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Dear Editor
I urge your readers to please sign and send the petition to Florida’s governor—demanding they put health care ahead of politics by accepting the ACA’s Medicaid expansion.The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands Medicaid to millions of low-income Americans, but 25 states—including Florida—have rejected it, because Republicans hate Obamacare.

In other words, states are rejecting free money from the feds—purely out of political spite.

That would be funny, if the effects were not so serious. A new Harvard study finds that this will result in eight million uninsured Americans—and 17,000 avoidable and preventable deaths.

Sign and send the petition to your governor—demanding that Florida put the health care of its residents above politics, and accept the ACA’s Medicaid expansion.

Keep fighting,
Paul Hogarth, Daily Kos



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Early Voting ended Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010, in Citrus County, TODAY, NOV. 2, 2010, you have to go to your regular voting precinct, which should be noted on your voting ID card. For further assistance call the ELECTION OFFICE, 352-341-6740. CLICK HERE FOR GOOGLE VOTING MAP, just type in your address and it will tell you where your voting precinct is located!

Guide for Voters on the Six Amendments

Click here for Citrus County Sample ballot, (all precincts except 105, 409, 410)

Amendment 1: Repeal of public financing requirement

–What it would do: End the constitutional requirement of public financing for political campaigns. The Legislature created public financing for statewide campaigns in 1987, arguing it was becoming too expensive to run for public office. In 1988, voters added the requirement to the state Constitution. This year, the Legislature voted to place the proposed amendment on the ballot to remove the public financing system.

–Proponents say: Public financing for candidates is akin to “welfare for politicians.”

–Opponents say: Removing public financing increases the impact of special-interest money in politics.

EYEONCITRUS POSITION:  VOTE NO Politics are controlled by big money, the only chance an independent can hope to have in running against such a backdrop of  Big Money is for this to remain in effect.  In fact, all private funding of elections should be outlawed. The politicians who receive these monies hold no allegiance to the people, who they are suppose to represent. If there were equally funded candidates (which could be accomplished with only public funding) the issues would be the deciding factor in a election, rather than who can bombard the citizenry with untold advertisements, which dull the mind and blur the issues.

Amendment 2: Tax break for deployed military personnel

–What it would do: Provides a property tax reduction to every Floridian serving in the military outside the United States. The amount of the tax break would depend on the number of days the resident serves overseas. The amendment would affect about 25,525 military personnel who call Florida their home.

–Proponents say: The proposed amendment received unanimous support in 2009 from both the House and Senate.

–Opponents say: There is no organized opposition.

EYEONCITRUS POSITION: VOTE YES It goes without saying, our military it too often abandoned after they have served our country. It has happen countless of times.

Amendment 4: Control over changes to growth plans

–What it would do: Would require voter approval of changes to comprehensive growth-management plans. An organization called “Hometown Democracy” gathered petition signatures to get the measure on the ballot. Right now county commissions and city councils approve comprehensive plan amendments, which then are reviewed by the Department of Community Affairs for consistency to the state’s growth management law. The amendment would require final approval by voters before the plans are changed.

–Proponents say: Elected officials are too eager to change growth-management plans to accommodate growth at the expense of local taxpayers and the environment. They ignore the wishes of voters, whose only recourse is to remove elected officials at the polls.

–Opponents say: Requiring voter approval of comprehensive plan changes would cripple the economy and lead to massive job loss. Developers would not want to risk the expense of proposing comprehensive plan changes to see them approved by a county commission and rejected by voters. Comprehensive plan changes in and of themselves are complex documents that require extensive study by county and city officials, something that voters likely would not bother with before voting against plan changes.

EYEONCITRUS POSITION: VOTE YES Putting the power into the People’s hands is always the wise decision.

Amendments 5 & 6: Changes in redistricting process

–What it would do: Prohibit the drawing of state legislative or congressional boundary lines in order to favor or disfavor any incumbent or political party. The districts would have to be compact and utilize existing geographical boundaries. The rules would protect minority representation rights. Amendment 5 is state legislative redistricting and Amendment 6 is congressional redistricting.

–Proponents say: Establish easily understood, nonpartisan guidelines in drawing legislative boundaries.

–Opponents say: Impossible to draw lines solely along geographical boundaries and prevent legislators from creating minority-balanced districts.

EYEONCITRUS POSITION: VOTE YES This would prevent the politicians from manipulating the district lines in order to gain an unfair advantage in their elections. This occurred on the redistricting of Karen Thurman‘s district (several years ago) resulting in a exceptional office holder losing her reelection bid due to the redrawing of her district lines!

Amendment 8: Relaxation of class-size requirements

–What it would do: Changes the calculation for class-size maximums from per-class to schoolwide averages. Voters in 2002 passed the class-size amendment that set the maximum number of students per classroom in public schools across the state. The amendment would allow districts to set class-size numbers based on the average students per school rather than class-specific.

–Proponents say: The 2002 amendment is costing millions of dollars to implement; it is rigid and unmanageable. The amendment would still reduce class sizes while giving flexibility to school districts.

–Opponents say: Amendment waters down the 2002 version, where voters wanted to limit specific class sizes. Students and teachers benefit from small class sizes.

