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FL Legislature’s Special Session 2015B & FDLE Investigating Planned Parenthood

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Information from Florida Representative Debbie Mayfield:

This week, the Florida Legislature will begin Special Session 2015B. We will redraw and approve eight of Florida’s 27 congressional districts, including effected neighboring districts.

Special Session 2015B: Public Input on Congressional Redistricting

Recently, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Andy Gardiner announced a Special Session to redraw eight of Florida’s 27 congressional districts. The Special Session will be held from August 10th to August 21st, 2015.

The Florida Redistricting website will serve as a hub for the public to access information regarding the redistricting process. This will allow the public to review what the Legislature is considering and ensure an open and transparent process.

Legislative staff in collaboration with counsel has drafted a base map  that follows the July 9, 2015 Florida Supreme Court order. To review the guidelines used to draw the base map, please click here. To view the base map, click here.

Read more HERE and then give your input!

Religious Conscience Bill before Senate Rules Committee on Monday

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BACKGROUND: On April 9, the Florida House of Representatives passed HB 7111 to establish conscience protections for private adoption and foster care agencies. The bill has been sent to the Senate and is on the agenda for the Senate Rules Committee on Monday, April 20 at 1:00 p.m. EDT

As a “shield not a sword”, HB 7111 protects religious adoption agencies from being forced to either violate their religious convictions or stop serving children in need of loving families. Catholic Charities offices in Massachusetts, Illinois and California faced with similar circumstances have had no choice but to severely restrict or discontinue their adoption services.

The bill adds no new barriers to the adoption process for any qualified Florida residents who can and do work with the majority of Florida’s 82 private adoption agencies today. Similar conscience protections are already in place in Florida law related to abortion, family planning, end-of-life decisions and participation in executions.

Read More Here and find out what you can do to help!

Religious Conscience Bill

Principles of Freedom

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Are you concerned about what is happening to our country? Are you aware of the freedoms that you have lost? Are you uncomfortable with the unrestrained growth of our government? Does the growth of our national debt frighten you? Do you understand the root cause of the problems that have emerged? Our country’s problems didn’t begin this year, or with the current administration! The problems began more than 100 years ago when we began abandoning the foundational principles built into our Constitution!

“We hold these truths to be self evident. That all men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain rights….”. We have inalienable rights, but these rights are only available if we are diligent in fulfilling our individual responsibilities. We have failed to follow the founding Principles that made our country great and overlooked our duty to teach them to our children. It is not too late to change!

Get involved!  Attend your local county commission, school board and other civic meetings. Join a tea party or other like-minded group.  The North Central Florida Tea Party meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Jackie Taylor Building, 128 SW Birley Road.  This is approximately 3 miles west of the I-75 interchange, on the corner of U.S. 90 and Birley Road.  Please come out, meet some like-minded people and get involved!

Common Core Legislation

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Many thanks to Debbie Gunnoe for driving all the way from Navarre to bring us the history of the education system in our country and why we are where we are today!  She gave a great presentation and we really got a lot out of it.  There are several bills in Tallahassee this session that will help to slow down or strop the implementation of Common Core.  Please call your representative and Senator and ask them to co-sponsor this legislation.

Go to www.flsenate.gov  and look up the legislation:
SB 1496,  SB 1450  Assessments & Accountability; SB 1406 Education

Go to www.myfloridahouse.gov  and look up the legislation:
HB 1121, HB 877 Assessments & Accountability; HB 743 Education.

All of these bills need to go through several committees before they go to the full house and senate for a vote.  You can track these bills and contact the committee members as they are working their way through.  If you need any help with this, please call Sharon at 386-935-0821.

Representative Elizabeth Porter (850) 717-5010

Senator Charlie Dean  (850) 487-5005

Common Core Legislation

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There are several bills that have been introduced in Tallahassee this session dealing with Common Core and High Stakes Testing. We will be furnishing more information as these bills make their way through the committees. We will be asking you to make phone calls and encourage our legislators to work on this issue. This is one of the most important issues for this session. As you find information that needs to be passed on to our members, please let us know!

