Monday, November 5, 2012

Official Endorsements for Election Day

Aside from the Presidential election, also included below are the recommendations of the Ponds of Happenstance for all races and initiatives on the ballot for the State of Florida, District 27, and State District 115 (including local races specific to Palmetto Bay).
President and Vice President: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan (Republican)

U.S. Senator: Connie Mack (Republican)

U.S. Representative, District 27: Manny Yevancey (Democrat)

Florida Supreme Court, Justice Pariente: Do not retain

Florida Supreme Court, Justice Lewis: Do not retain

Florida Supreme Court, Justice Quince: Do not retain

Florida Sate Senator, District 35: John Daniel Couriel (Republican)

Florida State Representative, District 115: Michael Bileca (Republican)

Florida Constitutional Amendments: No to all

Vice Mayor, Palmetto Bay: Karyn Cunningham

Council Seat 2, Palmetto Bay: Jim Arazia

Neighborhood Protection Amendment: No

Non-Partisan Amendment, Defined, Enforced: Yes, Yes

Changing Term Limits Amendment: No

Interaction with Administration Amendment: Yes

Department Head Selection to be Affirmed by Village Council Amendment: Yes

Two Year Prohibition on Village Employment after Leaving Office Amendment: Yes

Requiring Candidates to Run Independently Amendment: No

Filling of Vacancies by Remaining Council with or without a Quorum Amendment: Yes

Annexation Process Amendment: Yes

Composition of Charter Revision Commission Amendment: Yes

Technical and Stylistic Amendments Amendment: Yes

Some specifics:

With regard to the Presidency, the current Administration has proven to be ineffective, if not ignorant, when it comes to the economy. We cannot "wait it out." The economy is likely to improve in the coming years, regardless. But that improvement shouldn't be in spite of policy.

With regard to the U.S. Senate seat for Florida, both candidates are effective and a victory by either would not be a bad thing. I favor Mack, but only slightly.

With regard to the U.S. House, it is time for Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to go. It's as simple as that.

With regard to the Florida Supreme Court, these three Justices were all on the wrong side in 2000. All three signed off on overturning a properly made ruling from a lower court for political reasons, thus necessitating the involvement of the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2000 General Election. Send them packing.

With regard to Florida Constitutional Amendments, they are all wrong-headed. Such specific issues and the laws surrounding them are the province of the legislature and have no place in a constitution, proper. Constitutional Amendments have become a crutch.

With regard to Palmetto Bay seats and issues, there is a real leadership problem in the Village. The endorsed candidates are a good first step to solving it. The Neighborhood Protection Amendment is particularly abhorrent and should be opposed by all people who recognize that they do not live on an island and cannot maintain the status quo in a changing and growing world.

Cheers, all. And don't forget to vote tomorrow, no matter whom you support.

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