WSRE | RALLY 2012 | General Election Oct. 25th


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>> ELECTION DAY IS JUST 12 DAYS
AWAY.
STAND BY TO MEET THE CANDIDATES.
>> THIS ORIGINAL PROGRAM IS
PROVIDED AS A PUBLIC SERVICE BY
WSRE.
THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS.
AFRICAN AMERICAN
AND PENSACOLA STATE COLLEGE.

DIRECT SELL
>> GOOD EVENING.
WELCOME TO RALLY 2012.
I'M DREXEL GILBERT WITH WSRE-TV.
>> I'M SANDRA AVERHART WITH WUWF
PUBLIC MEDIA.
>> THIS IS FIRST OF TWO ELECTION
NIGHTS ON WSRE, PUBLIC TV FOR
THE GULF COAST.
>> RALLY ALLOWS YOU TO MEET THE
CANDIDATES FROM ESCAMBIA, SANTA
ROSA AND OKALOOSA COUNTIES AS
WELL AS U.S. DISTRICT CONGRESS
1.
>> MANY JOINED US FOR RALLY 2012
IN JULY.
THAT ELECTION DECIDE AD MAJORITY
OF LOCAL RACES BUT NOT ALL.
HERE IS A PREVIEW OF THE RACES
YOU WILL BE SEEING ON THE
GENERAL ELECTION EDITION OF
RALLY.
>> WE WILL BEGIN THIS EVENING
WITH THE CONTEST FOR U.S.
CONGRESS DISTRICT 1.
WE WILL THEN MOVE TO THE
ESCAMBIA COUNTY RACES FOR
SHERIFF, PROPERTY APPRAISER, TAX
COLLECTOR AND SUPERINTENDENT OF
SCHOOLS.
>> TOMORROW NIGHT WE WILL
SPOTLIGHT THE RACES FOR OKALOOSA
COUNTY COMMISSION DISTRICT 1,
SANTA ROSA COUNTY SHERIFF, SANTA
ROSA COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD
DISTRICT 4.
ESCAMBIA COUNTY COMMISSION
DISTRICT 1, 3 AND 5, AND ECUA
DISTRICT 1.
THE QUESTIONS FOR THE CANDIDATES
THIS EVENING HAVE BEEN PROVIDED
TO US BY THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN
VOTERS, PENSACOLA BAY AREA AND
ALSO THE OKALOOSA COUNTY LEAGUE
OF WOMEN VOTERS.
THE CANDIDATES HAVE NOT SEEN THE
QUESTIONS, THEY WILL BE 45
SECONDS TO RESPOND.
FOLLOWING THE
QUESTION-AND-ANSWER SESSION EACH
CANDIDATE WILL HAVE AN
ADDITIONAL 45 SECONDS FOR
CLOSING STATEMENT.
>> NOW IT'S TIME TO GET STARTED
WITH QUESTIONS FOR THE
CANDIDATES.
WE'RE GOING TO BEGIN WITH THE
RACE FOR U.S. CONGRESS DISTRICT
1.
YOU WILL HEAR FROM THE
REPUBLICAN, DEMOCRATIC AND
LIBERTARIAN CANDIDATES IN THIS
RACE.
>> OUR CANDIDATES ARE SEATED IN
ALPHABETICAL ORDER AND THE FIRST
CANDIDATE WE WILL INTRODUCE TO
YOU TONIGHT IS JIM BRYAN.
HE IS THE DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGER
IN THIS RACE.
CALEN FRETTS IS THE LIBERTARIAN
CHALLENGER FOR DISTRICT 1 AND
REPUBLICAN IS INCUMBENT JEFF
MILLER.
GENTLEMEN, WE WELCOME YOU TO
RALLY 2012.
IT IS TIME TO GET STARTED WITH
THE QUESTION AND ANSWERS.
WE'LL BEGIN ALPHABETICALLY WITH
YOU, MR. BRYAN.
QUESTION NUMBER ONE, THE SUPER
PAC ADS WITH UNIDENTIFIED
RESPONDSORS RENEWED CALLS FOR
LEGISLATION SUCH AS THE
DISCLOSURE ACT REQUIRING THAT
SPONSORS OF THESE ADS BE
DISCLOSED IN THE INTEREST OF
TRANSPARENCY.
WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THIS
ISSUE?
YOU HAVE 45 SECONDS.
>> FIRST OF ALL, MY POSITION IS
CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM.
WHAT I DID IN MY CAMPAIGN WAS I
MADE A VOW THAT I WOULD RUN MY
CAMPAIGN FOR $5,000 OR UNDER.
I SUCCEEDED TO DO THIS.
THE REASON I DID THAT IS TO MAKE
A STATEMENT, IT DOESN'T TAKE
$20 MILLION TO GET CANDIDATE IN
OFFICE.
A CANDIDATE SHOULD RUN ON
RECORD.
HE SHOULD RUN ON WHAT HE'S DONE
MANY THE PAST, SO VOTERS CAN GET
TO KNOW HIM.
ALL THIS MONEY AND ALL THESE
RACES, I THINK THE LAST COUNT
WAS $2 BILLION FOR THESE RACES
ALL TOGETHER.
$2 BILLION?
HERE I AM A SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE
FOR U.S. CONGRESS, I WORE OUT
TWO PAIR OF SHOES TO GET MY
PETITIONS TO RUN.
IT COST ME ZERO TO FILE.
>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR
ANSWER.
NOW TO YOU, MR. FRETTS.
AGAIN, THE QUESTION, THE SUPER
PAC ADS WITH UNIDENTIFIED
SPONSORS RENEWED CALLS FOR
LEGISLATION SUCH AS THE
DISCLOSURE ACT REQUIRING THAT
SPONSORS OF THESE ADS BE
DISCLOSED IN THE INTEREST OF
TRANSPARENCY.
SO WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THIS
ISSUE?
>> WELL, IT'S CERTAINLY A TRICKY
ISSUE BUT IT COMES DOWN TO
FREEDOM OF SPEECH.
IN THIS COUNTRY WE OBVIOUSLY
RECOGNIZE FREEDOM OF SPEECH AS
NUMBER ONE, ONE OF THE MOST
IMPORTANT ISSUES, IT'S THE FIRST
AMENDMENT.
SO WE HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH TO
SAY WHATEVER WE WANT AND WE
DON'T HAVE TO EXPLAIN WHY WE
WANT TO SAY IT.
AND WE DON'T WE HAVE THE
FREEDOM TO SAY THESE THINGS IN
HONESTLY.
AS FAR AS DONATIONS TO
CANDIDATES, ABSOLUTELY SHOULD BE
REQUIRED TO BE DISCLOSED BUT
WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT FREEDOM
OF SPEECH, FROM A THIRD PARTY OR
ANONYMOUS SOURCE, I DON'T
BELIEVE THAT THEY SHOULD ALWAYS
BE REQUIRED TO DISCLOSE.
>> ALL RIGHT.
THANK YOU.
THE QUESTION NOW GOES TO YOU,
MR. MILLER, WOULD YOU LIKE TO
REPEAT THE QUESTION TO YOU AS
WELL?
>> NO.
>> YOUR POSITION ON THE ISSUE OF
THE CALLS FOR THESE ADS BE
DISCLOSED IN THE INTEREST OF
TRANSPARENCY.
>> I THINK THEY SHOULD.
I THINK DISCLOSURE IS IMPORTANT.
I THINK IMMEDIATE DISCLOSURE IS
CRITICAL.
WE HAVE NO IDEA WHERE THE MONEY
IS COMING FROM, IT CAN BE ONE
INDIVIDUAL FUNDING A SUPER PAC.
IN THE PAST UNIONS HAVE HAD AN
UPPER HAND BY FORCING THEIR
MEMBERSHIP TO BE ABLE TO PUT
MONEY INTO PACKS OR POLITICAL
GROUPS TO BUY ADVERTISING AND
NOW ALL OF A SUDDEN WE HAVE
THESE NEW SUPER PACS COMING TO
AREAS YOU COULD ACTUALLY EFFECT
A CONGRESSIONAL RACE WITH MONEY
FROM ONE PARTICULAR STATE, ONE
PARTICULAR CITY.
SO WITH THE ADVENT OF ELECTRONIC
FILING AND DISCLOSURE, I THINK
IMMEDIATE DISCLOSURE AND
DISCLOSURE OF EVERYBODY THAT
CONTRIBUTES ARE WHAT FOLKS LOOK
FOR THE MOST.
>> NEXT QUESTION TO FRETTS
FIRST.
WHAT YOUR OPINION OF THE
REGULATIONS GOVERNING BANKS AND
OTHER FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
THAT HAVE BEEN PUT IN PLACE TO
PREVENT FUTURE ECONOMIC CRISES?
>> GREAT QUESTION.
UNFORTUNATELY THE REGULATION
GOVERNING WHETHER A COMMERCIAL
BANK, IN OTHER WORDS A BANK YOU
AND I WOULD USE TO STORE
DEPOSITS, AND A INVESTMENT BANK,
WE HAVE ALLOWED THOSE BANKS TO
MERGE TOGETHER AND UNFORTUNATELY
THAT HAS CREATE AD HUGE PART OF
THE CREATED A HUGE PART OF
THE BANKING COLLAPSE AND CRISIS
WE FACE THAT CREATED THE TARP
BAIL OUT $700 BILLION AND
COUNTING.
SO I CERTAINLY BELIEVE IN A
TRULY FREE MARKET WE WOULDN'T
NECESSARILY NEED THESE
REGULATIONS BUT WE UNFORTUNATELY
DO NOT HAVE TRULY FREE MARKET.
WE HAVE A QUASI FREE MARKET AND
IN OUR CURRENT SYSTEM WE NEED TO
RESTORE THESE REGULATIONS THAT
DIVIDE THE INVESTMENT AND
COMMERCIAL BANKS.
>> THANK YOU, MR. MILLER NEXT TO
YOU.
WHAT IS YOUR OPINION OF THE
REGULATIONS GOVERNING BANKS AND
OTHER FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
THAT HAVE BEEN PUT IN PLACE TO
PREVENT FUTURE ECONOMIC CRISES?
>> I VOTED AGAINST DODD FRANK
AND GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY I
WOULD VOTE TO REPEAL IT.
I THINK OVERREGULATION BY
WASHINGTON AND THE REGULATORS
THERE HAVE IN FACT STIFLED
GROWTH HERE IN THE UNITED
STATES.
SMALL COMMUNITY BANKS THAT ARE
SPENDING MILLIONS AND MILLIONS
OF DOLLARS TO COMPLY WITH NEW
REGULATIONS THAT DIDN'T NEED TO
BE PASSED.
FOLKS WILL SAY WE NEEDED TO
TIGHTEN THINGS UP, LAWS WERE
ALREADY IN PLACE.
WHAT WE HAD WAS REGULATORS THAT
WEREN'T DOING THEIR JOB, THAT
SHOULD HAVE BEEN DOING PROPER
OVERSIGHT.
AND TO BE VERY HONEST A CONGRESS
NOT TAKING ITS ROLE AS OVERSIGHT
AS WELL EITHER SO WHEN THE
DEMOCRATS CONTROLLED BOTH HOUSES
AND THE WHITE HOUSE, THEY FORCE
DODD FRANK ON THE AMERICAN
PEOPLE.
>> THANK YOU.
FINALLY MR. BRYAN, QUESTION TO
YOU, DO YOU NEED ME TO REPEAT
IT, SIR?
>> NO.
>> ALL RIGHT.
>> YOU KNOW, IN 1937 WE HAD A
LAW PUT IN PLACE CALLED GLASS
STEIGAL.
IT PREVENTED AND PUT UP A
FIREWALL IN THE BANKING INDUSTRY
IN FINANCE.
THIS FIREWALL WAS STRIPPED OUT
IN 1999 BY REPRESENTATIVE NAMED
PHIL GRAHAM.
IT WAS SNUCK INTO A BILL AND IT
WAS DESTROYED.
WE LOST OUR FIREWALL IN 1999.
THIS HELPED CREATE THE CURRENT
CRISIS WE FACED WITH THE
COLLAPSE OF OUR FINANCIAL
INSTITUTIONS AND BANKING
MORTGAGE, SUB PRIMES.
THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE TO LOOK AT.
WE HAVE TO HAVE THESE
REGULATIONS.
I BELIEVE IN BRINGING BACK GLASS
STEIGAL.
>> THANK YOU.
>> IT'S TIME NOW FOR THE THIRD
QUESTION IN THIS RUN OF
QUESTIONS FOR CANDIDATES.
THIS TIME WE WILL BEGIN WITH
YOU, MR. MILLER.
WHAT ACTIONS IF ANY DO YOU
RECOMMEND TO LESSEN HUMAN IMPACT
ON THE CLIMATE CHANGES WE HAVE
BEEN SEEING IN RECENT YEARS?
>> FIRST OF ALL, I THINK THERE'S
BEEN AN EXTREME OVERREACTION TO
CLIMATE CHANGE, THERE HAS BEEN A
CYCLICAL EFFECT OVER THE
CENTURIES AN OVER ACTUALLY
THOUSANDS OF YEARS.
WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO MONITOR
THEM FOR MANY, MANY YEARS AND TO
SAY THAT WE HAVE TO DO SO MANY
THINGS IN ORDER TO STOP CLIMATE
CHANGE USED TO BE GLOBAL
WARMING.
NOW THE ENVIRONMENTALISTS COME
OUT AND CALL IT SOMETHING NEW
BECAUSE THE TEMPERATURE GOES UP,
IT GOES DOWN.
WASHINGTON HAS SPENT TOO MUCH
TIME AND IS PUTTING TOO MUCH
PRESSURE SPENDING MONEY BY
PEOPLE IN THE CIVILIAN
COMMUNITY, REGULAR PEOPLE, IN
ORDER TO STOP SOMETHING THAT
MANY SCIENTISTS SAY DOESN'T
EXIST.
>> THANK YOU, SIR.
THE QUESTION NOW GOES TO YOU,
MR. BRYAN.
WHAT ACTION IF ANY DO YOU
RECOMMEND TO LESSEN HUMAN IMPACT
ON CLIMATE CHANGES WE HAVE SEEN
IN RECENT YEARS?
>> I LIVED IN ARIZONA TEN YEARS.
I WENT TO THE AIRPORT ONE DAY TO
CATCH A FLIGHT AND THEY WERE
CANCELED.
THE HEAT DOME OVER PHOENIX
RAISED THE TEMPERATURE TO
3Ì 2-DEGREES.
THE AIRPLANES ARE NOT RATED OVER
120.
SO THEY CLOSED THE AIRPORT.
IF WE LOOK AT THE FACTS, AND TOO
MANY TIMES PEOPLE PUT
SUPPOSITION.
CLIMATE CHANGE HAS BEEN
UNDERREPORTED.
WE HAVE TO TAKE THE FACTS AS
THEY'RE PRESENTED.
RIGHT NOW, THE SOVIET UNION IS
LOOKING TO EXPLORE THE ARCTIC
FOR OIL DEPOSITS BECAUSE ICE
PACKS ARE BREAKING UP AND THEY
CAN GET SHIPS IN THERE NOW.
ANTARCTICA HAS THE SAME
SITUATION.
WE HAVE TO TAKE THIS VERY
SERIOUS.
>> THE QUESTION NOW TO
MR. FRETTS.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO REPEAT IT?
>> THAT'S ALL RIGHT.
I THINK OUR CLIMATE DOES CHANGE.
WE DON'T LIVE IN A PICTURE TO
THE TERM CLIMATE CHANGE IS A
VERY BROAD TOPIC.
HOWEVER, WE HAVE SEEN OVER THE
DECADE THE USE OF CLIMATE
CHANGE, GLOBAL WARMING, GLOBAL
COOLING AND IT KIND OF IT'S
ALWAYS SOMETHING NEW, THE
SCIENTISTS REALLY NEVER SEEM TO
PIN DOWN EXACTLY WHAT THE ISSUE
IS.
I THINK REALLY, WHAT WE NEED TO
DO IS BE VERY CAREFUL BECAUSE
THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO
WILL MAKE A LOT OF MONEY IF
THINGS LIKE THE CLIMATE CHANGE
LEGISLATION CAP AND TRADE ISSUES
LIKE THIS PLAYS INTO YOUR
GOVERNMENT LIKE ANY OTHER
INDUSTRY, THERE'S LOBBYISTS, WE
NEED TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OUT
AND LET THE MARKET MAKE THESE
CHOICES.
>> THANK YOU, SIR.
>> SECTION QUESTION TO MR. BRYAN
FIRST.
THE QUESTION IS, THE PRESIDENT
HAS ANNOUNCED A TIMETABLE FOR
WITHDRAWAL OF TROOPS FROM
AFGHANISTAN.
WHAT ARE YOUR VIEWS ON THIS
TIMETABLE?
>> MY VIEWS WERE THE IRAQ WAR
FOR INSTANCE AS FAR AS I WAS
CONCERNED IT SHOULDN'T HAVE
NEVER HAPPENED.
AFGHANISTAN THAT'S WHERE THE
FOCUS SHOULD HAVE BEEN PUT ON
YEARS AGO.
FOR WHAT WAS AT HAND FROM 9/11.
THE TIMETABLE IS NOW.
IER IF I HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH
IT, I WOULD START BRINGING ALL
AMERICAN TROOPS OUR IMMEDIATELY.
I WOULDN'T WAIT ON A TIMETABLE.
I'M A COMBAT VETERAN.
I KNOW WHAT COMBAT DOES AND I
KNOW WHAT THE LOSS AN MAIMING OF
HUMAN LIFE CAN BE, ESPECIALLY
WHEN YOU LOOK AT OUR YOUNG
WARRIORS AT 18, 19 YEARS OLD.
HEY, WAR IS A BLOODY BUSINESS.
>> THANK YOU, SIR.
MR. FRETTS, THIS QUESTION TO YOU
NEXT.
THE PRESIDENT HAS ANNOUNCED A
TIMETABLE FOR WITHDRAWAL OF
TROOPS COMBAT TROOPS FROM
AFGHANISTAN.
WHAT ARE YOUR VIEWS ON THIS
TIMETABLE?
>> WELL OUR MISSION IN THE
MIDDLE EAST WAS TO CAPTURE AND
KILL THOSE WHO WERE RESPONSIBLE
FOR 9/11.
WE HAVE KILLED OSAMA BIN LADEN,
THE NAVY SEALS DID, OUR
PRESIDENT DID NOT.
BUT I WOULD SAY OUR MISSION IS
ACCOMPLISHED OVER THERE.
WE HAVE KILLED THE ENEMY.
I BELIEVE IT'S TIME TO BRING OUR
TROOPS HOME.
TIME TO MAKE SURE THAT WE
PROTECT OUR OWN BORDERS HERE AT
HOME.
THAT IS THE NUMBER ONE MISSION
OF OUR TROOPS IS TO PROTECT OUR
BORDERS, TO PROTECT OUR UNITED
STATES AND I THINK WE NEED TO
MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE RESTED
AND PREPARED SHOULD ANOTHER
IMMINENT ATTACK OR THREAT OCCUR
ON THESE SHORES.
>> THANK YOU.
FINALLY TO YOU, MR. MILLER, WHAT
ARE YOUR VIEWS ON THE TIMETABLE
FOR WITHDRAWAL OF COMBAT TROOPS
FROM AFGHANISTAN?
>> I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT
YOU DRAW A CLEAR DISTINCTION
BETWEEN COMBAT TROOPS AN TROOPS.
THE PRESIDENT IS SAYING RIGHT
NOW THAT ALL TROOPS ARE COMING
HOME AND THE FACT IN FACT
THAT IS NOT THE CASE.
