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A Newsletter for Conservative Republicans FLYING HIGH AND DIGGING AND BORING TO KEEP BREVARD COUNTY RED AND GET CONSERVATIVES ELECTED Editor and Publisher: Stuart Gorin Designer and Assistant Publisher: Frank Montelione Number 78 April 2016 PUTNAM KEYNOTES BREVARD LINCOLN-REAGAN DINNER FROM THE EDITOR S DESK: MY TWO CENTS By Stuart Gorin I oppose Common Core, and I especially dislike its math teaching which in the vernacular sucks. It takes a full page of activity to determine that 6 plus 9 equals 15. Numbers are rounded to tenths and other additions and subtractions are used to reach the correct (or close enough) answer to get credit. Just writing 15, the correct answer, is marked down for not following the proper formula. Can parents help? No. The Heartland Institute reports in its School Reform News publication that one of the co-authors of Common Core math standards an educator named Jason Zimba said parents should avoid helping children with their math homework, because government school teachers are trained professionals who are better equipped than parents to help students learn. I recently stopped in a bakery and purchased one donut. The girl at the check-out counter high school student? high school grad? said the cost, with tax, was $1.27. I gave her a dollar bill, a quarter, and a nickel. She had a confused look on her face, punched in some numbers on a calculator, and handed me back 27 cents. No, I said, I get back 3 cents. More calculating, more confusion, and she called over an older co-worker for help. While I just shook my head, the co-worker explained to her that my change should be 3 cents, which I finally received. Unfortunately, math is not the only problem with our public education system. There s also the lack of teaching civics and American history. More two cents next month. [1] Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam brought more than 200 attendees of the Brevard County Lincoln-Reagan Dinner to their feet on April 14 when he contrasted Florida s conservative leadership with what s going on in Washington. Delivering the keynote address to the annual dinner sponsored by the Brevard Republican Executive Committee (BREC), Putnam said that while the media focuses on divisiveness in our party, we have to have conservative leadership to replace the last eight years of liberal leadership. He said there has been a consistent war on liberty by the administration, and pointed out that the subject of the environment has been hijacked by socialists. In the contrast to Washington, Putnam said, under Florida s consistent conservative leadership which he said does matter the state leads the nation in job creation, crime is at a 44-year low, and it is where most people dream of visiting. He noted that more than 60 percent of Make-a-Wish requests nationwide are to come to Central Florida. When it comes to bringing companies to Florida, Putnam received a loud cheer when he called New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio the best economic development officer Florida has ever had. (Continued on Page 2) INSIDE: RLCCEF Forum.... Page 2 Republican National Convention... Page 4 Political Cartoons and Photos... Pages 12 Thru 14 Complementing the attendees for their involvement in the political process, Putnam said that nothing is more powerful than grass roots activism. Also speaking on the dinner program, Todd Wilcox a businessman, former Army Green Beret and CIA case officer now running for the U.S. Senate noted that while America is 239 years old, throughout history, the average age of civilization is 200 years. Those civilizations ultimately were destroyed, he said, and I refuse to sit by and watch that happen here. Wilcox pointed out that he speaks Arabic, which would be important in U.S.-Middle East relations, and he would offer real world experience in contrast to other Senate candidates. He also said he would represent a return to citizen government. In a tribute to the late Nancy Reagan, Brevard Federated Republican Women member Patti Ann Febro dressed in red as the former First Lady, and in brief remarks said Rainbow her Secret Service code name will be greatly missed. BREC Vice Chairman Rick Lacey said that Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan, in whose honor the annual dinner is named, were both known for their honesty. Lacey said it is up to the dinner attendees to spread the word across Florida to help elect another Republican president to continue the tradition. He drew laughter from the crowd while discussing Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, saying: If I had $1 for every lie she told, I d probably be in her tax bracket. Brevard County Public Defender Blaise Trettis, who served as the evening s Master of Ceremonies, wrote in the dinner program: While presidential terms last only four years, the next president will appoint a Supreme Court Justice, or Justices, who will break the current 4-to-4 conservative/liberal tie, and who will