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An Exciting New Video Game hitting shelves this November featuring our very own Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer!!!
Have a great Sunday and don’t forget to check back for “Week in Review” around 7pm tonight!!
This week has been PR gold for Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and it’s only Wednesday.
The beginning of the week had the rumored Gubernatorial candidate coming to terms on renovations for the Citrus Bowl renovations with Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs; A move that will keep the venue competitive for national events and temporarily halt questions over his ability to work with Jacobs and on Tuesday he showed his kinder and gentler side releasing two black swans into Lake Eola. A photo opportunity most politicians would shout for.
Two days, two wins.
The real credit goes to Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan who purchased the swans and has also sponsored the city’s growing Urban Chicken program that allows city residents the chance to house two “fowl” creatures (see what I did there?).
Perhaps Dyer could advise the Department of Veterans affairs and the contractors behind the delays of the Orlando VA Hospital. Today we’ve got more bad news over the finger pointing that has delayed the badly needed facility that has thousands of Veterans waiting.
In other more serious political news, we’ve got video content on poll closings in Osceola County, and poll numbers that have President Obama ahead in Florida over Mitt Romney on the eve of the controversial health care ruling.
These stories lead your Wednesday morning political headlines.
Orlando Sentinel: VA, contractor try to sort out Orlando hospital delay
WFTV 9 Eyewitness News: (VIDEO) Some question closing of polling places in Osceola County
CF News 13: Swing state poll shows support for Obama
WKMG Local 6: Seminole County to vote on property tax increase
WOFL Fox 35: (AP) Obama to host White House picnic for lawmakers
This has been a great political conversation starter.
The two most powerful political figures in Central Florida snapping back and forth at each other in the media, then finally coming together and working out an agreement. This is great for Central Florida. If only Washington could work things out like this.
On Wednesday Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer met and hammered out an agreement on the aging Citrus Bowl renovations. Basically, the county will have the city’s back when it comes to borrowing the money to make these repairs a reality.
The Sentinel does a great job explaining it in plain English for the rest of us. Plus, we’re number 1 in political corruption. That’s right baby, we don’t do anything half speed in the “F.L.A”. Those stories lead your Thursday morning political headlines.
Orlando Sentinel: (VIDEO) Dyer, Jacobs agree to move forward on Citrus Bowl deal
WFTV 9 Eyewitness News- Volusia Co. schools retreading bus tires to save money
NBC- (VIDEO) Spokesman: RNC not blocking Ron Paul fest at fairgrounds
ACTION News- Jeb Bush: I won’t be Mitt Romney’s Vice President
WTVT FOX Tampa Bay- Scott administration defends voter purge (AP)
Bay News 9:- Former Governor Bush endorse Mack for Senate
Local 10 - (Video) Coral Gables voters to decide pickup truck issue
WSVN 7 News- Broward school district to add teaching jobs
News 4 JAX- Rick Scott visits Ponte Vedra (VIDEO)
FOX 29 WFLX- Conservatives and Romney work at working together
ABC 27 WTXL- FL justices hearing public defender dispute
FOX 49 Tally- Florida: National Leader in Public Corruption
WKRG 5 News- VIDEO- Budget Advisory Committee Has First Meeting
WEAR ABC 3 – Victory Office Opens (Video)
FOX 10 TV- New law limits protests at funerals
WCBJ TV 20- Video Ann Romney Visits Ocala
ABC 7 WZVN- Shelters have city attorney seeking outside help (video)
FOX 4 Now WFTX- Florida, Virginia have best building codes
WJHG 7 NBC- Florida Number One in Government Corruption
The candidates for Orlando Mayor all came together this evening, inside of a packed College Park Community Center to talk priorities, growth, and quality of life to the audience in attendance.
Mayor Buddy Dyer, City Commissioner Phil Diamond, Businessman Ken Mulvaney, and Activist/Organizer Mike Cantone all took about 5 to 8 minutes to go over their platform and describe their vision for Orlando.
