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A Subpoena for Your Thoughts…

October 19th, 2014

From Tony Perkins’ Washington Update

Houston Mayor Annise Parker has been on quite a fishing expedition — but it’s her power that needs to be reeled in. Americans everywhere are appalled by the lesbian leader, who declared war on the First Amendment by barging into churches and demanding pastors’ private communications. In a country still burning over the IRS’s crackdown, Parker’s missive became the subpoena heard ’round the world. Fed up with this administration’s heavy-handedness, Houston has become a rallying cry for freedom-loving Americans tired of seeing their laws and liberties casually tossed aside in a liberal stampede.

“The city was counting on the fact that (its campaign) would be muddled in the court of public opinion,” said Professor Matthew Wilson. “It wasn’t.” To this day, no one knows what the city is hoping to accomplish with the subpoenas. As Alliance Defending Freedom’s Erik Stanley explained, “any information that is likely to turn up would be irrelevant to the pertinent legal matter — which is that the mayor expressly violated the city charter by refusing to heed a certified referendum petition (on the “bathroom bill” that sparked this whole controversy).”

Obviously, Houston’s leadership has one goal — and information gathering isn’t it. This is about political intimidation. But if the Mayor was hoping to scare off these churches, she’ll have to try harder. Every pastor I’ve spoken to would go to jail before surrendering their God-given rights to preach the Truth. And as far as Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is concerned, imprisonment isn’t a stretch. “I think that is a real risk,” the Senator told CBN. “Some in the media ridicule that threat saying there is no danger of the government coming after pastors. That is the usual response.” But he adds: “The specter of government trying to determine if what pastors preach from the pulpit meets with the policy views or political correctness of the governing authorities, that prospect is real and happening now.”

Together with Attorney General Greg Abbott, Cruz is leading the Texas push-back to the city’s out-of-control government. At yesterday’s Houston rally, Sen. Cruz — the son of a pastor himself — joined church leaders to demand that Parker call off her attack dogs. “This is country that was formed centuries ago by people fleeing religious oppression and seeking a land where you do not need to seek the permission of a king or queen or president…

The city of Houston has no power, no legal authority to silence the church. Caesar has no jurisdiction over the pulpit.”

Now, almost a week after the story exploded across the web, the Mayor’s office is only digging in deeper. Yesterday, the Mayor tried to elicit sympathy for her cause by tweeting out a hit piece on me and others from the not-so-credible Media Matters site (which, incidentally, called her sermon-grab “basic lawyering”). In a clever move, the city filed a “revised” subpoena this morning that doesn’t include pastors’ sermons. That head-fake might fool some, but the reality is, Houston didn’t need a subpoena to access those sermons in the first place! They were already public.

In this “new” filing, she still insists on seeing speeches (isn’t a sermon a speech?), private emails, texts, and other communications related to the Mayor’s office and the city’s “bathroom bill.”

As ADF fumes, “The city of Houston still doesn’t get it. It thinks that by changing nothing in its subpoenas other than to remove the word ‘sermons’ that it has solved the problem. That solves nothing. Even though the pastors are not parties in this lawsuit, the subpoenas still demand from them 17 different categories of information — information that encompasses speeches made by the pastors and private communications with their church members.”

While tensions boil over on the ground, Houston City Attorney (and lightning rod) David Feldman poured gasoline on the fire. “The fact that you happen to be a pastor and you happen to be at a church doesn’t provide you with protection.” That may be, but the fact that you’re an American living under the First Amendment does.

Join us in defending that freedom — and pastors across the country — in a special iStandSunday simulcast, live from one of the Mayor’s targets, Houston’s Grace Church, on November 2 at 6:00 p.m. (CT), 7:00 p.m. (ET). Governor Mike Huckabee, David and Jason Benham and others will gather to push back against the government’s intimidation campaign in Houston and across America. For more details, click over to iStand website.

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Hunting for Voters in South Dakota

Hunters were flocking to South Dakota today for the opening of pheasant season tomorrow. Unfortunately, I was leaving as they were arriving. My mission in South Dakota this time was not to bag birds, but to rouse up more Christian voters who will vote biblical values in the upcoming election.

Last night, I joined former Governor Mike Rounds, the GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate, as I delivered the keynote address at the Family Heritage Alliance’s Stand Banquet in Sioux Falls. My message to those who packed out the auditorium was to seize this moment. Americans are seeing liberalism in full parade and the wheels are coming off. People are looking for answers — not just any answers, but the right answers.