BUT I THINK AMERICA IS READY TO
BRING THEIR SONS AND THEIR
DAUGHTERS HOME.
IT HAS BEEN A LONG WAR.
BUT WHAT I DON'T AGREE WITH IS
WHAT THE PRESIDENT DID IN
ACTUALLY SHOWING HIS HAND IN
REGARDS TO THE TIMETABLE OF
BRINGING OUR TROOPS HOME.
WHAT THE ENEMY WILL DO IS GO IN
TO A MODE WHERE THEY WAIT FOR US
TO BE READY TO RETURN BACK TO
THE UNITED STATES, LOOK FOR THAT
SOFT UNDERBELLY, IF YOU WILL,
AND BEGIN TO ATTACK OUR FOLKS AS
THEY RETURN BACK TO THE UNITED
STATES.
THE LAST THING WE NEED TO DO IS
TO SHOW EXACTLY WHEN WE'RE
COMING HOME.
>> THANK YOU.
NOW WE MOVE TO QUESTION NUMBER
5.
A REMINDER THESE QUESTION ARE
PROVIDED TO US THIS EVENING FOR
THE CANDIDATES BY THE LEAGUE OF
WOMEN VOTERS, PENSACOLA BAY
AREA.
AND OKALOOSA COUNTY.
THIS TIME WE WILL START WITH
YOU, MR. FRETTS.
WHAT CHANGES TO THE CURRENT
SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM WOULD YOU
SUPPORT TO ASSURE THAT IT
CONTINUES TO PROVIDE THE
RETIREMENT, SURVIVOR AND
DISABILITY BENEFITS THAT IT
PROVIDES NOW?
>> I THINK IT'S TIME WE BE
HONEST ABOUT PROGRAMS LIKE
SOCIAL SECURITY.
WE HAVE HAD POLITICIANS FOR
YEARS AND YEARS TELL US SOCIAL
SECURITY WILL BE THERE, DON'T
WORRY, NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT.
THE TRUTH IS SOCIAL SECURITY WAS
RAIDED AS SOON AS IT BEGAN.
CONGRESS TOOK ALL THE MONEY OUT,
SPENT IT ON OTHER THINGS AND PUT
AN IOU IN THE ACCOUNT.
WE HAVE TO BE HONEST AND TELL
PEOPLE THAT SOCIAL SECURITY AND
PROGRAMS LIKE IT ARE NOT ON THE
RIGHT PATH RIGHT NOW AND WE'RE
GOING TO HAVE TO START MAKING
TOUGH DECISIONS, WE HAVE TO
START LETTING PEOPLE OPT OUT OF
THESE SYSTEMS AND GO BACK TO THE
VOLUNTARY SYSTEMS, FAMILIES
TAKING CARE OF EACH OTHER
BECAUSE OUR CURRENT BUDGET, OUR
CURRENT ECONOMIC SITUATION IS
UNSUSTAINABLE SO IT'S TIME THE
MAKE A CHANGE.
>> THANK YOU, MR. FRETTS.
THE QUESTION POSED NOW TO
MR. MILLER, WHAT CHANGES TO THE
CURRENT SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM
WOULD YOU SUPPORT TO ASSURE IT
CONTINUES TO PROVIDE THE
RETIREMENT SURVIVOR AND
DISABILITY BENEFITS THAT IT
PROVIDES NOW?
>> FIRST OF ALL I THINK IT'S
IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT WHEN
SOCIAL SECURITY WAS FIRST
ESTABLISHED IT WAS NEVER
SUPPOSED TO BE AN ENTIRE
RETIREMENT FOR SOMEBODY.
IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A
SUPPLEMENT.
UNFORTUNATELY WE HAVE A LOT OF
PEOPLE TODAY THAT ARE REQUIRING
THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY TO LIVE
OFF OF.
SO IT'S IMPORTANT WE MAKE SURE
THAT IT'S THERE FOR FUTURE
GENERATIONS.
THAT'S WHY WE HAVE DONE SOME
THINGS IN THE HOUSE OF
REPRESENTATIVES, WE HAVE TALKED
ABOUT TRYING NOT ONLY JUST TO
LENGTHEN THE LIFE OF SOCIAL
SECURITY AND MEDICARE BUT WE
PROBABLY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO
LOOK AT THE RETIREMENT AGE.
IF WE WERE JUST RAISED THE
RETIREMENT AGE A COUPLE OF YEARS
IT WOULD GO A LONG WAY TO
STABILIZING SOCIAL SECURITY FOR
MANY YEARS TO COME.
THEN ALSO GIVING PEOPLE THE
OPPORTUNITY TO INVEST THEIR OWN
DOLLARS SO THEY GET A GREATER
RETURN AT THE END.
>> ALL RIGHT.
THEN THE QUESTION NOW GOES TO
YOU, MR. BRYAN.
I WILL POSE IT TO YOU.
WHAT CHANGES TO THE CURRENT
SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM WOULD YOU
SUPPORT TO ASSURE THAT IT
CONTINUES TO PROVIDE THE
RETIREMENT, SURVIVOR AND
DISABILITY BENEFITS THAT IT
PROVIDES NOW?
>> I WOULD NEED ABOUT THREE
HOURS TO ANSWER THIS QUESTION
BUT I'LL TRY TO MAKE IT QUICK.
THIS LITTLE DISC WITH MEDICARE
COSTS $300.
THERE'S NO BIT.
THE VA PAYS $56 FOR THIS SAME
DISC.
MY CALCULATIONS AND THE
CALCULATIONS FROM THE GAO SAYS
$150 BILLION COULD BE SAVED IN
MEDICARE ALONE BY GOING TO
COMPETITIVE BIDDING IN THE DRUG
MARKET JUST LIKE THE VA DOES.
NOW, CONGRESS HAS RAIDED SOCIAL
SECURITY TWO TIMES.
FIRST TIME WITH THE DRUG BILL,
AND PRIOR TO THAT, PULLING OUT
THE FUNDS THAT WE HAD IN IT TO
START WITH.
IT CAN STAY SOLVENT IF CONGRESS
WOULD KEEP THEIR HANDS OFF OF
IT.
>> THANK YOU.
AND MR. FRETTS, YOU DID RAISE
YOUR HAND AND THAT IS AN
INDICATION THAT YOU HAVE A
REBUTTAL.
AND JUST SO WE CAN ACCEPT THE
RULES OUT SO THAT YOU HAVE
THE VIEWERS UNDERSTAND, EACH
CANDIDATE IS ALLOWED ONE
REBUTTAL PER QUESTION IF THAT'S
SOMETHING THEY CHOOSE TO DO AND
THEY HAVE 45 SECONDS TO DO THAT.
SO MR. FRETTS, YOU HAVE I'M
SORRY, YOU HAVE 30 SECONDS TO DO
THAT, SIR.
>> I WOULD JUST SAY THAT I FIND
IT INTERESTING THAT THE
CONGRESSMAN SAYS WE NOW NEED TO
LOOK AT RAISING THE RETIREMENT
AGE BECAUSE IN THE TOWN HALL
MEETING JUST IN THE PAST TERM
THE CONGRESSMAN STATED THAT WE
WOULD NOT NEED TO RAISE THE
RETIREMENT AGE.
I AGREE WITH HIS POINT, WE
CERTAINLY DO NEED TO LOOK AT
THAT.
AND ALSO WHEN WE CUT THE SOCIAL
SECURITY TAX, WHICH I'M ALL FOR
CUTTING TAXES, WE ALSO NEED TO
REAL EYE THAT WE MAY NEED TO CUT
SPENDING AS PART OF THE THAT,
THEY GO HAND IN HAND.
>> MR. MILLER, YOU RAISED YOUR
HAND SO YOU WOULD LIKE TO REBUT
AS WELL.
>> I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO
UNDERSTAND THAT WE ARE GOING TO
HAVE TO LOOK AT SOME THINGS LIKE
RAISING THE RETIREMENT AGE,
ALLOWING PEOPLE TO GO OUTSIDE OF
THE SYSTEM, HAVING THE
OPPORTUNITY TO OPT OUT A PORTION
OR ALL IN ORDER TO KEEP THE
SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM SOLVENT.
>> THANK YOU, MR. BRYAN HAS
RAISED HIS HAND AS WELL.
SIR, YOU HAVE 30 SECONDS.
>> I'M ON SOCIAL SECURITY.
I'M ON MEDICARE.
KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF MY SOCIAL
SECURITYND DON'T COME UP TELLING
ME YOU WANT A VOUCHER FOR MY
GRANDMOTHER AND MY MOTHER.
LET'S LEAVE THE SYSTEM LIKE IT
WAS PUT IN PLACE, AND KEEP YOUR
HAND OFF OF IT SO IT CAN BE
FUNDED.
>> THANK YOU, SIR.
THAT BRINGS US NOW TO JUST ABOUT
20 MINUTES INTO TONIGHT'S RALLY
PROGRAM.
AND WHILE WE DO HAVE MORE
QUESTIONS FOR THE CONGRESSIONAL
CANDIDATES YES GOING TO TAKE A
BRF PAUSE ALLOW EVERYONE TO
TAKE A BREATH.
WHEN WE COME BACK, WE WILL
CONTINUE WITH QUESTIONS FOR
THESE CANDIDATES.
BUT RACES FOR POLITICAL
POSITIONS ARE NOT THE ONLY ITEMS
THAT WILL BE ON THE BALLOT.
FLORIDA VOTERS WILL BE ASKED TO
MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT 11
AMENDMENTS TO THE STATE
CONSTITUTION.
>> THROUGHOUT THE EVENING WE ARE
GOING TO BE GIVING YOU
INFORMATION ON THOSE AMENDMENTS
AND INFORMATION WHERE YOU CAN GO
FOR SPECIFIC DETAILS ON EACH
AMENDMENT SO THAT YOU ARE ABLE
TO READ THEM AHEAD OF TIME AND
MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS AT THE
POLLS.
>> YOUR FIRST LOOK AT THE
AMENDMENTS IS COMING UP.
YOU'RE WATCHING RALLY 2012 ON
WSRE-TV.
>> THERE'S NOTHING MORE
IMPORTANT TO OUR PROCESS THAN
HAVING AN ELECT TRAIT VOTING ON
ELECTION DAY.
I'M ED MEADOWS, PRESIDENT OF
PENSACOLA STATE COLLEGE, THANK
YOU FOR TUNING INTO RALLY 2012.
A JOINT PRESENTATION OF LEAGUE
OF WOMEN VOTERS, WSRE-TV AND
PENSACOLA STATE COLLEGE.
RALLY ALLOWS YOU THE OPPORTUNITY
TO WATCH AND LISTEN AS THIS
ELECTION YEAR SLATE OF
CANDIDATES ANSWER THE TOUGH
QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE NEEDS
OF OUR COMMUNITY AND STATE.
WSRE, A SERVICE OF PENSACOLA
STATE COLLEGE, IS PROUD TO BRING
THIS PROGRAM TO YOU AS A PUBLIC
SERVICE.
AND AS ALWAYS, WE INVITE YOUR
COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS ABOUT
HOW WE CAN FURTHER FULFILL OUR
COMMUNITY OBLIGATIONS.
LET'S ALL REMEMBER THE
IMPORTANCE OF PARTICIPATING IN
THE GOVERNANCE PROCESS BY VOTING
IN THIS UPCOMING ELECTION.
>> I'M ROSE MARY HAYES THOMAS,
CO-PRESIDENT OF LEAGUE OF WOMEN
VOTERS OF THE PENSACOLA BAY
AREA.
ON OUR NOVEMBER 6TH BALLOT THERE
ARE 11 AMENDMENTS TO YOU ARE
STATE CONSTITUTION.
ALL PLACED ON THE BALLOT BY THE
STATE LEGISLATURE RATHER THAN BY
CITIZEN INITIATIVE.
A 60% MARGIN IS REQUIRED FOR
PASSAGE.
FOUR PROPOSED AMENDMENTS IF
PASSED WILL INCREASE PROPERTY
TAX EXEMPTIONS FOR SPECIFIC
GROUPS OF PEOPLE.
THE COLLINS CENTER FOR PUBLIC
POLICY ESTIMATES IF ALL FOUR
AMENDMENTS PASS, IT WOULD RESULT
IN A REDUCTION OF REVENUE TO
SCHOOLS AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS OF
MORE THAN $1 BILLION OVER THE
FIRST THREE YEARS.
AMENDMENT 2 DEALS WITH VETERANS
DISABLED AS A RESULT OF COMBAT
INJURY WHO NOW RECEIVE A TAX
EXEMPTION IF A CURRENT FLORIDA
RESIDENT 65 OR OLDER HONORABLY
DISCHARGED AND A RESIDENT OF
FLORIDA WHEN THEY ENTERED THE
MILITARY.
THIS AMENDMENT IF PASSED WOULD
EXTEND THIS BENEFIT TO OTHERS
WHO ARE NOT FLORIDA RESIDENTS AT
THE TIME THEY ENTER THE SERVICE
BUT RESIDE HERE NOW.
AMENDMENT NINE WILL PUT INTO THE
CONSTITUTION AN EXISTING FULL
PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION THAT NOW
APPLIES UNDER FLORIDA LAW TO THE
SURVIVING SPOUSE OF A FLORIDA
RESIDENT KILLED ON ACTIVE
MILITARY DUTY.
THIS AMENDMENT WOULD EXPAND THIS
EXEMPTION TO SURVIVORS OF FULL
TIME, PART TIME, OR VOLUNTEER
FIRST RESPONDERS.
AMENDMENT 11 WOULD ALLOW CITIES
AND COUNTIES TO PASS A FULL
HOMESTEAD PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION
FOR SENIORS 65 OR OLDER WHO HAVE
LIVED IN THEIR HOME FOR 25 YEARS
OR MORE IF THEIR HOUSEHOLD
INCOME IS LESS THAN
27,030-DOLLARS AND THE MARKET
VALUE IS BELOW $250,000.
AMENDMENT 4 ALLOWS LEGISLATURE
TO PROHIBIT INCREASES IN
PROPERTY TAXES WHEN MARKET SAMES
ARE DECLINING.
IT WOULD ALSO CUT FROM 10% TO 5%
THE POSSIBLE RATE OF INCREASE IN
ASSESSMENTS FOR SOME
NON-HOMESTEADED PROPERTIES.
AMENDMENT 4 GIVES NEW HOMEOWNERS
A SECOND HOMESTEAD TAX EXEMPTION
FOR A FIVE YEAR PERIOD IF THEY
HAVE NOT OWN AD HOME IN FLORIDA
IN THE LAST THREE YEARS.
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>> WELCOME BACK TO RALLY 2012 ON
WSRE-TV.
I'M DREXEL GILBERT WITH SANDRA
AVERHART, WE'RE READY TO
CONTINUE WITH QUESTIONS FOR THE
CANDIDATES VYING FOR THE U.S.
CONGRESSIONAL STATE OF FLORIDA'S
DISTRICT 1.
>> THE QUESTIONS FOR THIS RACE
WERE PREPARED AS A JOINT EFFORT
BY THE PENSACOLA BAY AREA AND
OKALOOSA COUNTY LEAGUE OF WOMEN
VOTERS.
AS WE GET BACK TO THE QUESTIONS,
MR. MILLER, WE'LL BEGIN WITH YOU
FIRST.
OUR NEXT QUESTION, WHAT SHOULD
BE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S ROLE
IF ANY, TO ADDRESS ENVIRONMENTAL
CONCERNS INCLUDING POLLUTION AND
SEISMIC ACTIVITY RESULTING FROM
HYDRO FRACKING?
>> I THINK THAT THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO STOP GETTING
INVOLVED IN SOME OF THE
EXPIRATION ISSUES THAT ARE
FOREFRONT TODAY FOR NATURAL
RESOURCES.
ESPECIALLY FRACKING.
IT'S A NEW RESOURCE OUT THERE,
THERE ARE MANY UNTOLD AMOUNTS
THAT CAN BE EXTRACTED FROM THE
EARTH.
BUT UNFORTUNATELY WE HAVE
INDIVIDUALS PUTTING POLITICAL
PRESSURE IN PARTICULAR ON TO
THEIR ELECTED OFFICIALS, IN
PARTICULAR, THOSE IN THE
PENSACOLA AREA, IN SAYING IT
DOES CREATE SEISMIC ISSUES.
THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF THAT,
FRACKING NEEDS TO CONTINUE IF WE
ARE TO BECOME SUFFICIENT.
>> THANK YOU.
NEXT GO THIS QUESTION TO
MR. BRYAN, 45 SECONDS FOR YOUR
RESPONSE.
WHAT SHOULD THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT'S ROLE IF ANY BE TO
ADDRESS ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS
INCLUDING POLLUTION AND SEISMIC
ACTIVITY RESULTING FROM HYDRO
FRACKING.
>> WHEN THE FRACKING ORIGINALLY
STARTED THE GOVERNMENT DID FUND
THE INDUSTRY IN DEVELOPING
FRACKING TECHNIQUES.
WE KNOW IN TAXES AND SOME OF THE
OTHER PLACES WE HAVE HAD AFTER
SHOCKS THAT HAVE BEEN CAUSED
FROM FRACKING.
WE KNOW THIS AS A FACT.
THE TECHNOLOGY IS STILL NEW BUT
WE NEED NATURAL GAS AS A
STEPPINGSTONE TO OUR ENERGY
INDEPENDENCE.
WE HAVE GOT TO DO IT CLEAN.
WE KNOW ABOUT THE GULF OIL
SPILL, WE KNOW ABOUT THE EFFORTS
AND THE CLEAN UP.
WE ALSO KNOW OUR COAST HERE IN
THE PANHANDLE HAS TO BE
PROTECTED.
THE EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE HAS TO
BE PROTECTED.
SO ALL THESE ARE FACTORS WHEN WE
LOOK AT THIS AREA.
BUT THE GOVERNMENT DOES HAVE A
MAJOR ROLE.
>> THANK YOU.
>> TO MR. FRETTS, THIS QUESTION
TO YOU.
WHAT SHOULD BE THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT'S ROLE IF ANY, TO
ADDRESS ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS
INCLUDING POLLUTION AND SEISMIC
ACTIVITY RESULTING FROM
FRACKING, HYDRO FRACKING?
>> WELL, AS TO POLLUTION IN
GENERAL, I THINK THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT DOES HAVE A ROLE WHEN
WE TALK ABOUT THINGS LIKE
FEDERAL WATERS, THINGS LOCAL AND
STATE GOVERNMENTS CAN'T CONTROL
BUT IN GENERAL I WOULD LIKE TO
SEE STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
HAVE CONTROL OF THESE ISSUES.
I THINK DECISIONS ARE BEST MADE
CLOSE TO HOME.
I THINK A LOT OF TIMES WHEN THE
CLOSER THINGS GET TO D.C., THE
LESS ACCOUNTABILITY WE HAVE AND
THE MORE OPPORTUNITY FOR LIKE I
MENTIONED EARLIER, PEOPLE WITH
MONEY IN THEIR POCKETS TO TRY TO
STEP IN AND GET INVOLVE AND SWAY
THE MARKET ONE WAY OR THE OTHER.
BUT WE ALSO FOR THINGS LIKE DEEP
WATER HORIZON OIL SPILL HAVE TO
REMEMBER COMPANIES LIKE B.P.
OUGHT TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE AND
BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR EVERY
LAST CENT.
>> QUESTION NUMBER 7, THIS TIME
WITH YOU, MR. BRYAN.
WHAT CHANGES IN FOREIGN POLICY
WOULD YOU SUPPORT TO REDUCE OR
INCREASE OUR MILITARY
INVOLVEMENT IN OTHER COUNTRY?
