RUSH OF APPOINTMENTS AS CRIST PREPARES TO LEAVE
Lame-duck governor names Hernando County sheriff and Enterprise Florida appointments in his last days in Tallahassee
BY: Kevin Derby | posted December 30, 2010 4:05 AM
In the dying days of his term, Gov. Charlie Crist has made a number of key appointments that will shape the future of the Sunshine State for years to come -- in fact, 14 already this week.
With Rich Nugent headed to the U.S. Congress to take the place of retiring U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, Crist announced Tuesday that veteran law enforcer Al Nienhuis will serve as Hernando County sheriff until Jan. 7, 2013.
“Al’s 15 years as a dedicated law enforcement officer have given him the experience and skills he needs to honorably serve the people of Hernando County,” said Crist. “The leadership he has shown as an undersheriff for nearly a decade has prepared him to serve as on
e of the top law enforcement officers in our state.” READ FULL ARTICLE
“NOT CONNECTIONS, BUT HONESTY, MERIT"
St. Petersburg Times Pasco Edition
Wed., December 8, 2010
Brian Moore’s Letter to the Editor
The Times said I was not a qualified candidate for Hernando sheriff, since I had no previous experience as a law enforcement officer, plus, it indicated I was not part of the sheriff department's network and the deputy's labor union, nor did I make any effort to schmooze the local state senator.
That means I have no conflict of interest, am not dependent on a patronage system, and I did not attempt to lobby the local district politician. Contrary to what the newspaper implies, this all works in my favor — basing my candidacy on merit and integrity alone.
I offer my years of antiwar demonstrations and community activities, in the streets and inner cities of America, my work and living in the slums and ghettos of Latin America; and in the inner cities of two crime, murder and drug capitals of the nation (Newark, N.J., and Washington, D.C.), without carrying a weapon, nor without any other protection, as a comparable posture of courage and moral strength.
I also consider my academic training (master's degree in comparative government, law and society and public administration) and my 25 years of managerial experience in the private sector, exemplary credentials for the three-tiered administrative position of Hernando County sheriff.
More importantly, I consider it a badge of courage to not be part of the old boy network of Hernando County, or, for that matter, in Pasco County as well. I am also not dependent on the phrase, "It is not what you know, but who you know" which is the apparent implication running throughout the article.
Brian P. Moore, Spring Hill
2 MORE IN RUNNING TO BE NAMED HERNANDO SHERIFF
By Tony Marrero, St. Petersburg Times Staff Writer
In Print: Friday, November 19, 2010
BROOKSVILLE — Gov. Charlie Crist has two more candidates to consider to fill the last two years of Hernando Sheriff Richard Nugent's term.
Robert "Bobby" Sullivan, 49, retired from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office as a captain in 2007. The Brooksville resident has served as executive director of public safety for Saint Leo University since July of last year.
Brian Moore, 67, of Spring Hill is a health care consultant and peace activist who has made unsuccessful bids for Congress, Florida governor and U.S. president on the Socialist ticket. ...
...Moore has a master's of public administration from Arizona State University. He is chair of the NatureCoast Coalition for Peace and Justice.
In 2008, he ran for president on the Socialist Party ticket. In August, he won about 23 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary for Florida governor in August.
Moore acknowledged his lack of a law enforcement background but said he has plenty of real-world experience fighting for civil liberties.
"I come at it from a different angle," he said. "There needs to be better supervision and monitoring of the Sheriff's Office by the civilian populace, and they should be more accountable."
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RICK SCOTT IS GOVERNOR BECAUSE SOUTH FORIDIANS ARE TOO LAZY TO VOTE
By Kyle Munzenrieder, Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010 @ 1:44PM
What the hell did you have going on Tuesday where you couldn't vote? Yes, I'm talking to you, South Florida. Because a stronger turn out in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach which happen to be the most populace counties in the state and all voted super strongly for Alex Sink might have tipped the razor thin margin in her favor. Instead, Rick Scott-loving North Florida, which to be honest never has anything better to do than vote, turned up at the poll en masse. News flash people: Voting is important.
Here in Miami-Dade 57 percent of voters selected Sink, compared to only 42 percent for Scott. Voter turn out was only a pitiful 41.33 percent.
In Palm Beach the split was 58-40 for Sink, and there was a somewhat healthier turn out of 46 percent.
And in Broward, the bluest of Florida's counties, the split was a whopping 65-34 for Sink. Though voter turnout was the lowest in South Florida with only 40.17 percent of voters trucking it to the polls, and not all of them even bothered to vote for Governor. That was the second lowest turn out of any county in the state. Way to go Broward, the rest of blue-leaning Florida depends on you and you blew it. READ FULL ARTICLE
Michael Arth, Independent candidate for Florida Governor, made this comment about Brian Moore’s effective campaign in the Democratic primary (comment # 1 of 26) in response to writer Kyle Munzenrieder’s article in the Miami New Times Blog, Riptide 2.0, on Thursday, November 4, 2010.
The Florida Democratic Party did this to themselves by freezing out me and other candidates from the primary and anointing the lackluster, center-right, corporatist Sink. Brian Moore, a socialist coming in late on the primary ballot with no money got 23% of the Democrats' vote, which gives some indication of how unhappy the Dems were with the Politburo-style coronation of Sink by the party.
There are two other important elements to this.
1. The two parties would rather lose an election by insisting on keeping the antiquated winner-take-all system, which creates spoilers, than have a fair election. We could end spoilers immediately with ranked choice voting, like civilized countries use, but the duopoly is against it.
2. Take money out of electoral politics through highly regulated and limited public campaign financing that also eliminates 527s, PACs and paid lobbyists. In this case, the corporate-owned media is also against reform because it would mean less campaign advertising.
The two parties have a stranglehold on our government and these reforms would weaken their power, so don't expect them to do anything to help the American people have representative government or rational policies.
The one potentially good thing that has come from an un-indicted conspirator's purchase of the governorship and winning with less than a majority, is that for the next four years we will be reminded every day of how much we need to reform our electoral system.
Michael E. Arth, Thursday, November 4, 2010, 2:35 PM
BRIAN MOORE SLAMS RICK SCOTT'S ECONOMIC PLAN
On 11.02.10 by Darcy G. Richardson
Stumping for independent aspirant Farid Khavari in Florida’s gubernatorial campaign, Brian P. Moore, a former Democratic candidate for governor, spared few adjectives in criticizing Republican Rick Scott’s plan to create a meager 700,000 jobs in the Sunshine State over the next seven years.
Describing Scott’s jobs program as “unachievable, insufficient and wrong-headed,” the 67-year-old Moore said that Scott’s much-touted “7-7-7 Plan” would do little to ease recession-ravaged Florida’s jobless crisis and even less to alleviate the state’s looming fiscal crisis.
Florida faces a $3 billion budget shortfall next year.
In a best-case scenario, said Moore, Scott’s job-creation proposal would still leave more than a million Floridians out of work. “When you include the underemployed, those forced to accept part-time positions, and those who have completely given up hope of finding full-time employment, Florida’s real jobless number is a staggering 19.5 percent, or roughly 1.7 million people,” said the Spring Hill resident in a statement issued late yesterday.