And we have them. I pointed to the growing intensity of the Left to silence the voice of the Church as evidenced by Houston’s lesbian Mayor Annise Parker. Now is not the time to sit on the sidelines or to shrink back from the conflict. Now is the time to stand unapologetically for the truth. Mayor Parker is an example of what happens when Christians don’t vote. She was elected when just 16% of Houston voters turned out for the election.

Kudos to Dale Bartscher, FHA executive director, our good friend Rep. Scott Craig, and the entire team at FHA who are having as significant impact upon South Dakota politics, which was evidenced by the host of elected officials who joined us last night.

** FRC Action PAC has been active this election season. Click here to read more about the efforts in Iowa.

Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.

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Obama’s long-term strategy against ISIS could hurt Dems in short term (Editor’s note: It could also be devastating to American security!)

October 14th, 2014

From The Hill

 The White House on Tuesday defended President Obama’s strategy for combating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), even as the terror network racks up substantial tactical gains and a top Pentagon official has conceded he is only “somewhat” confident Iraqi forces can hold Baghdad.

For the administration, projecting confidence and progress is essential in order to retain and recruit allies for a campaign the United States knows it cannot win on its own.

The president met with top military officials from the United States and 21 coalition partners at Joint Base Andrews Tuesday, a session designed to demonstrate unity in the fight against ISIS.

And White House press secretary Josh Earnest insisted that the president’s plan against ISIS was “succeeding.”

“We’re in the early days of the execution of that strategy,” he said. “But certainly, the early evidence indicates that this strategy is succeeding.”

Earnest pointed to two pieces of evidence for that claim from Iraq: the achievement of dislodging ISIS’s control of the critical Mosul Dam and the evacuation of embattled Yazidi civilians from Mount Sinjar.

But other events on the ground are not cooperating with the White House’s preferred narrative.

Defense officials acknowledged Tuesday that ISIS forces now have “relative freedom of influence throughout” Anbar province, after killing its police chief and taking over a military base.

“It’s hard to say how close Anbar is to falling,” Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said Tuesday. “We know that ISIS can move freely around the Anbar province.”

On Tuesday, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno expressed reservations about the Iraqi military’s ability to protect its nation’s capital, Baghdad, saying he was “somewhat” confident they could do so.

“We’ll have to see what plays out over the coming days,” Odierno said.

In Syria, ISIS forces are inching closer to capturing Kobani, an ethnically Kurdish town near the border with Turkey, despite an escalated air campaign outside the city.

The United States and its partners have conducted at least 90 airstrikes near Kobani since Sept. 23.

U.S. Central Command said in a statement Tuesday, “indications are that airstrikes have slowed [ISIS] advances.”

“However, the security situation on the ground there remains fluid, with [ISIS] attempting to gain territory and Kurdish militia continuing to hold out,” the command said.

President Obama conceded Tuesday that there would be setbacks in the war against ISIS.

“This is going to be a long-term campaign; there are no quick fixes involved,” Obama said.

Pentagon officials expressed similar sentiments.

“This is the nature of warfare. This is the nature of battle. There will be ebbs and flows across the battlefield for months,” said Warren.

But long-term confidence is of little solace to vulnerable Democrats facing the voters in less than three weeks.

Republicans on the campaign trail have repeatedly questioned the president’s ability — and that of his party — to lead against ISIS. One ad from former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), who is now running in New Hampshire, warned that “radical terrorists are threatening the collapse of our country” and that his Democratic opponent was “confused about the nature of the threat.”

In Colorado, Republicans have seized on Sen. Mark Udall’s (D-Colo.) assertion that ISIS “does not present an imminent threat to this nation,” while GOP Senate candidate Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is running a campaign ad bashing Obama for his admission that the administration underestimated how quickly the terrorist network could seize territory.

The fall of Kobani or bloody scenes in the streets of Baghdad would only provide more ammunition for Republicans ahead of the midterms.

The White House on Tuesday insisted it wasn’t considering the political implications of the president’s strategy.

“The thing that we’re focused on is our core national security priorities,” Earnest said. “Those things, I think we would all agree, are far more important than politics, even when we’re talking about an important election like the one that’s coming up.”

