Oct. 27, 2016 Tavares, FL
Update Nov. 9, 2016 - the elections are over and some of my recommendations won, and some lost. TRUMP WON!!! Hooray. As for the other winners on the school board, they are both great, and so are the two new members of the Lake County Board. But I gotta wonder about some local city winners. I am on the right in the picture with Jim Volpe, a great Republican volunteer who worked a lot to support Trump. HERE is a list of all the winners in Lake County with their Lake County vote totals.
Updates Nov. 2 - Added link to video of Chuck Broadway for Lake County Sheriff.
Update Oct. 29 - Added link to Lauren Ritchie's Column urging a NO vote on Amendment 1 AND a NO Vote on renewal of the North Lake County Hospital Tax District. (I agree with both recommenations).
Update Oct. 28, 2016 - For Tavares, FL residents and voters, we added a link below to our article and video of a candidate forum of the Tavares City Council candidates.
During the primaries I listed a more detailed list of voting recommendations, but there are fewer candidates and this recommendation list will be briefer. There is no short list - I include reasons why you want to support or not support my recommendations.
As mentioned before, I am not neutral. I favor fiscal conservatives who are NOT Democrats. No matter how nice they are, if they are a Democrat, it means they have no respect for conservative viewpoints and favor the party that supports big government, Agenda 21, Common Core, regulations, reduction in property rights, higher taxes, Obamacare, one world UN government, violent Black Lives Matter actions, male access to female restrooms, bad trade deals, illegal immigration, Muslim biased school textbooks and policies, reductions in free speech, unchecked acceptance of unvetted Muslim "refugees" and liberal Obama and crooked Hillary.
Democratic candidates are unacceptable.
I have met and perhaps made videos of almost all the candidates below.
Caveat about voting in Lake County: There have been five different incidents reported by the Lake County Republican Party with vote counting software failures, ballot accuracy, absentee ballot accuracy and sample ballot accuracy. So make sure you verify you are using the correct ballot and it isn't for another city or precinct.
Candidate Websites: Almost all candidates have websites or Facebook pages, so search on their name and position title to find it.
YouTube Videos: Videos of many earlier localLake County election candidate forums are on my YouTube Channel, "FiscalRangersFlorida". Due to a failed motherboard on my computer used for video editing, I have not been able to post any recent videos (that may change this weekend, but don't count on it).
Facebook: I post various election and watchdog items on both my personal and FiscalRangers YouTube pages. Look for new items to show up there first, and then on my blog FiscalRangers.com .
Email List from FiscalRangers@Comcast.net : That has also been delayed to my computer problems. Maybe this weekend.
Recommendations for Nov. 8th or Early Voting ballots:
First, ignore the print and TV media about polls. It is clear they are unethically using cooked numbers so I assume conservatives are doing much better, including Trump.
Second: Ignore any anti-Trump "breaking news" on Facebook, etc. It is mostly made up. Instead search, find and read Wikileaks "data dumps" of Hillary emails, or find "Project Veritas" videos showing crooked HIllary candidate practices. (There are now FOUR videos out).
Area focus: For Lake County, I don't know too much about city or south lake county candidates so they are not listed.
President: TRUMP - no one else. Any other vote or skipping voting is a vote for Crooked Hillary ( I was an anti-corruption manager in Iraq, and Hillary is a liar and crook in my PROFESSIONAL opinion). Here is my collection of Hillary memes if you need to remember why she should not be President.
FL US Senator: Marco Rubio
US Congress Representative Dist. 11 (new District boundaries): Dan Webster
FL STATE Senator Dist 12 (North Lake County, Villages): Dennis Baxley
FL State Senator Dist 22 (South Lake County): Kellie Stargel - the district boundaries were redrawn and now parts of South Lake County are in her new District 22. She is a Republican incumbent Senator running against a Democrat.
FL State Rep. Dist. 31 (North Lake County): Jennifer Sullivan - her tribe of campaign workers killed earlier primary opponents.
Lake County Sheriff: Peyton Grinnell is the annointed successor to retiring Sheriff Gary Borders. NPA candidate Chuck Broadway is the well liked Police Chief of Clermont with New York, and State of Florida Law enforcement background and he is a Christian and not a Democrat. Establishment supported Grinnell will probably win. But if you think change is needed from the current Sheriff operations, and want to make Grinnell nervous, vote Broadway.
