Party candidates just double-talk, fool voters

If you have watched the debates for the U.S. Senate race, you may not be happy with the three media-made candidates in this race. The reason is simple. You watched three candidates rehash their commercials, using only attacks and well rehearsed lines. They did not talk to you about the true message of freedom and liberty that everyone is looking for. The United States Constitution was barely a footnote in the discussion.

U.S. Senate candidate Snitker looks for real solutions and avoids platitutes

By Alex Snitker

If you have watched the debates for the U.S. Senate race, you may not be happy with the three media-made candidates in this race. The reason is simple. You watched three candidates rehash their commercials, using only attacks and well rehearsed lines. They did not Continue reading “Party candidates just double-talk, fool voters”

Pinch your nose at the polls

Too often we must walk into the ballot box holding our noses, trying to get past the awful stench of those politicians that we have to choose from. Nowhere is this more recognizable than the Jim Norman debacle. In case you’ve had your head in the sand, Jim Norman has been accused of not reporting financial assets during his Primary Election.

Jim Norman headed to the Hall of Shame

By Scott Factor

Too often we must walk into the ballot box holding our noses, trying to get past the awful stench of those politicians that we have to choose from. Nowhere is this more recognizable than the Jim Norman debacle. In case you’ve had your head in the sand, Jim Norman has been accused of not reporting financial assets during his Primary Election. Although this is normally something that would generate a complaint to and be handled by the State Ethics Commission, a very crafty Kevin Ambler instead filed a pre-emptive lawsuit to remove Norman’s name from the ballot. A judge decided that Norman should not be on the ballot. A later appeal reinstated Norman’s position on the ballot, returning us to square one: the choice of someone with a cloud of suspicion hanging over their head. Continue reading “Pinch your nose at the polls”

The Water Cooler: shameless politicians edition

The Florida District Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court judge’s ruling that Jim Norman is a lying, cheating bum and should be thrown off the ballot. In a strict interpretation of the law and a complete disregard for right and wrong, the court said they didn’t want to “disenfranchise voters” unless the law clearly states doing so is warranted.

The Water Cooler is a snapshot of some of the things people are talking about in politics

By Chris Ingram
 

Norman back on ballot but still may need orange jumpsuit

The Florida District Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court judge’s ruling that Jim Norman is a lying, cheating bum and should be thrown off the ballot. In a strict interpretation of the law and a complete disregard for right and wrong, the court said they didn’t want to “disenfranchise voters” unless the law clearly states doing so is warranted. This is what is otherwise known as a technicality. Here’s hoping Kevin Ambler appeals the suit to the State Supreme Court. Ambler deserves kudos for pressing the issue this far and for taking on a tremendous financial obligation in the form of legal fees to advance his case.

But Norman isn’t free and clear just yet. The FBI and a grand jury are looking into his financial shenanigans, and he may have to file new and accurate financial disclosure forms which he may prefer not to do since doing so could cause him to perjure himself.

Either way, the guy is an eyesore on Tampa, Continue reading “The Water Cooler: shameless politicians edition”

Statewide candidate, congressional, and statewide ballot recommendations

With absentee ballots already in the mail, it’s time for a quick assessment of the candidates. Irreverent View makes the following recommendations.

Irreverent View dissects the races and makes recommendations in all of Florida’s statewide, congressional races, and ballot initiatives

By Chris Ingram

With absentee ballots already in the mail, it’s time for a quick assessment of the candidates. Irreverent View makes the following recommendations.

Governor

Rick Scott has his baggage with the Columbia/HCA fine, Continue reading “Statewide candidate, congressional, and statewide ballot recommendations”

Hillsborough candidate and referenda recommendations

The options for voters in Hillsborough County for the General Election are weak to say the least. In an age when voters nationwide have tended to reject incumbent officeholders and career politicians, Hillsborough voters tended to embrace them – at least in the Primary Elections, the result of which gives us our General Election candidates.

Irreverent View dissects the races and makes recommendations in most all of Hillsborough County’s competitive races (and a few that aren’t competitive)

By Chris Ingram

With absentee ballots already in the mail, it’s time for a quick assessment of local candidates. You can review our state, congressional, and ballot initiative recommendations by clicking here.

The options for voters in Hillsborough County for the General Election are weak to say the least. In a year when voters nationwide have rejected incumbent officeholders and career politicians, Hillsborough voters tended to Continue reading “Hillsborough candidate and referenda recommendations”

Confessions of a Republican

By their definition being a “good Republican” means drinking the Kool-aid, following the party’s ridiculous “loyalty oath” (pledging to vote for and support any and all Republicans – even if Charles Manson is on the ballot so long as his name is followed by an “R”), and subscribing to Ronald Reagan’s “11th Commandment” – though shall not speak ill of a fellow Republican.

I’d rather let my kids watch a gay marriage ceremony than a Jim Norman real estate closing

By Chris Ingram

Some of my more narrow-minded Republican friends have suggested I am not a Republican – at least a not very good one.

By their definition being a “good Republican” means Continue reading “Confessions of a Republican”

The Water Cooler: Wallace to State Senate; U.S. Senate Debate Sunday a.m.; pathetic pageant participants; October surprise for Rubio?

Former State Rep. Rob Wallace will replace disgraced Republican Jim Norman on the ballot for State Senate District 12. Wallace was selected by six Republican representatives from Hillsborough and Pasco counties — as permitted to state law.

The Water Cooler is a snapshot view of some of the things people are talking about in politics

By Chris Ingram

Who is Rob Wallace?

Former State Rep. Rob Wallace will replace disgraced Republican Jim Norman on the ballot for State Senate District 12. Wallace was selected by six Republican representatives from Hillsborough and Pasco counties — as permitted to state law.

State Rep. Kevin Ambler who was rejected by the committee of six still could end up as the nominee Continue reading “The Water Cooler: Wallace to State Senate; U.S. Senate Debate Sunday a.m.; pathetic pageant participants; October surprise for Rubio?”