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SAYS SCOTT'S PLANS CANNOT BE ACHIEVED, WON'T SOLVE FLORIDA'S ECONOMIC WOES, AND REWARDS THE FEW
Monday, November 1, 2010, Spring Hill, Florida: Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Brian P. Moore harshly criticized Republican Rick Scott's economic plan for creating 700,000 new jobs over seven years, as "Unachievable, insufficient and wrong-headed" and will do little to alleviate Florida's looming fiscal crisis. Florida faces a $3 billion budget shortfall next year.
Moore, speaking earlier today from his residence in Spring Hill, said Scott's 7-7-7 plan, if achieved, would only address a small fraction of the almost two million Floridians who are out-of-work now, and the growing numbers will probably be "much higher in the coming years," thus making Scott's best projections at "meeting his target, by only one-fourth of the jobs needed." Moore further added that the type of jobs Scott is projecting are "mostly in the professional and higher income sectors" and will provide few economic opportunities for Florida's struggling working poor and middle-class families. READ FULL ARTICLE
FORMER DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE BRIAN MOORE BACKS CHARLIE CRIST, URGES KENDRICK MEEK TO WITHDRAW FROM U.S. SENATE RACE
Friday, October 29, 2010, Spring Hill, Florida:
Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Brian Moore today issued the following statement regarding the ongoing race for U.S. Senate in Florida:
"Former President Clinton has made it clear that Kendrick Meek cannot and will not win this race. It is time for the Congressman to step aside for the good of our state and our nation. Too much is at stake in this election."
"Ask yourself why the Republican Party of Florida seems to want nothing more than to see Kendrick Meek stay in this race until the last votes are cast," said Moore. "Today I want to urge my fellow Democrats to wake up and realize that the only hope we have of stopping Tea Party extremist Marco Rubio is to vote for Charlie Crist."
Moore, 67, is a former health care executive who waged an uphill battle against Alex Sink in the August Democratic primary for governor. He captured more than 200,000 votes and his strongest showing came in Northern Florida where he nearly won several counties.
MOORE URGES GOV. CRIST TO ADOPT THE IDEA OF A STATE-OWNED BANK
Monday, October 11, 2010, Tampa, Florida:
Standing in for independent gubernatorial candidate Farid A. Khavari at yesterday's candidate forum in Tampa sponsored by the United Voices for America, Brian P. Moore urged Gov. Charlie Crist to embrace Dr. Khavari's economic program and begin implementing a state-owned bank for Florida during his final months in office.
In his remarks, Moore, who garnered nearly a quarter of the vote for governor in the August 24 Democratic primary, said that by adopting Khavari's bold economic program Gov. Crist could put Florida — a state suffering from an 11.7 percent jobless rate — on the path to economic and fiscal recovery while simultaneously breathing new life into his "floundering U.S. Senate campaign."
Dr. Khavari's state-owned bank — relying on the commonly accepted practice of “fractional reserve banking” — would provide fixed-rate, fifteen-year mortgages at two percent and credit cards at six percent, while providing much-needed credit to Florida's struggling small and medium-sized businesses. The Bank of the State of Florida would also provide attractive rates on car loans and other consumer borrowing while offering CD’s yielding a 6 percent return.
Modeled after the Bank of North Dakota, the bank’s profits would be used to reduce and eventually eliminate property taxes in Florida while helping to fund the state government, which currently faces a huge budget shortfall in 2011, said Moore.
Gov. Crist was the main attraction at yesterday's event, which was held at the Embassy Suites Hotel near the University of South Florida in Tampa, but Gov. Crist departed before Moore was given an opportunity to speak.
The forum, which featured more than forty federal, state and local candidates, was organized by Democracia, the Hillsborough branch of the NAACP, the Florida Consumer Action Network and the University of South Florida College Republicans and College Democrats.
see photos of event
ALEX SCOTT AND RICK SINK?
Friday, October 8, 2010, 10:30 AM (posted by St. Petersburg Times Reporter, Michael Bender)
We've pointed out the similarities between the top two candidates for governor: Democrat Alex Sink and Republican Rick Scott both trumpet their business background as their biggest political asset, both are tied to about 6,000 job losses in the state the '90s, both want to paint the other as a fraud.
Hernando County's Brian P. Moore, a former Socialist who won 23 percent of the vote in a Democratic gubernatorial primary this year against Sink, picked up on this theme in his endorsement of independent candidate Farid Khavari. From the press release:
Moore, by accident, brought down the house, when he opened his endorsement speech with preliminary critical remarks of both major party candidates, Democratic nominee Alex Sink and Republican primary winner, Rick Scott. Moore identified them as 'Alex Scott and Rick Sink.' ...
Moore added that "there is more truth than fiction" to his verbal stumble with both major party candidates "coming from the same mold, with the same old ideas and unworkable solutions, and both are recipients of the same big money from corporations and special interests." READ MORE
KHAVARI GAINS SIGNIFICANT DEMOCRATIC ENDORSEMENT
Posted by Darcy G. Richardson • October 5, 2010
Alex Sink’s chances of becoming the first Democrat to win the Florida governorship in sixteen years suffered a blow of sorts on Sunday afternoon when former Democratic rival Brian P. Moore endorsed the independent candidacy of Miami's Farid A. Khavari.
In endorsing the University of Bremen-educated economist, Moore said that Khavari was “more of a Democrat than the Democratic nominee.”
A Pied Piper of progressive politics in the Sunshine State, the 67-year-old Moore polled nearly a quarter of the votes — garnering an eye-opening 201,705 votes — against the heavily-favored Sink in the August 24 Democratic primary. Moore, who proudly wears his liberalism on his sleeve, spent approximately one-tenth of one percent of Sink’s $7.8 million war chest in his quixotic quest for the Democratic nomination.
BRIAN MOORE TAKES TO THE STREETS AGAIN
TAMPA TRIBUNE'S Hernando Today Edition
By TONY HOLT | Hernando Today
Published: September 4, 2010
WEEKI WACHEE - President Obama's speech last week did nothing to allay Brian Moore's hard feelings about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
His group is smaller than it was four years ago when the Iraq conflict was on the minds of many more people, but he still frequently stands along the same busy intersection preaching the same ideas.
Moore said public opinion has shifted dramatically in his favor. He thinks the peace message is resonating further.
"It's overwhelmingly favorable," he said in between honks, waves and cheers of support as he stood at the corner of U.S. 19 and State Road 50.
"I'd say we get support from 75 or 80 percent of the people driving by," said Moore. "It used to be the other way."
Moore, who ran in the gubernatorial primary as a Democrat against Alex Sink, is a long-time political activist known for his anti-war demonstrations and outspoken criticism of politicians on the local and national stage.
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FORMER SOCIALIST MAKES SIGNIFICANT SHOWING IN DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY
Posted by Darcy G. Richardson, The Jacksonville Observer • August 26, 2010 •
Brian P. Moore, the Socialist Party’s candidate for president in 2008, polled more than 200,000 votes in Tuesday’s Democratic gubernatorial primary in Florida.
Moore, who waged an under-funded and low-key campaign for the state’s highest office, captured the votes of about one fourth of Democrats.
According to unofficial returns, Sink — a heavy favorite in the race — carried all of the state’s 67 counties, but defeated Moore by only five votes in rural Holmes County. Moore topped 40% in a number of other counties and carried a scattering of precincts throughout the state, including a handful in populous Miami-Dade County. READ FULL ARTICLE...
