Wednesday, September 26, 2012

South Florida House contestants Hasner, Frankel spar over term limits

Term Limits are showing up as a key issue in yet another Congressional race, this one in South Florida's 22nd House district.

In one corner is the term-limited former mayor of West Palm Beach, Lois Frankel, who launched a series of political machinations in 2010 to overturn the city's voter-approved 8-year term limits law. Failing in the face of a public uproar, she announced her candidacy instead for the U.S. Congress.

In the other corner is term-limited former Florida State House Majority Leader Adam Hasner, who worked in a term limited legislature and concluded that the U.S. Congress should be term limited too. Hasner is a signatory of the U.S. Term Limits pledge to cosponsor and vote for Congressional term limits if elected. Beyond this he has pledged to limit his own terms and includes his support for the popular reform prominently in his campaign literature.

In this clip above, Hasner makes his case for term limits. Frankel starts to make a case against, but careens into babble when she accidentally starts to undermine her own argument. Michele Kirk of South Florida's BIZPAC Review tells the full story here.

Polling shows this one to be close, with Democrat Frankel a few points ahead in this Democrat-leaning district. Given the popularity of term limits in Palm Beach County, Hasner is heading into the finish waving the term limits flag which has proven effective in 2012 for other upstarts with credibility on this issue. And Hasner's got that.

Stay tuned!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

BE THERE: Save Pinellas term limits forum Sept. 8

The Save Pinellas County committee is coming to North Pinellas this weekend to tell the story of the rebellion of their county commissioners against the 8-year term limits law and the citizens who approved the law overwhelmingly in 1996.

The public forum will be held in Oldsmar, Fla., at 1 p.m. Saturday Sept. 8 at the Action Center in the Woodland Square Shopping Center, 3150 Tampa Road #16, on the Curlew Road side of the center.

The plaintiffs who filed the lawsuit against the commissioners on behalf of the people will be on hand to answer questions and let their neighbors know how they can help restore the rule of law in Pinellas County.

If you cannot attend but would like to make a monetary donation to the lawsuit effort, please send a check to Save Pinellas, 1028 Peninsula Avenue, Tarpon Springs, Fla., 34689.

For more information, see the Save Pinellas Facebook page, call (727) 744-6059 or (727) 919-3523 or email