Q. THE CURRENT I AGREE WITH
THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION, AND
I AGREE WITH COLIN POWELL ABOUT
OUR CURRENT FOREIGN AFFAIRS.
I THINK SECRETARY CLINTON IS
DOING AN EXCELLENT JOB.
I THINK ACROSS THE WORLD WE AS A
NATION, WE HAVE TO SHOW
STRENGTH.
WE KNOW THE THE ISSUES IN SYRIA,
JORDAN, PAKISTAN.
ALL THESE COUNTRIES.
BUT YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THE
FAVORABILITY RATING THAT AMERICA
DOES CARRY.
IS THAT IS PART OF OUR STRENGTH
IS OUR FOREIGN POLICY.
YOU KNOW, PEOPLE TALK ABOUT
GOING TO WAR IN IRAN.
HEY, OUR POLICIES TODAY CAN
PREVENT THAT.
>> THANK YOU SO MUCH.
MR. FRETTS, NOW THIS QUESTION TO
YOU.
WHAT CHANGES IN FOREIGN POLICY
WOULD YOU SUPPORT TO REDUCE OR
INCREASE OUR MILITARY
INVOLVEMENT IN OTHER COUNTRIES?
>> WELL, I STAND WITH THE WISDOM
OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS ON
ISSUES LIKE THIS, WE TALKED
ABOUT PEOPLE LIKE THOMAS
JEFFERSON, GEORGE WASHINGTON,
TALKED ABOUT HAVING TRYING TO
HAVE FRIENDLY RELATIONS WITH AS
MANY NATIONS AS POSSIBLE BUT
ENTANGLING ALLIANCES WITH NONE.
IN OTHER WORDS, LOOK OUT FOR
OURSELVES AND LIKE I MENTIONED
EARLIER, PROTECT OUR OWN
BORDERS, MAKE SURE WE HAVE
SECURITY AT HOME.
SPEAK SOFTLY, CARRY A BIG STICK.
THE NATIONS AROUND THE WORLD
KNOW WHAT THE UNITED STATES IS
CAPABLE OF.
AND WHEN GROUPS TRY TO ATTACK
THE UNITED STATES, WE WILL MAKE
OUR FORCE KNOWN BUT IN OTHER
SITUATIONS, LET OTHER COUNTRIES
DETERMINE THEIR OWN COURSE AND
WE'LL DETERMINE OURS HERE AT
HOME.
>> THANK YOU, MR. FRETTS.
TO YOU, MR. MILLER WHAT CHANGES
IN FOREIGN POLICY WOULD YOU
SUPPORT TO REDUCE OR INCREASE
OUR MILITARY INVOLVEMENT IN
OTHER COUNTRY?
>> FOR THE LAST FOUR YEARS OUR
FOREIGN POLICY HAS BEEN ABYSMAL.
WE SEE THE MIDDLE EAST IN
FLAMES.
WE HAVE FOUR AMERICANS THAT WERE
MURDERED IN BENGHAZI BY ISLAMIC
EXTREMICS EXTREMISTS.
WE HAVE A WHITE HOUSE NOW TRYING
TO COVER THAT UP WHICH I THINK
IS VERY UNFORTUNATE.
A CONGRESS TRYING TO GET TO THE
BOTTOM OF IT AND UNFORTUNATELY
HAS BEEN CALLED POLITICAL IN
WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IN A
BIPARTISAN WAY.
I THINK THE THING MOST FOLKS
UNDERSTAND AROUND THE WORLD IS
STRENGTH.
UNFORTUNATELY FROM A NATIONAL
PERSPECTIVE OUR NATIONAL DEBT IS
A IN A CRISIS SITUATION AS IT
COMES TO BEING ABLE TO FUND OUR
MILITARY.
WE DO HAVE TO CONTINUE TO BE THE
STRONGEST MILITARY IN THE WORLD,
NOT JUST BY ONE OR TWO TIMES BUT
MANY MORE TIMES.
>> THANK YOU MR. MILLER.
MR. FRETTS, REBUTTAL STATEMENT.
30 SECONDS.
>> I ALSO FINE IT INTERESTING
THE CONGRESSMAN RAISES THE ISSUE
OF NATIONAL D. HE'S CORRECT ON
THAT $16 TRILLION IS COMPLETELY
UNSUSTAINABLE.
HOWEVER, THE CURRENT CONGRESSMAN
JEFF MILLER VOTED FOR OVER
$5 TRILLION OF THAT DIETICIANS
HE TOOK OFFICE IN 2001 OF
THAT DEBT SINCE HE TOOK OFFICE
IN 2001.
SO IF YOU GO IN AND DECIDE THE
RE-ELECT CONGRESSMAN MILLER YOU
WILL HAVE AT LEAST $1 TRILLION
MORE IN DEBT.
2 TRILLION LAST YEAR
UNFORTUNATELY.
>> THANK YOU.
MR. MILLER, YOU HAVE A STATEMENT
OF REBUTTAL NOW, 30 SECONDS SIR.
>> I'M THE MOST CONSERVATIVE
MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES
CONGRESS, MANY POLLS WILL SHOW
THAT.
BUT I BELIEVE THAT OUR COUNTRY
HAS TO PAY ITS BILLS AS WELL.
WE HAD TO FUND OUR WARS IN BOTH
IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN.
SO THERE HAS BEEN A NEED TO FUND
WITH DEBT.
WE ARE NOW LOOKING A WAYS.
EVERYTHING IS PAY GO.
DEMOCRATS DID IT WITH FUZZY MATH
AND NUMBERS, WE DON'T DO IT THAT
WAY ANY MORE.
>> THANK YOU, MR. MILLER.
>> NEXT QUESTION TO MR. FRETTS.
THE QUESTION IS, WHAT SPECIFIC
ACTIONS WOULD YOU ADVOCATE FOR
ENDING THE CONGRESSIONAL
GRIDLOCK THAT IS PREVENTD THE
RESOLUTION OF MANY CRITICAL
ISSUES FACING THE NATION?
>> THROW THEM ALL OUT.
EVERY SINGLE ONE.
START IN THE FIRST DISTRICT.
VOTE IN PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF WHO
HAVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE
PEOPLE OF THE PANHANDLE IN MIND.
WHO WANT TO WORK ON SOLUTIONS
FOR REDUCING THE SIZE OF
GOVERNMENT, GETTING THE
GOVERNMENT OUT OUR LIVES.
ONE THING I WANT TO DO SUN SET
FEDERAL LAWS AFTER MAYBE TEN
YEARS OR SO, START GETTING A LOT
OF THESE FEDERAL LAWS OFF THE
BOOKS BECAUSE WE KNOW RED TAPE
IS WEIGHING THIS COUNTRY DOWN.
AND WE CAN NO LONGER SUSTAIN IT.
AS TO THE CONGRESSMAN'S POINT WE
HAVE TO PAY OUR BILLS, WELL,
IT'S KIND OF DANGEROUS WHEN YOU
PAY IT ON A CREDIT CARD YOU OWE
TO CHINA.
>> THIS QUESTION TO MR. MILLER.
WHAT SPECIFIC ACTIONS WOULD YOU
ADVOCATE FOR ENDING THE
CONGRESSIONAL GRIDLOCK
PREVENTING THE RESOLUTION OF
MANY CRITICAL ISSUES FACING THE
NATION?
>> IF I HAD MY WAY IT WOULD BE
WITH A REPUBLICAN SENATE AND
REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT.
I WILL TELL YOU THAT THE SENATE
HAS BEEN THE PROBLEM FOR SEVERAL
YEARS.
HARRY REED AND HIS LEADER SHIP
AND DEMOCRATS HAVE CHOSE TON DO
NOTHING.
WHICH INCLUDES THE ONE THING
WE'RE CONSTITUTIONALLY REQUIRED
TO DO, THAT'S TO PASS A BUDGET.
THEY HAVEN'T DONE IT FOR ALMOST
FOUR YEARS NOW.
THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS
SENT BILL AFTER BILL OVER TO THE
SENATE.
IF THEY WOULD JUST PASS A PCE
OF LEGISLATION EVEN A LIBERAL
PCE TO ALLOW US TO COME
TOGETHER IN A CONFERENCE, WE
WOULD BE ABLE TO SOLVE A LOT OF
PROBLEMS.
BUT UNFORTUNATELY THE DEMOCRATS
AN SENATE HAVE CHOSEN NOT TO DO
THAT.
>> THIS QUESTION WILL GO TO MANY
BRYAN.
WHAT SPECIFIC ACTIONS WOULD YOU
ADVOCATE FOR ENDING THE
CONGRESSIONAL GRIDLOCK?
>> I SPENT 20 YEARS IN THE
MILITARY.
MY FOCUS THOSE 20 YEARS WAS TO
SERVE MY NATION.
TO SERVE A COUNTRY.
TOO MANY PEOPLE NOW IN POLITICS
SERVE A PARTY.
WHEN YOU SERVE A PARTY YOU FAIL
TO SERVE HALF OF THE COUNTRY.
WHETHER DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN.
MY SOLUTION IS VERY SIMPLE.
I CAN TAKE MY PARA TROOPERS, 140
OF THEM, WITH TEASPOONS AND MOVE
A MOUNTAIN.
I SEE NO PARA TROOPERS OR VERY
FEW PARA TROOPERS IN THE U.S.
CONGRESS.
WITH AN APPROVAL RATING OF b c I
THINK THE BLACK PLAGUE HAD AN
APPROVAL OF 13%.
MY GOODNESS.
YOU HAVE GOT TO WORK TOGETHER.
FOR THE GOOD OF THE NATION.
THE NATION COMES FIRST.
>> NOW TO OUR NEXT QUESTION,
THIS QUESTION WITH MR. MILLION
MILLER.
WHAT IS AT THE TOP OF YOUR HIS
OF PROPOSED CHANGES IN THE
INCOME TAX CODE THAT WOULD HELP
TRIM THE BUDGET DEFICIT,
MR. MILLER?
>> THE MOST IMPORTANT IS TO GET
EVERYBODY WITH SOME SKIN IN THE
GAME IF YOU WILL.
WE HAVE SO MANY PEOPLE THAT
DON'T PAY ANY INCOME TAX AT ALL.
MANY OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS ARE
RECEIVING A LOT OF GOVERNMENT
FUNDS IN THE PROGRAM SO YOU HAVE
THE TOP PERCENTAGE PAYING A LOT
OF THEIR INCOME, TO SUPPORT THE
BOTTOM GROUPS.
THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT
THE GOVERNMENT CAN HELP AND I
UNDERSTAND THAT.
I THINK THE EASIEST WAY IS TO
STREAMLINE THE SYSTEM THROUGH A
FLAT TAX OR FAIR TAX.
I HAVE BEEN A CO-SPONSOR OF THE
FAIR TAX SINCE I GOT TO
CONGRESS, IT'S SOMETHING WE
SERIOUSLY NEED TO LOOK AT.
THERE ARE LOOP HOLES AND
DEDUCTIONS OUT THERE TODAY THAT
HAVE GOTTEN PLACED INTO LAW,
SPECIFICALLY BECAUSE LOBBYISTS
HELP MOVE THEM THROUGH.
THOSE NEED TO BE DONE AWAY WITH.
>> THANK YOU, SIR.
MR. BRYAN, WOULD YOU LIKE TO
REPEAT THE QUESTION THE FOR YOU,
SIR?
>> NO.
THAT'S FINE.
THERE'S SO MANY LOOP HOLES IN
THE TAX LAW, THERE IS A SMALL
ISLAND IN THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
THAT HOUSES A BUILDING ABOUT AS
BIG AS THIS ROOM, THERE ARE 6500
CORPORATIONS HAVE THEIR
HEADQUARTERS THERE IN A LITTLE
BOX WHERE THEY GET THEIR MAIL.
THAT'S THEIR CORPORATE
HEADQUARTERS.
6500 OF AMERICAN COMPANIES
SHAFTING UNCLE SAM FOR TAXES.
ANOTHER THING TOO, IF YOU BRING
IN AND PUSH YOUR MANUFACTURING
BASEND GET OUR JOBS BACK TO THE
UNITED STATES, YOU'RE GOING TO
RAISE REVENUE THROUGH TAXING.
SO ONE OF MY BIG ISSUES IS
WAGES.
>> MR. FRETTS, WOULD YOU LIKE ME
TO REPEAT THE QUESTION?
>> I DON'T BELIEVE IN
STREAMLINING THE INCOME TAX
SYSTEM WE HAVE.
I BELIEVE IT'S COMPLETELY
ELIMINATING IT AND GETTING THE
IRS OUT OF OUR LIVES ONCE AND
FOR ALL.
THERE'S A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
SAYING THAT YOU'LL VOTE FOR FAIR
TAX BILL AND BEING WILLING TO BE
A VOCAL AD ROW KATE FOR A FAIR
TAX BILL, SOMETHING THAT
EVERYONE CAN SEE EVERY TIME THEY
BUY SOMETHING AND LET'S PUSH
THIS CONVERSATION OUT INTO THE
NATIONAL ON THE FLOOR OF THE
NATIONAL SCENE.
CURRENTLY WE HAVE JUST A SYSTEM
THAT REALLY DOESN'T WORK FOR THE
BEST OF ANYBODY EXCEPT FOR THE
RICH WHO CAN HIRE SOMEBODY WHO
CAN FIND LOOP HOLES AND CAN ONLY
PAY 10, 15% WHILE WE'RE PAYING
30, 40, 50%.
>> MR. BRYAN RAISED HIS HAND.
THAT INDICATES HE HAS A REBUTTAL
STATEMENT.
MR. BRYAN, 30 SECONDS.
>> THERE'S A SMALL COMPANY,
ACTUALLY A BIG COMPANY NAMED
SENSATA TECHNOLOGIES.
YESTERDAY 13 PEOPLE WERE
ARRESTED.
THIS COMPANY IS CLOSING THOUGH
THEY HAD A $471 MILLION PROFIT
IN THEIR THIRD QUARTER.
THEY'RE GOING TO CHINA.
THAT'S A LOT OF TAX BASE RIGHT
THERE.
THIS IS OWNED BY BAIN CAPITAL
WHO HAS 51% IN HOLDING.
>> THANK YOU, SIR.
>> WE HAVE A FINAL QUESTION FOR
CANDIDATE FOR U.S. DISTRICT 1,
TO MR. BRYAN FIRST.
LEADERS ON BOTH SIDES EXPRESSED
GREAT CONCERN OVER IRAN'S
NUCLEAR ACTIVITIES AND ADVOCATED
A RESPONSE BEYOND SANCTIONS IF
EYE RAN'S ACTIVITIES CROSS
IRAN'S ACTIVITIES CROSS
IDENTIFIED LINES.
WHAT IS YOUR ASSESSMENT OF THIS
POTENTIALLY EXPLOSIVE SITUATION?
>> WE CANNOT ALLOW IRAN TO HAVE
NUCLEAR WEAPONS.
ONE OF MY JOBS IN THE MILITARY.
I WAS A TACTICAL NUCLEAR WEAPONS
EXPERT WITH WITH THE TOP SECRET
CLEARANCE.
SO I HAD A CHANCE TO SEE WHAT
GOES ON WITH NUCLEAR WEAPONS.
WE CAN'T ALLOW THAT.
THE UNITED STATES DOES HAVE TO
DRAW A LINE IN THE SAND WITH
ISRAEL TO PREVENT THIS FROM
HAPPENING.
I DON'T PROMOTE WAR, I HAVE BEEN
TO WAR BEFORE.
INTERNATIONAL SANCTIONS.
HEAVY INTERNATIONAL SANCTIONS.
>> QUESTION TO MR. FRETTS, YOUR
ASSESSMENT OF THE EXPLOSIVE
SITUATION OVER IRAN'S NUCLEAR
ACTIVITIES.
LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE WE DESID TO
DO TO A COUNTRY IS AN ACT OF
WAR.
SO IF WE'RE WILLING TO START
WITH THAT FIRST STEP TOWARDS WAR
WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE
GOING TO BE READY TO FINISH THE
JOB AND NOT BE READY TO OCCUPY
THE COUNTRY FOR 10, 20 GEARS.
LET'S ALLOW LET'S STOP
FOOLING ISRAEL AROUND, LET'S
ALLOW THEM TO DECIDE THESE
THINGS FOR THEMSELVES.
WE KNOW ISRAEL HAS A CAPABLE
MILITARY, MUCH MORE CAPABLE THAN
A COUNTRY LIKE IRAN.
IF THEY WANT TO GO IN AND FINISH
THE JOB, GO FOR IT.
>> MR. MILLER, YOUR RESPONSE.
>> WE CANNOT ALLOW IRAN TO
BECOME NUCLEAR CAPABLE WITH A
WEAPON.
ISRAEL, UNITED STATES
APPROXIMATE OTHERS SPEND UP TOLD
AMOUNTS OF OTHERS AND OTHERS
SPEND UNTOLD AMOUNTS OF MONEY TO
MAKE SURE THEY HAVE THE PROPER
INTELLIGENCE TO KNOW WHAT'S
GOING ON IN IRAN.
IT'S VERY DIFFICULT.
IF ISRAEL GOES, WE MUST GO.
WHAT'S IMPORTANT IS WE DON'T
ALLOW THEM TO GET TO THE POINT
WHERE THEY HAVE THE CAPABILITY
TO LAUNCH OR USE NUCLEAR WEAPON
AGAINST ISRAEL OR ANYBODY ELSE
BECAUSE IRAN WITH NUCLEAR
CAPABILITIES IS NOT SOMETHING
THE WORLD NEEDS.
>> THANK YOU.
THAT CONCLUDES THE QUESTIONS FOR
THE CANDIDATES FOR U.S. CONGRESS
DISTRICT 1.
>> EACH CANDIDATE WILL 45
SECONDS TO MAKE A CLOSING
STATEMENT.
MR. BRYAN YOU BEGAN THE LAST
ROUND OF QUESTIONS SO OUR POLICY
HERE AS WE CONTINUE MOVING DOWN
THE LINE, FROM FRETTS, WE WILL
BEGIN CLOSING STATEMENT WITH YOU
MR. FRITZSCHE, YOU HAVE 45
SECONDS.
>> I DECIDED TO RUN FOR CONGRESS
LAST YEAR BECAUSE I HAVE SEEN
THE PATH OF THIS COUNTRY AND
IT'S NOT THE RIGHT ONE.
I PLAN TO HAVE CHILDREN SOME
DAY, MAYBE IN THE NEAR FUTURE.
I WANT THEM TO BE BORN INTO A
NATION AS BEAUTIFUL AND WITH AS
MANY FREEDOMS I WAS BLESSED TO
BE BORN INTO.
I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT'S
A POSSIBILITY.
OUR CURRENT CONGRESSMAN,
CONGRESSMAN MILLER OVER THE PAST
11 YEARS HAS VOTED FOR MORE THAN
$5 TRILLION IN NEW DEBT.
HE VOTED FOR LEGISLATION LIKE
THE NDAA WHICH HE CLAIMED DOES
NOT ALLOW AMERICAN CITIZENS TO
BE DETAINED BUT SENATOR MCCAIN
AND GRAHAM SAID IT DOES.
WE NEED TO GET GET CONGRESS,
GET THE GOVERNMENT OUT OF OUR
LIVES, GO BACK TO FREEDOM.
>> THANK YOU, MR. FRETTS.
NOW TO MR. MILLER.
>> I APPRECIATE THE LEAGUE OF
WOMEN VOTERS FOR PUTTING ON THIS
FORUM TONIGHT AND WSRE.
THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO
LOOK AT EACH OF THE AND
CANDIDATES AND HA THEY STAND
FOR.
I WANT TO THANK THE VOTERS OF
THE FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
FOR ALLOWING MY TO SERVE YOU IN
THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS.
