3 foreign policy challenges of the next decade?

4. Quality of Solutions
a. Explain the major advantage and the most important side effects of your tax plan.
b. What is your “doctrine” regarding the intervention in foreign conflicts?
c. What should be “done” about the United Nations?
d. Close to 50% pay no income taxes – how do we change that?

5. Governing Style
a. How would your style differ from George Bush? From Barack Obama?
b. It is difficult for a President to “change Washington” – how will you work with the existing DC environment and avoid both frustration and/or corruption by it?

Policy Positions


Policy positions on today’s key issues are also important, and we will attempt to profile each candidate based on their campaign collateral, public statements and debate performances. If a campaign wishes to specifically provide material to us on policy we will feature it in the assessment. The policy areas of interest are found in the following 10 questions:

  1. Tax Reform – what are the key aspects of the tax reform initiatives (if any) that you would attempt to implement if you become President?
  2. Spending and Deficit – Our $15T debt is the largest single threat to our institutions and our way of life. What are your top policy prescriptions to address this issue?
  3. Size of Government – the federal government has become a major factor in everything we do and would be unrecognizable to the founders. How will you “make Washington inconsequential in our lives?” What federal programs would you eliminate or turn over to the states?
  4. 10th Amendment – the states have asserted themselves in the last couple of years over immigration policy and health care. There are additional moves coming over EPA overreach, education and energy. Where would you draw the line between federal jurisdiction and that given to the states by the constitution?
  5. Health Care – Most agree that Obama care must be stopped and 26 states are taking their judicial challenge to the Supreme Court. A legislative solution is needed and there is some fear that the PACA has already made turning back the regulations almost impossible. What steps would you take to deal with this issue and what priority would you give it?
  6. Federal Regulations, EPA, NLRB, FCC – The Obama administration has greatly increased the regulatory assault on business and citizen alike. What can be done to reign in the entrenched bureaucracy and how will you approach this task?
  7. Trade policy, China – What is your position regarding fair trade with China concerning currency manipulation, intellectual property protection and dumping? Should our trade policy favor certain countries or regions or should we treat everyone equally? What do you see as the future of manufacturing in this country?
  8. United Nations, NATO, European Union – In what way would you change the relationship between the US and these organizations from what the current administration has done?
  9. Radical Islam, Arab Spring, Iran – Contrast your approach in these three areas to the Obama administration. What should be our future posture towards the emerging regimes in the middle east and Maghreb and how should we deal with Iran’s weapons program?
  10. Role of the Military – Our force composition has changed in response to the asymmetrical threats we face, yet our experience in Iraq and Afghanistan has illuminated many shortcomings in regards to “nation building” projects. How does the military factor into your vision of America’s role in the world for the next decade and what changes would you make in structure, weapons systems and human resources in the military forces?

Disabling the Electoral College before 2012 Election?

National Public Vote Compact, NPVC, is the method. The Presidency is the prize.

What a challenging debate Americans are having! The National Popular Vote Compact, NPVC, is the talk of state capitals from Columbus, OH, to Albany, NY, to Austin, TX. Our state legislators are casting critical votes to change our electoral process and, of course, we the people have an important voice in it all.

No wonder we insist on being highly engaged in this decision. From American history we know our electoral system was designed by the Founding Fathers to insure the most careful balance possible of votes and voices for America’s Presidential elections, to protect minority rights while recognizing and empowering the majority.

We are well aware that state by state adoption of the NPVC, also known as the National Popular Vote, NPV, would change the founders’ design for our Constitutional Republic and could circumvent those minority protections from what Alexander Hamilton called the possibility of oppression by the majority. Oh, the talking and debating…the discussions about Constitutional design…the weighing of the pros and cons… a discussion merited by the enormity of the proposed change.

Whoa! Wait just a minute here! Did you say you haven’t heard these debates? Did you say the NPVC is just meaningless alphabet soup to you? The vigorous debate over a change to this so called “direct vote” or democratic vote” didn’t get your attention?

You should know that your state has probably already adopted NPVC or is in the process of doing so.

Of course you didn’t hear this important debate about NPVC only because there is none. The NPVC, or NPV, is sold as harmless and described as a more democratic electoral method to give each American a direct voice in the election of our president. However, in a legal memorandum, Oct 27, 2011, Heritage concludes that:

Consequently, the NPV[9] scheme proposes an interstate compact in which participating states agree in advance to automatically allocate their electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote, disregarding the popular vote results in their states or what the relevant legislatures might then desire. The NPV would “put the fate of every presidential election in the hands of the voters in as few as 11 states and thus…give a handful of populous states a controlling majority of the Electoral College,”[10] undermining the protections of the Electoral College.

