Thursday, November 5, 2009

Facts about Government Takeover of Health Care

A great bunch of Fact sheets from Congressman Cliff Stearns office we wanted to share with everyone, please check them out when you have the opportunity.

Fact Sheet: Speaker Pelosi’s Government Takeover of Health Care Will Destroy Small Business Jobs

Fact Sheet: Speaker Pelosi’s Government Takeover of Health Care Will Hurt Seniors

Fact Sheet: Federal Funds Will Be Used to Pay for Abortion Under Speaker Pelosi’s Government Takeover of Health Care

Fact Sheet: GOP Alternative Helps States Reduce Health Care Costs

John Konkus
Congressman Cliff Stearns
District Director (FL-06)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Conservative Leaders to Attend First Annual “Candidate Fest”

Pompano Beach, Florida – Marco Rubio, Edward Lynch, and Robert Lowry announced that they will be joining many other conservative leaders at “Candidate Fest”.“We are pleased that these outstanding conservative candidates will be joining us on October 10th,” said Daniel Diaz, Florida Project Director of the Republican Majority Campaign PAC. “This is a remarkable opportunity for Floridians to meet truly outstanding conservative leaders,” “I am looking forward to the showcasing of true Republican leadership ,” said Javier Manjarres, CEO/Founder of the Conservative Republican Alliance PAC. “This group of Republicans has the Democrats and the Democrat-lite Republicans running for cover .” "Candidate Fest" is a free event that is being hosted and funded by two conservative organizations: The Republican Majority Campaign Political Action Committee (RMCPAC) and the Conservative Republican Alliance Political Action Committee (CRA-PAC). The purpose of “Candidate Fest” is to promote and raise awareness of the conservative candidates running for office throughout the state of Florida. Public and press are encouraged to attend. Candidate Fest information: •
When: Saturday, October 10th, 2009 •
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm•
Where: Palm Aire Village Park
6401 NW 21st Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309•
Cost: Free Admission
Visit for more information about the event.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Peanut Festival in Williston

Come join us at the Peanut Festival in Williston this weekend!

Pick up literature regarding candidates running for office in 2010! We may even have a surprise guest! We will be there from 9am to 5pm, October 3rd!

We will also have the RPOF there assisting us with a Voter Registration Drive.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

We need to start getting this information circulated...

Lou Pritchett is one of corporate America 's true living legends- an acclaimed author, dynamic teacher and one of the world's highest rated speakers. Successful corporate executives everywhere recognize him as the foremost leader in change management. Lou changed the way America does business by creating an audacious concept that came to be known as "partnering." Pritchett rose from soap salesman to Vice-President, Sales and Customer Development for Procter and Gamble and over the course of 36 years, made corporate history.


Dear President Obama:
You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me. You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.
You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of support. You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.

You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.

You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don't understand it at its core.

You scare me because you lack humility and 'class', always blaming others. You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail.

You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the 'blame America ' crowd and deliver this message abroad.

You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector. You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one.

You scare me because you prefer 'wind mills' to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.

You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world.

You scare me because you have begun to use 'extortion' tactics against certain banks and corporations.

You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.

You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people.

You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient.

You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do.

You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaughs, Hannitys, O'Relllys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view.

You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.
Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I wi ll probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.
Lou Pritchett
This letter was sent to the NY Times but they never acknowledged it. Big surprise. Since it hit the internet, however, it has had over 500,000 hits. Keep it going. All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing. It's happening right now.

Owen Chad "Cracker" Johnson sworn in

The new interim Levy County Commissioner for District 1 was sworn in by Judge Smith this morning at the Levy County Commission meeting in Bronson, Florida.

We welcome another another Republican on the County Commission and look forward to seeing the republican ideals represented by a small but larger majority (2 of 3). Marcia Drew, our other Republican, was appointed as an interim commissioner a couple of months ago. We also hope to see Mr. Johnson at the Levy County Republican Executive Committee meetings and events in support of the Republicans in Levy County.

We wish Mr. Johnson the best of luck and hope he and the other commissioners will work hard toward working in the best interests of all Levy County residents and voters.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Rally Cancelled - LCREC fulfilled it's Mission

The rally for Saturday, August 8th has been cancelled. The Gubernatorial Appointments office confirmed for the LCREC on Wednesday, July 29, they chose Owen Chad "Cracker" Johnson.

