NEW CONTROVERSIAL BILLBOARD IN THE VEGAS VALLEY

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Homeowner advocate, Professor Gary Solomon, has a new controversial billboard that focuses on Home Owners Association, (HOA) attorneys, collection companies and  management companies and how these companies negatively affect homeowners leading to an unhappy family home.

            Las Vegas, Nevada – May 4, 2015 – Solomon, for years, has actively investigated HOAs across the nation, specifically here in Nevada and the Las Vegas valley. Solomon has identified the who, what, where, when, and how of HOA abuse and legal injustices against homeowners.

Solomon’s billboard is an attempt to expose the unconscious behavior of HOA Management and Collection Companies and HOA Attorneys who make billions of dollars a year off of the backs of HOA homeowners through excessive assessments, fines, liens, and foreclosures–for such indiscretions as a weed in the yard, trash cans left out, cars parked on the street–having no conscience about the physical and mental harm they are perpetrating on homeowners-www.pitythepoorfool.com.

Solomon uncovered the fact that local, state and national governments do not want to intervene in the escalating problems created by HOA harassment as the building of HOA communities saves local, state and national governments an abundance of money through “double taxing those living in a HOA. The elderly are an easy target for HOA attorneys, collection companies and property management companies; a form of Elder Abuse. Generally, the elderly have lots of equity in their homes that HOA Management and Collection Companies and HOA Attorneys want; known as “equity theft”.

In his latest book, HOA: Crisis in America, Solomon takes an innovative multi-media approach to explain and dissect the HOA money making system. The most interesting, irrefutable and undeniable part of his on-line book is the scientific research regarding stress. This research validates the physical and emotional effects HOA abuse has on homeowners who live in HOAs. During his research Solomon fathered, defined and popularized HOA Syndrome, an anxiety disorder due to longitudinal harassment.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Solomon’s billboard is currently at the corner of S. Decatur Blvd. and W. Flamingo Rd. His billboard will be traveling around the valley moving from one location to another for the next 2 months. In 2012, Solomon, also placed two billboards across the Vegas valley touting the hazards of living in a HOA community.

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No surrender in fight for medical marijuana

by John B. Morgan
Special to the Tampa Bay Times

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Something unprecedented happened in Tallahassee this week. The Florida House of Representatives quit three days early. They just threw up their hands and stopped working. I’m incredulous, but maybe I shouldn’t be.

These are the same people who, for years, refused to even give a hearing to medical marijuana legislation in Florida. These are the same people who then, once medical marijuana was on the ballot, had the gall to say it should be passed legislatively, rather than by constitutional amendment. These are the same people who, staring down a ballot measure, finally passed what they call a “medical marijuana law” but wrote it so hastily that a year later it still hasn’t been implemented.

Anyone who knows me knows two things about me: I keep my word and I never quit. It is simply not who I am. It is not who I raised my kids to be. I’ve recently become a grandfather, and it is not who I want my grandson to be.

I am going to keep my word and push to pass a medical marijuana law that helps sick and suffering Floridians. And I am not going to quit until that happens.

I took up this cause for my brother, who has spent his entire adult life in a wheelchair, in severe pain, and who only has a normal life because of medical marijuana. But medical marijuana quickly became an issue that is larger than my family. It’s about all of our families.

When I first became a public advocate for medical marijuana, people immediately started telling me their stories. A father whose 8-year-old daughter has hundreds of seizures a day and none of the drugs work. A mother who is stricken with cancer but doesn’t want to try marijuana to relieve her suffering because she’s afraid she might get arrested and lose her children. A wife, given a death sentence by an ALS diagnosis, who is still alive nearly three decades later because her husband grows and administers marijuana for her illegally.

Those are the stories of the present, of people who need this law right now. But this is just as much for me about the future. Like me, everyone deserves an opportunity to give their children and grandchildren a better life than we had. Our children and grandchildren deserve the ability to live in a state where they can have safe, reliable access to medical marijuana should their doctors recommend its use.

I have to believe the politicians in Tallahassee were not thinking about this like I do, through the lens of family, because if they were, passing a sensible medical marijuana law would have been a no-brainer.

I cannot believe they call this working. If my kids showed this kind of work ethic in school, they would have been grounded. And guess what? I would have drug-tested them too. I run a big law firm, with hundreds of employees. If someone who worked for me said to me on Tuesday that they weren’t showing up for work Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, I’d tell them not to come back Monday.

There are a few courageous Republican and Democratic legislators who tried valiantly to bring compassion to Florida. Unfortunately, in Tallahassee, the power of the pharmaceutical industry and the special interests are proving more powerful than the people.

The people don’t have a vote in Tallahassee, but they do have a vote in November 2016. Medical marijuana will be back on the ballot, and we will get the law we deserve.

Compassion is coming to the great state of Florida, as it has in 23 other states plus Washington, D.C. I plan to lead this march to victory as long as it takes.