determine the fate of our Constitutional rights for decades to come. There is probably no more important reason to unite as Republicans for victory in the 2016 presidential election. Also writing in the program, BREC Chairman Barbara Davis said the funds raised at the dinner will enable us to maintain our headquarters, promote the Republican Party and its candidates, and assist our Brevard County Republican Clubs. She added: Our County s Precinct Committeemen and Committeewomen are working to elect a Republican president in Our efforts will also be focused on electing a Republican U.S. senator and qualified Republican state and local candidates. WILCOX WINS U.S. SENATE STRAW POLL AT RLCCEF FORUM Businessman, former Army combat veteran, and former CIA case officer Todd Wilcox who says he is running in Florida for the U.S. Senate as a political outsider offering a [2] contrast to his political insider opponents spoke at a Republican Liberty Caucus Central East Florida (RLCCEF) campaign forum in Viera on April 10, and won the event s straw poll with 128 votes cast. Florida Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera, who was traveling overseas at the time of the forum but provided attendees with a video statement, finished second with 36 votes, and Sixth District Congressman Ron DeSantis, who said his work in the House would make him the best Republican candidate for the Senate, was third, with 35 votes. DeSantis, a U.S. Navy veteran, and Wilcox agreed on most issues during the forum, including calling for tax reform, campaign finance reform, reducing the national debt, halting illegal immigration, and supporting term limits for Congress. Asked on what committees they would like to serve if elected to the Senate, Wilcox said Armed Services, Intelligence and Finance, while DeSantis said Foreign Relations and Judiciary. Two other Republicans on the ballot who declined RLCCEF invitations to attend the forum were land developer Carlos Beruff and 13 th District Congressman David Jolly, who received 3 and 2 votes, respectively. During a panel discussion for the Florida State Senate District 17 seat, the candidates Debbie Mayfield, who is termlimited in State Legislative District 54; Brevard County State Committeeman Mike Thomas; and Ritch Workman, who is term-limited in State Legislative District 52 all indicated that if elected, they would work to clean up the brown tide outbreak in the Indian River Lagoon. Mayfield called for a five-year plan, similar to what is done for road construction projects, to insure that funding will be available. Thomas said restrictions on dredging the lagoon must be relaxed, and Workman said the focus should be on addressing runoff from freshwater culverts. All three said they were opposed to Medicaid expansion in the state as well as to the Common Core education program. Mayfield won the straw poll with 91 votes, with Workman finishing second with 86 and Thomas had 18. Seven candidates participated in the final panel, involving Brevard s four State Legislative Districts, and they also focused on cleaning up the lagoon. District 50 candidate George Collins said scientific research is necessary to solve the problem, not throwing millions of dollars at it, and candidate Chadwick Hardee said there is no easy answer; and candidate Rene Placensia declined to attend the forum. In their straw poll, it was Collins with 66 votes, Hardee with 42, and Placensia with 16. In District 51, candidate Tim Timulty, the mayor of Cocoa Beach, said the county and its 16 cities and towns have to join in the effort. Tom Goodson, the current District 50 representative who is running for the District 51 seat, did not attend the forum. Timulty defeated Goodson in the straw poll, Three of the four Republican candidates for the District 52 seat were present Brian Hodgers, Monique Miller, and Fritz Van Volkenburgh. The fourth, current District 16 State Senator Thad Altman, declined to attend the forum. Hodgers said a multiple-county approach is needed for the lagoon, and its condition is affecting everything from tourism to real estate values. Miller expressed concern that state money for water projects was being steered to South Florida by the State Legislature. Van Volkenburgh said studying it to death is not the solution, and there needs to be continued muck-removing, clam and oyster projects. In the straw poll, it was Van Volkenburgh 61 votes, Miller 47, Hodgers 43, and Altman 28. Randy Fine, the only Republican candidate in the District 53 race and the recipient of 129 straw poll votes, said the lagoon problem could be anything from too many septic tanks spewing waste to too many manatees eating the seagrass. All of the legislature candidates also favored campaign finance reform, and expressed opposition to the use of redlight cameras in the county, and the Common Core standards in the schools. District 8 Congressman Bill Posey opened the RLCCEF forum saying he was pleased that the citizens in the audience numbering close to 300 outnumbered the candidates and