CHRISTIAN BELIEFS 'UNDER ATTACK,' KOTTKAMP SAYS OF CALIF. DISPUTE
[Article Content: Liberal Philosophy Hardly Talked About, Says Brian Moore, to Mostly Conservative Hispanic Group in Miami---Moore is Booed]
By Michael C. Bender
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Updated: 9:46 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010
Posted: 10:47 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010
Republican attorney general candidate Jeff Kottkamp said Saturday that Florida should join the legal effort to reinstate California's ban on gay marriage."Everything we believe as Christians is under attack," Kottkamp said during a speech to the Christian Family Coalition.
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LOW-PROFILE ALEX SINK FACES EVEN MORE OBSCURE OPPONENT IN DEMOCRATIC RACE FOR FLORIDA GOVERNOR
By Dara Kam Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Updated: 8:03 p.m. Saturday, July 24, 2010
Posted: 2:54 p.m. Saturday, July 24, 2010
TALLAHASSEE — It's not often that obscurity is an asset in a high-profile, statewide election.
But that appears to be the tactic both Democratic candidates in the race for governor are using.
Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, the frontrunner in the Aug. 24 primary, is biding her time while former Columbia/HCA CEO Rick Scott and state Attorney General Bill McCollum sling mud at one another in the Republican primary.
Her long-shot opponent, Brian Moore, hopes his anonymity might earn him a surprise victory like South Carolina's Alvin Greene, a virtual stealth candidate who defeated a prominent Democrat there last month.
YANKEE OWNER'S PHILANTHROPY LAUDED; BASEBALL IS PART OF AMERICANA
Wednesday, July 14, 2010, Hudson, Pasco County, Florida:
"George Steinbrenner's passing is a sad time for many individuals and organizations in the Tampa Bay area who were the recipients of the New York Yankee owner's generosity and well known philanthropy," stated Brian Moore, Democratic candidate for Governor of Florida.
Mr. Steinbrenner's "imprint on major league baseball has been noteworthy, and baseball will never be the same," Moore added. "We extend our sympathies and condolences to Mrs. Steinbrenner, her children, and extended family."
Moore, an avid baseball fan, and much more, a regular Sunday morning sandlot baseball player, quoted a minor league baseball owner, San Nader, on the 100th anniversary celebration of his team's presence in Oneonta, New York: "... baseball holds a special place in the hearts of many Americans and Minor league baseball is grassroots baseball. [Baseball] It's part of who we are, it's Americana. It's an experience passed down from generation to generation. By celebrating this event with the Oneonta Tigers, you are honoring our shared heritage." [Nader's Raiders - Minor League Baseball in Oneonta, NY., by Robert Palazzo, 2003]
Link to Brian's baseball game last Sunday, in Hudson, Pasco County, Florida, July 11, 2010: http://www.brianmoore2010.org/apps/photos/album?albumid=9496083
RUNNING TO THE LEFT, BRIAN MOORE TAKES ON ALEX SINK FOR DEM GUBERNATORIAL NOMINATION
Former Socialist presidental candidate rips into state CFO
By: Kevin Derby | Posted: July 1, 2010 4:10 AM
Republican Rick Scott isn't the only health care executive in the gubernatorial race anymore. Democratic candidate Brian Moore, with more than 20 years in the HMO managed care industry, is in the race, too -- promising to offer Democratic voters a choice and taking swings at state CFO Alex Sink.
Based out of Spring Hill, Moore ran for Congress in 2002 and 2004, ran against U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in 2006 and, in 2008, was the presidential nominee of the Socialist Party. Calling himself “more liberal, more progressive, more left-leaning” than Sink, Moore said on Wednesday that he offered Florida Democrats a real choice.
“I will embolden the rank and file Democrats and give them the courage to vote their principles,” said Moore.
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"Brian at Gay Pride Day in St. Petersburg, June 26th, 2010"
More photos can be viewed on our photo page
LAST-MINUTE CHALLENGERS FOR SINK, PUTNAM
... surprises: Alex Sink will have a Democratic primary challenger: perennial candidate and former Socialist Party 2008 presidential candidate Brian Moore. ...
St. Petersburg Times On-Line Edition, Friday, June 18, 2010
Last-minute challengers for Sink, Putnam
The final list from the Division of Elections is ready. A couple more surprises: Alex Sink will have a Democratic primary challenger: perennial candidate and former Socialist Party 2008 presidential candidate Brian Moore.
It's completes a no-good day for Sink, who saw Democrat Bud Chiles qualify as a nonpartisan candidate at the last minute and now must "compete" in a primary instead of sitting back and watching Rick Scott and Bill McCollum tear each other apart.
Also, U.S. Rep. Adam Putnam now faces a mysterious tea party challenger named Ira Chester, a 75-year-old registered Democrat who filed 30 minutes before the deadline in closely contested race that features Democrat Scott Maddox, a former Tallahassee mayor.
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FORMER SOCIALIST PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR - AS A DEMOCRAT!
Posted by Austin Cassidy • June 18, 2010
Brian Moore, the Socialist Party's 2008 candidate for President, has filed to run for Governor of Florida as a Democrat.
Moore has sought statewide office in Florida before, running as a "No Party" candidate for U.S. Senate in 2006. He's also made several runs for Congress in South Florida, both as an independent and also as a Democrat.
State CFO Alex Sink would have advanced directly to the general election as the Democratic nominee had Moore not filed paperwork this morning. Now she will have a primary on August 24.
Another potential Democratic candidate, Darrin McGillis, decided last night that he would not file his paperwork. His signature issue had been gay marriage, and he had repeatedly blasted Alex Sink for refusing to support it. McGillis said he was not sure who he would vote for now, but was leaning towards backing independent candidate Bud Chiles in November.
When reached for comment this morning by the Jacksonville Observer, Moore told us: "I'm running to give rank-and-file Democratic voters of Florida a say in deciding who the next governor should be. I'm offering them a choice between a citizen-activist and a Wall Street banker, the same folks who plunged this great state into a seemingly never-ending financial crisis. As Florida's Chief Financial Officer, Alex Sink has been more concerned with counting paper clips than solving the state's deepening fiscal crisis."
"Floridians deserve a candidate for governor who's concerned about their pocketbook issues," Moore concluded.
It's not clear how actively the one-time Socialist will campaign for the office, but he's likely to draw a significant protest vote among those Democrats who feel Sink is not liberal enough for their taste.
Alex Sink was elected Florida State CFO in 2006 and is a former president of Florida Operations at Bank of America. Her husband, Bill McBride, was the unsuccessful Democratic nominee for Governor in 2002 against Jeb Bush.
U.S.ARMY METAL KEYCHAINS THROWN FROM PASSING VEHICLE STRIKE ANTIWAR DEMONSTRATORS IN HOMOSASSA
Small Citrus County Peace Group, Including An Army Veteran, Dodge Army Key Rings and Pack Biners, Imprinted with Army Logo, Insignia, and Promotional Army Sayings, Thrown From Passing Vehicle
Incident Reported to Citrus County Sheriff Within One Hour of Attack
Wednesday, June 16, 2010, Homosassa, Florida: Four antiwar demonstrators were the target of a barrage of a thrown U.S. Army promotional key chain attack on U.S. Highway 19 in Homosassa Tuesday evening, from a passing vehicle with two young male adults, yelling verbal insults, striking at least one demonstrator as she protected her head from behind her "Vets For Peace" sign.
