George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

Issued by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on October 3, 1789

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

912 Leaders Picks for the 2014 Election

Disclaimer: These election selections are the personal choices of the 8 member 912 Leaders Panel, not an endorsement by this or any other organization. All the picks were unanimous unless otherwise noted. Many members of groups with whom we work have asked for such a guide, as an aid to their own research. As such, we are asking you to look at the picks, read the rationale, then choose for yourself. Whether you agree or disagree, feel free to add your comments to the end of this post..

For an in-depth look at all the candidates and the districts, use our Online Voters Guide

Note: In some of our rationale, legislator ratings from the American Conservative Union (ACU) are used. The ACU is the organizer of CPAC, and compiles ratings based on voting records.

Race Our Choice Rationale
US House – only one will be on your ballot:
Congressional District 18
Carl Domino

After narrowly defeating former Congressman Allen West by 0.6% in 2012 in this slightly Republican district, Democrat Patrick Murphy has become known for his positions on issues on which both sides already agree, such as a need to correct the problems of the Indian River Lagoon and opposition to All Aboard Florida. Not likely to have much impact on partisan issues in the heavily Republican congress anyway, he still only gets a 20/100 rating from the ACU, indicating he mostly votes with Leader Pelosi and the President. Carl Domino by contrast, in his eight years in the Florida House, moved legislation such as homestead portability with bipartisan support but still received a good conservative ranking. Both men have business backgrounds and Carl adds to that a career as a naval officer and just recently graduated from law school. Either would represent the district well on local issues, but this election is really about opposing the Progressive agenda of Barack Obama and the national Democrats, and Murphy cannot be expected to do that.

Congressional District 20
Jay Bonner

Alcee Hastings is running for his 12th term against newcomer Jay Bonner. With a 4.78/100 lifetime ranking by the ACU, Congressman Hastings has enthusiastically supported the Obama agenda, including Obamacare and Medicaid expansion, limits on gun rights, higher taxes on the rich, and a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens. Brian Bonner on the other hand, a white, limited government Republican running in a district that is only 13% Republican and 33% white, will acknowledge that he has little chance. Nevertheless, even though his re-election is a sure thing, we cannot pick Congressman Hastings.

Congressional District 22
Paul Spain

After beating Republican Adam Hasner by almost 30,000 votes in 2012, Congresswoman Lois Frankel’s first term earned a 16/100 score from the ACU. Strongly in favor of Obamacare, the Democrats version of immigration reform, limitations on gun rights, passing the DISCLOSE Act and the rest of the Obama agenda, she has been a reliable supporter of the President. Paul Spain, has made specific conservative proposals on tax reform, alternatives to Obamacare, and would like to freeze overall government spending at current levels, while restoring the cuts to the military. With an 11 point advantage in Democrat registrations in this district, the demographics favor the incumbent, but as the most important factor in this year’s election is the Obama agenda, Paul Spain is our pick.

Governor and Cabinet:
Governor and Lt. Governor
Rick Scott

Carlos Lopez-Cantera

This year’s contest pits two Governors who each have served a single term. Charlie Crist, then a Republican, served from 2006-2010 until leaving office to run unsuccessfully for the Senate, becoming an independent when it was clear he could not defeat Marco Rubio in the primary. Changing parties once again to run for Governor, he became a Democrat and won the nomination over Nan Rich. It was not just his party registration that changed though – he now is a full-fledged Obama Progressive Democrat, promoting “infrastructure” spending, high speed rail, Medicaid expansion, green energy projects, and minimum wage increases, while rolling out the national Democrat’s “War on Women” theme.

Rick Scott by contrast, has applied conservative principles in his time in Tallahassee, attracting Fortune 500 companies, eliminating regulations, cutting taxes and fees, and giving the state one of the better track records in the economic recovery, competing with the likes of Texas. He has held the line on state university tuition increases, adequately funded the public schools, invested in Everglades restoration, and delivered a state surplus without raising taxes.

