History Center hosts exhibit on political memorabilia

The Orange County Regional History Center is now hosting the exhibit "Pin For The Win: 180 Years of Political Memorabilia," featuring items from the vast collection of political consultant Doug Guetzloe.

The Orange County Regional History Center is now hosting the exhibit “Pin For The Win: 180 Years of Political Memorabilia,” featuring items from the vast collection of political consultant Doug Guetzloe.


ORLANDO — Political buttons, easily one of the most popular and enduring items in the history of campaigning, date back to around 1892, courtesy of a New Jersey company called Whitehead and Hoag. Even today, the words “Whitehead and Hoag” are a staple on sites like eBay that draw in collectors.
Political buttons may be one of the most familiar and instantly recognizable items during the campaign season, but they’re hardly the only ones. Throughout the history of political campaigns in the United States, particularly the presidential elections, parties and their supporters have come up with a wide variety of creative and appealing merchandise to get people to vote for their candidate.
A huge number of political campaign memorabilia is now on display at the Orange County Regional History Center, which recently opened a new exhibit titled “Pin For The Win: 180 Years of Political Memorabilia.” It gives area residents and visitors an opportunity to see how these items have evolved over the years.
“It’s a neat exhibit, especially during campaign time,” said Pamela Schwartz, the history center’s curator of exhibitions. “We estimated it’s 180 years of memorabilia.” Continue reading

Judicial candidate puts a focus on upholding the public’s trust

Joseph Haynes Davis is a candidate to become elected as a judge on the 9th Judicial Circuit Court.

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

Anti-tax crusader joins campaign against proposed rules changes at IRS

Political consultant Doug Guetzloe is working with the Tax Revolution Institute to push for an audit of the Internal Revenue Service.

Political consultant Doug Guetzloe is working with the Tax Revolution Institute to push for an audit of the Internal Revenue Service.


ORLANDO — When taking aim at a government agency, the chances of making the criticism stick likely depend on which f3ederal department is being targeted. If it’s a popular institution like the military, the chances are success seem dicey.
On the other hand, Doug Guetzloe didn’t hesitate when he was asked to serve as a consultant to an organization that is taking aim at what may be one of the least popular government agencies in U.S. history: the Internal Revenue Service.
Guetzloe, a political consultant based in Orlando who is also the founder of the grassroots organization Ax The Tax, said assisting the group known as the Tax Revolution Institute was an easy call.
“The IRS does indeed consider themselves above the law, and many times they are sloppy about what they do,” Guetzloe said. “But they have the ability — and they have certainly done so — to destroy people’s lives. They have put their victims on public display.” Continue reading

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