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[Kent Weissinger, Editor]
HNS REPORTS---THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 2010
OFFICIAL RAYFORD PROBES END AS FEDS SAY NO CRIME
Federal officials say their investigation into the drowning death of a fugitive has ended with no "prosecutable violation of federal statutes." Spring Hill resident Brian Moore has been trying to get local, state and federal officials to look at the facts of James "Little Man" Rayford's death last September without success. Moore said witnesses he talked to disagreed with a sheriff's internal investigation which cleared deputies. Rayford drowned after fleeing across Hunters Lake in a kayak and apparently jumping out of the craft.
Moore said observers reported that Rayford might have been hit or had his kayak swamped by a low-flying sheriff's helicopter. But state and now federal officials say they have ended their review of the incident. Rayford was a career criminal who was wanted on drug and robbery charges.
Moore said it's still possible that Rayford's family could file a civil suit, but the Justice Department's letter to Moore says there will be no criminal charges of violating civil rights.
A DAY TO REFLECT ON FREEDOM'S MANY FACES
By Dan DeWitt, St. Petersburg Times Columnist
In Print: Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Let me tell you about the Memorial Day observance I missed and the one I attended.
The first was at Aripeka Cemetery, which due to a quirk of history — a drowned girl who needed to be buried in 1906 and a lack of dry ground in the coastal community — is actually located on the western shore of Hunter's Lake in Spring Hill...
...On the drive back, I saw another Memorial Day observance that initially struck me as not quite right — a demonstration by a half-dozen antiwar protesters organized by Brian Moore, the onetime Socialist candidate for U.S. president.
I was surprised to see them because, now that the furor over Iraq has died down, I'd almost forgotten we're fighting a war, which I think people of all parties will agree is something that should never slip our minds. READ FULL ARTICLE
U.S. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SAYS FUGITIVE DROWNING DOES NOT INVOLVE CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS.
Washington, DC: Tuesday, June 1, 2010: The United States Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division has concluded that the resulting fugitive drowning death of fugitive James "Little Man" Rayford, in his efforts to allude the Hernando County Sheriff Department's pursuit of him, "does not involve a prosecutable violation of federal criminal civil rights statutes."
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TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2010" on 5/17/2010 5:12:56 PM, written by Hernando News Source.
SPRING HILL ACTIVIST'S SUPREME COURT QUEST ENDS
Brian Moore's quest for Supreme Court vindication is over. The Spring Hill political activist who ran for President as the Socialist Party candidate in 2008 had asked the court to overrule a lower court decision that Mississippi officials were correct in keeping him off the state's ballot. Moore's filing papers were delivered to the state elections office ten minutes after a 5 p.m. office closing, though the state law at the time had only a qualifying deadline date and not an hour.
The Supreme Court said Monday that Moore's case was moot because the Mississippi legislature passed a law to make the office closing time the filing deadline.
Free Citizen: Supremes Won't Hear Mississippi Case
By Steve Rankin
The original issue in the Mississippi case was whether Brian Moore, Socialist Party presidential candidate, should have been on the November 2008 ballot. His presidential elector paperwork had been submitted ten minutes past 5 p. m. ...
Free Citizen - http://southerncrown.blogspot.com/
Monday May 17, 2010
By Steve Rankin
Location: Jackson, Mississippi, United States
"SUPREMES WON'T HEAR MISSISSIPPI CASE"
From Ballot Access News:
On May 17, the U.S. Supreme Court said it won’t hear the Mississippi ballot access case, Moore v. Hosemann, 09-982.
The original issue in the Mississippi case was whether Brian Moore, Socialist Party presidential candidate, should have been on the November 2008 ballot. His presidential elector paperwork had been submitted ten minutes past 5 p. m. The chances of this case being heard in the U. S. Supreme Court were probably diminished when the Mississippi legislature this year passed a bill, saying such paperwork is due at 5 p. m. (previously, the law set a date for the deadline, but not a time).
The U. S. Supreme Court has said that ballot access lawsuits are not moot just because the election is over. But this case had a different type of mootness problem. This year, after Moore had filed his brief with the U. S. Supreme Court, the legislature had fixed the law that had been complained about. The Court has never... taken any election law case in which the legislature has already fixed the problem complained about while the case was pending.
 The Socialist Party is not ballot-qualified in Mississippi, so Moore, a Florida resident, was nominated here by the Natural Law Party. That was easier for him than qualifying for the Magnolia State's ballot as an independent.
U.S. SUPREME COURT WON'T HEAR MISSISSIPPI BALLOT ACCESS CASE
The original issue in the Mississippi case was whether Brian Moore, Socialist Party presidential candidate, should have been on the November 2008 ballot. ..
Monday, May 17th, 2010, San Francisco
On May 17, the U.S. Supreme Court said it won’t hear the Mississippi ballot access case, Moore v Hosemann, 09-982. Two other ballot access cert petitions are still pending, one from Alabama, and one from Louisiana.
The original issue in the Mississippi case was whether Brian Moore, Socialist Party presidential candidate, should have been on the November 2008 ballot. His presidential elector paperwork had been submitted ten minutes past 5 p.m. The chances of this case being heard in the U.S. Supreme Court were probably diminished when the Mississippi legislature this year passed a bill, saying such paperwork is due at 5 p.m. (previously, the law set a date for the deadline, but not a time).
The U.S. Supreme Court has said that ballot access lawsuits are not moot just because the election is over. But this case had a different type of mootness problem. This year, after Moore had filed his brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, the legislature had fixed the law that had been complained about. The Court had never before taken any election law case in which the legislature had already fixed the problem complained about while the case was pending.
High court won't hear appeal in Miss. ballot case -
WDAM, Channel 7, ABC, Mississippi-Louisiana Area
Associated Press - May 17, 2010 12:04 PM ET
THE U.S. SUPREME COURT ON MONDAY DECLINED TO HEAR AN APPEAL IN A MISSISSIPPI BALLOT DEADLINE DISPUTE LAWSUIT
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) May 17,2010 12:04 PM ET
The issue raised by Brian Moore was put to rest when Gov. Haley Barbour signed a bill in March that specified a 5 p.m. filing-day deadline for presidential candidates who want on the Mississippi ballot.
Moore had sued the state in 2008. He was the Socialist Party USA presidential candidate in 2008 who wanted on the Mississippi ballot as the Natural Law Party nominee. Moore argued nothing in state law specified papers had to be filed in the secretary of state's office at 5 p.m.
A federal judge threw out Moore's lawsuit, but an appeals court in February reversed the judge's ruling.
The bill becomes law once it's approved by the Justice Department.
The bill is Senate Bill 3058.
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Thursday, April 29, 2010
BREAKING DOWN A 3-WAY RACE IN FLORIDA
By Damien Cave
If Gov. Charlie Crist announces an independent Senate run, Florida politics will once again become gawk-worthy.... (continue)
Brian P. Moore
Spring Hill, Florida
April 29th, 2010
Four years ago I ran for Florida's U.S. Senate seat as an Independent, just as Governor Charlie Crist has now decided to do as well.
