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What Happened in Mississippi?

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Did you pay attention to the Republican Senate primary in Mississippi?  What do you think of the results? 

  • 1,832 of 1,832 precincts reporting (100.0%)
  • Thad Cochran    50.9%
  • Chris McDaniel   49.1%

Do you wonder how that happened? Could it be the saying that is attributed to Benjamin Franklin?

“When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic”
Although found nowhere in the national archives or known writings of Benjamin Franklin, it is widely accepted that he once said “When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.”    read more about this at:  http://knowledgeczar.blogspot.com/2010/03/when-people-find-they-can-vote.html   *(Everything I heard about Thad Cochran was about the money he brought home to the state of Mississippi; is that what they voted for?  If so, are we at a tipping point when more than 50% of the people are willing to vote that way so that they can get what they think they need to be taken care of?) 

or:  could it be the Establishment Republican dirty tactics?  Listen to the robo call here:

http://dailycaller.com/2014/06/22/robocall-allegedly-recruiting-dem-votes-for-gop-sen-cochran-bashes-tea-party-alleges-racism/  

Have we had enough of these type tactics yet?  Are we tired of being bashed from both sides because we are conservative constitutionalists who are concerned about our future, our children and grandchildren’s futures and want to get back to the constutionally limited government that our founders gave to us?

I AM!   If you are, please get involved!  Help us make a difference!  Let the “establishment” know that we have had enough!

Why You Should Oppose the New EPA Rule

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Thanks to Jim B. for sending this.  Written by John Hoblick, Florida Farm Bureau Federation President.

In a 1912 public address President Woodrow Wilson declared that “The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it.” Some of our current federal officials would be wise to heed Wilson’s counsel.

The reform-minded president recognized that even when used in the name of the common good, unrestrained governmental power is an evil in itself*.

One of the duties of citizenship involves keeping a watchful eye on the authority wielded by public agencies – especially when bureaucrats grasp for discretionary decision making over matters that affect the economy and the daily livelihoods of families across the country.

An example of the problem has emerged with a new federal rule issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In April officials at these two agencies proposed what amounts to be a reinterpretation of the Clean Water Act of 1972.

Known as the “Waters of the United States” rule, the proposal would give the agencies the same regulatory control over low spots on dry land and ephemeral water bodies as they have for the Mississippi River.

EPA officials would gain the independent right to determine which areas of dry land are subject to the Clean Water Act. But the authors of the act never intended to give any federal bureaucrat direct control over dry land. This law only applies to navigable waters.

Prairie potholes, ditches and temporary pools of water created by heavy rainfall are not navigable waters by any reasonable understanding.

But the new rule would expand that meaning of the act so that the EPA and the Corps of Engineers could claim they are. If so, land owners would immediately face permitting and mitigation expenses.

Farm families are not the only private land owners at risk. As the article on Pages 10 and 11 of the June issue of FloridAgriculture magazine indicates, the owners and managers of golf courses, recreational lands, utilities, cemeteries and theme parks would face the same financial burdens. Fines for misinterpreting the rule could be as high as $37,500 each day. The agencies’ claims that traditional agricultural practices are exempt do not ring true. The text of the rule presents a very different meaning.

I am greatly distressed at the prospect that many of Florida’s farm families could be forced out of business because of the permitting costs alone. We must protect them against an unprecedented power grab.

Editor’s note: *President Wilson was one of our worst presidents when it comes to not limiting governmental power; but I guess all of them said something good at one time or another.  Whether they believed it or not is another matter!

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Free Download – KrisAnne Hall’s New Book!

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KrisAnneHall In Defense of LibertyPatriots, Let’s Get KrisAnne Hall in the Top 100 List

NEW BOOK RELEASE…FREE DOWNLOAD LIMITED TIME ONLY!

From KrisAnne Hall: I have just released a new book on Amazon called “In Defense of Liberty”

It is available as a free download for the next 48 hours*. Why 48 hours? The way the Amazon Kindle book title ranking game is played in large part is based on the number of downloads ratings and reviews a book gets.

So, as a liberty loving patriot if you want to help get the message of liberty exposed to the enormous universe of Amazon Kindle book buyers all you have to do is take 10 seconds to go to the Amazon link and download it.