Passage of this insidious compact is very close because 170 of the required 270 votes are from states already signed on. States where NPV is being considered or is close to passing are more than sufficient to implement the NPVC. Then it will apply to the 2012 election and every one after that so that a candidate can be elected by a few of the most populous regions in the USA. Since this is likely to increase the number of third and even fourth party candidates, one could win as little as 30% or 40% of the popular vote and be awarded the necessary 270 electoral votes. We could see European type elections with so many candidates that none has enough support to govern effectively.

Who exactly would benefit from a change in the electoral college system that has worked effectively for so many elections? Who would want to circumvent our founders’ intentions for the most balanced and representative selection of the president? This has been in progress, on a state by state basis, with stealth and steely determination since 2006. Multiple websites push the “Direct Vote” and “NPV” and “Democratic Vote” to create the impression this is truly popular when, in fact, it is being funded and pushed by those with their own political agenda.

The RNC recently voted to condemn this change to our electoral system, but too much damage has been done already. Some conservatives have voted for this and their lack of understanding of the issue is deplorable.

NPVC will bring out the grizzly in many of us who will not stand for deception and the manipulation of our constitutional safeguards. Our first task is to educate ourselves by checking some links here, and then we must alert others. Next, our state representatives must be informed, in no uncertain terms, that we strongly oppose this unconstitutional compact.

Calls, handwritten letters and visits to our state legislators must make it clear that if in process, NPVC must be stopped. If already passed, NPVC must be repealed. If introduced, NPVC must be rejected at once. Any legislator who votes for this does not know the constitution and is not protecting our freedoms.

Also, search on “National Popular Vote” and you will find countless sites advocating this “logical and fair” change to an outdated system. Watch this topic wherever it is posted because immediately someone will post comments insisting the NPVC is a good thing for America. Who is so closely tracking the issue and attacking every negative? Who is so determined NPVC must succeed? What do they have to gain?

In the Federalist Hamilton explains the need to protect the public good and the rights of the minority from the possible oppression by the majority in a “direct democracy” or “popular” vote:

When a majority is included in a faction, the form of popular government, on the other hand, enables it to sacrifice to its ruling passion or interest both the public good and the rights of other citizens. To secure the public good and private rights against the danger of such a faction, and at the same time to preserve the spirit and the form of popular government, is then the great object to which our inquiries are directed.

Alexander Hamilton; Federalist Papers # 68

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Feeling Thankful

In the the past few years I have found miracles all around me. It began with finding out that “we surround them” at a meeting with approximately 350 strangers. That meeting changed my life. It changed my family’s life. We made new friends. We found that we were not alone. Not alone in our concerns, not alone in our desire to understand what was going on in our government, not alone in our determination to become self reliant, not alone in our quest to be more responsible for our community and in the outcome of legislation and elections. We could look around and see that we were NOT ALONE at all.

My first memory of the inaugural 912 meeting was looking across the room and meeting Dmitry – the most outspoken Russian I had ever met. Today he is a dear friend. On that day I met a man sitting at a crowded table with people he never met, all of them laughing and sharing chicken wings. Today Ed Fulop and his family are not only great friends but Ed is a terrific leader in our 912 group. Roberto, a new face to me then is now like a family friend and terrific bus trip organizer and leader in our group. Roberto’s story about becoming an American would make any one have watery eyes. I spoke for hours with the Rogers family and the Moffit family, sharing my worries and excitement before our first “meetup”. They will always be very dear to me. I met a mom with strong faith in God and great ideas, she also was creative and she shared in her talents. Michelle was a leader of our group, then spring boarded her experience to where she organized Teens In Action, and Lower Taxes Now here in Palm Beach County and now works for BIZ PAC. Lynne Sherrer, who I just respect and care so much about. Jason Shields who at that first meeting I knew really only from Church and now he and his family are our best friends. I have met so many amazing people back at that first group meeting. I met Daria who is a great inspiration, author and a “Conservative Diva”. Ellen a great photographer and “Diva”, Ray Hite, Lori Perry, Melissa Andrews. Mike Lamayer, Alison Rampersad, Lori and Mark Parris, Irene, Frank and Donna, Wayne and Tina, Matthew and Christy, Jim, Terry, Darlene, Jessica, Tim, Ed, Nancy, Helen and Debye and so many others I cannot name.

