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IT’S THEIR FAULT!

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It’s Their Fault!

The New School Impact Fees Target the Working Poor!

In a 3-2 vote on Tuesday, September 29, 2015, the Lake County Board of County Commissioners voted to raise Lake County School impact fees to $9,324 per new home, which is now the highest in the state of Florida.  Keep in mind, only 23 of 67 counties have school impact fees.  When impact fees for fire, roads, libraries, and parks are included, impact fees for a 2,500 square-foot home will total $13,321—the highest in Florida.  Now, this does not include almost $4,000 in additional permitting fees to build a home.  In today’s struggling economy, most average homes will not appraise out.  This will kill the dream of home ownership for most working families and destroy the only decent jobs for working people.

They’re Targeting Working Poor Families

Probably even more insidious with these new impact fees is their attack on housing for the working poor.  Most working poor families must live in an apartment or a mobile home because they cannot afford a down payment.  These politicians believe the working poor don’t pay their fair share and they are deliberately targeting them.  The total impact fees on an apartment building is increasing to $8,835 per unit—a whopping 60% increase!  Every person that lives in an apartment in Lake County will see their rents skyrocket, because at these numbers it will not be affordable to build new units.

Mobile homes are getting hit the hardest.  Yes, these are homes for many of the working poor and seniors on fixed incomes.  They are more than doubling the school impact fees on mobile homes.  It will cost an unimaginable $10,095 in total impact fees to place a mobile home on a lot.  Along with government building fees and hookup fees, a mobile home owner will pay the government a third of the mobile home’s value.  In fact, for most mobile homes the impact fees will cost more than the lot!

Keep in mind, the rich don’t live in apartments and mobile homes—these impact fees are strictly targeting working people, seniors, and the poor.

Only two politicians opposed these impact fees—Commissioners Leslie Campione and Tim Sullivan.  The rest have sold out every working person and poor family in Lake County.

Commissioners Jimmy Conner, Welton Cadwell and Sean Parks—School Board Members Bill Mathias, Debbie Stivender, Rosanne Brandeburg, Marc Dodd, and Stephanie Luke—It’s Their Fault!  Get to know their names and faces, and don’t ever forget what they did to you on Tuesday.

For Everyone Who Works in Lake County’s Construction and Related Industries:

When you lose your job—It’s Their Fault!
When you can’t find work—It’s Their Fault!
When your hours are cut—It’s Their Fault!
When your business closes—It’s Their Fault!
When your pay is cut—It’s Their Fault!
When you have to travel outside of Lake County to find work—It’s Their Fault!

For the Working Poor in Lake County:

When your rent gets jacked up 15% or more—It’s Their Fault!
When you can’t find a decent, affordable place to rent—It’s Their Fault!
When you can’t afford to put a mobile home on your family’s land—It’s Their Fault!
When you can’t afford to pay for housing for your family—It’s Their Fault!
When Habitat for Humanity can’t build homes for the poor—It’s Their Fault!

For the Businesses in Lake County:

When the construction guys stop eating at your restaurant—It’s Their Fault!
When construction workers don’t have the money to buy your products—It’s Their Fault!
When people and their money relocate to Sumter and Marion Counties—It’s Their Fault!

For Everyone in Lake County:

When your property values plunge because no new homes are built- It’s Their Fault!
When you see more homeless families in Lake County—It’s Their Fault!
When builders stop building and they jack up your property taxes again—It’s Their Fault!

Finally—for the 2,600 students in Lake County Schools who are homeless with the third highest impact fee—when it goes to the highest and about a 1,000 more students are added—It’s Their Fault!

Here is Your Call to Action!

  1. Share, email, and print this information out to make sure every working person that depends on the construction industry knows the names and faces of all of these politicians.  It is time they are held accountable.
  2. Confront these Politicians everywhere you see them about what they just did to you and your family.  We will soon be releasing complete contact information for each one of them.  Let them know when something bad happens to you—It’s Their Fault!
  3. Protest this unfair and unreasonable increase in impact fees by voting Against the Infrastructure Sales Surtax Referendum on November 3, 2015.  It’s time they hear from the silent majority!  Do what you must to vote early, vote with an absentee ballot, or vote on November 3rd.  Drag your family and friends to the polls.  The best way to send a message to this greedy bunch of politicians is by voting Against the Penny Sales Tax.  This will get their attention!
It’s Time to Start Fighting Back Against Political Corruption and Greed!

