You may have seen Juan Williams on Fox & Friends a few days ago, discussing National School Choice Week, and his film on the Chicago School System contrasted with the Noble Street College Prep charter school.
Friday evening, I sat through a well-attended event sponsored by Americans for Prosperity – featuring Juan Williams and Dick Morris, discussing the deplorable state of education in the United States. Joyce Kaufman, of WFLX, kicked off the evening describing her deep interest in the subject, both academically (she has a PhD in Education), and personally (she did everything she could to ensure that her children got the best public education in S. Florida – and both of her kids attended magnet schools and went to top universities). She then introduced the Florida Director for Americans for Prosperity, Slade O’Brien who was the host of the event.
Williams and Morris both spoke for about 10 minutes each, and then fielded questions submitted both by the audience and those watching the event via webcast. What both Juan and Dick stressed is that:
- Parents want what’s best for their children.
- School Choice is a topic that spans the political spectrum – and is not a right vs left, or Republican vs Democrat, or majority versus minority issue.
- Education levels the playing field. The wealthy have always had the option of sending their children to superior academic institutions. Choice allows parents the ability to determine where their kids get educated as opposed to letting where they happen to live determine the child’s options or outcome.
- Bad schools should be allowed to close.
- The School Choice movement needs to grow; parents need to be engaged and the vise-grip that the teachers’ unions have on both municipal and higher level government and elected officials will necessarily be loosened by choice.
- The reason American Colleges are amongst the best in the world, while their elementary and secondary schools rank low, is Competition!
The “A Tale of Two Missions with Juan Williams” movie describes the aforementioned situation in Chicago. I watched it yesterday and encourage you to do so as well. For more information go to National School Choice Week.
THIS EVENT NO LONGER APPEARS ON SANTORUM CALENDAR – SO ASSUME IT IS CANCELLED!!!
As you may know, Senator Santorum had to send surrogates to events in Florida today due to his daughter’s illness.
Santorum is currently scheduled to participate in a candidate forum organized by the Orthodox Union in Boca Raton, FL tomorrow, Monday, January 30th at 9am.
Boca Raton Synagogue
7900 Montoya Circle North
Boca Raton, FL
Great Stuff. Video by Michele Kirk at Bizpacreview.com
The GOP Presidential Preference Primary is Tuesday, January 31st. You knew that – and now, if you’re like me and have put off your decision as long as you can, it’s time to Vote!
The Supervisor of Elections website has the precincts listed for this election. If you’re not certain about your precinct and can’t find your voter registration card, then look it up at the Precinct Finder. When in doubt, call the Supervisor of Elections, at (561) 656-6200. The polls are open from 7am to 7pm.
Remember (since it was in today’s paper as another ‘problem’ with Florida) – the only candidates of the many listed on the ballot still in the race are Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.
Good luck to all of us!
A lot of folks have asked about opportunities to see the various candidates prior to the vote on Tuesday. Mitt Romney will be in the area at a rally in Pompano Beach on Sunday evening:
When: January 29, 2012 – 6:30pm – 7:00pm
Host: Team Florida
Where: Emma Lou Olson Civic Center
1801 Northeast 6th Street,
Pompano Beach, FL 33060
Click on the link for map and directions. The event is free and RSVP isn’t required, however it would be useful for attendance estimates.
To RSVP or for more information, contact TeamSouthFL@MittRomney.com or (813) 658-8825.
Over the last two weeks, I’ve been able to attend local campaign rallies for Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich. The events were all a little different, given the characteristics of the candidates and the campaigns.
On January 12, Mitt Romney held an event at the Palm Beach County Civic Center. The rally had been delayed an hour by a scheduling issue, announced the day prior, which may have accounted for the long line of people waiting to get in when we arrived about a half hour early. Once inside the dark, windowless room it looked like a large crowd, but that was deceiving as the room was relatively small and half was roped off for a press area. There was a raised platform in the middle of the space so the crowd could completely surround it. A large press contingent was present with the front of the center crowded with video trucks and a large area of tables for reporters to file stories from their laptops. At this point, Governor Romney was considerably ahead in the polls and press accomodation was a feature of his events. Many of the local Republican establishment were present, including former Congressman Clay Shaw. Many in the crowd we spoke with were still undecided, but leaning to the Governor as the candidate with the best choice to defeat the President. The crowd was in the 500 range, including an overflow room.
Governor Romney’s speech was quite well received and mostly positive, in a Reaganesque “morning in America” sort of way. He contrasted Obama “managing the decline” of America versus his seeing our best days ahead of us. Although I didn’t feel that he really “fired up” the crowd, he did generate lots of applause and came across more sincere and genuine than he sometimes does on television. Sprinkled throughout his address were references to the founding documents, particularly the Declaration, which seems to be a theme in all the campaigns now. When he was done, he worked the crowd for 10 or 15 minutes and seemed to enjoy the interaction. I came away thinking that although he was not my first choice in the primary, I could support this man if he wins the nomination. Event synopsis: professional, conventional, low-key.