DOWNLOAD IT NOW: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KJ45F5W

It won’t cost you a penny and you can do it all in less than 10 seconds. So right now please take 10 seconds out of your day today in defense of Liberty!

*Only available through Monday, June 2nd!

**I read this book last night – it is a quick read with a lot of good information that can be used in our everyday conversations!  I encourage everyone who can, to download the book!

VA Accountability – What Can You Do To Help?

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This week could be a huge first step for VA accountability — but we need your help to make it happen!

Wednesday afternoon, the House of Representatives will vote on HR 4031 — the VA Management Accountability Act. HR 4031 represents a big first-step in bringing accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Simply put, it would allow the VA secretary to actually fire bad VA managers and administrators — a power the secretary does not currently have. It’s common sense and long overdue!

Tonight we are asking every CVA staff member, volunteer, and supporter to make 5 phone calls to targeted Congressional offices, urging support for HR 4031. Our goal is to flood the voicemails of key representatives before the big vote.

Will you take 10 minutes tonight to demand #VAaccountability?

Go to:   VA Accountability   for more information on what to do to help!

Common Core Update 5/13/2014

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Gov. Scott signs three Common Core bills
TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott’s office announced Monday he had signed a trio of bills aimed at allaying fears about the state’s version of the Common Core education standards.

Scott also signed another education bill dealing with school grades. According to Scott’s office, the three Common Core-related measures he signed Monday included:

  • SB 864, which requires school districts to set up a process through which parents can contest the selection of certain textbooks and classroom materials.
  • HB 7031, which among other things removes all references to “Common Core” from state law. A set of state standards based on Common Core and using the overwhelming majority of the Common Core standards would remain in place.
  • SB 188, a bill barring schools or school districts from collecting biometric and other personal information.

 

Each of the bills addresses one of the concerns raised by activists, mostly but not exclusively conservatives, who have slammed Common Core.

“The legislation I am signing today will set Florida students and families up for education success and prevent unnecessary collection of data from our students and reaffirm that Florida school boards will select the textbooks with historic opportunities for public input,” Scott said in a statement announcing the signings.

Conservatives have criticized the standards, which were commissioned by the governors and chief education officials of dozens of states, as a federal intrusion into school operations that should be handled locally.

That plan, modeled on a blueprint developed by Stewart, would simplify the formula for grading schools. It would also do away with the penalties schools could currently receive for the grades assigned in the 2014-15 school year, a plan meant to provide a transition year as schools adjust to the new standards and tests.

What do you think?

Dr. Karen Effrem’s response:
We will have a full analysis out later today which will be able to be read on our website at www.flstopcccoalition.org where you can also sign up for our updates if you so desire.

What Can You Do?/Thanks to All Who Are Working!

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It takes a lot of people and a lot of time to make an effective organization.  Our only hope for returning this country to some semblance of a Constitutional Republic is if people will work toward that effort.  We may already be outnumbered by people who want the government (taxpayers) to take care of them!  One of the ways we can possibly change that dynamic is to get out and talk to people.  Lane has offered to help you get the information you need to reach the people in your community.

For us to have any influence we have to show that our group is a strong group that is ready and willing to stand up and speak out as different issues come up. We also have to show them that we are willing to vote our representatives out of office when they are not following the oath that they took.

Some of the things we are doing:

Printing the American Patriot Newspaper: this paper comes out every two weeks and has a wealth of information not found in local newspapers.  Thanks very much to everyone who helps with this endeavor:  the people who financially support it (we are printing at least 1,300 copies each time at an expense of between $75 and $90 each time.)  Thanks to Pam Hess who does our “local page”; it takes time to find articles and put this part of the paper together.  Thanks to all of our distributors who take their time and gas to get them out in the communities.  We are delivering to Lake City, Live Oak, Branford and Ft. White.  We would love to increase the distribution but this will take more money and more people to help get them distributed.  If you can help with this, please let us know.

To help fund the newspaper and the other expenses that we have, we are holding our 3rd Annual Gun Raffle.  We need people who can help sell tickets for this.  The raffle is for a Smith & Wesson SD9 – 9 mm and the drawing will be held on July 4th at the Branford River Reunion.  If you can help sell tickets, please call either John, 386-935-1705 or Sharon 386-935-0821 and we will get tickets to you.