We are disappointed that Abraham Blitch was not chosen. He had the support of 49% of the voting population in the 2008 elections and the full support of the Levy County Republican Executive Committee, just not the support of the Governor. We believe Levy County Republican Executive Committee has fulfilled their mission; our mission is "to educate all potential voters about the Republican Party platform through the promotion of honest men and women for local government positions, community activities, precinct organization, fundraising, and enhanced community relationships to encourage year round support and enthusiasm leveraging our combined expertise and the latest innovations in technology." We feel we did exactly what our mission has called us to do. We promoted and supported just such a candidate in Abraham Blitch.

We are happy Mr. Johnson chose the right party affiliation and has recently become a Republican; we will support our newly appointed Commissioner for District 1. We wish him only the best of luck. We have to believe the Governor has made the right decision and move forward. We have a budget that needs to be ironed out and Mr. Johnson is already behind where all the other commissioners are.

As the Chairman of the LCREC, I believe the best interests of Levy County would be to put our full support behind Mr. Johnson. Now that Mr. Johnson is Republican, we at the LCREC, look forward to his appearance at the Levy County Republican Meetings and events!

Contact: Michelle Finnen
Levy County Republican Executive Committee
877-734-LEVY (5389)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

District 1 County Commission Seat is Decided

The Gubernatorial Appointments office confirmed for me today, they have made their decision on the District 1 County Commission Seat.

They have not made the press release yet, but I got the personal go ahead from Mike Yaworsky, the Director of Gubernatorial Appointments to let our people know. Our Candidate of choice Abraham Blitch was not selected. The Governor chose to appoint Owen Chad Johnson. Some refer to him as "Cracker". I do not personally know Mr. Johnson. I was concerned that a Republican Governor would appoint someone that was not a Republican. I assumed he was not a republican because he has not supported nor attended any Levy County Republican events in the past 5 or so years that would have met him.

I did confirm with the Supervisor of Elections office that he was a registered Democrat until June 22, 2009 when he changed his party affiliation to Republican.

Now that Mr. Johnson, is a Republican, and our newly appointed Commissioner for District 1, we wish him the best of luck. We have to believe the Governor has made the right decision and move forward. We have a budget that needs to be ironed out and Mr. Johnson is already behind where all the other commissioners are.

As the Chairman of the LCREC, I believe the best interests of Levy County would be to put our full support behind Mr. Johnson. We at the LCREC look forward to his appearance at the Levy County Republican Meetings and events!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

LCREC Rally to Support Abraham Blitch

When: August 8th
Where: Levy County Courthouse steps
Time: 9:00 am

By a Unanimous vote at the LCREC on 7/27/09 will host a rally in support of Abraham Blitch! Come show your support for the only Republican candidate that qualified and won 49% of the vote in Levy County. Abraham Blitch previously qualified, spent the money and ran the race but lost by only a few votes. Had the indictment of Tony Parker come the day before the election instead of the day after, Abraham would already be in office. The Governor's office has yet to make an appointment for the Vacancy left in our Levy County Commission for the District 1 Commission seat. It has been nine months. Abraham Blitch is the man for the job, come out and show your support. We need your help! Sign the petition online or come to the courthouse on Saturday August 8th and sign the petition. We want to get at least 1000 signatures!

Why 1000 signatures? put a constitutional amendment on the ballot it takes 8% of the general voter population in the last Presidential election and of that number 13 of 25 congressional districts must sign. That is 52% of the districts. The official results from the Levy County Supervisor of Elections shows of the 24,098 voters registered in 2008 only 9965 cards were cast or 41.35% of the population, 8% of that population would be 797 signatures (pg 4 of the Unofficial Voting Results for Levy County). .

Levy County currently has 26,028 voters as of 7/27/09 and two federal congressional districts. 41.35% of the population of registered voters is 10758 and 8% of that would be 861 voters, but 1000 would send the message to Tallahassee that we know the candidate we want in the position of District 1 Commission Seat (we voted for him last election)!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Vietnam Veterans - info to apply for your HS Diploma

The 2009 Florida Legislature passed the Corporal Larry E. Smedley Vietnam Veterans High School Diploma Act. This act, effective July 1, 2009, authorizes the Commissioner of Education to award a high school diploma to honorably discharged Vietnam War veterans and increases the opportunity for some Florida veterans to receive a high school diploma. Senate Bill 316, Chapter 2009-37, Laws of Florida, provides for the award of a high school diploma to eligible Vietnam veterans. This legislation amends s. 1003.43, F. S.

