RPOF Newsletter – September 15, 2020

A Note from RPOF Chairman Joe Gruters
The election is less than 50 days away and we are in a full-court press to ensure President Trump is returned to the White House for another four years. The Democratic Party and the left are proving that they will throw everything at us in Florida.
The latest is that former New York City Mayor and failed Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg is shoveling $100 million into these last 49 days into Florida. That can buy an enormous amount of pro-Biden, Trump-bashing ads throughout the state while also funding their weak ground game and get-out-the-vote efforts.
Democrats realize the importance of our state and are willing to try to buy the election, because they sure cannot win it on the merits or efforts of their grassroots in support of a listless Joe Biden. The AP reports just how much Bloomberg alone, worth $60 billion, is willing to spend to defeat President Trump:
“Bloomberg transferred $18 million from his presidential campaign to the Democratic National Committee, and transferred its offices in six key swing states to the local Democratic parties there. The businessman has contributed $500,000 to Voto Latino to help register Latino voters, $2 million to the group Collective Future to help register African American voters, and $2 million to Swing Left, a group focused on electing Democrats in swing districts. One of the groups he has founded and funds, Everytown for Gun Safety, has committed to spending $60 million on elections this cycle, and Bloomberg himself has pledged another $60 million to support Democrats in House races.”
All this means we need to redouble our efforts. Our grassroots workers are our best weapon and we have created a far superior ground game with door-knocking and more. But we must execute it with a fervor the next 49 days, never taking our foot off the accelerator until we have victory! 
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of voting NO on Amendment 3 to maintain the integrity of the Republican Party in Florida. The Amendment destroys Republicans’ ability to choose our candidate for office and could leave only two Democrat options on a ballot in the General Election. Share widely the importance of this NO vote on Amendment 3.
Governor Ron DeSantis Update
Governor DeSantis announced Friday that bars in Florida will reopen on Monday, but they must start at 50 percent capacity for this step. At the end of June, bars, pubs and breweries that don’t serve food were required to close down.
On Thursday evening, the secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation announced that Governor DeSantis rescinded the DBPR Amended Emergency Order, which means bars and other alcoholic beverage vendors may resume sales of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises on Monday, as long as they comply with the parameters of Phase 2 of the Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan for Florida’s recovery.
As average daily COVID-19 case increases hover just under 3,000 over the last week, Florida is moving closer to a number cited by health experts as a standard for reopening.
Many experts say safely moving forward with reopening should be done when the state dips below a positivity rate of 5 percent, averaged over a two-week period. 
When a massive data dump this week from a national lab is removed from the equation, Florida is averaging about 5.6 percent positivity over the last 14 days for new cases in Florida residents, according to data from the state health department. 
Governor Ron DeSantis announced the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (Department) has completed the necessary technology changes to begin paying the Federal Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program benefits to eligible Floridians. This program, authorized by President Trump, provides additional benefits for individuals who are eligible for Reemployment Assistance for weeks of unemployment ending on or after August 1, 2020.
“We thank President Trump and the Federal Emergency Management Agency for providing this relief to Floridians during this time of need,” Governor DeSantis said. “These additional funds will provide critical support to Florida’s unemployed workforce due to COVID-19.” This means the DEO is providing an additional $300 per week to eligible Reemployment Assistance claimants.
Florida economic development and tourism leaders are applauding Governor DeSantis’ support of VISIT FLORIDA’s new in-state marketing campaign to help Florida’s tourism industry and economy recover from COVID-19.
“This new intrastate marketing campaign is the latest step we’re taking to help get people back to work,” Governor DeSantis said. “While the pandemic is not over, and safety remains paramount, we encourage Floridians to venture out of their homes to enjoy everything our beautiful state has to offer.”
Leaders from Disney, Universal, Sea World, the Restaurant and Lodging Association and many more commended Governor DeSantis for his actions.
President Donald Trump Update
The President has announced 20 additions to his list of qualified potential Supreme Court nominees. The 20 men and women he named are committed to the American ideal of impartial rule of law — a value that makes our country exceptional.
“Apart from matters of war and peace, the nomination of a Supreme Court justice is the most important decision an American President can make,” President Trump said.
The new names on President Trump’s list include distinguished Federal judges as well as legislators with a long history of fighting for our Constitution, such as Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas.
President Trump has made it a top priority to promote a clean and healthy environment for the American people with policies that are promoting economic growth, while still maintaining standards that allow Americans to have among the cleanest air and water in the world.
While America has become the world’s number one producer of oil and natural gas, our nation has continued to successfully cut greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality. And President Trump negotiated the historic USMCA, which contains the strongest environmental protections of any trade agreement in history.
On Wednesday, September 9, President Trump was nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership in brokering the Abraham Accords, bringing about the full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and marking a major step toward a more peaceful Middle East.
This historic diplomatic breakthrough between Israel and the United Arab Emirates is the most significant step toward peace in the Middle East in more than a quarter of a century. This nomination comes amid widespread international support for the peace accords and optimism that the region finally may be turning a corner.
By uniting two of America’s closest partners in the region — something many said could not be done — this agreement will create a more peaceful, secure, and prosperous Middle East.
Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament and chairman of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, submitted the nomination. He told Fox News: “For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees.”
President Trump announced on Tuesday, September 8, a decade-long ban on oil drilling off the full coast of Florida, plus Georgia and South Carolina. Announced during an appearance in Jupiter, Fla., the move represents a victory for drilling opponents in Florida, where fear of oil slicks fouling the beaches has run high for decades among people in both political parties.
“In a few moments I will sign a presidential order extending the moratorium on offshore drilling on Florida’s Gulf Coast and expanding it to Florida’s Atlantic Coast as well as the coast of Georgia and South Carolina,” Trump said at the event. The current moratorium on drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico expires in 2022.
Vote NO on Amendment 3 in November 
Voting NO on Amendment 3 is critical to the future integrity of the Republican Party in Florida. The Amendment destroys Republicans’ ability to choose our candidate for office and could leave only two Democrat options on a ballot in the General Election. 
But the backers of this Amendment are conducting a deceitful campaign, proven by the duplicitous ads that are now running on Facebook. Click Here for a must-read story that shows how underhanded the Amendment and its backers are: 
More Floridians are seeing through the Amendment 3 scam. Here’s a report from the Palm Beach Post about how black leaders are seeing it as a back door for powerful special interests:
“Black members of the Florida Legislature are sounding the alarm about a proposed constitutional amendment they argue would weaken minority voting strength and give special interests more power to determine who gets elected.
“Amendment 3 would end Florida’s closed primary system, allowing voters of any party or no party to vote for candidates of their choosing in primary elections. The top two vote-getters, regardless of party, would proceed to the general election. 
Amendment 3 is for the backroom powerbrokers, cutting out grassroots Republicans. Maybe it’s enough to point out that it is the system California uses — a one-party state with no small amount of corruption. It’s not for Florida. No on Amendment 3. 
Important points to remember about Absentee Ballots, aka Vote by Mail:
  • Florida’s Absentee Balloting (also known as Vote by Mail) is safe and secure and has been used in Florida for many years, as President Trump has said. 
  • It is important to note that Florida’s system requires a registered voter to initiate and follow a process requesting the ballots, and there have been no significant issues with this system in Florida.
  • But Florida does not have or support all-mail voting, or universal mail-ins, being discussed in other states, which President Trump and the RPOF staunchly oppose.