Back when my Brutally Frank column was running in The Brandon News, I would typically do a Brutally Frank's Conservative Voters Guide prior to any elections. I would try to save the readers a few steps in figuring out who the genuinely conservative candidates were, and also how to vote on those agonizing judicial retention matters, which judges are worth keeping and who need to go. Then there's the seemingly endless string of constitutional amendments that appear on virtually every ballot, this year being no different. I'd swear these politicians write those amendments to try to impress eachother!
I've since worked to continue my Conservative Voters Guide, and this upcoming election is more crucial than ever! So here, brethren and sistren, is the 2012 version of Brutally Frank's Conservative Voter's Guide. The election on November 6 will very likely will determine whether or not this county continues to exist at all in a form any of us recognize. Please feel free to print this out and bring it to the polls with you, post it on FaceBook, copy and paste it in emails, whatever you need to do to get people VOTING and VOTING CONSERVATIVE, especially with a heart toward FAITHBASED CONSERVATIVE PRINCIPLES! By the way, some of the amendments I didn't indicate a YES or NO vote if they didn't necessarily hinge on any moral or faithbased principle. Kind of a toss-up, but pretty much you can vote YES. The amendments on which I indicated a YES vote very much impact us with regard to our faith principles or our liberties! For any districts in question, for Congressional seats or state house or state senate seats, for example, check your voter registration card. God bless!
President and Vice President: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan
THE OBAMUNIST REGIME MUST END NOW!
United States Senate: Connie Mack
Connie Mack is a Republican and a Tea Party conservative, while Bill Nelson, the Democrat incumbent, is a leftist who supports the Obamunist takeover of healthcare!
Congress Dist. 12: Gus Bilirakis
Longtime solid conservative in such a way as to make his father and predecessor, Mike Bilirakis, abundantly proud!
Congress Dist. 14: Evelio "EJ" Otero
EJ is a Tea Party conservative! We MUST be rid of Kathy Castor, the Obamunist shill!
Congress Dist. 17: Tom Rooney
Florida State Senate Dist. 22: Jeff Brandon
Florida State Senate Dist. 24: Tom Lee
Florida State Senate Dist. 26: Bill Galvano
Florida State House Dist. 57: Jake Raburn
Florida State House Dist. 58: Dan Raulerson
Florida State House Dist. 59: Ross Spano
Florida State House Dist. 62: Wesley G. Warren
Florida State House Dist. 63: Shawn Harrison
Hillsborough County Sheriff: David Gee
Hillsborough County Property Appraiser: Ronda Storms
Ronda is a fearless Christian conservative warrior without equal! Her opponent, Bob Henriquez, when he was in the state house, abandoned his wife, who couldn't conceive, for his mistress who he'd gotten pregnant.
Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections: Rich Glorioso
Hillsborough County Commission Dist. 4: Al Higginbotham
Hillsborough County Commission Dist. 6: Margaret Iuculano
Retention of Florida State Supreme Court Justices
Shall Justice R. Fred Lewis be retained? NO!
Shall Justice Barbara A. Parente be retained? NO!
Shall Justice Peggy A. Quince be retained? NO!
They need to go because the state Supreme Court struck down a constitutional amendment proposed by the legislature that would have amounted to a referendum on Obamacare.
Retention of District Court of Appeal Judges
Shall Judge Anthony K. Black be retained? YES
Shall Judge Darryl C. Casanueva be retained? YES
Shall Judge Charles A. Davis be retained? YES
Shall Judge Edward C. LaRose be retained? YES
Hillsborough County School Board Dist. 7
Terry's a courageous Christian warrior, and man of deep faith and convictions! We need him on the school board!
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. (In a nutshell, it prohibits implementation of ObamaCare). Vote YES.
Amendment #2 - Disabled Veterans/Eligibility for Additional Homestead Exemption
Expands 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. Vote YES.
Amendment #3 - State Government Revenue Limitation
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.
Amendment #4 - Property Tax Limitation, Property Value Declines, etc.
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.
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.
Amendment #6 - Prohibition of Public Funding of AbortionsThis is a PRO-LIFE amendment to the Florida Constitution prohibiting the use of taxpayer 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! VOTE YES!
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. VOTE YES!
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. It helps the families of our soldiers, law enforcement, and other heroes, so vote YES.
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) Saves on taxes so vote YES.
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. Helps poor old folks save on their taxes so vote YES.
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.