Joseph Haynes Davis is a candidate to become elected as a judge on the 9th Judicial Circuit Court.
ORLANDO — As he conducts his campaign to be elected as a judge to the 9th Judicial Circuit Court, Joseph Haynes Davis
has been attending public events, greeting area residents, and starting a dialogue with them about his campaign.
He knows, however, that running for a judicial post is starkly different from seeking a legislative or congressional office. There are no hot-button economic or social issues to discuss, and Davis can’t even talk about cases that would come before him, according to the Judicial Code of Conduct.
But that doesn’t mean candidates for judicial offices don’t have issues to discuss with voters. As Davis noted, there are three in particular that he wants to emphasize: experience, integrity, and the role of the judiciary today.
“A judicial candidate can talk about the judiciary without talking about the things that will come before you,” he said. “I want to talk about the independence of the judiciary, and why that is a cornerstone of maintaining the public’s trust.”
He added, “I’m into making the judiciary, through this election, less mystifying to the public.” Continue reading
Willie David, president of the Florida Civil Rights Association, is calling on the Florida Legislature to pass new laws following the shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.
ORLANDO — Going beyond decrying the grand jury’s decision in Ferguson, Missouri
, the Florida Civil Rights Association
is calling for changes in Florida
law that would potentially prevent a similar tragedy from occurring in the Sunshine State.
On Friday, the association based in Orlando
issued a statement noting its “grave discerns” with the grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager. It sends a dangerous message to rogue law enforcement officers, said J. Willie David II, president of the association.
“The Florida Civil Rights Association believes that the result will embolden law enforcement to continue the acts of murder committed by them against young black men,” David said. “Ferguson prosecutors presented a case that belongs in the junkyard, not before a grand jury.”
He also called on the U.S. Department of Justice
to strongly consider filing federal charges. Continue reading
Ax the Tax founder Doug Guetzloe believes he was unfairly targeted by the federal government because of his involvement in anti-tax and Tea Party activities.
ORLANDO — If there’s one thing that never seems to change, Doug Guetzloe noted, it appears to be an insatiable appetite on the part of government leaders for tax hikes.
It’s the kind of situation, he said, that requires a loud and vocal grassroots response.
For those who wondered if he was still active in the political scene, Guetzloe said he very much wants to reassure anti-tax crusaders across the state that yes, he’s ready to lead a whole new series of fights on behalf of taxpayers.
“Not only am I back, but I’ve cranked up Ax The Tax
again,” he said.
At the same time, Guetzloe is trying to raise awareness of what he believes was as an aggressive effort to silence him through a politically-motivated trial. The reason he was away from the scene in 2013 was a 15-month sentence in federal prison. The case was The United States of America versus Douglas Guetzloe
, and in May 2012, a federal judge handed him the sentence on two misdemeanor tax filing charges. Continue reading