FLORIDA#2: David Scholl calls attention to Democrat attempts to conscript Puerto Rico as a state to gain congressional seats

From Scholl’s Facebook:

“Call to Arms-Call your Congressman! The Obama administration is pulling out all the stops to ensure there are more votes for their side in 2010 and 2012. They are pushing for voting rights for the District of Columbia and now this…There is a move afoot to have Puerto Rico become the 51st state, with voting on the bil…l, HR 2499, taking place as early today, Thursday, 29 April, in the U.S. House of Representatives.”

Democrats are in panic mode and are doing anything they can to keep their majorities. Many times over Puerto Rico has voted to remain a protectorate. Any why not? They have the benifits of citizenship without taxation.

Nuts to that says Senate Democrats. They are essntially saying to Puerto Ricans, “We don’t care what you want. We know that we can count on you to be good Democrats no matter what we do. And besides, we really need those two Senate seats to keep our majorities.”

More fodder for Tea Party supporters. I wonder if there are any Tea Party chapters in San Juan, Ponce or Mayaguez.

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This post was written by bobsikes on April 30, 2010

POLITICS: the astonishing parallel between the Florida #2 and US Senate Races

How can it not be seen that way?

Florida’s 2nd Congressional District has an unpopular representative and several republicans are vying for the nominee. Meanwhile a popular and unique candidate in Paul McKain is mounting a spirited campaign that threatens to split the opposition vote against Allen Boyd or Boyd’s own emerging challenger in Al Lawson.

Then suddenly a well-known govenor in Charlie Crist has bolted his Republican Party to run as an Independent and putting into play a US Senate seat that was sure to go GOP.

Only one respsonse is possible for political junkies everywhere to this theatre:


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This post was written by bobsikes on April 30, 2010

POLITICS: GOP Gubernatorial candidate Paula Dockery on the Crist independent run

Paula Dockery continues to impress with reasoned takes on issues that concern Florida republicans like me. She released this statement today:

“While I can certainly understand the governor’s frustration with Republican legislative leaders, the best way to rebuild our party is from the within,” Dockery said in a statement today. “A true leader doesn’t give up and walk away, but puts his or her shoulder to the wheel to restore our party’s integrity and traditional values, which means less government spending, less government bureaucracy and less government involvement in picking the winners and losers in a free marketplace.”

Dockery clearly is seperating herself from other Republican legislators with this statement. The significant number of GOP colleagues that has endorsed her campaign may indicate that they feel similarly.

So is there more infighting within the Florida GOP hierchy than we realize? Dockery’s statement reveals as much. Is she talking about the one’s who condemned Crist so much before he even left the party after his SB 6 veto? The Jim Thrasher’s? The Marco Rubio’s? The Jeff Atwell’s? The Adam Hanser’s?

I don’t know what to think of Govenor Crist leaving my party, but I cannot blame him for doing so. The sordid affair of SB6 that transended the simple issues of merit pay and tenure and smashed traditional conservative values to bits sealed my opinion of this current crop of gas bags.

Along with term limits, Florida Republicans may end up thanking courageous pols like Paula Dockery and Charlie Crist for saving the party from its arrogance, nepotism and narrow self interests. They’ve blown the whistle on them.

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This post was written by bobsikes on April 29, 2010

POLITICS: Jeb Bush’s shadowy involvement in Florida politics

In response to the announcement of Charlie Crist’s decision to run as an independent, the former Govenor said:

I am not surprised. This decision is not about policy or principles. It is about what he believes is in his political self-interest.

Really, Jeb?

Let’s take a look at some of your recent activities, shall we?

Your behind the scenes push for Senate Bill 6 coupled with your ties to business interests that would have benefited from the Bill’s passage should give Florida’s voters pause. Interesting the FOE’s own teacher outreach sent out a letter to the state’s teacher’s with talking points lifted from your Education foundation. Your protege Marco Rubio’s lockstep stances on all points of view Jeb Bush leave the impression that Rubio will be listening to GOP annointed elders like you for decision making.in the US Senate.

Curious isn’t it the same opposition to the Arizona illegal alien bill that you both have?. Connie Mack is obviously part of your little merry band, too. A lttle too quick I think to jump ship as Crist’s campaign manager after Crist’s veto of legislation you prized and championed. His insertion of the Nazi anology was disgusting, irresponsible and indefensible.

Heaven forbid Florida have political leaders willing to make desisons that actually benefit the state as did Charlie Crist with his veto of SB 6 and his acceptance of the stimulus money to make end meet in the state’s budget. A significant amount of that money went toward the schools you so shamelessly say you seek to protect.

So is it exactly that has abondoned the party for personal reason’s again?

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This post was written by bobsikes on April 29, 2010

FLORIDA#2: Barbara Olschner update

Republican hopeful Barbara Olschner had the opportunity to meet with some senior citizen voters yesterday in Santa Rosa Beach.

