Another week, Another Assault on a Police Officer in Orange County

Last week I wrote about the disturbing trend of assaulting police officers in Orange County HERE

The trend continues this week with a police officer in the hospital after the driver in a routine traffic stop ran him over with the vehicle while trying to escape.

“I am sick and tired of people running from the police and not complying with police officers’ orders,” says Orlando Police chief John Mina.  He promises to bring justice to the person who attempted to murder this police officer.

 

Chief Mina has good reason to be “sick and tired.” In addition to this latest string of assaults on police officers, another police officer was run over and dragged by a suspect during a traffic stop in May.

 

Who can be surprised that some think they have a license to resist authority?

Obama and a complicit media have spent the last year perpetuating the false narrative of police brutality.

The question is how long will community officials ignore this attack on law and order? They spend their time concerned with sporting venues and bike-sharing rather than on government’s primary role which is public safety.

UPDATE on Police Officer who was run over:

This morning Chief Mina tweeted:

CRC 2016

OrangeBlossomFROM the Coalition for Good Governance in Orange County:

We had a fantastic Orange County victory last November as a result of your hard work and participation.   We continue to have work to do regarding the weaknesses in the Orange County Charter.  We currently have a venue in which to advocate for more change because the commission to review the Orange County Charter has convened.    This commission is known as the Charter Review Commission (CRC).   There are many changes we could propose and support but we think the most important and productive at this time is the citizen petition process.

Our goal is to get  PETITION PROCESS REFORM on the 2016 Ballot.

On Thursday March 12  the CRC met for the second time.  A few of our friends attended.   Some points worth mentioning from that meeting are below; but none of these items were discussed at any length in this meeting:

§  The commission voted to retain Wade Vose as legal counsel, as  recommended by the Legal Counsel Working Committee.  Interestingly, Commission chairman Shaughnessy argued against Vose.  Instead he  supported Gray Robinson (who was the very close second place choice of the Legal Counsel Working Committee).   In fact at least 2 of the 3 Mayoral appointees did not support Vose as counsel.  Because  of a motion set forth by Eddie Fernandez, Gray Robinson will be  retained in the future IF there are conflicts or if their expertise is needed.

§  CRC members had the opportunity to set forth possible areas of focus.  Fred Brummer informally mentioned several  including limiting the frequency of CRCs from every 4 years to every 20 years,  increase the number of districts, streamline the tax collectors office into county government, change the petition process to make every signature  carry the same weight across the districts, and limit petition language to 75 words. Shaughnessy also spoke of the need to have  clear, legal initiative language.  One other member put forth a couple inconsequential items.

The CRC will be meeting again in April:

When:    April 9th 2015 at 4:00PM

Where:  Orange County Administration Building

                201 South Rosalind Avenue

               Orlando, FL

Please, if you are able, attend this meeting and subsequent meetings.  We want to continue the discussion of reforming the petition process such that Orange County business and citizenry is protected from the influence of out-of-town special interest agenda and funds.

We need to appear &/or speak to the Commission about the need to reform the petition process.  Our initial task is to urge the commission  to form sub-committees to review the current problems with the petition process.  Our strategy follows:

Attend the CRC meeting on April 9th, and possibly subsequent meetings.  Please come if you can.  We need to ATTEND these meetings to show presence and interest.  JUST BEING THERE IS GREAT AND THERE IS NO OBLIGATION TO ADDRESS THE COMMISSION.   There will be some who intend to stand at the podium to  speak to the commission and elaborate on the citizen petition pitfalls, and explain why the petition process needs reform.   We will:

Highlight why Petition Process Reform is necessary:

·        Charter’s wording of the petition process is vague and unclear.

·        During the Paid Sick Leave Petitioning, we saw confusion over  missed deadlines, misleading petition language, and multi-issue questions.

·        Unfair representation across the districts of the county. Some  districts were purposely ignored by the last two petitioning campaigns.

·        Lack of transparency in the process. During last two petitioning campaigns, professional petitioners were hired by front groups

 funded through shadowy means by outside special interest  groups.

·        Potentially support recommendations proposed by SOE Bill Cowles.  (We will attend his presentation to the CRC;  we will announce the date of his appearance when scheduled.

