Orlando Council Votes to Help Destroy People’s Marriage Amendment

25 Jun

In 2008 election, Florida voters overwhelmingly approved a state constitutional amendment protecting traditional marriage. The amendment was placed on the ballot by a citizen-led initiative process. It passed by the large margin of 61.9% to 38.1%.

However, today, Orlando’s city council used the power of its office to defy the people’s will and join the sex activists’ lawsuit to overturn this vote.

In a 5-2 vote, the council approved filing the friend of the court brief in the pending Florida lawsuit threatening to redefine marriage. The two republicans on the council voted no. The mayor was among the five voting in favor.

 

 

 

Orlando Considers Anti-Discrimination Policy Change that could open Women’s Restrooms to Men

19 Jun

In order to achieve full recognition of civil rights of the LGBTQAI+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, androgynous, intersex, ally, or other self-identification related to gender identity or sexual orientation) community in Orlando, a citizen board, known as the Chapter 57 Review Board,  is considering amending the anti-discrimination policy to include “gender identity”.

According to an LGBT website, the amendment was drafted by the City Attorney, presented to a city review board today and if approved it will go before the City Council for its first reading tentatively July 14 with at least two public hearings before the final vote. Gina Duncan of Florida Equality is leading the push to change the policy. Duncan is a biologically-born male who underwent sex re-assignment surgical procedures.

The review board hearing the amendment is a seven-member panel of non-elected individuals, which according to the City of Orlando website reviews determinations of complaints of discrimination, conducts mediation and holds hearings when any party to a complaint violates the term of a negotiated settlement agreement.

The proposed amendment includes the following language to describe “gender identity”:

“the actual or perceived sex to include the person’s gender identity, self-image, appearance, expression or behavior, whether or not that gender identity, self image, appearance, expression or behavior is different from that traditionally associated with the sex assigned to that person at birth.”

As advocates seek equal access to public accommodations for transgenders, “bathroom battles”  have emerged reports USA Today, including women locker rooms at the YMCA. There is much confusion over this issue because of the  few legal cases that have been heard, there have been inconsistent rulings.

In addition to the new gender identity language, the proposed amendment to Orlando’s anti-discrimination policy also creates a seemingly new bureaucratic  position- “human relations official” -and gives this official the authority to initiate complaints and to “investigate” to determine whether a complaint should be filed, regardless of whether a public complaint has been filed. This would greatly expand the power of an non-elected government bureaucrat.

Citizens of the metro-Orlando area should pay attention to this proposed change and consider its consequences.

 

Is Scott Randolph using his Public Office for his Political Gain?

18 Jun

I am not surprised to read that Scott Randolph, the Orange County tax collector, has come under fire for questionable political maneuvers like using the resources and employees of his public office to push his radical agenda at the expense of the Orange County taxpayer.

A few years ago, his name hit the headlines during his time in the state house when he threw papers at fellow state representative Daphne Campbell, verbally threatening her on the state house floor.

“Scott Randolph is acting in a partisan way,” says WFTV political analyst Rick Foglesong about the latest events.

According to WFTV, Randolph is funding a petition push that would make county races partisan and would shorten Mayor Teresa Jacobs term. (I am not sure if it is even within the charter’s authority to shorten an elected official’s term).

Also, in making races partisan, Randolph would disenfranchise roughly 1/3 of the county voters who choose not to affiliate with the 2 major parties because they cannot participate in the party primaries.

The particular tax collector office employee in question, Amy Ritter, was recently recognized by U.S. Representative Alan Grayson when he read her name into the congressional record praising her “Pink Slip Rick” effort which included following Gov. Rick Scott around the state with a pink bed sheet that had “Pink Slip Rick” spray painted on it. It is worthy to note here that Amy Ritter’s former boss at Florida Watch Action, Susannah Randolph, now works in Alan Grayson’s office. Susannah is the wife of Ritter’s current boss, Scott Randolph, the tax collector.

With Ritter employed at the tax collector office and Susannah employed in the congressional office, it is unclear who runs the political partisan activist organization, Florida Watch Action. Current filings with the state lists Susannah Randolph as the director.

This isn’t the first time the Randolph couple has been caught up in controversy. As a Florida state representative, Scott Randolph came under scrutiny by the Tampa Bay Times for trying to direct $50,000 of public funds to the scandal-ridden ACORN where Susannah was state director.

It looks like Randolph runs a tight, secretive political circle within the Democrat county party and was not happy that WFTV reporter Lori Brown was privy to information about his petition gathering process.

 

 

Effort to exploit Orange County ballot initiatives gets new life

18 May

From I-4 Activist Watch

While the Board of County Commissioners dithers, the ongoing exploitation of the Orange County Charter by politically motivated ideologues received new life in the form of a fresh influx of sorely needed cash.

According to the latest financial statements filed with the local Supervisor of Elections, Citizens for Informed Elections received $34,500 in new contributions in April, to include $9,500 from Tax Collector Scott Randolph, the former chair of the local Democratic Party.

Having blown through a nearly $50,000 “gift” from Washington, D.C. based Leadership Center for the Common Good, the money could not have come at a more opportune time for the group, which is pushing for a ballot initiative to make all county races partisan and move these elections from August to November.

An effort that reflects the confidence the activist-dominated Orange County Democratic Party has with a lead of nearly 100,000 registered voters. But petition gathering for the ballot initiative had slowed substantially in March as money became scarce.

