Resolutions for Constitutional Amendments Passed for 2020 General Election Ballot

On Monday night, September 14th, the Collier County Republican Executive Committee passed the following recommendations for the amendments on the 2020 General Ballot.

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Collier County Republican Executive Committee Resolution

                                      2020 Constitutional Amendments

Whereas, It is vital that all Republicans be fully informed and educated regarding their proposed amendments to Florida’s Constitution on the 2020 general election ballot;

Whereas,  Amendment 1, Proposed by citizen initiative and entitled Citizenship Required to

Vote in Florida Elections which provides that only United States citizens who are at least 18 years of age, a permanent Florida resident, and registered to vote, shall be qualified to vote in a capital Florida election properly clarifies that voter eligibility in Florida should be reserved only to citizens of these United States and that the RPOF officially supports;

Whereas , Amendment 2, Proposed by citizen initiative and entitled,  Raising Florida’s Minimum  

Wage, which raises the state minimum wage to $10 per hour effective September 30th, 2021, and annually increases the minimum wage by $1 per hour until it reaches $15 per hour on September 30th, 2026, well negatively impact the state and result in Florida jobs being elimated or automated;

Whereas,  Amendment 3, proposed by citizen initiative and  entitled, All Voters Vote in Primary

Elections for State Legislature, Governor, and Cabinet, which abolishes party primary elections for state legislature, governor and cabinet effective January 1 cover 2024, will eliminate the ability of grassroots Republicans to nominate the candidate of their choice, limit every voter’s choice at the General Election, and replace Florida’s elections with costly elections that have failed in liberal states like Washington and California and the RPOF officially opposes ;

Whereas, Amendment 4, proposed by joint resolution of the Florida Legislature and entitled Voter Approval of Constitutional Amendments, which requires all proposed amendments or revisions to the state constitution to be approved by the voters in two elections, instead of one, in order to take effect, will safeguard our Constitution and help prevent outside special interests from opposing unnecessary, costly, and harmful policies on Floridians;  

Whereas, Amendment 5, proposed by joint resolution of the Florida Legislature and entitled

Limitation on Homestead Assessments, which increases from 2 to 3 years, the period of time during which accrued Save-Our-Homes benefits may be transferred to a new homestead, will expand tax relief for homeowners; and

Combat-Related Disabilities, which carries over the homestead property tax discount for certain veterans with permanent combat-related disabilities to their surviving spouse holding legal or beneficial title to, and permanently residing on, the homestead property, until he or she remarries or sells or otherwise disposes of the property, will reduce the tax burden for surviving spouses.

Now, therefore may it be resolved, that the CCREC recommends the following in the General Election:

  1. “YES” vote on Amendment 1,  Citizenship Requirements…
  2. “NO” vote on Amendment 2, Raising Florida’s Minimum Wage…
  3. “NO” vote on Amendment 3, All Voters Vote in Primary Elections…
  4. “Yes” vote on Amendment 4, Voter Approval of Constitutional Amendments
  5. “Yes” vote on Amendment 5, Limitation on Homestead Assessments
  6. “YES” vote on Amendment 6, Ad Valorem Tax Discount

 REESTABLISH FUNDING FOR CONSERVATION COLLIER

 Shall Collier County establish the levy of a .25 mil ad valorem tax for 10 years for the purpose of continuing to acquire, preserve and manage environmentally sensitive lands and provide compatible public access wherever applicable to such lands protection of water quality, water resources, wildlife habitat and public open space in perpetuity?

NO

 

Joint Request from Collier Democrat and Republican Chairs – Condemning Sign Vandalism

Dear Collier County Neighbors,

As the election gets closer, many of us become more passionate about the candidates we support. That’s true for us, and it’s true for our neighbors. The beauty of the First Amendment to our Constitution is that it protects everyone’s right to free speech – theirs and ours!

Today, we, the Chairs of the Collier County Democratic and Republican Parties are joining together in condemning the vandalism and theft of political signs. Not only is it unlawful, it is disrespectful and anti-democratic. If you choose to display a yard sign, do so with pride, and please allow your neighbors to do the same.

Let’s decide the election at the ballot box!

Thank you!

Annisa Karim, Chairwoman                     Russell Tuff, Chairman

Collier County Democratic Party             Collier County Republican Party

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National Week of Action

Joseph Albergo
Collier County Field Director
Trump Victory Campaign

We are about to enter a two months stage of voting that will determine the future of our great American Republic.

The choice isn’t really about which political party will have power, but about which kind of America we want to live in. One marked by rioting, looting and general moral chaos, socialism and religious oppression, loss of constitutional freedoms or one based on the freedom and principles our Founders made clear of Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

It is time to engage.

