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Rubio pushes Immigration deal on every Sunday Morning Talker, Scott signs Internet Cafe Ban, Orange Commission greenlights Universal Bridge – WIR

In Uncategorized on April 14, 2013 at 11:04 pm

It’s your Week in Review and the big news was Florida Senator Marco Rubio‘s media blitz this morning on all of the Sunday talk Shows. He was on Meet the Press, Face the Nation, This Week, State of the Union, Fox News Sunday, and Al Punto.

His main message was aimed at fellow Conservatives. That message? This is not amenesty and will be the toughest immigration laws we’ve seen.

He also talked gun control and plans for 2016. An effective slew of appearances for Rubio, who many believe is the future of the party.

We’ve also got Rick Scott and Tim Tebow and the Orange County Commission gives Universal Studios their pedestrian bridge.

This is your Week in Review

Video Transcript:

Florida Politics with Frank Torres. This is your Week in Review. Now normally, we start from the beginning of the week and move forward to Sunday but this week we’re doing it in reverse. That is because the big new took place this morning. I’m talking about Florida Senator Marco Rubio making his big immigration media blitz, hitting every Sunday morning talker discussing the agreement on sweeping immigration reform from the bi-partisan “Gang of Eight”. Rubio appeared on Meet the Press, Face the Nation, This Week, State of the Union,…Am I missing any? Fox News Sunday and Al Punto on Univision. Rubio’s big message was that this was not amnesty. This talking point was to try to calm some of the more Conservative opinion leaders that any path to citizenship that did not require the undocument or illegal immigrant to return to his country was amnesty.

Immigration wasn’t the only issue Rubio discussed. He was asked several times about Gun Control and the push behind the legislature for mandatory background checks. This was complicated, several of the moderators stretched back to Rubio’s time in the Florida House when he supported background checks. Rubio had to differentiate the two circumstances before moving on. He stressed that Violence was the problem, not the procedure so many Americans go through to purchase firearms.

He was also asked several times about 2016. Rubio deflected by saying that he was in Washinton to solve problems and that’s where his head was. This was similar to what he did last year when he was getting the same kind of questions.

All in all a good round of appearances for the junior Senator from Florida. Not as strong as former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who did the same a few weeks back but, Rubio was talking about gun control and specific immigration points. Bush was promoting a book and the only obstacle he had was his changing mindsets on the path to citizenship.

One problem Rubio had was the lighting at his location. His people need to learn how to handle the lighting. It looked at times like Rubio was melting and was about 3 shades redder than he had to be. He literally was in the hot seat. For a second, I thought we were going to get a repeat of the State of the Union Republican response.

We move on to Florida Governor Rick Scott. Scott quietly signed the bill banning internet cafes this week. Those are illegal, although some are being defiant and staying open until being asked to close. This could have been a bright photo op for the Governor. He could has sent a message by saying he wasn’t going to tolerate companies like this one stealing millions from veterans. He could have had the department of law enforcement, maybe AG Pam Bondi, but instead he chose to sign the bill without any cameras present. This could be because of the connections of former Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeniffer Carroll had with one of the companies that forced her to resign.

Also earlier this week. The Orange County Commission approved the Universal Studios pedestrian bridge that would link the park to one of it’s resorts. This bridge will be payed for entirely with tax payer dollars. The “Yes” votes were Scott Boyd, Fred Brummer, Tiffany Moore-Russell, and Jennifer Thompson. All of those commissioners except Thompson are termed out. The “No’s” were Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Ted Edwards, and Pete Clarke. Those commissioners questioned why they couldn’t split the tab of 9 million dollars with the park that will seen increased profits. Advocates for the bridge will argue that, the more successful the park is, the stronger the profits will be for the surrounding smaller businesses.

Finally, we return to Governor Scott. Scott appeared with Tim Tebow this weekend. It benefits Scott greatly to stand next to a guy like Tebow. As popular as Tebow is, that’s how unpopular Rick Scott is. It certainly doesn’t hurt. Right now Scott at odds with the legislature, this delay additional dents his reputation might have to endure.

That’s your Week in Review, I’ll see you next time.

