Your Social Media Sunday Political Round-up for 4-13-14

Here are the week’s best social media offerings from your elected officials.

We start off with a major photo from the opening ceremonies of the Hispanic Business Expo. Let me take a deep breath because everyone is in this shot. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Congressman Daniel Webster, Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn, Orange County Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles, Orange County Commissioners Scott Boyd and Pete Clarke, Orlando Commissioner Tony Ortiz, Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Mike Ertel, Winter Garden City Commissioner Bobby Olszewsky, and Orange County Clerk of Court Eddie Fernandez. This photo was posted on FB and shared many times.

Hispanic Business Expo Everyone

However, Mayor Dyer may have still won the week with this tweet he sent out during his State of the City Address.

Dyer took this photo mid-speech

Dyer took this photo mid-speech

No slouch on social media himself, Congressman John Mica donned an old school Ice Cream Man uniform for this FB post during an event.

Congresswoman and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz went back to school for her 30th High School Reunion.

State Representative Joe Saunders turned 31 Years old this week. Throw him some Birthday Wishes.

State Representative Eric Eisnaugle was a winner on Tuesday and sworn in the very next day. He posted this thanks after his victory.

Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam had some little visitors to the Capitol this week.

Speaker of the House Will Weatherford, buzzed former State Senator and Gubernatorial Candidate Nan Rich with this tweet.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio sounding off on Twitter about the situation in Cuba.

We end with an epic Throw Back Thursday picture from Florida Governor Rick Scott. 1971 when he joined the Navy. Wow!

That’s it for now. We’ll see you next week!

Here is Why Buddy Dyer’s 2014 State of the City was One of the Best Speeches I’ve Heard Him Give

I have to listen to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer talk.

A lot.

Obviously, the longtime Mayor of the City your blog’s web address is named after has to play a big part in what you write. I figure if add up the amount of time I have to listen to this guy a year (events, tv, webvids), it’s probably enough to walk from one side of the City Beautiful to the other.

However, yesterday was different. It was the 2014 State of the City and it was one of the best speeches I’ve heard him give. It was better than his municipal counter-part Teresa Jacobs’ last State of the County and much better than Florida Governor Rick Scott’s State of the State. Let me explain why. (you can read my official write-up HERE)

Location, Location, Location: The weather on Church St. yesterday morning was about 76 degrees with clear skies and the sun shining perfectly on the new commuter rail system it’s named after. The crowd was arranged nicely in the square and everyone had a great view with enough personal space. Outside speech > Inside speech almost always if the conditions are right. Yesterday they were.

Buddy ate his Wheaties: The Mayor had more energy than he usually does, reserved for when he’s trying to pitch a big project. This time, he acted like many of the talking points hadn’t come to fruition. He was selling Sunrail even though the car was right behind him, he sold the Amway Center event after a successful opening round of NCAA action. He made potholes and sidewalks sound exciting. I saw more energy from his yesterday than the entire time he was running for reelection two years ago.

This Photo: He managed to talk it without disrupting the flow of the speech. You can see his City Commission on the left. Mayor Jacobs and members of County Government on the right and a full press corp with cameras on the riser. This is his now. Anyone else doing this within 75 miles from here will just be imitation.

Dyer took this photo mid-speech

Dyer took this photo mid-speech

Boldness and Bad News: Let’s be clear. Dyer was already a proud supporter of the LGBT Community in Orlando but yesterday after he said he wanted to Orlando to be the site of the first Gay wedding in the state, that won support from the LGBT community state-wide on social media. No matter your beliefs on the issue, it was dramatic, it was potent.

He was also very real

He acknowledged what many of us who follow this stuff every day knew. There are financial problems in City’s Budget. He pointed out that he hadn’t made the kind of progress he wanted to with the Homelessness problem. Most politicians would announce this through a release or during a commission meeting when the whole city wasn’t watching. Dyer did it in the spotlight. His spotlight, with friends and rivals watching. A State of the City speech is reserved almost entirely for bragging and sugar-coated explanations. There was none of that.