Charlie Crist is a stand-in for the Obama agenda, as are many Democrats on the ballot this year. Even ignoring that fact, Crist’s lack of any guiding principles other than doing whatever it takes to win office, and his “conversion” to the left-leaning ideas that have already bankrupted many blue states, should be enough to reject his candidacy.

Adrian Wyllie, the Libertarian Party candidate, has many interesting ideas, including elimination of all property taxes and a 30% cut in the state budget, and many conservative grass-roots activists are considering him. Some are not happy with Rick Scott’s approach to Common Core, others have other beefs. The demographics are such that Wyllie has no chance to win though, and likely will draw more votes from Scott than Crist. I hope these folks will consider how a Crist victory would affect their agenda.

The Scott / Lopez-Cantera ticket deserves another four years.

Chief Financial Officer
Jeff Atwater

As CFO for the last four years, Jeff Atwater has taken an active role in furthering the cause of openness and transparency in the state government through a comprehensive website that provides detailed budget information, as well as detail on all the state vendors and contracts. He has been a dogged pursuer of insurance fraud, bringing prosecutions against many who have defrauded insurance companies by staging accidents and generating false claims.

Representing Palm Beach County when he was in the Legislature, including a stint as Senate President, Jeff has been an effective member of Rick Scott’s cabinet since elected to state-wide office in 2010. He often makes the rounds of the grassroots groups in south Florida, and has been our guest in 912 and tea party meetings throughout his tenure, including his annual “Atlas Shrugged” get togethers to celebrate the American experience.

Not very much is known about Jeff’s opponent, William Rankin, whose previous public service was in Ohio as a bureaucrat in that state’s Treasury department, following time in the Army as a criminal investigator. He has never been elected to public office.
His platform is mostly about insuring rights for union members and restoring the voting rights of felons, areas not usually associated with the office of CFO.

Jeff Atwater deserves another 4 years as CFO.

Agriculture Commissioner
Adam Putnam

Agriculture, along with tourism and construction, is a foundation of the Florida Economy, and contributes significantly to tax revenue and employment. Keeping the Ag sector healthy, requires an Agriculture Commissioner who can stave off threats – many of which in the current climate come from Washington DC. After 10 years in the Congress, Adam Putnam used his experience to the benefit of Florida, opposing EPA regulations like nutrient content that burden Florida’s water resources and ultimately getting agreement that Florida should manage the health of its own water. His background as a Polk County cattle rancher is well suited to this position.

His opponent, retired Army Lt. Colonel Thadeus Hamilton, spent 36 years as a federal bureaucrat at the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services. He sees his mission as promoting a “sustainable” state, and has led conservation efforts such as re-vegetation of sand dunes in Broward county, and protecting sea turtles. His interests appear to lean more to environmental protection than promoting agricultural business.

We think Adam Putnam strikes a proper balance between economic development and the envrironment and deserves another 4 years.

Attorney General
Pam Bondi

Pam Bondi took office in 2011, while the Florida suit against Obamacare, brought by her predecessor Bill McCollum and joined by 25 other states, was making its way to the Supreme Court and saw it through to its conclusion in 2012. In this landmark ruling, although Obamacare was affirmed as a tax, the court ruled that states cannot be coerced into expanding their Medicaid programs – something of which Florida has taken advantage. A crusader against pill mills, synthetic street drugs and human trafficking, her tenure has been a busy time, with many successes and she continues to pursue Medicaid fraud and abusive foreclosure processes. She also plans to continue the state’s defense of its restrictions on gay marriage.

Her opponent, George Sheldon, strongly supports Medicaid expansion and Obamacare in general, and would not have been likely to pursue the lawsuit with vigor. He would put more emphasis on investigating businesses in the state, particulary utilities and sugar companies, and drop all opposition to gay marriage which he considers equivalent to racial segregation.

As the federal government continues to expand its reach into areas that have always been the perogative of the states, we need an Attorney General that will defend us from such encroachment, not welcome it with open arms. Pam Bondi is the obvious choice.