Orange Commission greenlights Universal Bridge, Scott to signs cafe ban quietly, and Rubio and Gang of 8 to announce immigration deal soon

In Uncategorized on April 9, 2013 at 11:59 pm

Big day involving the Theme Parks and local politics. The Orange County Commission greenlit the tax dollars to build the Universal Pedestrian Bridge that would connect the resorts to it’s park. The vote went 4-3 in favor of the 9 million dollar project.

Today, it was announced that Florida Governor Rick Scott will not have any public signing of the internet cafe ban bill. This is due to the connections between an investigation that found one of the cafes allegedly funneling non-profit dollars into for profit companies which resulted in almost 60 arrests. Former Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll resigned because of ties her old PR firm had with the company.

Finally, it was also announced that the “Gang of 8” Senators would announce a deal on immigration next week. The bi-partisan panel including Florida Senator Marco Rubio have been working on a solution for one of the year’s biggest issues on the hill.

This is your daily wrap up

Transcript of Video:

Florida Politics with Frank Torres and this is your daily wrap for Tuesday, April 9th 2013. The big news today was the Orange County Commission approving the pedestrian bridge that would connect the Universal Studios park to the resort. 5 million dollars on the bridge 9 million dollars on the entire package. The vote passed 4 to 3, your “Yes” votes were Commissioner Thompson, Scott Boyd, Tiffany Moore-Russell, and Fred Brummer, those were the votes in favor of the Tax Payers picking up the tab for this bridge for the park. Your “no” votes were Mayor Teresa Jacobs and commissioners Ted Edwards and Pete Clarke. We’re always looking at elections here and the political equity involved and those 4 commissioners with the exception of Jennifer Thompson are termed out. Moore-Russell, Scott Boyd, and Fred Brummer are termed out. Very little to be gained from opposing Universal on this. Jennifer Thompson, we spoke about her new opponent yesterday in Sean Ashby. She’ll be on the ballot next year. Still, very little involved when you add up the reasons to oppose it. Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Ted Edwards and Pete Clarke questioned why the taxpayers should have to pick up the entire tab but, the vote passed and the vote will be passed entirely with taxpayer money. Wow! What a victory for Universal, whoever worked out this bill really did well. This bridge will increase the overall satisfaction of their guests and increase the chances for repeat business. Which have had a big couple of years with the Harry Potter expansion and other attractions. They’ve done really well in the region over the last few years and when they do well. The revenue trickles down to the smaller businesses.

Other news, it was announced that Governor Rick Scott would not have a big public signing of the bill that would ban internet cafes. It was a curious move over why they wouldn’t want to make a signing out of this, it would have been a great photo op for him and State Attorney General Pam Bondi and sent the message that they weren’t going to put up with it. Most recently the group Allied Veterans of the World which allegedly was caught stealing millions. Reasons almost definitely relating to Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll who’s old PR company did business with Allied. It was recently revealed over the weekend that she didn’t volunteer to resign. She was asked to. So, a complicated situation for the Governor. I think the Publicity would have done him well. A public signing would have sent a message that Florida will not put up with this kind of operation. But, there are positives and negatives to both choices.

Finally, late this afternoon Politico broke the news that the Bi-Partisan Gang of 8 will announce a deal at the beginning of next week for sweeping immigration reform. Of Course Florida Senator Marco Rubio has been strongly featured in this group of lawmakers from both sides including John McCain, Chuck Schumer, and Lindsey Graham. It also means that the deal might include tougher rules on worker visas and border security. We’ll see.

Another big day in Florida Politics and we’ll keep rolling along. I’m Frank Torres and I’ll see you next time.

Rubio stumps for McConnell against Possible Ashley Judd run, Bondi backs Plakon, and Scott touts job numbers in Web Vid

In Uncategorized on March 25, 2013 at 11:20 pm

We’ve got something for everyone today! We’ve got Florida Senator Marco Rubio hitting the “Bluegrass State” to stump for Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell with Movie Star Ashley Judd considering a run against him. We’ve got Attorney General Pam Bondi throwing her support behind former State Rep. Scott Plakon in his state house race against Mike Clelland, and a new Webvid from Florida Governor Rick Scott.

