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Everett Rice and Bob Gualtieri Vying for Republican Nomination for Pinellas County Sheriff

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By Spartacus Thrace

With the coming retirement of Sheriff Jim Coats the office of Pinellas County Sheriff will be on the 2012 ballot. The five announced candidates to date are Bob Gualtieri, a Republican; Randy Heine, a Democrat; Stephen W. Reilly, another Democrat;  Greg Pound of the Constitutional Party of Florida; and former Pinellas County Sheriff Everett S. Rice, another Republican.

More information about Gualtieri can be found on his campaign website. Candidates Heine, Reilly, Pound, and Rice did not have identifiable campaign websites as of June 13, 2011.

On June 13, 2011 Gualtieri made the following statement about his candidacy to the members of the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee (PCREC):

(Video Courtesy PCREC)

On June 13, 2011, Rice made the following statement about his candidacy to the members of the PCREC:

(Video Courtesy PCREC)

Leslie Waters and Jim Frishe Vying for Republican Nomination for State Senate District 13

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By Spartacus Thrace

Florida State Senate District 13, comprising parts of Pinellas County, will be up for grabs in 2012 due to term limits precluding incumbent Republican Dennis Jones from running again. There presently are two announced candidates, and both are Republicans.

The first announced candidate is James C. “Jim” Frishe, currrently State Representative for District 54 in Pinellas County and Majority Whip in the House of Representatives. More information about Frishe can be found on his campaign website. On June 13, 2011 Frishe made the following statement about his candidacy to the members of the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee (PCREC):

(Video Courtesy PCREC)

The other announced candidate is former state representative Leslie Waters. More information about Waters can be found on her campaign website. On June 13, 2011, Waters made the following statement about her candidacy to the members of the PCREC:

(Video Courtesy PCREC)

George LeMeiux Campaign Speech at the PCREC

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(June 13, 2011) Candidate for United States Senator from Florida George LeMeiux brought his campaign to the June meeting of the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee (PCREC). LeMeiux, who briefly served in the Senate after being appointed by then-Governor Charlie Crist to complete the term of Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Florida) after Martinez vacated the seat, laid out for his audience why he thinks he is the best qualified candidate to defeat Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Florida) in 2012. This is what he said:

(Video courtesy PCREC)

More information about George LeMeiux and his candidacy can be found at his campaign website, linked to here.

Leslie Waters Kicks Off State Senate Campaign

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Leslie Waters kicks off her campaign for State Senate.

(June 11, 2011) Leslie Waters, Republican candidate for State Senate District 13 in the 2012 elections went back to her roots and kicked off her campaign today before a crowd of about 100 enthusiastic supporters at Gulfport’s Habana Cafe, the same location where in 1997 she kicked off her successful campaign for the Florida House of Representatives. She is running against State Representative James C. “Jim” Frishe, who is also a Republican. Waters is considered a political moderate, is well-connected with the political establishment in Pinellas County, and is running on a “good government” platform that stresses her extensive experience in public service. More information about her campaign can be found at the Waters campaign website, located here.

Leslie Waters among her supporters.

Written by Le Corbeaunoir

June 11, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Eye on the Prize: The PCREC Prepares for 2012

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Jay Beyrouti, Chairman of the PCREC

Jay Beyrouti, Chairman of the Pinellas County Executive Committee (PCREC) is not satisfied.

He is not content that the PCREC’s fundraising efforts have been immensely successful. He is not ready to relax given that that Republicans occupy the majority of elected positions in Pinellas County, and dominate the county board of commissioners and the state legislative delegation. The fact that a Republican occupies the Governor’s mansion does not make him complacent.

A believer in the Republican message of smaller government, lower taxes, and more individual freedom, Beyrouti points to the facts that registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans by about 19,000 in Pinellas County, and that the county is home to 150,000 registered Independents. Beyrouti thinks the vast majority of the adult inhabitants of Pinellas County are conservative in their political and social views, that the Republican message resonates with a lot of people who are not members of any party as well as many who are members of the Democratic Party, and that the radicalization of the Democratic Party is a source of ongoing concern for these people.  He thinks this is so because, as a longstanding businessman in the community, he deals with such people on a daily basis, and he knows that many of them are ripe to be brought over to the Republican fold with the right approach.

Beyrouti’s goal is the defeat of President Barack Obama and Senator Bill Nelson in the 2012 elections.  He points out that Obama carried Pinellas County by 30,000 votes in 2008, and he does not want to see that repeated in 2012.  To accomplish this, he has begun a new Republican voter registration initiative, and has placed responsibility for its implementation squarely on the hundreds of precinct officers, club presidents, and other activists who make up the soul of the PCREC. Read the rest of this entry »

PCREC Chairman Beyrouti: Working Hard for Republican Victory in 2012

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(Video courtesy PCREC)

(April 11, 2011) Jay Beyrouti is a man with a mission, and remains focused on Republican victory in 2012.  As the Chairman of the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee (PCREC), he has invigorated that organization’s fundraising, recruitment, and political clout as he readies Pinellas Republicans for the fight of 2012.  But the path to victory in 2012 remains strewn with challenges. Read the rest of this entry »

Pinellas Republicans: Work Hard, Think Deep, and Plan Long

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Logo of the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee (PCREC)

(March 14, 2011) If one wants to see and feel just how much grassroots energy and strength is being generated by the Republican Party these days, one of the best places to go is to a monthly meeting of one of their county executive committees.