State Senate – at most one will be on your ballot:
Senate District 32
Joe Negron

Joe Negron, elected in 2009 on the retirement of Ken Pruitt, has risen to the chairmanship of the appropriations committee, co-chairs the joint commission on the budget, and is a contender for Senate President for the 2016 session. A reliable conservative, with an 88 rating from the ACU in the 2013 session (he supported sports subsidies along with most of the Senate when ACU did not), he has introduced legislation to prohibit surveillance drones, and impose harsher penalties on securities fraud and other Ponzi schemes. A frequent visitor to local tea party meetings, Joe tells it like it is, even when some positions are unpopular (like accomodating Medicaid expansion).

His opponent Bruno Moore, a journalist / traffic reporter from Stuart, was a local leader of the Obama campaign and a fellow in Organizing for America. His issues are raising the minimum wage, decriminalizing minor drug offenses, and protecting same-sex marriage in Florida.

Joe Negron represents the Treasure Coast well and deserves another term.

Senate District 34
Ellyn Bogdanoff

This election is a rematch of 2012, where the two candidates, both sitting Senators thrown into a cage match by re-districting, saw a 53%/47% win for Sachs in this new D+9 district.

While in the Senate and 8 years in the House, Ellyn Bogdanoff was a reliable conservative, earning an 86% ACU rating in her last year. While we didn’t always agree with her (such as support for SunRail), she introduced taxpayer-friendly legislation such as “Smart Cap”, and was skilled working the halls of Tallahassee.

Maria Sachs is a formidable politician – her visit to a tea party forum earlier this year probably got her some votes for her focus on constituent services and problem solving, and she has occasionally bucked her party on some issues, demonstrated by her ACU 30 rating. Her overall voting record though sits squarely with the minority.

It is a shame that both of these Senators can’t be returned to Tallahassee, but having to choose, the state is better off with the policies of the Republican majority, and Ellyn Bogdanoff is a better match for the policy direction we need.

State House – at most one will be on your ballot:
House District 82
Mary Lynn Magar

Finishing her first term with a 100 ACU rating, small business owner Mary Lynn Magar, VP and General Manager of Heart Care Imaging, has represented this Treasure Coast district well. Opposed to All Aboard Florida, Common Core, and the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, she does not support spending or tax increases “no matter how noble the cause”. A frequent visitor to the tea party, Mary Lynn Magar embraces the issues of the grassroots.

Her opponent, environmentalist Mary Higgins, has a background in government and non-profits. She supports the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare and has accused the Scott administration of “sabatoging Obamacare” by not creating a state exchange or accepting Medicaid money.

Like many races this cycle, although Barack Obama is not on the ballot, his policies are. If you support the President’s agenda, then Mary Higgins is for you. As we do not, Mary Lynn Magar is our pick.

House District 86
Stuart Mears

Stuart Mears, running for office for the first time, is a limited-government conservative who favors lower taxes and spending. A teacher and employee of the School District, he opposes Common Core.

His opponent, Mark Pafford, is a prototypical liberal – the only member of the county delegation to receive a “perfect” zero score from the ACA in 2013. Currently minority leader in the House, he leads the opposition against just about every intiative of the Republican majority. A proponent of Obamacare and Medicaid expansion, he supports a “millionaire’s tax”, high density housing instead of “urban sprawl”, and a ban on offshore drilling.

To their credit, both candidates have reached out to the grassroots, participating in tea party events. But as in some other races this year, this one offers a contrast in ideology, with the Obama Agenda clearly on the ballot. Our pick is Stuart Mears.

House District 89
Bill Hagar

Two term representative Bill Hagar, President of Insurance Metrics Corporation, and an entrepreneur, has been a reliable conservative, earning a perfect 100 from the ACU in 2013. He favors lower taxes and spending, school vouchers, protecting gun rights and FRS reform. A particular interest is sober houses regulation.

His opponent, David Silvers, President of Tekno Books, supports accepting the Obamacare money for Medicaid expansion, believes that the district is at risk from global warming, opposes fracking and the increased use of fossil fuels, and opposes school choice options such as charter schools and vouchers. He would support restoring voting rights for felons and online voter registration.