their staff members. Your part is so important, he said. The country depends on informed citizens to elect responsible candidates with common sense solutions, and who will protect liberty. Posey added that America isn t perfect, but it is the greatest, most productive country in the world. LOPEZ-CANTERA ADDRESSES REPUBLICAN LIBERTY CAUCUS Florida Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, told the Republican Liberty Caucus Central East Florida (RLCCEF) on April 4 that with his government and business sector experience, he would bring common sense to Washington, along with his instruction manual the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Lopez-Cantera said the most important issue facing America today is the rapidly rising national debt, and that if elected, he would want to undue a lot of things, such as balancing the budget and capping the rate of spending increases to the rate of inflation plus population growth. There is not enough accountability in the federal government, he added. The fault he finds with Washington politicians, he said, is that they are more concerned about the next election than about the next generation. I'll always put Florida first, he said. The way I see it, my job is to listen to and fight for the people of Florida, every day. I won't be in Washington to vote how Senate leadership tells me to vote; I'll be there to vote the way you tell me to vote. I'll represent Florida, not special interests, not lobbyists, and not the Washington go-along-to-get-along crowd. He said the RLC may not agree with him on everything, but You will know where I stand, and I will stand firm. Acknowledging that the 10 th Amendment is in there for a reason, Lopez-Cantera said he wants to see the government get out of education, adding We need to end Common Core as we know it and replace with high state and local standards set by parents and teachers, not bureaucrats in Washington. Regarding other issues, the Lieutenant Governor said he will fight to restore America s military strength, fully reform the Veterans Administration, unleash small businesses from excessive regulations, use all resources necessary to secure the border, and do away with sanctuary cities. Noting that he is traveling throughout Florida without a security detail, Lopez-Cantera said it would be a waste of tax-payer money, and besides, he is protected by the Second Amendment. Stressing that in Florida the Scott Administration moved the economy forward by balancing the budget, cutting taxes and creating more jobs, he said, It s time for leadership the Florida way, not the Washington way. Prior to being appointed Lieutenant Governor in February 2014 by Florida Governor Rick Scott, Lopez-Cantera had a conservative track record, as he served for eight years in the Florida State Legislature including two years as the Majority Leader and as the elected Miami-Dade Property Appraiser. A University of Miami graduate with a degree in Business Administration, prior to his public sector experience, Lopez- Cantera worked in the real estate field, assisting his family s firm manage all aspects of operations. Helping other businesses navigate complicated and unnecessary government regulations, he said, is what drove him into public service to reduce those regulations on Floridians and help create thousands of jobs in the state. MAYFIELD SPEAKS TO HERITAGE ISLE REPUBLICANS Outgoing District 54 Florida State Legislator Debbie Mayfield, a candidate for the District 17 State Senate seat, told the Heritage Isle Republican Club on April 7 that she has not been afraid to vote against her party leadership when legislation is introduced that goes against her conservative values, even if it puts her on the losing side. [3] A couple of those issues in the past, she said, were giving benefits to illegal immigrants, and inserting no-bid contract grants into the budget both of which tend to help companies that favor individual legislators. Mayfield, who has a background in banking and finance, said Florida is financially strong, and has money in reserves. She added that the state also is friendly to veterans and senior citizens, and works to protect them. Very interested in the topic of education, she is opposed to Common Core and wants the state to return to the practice of electing rather than appointing a Commissioner of Education. Noting that education is a state right, she said there should not be a Department of Education in the nation s capital. That all came about during the Jimmy Carter administration, she explained, when the Head Start program was expanded, and education was removed from the Department of Health and Welfare and given its own Department. Regarding Florida s former community colleges that are now four-year universities, Mayfield said she was disappointed that they are doing away with technical and trade training in favor of academics, because many academic students who have large student loans cannot find jobs, and there is a real need for trained tradesmen. Other issues that