Political Notebook: Naples political committee endorses six Collier candidates

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— The Greater Naples Better Government Committee has endorsed six candidates for office in Collier County. They are:

■ District 1 County Commissioner Donna Fiala

■ District 5 County Commissioner Jim Coletta

■ Clerk of the Courts Dwight Brock

■ Property Appraiser Abe Skinner

■ Tax Collector Larry Ray

■ Sheriff Kevin Rambosk

No endorsement was made in the District 3 County Commission race.

Interviews were conducted on June 18 and June 20 of 14 candidates whose names are on the Aug. 14 primary ballot.

In a prepared statement, the committee said its board concluded that both Commission District 3 incumbent Tom Henning and Republican challenger Bill McDaniel are viable candidates but neither obtained the required number of votes for an endorsement.

The committee's board said it determined that the candidates it endorsed have the experience and personal qualities best suited to dealing with issues confronting Collier County in the next four years.

The nonpartisan political committee formed in 1991 in Collier County.

Former lawmaker sentenced to federal prison

A federal judge Friday sentenced former South Florida state Sen. Mandy Dawson to six months in prison and two years of supervised release after she pleaded guilty in April to tax-evasion charges, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami.

Dawson, 55, served from 1998 to 2008 in the Senate, following six years in the House. Dawson was part of a federal investigation into influence buying in Tallahassee, with convicted ophthalmologist and lobbyist Alan Mendelsohn saying in court that he funneled money to Dawson in exchange for her not blocking legislation.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release that Dawson, a Democrat who represented parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties, failed to file tax returns over a series of years and evaded at least $29,000 in taxes.

Two companies considered to run Florida prisons

Barring a successful legal challenge, two firms — Corizon and Wexford Health Sources — likely will be looking to add employees in Florida during the coming months.

The only catch: The Department of Corrections will be shedding many of those same employees.

The department has decided to move forward with a controversial plan to privatize prison health services across the state, with Corizon and Wexford getting the contracts. The decision came after Leon Circuit Judge Kevin Carroll declined to rule in a challenge to privatization. It was filed by the Florida Nurses Association and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

State lawyers have long contended the corrections agency has the legal authority to do such a privatization.

In announcing Tuesday that the agency would move forward, Secretary Ken Tucker said the move would save money and was "best for the taxpayers."

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RainMan_Original writes:

Har... this just let me know whom not to vote for.

I can't stand Coletta.

If thats their pick, they must be wrong on the rest of them as well.

staghorn writes:

remember, we are to carry out those republican battle cries!

"RE-ELECT NO ONE!"
"VOTE THEM ALL OUT!"
"TERM LIMITS NOW!"

tooooo funny because only in florida are local elections settled in the primaries. everyone of these 'ones we are supposed to vote out' will be right back in office swinging their feet under the same chairs for another term all before the general election even gets here.

REMEMBER!
Vote Republican; they always use the words freedom and liberty.

HAHAHA Let's Get To Work!

staghorn writes:

The "nonpartisan political committee" formed in 1991 in Collier County?

now that's a good one!!

John_Galt writes:

What a surprise - they endorsed almost all of the Good Old Boys!

■ District 1 County Commissioner Donna Fiala ■ Cronie

■ District 5 County Commissioner Jim Coletta ■ Cronie

■ Clerk of the Courts Dwight Brock (GOOD GUY!)

■ Property Appraiser Abe Skinner ■ Cronie

■ Sheriff Kevin Rambosk ■ Cronie

Democrat OR Republican - doesn't matter - these people are only in it for themselves. Vote them out!

unfatcat writes:

Senator: Vote Marielena Stuart--Against Agenda 21.

jbm9 writes:

in response to John_Galt:

What a surprise - they endorsed almost all of the Good Old Boys!

■ District 1 County Commissioner Donna Fiala ■ Cronie

■ District 5 County Commissioner Jim Coletta ■ Cronie

■ Clerk of the Courts Dwight Brock (GOOD GUY!)

■ Property Appraiser Abe Skinner ■ Cronie

■ Sheriff Kevin Rambosk ■ Cronie

Democrat OR Republican - doesn't matter - these people are only in it for themselves. Vote them out!

absolutely correct post. thieves at their best

forliberty writes:

Who cares what these people think? Do you?

BillyBob1 writes:

It is probably killing them that they couldn't vote for McDaniels, it would break their incumbant sweep. Better off just saying nothing when all you can do is repeat the mistakes of the past.

meex writes:

I don't get the Coletta endorsement. Here is an uneducated Buffalo, NY Democrat who is way over his head on his best day, has a love affair with electronic spying on citizens with the stop light cameras and supported massive tax increases with his Jackson Lab support. He never should have been there at all and now needs to be gone!!!

lostinswga writes:

Endorsing all of the incumbents makes the endorsement a joke. It would be laughable except that it isn't funny. Who are these people and what do they do other than give their endorsement?

cowboy54321 writes:

John Walt, you are sick of you think Brock is a good guy.

