The Florida GOP is kicking off a fundrasing campaign to protect incumbent Republican U.S. House members and Republican challengers, with the first fundraising pitches hitting mailboxes this week. The message is clear from the name of the campaign: the “Prevent Pelosi Project.”
“Using Nancy Pelosi as the focal point for what’s wrong in Washington D.C. helped Mark Sanford overcome a lot of setbacks to win his race in South Carolina,” said Florida Republican party chairman Lenny Curry. “Down here in Florida, the chance to prevent Nancy Pelosi from returning to power will be just as successful in most of our 29 congressional districts.”
Curry has tapped Jacksonville businessman and former Ambassador John Rood, chairman of Mitt Romney’s Florida Finance Team in 2012, as the finance chairman of the Prevent Pelosi Project.
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In a possible sign that Gov. Rick Scott is ready to sign ethics and campaign-finance bills, the Florida Senate finally moved Wednesday afternoon on one of his top priorities: A sales-tax break for manufacturing companies.
On a 37-3 vote, the Senate approved a measure that would let manufacturers avoid paying any sales tax on new machinery and equipment they buy for use in their factories. The manufacturers’ tax break is one of Scott’s two chief priorities this legislative session, along with pay raises for teachers.
As part of an apparent deal negotiated with Scott’s office, the Senate limited the break to a three-year period: April 2014 until April 2017. Of course, the Legislature may very well extend the break before it expires, once the business lobby begins warning about an impending “tax increase.”
Delaying the start of the tax exemption until April 2014 also helps blunt the immediate budget hit to the state, whose fiscal years begin in July. Sen. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, said the tax break would cost the state under $20 million in lost revenue for the 2013-14 fiscal year, though the annualized cost is well over $100 million.
“I support the governor’s initiative. He’s had modest requests this session. I think we need to get behind him,” said Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island.
A handful of Democrats questioned the need for the tax break, noting that Florida already gives expanding manufacturers a sales-tax break on their machinery – as long as they show a 5 percent increase in productivity. Businesses complain that complying with the requirement is too burdensome.
Senate Minority Leader Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale, warned that a factory might now be able to buy a tax-free piece of equipment and then, because of the improved efficiency, lay off Florida workers. “We have reporting requirements for a reason,” Smith said.
Though Scott has championed the issue relentlessly, the tax break had stalled in the Legislature in recent weeks. That prompted speculation that lawmakers were waiting to see whether Scott would sign ethics and campaign-finance bills that they passed last week. The governor has until the end of today to decide what to do.
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A veteran disabled in Afghanistan is ejected from a skydiving center.
Why? Because some soldiers from Qatar complain about his “infidel” tattoo.
Another blow for sharia. Another blow against free speech.
See the Atlas Shrugs post below.
They can kill us because we are infidels, but a disabled vet with an infidel tattoo is forced to leave an American flight school that is enforcing the sharia. Check this out and politely contact the Florida Skydiving Center: (863) 678-1003 and Facebook here. UPDATE: their page appears to be down — here is their website, email addy: LakeWalesSkydiving@gmail.com
I called — the mailbox is full — but keep trying. They have to do business, so they will have to answer the phone. Just call and write. Do it.
“Disabled Purple Heart veteran, embarassed at local business” Adventures of a broken soldier (thanks to Ken)
I am a disabled combat veteran. I served in Iraq and worked in Afghanistan. I took an IED because my country asked me too, and I was injured by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. I have a Purple Heart and an ARCOM with Valor. I fully expect to be treated differently when I am visiting another country – when I am in America I expect equality and toleration; but what I experienced today is something that I never would have thought I’d have to go through in my own country. The country I fought for!
I am a skydiver with around 300 jumps under my belt. I’ve done jumps from 30,000 feet, helicopters, hot air balloons, wingsuit skydives and so forth. So with that being said I travel around doing this sport quite a bit. Today was my second time at a dropzone called “Florida Skydiving Center / Skydive Lake Wales”.
Coincidentally there are soldiers from the country of Qatar being trained there.
The picture is of the tattoo I have. Here is the definition of said tattoo: “Kafir is an Arabic term used in an Islamic doctrinal sense, usually translated as “unbeliever,” “disbeliever,” or “infidel.” The term refers to a person who rejects God or who hides, denies, or covers the “truth.” The Muslim’s from Qatar saw that tattoo and complained to the dropzone. Once they did so I was called to the back office and asked to cover it up by the OWNER. Not that I would, but its 80 something degrees here today, and that would be an unreasonable request. After I told her that I had no pants to cover it up she told me that she has DUCT TAPE that I can use to cover it. I told the lady that I was not going to cover it up, as it was nothing more than a tattoo saying “I am not a Muslim”. After beating around the bush for a few minutes entertaining me while I was trying to convince her otherwise, she asked me to leave.
What kind of America do we live in where someone comes back from war; disabled and decorated… while serving overseas was called an “infidel” for over 2 years, and then get asked to leave an establishment because of a tattoo I have that says just that, because of a culture of people visiting our country, and an American Business with no ethical sense or a backbone for that matter.
I am honestly offended and embarassed by how I was treated at skydive lake wales.
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