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Help identify the long term congressman most responsible for our National DEBT.  Why should we return any congressmen to another term when many have been in office diring the biggest run-up in debt ever?
Cliff Stearns is a good example.  He started in 1988 when the national debt was $3.5 Trillion.  Now it is heading for $16 Trillion.  
The increase has come under both democrat and republican majorities. 
Recently Stearns abandoned his long term district because he was challenged by Don Browning and first term congressman Nugent.
Browning has withdrawn from the race and endorsed Rich Nugent now that Stearns has run from his district like he was chased by a junkyard dog.
Browning was the first to point out the Stearns long term support of democrat interest in the liberal Gainesville area. 

 

Mark Bellinger hired as TDC Director  Hired with much aclaim, Mark Bellinger dies bringing wide spread invistigation.  TDC operations again are under the microscope for wrong doing.  Marion Sun Times documenting of Marion County Commissioner's concerns about TDC officials conflict of interest is becoming popular reading.

 Tourist Development comes under review.  How much promotion is too much if officials are the prime beneficiaries?  Clerk of the Court David Ellspermann is asked to examine the apparent conflict of business going to interest of officials on the board.  Asking TDC officials to attend a class on proper conduct and signing a page on conflict of interest may not be enough because of years long practice of officials voting themselves tax payer funded business.

 

TDC taxpayer funds again come under review.  Every County that operates under Fl Statute 125.0104 is prone to problems because local politics appear to help TDC officials avoid FS 112.311, the state conflict of interest standard.

Marion County officials are looking into the TDC practice of business developed for the business of the Marion County TDC.   

The legislative intent of the Code of Ethics is stated in 112.311:  “It is essential to the proper conduct and operation of government that public officials be independent and impartial and that public office not be used for private gain other than the remuneration provided by law.”  The statute further states:

 

Excerpt from 112.311  Legislative intent and declaration of policy

 

(5)  It is the policy of the state that no officer or employee … shall have any interest, financial or otherwise, direct or indirect; engage in any business transaction or professional activity; or incur any obligation of any nature which is in substantial conflict with the proper discharge of his or her duties in the public interest.  To implement this policy there is a code of ethics [included in the statute] setting forth standards of conduct required of state, county, and city officers and employees, and of officers and employees of other political subdivisions of the state, in the performance of their official duties.

 

The fundamental tenet of this policy is stewardship of public interest:

 

Excerpt from 112.311  Legislative intent and declaration of policy

 

(1)  It is essential to the proper conduct and operation of government that public officials be independent and impartial and that public office not be used for private gain other than the remuneration provided by law.  The public interest, therefore, requires that the law protect against any conflict of interest and establish standards for the conduct of elected officials and government employees in situations where conflicts may exist.

(6)  It is declared to be the policy of the state that public officers and employees, state and local, are agents of the people and hold their positions for the benefit of the public. … Such officers and employees are bound to observe, in their official acts, the highest standards of ethics consistent with this code and the advisory opinions rendered with respect hereto regardless of personal considerations, recognizing that promoting the public interest and maintaining the respect of the people in their government must be of foremost concern.

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Updated: Saturday, 12 May 2012, 5:27 PM CDT

Published : Saturday, 12 May 2012, 6:45 PM CDT

OKALOOSA, Fla. (WALA) - The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office said its investigation into misused TouristDevelopment Council (TDC) funds has expanded to include "outside entities."

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Understanding Economic Development and reasonable Government.  Springs Protection is first in line for reform.  TDC Ocala is also in great need of reform.  Recent Marion County Commission actions have reinforced problematic board conflicts of interest.
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Walter Pine a Tea Party member and political activist succumbed to a long Service Related illness yesterday, 10/2/12.  A service disabled Veteran, Walter Pine was know to be one of the finest political thinkers in the world today.

Walter was working on a project to bring fairness and reduced conflict of interest to the Marion County Tourist Tax Council.  His recent efforts to reform the Marion County Tourism Council was kicked off with an interview with

Commissioner Charlie Stone and Mr. Matt Dunn who was hoping to take over as director of the Ocala Tourist Bureau and Convention Center.   Walter left a plan to develop an Ethics Ruling that may solve apparent conflict of interest issues that have plagued Marion County government for years.

George Albright Jr. is recognized as Central Florida Businessman of the Century. on his 80th birthday!

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 Walter Pine a Tea Party member and political activist succumbed to a long Service Related illness yesterday, 10/2/12.  A service disabled Veteran, Walter Pine was know to be one of the finest political thinkers in the world today.

Veteran and internationally recognized thinker, Walter Pine spent his last days working on expanding Marion County Promotion past the City of Ocala Limits.  Known as an Agenda 21 expert, Walter Pine was asked to produce a bill for the Florida Legislature and the US Senate.

Walter was working on a project to bring fairness and reduced conflict of interest to the Marion County Tourist Tax Council.  His recent efforts to reform the Marion County Tourism Council was kicked off with an interview with

Commissioner Charlie Stone and Mr. Matt Dunn who was hoping to take over as director of the Ocala Tourist Bureau and Convention Center.   Walter left a plan to develop an Ethics Ruling that may solve apparent conflict of interest issues that have plagued Marion County government for years.

Senator Alan Hays Named Water Czar as he stops the anti growth crowd in their tracks.  Pulling their funding will get the job done and if we can get the Jobs Budget going we will save Florida's Economy. 
The Celebration Begins.   It is with deep regret that we must admit it took years to stop the anti growth element in DEP.  Secretary Vinyard teamed up with Senator Alan Hays and Governor Rick Scott.

 

Senator Alan Hays and Representative Marlene O'Toole host Governor Rick Scott at the Villages for the Signing of the Jobs Budget.

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