State and Local Ballot Questions at October Lunch

Please Join us on Wednesday, October 26, for
2016 BALLOT AMENDMENTS AND LOCAL QUESTION
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– Should the county raise the sales tax to 7%?
– Should marijuana be legalized for those with certain medical conditions?
– Should solar energy be enshrined in the Florida constitution?

All of these and more at the October lunch. We will have an overview of all the questions, with pro/con speakers on some of them, as well as a few words about the 9 judicial retention elections we are asked to decide and the local judge races.

After a brief description of the ballot questions and the implications of a “yes” or “no” vote on each from moderator Fred Scheibl, we will have a set of speakers present their arguments in favor or opposed to some of the issues.


Solar
Speaking in favor of Amendment 1 (Solar Energy) will be Cindy Tindell, Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions at NextEra Energy, the parent company of Florida Power and Light. She has deep regulated utility experience having led Florida Power & Light utility’s development and construction planning. Cindy is also the PBCGOP Committeewoman to the Republican Party of Florida and a member of this club.
Speaking against Amendment 1 will be Richard Pinsky, Public Policy Manager at Akerman, LLP. Richard has over 30 years of government affairs experience in Florida and Washington, D.C. He has an extensive background representing clients before the legislature as well as local government from helping to navigate the budget and appropriation process to issue advocacy. In the 1980s he was a campaign consultant to the RNC, the NRSC and the NRCC, and has served as general consultant to several statewide candidate campaigns and ballot initiatives.

Marijuana
Speaking in favor of Amendment 2 (Medical Marijuana) will be Raymer Maguire IV, Deputy Campaign Manager for People United for Medical Marijuana, a part of United for Care, the national organization that advocates for the issue in all the states. Raymer was a founding partner of Millenium Partners, LLC, advancing the millennial agenda by providing data focused consulting and project management, where he organized community leaders in South Florida to lobby on behalf of underprivileged students.
Speaking against Amendment 2 will be Virginia Brooks, a founder of the PBC Faith and Freedom Coalition. Virginia is active in local grassroots organizations, retired from being an associate professor of English at Palm Beach State College, and an interpreter for the deaf at her church. Virginia is also a member of this club.

Sales Tax
Speaking in favor of the county sales tax question will be Bill Perry, CEO of the Gunster Law Firm and incoming chairman of the PBC Economic Council which is campaigning for the tax increase. Bill practices real estate and business law, specializing in complex commercial and financial transactions. As a member of the Florida Chamber Foundation, he helped launch the Six Pillar Initiative and worked with the Economic Council to introduce it to Palm Beach County, resulting in a PBC strategic plan in 2013.
Speaking against the county sales tax will be Fred Scheibl, co-founder of the county budget watchdog PBC Taxpayer Action Board, which has been providing analysis of the county budget to its coalition partners since 2010, advocating for fiscal responsibility by county leaders. Fred is a founding member of the Palm Beach County Tea Party and a member of this club.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Program Noon – 1PM, Buffet starts at 11:30AM

Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center

Palm Beach Airport
1301 Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33405

$25/Members $30/Guests
Pay at the door.

Make sure you submit your RSVP in advance by clicking on our link below:

or by emailing info@gopclubpb.org, or by calling 561-855-0749.
  Please respect Club rules: Cell Phones Silenced, Business Casual Attire, Please No Jeans
Republican Club of the Palm Beaches
PO Box 2585
West Palm Beach, FL 33402
(561) 855-0749

Brian Mast vs Randy Perkins Debate on October 17

The first televised debate between Brian Mast and Randy Perkins has been RESCHEDULED for October 17th at Palm Beach State College. Tickets are free and open to the public, but you must register ahead of time and pick up the tickets ahead of time. I hope you can join us and show your support for Brian.
Tickets for the original date are still valid.
Click Here to Get Debate Tickets
What
Congressional District 18 debate hosted by The Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce
When
Wednesday October 17, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT

5:30 p.m. Reception
6:00 p.m. Auditorium Doors Open
6:30 p.m. Auditorium Doors Close
(Due to the live broadcast, guests arriving after this time will not be allowed inside the auditorium)
7:00 p.m. Debate Begins

Where
Palm Beach State College Eissey Theatre
11051 Campus Drive
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

The debate will air live on WPEC CBS12 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the West Palm Beach television market, which is comprised of households in Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties. It is the 38th largest television market in the nation including 825 thousand TV Households and more than 1.5 million Adults 18+.