In the 2006 election I ran as an Independent (No Party Affiliation, NPA) against incumbent Democratic Senator, Bill Nelson, and Republican challenger, Congresswoman Katherine Harris. 23 of 26 major newspapers in Florida, and the majority of TV stations, never even recognized the official candidacies of four independents, including myself, of being on the ballot, nor did they even report that I received close to 20,000 votes in that election after the November vote and that there were another 60,000 votes given to the other independents.
Now we will see the opposite reaction by the press and media, not just because Mr. Crist is running as an Independent, but most importantly because he has incumbency, money, name recognition and a personality cult. And this is what American democracy is all about, fame and fortune; not fairness, not an even playing field, not public funding for candidates, no open public debates for all candidates nor public financing that would aid minor political party candidates, and most importantly, not provide the American public with additional choices and alternative platforms.
The two-party duopoly of Republicans and Democrats wants to keep it that way. It is only in these rarest of occasions, with Mr. Crist running as an Independent, will the press and media have to demonstrate its hypocrisy and illegitimate power in the American electoral process.
Brian P. Moore, Socialist Party USA Presidential Candidate, 2008; and U.S. Senatorial Candidate,NPA,Florida, 2006.
Spring Hill, Florida (Greater Tampa Bay Metro. Area)
U.S. SUPREME COURT SETS CONFERENCE DATE FOR ONE MINOR PARTY BALLOT ACCESS CASE
April 27, 2010
The U.S. Supreme Court has set a conference date of May 13 to decide whether to hear the Mississippi ballot access case, Moore v Hosemann, 09-982. The case originated in 2008 when the Secretary of State kept Brian Moore off the November ballot because his presidential elector paperwork was turned in at 5:10 p.m. instead of by 5 p.m. Moore was the Socialist Party’s presidential candidate.
"BROWN UNIVERSITY GROUP REPORTS ON SOCIALISTS IN FARMWORKER MARCH"
Live(ish) from Immokalee, Day 2: Radicals, Reformers, and Revolutionaries
April 23, 2010, 5:39 pm
April 16, 2010: Brian Moore, 2008 presidential candidate of the Socialist Party USA (far right), sported a sign reading: “Reform System, No! Radically Transform System, Yes! Educate About Socialism, Not Sloganeering or Provacative [sic] Rhetoric!” Despite this, he marched alongside us while we chanted provocative slogans like Up, up with the fair food nation! Down, down with the exploitation! and El pueblo unido jamás será vencido [“The people, united, will never be defeated”]. Moore told me he considered himself a revolutionary, and criticized the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) for demanding change within the existing agro-industrial complex, rather than seeking to transform the system itself. Before long, however, a couple of students affiliated with the International Socialist Organization (ISO) introduced themselves to Moore and me. They insisted, somewhat comically, that they, not Moore, were the true revolutionaries, because whereas Moore sought to work within the existing political system (i.e. by running for President of the United States in 2008 – he earned 6,555 votes nationwide), these students (left and center – no pun intended) and the ISO do not trust established governments to bring about meaningful change. Soon after these students appeared, they engaged Moore in animated conversation and before long I lost them all in the vast, vibrant parade. READ FULL ARTICLE
FARMWORKERS MARCH AGAINST PUBLIX IS WORTHY CAUSE; LACK OF ANSWERS/WELL-OILED PROTEST RAISE QUESTIONS
Tampa, Florida April 21, 2010
Socialist and civic activist Brian Moore participated in the initiation of the Immokalee Farmworker Freedom March the weekend of April 16th - 18th in Tampa, Florida. Moore joined approximately 250 TO 300 marchers in support of their right to a fair wage and to decent working conditions, in advocating for worker dignity, and in support of their complaints of Publix Supermarket corporation's unwillingness to influence worker contracts.
Moore cautioned that Publix's actions through separate contractors are the "latest corporate trend, which is to have a middleman contract, in order to avoid personal relations and social and communal responsibility, as well as to enable Publix to avoid giving human dignity when it comes to wages and workplace hazards."
On the otherhand, Moore, an active socialist, also raised serious questions regarding the efficiency, control and abundant resources provided for the march, possibly by labor unions and churches, as well as the authoritarian manner in which demonstration monitors controlled protester spontaneity and signs.
This was Moore's third civic demonstration in the last eight weeks involving protests of the Iraq and Afghanistan war (February), opposition to a Florida legislative bill adversely impacting school teachers and workers (March), and in support of the protesting Immokalee farmworkers rights and dignity as workers (April). The Immokalee march was the second demonstration for the civic activist in front of a particular Publix store, with the first occurring in Spring Hill, Florida, on February 20th, linking opposition to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to the faltering economy and loss of jobs and benefits for Publix workers. READ FULL ARTICLE
photo by Anita Stewart "Imokalee Farmworkers March, April 16, 2010, Tampa."
OBAMA IS NOT A "RADICAL," NOT A SOCIALIST,"NOT EVEN A "TRANSFORMATIONAL FIGURE"
April 17, 2010, PoliticsDMZ
by Richard Rubino, Managing Editor, PoliticsDMZ
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) is calling President Barack Obama “the most radical president in American history.” Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour calls Obama “the most liberal president ever.” The conservative inteligencia consistently brand the President a Socialist. In actuality, Obama’s legislative program is less transformative and less liberal than many of his predecessors and, in reality is the “antithesis” of Socialism. In fact, bona fide Socialists like Brian Patrick Moore, the 2008 presidential nominee of the Socialist Party USA call Obama “an insult to Socialism.”
U.S. SUPREME COURT ASKS MISSISSIPPI TO RESPOND TO BALLOT ACCESS APPEAL
Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010
On March 19, the U.S. Supreme Court asked Mississippi to file a response to the cert petition filed by Brian Moore, in the case over whether Mississippi should have put Moore on the ballot for President in 2008. The case is Moore v Hosemann, 09-982.
This is the second indicator that the Court may be interested in this case. The first indicator was when Scotusblog flagged this case as a cert petition of interest. Scotusblog is a well-regarded news service that covers developments in the U.S. Supreme Court more closely than any other news source.
If the Court does take the case, it will be the first time since 1991 that the Court has taken a ballot access case filed with that Court by a minor party or independent candidate.
MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL SETTING A 5 P.M. DEADLINE FOR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTOR PAPERWORK
Friday, March 19th, 2010
On March 19, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour signed SB 3058. It sets a 5 p.m. deadline for presidential elecctor paperwork. The old law set the deadline date, but not an hour. This bill only came into existence because of the 2008 incident at which the Secretary of State’s office rejected the paperwork for Brian Moore, Socialist Party presidential candidate. Thanks to Brian Moore for this news.
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This would seem to pretty conclusively prove that Moore was correct; Mississippi law did not require filing by 5 PM during the 2008 presidential election cycle.
[Mark Brown is legal counsel for Brian]
SOCIALIST BRIAN MOORE'S LAWSUIT CAUSES NEW MISSISSIPPI LAW OF 5PM DEADLINES FOR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES
Associated Press - March 19, 2010 2:04 PM ET
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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Gov. Haley Barbour has signed a bill specifying a 5 p.m. filing-day deadline for presidential candidates who want on the Mississippi ballot.
The bill addresses an issue cited in a federal lawsuit by Brian Moore. He was the Socialist Party USA presidential candidate in 2008 who wanted on the Mississippi ballot as the Natural Law Party nominee. Moore argued nothing in state law specified papers had to be filed in the secretary of state's office at 5 p.m.
