Ross Perot, Billionaire and Former Presidential Candidate, Dead at 89

by Joshua Caplan

Texas billionaire and former presidential candidate Henry Ross Perot is dead at the age of 89-years-old following a five-month fight with leukemia.

Perot, whose 19% of the vote in 1992 stands among the best showings by an independent candidate in the past century, died early Tuesday at his home in Dallas surrounded by his devoted family, family spokesman James Fuller said.


“In business and in life, Ross was a man of integrity and action. A true American patriot and a man of rare vision, principle and deep compassion, he touched the lives of countless people through his unwavering support of the military and veterans and through his charitable endeavors,” Fuller said in a statement. Read the rest HERE.

Ken Cuccinelli: ICE Ready to Deport Approx. 1M Illegal Aliens with Final Deportation Orders

 

Acting United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Ken Cuccinelli says the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency is ready to deport about a million illegal aliens who remain in the country despite having final orders for deportation.

During an interview with CBS News on Sunday, Cuccinelli said despite a delay of mass deportations by President Trump two weeks ago, ICE agents are ready to detain and deport the roughly one million illegal aliens who have been ordered deported from the country.

Cuccinelli said:

[ICE agents are] ready to just perform their mission which is to go and find and detain and then deport the approximately one million people who have final removal orders. They’ve been all the way through the due process and have final removal orders. Who among those will be targeted for this particular effort or not is really just information kept within ICE. [Emphasis added]

Cuccinelli said mass deportations by ICE of illegal aliens with final deportation orders “should be going on on a rolling basis” and blamed “the politics of Washington” for interfering with ICE operations. Read the rest HERE.

Related Story: Poll: Majority of Americans Want Mass Deportations of Illegal Aliens Following Con

Stand up to GRU – Protest Tuesday at GRU Office at 4:30pm

Attention ALL GRU Ratepayers: Protest Tuesday at GRU at 4:30pm

Screenshot_2019-06-24 MYCBS4 Gainesville residents protest GRU rate increases outside of city hall on June 20th

Protest Tuesday @ GRU at 4:30pm. Note: ALL GRU ratepayers are burdened by high utility rates even if you live outside of the Gainesville city limits so please attend and make your voice heard.

Great news,

The UAB (utility advisory board) will be holding a meeting this Tuesday, June 25th at 5:30pm at GRU located at 301 SE 4th Ave. near Depot Park and bus station.

Citizens will be protesting out front on the corner from 4:30pm – 5:30pm and we encourage you and your friends to come out and join us!

People are beginning to hear about the protest – to Stop Another GRU Rate Hike – we had last Thursday at City Hall and on University Ave.

They are taking the protest news back to their friends, family and neighbors and the distrust of GRU management and the city commission is growing.

Many GRU customers are ALREADY paying the highest utility bills in the state and the City and GRU need to cut their BLOATED budget.

We also succeeded in getting the message out that while our city is in the middle of a budget crisis Mayor Poe takes off on a TAXPAYER funded trip to Hawaii.

Not the time to back down.

Sorry about the mix up with the cold drinks last Thursday – will have them this TUESDAY starting at 4:30pm.

This is where people go to pay their GRU bill in hopes that they do not get their power shut off. GRU is located on the EASTSIDE of town.

We saved the protest signs and making more.

Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.

Thank you,

Debbie

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Take a look at some of our new signs and we are open to suggestions. Feel free to bring some signs of your own.

Fire GRU Manager

Mayor Poe must Resign

No More GRU Biomass Electric Rate Hikes

Mayor Poe in Hawaii on Our Dime!

GRU bills already Sky High

We cannot Afford to pay More

GRU rate hikes Hurt the Poor

Stop GRU rate hikes

*Posted with permission of author

Judge Jeanine: We Are At Risk of Losing Our Greatness


In her opening statement on Saturday’s Justice With Judge Jeanine, judge Pirro said that we reward illegals whose backgrounds we don’t know:

“…The irony is that those who respectfully wait their turn and get a visa, and come here legally, and learn our history, and swear allegiance to the United States, who want to scrimp and save, they have to pay for their own lawyers, while the illegals get them for free…”

“…It comes down to one thing: The strength of the President to again defy the odds, the naysayers, and the doubters. To do what no president has done: Fix this mess. This is Donald Trump’s moment in history. And I for one believe in the man and the moment. So should you.”

