Florida 2012 Constitutional Amendments For November 6 Election
Florida voters to determine the approval or disapproval of 11
constitutional amendments for the election of November 6, 2012
2012 PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE FLORIDA CONSTITUTION
Florida voters will consider 11 proposed constitutional amendments on the November ballot, all of which were placed on the ballot by the Florida Legislature. It is the first time in recent history that no citizens initiatives will appear on the ballot.
Proposed Constitutional Amendments of Particular Interest
! Amendment 1 – Health Care Services
Prohibits laws or rules from compelling any person or employer to purchase, obtain, or otherwise provide for health care coverage; specifies that the amendment does not affect which health care services a health care provider is required to perform or provide. (Essentially, this would prohibit implementation of the provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act) Florida School Boards Association 2 rhmelton 5/10/12.
! Amendment 2 – Disabled Veterans/Eligibility for Additional Homestead Exemption
Expands the availability of the property discount on the homesteads of veterans who became disabled as the result of a combat injury to include those who were not Florida residents when they entered the military and schedule the amendment to take effect January 1, 2013.
! Amendment 3 – State Government Revenue Limitation
Replaces the existing state revenue limitation based on personal income growth with a new state revenue limitation based on inflation and population changes. State revenues collected in excess of the revenue limitation must be deposited into the budget stabilization fund until the fund reaches its maximum balance, and thereafter shall be used for the support and maintenance of public schools by reducing the minimum financial effort required from school districts for participation in the FEFP.
Essentially, this is TABOR-lite.
! Amendment 4 – Property Tax Limitation; Property Value Declines; etc.
Provides that the Legislature may provide that the assessment of homestead and specified nonhomestead property may not increase if the just value of that property is less than the just value of the property on the preceding January 1; reduces from 10% to 5% the limitation on annual changes in assessments of nonhomestead real property; provides an additional homestead exemption based on the just value of the property to certain new homeowners (does not apply to school district levies).
! Amendment 5 – State Courts
Eliminates the requirement that a general law repealing a court rule pass by a two-thirds vote of each house of the Legislature, including rules of the judicial nominating commissions and the Judicial Qualifications Commission; requires Senate confirmation of a justice of the Supreme Court under certain circumstances.
Florida Pro Life Amendment to the Constitution 2012
This is a Pro Life Amendment to the Florida Constitution, which prohibits use of tax payer dollars to fund abortions.
Provides that public funds may not be expended for any abortion or for health-benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion, with certain exceptions. A yes vote for Amendment 6 is a pro life vote.
! Amendment 8 – Repeal of “No Aid” Provision
Provides that no individual or entity may be denied, on the basis of religious identity or belief, governmental benefits, funding, or other support, except as required by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution; deletes the prohibition against using revenues from the public treasury directly or indirectly in aid of any church, sect, or religious denomination or in aid of any sectarian institution. [NOTE: Amendment 7 was removed from the ballot and replaced by Amendment 8; See FSBA Issue Brief for more information]
Other Proposed Constitutional Amendments
! Amendment 9 – Homestead Exemption/Spouse of Veteran or First Responder
Authorizes the Legislature to provide a total or partial ad valorem homestead property tax relief to the surviving spouse of military veterans and first responders who were killed in action or line of duty.
! Amendment 10 – Tangible Personal Property Tax Exemption
Provides an exemption from ad valorem taxes levied by counties, municipalities, school districts, and other local governments on tangible personal property if the assessed value of an owner's tangible personal property is greater than $25,000 but less than
$50,000. (The Florida Constitution currently provides an exemption from taxation for tangible personal property valued up to $25,000)
! Amendment 11 – Additional Homestead Exemption / Low Income Seniors
Authorizes the Legislature to allow counties and municipalities to grant an additional homestead tax exemption for certain low income senior citizens.
! Amendment 12 – Board of Governors / Student Member
Replaces the president of the Florida Student Association with the chair of the council of state university student body presidents as the student member of the Board of Governors and requires the Board of Governors organize such council of state university student body presidents.
Florida Supreme Court Retention Election November 6, 2012
Barbara Pariente - NO
Fred Lewis - NO
Peggy Quince - NO
the above incumbent FL Supermen Court Judges have proven themselves to be TOO LIBERAL.
Recommend a NO vote for all three of them.
Justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince, whose names are on the retention ballot in November. The three ran afoul of Republican and conservative groups opposed to the federal Affordable Healthcare Act. They are being targeted because the state Supreme Court struck down a constitutional amendment proposed by the Legislature that would have been a referendum on the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare.
The Republican Party of Florida made waves last week when it formally opposed three sitting Florida Supreme Court justices’ attempts to keep their jobs.
