Obama’s Shutdown

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by Nick Stone

At midnight, President Obama and Harry Reid got what they wanted. They sent the government to a screeching halt and pointed their fingers at Republicans.

Why? Because House Republicans (joined by a few Democrats) stood firm against the most coercive, intrusive and unpopular law in modern history – Obamacare. Using the Power of the Purse, these brave souls put their names on the line to side with the public and against big government special interests.

House Republicans were willing to give the President 99% of what he wanted — fully funding the government at outrageously high Obama era spending levels. In return they simply demanded a delay of Obamacare. For that, they were called extreme.

President Obama has already trampled the Constitution to give his own donors and friends Obamacare waivers. Don’t the American people deserve at least a one year reprieve?

This shutdown is the irresponsible consequence of an intransigent President who can’t take 99% of a loaf. Republicans aren’t extreme, Obama is.

October Meeting & Joint Social


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October Meeting: “The Scary Truth”

Wednesday October 2, 7 p.m.

We conclude our Summer Panel Series by turning talk into action.  Join our strategy session on ways to be strong advocates on the issues of diversity, education, labor issues and more!

Event link:  https://www.facebook.com/events/576446535745929/

Joint Palm Beach – Broward YR Social

“Brews & Politics”

Thursday October 24, 5:30 p.m.

Yard House Boca Raton

We are very excited to link up with our Region 12 partners

Event link:  https://www.facebook.com/events/345214242280552/

YRNF Quarterly in Fort Lauderdale

YRNF Fall Quarterly Fort Lauderdale

Join us in Fort Lauderdale November 15-17!

Young Republicans from across the nation will celebrate in the sun as we showcase all that Florida has to offer.

See the event page for updates, itinerary and travel info: https://www.facebook.com/events/504664506286649/


Florida GOP Women Most Influential

We are proud to have several Floridians on the NewsMax list of 25 Most Influential GOP Women!

Here are some excerpts:

Most Influential GOP Women

8 | Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Member, House of Representatives

One measure of Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s political gifts: In her 10 full terms in Congress, she never failed to garner at least 58 percent of the vote. As the first Cuban-American and the first Hispanic woman to serve in the United States Congress, she’s also a trailblazer.

She was a child when her family fled Castro’s Cuba. Now 61, she is an outspoken Castro opponent, and a redoubtable advocate for a strong American foreign policy. She is the former chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and, due to rotation, now chairs the powerful subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa. She also serves as a member of the House Committee on Rules.

Ros-Lehtinen says Republicans lost the women’s vote “through our own incompetence.” But she expresses confidence women can be wooed back to the party, noting women are opening new businesses in large numbers. When you become a business owner, she says, “you understand the meaning of what our GOP is all about.”

20 | Ann Coulter

Author, Columnist, Commentator

One sign Ann Coulter’s broadsides are singularly effective is the visceral reaction she triggers from the left. Her clever, best-selling titles include How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must) and If Democrats Had Any Brains, They’d Be Republicans.

Coulter, 51, was an attorney before emerging in the 1990s as an outspoken antagonist of the Clinton administration. She steadfastly refuses to indulge the new American pastime of political correctness.

Coulter pens a popular syndicated column, serves as legal correspondent for Human Events, and frequently appears as a commentator on cable news shows. She was an early and outspoken supporter of Mitt Romney in the 2012 election cycle.

22 | Ana Navarro

Republican Strategist,
CNN Political Contributor

Ana Navarro is one of the most outspoken and influential women in politics. She served as Gov. Jon Huntsman’s national Hispanic co-chair in 2012. Born in Nicaragua, she immigrated to the United States with her family during the Sandinista conflict of the 1980s. She is a political contributor for CNN and CNN en Espanol and has influenced state and national races in Florida.

She also served as Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s adviser on immigration policy.

On election night, she boldly tweeted that “Mitt Romney self-deported himself from the White House,” leading ACU chief Al Cardenas to tell the Tampa Bay Times: “Ana has a passion about her, and she’s not going to be intimidated or coerced into doing anything other than what’s right in her mind.”


GOP Up & Comers:

Pam Bondi

Florida attorney general

Bondi’s lead role in the state-level lawsuit that challenged Obamacare has won her a devoted following among the GOP rank-and-file. Following an 18-year career as a prosecutor and assistant state attorney general, Bondi, 47, won Sarah Palin’s endorsement during the course of her successful 2010 campaign. She has become something of a conservative reformer in Florida, investigating mortgage and Medicaid fraud and fighting human trafficking.

Florida GOP Women, as always, show the rest of the country how it’s done.  Good job ladies!

YR Action: Bad News Awaits Obama in Florida

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It’s a great morning to be a Florida Young Republican!  But I’d sure hate to be on Team Obama today, as he lands in the Sunshine State to some troubling news for his administration.

Unfortunately for President Obama, it isn’t just conservative news outlets taking him to task.  We have composed some news clips to include in your Facebook, Twitter & other online posts today.