Help us this week in a National Week of Action with a joint operation of the Trump Victory Team with a Downtown Walk of Naples on Saturday August 29th..

First, it will be a lot of fun to join with others to take over Naples. Second it will give us data on who we need to target as we expand the effort to other communities locally and nationwide. Third, it will help capture more people to help in the re-election of Donald Trump for President and stop the loss of freedom and opportunity being proposed by the opposing party.

Details:

Meet Up: group will meet at 8am on Naples Beach on August 29th. (29 5th Ave S, Naples, FL 34102).
Driver & Walker Groups: at 8:30am group will be split appropriately with experienced volunteers.

Fill out my online form.

Grand Opening

I Trust You

Jan Face Glassman Collier County Republican State Committeewoman

Three very simple but extremely powerful words. Trust does not just happen; it must be earned. It is not based on one point in time or one interaction. It is earned through living a life of consistently ‘doing unto others as you would have them do unto you.’

Trust is at the core of every long term relationship whether in business, with family, with friends, and in politics.

Violating trust undermines the very essence of a relationship and often is irreparable.

For me personally, trust is the critical factor in every relationship that I have built during my career in Information Technology; in my volunteer efforts in the community, with Bates College, and with the Republican Party; and most importantly with my friends and family. As Republicans, trust is essential to win elections.

REMEMBER PRESIDENT REAGAN’S 11th COMMANDMENT

Each election cycle, I have people say ‘I know I can trust you’ and then ask me about various candidates, frequently, about the negative, character-destroying ads.

As State Committeewoman, I remain neutral in Primaries, but I always try to answer these questions professionally and honestly, without indicating personal bias. For me, it is critical that all our Republican candidates be seen in a positive light.

We must unify behind the winner after Primaries to win the General election. Negative attacks make unification much more difficult and sometimes impossible. The Republican value of personal responsibility means taking responsibility for our actions. Religion, military record, race, ethnicity, and disability are sacred. It is up to each candidate to stand up and be responsible.

This primary cycle has been so destructive that Commissioner Donna Fiala published an article on ‘Mudslinging’ in the Coastal Breeze. It is appalling to see the level to which ‘Republicans’ have stooped to intentionally destroy reputations that have taken candidates years to build. Worse, candidates’ children and grandchildren are exposed to this hateful trash.

At Church on Sunday, we tell them ‘to love thy neighbor,’ and then let them see ‘supposed’ Republicans destroy those same neighbors and their families the rest of the week.

Is this really the Republican example that we want to set for our next generations of voters? Do any of these destructive voices think about who sees these flyers and the unintended consequences?

If we had a stronger Democrat presence in Collier County, we would lose CD19 and County Commission seats in November because the Democrats would use ‘our Republican’ attacks against our Primary winners.

We will lose votes for President Trump in November because candidates have inappropriately used his name in their negative attacks on opponents calling them ‘never-Trumpers’ and have built their own false image of having the President’s support for their own campaigns. The Democrats will have a heyday using our self-inflicted, internal primary scandals against us.

REPUBLICANS SUPPORT OUR NOMINEES

Some of the most blatant accusations fault candidates for having supported John McCain and Mitt Romney. John McCain was our Republican Presidential nominee in 2008; Mitt Romney was our Republican Presidential nominee in 2012. Real Republicans stand behind our nominee in the General Election.

Does this mean that those criticizing their opponents’ support of these Presidential Nominees did not support John McCain or Mitt Romney? That is pretty darned hypocritical! Then they turn on the flip side to accuse their opponent of being ‘never-Trumpers’.

I do not know one candidate who does not support our President for re-election and who did not support him as our Republican Presidential nominee in 2016. These are just two simple examples of twisting the facts to create Fake News and creating mistrust of Republicans.

It is not only those who are creating the negative attacks and false rumors who are guilty of undermining our Republican Party. Anyone who forwards this trash or who quotes it as fact is equally guilty. I would argue that they are even more guilty because they enable those who thrive on negativity.

Each of us has the ability to stop this disgusting trend by condemning those who create it and by not participating in forwarding or discussing it.

LEARN THE TRUTH BEFORE, NOT AFTER, THE ELECTION

Candidates have a responsibility to present their background truthfully. They should be applauded for being honest, not faulted for telling the truth about their background. When we elect candidates who lie about their own background or rely on attacks against their opponents, we enable them to continue this behavior as elected-officials and create a distrust of the entire Republican Party.

When I managed an IT organization, I had a young staffer who was struggling as a programmer trainee. I worked with her to help her complete the class with a passing grade and become part of our team. After 6 months, HR instructed me to fire her because she had lied on her resume about graduating from college; she was short several courses. She came to me in tears because she had let me down when I believed in her. I advised her to be honest in looking for her next job and said I could only verify her employment dates if asked. A few years later she called to thank me for believing in her and my willingness to help her even after she had lied and lost my trust.

