Polk GOP Newsletter
Message from Chairman J C Martin
Our 2021 Patriot Dinner was a YUGE success with 249 attendees. We enjoyed a great meal and honored our Patriot of the Year – Polk County Commissioner George Lindsey. We also heard from many of our elected officials including: Sheriff Grady Judd, Congressman Scott Franklin, Congressman Greg Steube, 2020 Patriot of the Year receipt and REC Chaplin Dr Earl Lee and up and comer FL State Rep Anthony Sabatini. Sabitini’s name is often mentioned in conjunction with him becoming the Congressman for the new House seat slated for FL.
Glynnda White and her team did an outstanding job in putting on our Patriot Dinner working hundreds of hours to make it a memorable night. Next time you see Glynnda please show her your appreciation.
Congratulations to Mike Musick for winning his run-off election for Seat D on Lakeland’s City Council. Unfortunately Ken Kipp came up just 28 votes short in his bid to win Seat 5 on the Haines City City Council. A good reminder that every vote matters and turnout is the key to Victory.
Mark your calendars for a Welcome Home celebration on June 7 for our Polk County Representatives and Senators from the recently completed 2021 legislative session in Tallahassee. A lot of good conservative legislation was passed in this session. The event is free and more details are in the article below. Let’s show our appreciation to our Polk county legislators for a job well done!
Our next meeting is this Tuesday, May 25 at 6:30PM. We’ll be meeting at Inman Park Baptist Church 1800 6th Street NW in Winter Haven.
Republican Party of Polk County
Monday, June 7, 2021 at 5:30 PM EDT – 7:30 PM EDT
Price: Free · Duration: 2 hr
On behalf of the Republican Club of Lakeland, the Women’s Republican Club of Lakeland, Federated, and the Polk County Republican Executive Committee, we would like to invite you to join us for a “Welcome Home” celebration event on Monday, June 7th, from 5:30-7:30pm at Union Hall, located at 1023 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33803.
We’re extremely grateful for all our delegation has accomplished this session and want to show them our sincere appreciation. This is sure to be an event you won’t want to miss!
The event is FREE to attend and we’ll serve light refreshments, soda and water. Alcohol will also be available for individual purchase.
Event: Welcome Home Event
Location: Union Hall
Dress: Business Casual
I hope you’ll consider attending this special event. Please RSVP as soon as possible.
Lake Ashton Republican Club Meeting Wednesday, May 26 at 4:00PM in the Lake Ashton Club House Ball Room
Guest Speaker: Lori Milica Cunningham – Polk School Board District 2 and Chairman
Lori is the President at Applied Images Inc. and School Board Member, District 2 at Polk County Public Schools and the Chairman.
She studied Pre-med at Emory University and Electrical engineering at University of South Florida graduating in 1985.
She enjoys meeting people and learning about different cultures… music, food, history, art and traditions. She have traveled to Europe for many years, as her parents immigrated from the former Yugoslavia, now Croatia & Serbia. She have a family home in Punat, Croatia where her maternal family roots originated.
She is married to her very best friend Rick for 30 years and they have a beautiful daughter Christina. Originally from Saint Petersburg, Florida, she now lives in Lake Wales, Florida
Republican Club of Lakeland June Monthly Meeting
Guest Speakers: Michael Beltran, State Representative for District 57 & Dr. Willie Montague, Founder and President, House of Timothy, Inc. and Congressional Candidate for Florida’s 10th Congressional District
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Cleveland Heights Golf Club
2900 Buckingham Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33803
Optional Lunch: $20 for members and guests
RSVP for the June Monthly Meeting today at https://lakelandgop.com. Lunch reservations must be made no later than Thursday, May 27th.
Reminder: If you RSVP for lunch, you are responsible for payment even if you do not attend the meeting.
Judge Sides With Biden, Rules Christian College Must Allow Biological Men & Women to Share Showers
Judge Roseann Ketchmark, an Obama appointee, ruled that biological men and women must be allowed to share the same dormitories and showers at a Christian college.
