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Florida’s Constitution Amendment Voting Suggestions for 2018


Constitution Amendment are boring. Most people don’t understand them or even vote on them. So here is the list and our recommendations on how to vote on them.


Amendment 1 – Increases the amount of a home’s value exempted from property tax.

This one is very simple to understand. As home prices go up, so should the exemptions.

We recommend a “yes” vote. 


Amendment 2 – Makes the cap on nonhomestead parcel assessment increases permanent.

This is a current law on the books but set to expire Jan 1st 2019. This vote keeps the law permanent. 

We recommend a “yes” vote.


Amendment 3 – Requires voter approval of casino gambling.

The amount of money on this bill in advertising is staggering. ($27 million) The major companies for this bill are: Disney World and Seminole Indian Tribe. 

Why? This bill would stop creating competition to their operations. Both companies have lobbied to keep gambling only on Seminole Indian land. Which prevents places from opening casino’s in poor counties in Northern Florida which needs the economic boost.

We recommend a “no” vote.


Amendment 4 – Restores the right to vote for most people with prior felony convictions upon completion of their sentences.

Very simple to understand – Designed to automatically restore the right to vote for people with prior felony convictions, except those convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense, upon completion of their sentences, including prison, parole, and probation

We recommend a “yes” vote.


Amendment 5 – Requires 2/3 vote of legislature to impose or increase tax or fee.

Prevents a “simple majority” from raising our taxes and fee’s.

We recommend a “yes” vote.


Amendment 6 – Adds a Marsy’s Law to state constitution, increases judicial retirement age to 75, and prohibits judges from deferring to administrative agencies in interpreting law.

Has good parts and bad parts in it. Bad: Judges currently have to retire at 70. This would allow them to stay until 75. Good: Warns defendants when the status of the person who committed a crime against them changes. Stop judges from using other laws to pass judgement.

We recommend a “no” vote.


Amendment 7 – Requires death benefits for first responders and military members, a supermajority vote for college fees, and adds state college system structure to constitution.

This is a coin flip on your part. Benefits for first responders and military members is currently on the book and on other constitutional measures that have already passed. The supermajority vote part is to allow the state to set prices for colleges tuition fees. 

We recommend a “no” vote.


Amendment 9 – Bans offshore oil and gas drilling and vaping in enclosed indoor workplaces.

Will ban American companies from drilling off of Florida coast line but still allows foreign companies to do so. Store owners can ban vaping in their own stores. Just a silly part to this amendment.

We recommend a “no” vote.


Amendment 10 – Prohibits counties from abolishing certain local offices, changes start date of legislative sessions, and adds an executive office and executive department to constitution.

If you didn’t know Florida counties can ban certain office: sheriff, tax collector, property appraiser, supervisor of elections, and clerk of the circuit court. This amendment would prevent this from happening.

We recommend a “yes” vote.


Amendment 11 – Repeals the following: (a) a prohibition against aliens owning property, (b) a requirement for a high-speed ground transportation system, and (c) a provision saying that changes to a criminal statute are not retroactive.

We’ll cut right to the meat of this. It’s another attempt to create a “high speed rail line” and make Floridians pay for something that doesn’t work.

We recommend a “no” vote.


Amendment 12 – Prohibits public officials from lobbying for compensation while in office and six years thereafter.

This one is very simple to understand. Keeps politicians from becoming lobbyist. 

We recommend a “yes” vote.


Amendment 13 – Prohibits pari-mutuel (a type of betting pool) operations from racing greyhounds or any other dogs for wagering, prohibits persons in Florida from wagering on the outcome of live dog races occurring in the state.

This will end “dog racing” Depends how you feel about this matter. 

We are staying neutral on this amendment.


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The Poorest Will Always Pay the Most in Taxes


The harsh truth is: if your poor or middle class, you will pay the most in taxes. Even though you pay a small amount, your still paying taxes and can’t avoid it.

How does this happen?

Every time a political candidate or even a clueless person screams: “Tax the evil corporations!” The corporations say: “go ahead and raise our taxes, we don’t care.” So why don’t they care?

Corporations and businesses don’t pay taxes. Taxes are classified as a business expense. They add their taxes to the cost of the item you buy. In short, you (the buyer) pay their taxes.