VOTE TRUST – VOTE TRUTH

As you vote, think about whom you can trust. If you cannot trust a candidate whom you are supporting, how can you expect anyone else to?

Experience and accomplishments are important. Compare what the candidates have done with their lives. What they accomplished in the past that will help them serve? How they have conducted themselves in the past and during this campaign is a good indication of future performance.

Will they represent you and our community, or is this just about themselves? Accomplishments demonstrate clearly how a candidate has built a life, developed relationships, managed finances, and raised a family.

Who would hire anyone for a job who has no resume and lacks the expertise required for the job? Who would hire anyone with unexplained gaps in their timeline?

It is your right as a voter to ask a candidate and to be told the truth!

The Facts on COVID 19 in Florida – Backhoe Chronicles

RPOF National Committeeman

Here is the post you have all been waiting for. No longer can it be said that I am looking at the pandemic without compassion.
My wife and I have lived it and have recovered (thank God)…

But now that i have recovered I have had the opportunity to look at trends over the past 5 weeks. Basically from the time the surge started until today.
The numbers are set forth below.

Bottom line—THE NUMBERS THAT COUNT CONTINUE TO IMPROVE:
6/8/20 CASES Hospitalizations Deaths
64,000 10,942 17% of total 2,700 4% of total

6/24/20 CASES Hospitalizations Deaths
114,018 13,775 12% ” ” 3,327 2.9% ” ”

7/01/20 CASES Hospitalizations Deaths
169,106 15,150 8.9% ” ” 3,718 2.2% ” ”

7/05/20 CASES Hospitalizations Deaths
200,111 15,895 7.9% ” ” 3,841 1.9% ” ”

7/13/20 CASES Hospitalizations Deaths
282,435 18,498 6.5% ” ” 4,277 1.5% ” ”

Takeaway:

Look at the % trends. All downward, not upward.
Is there a spike in cases? Duh
But hospitalizations are down as a % of the overall, as are deaths.
Plus, we are given no statistics on people who have recovered (uh, like my wife and me) and no statistics on children.
Europe intends to send their children to school in the fall–I would like to see some reporting on that.
Nope, only that the sky is falling and since Trump is the president, it must be his fault.
Pray for truth.
The truth will set you free.
Peter Feaman

Poll Watchers Needed for General Election

This is a reminder that the RPOF needs your help to sign up REPUBLICAN VOLUNTEER POLL WATCHERS for 2020.

A Separate Form Must Be Submitted for Both Early Voting and Election Day for the Primary and General Election.

A poll watcher:

  1.  Must be a qualified and registered voter of the county in which they serve as poll watcher.
  2. Cannot be a candidate, sheriff, deputy sheriff, policeman, or other law enforcement officer.
  3. Who is designated for a specific location is not precluded from going to another polling room/EV area if the number of poll watchers at any particular polling room/EV area does not exceed the allowable number for the applicable candidate/political party/political committee.
  4. Who is designated for “All locations/areas” (at-large) is not permitted to be present in a polling room/EV area at the same time as another poll watcher designated by the same candidate/political party/political committee.
  5. Will be provided a Poll Watcher Identification Badge by the Supervisor of Elections. The poll watcher must wear his or her Poll Watcher Identification Badge while in the polling room or EV area.
  6. Must bring his or her own materials and necessities.
  7. Is allowed within the polling room to observe the conduct of the election. He or she may not obstruct the orderly conduct of the election.
  8. May observe the voter check-in process. He or she may not come closer to the inspectors’ table or the voting booths than is reasonably necessary to perform the poll watcher’s functions.
  9. May not speak to or otherwise interact with voters nor provide assistance to a voter in any way with the voting of his/her ballot, unless a Request for Assistance Form is completed at the voter’s request.
  10. May make and provide written voter challenges to the precinct clerk.
  11. Shall pose any questions regarding polling place procedures directly to the precinct clerk for resolution.

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Day Managers Named for Office Headquarters – Grateful for their help

We are blessed to have our Collier County Headquarters fully staffed with volunteers. Peter Fowler is the office manager and has recruited the following day managers: Yvonne Parry, Pat Wagner, Sue Trescott, Diane Shapiro, Mary Doveas-Pitzi, Pat Dorian, Gary Tincu, Jo Ann Grey, Diane Donovan, Kathy Headson, Anne Brown, John Thomas, Diane Pulito, Gerard Fischer and Carol Manning.

We couldn’t operate without their help.

Join the fun by calling headquarters at 239-732-0885