On November 3, 2015, Vote Against the Infrastructure Sales Surtax Referendum (Penny Sales Tax Renewal), because the ordinance is badly written, and you don’t want to give the politicians a blank check.  Let’s make them do it right—the ordinance should only be used for new schools, roads, and utilities while protecting Lake County taxpayers and workers. 

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13 Responses to “IT’S THEIR FAULT!”

  1. Hey there! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick
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  2. Robin says:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I really appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your further post thank you once again.

  3. Name says:

    I have been a home and property owner and have lived in Lake County for the past 30 years.
    What I would like to know is with nearly 60% of my ad-valorem taxes going to the schools and education each year, why do we need impact fees and an extra 16.7% (1c on 6c) sales tax?

  4. Bob McKee relocated to Clermont, FL from Long Island, NY and acquired a Florida drivers license on 06/30/1971. He then returned to New York for a spell, and back to Florida becoming an employee of Disney World as a “host.” The gig with Mickey Mouse went two years before McKee moved on to bigger and better opportunities presented by a new found friend. (Mickey Mouse If they had done any background investigation at all on Robert (Bob) KENNETH McKee
    (McKee once got irate with the Fl Elections Office over his middle name) they would have found his New York criminal history from the early 1970’s and flowing right on down to his November 1976 DUI racing accident with injuries in Orange County, Fl- Three DUI’s in less than 10 years equals FELONY.

    McKee wasted no time in “tooting his own horn” as described by associates who worked alongside Bob during his short stint with the 9th Judicial Circuit. About 6 weeks into this employment McKee violated the law again as he was developing the characteristics of a habitual offender regarding DUI’s and sending innocent victims to emergency rooms up and down the eastern seaboard. On November 05, 1976, McKee struck again with a drag racing event on “OBT” aka Orange Blossom Trail that created mayhem for the criminal justice system of Orange County. As the Florida Highway Patrol worked the criminal accident scene, McKee called in a political favor to his boss within the 9th Judicial Circuit. It was 11:00 PM at night when the accident occurred and the politically connected arrived on scene and removed their employee from the criminal investigation in process. A well played scenario for the “spirit of the law McKee” knowing he cannot be arrested if a needle isn’t stuck into his blood stream or a breathalyzer isn’t given on site to gauge the alcohol content within his system. McKee escaped handcuffs that night but did loose his part-time gig that Chuck Cone influenced with the State Attorney’s Office. (9th Judicial Circuit 1976-1976)

    McKee now had two choices for a bigger and better deal. He had applied with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) but the agency was still microscoping his New York criminal history. So his good buddy Chuck Cone twisted another political arm and landed the newly defendant of DUI McKee a job as an Orange County Deputy Sheriff; without running a criminal history on McKee. It took three (3) days for Sheriff Mel Coleman to get the news of McKee’s DUI and after the habitual offender was untruthful with the Sheriff, Orange County’s top lawman fired McKee.(Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy 1976-1976, 3 days)

    ERRONEOUS EDUCATIONAL CREDENTIALS OF Bob McKee HITS THE NEWS AND RIPS APART LAKE COUNTY GOVERNMENT AND THE UNDER WORLD OF PUBLIC CORRUPTION ALREADY BEING BUILT IN TAVARES FLORIDA.

    Pete Wahl had no choice but to cut McKee loose for falsifying his county employment application by claiming he had a master’s degree he never attained. However, it took two (2) attempts by friend Pete Wahl to actually understand that McKee had to go. Wahl did not want to do this but the public and press was yelling in the streets about this criminal that has been among them called Bob McKee. Besides, the county had zero defenses when considering the county employment application which reads; Misrepresenting information “shall cause forfeiture of all rights to employment with Lake County government.”