This was not a debate. It was a forum and there were no edgy exchanges or loud crowd reaction. It was the first time they were seen together and the first time they could criticize Buddy Dyer with the Mayor sitting only a few feet away. There was a drawing that determined the order. Let’s run through each candidates speech.
Ken Mulvaney: Mulvaney spoke fondly about building his life here in Orlando. He brought up term limits saying it would bring in new ideas and the concept of rescheduling elections to save the city money. He said the city should get involved with education and promoted a stronger open door policy.
Mulvaney did fine. The last man to enter the race had the misfortune of being the first to speak at the forum.
Phil Diamond: It appears as if Mayor Buddy Dyer’s most dangerous opponent is the one that’s been sitting next to him on the commission the entire time.
Sounding energized and having the biggest identifiable following in attendance, Diamond said he thought the Mayor was a nice guy but had a clear 3-point outline of what he believed the Mayor did wrong. “When you mistakes spending taxpayer money it takes away from other critical resources. The three points were.
1. The deal the City got for the Amway center and that public money paid for 80% of it.
2. Selling the building across from the Amway center to the Magic without putting it up for bid for other businesses.
3. The city having to pay 3 mil (land and destruction of the Amway Arena) when it shouldn’t have cost the taxpayers anything.
He brought up using Phone Apps for city repairs. In fairness Dyer is proud of his “Pothole Hotline” still, an app could be neat.
Phil Diamond impressed this evening.
Mike Cantone: Cantone’s activist background has made him a gifted speaker and using a small portion of the existing city budget for business development has promise. He wants to cut off funding for the Chamber Commerce which has been tossed around in the media recently.
He’s proud of his liberal roots which could turn off Republican voters in this non-partisan race and he brings up his age (28) which could leave some asking if he’s ready to lead Orlando.
Mayor Buddy Dyer: This is Dyer’s turf, he lives in College Park and enjoyed the benefit of going last. But, the Mayor didn’t directly address any of the his opponents attacks. Instead this was a sampler of his State of the City address. He’s proud of Sunrail and declared he will get to the Citrus Bowl.
He customized parts of his speech to College Park, pointing out individual projects in the area, including the community center this event was being held in.
His proudest declaration was that Orlando is in the best financial shape of any city in Florida and touted the AAA bond rating.
Dyer glided from issue to issue and emphasized the desire to finish the projects he’s started.
So who won?: Well, it wasn’t a debate. It was an appetizer for one. I thought Phil Diamond spoke very well and strategically Buddy Dyer benefited because he’s going to prepare rebuttals for what he heard tonight. As for the next traditional debate event. It’s being hosted by the Orlando Sentinel Wednesday night and will be moderated by Columnist Scott Maxwell, Reporter Mark Schlueb, and Fox 35 reporter Mike Synan.
Tickets for that event can purchased here.
Here are more photos from the forum tonight.
You gotta love these end of year posts and today we’ve got a great one. 2011 brought us some terrific quotes both brilliant and ridiculous. We’ve got strong declarations, scathing criticism, silly rants, and inspiring dialogue. This is a terrific time to relive all of those memorable moments. Let’s get going!
“Florida is open for business” – Governor Rick Scott during his inauguration.
“Visit me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Morgan & Morgan for the people”- Ex-Governor Charlie Crist joins Personal Injury Superfirm Morgan&Morgan.
“We’ve got a governor who has done more harm to the state of Florida in the last nine months than any single man in the history of the state of Florida,”- Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer on Florida Governor Rick Scott
“We’re hoping Batman retires in Delray Beach”- A Governor Rick Scott Imposter during a Twitter Townhall answering concerns about crime in FL.
“An attack against one who serves is an attack against all who serve.”- Speaker of the House John Boehner in response to the Tuscon shootings.