WHAT WE HAVE NOW IS A PRESIDENT
AND A SENATE IN PARTICULAR THAT
WANTS TO OVERTAX AND OVERREGULAR
LATE YOU.
THAT'S CERTAINLY NOT SOMETHING
THE FOUNDING FATHERS INTENDED.
WASHINGTON NEEDS TO BE AS FAR
AWAY FROM US AS WE CAN POSSIBLY
BE.
STATES NEED TO CONTROL WHAT GOES
ON IN OUR OWN STATES.
I BELIEVE GOVERNMENT IS BEST
WHEN CLOSEST TO THE PEOPLE.
WE HAVE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO
HAVE SOME SUCCESSES OVER THE
LAST SEVERAL YEARS.
I WOULD APPRECIATE THE
OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE YOU AGAIN.
>> THANK YOU, MR. MILLER.
MR. BRYAN, YOUR CLOSING
STATEMENT IN 45 SECONDS.
>> MY FOCUS IS DIFFERENT THAN
THESE TWO GENTLEMEN, ONCE AGAIN,
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR
HAVING ME.
MY FOCUS IS JOBS, THE ECONOMY
AND MANUFACTURING, BELIEVE IT OR
NOT, THE PANHANDLE IS THE
PERFECT SET UP FOR
MANUFACTURING.
WE HAVE THREE PORTS.
WE HAVE THE INTERCOASTAL
WATERWAY, WE HAVE CSX RAIL.
'S IDEAL TO BRING IN
MANUFACTURING.
WHEN YOU BRING IN MANUFACTURING
YOU BRING IN JOBS AND HIGHER
SKILL LAY BORE.
I HAVE THREE KIDS.
THE REASON I'M RUNNING FOR
CONGRESS IS BECAUSE OF THEM.
PLUS I HAVE SKIN IN THE GAME.
I HAVE SERVED AND MY FOCUS IS TO
SERVE THIS NATION, NOT SERVE A
PARTY.
>> THANK YOU, SIR.
THANK YOU, MR. BRYAN.
THANK YOU GENTLEMEN.
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>> RIGHT NOW, A LOOK AT THE
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THIS RALLY IS ONE WAY FOR US TO
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HOURS FOR EARLY VOTING ARE
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TUESDAY NOVEMBER 6 VOTING TAKE
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YOU MUST VOTE IN THE PRECINCT IN
WHICH YOU LIVE AND ARE
REGISTERED.
MAKE SURE YOU TAKE A PHOTO AND
SIGNATURE ID WITH YOU.
>> WELCOME BACK TO RALLY 2012 AS
WE COUNT DOWN TO THE FLORIDA
ELECTION COMING UP IN 12 DAYS ON
NOVEMBER 6.
>> TONIGHT CANDIDATES FOR
SEVERAL RACES ARE IN THE WSRE
STUDIOS ANSWERING QUESTIONSES
PROVIDED BY THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN
VOTERS.
NEXT UP THIS EVENING IS THE RACE
FOR ESCAMBIA COUNTY SHERIFF.
THERE TWO CANDIDATES IN THIS
RACE.
THE REPUBLICAN INCUMBENT AND THE
WRITE IN CANDIDATE.
AGAIN WE INTRODUCE THEM IN
ALPHABETICAL ORDER.
FIRST IS REPUBLICAN INCUMBENT,
DAVID MORGAN.
AND SEATED NEXT TO HIM IN
ALPHABETICAL ORDER IS CHALLENGER
WRITE IN CANDIDATE MINDY LYNN
PARE.
WELCOME TO BOTH OF YOU THIS
EVENING.
WE'RE GOING TO BEGIN THE
QUESTIONS WITH YOU, MR. MORGAN.
FOR QUESTION NUMBER 1, WHAT
STEPS ARE NEEDED TO ADDRESS THE
GUN VIOLENCE IN ESCAMBIA COUNTY?
>> WE'RE TAKING A MULTI-FACETTED
APPROACH TO THE GUN VIOLENCE IN
ESCAMBIA COUNTY.
SOME VERY BASIC PROCEDURES WE
BELIEVE THAT 90% BEGIN IN THE
HOME.
WE HAVE POOR PARENTING IN OUR
COUNTRY.
THIS HAS BEEN A GENERATIONAL
THING.
WE ALSO HAVE A WIDESPREAD
ACCEPTANCE OF VIOLENCE THROUGH
THE CULTURE THROUGH TELEVISION
AND MOVIES.
SO IT'S A MULTI-FACETTED
APPROACH.
THEN THE ENFORCEMENT IS WHERE WE
BONDED WITH THE ALCOHOL TO BAY
CO-AND FIREARMS FOLKS THE PPD,
SANTA ROSA SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
ALSO.
WE HAVE A MULTI-JURISDICTIONAL
TASK FORCE WHERE WE'RE
RESPONDING COLLATERALLY TO GUNS
INVOLVED IN CRIME IN ESCAMBIA
COUNTY.
TO DATE WE HAVE MADE OVER 80
ARRESTS WITH TASK FORCE IN 60
DAYS.
>> THANK YOU, SIR.
MS. PARE WHAT STEPS ARE NEEDED
TO ADDRESS THE GUN VIOLENCE IN
ESCAMBIA COUNTY?
>> I BELIEVE AS MANY PEOPLE DO,
THAT WE NEED LAW ENFORCEMENT
OFFICERS TO ACTUALLY PRACTICE
ENFORCING THE LAW INSTEAD OF
GOING OUT AND SUPPORTING
MIDNIGHT BASKETBALL LEAGUES AND
DIFFERENT CHARITABLE TYPE
EVENTS.
THE ESCAMBIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S
DEPARTMENT PRIME DIRECTIVE
SHOULD BE TO ENFORCE THE LAWS OF
THE STATE OF FLORIDA AND TO HOLE
EVERYBODY ACCOUNTABLE.
>> THANK YOU.
OUR NEXT QUESTION WILL GO TO
MS. PARE FIRST.
MANY INCARCERATED INDIVIDUALS
ARE NON-VIOLENT DRUG OFFENDERS,
WHAT KIND OF DRUG PROGRAM WOULD
YOU SUGGEST IN PLACE OF
INCARCERATION FOR THESE
INDIVIDUAL?
>> I DON'T HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS
FOR DRUG PROGRAM.
MY TRAINING HAS BEEN IN LAW
ENFORCEMENT.
>> THANK YOU.
MR. MORGAN, THAT QUESTION TO
YOU.
>> WE WORK VERY CLOSELY WITH
LAKEVIEW CENTER THE FRIARY, MANY
AGENCIES THAT ARE OUTSIDE THE
PURVIEW OF THE ESCAMBIA COUNTY
SHERIFF'S OFFICE.
WE ALSO HAVE A ROBUST WORK
RELEASE PROGRAM ADMINISTERED BY
THE ESCAMBIA COUNTY BOARD OF COW
COMMISSIONERS.
NON-VIOLENT OFFENDERS WE TRACK
THEM TO THE THE APPROPRIATE
REHABILITATIVE PROGRAMS.
ESPECIALLY IF THEY'RE FIRST TIME
OFFENDERS BECAUSE IT'S MORE
APPROPRIATE THEY BE TRACKED TO
REHAB EFFORTS INSTEAD OF THE
CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.
UNFORTUNATELY WE MARK A LOT OF
PEOPLE ESPECIALLY YOUNG PEOPLE
EARLY IN THEIR LIVES AS CAREER
CRIMINALS SO IT BECOME AS
SELF-FULFILLING PROPHESY.
>> THANKS.
ON NOW TO QUESTION NUMBER 3.
WE BEGIN WITH MR. MORGAN.
AFTER A NEIGHBORHOOD GOES
THROUGH A CLEAN SWEEP PROGRAM
WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND AS
FOLLOW-UP PROCEDURES FOR THE
NEIGHBORHOOD?
>> WE HAVE INSTITUTED FOLLOW-UP
PROCEDURES.
BOTH IN CONJUNCTION WITH CODE
ENFORCE PIMENTS IN THE ESCAMBIA
COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE.
WE RETURN TO THAT NEIGHBORHOOD
WITHIN 60 DAYS TO NUMBER ONE,
ENSURE THE CODE ENFORCEMENT
CITATIONS ISSUED ARE FOLLOWED UP
ON, AND WE ALSO FOLLOW-UP WITH
THE STATE PROBATION AND PAROLE
IF THERE'S ANY ISSUANCE WITH THE
SEXUAL PREDATORS THAT REGISTERED
AT SPECIFIC ADDRESSES, DO WE
NEED THE RETURN AND EFFECT
ARREST.
SO THERE'S FOLLOW-UP AND USUALLY
ON SCHEDULE FOR ONE YEAR WE'LL
RETURN TO THAT NEIGHBORHOOD TO
ENSURE THEY ARE STILL IN
COMPLIANCE.
GOOD LAW ENFORCEMENT IS BASED
UPON CONSISTENCY.
YOU CAN'T AS THEY DID IN
OPERATION BROWNSVILLE IN 2007
SWEEP THROUGH A NEIGHBORHOOD
ONCE AND THEN NEVER RETURN.
CONSISTENCY IS THE KEY.
>> THANK YOU, SIR.
MS. PARE QUESTION TO YOU.
WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND AS
FOLLOW-UP PROCEDURES IN A
NEIGHBORHOOD AFTER THAT
NEIGHBORHOOD GOES THROUGH A
CLEAN SWEEP?
>> THE FOLLOW-UP PROCEDURES HAS
BEEN INSTITUTED BY THE SHERIFF'S
DEPARTMENT THUS FAR HAVE NOT
BEEN SUCCESSFUL.
I WOULD SUGGEST THAT WE REVAMP
THAT PROCESS.
JUST LESS THAN MONTH AFTER A
CLEAN SWEEP IN MAYFAIR THERE
WERE SEVERAL SHOOTINGS, ONE
WHICH THERE WAS AN AUTOMATIC
ASSAULT WEAPON FIRED.
THESE INSTANCES WERE NOT EVEN
REPORTED TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC
BUT THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THE
NEIGHBORHOOD KNOW ABOUT IT.
I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A LITTLE
DIFFERENT APPROACH TAKEN.
>> THANK YOU.
MR. MORGAN YOU RAISED YOUR HAND
THAT INDICATE AS REBUTTAL
STATEMENT.
YOU HAVE 30 SECONDS, SIR.
>> MS. PARE'S INFORMATION IS
DATED.
WE HAVE A 50% DROP IN HOMICIDES
IN ESCAMBIA COUNTY.
CRIMES AGAINST THE PERSON STATS
THIS MONTH ARE DOWN ALMOST 19%
SO CLEAN SWEEP OPERATIONS AND
EXPLOSION OF OUR NEIGHBORHOOD
WATCH PROGRAMS INCLUDING MAY
FAIR, WE HAVE APPROXIMATELY 100
ACTIVE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCHES IN
ESCAMBIA COUNTY.
SO THOSE THINGS THAT WE HAVE
SEWN ARE NOW BEARING FRUIT.
>> THANK YOU, SIR.
>> MR. MS. PARE, NEXT QUESTION
OR ISSUE.
PLEASE GIVES YOUR OPINION OF
MOVEMENT TO PRF ADVERTISE
JAILS AN PRISONS PRIVATIZE
JAILS AN PRISON IN THE STATE.
>> I THINK THEY SHOULD STAY
UNDER THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE
LOCAL SHERIFF AND THE STATES.
I DON'T AGREE WITH THE
PRIVATIZED PRISON INDUSTRY
WHATSOEVER.
>> MR. MORGAN, TO YOU, YOUR
OPINION OF THE MOVEMENT TO
PRIVATIZE JAILS AND PRISONS IN
THE STATE.
>> I HAVE BEEN ADAMANTLY OPPOSED
TO PRFATION OF INDICATION.
THERE'S CERTAIN THINGS INHERENT
IN GOVERNMENT AND RESPONSIBILITY
OF GOVERNMENT.
WHEN WE INCARCERATE INDIVIDUALS
WE'RE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE HEALTH
AND WELFARE THOUGH THEY'RE
CRIMINALS INCARCERATED.
I CHALLENGE ANYONE TO FIND ME A
PRIVATIZED JAIL SYSTEM ANYWHERE
IN THE UNITED STATES SUCCESSFUL
LONG TERM.
IN THE FIRST 3 TO 5 YEARS
THEY'RE HUGELY SUCCESSFUL, AT
THE 5 TO 7 YEAR POINT THEY LOSE
MONEY AND UNFORTUNATELY BECOME
SUBS DIEDD BY THE LOCAL
TAXPAYERS.
SO THAT'S O ONE REASON I'M
OPPOSED TO PRIVATEZATION.
>> NOW TO QUESTION NUMBER 5.
WHAT ACTION WOULD YOU SUGGEST
THE SHERIFF TAKE TO RESTFUL
BUDGET DISPUTE WITH THE ESCAMBIA
COUNTY COMMISSION?
WE WILL BEGIN WITH YOU,
MR. MORGAN.
>> WE ABSORBED A TREMENDOUS COPS
GRANT FOR THIS BUDGET YEAR.
MY APPROACH, I'M IN CHARGE OF
PUBLIC SAFETY, BEFORE WE ESCROW
MONEY IN ESCAMBIA COUNTY, IN
THIS CASE 1.2 MILLION WE MUST
FULFILL OUR PUBLIC SAFETY NEEDS,
PUBLIC EDUCATION AND WELFARE OF
OUR COMMUNITY.
SO WE WERE ADAMANTLY OPPOSED TO
BUDGET REDUCED BY 353,000
BECAUSE WE PREVIOUSLY HAD AN
AGREEMENT WITH THE COUNTY
COMMISSION THAT WE WOULD ABSORB
THE COPS GRANT WITH A SLIGHT
INCREASE OF THAT TO MAINTAIN OUR
OFFICERS. PUBLIC SAFETY IS
NUMBER ONE.
PEOPLE DON'T MOVE TO A COMMUNITY
IF CRIME RAMPANT JUST LIKE IF WE
HAVE POOR SCHOOLS OR THERE'S NO
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SO PUBLIC
SAFETY MUST BE FOREFRONT BEFORE
WE FUND ANYTHING WITHIN OUR
COMMUNITY.
>> QUESTION TO MS. PARE, WHAT
ACTION WOULD YOU SUGGEST THE
SHERIFF TAKE TO RESOLVE THE
BUDGET DISPUTE WITH THE ESCAMBIA
COUNTY COMMISSION?
>> I THINK THE SHERIFF SHOULD
HAVE BEEN PROACTIVE IN THAT
EVENT THERE.
I DON'T THINK THAT GIVEN PAY
RAISES AFTER HAVING BEEN
SUCCESSFUL IN THE PRIMARY TO
ADMINISTRATIVE PEOPLE AND THEN
LATER REALIZING YOU DIDN'T HAVE
ENOUGH MONEY TO CARRY BOOTS ON
THE GROUND IS COMPLETELY
IRRESPONSIBLE.
THERE'S NO REASON THE BLOATED
ADMINISTRATION AT THE SHERIFF'S
OFFICE SHOULD CONTINUE TO
RECEIVE PAY RAISES WHILE
DEPUTIES CONTINUE TO SUFFER.
>> THANK YOU.
MR. MORGAN, OFF REBUTTAL
STATEMENT.
YOU HAVE 30 SECONDS TO MAKE THAT
SIR.
(OFF MIC)
>> WE'RE IN THE A BLOATED
ADMINISTRATION.
WE HAVE 2% SWORN OFFICERS.
WHEN I TOOK OFFICE 55% WERE
UNDER ADMINISTRATION.
WE'RE DOWN NOW TO 27.
SHE CONFUSES PROMOTIONS WITH
RAISES.
ANY OFFICERS THAT GO FROM DEPUTY
TO SERGEANT OR SERGEANT TO
LIEUTENANT EXPECT A RAISE WITH
THAT.
THAT'S A PROMOTION, NOT A PAY
RAISE.
WE DO A LINE ITEM BUDGET AND I
PUT MY AGENCY UP AGAINST ANY IN
THE STATE OF FLORIDA.
>> THANK YOU, SIR.
WE'RE GOING TO OUR 6 FINAL
QUESTION FOR OUR CANDIDATES FOR
SHERIFF.
TO MS. PARE FIRST.
WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE,
THE MOST URGENT ISSUE FACING THE
SHERIFF'S OFFICE IN ESCAMBIA
COUNTY?
AND WHAT WOULD YOU PROPOSE TO DO
ABOUT IT?
THE MORE PRESSING POINT TO GET
ANYBODY WITH A BADGE GET THEM
ACTIVE IN ENFORCING THE LAWS IN
ESCAMBIA COUNTY.
I DON'T BELIEVE IT BENEFITS THE
SHERIFF'S OFFICE OR THE CITIZENS
OF THIS COMMUNITY WHATSOEVER TO
HAVE A 15 TO 30 YEAR OFFICER
SITTING BEHIND A DESK IN AN
OFFICE MAKING MORE MONEY THAN
THREE OTHER DEPUTIES ON THE
STREET.
THE SHERIFFS SAY ALL DAY LONG
HOW INACCURATE OR INCORRECT OR
OUT DATED THE INFORMATION S. THE
FACT IF YOU GO DOWN THERE YOU'LL
SEE IT FOR YOURSELF.
>> MR. H MORGAN YOUR RESPONSE.
WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE MOSTER
GENT ISSUE FACING THE THE
SHERIFF'S OFFICE?
>> IT'S PROBLEM THROUGHOUT THE
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
WE TEND TO TREND ACROSS THE
NATION IN ESCAMBIA COUNTY.
AGAIN, THE PROLIFERATION,
CONTINUED PROLIFERATION OF DRUGS
AND GOWN GUN VIE LISTENS WE'RE
ADDRESS.
THAT AND GANGS.
WHILE WE HAVE ROBUST PROGRAMS IN
PLACE ADDRESSING THOSE SHIRES
WE'RE MAKING A CONSIDERABLE
AMOUNT OF PROGRESS, WE BELIEVE
WITH THE CONTINUED UNEMPLOYMENT
AND DOWNTURN IN THE ECONOMY
THESE ISSUES WOULD BE RESOLVED
QUICKLY.
WE FIGHT FOR THE BUDGET AND
TRAINING DOLLARS WE GET AND YES
WE HAVE FOLKS 30 YEARS IN
POSITIONS BEHIND A DESK ALSO
WORKING DESK THE TO ROADS,
BECAUSE THOSE ARE SEASONED
OFFICERS WE PUT IN SUPERVISORY
POSITIONS.
>> THANK YOU.
THANK YOU, CANDIDATES.
NOW EACH OF YOU HAVE 45 SECONDS
TO MAKE A CLOSING STATEMENT.
MR. MORGAN.
WE BEGAN WITH YOU WITH A
QUESTION ANSWER PORTION AND SO
WE'LL START WITH CLOSING
STATEMENT WITH YOU MS.PARE,
YOU'LL GET THE FIRST RESPONSE.
45 SECONDS.
>> THANK YOU, FIRST I WOULD LIKE
TO THANK WSRE AND CITIZENS
WATCHING THE PROGRAM FOR
ALLOWING ME TO COME INTO THEIR
HOMES AND SHARE WITH THEM MY
THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS AND GIVING
ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO DECIDE
PROMOTE MYSELF SO YOU HAVE THE
ABILITY TO MAKE A GOOD SESSION
WHO TO VOTE FOR.
ESCAMBIA COUNTY YOU DON'T HAVE
TO CONTINUE TO PUT ONE THE
THINGS GOING ON AROUND HERE.
YOU CAN MAKE CHANGE NOW IS TIME
TO MAKE THE CHANGE.