Florida Election Race For Senate 2012
Florida Candidates for Congress
Florida Candidates for US Senate 2012 Election
Bill Nelson (D)
Connie Mack IV (R)
Republican Tea Party Conservative
Chris Borgia (Independent)
Bill Gaylor (Independent)
Ron McNeil (Independent)
Piotr Blass (Write-In)
Naomi Craine (Write-In)
Lionel Long (Write-In)
Robert Monroe (Write-in)
Lawrence Scott (Write-In)
Florida Congressional Candidates for Congress 2012
Florida Congressional Candidates 2012
Florida U.S. Congress - Congressional Election Republican and Democrat Primary
Jeff Miller (R)
Jim Bryan (D)
Calen Fretts (Libertarian)
William "Cleave" Drummond II (Reform)
Steve Southerland (R)
Leonard Bembry (D)
Al Lawson (D)
Alvin Peters (D)
Mark Schlakman (D)
Floyd Miller (Write-In)
Jacques "J.R." Gaillot Jr. (D)
Cliff Stearns (R) Tea Party Conservative
James Jett (R)
Steve Oelrich (R)
Ted Yoho (R)
Phil Dodds (Independent)
Michael Ricks (Write-In)
Ken Willey (Write-In) - Tea Party Activist
Ander Crenshaw (R)
Bob Black (R)Tea Party Conservative
Deb Pueschel (R)
Jim Klauder (Independent)
Gary Koniz (Write-In)
Corrine Brown (D)
LeAnne Kolb (R)
Eileen Fleming (Independent)
Bruce Ray Riggs (Write-In) - Tea Party Activist
District 6: (NEW)
Heather Beaven (D)
Vipin Verma (D)
Alec Puesche (R) Tea Party Conservative
Richard Clark (R)
Fred Costello (R)
Ron DeSantis (R) Conservative
Bill Kogut (R)
Craig Miller (R)
Bev Slough (R)
Nicholas Ruiz III (D)
Jason Kendall (D)
Sandy Adams (R)
John Mica (R)
Fred Marra (Write-In)
Shannon Roberts (D)
Bill Posey (R)
Richard Gillmor (Independent)
District 9: (NEW)
Alan Grayson (D)
Todd Long (R)
Julius Melendez (R)
Mark Oxner (R)
John "Q" Quiñones (R) Tea Party Conservative
Mike Nieves (Independent)
Roberto Sanchez (Independent)
Val Demings (D)
Daniel Webster (R)
Naipaul Seegolam (Write-In)
Dave Werder (D)
Rich Nugent (R)
Jonathan Michael Snow (D)
Gus Bilirakis (R)
Paul Elliott (Independent)
John Russell (Independent)
Jessica Ehrlich (D)
C.W. "Bill" Young (R)
Darren Ayres (R)Tea Party Conservative
Madeline Vance (R)
Kathy Castor (D)
Eddie Adams Jr. (R)
E.J. Otero (R)Tea Party Conservative
Bill Kee (Independent)
Dennis Ross (R)
Keith Fitzgerald (D)
Vern Buchanan (R)
Bill Bronson (D)
Tom Rooney (R)
Joe Arnold (R)Tea Party Conservative
Tom Baumann (Write-In)
Jerry Buechler (D)
Jim Horn (D)
Patrick Murphy (D)
Allen West (R) Conservative
Bob Crowder (R)Conservative
Marilyn Davis Holloman (Write-In)
Vote In Florida for Congress and US Senate
Several congress races expected to be close.
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State Primary 2012
James Roach (D)
Gary Aubuchon (R) Conservative
Joe Davidow (R)
Byron Donalds (R)
Chauncey Goss (R)
Paige Kreegel (R)Tea Party Conservative
Trey Radel (R)
Brandon Smith (Independent)
Alcee Hastings (D)
Randall Terry (Independent) Pro Life
Anthony Dutrow (Socialist Workers/Write-In)
Ted Deutch (D)
Cesar Henao (Independent)
W.M. "Mike" Trout (Independent)
District 22: (NEW)
Adam Hasner (R)
Lois Frankel (D)
Kristin Jacobs (D)
Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D)
Gineen Bresso (R)
Ozzie deFaria (R)
Juan Eliel Garcia (R)
Karen Harrington (R)
Joe Kaufman (R) Tea Party Conservative
Ilya Katz (Independent)
Frederica Wilson (D)
Rudy Moise (D)
Mario Diaz-Balart (R)
Stanley Blumenthal (Independent)
Eddie "VoteForEddie.com" Gonzalez (Independent)
Joe Garcia (D)
Gustavo Marin (D)
Gloria Romero Roses (D)
L. Justin Sternad (D)
David Rivera (R)
Jose Peixoto (Independent)
Manny Yevancey (D)
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R)
Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins (Independent)
Allen West for Congress Florida 2012
Allen West runs into a bit of a problem has a major redistricting by the legislature has put him in an unfriendly Congress district.