    The scorned criminal has been made; at least to some degree. What started out in identifying McKee in 1992-1993 was never completed. Educational backgrounds were the only items checked. Had Watkins and others pursued a real effort on McKee’s background, this New York Convict would have been run out of Florida on a rail in 1993. But McKee has friends in high places by now including the 5th Judicial Circuit State Attorney Bradley Eugene King. McKee now has the 9th and 5th circuit in his pocket as he continues to build his political network.
    Watkins new attorney allegedly persuaded him to turn falsified employment applications over to Brad King to see if criminal violations existed. Of course, Brad King is not going to rat out and prosecute his friend McKee. That is unethical within the criminal world of politicians. Bob McKee walks from a criminal act once again within Florida’s jurisdiction.

    WATKINS FORWARDS McKEE’S EVIDENCE OF LIES ON HIS APPLICATION TO STATE ATTORNEY BRAD KING & KING CAN FIND NO WRONG DOING-

    LADY LAKE TAKES IN CONVICT BOB McKEE
    Pete Wahl left Lake County government employment and was drafted to The Villages by developer and GOP powerhouse H. Gary Morse. McKee was “placed” into the Town of Lady Lake Community Development position. What about the falsified credentials from Tavares? No problem in Gary Morse’s town of Lady Lake as an application, in some degree, wasn’t even required of this proven criminal McKee. McKee paired up with his ole buddy Robert Q Williams PA. as Lady Lake’s Town Attorney. [Williams would later resign as Attorney for Clerk James C. Watkins over his dispute with Bob McKee.]

    McKee quickly takes Town Manager’s position in Lady Lake
    With the mayor out of town and the sudden unsuspected resignation of the town manager the behind the scenes powerhouse post turtled Bob McKee to Town Manager’s position in Lady Lake- Then – McKee made a run for the alleged elected position of Lake County Tax Collector and took control of the office in January 1997. So McKee finally made it to the top of the corruption ladder in Lake County Florida. Now he could manage his gig and develop a real powerhouse that would take over the government arena in Lake County, Tallahassee, and to some extent Washington, D.C. Proven by the FBI stepping down again just as they did in 2010. Eventually, McKee’s horn would “toot” again with the brazen statement that he considers himself Lake County’s “Godfather” and the status of being “untouchable.” Bob McKee, a criminal in control of his own destiny; until now.

    Bob McKee’s has at least four Dates of Birth on government job applications (4) alias –
    The evidence consists of; DD-214, A Finger Print Card, Two applications submitted to the Florida Department of Education. Four (4) separate pieces of evidence that warrant a “probable cause” affidavit. The FDLE, FBI, dozens of additional law enforcement agencies, the world and the Florida and American Tax Payers have this evidence. McKee remains “at large” and only time will tell the fate of this fugitive. All of the documents McKee provided for employment purposes were altered Xerox copies including his high school diploma When we pay our taxes, buy our car and other tags; acquire a concealed weapons permit and/ or conduct any other business now under the auspices of the Tax Collector – remember we do not have any more proof as to the true identity of Bob McKee than we do the current occupant of the white house.

    He has recently filed to run for tax collector again in 2016. That should be very interesting to some people, because he will also be retiring in March 2016 under the Florida retirement system (Drop program) where he will collect a one time payment in excess of $500,000. And begin to draw retirement benefits in excess of $8,000. Per month. Then in November 2016 he will be re elected and start the process all over again.

    Since 2012 when this information was exposed to the world in great detail Bob McKee the self proclaimed Lake County “untouchable god father” has been for the most part somewhere in a rabbit hole – but he has at least stopped publicly proclaiming his master’s degree’s at the Villages Clubs!

    No wonder people do not trust government officials anymore – we don’t know the true identity of many of the “officials” all we know is most all of them appear to be criminals with an agenda like the sorts of Bonnie and Clyde!

  5. Name says:

    July 2008 – They searched the US over and settled on Moxley who is now settling in!