Again, a clear ideological choice. Our pick is Bill Hagar.

Countywide
Palm Beach Soil and Water Conservaton group 5
Karl Dickey

The Soil and Water Conservation District’s mission is to educate local land users, residents and businesses on ways to protect our natural resources, promote best management practices and conserve, improve and sustain the environment. Supervisors are elected county-wide.

Incumbent Democrat Eva Webb, serving since 2003 and current chairman would like to continue the current board direction and seek federal and state money for conservation efforts.

Challenger, Libertarian Karl Dickey, sees overlap between this agency and the South Florida Water Management District and would seek to cut $350K from the budget. As a former county Libertarian President, Karl has supported TAB actions to restrain growth in the county budget, and is a proponent of property rights and free markets to stimulate the innovations and behavior that protect our environment.

We believe Karl Dickey deserves this chance.

County Commission – one or none will be on your ballot:
County Commission District 4
Steven Abrams

Steven Abrams has been a reliable vote for spending restraint in his 5 years on the Commission, and tends to apply a good dose of common sense to his arguments and votes. He was not a supporter of spending tax money on the convention center hotel, questioned the need for an expensive “disparity study”, and tried to arbitrate the criticism of the county’s participation in the Seven/50 plan . Unfortunately, as one of only 2 Republicans on the board, his views do not usually prevail, but at least another point of view is considered.

His opponent, Andrew O’Brien, an ardent supporter of public transportation and local action to mitigate climate change, provides a long wish list of things on which he would like to increase spending, and although he says he would support small businesses (particularly those owned minorities and women), he does not propose lower taxes or reduced regulations.

To have any chance of budget restraint in the future, we need another term for Steve Abrams.

County Commission District 6
Andy Shaller

In his 8 years as a Commissioner, Jess Santamaria was a leader in bringing ethics reform to the county in the form of the IG and Ethics Commission, and helped protect those fragile resources from significant challenges. He was not though, very helpful on the budget, usually supporting more spending than the board as a whole. His daughter Michelle, the current candidate, has adopted many of her father’s positions, including funding the IG from vendor fees.

Melissa McKinley is the most pro-development of any candidate this year, supporting Minto and others plans to increase density in the western communities beyond the comprehensive plan. She also supports increased spending on climate change issues and infrastructure projects.

Of the three, Andrew Schaller is the most concerned with “preservation of lifestyle” in the western communities, opposing densities that would alter their character. He would also be the more conservative of the three on the budget and controlling spending. For these reasons, he is our pick.

School Board – District 4 only
School Board District 4
Tom Sutterfield

The two candidates in this run-off election have similar positions. Both want to increase the use of technology, increase family input and local control of the schools, and make the budget more accountable. Both say they support charter schools, although Tom Sutterfield has been involved in improving one, while Eric Winfield talks more about making the conventional schools more competitive through marketing them. They both have school related experience, Winfield as a school district wellness coordinator, Sutterfield as a board member of Learning Excellence Foundation which operates a charter school. Erica Winfield is endorsed by a long list of unions and Democrat politicians, while Tom Sutterfield has his own list from the business community and Republican politicians.

Given Tom Sutterfield’s experience overseeing a school and his seemingly stronger support for choice, he is our pick.

Port of Palm Beach – if live in the Port District
Port of Palm Beach Group 5
Peyton McArthur

Being Port Commissioner is a part time job related to the oversight of a county independent taxing district. Policy decisions involve such things as the types of operations desired, or whether or not to dredge the inlet to expand the types of ships that can use the port. Although it is a partisan election, experience and insight are more important than ideology.

Kesnel Theus is a newcomer to county politics and has worked hard on the campaign. His youth and desire for service make him one to watch, yet he has not shown much familiarity with the operation of the port or the challenges it faces.