On Sunday, 7/22, Senator Rick Santorum paid a visit to Wings Plus in Coral Springs. A portable enclosed stage had been set up at the end of the parking lot and a lot of local politicians were in evidence. Michael Warns and his band livened things for the crowd of about 300 who filled the parking lot along with a handful of media. The candidate arrived without fanfare.
The Senator gave an inspiring 40 minute speech, filled with policy positions, strong statements about preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, and a clear contrast from his opponents who he painted as having supported both health care mandates and the bank bailouts. He made a good case that he has been consistent in his conservative positions, even when it was not popular. He offered the proposition that is compelling: that he would be better positioned than either Romney or Gingrich to win the swing states like Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana. As he has done throughout the campaign, Sentator Santorum has been calm and steady – almost subtle in his appeal compared to the drama coming out of the other campaigns. At the end of the day this may win if the others burn out, but his style is not garnering the same level of media attention as the others. The crowd of mostly Santorum supporters was receptive and supportive. Event synopsis: focused, clear, low budget.
Finally, on Wednesday 7/25, Newt Gingrich also paid a visit to Wings Plus. The location was the same, but the enclosed stage had been replaced by a low platform and a large arch of red, white and blue balloons. The event was originally announced for 10:30 AM, but postponed to 11:30 with little notice. The candidate did not actually arrive until 12:45 as the crowd added to their sunburns in the hot parking lot. The entrance was fitting for a candidate who has admitted to the adjective “grandiose”. First the sound system cranked up with some impressive flourishes that seemed reminiscent of the Roman Empire. Then the large bus with a three foot high face of Newt pulled up behind the platform accompanied by a police motorcycle escort with lights flashing. Finally, after giving us a few minutes to absorb the scene, the candidate and wife Callista emerged from the cavernous vehicle to the cheers of the enthusiastic crowd of 1200 or so. The crowd differed a little from the Santorum and Romney events as it seemed more diverse and with a wider spread of ages. There was even a short presentation by representatives of high school and college Yourg Republican groups.
Newt Gingrich is very good on the stump. His speech was full of red meat and stark contrasts between him and Barack Obama (“paychecks or foodstamps”). He easily deflected and ridiculed a heckler in the crowd (who turned out to be former Lake Worth Commissioner Cara Jennings). Of the three, Newt made the most direct appeal for support in the primary, and laid out how he would conduct the general election if he were the nominee. If the President were to turn him down on his offer of a series of 3 hour “Lincoln – Douglas” debates for example, he claims he will follow Lincoln’s example and follow Obama around the country, appearing in the same places 4 hours delayed. Hope he has the money for a 747 like Air Force One. As we were walking back to the car – a gentleman talking to his wife said – he sure gives a good speech and is a good talker but can you trust him? That is the rub. Event synopsis: Grandiose, disorderly, compelling.
Some pictures from the events:
You’re Invited to
Patriot Days at the Capitol
February 15th & 16th
– note you must go to the website to register- this is not a 912 sponsored event.
We are providing round-trip buses from various locations around the state- click here for details and to register today!
Kicking off on the steps of the Historic Old Capitol
at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15th with
“The Rally in Tally”
A coalition of Tea Party and Patriot Organizations from across the State committed to Limited Government, Fiscal Restraint, and Free Markets
You will have the opportunity to attend committee meetings and visit with your elected officials on Wednesday afternoon, followed by a dinner on Wednesday night.
Thursday morning we are holding informative
The Constitution, Economic Freedom, and various policy initiatives being addressed by the Legislature.
Space is filling up fast so make sure and register now.
We hope you can join us.
See you in Tallahassee!
Florida State Director
Americans for Prosperity
Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. AFP educates and engages citizens to support restraining state and federal government growth and returning government to its constitutional limits. AFP is more than 1.8 million activists strong, with activists in all 50 states. AFP has 34 state chapters and affiliates. More than 90,000 Americans in all 50 states have made a financial contribution to AFP or AFP Foundation. Americans for Prosperity does not support or oppose candidates for public office.
For more information, visit www.americansforprosperity.org
I have been getting asked to endorse candidates this week and I keep getting asked who am I voting for. Here are some of my thoughts inregards to this.
No thank you…
I am however, very happy with every one really getting involved and vetting these candidates.Standing behind the candidates they believe in. My personal opinion is as a leader is to lead people to the core values and principles our movement believes in. Then to let them, the individuals to find those candidates that adhere to those values. I also think who am I tell you who to vote for. I may be more involved then the average Joe but with this movement I believe people need to educate themselves and get involved other wise what was the point of the movement if people are waiting for my opinion. If that is the case then all is lost. Educate ourselves and follow our Principles and values and get behind that candidate. That is what I want and believe the movement was and is about. That is why I started my 9-12 group not to just tell others how to feel or vote. The Republican party and Democrats all ready do that. It is also why people should host and attend as many events as they can with an open mind to see the various candidates and / or watch the debates. The more you can
do the better. Adversely once the primary is over. I will stand for our Nominee. Game on.
I know preaching to the choir ….
bottom line I will vote for a shoe if it runs against the big O
South Florida 912