Holding Phone Banking Sessions in conjunction with Concerned Veterans for America.  The next one is scheduled for Thursday, May 22nd.  If you can help with this, please let us know.  Complimentary dinner is included – we will be making phone calls in an effort to get veterans more involved in the issues facing all of us.

Let us know what you can help with!  Attend as many meetings as you can; invite your friends. Donate when you can.  It takes money to keep an organization going!  Give suggestions for meeting topics.  Attend other local meetings; i.e. County Commission, School Board, Water Management, etc.  Let us know when there is an issue that needs to be addressed by the membership!  If you find something that the membership needs to know about, email it to shiggins@windstream.net.  Put “newsletter” in the subject line.  I will do my best to get it in a newsletter and on our Facebook page.

Sometimes it is easy to get tired and decide you want to give up “because we aren’t doing any good”; but is that the answer? What about the children and grandchildren that will have to deal with the messes we have left them?  If you don’t think the Tea Party is the answer, I implore you to get involved in whatever ways that you can!  Time is running out!

Common Core Alert – Call Today

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Senator Montford filed an amendment this morning to Senate Bill1512 that has a provision to require private schools who have voucher students to take state assessment tests.  This is the Common Core testing requirement that I have been warning people the state would require.

Please call your Senators immediately to stop this overreach. The amendment number is 918102.

FIND YOUR SENATOR:   http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/

SUMMARY OF SENATE BILL 1512

Education; Authorizing the Auditor General to conduct audits of the accounts and records of nonprofit scholarship-funding organizations; establishing the Florida Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts; revising eligibility requirements for the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program; providing standard high school diploma requirements for certain students with disabilities; prohibiting a school district from imposing additional requirements on private instructional personnel or charging fees, etc. APPROPRIATION: $18,400,000.00

SENATE BILL 1512 FULL TEXT

http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/1512/BillText/c2/HTML

SB 1576 – Springs Bill UpDate

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CS/CS/SB 1576: Springs
GENERAL BILL by Agriculture ; Environmental Preservation and Conservation ; Dean ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Montford ; Soto ; Simmons ; Hays ; Altman ; Abruzzo

Springs; Specifying distributions to the Ecosystem Management and Restoration Trust Fund; requiring the Department of Environmental Protection or the governing board of a water management district to establish the minimum flow and water level for an Outstanding Florida Spring; creating part VIII of chapter 373, F.S., entitled “Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection Act”; specifying prohibited activities within a spring protection and management zone of an Outstanding Florida Spring; repealing provisions relating to periodic evaluation and assessment of onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems, etc.

Go to:   http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/1576  to follow this bill and read the analysis.

Update on SB 130 – Stand Your Ground

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We received this information from Liberty First Network.  Sometimes bills aren’t exactly what we think they are.  Liberty First does a great job in trying to analyze the bills and give us the best information they can.  Our group supports them each month but if you are ever looking for something to support, this would be a great one!!

Marion Hammer, the longtime lobbyist of the NRA, has come out with another statement in support for SB 130 while making a veiled attack on the Liberty First Network.

We have always analyzed bills in a very accurate and methodical manner. We look for every detail and any unintended consequences any legislation may cause.

The Liberty First Network values our reputation and the accuracy of our action alerts. We will continue to tell you our honest and thorough take on legislation and other situations arising in Tallahassee.

To read more information on this, go toLiberty First.They have done an in-depth report on this bill.

SB 1576 – Springs Protection Act

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CPR has reported on Senate Bill 1576, “An act related to springs.” CPR’s analysis of SB 1576 was presented to the Senate Committee on Environmental Protection and Conservation.  Our position covered two points:

  1. there is no scientific basis for further regulating septic systems, and
  2. creating a “Responsible Management Entity” (RME) tasked with “managing” septic systems simply adds an unnecessary, redundant and expensive layer of government.

On March 31, at 4 p.m., the Senate Agricultural Committee will be the next to hear SB 1576.

Before that committee meets, you need to understand what an RME is and it seriously threatens private property rights.  Once you understand what it is, you will want to contact the legislators that sit on the Agricultural Committee and express your opinion.

Read more. Please take a few minutes to bring yourself up to date on this issue and then make some phone calls today!

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