Enjoyed meeting and speaking to the women at the Santa Rosa Beach and Golf Club today. I appreciate your support and your willingness to help in our campaign. We need a return to the sacrifices of The Greatest Generation at this time, and I appreciate your great concern for the future of your grandchildren. I will work diligently to stregthen this country for them

Olschner will also be appearing tomorrow morning (Friday-April 30) on the Doc Washburn Show on 94.5 FM (8AM Central; 9AM Eastern).

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This post was written by bobsikes on April 29, 2010

POLITICS: Obama’s Organizing for America hitting up mailing list for donations to stem the November wave

Are they running out of money? They must be worried nontheless. Obama, Democrats and his faux campaign operation, Organizing for American, are mining their mailing list for campaign cash.

Friend —

“Republicans win back House, Senate.” “Voters reject Obama’s agenda.”

If you listen to the talking heads on TV, it’s like November 3rd’s headlines are already written.

But here’s what they don’t know — and it’s why they’re dead wrong: The same grassroots movement that knocked on the most doors, made the most calls, and inspired the most first-time voters in history in 2008 hasn’t gone anywhere. In fact, we’re gearing up to do it all again.

You heard it from the President on Monday. We’ve been planning for the fall campaign all year. And we know full well that winning nationally means organizing locally. Every House district holds an election this year, and all but five states will vote statewide for a governor or senator.

We need to get moving in FL — and all over the country — earlier than ever before. David Plouffe and I have taken a hard look at the numbers, and we need 3 donations from Crestview by May 1st to kick off our efforts.

Please donate $5 or more to help us get more boots on the ground and start implementing our 2010 grassroots strategy now.

Republicans are already calling 2010 a “referendum” on the President’s agenda. They’re campaigning to win majorities in Congress, so they can roll back the progress we’ve worked so hard to make. In fact, hundreds of candidates have signed a pledge, circulated by the conservative Club for Growth, to repeal health insurance reform.

If history is any guide, this is nothing to scoff at. In midterm elections, the president’s party regularly loses seats. And an economy that’s still recovering only makes our job harder.

But history has never seen anything like us.

While Sarah Palin gives big speeches mocking “community organizers,” we’re investing in them. Our field operation is far and away the largest of its kind in history. OFA staff and volunteers are pounding the pavement across the country.

From the earliest primaries in 2008 to the fight for Wall Street reform, while the attacks ads were flying and the cynics were talking down our chances, we’ve done what we know best — keep on organizing. Investing in these resources is what will make it possible for us to set records again in 2010.

The headlines we wake up to on November 3rd are in our hands. But we can’t succeed without a strong start — and we can’t do it without you.

Note the personal touch that includes my hometown. At any rate, we see who concerns Democrats – The Club for Growth and ….Sarah Palin.

I wonder if this is a bone to throw to Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania as he will be facing a Club for Growth backed candidate in Pat Toomey. The RCP average has Toomey up 6.5 pts over Specter and even more over Congressman Joe Sestak. This must be horrifying for Democrats as they banked so much on Specter’s defection.

Palin is a far different story. The former Alaska govenor and VP candidate is seems to becoming more and more influential as she’s ridiculed more and more. There’s not a medium that she’s not on. She has her own PAC. She has a Facebook page with 1.5 million followers. Doubt there’s alot of Democrats voters on the list, but I’m sure there’s a few trolls and operatives watching. And, horrors, she’s on FOX. Worse yet, Tea Party followers love her.

“Strike me down, and I’ll become more powerful that you can imagine.”

They hate and ridicule because they fear. See Alinsky rule 7

If you ever want to see someone on the DemLeft do an eyebrow raise, mention Alinsky. Return fire usually comes in the form of Rule 7.

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This post was written by bobsikes on April 29, 2010

FLORIDA #2: The POLITICO gives FLA2 some love

Online political giant, The Politico gave some attention this afternoon to the FLA2 congressional race.

“Florida Rep. Allen Boyd, a prominent Blue Dog Democrat facing a competitive primary, has already put up two ads reintroducing himself to voters, even though his primary is four months away and he’s banked nearly 30 times more than primary challenger Al Lawson. Funeral home owner Scott Southerland looks like the early GOP frontrunner to run against Boyd this fall.”

The piece focused on long time Democrats, including Earl Pomeroy of North Dakota and West Virginian Allan Mollahan, who are also facing tough challenges in the fall. Boyd has to face a popular Democrat in the primary first in term limited popular state senator Al Lawson.

It’s far to early for Boyd to be concerned about Southerland or any other Republicans for that matter. Boyd’s financial commitment indicates that he sees Lawson as a threat.

Was Boyd’s leftward lurch last year into the arms of Nancy Pelosi designed to keep Lawson at bay in liberal Democart Leon County?
Lawson won’t be able to run on Boyd’s record now. Boyd badly needs to hold onto liberal state government employees and those of Tallhassee’s two universities as he know’s that the county’s 40 % African-American vote will come out in droves for the local hero Lawson

Not alot of votes will be cast in the Democrat primary in any other county in Boyd’s district. His outreach into rural counties this week with his staff is phoney, but he’s hoping he can keep traditional Dixiecrats just loyal enough to cast ballots for him in the fall.