To be eligible, veterans must meet the following criteria:
Must be a Florida resident
Inducted into military service before completing the necessary graduation requirements
Must have served in the Vietnam Era, February 28, 1961 through May 7, 1975, as established in s. 1.01(14)(f), F. S.
Received an honorable discharge

The Florida Departments of Education and Veterans’ Affairs will work together to assist veterans with the application process for their diplomas. Interested veterans should contact Ed Ortiz at the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs at or by calling (727) 319-7400. Additional information may also be obtained by contacting the Division of Career and Adult Education, Florida Department of Education, 325 W. Gaines Street, Room 754 A, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400 or by dialing (850) 245-9029.

Senate Bill 316 is available on the Legislative Home Page at Applications and other relevant information can be found at

After Emailing Mr. Ortiz, for Levy County Residents he let me know via email...
The quickest way to obtain a copy of the DD Form 214 is to request it online, via the web at: At the very end of the process a signature verification form needs to be printed and faxed or mailed to the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), and they will process your request.

You must do this within the first 20 days of entering your request, or your request will be removed from the NPRC system.

The 2nd way is to have the Veterans visit Michael Engel, the Levy County Veteran Service Officer (CVSO), and Michael will assist them and complete a Standard Form 180, which is then mailed to NPRC.
Michael's address follows:

LEVY County Veteran Service Officer Michael Engel,
Veteran Service Officer Gordon Ayogte,
Assistant VSO Christine Hartter,

Visit Administrative Assistant Office: 353 South Court St.
or Mail: PO Box 310, Bronson, FL 32621

Phone: (352) 486-5210, (800) 733-5389
SUNCOM: 645-5210, Fax: (352) 486-3329

We, The Florida Department of Veterans Affairs do not keep copies of DD Form 214's, the CVSOs usually have copies at their Offices.

Thank you for your inquiry.
Ed Ortiz
Executive Assistant Benefits and Assistance Division
Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs

Friday, July 10, 2009

Positively Republican has caught the RNC eye...

Chris Widener reported on Facebook...
"Stay Positive, Stay Encouraged
From Positively Republican!
Yesterday at 6:08pm
Hi Positively Republican Members! Chris Widener here. I just wanted to drop you a quick update about what we are doing and encourage you in the work we are doing together.First of all, we are at 108,000 members nationwide! This after only 8 months! We actually passed the official RNC Facebook group a couple weeks ago. Interestingly, I heard from Chairman Steele's office a few days after that and they wanted to know how they could help us. They are excited that there is a group of positive-minded people who want to help bring the party back to its roots and help get conservative Republicans elected. Chairman Steele will be in Seattle tomorrow and we will be meeting together. I view this as a good sign that the grass roots can get the attention of the party and they are aware of what is going on."

Secondly, our coffee company will be writing our first check to the College Republicans this week. I don't know how much yet, but will let you know in future updates. Be sure to order yours at - we have partnered with an award-winning coffee company, Dillanos (the CEO is a member of Positively Republican and a good friend of mine).Lastly, I want to encourage you. Stay positive and stay upbeat. The place we find ourselves in nationally didn't happen overnight and we won't change it overnight. We need to stay focused, keep our eye on the ball, organize, develop a strategy and execute. We have some important Governor's races this year that we all need to support. Governor's have a lot of power in their states to build the party and we need to help get conservative Republican Governors elected.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

With our Nations' Independence Day just a day away this email is very appropriate to share with all of you...