Last fall we almost won. Nearly 3.4 million Floridians voted “yes” for medical marijuana, totaling 58 percent of the vote in favor. That’s usually a win. Medical marijuana received a half-million more votes than Rick Scott and more than any other elected official on the ballot. This time around, we will not only win a broad majority, we will win a majority larger than 60 percent, and medical marijuana will become the law of the land.

Politicians in Tallahassee may not want to work. So be it. We will do their work for them. We will do their work, for the people, for the patients, for our families.

John B. Morgan is the managing partner of the Morgan & Morgan law firm and the Chairman of the medical marijuana advocacy group, United for Care. He wrote this exclusively for the Tampa Bay Times.

CLICK HERE TO CONTRIBUTE TO UNITED FOR CARE AND THE CAMPAIGN FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA.

Americans Spend 114 Days Of The Year Working For The Government, And That’s Unacceptable

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Daily Caller: Americans Spend 114 Days Of The Year Working For The Government, And That’s Unacceptable

By Senator Marco Rubio

April 23, 2015

http://dailycaller.com/2015/04/23/americans-spend-114-days-of-the-year-working-for-the-government-and-thats-unacceptable/

While working long hours in his job as a banquet bartender, my father found motivation in the idea that his efforts would give my siblings and me the chance at a life better than his own. He knew every dollar he brought home would go toward providing a happier childhood and a better future for his children. For him, we were the “why” of his work.

I believe every American has a “why” for the work they do each day. Every one of us can point to something – or someone – and say: that is why I get up each morning to tend this bar, or staff this reception desk, or work the floor of this factory. These motivators form the basis of our American Dreams.

As much as these dreams vary from person to person, we can all agree that funding a growing government is not our primary reason for working hard. But this Friday, as we mark Tax Freedom Day, we have a jarring illustration of just how much time we spend working to finance government rather than our own dreams.

Tax Freedom Day is the first day of the year people have earned enough to pay their full annual tax burden. As of Friday, Americans have earned a combined $4.8 trillion in income since January 1st – the exact amount of state, local and federal taxes we will owe for 2015.

Keep reading here.

Rubio Introduces Bill To Strengthen VA Accountability Reform

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In the wake of a new report detailing how very few people have been held accountable for last year’s scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today introduced the “VA Accountability Act of 2015,” which would give the VA secretary additional authorities to remove or demote any VA employee based on performance or misconduct.

This legislation would expand on the “Increasing VA Accountability to Veterans Act of 2015” Rubio co-sponsored in January by giving the VA secretary the authority to terminate any employees for performance-related issues, not just managers. It mirrors legislation filed in the U.S. House of Representatives by House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL).

“I was proud to lead the effort to give the VA secretary the authority to fire senior executives based on performance, but it’s clear additional authorities are needed to deal with the full scope of the problems at the VA,” said Rubio. “This new legislation will leave the VA secretary with no excuse but to hold those responsible for the dysfunction and incompetence plaguing our VA system accountable for their actions while protecting whistleblowers from retaliation. We must show our veterans the respect they have earned by removing any employees with terrible performance from the system our veterans rely on.”

The “Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act” (the Choice Act), which included legislation sponsored by Rubio that gave the VA secretary the authority to fire senior executives based on performance, was signed into law on Aug. 7, 2014. Despite an estimated 280,000 VA employees being involved in the appointment scheduling scandal that came to light last year, only three employees have actually been fired for their involvement.

Specifically, the “VA Accountability Act of 2015” would:

  • Give the VA secretary the authority to remove any VA employee based on performance or misconduct;
  • Require the VA secretary to notify Congress of any removals or demotions within 30 days;
  • Protect whistleblowers from retaliation by creating an exemption to the 30 days dismissal rule for employees with a claim pending before the Office of Special Counsel until their claim is resolved;
  • Require the Government Accountability Office to conduct a study of VA time and space that is spent on labor union organization and activity;
  • Require all probationary periods for new VA employees to last a minimum of 18 months, give the VA secretary authority to extend probationary periods as he or she sees fit, and require immediate supervisor to make an affirmative decision that they are qualified for the position going forward.

Click here to read the full text of the legislation.

Rubio To Chair Hearing On State Department’s Western Hemisphere Budget Request

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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights and Global Women’s Issues, will be holding a budget authorization hearing on May 5 to review the budget requests of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, and the Office of Global Women’s Issues.

The hearing, entitled “Review of Resources, Priorities and Programs in the FY2016 State Department Budget Request,” will feature testimony from Obama Administration officials.

The following event will be live-streamed here.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

3:30pm ET

Rubio to Chair Hearing on State Department’s Budget Request For Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, and the Office of Global Women’s Issues.

Senate Dirksen Building, Room SD-419

Washington, D.C.

WITNESSES:        Ms. Virginia Bennett

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor U.S. Department of State

Washington, D.C.

The Honorable Catherine Russell

Ambassador-At-Large

Global Women’s Issues

U.S. Department of State

Washington, D.C.

Mr. John D. Feeley

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary

Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs

U.S. Department of State

Washington, D.C.