U.S. House District 20 primary winners to face Libertarian Mike ter Maat in January

Mike ter Maat, District 20 Congressional Candidate

With some vote-by-mail ballots still to be counted, Republican Jason Mariner has handily won. At press time, Democrats Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick and Dale Holness are too close to call and will trigger an automatic recount and potentially a run-off vote. The winner of the Democrat primary will face Mariner and Libertarian Mike ter Maat in the January 11, 2022, general special election to fill the seat. District 20 is holding a special election since Alcee Hastings passed away last year and voter turnout in Palm Beach County was 17 percent.

McCormick and Holness are within one percent of each other, which if that holds true later today after they counted all the votes, then that would trigger an automatic recount for only those two candidates and potentially a run-off vote. The winner will then run in the general special election being held on January 11, 2022. In addition to Mike ter Maat, there is Leonard Serratore and Jim Flynn running with no party affiliation, and Shelley Fain is the write-in candidate.

Candidate Websites:

Mike ter Maat

Jason Mariner

Leonard Serratore

Jim Flynn (no website found)

Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick

Dale Holness

Shelley Fain

Youngkin wins Virginia and Republicans win most assembly races

Glenn Youngkin to be Virginia’s next governor. Photo Credit Glenn Youngkin campaign Facebook

Glenn Youngkin won the gubernatorial election over Terry McAuliffe last night and has been part of a wave of Republicans overtaking Democrats in many races. Youngkin, a former co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, took on McAuliffe and was thought to be a David vs. Goliath fight early on; however, as the election drew closer, it appeared McAuliffe should not have been resting on his laurels. At press time, Youngkin had 50.68%, McAuliffe 48.55%, Princess Blanding .69%, and a write-in candidate had .08%. Youngkin’s Republican running mate for Lieutenant Governor Winsome Sears also has won.

The impact of disappointed Democrats in President Joe Biden and other elected officials seemed to have an effect at the ballot box. Although almost 50 percent of Virginia voters felt Biden’s poor poll numbers were not a factor in their decision for whom to vote for governor, 28 percent expressed opposition to Biden in some polling.

Republicans also swept the Virginia legislature (state assembly), taking back what Democrats have held for the last several years. Republican Jason S. Miyares won the State Attorney General office, and a majority of general assembly offices up for election went to Republicans over Democrats.

Roger Stone suggests he may run for governor against Ron DeSantis in 2022

During an episode of the Stew Peters show this past weekend, Roger Stone stated he is considering a run to be Florida’s next governor should current Governor Ron DeSantis not audit the 2020 presidential election to determine if fraud occurred.

Stone, a long time Libertarian Party registered voter in Broward County, Florida, suggests that there was a large amount of fraud in Florida costing former President Donald Trump votes in the 2020 general election.

Strangely, out of the 15 individuals who have filed to run to be Florida’s Governor, according to the Florida Division of Elections website, DeSantis has yet to file for next year’s election. Those seeking to be on the ballot for the Florida governor’s race have until June 2022 to qualify to be on the ballot for the primary and general elections in 2022.


Tomorrow’s District 20 Primary winner will face Libertarian in January

Tomorrow, November 2, 2021, Florida Congressional District 20 Democratic and Republican voters will decide who will face Libertarian Party candidate, Mike ter Maat, in the January 11, 2022, special general election. The special election is because the former District 20 congressional representative, Alcee Hastings, passed away last year and the office must be filled.

Only those who were registered to vote in Congressional District 20 by October 4, 2021, and are registered as a Republican or Democrat can vote in tomorrow’s primary election. Here is a link to the sample ballot for Republicans and here is the link for the sample ballot for Democrats. If you are unsure of your voting status, you can go to this page to find out.

Democratic Party voters will have to choose between 11 primary candidates. They are Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, Elvin Dowling, Bobby B. DuBose, Omari Hardy, Dale V.C. Holness, Phil Jackson, Emmanuel G. Morel, Barbara Sharief, Dr. Imran, Uddin Siddiqui, Priscilla Ann Taylor, and Perry E. Thurston Jr.

Republican Party voters will have to choose between two primary candidates. They are Jason Mariner and Greg Musselwhite.