We Americans have been taught from childhood about our rights, and we enjoy a glorious freedom and self-rule that we can easily take for granted. We don't have to hold our Bible studies in secret for fear of the government. We don't have to worry about being imprisoned for months or years without facing charges. We accept our freedoms as a normal way of life, easily forgetting that millions of people in other parts of the world do not enjoy the independence that we do. As we approach and celebrate Independence Day in America, it is appropriate that we spend some time reflecting on our freedoms. Throughout world history,the power-hungry have constantly fought to overpower and dominate others, whether overtly or through sneaky politicking.Freedom- whetherpolitical, religious, or spiritual- iswonderful to enjoy,butat the cost of great sacrifice and vigilant protection. In America, we are the heirs of great sacrifices made to give us a heritage of freedom. Let us guard and protect this inheritance, and not squander it like ungrateful children. To keep our freedoms, we need to appreciate the cost. We need to be willing to understand the sacrifice ourselves, so that we have the same legacy to hand our children:

On Freedom:
"Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will." Frederick Douglass "Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it." - Thomas Paine "A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you." Ramsey Clark "You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can only be free if I am free." - Clarence Darrow [That is, even if you don't like what your neighbor believes in, it's still vital to protect his freedom.]"So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men." - Voltaire "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty." - Wendell Phillips "Freedom is never an achieved state; like electricity, we've got to keep generating it or the lights go out." - Wayne LaPierre "If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too." - Somerset Maugham "The land of the free will cease to be when it's no longer the home of the brave."- Rick Gaber "A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned -- this is the sum of good government." Thomas Jefferson "If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." Samuel Adams "Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value." - Thomas Paine"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." - Galatians 5:1 "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." John 8:36

When something is rare, it has more value, which is why gold and diamondsare valued more than sand. Freedom is growing rareragain but it must be sought after, dug up, and cherished like the treasure it is. We have readers from around the world many of which value freedom way beyond those of us who have an abundance of it.

Remember "For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required" - Luke 12:48

From KHouse-- via Mike West

Sunday, May 31, 2009

The New LCREC Brochure

The new Levy County Republican Executive Committee Brochure is online!

Approved by our Goals and Objectives Committee on 5/29/2009, downloadable for our Precinct Men and Women's convenience.

State Senator Team Monthly Visit to Levy County

If you need to speak with your elected State Senator for District 14, here is your chance.
Senator Steve Oelrich will be in Levy County the 9th of June. And is currently scheduled to be in Levy County the second Tuesday of every month according to his E-newsletter Volume IV.

*Walk-ins are welcomed. If you would like to make an appoint­ment during these times, please contact our office at (352) 375-3555

*June 9th, 9AM-12PM
Levy County Courthouse, Bronson

June 9th, 1-4PM
Williston Chamber of Commerce Building

Correction...We have been informed by Senator Oelrich's office:
"Thank you for putting the information about Senator Oelrich’s office hours on your website. Unfortunately, I must offer a correction to the post. The office hours are for Senator Oelrich’s legislative staff to answer any questions or handle any casework that constituents in Levy county may have. Since we are located in Alachua, it is easier for us just to travel to our other seven counties and conduct business. Senator Oelrich may or may not attend, depending on his schedule. More information will be published in the local papers prior to the meetings."

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Jeb Bush Jr endorses Marco Rubio

I just received an email from Jeb Bush Jr....saying...
"Dear Michelle,
Today I would like to let you know that I will be enthusiastically supporting my friend Marco Rubio for his bid for the United States Senate.
Florida and our country are at a crossroads. Not only in our economic life, but in who we are as Republicans.
My choice was a simple one: Marco Rubio represents the best in what our Party should strive to be and who it must engage – he is young, conservative, and believes in the principles of our Founding Fathers, that individual freedom and liberty are what makes our country great and always will.
Marco Rubio is a candidate who can help to bring our Party back on track by reaching out to our youth, entrepreneurs, Hispanics and those who believe that if you work hard enough, anything you dream can be achieved. With Marco, we have a great opportunity to elect a true conservative and a greater obligation to elect a man of principle.
I hope that you will join with me in this exciting journey to elect my friend Marco Rubio to the United States Senate in 2010. If you can make a donation today to keep this effort going it will go a long way to bring back common sense and a return to conservative principles in Washington.
I thank you for your time and consideration.
With warm regards,
Jeb Bush, Jr."

Saturday, May 23, 2009

If Not Now, When? by Rick Hartley

Read the article by Rick Hartley, Republican State Committee Man for Duval County:

Veterans who missed getting their Diplomas because they served our Country

May 20th Governor Crist signed into law Florida Senate Bill 316 according to the Miami Herald. Let us know if you know anyone that did not get their Diploma because they went to serve their country. We are researching it further for two of our volunteers. We have emails out to Congressman Stearns and Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Support needed: Appoint Abraham Blitch for Levy County Commission District 1

Please everyone, contact all your family and friends, ask them to use all forms of communication and to phone & email our Governor and Lt. Governor, Appointments Office, Jim Greer and our elected officials daily. Thanks for your help.

