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Suwannee Democrat Letter

Posted by NCF912Project

September 6, 2015
Submitted by: S. Higgins


Open letter to the citizens of Suwannee County:

I want to thank the Suwannee Democrat for its coverage of the County Commission meetings. Decisions that are made in these meetings affect us directly; either in our wallets or our freedom.

The issue of the County EMS Service taking over the non-emergency transport service has been ongoing for two years. This is a service that has been done by a private company since 1993. At the core of this issue is whether government (on any level) should take over a service being done by a privately owned company, effectively putting people out of work and losing the property taxes and other benefits that this company brings to our community.

You will hear some of our commissioners say that the state gave them the authority to issue the certificate that “allows” a company to operate in a county. My first reaction to that was “who died and gave the state that authority in the first place??”

Another reason you will be given for this is how much revenue this will bring in. This is supposed to help offset the expenses of the regular EMS (911) services. The commission just voted to hire 6 (SIX) additional full-time Paramedic/Firefighters to offset the overtime costs which will approach a half million ($500,000) dollars this year alone! In a small county like ours, we need all of our departments to run in a streamlined, conservative manner. While I personally believe that counties should operate the 911 (emergency) side; if it can’t be done efficiently in-house, maybe we should look to the private sector for this. I will be requesting and watching the overtime expenses for this department in the coming year in an effort to be sure that the new employees are filling this budget item!

Think about whether you want our county to go further down this “slippery slope”. Are you okay with government effectively putting a private company out of business in our county? Are you okay with people possibly losing their livelihood and benefits if they lose their jobs? Is this how our free enterprise system is supposed to work? Government never does anything as efficiently as the private sector does, BUT the private sector cannot compete with government because government has the taxpayers to bail it out when things don’t go the way they told us it would! A prime example of this in our county is the Catalyst site. What we were told in the beginning about the cost, and where we are now, are totally different amounts. AND WE ARE NOT DONE YET! Guess who is footing this bill?

We have two commissioners who are standing firm on this issue and another one who wants to do the right things. I salute these men for standing on principle. I know this isn’t easy! Let your commissioner know how you feel about this issue. Remind him that he is hired by, and answerable to the taxpayers. If we are not happy with the decisions our commissioner is making we need to be looking for people of principle to take their place in the next election.


Suwannee County Commission May Vote to Take Over Private Business

Posted by NCF912Project

Century Ambulance has been the Non-Emergency transport for Suwannee County Residents since 1993.

They have been good corporate citizens over the years.  They pay property taxes, fuel taxes, employ 18 people in Suwannee County, donate to, and sponsor many charitable events in this area.

Last year the Commission voted to take over a portion of this and they are now trying to take the rest of it over. At this Tuesday’s meeting they can choose to sign the letter or they can revoke the certificate and begin trying to do this operation themselves. Their President is selling his stock to a company who is going to leave all of the executive staff and employees in place.  They need each of the 11 counties they serve to sign a letter stating that the Certificate that was issued to Century will remain in full force and effect under the new company.

Do you believe that government should be in the business of taking over private businesses and putting people out of work?  If you feel strongly about this, please call the commissioners and let them know!  (Ask them to sign the letter and let Century Ambulance continue doing their job in Suwannee County!)

Please share this information with anyone you think would be concerned about this!

If you want more information, please email:

Attend the meeting on Tuesday night, September 1, 2015 at 6 pm –  218 Parshley St. SW, Live Oak if you can.

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

Posted by NCF912Project

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

Posted by NCF912Project

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  and look up the legislation:
SB 1496,  SB 1450  Assessments & Accountability; SB 1406 Education

Go to  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

Posted by NCF912Project

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: 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 /
  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 /
  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 /

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:

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:  and scroll down to read them!

2.  If you agree, send a reply email back to 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?

Posted by NCF912Project

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:

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 for more information.  Download the “Defund Amnesty toolkit”.

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

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