SFWMD board member attacks Mark Perry

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Brandon Tucker, Martin County representative to the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board, has attacked Mark Perry of the Florida Oceanographic Society as a liar who doesn’t really understand how water management works in South Florida … Click here to read more

Political committees from outside Martin County smeared local candidates

TCPalm reports that political committees based outside of Martin County played an unprecedented role in the Aug. 14 Republican primary contests for countywide office, several longtime political activists said. The most visible evidence of the increased efforts by out-of-town forces to influence Martin County races was the proliferation of postcards deposited in voters’ mailboxes. … Click here to read more

Martin shocker: Careful growth majority finally wins

Award-winning Palm Beach Post blogger Sally Swartz: “For the first time in 12 years, careful growth proponents will be a voting majority on the Martin County Commission. Some expected and many hoped for that outcome in Tuesday’s primary, but it’s still a shocker.” … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post: Local candidates try to claim they aren’t linked to out-of-town PACS

The Palm Beach Post’s Sally Swartz has researched the misleading Political Action Committees (PACS) that could affect Martin County races, and it’s an informative and revealing read. … Click here to read more

The important questions for pro-developer Martin County candidates in August 14 Primary election

Civic activist and attorney Donna Melzer asks the important questions concerning campaign contributions to pro-developer Martin County candidates on the August 14 Primary election ballot. For example: “Why did out-of-state and out-of-county contributors make up more than 55 percent of Mr. Hayes’ campaign chest, 40 percent of Mr. Smith’s, 70 percent of Mr. Tucker’s and 49 percent of Mr. Ciampi’s.” … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post: Faraway PAC meddles in Martin County politics

The Palm Beach Post’s award-winning blogger Sally Swartz begins her entry: “If voters choose a growth-friendly commission majority in the Aug. 14 primary, those massive developments on farmlands west of Hobe Sound will be approved in a heartbeat.” … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post: Outside cash flows into Martin County elections

The Palm Beach Post’s award-winning blogger, Sally Swartz, details Martin County’s August 14 Primary races and outside influence: “Out-of-state and out-of-county contributors make up more than 55 percent of Mr. Hayes’ campaign chest, 40 percent of Mr. Smith’s, 70 percent of Mr. Tucker’s and 49 percent of Mr. Ciampi’s. Their opponents — Anne Scott, John Haddox, Henry Copeland, Tom Fullman and Carolyn Timman — received the majority of their campaign contributions from local donors.” … Click here to read more

Shocking campaign finance reports: felons, out-of-county / out-of-state donors, questionable expenditures, and a Segway(?)

The most recent campaign finance reports for Martin County candidates have been culled by local attorney Virginia Sherlock, and many shocking contributions and expenditures have been found. Some of the outrageous items include contributions from eleven limited liability companies located at 4500 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, all associated with George Lindemann, Jr., who went to federal prison for electrocuting his show horse Charisma to collect insurance money; those donors contributing heavily to the Martin County campaigns of Ed Ciampi, Doug Smith, Brandon Tucker and Patrick Hayes. … Click here to read more

Differences and common ground revealed at Hobe Sound candidate forum

The Palm Beach Post’s award-winning Sally Swartz blogs: “A forum at Hobe Sound’s Banner Lake community this week gave Martin County Commission candidates a chance to tell residents where they stand on a variety of issues. But their comments on economic development and job creation, more than any other topics, show their differences.” … Click here to read more

A July 13 deadline for RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) in Martin County

The Palm Beach Post’s award-winning blogger, Sally Swartz, details the political predicament for many Martin voters: “In Martin County, it’s that time again, the time Democrats and Independents dread. Republicans rule in Martin. Almost half of Martin County’s 98,282 voters won’t get to cast ballots for sheriff or in two county commission races in the Aug. 14 primary. Unless they become RINOs — Republicans In Name Only.” … Click here to read more

Research shows candidate connection to ranch known for exotic animal slaughter, drug busts

Kudos to the superb research of civic activist and local attorney Virginia Sherlock, who provided the following information on Martin County Commission candidate for District 5, Brandon Tucker: his stump speech features mention of his grandfather, who Mr. Tucker says operated the family ranch in Indiantown and still lives there today. “Those who have lived in Martin County for as long as I have will recognize the Brady Ranch as (in)famous for two reasons: illegal drugs and exotic animals that were shipped in for slaughter by “hunters” who paid to kill Asian water buffalo and other trophy beasts without having to pay for an overseas safari.” … Click here to read more