I'M HOPING THAT YOU WILL SEE MY
WAY AND DECIDE TO WRITE ME IN AS
A CANDIDATE ON NOVEMBER 6TH.
>> NOW YOUR CLOSING STATEMENT,
MR. MORGAN, YOU HAVE 45 SECONDS.
>> THANKS TO WSRE AND THE LEAGUE
OF WOMEN VOTERS, HONORED TO BE
HERE TONIGHT.
I'M ESCAMBIA COUNTY SHERIFF
DAVID MORGAN.
BEEN YOUR SHERIFF THE LAST FOUR
YEARS IN ESCAMBIA COUNTY.
I HAVE A BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN
CRIMINAL JUSTICE, MASTER'S
DEGREE IN BUSINESS
ADMINISTRATION, SERVED
SUCCESSFULLY AND HONORABLY THE
LAST FOUR YEARS, AND LOOK
FORWARD TO THE NEXT FOUR FOR THE
CITIZENS OF ESCAMBIA COUNTY.
WE REDUCED OUR BUDGET TO '06
LEVELS WHILE MAINTAIN OFFICERS
ON THE STREET,FELDING 32
OFFICERS THOUGH MY BUDGET IS AT
'06 LEVELS.
WE HAVE THE ENDORSEMENT OF THE
NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION,
FLORIDA SPORTSMAN ASSOCIATION,
PENSACOLA NEWS JOURNAL,
PENSACOLA REALTORS, JUST TO NAME
A FEW.
FIREFIGHTER ANSWERED THE POLICE
BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION.
WE'RE PROUD TO BE MEMBER OF THIS
COMMUNITY.
WE'RE ON THE CUSP OF GREATNESS.
LET'S KEEP THE MOMENTUM.
>> THANK YOU.
THOSE WERE CANDIDATES FOR
SHERIFF IN ESCAMBIA COUNTY
>> YOU ARE WATCHING RALLY 2012
ON WSRE-TV, CANDIDATES FROM
VARIOUS RACES ARE RECEIVING
QUESTIONS THIS EVENING PERTINENT
TO THE RACES.
THE ESCAMBIA COUNTY CANDIDATES
QUESTIONS ARE PROVIDED TO US BY
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS,
PENSACOLA BAY AREA.
THE NEXT RACE FOR TONIGHT IS FOR
ESCAMBIA COUNTY PROPERTY
APPRAISEER.
THERE ARE TWO CANDIDATES IN THIS
RACE, THE FIRST CANDIDATE IS
CHARLES M. GREEN.
MR. GREEN IS THE REPUBLICAN
CANDIDATE.
HE'S OPPOSED BY CHRIS JONES, THE
DEMOCRATIC INCUMBENT CANDIDATE
IN THIS RACE.
LET'S GET STARTED WITH THE
QUESTIONS AND WE'LL BEGIN WITH
YOU, MR. GREEN.
QUESTION NUMBER 1.
PLEASE COMMENT ON WHETHER OR NOT
THE COUNTY PROPERTY APPRAISER
NEEDS PROFESSIONAL
QUALIFICATIONS AS WELL AS
PROFESSIONAL APPRAISAL
EXPERIENCE TO HOLD ITS POSITION.
>> EXCELLENT QUESTION.
I HAVE RESEARCHED THAT A LOT
BEFORE DECIDING TO RUN.
I HAVE TALKED TO A COUPLE OF
PEOPLE AT THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT
OF REVENUE.
REQUIREMENT DOES NOT EXIST TO
ACTUALLY HOLD A PROFESSIONAL
CERTIFICATION OF PROPERTY
APPRAISER TO RUN FOR THIS
OFFICE.
ITS OFFICE HELD CURRENTLY BY
PROPERTY APPRAISER, CERTIFIED
PROPERTY APPRAISER BUT I'M
LOOKING MORE FROM CITIZEN POINT
OF LET'S GET WITH THE PEOPLE.
WE HAVE THE STAFF ON STAFF THAT
ACTUALLY HAVE THE APPRAISEAL
EXPERIENCE.
>> TO MR. JONES.
YOUR COMMENTS WHETHER OR NOT THE
COUNTY PROPERTY APPRAISER NEEDS
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AS
WELL AS PROFESSIONAL APPRAISEAL
EXPERIENCE.
>> I DISAGREE, IT IS INCUMBENT
UPON THE APPRAISER TO HAVE
SKILLS AN ABILITY AND CERTIFY
CASES BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT YOUR
CONSTITUTIONAL DUTIES ARE IS TO
APPRAISE ALL PROPERTY IN THE
COUNTY FOR TAX RETURNS.
SPEAKING OF TRAINING STAFF, THE
STAFF TRAINED BY APPRAISER WITH
THE PROVERBIAL BUCK STOPS.
TAXPAYER TO THE OFFICE, WANTING
THE TO TALK TO THE PROPERTY
APPRAISER ABOUT TAX PROBLEM ON
THEIR HOME OR BUSINESS,
CERTAINLY WANT TO STOP WITH THE
ELECTED PROPERTY APPRAISER THEY
HIRED.
IF THEY DON'T HAVE APPRAISAL
CERTIFY KISS OR EXPERIENCE THEY
HAVE TO TAKE THEM DOWN THE HALL
TO A STAFF MEMBER.
I DON'T THINK THAT'S WHAT THE
CITIZENS OF ESCAMBIA COUNTY
WANT.
>> THANK YOU.
QUESTION NUMBER TWO GOES TO
MR. JONES FIRST.
PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL
AMENDMENTS 2, 4, 9, 11 ON THE
NOVEMBER 6 BALLOT REDUCE
PROPERTY TAXES OF SPECIFIC
GROUPS AND REDUCE REVENUE FOR
COUNTY GOVERNMENT.
WHAT IS YOUR OPINION OF THOSE
PROPOSALS STARTING WITH
MR. JONES.
>> THAT'S GOING TO BE DIFFICULT
TO ANSWER IN 45 SECONDS.
FOR THOSE MEMBERS.
BUT TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION I'M
VOTING YES ON THOSE.
SITTING IN THE SEAT OF PROPERTY
APPRAISER I HEAR FROM THOUSANDS
OF HOMEOWNERS, BUSINESS OWNERS
AND THESE ARE RESULTS OF THOSE
CITIZENS TO THEIR LEGISLATORS
AND SAYING THESE ARE NEEDS OR
WANTS THAT WE WANT.
THEY'RE GOING TO BE ON THE
BALLOT, IT TAKES 60% POPULATION
VOTERS TO PASS THAT.
I BELIEVE THAT THESE ARE
SOMETHING NECESSARY
AMENDMENTS TOO ESPECIALLY HELPS
VETERANS, THEY'RE SUCH A HUGE
PART OF SOCIETY HERE IN ESCAMBIA
COUNTY.
>> THANK YOU, SIR.
THE QUESTION TO YOU, MR. GREEN,
WOULD YOU LIKE FOR ME TO REPEAT?
>> YES, PLEASE.
>> PROPOSED CONSTITUTION AL
AMENDMENTS 2, 4, 9 AND 11 ON
NOVEMBER 6 BALLOT REDUCES
PROPERTY TAXES OF SPECIFIC
GROUPS AN REDUCE REVENUE FOR
COUNTY GOVERNMENT.
WHAT IS YOUR OPINION OF THESE
PROPOSALS?
>> I FROM AM GOING TO VOTE YES
ON ALL AMENDMENTS.
THE ONLY ONE I HAD A LITTLE
RESERVATION WAS NUMBER 4.
LIKE MANY CITIZENS WHEN THERE'S
A MULTIPLE CHOICE IN THE
AMENDMENT I HAVE TO READ IT
TWICE.
BUT AFTER REVIEWING IT IN DETAIL
THE MAJORITY I AGREE WITH SO I
WILL ALSO BE VOTING YES ON ALL
THE PROPERTY RELATED AMENDMENTS.
>> THANK YOU.
SIR.
OUR NEXT QUESTION TO MR. GREEN
FIRST.
PLEASE EXPLAIN THE CURRENT
PROPERTY APPRAISAL SYSTEM USED
BY THE APPRAISERS OFFICE.
WOULD YOU CHANGE THE SYSTEM
FOLLOWING THE ELECTION, IF SO,
HOW?
>> THERE WE GO WITH THE 45
SECOND LIMITATION.
THAT'S ABOUT A FOUR OR FIVE
MINUTE ANSWER.
I'LL SPEAK TO WHAT I WOULD
CHANGE, MR. JONES CAN ADDRESS
HOW IT'S HANDLED NOW.
BASICALLY I WOULD GO TO MORE OF
A SALES BASED APPROACH WHERE WE
COMPARE WHAT OTHER LIKE
PROPERTIES ARE SELLING FOR AND
MAKE THE ASSESSMENTS FOR BASED
ON THE SALES APPROACH VERSUS
WHAT WE'RE USING TODAY.
>> MR. JONES, TO YOU.
WOULD YOU CHANGE THE SYSTEM IF
YOU ARE ELECTED FOLLOWING THE
ELECTION, IF SO, HOW?
>> WE'RE REWRITING OUR SYSTEM
NOW CURRENTLY.
THE SYSTEM THAT WE HAVE NOW BY
LAW WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THREE
APPROACHES TO VALUE.
INCOME, MARKET AND COST.
THE CURRENT SYSTEM DOES
INCORPORATE ALL THREE BUT WE'RE
REWRITING OUR SYSTEM TO LEVERAGE
TECHNOLOGY AND SAVE MONEY.
BY REWRITING THE SYSTEM WE WILL
SAVE TAXPAYERS OF ESCAMBIA
COUNTY OVER $140,000 A YEAR.
>> THANK YOU.
THIS QUESTION BEGINS MR. JONES,
WHAT TRAINING DID I JUMP IN?
WHAT TRAINING DO YOU CONSIDER TO
BE THE MOST IMPORTANT FOR STAFF
MEMBER WHOSE INTERACT WITH THE
PUBLIC?
>> IN NUTSHELL, COMMON SENSE BUT
REALLY WHAT WITH WE EMPLOY IN
THE COMMON SENSE, THEY HAVE HAD
A GREAT BUY IN, WE HAVE A
MISSION STATEMENT, AND 11
COMMANDMENTS OF THE PUBLIC
SERVANT.
WE REALIZE WE WORK FOR YOU THE
TAXPAYER.
YOU ARE OUR BOSS.
AND WE EXIST ONLY BECAUSE OF
YOU.
THE MOST IMPORTANT ASSET IS THE
GOLDEN RULE.
WE WANT TO TREAT PEOPLE AS WE
WANT TO BE TREATED.
THAT'S WHAT WE TRY TO INSTILL IN
STAFF.
>> THE QUESTION TO MR. GREEN.
WHAT TRAINING DO YOU CONSIDER TO
BE THE MOST IMPORTANT FOR STAFF
MEMBER WHOSE INTERACT WITH THE
PUBLIC?
>> IT'S FUNNY THAT CHRIS SHOULD
SAY THE GOLDEN RULE BECAUSE I
HAVE LIVED BY THAT, I BELIEVE
THAT'S THE STRONGEST BASIC RULE
THAT YOU CAN HAVE IN PUBLIC
INTERACTION.
IT'S PROBABLY OUR UP BRINGING.
WE BOTH ATTEND THE SAME CHURCH
DOWNTOWN.
I WOULD HAVE TO SAY THAT'S THE
NUMBER ONE, COMMON SENSE ALWAYS
COMES IN, YOU DON'T GET THAT
WITH EVERYBODY UNFORTUNATELY BUT
TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WOULD LIKE
TO BE TREATED.
SWAP PLACES WITH THEM, CAN YOU
ANSWER THE QUESTION WOULD THEY
BE HAPPY OR WOULD I BE HAPPY IF
I WAS IN THEIR POSITION.
>> THANK YOU.
NEXT QUESTION WILL GO TO
MR. GREEN FIRST.
WHAT ARE THE MAJOR FUNCTIONS OF
THE PROPERTY APPRAISERS OFFICE?
HOW DO YOU PLAN TO CARRY OUT
THESE FUNCTION?
>> THE BASIC FUNCTIONS THAT
WAS MY QUESTION, RIGHT?
SORRY ABOUT THAT.
THE BASIC FUNCTIONS ARE TO
LOCATE, IDENTIFY AND APPRAISE
THE PROPERTY LOCATED WITHIN THE
COUNTY.
LOCATING IT IS SIMPLE.
THEN THE APPRAISAL SLIDE IS
WHERE I BELIEVE IT'S MOVING MORE
TO A DYNAMIC IT BASE SIDE OR
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY BASED
SIDE BECAUSE INFORMATION IS
BEING ABLE TO BE ACCESSED MORE
READILY BY EVERYONE INCLUDING
THE APPRAISERS OFFICE.
>> MR. JONES, CARRY OUT THE
MAJOR FUNCTIONS OF THE PROPERTY
APPRAISERS OFFICE.
>> WHAT WE'RE DOING NOW BECAUSE
WE LIVE IN SUCH ECONOMIC TIME
WE'RE LIVING IN, WE'RE CROSS
TRAINING STAFF, BECAUSE OF MY
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING WE'RE
BEING ABLE TO CUT THE BUDGET AN
CROSS TRAIN STAFF TO BE ABLE TO
PUT OUR RESOURCES WHERE WE'RE
NEEDED WHEN TIMES ARE OF HIGH
NEED IN THOSE PARTICULAR AREAS.
WE HAVE A $5.3 MILLION BUDGET.
WE HAVE 1,600,000 PARCELS WE
APPRAISE 160,000 WE APPRAISE
ANNUALLY.
TAX ROLES OF ABOUT $25 BILLION,
TAXABLE VALUE OF 13 1/2 BILLION
DOLLARS.
>> QUESTION NUMBER 6, WHAT IS IN
YOUR BACKGROUND THAT QUALIFIES
YOU TO HOLD THIS POSITION?
THIS QUESTION TO CANDIDATE
JONES.
>> I'M A STATE CERTIFIED RULE
APPRAISER AND I HOLD A REAL
ESTATE LICENSE.
BEEN IN THE APPRAISAL BUSINESS
FOR 25 YEARS, SERVED AS PROPERTY
APPRAISER HERE IN ESCAMBIA
COUNTY, THE LAST 17 YEARS.
HAD EXPERIENCE MANAGING
MULTI-MILLION DOLLARS BUDGETS AS
WELL AS MULTI-MILLION DOLLARS
PROJECTS WHEN I WORK FOR THE
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION.
>> MR. GREEN H IN YOUR
BACKGROUND QUALIFIES YOU TO HOLD
THIS POSITION?
>> I COME FOR THE FOR PROFIT
SIDE OF BUSINESS.
NEVER BEEN INVOLVED IN THE LOCAL
GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION BEFORE.
WE HAVE INTERACTED WITH IT IN MY
COMMERCIAL BUSINESS AND I
BELIEVE THAT MY INTERACTION WITH
MY CURRENT COMMERCIAL COMPANY
WITH FEDERAL AND STATE
GOVERNMENT ALLOWED ME INSIDE
TRACK TO REALLY SEE WHERE A
SITTING PUBLIC OFFICIAL MIGHT
NOT SEE THE SYNERGIES AN
POSSIBLE COST SAVINGS THAT CAN
BE EXERCISED.
>> THANK YOU, SIR.
>> OUR FINAL QUESTION THIS
EVENING WILL GO TO MR. GREEN
FIRST.
WE ARE TALKING TO OUR CANDIDATES
FOR ESCAMBIA COUNTY PROPERTY
APPRAISER.
MR. GREEN, WHAT CHANGES IF ANY
WOULD YOU PROPOSE TO MAKE IN THE
APPRAISERS OFFICE?
>> THE MAIN CHANGES THAT THIS
ELECTION OR MY CAMPAIGN IS
FOCUSED ON IS BUDGET.
YOU CAN SAY HOW CAN WE GET A
SMALLER BUDGET IF THAT'S WHAT
WE'RE RUNNING FOR?
THERE'S A SET ATTRITION OF
EMPLOUS THAT WE ALL KNOW WE
HAVE LONG TERM EXPERIENCE IN THE
PROPERTY APPRAISERS OFFICE
THAT'S GOING TO BE RETIRING OVER
THE NEXT 18 TO 24 MONTHS THAT.
WILL ALLOW THE HIGHER PAID LONG
TERM EMPLOUS TO BE REPLACED
AND BACK FILLED WITH NEWER
JUNIOR GRADE EMPLOUS WHICH
WILL SAVE SIGNIFICANT MONEY.
>> MR. JONES, WHAT CHANGES WOULD
YOU MAKE IN THE APPRAISERS
OFFICE?
>> AS MENTIONED EARLIER WE'RE
REROUTING OUR APPRAISAL SYSTEM,
SOFTWARE PACKAGE, THAT'S GOING
TO SAFE TAXPAYER ADDITIONAL
$140,000 A YEAR.
WHETHER HE CONTINUE TO CROSS
TRAIN.
WE'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO
CONTINUE TO LEVERAGE TECHNOLOGY.
WE HAVE A STATE-OF-THE-ART
WEBSITE WITH DIGITIZED MAPS.
WE'RE LOOK FOR BETTER MORE
EFFECTIVE WAYS AND EFFICIENT
WAYS OF DOING BUSINESS.
>> THANK YOU.
THAT COMPLETES THE
QUESTION-AND-ANSWER SESSION.
NOW EACH CANDIDATE, EACH OF YOU
HAS 45 SECONDS FOR A CLOSE
STATEMENT.
THIS TIME WE WILL BEGIN WITH
YOU, MR. JONES.
>> I WANT TO THANK THE LEAGUE
AND WSRE FOR HAVING US THIS
FORUM TONIGHT AND THANK THE
CITIZENS AT HOME FOR ALLOWING
ME, IT'S BEEN AN HONOR THE SERVE
AS PROPERTY APPRAISER THE LAST
17 YEARS.
WE HAVE CUT THE BUDGE 30%, CUT
STAFF OVER 20%.
WE CONTINUE TO DELIVER THE
QUALITY SERVICE THAT THE
CITIZENS HAVE COME ACCUSTOMED TO
AND DESERVE.
THE PROPERTY AHAS A SPECIAL SET
OF SKILLS THAT ARE REQUIRED.
I'M A CERTIFIED REAL ESTATE AND
CERTIFIED FLORIDA APPRAISER AND
LICENSED REALTOR.
WITH YOUR VOTE YOU'LL HIRE
SOMEBODY AND ENTRUST THIS OFFICE
TO SOMEBODY THAT UNDERSTANDS
YOUR INTEREST AND DEFENDS YOUR
INTERESTS, I ASK FOR YOUR VOTE
CHRIS JONES NOVEMBER 6TH.
>> NOW TO MR. GREEN FOR YOUR
CLOSING STATEMENT.
YOU TOO HAVE 45 SECONDS, SIR.
>> THANK YOU TO WSRE AND P
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS FOR
INVITING US HERE TONIGHT.
I AM CHARLES GREEN, YOUR FIRST
REPUBLICAN CHOICE FOR PROPERTY
APPRAISER FOR THE PROPERTY
APPRAISERS OFFICE IN 16 YEARS.
IT IS TIME TO PUT A LEASH ON
SPENDING AND GET OUR BUDGET BACK
IN LINE WHILE KEEPING
ASSESSMENTS AS LOW AS LEGALLY
POSSIBLE.
I URGE YOU TO VISIT
GREEN4PROPERTY.COM AND FOLLOW OW
LINK TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE WHERE
YOU CAN FIND THE INDEPENDENT
SOURCES FOR TOPICS DISCUSSED
TONIGHT.
I ASK FOR YOUR VOTE CHARLES
GREEN, REPUBLICAN, SEMPER PHI.