Here is your daily wrap-up!

Video Transcript:

Florida Politics with Frank Torres for Monday, March 25th 2013. Today, we’ve got one of those rare instances where Hollywood sort of intersects with Florida Politics. I’m talking about Senator Marco Rubio heading to Kentucky to fund raise for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Of course McConnell’s probable opponent next year is movie start Ashley Judd. I’m sure you’ve seen her movies, her television shows during her time in the business. What an interesting race that would be, what a conflict of personalities you’ve got there. McConnell with his position in the Senate and Judd who’s been involved for sometime very big on Women’s rights. She’s been encouraged to run by Bill Clinton, and we’ll see what the Florida Senator can do up there, as far as raising money goes. The other Kentucky Senator? Rand Paul along with Rubio rumored to be a 2016 favorite, during the Sunday talkers yesterday he deflected the question but certainly didn’t deny it. So, two Presidential hopefuls playing a part in Kentucky politics these days.

Another story. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi endorsing former State Representative Scott Plakon in race next year against Mike Clelland in district 29. Scott Plakon was outfront of this whole internet cafe gambling thing, he brought up the idea of banning those things a few years back, there wasn’t any movement on that, of course with the scandals involving Allied Veterans of the World, and the resignation of Jennifer Carroll, Plakon looking pretty good as far as his early push to get rid of those things go and with it paying off with an endorsement from Pam Bondi. An endorsement from Bondi in that very red district, very important, could scare other Republicans from running against Plakon in that red district, District 29. The current Representative is Mike Clelland a Democrat who beat Chris Dorworth who took a beating from the media for the entire year and lost with the President Obama on the ballot which maximized turnout. So a big endorsement for Plakon who has also been pushing fundraising online.

More news from Florida Governor Rick Scott, he has released another “its working” video. I’m not going to show you the whole thing like I did last time. The messages are the same.

(It Working II Video)

There you go. Very similar to the last video. Touting job numbers. Jobs continues to be the number 1 issue in the state. Scott’s had plenty of problems. Rumors of a primary, problems with Jennifer Carroll, the list goes on and on. That polling that has him down double digits to Charlie Crist. These videos arent’t going to do it. He needs to get back on TV and use his financial strenght to go after Charlie Crist, or possibly Alex Sink, should she decide to run. or whoever should come out of that Democratic primary, he needs to use his money to the advantage to prop up those job numbers. And I really wish Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs would stand a little farther back and out of frame during those messages. Rick Scott at this point is kinda radioactive. That is your political news today. You’ve got everything from Ashley Judd to Florida Job numbers. That is your daily wrap for today. I’m Frank Torres.

OC Mayor 2014 Rumors, Hilary Clinton and Charlie Crist enjoy lead in Polls – WIR

In Uncategorized on March 23, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Your “March Madness” Week in Review features rumors about former Orlando Police Chief and Congressional Candidate Val Demings taking on Teresa Jacobs for Orange County Mayor next year, and possibly State Representative Stephen Precourt jumping into the fray as well.

We’ve also got poll numbers that give former Governor Charlie Crist a double digit lead over his successor Rick Scott and even 2016 data that shows former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton beating Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, right here in Florida.

This is your Week in Review:

Video Transcript:

Florida Politics with Frank Torres and this is your March Madness “Week In Review”. My bracket is already a mess, I’d like to thank Georgetown and Wisconsin for “phoning it in” this year and destroying my chances of scoring in those regions.

Anyways, a lot of politics this week, let’s get started. The week started with rumors of former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings taking on Teresa Jacobs in for Orange County Mayor next year. Demings of course lost to Daniel Webster last November, with President Obama on the ballot and with a significant fundraising advantage. She lost to him last November but there is also a rumor that she might go after him again. But, these are new rumors with these two possibly meeting in 2014, Jacobs said she had spoke to her about a run and her response was uncertain, she was running for Congress at the time, her opinions must have changed and she’s got to find a race to run in. Neither of those choices sound very good with Webster’s district leaning Republican and his probable turnout in the mid term and that would also come into play for Orange County Mayor. There are also a lot of questions of Val Demings having the infrastructure to run a county wide campaign with the organizations that had helped her in the past concerned about the national races. But she’s got to do something.

