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

For foreign investors, Orlando’s housing market offering great opportunities

Homes in Central Florida may become more attractive to foreign buyers as the economy and tourism industry get stronger.

Homes in Central Florida may become more attractive to foreign buyers as the economy and tourism industry get stronger.


ORLANDO — With Central Florida’s economy booming, the tourism industry breaking attendance records, and new homes being built every month, there might not be a better time for a foreign investor to start thinking about the value of purchasing one of those pre-construction homes in the Orlando area.
That purchase could turn out to be the smartest investment they ever made. Florida remains one of the fastest growing states in the U.S., and the housing market continues to thrive.
But before starting a search for just the right property, smart investors should first seek out the guidance of a Realtor who knows the Central Florida market, and can help them make the best choice, noted An Flamand, the owner and broker at An Flamand-Orlando Vacation Realty.
An, who specializes in marketing pre-construction homes in Central Florida to foreign investors, noted that before starting their search, buyers should first consider eight things to think about when buying your first Florida rental property. Doing so will enable them to maximize their potential for the best investment possible. 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

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