New PSL Council – New Direction  – New Hope for the City

New PSL Council – New Direction – New Hope for the City

With each election, hope springs eternal.

Monday, November 21st, 2016 is the day the new Port St Lucie City Council members get sworn in. Congratulations to the three that won their elections.

Rule of threeport-st-lucie-logo-red-white-and-blue

The rule of three tells us that things that come in threes are more effective and satisfying.

Jolien Caraballo briefly served as a councilwoman during Ron Bowen’s suspension. She is the business manager for a local, high-end spa. Caraballo first ran for this position four years ago. Eventually, Ron Bowen won the seat. This time around, Caraballo handily beat Bowen in the August primary. As there were only two candidates, there was no need for a November election. I had the pleasure to meet her on the campaign trail four years ago. She is smart, not afraid to dig into the details and ask questions and thinks outside the box. (more…)

Tax Collector Race Matters

Tax Collector Race Matters

Tax Collector can Affect County Budget

Taxing Situation

Come the November 8th election who will become the 46th President of the United States is not the only thing that will be decided. Closer to home, other taxing issues are on the ballot.  One of them is the office of the Tax Collector.

[Today’s post will be a little long, but it requires some upfront education on how the Tax Collector operates. – apologies from the mgmt.]

The Tax Collector is not a sexy position. Throughout history and fiction,

Is a $7 million Tax Collectors office necessary when nearly all the transactions are done online?

Is a $7 million Tax Collectors office necessary when nearly all the transactions are done online?

the Tax Collector was a hated man. This might have started with the Roman Empire where the Tax Collector collected the taxes that the huge empire needed to function.  There were income taxes, sales taxes, taxes on crops, wine, and the production of olive oil. The Tax Collector would send Rome their due and keep whatever extra he could collect for himself. Backed by government force of Roman soldiers, the position of Tax Collector was a lucrative gig. (more…)

Tax, Lies, and Videotape

Tax, Lies, and Videotape

PSL Councilman caught with his lips moving.

prior to his August 30th primary election Ron Bowen talks about paying down Port St Lucie’s debt

Everyone knows the old joke, “How can you tell when a politician is lying to you?”  Answer: “His lips are moving.”  Well, the WPSL/League of Woman Voters candidate forum always seems to have a never-ending supply of moving lips. You just need to listen and know where to look, or you have to sign up for Because This Matters and wait for another impactful installment.  (more…)

My Half-Cent’s Worth

My Half-Cent’s Worth

Ballot Initiative Approved – Voluntarily hand over more of your hard-earned.

 

Once again the subject of taxes is upon us.  If the 10% increase from the county and 18% increase for Port St Lucie was not enough, we are now being asked to approve a ½ cent increase in our sales tax rate.

Seal of fictional Unicorn Park funded with real tax dollars. Is government spending your tax dollars wisely? Do they deserve more of them?

Seal of fictional Unicorn Park funded with real tax dollars. Is government spending your tax dollars wisely? Do they deserve more of them?

It will be on the ballot this November. Not sure of the title of the ballot initiative but it might have titles such as:

THANK YOU, SIR. MAY I HAVE ANOTHER.

IT’S ONLY THE COST OF A PIZZA.

IT’S FOR THE CHILDREN.

Or, my favorite,

IF YOU VOTE NO, BABY SEALS WILL DIE.   (more…)

St. Lucie News-Tribune Distorts Election Facts

A Small Sampling of the Truth

Joe Negron's quote distorted by local paper.

Joe Negron’s quote distorted by local paper.

Eve Samples is the Opinion Editor for Treasure Coast Newspapers. In Sunday’s edition of the St Lucie News-Tribune her opinion piece was titled, ‘NEGRON DOESN’T BACK RUBIO’. Referring to the upcoming Florida Presidential Primary election.

While that is technically correct it is not the whole truth. Eve Samples knows this. She also knows that when the low information voter peruses the paper all they read are the headlines, if anything.

Maybe we would be better off if everyone had to start the work day with an oath. “I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”

The fact is that Joe Negron, who is slated to be the next state Senate president isn’t directly endorsing anyone. Negron said, “I will enthusiastically support the eventual Republican nominee.”

You don’t get to that fact until paragraph four. So while Negron isn’t supporting Rubio. He isn’t endorsing Trump, or Cruz, or Carson, or Kasich either for that matter. Negron WILL be supporting whoever wins the nomination.

This is not the first time that our local paper has twisted, distorted, or skimped on the facts when it comes to elections and specifically Republicans. I expect it will not be the last.

Amusingly Samples’ piece goes on to question the accuracy and legitimacy of the countless political polls that bombard us on a daily, if not hourly basis. Asking if polls were bad for democracy Samples got quotes from a local professor and pulled from an article that appeared in The New Yorker.

A better question would be; Are half-truths spouted from the Opinion Editor of the only major local paper bad for democracy? I guess the only saving grace is that Samples’ piece appears in the Opinion section of the paper. When Anthony Westbury gives his opinion it is printed as news on page one.

 

Charter misCommunication

 

BREAKING THE CHARTER SCHOOL MYTH

 

People constantly speak and write about the advantage charter schools have over the public school system. Statements that they don’t take tests or educate tough children, all while getting the same funding as public schools are common in the press. These myths have no foundation to stand on. (more…)

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