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Blue Power Forum
November 13, 2019
Summary of Discussion
We started off this week with the announcement that John Brady has announced his candidacy for Mayor in Palm Coast.
We also have Corrine Hermlie running for District 1 Commissioner and it appears Larry Jones will announce his candidacy for Sheriff in 2020. On the State and National levels, Adam Morley will run against Renner and Clint Curtis is up against Waltz.
The Capital Hill hearings are at the forefront of discussion. Was Devin Nunes opening statement for real? We guess he thinks so, and we agree that Republicans tend to gravitate toward authoritarians. We can only hope that when/if this comes down to an impeachment trial in the Senate, they remember their oath to defend and uphold the Constitution, for which they have thus far shown complete disdain. The witnesses who have come forward are public servants who take that oath seriously.
We noted that polls show that about 50% of Americans believe that the President should be impeached and removed from office. As for the other half who get their news from FOX (which switched to commercials when Adam Schiff was talking), they probably won’t be swayed until they feel a strain on their own bottom line.
Polls also show that a majority of the people realize what trump is up too. They also feel that we have too many candidates in the ring right now, most of whom do not have a real chance of winning.
Locally, we discussed Joe Mullins’ plan to make Flagler a “Christian” community. He could very well become the chairman of the county commissioners in 2020 and wants to put church into our government. The question is, what religion? Remember, the KKK was originally a Christian organization. We can make our point to Mullins on his Facebook page.
A Flagler Live report on the Housing Committee meeting indicates they have agreed to propose protections for minorities to include LGBTQ.
Talking Point: Ways to obtain affordable housing include public authority, tax breaks, and land grants. The median single family home price in Palm Coast is $270,000. Are we willing/able to support affordable housing? People want to keep their families close. Fighting the Not In My Back Yard mentality may just be one way to do that.
Also on the local front, a review of the sick sheriff’s building in Bunnell indicates it can be easily remediated. If the report from the Federal investigators comes back with a similar conclusion, we need to raise questions regarding the motive behind the $35 million district office construction.
Talking Point: Is the Sheriff’s office a means of taking political power? There’s concern among county employees that the Sheriff’s office is having a major impact on spending. How do we address final responsibility? We need to emphasize the DEBT this county (and city) has gotten us into.