The word first implies that there are more… many many more. Since that FIRST meeting was just a beginning, and it was just that, a real beginning of something special. People have stepped up in leadership in the group, a few have run campaigns, and some have run for office. Some have started their own groups. There were and have been ups and downs. Some tears were shed and feelings were hurt. Thru it all the group grew and got stronger. The leaders faces changed and the group became more directed. My heart just pounds with gratitude and love for those leaders that surround me. Last week when I was at our monthly 912 meeting at Lantana Library, I looked around I could not help to think how much these people are like a family to me. Everyone sitting there really wants to make our community a better place to be. We all are a part of that. I looked around the room and I saw people who I have come to love these people, care about them, and their families. The 912 has become something so much more to me then just a place to find others who feel like I do. It has become a gathering of motivated people who are tied together thru a familial bond.

It may appear I am rambling and maybe I am… however in this month of Thanksgiving I cannot help but to remember the “first” meeting of our group and the bonds that have grown and the new friendships that have been made along the way. I am so grateful to our core leader group, My husband Doug, Fred and Iris, Jason, Linda, Dave, Kim, Boris, Jim H and Loreen, Jim B, Mickey and Mj, Ken and Jeane, and Ed. I am thankful for things that we have worked so hard on this past year. We have some success and failures and with each we have learned something. Only 2 years ago the “new website rolled out and look at how much has happened since. We have collected food for canned good drives, we helped with money and food for Haiti,. We have delivered Balloons to the hospital to deserving children, we laughed and smiled at welcome home parties and and hugged and cried at funerals for soldiers. The 912 has helped serve meals at Thanksgiving and will do it again this year. The 912 CV Super Seniors has grown and is now a hit nationwide, the Inspector General is now in place in our county and we still need to be vigilant on this issue. We have helped get elected conservative principled candidates. We are coalition members of TAB the Tax Payer Action Board. We are teaching people about county budgets and talking about the Constitution. Our language has changed. We are talking to our neighbors. I was able to present our Principles and values about the 912 to a high school civics class. We are going to church, reading our bible and studying our history. WE are growing in our individual strength and growing as a group of concerned citizens who are actively participating in the process. My children and my other 912ers children are being affected by this movement as well. I have taken my kids to DC, and Philadelphia, Jamestown, Gettysburg and Boston. We talk about the history of our great nation, we talk about the future. Thru my children eyes I have been able to see so much more, and appreciate so much more. Thank you for all of you who have ever attended a meeting, called your Representative, sent a fax, penned a letter to the editor, waved a sign or made phone calls. I am truly thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and God Bless

Shannon and Doug Armstrong and the Armstrong Family

GOP Booth at the Palm Beach Gardens Green Market

Palm Beach Gardens Green Market:

  • Sunday November 20, 27, Dec 11 & 18
  • 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Market is located at City Hall Complex next to PBG Fire Station # 1 at 4301 Burns Road
  • We will register volunteers
  • We will direct people to SOE web for voter registration
  • We will hand out information on issues and candidates
  • Our booth will be recognized by the American flag proudly on display and the elephant logo
  • Candidates can stand in the booth and speak to visitors
  • Candidates are allowed to walk around but not campaign as walking
  • All handouts can be placed at the booth
  • All signs can be placed at the booth
  • Contact person is Linda Gore- please call 686-1616 to volunteer

November Value – Courage – Do you live it?


This months value is Courage.

In Joshua 1:9 it says … Be strong and courageous do not be afraid or discouraged for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

It takes great courage to stand up for what you believe.  Our value this month is Courage.

The definition from Websters Dictionary states courage as
: mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.

Examples of courage are all around me as a friend fights brain cancer, a friend recuperates from a bad car accident, people even in our own country struggle to speak the truth about their belief in God, and a belief that our country is being hijacked by a group of people who do not care about our country as we do. Children seek to pray at school before a football game or a school graduation and it takes such courage to stand up, speak out, and to be able to do these things.

My father taught me the value of courage by my observing his actions and listening to his story. As a young boy he joined the Marines before he was 18 years old and he graduated from boot camp on his 18th birthday. Later my dad worked construction on the side of the road while he put himself through college. To this day my dad has his construction helmet on display, not for any one else, but to remind himself where he came from. My husband suffered a horrible car accident when he was just a kid and his cousin a passenger died and my husband showed great courage in facing the memories of that horrible day, the circumstances and the fears. I felt courage as I faced an ambulance as it took my little baby away from me to a hospital far away. I knew that she was in God’s hands. My husband held my hand and as we traveled through that dark night and when I saw the glowing cross from a afar I felt Courage. I knew God was with us and her and that small seed of courage grew as we enter through those doors together. Courage is what Nana and Papa had when they traveled to the United States and later became US citizens.