Besides political party candidates, in the special general election happening on January 11, 2022, there are three no party affiliated (NPA) and one write-in candidate. So, as of now, voters in the special general election for District 20 will include the Libertarian Party candidate Mike ter Maat, the winners of the Republican and Democrat primary election happening tomorrow, NPA candidates Jim Flynn, Robert Ornelas, Leonard L. Serratore, and write-in candidate Shelley Fain.

Also on the calendar for tomorrow is the Town of Highland Beach will have an election on November 2, 2021. There will be one (1) question on the ballot. Polls are open on November 2, 2021, from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm. Voters in the town can visit the My Status page to determine whether they are eligible to take part in this election and to find your sample ballot and your precinct’s polling location. 

G20 elected officials talk about China, climate change, energy prices, and COVID while in Rome

Several European elected officials have urged the United States President Joe Biden to de-escalate the tensions with China, fearing that the trade war between China and the US might damage global economies and have broad national security implications. One of the many major tensions for a Biden administration will be whether some attending the summit will counter China’s rise.

Joe and Jill Biden arrive in Rome, Italy to meet with leaders of the G20 countries.

Developing countries with growing financial ties to China fear having to choose between the two superpowers. The number of nations with growing monetary ties to the world’s second-largest economy, fear having to choose between the United States and China. Over nine months into the Biden administration, President Biden has already lifted some tariffs from the prior presidential administration. This month, the Biden administration announced it may allow some Chinese imports to be exempt from a range of tariffs.

Besides the COVID pandemic and its consequences, we expect ministers to discuss efforts to speed up the global economic recovery following the outbreak of the coronavirus and to address the rising energy prices and supply chain bottlenecks affecting several key industries.

We also expected leaders to endorse a plan to synthetically vaccinate 70% of the world’s population against COVID-19 by mid-2022 and to start a working group to combat future pandemics. G20 leaders will also agree on a global minimum tax rate of 15% for the largest companies – a move that would be a first for the global financial system.

The Group of 20 leading industrialized nations (G20) will begin a two-day climate change summit in Rome today, with the COVID-19 pandemic dominating the talks. The G20 bloc, which includes Brazil, China, India, Germany, and the United States, accounts for over 80% of global GDP, 60% of the world population, and about 80% of the CO2 emissions.

Two years after several East Asian countries were hit by a severe economic crisis in 1997, the Group of 7 (G7) finance ministers formed the G-20 to involve other countries in discussions on global economics and finance. President Joe Biden will represent the United States at this year’s summit in Rome today. He began his trip on Friday with meetings with Pope Francis, the French President Emmanuel Macron, and other world leaders.

Leaders from the world’s largest economies attended the two-day Group of 20 summit today, the first face-to-face meeting of leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies since the start of the COVID 19 pandemic. Prime Minister Mario Draghi welcomed the leaders to Rome’s Nuvola, a cloud-like convention center in a fascist neighborhood cut off from the rest of the city. The summit is the first face-to-face meeting of G20 leaders since the onset of the coronavirus outbreak.

President Joe Biden met with a number of world leaders Saturday morning as the G-20 debated how best to address the global economic problems from climate change to rising energy prices. White House advisers said Biden will spend his time at the Group of 20 Summit this weekend attempting to fix supply chains, securing a global corporate tax deal, and will press to explore debt relief and emergency funding for poor countries whose economies have been battered by the current pandemic.

Prince Charles has urged G20 leaders in his speech to the Rome summit to turn their “fine words on climate into action.” It is unknown what, if anything, humans can affect the direction of climate change in any meaningful direction.

The United States’ Secretary of State and the Secretary of the Treasury, in coordination with the President’s Special Representative for Climate Change, will lead a process to develop such a plan involving the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Chief Executive Officer of the United States International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), the Chief Executive Officer of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Director of the United States Trade and Development Agency, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and the heads of other agencies that may provide foreign aid and development finance. The Secretary of State and the Secretary of the Treasury shall provide the plan to President within 90 days of this order to the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy.

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Most heads of state and government in Rome travel to Glasgow for the G-20 summit. On Saturday, US President Joe Biden, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will meet on the sidelines of the opening session to discuss the next steps in the Iran nuclear program. Photo President Biden, second from left, poses for a family photo with other world leaders and officials at the Group of 20 summit in Rome on Saturday.