A bizarre twist. Representative Stephen Precourt criticizing Teresa Jacobs, by saying there was a leadership crisis in Orange County, input from Precourt, he says he’s been getting urged to run, I haven’t heard anything about that, I know he’s also termed out. So, he’ll need a race to run in the future. You know, it’s interesting that he would go after jacobs like that. He’s been a supporter of her’s in the past and I actually saw this footage of Precourt talking to Channel 6’s Lauren Rowe on her show “Flashpoint” here take a look.

Precourt “Flashpoint” Footage.

Yeah, so Precourt’s opinion of her must have changed. He’s got a positive reputation and is well liked there might be some support out there for him. Very bizarre but we’ll keep an eye on that moving forward.

Poll numbers coming out this week that put Governor Rick Scott in a double digit deficit against Florida Governor Charlie Crist. The former Republican, turned Independent, turned Democrat enjoying a big lead in polling. You know, I’ve called this the darkest point in the Scott administration with the resignation of Jennifer Carroll, his low approval numbers, and his education policy changes being poorly received. The real question is what is Rick Scott going to do about it? He’s going to have a large financial advantage going in, maybe not as large as the one he ad against Alex Sink in 2010 but a large one. Who also by the way has a lead on him in polling. But what is he going to do to change the mind of the voters? He released that “It’s Working” video but that video was also not well recieved and you wonder if anyone even saw it. We’ll keep an eye on those poll numbers going forward.

Jump ahead to 2016 where former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton enjoys a lead right here in Florida against Jeb Bush and Senator Marco Rubio. That shouldn’t come as any surprise and I’ll tell you why. The state has been trending blue, President Obama has one it during the last two elections and the GOP hasn’t been able to roll with the Demographics and get the Hispanic voters.

So a very busy week with Politicians gearing up for 2014. We’ll keep any eye on everything as we move forward and I’ll see you next time.

Val Demings vs. Teresa Jacobs .. vs. Stephen Precourt in 2014 for OC Mayor? and the RNC Autopsy

In Uncategorized on March 19, 2013 at 12:25 am

If you’re a fan of rumors and speculation involving local politics, then this article in the Orlando Sentinel was a welcome surprise for what is usually a slow Monday. We’ve all know for sometime that former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings was looking at another run and that she could set her sites on Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs next year. We haven’t know that popular State Rep. Stephen Precourt has been urged to run too and unloaded a few shots at Jacobs as well. How hostile can it get this early?

We’ve also got the RNC autopsy from Reince Priebus. Where do our GOP lawmakers stand.

This is your Daily Wrap Up!

Video Transcript:

Florida Politics with Frank Torres and this is your Daily Wrap for Monday March 18th, 2013. Let’s look at the big story in the Orlando Sentinel this morning that said that Val Demings was a considering a run at Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs for Orange County Mayor in 2014. A lot of layers to this, let’s look at Val Demings, She ran against Daniel Webster last November for Congress and lost in that Republican heavy district with President Obama on the ballot and a decisive money advantage. Couldn’t come up with the grassroots support needed to counter Daniel Webster’s efforts on the ground and ultimately lost that race.

She’s got two choices. She can run against Daniel Webster again without President Obama on the ballot, the DCCC is still attacking Daniel Webster on a weekly basis, trying to pick apart what he’s been doing in Washington this year but she would still be an underdog going into a congressional race, even with the money being there.

She could run against Teresa Jacobs for Orange County Mayor. She won’t be able to match policy wits against Teresa Jacobs, it’s true that Demings is more at home with municipal issues but Jacobs has 12 years of experience with County Policy.

So, you look at her options, neither look very good, but she’s got to do something. If you look at what she would face against Teresa Jacobs in 2014, it would be a mid-term, she’d have to find the money, and raise the grassroots, running a campaign in Orange County is no easy task, it’s huge. You have to wonder if she’s got the infrastructure there to stay competitive.

