ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – Political activist, political influencer, and conservative media personality Randy Ross, a Republican, has filed to run for Florida State House 39, focusing primarily on senior healthcare.
“I have cared for my mother for over 25 years after her diagnosis with severe rheumatoid arthritis. I’ve been to hundreds of doctor’s appointments and filled out more medical forms than I can recall,” Ross noted in his campaign press release. “What we are putting seniors through for basic healthcare is atrocious. But my mom has me. What about the thousands of seniors in District 39 who need help and guidance, not to mention tens of thousands of senior Floridians that are simply being forgotten?”
In a recent phone interview with Florida National News, Ross spoke sharply about the current political discourse. “[For me] it’s not about running against the other candidates. There’s a constant Tanya Harding approach to it; [everyone’s focused on] how to knock each other down. Which goes back to the reason why I’m running. I think senior healthcare is something we all can agree on.”
In the interview, Ross detailed his mother Betty Ross’s most recent medical journey. In January, he’d taken her to a neurologist because she was showing signs of acute paranoia, for which she was prescribed medications. As a side effect, Betty, who is normally energetic, was falling asleep in the middle of the day. Ross eventually took her to the dentist for to get several teeth extracted and, upon extraction, her energy improved and her paranoia abated. As it turned out, at least half of the teeth extracted were severely infected, which in turn was affecting her brain. Because of that connection and improvement, Ross was able to avoid needing 24-hour care for his mother.
“I don’t want to make a law in my mom’s memory,” Ross added during the interview. “I want to create Betty’s Law to improve senior healthcare while she’s here.”
Ross is most notably known for being the Orange County Chairman for President Donald J. Trump in 2016. “I fought hard to become the Chairman as the local party simply didn’t want Trump to organize here,” Ross said. “I’m proud that not only did we organize, but our amazing team of volunteers showed the rest of the state, despite huge Democrat numbers in Orange County, how to organize and have grassroots success.”
Ross’s HD 39 Campaign Platform
-Championing Senior/Elder care and Senior/Elder care and services
-Ensuring 2nd Amendment rights are never second guessed or interfered with
-Protecting and lifting a parent’s rights in decisions regarding their child/children’s education
-Men are Men, Women are Women. Men should never be participating in women’s sports.
-Illegal immigration is not an option for the country…especially Florida.
-Moving veterans to the front of the line for everything from healthcare to housing
-Defending first responders
Florida House District 39 includes Apopka and parts of Winter Garden, Lake County and Seminole County.
Ross’s Community Service History
Ross has a long history of community organizing and leadership experience, including serving on the boards of several major organizations. Here’s just a handful from his campaign’s press release:
• Appointee to the Orange County Membership Mission and Review Board (MMRB)
• 2017: Organized and led “I-4 for Texas,” “I-4 for Florida” and “I-4 for Puerto Rico” wherein we garnered more that 2 million pounds of aid (via community donations) for Puerto Rico, via air cargo shipment. Partnering with faith based groups we were on the ground expeditiously helping those in need following Hurricane Maria.
• Co-chair/Creator, “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, Orlando” 2013 and 2014, benefiting Harbor House of Central Florida
• Board member, The American Red Cross of Central Florida
• Board member, Community Health Centers of Central Florida
• Graduate of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer’s “Mayor’s City Academy”
• “40 under 40” Award Winner, The Orlando Business Journal
• 1995 & 2000 Walt Disney World Community Service Award Recipient, Health & Human Services
“In 10 years, I will be eligible for retirement and Medicare, assuming Medicare is still around. It scares me to think if I’ll know how to navigate the system,” he continued in his press statement. “And if I’m thinking like this, there are many District 39 residents who [will also] have to rely on a system [that’s] not navigational, effective or practical for seniors.”
Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. | email@example.com
Magic Beat Raptors for Second Win in a Row
ORLANDO, Fla. (Florida National News) – The Orlando Magic (7-20) continued their winning ways against the Toronto Raptors (13-13), defeating them 113-109 , just two days after a come-from-behind overtime victory against the Los Angeles Clippers. This two game winning streak puts an end to the Magic’s previous nine game losing streak.
The Magic started strong, taking a 37-25 lead into the second quarter, led by 10 first quarter points from Franz Wagner. But the Raptors caught up to the Magic midway through the second quarter led by Pascal Siakam and Gary Trent Jr. But at halftime, the Magic held a slight lead, 67-63.
The Magic extended their lead to 94-87 with remarkably impressive scoring from Franz Wagner who added 14 points in the third quarter alone. In the fourth quarter, the Raptors tied it up 108-108 with about two minutes remaining after two free throws by OG Anunoby. Paolo Banchero made one of two subsequent free throws, and Moe Wagner drew the charge from Gary Trent Jr. to negate his two point basket. Fred Van Vleet later added a free throw to tie the game at 109-109. A Franz Wagner tip layup put the Magic up 111-109. A missed shot by Fred Van Vleet sealed the Raptors loss. Banchero’s two free throws put the Magic ahead 113-109 at the end of the game.
Franz Wagner led the scoring for the Magic with 34 points, while Paolo Banchero scored 23. Mo Bamba finished with 13 rebounds. Cole Anthony and Markelle Fultz ended with 5 assists.