    Lake County’s incoming superintendent soon will have a new office in Tavares, School Board member Jimmy Conner announced this week. Susan Moxley, THE DISTRICT’S NEWLY APPOINTED SCHOOLS CHIEF, WILL WORK ON THE FIFTH FLOOR OF THE HISTORIC COURTHOUSE AS A CONSULTANT FOR THE BOARD, CONNER SAID IN A NEWS RELEASE. LAKE COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR BOB MCKEE [Who tells people he is the untouchable Lake County god father] DONATED THE OFFICE TO MOXLEY AFTER HAVING LUNCH WITH HER AND CONNER, according to the news release. Moxley begins her consulting job on July 15. When she replaces Anna Cowin, the district’s current superintendent, she is expected to move into Cowin’s office.

    Is Lake County just a little bit corrupt? NO it’s rotten to the core from the sheriff to every other anointed official in this county – and don’t forget to throw in the local news media friends who run interference for these want to be mobsters!

  6. Wolfgang Halbig was the Risk Manager for the Lake County School District until June 30, 2009, when he was terminated by Superintendent Susan Moxley. This 63 year old, very affable, education security expert believes he saw firsthand the underbelly of Lake County’s political cronyism and intimidation machine. .
    Halbig believes his termination from the Lake County School District was politically motivated by current County Commissioner Jimmy Conner who twisted arms to get his friend insurance work at the district. Halbig tells a story that, if true, needs a much brighter light shined upon it. According to Halbig, the school district formed a committee of department heads to review the insurance programs for the district. After thorough investigations of the current plans, the committee determined that long-time insurance provider, Brown and Brown, was not offering the best program.
    According to Halbig, Brown and Brown representative, Scott Hindman, was very emphatic that the school district would not change plans despite the more expensive costs and reduced district advantages. Halbig said that Hindman told him, “It ain’t gonna happen – I’ve already got three votes.” Halbig contends that Hindman contacted Jimmy Conner at his home, as well as other school board members, to promote his plan, and despite the third place ranking of the Brown and Brown plan, Jimmy Conner at the board meeting strong-armed the district to retain the program. He believes it was a sham orchestrated by Conner in conjunction with other school board members.
    According to Halbig, the final nail came in his work coffin when he found out the district was being grossly overcharged by Brown and Brown on worker compensation premiums. He contends Scott Hindman with Brown and Brown was going to charge the district $3.4 million to remain in the program, and after Hindman found out they were bidding the program out, he immediately dropped it by $1 million.
    The most troubling aspect was his meeting with School Board Member Larry Metz.. Halbig contends that he told Metz of the overcharges and provided him information supporting it. Halbig said Carol MacLeod, CFO of the Lake County School District, warned him that if he pursued this change to save money he would be fired; Halbig relayed his concern to Metz. Halbig said, “Metz did not have enough courage to stand up against the insurance company and other board members, and there was a cowardliness in his voice.” After the battle regarding the workers compensation program, and despite being offered a tentative contract extension in April, Halbig was terminated in June. Halbig claims his record with over 30 years in the education system is spotless with positive reviews, and that he had never been terminated before
    Halbig believes the toxicity of his situation is prevalent throughout the county with cronyism and favoritism for a chosen group
    As a boy, Halbig became a naturalized American citizen from Germany. He served in the military during the Vietnam era training pilots and was then later a Florida State Trooper in Miami. He is a former football player who has been a head football coach as well as head coach in many other sports. Over the last 20 years, Halbig has developed programs in the field of school safety and risk management for schools, which have been recognized nationally. He first came to Lake County Schools in 1995 when he was brought in to establish a safety program after an on campus shooting. He is currently an Education Safety and Risk Consultant who has been working with 6,000 educators across the country for the United States Justice Department.

  7. Why does the family and friends of Jeb Bush charge 1% for their so called do gooder scams! Florida lawmakers authorize 31 MILLION DOLLARS to be distributed to Florida’s 42 CERTIFIED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CENTERS passed on through a BUSH NON-PROFIT WHO KEEPS 1% FOR HER FRIENDS!

    What do they mean when they call certain people 1%’ers?