News Headlines


ABC: Obama Pivots to Economy… Again
Time: Obama Then And Now: Eight Years Later, the Speech is the Same
CBS: CBS News poll finds more Americans than ever want Obamacare repealed
USA Today: Partisan tone won’t help Obama

FOX: Obama tries to offset current scandals by recycling talking points on economy

CBS: As Obama Talks, Washington Barrels Toward Budget Showdown

These are just a few top leads to get you going… Feel free to search the internet for more Obama news updates.

Suggested Hashtags 
(for Twitter AND Facebook)

#Sayfie / #SSNalerts



#Economy / #Jobs / #Security / #Debt / #Spending / #Scandal



President Obama is counting on Floridians to pay attention to today’s speech rather than his abysmal record.  Let’s get online today and make sure that doesn’t happen.  Follow @BrowardYRs and @FFYR for updates throughout the day.


See you online!

Register for the 2013 FFYR Annual in Orlando


August 16-17, 2013 in Orlando

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FFYR Proudly Announces Its

2013 Annual Convention Agenda!

 Join the Florida Federation of Young Republicans the weekend of Friday, August 16th – Sunday, August 18th for our Annual Convention in Orlando, The City Beautiful!
Hotel Information
  Embassy Suites, Downtown Orlando
191 East Pine Street
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 841-1000

Ask for the “Florida Federation of Young Republicans” room rate of $139/night!

Early Bird Special of $75/person ends soon!

*** All events will take place at the

Embassy Suites unless otherwise indicated ***

Friday, August 16th



Board Meeting

Credential Committee Meeting



Cocktail Reception, Embassy Suites – San Juan Room
with Guests TBA

Saturday, August 17th  

* Meetings *

8am: Constitution and By-Laws Committee & Convention Rules Committee

8am: Club Presidents

9am: Breakfast with Guest TBA

* Meetings *

10am: Finance, Communications, & Club Development

11am: Region Caucuses

12pm: Lunch with Guests TBA at  *** Grey Robinson ***

301 East Pine Street
Suite 1400
Orlando, 32801

1:30pm: Executive Committee Meeting & Elections &

New Executive Committee Meeting

3:30pm: Free Time (in Orlando! Home of Tourism! Have FUN)!

6pm: Happy Hour

7pm: Dinner with a fabulous guest speaker (TBA); Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, Will Weatherford, will be inducted into the

FFYR Hall of Fame!




Will Weatherford is a small business owner, husband and father who resides in Wesley Chapel, Florida. The Speaker studied at Jacksonville University where he earned a degree in business. It is also the place where he found his passion for public service. In college, he was elected Student Government Association Vice President and received the Outstanding Leadership award. In 2006, Will ran for the House of Representatives to represent Pasco County. He won his first race and returned to Tallahassee, this time representing his hometown as an elected official. Not a typical freshman, Will was able to use his knowledge of policy and the process to immediately tackle important issues. He has a record of championing education reform, promoting transparency and accountability in government, expanding school choice for Florida’s parents and children, and leading a redistricting process that put the process above politics and was upheld by a unanimous vote of the Florida Supreme Court. The Speaker’s peers unanimously elected him Speaker of the House of Florida in 2012. Over the years, Will has been recognized as a “Champion of Business;” a “Defender of Parents’ Rights” by the Florida Catholic Conference; “Legislator of the Year” by Able Trust for Disabled; and a “Top 12 State Legislators to Watch” by Governing Magazine.

Welcome to the Convention, Mr. Speaker (currently, the youngest House Speaker in the nation)!

Sunday, August 18th  

See you in Orlando, YRs!

Time To Get Off The Mat & Fight!

by Broward County Young Republicans President Nick Stone:

I recently stumbled upon some great debate footage from the C-Span vault. It was three Broward County Young Republicans, led by Broward’s favorite son and then-Broward YR President George LeMieux, debating against the Broward YDs on issues related to the 1996 election.

You might remember Republicans got badly beaten on Election Day that year, much like we did just last year. But somehow we picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves off, and went on to win future elections. It wasn’t easy, but it was necessary.

Nearly every day since our last election I’ve woken up reassuring myself that it was only a nightmare and we won. But we didn’t.

May I be straight forward with you for a moment? I took the last election results very hard. It was personal for me, just as I know it was personal for you. We knocked more doors, rang more phones, sent more mailers, waved more signs than I thought possible. We worked in every corner of Broward County and across the nation to set this country on a better course and we got walloped in many important races anyway.

It hurt then and it still hurts now. But it’s time to get up off the mat.

We are going to have our 1996s, our 2008s and 2012s occasionally. That’s how the pendulum of history works. But we cannot turn the wounds of those battles into excuses to sit on our hands the next time around.

The time has come to dust ourselves off, get our heads in the game and bring the fight to the Democrats.

Why should we wait on history to tell America that we are right on the issues?

Let’s bring our case to the people, starting right now. Let’s tell them our story, beginning today. Let’s have a conversation about the relationship between our people and our government. Let’s take it to them without hesitation.

As your President, I stood with you as voters delivered their verdict the last time around and shared your horrified astonishment. Now, it’s my job to pick us back up and get our team in fighting shape for upcoming political battles.

The other side isn’t waiting to build on their electoral wins and neither can we afford to wait to push the ball back across the 50 yard line. We get up and fight back today or we forfeit the next several election cycles. It is that important.