>> THANK YOU, GENTLEMEN, THAT
CONCLUDES THE ROOK AT THE RACE
FOR ESCAMBIA COUNTY PROPERTY
APPRAISER.
>> MORE CANDIDATES AN MORE
QUESTIONS AND MORE ANSWERS
STRAIGHT AHEAD.
ALSO MORE INFORMATION ON THE
PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL
AMENDMENTS.
HERE IS LOOK AT THE RACING JUST
AHEAD.

♪ ♪ ♪
>> I'M ROSE MARY HAZE THOMAS,
CO-PRESIDENT OF LEAGUE OF WOMEN
VOTERS OF THE PENSACOLA BAY
AREA.
ON OUR NOVEMBER 6 BALLOT THERE
ARE 11 AMENDMENT TOTS THE STATE
CONSTITUTION BASE PLACED ON THE
BALLOT.
A 60% MARGIN IS REQUIRED FOR
PASSAGE.
AMENDMENT 5 GIVE MOST POWER TO
THE LEGISLATURE BY LIMITING THE
INDEPENDENTS OF THE COURTS.
CURRENTLY THE GOVERNOR APPOINTS
EACH NEW SUPREME COURT JUSTICE
FROM A LIST PROVIDED BY
NOMINATING COMMISSION THAT
IDENTIFIES AND SCREENS NOMINEES.
AMENDMENT 5 WOULD ALSO REQUIRE
SENATE CONFIRMATION OF GOVERNOR
APPOINTMENT AND MAKE IT EASIER
FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO REPEAL
THE SUPREME COURT RULES OF
PROCEDURE.
IT WOULD ALSO GIVE STATE
REPRESENTATIVES ACCESS TO
CONFIDENTIAL FILES OF JUDGES
ACCUSED OF MISCONDUCT WHICH ARE
AVAILABLE ONLY DURING
IMPEACHMENTS.
AMENDMENT 6 DOES TWO THINGS.
FIRST, STATE AND FEDERAL LAW
CURRENTLY PROHIBIT THE USE OF
PUBLIC FUNDS FOR MOST ABORTIONS.
THIS AMENDMENTED PLACE IT IS
PROHIBITION ON USE OF PUBLIC
FUNDING TO THE CONSTITUTION.
SECOND, AMENDMENT 6 PREVENT IT
IS THE SPECIFIC PRIVACY CLAUSE
IN FLORIDA'S CONSTITUTION FROM
BEING USED IN ABORTION CASES
ONLY.
THUS, MORE RESTRICTIVE LAWS
MIGHT BE FOUND CONSTITUTIONAL IN
FLORIDA.
IF THE AMENDMENT DOES NOT PASS,
TAXPAYER FUNDS COULDN'T BE USED
TO FUND MOST ABORTIONS BECAUSE
OF STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS.
IF AMENDMENT 8 PASSES STATE
FUNDS COULD BE USED FOR
RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES.
FLORIDA'S CONSTITUTION PROHIBITS
USING TAXPAYER FUNDS DIRECTLY OR
INDIRECTLY TO PROMOTE A SINGLE
RELIGION.
RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS MAY NOW
USE PUBLIC FUND FOR CHARITABLE
ACTIVITIES WIDOW NOT ADVOCATE
FOR WIDOW NOT , WHICH, DO NOT
ADVOCATE FOR PUBLIC LENDING.
THIS AMENDMENT WOULD PERMIT
STATE FUNDED VOUCHERS TO BE YOU
USED TO ATTEND SCHOOLS RUN BY BY
RELIGION.
FOR MORE DETAILED NON-PARTISAN
INFORMATION ABOUT THE
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS AND
THE MERIT RETENTION PROCESS,
DOWNLOAD THE FLORIDA LEAGUE
VOTER GUIDE.
JUST LOG TO THE
FLORIDAVOTER.ORG, THE WEB SEAT
FOR THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
OF FLORIDA.
SKOL DROWN TO THE 2012 VOTER
GUIDE SECTION AND CLICK
DOWNLOAD.
IF A FEW MOMENT IT IS GUIDE LAY
PEER ON YOUR COMPUTER SCREEN,
WHEN YOU SCROLL DOWN TO THE
AMENDMENT SECTION YOU WILL SEE A
SYNOPSIS OF EACH AMENDMENT AND
EXPLANATION OF WHAT A VOTE OF
YES OR NO WOULD MEAN.
WE HOPE YOU FIND THIS
INFORMATION USEFUL AS YOU
PREPARE TO VOTE.

♪ ♪ ♪
>> WELCOME BACK TO RALLY 2012
WITH WSRE, PBS FOR THE GULF
COAST.
WE'RE HEARING FROM CANDIDATES ON
CAMPAIGN ISSUES.
>> WE BEGIN THE
QUESTION-AND-ANSWER SESSION WITH
CANDIDATES FOR ESCAMBIA COUNTY
TAX COLLECTOR.
THE FIRST CANDIDATE THAT WE'RE
GOING TO INTRODUCE IS INCUMBENT
JANET HOLLEY.
SHE'S RUNNING ON THE DEMOCRATIC
TICKET.
WELCOME TO YOU.
>> HI.
Q.And: SEATED NEXT TO MS. HOLLEY
IS MIKE WHITEHEAD ON THE
REPUBLICAN TICKET.
WE ALSO WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME
YOU TO RALLY, SIR.
>> GOOD EVENING.
>> CANDIDATES YOU WILL HAVE 45
SECONDS TO RESPOND TO YOUR
QUESTIONS.
AND THEN AT THE CONCLUSION OF
THE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS YOU
WILL EACH HAVE 45 SECONDS TO
MAKE A CLOSING STATEMENT.
WE WILL BEGIN OUR QUESTIONS WITH
YOU, MS. HOLLEY, OUR FIRST
QUESTION IS, WHAT IMPROVEMENTS
WOULD YOU CONSIDER APPROPRIATE
FOR SECURITY ACCOUNTABILITY AND
TRANSPARENCY IN THE TAX
COLLECTION COLLECTIONTOR'S
OFFICE?
>> WE'RE FORTUNATE THAT WE HAVE
MANY LAYERS OF SECURITY IN
PLACE.
WE HAVE THE PUBLIC TRUST FOR
THEIR MONEY.
THEIR TAX DOLLARS.
WE KEEP THEM ON SHORT TERM BASIS
AND THEN WE DISTRIBUTE TO THE
VARIOUS TAXING AUTHORITIES.
HOWEVER, WHILE THAT MONEY IS IN
OUR POSSESSION, WE HAVE MANY
BACKUP SYSTEMS LAYERS OF
ACCOUNTING FOR THAT MONEY,
MAKING SURE IT'S SAFE AND
SECURE, PROPERLY ACCOUNTED FOR
BEFORE WE DISTRIBUTE THAT MONEY.
WE ALSO HAVE GREAT CARE WITH THE
DRIVER LICENSE TITLE PAPER SO
THERE'S A LOT GOING ON THAT HAS
TO BE KEPT VERY SAFE.
IT'S A FIDUCIARY RESPONSIBILITY
FROM THE STATE IT'S IN JEOPARDY
SO WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL.
>> MR. WHITEHEAD WHAT DO YOU
CONSIDER APPROPRIATE FOR
SECURITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN
THE TAX COLLECTOR'S OFFICE?
>> WITH REGARD TO SECURITY AS WE
MOVE TO MORE ELECTRONIC AGE THE
PROTECTION OF THE INDIVIDUALS
INFORMATION IS GOING TO BE A
PARAMOUNT CONCERN.
WITH THE DRIVER'S LICENSE COMING
TO LOCAL LEVEL IT RAISES A LOT
OF ISSUES HOW WE HANDLE THAT
LOCALLY AND THE FUNDING IN PLACE
TO DO IT, MOST PEOPLE DON'T
REALIZE BUT WE'RE LOOFING
APPROXIMATELY $10 ON EACH
DRIVER'S LICENSE WE ISSUE WHICH
WILL PUT A STRAIN ON RESOURCES.
WITH REGARD TO TRANSPARENCY AND
THINGS OF THAT NATURE, WE HAVE A
NUMBER OF CONSTITUTIONAL
OFFICERS THAT BUDGETS ARE
TRANSPARENT.
YOU CAN CLICK ON IT, LOOK ATE,
THERE'S A LOT THAT CAN BE DONE
THERE.
WITH REGARD TO THE DOLLAR SIDE
OF THINGS, MAKING SURE WE HAVE
MONEY IN PLACE AND FINANCIAL
CONTROLS, IT'S THERE NOW, IT
WILL CONTINUE.
>> THANK YOU.
THE NEXT QUESTION IS POSED FIRST
TO MR. WHITEHEAD.
WHAT QUALITIES DO YOU CONSIDER
MOST IMPORTANT FOR STAFF MEMBERS
WHO INTERACT WITH THE PUBLIC.
>> I COME FROM A PUBLIC SERVICE
ARENA.
AND INVOLVED IN RETAIL ON CHILD
CARE AND ADULT SIDE OF BUSINESS
FOR THE LAST 25 YEARS.
YOU HAVE TO HAVE A SERVANT HEART
AND WANT TO SERVE PUBLIC.
WORKING WITH PEOPLE EVERY DAY IS
DIFFICULT CATCHING THEM
SOMETIMES AT THE WORST MOMENT.
I TALK TO LADIES WHO LOST
HUSBANDS AND HAVING TROUBLE
WORKING THEIR WAY HOW TO GET
IDs, THERE'S A LOT GOING ON
THERE.
THE ATTITUDE IS THE SINGLE MOST
IMPORTANT PART.
YOU HAVE TO HAVE TRAINING.
BUT FINDING PEOPLE WHO TRULY
WANT TO SERVE THE PUBLIC IS THE
FIRST AND FOREMOST QUALITY FOR
ANY ANYONE WORKING IN
GOVERNMENT.
>> THANK YOU.
THE QUESTION NOW GOES TO
MS. HOLLEY.
WHAT QUALITY DO YOU CONSIDER
MOST IMPORTANT FOR STAFF MEMBER
WHOSE INTERACT WITH THE PUBLIC?
>> WHEN I BECAME TAX LEKTOR I
ASKED THE STAFF IF THEY COULD
CROSS TRAIN AND DO EVERYTHING WE
DO IN THE OFFICE TO BE MORE
EFFICIENT.
THEY STEPPED UP AND DID THAT.
WE LEARNED QUICKLY HOW IMPORTANT
TRAINING HAD TO BE.
BUT MORE IMPORTANT, IT WAS THE
TO HIRE THAT RIGHT PERSON.
WE COULD TRAIN THEM TO DO THE
JOB BUT WE COULDN'T TRAIN THEM
TO HAVE THE HEART OF COMPASSION
FOR THE SERVICES THEY PROVIDE TO
IS CITIZENS.
AND IT'S BEEN INTERESTING TO
WATCH THE HOST SUCCESSFUL STAFF
MEMBERS I'M POWERED TO MAKE
DECISIONS FOR THE CUSTOMERS.
THEY TAKE THAT TO HEART.
WHEN YOU HAVE CUSTOMERS COMING
IN IN CHALLENGING SITUATIONS
THEY APPRECIATE THE EXTRA
SENSITIVITY AND PERSPECTIVE THEY
GIVE THEM.
>> THANK YOU.
THE NEXT QUESTION TO MS. HOLLEY
FIRST.
WITH EXPANSION OF TAX
COLLECTOR'S RESPONSIBILITIES TO
ISSUE INDIVIDUAL DRIVER'S
LICENSES, WHAT PROBLEMS SHOULD
BE ADDRESSED AND WHAT CHANGES
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND?
>> I WILL HAVE TO SAY IN MY
ENTIRE CAREER THE DRIVER'S
LICENSE TRANSITION FROM THE
STATE TO THE TAX COLLECTORS HAS
BEEN THE BIGst CHALLENGE.
I SIGH IT POSSIBLY BEING THE
BIGGEST SUCCESS.
WE HAVE RAISED THE LEVEL SO FAR
ABOVE WHAT THE STATE DID.
WHEN THE LEGISLATURE GAVE THAT
RESPONSIBILITY TO US IN OUR CASE
IN ESCAMBIA, IT WAS IN MARCH
WHEN THE LAST STATE RUN OFFICE
CLOSED, WE ASSUMED 100,000
TRANSACTIONS ANNUALLY.
WE HIRED ADDITIONAL PERSONNEL,
WE TRIED TO KEEP OUR SERVICE
LEVEL SIMILAR TO WHAT THE
CUSTOMERS WERE EXPECTED TO
RECEIVE, SO WE HAVE BEEN
CREATIVE WITH HOW WE PROVIDE
THAT SERVICE.
FURTHER CHALLENGING WITH THE
REAL ID, THE FEDERAL DELEGATION
OF LAW THAT CAME FROM HOMELAND
SECURITY.
>> TO YOU, MR. WHITEHEAD, WITHRD
TO ISSUANCE OF INDIVIDUAL
DRIVER'S LICENSE WITHIN THE TAX
COLLECTOR'S OFFICE, WHAT
PROBLEMS DO YOU THINK SHOULD BE
ADDRESSED AND WHAT CHANGES WOULD
YOU RECOMMEND?
>> I THINK THE SECURITY OF THE
PERSONAL INFORMATION IS PROBABLY
PARAMOUNT.
THAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE
WE DEAL WITH.
WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE
FILES AND THAT DATA ARE SECURE
FROM HACKERS AND PEOPLE WHO USE
IT FOR ISSUES AND PURPOSES THEY
SHOULDN'T.
THE BUDGETARY SIDE OF THAT IS AN
ISSUE NOT GOING TO GO AWAY.
WE NEED A LIAISON WITH THE
LEGISLATURE.
THE ABILITY FOR THEM TO FORCE
THIS UNFUNDED MANDATE DOWN TO
CITIZENS OF ESCAMBIA COUNTY IS I
HAVE A REAL DIFFICULT ISSUE
GRASPS HOW THAT SLIDES THROUGH.
WE HAVE GOT TO WORK CLOSELY HAND
IN HAND WITH WITH THE
LEGISLATURE, MAKE SURE GUYS LIKE
DON GAETZ KNOW THIS IS NOT
ACCEPTABLE.
>> THANK YOU.
NOW WE MOVE TO QUESTION NUMBER
4.
THESE ARE PROVIDED TO US BY THE
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS.
THE QUESTION IS, WHAT IN YOUR
BACKGROUND QUALIFIES YOU TO HOLE
THIS OFFICE, MR. WHITEHEAD.
>> I'M A GRADUATE OF UWF, I HAVE
A DEGREE IN ACCOUNTING AND
FINANCE.
I WORKED MY WAY THROUGH THE
CORPORATE STRUCTURE AT SACRED
HEART HOSPITAL FOR A NUMBER OF
YEARS.
I MANAGED BUDGETS UPWARDS OF 6
HAD BEEN MILLION DOLLARS BACK IN
70s AN 80s WHEN THAT WAS
TRULY A LOT OF MONEY.
OVER THE 12 YEARS I SERVED ON
THE BOARD OF COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS I WAS PRETTY MUCH
ACCEPTED AS THE BUDGET GURU.
I UNDERSTAND HOW BUDGETING
WORKS, I UNDERSTAND HOW THE
DRIVE THE TAX RATES DOWN, WORE
AT THE LOWEST TAX RATE IN
ESCAMBIA COUNTY SINCE 1970s, I
FIRMLY BELIEVE WE CAN DO MORE
WITH LESS.
>> THANK YOU.
THE QUESTION TO MS. HOLLEY.
WHAT QUALIFIES YOU TO HOLD
OFFICE.
>> I STARTED A CLERK TYPIST.
IN 1973.
SO I LEARNED FROM THE GROUND UP.
I SPENT 25 YEARS AS A STAFF
MEMBER WHEN I BECAME TAX
COLLECTOR.
AND I HAVE SERVED SINCE 14
YEARS.
I THINK THAT PERSPECTIVE OF
STARTING FROM THE COUNTER AND
LEARNING THE ENTIRE OPERATION,
BUDGETING, HELPED ME BECOME A
BETTER TAX COLLECTOR.
I I VISIT ALL OFFICE, I'M OUT
WITH THE PUBLIC, VISITING WITH
CUSTOMERS FINDING OUT WHAT THEIR
NEEDS ARE.
SO I HAVE THAT ABILITY KNOWING
THE THE OFFICE THOROUGHLY.
I'M A CERTIFIED TAX COLLECTOR
AND CERTIFIED REAL ESTATE
LICENSE AS WELL.
>> THE TAX COLLECTOR OFFICE HAS
A WIDE VARIETY OF DUTIES TO
CARRY OUT.
WHAT TRAINING DOWN RECOMMEND FOR
STAFF TO PERFORM DUTIES
EFFECTIVELY?
>> WE'RE FORTUNATE TO HAVE
TRAINING OFFERED, OFFERED ON
SEVERAL LEVELS.
WE DEAL WITH SEVERAL STATE
OFFICES, FLORIDA DEPARTMENT
HIGHWAY SAFETY VEHICLES, FLAY
DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE AND WILD
LIFE; THEY OFFER TRAINING IN
THEIR AREAS SO WE PARTICIPATE
WITH THAT.
WE ALSO HAVE THE FLORIDA TAX
COLLECTOR'S ASSOCIATION.
I SERVE AS PRESIDENT IN 2005,
2006.
WE HAVE OUR OWN TRAINING
PROGRAMS THAT WE OFFER FOR OUR
COLLEAGUES.
AND IN ADDITION TO THAT, WE HAVE
A CERTIFICATION PROGRAM FOR
STAFF AND THEN WE HAVE AN
INTERNAL TRAINING PROGRAM
BECAUSE THAT'S ONE THING ABOUT
LEGISLATURE, THEY MAKE CHANGES
EVERY YEAR.
WE HAVE TO PROVIDE THE TRAINING
TO HELP OUR STAFF ADHERE TO
THOSE LAWS.
>> MR. WHITE HEAD?
>> I THINK A PROACTIVE APPROACH
FOCUSING ON INTERNAL TRAINING IS
THE MOST EFFECT ACTIVE WAY TO
GO.
FLORIDA TAX CHECK OTHER'S
ASSOCIATION PROVIDES TRAINING
AVAILABLE BUT I BELIEVE THE
CROSS TRAINING OF EMPLOUS
ENSURING THE SECURITY OF DATA
AND MAKING EMPLOUS UNDERSTAND
THE RAMIFICATIONS OF THAT,
YOU'RE OPERATENING AN
ENVIRONMENT VERY SIMILAR TO A
BANK.
WE HAVE TO APPROACH IT FROM THAT
PERSPECTIVE.
THE INFORMATION AND THE DOLLARS
THAT WE'RE DEALING WITH ARE
LARGE SUMS, 6 HUP MILLION
DOLLARS A YEAR CURRENTLY
$600 MILLION A YEAR IN DEPOSITS
SO TRAINING IN HOUSE IS THE MOST
EFFECTIVE MOST EFFICIENT WAY OF
ACCOMPLISHING THAT.
>> NOW THE NEXT QUESTION WHETHER
HE BEGIN WITH MR. WHITEHEAD.
WHAT CHANGES IF ANY WOULD YOU
MAKE IN THE TAX COLLECTOR'S
BUDGET?
>> GREAT QUESTION.
MOST PEOPLE AREN'T AWARE BUT
WE'RE SPENDING BUDGETING
$400,000 A YEAR TO LEASE THE TWO
BUILDINGS, NAVY BOULEVARD AND W
STREET OVER THE LIFE THOSE
LEASES WE'RE LOOKING AT
$8 MILLION SPEND TAX DOLLARS AND
WE STILL WON'T OWN THEM.