How to Contact:
Governor Charlie Crist & Lt. Governor
Jeff Kottkamp Email

Office of Governor Charlie Crist
State of Florida
The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
Phone (850) 488-7146
Fax (850) 487-0801

Eric Eikenberg,
Executive Office
Chief of Staff
Phone (850) 488-5603
Fax (850) 922-4292

Appointments Office
Mavis Knight, Deputy Director & Interim Director
Liam McClay, Program Analyst

Governor’s Appointments Office
The Capitol Building,
7th Floor, Suite 705
Tallahassee FL 32399-0001
Phone (850) 488-2183
Fax (850) 921-0733

RPOF (Republican Party of Florida)
Jim Greer, Chairman
420 E. Jefferson Street
PO Box 311Tallahassee, FL 32301
Phone (850) 222-7920
Fax (850) 681-0184

Florida Senators for Levy County
Sen. Steve Oelrich
Tallahassee Office:
314 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5020
District Office:
4131 Northwest 28th Lane,
Suite 7
Gainesville, FL 32606
(352) 375-3555
FAX (352) 955-6262

Sen. Charlie Dean
Tallahassee Office:
311 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5017
District Offices:
415 Tompkins Street
Inverness, FL 34450
(352) 860-5175
Toll Free: 1-866-538-283

12511 SE 3rd Street
Ocala, FL 34471
(352) 873-6513

Florida House of Representatives
Rep. Leonard Bembry
Capitol Office:
1003 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (850) 488-7870

District Office:
304 NW Crane Avenue
Building 36Madison, FL 32340-1423
Phone: (850) 973-5630

23 Southeast 2nd Avenue
Chiefland, FL 32626
Phone: (352) 493-6848

Rep. Larry Cretul
Capitol Office:
422 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (850) 488-0887

District Office:
6911 SW Highway 200
Ocala, FL 34476-9210
Phone: (352) 873-6564

Doyle Conner Building
1911 SW 34 Street
Gainesville, FL 32608-1201
Phone: (352) 955-6407
ALT Phone: (352) 625-6407

Rep. Ron Shultz
Capitol Office:
210 House Office Building
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (850) 488-0805

District Office:
Suite 88
546 West Homosassa Trail
Homosassa, FL
Phone: (352) 860-5160

Mailing Address:
PO Box 138
Homosassa, FL 34487-0138

Saturday, May 9, 2009

North Florida Republican Grassroots Conference

Republican grassroots volunteers from across North Florida will be gathering Saturday, June 6th in Lake City for a one day workshop to sharpen our skills and share our knowledge of electing Republicans.This will be a low cost, action packed day designed specifically to help precinct level volunteers hone their skills.

Call your friends and carpool to participate in this exciting event. We have a great line up of speakers. Come make new friends and renew old acquiesces. The program will start at 11 am and conclude at 4:30 pm.

Marco Rubio - Luncheon Speaker

213 SW Commerce Drive
Lake City, FL 32025
386 - 754-1411

RSVP Now for June 6th Conference:
904 - 608-0129

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

4/20/09 Resolution

RESOLUTION passed unanimously by the Levy County Republican Executive Committee on April 20, 2009

WHEREAS, the economic condition of our state and our nation is in recession and Floridians are struggling everyday to make ends meet; and

WHEREAS, the state government must live within a budget by cutting waste and expenditures; and

WHEREAS, Florida will receive more than $12 billion from the Federal government in stimulus funding;

WHEREAS, the Republican Party is fundamentally opposed to tax increases and supportive of fiscal restraint and discipline; and

WHEREAS, the Florida state legislature is considering massive tax and user fee increases that will severely harm the economic well-being of already struggling Floridians;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Republican Executive Committee of Levy County opposes all efforts to raise taxes in Florida currently underway in the Florida State Legislature.

Respectfully submitted,
Michelle L. Finnen
Levy County Republican Executive Committee

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Levy County Tea Party

Levy County Courthouse
April 15th at 12:00pm today

Thank you to Juanita Melchior with the Local Christian Coalition for the planning of the local Levy County T.E.A. (Taxed Enough Already) Party!