The county executive committee is the lowest level of formal organization in the Republican Party, and it is at this level that the future stars of that party are born and nurtured. One such committee worth watching is the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee (PCREC), which has emerged as a political powerhouse in what traditionally has been one of the biggest swing districts in the State of Florida.  Led by its chairman, Jay J. Beyrouti, the unofficial motto of the committee seems to be “Work Hard, Think Deep, Plan Long.” Read the rest of this entry »

SB 428: Fired Judges Employment and Popular Vote Nullification Act of 2011 Filed in Florida Senate

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Neutralizing the pink slip of democracy.

By Le Corbeaunoir

UPDATE: SB 428 and its House counterpart, HB 1033, died in their respective Judiciary Committees on May 7, 2011.

The 2010 elections were a wakeup call for members of the Florida political elite who both enjoy being in the ruling class and hate the uncertainties of democracy. Some are beginning to devise ways to push back against the popular will when it comes to deciding who is or is not suited to remain on the bench.

Let’s put this in perspective: Imagine that the you and the majority of the voters in a democratic election choose to fire and replace a sitting state trial court judge, appellate court judge, or a supreme court justice as being unfit to serve on the bench any longer.  Then imagine that a short time later you and everyone else who voted the same way you did learn that the person you and the majority rejected as not fit to serve on the bench is in fact back on the bench judging cases. Incredibly, this is exactly what could happen if Senate Bill (SB) 428 becomes law. Read the rest of this entry »

Nancy Bostock: Tough Choices for the Commission, But No Tax Increases Likely

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Pinellas County Commissioner Nancy Bostock

By Spartacus Thrace

On Monday evening, February 14th (Valentine’s Day), Pinellas County Commissioner Nancy Bostock addressed the monthly meeting of the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee (PCREC) at the St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater hotel. Bostock, a conservative Republican, painted a picture of tough future budgeting choices for her and her fellow commissioners, but told the more than 120 assembled Republican activists that she was looking to a future where the primary budgeting concern of the Commission will not be what to cut, but how to spend the $1.6 billion in revenues they have.

Commissioner Bostock made early reference to the conservatives on the commission — referred to by some as “the 3 Ns” (for Neil Brickfield, Norm Roche and Nancy Bostock) — who, with other commission members, have changed the way the commission does business for the better. Bostock told the crowd that, among other impacts of this new way of looking at the budget, millage rates for property taxes will not be going up this year, despite a budget shortfall of approximately $21.5 million.

In the course of her 22-minute address, Commissioner Bostock covered a myriad of issues either before the Commission or affecting its work, including who’s up for election in 2012 (Kenneth Welch, Karen Seel, Neil Brickfield, and Nancy Bostock), the suggestion of a future storm water tax (which she opposes), usage fees for county parks, and recycling and garbage collection, emergency medical services, light rail, and other matters.

Commissioner Bostock’s bottom line was that taxes are not going to be raised but the commissioners and heads of county government agencies are going to have work together to come up with ways to trim their own budgets. She also made a plea for more of the regular taxpayers (as opposed to those with special interests in the county budget) to provide their input to the Commission either in person, by letter, or by electronic means about the tough choices that lie ahead. Bostock specifically asked citizens to participate in the public hearings on the budget set for September 6th and 15th at 6:30 PM at the County Courthouse.

Here is exactly what she said:

[Video of Nancy Bostock courtesy PCREC]

Abe Lincoln Day 2011 in Pinellas: The Republican Storm Continues to Surge

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By Spartacus Thrace

The Republican storm continues to rise in Pinellas County, and there was no end to it in sight on Saturday night, February 12th, as Senator Marco Rubio and other Republican luminaries addressed hundreds of the Republican Party faithful at the Pinellas County Republican Party’s 2011 Lincoln Day Dinner celebration in honor of the memory of the great President Abraham Lincoln. The event, held at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park Hotel in Feather Sound, was sold to room capacity, with 550 wildly enthusiastic attendees each paying between $125 and more than $500 a seat: It would appear that the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee (PCREC) is very much alive and is doing fabulously well.

Under the stewardship of PCREC Chairman Jay J. Beyrouti, the Republicans in Pinellas County have out-fundraised, out-organized, and out-campaigned the combined forces of the local Democrats and their Progressive allies.  As a direct result of the efforts of the PCREC and other conservative Republican groups, the 2010 elections saw voters trending conservative and the Republicans registered significant gains in local and state government.  Although judicial races are nonpartisan, known Republicans also fared significantly better than known Democrats in local judicial races.

The theme of this year’s event was “A Tribute to The American Wound Heroes,” and special guests of the event were a dozen veterans wounded while on active duty in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Each of the night’s speakers paid homage to the sacrifices of America’s military veterans, and part of the program included a musical slide show produced by Ricky Sierra of the Wounded Warrior Project. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Spartacus Thrace

February 14, 2011 at 10:25 am

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