Mayfield believes the legislature must do are promoting smaller government and lower taxes to spur job creation, protecting the Indian River lagoon, lowering property insurance premiums, and bringing rate fairness and representation for all utility customers. State Senate District 17 includes Indian River County and parts of Brevard County. UNDERSTANDING THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION By Space Coast Tusk Designer Frank Montelione When the Republican National Convention convenes in Cleveland July 18-21, the party will select its presidential nominee. At this writing, the selection will be anybody s guess. Questions abound because of the different way convention delegates are chosen (primary, caucus, state convention), what are their status (unbound or bound to a specific candidate, and if so, for how may ballots), whether convention rules are permanent or temporary, and what will happen when the Rules Committee meets one week before the convention. Let s start with the basics. Ballotopia states: Each state is assigned at least 10 at-large delegates. Additional bonus atlarge delegates are awarded to a state based on various political criteria. A state with a Republican governor, a Republican U.S. senator, or Republican majorities in the state legislature may be allocated additional at-large delegates. The [4] same is true for states that were carried by the Republican presidential nominee in the previous election. Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. territories are assigned a specific number of at-large delegates. Overall, there will be an estimated 999 at-large delegates at the 2016 convention. Most states hold primaries or caucuses, at which candidates are selected to be the state s chosen candidate. Some states such as Florida are winner-take-all, and all the delegates are awarded to the candidate with the majority vote. However, they are only bound to that candidate for the first three rounds of balloting at the convention. On the other hand, Georgia, where I reside, awards delegates proportionally. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent, then the delegates are awarded based on the percentage of the vote each candidate receives. In Georgia, the delegates are bound only through the first round of convention voting. The magic number is 1,237. That is exactly half of the total delegates allotted plus 1. The number includes 168 members of the Republican National Committee, who are unbound delegates. That accounts for between about eight and 13 percent of the 1,237. Ballatopia describes these delegates as follows: are automatic delegates to the national convention. The 50 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. territories have three RNC members each. Depending on the rules of the state (or territorial) party, these automatic delegates may or may not be allocated and pledged to the winner of the state s primary or caucus. Most states allow their RNC members to decide for themselves which candidate they ll support. How many states will send unbound delegates won t be known until the last primary/caucus is held. As of this writing, there are 10 states that will hold their primary/caucus in May and June. Delegate rich California will hold its primary on June 7. With 172 delegates, California is a hybrid state. If one candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote in a Congressional District, he or she will win all 3 delegates in that District. In addition, the candidate who wins the largest number of districts state-wide, will receive California s 10 at-large delegates. These delegates are bound through the first two rounds at the convention. On the same day, June 7, New Jersey will hold its winnertake-all primary, and these delegates are bound for the first round only. Let s complicate matters even more. We ve heard a lot about the Pennsylvania primary that has a large number of delegates. Of the 71 allocated delegates, 54 are unbound, and the others are bound through the first round only. The question as to whether anyone achieves the 1,237 delegates needed for a first round nomination is impossible to answer. Given the number of unbound delegates which include 112 in North Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, American Samoa and Guam who are unbound because of their states and territories GOP rules the decision may rest with them. Dizzy yet? Pledged delegates are not bound delegates. Some states have unbound delegates that pledge to vote for a particular candidate. They are not bound, and can change their mind before the convention vote takes place. What happens to the delegates earned by those who suspended their campaigns? Good question, and probably the easiest to answer. Once a candidate withdraws from the race, his or her delegates may be released. At that point, the candidate can recommend support for a specific candidate. On the other hand, bound delegates can be released at any time up until the roll ca
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