Kenneth Pollack, a foreign policy scholar at the Brookings Institution, argued it was smart for the administration to stand by its strategy and prepare the public for bumps in the road.

Pollack noted that the administration saw its biggest political problems months ago, when the president said the U.S. had not yet developed a strategy — comments that spooked both a domestic audience and international allies.

“In every single war, there is this inherent tension, and air power takes a long time to work — it’s the nature of air power, it’s cumulative,” Pollack said.

But the real peril for the White House is the possibility that it has committed to a plan that cannot succeed, as some foreign policy experts have suggested.

“This is in no way destroying, defeating, or whatever the phrase you want to use, ISIS. All it’s doing is forcing them to adjust,” said New America Foundation senior fellow Dave Kilcullen, who served as a senior adviser to then-Iraq Commander Gen. David Petraeus in 2007.

“You only have to look at the way that they’ve continued to maneuver in Iraq, expanding the area under their control, capturing an Iraqi army base … the way that they’re dispersing within cities and hiding among the population,” he said.

Kilcullen and Pollack both said it would be months or even years before conventional Iraqi or Syrian rebel forces would be capable enough to take on ISIS on their own.

“If we want to see this truly work, it’s going to need troops that can accompany guys on the ground to assist,” Kilcullen said.

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In case you missed it, the Tampa Tribune has endorsed the re-election of Governor Rick Scott!

October 14th, 2014

In case you missed it, even the formerly moderate but now far left Tampa Tribune has endorsed the re-election of Governor Rick Scott.  Crist is that bad a choice for Florida that even very liberal publications cannot in good conscience endorse him!  Crist and his boss and financial backer,  the ambulance chasing John Morgan, are on the verge of losing both the Governor’s chair and their push for legalized pot in Florida.  We need to make sure that this does happen. Nothing can be left to chance.  Every vote can be absolutely critical in a very close race.

Please encourage family and friends to request mail-in ballots and then even more importantly encourage them to get them in the mail as soon as possible.  See the following message:

On November 5th, the election will be over and Florida’s   future will be decided. If you don’t vote, Democrats will undo everything we   have worked to build the last four years.

There’s no reset button. There will be no going   back.

Visit   today and request your absentee ballot to ensure your vote is counted. It’s   fast, easy and convenient.

There are no excuses this election. Request your ballot today. 

Alternatively, if you live in Highlands County, you can go to our local Highlands County Supervisor of Elections web-site and request an absentee or mail-in ballot at:

But whether you choose to vote by mail or in the early voting or on election day, 4 November, the most important thing is to make sure that you cast your ballot and encourage family and friends to do the same!



Thanks to Obamacare, Health Costs Soared This Year – From The Daily Signal

October 13th, 2014

Thanks to Obamacare, Health Costs Soared This Year

Daily Policy Focus: Many lessons can be learned from the first year of Obamacare. Here are three of the most important.

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How Gun Groups Are Trying to Influence Midterm Races

Some prominent organizations focusing on firearms are locked and loaded this election cycle, shelling out millions in hopes of influencing voters before they head to the polls Nov. 4.

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Want an Economic Boost? Let’s Kill the Death Tax

Death and taxes are two of life’s certainties, but the tax on death itself should certainly be eliminated.

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All the President’s Former Men: Panetta Joins Critics of Obama Over Benghazi

October 9th, 2014

Heritage Foundation – The Morning Bell

All the President’s Former Men: Panetta Joins Critics of Obama Over Benghazi

Daily Policy Focus: Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has joined other former members of the Obama team in criticizing the president’s Middle East policy and his handling of the Benghazi attack.

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This 29-Year-Old Woman Has Chosen to Die. Why That’s a Loss for All of Us.

Brittany Maynard has terminal brain cancer. She was diagnosed on New Year’s Day this year, just a little over a year after her wedding.

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Hong Kong’s Former No. 2 Official Fields 7 Questions on the Future of Her City.

As the number of pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong dwindles, one of the city’s veteran leaders is a key figure in seeking a compromise with the pro-Beijing camp on how to elect a new chief executive.

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Leon Panetta blows whistle on lies about Iraq

October 3rd, 2014

From The Washington Post

Jennifer Rubin October 2

In clear and unequivocal terms, former Defense Secretary and CIA director Leon Panetta confirms precisely what conservative critics, lawmakers, former officials, tactical experts and military officials have said about Iraq: President Obama was advised to keep a stay-behind force and warned  about the consequences if he did not. He preferred to keep his campaign pledge to get all the troops out. The White House therefore allowed negotiations to falter for a status of forces agreement and bragged it had gotten all the troops out. Iraq has now collapsed.