New Nov. 2 - Here is a delayed video (due to a PC crash) of Chuck Broadway speaking at the North Lake Tea Party on Oct. 20. here. Broadway's website is HERE.
Supervisor of Elections: Alan Hays, the termed out Florida Senator for Northern Lake County, used $200,000 of Senatorial campaign funds for this position and he won by a few votes over Margie Eaton. Hays is the conservative choice vs a Democrat or an NPA opponent.
Board of County Commissioners Dist. 3: Wendy Breeden - she beat Jimmy Conner in the primaries and has no opponent except a write in.
Board of County Commissioners Dist. 5: Josh Blake - he beat Welton Cadwell in the primaries. His opponent is a Democrat who is a nice guy, but still a Democrat.
Lake County Water Authority Dist. 1: Both candidates are Democrats so pick one or enter a write in.
Lake County Water Authority Dist. 3: Diana Mullins - she is a boater, and active in the Republican Party and wants to use the position as a bully pulpit to lobby for better decisions by the separate St. Johns River Water Authority, which affects lake water levels. However, LCWA deals with groundwater issues, not rivers, so she will have to make decisions on those issues, not rivers.
Lake County Water Authority Dist. 1: Keith Farner - a long time water activist and Republican.
Florida State Justices: We are asked to vote yes or no on "retaining" three Justices. I have no info on them. The Judges in Florida have set many restrictions on campaigning, so you can't find out about their records, ideas for improving the courts, etc. It seems Democrats infest many of these positions, thus I vote against RETAINING any incumbent Justice until there is more transparency and info on them. There was an interesting dialog on Facebook about renewing Utah Judges and one person said: "David Adamic - I vote no on all judges, they are like diapers, they serve a purpose but only for a while."
Update Nov. 2, 2016 - Here is a list of Judicial recommendations for all of Florida from FLvotesValues.com
Fifth District Court of Appeal Judges: - should they be retained? The Fifth District covers several counties including Lake County. None of them have ever attempted to talk to voters in Lake County to my knowledge, so same recommendation. NO on retention. If they don't reach out, why support them?
Lake County Court Judge: I do think LOCAL Judges should be voted into office based upon known merits in the community. This one position IS in Lake County, and after the primaries, two remaining Republican candidates have been active in running to replace retiring Judge Donna Miller. The County Court is small claims, traffic and smaller civil and criminal cases. You don't need a killer prosecutor or high powered defense attorney for this position. This is the "People's Court" so the Judge should have empathy for the accused and listen to them. I think both candidates, Brian Welke and Cary Rada would do fine. I will vote for Welke because he has reached out more to conservatives and I know him better. Both are Republicans although the position is rigidly non-partisan. I posted a video of all five primary candidates, including Welke and Rada for the position on my YouTube channel which you can view if you wish. There were so few Judge candidate forums that I had to visit the local Democrats to make this video.
Lake County School Board Member Dist 2: This is complex. Kristi Burns, a former Scientist with a Doctorate, is well known for championing expanded reforms for students, but she is a Democrat. Sandi Moore is a former Democrat who changed to Republican after Obama's second election. Moore is the Executive Administrator for the Leesburg Chamber of Commerce and has been active in school support activities in Leesburg. Local moms who fought Common Core chastised me for outing Kristi for being a Democrat because they support her. A Leesburg blog, Right Side of Lake (who does support Moore), has published that Kristi has received contributions from Democrats. I personally cannot rationalize giving ANY position to a registered Democrat since their party supports Common Core, destruction of property rights and crooked Obama and Hillary. So I support Moore. You decide. Here is my earlier video of the School Board candidates BEFORE the primaries, including Burns and Moore.
Lake County School Board Member Dist. 4: James Myers, who is an attorney. His opponent, Sandy Gamble is a great guy but is in the Democrat supporting SEIU Union and works for the School District. I do not believe a government employee in any agency should be in an elected government position. They are too biased towards growth of government vs taxpayers.
