August 1st, 2016
The Liberty First Network believes in educating the voters of Florida on the legislative process and we also feel it is important that you know how legislators voted on key issues of liberty. Liberty First Network is an organization dedicated to reducing the size and scope of government and are committed to less government, lower taxes, personal responsibility and individual freedom.
Today, we are taking a look at Florida Senate District 3 where incumbent Democrat Senator Bill Montford is facing challenger Republican Nancy Miller in the November general election. Florida Senate District 3 is located in the central panhandle area of Florida and consists of Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Hamilton, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, Wakulla, counties.
Reviewing the Liberty First Network 2014 scorecard, Senator Montford received an "F –" and in the Liberty First Network 2015-16 two-year scorecard, Senator Montford received and "F" grade again. Senator Montford has consistently voted to grow the size of government and spend more of our money. For example, in 2014, Senator Montford voted for SB 1216 which gave a taxpayer hand-out to billionaire owners of sports teams. Economists consistently ﬁnd that stadium construction subsidies fail to generate much, if any, "economic impact" in local markets in terms of metro-area wide employment and income. Sport’s subsidies are a poor use of taxpayer money.
Senator Montford also has consistently voted against many free market reforms, for example in 2014, Senator Montford voted against SB 542 which created a regulatory framework for a private market ﬂood insurance program in the state. SB 542 will encourage the use of private-market ﬂood insurance, which will increase competition and provide consumers with more coverage choices than just the federal National Flood Insurance Program.
Senator Montford always chooses to favor federal government unconstitutional mandates, in 2015, Senator Montford voted for SB 2A, which would have used federal money under Obamacare to expand Medicaid and was part of the first special session in 2015. The House leadership opposed using federal dollars to expand Medicaid that would eventually be decreased and put Floridians on the hook for huge costs for low quality health care.
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Senator Montford’s challenger in the 2016 general election is Republican Nancy Miller. Nancy is a newcomer to the political scene and does not have a legislative record of votes. The Liberty First Network sent a candidate survey to those running for the State House and Senate. In this race, Nancy Miller was the only candidate to respond to our survey. In our survey, Nancy stated she supports repealing red light cameras and the common core standards used in our children’s schools, as well as stopping corporate welfare programs that give our taxpayer money to well-connected businesses. Nancy Miller’s answers reflect a commitment to less government, lower taxes, personal responsibility and individual freedom.
As we approach the 2016 election, the Liberty First Network has compiled its analysis of the last two sessions from 2015 and 2016 and present our scorecard of Florida legislators. The Liberty First Network believes in educating the voters of Florida on the legislative process and we feel it is important that you know how legislators voted on key issues of liberty.Read more
Recently, Democrat state lawmakers had submitted enough letters to the Secretary of State to request a poll of state legislators be taken to call a special session for the purpose of debating a bill to enact the “no fly, no buy” law which would deny firearms to people on the federal terrorism watch list.Read more
It's campaign season and that means people around the state will be focused on who they want to represent them in the next few years in Tallahassee and beyond. It's a busy time for activists around the state.
The Liberty First Network does not stop during campaign season either. We are busy writing legislation and educating groups around the state on the legislative process and how to be effective in lobbying your legislators.
There are many critical issues coming up in the next session in Tallahassee and you need to know where the candidates stand on these issues so you can make an informed decision before you vote. We want you to know where candidates stand on issues like Common Core, Red Light Cameras, and Gun rights to name a few. We recently sent out the first batch of surveys to candidates and we already have received the first responses.
The Liberty First Network would like to thank Debbie Mayfield, Neil Combee and Cord Byrd for responding to our candidate survey and mailing them back. These candidates have taken the time to tell you, the voter, where they stand on the issues that are important to you.Read more
The Florida Legislature passes laws that will impact your daily life. Much of this legislation will limit your economic freedom and your personal liberty. Corporate and special interest groups have hundreds of lobbyists, and are spending millions of dollars to influence the politicians. Those lobbyists don’t stand for liberty. Those lobbyists don’t represent you.
Isn’t it time that those that believe in limited government and individual freedom had their own lobbyist in Tallahassee?
You Do!Read more
The Liberty First Network believes in educating the voters of Florida on the legislative process and we feel it is important that you know where the candidates for the state legislature stand on issues of liberty. We have put together this candidate survey to help in that effort. The results of our survey will be posted on our website and released to our members and networks throughout the state.Read more
Recently the Reason Foundation and the DeVoe L. Moore Center put together a Policy Brief on Occupational Licensing in Florida. This brief talks about how these licenses are unnecessary and are killing jobs here in Florida.
Briefs like this are a great way to get the conversation started on eliminating these licenses. This report should be given to all of the candidates for State House and State Senate in Florida.Read more
The 2016 Florida Legislative session has come to a close as of Friday, March 11th, 2016. The Liberty First Network will be working hard during this off-session season putting together our legislative scorecard, our autopsy reports on how good legislation was killed and some in depth policy positions and legislation for next session.
We have finished our initial summary of the 2016 Legislative Session. This will give you are overall outlook on how liberty did this year with more details and specific breakdowns to come.Read more
HB 4027 will repeal the use of traffic infraction devices, including the use of red light cameras. We know that red light cameras are used only to increase revenue for local governments. They are not there to increase public safety. Notoriously, cities that lose money on the traffic infraction detectors invariably cancel their contracts and stop using them.
It is blatantly evident that red light cameras are solely revenue generation tools at the expense of public safety. Instead of increasing the duration of yellow lights at traffic intersections, which has proved to save lives, the Florida Department of Transportation deliberately changed the state policy to reduce yellow light intervals to below federal recommendations. This substantially increased revenue from violations while increasing the risk to public safety. To make matters worse, Red Flex Traffic Solutions corporate officers have even been arrested and convicted for bribing local government officials to support installation of red light cameras.Read more