THAT IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE
FIRST AND FOREMOST AREAS THAT WE
HAVE TO LOOK AT, GOVERNMENT
SHOULD OWN, THEY SHOULD NOT
LEASE, IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE.
WORKING WITH THE COUNTY
COMMISSION, TO SECURE THE
BUILDING IS SOMETHING I'M
CONFIDENT TO DO.
WE HAVE TO HAVE SOMEBODY TO SIT
DOWN WITH SENATOR GAETZ TO SAY
THIS ISN'T WORKING.
WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING
DIFFERENT.
I THINK I CAN DO THAT.
>> MS. HOLLEY, CHAI CHANGES
WOULD YOU MAKE IN TAX
COLLECTOR'S BUDGET?
>> WITH THE LEGISLATURE MANY
UNFUNDED MANDATES COME DOWN TO
CLINICAL LEVEL.
WE DO WORK CLOSELY WITH THE
LEGISLATURE DURING THE PROCESS.
FARCE THE BUILDINGS, THE COUNTY
COMMISSION ALREADY OWNS TWO OF
FOUR TAX COLLECTOR BUILDINGS.
UNTIL THE PAST YEAR THE TAX
COLLECTOR COULDN'T OWN A
BUILDING.
WE DON'T HAVE BUDGET REVENUE TO
PURCHASE A BUILDING.
BY LAW NOT ALLOWED TO BORROW
MONEY TO PURCHASE A BUILDING.
SO WHAT I HAVE DONE IS WORKED
WITH THE CLOSELY PURCHASING THE
THE TWO OTHER BUILDINGS. WHEN
WE DID THE LEASES TEN YEARS AGO
THEY WERE VERY GOOD LEASES AN
WE'RE LUCKY TO BE IN THE
LOCATIONS WE ARE BECAUSE THAT'S
WHAT THE CITIZENS DEMANDED OF
US.
>> WE'RE UP TO OUR FINAL
QUESTION NOW FOR OUR CANDIDATES
FOR TAX COLLECTOR.
MS. HOLLEY FIRST.
CURRENT DOCUMENT REQUIREMENTS
FOR PERSONALS APPLYING FOR
DRIVER'S LICENSE ARE VERY
DIFFICULT FOR MANY APPLICANTS TO
MEET.
WHAT RECOMMENDATIONS WOULD YOU
MAKE TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM?
>> FLORIDA WAS ONE FIRST STATE
TO ADOPT THE FEDERAL WE WERE
PROGRESSIVE ABOUT IT SO WE HAVE
BEEN AT IT A LONG TIME IN A LOT
OF STATES, ABOUT TWO YEARS.
WHAT WE RECOGNIZE RIGHT AWAY WAS
CHALLENGES ESPECIALLY FOR WOMEN
WITH MULL P BILL NAME CHANGES
THROUGHOUT THEIR LIFE, MEN HAVE
EASIER TIME OF THAT PROVING
IDENTITY FROM BIRTH, ALSO SOCIAL
SECURITY AND PROVE OF PROOF OF
RESIDENCE; WHEN WE RECOGNIZE THE
ISSUES WE WORKED WITH THE
DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAY SAFETY AND
HOMELAND SECURITY AND CREATED A
WAIVER SYSTEM SO WE WERE ABLE TO
GIVE FEEDBACK, SAY WHAT WASN'T
WORKING AND WE WERE SUCCESSFUL
IN GETTING THOSE WAVERS SO WE
CAN DO THAT LOCAL REVEL IN THE
OFFICE AS WELL AS LEVEL IN
THE OFFICE AS WELL AS TO TALL
TALL TO BE GRANTED THE WAIVERS
ON BEHALF OF THE CUSTOMERS.
>> MR. WHITEHEAD, WHAT
RECOMMENDATIONS WOULD YOU MAKE
TO ADDRESS PROBLEM ASSOCIATED
WITH DIFFICULTY FOR SOME TO MEET
THE APPLICATIONS OR THE
REQUIREMENTS FOR DRIVER'S
LICENSE?
>> I THINK THE BIGGEST PROBLEM
THAT I HAVE HEARD CERTAINLY
AFTER TALKING THE TO FOLK OVER
THIS CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN SHOWING
UP WITHOUT HAVING ADEQUATE
DOCUMENTATION OF THE RIGHT PCE
OF DOCUMENTATION, IT'S A
COMMUNICATION ISSUE.
I WAS IN THERE SEVERAL WEEKS AGO
TO GET A DRIVER'S LICENSE
RENEWED.
DID NOT HAVE EVERYTHING I
NEEDED.
WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO GO ON LINE
AND LOOK AT EXACTLY WHAT
DOCUMENTS ARE NEEDED, AND FOR
FOLK WHOSE AREN'T ON LINE, IT'S
HARD TO BELIEVE IN THIS DAY AND
AGE SOME TRULY AREN'T.
WHEN THAT RENEWAL GOES OUT WE
NEED THE MAKE SURE THAT THAT
INFORMATION IS COMMUNICATED
CLEARLY, CONCISELY, IT SHOULDN'T
REQUIRE MORE THAN ONE TRIP TO
THAT OFFICE.
>> THANK YOU.
MS. HOLLEY, REQUEST AD REBUTTAL.
30 SECONDS.
>> WE HAVE DONE A LOT OF
COMMUNICATION WITH OUR
CUSTOMERS, WE RECOGNIZE THAT
RIGHT AWAY.
WE DO HAVE THE LIST OF ITEMS ON
THE WEBSITE.
WE ALSO PUT A FLYER IN THE
RENEWAL NOTICES, WORKING WITH
THE STATE.
THERE HAVE BEEN COMMERCIALS.
THAT'S A PROGRAM CALLED GATHER
GO GET.
GATHER DOCUMENTS GO TO THE TAX
COLLECTOR'S OFFICE AND GET YOUR
DOCUMENTS.
SO THERE'S A CONCERTED ONGOING
EFFORT.
WE WILL CONTINUE TO ENHANCE THAT
COMMUNICATION, CUSTOMERS COME IN
WITH THE RIGHT DOCUMENTS IN ONE
TRIP.
>> THANK YOU.
THANKS TO OUR CANDIDATES.
NOW EACH WILL HAVE 45 SECONDS TO
MAKE A CLOSING STATEMENT.
MR. WHITEHEAD, WE WILL BEGIN
WITH YOU.
>> I NEED TO THANK THE LEAGUE OF
WOMEN VOTERS AND WSRE FOR
PROVIDING THIS OPPORTUNITY TO
SPEAK TO THE TAXPAYER OF
ESCAMBIA COUNTY.
I HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR A WHILE,
SERVED IN A NUMBER OF POSITIONS
IN THIS COMMUNITY AND PROUD TO
DO THAT.
THIS RACE IS NOT JUST ABOUT WHO
IS IN OFFICE, IT'S HOW WE DO
BUSINESS IN THE FUTURE IN
ESCAMBIA COUNTY.
IT'S EMBRACING TECHNOLOGY, BEING
A GOOD BY DUE SHARE WITH REGARD
TO MUCH, TIME AND INFORMATION
ESPECIALLY.
AS YOU THINK ABOUT WHO TO VOTE
FOR IN THE FUTURE I ASK YOU WHO
IN THE PAST DEMONSTRATED
ADEQUATELY TO WORK WITH A
BUDGET.
I CAN DO MORE WITH LESS.
I CAN BE A GOOD STEWART OF YOUR
TAX DOLLARS AND I HOPE YOU'LL
VOTE FOR ME.
>> MS. ROLL HOLLEY CLOSING
STATEMENT IN 45 SECONDS.
>> THIS RACE IS NOT A POLITICAL
PARTY, ET OOH HIRING THE RIGHT
PERSON FORB THE JOB.

IT'S HIRING THE RIGHT PERSON FOR
THE JOB.
MY STAFF AND I ARE PROUD OF THE
REALLY GOOD PUBLIC SERVICE THAT
WE HAVE PROVIDED TO ALL OF OUR
CUSTOMERS.
I HAVE A PROVEN RECORD OF
ACCOMPLISHMENT, YOU CAN GO ON MY
WEBSITE AT JANETHOLLEY 2012.COM
AND AND LOOK AT THE INNOVATIONS,
MY COMMUNITY SERVICE AND
EXPERIENCE.
ALSO I HAVE RETURNED OVER
$6 MILLION IN UNSPENT BUDGET
REVENUE AND ALSO DISTRIBUTED
OVER $5 MILLION IN INTEREST
EARNED.
EVERY PENNY IS ACCOUNTED FOR IN
OUR ANNUAL INDEPENDENT AUDIT.
I ASK FOR YOUR VOTE,IA HOLLEY,
BEST CHOICE FOR TAX COLLECTOR.
>> THANK YOU, THOSE WERE
CANDIDATES TO ESCAMBIA COUNTY
TAX COLLECTOR.
WE ARE HEADING INTO THE FINAL
STRETCH OF TONIGHT'S RALLY
PROGRAM.
OUR FINAL RACE AND EXPLANATION
OF THE MERIT RETENTION OF JUDGES
AND LOOK AT THE AMENDMENTS YOU
WILL SEE ON THE BALLOT ARE
STRAIGHT AHEAD.
>> YOU'RE WATCHING RALLY 2012 ON
WSRE-TV, PBS FOR THE GULF COAST.

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>> WELCOME BACK TO RALLY 2012 ON
WSRE-TV.
THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO
LEARN ABOUT THE CANDIDATES AND
THE ISSUES THAT YOU WILL BE
VOTING ON AS WE COUNT DOWN TO
THE NOVEMBER 6TH ELECTION.
>> WE HAVE MET CANDIDATES, WE
HAVE GOTTEN INFORMATION ON THE
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS ON
BALLOT AND WE ARE GOING TO TALK
ABOUT THE BALLOT ITEM CONCERNING
MERIT RETENTION OF JUDGES AN
JUSTICES.
>> IT'S TIME THE GIVE BACK TO
CANDIDATES AND THE RACE UP NOW
IS FOR SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS
IN ESCAMBIA COUNTY.
THE FIRST CANDIDATE TO BE
INTRODUCED IS CLAUDIA
BROWN-CURRIE.
SHE IS THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE.
AND THE SECOND CANDIDATE, SORRY
DREXEL.
>> THE SECOND CANDIDATE IS
MALCOLM THOMAS, MR. THOMAS IS
INCUMBENT.
THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE.
WE SAY WELCOME TO BOTH OF YOU
THIS EVENING.
>> IN THE INTEREST OF FULL
DISCLOSURE WE WANT TO RECOGNIZE
MS. BROWN CURRIE IS A MEMBER OF
THE WSRE-TV FOUNDATION BOARD OF
DIRECTORS.
>> BEGINNING ALPHABETICALLY, WE
WILL START WITH MS. BROWN CURRIE
WITH OUR QUESTIONS.
QUESTION P NUMBER 1 IS WHAT IS
YOUR OPINION OF PROPOSED
AMENDMENT NUMBER 8 KNOWN AS
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM WOULD ALLOW
STATE FUNDING FOR FUNDING OF
RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS IN
SCHOOLS.
>> I BELIEVE THERE SHOULD BE A
SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE
AND IF THAT BILL IS PASSED IT
WOULD DO AWAY WITH WITH
SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE.
I BELIEVE PUBLIC DOLLARS GO
TOWARD PUBLIC FACILITIES
INSTITUTIONS AND NOT PRIVATE
ORGANIZATIONS OR SCHOOLS.
>> MR. THOMAS YOUR QUESTION OF
PROPOSED AMMENT 8.
>> ONE LICK SCHOOLS PUBLIC
SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN UNDER DOES
PRESS, I BELIEVE AMENDMENT 8
PROPOSE AS THREAT TO FUNDING FOR
PUBLIC EDUCATION.
I PERSONALLY WILL BE VOTING NO.
MAINLY BECAUSE IF THERE IS A A
FINITE AMOUNT OF MONEY, THAT
WOULD BE DIVIDED TO OTHER
PRIVATE IN THIS CASE RELIGIOUS
INSTITUTIONS.
THAT MEANS LESS MONEY FOR PUBLIC
SCHOOL, WE'RE STRUGGLING AS IT
IS.
WE HAVE HAD TO CUT $40 MILLION
OVER THE PAST 4 YEARS.
WE CAN'T AFFORD TO CUT MORE.
SO I THINK WE SHOULD MAINTAIN
SEPARATION WE CURRENTLY HAVE.
AND VOTE NO ON AMENDMENT 8:
>> THANK YOU.
Z NOW TO QUESTION NUMBER 2.
REMINDER THE QUESTIONS THIS
EVENING HAVE BEEN PROVIDED BY
THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS,
PENSACOLA BAY AREA.
IN SOME CASES OKALOOSA COUNTY AS
WELL.
QUESTION 2 TO MR. THOMAS.
HOW THE COUNTY SCHOOLS BEST
PREPARE FOR THE NATIONAL CORE
STANDARDS REQUIRED FOR HIGH
SCHOOL GRADUATION BEGINNING IN
2016.
>> WE HAVE BEGUN THE PROCESS.
WE STARTED WITH EARLY GRADES,
BEGINNING PROFESSIONAL
DEVELOPMENT FOR TEACHERS TO
PREPARE THEM.
THIS IS GOING TO BE A BIG ISSUE.
I SUPPORT THE COMMON CORE
INITIATIVE.
46 STATES ACROSS THE UNITED
STATES HAVE SIGNED ON.
THAT MEANS IN A FEW YEARS WE'LL
HAVE AN ASSESSMENT THAT WILL BE
UNIVERSEAL ACROSS THOSE 46
STATES.
IT'S AN ASSESSMENT THAT WILL
FOCUS ON RELEVANT REAL LIFE
APPLICATION OF SKILL.
WHAT I SAY TO OR TEACHERS AND
ADMINISTRATORS A LOT OF TIMES IF
YOU WANT TO KNOW IF A STUDENT
CAN ADD AND SUBTRACT, GIVE THEM
A CHECKBOOK.
SEE IF THEY CAN BALANCE THE
CHECKBOOK.
THEY CAN DO THAT, THAT IS AN
ULTIMATE ASSESSMENT OF THEIR
ABILITY TO ADD AND SUBTRACT.
THE CORE WILL BRING THAT REAL
LIFE ASSESSMENT TO THE TABLE.
MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE THAN WHAT WE
HAVE CURRENTLY WITH THE FCAT.
>> THANK YOU.
>> MS. BROWN CURRIE, HOW DO THE
SCHOOLS PREPARE FOR NATIONAL
CORE STANDARDS REQUIRED FOR HIGH
SCHOOL GRADUATION BEGINNING IN
2016?
>> THANKS FOR THE QUESTION.
THE COMMON CORE STANDARDS,
PROVIDE THE SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
AS TO WHAT IS BEING TAUGHT, THE
CHILDREN CAN BE MORE CREATIVE IN
THE THEIR THINKING AND WRYING.
AS A SCHOOL DISTRICT WE NEED TO
MAKE SURE WE PROVIDE TEACHERS
WITH THE RESOURCES THEY NEED IN
ORDER FOR THEM TO SUCCEED.
AND ALSO MAKE SURE STUDENTS HAVE
THE FOUNDATION THEY NEED TO THEY
CAN IS THAT RIGHT THE HIGHER
ORDER THINKING SKILLS.
>> THANK YOU.
>> THE NEXT QUESTION WILL GO TO
MS. BROWN CURRIE FIRST.
THE RANKING OF EDUCATION IN THE
UNITED STATES HAS DROPED IN
COMPARISON WITH OTHER COUNTRIES.
PLEASE COMMENT ON WHETHER
INCREASES IN THE LENGTH OF
SCHOOL DAY, AS WELL AS ADDITIONS
TO THE 180 DAY SCHOOL YEAR,
SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED TO HELP
RAISE STANDARDS IN THE U.S.
EDUCATION SYSTEM.
>> FIRST I THINK WE SHOULD LOOK
AT THE STRATEGIES AND
INTERVENTIONS AND HOW WE ARE
TEACHING ON A DAILY BASIS.
BY INCREASING THE SCHOOL DAY, IF
WE'RE DOING THE SAME THING WE
WERE DOING, THE SEVEN HOURS THE
CHILDREN WERE THERE, WE'RE GOING
GET THE SAME RESULTS.
SO WE NEED TO GO OUT AND
RESEARCH WHAT BEST PRACTICES ARE
BEST FOR OUR CHILDREN SO THEY
CAN SUCCEED.
>> NEW TO YOU, MR. THOMAS.
PLEASE COMMENT WHETHER THE
INCREASES IN THE LENGTH OF
SCHOOL DAY AS WELL AS
ADDITIONTOLOGY THE 180 DAY
SCHOOL YEAR SHOULD BE
IMPLEMENTED TO HELP RAISE
STANDARDS, EDUCATION STANDARDS
IN THE US.
>> LOOKED THE LENGTH OF THE
SCHOOL DAY IN THE UNITED STATES
SCHOOL SYSTEM IT'S SHORTER THAN
IN OTHER COUNTRIES. THAT'S ONE
OF THE FACTORS THAT'S CAUSING US
TO FALL FURTHER AND FURTHER
BEHIND WITH MATH AND SCIENCE
INTERNATIONALLY.
WE HAVE AN ISSUE IN OUR SCHOOL
DISTRICT PARTICULARLY WITH THE
AREA OF READING AND EARLY
GRADES.
THAT'S WHY THISSER YEAR FOR SIX
SCHOOLS WE EXTENDED THE DAYER
POSITION SCHOOLS THAT TIME IS
DEVOTED TO ADDITIONAL TIME TO
TEACH READING.
TEACHERS WILL TELL YOU THEY'RE
OUT OF TIME.
WILL ALL EXPECTED WE'RE
EXPREGNANTING MORE TEACHERS AND
EXPECTING MORE TOUCHTONES AND
SCHOOLS TODAY THAN WE EVER
EXPECTED BEFORE.
TEACHERS NEED MORE TIME.
WEE HOPING THAT AS WE HOPING
AS WE GET RESULTS AND MEASURE
RECEIVE THE DATA WITH THE
EXTENDED DAY PROGRAM WILL HAVE
POSITIVE RESULTS FOR STUDENT.
>> THE NEXT QUESTION, THERE ARE
STUDIES THAT SAY STUDENTS
GRADUATE, MANY STUDENT ARE GRAND
JURY WAITING HIGH SCHOOL WITHOUT
THE ACADEMIC SKILLS TO SUCCEED
IN HIGHER EDUCATION OR JOB
MARKET.
WHETHER IS YOUR SOLUTION REQUIRE
PRIOR TO STUDENTS BEING
PERMITTED TO GRADUATE HIGH
SCHOOL, MR. THOMAS?
>> FIRST YOU HAVE TO HAVE A
SYSTEM OF ACCOUNTABILITY.
I'M IN FAVOR OF THAT.
WE IMPLEMENT CAREER ACADEMIES.
WE HAD 13 ACADEMIES WE NOW HAVE
61.
THEY CAN FIND AN AREA WHETHER
THE FLIGHT ACADEMIES, TELEVISION
PRODUCTION, ENGINEERING ACADEMY.
THAT PREPARE STUDENTS FOR A
CAREER.
MAYBE FOR COLLEGE DEGREE.
BUT WHAT STUDENTS WANT WHEN THEY
EXIT SCHOOL IS TO GET A JOB.
THEY NEED SKILLS.
THAT'S WHERE THE ACAREER ACADEMY
IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE,THEY
STALE IN SCHOOL, HIGHER
GRADUATION RATE.
GPA IS HIGHER, ICE SHOWING GREAT
PRO PROMISE.
>> MS. BROWN CURRIE, WOULD YOU
LIKE ME TO REPEAT THE QUESTION?