Thank you,
Alex Melendez
Brian Mast for Congress
Cell: 727-692-3212
Click Here to Get Debate Tickets

Peter Feaman on September 28

Please Join us on Wednesday, September 28, for

Peter Feaman
Florida Committeeman to the RNC

Peter will speak about getting everybody behind our Presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Program Noon – 1PM, Buffet starts at 11:30AM

Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center

Palm Beach Airport
1301 Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33405

$25/Members $30/Guests
Pay at the door.

Make sure you submit your RSVP in advance by clicking on our link below:

or by emailing info@gopclubpb.org, or by calling 561-855-0749.
  Please respect Club rules: Cell Phones Silenced, Business Casual Attire, Please No Jeans
Republican Club of the Palm Beaches
PO Box 2585
West Palm Beach, FL 33402
(561) 855-0749

Peter Feaman was unanimously elected in 2012 by the Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Florida to be its National Committeeman to represent Florida Republicans at the Republican National Committee in Washington, DC. He currently sits on the Rules Committee of the RNC.

As a practicing trial attorney, Mr. Feaman was recognized by the Florida Trend magazine as one of Florida’s “Elite Lawyers” in the field of business and commercial litigation in 2011.

In 2007, Mr. Feaman published his first book entitled “WAKE UP, AMERICA!” subtitled, “Understanding Jihad for Dummies!” His second book “THE NEXT NIGHTMARE” with a forward by former Congressman Allen West, was published in 2012. Mr. Feaman has appeared on Fox News and numerous radio talk shows throughout the United States to discuss the threat of radical Islam, current political issues and how political correctness will destroy America.

Political Jamboree

Meet the national, state and local candidates at John Prince park on Saturday July 23.
NOTE: For Tickets call Fran Hancock, 561-855-0749.

Christine Spain on July 27

Please Join us on Wednesday, July 27, for

“How Do You Know Your Vote Is Counted? Taking Back the Supervisor of Elections Office”



Christine Spain
Former Broward GOP Chairman and
Candidate for Supervisor of Elections

Christine will speak about the current operation of the PBC Supervisor of Elections Office and how we can do better.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Program Noon – 1PM, Buffet starts at 11:30AM

Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center

Palm Beach Airport
1301 Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33405

$25/Members $30/Guests
Pay at the door.

Make sure you submit your RSVP in advance by clicking on our link below:

or by emailing info@gopclubpb.org, or by calling 561-855-0749.
  Please respect Club rules: Cell Phones Silenced, Business Casual Attire, Please No Jeans
Republican Club of the Palm Beaches
PO Box 2585
West Palm Beach, FL 33402
(561) 855-0749

Christine Spain is a former Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Broward Republican Party and served as Chair and Alternate Chair of the 23rd Congressional District Caucus of the State Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Florida.

Christine is an Attorney and a Certified Public Accountant in private practice in Boca Raton, concentrating in the areas of corporate law and business transactions. She has more than thirty years of experience in law, accounting and business, including 14 years working with national law and accounting firms in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

Christine has also served on Boards of non-profit organizations serving the needs of children at risk and works with and supports veteran’s organizations. Over the years, she has also been active in numerous political federal, state and local political campaigns and political causes and volunteered as an election pollwatcher. She is passionate about electoral integrity and preventing voter fraud.

Christine has resided in South Florida for more than 40 years and is a graduate of Florida universities, including the University of Miami School of Law, where she served on Law Review, Florida International University and University of Florida. She currently resides in Palm Beach Gardens with her husband Paul Spain, a candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, Congressional District 21.

Dr. Wes Borucki to present the 2016 Ann Roberts Scholarship Awards

Please Join us on Wednesday, June 22, for the awarding of the 2016 Annual Anne Roberts Scholarships and celebrate the day with our young scholars.

Presenting the awards for the club will be our featured speaker, Dr. Wes Borucki.



Dr. Wes Borucki
Associate Professor of History
Palm Beach Atlantic University

Dr. Borucki will discuss the Supreme Court and its assumption of more power over time, how the stakes for the Court’s nominations are so important in the coming election, and why we need to pay attention to these issues.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Program Noon – 1PM, Buffet starts at 11:30AM

Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center

Palm Beach Airport
1301 Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
Phone: 561-659-3880

$25/Members $30/Guests
Pay at the door.

