Friday, August 19, 2016

Marco Rubio In Brevard County On Friday

Marco Rubio

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Florida –  U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) will participate in an aerospace roundtable hosted by the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast (EDC) at Space Florida in Exploration Park on Friday.

The roundtable  topic will cover the U.S. and Florida’s critical role in space leadership. Rubio will discuss his work to promote space as a vital national issue that warrants public and legislative attention, and talk with industry leaders about the progress of aerospace policy and making future endeavors successful.

The Senator was resoundingly defeated by Donald Trump 45% to 27% in his home state of Florida during the Republican Presidential Primary earlier this year. In Brevard County, Rubio was defeated even more severely, garnering only 24% of the vote to Trump's 46.3%.

Rubio had promised to not seek re-election to the U.S. Senate following his bid for the Presidency, but later changed his mind after the Pulse terror attacks.

Rubio has received sharp criticism for his high absenteeism during his first term in the U.S. Senate. From January 2011 to July 2016, Rubio missed 234 of 1,616 roll call votes (14.5%), according to In 2015, Rubio had the worst attendance record of all U.S. Senators, The Hill reported.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Brevard County School Board Candidate Dean Paterakis Vows To Reform Brevard Public Schools

Dean Paterakis, who gained national attention following his ejection from a Brevard County School Board meeting based on a free speech issue, promises to fight against Common Core, root out pedophile BPS employees like Ricky Sheppard, end the waste of taxpayer money on worthless multi-million-dollar contracts, and eliminate the culture of corruption that has long existed within Brevard Public School's administration. 

"We should be putting our children's education and safety first, but unfortunately our school board is not doing that, Paterakis wrote on his website

"Unfortunately each election cycle we continue to be fooled by this well oiled machine into electing the well funded candidates who trick us into believing they are there for our children and our interests, when in fact, they are not.​"

"Dean Paterakis is a man of integrity whose independent thinking can be counted on to look at all sides of the various problems facing our schools," said Brevard County Clerk of Court, Scott Ellis. "Dean combines a passion for education with a skeptic's eye on school finances."

Editor's note: An earlier version of this article headlined that Ellis had endorsed Paterakis. Ellis told Brevard Times that he is not making any endorsements for any candidates this election cycle, but stands by his quote about Paterakis.

Republican Liberty Caucus Endorses Tim Tumulty For Florida State House of Representatives District 51

The Republican Liberty Caucus of Florida announced that it has endorsed Tim Tumulty for Florida State House of Representatives District 51.

“For twenty five years the Republican Liberty Caucus has been a strong voice for the principles of limited government, free enterprise and individual liberty. We believe that less government means more liberty," said RLC Florida Chairman Bob White. 

"We work through local and state chapters all over the country to oppose government excess and demand accountability to the people and the Constitution," continued White. 

In addition to an endorsement from the RLC, Tumulty has received endorsements from the Brevard County Firefighters Professional Union, Local 2969, and the Cocoa Beach Hotel and Motel Political Action Committee.

"As your Florida State Representative, I will support the “Citizens Constitution” with policies that adhere to the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, limiting the Federal Government’s control of our state and county," Tumulty pledged on his campaign website.

Tumulty's major platform issues include opposing Common Core in education and fighting the sugar industry lobby to help restore the Everglades and Indian River Lagoon.

The Florida State House of Representatives District 51 includes the Brevard County communities of Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral, Merritt Island, and Rockledge, Florida.