Courage gets you up in the morning to face the day. Courage allows you when you make a mistake, to admit it. Courage allows you stand on truth and principle. Courage is a trait so few people who run our country have.  To admit a mistake takes courage, to tell the truth even when it’s bad news takes courage. Our soldiers each and every day have courage, the loved ones left behind have courage.

Recently I saw an incredible movie called Courageous.  It was an amazing movie and it called for people as a community to draw closer together,  for parents to be courageous examples to their children,  to have a resolution and then follow it through and live it out. Speak words of encouragement to each other and your family and friends. Praying for wisdom and strength to live a courageous life honors God.  We must seek courageous people for our leaders, our role models, our heroes.  Within ourselves, we must find the courage to be strong, and to be an example to our children, our family and our friends.

Ohio 912’ers and Tea Party Define THE Narrative for Victory in 2012

Ohio Takes the First Popular Vote on Obamacare. That Vote is NO.

Many Americans work long hours so that weekends and evenings become precious family time. However, Ohio Tea Party, 912 and other patriots volunteered countless of these valuable hours to gather signatures in all 88 counties of Ohio to force the issue of Obamacare onto their state ballot this November . Where there was a county fair, a town’s parade or festival, a church social, the patriots were there filling petitions one citizen, one signature at a time.

They gathered 440,000 signatures. And the resulting ballot Issue #3 passed on Nov. 8 by a resounding vote of 2 to 1.

A vote for Issue #3 was a vote against Obamacare. Ohioans were the first Americans who actually got to vote on Obamacare, and they voted NO! The 20 month effort of over 4400 volunteers resulted in every Ohio voter having the chance to reject the forced healthcare mandates of PPACA, known as Obamacare.

While the very end result remains uncertain since PPACA can have no state allowed to go their own way on healthcare, Ohioans have done an historic service to all Americans. They showed us what a determined and organized grassroots effort can accomplish.

In addition, Ohio’s volunteers defined a clear narrative for political victory in 2012. Americans may disagree on tax changes and on how to best create jobs, but the Ohio vote shows overwhelming opposition to Obamacare. Politicians who supported it or are not working to repeal it are putting themselves on the wrong side of the voters’ mandate and will not be trusted to work for the best interests of Ohio and all America..

Thanks to Ohio’s vote damning the takeover of America’s healthcare, candidates determined to repeal PPACA can know their voice will surely be heard and the votes will be theirs.

Jam-packed agenda focused on 2012 with Susan Bucher

South Florida 912 had its November meeting at the Lantana Branch of the PBC Library last night.  Since this was a different night of the week than we usually meet and it overlapped with a Christian Coalition’s meeting, we joined forces.  Also present were quite a few folks from the Palm Beach County Tea Party.

Also attending the meeting was Greg Allen of National Public Radio. Greg interviewed some of the attendees on the subject of tea party support for Herman Cain, in spite of the allegations of sexual harassment. See South Florida 912 Members on National Public Radio Morning Edition for the related story.

Shannon Armstrong, co-founder, kicked off the meeting and then introduced Doug Armstrong, co-founder to lead us in the prayer, followed by Virginia Brooks of the Christian Coalition for the Pledge of Allegiance.  Shannon then spoke about the Charity of the Month and how she also needed volunteers to prepare bags, and donate a few food items for serving the needy on Thanksgiving day.

Following a brief introduction about getting active in the 2012 cycle, Shannon turned the meeting over to Doug who gave us a heartfelt talk on Courage – our Value of the Month.  He described his grandparents’ journey to the US from Canada, against a backdrop of them holding an American Flag received when they finally became American citizens in their 50s.  As Doug described other ways in which all of us have to overcome fears and demonstrate Courage, he segued into the Courage it will take for us to turn things around in 2012.

Iris Scheibl described the Election Cycle theme of the meeting and showed a short video about True the Vote and the importance of involvement in the actual election process – from validating registrations to poll-working and poll-watching.  Shannon then introduced Susan Bucher, Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections (SOE), our key-note speaker.