11/12/95: White House chief of staff Leon Panetta appears on CBS' 'Face the Nation' news show Sunday Nov. 12, 1995 in Washington. The topic of the show was shutting down the govenment. A meeting between Panetta and congressional Republicans seeking to break the budget impasse was canceled Saturday after the Clinton administration sought to include Democratic lawmakers in the session. Leon Panetta appears on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Nov. 12, 1995. (CBS)

In excerpts of his new book printed in TIME, he writes: “When President Obama announced the end of our combat mission in August 2010, he acknowledged that we would maintain troops for a while. Now that the deadline was upon us, however, it was clear to me — and many others — that withdrawing all our forces would endanger the fragile stability then barely holding Iraq together.” Among others, Panetta and Under Secretary of Defense Michèle Flournoy tried to convince the White House this was essential, but the White House refused to take obvious measures to maintain troops:

Flournoy argued our case, and those on our side viewed the White House as so eager to rid itself of Iraq that it was willing to withdraw rather than lock in arrangements that would preserve our influence and interests.

We debated with al-Maliki even as we debated among ourselves, with time running out. The clock wound down in December, and Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter continued to argue our case, extending the deadline for the Iraqis to act, hoping that we might pull out a last-minute agreement and recognizing that once our forces left, it would be essentially impossible for them to turn around and return. To my frustration, the White House coordinated the negotiations but never really led them. Officials there seemed content to endorse an agreement if State and Defense could reach one, but without the President’s active advocacy, al-Maliki was allowed to slip away. The deal never materialized. To this day, I believe that a small U.S. troop presence in Iraq could have effectively advised the Iraqi military on how to deal with al-Qaeda’s resurgence and the sectarian violence that has engulfed the country.

(And of course now that Obama may need to re-insert troops he has accepted the very sort of personal representation from Maliki that was available to him in 2011).

In short, Obama is blatantly misleading Americans and the world when he denies choosing to pull out all the troops. If he actually told the truth, he would need to accept blame for ignoring his advisers, putting a campaign promise above national security and sending Iraq and the region on a path that inevitably led to the current disaster.

Hillary Clinton also is telling a blatant falsehood when she claims the outcome was predetermined by the Bush administration or by the Iraqis. Someone should ask her if she ever recommended to Obama Panetta’s suggestion for getting a deal on a stay-behind force. (“We could, for instance, have threatened to withdraw reconstruction aid to Iraq if al-Maliki would not support some sort of continued U.S. military presence.”)

In essence, Panetta has blown the whistle on the president and Hillary Clinton. They should be obligated to address Panetta’s claims. Nothing can be done about Obama’s incessant buck-passing, but Clinton soon will offer herself up as his successor. As we have suggested, Panetta should hold Clinton to account and then should run instead. He can boast he got it right — and has told the truth. Neither Obama nor Clinton can say the same.

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On Amendment 2, the Tampa Tribune recommends a “no” vote

September 29th, 2014

Editorial from The Tampa Tribune -

Voters should reject the medical marijuana amendment    

        Published: September 28, 2014

It’s human nature to want to relieve the pain and suffering of another human being. And there’s no denying the testimony of thousands of patients who say marijuana has helped them endure the nausea, the loss of appetite and other symptoms associated with the treatments for cancer, AIDS and other debilitating diseases.That explains the polls showing public support for Amendment 2, which would allow the use of marijuana in Florida by patients suffering from debilitating medical conditions.If the proposed amendment were that simple, we would favor its passage. But it’s not.Amendment 2 is a broadly written blueprint for allowing the manufacture and distribution of an illegal substance the federal government classifies as a Schedule 1 drug with a high potential for abuse and no acceptable medical use.The proposal allows doctors to certify patients as eligible for marijuana to treat any “debilitating” ailment a doctor thinks will relieve suffering. For unscrupulous doctors, that could include back pain and anxiety and other ailments that they determine to be debilitating conditions.

