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Andrew Gillium, Hamilton, And Race.

Andrew Gillium is the Democrat Mayor of Tallahassee who is running for governor of the State of Florida against Republican Rick DeSantis who served in the House of Representatives.

By most accounts, the race is tight and should go down to the wire.

However, a new accusation has surfaced claiming Gillium illegally received benefits from his job and has lied to the people about it.

Undercover FBI agents paid for Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum’s hotel room and his ticket to the Broadway musical Hamilton during a 2016 trip to New York City, according to a bombshell trove of records that raises new questions two weeks before the Nov. 6 election for Florida governor.

Among the records released Tuesday: photos, a video and dozens of text messages between Gillum, who is the Democratic nominee for governor, former lobbyist Adam Corey and an undercover FBI agent. They appear to contradict Gillum’s explanation for the expenses, which have been made an major issue by his Republican rival, Ron DeSantis.

Gillum’s campaign has maintained — and continued to do so Tuesday after the records were released — that Gillum’s brother, Marcus, handed him the ticket the night of the show.

But text messages at the time of the trip show Gillum was told the tickets came from “Mike Miller,” an FBI agent looking into city corruption who was posing as a developer.

“Mike Miller and the crew have tickets for us for Hamilton tonight at 8 p.m.,” Corey texted Gillum on Aug. 10, 2016.

“Awesome news about Hamilton,” Gillum replied, according to the records.
The campaign has not said how Marcus Gillum, who lives in Chicago, came by such a sought-after Broadway ticket, or whether Andrew Gillum asked his brother about it.

Okay, so Gillium took tickets for the show “Hamilton” and is trying to say that he thought they were from his brother. If that were the whole story, that would be fine.
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Bill Nelson Hits New Low.

This may be a new low for Bill Nelson or even for politics.

Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson sent out an email and a tweet asking for people to help in the form of donations to the people affected by Hurricane Michael. Certainly there is nothing wrong with anyone – including politicians – getting the word out that relief organizations can use help after devastating events such as a hurricane.

Here’s the tweet:

There is a problem, however. A big problem in our minds.
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We Should All Condemn This. (But Will We?)

We’re back on Palm Bay for this post but with a situation that seems to affect all elections and races these days: signs.

Even we get tired of the electioneering signs for various candidates. They seem to be everywhere and as the election draws near, you’ll see more signs.

Unfortunately, there are people who don’t like the signs of candidates they don’t support. In Cocoa Beach, a candidate’s signs are moved or stolen. In Palm Bay, Parr supporters seem to be playing a childish game of re-arranging not only Parr signs, but signs of other candidates so the opponent’s signs are less visible. (It’s against the law to do that, but that doesn’t seem to stop people.)

Far above and beyond this are the signs of Thomas Gaume who is running against Kenny Johnson Jr.

Gaume posted an image of one of his larger signs on private property at the corner of Malabar and Eldron that was attacked and basically destroyed.

Someone decided to rip Gaume’s sign up.

And it is not the only sign this has happened to:
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The Results.

We know that there are other so called “experts” who are analyzing the election results from Tuesday much more and perhaps more insightfully than we ever could. Frankly, we don’t live and breath politics and every post we make is not political in nature. We have always thought we were a little more “man on the street” than the “experts” who manage to get more things wrong than we do.

The following is simply our impressions of what happened on Tuesday. It is by no means comprehensive in nature as we just don’t want to get that deep into every race. We are going to try and stick with the local, Brevard County races.

SCHOOL BOARD:

The good result here is not so much that Campbell won, but that Andy Ziegler and Dean Paterakis lost.

We can’t remember a time when two people who have constantly fought each other in a self serving manner at the expense of the public. We hope these two are consigned to the political scrap heap of Brevard County.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE:

This is the first of our “we don’t need term limits, we need “NONE OF THE ABOVE” on the ballots” race.

Since Nye lost, we’ll just ask “where does Thad Altman live again?”

COUNTY COMMISSION:
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Hmmmmmm…..

