Entries by Dr. Rich Swier

The War for the Veteran Vote in Florida

Florida is home to 1.6 million veterans, which is the second largest concentration of veterans in the U.S. after California. As a percentage of population Florida ranks number one. In December 2008 ABC reported on how the veteran vote impacted the election of then Presidential candidate Barack Obama. Remembering that John McCain is a veteran the ABC […]

FL Posts Second Largest Drop in Unemployment since 2010

In 2010 Rick Scott was propelled into the Governor’s mansion primarily by TEA Party, 912 Project and other constitutional conservative groups. Upon taking office Governor Scott said, “the axis of unemployment is taxation, regulation and litigation.” Since his inauguration he has worked to reduce unemployment in the state.

At War with Iran

“State TV said President Assad’s brother-in-law, Assef Shawkat, and Gen Dawoud Rajha, the defence minister were victims of a blast during a high level security meeting. The Interior minister was also injured. Gen Shawkat was the deputy defense minister and was among the most feared figures in Assad’s inner circle. He is married to Assad’s […]

Floridians Support Stand Your Ground Law

It is the inalienable right of every individual to defend themselves from an attacker. Many states including Florida have passed Stand Your Ground laws to protect this right any time and any where a person is attacked and in fear of their life. Toluse Olorunnipa, McClatchy Newspapers, reports, “Florida’s controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ law continues to enjoy […]

The Mother of All Hoaxes

There was a brief flurry of stories in the media at the beginning of what has become a historic summer of hot weather across the U.S. that global warming was to blame. They faded swiftly because the public has concluded that global warming is the mother of all hoaxes, because we are in the midst […]

Waste in Florida’s Public Libraries

In Florida there are two public library systems. Public libraries are run by both the local sixty-seven county governments and county school boards. In Florida school districts have the same boundaries as the do the counties. A 2004 study by the Florida State University Center for Economic Forecasting and Analysis reports, “In FY 2004 Florida public libraries received $443 million […]

Happy Birthday Florida!

On July 17, 1821 the United States formally obtained Florida from Spain. Andrew Jackson served as temporary governor until November of 1821. In 1822 Congress organized the Territory of Florida. Florida became a state in 1845. In 1513 Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon claimed the Florida region for Spain. He named the region Florida most […]

Sarasota County’s Bait and Switch

Citizens of Sarasota County in March 1999 approved and via taxes funds the Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program (ESLPP) and Neighborhood Parkland Acquisition Program, which are designed to acquire and protect natural lands and park lands. Citizens are now questioning county staff efforts to transfer development rights (TDRs) from these publicly owned lands to selected developers. […]

Florida Victory: Feds Grant Access to SAVE Database

The Department of Homeland Security will give Florida access to the SAVE law enforcement database of illegals. The access will be used by Supervisors of Elections to determine if ineligables are on the Florida voters rolls. The Department of Homeland security granted access only after Florida sued in a related case and the suit was […]

Sarasota County Charter Review Board Races Heat Up

Sarasota is one of twenty home rule or charter counties in Florida. The County Charter is not unlike a local form of  the U.S. Constitution. The County Charter establishes how the county is governed and may be amended. All proposed amendments to the County Charter must pass through the Sarasota County Charter Review Board (CRB). According […]

Pensions, Sick Leave & Vacation Days Bankrupting FL

Slade O’Brien, Director of Americans for Prosperity – Florida, was in Sarasota to present the “Five For Florida” plan to over 200 activists. According to their website, “Five For Florida is a policy plan that outlines five key issues that elected officials can address that will make Florida more economically competitive and government more transparent and […]

Concerned Veterans for America hosting Organizational Event in Sarasota, FL

Sarasota, FL – Concerned Veterans for America will host an organizational event at 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 17, 2012 in in the Gold Coast Eagle Distributing Confernce Room located at 7051 Wireless Court, Sarasota, FL 34240. This open to the public event will education local veterans, their families and interested citizens about Concerned Veterans for America its […]