With a district that leans Democrat, the race ahead for Allen West will be competitive. He has nationally raised $6 million dollars, which should be enough for Allen West to buy the election.
A list of the conservative candidates for Senator, Congress and local races are found below for the August 14 Florida Republican Primary.
Florida prepares to elect a new congressman and US Senator. The Florida election primary race is August
Congressman Allen West of Florida - Has Liberal Election Views about Obama Care
POMPANO BEACH, Florida — Although Rep. Allen West (R-FL) ran for Congress on a platform of completely scrapping Obamacare, he praised a number of its key provisions on Tuesday, putting him strangely at odds with many House Republicans leading the repeal effort.
In an interview with ThinkProgress, West pointed to three popular provisions of the health care law that he would like to see preserved: allowing parents to keep children on their health insurance plans until 26, ensuring that people with pre-existing conditions aren’t denied insurance, and closing Medicare’s prescription drug donut hole:
KEYES: Say we repeal [Obamacare] tomorrow. Do you think that will then precipitate a drop in insurance premiums?
WEST: Well you’ve got to replace it. You’ve got to replace it with something. If people want to keep their kid on their insurance at 26, fine. We’ve got to make sure no American gets turned back for pre-existing conditions, that’s fine. Keep the donut hole closed, that’s fine. But what I just talked to you about, maybe 20, 25 pages of legislation.
The problem with West’s reasoning is that the pre-existing condition ban can’t function without an individual mandate or some other mechanism for bringing healthy people into the health care system. Without the individual responsibility provision, a death spiral begins whereby only sick people buy insurance and it soon becomes unaffordable for everybody. As the American Prospect’s Pat Caldwell writes, “the preexisting condition ban and the individual mandate are inseparably tied to one another.”
Still, West’s embrace of a few key parts of the Obamacare law puts him to the left of most of his Republican colleagues. As Politico reports, infighting has now broken out among Republicans between hard-liners who favor full repeal and lawmakers like West, who like some parts of the law. Rep. Steve King (R-IA), who is perhaps the man most responsible for Republicans coalescing around the full repeal effort, has long maintained that every piece of Obamacare needs to be scrapped, including the donut hole coverage. “There will always be those who slip through the cracks,” King explained last year.
West position is a strange position for a Republican in Congress who voted last year to fully repeal Obamacare but now wants to protect some of the health care law’s popular provisions.
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Florida History. What every Florida Senate Candidate Should Know:
Florida's History Timeline:
1803 - The United States of America claims West Florida and its capital Pensacola as part of the Louisiana Purchase.
1813 - England is not so keen on giving up Pensacola and General Andrew Jackson arrives to drive the British out.
1818 - Jackson's actions spark the first of two skirmishes with the Seminole Indians.
1821-1823 - Jackson becomes Florida's provisional governor when the U.S. purchases Florida and its capital St. Augustine from Spain. Tallahassee becomes the new capital.
1830-1840 - Florida's first flush of settlers arrives by steamboat and the population grows from 15,000 to 34,000.
1835-1842 - Seminole Wars.
1845 - Florida becomes the 27th state with 66,500 people.
1861-1865 - Florida becomes a non-state when it secedes from the Union. Florida provisions Confederate troops with salt, beef and bacon during the Civil War.
1878 - Tourism dawns at Silver Springs when Hullam Jones glues a window to the bottom of a rowboat and invents the glass-bottom boat.
1883-85 - Henry Plant lays tracks on the West Coast, Henry Flagler on the East Coast. Along with the railroads sprout luxury hotels and a new era for Florida travel.
1887 - Eatonville becomes the first incorporated municipality in America governed by its own African-American population.
1898 - Florida prepares for the Spanish-American War with forts and army camps.
1904-1912 - Flagler rides the rails to the end of the line, extending his tracks the 156 miles from Miami to Key West.
1908 - Jacksonville becomes Florida's Hollywood, where producers make early movies - years ahead of Hollywood, actually.
1928 - Transportation makes another forward lurch with the opening of the Tamiami Trail from Tampa to Miami.
1946 - Jackie Robinson scores a homerun for his people in Daytona Beach as the first African-American to join an all-white team.
1947 - President Truman dedicates Everglades National Park.
1959 - Fidel Castro's assumption of power results in the first influx of Cuban immigrants to Florida.
1961 - Transportation looks skyward as Cape Canaveral sends its first manned vessel into space.
1971 - Walt Disney World opens outside Orlando.
1980 - Nearly 125,000 more Cuban immigrants arrive in the Mariel boatlift.
1982 - President Reagan signs the Miccosukee Constitution, making Miccosukee Indian territory independent from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
1984 - Miami debuts its $1 billion Metro rail system.
2000 - President Clinton authorizes a massive project to restore the fragile eco-system of the Everglades, which have existed and nourished life since the beginning of time in Florida.
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