Make sure you submit your RSVP in advance by clicking on our link below:

or by emailing info@gopclubpb.org, or by calling 561-855-0749.
  Please respect Club rules: Cell Phones Silenced, Business Casual Attire, Please No Jeans
Republican Club of the Palm Beaches
PO Box 2585
West Palm Beach, FL 33402
(561) 855-0749

Dr. Borucki, who has taught at PBA since 2003, specializes in the antebellum South, the Civil War and Reconstruction, Colonial America, and presidential history. He teaches undergraduate history and humanities and also serves as a faculty member in the Frederick M. Supper Honors Program. Dr. Borucki’s first book, George H.W. Bush: In Defense of Principle, was published in early 2011 by Nova Science Publishers as part of its First Men: America’s Presidents series. His second book, Ronald Reagan: Heroic Dreamer, was published as part of the same series in 2014.

The history of sports is one of his side interests: his article “Moving on Up?: Whether Leaps to Division I-A in American College Football Benefit Universities” was published in June 2015 in The Journal of Sports Management and Commercialization; and in 2003, his article, “You’re Dixie’s Football Pride: American College Football and the Resurgence of Southern Nationalism,” was published in the journal Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power.

Dr. Borucki has written book reviews for The Journal of Southern History, The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, and The Alabama Review. He had the honor of serving as both a junior fellow and senior fellow in The University of Alabama’s Blount Undergraduate Initiative, in which he taught the freshman sequence of this interdisciplinary studies program that is similar to PBA’s humanities core program in its subject matter. At Alabama, he served as editor-in-chief of the journal Southern Historian in 1998-1999. He is a contributor to Oxford University Press’s Encyclopedia of African American History, Macmillan Press’ multi-volume Civil Rights in the United States, and the Gale Group’s Women in World History. His dissertation, “Yankees in King Cotton’s Court: Northerners in Antebellum and Wartime Alabama,” was the basis of presentations at the Families at War Conference at the University of Richmond, the Alabama Studies Symposium in Montgomery, and local historical group meetings for the Alabama Humanities Foundation’s Speakers Bureau. Dr. Borucki is a long-standing member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and is currently the secretary of the vestry of Redeemer Lutheran Church in West Palm Beach. He served as a lay delegate to the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod’s convention in St. Louis in 1998 and to the LCMS’s Florida-Georgia District Conventions in 2006 and 2015.

Dr. Borucki has a B.A from Michigan State, an M.A from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, and a Ph.D. from the Univerity of Alabama.

RCPB Hosts Dan Bongino in May

Please join us as the Republican Club of the Palm Beaches
hosts Dan Bongino
on Wednesday May 25th.


Dan Bongino

Former Secret Service Agent & NYPD
Contributing Editor @CR
Candidate for US Senate (2012) and for US Congress (2014) from Maryland.

Podcast

United States Secret Service
Dan proudly joined the ranks of the U.S. Secret Service in 1999 as a Special Agent where he graduated the Secret Service training academy with academic honors. Beginning his career in the New York Field Office, he was assigned to investigate federal crimes including but not limited to protective intelligence, computer crimes, bank fraud, credit card fraud and counterfeiting. His early career was marked by a number of investigative successes. Although the details of his signature investigation are still for official use only, it involved over 300 million dollars in potential financial fraud and a nexus to international terrorism. This joint investigation in cooperation with the FBI, IRS, SSA and a number of local police agencies, was responsible for shutting down a major international fraud ring. The investigation earned Dan the Department of Justice recognition award, along with other agency specific awards, for excellence in investigations.

Dan left the New York Field Office in 2002 to become an instructor at the Secret Service Training Academy in Beltsville, Maryland. He was the project manager for the re-design of the investigative tactics training program which he subsequently taught to incoming trainees. Dan was awarded a number of commendations for his work in researching and re-designing the investigative curriculum to reflect current trends crime trends.