Gainesville City Commission Vote Yes to Increased GRU Rates and Property Taxes

by Landon Harrar

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) — It’s a double-whammy for taxpayers in the city of Gainesville.

City commissioners voted Wednesday to approve 6.4 percent rate increase for electricity, and that isn’t the only rate hike.

Commissioners have for months been trying to find millions of dollars to make up for their budget shortage. Wednesday, on a vote of 4-3, property taxes, the fire fee, and GRU rates will help fix that gap. Read the rest HERE.

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Residents are NOT happy about it. From Facebook :

Commissioners approved a 6.4% electric rate increase and property tax increase that could be as high as 11.5%.

After months of deliberations, Gainesville’s elected leaders on Wednesday decided to increase electric rates and property taxes to make up what’s left of a budget shortfall.

The Gainesville City Commission voted 4-3 to increase electric rates by 6.4% and bump property taxes up 11.5%, an increase that will cost most city residents hundreds more a year. Commissioners Gail Johnson, Harvey Ward and Gigi Simmons voted in dissent.

The City Commission will vote again in July and September to finalize the increases.

The electric increase is higher than what Gainesville Regional Utilities officials initially requested and eats up savings customers had seen from the $754 million biomass plant purchase in 2017.

Though currently the lowest in the county, the city’s proposed property tax rate would be the highest it’s been in 25 years. The increase puts Gainesville at the second lowest, behind Archer, and would add almost $4 million to the city’s budget.

Property values have gone up roughly 6% in Alachua County in the past year.

Those in attendance asked city leaders to think about cutting the budget before considering increases on taxpayers and pointed to GRU customers’ charges and rates that are already at or near the highest in the state.

The proposed revenue increases will cover the city’s remaining $3.2 million budget deficit — a hole that started at $12 million. The city’s budget also includes new commission initiatives and 16.5 full-time employees at a cost of $1.2 million, which interim City Manager Deborah Bowie said were not a factor in the deficit.

Throughout the budget process, the commission has not made any cuts to its budget, with the exception of about $790,000 in reduced pension payments.

Commissioners on Wednesday agreed to consider up to $1.5 million in department cuts at an upcoming meeting, a suggestion they rejected in February.

Mayor Lauren Poe said the city has been “very conservative” on spending and that the city has done everything possible to lower rates or keep them steady, despite increasing rates in each of the last three years.

“You cannot starve government into greatness,” Poe said. “We cannot address the challenges we have as a community by reducing the level of service that our customers both expect and need.”

Poe also said an upcoming renters’ rights ordinance will have the most significant and positive impact on electric bills.

Earlier in the year, it was suggested that GRU and the City Hall side of government would share the $12 million deficit. GRU had refinanced its debt, adding $114 million in new debt, to make up most of the deficit.

After Wednesday’s meeting, it was clear that property owners and GRU customers will be forced to make up the difference with increases in their property taxes and utility bills.

The utility’s general manager, Ed Bielarski, asked the city to cut about $3 million from the general fund transfer — money that moves from GRU to City Hall to pay for various services. The GFT currently sits around $38 million and typically grows about 1.5% each year. GRU had initially requested commissioners lower the GFT by $6 million, instead of increasing it, so customers weren’t impacted as much. In the end, commissioners kept the GFT flat, resulting in a higher electric rate increase.

Bielarski estimates the increases, for those who use 1,000 kWh, will make customer’s electric bills go up 4.25% and about 2.5% on the overall bill.

“I know for some people that’s difficult for them,” Bielarski said. “But it is something that the utility needs to maintain its fleet of assets and to keep its financial strength intact.”

In April, the utility had the third-highest residential bills and by far the highest commercial bills in the state.

GRU customers also will see increases for other utility services.

Gas rates will increase 0.57%, water 0.44% and wastewater 0.42% to make up for employee raises previously approved by the commission last month. In April, GRU had also increased its fuel adjustment charge by $3.50 per 1,000 kWh.