Republican Steve Southerland appears to be the GOP frontrunner right now. But his opponents are waiting for an opportunity to have their say in the May 18 Panama City debate.

The political theatre of FLA2 will have to have a first part that will have to be played out for both parties in the August primaries.

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This post was written by bobsikes on April 28, 2010

FLORIDA #2: Ranking the GOP race via Facebook

Talk about unscientific.

Having said that, Facebook is indeed playing an early role in the efforts of GOP candidates in getting their name out there. Some candidates are taking advantage of free advertising and a vehicle of social networking that’s steamrolling. At the least, Facebook pages are a fairly accuarte barometer of name recognition. Name recognition equals cash and votes. So if we were to handicap the GOP race by Facebook, these would be tha rankings:

1. Steve Southerland (3010 friends) Southerland, more than any other candidate has taken advantage of Facebook. He frequently updates his site with campaign news and let’s people know when he will be making an appearance or has an upcoming interview such as the one he did on the Rick and Bubba radio show last week. This appearance is significant as the morning radio program spands the entire southeastern portion of the country.

2. David Scholl (1167 friends) Scholl has made inroads on Facebook over the last week. His campaign appears to be ramping up their efforts withing the medium, although they still haven’t reached the level that has Southerland.

3. Barbara Olschner (104 friends) Olschner gets ranked her because she has been utilizing Facebook almost daily now to get her message out. Her campaign is the youngest, but is quickly gaining steam. Olschner has the only page that is adevertising the May 18 debate. Perhaps it is here that Olschener anticipates making her move.

4. Eddie Hendry (328 friends) Numbers alone should have given Hendry the nod over Olschner, but Hendry has not been utilizing Facebook as much as he should. He’s clearly been working behind the scenes (his endorsement by Democrat Eddie Boone) and working traditional media (paid TV spots in Tallahassee. If this were a true poll, Hendry would probably place second to Southerland right now. Hendry is missing a real opportunity by not using Facebook.

5. Diane Berryhill (104 friends) There’s a significant drop-off between the first three and the last. Berryhill gets billing here because her last post was most recent. But not recent enough. Her last post was on April 11.

5. Charlie Ranson ( 119 friends) The former assistant state AG last made a Facebook post on January 28.

There may be a reason why some of the candidates are not using Facebook such as not wanting to over saturate themselves. I don’t agree with this method as during the last few election cycles, candidates have used new media to advance their campaigns at an astonishing rate. A few candidates clearly feel this way too.

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This post was written by bobsikes on April 28, 2010

METS: A subtle reason why the Mets are really playing well

They struck early last night. One run in the second during the first game and the three-run 1st explosion in the nightcap are indicative of a team that both confident and ready to play when theay arrive at the ballpark.

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This post was written by bobsikes on April 28, 2010

FLORIDA #2: Steve Southerland slams Allen Boyd over his flip-flop that eliminated 700 jobs

Steve Southerland is clearly attempting to give the impression that he’s already running against Allen Boyd.

“I am very saddened by the news of Sallie Mae’s closure and the loss of 700 jobs in Bay County. These families are hurting from the uncertainty of our economy, the job market and now their future is very troublesome”, said Southerland.

Southerland continued, “the bottom line is the loss of these jobs was avoidable. This was very clearly Allen Boyd putting party politics before the people he is failing to represent.”

“I prefer not to make this challenging time a political issue but the fact is – – Allen Boyd sold out the people of Florida’s second district for the Obama/Pelosi agenda. His vote for the health care bill will have a negative impact for a long time to come – the first being the closure of Sallie Mae and the 700 jobs it has cost us.”

“The policies and bills being passed in our nation’s capital are NOT friendly to business and are bringing about an ever growing control and takeover by our Federal Government,” said Southerland.

“The folks across District 2 realize that free markets, competition and capitalism are what made this country great and originally created those 700 jobs – not the takeover and elimination of competition by the government. Unless things change – we will continue to see these occurrences across our district and nation. It is clearly evident that President Obama and Speaker Pelosi are not friends of free market principles or small business, which drives this country. It is also clear that Congressman Boyd is all too willing to put the Obama/Pelosi agenda ahead of our best interests. We needed leadership on the healthcare bill to protect those 700 jobs – to protect those people and their families. What we got was sold out for partisan party politics,” said Southerland.

Southerland closed by saying, “The only thing that Congressman Boyd is bringing to north and northwest Florida is unemployment.”

Southerland’s lead in fundraising coupled with his extremely actice campaign make him the perceived front-runner in the race for the GOP slot in the August primary.

The next big step for Southerland and the other GOP candidates will be the May 18 debate in Panama City.

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This post was written by bobsikes on April 27, 2010