TheyPavedParadise2 writes:

Henning caught them with their pants down.
Several of the people are openly supporting Coletta and McDaniel.
Just more crony baloney.
They would never endorse Barlow. It would have been too blatant.

joeybaccala writes:

in response to vinnybombotz:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

They bums should have endorsed you, Mr. Stugot.
You are the best man for this job.
"Serve & Protect, Not Harass & Collect" that's my motto!

Boomer2 writes:

By endorsing mr skinner over Kevin Lilly ( one of the best and brightest young men willing to serve collier county ) really discredits their other endorsements! Who are these people ? What's their agenda ? I have been to many forums and they all say they do not endorse any candidates , I would love to know who is behind this obscure committee and their connections to certain people? Never the less vote for Kevin j Lilly to be your next property appraiser.

furball writes:

Mandy Dawson, Democrat doing what Democrats do.....cheat

I wonder if photo-IDs were required to get in to see Barry Friday.

He saw the crowd and realized he couldn't pick their pockets so he left or the teleprompter broke.

He called ahead and said get the golf clubs ready.

Porkchopper writes:

Endorsing Coletta is mindless. Isn't this the same group that endorsed Jackson Labs?

angrytxpyr writes:

"The nonpartisan political committee formed in 1991 in Collier County" but has become "partisan and bias since. Or is it more like "status-quo" so lets just throw out some soft ball interview questions and hope the voters forget about the money blown on the "shut up the Clerk of Coutrs " lawsuit, Jackson Lab TAXPAYER rip off attempt, home improvement bills that were paid with no work done, the EMS/BES crap that just festered and festered and a whole laundry list of dysfunction and possibly corruption that has taken place right under the noses of the incumbents.

Its a matter of NO ACCOUNTABILITY from the one individual the County Commissioners supervise, a Sheriff who seems to want to be a popular Boss instead of a respected authority and the Clerk of Courts who at times seems to get it but most of the time is on cruise control.

I wish Mandy Dawson were not the only corupt lawmaker to get caught and locked up.

You have to wonder about just which law makers and public officials have a financial interest in the companies that are competing to run Florida's prisons.

Business as usual here in sunny Florida!!!

TheyPavedParadise2 writes:

These are the same people who had the pep rally dinner meetings called project innovation in tandem with the EDC and the Chamber of Commerce. They accomplish nothing and are biased.

wonderful (Inactive) writes:

in response to RainMan_Original:

Har... this just let me know whom not to vote for.

I can't stand Coletta.

If thats their pick, they must be wrong on the rest of them as well.

Possible, eh?

Anyone have any input on these judges and committee peoples?

The courts seem to be a BIG part of the problem.

Thanks!

o2cool writes:

WHAT????

Endorsing Abe Skinner? Don't these people read what employees and past employees think of this old man? My goodness, talk about being out of touch. Abe's office is full of intimidation by the good ole boys, abe, bruce and julian, (who no one likes).

Scandal in the office over appraisals. Abe was brought up on SEXUAL charges and paid money so the case would not go to court. 'Cause he is guilty.

Give me a break. I won't vote for any one on the list, except for Dwight. He really does care for his employees and the county he serves. Abe only serves himself and those who can keep him in power. Ego Abe, who wants to die in his chair.

I am stunned.

Golden234Girl writes:

I have attended various county commissioner meetings and have watched both Coletta and Fiala vote for the peoples best interest. We need to keep them on the job.

Hiller is backing their competion and no one in their right mind would want her running Collier Co.

flamingonana writes:

in response to Boomer2:

By endorsing mr skinner over Kevin Lilly ( one of the best and brightest young men willing to serve collier county ) really discredits their other endorsements! Who are these people ? What's their agenda ? I have been to many forums and they all say they do not endorse any candidates , I would love to know who is behind this obscure committee and their connections to certain people? Never the less vote for Kevin j Lilly to be your next property appraiser.

There are many GNBGC blogs posted if you want further information about this political committee. They have nothing to hide.

flamingonana writes:

in response to TheyPavedParadise2:

These are the same people who had the pep rally dinner meetings called project innovation in tandem with the EDC and the Chamber of Commerce. They accomplish nothing and are biased.

Dead wrong on that one. This group has never sponsored any pep rally dinner meetings.

Notahiredblogger writes:

The Naples political committee is a sham! They look and sound important, but really it's a group of self serving buisnessmen and women who are made up of Realtors, Builders, and others who don't want to see their "kingdom" taken away from them. Look at some of the names shall we?

They tout "Several directors" (WITH NO NAMES! WHY SHOULD WE ACCEPT THEIR RECOMENDATIONS?)

Its current board counts …
• A former county commissioner (WHO)?
• Several directors of the Collier County Presidents’ Council (WHO)?

• A founder of the Naples Press Club (WHO)?
• A member of the County Economic Development Council (WHO)?
• Several directors of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce (WHO)?
• Members of both the Republican and Democratic executive committees (WHO)?

