Huckabee tops anti-tax group’s straw poll vote

GOP Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee won the straw poll vote taken on Thursday at two of the Sunshine State's prominent anti-tax groups.

GOP Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee won the straw poll vote taken on Thursday at two of the Sunshine State’s prominent anti-tax groups.


ORLANDO — In the ongoing coverage of the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, it’s often noted that Florida has provided two top-tier candidates — former Governor Jeb Bush and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio — to the race.
There are actually three candidates who call Florida home in this race, and it was the third nominee who swept a straw poll on Thursday, conducted by two of the Sunshine State’s leading anti-tax groups.
Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, best selling author of the book “Gods, Guns, Grits and Gravy,” and former Fox News talk show host, won the straw poll conducted during the Florida Taxpayer Summit in Orlando.
More than 100 activists, political leaders, elected officials and candidates participated at this event, held at the Rosen Centre Hotel, and Huckabee won with 26.3 percent of the vote. Continue reading

Anti-tax activists host a Florida Taxpayers Summit

Doug Guetzloe, the founder of Ax the Tax, is inviting conservative activists to take part in the Florida Taxpayer Summit on Thursday.

Doug Guetzloe, the founder of Ax the Tax, is inviting conservative activists to take part in the Florida Taxpayer Summit on Thursday.


ORLANDO — A scion of one of the most legendary families in the conservative movement will be the featured speaker on Thursday during the Florida Taxpayers Summit.
Former Congressman Barry Goldwater Jr., who served for 14 years in Congress and is the son of the late iconic senator from Arizona, will be the keynote speaker at “Celebrating 50 years of Conservative Action,” an event sponsored by the Florida Taxpayers Union and Ax The Tax.
It will be held at the Rosen Centre Hotel on International Drive on Thursday, Aug. 27 from 5-7 p.m.
“Ax the Tax is pleased to join with our ally, the Florida Taxpayers Union, in sponsoring the Florida Taxpayers Summit,” said Doug Guetzloe, founder of the 33-year-old anti-tax organization that works to keep the government’s appetite for new taxes as lean as possible. Continue reading

John DiDonna’s docudrama play explores the aftermath of Trayvon Martin case

John DiDonna's new production, "Divisions," opens at Valencia College Theater on Feb. 11.

John DiDonna’s new production, “Divisions,” opens at Valencia College Theater on Feb. 11.


ORLANDO — John DiDonna is well aware that just saying the name Trayvon Martin evokes very strong emotions in people.
The same can be true when talking about Jordan Davis. Martin, of Sanford, and Davis, of Jacksonville, were young black men who were shot to death by men who were not black.
Because of the passionate feelings many have about these two cases, DiDonna noted, there were some misconceptions about the Valencia College Theater’s premiere of his new docudrama, “Division: The Trayvon/Jordan Project,” which will be staged in the Valencia East Campus Black Box Theater for a limited engagement that runs from Feb. 11-16.
“This is turning into something that we didn’t anticipate,” DiDonna said, adding that once people understand what the aim of this project is, they become very supportive.
“We’re very pleased,” said DiDonna, the chairman of Valencia’s theater department, who wrote “Division” in collaboration with his students. Continue reading

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