U.S. District Judge Tom S. Lee in Mississippi threw out Moore's lawsuit. A panel of 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in February reversed Lee but said Mississippi law was unclear.
The bill becomes law once it's approved by the Justice Department.
The bill is Senate Bill 3058.
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U.S. SUPREME COURT PUTS MISSISSIPPI BALLOT ACCESS CASE ON APRIL 2 CONFERENCE
Thursday, March 18th, 2010, San Francisco, CA
The U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether to hear Moore v Hosemann, 09-982, at its April 2 conference. Any decision would not be released until Monday, April 5. This is the case over whether Brian P. Moore, Socialist Party presidential candidate, should have been on the ballot in 2008 in Mississippi. The actual issue now before the U.S. Supreme Court doesn’t involve the election law itself, but whether the 5th circuit should have certified the case to a state court (instead the 5th circuit said the case is not moot but that Moore must file the case all over again in state court). Another issue in the case is whether, when state officials force the plaintiff to hire a process server, must the state reimburse the plaintiff?
CRIST LETTER CLOSES BOOK ON STATE PROBE OF RAYFORD DEATH
Hernando News Source
March 16, 2010
State officials say they have finished their investigation of the death of Pasco County fugitive James Rayford in Hunters Lake last September. In a letter to Spring Hill political activist Brian Moore, an assistant general counsel to Governor Charlie Crist wrote that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) looked into the matter and concluded that "the evidence does not indicate that Mr. Rayford's death was caused by any inappropriate actions taken by the law enforcement officers involved in the matter." The legal counsel to the Governor further wrote that "Governor Crist will take no further action in this case at this time.
Moore had sought a state probe based on witness statements indicating that a sheriff's helicopter might have contributed to Rayford's drowning death as he fled from Hernando and Pasco deputies in a kayak. The Hernando Sheriff's Office previously concluded that the evidence did not support any charge of wrongdoing in the pursuit of Rayford, who was wanted on drug and armed robbery charges.
Moore said he was advised by a spokesperson in the U.S. Attorney General's Civil Rights office that his request for a federal review of the case is "still in the pipeline, but should be addressed shortly." Moore also said he would continue efforts to establish a Citizens Review Board for local law enforcement.
SUPREME COURT SCHOLARS SINGLE OUT BRIAN MOORE'S BALLOT ACCESS CASE
“Scotusblog” Singles Out Ballot Access Case as a “Notable Petition”
March 13th, 2010
Moore v Hosemann is the Mississippi case over whether Brian Moore, the 2008 Socialist Party presidential candidate, should have been on the ballot. ...
Scotusblog is a highly-regarded blog that reports on news from the U.S. Supreme Court. The editors of Scotusblog routinely read all the cert. petitions filed in the U.S. Supreme Court. Then, Scotusblog editors choose the ones they feel are somewhat likely to be chosen by the Court.
The September 12 edition of Scotusblog has chosen Moore v Hosemann as a “notable petition.” See here. Thanks to Thomas Jones for the link.
Moore v Hosemann is the Mississippi case over whether Brian Moore, the 2008 Socialist Party presidential candidate, should have been on the ballot. The ballot-qualified Natural Law Party nominated Moore, but it turned in its presidential electors ten minutes past five p.m. on the deadline day. Moore sued, arguing that the statute doesn’t indicate an hour on which such paperwork is due; by contrast, almost all other election law deadlines in the election law indicate an hour, generally 5 p.m. Moore also argued that because Article II of the U.S. Constitution says state legislatures (not states in general) have authority to write election laws governing presidential elector selection, the Secretary of State doesn’t have authority to impose a 5 p.m. deadline. The U.S. District Court said the case is moot. The 5th circuit said the case is not moot, and that Moore should re-file the case in state court. READ MORE
ACTIVIST COMPARES SUCCESSFUL ARREST OF FUGITIVE IN ST. PETERSBURG LAKE TO BOTCHED HERNANDO CO. DEATH
Governor and Florida Law Enforcement Agency Asked to Initiate State Investigation
St. Petersburg, FLORIDA: Wednesday, March 3, 2010: Governor Charlie Crist and The Florida Law Enforcement Agency in Tallahassee were sent urgent letters today alerting them to the successful arrest last week of a fleeing criminal, Robert J. Keaton, by the St. Petersburg police department in a Pinellas County lake. Read full letter
ST. PETERSBURG TIMES
Friday, February 26, 2010
"AFTER STANDOFF, POLICE ARREST ST.PETERSBURG ROBBERY SUSPECT WHO JUMPED INTO THE LAKE"
By Katie Sanders, Times Staff Writer
In Print: Friday, February 26, 2010
ST. PETERSBURG — A man avoided an armed robbery charge for about an hour Thursday by jumping into a chilly lake and wading until police Tased him and pulled him out.
Police said Robert J. Keaton, 27, of 1947 27th St. S, robbed a Cash America Pawn Sheaton asked police to call his girlfriend, shouting out her cell phone number. Then he asked for his mother. Both pleaded for him to give up. Keaton refused, and police in an inflatable boat used a Taser to subdue op at gunpoint, pistol-whipped a clerk, rammed two police cars while trying to flee his girlfriend's apartment complex, and jumped into the water.
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Robert J. Keaton was arrested after police pulled him out of a lake.
He is accused of robbing a Cash America Pawn Shop at gunpoint,
pistol-whipping a clerk and ramming two police cars
SOCIALIST BRIAN MOORE IS INTERVIEWED BY BLOGTALK RADIO HOST TIM GATTO
Sunday, February 28th.
liberalpro.blogspot.com [righthand column, under John Lennon picture]
Brian's radio interview is also included on DandelionSalad.wordpress.com's website, attached to an article by the BlogTalk Radio host, Tim Gatto, as the featured writer, entitled:
"Tea-Parties and Progressives, Maybe We Should Listen to Each Other"
[radio interview is on righthand column of Gatto's article]
Brian Moore, Socialist Presidential Candidate 2008
[Discussion begins on 10th minute of the 90 minute interview; unable to move to segments throughout]
We will be talking with Brian Moore about real democratic socialism.
BRIAN MOORE ON LIBERALPRO (BLOG TALK) RADIO"
Sunday 9:30 PM
Listen in at www.blogtalkradio/liberalpro at 9:30 PM this Sunday, Feb 28th.
This is an Invitation to reject the ridiculous right, and to spend a pleasant time together!
Let's get down to the truth. This Socialist tag the GOP is trying to tag Obama with is ridiculous. Let's discuss this with Brian P. Moore who ran for President in 2008 under the Socialist Party USA. Call in and ask your own questions or voice your views. I usually don't advertise my shows, but I think this one will be an eye-opener. We can have a good time rejecting what the Right is trying to push down the throats of Americans. Tell everyone you know to listen in at www.blogtalkradio/liberalpro at 9:30 PM this Sunday, Feb 28th.
Radio Host Tim Gatto
WILL THE 'SOCIALIST' SLAM SWELL SOCIALIST RANKS?
by Berry Craig posted on Tuesday, 23 February 2010 LAProgressive.com
I’m not sure what to make of the recent Esquire magazine poll that showed 78 percent of “Republican leaders” think President Barack Obama is a socialist.