    The wife of Jeb Bush – Columba Bush and friends run “the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence.”

    Florida’s 42 certified domestic violence centers are the primary lifeline for domestic violence victims and their children. DCF gives funds to a private company and at that point salaries double and triple.

    Somehow top employees a small private company are each allowed 1% of the total cost of all shelters of $31,000,000 to distribute the funds! Top state officials have authorized a private company founded by Columba Bush and friends to intercede in the distribution of funds and skims 1% for the top employee and 1% for her assistant, according to Federal Tax 990 filing.
    Domestic violence continues to be one of the most critical issues impacting Florida’s families and children. You may be surprised to learn that children represent nearly fifty percent of the residents in emergency shelter at any given time. In fact, during the 2013/14 Fiscal Year, Florida’s 42 certified domestic violence centers provided emergency shelter to 15,611 individuals, 7,219 were children.

    Tiffany Carr $326,000. salary as CEO of Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence a minor non profit with exclusive rights to distribute DCF Domestic Violence funds. Her assistant hauls in a reported $290,000. And how much kickbacks does Columba Bush get for all of her hard work for the poor domestic violence victims and their children? She gets something for sure, these people have got their hands in everyone’s pockets.
    And now shelters are promoting a move to allow victims’ to bring their animals to the shelter’s {very good move for the poor little animals left at home for the violator to take out their revenge on!] And they want to raise $31 thousand dollars to fund this victim and pet’s program. All they need to do is take back 1% from Columba and her one percenter friends!

    Columba bush and her friends are skimming off $310 thousand for just passing this money from the state of Florida to their hands and on to the shelters – maybe she would like to use this money to fund the animal project? The shelters say they need about $300,000. to finance the abused to bring along their domestic pets to escape the domestic violence! Can’t these “one percent’ers” do something good for the people and pets who need help without profiting from it?

    Apparently not – working together they will surely continue to break the taxpayers!

  8. Florida Voting Machines Can Be Hacked
    July 2007
    Tallahassee – Reversing an unofficial policy of denial, the Florida Secretary of State’s office has conducted an elections study that confirmed Tuesday what a maverick voting chief discovered nearly two years ago: Insider computer hackers can change votes without a trace on Diebold optical-scan machines. The study by Florida State University found that, despite recent software fixes, an “adversary” could use a pre-programmed computer card to swap one candidate’s votes for another or create a “ballot-stuffing attack” that multiplies votes for a candidate or issue.

    A Diebold spokesman, Mark Radke, said the company is confident it will upgrade the “minor” software glitch by an Aug. 17 deadline the state has set. If it doesn’t, Secretary of State Kurt Browning said his office would eventually ban the use of optiscan Diebold machines in Florida, where 25 counties, including Monroe, use its fill-in-the-blank systems.

    All other voting vendors are being examined for the same security issues, including Elections Systems & Software machines, which Miami-Dade and Broward use as well. A new state law requires that, by next year, all counties must use paper-trail style machines. Jeb Bush responded with an administrative order; no paper count and only the machine count can be accepted!
    The Clint Curtis / Tom Feeney / Yang Enterprises, Inc. Vote-Rigging Scandal
    BRAD BLOG SPECIAL COVERAGE Brad Friedman Last Updated: 08/29/2006 02:43 PM – On December 6th, 2004, in an explosive exclusive, The BRAD BLOG published a sworn affidavit [PDF] by Florida software programmer Clint Curtis. In his affidavit and videotaped sworn testimony presented before members of the U.S. House Judiciary committee, Curtis claims to have been asked by U.S. Congressman Tom Feeney (R-FL) to design a “vote-rigging software prototype”. This request took place in October 2000 during a meeting at Yang Enterprises, Inc. (YEI), a computer consulting firm in Oviedo, Florida.
    Curtis, a life-long Republican up until then, had been a programmer at YEI, which had several top-secret clearance contracts with the state, NASA and other government agencies. Curtis’ understanding at the time was that the prototype he was being asked to create (built to the very precise specifications of Feeney) was to address Feeney’s concerns that the Democrats might attempt to electronically rig the election and Feeney wanted to know what to look out for in that event. After informing YEI CEO Mrs. Li-Woan Yang that he would not be able to hide the vote-flipping routines in the software source-code as Feeney had requested, Curtis testified that Mrs. Yang informed him that the program was needed to “rig the vote in South Florida “. Curtis testified before congress that he invented the chip and handed it off to Tom Feeney.
    At the time of the alleged meeting, Feeney was the incoming Speaker of the Florida House, and also a registered lobbyist and the general corporate counsel for YEI. Previously, he had been the running mate of Jeb Bush during his 1994 unsuccessful first bid for Florida Governor. In November 2000, Feeney gained national notoriety after declaring open defiance of the Florida Supreme Court by vowing to choose Presidential electors for George W. Bush regardless of whether a court-ordered recount showed that Gore won Florida. He eventually ascended to the U.S. Congress and today sits on the House Judiciary Committee. Although he was outspent two to one by his Democratic opponent in 2002, Feeney beat him handily at the polls and then ran unopposed for the same seat in 2004. Now Tom Feeney is President of Associated Industries of Florida.