Amendment 2 asks voters to make medical marijuana legal today on the promise that the state will later enact the rules and regulations necessary to prevent its abuse by doctors and distributors and by patients and the caregivers who can be certified to obtain the drug for others. It offers civil liability immunity to physicians, patients and dispensaries associated with medical marijuana use. It could allow for the smoking of marijuana plants that vary in intensity and ingredients and can cause many of the same ailments associated with cigarette smoking. And it legitimizes a drug that, according to studies, can impair brain development in minors.

In short, the amendment poses too many risks.

Amendment 2 supporters gathered the signatures needed to place the proposal on the Nov. 4 ballot by telling the heart-wrenching stories of patients who find marijuana provides relief when no other drugs have helped. The proposed amendment lists cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, HIV, AIDS, hepatitis C, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Crohn’s disease and Parkinson’s disease as debilitating diseases that would qualify for medical marijuana treatment. But the list ends with the phrase, “… or other conditions for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient.”

That could make it available for almost any patient who can find a willing physician. How the marijuana would be produced and distributed remains to be determined by state officials who are now struggling with the rules related to the more acceptable Charlotte’s Web strain of marijuana that lawmakers voted to legalize this year. That strain is used to treat seizures and is non-euphoric and ingested through oils and other means rather than smoked. Because it doesn’t get its users high, it won’t be subject to the abuses that can be expected with the smokable marijuana permitted under Amendment 2.

An alternative to smokable marijuana, the synthetic drug Marinol, has Federal Drug Administration approval and can be taken by pill form. Although its cost may be greater, and the effects not always as immediate or lasting as smoking the drug, Marinol is proven to be safe and is available through a doctor’s prescription to treat weight loss and nausea associated with treatments for disease.

Marijuana can’t be prescribed by doctors and dispensed through pharmacies because it’s illegal under federal law. Amendment 2 would create state-sanctioned dispensaries to distribute marijuana to patients certified by a doctor for its use.

State estimates put the number of medical marijuana patients in Florida at less than 450,000. But with the broad language in Amendment 2, that number might prove to be a joke. And whether the state will allow “pot shops” in our communities to serve those patients, or require parental consent for minors before certifying their marijuana use, are questions to be addressed in regulations that remain to be written. 

Twenty-three other states have legalized medical marijuana, with varying results. The first, California, turned the law into a farce that stains the reputation of that state. Florida’s reputation risks a similar stain if Amendment 2 passes and abuses occur.

The amendment’s chief supporter, trial lawyer John Morgan, insists the law is about helping thousands of suffering patients and nothing more. But his buffoonish performance before a group of Lakeland bar patrons betrayed that insistence by revealing a cavalier attitude about casual marijuana use. It bolstered suspicions that the amendment is really about opening the door to full legalization of marijuana for recreational use, as Washington state and Colorado have done. 

Supporter Ben Pollara, who is leading the campaign for passage, says the state Supreme Court has affirmed that the ballot language for Amendment 2 is not vague or too broad. But the legal opinion about ballot language doesn’t address the alarming loopholes in the amendment.

We are not without compassion for the sufferers of chronic pain. But the wording of this amendment opens the door to abuse. It’s based on blind faith that the state adopts the right rules and has the capacity to enforce them.

On Amendment 2, the Tribune recommends a “no” vote.

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Reminder – Highlands Republican Meeting Thursday evening at 6:30 PM at the Sebring Elk’s Lodge

September 24th, 2014

Just a quick reminder that we are having our monthly meeting tomorrow evening at 6:30 PM with optional dinner before the meeting beginning at 5:30 PM.  With the all important general election now only 40 days away, the program  this month will focus on the planned activities and responsibilities regarding the get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts and also a very important update on the latest information regarding the Vote NO on Amendment 2 efforts.

Please encourage families and friends to attend and bring them with you.  We need additional volunteers in many areas.  We also have opening for new members of the Highlands County Republican Executive Committee in most precincts.  Won’t you consider encouraging someone you know to attend and to get involved?