Several Magic players remain injured and were unable to play, including Wendell Carter Jr. (plantar fascia strain), Gary Harris (strained right hamstring), Chuma Okeke (left knee soreness), Jalen Suggs (right ankle soreness) and Jonathan Isaac (left knee recovery). Isaac has started his rehab program, playing in full contact 5 on 5 practice games with the Lakeland G League affiliate, and hopes to return to the court soon for Orlando.
The Magic face the Raptors at Amway once again on Sunday, 12/11 at 6:00 p.m. Be sure to follow www.FloridaSportsChannel.com and www.FloridaNationalNews.com for more.
Gaetz friend gets 11 years for sex crime, other counts
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida tax collector whose arrest led to a federal probe into U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for sex trafficking of a minor and other crimes.
Joel Greenberg, former tax collector for Seminole County, had pleaded guilty to six federal crimes, also including identity theft, stalking, wire fraud and conspiracy to bribe a public official. Prosecutors said he paid at least one girl to have sex with him and other men.
“Nothing justifies my actions. My conduct is so shameful. I feel remorse for what I’ve done,” Greenberg said in court Thursday.
Greenberg’s attorney had asked U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell for leniency, saying that his client had assisted in investigations of 24 people, including eight for sex crimes. Defense attorney Fritz Scheller said that Greenberg’s cooperation has led to four federal indictments, and that he believed additional ones were expected in the coming month.
Greenberg’s cooperation could play a role in an investigation into his friend Gaetz over whether he paid a 17-year-old girl for sex. Gaetz has denied the allegations and previously said they were part of an extortion plot. No charges have been brought against the Republican congressman, who represents a large part of the Florida Panhandle.
Federal prosecutors had asked for a significant reduction in Greenberg’s prison sentence, agreeing during a court hearing on Wednesday to a reduced range of nine years and three months to 11 years. Presnell ended up imposing the upper limit of that range.
The minor in the sex crimes case was almost an adult and had advertised as being over age 18 in her escort profile on the website “Seeking Arrangements,” which facilitates “sugar daddy” relationships, Scheller wrote in court papers.
The defense attorney also said that Greenberg “has provided significant substantial assistance to the government in the areas of public corruption, election fraud, wire fraud, and sex trafficking.”
Scheller also had asked the judge to take into consideration Greenberg’s struggles with mental illness, starting with an attention deficit disorder diagnosis at age 7 and panic attacks, depressive and anxiety disorders as an adult. At the time he committed the crimes, he had bipolar disorder with symptoms of mania, which affected his judgment and impulse control, Scheller said.
Greenberg has been linked to other Florida politicians and their associates. So far, none has been implicated in the sex trafficking investigation.
Some documents related to Greenberg’s cooperation were filed under seal and out of the public eye, with prosecutors and the defense attorney saying they were part of ongoing investigations being conducted by federal authorities in Florida and Washington, as well as state investigators.
Mister Rogers’ Week of Kindness Coming March 2023
WINTER PARK, Fla. (Florida National News) – Mister Rogers’ Week of Kindness, inspired by the children’s TV host and icon, comes to Orlando in March 2023. This week-long series of events was announced today at the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation in Winter Park.
“Fred McFeely Rogers devoted his entire life to reminding us of some of the most important ideas of what it means to be human among humans: love, respect and kindness,” explained Buena Vista Events & Management President & CEO Rich Bradley. “Many of us find that nearly 20 years after Fred’s passing, it is important to focus on his teachings once again, perhaps now more than ever. This is a week to re-engage with his massive body of work with some folks, and to introduce his teachings to others.”
Mister Rogers’ Week of Kindness begins March 20, 2023, the date which would have been Fred’s 95th birthday, and concludes on Saturday, March 26 with the Red Sweater Soiree, a community dinner to recognize ten ordinary members of the community who inspire and exemplify the affinity that Fred Rogers had for showing kindness to our “Neighbors”.
Activities planned for the week will include early childhood education activities and faculty training, as well as events open to the public.
“The events will be offered free or at low cost,” continued Bradley. “This week-long celebration is not a series of fundraisers, but rather about once again remembering and sharing some of the great work that Fred Rogers created, not only in early childhood education, but in reminding us that we are all part of one big ‘neighborhood’. Fred taught us the importance of accepting our Neighbors just the way they are and engaging in kindness with our interactions. I can’t think of another period in my lifetime where we needed to reflect on those messages again more than today.”
“There are three ways to ultimate success,” Fred Rogers was once quoted as saying. “The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind. Imagine what our neighborhoods would be like if each of us offered, as a matter of course, just one kind word to another person.”
Many of the activities of Mister Rogers’ Week of Kindness will be attended by members of the cast and crew of Mister Rogers Neighborhood, which ran from 1968 – 1975, and again from 1979 – 2001. David Newell, known as “Mr. McFeely,” the “Speedy Delivery” man, appeared at today’s media conference via video, and looks forward to visiting Central Florida next March.
Mister Rogers’ Week of Kindness is supported by the McFeely-Rogers Foundation, the Fred Rogers Institute, and Fred Rogers Productions. Details regarding the specific activities and venues will be released over the next few weeks.
For more information on the events, visit https://www.BuenaVistaEvents.com or https://www.MisterRogersWeekofKindness.com.
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