Our pick, Peyton McArthur on the other hand comes to the race after many years in local politics and having actually worked at the port as Director of Human Resources, doing labor relations and governmental affairs. We’ve gotten to know Peyton in his current capacity as senior assistant to county commissioner Paulette Burdick, and know him as one who listens to both sides and makes objective evaluations. A serious Democrat who was county chairman during the 2000 recount, we do not always agree with Peyton on national policies, but he has been helpful to us on county issues and has a well thought-out vision for the future of the port.

Note: One of our 8 person panel chose Kesnel Theus for this seat.

Judicial Retention – vote yes to retain in office:

Three of the four judges were appointed by Republican Governors, Judges Forst and Klingensmith by Rick Scott in 2013, and Judge Martha Warner by Bob Martinez in 1989. Judge Stevenson was appointed by Lawton Chiles in 1994 and has impressive judicial experience. We have found no reason why all four judges should not be retained.

4th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge
Alan O. Forst
YES
4th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge
Mark W. Klingensmith
YES
4th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge
W. Matthew Stevenson
YES
4th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge
Martha C. Warner
YES
Special Districts – on ballot only within the districts:
Indian Trail Improvement District Seats 1, 3 and 5 The responsibilities of Indian Trail Improvement District include reclaiming the lands within its boundaries for water control and water supply purposes and protecting the land from the effects of water by means of the construction and maintenance of canals and other drainage works and improvements. Three incumbents are being challenged on issues ranging from IG oversight to budget priorities, but the pros and cons of the candidates are best evaluated by residents of the district and we have no pick for these races. For excellent coverage of the races, see the Acreage / Indian Trail section of the Town Crier.

Candidates are:

Seat 1 Jennifer Hager (R-Inc.)
Michael Erickson (D)
Seat 3 Ralph Bair (R-Inc.)
Alan Ballweg (D)
Seat 5 Carol Jacobs (R-Inc.)
Betty Argue (D)
Ballot Amendments
Amendment Our Choice Rationale
1 – Water and Land Conservation NO

Passage would allocate funds away from other uses, outside of the normal budget process, making achieving balanced budgets more difficult. It amounts to a “blank check” in that the amendment mandates spending without a plan for asset selection, possibly leading to ill-advised purchases. The state already owns more than 30% of its land area, and other vehicles already exist with similar purposes – Florida Forever ($3B spent to date) and the Everglades Trust Fund.

2 – Medical Marijuana NO

We are not opposed to the concept of Medical Marijuana, however the use of a Constitutional Amendment filled with loopholes is not the way to achieve the objective. Nor should an amendment be used to ‘motivate the legislature’ as is stated in the Palm Beach Post editorial in support. Doctors are not writing prescriptions but are ‘certifying’ patients as having debilitating conditions and would be constitutionally protected from any civil or criminal liability for issuing such certifications. The state is given 6 months in which to issue regulations and licensing and is open to lawsuits if those dates are not met. Municipalities are considering the need to pass zoning ordinances in order to regulate (as they did with pill mills) whether ‘Marijuana Treatment Centers’ will be permitted. Look for a booming business in ‘personal caregivers’ as well. If medical marijuana’s time has come, let it happen legislatively.

3 – Judicial Appointments NO

This amendment would give undue authority to lame duck governors. Opponents argue that it is specifically designed to allow Rick Scott (assuming he is re-elected) to replace liberal Supreme Court Justices Pariente, Lewis and Quince, all of whom reach retirement age in 2018, and that is possible, although the re-election of the Governor is not guaranteed. It seems like a solution in search of a problem.

Note: One of our 8 person panel chose YES for this question.

PBC 1 – Children’s Services Council Re-Authorization NO

The CSC is a passthrough organization with substantial overhead that provides no direct services to county residents, depending on the network of third parties for that. To the extent county government is responsible for the needs of the county’s children, it would be more flexible and transparent to fund these programs through the county general fund, subject to the yearly public budget review cycle.