Current Officers

Sally Tiffany, President ? WHY DO THEY DECIDE FOR ME?
Rhona Saunders, Vice President ? IS THIS THE WORD OF GOD?
Jim Brennan, Secretary-Treasurer ?

Current Directors

Jim Carter ?
David Crisp ?
David Farmer (Coletta Crony)
Linda Penniman
Doug Rankin Coletta (Coletta Crony)
Bob Raymond ?
Ira Sharp ?
Bill Spinelli ?
Lou Vlasho (Coletta Crony)

Please try and look through their scheme- These "candidates" with exception of Dwight Brock, are Not looking out for our best interests. They have been in office too long, they are complacent and comfortable in their Jobs. THEY DO NOTHING FOR THE PEOPLE PERIOD!
They are in many ways hired criminals. Don't get sucked in with promises, these people have got to go!

Notahiredblogger writes:

in response to flamingonana:

Dead wrong on that one. This group has never sponsored any pep rally dinner meetings.

You're right flame they haven't. But the second part of Paved Paradise comment is true!

The EDC and the Chamber of Commerce. They accomplish nothing and are biased

TheyPavedParadise2 writes:

in response to flamingonana:

Dead wrong on that one. This group has never sponsored any pep rally dinner meetings.

Sorry I mis-spoke.
I wasn't too far off though.
The EDC and the Chamber were, and this group is aligned with the Chamber.

TheyPavedParadise2 writes:

Sally Tiffany, President
Rhona Saunders, Vice President
Jim Brennan

Jim Carter
David Crisp
David Farmer
Linda Penniman
Doug Rankin
Bob Raymond
Ira Sharp
Bill Spinelli
Lou Vlasho

I understand that Spinelli resigned over allegations of transparency issues.
Can anyone corroborate this?

Kish4Commish writes:

I realize this is the endorsement for the primary. People need to watch the NDN editorial board 30 min. videos. on NDN.
If these incumbents are the best that is out there for Collier county then we are in for a long, reactionary, no growth, high unemployment, scenario with no relief in sight.

Notahiredblogger writes:

in response to Kish4Commish:

I realize this is the endorsement for the primary. People need to watch the NDN editorial board 30 min. videos. on NDN.
If these incumbents are the best that is out there for Collier county then we are in for a long, reactionary, no growth, high unemployment, scenario with no relief in sight.

Sir you are so correct.

Notahiredblogger writes:

And we should all trust this NPC because all of the people on the board we all know, and..
Who are they again?

Political Notebook: Naples political committee endorses six Collier candidates

•By Daily News Staff and Wire Services
•Posted July 21, 2012 at 5 p.m.

Its current board counts …
• A former county commissioner (WHO)?
• Several directors of the Collier County Presidents’ Council (WHO)?

• A founder of the Naples Press Club (WHO)?
• A member of the County Economic Development Council (WHO)?
• Several directors of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce (WHO)?
• Members of both the Republican and Democratic executive committees (WHO)?

This is from their website folks,

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Greater...

Senior_Frogger writes:

How on earth can the following people who are on this committee, endorse Abe Skinner over Kevin Lilly? Didn't they interview both of them?

Didn't they see how much more polished, educated and knowledgeable Mr. Lilly is over Mr. Skinner? The intellectual disparity between these two men is so significant that you would have to be on medication or "affiliated" with Mr Skinner in order to make this endorsement.

The below people should be ashamed of themselves for displaying such obvious favoritism. This endorsement is both reckless and irresponsible!

Sally Tiffancy
Rhona Saunders
David Crisp
Tom Lykos
Jim Brennan
Hina Sanghvi
David Farmer
Lou Vlasho
Doug Rankin

Brooklyn_Guy writes:

Abe Skinner will be 82 in Sept. He and Martha have both said he won't leave the job until they carry him out in a pine box. But wait, he did retire once from the job, filled in all the papers for his pension and went back to work the next day collecting his paycheck and pension check. when he does retire he will be pulling in more than what he's making now. Double Dipping.

Jim Coletta has put the County in Debt at 800 million Dollars, now pay'd down to about 650 Million, 40 million a year of our tax dollars goes toward our debt. Thats un Godly.
Fiala and Coletta and Skinner need to go.

They were handing out at the door a cheat sheet at Politics in the Park a fews weeks ago.

For a Straw poll of all things.'
Vote For:
Jim Coletta,
Donna Fiala,
Bill McDaniel,
John Barlow,
Abe Skinner
All lost the straw poll except Donna, and she may have lost without the darn cheat sheet.
Steve Cosgrove would be a great Commissioner.

CoolridenJoe (Inactive) writes:

Dwight Brock is getting my vote but the rest that are in office are not, they’ve done enough damage and need to go on their merry way.

Corporate writes:

i heard vinny is getting the endorsement from the 24 hour club since he is all for driving home drunks and vic is still getting the i hate ccso anger vote.

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