My guess is the GOP brass is posturing for political gain. Brian P. Moore agrees.
“The Republicans really don’t believe he’s a socialist,” he said. “They just know calling him one gives them an edge and puts the Democrats on the defensive.”
The s-word doesn’t scare Moore . The 66-year-old Floridian ran for president on the Socialist Party USA ticket in 2008.
“Calling Obama a ‘socialist’ is an insult to socialists,” he said. “It’s more than an easy sound bite, it’s an outright lie. The fact that anybody can utter, with a straight face,‘ President Obama’ and ‘socialist’ in the same sentence is simply beyond my comprehension.”
Moore insists neither the president nor his party is even close to socialistic. “Obama and the Democrats support a free market economy and for-profit corporations,” said Moore who has stuck up for socialism on the Colbert Report and even Fox News. “They support capitalism, which rewards the few at the expense of the many.” READ FULL ARTICLE
Friday February 19, 2010
"Any nation with socialized medicine is known as a socialist ...
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"During his campaign, the Socialist Party candidate for president, Brian Moore, was very vocal against the idea that Obama was a socialist...
"During his campaign, the Socialist Party candidate for president, Brian Moore, was very vocal against the idea that Obama was a socialist of any kind. He further commented on the issue, saying it was "misleading of the Republicans" to spread that message.
In a later statement about Obama's policies, co-chairman of the Socialist Party, Billy Wharton called Barack Obamas State of the Union Address a "public relations ploy". He concluded with; "The time for slick public relations campaigns has ended - the time for building our grassroots movements is more urgent than ever. The Socialist Party USA stands ready to join in such a political revitalization"."
Countries with socialized medicine:
Australia, Canada, Cuba, Finland, Israel, UK, United States*
Countries associated with socialism and/or communism:
China, Cuba, North Korea, Laos, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Lybia, Portugal, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tanzania
*"The Veterans Health Administration, the military health care system,and the Indian Health Service are examples of socialized medicine in the stricter sense of government administered care, although for limited populations. Medicare and Medicaid are forms of publicly-funded health care which fits the looser definition of socialized medicine."
WILL FIGHT OVER REVENUE UNDO NFL'S GRAND SUCCESS?
By Michael Kruse, Staff Writer, St. Petersburg Times
Sunday, February 7, 2010
The league's unparalleled success rests on a philosophy that sharing the wealth is good for everyone. But greed threatens to topple everything.
"You'd think the NFL owners would take a look around and see what's happened to our economic system," said Brian Moore, the Socialist Party's 2008 ...
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"STATE AGENCIES TO DISCUSS FUGITIVE DEATH"
By Tony Holt
The Tampa Tribune's Hernando Today
Friday, February 5, 2010
Tallahassee, Florida: A state investigation into the drowning death of a fugitive at Hunters Lake five months ago remains a possibility, but further discussion is needed, said a spokeswoman with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Civic activist Brian Moore has publicly filed grievances against the Hernando County Sheriff's Office for what he called "the use, misuse and abuse" of a department helicopter during the attempted capture of James "Little Man" Rayford.
Moore thinks Rayford, who was on Pasco County's most-wanted list, was killed intentionally. He cites conversations he had with neighbors who reportedly saw the pursuit and witnessed the blades of the helicopter bearing down toward Rayford and his kayak. READ FULL ARTICLE
FDLE WORKING WITH GOVERNOR'S OFFICE TO DETERMINE APPROPRIATE ACTION ON FUGITIVE DROWNING
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
FDLE Special Agent Supervisor Non-Committal As to Action FDLE and Governor's Office Are Taking; Says Decision Will Be Forthcoming in Two Weeks
Tallahassee, FLORIDA: Wednesday, February 3, 2010: Special FDLE Agent Supervisor, Robert LeFiles, of the FDLE Tallahassee office, informed civic activist Brian Moore today that the matter of fugitive James Rayford's drowning in a Hernando county lake, and the subsequent internal investigation results clearing the Hernando County Sheriff's Department of any wrongdoing, is presently "being reviewed by both the FDLE and the Governor's office together," as to the "appropriate course of action, if any, that should be taken in this case." READ FULL ARTICLE
LIBERTARIAN(SOCIALIST & REFORM) PARTIES FILE FOR REHEARING IN LOUISIANA BALLOT ACCESS CASE
January 28th, 2010
On January 28, the Libertarian Party filed this brief for a rehearing en banc with the 5th circuit, in its 2008 ballot access case from Louisiana. The 5th circuit had ruled earlier that the case is moot. The brief for rehearing is 21 pages. The issue, to begin with, was whether the Secretary of State was wrong to keep the Libertarian, Socialist, and Reform Party presidential candidates off the 2008 ballot. The parties did not meet the Secretary of State’s deadline, although they did comply with the deadline established by the Governor.
BROWN-WAITE WEIGHS IN ON RAYFORD DEATH IN LETTER TO MOORE
"HNS REPORTS---JANUARY 28, 2010" on 1/28/2010 11:34:39 AM, written by Hernando News Source.
Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite has sided with Sheriff Richard Nugent in a letter to Spring Hill activist and former Socialist Party presidential candidate Brian Moore. Moore went to county commissioners this week to complain about Sheriff's Office tactics in the pursuit of a fleeing fugitive who drowned in Hunters Lake. Moore called Brown-Waite's letter "biting" in defending the sheriff's office and saying she saw "no reason to second-guess" the conclusion of an Internal Affairs report that the Sheriff's Office acted appropriately during the attempted capture of fugitive James Rayford.
Moore called Brown-Waite's tone in the letter "sarcastic" in treating him and others concerned about the tactics "like schoolchildren" by writing that "this is a lesson for all Americans that fugitives should not flee from the law."
"All human beings have a right to life," Moore said, noting that Rayford did not have a weapon in his possession, though law enforcement called him a dangerous fugitive from armed robbery and drug charges.
Brown-Waite, who had run-ins with Moore and a small band of protesters who were turned away from her office parking lot last summer before giving Moore a half-hour appointment to meet with her, also said in her letter to Moore that she was "not surprised you would choose the side of a fleeing criminal over our law enforcement officials who are putting their own lives in danger."
AIR PATROLS QUESTIONED
By TONY HOLT | Hernando Today
Published: January 28, 2010
BROOKSVILLE - When Sheriff Richard Nugent was a major, he was in charge of the department's air unit.
He had a photo of him standing next to the helicopter in his office for years, said Chief Mike Maurer.
Maurer heads the unit today. He said his boss kept the photo all that time as a reminder to himself and to his commanders that search helicopters were special assets. They needed to be respected and not taken for granted.
"A helicopter is a nice tool to have, but we recognize there is an expense to it," Maurer said. "We use it with a lot of restraint."
Some residents have complained the Hernando County Sheriff's Office hasn't used the small fleet of helicopters wisely or even properly.
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BRIAN'S COURT VICTORY IN MISSISSIPPI IS USED AGAINST HIM IN LOUISIANA
5th Circuit Says Libertarian/Socialist Louisiana Ballot Access Case is Moot
[Brian Moore's Ballot Access Case in Mississippi, Declared Not Moot in December; Same Court Reverses Their Louisiana Case As Moot]
January 21, 2010
On January 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th circuit, ruled that the lawsuit Libertarian [and Socialist] Parties v Dardenne is moot. Therefore, the court declined to express an opinion about the merits of the case. The issue was whether the Louisiana Secretary of State was right or wrong to keep the Libertarian [and Socialist] Party’s presidential candidates off the ballot in 2008, on the basis that its paperwork for presidential elector candidates was late.
