Entries by Philip Blumel

People of Florida 2, Lobbyists 0. School Board Term Limits Advance Again!

Today we learned once again that the power of the grassroots here in Florida can overcome any special interest, no matter how entrenched. The Local Government Committee of the Constitutional Revision Commission just passed School Board Term Limits by a 5-1 vote, meaning we are one step closer to letting Florida voters decide in 2018 […]

FOLLOWING THE MONEY IN FLORIDA: Palm Beach Gardens City Council votes to overturn voter approved term limits

FOLLOW THE MONEY: Palm Beach Gardens edition Posted: 08 Dec 2017 12:54 PM PST Last night, the Palm Beach Gardens city council voted 4-1 (with Matt Lane voting ‘nay’) to place an amendment on the March ballot to overturn the term limits citizens initiative approved in November 2014 by 79% of Palm Beach Gardens voters. Citizen after citizen […]

Take Action: Floridians can Term Limit School Board Members

THE LOBBYISTS ARE COMING! Term limits a crucial defense against degenerating school board politics Last year, the Orlando Sentinel revealed that candidates the Orange County school board were raking in campaign contributions from the building industry. At the same time, a school building boom is under way in Orange County, with plans to open 13 new campuses by 2020. […]

School Board Term Limits to be placed on Florida’s 2018 ballot

I have some excellent news! Yesterday, the Education Committee of Florida’s Constitutional Revision Commission unanimously passed our measure asking for School Board Term Limits to be placed on Florida’s 2018 ballot. Before the vote, the commissioners cited the high volume of positive citizen emails and phone calls as a major reason they voted “YES”. That means your activism […]

Take Action Now – Term Limit School Board Members in Florida!

Who’s ready to term limit every School Board member in Florida? Florida is, without question, THE term limits state. Our voters have limited the terms of our governor, attorney general, state legislators, county commissioners, city councilors and many other offices. But elected School Board members, who manage billions of your tax dollars, have always been […]

STUDY: Term Limited States Ranked Best Fiscally as Career Politicos Flop

Surprise, surprise. A brand new report says states with term-limited legislatures are outperforming their career politician counterparts. According to George Mason University’s “Ranking the States by Fiscal Condition 2017” report, 8 of the 15 fiscally strongest states have legislative term limits. When one considers that only 15 out of 50 states have legislative term limits, […]

7th-year Republican Florida representative claims freshman status to evade 8-year term limit

The ugly hubris that accompanies entrenched power has been noted since human beings started taking notes. Here’s another card for the file: In Tampa, 7th-year legislator Rep. James Grant is facing his last term in office under Florida’s 8-year term limits law. How is he choosing to finish out his public service?  By filing for […]

Guess who’s blocking Congressional Term Limits — can you say Mitch?

A term limits amendment is about to be introduced in the U.S. House and Senate. The Hill reports: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) say they want to help President-elect Donald Trump “drain the swamp” by imposing congressional term limits. The two conservative lawmakers said in a Washington Post op-ed Friday they plan […]

VIDEO: Trump Backs Term Limits for Congress

Donald Trump just endorsed passing a constitutional amendment slapping Term Limits on Congress.  He’s now the second presidential candidate to endorse U.S. Term Limits’s ultimate goal. “Not only will it end government corruption, but it will end the economic stagnation in our country,” he just announced. We have the momentum.  Lobbying for Term Limits to […]

Florida: Term Limited Levy out! Citizens win 100% victory in Palm Beach Gardens

It is not an uncommon scenario: Citizens pass a simple term limits law and self-interested incumbents tie up the courts and murder the English language to protect their positions of meager power. Sometimes they’ll force illegal elections and round up the local establishment and media to come to their aid. The battles are fierce and often […]

Florida: Congressional Candidates Sukhia and Thomas Sign Term Limits Pledge

We took Congressional candidate Ken Sukhia to task in a recent post for apparent waffling on the issue of Congressional term limits. Since then Sukhia has clarified his position, making a bold commitment in favor of the popular reform by signing the U.S. Term Limits Congressional pledge. The former federal prosecutor and GOP primary candidate for Florida’s […]