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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!

What Is Next for The North Central Florida Tea Party?

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We had two men take their time last week to come to our tea party meeting and speak on topics that will affect us, our children and grandchildren in the near future if we don’t get the word out.  Both men, for different reasons should have been home with their families.  We really appreciate them taking their time to come out.  I will address what they each spoke about, and what we can do about it, in a separate article.  We  did not have a good turnout and it is always disappointing when we work so hard to get the speakers, set up the meeting, etc. and then have such a few people appear to be interested enough to spend a few hours learning about something that they can then pass on to other people!

We know that everyone cannot come out each time.  We have a huge email list and when over 150 people open an email newsletter and then we get the information out in the local newspapers, radio, etc., it is disheartening to say the least when we only have about 30 people come out.  Don’t get me wrong: I very much appreciate everyone who comes out – many are doing many other things to help get the message out to others, and that is great too.

If you listen to the news networks you know that the tea party and other like-minded groups are making a difference. We are usually mentioned in the context of standing in the way of something they want to do.  We stand for constitutionally limited government, fiscal responsibility, and most important, the preservation of our inalienable rights!   Don’t you think we should be standing in the way of anyone who doesn’t want to follow those principles?  We can continue to have this influence and even grow it…but we have to show that we have strong local groups who are ready to speak out on the issues that are affecting us.

If you are already a member of a tea party group, make a special effort to attend the meetings and make phone calls, etc. on the issues when you are asked to do so.  Remember that just because the Republicans now control the Senate, we CANNOT go back to sleep and expect that they will do the right thing!  All of our elected representatives need to hear from us on a regular basis so they know what we expect them to do!

If you have any ideas/suggestions for our group, please email us at info@northcentralflorida912project.org.  Be prepared to help out with whatever you suggest!
Second request for input into having a Christmas Party/Planning Session on Thursday, December 11th.  We would furnish the coffee/tea, etc. and everyone can bring a dessert or other snack.  We can even plan on a pot-luck if there is enough interest but we need to know quickly.  Please email the info@ address or call Sharon at 386-935-0821 to let us know if you are interested and can attend.

The Common Core Issue Heating Up?

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The Lee County School Board very courageously opted out of Standardized testing at its regularly scheduled meeting last week and then, evidently due to tremendous pressure, held a special meeting on Tuesday, September 2nd and rescinded their decision.

Anyone who has children or grandchildren in the school system knows that testing has gotten way out of hand.  Standardized testing has been put into place due to the different “educational initiatives” that have been implemented by each of our Presidents, particularly beginning with Jimmy Carter.  Remember Bush 1’s America 2000, Clinton’s Goals 2000, Bush 2’s No Child Left Behind, and now Obama’s Common Core?  Are our children better off?  Every program spends more money, takes away more local control, and the children seem to sink lower in comparison to other countries.  Is it no wonder that many of us are more and more concerned about this issue?

Can you help with this issue?  Can you attend your School Board meetings?  The Lake City Reporter wrote a story this week about us asking our local school boards to opt out of the standardized testing.  This was followed by editorials the next day.  Can you write a letter to the editor and give your input?  This is a great time to get more information out to people who many not be familiar with this issue.

The Tea Party Network Conference will focus on this issue with guest speakers like Dr. Duke Pesta.  If you are not familiar with his work, go to:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFzy5dL2gGo.  Saturday afternoon will feature a Common Core Forum,  “How to Repeal Common Core”.  This will feature Dr. Pesta, Dr. Karen Effrem, State Respresentative Debbie Mayfield, among others.

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