Jacobs has been underfire recently for “Textgate” or the text messages exchange about the Orange County Sick time initiative. She was targeted by activists, but this isn’t about Sick Time, you can’t think that, this is about flipping seats. Those activists will be able to give Val Demings a push should she decide to run against her. But the policy knowledge isn’t there, she debated Daniel Webster once and didn’t do well, she would have to debate Teresa Jacobs at least 4 times if you look at the debate schedule from 2010. She is a strong candidate with a good background so it’s only a matter of time before she picks her next race.

Out of nowhere, State Representative Stephen Precourt taking some shots at Teresa Jacobs in the media saying there is a leadership crisis in Orange County and that he’s been urged to run. Precourt a pretty reasonable guy, one of the sharper Reps in the area and well spoken but, you’ve got to wonder where this is coming from. He says he’s being urged to run. Who’s urging him? Friends and family? The political community hasn’t been urging him because from the Republican side the two biggest priorities for 2014 is getting Rick Scott elected (which is a task in itself) and reinforcing it’s incumbents. He’s termed out so, he’ll have time to figure out what he wants to do next but really bizarre behavior from Stephen Precourt from what I’ve seen so far. I know some of his buddies tried to throw her off the Expressway Board sometime back.

So, if you look at Jacobs’ role in all of this. She’s going to be attacked for being too lax on the rules from Val Demings in “Textgate” and she’s going to be attacked for being too strict with regulations from Precourt, you just can’t win if you’re the Orange County Mayor.

A very intriguing story it looks like a lot of people are already gearing up for next year, it looks like it’s going to be exciting. 2010 had some interesting personalities and made for a good race and with the potentials already kicking the tires on a potential run, it could be even bigger in 2014.

Other news today, The RNC releasing what is being called “The Autopsy” put out by Chairman Reince Priebus, illustrating the talking points over what went wrong with the Republican party last November. Most of it is stuff we already know. More technology, more outreach or inclusion of minority voters. What I’m interested in is how the local politicians will react. You’ve got John Mica and Daniel Webster who were re-elected and you’ve also got Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush who are already moving in the new direction. You’ve got to wonder what these lawmakers in the state will do. Will they stick with old script? Or the new one?

Big day. Buzz over who’s running for what and national reports being published. We’ll keep an eye on it for you. For now, I’m Frank Torres and I’ll see you next time.

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs chimes in on Dwight Howard Return…Kinda

In Uncategorized on March 12, 2013 at 5:26 pm

This was just posted on Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs‘ Facebook Page.

Mayor Jacobs Dwight Howard Return

Always the dignified and considerate Communicator, she won’t call out former Magic Center Dwight Howard by name but mentions “We’ll always be graceful hosts”.

Howard of course left Orlando after years of high drama on and off the basketball court. He has since buzzed the team in the media and is arguably one of the most unliked personalities to ever reside in the City Beautiful.

Jacobs has to maintain professionalism that is expected from one of the regions most important elected positions.

Me? Not so much!

I won’t be in attendance at the Amway Center tonight but here is my very heartfelt message to Dwight Howard.

Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Go Magic! Beat L.A!

Sunday Funnies: Top 10 Reasons it’s Good to be the Mayor of Orlando

In Uncategorized on March 3, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Welcome to another edition of the FPFT Sunday Funnies.

Earlier this week, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced that he would not be running for Governor in 2014. There were many reasons not to go after Rick Scott in 2014, one of them being that it’s great to be the Mayor of Orlando!

Today, we point out the reasons why!

10. You get to hang out with a lot of costumed characters:
MAYOR DYER STATE OF DOWNTOWN 2011

9. You get to interact with wildlife:
Buddy Dyer Black Swans

8. You get to turn to the Darkside!
Buddy Dyer Storm Trooper

7. You run unopposed for re-election:
buddy-vs-the-field

6. None of those “Politics” on the City Commission:
Orlando City Commission

5. Box Seats to Every Magic Game:
Orlando magic losing

4. The Commute:
Orlando Traffic Jam

3. You can do this to the Lake Eola Fountain:
rick-scott-golfing

2. Tough Decision? Short on Cash? You can let her handle it!

What do you mean, he said WE'D pay for Citrus Bowl Renovations?!