But you left feeling optimistic and proud:

“The great city we envisioned is in front of us.” “The State of the City is Strong and Ready to take on any Challenge”

Damn Right.

As a frequent critic who often pokes fun at the Mayor, this was his best. Now, every speech isn’t the State of the City (with those two movie screens as prompters) and there were some factors that worked in his favor that he won’t always have control of but yesterday, he was at his best.

Dyer uses Sunrail as Centerpiece for 2014 State of the City Address

Before a full crowd at Church Street Station, in front of Sunrail, and underneath blue skies, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer delivered the State of the City, in what was a positive but “real” look at the City Beautiful and it’s future.

Sunrail was the centerpiece. The commuter rail system that is scheduled to start in just a couple of weeks, and will eventually stretch from Volusia to Osceola counties was heavily featured as, the Mayor talked about it’s challenging journey from concept to reality. “It’s our very own, ‘Little Engine that Could’” Dyer said. Visitors were able to take a tour of the train after the speech.

He then moved on to the medical city, that was garnering national attention. He talked about Orlando’s status as the “Nation’s most promising Tech Hub” and said that 3K Jobs have or will eventually be created from it.

The city’s next exciting development would take place just a short way from Church street. Dyer touted the Amway Center and the recent success of the NCAA tournament games, and plans for an Entertainment Complex that would be located just across the street. There was finally the MLS Soccer team that was also becoming a reality. “Imagine what a whole (entertainment/sports) district could accomplish” he said. “A Downtown for Everyone”.

He hit on the not-so glamorous issues that effect residents. Potholes, Websites, and Sidewalks were all being addressed and would improve quality of life when navigating the city, on the streets or on-line.

In remarks that have received high praise from the LGBT community since the speech took place a few hours ago, Dyer threw his full support behind Gay Marriage. “Diversity is our Greatest Strength” he said and continued “Some day, I hope Orlando can be the first city in Florida to have a same sex wedding”.

The speech then took a darker turn. The Mayor acknowledged that budget troubles are a possibility and despite measures to “shrink government and keep money in your pockets”; workshops will have to be held to find solutions to keep the financial affairs of the city in order. He also acknowledged that the homelessness problem in Orlando has “not had the kind of success we’ve wanted” and pledged to promote I-Dignity to help the homeless get identification, and to move those affected into stable housing in the next couple of years.

He did bring the audience back up before closing. He thanked those who have helped the city like Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Major League Soccer. He closed saying “The great city we envisioned is in front of us.” “The State of the City is Strong and Ready to take on any Challenge”

After the speech, I spoke to a Candidate that hopes to play a part in future Municipal Politics. Orange County Commission District 2 Candidate Greg Jackson said of the speech “I listen to Mayor Dyer and I see he has a very clear vision for Orlando. The future of medical city. Sunrail and how it’s going to get individuals from home to work ” and continued “It makes me very optimistic about the future of Orlando and Orange County and I’m very excited about what I heard today”.

Dyer took this photo mid-speech

Dyer took this photo mid-speech


Your Social Media Sunday Political Round-Up For 4-6-14

Here are this week’s best social media offerings from your Elected Officials.

Florida Governor Rick Scott celebrated the opening of the Major League Baseball Season by publishing this photo of himself on the field with the Detroit Tigers during Spring Training.

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam was one of many Gator fans bummed out by the men’s basketball team loss to the Connecticut Huskies.

Here we have Florida Senator Bill Nelson pressuring a sluggish Department of Veterans Affairs to act. We’ve had the Orlando VA Hospital here delayed for years.

Congressman Alan Grayson had an April Fool’s Joke for Everyone.

Here we have Congressman Daniel Webster and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs out supporting the Wounded Warrior Project at a local event.

Here we have District 47 State Rep. Linda Stewart with the National Championship Florida State Seminoles.

Noles Stewart

Here we have State Rep. Bryan Nelson representing the blue and orange on Gator Day.

