Bob Martinez served as Florida’s first Hispanic Governor from 1987 to 1991.
Florida TaxWatch honored former Gov. Bob Martinez and his wife, Mary Jane, Wednesday evening, announcing the renaming of the organization’s Citizenship Institute with the pairs’ namesake.
The pair was recognized by state and local leaders, who praised their work for Floridians and on the national stage. The Citizenship Institute, a program that mentors and teaches young Florida business and community leaders about the impact of policy and civics, will now take on the title of “The Governor Bob and Mary Jane Martinez Citizenship Institute.”
Bob Martinez was instrumental in establishing the program, heading the Florida TaxWatch’s Citizenship Institute when it was founded over seven years ago.
“You guys, both together, epitomize what great citizenship is all about,” said Dominic Calabro, Florida TaxWatch president and CEO.
Bob Martinez served as Florida’s first Hispanic Governor from 1987 to 1991 and was appointed by former President George H.W. Bush to the Cabinet position of Drug Czar. Before taking the Governor’s office, Martinez served as Tampa Mayor. After his political service, he joined Holland and Knight as a senior policy adviser.
“Don’t let anybody talk you out of whatever it is you want to do,” Martinez said after recounting his experience in politics. “The institute plays a very vital role for those young people that come in and become part of it.”
The Martinezes, who were honored together, have been married for 67 years. Mary Jane Martinez worked as a teacher and librarian, and as First Lady of Florida, she focused on helping homeless, runaway and troubled youth. The Hillsborough County Division of Children’s Services even named its Lake Magdalene campus after her.
“Her work has helped mold the Florida network of Youth and Family Services that continues to change lives today. Because of her public service, countless kids have found brighter paths. There’s no doubt lives were changed, and children were saved because of the seeds she sewed,” Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said of Mary Jane Martinez.
“To be a true public servant, one must dedicate their work to constantly seeking ways to improve the lives of those they lead. The Martinezes excelled at this mission and have set the bar high by continuing to work for the betterment of our state years after leaving elected office,” Moody continued.
The institute is now accepting applicants for the fall.
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Biden Press Sec Reveals She’s ‘A Black, Gay, Immigrant Woman’ To People Who Already Knew
New White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre announced during a press briefing on Monday that she is a “black, gay, immigrant woman, the first of all three of those to hold this position.”
Karine-Pierre’s background was reported on extensively prior to her official succession to the position. Most Americans, and entire audience of reporters in the briefing room, were already aware of her racial and sexual status.
“I just want to say a few words about how honored I am to be here with you today, uh, in this role, in this room, standing behind this podium, ” Jean-Pierre said.
The new press secretary then revealed that she was “obviously acute aware” of her racial and sexual status “representing a few firsts.”
“I am a black, gay, immigrant woman, the first of all three of those to hold this position,” Jean-Pierre then announced to the already-informed audience.
New WH Press Sec. Karine Jean-Pierre: “I am a black, gay, immigrant woman, the first of all three of those to hold this position.” pic.twitter.com/WfLrRuo3sb
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) May 16, 2022
“Representation does matter. You hear us, you hear us say this, uh, often in this administration,” Jean-Pierre continued. “And no one understands this better than President Biden. Which is why his administration is not only the most diverse in history, it is filled with barrier-breaking women and men from the Vice President to his cabinet secretaries, to the Supreme Court nominee, to senior staff throughout this administration.”
Fox News host Tucker Carlson stated last week that Jean-Pierre is “perfect for the job” because “She’s in the right group” and to the Biden administration,”the group is all that matters.”
“Karine Jean-Pierre is our first out LGBTQ+ White House Press Secretary and that’s all you need to know,” Carlson said. “It’s a good thing, shut up and celebrate.”
“That’s why she got the job,” Carlson continued. “She’s in the right group and so the Biden administration, which thinks exclusively in terms of groups and never in terms of individuals because individuals are messy and inconvenient, the group is all that matters.”