Commissioners also agreed to increase the fire assessment fee by up to 32% percent to make up for rising costs. The proposed increase was initially $11.

If approved in July, the city will charge $133 per fire protection unit.

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  • Ivo Rabell In April, the utility had the third-highest residential bills and by far the highest commercial bills in the state.Together with the upcoming “renters right ordinance” The left/progressive city commissioners are slowly turning Gainesville into a small city shit-hole just like the left/progressive commissioners have done in San Francisco. L.A., Seattle, Portland, etc.
  • Richard Giambrone The city under the guise of “renters rights” will further alienate owners from thieir investments. I’ve been in the business a lot of years and I remember way back somewhere in the late 70’s or early 80’s many of us went to a commission meeting concerning our properties. The point is this city has had over a 40 year history of scapegoaing and landlord abuse without ever acknowledging the befenits landlords do for the this tiny back water( read soon to be Shole) municipality. The fees we pay to the city far surpass any expense created from absentee ownership.Recently they suspended the prison labor cotract which was a great savings due to the low wage paid for that service. In place of that program they hired “x” number of full time employees to do what the prisoners did. Meanwhile they pat themselves on the back and loudly and proudly proclaim “look at the jobs WE created” All they did was raise the expenses. UNTIL THE LEADERS OF THIS COMMUNITY STOP SEEING CITY GOVERNMENT AS GIANT MAKEWORK PROGRAM WE WILL CONTINUE TO SEE RED INK.

    Link to post and comments on Facebook.

Ron DeSantis Takes on the BDS Movement

AP Photo/Steve Cannon

By Caroline Glick

“If you openly support BDS in Florida, you’re dead, politically.”

That was Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s conclusion from the surprisingly large role the issue of the antisemitic “boycott, divestment and sanctions” (BDS) campaign against Israel played in his close race against Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum in Floridan’s gubernatorial election last November.

DeSantis edged out the hardcore progressive Democrat by a mere 0.4 percent, or 32,000 votes.

DeSantis made the remark during the course of his official visit to Israel last week. He led a massive trade mission of Florida business leaders, cabinet secretaries, and university presidents on a five-day trip to the Jewish state. During the course of the mission, Florida universities signed collaboration agreements with Israeli universities spanning a vast spectrum of undertakings from water purification to space research.

The mission merged the twin goals of increasing Florida-Israel economic, academic and commercial ties; and fighting anti-Semitism generally, and the BDS campaign against Israel specifically. Its success was a stunning expression of DeSantis’s state government’s friendship with Israel. It also placed the sharp contrast between progressive Democrats — like his opponent, Gillum — and DeSantis in stark relief. Read the rest HERE.

Caroline Glick is a world-renowned journalist and commentator on the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy, and the author of The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East. Read more at www.CarolineGlick.com.

 

Memorialize Our Fallen Heroes by Keeping America from Becoming a Memory

Nikolay Doychinov/AFP/Getty Images

by Tommy Waller

Every Memorial Day, I think about those men and women I know who died in combat against our nation’s enemies. I think especially about the families who lost Marines under my command and how I owe it to them to ensure that I preserve not only their memory, but the safety and security of the very nation for which they gave their lives.

Similarly, every American owes a debt of gratitude to the generations of warriors who preserved our nation’s freedom against the evils of Colonialism, Imperialism, Nazism, and Socialism/Communism. If Americans expect to maintain that freedom, we must match our gratitude with a commitment to defeat the threats that, today, could turn our Republic and our freedom into a memory [bold emphasis, mine]. These types of threats are referred to as “existential” — they hold at risk the very existence of America as we know it.

Today’s “existential threats” are embodied in the “Red-Green Axis” and the methods by which those adversaries are currently working to bring an end to America. The Red-Green Axis is an ideological and political combination of Marxism-Leninism and Sharia. The “Red” part of this Axis consists of threats ranging from the Socialist and Communist states of Russia and China to the Socialist movement in the United States, part of which is firmly entrenched in American society and even within the American government. Read the rest HERE.