AGENDA – September 25, 2014

HighlandsCounty Republican Executive Committee Meeting                                                                          Elk’s Lodge Sebring 6:30 PM

Optional meals & beverages 5:30 PM

Call to Order                                                       Kathy Rapp, Chairman

Invocation                                                            Bob Hummel

Pledge of Allegiance                                            TBD

Welcome guests                                                    Kathy Rapp Chairman

Recognize Elected Officials / Candidates             Kathy Rapp Chairman

Roll Call by Precinct                                               Ida Jackson

Request Motion to approve absences                               Kathy Rapp Chairman


Request Motion to approve minutes 8/28/14                  Kathy Rapp Chairman

Treasurer’s Report                                                           Penny Kocarek, Treasurer

Vice Chairman’s Report                                                  Virgil Beato, Vice Chairman

New Business

State Committee Woman Report                            Joan Hartt

State Committee Man Report                                  Chuck Oakes

HRWN Report                                                        Kathy Rapp

Webmaster Report                                                 Earl Claire


GOTV Activities & Precinct Responsibilities – Virgil Beato and Kathy Rapp

Status of Headquarters and Volunteer Sign-up – New volunteers are needed for many key areas!

WIFI – Women’s Issues – Fresh Ideas *coming Soon

Vote NO on Amendment 2 – Kathy Rapp

(For those of you who would like to have questions answered and/or to volunteer to get involved on this issue, you can go to the web-site and sign up to get involved.  They also have Facebook and Twitter sites for those who would like to join in the social media campaign for Vote NO on 2. )


Next Meeting October 30

Next Board Meeting October 14 @6:30 Republican Headquarters

Neighborhood Canvassing each weekend in Sebring and several weekdays in Lake Placid as your schedules permit for the Re-election of Governor Rick Scott and his Cabinet members –Contact Virgil Beato or Earl Claire for times and meeting location

Subscribe to our Highlands County Republican web-site at:

Voting Made Easy – visit MYVOTEFLORIDA.COM to request your mail-in ballot

September 7th, 2014

Many are working very hard on the Get-Out-the-Vote effort for the Rick Scott campaign. As you are aware, the Democrats are offering up Charlie Crist, a candidate that we already know is a failure, and one who has proven  to be untruthful and a “chameleon” who says whatever he thinks will get him elected.  He is now against all the things he promised to be for in past elections. He claims to fully support President Obama. We all need to work together to make sure that Charlie Crist is not elected.   Many of our conservative voters failed to vote in 2012.  We need to make sure that as many as possible vote in 2014.  One way for you to assist is  to urge family and friends likely  to cast a allot for Governor Scott to request a mail-in ballot so that they can vote more easily by mail.  If they change their mind and want to vote in person, they still have that option.  Here’s a good way to request a mail-in ballot regardless of which county in Florida that you live . Please take the time to help by forwarding this to any conservative that you think would help re-elect Governor Scott!





Charlie in his own words

September 2nd, 2014
For those of you who want to volunteer to defeat the Democrat candidate for Governor, Charlie Crist, here is another great opportunity.   Listen to Charlie in his own words.  Then become an active volunteer on social media and forward this post to all of your family and friends.  Like us on Facebook   and follow us on Twitter

Listen To Charlie In His Own Words

Charlie Crist In His Own Words “I’m running as a Republican”

This interview with Chris Wallace occurred on March 28th, 2010.  On April 29th, 2010, Crist flipped and became an Independent Candidate.  Was he lying then?  Or is he lying now? View the rest of Charlie’s videos here

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Transparent Charlie

August 21, 2014 cartoon by Jake Fuller

Tom Lee’s anti-Crist robocalls target of complaint

August 21, 2014 | posted on Miami Herald Naked Politics Blog

Those recent robocalls to Democratic voters, featuring the voice and the conservative views of then-Republican Charlie Crist, have prompted Democrats to file a formal complaint with the Florida Elections Commission. Their target: Republican Sen. Tom Lee of Brandon.

Lee engineered what he said were about two million robocalls to voters, using the same calls Crist used in his successful 2006 Republican campaign for governor, in which he called himself a pro-life, Ronald Reagan Republican who opposed same sex marriage and supported public display of the 10 Commandments — views now starkly at odds with his Democratic philosophy.

Lee has taken responsibility for the robocalls and used an electioneering communications organization (ECO) called The Conservative, headed by Stafford Jones, a Republican activist from Gainesville, and there’s also a site featuring many of Crist’s re-robo’d audio clips at

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Sen. Tom Lee is behind those ‘conservative Charlie Crist’ robocalls

August 14, 2014 | posted on Tampa Bay Times by Adam Smith

State Sen. Tom Lee hosted a fundraiser for Charlie Crist at his Brandon home in 1998 when Crist ran against Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Graham. When Lee joined Crist in the Florida Senate in 1996, he says, he admired Republican “Chain Gang Charlie’s” gift for public relations and public speaking. Crist introduced Lee to Grover Norquist, the antitax crusader, and tried to persuade his fellow Tampa Bay Republican to sign Norquist’s pledge never to raise taxes.