Liberty First Network is following these bills and will furnish us with updates throughout the session. Go to their website: http://libertyfirstfl.org/ to stay updated on the issues. Their recommendations so far are:

  1. Call your district Representative and ask them to co-sponsor HB 743 and HB 877. If you do not know your state Representative, click here.
  2. Call Representative Janet Adkins and ask that HB 877 be put on the calendar for the House K-12 Subcommittee
    Rep Janet Adkins / (850) 717-5011 / janet.adkins@myfloridahouse.gov
  3. Call Representative Manny Diaz and ask that HB 743 be put on the calendar for the House Choice and Innovation Subcommittee
    Rep Manny Diaz / (850) 717-5103 / manny.diaz@myfloridahouse.gov
  4. Call your district Senator and ask them to co-sponsor SB 1450 and SB 1406. If you do not know your state Senator, click here.
  5. Call Senator John Legg and ask that SB 1450 and SB 1406 be put on the calendar for the Senate Committee on Education Pre-K – 12
    Senator John Legg / (850) 487-5017 / legg.john.web@flsenate.gov

All of this legislation has been filed, but has not begun the committee process. As in all legislation, it can change as it goes through the legislative process in a negative or positive manner. It’s upon us to stay vigilant and keep the pressure on our legislators to do the right thing for our students in Florida. The Liberty First Network will keep you up-to-date on how these pieces of legislation move and change through the process and what you can do to keep them on the right track. Keep up to date with Liberty First by clicking HERE.

Property Rights Action Alert

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From Dan Peterson, Coalition for Property Rights::

Dear Patriots,

First, I hope your Christmas was filled with the joy of celebrating the Advent and sharing it with family. Second, best wishes for an exciting New Year! Third, the voter approval of Amendment 1 was not the last word! The debate now switches to HOW those funds will be spent. Environmentalist like Bob Graham want to bond the money and buy as much land as possible immediately.  Use this link for his one minute quote regarding this: http://proprights.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/BobGrahamVideo.mp4

Although the money for a potential land grab has been approved by the voters, the 2015 Legislature will determine how those funds will be used. We can still stop the land grab by uniting our voices.

We, as Conservatives, must stand and say “NO” to an unlimited shopping spree for land.   But, we must also offer another perspective for the spending of those monies…remember, we’re talking about $500M-600M each year for 20 years!

Would you like to have a say in how those funds should be spent?  If so, read on carefully.

CPR has produced a policy brief called, “Priorities & Principles.”

We have already shared it with a couple of trusted legislators who found it quite positive.  We plan to share it with the Florida Cabinet and Florida Legislators.

But, it will be much more powerful if we unite our voices.  Don’t you think “Priorities & Principles” will get much more attention from elected officials if we can say, “Thousands of Floridians agree with this!”???

Here’s what you can do to express a united perspective:

1. Read “Priorities & Principles” for yourself.  Bear Witness Central put out an email with the Priorities & Principles.  Go to: http://bwcentral.org/2015/01/urgent-contact-your-fl-state-rep-about-your-property-rights/  and scroll down to read them!

2.  If you agree, send a reply email back to badforflorida@gmail.com and please include:

  • Your name
  • The County in which you live
  • The statement, “I support CPR’s “Priorities & Principles.”
  • Husbands and wives should send separate emails.

PLEASE NOTE: CPR does not and will not give your email address or any information to anyone, including legislators.  We simply want to honestly say how many people have joined to call for good public policy regarding the allocation of Amendment One funds.

3. Finally, please forward this email to as many people as you can asking them to do the same.

If we can gather 100, 250, 500 or more emails from each county in Florida, we can show we are a united voice for good public policy.  Our united voice will give encourage and “political cover” to legislators when facing extreme environmentalist positions.

Will you please help?