Floridians can now take their cocktails to go from a restaurant

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Although the bill doesn’t go far enough for most Libertarians, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed Senate Bill 148, allowing Florida restaurants to provide to-go cocktails for customers. An executive order provided a lifeline to businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has also proved popular and safe. The Institute for Justice (IJ), the Libertarian Party of Florida, and Americans for Prosperity supported the permanent change and applauded lawmakers for giving businesses the freedom to serve Floridians in the way that works best for them.

“Today Floridians can order up a cocktail from their favorite restaurant, take it home, and toast to their new freedom,” said IJ Florida Office Managing Attorney Justin Pearson. “Making to-go cocktails permanently available to restaurants and their customers is a sensible step. This reform will help restaurant entrepreneurs and their employees to recover from the pandemic while also providing customers with more options.”

“Alcoholic drinks to-go became an important source of revenue for restaurants that were trying to survive during the pandemic,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “This law is an important measure to continue the positive economic impacts of a temporary order. I want to thank the Legislature, but particularly Senator Jennifer Bradley and Representative Josie Tomkow, for being ready and willing to create common sense reforms that got government out of the way and increased opportunity for Florida businesses.”Governor DeSantis signed the bill at Houligan’s Sports Grille, an Ormond Beach-area restaurant that relied on the allowances of the Governor’s prior emergency orders over the past year as an added source of revenue during challenges associated with the pandemic.

Boca Raton Police to be out in force to quash the fun of The Boca Bash

March 22, 2020 / Lake Boca / Photo Credit: Karl Dickey

Although there is little the Boca Raton Police can do once boaters are out on Lake Boca, they are going to work to limit the number of people out on the lake this Sunday to enjoy a day of sun & fun on the water. The Boca Bash has been a long tradition in Boca Raton, where hundreds of boats and thousands of party-goers join together on the Lake Boca to have a good time. The event was co-founded by fellow Boca Raton Academy alumnus, Brad Geisen.

Well, last year, before the 2020 Boca Bash, a bunch of “Karens” got together and complained boats on the lake were not social distancing properly; so this year, the police feel the need to do what little they can to limit the fun this year. Technically, The Boca Bash was cancelled last year as the City of Boca Raton issued an emergency order not allowing boats to anchor in Lake Boca. Under the State of Florida’s purview, the waterways are now open this weekend and The Boca Bash is on.

Florida Libertarians to gather in Lakeland in June for state convention

The Libertarian Party of Florida will gather in Lakeland, Florida on the weekend of June 11 through June 13, 2021 to hold their annual business meeting and convention. The convention will open with Libertarian Party 2020 presidential nominee Jo Jorgensen and vice presidential nominee Spike Cohen addressing the crowd in the evening of June 11, 2021.

The business of the political party will start on Saturday morning and continue until Sunday. There will many items up for vote such as electing various officers to the party’s executive committee. There will also be various vendors such as the popular Taggart Trading which specializes in gold and silver coins and bullion. Also during the convention there will plenty of strategizing on how to grow the party and how to become a recognized major party, working to leave behind its minor party status with the State of Florida. Training for candidates and the party’s county affiliates will be available besides educating the public of about the Libertarian Party of Florida’s platform and principles.

We expect the highlight of the convention to be the Saturday evening dinner with Jo Jorgensen. That said, there will be a lunch on Saturday with the ever-popular Tom Woods who is well known in libertarian circles. There will also be a presentation by the Gun Owners of America, a breakfast with Spike Cohen, another breakfast with Scott Thrasher, and presentations from Scott Horton and Libertarian Trivia with Caryn Ann Harlos who is secretary for the national Libertarian Party.

$3T in more spending by Biden admin in the works ($18,000 per federal income tax paying American)

President Joe Biden Photo Credit: JoeBiden.com

As part of President Biden’s Build Back Better, another $3 trillion is reportedly now in the works on top of the $1.9 trillion that was just approved earlier this month with the American Rescue Plan. The $3 trillion would come in two parts; one for infrastructure and a second focus on childcare and education. Officially, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, “”Those conversations are ongoing, so any speculation about future economic proposals is premature and not a reflection of the White House’s thinking.”