The decision is only 6 pages long. It is somewhat surprising, because on December 18, a different panel of judges in the 5th circuit had ruled that Brian Moore’s ballot access case against Mississippi is not moot. That case concerned whether the Socialist Party presidential candidate should have been on the Mississippi ballot in 2008. He was kept off because his paperwork arrived ten minutes too late.
The new Louisiana decision says that the reason the Mississippi case is not moot, and the Louisiana case is moot, is because in Mississippi, the Secretary of State has said he will in the future continue to enforce a 5 p.m. deadline. The new Louisiana decision says that Louisiana is different, because the Louisiana Secretary of State has not said what he will do in the future, should severe weather make it difficult for the paperwork to be filed on time. Oddly, though, the Louisiana situation is far more likely to recur than the Mississippi situation. In Louisiana in 2008, three presidential candidates were kept off the ballot for being late with paperwork (the Libertarian, the Reform, and the Socialist Party presidential candidates).
The new Louisiana decision’s logic also seems faulty because the Constitutional issue of whether only legislatures can pass laws relating to ballot access for presidential elections is an important issue that certainly will recur in some state, if not Louisiana. Article II of the Constitution says “Each state shall appoint, in such manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of (Presidential) Electors.” The issue of whether state executive officials, such as a Secretary of State, may also issue regulations relating to presidential candidate ballot access is a significant issue. It came up in Bush v Gore in 2000. It came up in Ohio in 2008, and is pending in Pennsylvania. It is an issue in Louisiana because the Secretary of State himself extended the deadline so as to include the Democratic and Republican Parties, but his extension was shorter than the deadline extension issued by the Governor.
It is expected that the Libertarian [and Socialist] Party will ask the entire 5th circuit to rehear the conclusion that its lawsuit is moot.
The Tampa Tribune's Hernando Today Edition
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Letter-to-Editor: Brian P. Moore, Spring Hill, Florida
Recent reports in the Tampa Tribune, Dec. 30, on the tragic fire deaths of nine people in Mississippi, including six children, is another reminder of the state of our society.
One poor family taking in a destitute family of four is another uncomfortable realization that we have poverty in America, homelessness, one-parent families and children in great need for many social services.
There is no excuse that we, as an industrialized, advanced nation, should tolerate such depravity. What has happened to our humanity?
The culprit is our economic system and its "survival of the fittest" mindset.
LEAVITT CAN'T BE BLAMED FOR PUTTING UP A FIGHT
Published: Friday, January 15, 2010
USF football coach Jim Leavitt's accused errors with his football players and supposedly poor judgment in covering up the story pales in light of the serious ethical and moral problems confronting the university over the last 8 years (The Tampa Tribune, Jan. 11,12 and 13).One cannot blame Coach Leavitt for wanting to fight back.
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Thursday, January 14, 2010
Letter-to-Editor: Brian P. Moore
Spring Hill, Florida
The Tampa Tribune
The coach Jim Leavitt firing for his actions with a football player at the University of South Florida pales compared to the real and more serious problems at the university.
President Judy Genshaft's exorbitant salary and annual bonus increases, plus car, school and club benefits for her and her family, plus the burdensome tuition hikes imposed on students, are the real offenses at USF.
Furthermore, the school's shameless embrace of corporations and economic interests at the expense of intellectual and academic freedom are grounds for Genshaft's departure, not Mr. Leavitt, who is guilty of temporary passion and poor judgment only.
SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT KILLED FLEEING FUGITIVES
Tampa Tribune's Hernando Today, Thursday, January 7, 2010
Letter-to-Editor: Brian P. Moore, Spring Hill, Florida
Regarding TV reports recently on the rescue of three fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico: If the U.S. Coast Guard's rescue of the three fishermen is called a "textbook case," why would the Hernando County Sheriff's Internal Affairs Department clear its helicopter pursuit of a fugitive on a lake in September, resulting in his drowning, of any wrongdoing?
Eyewitnesses saw the Hernando County Sheriff's helicopter hover three feet above the water and six feet from the fugitive kayaker, with the rotors blowing his hat off. And the pilot admitted the propeller winds could have flipped the fugitive's 8-foot kayak into the air! The eyewitnesses also saw the copter churn up the water as the fugitive surfaced twice then disappeared in a shallow lake.
Reports on the Coast Guard rescue in the Gulf, stated that the [32-foot] boat had sunk so low that "getting close with the helicopter might kick up waves that could pitch the men into the sea."
Instead, a rescue swimmer was lowered into the water by the Coast Guard to take the men away from the boat, where they were hauled up to the helicopter one by one in a basket.
Conclusion: The Hernando County Sheriff's Department unnecessarily killed the fleeing fugitive. A simple motor boat pursuit or waiting for him to row his kayak off the lake would have easily saved the person's life and the sheriff department's extreme embarrassment over its incompetence and unnecessary actions.
"…..Hernando County's own presidential contender, Spring Hill resident Brian Moore of the Socialist Party USA, watched the inauguration at home with his wife and said he hoped to have the ear of the new president in the future."
"I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt," said Moore, who sent Obama a congratulatory letter following the election. "We would hope that he would move in our direction. I mentioned Socialism throughout the entire letter."
SPRING HILL — Charlene Johnston could have been one of the thousands in Washington, D.C., bundled tight in winter clothes to brave the cold, fighting through the crowds and basking in the moment unfolding at the U.S. Capitol. Read full article
EAST DELICATE TOPIC, EVEN IN PEACE GROUP
Tampa Tribunes Hernando Edition, Hernando Today, January 9, 2009
By Tony Marerro
The Middle East crisis is so divisive that even members of the local peace group can come down on opposite sides.
Several members of the Nature Coast Coalition for Peace and Justice declined to participate in a demonstration Wednesday at the corner of U.S. 19 and Cortez Boulevard to oppose Israel's campaign against Palestinians in Gaza and forcing the U.S. government to condemn the action.
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GAZA PROTEST HITS THE ROAD IN WEEKI WACHEE
ST. Peterburg Times Newspaper, Hernando Edition January 8, 2009
By Will Vragovic, Times photographer
Members and supporters of the Nature Coast Coalition for Peace and Justice hold signs at U.S. 19 and State Road 50 in Weeki Wachee on Wednesday. The coalition organized the demonstration to protest the conflict in the Gaza Strip, the failing economic system and other issues. “We have a conscience, and there are innocent civilians dying” in Gaza, coalition chairman Brian Moore said on his blog. “We’ve been getting everything from honks to fingers today,” he said of the demonstration. Read full article.
MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT PROMPTS PEACE COALITION TO DEMONSTRATE
TAMPA TRIBUNE NEWSPAPER, January 6, 2009, Hernando Today Edition
by Tony Marrero
The war in Iraq has given the Nature Coast Coalition for Peace and Justice plenty to protest in the last five years.Now the latest conflict between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza has prompted the group to act.
Members will set up at one of their favorite spots this Wednesday to protest what coalition president Brian Moore called Israel's "disproportionate response to a minimal threat." Read full article