The REAL Socialist Agenda

The ‘Deplorables’ Have Not Gone Away

By Bruce L. Hartman

He was late picking us up. And when he showed up it was in a beat-up pickup truck that had been driven over three hundred thousand miles with a cracked windshield. For those of us used to bright and shiny, this was highly unusual. Barry got out of the truck with a big smile and a downhome hello. He would be with us for a few days, helping us get back on the Appalachian Trail, which we are hiking from Georgia to Maine this spring and summer. Barry quickly let us know he was one of Hilary’s [sic] deplorables and proud to be one.

On the hour ride with Barry, we got to know each other a little better. He is a crazy driver and at times I questioned if we would make the fifty-mile trip. But slowly we got comfortable with Barry and asked questions about his life. During this drive and the next few days, the story of his life came out. We discovered a deep man of faith and commitment to doing the right thing.

It’s not that Barry is all that unusual that I tell his story, but because he is the perfect blend of Americans who live and carve out lives in the small towns of America. These towns contain the “deplorables” — those who strongly support President Trump. He represents what we have discovered about these wonderful people Hilary [sic] called “deplorable.” Red the rest HERE.

 

Migrants? Not in OUR Back Yard

Ron DeSantis: Dumping Migrants in Florida is Unacceptable

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s governor plans to fight a federal plan to fly hundreds of immigrants from the Mexican border to two South Florida counties, saying Friday he’ll take his case to President Donald Trump.

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis made his remarks a day after being caught off guard when Broward and Palm Beach county officials said they were notified by U.S. Border Patrol that more than a 100 immigrants would be sent weekly to each of the counties starting in about two weeks.

“We cannot accommodate in Florida just dumping unlawful migrants into our state. I think it will tax our resources, the schools, the health care, law enforcement, state agencies,” DeSantis told reporters in Sarasota after a bill signing ceremony. Read more HERE.

UPDATE: Border Patrol Official: Migrants Won’t Be Sent to Florida ‘at this Time’ Following Blowback

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official said late Friday that plans to send migrant families to South Florida have been put on hold temporarily following a backlash from state lawmakers.

The development came after Broward and Palm Beach county officials said they were notified by U.S. Border Patrol that more than a 100 immigrants would be sent weekly to each of the counties starting in the next two weeks. According to NPR, the official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the agency will not be “transporting any family units to Florida at this time,” but left the door open to “possibly housing and processing migrants at other U.S. Border Patrol sectors across the nation.” Read more HERE.

Trump Details ‘America First’ Immigration Plan

AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

by Charlie Spiering

President Donald Trump delivered a major speech on Thursday, detailing a new merit-based immigration plan for the United States and a stronger border enforcement mechanism.

“Democrats are proposing open borders, lower wages and, frankly, lawless chaos,” Trump said. “We are proposing an immigration plan that puts the jobs, wages and safety of American workers first.”

The president spoke about the proposal during a speech from the Rose Garden at the White House. Trump stressed that the plan was not a plan developed by politicians, but by border enforcement professionals.

“Our proposal is pro-America, pro-immigrant, and pro-worker,” he said. “It’s just common sense.”

Trump said that the current system allowed immigrants to come in at random regardless of skill, allowing them to compete with Americans for entry-level jobs. Read the rest of this article including video clips of the President’s immigration address HERE.

Video of the full speech.

 

Survey: Only 2 – in – 15 Americans Aware of Soaring Illegal Immigration to U.S.

It’s the media, folks. People believe what they read in the fish-wrappers and the nightly network news.

by John Binder

Less than two-in-15 American voters are aware of the soaring levels of illegal immigration across the United States-Mexico border, a new survey finds.

The latest Harvard/Harris Poll reveals that when Americans are asked how many illegal aliens are arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, only about 13 percent answer correctly. Meanwhile, about 76 percent of Americans believe illegal immigration levels are vastly lower than they actually are.

For example, there were nearly 100,000 border apprehensions in April, alone. This puts illegal immigration at the southern border on track to outpace every year of illegal immigration under former President Obama and take the U.S. back to Bush era levels. At current rates, experts project there to be 863,000 border apprehensions this Fiscal Year, though this only counts illegal aliens who are caught at the border and does not include those who successfully cross. Continue reading HERE.

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