RPOF Newsletter – August 6, 2020


“The American comeback has begun.”

Vice President Mike Pence in Clearwater Beach

Vice President Mike Pence was in Tampa Bay Wednesday reminding voters that President Donald Trump has been the strongest pro-life President in history and will continue to fight for life after re-election Nov. 3.

Pence told a crowd at a Starkey Road Baptist Church in Seminole that Joe Biden would expand abortion and never defend life or liberty. “Make no mistake about it, Joe Biden would appoint activist judges to our courts who would legislate from the bench and trample on our most cherished liberties,” Pence said.

Speaking to a group at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa, Pence said that with the successful battle being waged against Covid by President Trump and Governor DeSantis: “The American comeback has begun.” He also visited A Woman’s Place medical clinic in Pinellas Park — the first time a sitting vice president has ever publicly visited a pro-life pregnancy center. 

Vice President Pence was joined by RPOF Chairman Joe Gruters and Vice Chairman Christian Ziegler, along with former Chairman Rep. Blaise Ingoglia and Republican state Reps. Ardian Zika and Chris Sprowls.


Governor Ron DeSantis Update

Governor DeSantis is forming a committee to develop creative ways to allow Floridians to visit their loved ones in elder care facilities during Covid. The committee will consider ideas brought to DeSantis during a roundtable discussion in Jacksonville on Tuesday, such as giving family members protective gear for visits to allowing them into the facilities if they carry antibodies for the virus.

“The ultimate vision may take a little bit of time,” the Governor told family members during the round-table discussion. “I don’t want to give false hope. There are going to have to be precautions…It’s worth putting forth the effort, being thoughtful about it, being innovative.”

Read more here: https://www.sun-sentinel.com/coronavirus/fl-ne-nursing-home-visits-20200804-dkrjtqinezfq5m2hdjsuhremju-story.html


On Tuesday, Governor DeSantis announced the appointments of Laura Laurie to the Fifteenth Circuit Court and John Parnofiello to the Palm Beach County Court.

Laura Laurie, of Lakeworth, has been an Assistant State Attorney in Palm Beach County since 2007. She is the chief of the traffic homicide and felony trial units. She received her bachelor’s degree from Florida Gulf Coast University and her law degree from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law. Laurie fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Edward Artau to the Fourth District Court of Appeal.

John Parnofiello, of Jupiter, has been an Assistant State Attorney for the Fifteenth Circuit since 2015. He previously served as an associate at Rosenthal, Levy, Simon and Ryles. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his law degree from the University of Florida College of Law. Parnofiello fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Paige Gillman to the Fifteenth Circuit Court.


President Donald Trump Update

President Trump just signed an executive order to prevent Americans from being displaced by foreign workers and offshore labor using federal dollars.

The new executive order combats the misuse of H-1B visas, which too often have been exploited to replace qualified U.S. workers with lower-cost foreign ones. President Trump is directing all federal agencies to focus on hiring Americans for lucrative federal contracts, and it requires that only U.S. citizens be appointed to the government’s competitive service. 

The decision comes following news that the Tennessee Valley Authority planned to outsource 20 percent of its technology jobs to companies based in foreign countries. That action alone risked more than 200 American jobs. 

“We’re not just solving your problem,” Vice President Mike Pence told workers gathered at the White House Tuesday. “What the President’s committing to today is to end the abuse of our worker visa program, once and for all.”


President Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act this morning Tuesday, a historic, bipartisan law that marks the largest-ever investment into America’s public lands while creating more than 100,000 infrastructure-related jobs.

Estimates place the national deferred maintenance backlog across all public lands at approximately $20 billion. The President’s action brings this much-needed maintenance to our public lands, many of which play an important role in our economy. Last year, over 327 million people visited America’s majestic national parks. All told, America’s outdoor recreation economy accounted for more than 2 percent of our GDP—and 5.2 million jobs—in 2017.


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