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