What do you mean, he said WE’D pay for Citrus Bowl Renovations?!

1. This.
Buddy Dyer Barack Obama Air Force One

A Florida Political Valentines Day – Drama, Divorces, Bromances, and later sunsets

In Uncategorized on February 14, 2013 at 3:57 pm

It’s Valentines Day here in the Sunshine state and tens of thousands will be celebrating the holiday with dinner, flowers, chick-flicks, and chocolates. If you’re one of those people have a great evening.

You know, this holiday has political ties as well, Ok, maybe not direct political ties but the drama is definitely there. Let’s kick-off your Florida Political Valentines Day.

“The Unhappy Political Marriage that makes it work”- Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs: These two have to work together. The two most powerful people in Central Florida have their responsibilities so intertwined that they can’t afford not to. They’ve publicly criticized one another in the media and clash during initial talks for any big projects.

But they eventually find a way to make it work. For the kids or in this case, Central Florida Residents.

Whether its balancing the books to make the Performing Arts Center Work, finding the money to renovate the Citrus bowl, or even to take a gamble with Tourist Taxes that eventually paid off, the two Mayors continue to get it done.

“The Bromance”- Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio: Despite being on opposite sides of the political ideological spectrum, Florida’s two Senators are often seen working together on issues that affect Florida. When other states try to poach what space coast jobs are left, Rubio and Nelson will often join forces to keep that from happening. Nelson has also supported Rubio’s recent Bi-partisan, Senate Immigration bill.

As Rubio’s star continues to rise (despite missed opportunities) and Nelson enters the twilight of his political career, expect more collaboration.

“The Awkward Couple” Charlie Crist and Florida Democrats:: Now that a “Tell All” Jim Greer trial is out of the picture. Florida Democrats can fully embrace the former Republican Governor, turned Independent Senate Candidate, turned defiant Democrat, in front of “the Ex” (RPOF) and try to take back the Governors Mansion in 2014.

“Setting the Mood” State Senator Darren Soto wants later Sunsets: The local lawmaker recently sponsored the “Sunshine Protection Act”, a Bill that would keep Florida on Daylight Savings time all year. The bill has gotten some good publicity and the idea of keeping the tourists in the parks and at the beaches, spending their money is appealing. We’ll see if it goes anywhere.

So yes, none of these are tradition romances and their isn’t even a fondness involved in some of these match-ups but these lawmakers show their affection in different ways. Happy Valentines Day!

The Bill could help tourism and lead to longer, later walks on the beach.

The Bill could help tourism and lead to longer, later walks on the beach.

Orlando Political Yearbook 2013 – Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2013 at 1:28 am

The final Political Yearbook Profile is for the lawmaker who’s been targeted by activists and out of town political operations. Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs has a very challenging year ahead of her. She has to continue her successful operations that have the county moving in a positive direction, with political operatives already playing election year politics and standing in the way. There are also the many personalities on the County Commission that don’t always makes things easy for the Mayor.

Video Transcript:

Florida Politics with Frank Torres and this is your 2013 Political Yearbook Profile on Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. Teresa Jacobs actually got a lot done in 2012. She worked with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer on a deal to renovate the Citrus Bowl, in a deal that would allow the venue to be competitive for prime national bowl games in the future and potentially pump millions into the county. There is the Orange County Convention Center, the real money maker in the district, it was the number one center in the country last year and will probably be again this year. That also drives millions and millions into local businesses. Along with a list of other things that kept Orange County moving in the right direction.

Unfortunately for Mayor Jacobs, that might not have been what you heard in 2012. There was the Orange County Sick Time initiative that would force employers to pay their workers for sick time after a certain amount of hours had been worked. Sounds very innocent but get this, they could not be held accountable for taking the sick time, even if they haven’t earned the hours. It didn’t matter if it was a legitimate trip to the emergency room or a 4 alarm hangover that kept them from coming to work, they could not be held accountable for that. This initiative would have scared away job creators, hurt current hiring, and resulted in countless frivolous lawsuits. It was toxic and looked down on, on many sides. Anyways, this thing went down the wire to get on the ballot, the activists had problems getting signatures for petitions, it went down to the wire and there was some legal wrangling involved. Between business leaders, between the activists, the commission ultimately ended up coming out on top. They sort of hustled the activists, they were a little more legally savvy. It went before a judge and the judge said no to putting it on the ballot. The activists went nuts. They had a fake funeral at a commission meeting, they threw roses at the commission dressed in black, like some sort of Goth Bullfight and they have not been silent ever since.