“Journalist and Pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the violence they report to condemn. That is reprehensible”- Sarah Palin “stepping in it” when addressing the tragic shootings in Tuscon.
“The state of Hawaii has said that President Obama was born there. That’s good enough for me” Speaker John Boehner speaking about President Obama’s gift certificate.
“The answer is I did not send that tweet. My system was hacked”-Former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner addressing lewd photos he tweeted of himself
“To be clear, the picture was of me, and I sent it”- Former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner addressing lewd photos he tweeted of himself at a press conference a few days later.
“To the unemployed citizens of Florida, this is an emergency session”
“Show me the jobs”
“Don’t blink”- Governor Rick Scott during his State of the State Address
“You are a traitor, I swear, you will not be re-elected. I will get an opponent.”- Florida State Rep. Scott Randolph to fellow State Rep Daphne Campbell during an abortion issue vote.
“I’ve got my mind on your money and your money on my mind!”- Former Senator and Current Senate Candidate George Lemieux attack ad mocking Bill Nelson’s fiscal policy.
“The Buckethead Show has service marked “Let’s get to work”-Jason “Buckethead” Bailey challenging Governor Rick Scott to a job creation competition… He scored the interview.
“Tonight, I can report to the American people and the world that United States has conducted an operation that has killed Osama Bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda”- President Barack Obama after the death of Osama Bin Laden
“I’m not anti-rap. In fact, like Bret Baier, I know the lyrics to ‘Rapper’s Delight,’ too.”- Sarah Palin on Rapper Common’s invite to the White House.
“Are you a flake?”- Fox New Sunday Host Chris Wallace to Presidential candidate and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.
While…..we’re on Bachmann
“My husband and I have raised five kids, we have 23 foster children“-..
“All the style and grace of a punch in the face. She’s a double down, deeeebie downer.” American Crossroads ad dissing Florida Congresswoman and DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
“If Bill Nelson doesn’t win, Barack Obama won’t win Florida.”- Vice President Joe Biden
“Corporations are people too. They’re made of people” Prez Candidate Mitt Romney
“Move Mitch, Get out the way!”
“Anytime Democrats and Republicans come together, somebody is getting screwed”- Jimmy Fallon during a slow jam the news segment about the Debt Ceiling Deal.
“If 10% is good enough for god, 9% should be just fine for the federal government”- Herman Cain on his 999 Economic Plan
“Turn 999 upside down and look. The Devil is in the details”- Michele Bachmann on Cain’s 999 plan
“if your dealt 4 aces that doesn’t make you a great poker player” Mitt Romney on Rick Perry’s Texas Job Creation Conditions.
“Pass this bill!”- Barack Obama during a joint session of Congress addressing the American Jobs Act
There simply aren’t anywords for this one guys. Oops- Texas Governor and Prez Candidate Rick Perry
“My next door neighbor’s two dogs have created more shovel ready jobs than this administration”- Libertarian Candidate for President Gary Johnson.
“At one point I was polling as a margin of error”- Presidential Candidate Jon Huntsman
“We strongly believe that our dad, has the experience and the proven track record to revive America’s economy and create jobs. Even if we didn’t believe that….we’d still have to be here”- Jon Huntsman daughters during a hilarious spoof of the Herman Cain “smoke ad”.
“You’re only a career politician because you couldn’t beat Ted Kennedy!”- Newt Gingrich to Mitt Romney during an ABC debate.
“Get the hell off the beach at Asbury Park and get out. You’re done. It’s 4:30, you’ve maximized your tan. Get off the beach. Get in your cars and get out of those areas.”- Chris Christie to his NJ Constituents prior to Hurricane Irene. Not connected to Florida but too good to leave out!.
“The Capitol looks beautiful and I am honored to be at work tonight.”- Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords via Twitter on her return to Washington after being shot in January during the tragic Tuscon Shootings.
There you have it. 2011 was a year full of quotes and this post easily could have been twice as long. See you tomorrow.