As for who LCCG is, Capital Research Center said the hard left 501(c)(3) nonprofit likes to focus on training local community organizers to “rage against capitalism.”

The other $25,000 Citizens for Informed Elections received came from Miami-based Democratic donor Chris Findlater, a deep pocketed favorite of Bill Phillips, the Orlando-based bag man for progressive left causes.

Findlater and Phillips are no strangers to using ballot initiatives for political gain, having been the driving force behind Fair Districts, the successful 2010 effort driven by liberal interests to affect the way congressional and legislative districts are drawn in Florida.

Interestingly, Randolph’s sizable contribution came Voters for Change, a PAC he controls. Where did the PAC receive the money? From another PAC Randolph controls, Responsible People of Florida.

While the Orlando Sentinel is quick to report on the financial activity of local Republican lawmakers, you may want to get comfortable waiting to read about this latest development in the newspaper.

Meanwhile, outside money continues to flow into Orange County to prop up the manipulation of the citizen petition process to advance an ideologically driven agenda and establish an election year infrastructure for the left — an effort that continues unabated, even as the BCC whistles past the graveyard.

Keep Petiton Initiatives in Orange County LOCAL!

30 Apr

Updated time! See below

Citizens petitioning government to have their grievances heard — that is part of America’s DNA, right?

But what happens when the petitioning process is perverted in such a way as to EXPAND the power of the state over the people, their property and private commerce?

That is EXACTLY what’s happening in Orange County, FL!

Hundreds of thousands of dollars are flowing into Orange County from outside special interest groups like DC-based Big Labor and ideologically-driven NYC foundations to push their radical agenda on the residents and local businesses of Orange County.

Much like the Colorado Blueprint, the progressive takeover of Colorado in 2004, a network of donors and the ideological radicals at the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center have orchestrated a well-funded nationwide effort to target crucial areas of the country to influence and manipulate elections and local policy making.

There is a bull’s eye on Orange County. Their infrastructure of front groups and shadowy funding is already imbedded in our county. Will Orange County become the next Detroit?

What can we do about this?

We can stand up for our county! Encourage the County Commissioners and County Mayor to SAFEGUARD OUR CHARTER by supporting the Charter Amendment to Reform the Petition Initiative Process at next week’s Public Hearing!

  • When: Tuesday, May 6 at 2 pm (arrive before 2 pm to sign up to speak or sign up online HERE )
  • Where: Orange County Administration Building at 201 S. Rosalind Ave

Tell the Board of Commissioners to Keep Ballot Initiatives Local!

  1. Balance the playing field for authentic grassroots campaigns by raising  thresholds and limiting the time periods for professional petition-circulators
  2. Support fair representation by requiring petitions from ALL districts of Orange County
  3.  Allow for proper and adequate vetting of the initiative by extending the deadline before election day from 45 to 150 days.
  4. Protect the rights of all county citizens by focusing the scope of the initiative so that it does not violate the charter limitations or state law.

REMEMBER:

TUESDAY, MAY 6TH Arrive before 2 pm 

ORANGE COUNTY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING, 201 S. ROSALIND AVENUE.

‘Extreme Taxpayer Makeover’

6 Feb

As Orange County citizens may or may not recall, 96-year-old Tax Collector Earl K. Wood passed away in October of 2012, just prior to the nonpartisan election for that office, which was held in November.

This proved to be a great opportunity for Scott Randolph, chairman of the Orange County Democratic Party, to jump into the race, win and settle into the $151,000 per year position.

Meanwhile, OC Mayor Teresa Jacobs had commissioned a Tax Collector Task Force to determine the feasibility of doing away with the office all together, but this didn’t stop Mr. Randolph from doing his own “Extreme Taxpayer Makeover” of our Driver’s License Offices.

Pictures say it all, don’t they?
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Is Marco Rubio’s Anti-Poverty Proposal about States’ Rights?

9 Jan

I have not gotten a chance to  hear Senator Marco Rubio’s entire anti-poverty speech at A.E.I., but the preliminary response from the conservative community is not entirely favorable. BuzzFeed reports that a Heritage scholar is slamming the two proposals Rubio set forth.

Reached for comment by BuzzFeed immediately after the speech, senior Heritage scholar Robert Rector trashed Rubio’s proposals, saying the wage subsidy “doesn’t really change much of anything,” and calling the flex fund “an extraordinarily bad idea.”

While Rubio argues that states should have the flexibility to address their own unique problems — “The poverty found in rural areas has some characteristics that are very different from the poverty found in inner cities,” he said — Rector contended that giving states power to create their own programs would simply enable local bureaucracies, particularly in liberal states, to undermine reforms.

“The idea that what you want to do is collect money at the federal government level and hand it out to states is the exact wrong way to produce conservative policies,” he said.

Rector went on to argue that the success of the 1996 welfare reforms — which he played a key role in crafting — was due to the federal requirement that “states run aggressive work programs.” He worried Rubio’s plan would give too much money to states without strict guidelines as to how it can be used.

While I agree that the wage subsidy is just a matter of re-branding the same program, I am not ready to dismiss the idea of a “flex fund” because I think giving the states more control is a step in the right direction. But, it does make you wonder why the federal government gets to tax the citizens first,then makes the states jump through ridiculous hoops to get that money back! I think we need to re-think the whole notion of the federal income tax! Perhaps Marco Rubio is heading in the right direction.

Let’s see how the libertarians weigh in…

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