EYEONCITRUS POSITION: VOTE YES It would help reduce costs and still maintain smaller class sizes based upon individual schools and their capabilities.

Phase out Medicare and Social Security?


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Some truly frightening Republicans are poised to take over the House—and maybe even the Senate. We can’t let that happen. Can you take 20 minutes to call MoveOn members and ask them to volunteer for the key campaigns that will determine control of Congress? Click here to sign up: 

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Have you heard about these far-right Republicans running for office this year? These people are truly frightening. Check out these quotes:

“We need to phase Medicare and Social Security out.”—Sharron Angle, Republican Senate candidate in Nevada1

“There should not be [a federal minimum wage]. That is not within the scope or the powers that are given to the federal government.”—Joe Miller, Republican Senate candidate in Alaska2

“I am pro-life. I don’t believe in the exceptions for rape or incest.”—Ken Buck, Republican Senate candidate in Colorado3

We cannot let people like this run the country.

And to make sure that doesn’t happen, we’ve identified the closest races around the country that will determine who controls Congress next year. You can help win these crucial races by spending just 15 or 20 minutes calling other MoveOn members who live nearby and asking them to volunteer. You can call right from home. Click to sign up:

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The crucial part that’s missing is you. Without the help of MoveOn members, our Progressive Heroes and other brave Democrats are at serious risk of losing their seats to the far-right wing of the Republican Party—and we could lose the House AND Senate.

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1. “Sharron Angle says eliminate Social Security,” Progress Now Nevada, June 8, 2010

2. “Joe Miller: ‘There should not be’ a federal minimum wage,” The Washington Post, October 4, 2010

3. “Ken Buck: No abortions, even in cases of rape and incest,” YouTube, August 3, 2010

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Letter to Editor: Stop the lies.

As you know, health insurance industry front groups and their allies are flooding the airwaves with political ads that lie about health reform and its supporters, so Health Care for America Now is using laughter to fight back.

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Black plays the role of Nathan Spewman, a propagandist who stops at nothing–including going to a school to recruit young children to join his campaign of deception–to spread ridiculous lies for corporate clients who line his pockets with cash.

We will not let the (mis)informants win. Share this funny video starring Jack Black and America Ferrera to stop the corporate liars who are trying to take over our country.

Other corporate liars for hire, like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American Crossroads and 60 Plus Association, are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on political propaganda to mislead voters about health care and other progressive issues to manipulate the November election.

All of our issues are at stake. We cannot let these sleazy corporations steal our democracy. Click here to watch and share “The (Mis)Informant” now.

In Solidarity,

Melinda Gibson
Health Care for America Now


Bilderberg Group 2010
Corporate America controls our politics and it has been this way for decades. Yet, when election time rolls around, there is very little the average voter can do, except to vote for the candidate that Corporate America sets up, be it be on the right or the left, the choices are limited and the results are predictable. Who ever wins, you can be sure, their corporate backers interest come first and the people’s second. The two parties have basically morphed into one, with the Democrats lacking the backbone to forge ahead with the people’s agenda and the Republicans succumbing to the New World Order ideals of the Bilderberg group, which include the likes of, Rupert Murdoch, David Rockefeller, and the who’s who of the elite. Neither party has the true interest of Americans at heart, but the Republicans have let the extreme right take over their party and have become, either, the unwitting pawns of the Corporate Monoliths, or their paid mercenaries with the Corporate bottom line their cornerstone.
On the local level the die was cast, ousting incumbents being the primary concern, which initially, would seem to be justifiable in all regards, except one. Ron Schultz, had shown and still shows, that his interests are grounded in the welfare of the community and it’s future. By choosing not to follow the party dogma he showed strength of character and courage, admirable traits and alien to most politicians. This courage, unfortunately, lost him his seat, he didn’t adhere to the party hierarchy and was taught a lesson. The public needs to take a step back and realize that these are the characteristics that must be promoted and cherished by individuals, it’s the only way we have any hope of ever regaining representative government again. If you are truly concerned about Citrus and our Country the time for hopping on the bandwagon of mindless chatter and slogans is over. Evaluate the candidates on what they have done in order to see what they will do. The only thing protecting us from anarchy is government and the degree of government should be determined by the people and not big business. Don’t let money changers and manipulators deceive you into the wrong choice.

Reader Comments:
2 down and 3 to go. When these 3 are gone we can regain our county from the Tamposi’s, the Hollin’s, and Gerry Mulligan of the Chronicle. Good riddance to all in advance.
Peter 08/26/2010
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You’re obviously not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree are you?…You talk about removing the influence of Dixie Hollins and then you probably voted for Rebecca Bays who was handpicked by Dixie Hollins to run against Thrumston.
Citrustruthteller 08/26/2010
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You assume incorrectly. I voted for Mr. Sterling in spite of the hatchet job the Chronicle was doing on him. I always look for the candidate who is not the the hands of special interests, that is why I did not vote for Bartell or Thrumston and will certainly not vote for Meek, Webb, and most of all Damato in future elections.Perhaps it is you who are intellectually spent thus resorting to juvenile insults and name calling.
Peter 08/26/2010