There is something you must remember about these activists. Yes, there are some genuinley concerned, true-blue citizens working for the process at hand, but these activists have leaders, well compensated leaders and it’s all about power and access. Power and Access guys, if you don’t have it, if you can’t effect legislation, if you don’t have things go your way, the you are going to throw as much money at the problem to get that access and that’s what you’re seeing here.

Even if the initiative had passed, they would have found something else to after Teresa Jacobs on because she’s been targeted by these activists, and it’s not about the issues at hand it very seldom is. It’s about flipping seats and putting people in power that will do what you want them to do, I urge you to do research and come up with your own conclusions. In a year when Teresa Jacobs got a lot done, this unfortunately was the highlight of her year and this is going to be the future for 2013. These activists that have targeted her because they want their Mayor that will do whatever they want done, will continue this message war, moving forward into 2013 and 2014 in an election year.

There have been text concerns brought up. Deleted texts during the meetings, between the commissioners and lobbyists. Today, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs coming up with guidelines to crack down on these text messages. We’ll see if it passes or not, but even if it passes, these group of activists will come up with another reason to go after her because it’s not about the issues. It’s about putting people in positions of power that will do whatever you say.

You know, it’s unfortunate that this is the last political yearbook piece that I’m putting out this year. It’s unfortunate that it had to be about this but, this in reality is really what the whole game is about, the fact that they’re disguised as concerned citizens that care what the issues are about, when it’s all about just getting people to do what you want them to do and if they don’t do it, you find someone that will. But, I’m sure Mayor Jacobs will work whenever not faced with these issues, to move the county forward, we’ll see what else is planned. A lot of exciting things going on and we’ll cover it all here. For Florida Politics with Frank Torres, I’ll see you next time.

Jacobs could be perfect in 2013 but the activists involved would still attack her

Jacobs could be perfect in 2013 but the activists involved would still attack her

Orlando Political Yearbook 2013 – Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2013 at 12:48 am

The Mayor of the City Beautiful had an epic 2012. He was re-elected, construction on Sunrail started, got a payday from the tourist tax and got to do this! Still, with Charlie Crist stealing his gubernatorial thunder, what will Buddy do?

Video Transcript:

Florida Politics with Frank Torres and this is your 2013 Political Yearbook Profile on Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. Buddy Dyer had a huge 2012, winning re-election, beating a trio of opponents. A lot going on in the City Beautiful right now, you’ve got Sunrail coming, construction on the Performing Arts Center, and renovations to the Citrus Bowl. A lot going on right now with Mayor Buddy Dyer right in the center. So, a very positive 2012 for the Mayor.

Some negatives. The negatives didn’t have so much to do with the work Buddy is doing now but, rather with the kind of work he might be doing in the future. That would be addressing rumors that he might run against Rick Scott for Governor in 2014. Well, Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist jumped on to the scene and took some of Buddy’s thunder away. They were both on the campaign trail with President Obama during his re-election campaign, and Crist in early polling is miles ahead of the Orlando Mayor. So, that would be the one negative for Buddy Dyer, that would be Crist officially becoming a Democrat and weakening Dyer’s chance of someday becoming Florida’s Governor. But hey, here and now the kind of work he is doing, it’s all good for Buddy Dyer.

In 2013, he’s going to try and finish some of these projects, money is always a problem, he did take a risk with Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs on the tourist tax that paid off. That means more money to finish these kind of projects. Orlando’s economy has slowly been getting back on track. That tourist revenue makes things a lot easier. And it’s going to be all about projects and perhaps running for Governor in 2013 for our Mayor. I’m Frank Torres, I’ll see you next time.

Did Crist alter Dyer's future plans?

Did Crist alter Dyer’s future plans?