  9. Name says:

    Florida has done nothing to assure Floridians that all the votes will be legal and properly counted again this time around. Jeb Bush strongly endorsed the state’s Republican-controlled legislature’s new rule that outlaws manual recounts. This means that if any of the new optical-scan or touch-screen machines fail—as they did in the 2002 elections; and the recent March primaries; and just last week, when a backup system failed in a test run in Miami-Dade—there will be no recourse for counting votes. A coalition of election-reform groups has challenged this rule, and Rep. Robert Wexler of Palm Beach sued in federal court after a state appeals court dismissed the matter, ruling that while the right to vote is guaranteed, a perfect voting system is not.

    Even the state’s Republican Party has voiced its doubts about the electronic voting system. A flier disseminated when Jeb was governor by the party, featuring a picture of a smiling President Bush striking a thumbs-up sign, urged Republicans living in Miami-Dade County to vote by absentee ballot even if they will be home on Election Day. “Make sure your vote counts,” read the flier. “Order your absentee ballot today.” Now many Democrats also believe that the only safe vote is an absentee ballot vote. But it is in the “low-tech area” of absentee ballots, as Miami Herald columnist Jim DeFede puts it, “that things get really funky.” Most critically, Gov. Bush championed a new state law that abolishes Florida’s longtime requirement that absentee ballots be witnessed. While some other states, like California, do not require witnesses, no state has Florida’s history of institutional vote fraud. Indeed, election fraud in Florida long precedes the 2000 debacle. In some counties it extends all the way back to the early days of Florida’s statehood, in 1845. Florida’s political culture derives from several different regions—the north, near Georgia, has more in common with the southern part of the United States; the south with Latin America—so election fraud tends to differ in the two regions. In Miami approximately 5,000 absentee ballots were found to be fraudulent. Some folks were unaware they had voted, some did not live in Miami, and (naturally, being Florida) some were dead. In addition, many of the ballots had the same witness. One Miami vegetable peddler had witnessed more than 70 absentee ballots. And some of the city’s poorest had been paid $10 to vote for Suarez for Mayor. Without the state’s witness requirement, officials would never have been able to prove that the absentee ballots were bogus. Buying ballots is another current problem. In 1998, an election volunteer was caught selling ballots to undercover agents. And just last week, the Cuban exile columnist Max Lesnik reported that absentee ballots were being sold on Miami’s Calle Ocho for $25 apiece. So, by doing away with the witness requirement, Hood, Gov. Bush, and the Florida Legislature have removed the only existing brake on absentee-voter fraud. Then there is the issue of the felon list. Florida is one of only seven states that does not automatically restore a felon’s voting rights after his or her release from prison. Gov. Bush instituted “purge lists” to ensure that no former felon voted without state approval. Problem is no one really checks to see how many felons are voting!

