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Republican Randy Ross Files to Run for State HD 39, Prioritizes Senior Healthcare

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2016 Orange County, Florida Trump campaign chairman Randy Ross files to run for Florida House District 39. Photo courtesy of Randy Ross.

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.”

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Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. | mellissa.thomas@floridanationalnews.com

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State Rep. Morales Urges Gov. DeSantis to Assist Puerto Rico in the Wake of Hurricane Fiona

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State Rep. Daisy Morales. Photo: Florida House of Representatives.

ORLANDO, Fla. – State Representative Daisy Morales (D-Orlando) has sent a letter to the Governor urging him to assist with and release much needed resources to aid Puerto Rico in the wake of the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Fiona.

The letter reads:

“Dear Governor DeSantis,

“With the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria right behind us, Hurricane Fiona, which has now dealt catastrophic damage to Puerto Rico according to Governor Pedro Pierluisi, is an opportunity for us to help our loved ones on the Island.

“With expected flooding, mudslides and blackouts, conditions are extremely dangerous.

“I’m asking the Executive Office of the Governor and the Division of Emergency Management to closely monitor the situation and begin preparations for relief efforts. I am also asking your office to facilitate discussions with city and county governments, and transportation authorities, to prepare for a potential influx of our fellow citizens from Puerto Rico, as was the case with Hurricane Maria. I am also asking your office to assist with the potable water residents of the island needs with the contamination of its existing water supply. Florida, and in particular Central Florida, will always stand with and support Puerto Rico.

“My district, District 48, has one of the largest Puerto Rican populations in the state and I know that, like myself, many Floridians are concerned for the safety and well-being of friends and loved ones currently there.

“Puerto Rico is still rebuilding from Hurricane Maria and must now redouble its efforts in the wake of Hurricane Fiona. Florida must be committed to doing everything we can to help the families impacted by Hurricane Fiona and aid in the recovery process.

“Thank you for your consideration.”

 

 

Other governors have already stepped into action, some as early as Sunday. Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf announced that two members of Pennsylvania Task Force 1 (PATF-1) Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) are deploying to Puerto Rico to support response operations there. They will serve with a federal Incident Support Team and are prepared to remain deployed in Puerto Rico for up to two weeks.

New York governor Kathy Hochul said in a statement Sunday that “the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services is monitoring the storm closely and will be able to rapidly deploy assistance if requested by the federal government and Puerto Rico.”

Thus far, it appears that Florida governor Ron DeSantis has not yet taken action.

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Brother Jimmy’s BBQ Brings the South to Your Mouth at ICON Park

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Brother Jimmy's BBQ opened its new location at ICON Park on International Drive in early August. Photo: J. Willie David III / Florida National News.

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – “Put some south in yo’ mouth.”– Brother Jimmy’s BBQ certainly delivers on its motto at ICON Park on International Drive.

The barbecue chain, launched in North Carolina in 1989, opened its new location at ICON Park in early August and opened its doors to the media Wednesday, providing a sample of rich ribs (both sauced and dry rub), pulled pork, mac and cheese, baked beans, cornbread, and tea (sweet and unsweetened).

Photo: J Willie David III / Florida National News.

Photo: J Willie David III / Florida National News.

Photo: J Willie David III / Florida National News.

Photo: J Willie David III / Florida National News.

Photo: J Willie David III / Florida National News.

Photo: J Willie David III / Florida National News.

Photo: J Willie David III / Florida National News.

Photo: J Willie David III / Florida National News.

Photo: J Willie David III / Florida National News.

Photo: J Willie David III / Florida National News.

Photo: J Willie David III / Florida National News.

Photo: J Willie David III / Florida National News.

 

Brother Jimmy’s BBQ cuisine is made fresh in-house, with the butcher chopping, seasoning, smoking and slicing fresh meat before your very eyes. Utensils await diners in tall receptacles on each table, next to a small container showcasing three barbecue sauces: Original, North Carolina, and Chipotle; and in true southern charm, diners can enjoy their drinks in mason jars.

 

 

The 7,200-plus square foot restaurant offers an open, inviting dining experience that lulls you to stay a while. The furniture there was taken directly from the restaurant’s New York location and shows some “personality” in the slight wear of the wood and unique giant metal pig figurines peppering several tables. The restaurant offers its own photo both (and a board close to the main entrance to post the pics for others to see), tons of TV screens to watch whichever game you wish to see, and the whole back half of the establishment is a mini-arcade with pinball, mini basketball, and yes, beer pong. Also, kids eat free at Brother Jimmy’s BBQ with the purchase of one entree.

Looking for some good barbecue in a great atmosphere? Learn more and check out the menu on the Brother Jimmy’s BBQ website.

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Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. | mellissa.thomas@floridanationalnews.com

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Gov. DeSantis Announces Toll Relief Program

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Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the Florida Turnpike Headquarters in Orlando, Florida Thursday, August 25, 2022. Photo: Hidekel Griffin/Florida National News.

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced a new toll relief program at the Florida Turnpike Headquarters Thursday.

The SunPass Savings Program launches on September 1, 2022 and will run for six months and will benefit SunPass and other Florida transponder users. According to a press release from the governor’s office, the program “is estimated to provide $38 million in relief to SunPass commuters.” Eligible roadways include the Turnpike, the 528, 95 Express, I-4 Express, Palmetto Expressway, the Sawgrass Expressway, and many others. The complete map of included roadways can be found at www.sunpass.com.

With the savings program, drivers who have 40-79 transactions per month will receive a 20 percent discount, and drivers who rack up 80 or more transactions per month receive a 25 percent discount. Gov. DeSantis acknowledged other toll organizations and the fact that they’re independent of the Florida government and outside of his authority, but said that a deal can be made legislatively.

“This program will help frequent SunPass customers keep more money in their pockets during a time of growing inflation,” said Gov. DeSantis. “Florida families who depend on these FDOT facilities for a timely commute to work will benefit from these savings. We will, of course, seek to enact greater savings for commuters in the next legislative session.”

“The SunPass Savings program is a way for us to give back to our loyal customers and thank them for their continued support,” said FDOT Secretary Jared W. Perdue, P.E. “FDOT and Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise are proud to offer this additional cost-saving benefit.”

The governor reiterated the upcoming gas tax holiday in October, but spent much of his commentary slamming President Joe Biden’s economic policy, including the most recent law canceling student loan debt for millions of Americans, which Biden announced Wednesday. DeSantis said President Biden making that a law was unconstitutional. When Florida National News asked Gov. DeSantis how it was unconstitutional, he pointed out that it needs to go through Congress. “Could the Congress pass a law that passes that on to the taxpayer? I believe they probably would have the Constitutional duty to do it–I’m not saying that’s a good idea,” he explained. “But for an executive action through fiat to sanction and to just say you’re dumping this debt on the taxpayers, that is not something that is consistent with the rule of law.”

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Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. | mellissa.thomas@floridanationalnews.com

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