Same with the richest of the rich. They don’t really pay taxes. Yes, they write a check like everybody else does and they take the amount they just paid and add it to their services. The cost is handed down the line. Which means the middle class and poor pay for it.

Then there is the “hidden tax.” Which are taxes put on items at some level of making the product that (you guess it) the middle class and poor pay for. Like gasoline. There are taxes added to the import of oil, the production of oil to gasoline, the equipment and ingredients to make the gasoline and all of those taxes are added to the price you pay at the pump. Did you ever wonder why gas was less than a dollar back in the 60’s but now it never falls below $2 a gallon?

Taxation will never be “fair” for anybody. It’s a mathematical formula that just doesn’t work. History tells us it doesn’t work because just about every year the government changes it. If it worked, why change it? Remember they’re always tell us “the change is for the good” but the middle class and poor still pay for it. Always have, always will.


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Andrew Gillum Uphill Race


Andrew Gillum has an uphill battle to win the governorship of Florida. His socialist agenda will not go over well with Florida voters in a time when they are recovering from a national recession. He did win the democratic youth vote from colleges and it was enough to give him the win but if that all he get’s, he’ll lose to DeSantis. Which when you look at who turnout to vote, republicans almost doubled the vote of democrats in the primary election. Why? The democrat base is not motivated.

Gillum has more than his campaign platform to defend. There is little movement in the democrat party. Nobody they can get behind to support. Sure they have Bernie, but he’s only good for college student votes (which he got for Gillum for the win) and nobody else. Plus we shouldn’t forget that Gillum is involved in a FBI investigation. Which does put a bad taste in people’s mouths.

Hollywood socialist are dumping money in to his campaign but they do not have the big name pullers to create a movement. All of the states large political big seats are controlled by republicans. Which leave Gillum with little choice but to encourage the democrat base to help him and I’m not seeing that happening.

Gwen Gram was the appointee to the seat but Gillum won and that didn’t make the DNC very happy. Nelson will try to pull some of Gillum supporters for his campaign but he has been polling poorly and may hurt Gillum’s platform.

Then we have the super weapon of the republicans. President Trump. His approval numbers are good, lowest recorded unemployment numbers, lowered taxes, economy growing. Has proven that when he endorses a candidate, little alone campaigns for that candidate they win.

The big test in Trumps campaigning power will be in Texas. Where Cruz is in a close race with Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke by just a percentage point in an Emerson College poll. You see Cruz lost his “wow” factor when he talked bad against Trump and this poll has him worried.

With Gillum on the defensive from minute one of this race, I really don’t see a win for him. You can’t create a movement when your defending your actions and words. Sure liberals in social media world will try to place guilt feelings on the voter but people are getting tired of that game move. This is what DeSantis people will try to do. Keep him in defense mode.


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Florida Primary Election is a Reflection of the People


Need an idea of what is happening in the Florida election? All you have to do is watch voter turnout.

People who are not motivated will simply not vote. That’s what is happening in the early election cycle in Florida. There has been more Republican votes cast than Democrat. Grant it, it could change on Tuesday. But I don’t really see that happening.

So whats happen? You have a President who has made promises and has more or less kept to his promises. More jobs than people to hire, lower taxes, more pay. What slogan are the Democrats running on? We hate the President, the President is wrong, impeach the President?

This doesn’t work on the voter who is having a positive return. Who’s going to vote to end their own prosperity?

This President took the good old boy play book of the Republicans and threw it out the window. He created a new book that is working, for the people. People do support him, they like the results he’s giving. And it has caused the Democrats a headache because they have no counter plan for it.

How do you counter a positive growth? Democrats don’t want to publicly support him so the only option they have is to counter him. Which they haven’t done. I have seen nothing that resonates with the voter from the Democrat side.

The only problem I have seen with the Republican base is: which candidate is more like the President? Who will work with him to create more prosperity for the voter?

If you think this primary election is nerve recking, your right. But if the Democrat turnout remains low at the end of the primary cycle, I can just about guarantee that the general election will go for all Republican candidates. Why? Voter will not vote against their own prosperity.


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Hollywood Elite This Country Village Idiots


“D” list Hollywood elites protest our laws and do so for their masters. We’ll tell you who their masters are.

 

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Corporations and Local Media


We explain why local media outlets like newspapers, TV and radio are so bad when it comes to local news reporting.

 

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