The College of the Ozarks was challenging Joe Biden’s executive order that prevented schools from keeping students from going into any restroom they choose. In other words, if the football team decides that they’re all transsexual today and want to shower with the cheerleaders, the Christian College would face six-figure fines for stopping them. Don’t you just love the “party of science”?
Happily, the school intends to appeal.
Governor DeSantis signs groundbreaking school choice law
Florida’s nation-leading school choice legislation is now law, and the parents of millions of disadvantaged Florida children will have new opportunities to improve their children’s education and hopes for better lives. Governor DeSantis signed House Bill 7045 Tuesday, providing historic levels of educational opportunities through expanded eligibility for low-income students, and prioritizing military, foster, and adopted students.
“This legislation creates historical levels of flexibility in both schooling and educational services for millions of low-income families and families of students with unique abilities,” Governor DeSantis said.
“By giving parents increased options to choose the education that best meets their child’s needs, we are giving those students unlimited opportunity,” said Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran.
Highlights of the ground-breaking law include:
- Increasing individual scholarship amounts to 100% of the state funding allocated to the child’s education, and expanding access to Florida’s scholarship programs for more families.
- Expanding the Family Empowerment Scholarship, lifting children in foster care, out-of-home care, or whose household income level does not exceed 185% of the federal poverty level.
- Giving military families the ability to maximize their school choice options.
- Expanding use of scholarship funds to cover the full spectrum of a student’s educational expenses, such as tuition and fees, and transportation to another public school, along with providing for special needs of students.
Read more here: https://www.flgov.com/2021/05/11/governor-ron-desantis-signs-transformational-legislation-to-expand-school-choice-options/
While Democrats challenge our enhanced election integrity laws, we are looking forward to 2022, gearing up with aggressive plans for voter registration and absentee ballot registration. Covid-related issues allowed Democrats to surpass us in absentee voting registration in 2020, and those will still be in effect for the 2022 cycle.
But we are organizing now to counter their advantage in that area by working with our county Republican Executive Committees and grassroots at the local level. More will be coming on this, including how everyone can get involved.
Governor DeSantis signed into law the largest investment in Florida’s history to prepare communities for rising sea levels and flooding. Senate Bill 1954 creates a coordinated approach to Florida’s coastal and inland resiliency and enhances efforts to protect inland waterways, coastlines, shores and coral reefs, which serve as invaluable natural defenses against sea level rise.
This bill and the 2021-2022 budget are part of the largest investment in the state’s history — more than $640 million — ensuring state and local communities are prepared to deal with the impacts of sea level rise, intensified storms and flooding.
The budget portion includes:
- $12.5 million for resilience projects and coral reef protection.
- $500 million in federal funding to implement statewide resilience projects through the Statewide Flooding and Sea Level Rise Resilience Plan.
- $100 million for Resilient Florida Grant Program projects in partnership with local communities, beginning in 2022.
“Since day one, the resiliency of our state has been a top priority for my administration,” Governor DeSantis said.
Read more: https://www.flgov.com/2021/05/12/governor-ron-desantis-signs-bill-to-further-strengthen-floridas-resiliency-efforts/
Governor DeSantis urged the U.S. Army Corp to reduce harmful discharges to northern estuaries in its new Lake Okeechobee system operating manual. The Governor was joined by Florida DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein and the South Florida Water Management District Board of Directors on a visit to Lake Okeechobee and the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers. The visit came as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finalizes a new water control manual.
The Governor urged the U.S. Army Corps to improve lake management to create more beneficial releases and send more water south during Florida’s dry season, and allow flexibility to avoid harmful discharges in Florida’s northern estuaries.
“In Florida, we are doing our part to expedite Everglades restoration projects and restore the flow of water south from Lake Okeechobee. Under my administration, we have expedited the EAA Reservoir Project, begun constructing the Stormwater Treatment Area 12 months ahead of schedule, and invested over $2 billion in water quality and Everglades funding,” Governor DeSantis said.