City of Tavares City Council positions: I do not live in Tavares, so the candidates are not on my ballot, but I attend City Council meetings and know the three incumbents and met their opponents last night (Oct. 26). If you are a Tavares resident, READ this story AND view the video of the candidate forum linked in it to learn about the candidates. If I were voting, I would keep Lori Pfister as Mayor.
Supervisor Soil and Water Conservation District, Seat 4: I do not know either of them. I will ask an insider and post my finding here later.
Amendments to the Florida Constitution:
Local pundit Ralph Smith says if you are unclear about an Amendment, vote "NO" since most choices for Yes give something to a restricted group with no appeals. Remember, once an Amendment is approved, it is almost impossible to reverse it.
HERE is an Oct. 29 Commentary by Lake Sentinel's Lauren Ritchie pointing out reasons to vote NO on Amendment 1 AND Vote NO the referendum to renew the North Lake County Hospital District Tax.
Here are MY recommendations:
Amendment 1: Solar Energy Choice - Vote NO - This was written by utility companies to restrict control of solar power to themselves, rather than let the market decide. Conservatives always choose free and open markets. Here is an Orlando Channel 6 overview of Amendment 1. Attorney KrisAnne Hall says:
- "If this amendment is passed, the electric companies will be able take the excess energy from the (residential) solar customers and not pay them for it, even though they are using it."
Amendment 2: "Use of Mariuana for Debilitating Medical Conditions": VOTE NO. This is a huge fraud to legalize Marijuana in general that is supported by potheads. A rich law firm and sellers of generic marijuana are pushing this and conning everyone. The details of the actual law are very different from the wording of the ballot text. Florida already has THREE legal ways patients can use a version of Marijuana legally. WATCH this video if you want to see more about how bad Florida Amendment 2 will be. We don't want to be Colorado, California or Oregon with MJ everywhere and in schools.
Amendment 3: "Tax Exemption for Totally and Permanently Disabled First Transponders" - Vote NO - This choice is pretty clear. Vote what you feel. But, just how many Constitutional tax waivers do we give out before a few are paying for many? Do we know what other benefits they get due to their condition? Krisanne Hall points out that the term used to qualify for this exemption IS NOT DEFINED, meaning attorneys will be involved in lawsuits to define eligibility. She also points out that it provides unequal access to tax exemptions based upon vocation. Why don't they allow it for disabled truck drivers, roofers, carpenters, but only allow the tax exemptions for public safety and government employees? This is job discrimination and My vote is NO.
Amendment 5: Homestead Tax Exemption - Vote NO - This should be legislated, not part of the Constitution. This is another tax exemption for some, but not others. Vote what you feel. Why doesn't everyone get this exemption? My vote is NO. It should be legislation, not part of the Florida Constitution which is hard to change.
Referendum for North Lake County voters:
Continuation of the North Lake County Hospital District:
Vote NO if you believe two local tax exempt hospitals should not get a 10 year subsidy not provided in many other Florida counties. This is the FIRST time in 40+ years that North Lake County voters have been allowed to vote on this tax. If you vote yes, it is a continuation of an existing 1 mill tax on your home or commercial property that will continue for ten years and cost taxpayers at least $100-million. The funds are given as subsidies to two North Lake Hospitals and about five clinics to offset indigent medical care for people who cannot afford emergency medical care. That sounds compassionate, however, when the hospitals applied to be tax exempt, part of the deal was absorb all indigent care expenses. Most other counties have no such Hospital subsidy tax, and their TAX EXEMPT hospitals absorb the indigent care costs. Sumter County voted a similar tax down a few years ago and patients were coming to Leesburg for "free care". (The 2012 reforms changed that.) Opponents to the tax have no funds to send mailers, but the hospitals have spent lots of money on mailers and ads to ask you to support a continued subsidy using emotional arguments.
In contrast, well respected Republican locals Dr. Jack Cassell and Lake County Commissioner Leslie Campione believe you should vote Yes. If you believe the hospitals should get more money for another ten years, Vote Yes.
Should voters force ALL North Lake taxpayers to pay the 1 mill tax for 10 years, or instead Vote NO and support free choice and instead give personal donations to the tax exempt private Hospitals?
Those are my recommendations.