  10. DEC 13, 2004 – Clint Curtis’ “show stopper” testimony causes “gasps” at hearing

    A first-hand account of Clint Curtis’ sworn testimony to the Judiciary Committee Democrats holding hearings in Columbus, Ohio on Election 2004 Voting Irregularities.
    The software programmer, whose sworn affidavit named Republican U.S. Congressman Tom Feeney (a Republican member of the Judiciary Committee!) and Jeb Bush cronie as having asked him to create “vote-rigging” software when he was a Florida Congressman prior to 2000 elections! The following account may sound melodramatic but it is highly accurate. Cliff Arnebeck — had given a presentation some time before — interjected and asked to call one more witness. He was given permission to do so. He said he was calling Clint Curtis. Curtis stood at the front of room with Arnebeck seated behind him. Curtis was about five to ten feet from the members of congress. At the front of the room, he placed his hand on a bible and was sworn. To my knowledge, he was the only witness sworn. Arnebeck began a direct examination of Curtis with basic questions, name, residence…. Then got to his qualifications Then, he asked Curtis something like whether voting machines could be hacked. He said yes. Arnebeck asked him on what he based that opinion. He said because I wrote a program that could do it. Arnebeck asked when that happened. Curtis said Feeney had asked him to design such a program at yang enterprises. Tubbs Jones, Waters And Nadler asked questions. Waters asked him to repeat who asked him to do it. Congressman Feeney, he said. Nadler asked him some questions, as did Tubbs Jones and a state senator. Curtis was asked what he would conclude if there was such a substantial deviation between exit polls and actual results. He said he would conclude the election had been hacked. Gasps. Could have heard a pin drop. In the end, Curtis was very very convincing to everyone in attendance. He was a show stopper, a stunner. It was a really amazing moment. Curtis last week met privately with staffers on the Judiciary Committee as well as Senate staffers. Wired Magazine revealed today in their article on Curtis that it was staffers in Sen. Bill Nelson’s office with whom Curtis met last week in D.C. Nelson oversees NASA in the Senate. Curtis had charged in his affidavit that an employee, Hai Lin Nee (a/k/a Henry Nee) with whom Curtis worked at Yang Enterprises, Inc. (YEI) had inserted “wiretapping routines” into programs that YEI had been contracted to create for NASA, among other companies (including the Florida Dept. of Transportation). Nee was charged with shipping chips used in Hellfire anti-tank missiles to the Peoples Republic of China in March of this year, and has since plead guilty to one of those counts (more on Nee soon!) At the time of the alleged October 2000 meeting at YEI when Curtis claims that Feeney asked him to create a “vote-rigging software prototype”, Feeney was a member of the Florida Legislature, a corporate attorney for YEI, as well as being a registered lobbyist for the company. Feeney was said to have been, at the time, the only registered lobbyist known to have been serving concurrently as a legislator in the 160 member Florida statehouse. Shortly thereafter, Feeney became Speaker of the Florida Legislature. In 2002 Feeney won a U.S. Congress seat in the newly created 24th Florida congressional district.

    Feeney was the running mate to Jeb Bush during his first failed bid for Governor in 1994.
    As we noted earlier, Wired Magazine article quotes YEI Attorneys as saying that Curtis was a “disgruntled employee”, but does not note that the Attorney who made the statement is both a campaign contributor to Feeney, and, as well, is Feeney’s former law partner in Florida.
    As well, there seems to be little to indicate that Curtis was “disgruntled” with YEI or vice versa. He submitted his resignation in December of 2000 and stayed on, at YEI’s request for an additional six weeks afterwards until a replacement could be found.

  11. In a time of universal {government} deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.

    George Orwell

  12. The cost of everything is going up ,at least the commissioners are trying to ease the burden on the current home owning taxpayers by doing this, if there was no impact fees, we would all pay higher property taxes to keep things running

  13. Nice going commissioners and school board members, this is something you all can really be proud of. We are sure none of you will lose any sleep over yet again extorting money from the hard working citizens of this county that you so called “represent”. You can be especially proud of gouging those who can least afford to be raped by you power crazed schnooks.

    You all should really enjoy the handshaking and back slapping as a result of your accomplishments. You all have earned it, nice going.

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