Today, however, Lee lambasts Crist as the embodiment of why the public distrusts elected leaders. And he is leading a campaign to make sure hundreds of thousands of Democratic and independent voters in Florida hear Crist in his own words tout his rock-ribbed conservatism.

More than 1.2 million recorded calls have already reached voters across the state featuring old recordings of Crist when he was a Republican.

This year’s Democratic gubernatorial nominee can be heard touting his opposition to gay Floridians adopting children, his support for allowing the Ten Commandments to be displayed in public buildings. The “pro-life Ronald Reagan Republican we can trust” is leaving voicemail messages telling Democrats about his admiration for Sarah Palin and reminding them to vote for him “and the entire Republican ticket.”

“I can’t think of a place in modern American history where someone has attempt to make such a mockery of the political process through total transformation like this,” Lee said of Republican-turned-Democrat Crist. “This guy was either lying to us Republicans when he was encouraging us to support him or he’s lying to Democrats now, and somebody needs to hold him accountable.”

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Conservative group uses Charlie Crist to attack Charlie Crist

August 14, 2014 | posted on CNN by Sean Kennedy

Charlie Crist is robo-calling Florida voters, talking about his conservative values as he wages another campaign for governor.

The only problem is Crist is now a Democrat, and the recorded phone message is actually from 2006, when he was a Republican.

Republican state Sen. Tom Lee is resurfacing Crist’s old campaign comments to remind Democratic voters of Crist’s past words and highlight his party switch.

Lee’s Group – “The Conservatives” – is paying for the robocalls across Florida. This particular call is the same one Crist used in the 2006 governor’s race to sway Republican primary voters.

The robocall, one of four that Lee’s group is producing, ticks off a list of conservative stances Crist once held but has since rejected:

“Hi, this is Charlie Crist calling to set the record straight. I’m pro-life. I oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants, I support traditional marriage, and I have never supported a new tax or big spending program. It’s sad that in his fourth try for governor my opponent has resorted to distortions and untruths…Floridians need a consistent, conservative governor that they can trust. I would appreciate your vote on Election Day”

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Segment on Crist Robo-Calls

August 14, 2014 | aired on CNN New Day

John King: This one will be for Berman and Kate. If you remember Florida politics at all, Charlie Crist was a Republican governor. He is running now for governor as a Democrat and a Republican wants to make a little mischief found an old Charlie Crist recording when he was trying to win a Republican primary. Listen.

Call: Hi. This is Charlie Crist calling to set the record straight, I oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants, support traditional marriage and I have never supported a new tax or big spending program. Floridians need a consistent conservative governor they can trust. I would appreciate your vote on election day.

John King: Mischief but fair mischief, right?

Jackie Kucinich: The entire campaign, you see the Rick Scott people doing this.

Josh Kraushaar: The governor has spent tens of millions of dollars attacking Charlie Crist. Robo call will be effective

John King: He can say, wait, I’ve changed. But life and politics, not fair sometimes. Ouch.

Anchor: Not fair. It’s always tough when your words come back to bite you.

Anchor: Record can be a very difficult things sometimes. Appreciate it, my friend.

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Fla. Dems go nuts! Robo-call of Charlie Crist ‘smearing’ himself in his own words is brilliant

August 13, 2014 | posted on BizPac Review by Tom Tillison

When “Independent Charlie” decided he would run for governor of Florida as “Democratic Charlie,” one of his biggest challenges was going to be avoiding “Republican Charlie.”

Just as the “Ghost from Christmas Past” haunted Ebenezer Scrooge, former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, now running as a Democrat, is being stalked by his own nemesis, in the form of a robo-call that touts his conservative bona fides to Democratic primary voters.

It’s a closely guarded secret that Crist has a primary opponent. Pesky Nan Rich, a true “progressive” candidate who excites the base, has struggled to garner the attention or finances to compete with Crist, but is still in the race.

And this is where a robo-call of Charlie Crist smearing Charlie Crist enters the fray. The call features a voice from campaigns past that is confusing some low information Democratic voters who have little grasp of history.

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