PBC 2 – Continuation of the Special School Tax Levy NO

Spending by the school district, and the tax rate that supports it, are set annually in a public process as the budget is prepared. Carving out a “special” .25 mills which may only be spent on certain items, limits the ability of the school board to make fiscal decisions. If the programs funded by this special tax are deemed by the board to be priorities, they are free to provide money from the general fund, and increase the tax rate as needed during the budget process. Special taxes such as this limit their flexibility. Students who attend the public charter schools would not benefit from this referendum as configured.

Note: Two of our 8 person panel chose YES for this question.

Palm Beach Gardens – Term Limits Question 1 YES

Because the City Council holds significant power over developers, local businesses, and to some extent local residents, incumbents are rarely opposed except by insurgent candidates. Municipal elections tend to have very low turnout, and it can take a very contentious issue to make these races even mildly competitive, so turnover is low. Growing cities need periodic infusions of new ideas. Term limits will lower the barriers to entry for prospective candidates.

Palm Beach Gardens – Term Limits Question 2 YES

This amendment would be relevant only if PBG 1 passes, and would apply the two consecutive term rule to sitting Council members. If both amendments pass at least four of the sitting Council members would be unable to run again, an effect that would not occur until 2017 – three years hence. That is a long enough time for the current office holders to finish what they started and prepare for a transition.

Voter Fraud in Colorado


Poll Watchers – a Letter from the Rick Scott Campaign

Governor Scott’s re-election campaign is in the process of recruiting poll watchers for Early Voting and Election Day for the November 4, 2014 General Election. We appreciate your time and effort as a poll watcher for the Republican Party of Palm Beach County in past elections and now we need your help again for the 2014 General Election.

We need tons of volunteers to fill all the polling locations on Election Day as well as the early voting sites in Palm Beach County. You will play a vital part in protecting the fundamental constitutional rights of all Florida’s citizens—regardless of race, color, ethnicity, or political persuasion. I know I do not have to tell you how important this election is. We have over 15 Early Voting sites and approximately 500 Election Day polling locations to cover in Palm Beach County, so the success of our Poll Watcher Program for the 2014 General Election depends on you. The Democrats will have people at every pollinglocation and we need to counter this and can only accomplish this with your participation. Please reply to my email with your name, address, daytime phone number, and date of birth. The Elections Office needs your date of birth to certify you.

Thank you in advance for your help and contribution to our success in the 2014 General Election. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Ryan Walker
South Florida Deputy Political Director
Rick Scott for Florida
(561) 373-7626

Dennis Michael Lynch at the PBCTP

Returning to Jupiter almost exactly a year from his last appearance, author, videographer, frequent guest on the Blaze and Fox News, and possible presidential candidate Dennis Michael Lynch brought an enthusiastic crowd up to date on his last year’s activities

Wellington Forum

In Wellington, the candidates for School Board district 6 were in attendance (incumbent Marsha Andrews and challengers Joseph Moore and Carla Donaldson), joined by one candidate from district 3 (John Hartman, who also attended the Boca event).

John Carey: Open Letter to the Citizens of Palm Beach County

Boca Candidate Forum Features Congressional, State Senate, County Commission and School Board

This PBCTP forum was jointly sponsored by South Florida 912.

At a table that spanned the width of the West Boca branch library meeting room, a good mix of candidates showed up to answer questions posed by moderator David DiCrescenzo. The candidates were sent a questionaire in advance of the event, and those and additional questions were posed appropriate to the type of seat sought. (See Candidate’s Position on Issues for the written responsess that were returned).

Congressional candidates participating were David Wagie and Paul Spain who will face each other and Andrea McGee in the August 26 CD22 Republican Primary for the seat currently held by Democrat Lois Frankel. For the county commission we had Democrat Paulette Burdick (who has won her district 2 seat by default but chose to participate for the constituent feedback), and Republican Steven Abrams who will face Democrat Andrew O’Brien in November. School board district 3 incumbent Karen Brill and challengers David Mech and John Hartman filled out the table, and we were joined briefly by Senate 34 incumbent Maria Sachs who in November will face the winner of the Republican primary between Ellyn Bogdanoff and Joseph Bensmihen (neither of who showed up).