Presidential Protection Division
In 2006, Dan entered into duty on the elite Presidential Protection Division in the administration of President George W. Bush, graduating at the top of his class in the difficult detail training program. Dan distinguished himself early by becoming one of the earliest tenured Special Agents to be given responsibility for an operational section of the protective detail. Dan remained on protective duty during the change in administration to President Barack Obama and again distinguished himself by quickly becoming the highest ranking member of his operational shift of agents. With this distinction came greater responsibility and Dan quickly rose to the challenge. He was designated as the lead agent responsible for the coordination of the President’s trip to Prague for the signing of the START treaty, his trip to Jakarta, Indonesia, amongst a myriad of terror threats, and finally as the lead agent responsible for the President’s visit to an active war zone in Afghanistan. With the successful coordination of these historic events, Dan was awarded a series of commendations and left the protective detail as one of the most distinguished agents in their history.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Program Noon – 1PM, Buffet starts at 11:30AMHoliday Inn Hotel and Conference Center
Palm Beach Airport
1301 Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
Phone: 561-659-3880

$25/Members $30/Guests
Pay at the door.

Make sure you submit your RSVP in advance by clicking on our link below:

or by emailing info@gopclubpb.org, or by calling 561-855-0749.
  Please respect Club rules: Cell Phones Silenced, Business Casual Attire, Please No Jeans
Republican Club of the Palm Beaches
PO Box 2585
West Palm Beach, FL 33402
(561) 855-0749

Florida Legislative Update at April Lunch

Please join us as the Republican Club of the Palm Beaches
hosts a Florida Legislative Update
on Wednesday April 27th.

Pat Rooney

Join us in April as Representative Pat Rooney (FH85) brings us up to date on the legislative session that has just concluded.

Join us. Be informed. Get Involved.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Program Noon – 1PM, Buffet starts at 11:30AM

Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center
Palm Beach Airport
1301 Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
Phone: 561-659-3880

$25/Members $30/Guests
Pay at the door.

Make sure you submit your RSVP in advance by clicking on our link below:

or by emailing info@gopclubpb.org, or by calling 561-855-0749.
  Please respect Club rules: Cell Phones Silenced, Business Casual Attire, Please No Jeans
Republican Club of the Palm Beaches
PO Box 2585
West Palm Beach, FL 33402
(561) 855-0749

CD18 Candidates Make their Case

The March lunch consisted of a 6 way candidate forum for Congressional District 18. Please refer to the table below to watch a video of the candidates remarks.

Originally conceived for nine, the group was reduced by the departure of Carla Spalding to NPA status, and Paul Spain to run in CD21 to our south. Another candidate, Noelle Nikpour could not be reached to invite.

A Word about the Video


The video of the event, recorded for youtube by South Florida Grassroots Research, can be viewed in full HERE. The video icons in the table below are links into the full video that start with the candidate of interest. If you have trouble viewing any of it, you can click on the “youtube” link under the video frame and view it there using the index provided.

After an introduction to the district by moderator Fred Scheibl, each candidate was introduced and given 6 minutes to address in general terms a slate of topic areas provided to them beforehand. The areas are:

  • Your vision for the country
  • The role of Congress in a post-Obama government
  • The experience you bring to the job
  • Any specific policy proposals you will pursue in the Congress
  • The committees you would like to be selected for if elected
  • The caucuses in the House with whom you would align (eg. Freedom Caucus, Republican Study Committee, etc.)
  • Why you are the best choice to represent District 18
CD18 Candidate Forum

Carl Domino

Carl Domino knows the value and reward of hard work and the gift of the American Dream. After working his way through college and earning a degree from Florida State University, he completed active duty service as a Naval Officer in Vietnam and then earned his M.B.A. from Harvard University. Carl retired from the Navy as a Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves.

Carl has built two businesses from scratch, creating more jobs and opportunity for his neighbors in the Palm Beach Treasure Coast region.

In 2002, Carl was elected to the Florida House of Representatives where he served for eight years and is best known for his property tax reduction proposal called “portability,” which enabled local homeowners to move to newer properties without losing the property tax benefits of the home they left.

Carl is a longtime resident of Jupiter where he resides with his wife Sharon and 16-year-old twins Reagan and Mason.

Carl wants to reduce the federal debt, reform the tax code, support the 2nd amendment and reduce federal regulations including repealing Obamacare.

Dr. Mark Freeman

Dr. Mark Freeman grew up in Springfield Massachusetts and attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, followed by Boston University Medical School. He spent several years in emergency room medicine in the northeast, then became a primary care physician in Boynton Beach where he owns and runs five Humana Medicare Advantage Centers and an Urgent Care Center.

A veteran, Mark was a Lieutenant Commander in the Naval Reserve and is committed to improving health care for veterans. On his first foray running for office, he seeks to repeal Obamacare, secure our borders, energize our economy, and strengthen our national security.