Read more: https://www.flgov.com/2021/05/10/governor-ron-desantis-urges-u-s-army-corps-to-reduce-harmful-discharges-to-northern-estuaries-in-new-lake-okeechobee-system-operating-manual/
Governor DeSantis is honoring Florida’s law enforcement officers this week by lighting the Florida Historic Capitol blue during National Police Week.
National Police Week recognizes those who protect our nation and the State of Florida, and those who have made the supreme sacrifice with their lives to protect the freedom of others and preserve law and order in our communities.
“In Florida, we stand behind our police officers who protect our freedoms and defend our society – putting themselves in harm’s way to keep our people safe and our businesses secure,” Governor DeSantis said. “This week we honor them for always responding to those in need.”
Read more: https://www.flgov.com/2021/05/09/governor-ron-desantis-honors-floridas-police-force-during-national-police-week/
Watch here: https://spacecoastdaily.com/2021/05/watch-gov-ron-desantis-honors-floridas-police-force-during-national-police-week
Governor DeSantis announced that more than $111 million has been awarded to 22 communities impacted by Hurricane Michael.
The Rebuild Florida General Infrastructure Repair Program is designed to provide funding for local governments to strategically rebuild and harden infrastructure in order to prevent or reduce losses from future disasters.
“Hurricane Michael caused catastrophic damage to Northwest Florida and we remain one-hundred percent committed to helping these communities rebuild and recover stronger than before,” Governor DeSantis said.
Read more: https://www.flgov.com/2021/05/06/governor-ron-desantis-announces-111-million-in-infrastructure-awards-for-communities-impacted-by-hurricane-michael/
Governor Ron DeSantis
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
Governor DeSantis continues to receive praise from Floridians for his management through the pandemic. Florida parents, nurses, small business owners, educators, hospitality workers and cruisers are applauding the Governor’s leadership.
You can read them here:
Here Are The 35 RINO Republicans Who Voted For a “January 6” Commission To Investigate Trump
Even with Trump out of office, the Left can’t live without him in their lives. It’s the ultimate dependent relationship. In a move to further the relationship and take things to the next level, Democrats have passed the bill they needed to start a commission looking into what happened on January 6th of this year.
In other words, they need something to distract American voters while they get their progressive agenda through.
The fact that 35 Republicans voted for the commission is another example of why Trump couldn’t accomplish all that he had wanted. These 35 are the definition of RINOs.
Here are the 35 Republicans who voted in favor:
- Liz Cheney of Wyoming
- Tom Rice of South Carolina
- Dan Newhouse of Washington
- Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio
- Adam Kinzinger of Illinois
- Fred Upton of Michigan
- Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington
- Peter Meijer of Michigan
- John Katko of New York
- David Valadao of California
- Tom Reed of New York
- Don Bacon of Nebraska
- John Curtis of Utah
- Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania
- Andrew Garbarino of New York
- Tony Gonzales of Texas
- Dusty Johnson of South Dakota
- David Joyce of Ohio
- Chris Smith of New Jersey
- Van Taylor of Texas
- Chris Jacobs of New York
- David McKinley of West Virginia
- Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska
- Maria Elvira Salazar of Florida
- Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Iowa
- Steve Womack of Arkansas
- Stephanie Bice of Oklahoma
- French Hill of Arkansas
- Mike Simpson of Idaho
- Rodney Davis of Illinois
- Blake Moore of Utah
- Michael Guest of Mississippi
- Trey Hollingsworth of Indiana
- Carlos Gimenez of Florida
- Cliff Bentz of Oregon
Mitch McConnell opposed the commission, as did Republican leader Kevin McCarthy.
Democrats came out and stated that the commission wasn’t directly related to Trump but the event itself and the hate groups involved. But the GOP schooled Democrats and made them finally admit this was all about Trump.
GOP leaders tried to expand the scope of the investigation to include other events of political violence taking place throughout the United States. Predictably, the Left refused.
The reality is that while the bill has passed the House, it stands very little chance of passing in the Senate.
Chuck Schumer of New York said he would bring it up in session for a vote, but Mitch McConnell has already presented his objections.