I leave you with some of the most inspiring campaign words I’ve ever heard spoken, by a candidate who knew defeat but stood up to fight anyway, if only because the times and the nation called upon him to lead.

Join me in heeding his wisdom in answering the call to proverbial arms – right here, right now. Let’s get on offense. Let’s win one for America the next time around.

Senator John McCain, RNC Acceptance Speech 2008:

My country saved me and I cannot forget it. And I will fight for her so long as I draw breath, so help me God.

Friends, if you find faults with our country, make it a better one.

If you are disappointed with the mistakes of government, join its ranks and work to correct them.

Enlist in our Armed Forces, become a teacher, enter the ministry, run for public office, feed a hungry child, teach an illiterate adult to lead. Comfort the afflicted. Defend the rights of the oppressed.

Our country will be the better and you will be the happier because nothing brings greater happiness in life than to serve a cause greater than yourself.

I’m goingto fight to make sure every American has every reason to thank God, asI thank him, that I’m an American, a proud citizen of the greatestcountry on Earth. And with hard work — with hard word, strong faith,and a little courage, great things are always within our reach.

Fight with me. Fight with me.

Fight for what’s right for our country. Fight for the ideals and character of a free people.

Fight for our children’s future. Fight for justice and opportunity for all.

Stand up to defend our country from its enemies. Stand up for eachother, for beautiful, blessed, bountiful America.

Stand up, stand up, stand up, and fight.

Nothing is inevitable here. We’re Americans, and we never give up.

We never quit.

We never hide from history. We make history.

Thank you, and God bless you, and God bless America.

Washington Flounders While Florida Leads

Five years ago the Obama White house told America, because of historic new spending and government intervention, to expect a robust economic rebound and lots of new jobs. But the economy sputtered and few jobs materialized.

After countless pivots back to jobs, this week’s unemployment news proves again that Americans cannot trust their President to fix the economy and put them back to work.  Voters are understandably frustrated and we share their concerns.

Here’s the truth about our economy:
  •       Year-on-year, the number of “discouraged workers” (unemployment dropouts) has risen by 206,000 people.
  •      The U-6 (total) unemployment rate jumped significantly from last month, from 13.8% to 14.3%.
  •       Current jobs growth rate of 195,000/month would take the economy until 2021 just to return to pre-recession employment levels.
America’s unemployment picture looks dismal.  That this week’s news “beat expectations” is even more insidious.

President Obama has lots of excuses for his poor performance on the economy and jobs: George Bush, Republicans in Congress, the Arab Spring, poor forecasting, weather patterns, even ATMs. Did we mention George Bush?

If the President wants real economic recovery, he should turn to Florida, where Republicans have proven it possible to cut taxes and spending, streamline regulations and create a huge jobs boom in the process.

Economist Steve Forbes pointed out the stark contrast between Washington and Tallahassee in a recent op-ed:

“While reducing the size and scope of Florida’s government, [Governor] Scott has cut taxes five times in a little over two years, and …overseen the elimination of more than 2,300 regulations on businesses and residents…

“The results are in: Since Scott took office, almost 350,000 new private sector jobs have been created – halfway to the goal he promised during the 2010 campaign – and the state’s unemployment rate has dropped to 7.1 percent. That’s down 4 percentage points since he took office …

“Governor Scott’s 2010 campaign slogan was simply ‘Let’s get to work.’ By any measure he has certainly delivered.”

In Broward County, unemployment has fallen from 7.2% last April to 5.6% this April.  Enterprise growth championed by the Governor has led Port Everglades alone to support over 200,000 jobs statewide.  We are noticeably better off than the 11.1% statewide unemployment that liberal Charlie Crist handed Governor Scott two years ago.

So, where are the jobs? 

The answer is clear. Economic growth has centered on Florida and other Republican-led states.  The voters are paying attention and noticing results.

When will this White House do the same?


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June: GOP Diversity Panel

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June is GOP Diversity Month!
Join our panel discussion on Wednesday June 12th

Each June, Broward County Young Republicans celebrate GOP Diversity Month where we showcase the breadth of our Party.

Join us for an exciting and informative panel discussion on growing our party, different Republican perspectives and what brings us all together.

Stay tuned as we announce more panelists… you won’t want to miss this event!

Confirmed Panelists:

Torey Alston

Peret Pass

Christian Avila

Laurette Homan

Kent Haeffner

Submit questions for our panelists on our Event Page.

Please RSVP and find more info on FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/events/182325501930301/

FFYR Annual Convention in Orlando

We are so excited to see everyone at the Annual Convention in the City Beautiful, Orlando! Please note we have some important (and exciting) votes coming up in August, including a complete revamp of our Constitution and By-Laws and voting for Board members.
A copy of the proposed changes to the Constitution and By-Laws were distributed this past weekend at the Quarterly (and were previously sent via email). However, if you need a copy of both or either, please email C&B Chair, Skylar Zander. Proposals will be voted on in August.
The following individuals are seeking election this August and we wish them the best of luck!

Vice Chair


Assistant Treasurer


Assistant Secretary

National Committeeman

National Committeewoman


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