We aren’t sure if we agree with this or not, but it does seem to be something to consider.

Media hates or loves U.S. Intelligence depending on the narrative they want to propagate in this case it’s about destroying Trump.

Like we said, we aren’t sure whether we agree or not, but it does give us pause and something to think about.

The question the cartoon really raises is whether the media is interested in reporting the news or shaping / controlling the narrative.

The cartoon is from the talented mind and pencils of A. F. Branco at Comically Incorrect.



Life Lessons We Learned From Fields Of Play.

Years ago we sat in a room beneath an old gym on our college campus. It was the first class of a couple of classes on learning to be a sports official. It was not a credited course but rather training to officiate intramural sports. (The pay was much better than a minimum wage job.)

In front of us stood one of the officiating legends of NCAA. Before we even sat in that dank room, we knew of this guy. He was the head official and supervisor of officials in one of the Big 5 conferences and he would soon accept a job as head of officiating at the NCAA.

In other words, he was no lightweight in the world we were about to enter.

One of the lessons he imparted on us was rather simple.

“People that complain about others cheating are usually the biggest cheats themselves.”

As we officiated games throughout our college years and then later in life, we found that little piece of advice to be true. If a coach is complaining about a pitcher balking, they wanted us to call the balk on the opposing pitcher, but would go berserk when a balk was called on their pitcher. Holding in a football game? Same thing. Coaches wanted to disparage the other team while demanding that we never called a penalty on them.

We’ve been thinking about this as there are some accusations out there that a candidate is writing posts for this blog. We’ve covered and commented on a lot of elections over the years, and that’s a new one on us.

It’s funny that after all the stuff we went through with Facebook on our account because people attacking us wanted us to be “real people” (as opposed to the bots that are writing this post (sarcasm off)) are making these allegations from fake Facebook accounts themselves.

They demand that we be “open and transparent,” yet they don’t even bother to ask us if our posts are written by any candidate.
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Term Limits.

One of the big discussions we have around here is the subject of term limits for politicians.

You may find this surprising, but for the most part, we are against them (at least in their current form.)

The idea of term limits goes back a long time:

Term limits date back to the American Revolution, and prior to that to the democracies and republics of antiquity. The council of 500 in ancient Athens rotated its entire membership annually, as did the ephorate in ancient Sparta. The ancient Roman Republic featured a system of elected magistrates—tribunes of the plebs, aediles, quaestors, praetors, and consuls —who served a single term of one year, with re-election to the same magistracy forbidden for ten years (see cursus honorum). According to historian Garrett Fagan, office holding in the Roman Republic was based on “limited tenure of office” which ensured that “authority circulated frequently”, helping to prevent corruption. An additional benefit of the cursus honorum or Run of Offices was to bring the “most experienced” politicians to the upper echelons of power-holding in the ancient republic. Many of the founders of the United States were educated in the classics, and quite familiar with rotation in office during antiquity. The debates of that day reveal a desire to study and profit from the object lessons offered by ancient democracy.

It should be noted that when the thirteen American colonies formed the United States under the Articles of Confederation, Article 5 included term limits to Congress saying:

No State shall be represented in Congress by less than two, nor more than seven members; and no person shall be capable of being a delegate for more than three years in any term of six years; (emphasis ours)

However, when the Articles of Confederation was replaced with the current Constitution which formed “a more perfect union” than that of the Articles of Confederation, term limits were not included in the Constitution.
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Randy Fine: Too Soon.

Yesterday State Representative Randy Finer posted this on his Facebook page:

Years ago Obama adviser and now Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emmanuel said:

You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.

That line was roundly boo’ed and condemned by conservatives who feel that using a crisis so soon is morally repugnant and leads to legislation and programs that have not been thought out correctly.

It is also a bit self-aggrandizing.

Previously Fine had threatened companies that were acting in a legal manner because he didn’t like their legal actions. In doing so, Fine interjected himself between two parties in a contract that did not concern him or his station as a State Representative.
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