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Southerland, Gulf Fishermen Cry ‘War’ over Fishing Regulations

By Zayida Baker Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., and many Florida fishermen oppose restrictive federal fishing regulations they say are patterned after Agenda 21, the UN’s all-encompassing plan for globally centralized wealth-redistribution and environmental regulations. Southerland, who serves on the House Natural Resources Committee’s Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs Subcommittee, marina manager Pam Anderson, and Captain Bob Zales, who runs boats for recreational fishers out of Panama City, discussed difficulties with current regulations under the 2007 reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act and planned regulations under ...

LeMieux Talks Tough, Looks to Regain Senate Seat

By Zayida Baker Former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, R-Broward County, wants to oust incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Orlando, in November. To win the Republican primary, LeMieux must first shed his image as a "Charlie Crist Republican" beholden to green energy. LeMieux served in the Senate from September 2009 to January 2011, after being appointed by then-Gov. Charlie Crist to fill the remaining term of Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Orlando. Current freshman Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Miami, won the seat in November 2010 against both Crist, who ran as an Independent, and former Rep. Kendrick Meek, D-Miami. LeMieux, now chairman of law- and lobbying-firm Gunster, ...

‘D.C. or Bust’: Hasner’s Switcheroo Shrinks Florida Senate Race

By Zayida Baker Republican candidate and former Florida House Majority Leader Adam Hasner, R-Boca Raton, asked a Perry audience January 23 to send him to the U.S. Senate. He decided days later to switch races. At a meeting hosted by the Taylor County Republican Executive Committee, Hasner proclaimed that he wanted to win the Senate “not just with a Republican majority, but with a conservative majority.” He planned to be the only candidate to visit all 67 of Florida’s counties. He said that “being a pro-life, pro-gun, pro-freedom conservative is not always the easiest thing” in his home base of Palm Beach County, “the bluest part of ...

Interview: Southerland Talks Supercommittee, 2012

By Zayida Baker Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., walked October 22 in Perry’s annual Forest Day Parade. Dressed in jeans, he ran from one side of the crowd to the other, chatting and shaking hands. That afternoon Southerland spoke with Zayida Baker of Tea Party Patriots. Find more of the interview here and here. ZAYIDA BAKER: Do you think you’re going to endorse anyone in [the Republican Senate] primary [to take on Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., in 2012]? ___ EDITOR'S NOTE _ Southerland's comments preceded the supercommittee's failure to agree on cuts by the Nov. 23, 2011, deadline, triggering $1.2 trillion in mandatory cuts January 2013, ...

Interview: Southerland Discusses Boehner, Career Plans

By Zayida Baker After walking October 22 in Perry’s annual Forest Day Parade, Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., sat down for an interview with Zayida Baker of Tea Party Patriots. Find more of the interview here and here. ZAYIDA BAKER: I’ve heard you say a few times that you’re not planning to be a career politician. When do you think you’re going to be ready to pack it in and go back to private life? Do you have . . . a set of points you want to see through before you go back, or do you know yet? STEVE SOUTHERLAND: Clearly I believe in smaller government. And the fact that this year we spent $3.6 trillion says that I’ve not ...

Nelson Plays Moderate at Tax Hearing

By Zayida Baker Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., chaired a September hearing of the Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility that prescribed a tax code with more taxpayers, lower rates and fewer loopholes—a platform that he and Democrats often contradict. Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, Professor Martin Feldstein, former Michigan Gov. John Engler, Professor John Taylor, and Professor Edward Kleinbard testified. The newly reinstated subcommittee’s second hearing addressed “tax expenditures,” or loopholes, through which government loses revenue—$1.2 trillion in 2008—that it must recoup elsewhere. Nelson recounted that, as a ...

Col. McCalister Gunning for Nelson’s Job

By Zayida Baker Retired Army Col. Mike McCalister, R-Plant City, is running to replace Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and be “the last line of defense” against politicians who do not properly protect the U.S. and its Constitution. McCalister spoke June 18 at the Republican Leadership Conference. In November he debated competitors at the Florida Tea Party Convention. In October he greeted a Lakeland convention on Agenda 21, the United Nations’ plan to standardize environmental laws and measures worldwide. McCalister, an “unapologetic conservative,” gave a characteristically energetic presentation of his candidacy December 13 to the ...

US Chamber More Crony than Conservative, Part 2

By Zayida Baker The top-down dynamic of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce mirrors that of the federal government that it lobbies. This has affected its relationship with local chambers and with freshman Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla. Southerland is former chairman of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce. In his discussion of the national chamber, featured in the first part of this article, he spoke pointedly of the “U.S.” or “United States Chamber,” since he knows well the difference between it and the local chambers. Overall, he believes that local chambers serve small business much more than the U.S. Chamber does. Carol Roberts, president ...

US Chamber More Crony than Conservative, Part 1

By Zayida Baker The U.S. Chamber of Commerce does not necessarily represent local chambers and often acts against their wishes. Its relationship with freshman Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., has reflected this pattern from the beginning of his political career. In the fall of 2010, shortly after Southerland won the Republican primary to challenge Democrat incumbent Rep. Allen Boyd, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsed Boyd. Asked to comment in an interview with Tea Party Patriots, Southerland said plainly, “They bet on the wrong horse,” and appeared to smart a bit from the memory. The chamber’s choice was especially surprising because ...

Republican Candidates Vie to Fight Nelson

By Zayida Baker Republican senatorial candidates former Sen. George LeMieux, R-Fla., former Florida House of Representatives Majority Leader Adam Hasner, businessman Craig Miller, and retired Army Col. Mike McCalister are courting conservatives in a wide-open primary to challenge incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., in 2012. The four faced off August 20 in a two-hour Orlando debate. They did not argue with each other and agreed on most points, such as opposing stem-cell research, civil unions, hate-crimes legislation, and federal funding of Planned Parenthood. Hasner and LeMieux, the two politicians in the race, have both pledged to vote to ...