“This is exactly how they pick Supreme Court justices or vice presidents or members of the Federal Reserve Board,” the popular cable news host noted. “And now, the all-important press secretary gig has gone to someone on the basis of group. It’s really simple, show us your picture and we’ll tell you if you’re qualified for the job. And in many ways, Karine Jean-Pierre is perfect for the job.”
POLL: Two Thirds of Americans Want Voters and Legislators to Decide Abortion Policy
Around two thirds of all Americans want abortion policy to decided by the voters and their representatives, a new poll has revealed.
The poll of 1,200 registered voters conducted by Rasmussen and RMG Research released was released last week, and asked whether policies on abortion should be decided by judges and courts, or voters and their elected representatives. 65% of the respondents declared that it should be decided democratically and implemented via legislation.
Only 18% of respondents, just under a fifth of Americans, believed that it should be left to judges and courts to decide. The poll was conducted between May 5 and 7, only a few days after the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade, when protests outside the homes of high court judges captured national headlines.
With an overturning of the Roe decision sending abortion policy back to the states, the poll would suggest that a clear majority of voters would back the Supreme Court in doing so.
75% of respondents said that they were closely following the news on the case, a net 52% increase since January.
“The consensus for overturning Roe, and returning this issue to the democratic process, is overwhelming,” former White House advisor Stephen Miller told the Daily Caller.
“By a nearly 4:1 margin Americans think voters and not judges should establish abortion rules in the United States.”
Despite the fact that former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and liberal media outlets have claimed that 60% of Americans are in favour of leaving Roe as is, the new poll of voters suggests very different results.
In fact, 63% of voters in the poll said that they would be against any proposal that would legalise abortion up to both, with 45% of those strongly opposing such a policy, compared to only 14% who would be strongly in favour.
55% of Americans said that they would be less likely to vote for a candidate that supported abortion being legal at any point during the pregnancy, with 33% saying otherwise.
“Broadly speaking, most voters support restrictions on abortion after the first trimester,” said Rachel Bovard, the senior director of policy at the Conservative Partnership Institute.
“Democrats are at sea on this issue and are left grasping at straws with outright fear mongering about what will happen if Roe is overturned, and forcing radical abortion policy on voters.”
Pennsylvania Dem Senate Candidate Has Stroke, Will Be Hospitalized Through Election Day
Pennsylvania Democrat Lt. Governor John Fetterman, who is now the favorite to win the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in that state, has been hospitalized following a stroke on Friday that stemmed from a blood clot in his heart.
Due to his hospitalization, he is unable to be delivering remarks on Tuesday night after the election in Pennsylvania. His wife Gisele will be speaking in his place instead. Fetterman is the Democratic front runner for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, and faces possible Republican challengers including Trump-endorsed Mehmet Oz and Kathy Barnette, who is surging in the days before the election.
My full statement here. 👇 pic.twitter.com/1rRXDMBiu0
— John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) May 15, 2022
“On Friday, I wasn’t feeling well, so I went to the hospital to get checked out. I didn’t want to go – I didn’t think I had to – but Gisele insisted, and as usual, she was right,” Fetterman wrote in a statement posted to Twitter on Sunday.
“I hadn’t been feeling well, but was so focused on the campaign that I ignored the signs and just kept going. On Friday it finally caught up with me. I had a stroke that was caused by a clot from my heart being in an A-fib rhythm for too long,” he said.
“Fortunately, Gisele spotted the symptoms and got me to the hospital within minutes. The Amazing doctors here were able to quickly and completely remove the clot, reversing my stroke, they got my heart under control as well. It’s a good reminder to listen to your body and be aware of the signs,” Fetterman said.
Fetterman has since said that he is “feeling much better” and is “on the way to a full recovery.”
The Pennsylvania Democrat is “fully vaccinated + boosted” for COVID-19, as is his “entire family” because he believes the vaccinations are “safe, and still the key to getting us out of this new phase of the pandemic.”
My entire family is vaccinated + boosted.
Vaccines + effective treatments are safe, and still the key to getting us out of this new phase of the pandemic.
— John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) April 22, 2022
Pundits claim Fetterman’s health will likely not impact his electoral chances, and note that Fetterman will have ample time to recover between now and the November midterm election.
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