>> STUDIES SAY STUDENT ARE
GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL
WITHOUT ACADEMIC SKILLS TO
SUCCEED IN HIGHER EDUCATION OR
JOB MARKET.
WHAT IS YOUR SOLUTION O ADDRESS
THE PROBLEM PRIOR TO STUDENTS
GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL?
Q. THANK YOU FOR REPEATING THE
IF QUESTION.
MY SOLUTION WOULD BE ALL
STUDENTS, FIRST ALL STUDENTS ARE
NOT COLLEGE BOUND.
WE NEED TO IMPLEMENT SOME
VOCATIONAL TRAINING FOR OUR
STUDENTS.
WE HAVE LEK TRIGS OUT THERE,
THEY NEED TO BE GIVEN THOSE
SKILLS WHILE IN SCHOOL.
I WAS READING ABOUT ANOTHER
CITY, SCHOOL DISTRICT WHERE THE
CHILDREN DECLARE A MAJOR IN
MIDDLE SCHOOL.
AND THEY GO ON THROUGH HIGH
SCHOOL SO WHEN THEY GRADUATE
WITH A CERTIFICATE.
MAKE SURE WE HAVE MORE
VOCATIONAL TRAINING JOB SKILLS
BEFORE THEY GRADUATE HIGH
SCHOOL.
>> ALL RIGHT.
WE ASK YOU NOW PLEASE DISCUSS
WHETHER FCAT SCORES OF STUDENTS
BE USED TO RATE THE
EFFECTIVENESS OF TEACHERS IN THE
CLASSROOM.
TO YOU, FIRST MS. BROWN CURRIE.
>> NO, I STRONGLY BELIEVE FCAT
SCORES SHOULD NOT BE A RAID TO
GRADE TEACHERS.
THEY SHOULD BE USED TO HELP
DRIVE CURRICULUM.
LET THE TEACH EFFORT ALLOW THE
TEACHERS TO KNOW THE STRENGTH
AND WEAKNESSES OF THE CHILDREN
AND NOT USE IT ADS A PUNITIVE
METHOD.
>> MR. THOMAS, DO YOU THINK FCAT
SCORES SHOULD BE USED RATE
EFFECTIVENESS IN THE CLASSROOM?
Q. YOU NEED A QUALITY EVALUATION
SYSTEM.
WE USE THE DANLSON MODEL, IT'S
A MODEL TO DIFFERENTIATE.
A COUPLE O YEARS AGO IF YOU LOOK
AT TEACHER EVALUATIONS YOU COULD
NOT TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
THE TEACHER OF THE YEAR AND
LOWEST PERFORMING TEACH EVERY IN
THE SCHOOL, EVERYONE HAD A
SATISFY EVALUATION.
THAT'S CHANGED.
THAT'S NOT BASED ON FCAT SCORES
BUT OPT PERFORMANCE OF THE
TEACHER, THEIR ABILITY THE PLAN,
DEVELOP RELATIONSHIPS AN
INSTRUCT STUDENT.
SO MANY CHANGES WITH THE FCAT
THE COUPLE OF YEARS IT ITS NOT
IN A POSITION TO EVALUATE THE
TEACHERS.
THERE MAYBE A MOMENT PART OF
THAT IS INCLUDED TESTIMONY
BETTER MYRRH SURE IS THAT
QUALITY EVALUATION SYSTEM THAT
MEASURE IT IS TEACHER CONTROLS
THEIRANT TO PLAN.
>> THANK YOU.
TENURE PROVIDES A LENGTHY
PROCESS FOR THE REMOVAL FROM
CLASS ALMOST OF INEFFECTIVE
TEACHER.
CAN YOU SUGGEST APPROACH TO
REFORMING THE TENURE SYSTEM?
MR. THOMAS.
>> THE TENURE SYSTEM HAS ALREADY
STARTED TO BE REFORMED.
THE LEGISLATURE REMOVED IT A
COUPLE O YEARS AGO.
IF YOU'RE A NEW HIRED TEACHERS
THAT'S NO TEN YOUR.
WHAT WE HAVE TO DO, WE MUST HAVE
HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHERS IN OUR
CLASSROOMS.
THAT IS PROBABLY THE FOUNDATION
OF ALL EDUCATION SYSTEMS.
TWO YEARS AGO WE START AD
MENTORING PROGRAM FOR OUR NEW
TEACHERS.
TO MAKE SURE THEY'RE PAIRED WITH
A MASTER TEACH TORE MAKE SURE
THEY'RE PRIER PAIRED TO CONTINUE
THE CAREER.
EACH YEAR IT'S RENEWALLED.
IT'S AN ANNUAL CONTRACT.
>> MS. BROWN CURRIE, CAN YOU
SUGGEST AN APPROACH TO REFORMING
THE TENURE SYSTEM?
>> I AGREE WITH MR. THOMAS.
THERE'S NO TENURE SYSTEM WITHOUT
TEACHERS RIGHT NOW.
BUT ONE THING WE SHOULD MAKE
SURE THAT THE TEACHERS HAVE THE
SUPPORT THAT THEY NEED IN ORDER
TO BE SUCCESSFUL.
AND THAT THEY RECEIVE THE
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN
ORDER TO BE SUCCESSFUL.
WE WANT HIGHLY QUALIFIED
TEACHERS IN OUR COUNTY.
ANOTHER THING I THINK WE SHOULD
DO THAT AT THE COLLEGE LEVEL ALL
TEACHERS SHOULD TAKE EXTENSIVE
STUDIES IN COUNSELING AND
CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT.
BECAUSE I'M SEEING A LOT OF OUR
NON-TENUREDDED TEACHERS ARE
STRUGGLING WITH CLASSROOM
MANAGEMENT.
THEY NEED EXTRA TIME AND STUDIES
TO DEAL WITH THAT.
>> THANK YOU.
ALL RIGHT.
THE NEXT QUESTION TO MS. BROWN
CURRIE.
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL NOW
REQUIRED TO TAKE ONE ONLINE
COURSE BEFORE GRADUATION.
WHAT IS YOUR OPINION OF USING
FOR PROFIT FRANCHISES AS AN
OPTION TO PROVIDE THIS FUNCTION?
>>
>> FOR PROFIT?
>> FOR PROFIT FRAP
FRANCHISES.
>> ONE THING I THINK I AGREE
WITH THE STUDENTS TAKING THE
USING THE COMPUTER TAKING ONLINE
CLASS.
BUT FOR DID YOU SAY NON-PROFIT?
>> NO, FOR PROFIT.
BUSINESSES IN THE BUSINESS TO
MAKE MONEY.
PRIVATE BUSINESSES.
>> I DON'T AGREE WITH THAT.
THEY SHOULD BE IN THE CLASSROOM
SETTING TAKING THE THOSE ONLINE
COURSES.
>> THANK YOU.
DO YOU NEED ME TO REPEAT THE
QUESTION?
>> I UNDERSTAND.
>> OUR APPROACHES THIS IS A
REQUIREMENT THAT BEGAN WITH
INCOMING 9TH GRID STUDENTS.
TWO WAYS TO MEET THE TRICK.
ONE, DEVELOP THE COURSE WORK
THEMSELVES, BECOME A FRANCHISE
WITH ESCAMBIA VIRTUAL OR GO OUT
AND CONTRACT WITH A PROVIDER.
WE HAVE CHOSEN A FRANCHISE
DISTRICT WITH ESCAMBIA VIRTUAL
SCHOOL, WE BOUGHT SOFTWARE WHERE
CAN RECEIVE THAT CURRICULUM.
IT'S A WHICH TO HELP WITH
STUDENTS WITH COURSES THAT THEY
MAYBE INTERESTED IN TAKING BUT
MAY NOT HAVE A SUFFICIENT NUMBER
OF STUDENTS INTERESTED
NEIGHBORING RUSSIAN OR CHINESE
AT A PARTICULAR SCHOOL, THEY CAN
RECEIVED A VANCEED COURSES DUAL
ENROLLED AN ADVANCED PLACEMENT.
>> NOW 45 SECONDS FOR CLOSING
STATEMENT.
WEE GOING TO BEGIN WITH
MR. THOMAS.
>> THANK YOU THANKS FOR HOSTING
THE FORUM THIS EVENING.
THE BASTE TO PREDICT WHAT A
PERSON WILL DO IN THE FUTURE IS
EXAMINE THEIR PAST.
FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS IT'S
BEEN MY MOP FOR TO SERVE AS
SUPERINTENDENT TO ESCAMBIA
COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT.
THE STUDENTS AND TAXPAYERS OF
THE DISTRICT.
IF U YOU KNOW WHEY I'M GOING TO
DO IN THE FUTURE, LOOK AT MY
PAST.
LOOK AT MY RECORDS.
I WAS ESCAMBIA COUNTY TEACHER
ANOTHER YEAR, FINALIST FOR
FLORIDA TYPE OTHER OF THE YEAR.
FLORIDA TEACHER ANOTHER YEAR.
2011 SELECT FORD STAR
SUPERINTENDENT FOR STATE OF
FLORIDA.
I'M GOING FOG PROVIDE LEADERSHIP
VISION AND DEDICATEED TO THE
STUDENTS-OF THIS DISTRICT TO
MAKE SURE WE CONTINUE ON THIS
JOURNEY TO EXCELLENCE.
I WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR VOTE
NOVEMBER 6TH.
>> THANK YOU.
MR. THOMAS.
NOW YOUR CLOSING STATEMENT IN 45
SECONDS, MS. BROWN CURRIE.
>> THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY
TO BE ON THIS SHOW TONIGHT. I
COME TO YOU WITH PASSION AND
VISION.
IT'S TIME FOR A CHANGE.
IT'S TIME FOR NEW LEADERSHIP.
IF BECONTINUE WITH THE SAME
BELF SYSTEM THAT WE HAVE WE
WILL CONTINUE TO GET THE SAME
RESULTS.
SO PLEASE VOTE FOR CLAUDIA
BROWN-CURRIE ON NOVEMBER 6TH.
Q. THANK YOU.
>> THANK YOU, THOSE WERE THE
CANDIDATES FOR ESCAMBIA COUNTY
SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS.
>> YOU'RE WATCHING RALLY 2012 ON
WSRE-TV.
WE HAVE MET A NUMBER OF
CANDIDATES TO NIGHT AND WE HAVE
TAKE AND LOOK AT SOME OF THE
CONSTITUTION AL AMEND ON THE
BALLOT.
ANOTHER ITEM DREXEL CONCERNS
MERRY RETENTION OF APPELLATE
JUDGES AND SUPREME COURT
JUSTICES.
MANY OF YOU MAYBE WONDERING WHAT
THIS IS ALL ABOUT AND HOW YOUR
VOTE HOW IT MAKE AS DIFFERENCE.
>> TRY THE ANSWER QUESTIONS FOR
YOU.
IN THE MID 1907s, FLORIDA
VOTERS APPROVED A CONSTITUTIONAL
AMENDMENT REQUIRING THAT THE
MERIT SYSTEM RATHER THAN
CONTESTED ELECTIONS BE USED FOR
JUDGES.
THESE ARE APPOINTED TO OFF FIT P
BY THE GOVERNOR.
>> YOU VOTERS DETERMINE WHETHER
THEY ARE REMAIN ON THE BENCH AND
EVERY SIX YEARS A NON-PARTISAN
ELECTION YOU ARE ASKED TO VOTE
YES OR NO ON EACH JUDGE OR
JUSTICE WHO IS ON THE BALLOT.
Q. YOU MAYBE WONDERING WHAT DOES
MY YES OR NO VOTE MEAN?
A YES VOTE MEANS YOU WANT THE
JUDGE OR JUSTICE TO STAY IN
OFFICE.
A NO VOTE MEANS YOU WANT THE
JUDGE OR JUSTICE REMOVED.
THE MARCH JOY VOTE DECIDES.
THIS JEER THERE ARE THREE STATE
SUPREME COURT JUS THIS YEAR
THERE ARE THREE STATE COURT
VOTED ON NOR MERIT RETENTION.
>> IF YOU WOULD HIKE MORE
INFORMATION YOU CAN FIND
INFORMATION ON THE JUDGES AND
THE JUSTICES VOTING RECORD AND
ALSO SEE VIDEOS OF THEM AT WORK.
THE WAY THAT YOU CAN DO THIS IS
GO ONLINE TO WWW.FLORIDA
WWW.FLORIDABARR.ORG/THE VOTE
VOTEINYOURCOURT.
>> THREE MORE AMENDN'TS ON THE
BE BALLOT.
HERE IS ROSE MARIE HAYES THOMAS,
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS WITH THE
INFORMATION ON THOSE.
>> I'M ROSEMARYRY HAYES THOMAS,
CO-PRESIDENT OF THE LEAGUE OF
WOMEN VOTERS.
THERE ARE 11 AMENDS TO THE STATE
CONSTITUTION, ALL PLACED BY THE
STATE LEGISLATURE.
A 60% MARGIN IS REQUIRED FOR
PASSAGE.
AMENDMENT ONE STARTED AS ATTEMPT
TO EXEMPT FLORIDA FROM THE
INDIVIDUAL MANDATE IN THE
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT.
IT WAS PLACED ON THE BALLOT
BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT DECIDED
THAT THIS INDIVIDUAL MANDATE IS
CONSTITUTIONAL.
PASSAGE OR DEFEAT MAY NOW HAVE
NO PRACTICAL CONSEQUENCES.
IT IS A WAY OF SPEAKING UP IN
SUPPORT OF NEW LAW OR AGAINST
IT.
AND IT WOULD ADD LANGUAGE TO THE
CONSTITUTION THAT COULD BE FOUND
UNCONSTITUTIONAL IF A SUIT WERE
BROUGHT.
AMENDMENTED 3 WOULD IMPLEMENT A
NEW RESTRICTIVE FORMULA FOR
CALCULATING FLORIDA'S REVENUE
GAP.
THE AMEND OF MONEY THE STATE CAN
COLLECT.
REVENUE COLLECTIONS HAVE NEVER
EXCEEDD THE CAP THAT IS
CALCULATED WITH THE PRESENT
FORMULA.
AMENDMENT 10 CONCERNS THE TAX
PAID ON TANGIBLE PERSONAL
PROPERTY USED TO OPERATE A
BUSINESS OR TO EARN INCOME.
CURRENTLY THE FIRST $25,000 OF
THE VALUE OF THESE ITEMS IS
EXEMPT FROM TAXATION.
THIS AMENDMENT WOULD DOUBLE THAT
EXEMPTION.
AMENDMENT 12 CONCERNS STUDENT
MEMBERSHIP ON THE BOARD OF
GOVERNOR IT IS HIGHEST BODY
OVERSEEING THE THE UNIVERSITY
SYSTEM.
CURRENTLY THE 12 STUDENT
GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION
PRESIDENTS ARE MEMBERS OF THE
FLORIDA STUDENT ASSOCIATION.
AND THAT GROUP'S PRESIDENT SITS
ON THE BOG.
THIS AMENDMENT WOULD FORM A NEW
COUNCIL WHICH ALL UNIVERSITIES
MUST BELONG.
THE STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE TO
THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS WOULD BE
CHOSEN FROM THIS COUNCIL BUT THE
AMENDMENT DOES NOT SPECIFY HOW
THE STUDENT WOULD BE SELECTED.
FOR MORE DETAILED NONPARTISAN
INFORMATION ABOUT THE
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS AND
THE MERIT RETENTION PROCESS,
PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE FLORIDA
LEAGUE'S VOTER GUIDE.
JUST LOG ON TO THEFLORIDAVOTER
DOG, THE WEBSITE FOR
THEFLORIDAVOTER.ORG, SCROLL TO
THE VOTER SECTION AND CLICK
DOWNLOAD.
IN A FEW MOMENT IT IS GUIDE WILL
APPEAR ON YOUR COMPUTER SCREEN.
WHEN YOU SCROLL DOWN TO THE
AMENDMENT SECTION YOU WILL SEE A
SYNOPSIS OF EACH AMENDMENT AND
EXMA NEIGH OF WHAT A VOTE OF YES
OR NO WOULD MEAN.
WE HOLE YOU WILL FIND THIS
INFORMATION USEFUL AS YOU
PREPARE TO VOTE.
>> THERE ARE THREE WAYS TO CAST
A BALLOT IN SANTA ROSA COUNTY.
BY MAIL, EARLY VOTING OR AT YOUR
PRECINCT ON ELECTION DAY.
TO VOTE BY MAIL, CONTACT THE
SANTA ROSA COUNTY SUPERVISOR OF
LYE LEKS OFFICE BY PHONE, MAIL,
FAX OR EMAIL.
BALLOTS MUST REACH THE SUP VIE
OR ELECTIONS OFFICE BY 7:00 P.M.
EARLY VOTING TAKES PLACE FROM
SATURDAY OCTOBER 27TH THROUGH
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 3RD AT
THE SANTA ROSA COUNTY SUPERVISOR
OF ELECTIONS OFFICE IN MILTON
AND AT THE SR SERVICE CTR IN GB
EARLY VOTING HOURS EACH DAY
7AM TO 7PM
ON THE DAY OF ELECTION TUESDAY
NOVEMBER 6TH VOTING TAKE
PLACE FROM 7:00 A.M. TO
7:00 P.M. YOU MUST VOTE IN THE
PRECINCT WHICH YOU LIVE AND
REGISTER AND BRING PHOTO AND
SIGNATURE ID WITH YOU.
>> WE HAVE GOT AN LOT OF
INFORMATION, WE HAVE HEARD FROM
A LOFT CANDIDATES THIS EVENING,
QUESTIONS ANDNESSES, WE WOULD
LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU TO THE
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS,
PENSACOLA BAY AREA AND OKALOOSA
COUNTY TO PROVIDING QUESTIONS
THIS EVENING.
THAT'S JUST GOING TO JUST ABOUT
WRAP UP FOR NIGHT ONE, WE'RE
MARCHING FORWARD TO ELECTION DI
WHICH IS TUESDAY NOVEMBER 6TH.
P AND OF COURSE WE HAVE A FULL
SLATE OF RACES AND CANDIDATES ON
TAP FOR TOMORROW NIGHT AS WELL
AS WE COVER RACES IN ESCAMBIA,
SANTA ROSA AND OBJECTIONS.
SANTA ROSA COUNTY SHERIFF, SANTA
ROSA COUNTY SCHOOL 4.
EST COUNTY COMMISSION SEATS IN
DISTRICT 1, 3 AND 5, ALONG WITH
THOSE SEEKING THE ECUA DISTRICT
1 SEAT.
WE WANT TO REMIND OUR LISTENERS
DREXEL, THE IF THEY MISSED A
PORTION OF THE PROGRAM TONIGHT,
THEY'LL BE ABLE TO CATCH IT ON
THE WEBSITE FOR WSRE-TV.
>> AND TONIGHT'S PROGRAM SHOULD
BE UP LOADED FOR YOU ON THE
WEBSITE, ABOUT THIS TIME
TOMORROW NIGHT.
THEN ALSO THE FRIDAY NIGHT EDIT
OF RALLY 2012 WILL BE ON LINE TO
WATCH FROM NOW TO ELECTION DAY
AS YOU MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS
FOR THE ELECTION POLLS.
>> OUR THANKS TO LEAGUE OF WOMEN
VOTERS.
PENSACOLA BAY AREA AND OKALOOSA
COUNTY PROVIDING THE QUESTIONS
TONIGHT.
>> RALLY 2012 WILL BE BACK FORM
NIGHT AT 8:00 P.M. I'M DREXEL
GILBERT WITH SANDRA AVERHART, WE
HOPE YOU'LL JOIN US AGAIN
TOMORROW EVENING.

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