Encourage CRC to study Petition Process:

·        Highlight the idea that the CRC is the proper vehicle for addressing Petition Process Reform.

·        Describe how the current petition process generates mob rule;  we live in a Republic, not a pure democracy.

·        The Charter is the Constitution of Orange County.

·        The Charter is a procedural document, not intended to dictate policy.

·        There is a national trend to use Charter to push an agenda driven by special interests.

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Rick Singh ‘guest column’ in Orl Sentinel prompts questions of abuse of power, unethical journalism

By Tom Tillison

Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh was given a platform by the Orlando Sentinel on Sunday as a “guest columnist” to state his opposition to Orange County Charter Proposal Question D — which would establish Term Limits and Non-Partisan elections for constitutional offices.

For clarity, constitutional offices include the Orange County Sheriff, Tax Collector, Clerk of Courts, Supervisor of Elections, and yes, the Property Appraiser.

While not surprised that the Sentinel would give Singh, a progressive Democrat, such a platform, my initial thought was to wonder how long I would have to wait to see an opposing point of view given the same opportunity.

But the more I thought about it, the more outraged I became.

It seems to be an easy reach to say that were it not for his position as an elected official, Singh likely would not have been given this advantageous opportunity — despite their dwindling numbers, the Sentinel still reaches enough folks to sway the direction of local issues. (Just ask a few Republican politicians.)

Folks may or may not agree that it makes sense to remove politics from constitutional offices — who wants a partisan Sheriff? — but to allow an elected official who stands to directly benefit from not adopting this measure to publicly advocate against it in the hometown newspaper certainly gives the appearance of impropriety.

At a minimum.

The more vocal among us may say, as an elected official, it’s an abuse of power.

With Orange County Democrats holding an edge of almost 100,000 registered voters, Singh would certainly benefit when he is up for reelection in 2016 if he can place his party affiliation next to his name.

Yet, he dares to claim that making these offices non-partisan “will only heighten political partisanship.” But it doesn’t take much imagination to suggest that he’d be the first to scream from the heavens IN FAVOR of non-partisan elections if Republicans held the 100,000 advantage.

It’s a given that Singh’s actions here are self-serving, and sadly, we’ve come to accept that as the norm from politicians these days.

But are the actions of the Orlando Sentinel so easily swept aside? Is it acceptable that an elected official was given a platform to push an issue that he stood to gain from? Are there no standards left for ethical journalism? At a minimum, do they not owe it to the community to provide balance and offer an opposing point of view from someone of equal stature?

A lot of questions I know, but the future of Orange County is going to be rather dismal if residents don’t start seeking answers soon.

Orlando Sentinel Forum on Closing the Income Gap – A Snapshot of Left’s Agenda in Orange County

The Orlando Sentinel held a “Florida Forward” forum Tuesday in Winter Park which was a great snapshot of what is going on in Orange County and across the nation.

The progressive left in Orange County is leading the charge to change our county charter to mandate employers provide paid sick leave and higher minimum wage to their workers. This is only the beginning, folks, these activists are being paid by outside entities to push agendas of this nature through ballot initiatives, right here in Orange County.

If these initiatives pass, you are sure to see businesses leaving Orange County for friendlier turf. “Orange County is the New Detroit” might not be too far fetched. How will this help the poor?

Please watch this video and notice that economic facts are lost on the democratic activists, when they have very valid “feelings” to address. As one of the primary leaders of the progressive left, you will see how panelist Stephanie Porta — Organize Now, formerly ACORN Florida — is so ill prepared that she has to shuffle and read from note cards the entire time, with no actual economic knowledge from which to speak.

Not to go without mention, fellow panelist Val Demings, the former Orlando police chief, failed congressional candidate and short lived candidate for Orange County mayor, defends single parent homes and is against these poor communities having a choice in public schools.

Very telling that the better informed panelists, UCF economist Sean Snaith, Valencia economics Professor Jack Chambless and lawyer and commentator Tico Perez, all presented real solutions to the problems facing the poor in our community. This falls on the deaf ears of Porta and Demings, because the narrative of school choice, graduating from school, lowering-out of wedlock births, tech school opportunities and hard work, doesn’t win elections, which appears to be their #1 agenda.

Keep Petiton Initiatives in Orange County LOCAL!

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’

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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