Starting the questions with immigration, both Spain and Wagie gave the expected response for tough enforcement of the border. Senator Sachs on the other hand, who pointed out that we are both a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws, stressed assimilation – that new immigrants should learn the language, learn civics, and forge cultural homogeniety. This was a popular answer for the mostly conservative crowd, and Democrat Sachs may have won some votes with this appearance. Before stepping out to another engagement, she invited all to visit her Boca office. “I am a STATE senator, she said, and when someone calls they get a hearing, regardless of what district they are in or to which party they belong.”

In other areas, the congressional pair had some interesting answers. Paul Spain is in favor of a federal budget freeze, combined with a 10% reduction in federal employees and a 5% pay cut. Favoring the posibility of a flat or fair tax, David Wagie would do away with the IRS, while Paul Spain would only cut it in half.

At the county commission level, Paulette Burdick went against the grain a little, speaking in support of Seven/50 – the sustainable development plan that many in PBCTP have argued against at commission meetings. It is a body of research that is a resource on which to draw – why should we reject available data? Both Burdick and Abrams told of their actions to hold down county spending, with Paulette pointing to her opposition to the out of control Sheriff’s budget and Steven listing the sales tax proposals he has opposed.

The School board candidates were a study in contrasts. Although these races are non-partisan, Republican Hartman makes no secret of his conservatism, and David Mech trumpets his in-your-face libertarianism. Mech, a small business owner whose background in the adult film industry is an interesting beginning on which to launch a school board bid, begged off on some of the questions, admitting he has not had time to research them. Hartman, whose major policy position is based on opposition to common core, saw many issues as black and white. Brill, with the advantage of 4 years in the job, had an understandably nuanced view. On Common Core, she said “that train has left the station” (referring to the standards themselves) as it has been in the implementation stage for several years. But we now have the ability to influence the assessment and the curriculum, she said, and that should be where the focus is. Hartman wants to roll back the program, as if the school board had that power. Mech said he supports Common Core.

On School choice, Brill supports the “full choice” proposal also supported by district 1 member Mike Murgio, which would let any student in the district choose the school they want to attend (subject to available space). Hartman supports choice outside of the district schools (ie. charters), but would look carefully at them for educational values beyond their business basis. Mech opposes school choice, believing it should be “all or nothing” – if we are going to have public schools, then money should not go to alternatives.

The district 4 candidates (who would represent parts of the south county area) did not participate.

Short notice – Speaker on how to avoid prevent Election Fraud! June 5!

This will be instead of our June meeting – sorry for such short notice…

Bill Skinner will be the speaker at the Republican Club of Central Palm Beach County this Thursday, June 5:

A Jolt of Adrenaline – Bill Skinner June’s Guest Speaker

Our own Bill Skinner, attorney, civic activist, community leader, and bon vivant will discuss the trials and tribulations of conducting a fair and uncorrupted election here in internationally renowned Palm Beach County. It’s amazing how far our reputation has spread.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm on Thursday, June 5th, at Atlantis Country Club, with light hors d’oeuvres served beforehand. Your attendance could prove pivotal in the fateful elections ahead. So please bring a friend. First-time guests are warmly welcomed at no charge.

Where:  Atlantis Country Club190 Atlantis Blvd,Atlantis,FL 33462

When:    6:00 pm doors open; 6:30 pm meeting.

NOTE – TELL THEM YOU’RE FROM SOUTH FLORIDA 912 WHEN YOU SIGN IN!

There will be a charge ($12) for the hors d’oeuvres.  You can see more about the book Mr. Skinner has written here.

Canceled – May 8th meeting

There were a number of conflicts in schedules, personal emergencies and people on vacation and  we needed to cancel our meeting.  We apologize for having to cancel, however, we will be having a leaders meeting on Tuesday night the 13th of May at 7:15pm please contact me if you would like to attend for details and information.

I look forward to seeing you.

 

Shannon and Doug

 

 

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