It is unclear how much an appetite Republicans and many Democrats have for additional spending over what is part of the regular budget and the $6 trillion extra spending that has been allocated in the name of COVID relief. This extra spending allocated so far comes to about $37,000 per federal income tax paying American on top of the regular budget for the federal government.

The $3 trillion plan is still in its early phases of development and could change if it ever makes it to President Biden’s desk for signature. One part of the plan would help pay for roads, bridges, and public transportation in addition to 5G telecommunications and rural broadband. Part two of the plan deals with social welfare programs such as government run pre-K plans, community college support and to help pay childcare costs for parents.

It is unclear how federal taxpayers would pay for the $9 trillion in new spending on top of the $32 trillion federal debt we will have by the close of the year, or the unfunded liabilities of $83 trillion. The entire U.S. gross domestic product is only $21.6 trillion, so by the close of this year, the United States will probably run at least 140 percent of the country’s GDP (currently 130%). When you add in total debt owed by all U.S. governments (federal, state, and local), we are currently at 145.31 percent of GDP. As for spending, the federal deficit is now running over $4.5 trillion.

As most economists will tell you, although governments can run the debt that high for a very temporary time, it must be made up quickly either by paying down that debt, reducing spending, dramatically raising the GDP or a combination of both quickly in order to not default on the U.S. debt. We have seen the federal debt as an issue that most politicians have not wanted to address and continue to “kick the can down the road” in hopes it will fix itself. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has warned that a “large and continuously growing federal debt would… increase the likelihood of a fiscal crisis in the United States.” Experience shows that high levels of government debt reduce growth and increase financial fragility. In their study of financial crises in history, Carmen Reinhart and Ken Rogoff concluded, “again and again, countries, banks, individuals, and firms take on excessive debt in good times without enough awareness of the risks that will follow when the inevitable recession hits.” Government debt, they found, “is certainly the most problematic, for it can accumulate massively and for long periods without being put in check by markets.”

We are at the highest level of federal debt to GDP in the United States’ history since 1940. For comparison, the level was at 34.55 percent in 1980 and 58.67 percent in 2000.

How long do COVID-19 vaccines last? Bottom line is more studies are ongoing as we do not know

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Now that 45 million Americans have been vaccinated from COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2, many are wondering how long the vaccines will last and if people will need to get annual shots like the flu shot every year. There is not enough information available to make any certain determinations, and contrary to a good deal of news reports, the FDA has approved none of the vaccines available in the United States; it has only authorized them for emergency use (EUA). The first dose of the mRNA vaccines (like those from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech) trains the immune system to recognize and attack the spike protein on the surface of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

For example, the Moderna mRNA-1273 vaccine starts off at 94 percent effective against COVID-19, and it will begin denigrating its effectiveness 119 days (three months) after getting the vaccine for those over 56 years of age according to one small study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. For those 55 and under, the vaccine efficacy will last longer; however, much more study is needed for conclusive results. We do not know enough about the Pfizer-BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson, or Janssen COVID-19 vaccines to rate their efficacy months after getting the shot, and studies are continuing to get the data needed to know how long the efficacy lasts. The only way to accurately compare the effectiveness of these COVID-19 vaccines is by direct comparison in head-to-head clinical trials, which has not occurred for these vaccines. The clinical trials for these vaccines occurred in different geographic regions and at different points in time. All the COVID-19 vaccines that the FDA has authorized for emergency use are at least 50% more effective than placebo in preventing COVID-19 at the time they are given.

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According to research from the National Institutes of Health, those who have already had COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 will have natural immunity up to eight months of infection. Antibodies—proteins that circulate in the blood—recognize foreign substances like viruses and neutralize them. The researchers found durable immune responses in the majority of people studied. Antibodies against the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2, which the virus uses to get inside cells, were found in 98% of participants one month after symptom onset. As seen in previous studies, the number of antibodies ranged widely between individuals. But, promisingly, their levels remained fairly stable over time, declining only modestly at 6 to 8 months after infection. This study’s results were further supported with a much larger study out of England with healthcare workers who had contracted the virus and had immunity for many months after. All studies have shown a slow decline in natural immunity after eight months, and it is unknown how long it takes an average human to no longer have that immunity.

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