Rick Kozell

A local resident for 25 years, Rick Kozell is a Jupiter High School graduate who obtained a degree in Business Administration from Wake Forest and started a small marine services business in northern Palm Beach County. Later, he returned to school, earning a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC in 2010. While at Georgetown, Rick served as a law clerk to the ranking Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He later served in a similar role for Senator George LeMieux; and then for Senator Tom Coburn, and was Counsel to a member of an administrative court in cases involving federal regulation of small business.

Locally, he has been involved with many community organizations including Place of Hope, the PBC Land Development Regulation Advisory Board, the Heritage Foundation, the James Madison Institute and the Republican National Lawyers Association. Rick is also a past President of this club.

Rick supports lower taxes and regulations, local control of education, a strong national defense, and limiting the power of government.

Brian Mast

Growing up in western Michigan, Staff Sergeant Brian Mast enlisted in the military after high school in 1999. For 12 years, he served in the US Army, including time with the Joint Special Operations Commnand (JSOC) as a bomb disposal expert, where he was on the front lines against Radical Islam, finding and disarming improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

While on his last deployment in Afghanistan, he suffered catastrophic injuries resulting in the loss of both his legs, and was awarded the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal for Valor, the Purple Heart and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

Throughout his long rehabilitation, he provided his expertise to the National Nuclear Security Administration, the Bureau of Alchohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the Department of Homeland Security, and recently donned the uniform of the Israeli Defense Forces.

Moving to Florida after his retirement in 2012, he is currently working on a Harvard degree, and would like to continue his service to our country as a US Congressman. He would like to repeal Obamacare, strengthen our support for Israel, stop the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal and oppose the lifting of the Cuban embargo.

Rebecca Negron

A 30 year resident of Martin County, Rebecca Negron has a BS degree in Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University, and has practiced as a registered nurse in the field of obstetrics for 15 years.

Having served on the Martin County School Board since 2012 she was re-elected without opposition in 2014. Rebecca is married to Senate President designate Joe Negron.

Rebecca opposes common Core, would like to balance the budget, simplify the tax code, repeal excessive regulations and replace Obamacare, defund Planned Parenthood and fix the VA.

Rick Roth

Rick Roth, a 37 year Wellington resident, grew up in Belle Glade. He is the President of the 5000 acre Roth Farms east of Belle Glade, and has been producing vegetables and sugar cane there since 1976.

Although never holding a public office, Rick has been involved in politics for years, including fund-raising for former Governor Bob Martinez, and he has held a variety of leadership positions with the Florida Farm Bureau Federation and the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association and is on the board of the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida.

Mar 23 – Candidate Forum for Congressional District 18

Please join us as the Republican Club of the Palm Beaches
hosts a CD18 Candidate Forum
on Wednesday March 23rd.

At our March lunch, for a first in a series leading up to the August 30 primary and county-wide election, we have invited the seven Republican candidates competing for the CD18 seat being vacated by Patrick Murphy. Murphy, now a Democrat candidate for Senate, has held the seat for two terms after defeating Allen West in 2012. The district, which includes all of Martin, St. Lucie and northern Palm Beach counties, is narrowly Republican (R+3), but the Democrats are fielding some heavily funded candidates with out of state backing.

Currently the Republican field has narrowed to seven with Paul Spain moving to CD21 and Carla Spalding becoming NPA. Of these, Carl Domino, Mark Freeman, Rick Kozell, Brian Mast, Rebecca Negron and Rick Roth have already accepted our invitation, and we are waiting to hear from Noelle Nikpour.

The candidates will be asked their thoughts on the most important challenges facing the country, what sets them apart from the other candidates, and how they plan to defeat the Democrat in the fall. Join us for what should be a highly informative session.

Join us. Be informed. Get Involved.

Wednesday, Mach 23, 2016
Program Noon – 1PM, Buffet starts at 11:30AM

Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center
Palm Beach Airport
1301 Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
Phone: 561-659-3880

$25/Members $30/Guests
Pay at the door.

Make sure you submit your RSVP in advance by clicking on our link below:

or by emailing info@gopclubpb.org, or by calling 561-855-0749.
  Please respect Club rules: Cell Phones Silenced, Business Casual Attire, Please No Jeans
Republican Club of the Palm Beaches
PO Box 2585
West Palm Beach, FL 33402
(561) 855-0749

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