A good crowd turned out today to speak out and show support against the taxes being levied by the county, state and federal government.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Chairman Greer speaks to Chairmen

RPOF Chairman Jim Greer - April 2, 2009
Florida House of Representatives
Greer said...It's an exciting time.  The party is in good hands.  Chairman Steele is a breath of fresh air.  But we can not eat our own. 

Lt Governor Kottkamp speaks to Chairmen

Lt Governor Kottkamp - April 2, 2009 Florida House of Representatives

Lt Governor Kottkamp said, we are in unchartered territory in Florida. He read some headlines from a 1926 session of the Florida House of Legislators and they were dealing with some of the similar issues currently facing Florida today. But he said encourage your Legislators. "Govern with the principles we believe in."

Commissioner Bronson speaks to Chairmen

Commissioner Charles Bronson - April 2, 2009 at the Tallahassee Center 
In speaking to some of the Chairmen and guests at the Luncheon for the RPOF Quarterly Meeting.
Bronson said, ...before President Obama was elected last year they had approximately 45000 applications for Gun Permits for the entire year.  The month after Obama was elected there was approximately 70,000 new applications by December for Concealed Weapons permits.
On a positive note, Commissioner Bronson said the Agriculture industry in Florida is still showing positive on the money side for the State of Florida.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Former State House Speaker meets with local Republicans

Marco Rubio (second from left) is joined by other Republican officials. From the left are Dennis Baxley, leader of the Christian Coalition of Florida, Rubio, Michelle Finnen, chairwoman of the Levy County Republican Executive Committee, State Sen. Steve Olerich, State Committeewoman Edith McCrimmon and State Committeeman Charles (C.W.) Gilbert.

Story and photo by Levy County Journal Terry WittStaff Writer
Former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio, 37, now exploring a run for the U.S. Senate, told local Republicans Friday the country needs to return to its founding principles that encourage self-reliance rather than dependence on expanded government programs..
Rubio was critical of President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package because he said the country cannot spend itself out of debt, and he said the package also promotes an expanded role of government in the country.
"I think the government policies that are being pursued now are not what Americans expected or wanted," Rubio said. "They didn’t vote for raising the debt. They didn’t vote for higher taxes or giving government a greater role."
He said a small Laundromat in a small town like Chiefland can’t access the money from Obama’s stimulus plan because the small business owners don’t have the lawyers to lobby for them like the big corporations.
Rubio said he would prefer to live in a country where someone can start a business and make it grow by their own efforts.
"I want to live in a country where a guy can start a small store in a town like Chiefland and put a Wal-Mart out of business," he said.
He expects a great "awakening" in 2010 when he believes people will realize the country is headed in the wrong direction and demand change.
Rubio, a Miami lawyer who specializes in real estate and land use, spoke at the annual Lincoln Reagan Memorial Dinner in Chiefland. He speaks fluent Spanish. He confirmed this by talking to a Spanish speaking couple for several minutes after the dinner.
He said his parents were among the two million Cubans who left their homeland to escape Fidel Castro’s socialism. He said his life as a first generation American demonstrates what self-reliance, hard work and taking advantage of opportunities in the United States can achieve.
Other countries have freedoms and a Democratic form of government, Rubio said, but America is the land of where everyone has the potential to access economic success. This is known worldwide. He said you don’t see boatloads of Americans traveling to Venezuela or thousands of Americans crowding the Mexican border to enter that country.
Rubio left the Florida House due to term limits and is campaigning for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Mel Martinez. He said he has raised a little money and is continuing to travel the state.
If Gov. Charlie Crist runs for the U.S. Senate instead seeking re-election as governor, Rubio said he would re-evaluate his situation and determine where he goes from there. For now, he said he views the U.S. Senate seat as an opportunity.
After his speech to the Republicans, Rubio, in light of his criticism of Obama’s stimulus package, was asked how he would address the downturn in the national economy. He responded that he believes a 21st Century educational system is needed to give young people the tools they need to compete for good jobs.
He believes green technologies and energy efficiency and diversity will generate many new jobs in the years to come, and he said reforming the federal tax code would be helpful. He would support the "fair tax" that would repeal the federal income tax and abolish the Internal Revenue Service. If that were too radical, Rubio said he could support a flat tax that would eliminate the complicated tax system that now exists.
"And we need to stop spending money we don’t have. That’s what got us into it," he said.