The first discussions will occur in the Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee meeting in Tallahassee on January 7.

Go To:  Senate Hearing

We need to show massive support to legislative leaders before this meeting.  Every single voice is important so please take action and send back your reply today!!!

Thank you for your support.  I hope to visit you soon to explain more about CPR’s future strategic plans for promoting and protecting private property rights.

RPOF Plotting to get rid of Tea Party members in local REC’s?

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Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) are quietly plotting to get rid of conservative and tea-party-identified members in county Republican parties.

Posted on January 1, 2015 by John Beck
Comment by John Beck: Please make sure you read the portion of the article below entitled “Meanwhile Back In Florida”. As a member of the Alachua County REC, I can confirm that under Stafford Jone’s leadership, many Tea Party and conservative Christians have been prevented from becoming members of the REC.

Read more at: http://theteapartynetwork.org/2015/01/republican-party-of-florida-rpof-are-quietly-plotting-to-get-rid-of-conservative-and-tea-party-identified-members-in-county-republican-parties/

Call Congress Today to Stop Executive Amnesty

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From Tea Party Patriots:
We need you to Call Congress today to tell them NO Funding for Executive Amnesty!

The House Republican Conference is meeting on Tuesday morning (December 2nd) to discuss their plans for the next two weeks. Funding for the government under the current Continuing Resolution runs out on Tuesday, December 11th at midnight and the Republicans seem poised to prevent another government shut down.

If that is the case, then we must put pressure on them to stop the President’s executive amnesty. The only way we can do this is to force the House not to fund the President’s executive action.

Call Congress today and tell them NO Funding For Executive Amnesty!

Go to www.teapartypatriots.org for more information.  Download the “Defund Amnesty toolkit”.

Phone numbers, email and mailing addresses for our congressmen are listed in this newsletter.

Free Trade Agreements – Good For America?

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Are you familiar with the so-called Free Trade Agreements that the U.S. has been approving, especially since the 1990’s? If so, have the promises of prosperity and jobs for Americans come true? After NAFTA went into effect in 1994, one million American jobs were lost in manufacturing! Other trade agreements have followed with more and more job losses. Go visit the areas in our country that used to be booming manufacturing cities with all the affiliated businesses and see what they look like today!

There are several Trade Agreements that could be voted on by the lame duck Congress in the next month. Contact your Senators and Representative and tell them “do not vote for these Trade Agreements”! For more information on this, go to “Choose Freedom-STOP FREE TRADE AGENDA” action page on www.jbs.org.

ELECTRIC BILLS RISING IN THE FUTURE – What is the Reason?

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a “rule change”, which, if implemented will make drastic changes in the way that Florida electric companies are able to furnish electricity to their consumers.

If you are a member of an electric co-op in this area, you receive your electricity through Seminole Electric.  The local co-ops strive to provide affordable, reliable electricity to their members.  75% of your bill is fuel costs.  In response to another government rule in 1978 Seminole Electric spent $530 million to build a state of the art coal plant (that government rule restricted power plants from using oil or natural gas); Seminole’s coal fired plant came on line in 1984, the Act was repealed in 1987.  Six years ago Seminole made $230 million in improvements to this power plant.  It is now one of the top six cleanest coal plants in the world.  Now, if this proposed “Clean Power Plan” is finalized, all this money will be down the drain and Seminole Electric will have to build or purchase new power generation to replace the electricity produced from its coal fired power plant.  This will cause major increases in our electric bills.  This could be the same scenario for other Florida utilities that own and operate coal fired power plants.

If you are concerned about this and are a co-op member go to www.action.coop and send in your comments to the EPA.  If you are not a co-op member and still want to comment, go to www.tellEPA.com  Postcards are available in the Co-op offices for members.  The comment period ends on December 1st.   At the end of this bewsketter I am going to list the contact information for our U.S. representative and Senators.  Please contact them as well and let them know what you think about this over-reach by a government agency!

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