Mrs. Bucher talked about the importance of true and honest elections.  She described actions she’s taken in improving the process since taking over from her predecessor.  Besides significant cost-cutting for efficient use of tax-payer dollars, her primary goal is to ensure that the Elections results are the story, and not the inadequacies or delays caused by the SOE!  She spoke about the importance of the roles of poll-worker and poll-watcher and how poll-watchers in the latest Lake Park election earlier in the week did a great job.  Poll-workers are human, and the poll-watcher can go a long way in observing and preventing problems.  She encouraged folks to get active in either role.  The Supervisor also mentioned that as long as poll-watchers were properly vetted and had been registered with her – new this year – they can be moved from precinct to precinct as needed – a big improvement over prior years.  She talked about changes that have gone into effect recently – a shorter early voting schedule, rigorous voter registration rules *, and changes in the length of absentee ballot requests.  Also mentioned was that young people are strongly encouraged to become poll-workers and she is doing out-reach in that regard.  She fielded questions from the audience.  Among them were:  What about duplicate registrations and votes, eg by snowbirds, across states? – (FL Secretary of State in Tallahassee would have to do reciprocal efforts with other states); when are absentee ballots counted? – (results tallied first); when can address changes be made?  (can actually made at the precinct when about to vote – although this is strongly discouraged – please correct your address via the SOE prior to coming to vote). 

(Ed. Note: * Mrs. Bucher also said that if a group wants to have a voter registration drive – inform the SOE and they will provide someone to actually handle the voter registrations.  That way one can’t run afoul of the new voter registration law changes.)

Next up was Mark Hoch, Political Director of the Republican Party of Palm Beach County.  Mark talked about how each candidate, ballot issue, and party can have a poll watcher.  People can sign up by contacting him and the Party or via their candidates.  The candidates generally relegate the poll-watcher training to him and he will be conducting sessions prior to each of the elections.

Tara Ford described a plan that she has, working in conjunction with the GOP, to cover early voting locations with volunteers outside of the buildings, manning tents with information and ensuring that solicitation rules are followed.

So – certainly amongst all of these options – there is a way for you to do your part to ensure Honest Elections in 2012!

Announcements and candidates followed the speakers:

Bette Anne Starkey announced an awesome opportunity to see Anita MonCrief and Brandon Darby next Tuesday, 11/15.  Bring your friends of any political persuasion – this is not to be missed if you haven’t heard them before: 

Tami Donnally, County Chair for Team Cain announced a Rally for Cain on Wednesday, 11/16.  If you haven’t had a chance to hear any of the presidential candidates in person – now is the time to do start!

Laura Hanley, Candidate for County Commission District 1 spoke about the Veterans’ Day Parade Friday morning, and then about what she will focus on as a Commissioner.  Her twin daughters then recited a poem that they wrote in support of their mother.  Laura also then kindly volunteered to donate the remaining food item for the Thanksgiving meal, mashed potatoes.

Mike Lamayer, Candidate for Fl Senate District 25 – spoke about votes that his opponent had made recently.

Albert Key – Candidate for County Commission District 1 described a plan he was pursuing for easing foreclosures by having distressed homeowners work with their banks.

Thanks to the set-up and clean-up team for arranging the room, and always to Mickey Polulack for the sound-system!  Also to Alexa Armstrong who announced and collected the 50:50 tickets.  And to the 50:50 winner, David Donnally – who donated his winnings back to South Florida 912.

Check back at the website and in your emails for our December meeting plans!  But get involved and get active.  We get the government we deserve.

Some Pictures of the event:

South Florida 912 Members on National Public Radio Morning Edition


Greg Allen, NPR

The November 11 broadcast of NPR’s Morning Edition contained a report by Greg Allen, their south Florida correspondent. Greg attended our November 10 monthly meeting to explore the continuing support for Herman Cain among Florida activists, in spite of allegations of sexual harassment.

In his approximately 4 minute report, 912 members Fred Scheibl, Bette Anne Starkey, and Marianne Polulack give their views of Herman Cain and the accusations against him. You can also hear Shannon Armstrong as she gets the meeting started.

See Allegations Don’t Hinder Cain’s Tea Party Support to listen to the full segment.

Senator Nelson Calls for Investigation of Conservative Activists

Some of you may have received this letter from our Democrat Senator. He is claiming that

“..a handful of super-rich conservative activists are behind an orchestrated effort to keep millions of seniors, younger voters and minorities from casting ballots next year…”

and he is calling for a Senate investigation to

“..see if Florida’s law was part of a plan that led to similar voting law changes in more than a dozen other states this year.” and then “.. I have asked the Justice Department to look into who’s behind these changes. “

This is chilling. Where was Senator Nelson when Acorn was subverting the election process all across the country and Black Panthers were intimidating voters at the polls. This is a part of an organized effort to weaken our election laws and all the more reason why everyone who is able should volunteer as a poll worker or watcher to help keep elections fair.

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