Nelson Gators

Finally, we have Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer celebrating the swearing in of new OPD Chief John Mina.

Have a great week everyone and remember..we’ve got elections on Tuesday!

Orlando D5 Commission Hopefuls Debate just Days before Election

On Thursday night, Juan Lynum, Regina Hill, and Cynthia Harris debated in front of more than 170 people, at the Mt. Zion Church to make their case to the voters, just days before they head to the polls, to determine who will be the next Orlando Commissioner from District 5.

The forum opened with each candidate describing why they would be the best choice for the district. Harris led off voicing her love for the community and saying that businesses coming to the area had a responsibility to hire and train D5 voters for those jobs. Hill led off with an “I am” Dialog. “I am a mother. I am a Nurse. I am a Veteran and I am ready to fight!” she said. Juan Lynum’s opening led to a chilly reception. “We are losing one of the greatest commissioners in the City” he said of his mother Daisy Lynum, who is retiring after 16 years. That remark led to audible grumbles by the audience, who were thrown off by her rocky exit from office.

When asked about how Paramore could benefit from the massive city projects currently taking place, Harris stressed transportation to get residents to jobs and other places they needed to go. Hill stressed training and certification programs. Lynum yielded to Mayor Buddy Dyer‘s power over those projects and urged constituents to call his office to make a difference.

The candidates were then asked about the homeless problem. Regina Hill slammed Daisy Lynum for putting a moratorium in place, that hindered helping the homeless and urged restoring their mental health. Lynum fought back by insisting there was a plethora of services available and telling those in attendance that it shouldn’t be District 5′s mission alone to help the homeless. He also pushed for getting the homeless identification that could open up access to services. Harris pushed for starting a directory to point those that needed help, in the right direction.

The fencing between Hill and Lynum continued when asked about job development. Lynum explained potential for job growth with the Creative Village and the Magic Entertainment Complex. And the positive trend they could encourage. He said he had the Magic’s support and pointed a path of prosperity through them. “The Magic don’t support me.” Hill fired off about the team “They didn’t give me $2000 dollars, so I don’t owe them” and continued “We’re tired of getting crumbs. It’s time for us to eat!”

All of the candidates supported giving rehabilitated felons a second chance for government employment, and developing youth programs to keep the kids away from the wrong elements of the community. They also all pushed for working with officials in higher offices for the betterment of the community.

During the closing remarks Cynthia Harris ended the forum with an impressive soundbyte that energized the audience “Pretend like the other neighborhoods don’t exist, because that’s what they’re doing to you!”

The event was well moderated and the audience in attendance was animated.

Analysis and Opinion:

Juan Lynum didn’t flinch when praising his mother’s work despite the grumbles from the audience. He piggy-backed on Hill’s answers a couple of times during the debate. He did come armed with the most “hard info” when talking about projects currently underway in the city. He also seemed very supportive of policies put in place and the direction the district was already going. You’ve also got to consider the emotional restraint it takes to keep calm, when someone is indeed slamming the policies of the person that brought you into this world. When I spoke to Lynum about his campaign’s late start, he said there were many sleepless nights and that he was getting advice not only from Commissioner Lynum, but many other officials connected to the city. Simply put. If you voted for Daisy Lynum, you’ll probably vote for Juan Lynum.

Regina Hill: was the fighter of the group and has managed to take her long arrest history and turn it into a success story for her platform. It’s still a liability for her candidacy but she’s not turning away questions. She positioned herself as a clear opponent of the status quo and drew the most applause during the event. In a pre-debate interview we spoke about a loss in her family two days ago. She said she was tired, weary, and hurting but was drawing strength from her supporters.

Cynthia Harris: Had the most even performance of the evening. She steered clear of the “back and forth” between Lynum and Hill and stayed on her message. Her platform seemed to be a balance between the other two. In a pre-debate interview she pushed for an open relationship with Home Owners Association Presidents and said that she was the only candidate that actually lived in the district.

I’d like to once again thank the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church for putting on this event.

D5 Forum