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    By Chris Nelson. December 5, 2022. The Libs are back in charge at the Broward School Board and they wasted no time attacking Free Speech. Cutting mics, Prohibiting “attacking” the Superintendent or Board Members or even mentioning their names is being discussed at the December 6 workshop which will be held at 12 noon at the Broward School Board. As Debbi “Hack-a-Thon” Hixon would say this violates the Sunshine Idea! Come and speak up before Lori Alhadeff cuts your mic!

    By Chris Nelson. December 5, 2022. Miami Antifa has reached a new level of intolerance and bigotry. Florida State Senator Shevrin “Shev” Jones spoke at a peaceful counter demonstration in Ft Lauderdale Saturday that was attended by Antifa militants.

    Jones w Organizer Maxx Fenning

    After the Counter Protest which was against the group Gays Against Groomers and their Protect the Children Rally, Miami Antifa took to Twitter to accuse Senator Jones of “siding with the cops” and calling him a “pussy” and a “snitch” and saying he is “not part of our community” and “not welcome at future demonstrations”. Unlike Antifa, Jones has worked tirelessly in Tallahassee to protect the Rights of LGBT people.

    Senator Jones had the Tweet of the Day when he replied “Thank God @MIAAntifaNews can’t tell me where I can and cannot be! I WILL be at the next one and the one after that, just so they know that there’s no room for disrespect, I don’t care who you are!”

    From the Free Florida Editorial Board. November 21, 2022.

    Chairman Torey Alston has done a FANTASTIC job running the Broward School Board these past two months. He respects free speech and runs the meetings in an orderly fashion. We have seen vendors and administrators held accountable under Alston’s Leadership and the incompetent Teachers Union Puppet Superintendent Vickie Cartwright was removed! Not only has Torey been one of the most exceptional Black Leaders Broward County has seen, but one of the most exceptional Leaders, period. He is a role model for all the children in the District which is a rare thing in Broward Politics. Why replace him? Nobody can say he is doing a bad job. In fact Sun Sentinel who are trashing Torey now, said Alston was “well prepared” and had “credibility” when he first took the seat. The Sun Sentinel Editorial Board today sounds much more like the Press Office for the Broward Teachers Union. Torey was appointed by Governor DeSantis and supports Parental Rights and those on the Left do not like that. Alston has also brought much needed stability to the Board and created an atmosphere where people can come to the School Board and speak their mind. Now with a new Board coming in, Sun Sentinel and their Teachers Union allies are pushing for the Board to REPLACE Torey with someone easier for them to control. If you live in Broward PLEASE attend the School Board Meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov 22 at 11am at the KC Wright Building 600 SE 3rd Ave, Ft Lauderdale. If you cannot make it please write a public comment in support of Torey continuing as chair! Submit you comment here. 

    Broward School Board Member-Elect Brenda Fam supports keeping Torey and wrote about it here: Brenda Fam supports Torey Alston to continue as Broward School Board Chair

    Help us Keep Torey as Broward School Board Chair!

    Guest Post by Brenda Fam. Monday, November 21, 2022

    On Tuesday, August 30, 2022, School Board Member, Torey Alston, took the oath of office to become part of the Broward County School Board.

    Mr. Alston is well known for becoming the 1st Student Advisor to the Broward County School Board, for becoming the youngest person in Broward County history to serve in this leadership role (at the age of 38 on the School Board), the 1st Millennial to serve as School Board Chair, and the 2nd Black male in Broward County history to serve as Chair of the Board.

    Since Mr. Alston became chair of the school board meetings, the tenor of the meetings has unequivocally improved, anxiety has diminished and the meetings no longer take an adversarial tone. Mr. Alston brings civility, professionalism, and mutual respect to the meeting and shows genuine interest in the concerns of Broward County citizens.

    School Board meetings are run professionally in a warm welcoming atmosphere, with Mr. Alston presiding in a firm, fair, and consistent manner. Since Alston’s appointment as chair, there are many examples of meetings being conducted with grace and civility, IE. the time limit for residents to speak has returned to three minutes as provided by the district rules, microphones have not been turned off to cut-off speakers, and not one individual has been forcibly removed from a meeting. Meeting attendees feel respected again and have a say in their children’s future. Citizens take solace because they have a voice and Alston is actually listening. Bottom line, residents feel their suggestions are welcomed and that they are being heard. Public comment is valued where it had been previously dismissed.

    Torey Alston has restored community engagement and confidence by inviting parents to be involved and participate in the decision making process.

    It is my sincere hope that Torey Alston will continue serving as Chair of the Broward County School Board. He is a true leader that other board members, including myself, can learn from and emulate.

    Brenda Fam, Esq.

    Broward County School Board District 6

    By Chris Nelson. November 19, 2022. While the Sun Sentinel tirelessly advocates for the recently fired Broward Superintendent Vickie Cartwright, the Broward Principals and Assistants Association is praising the School Board for their Monday decision to fire Cartwright. Executive Director Lisa Maxwell who spoke in favor of hiring Cartwright, wrote the BPAA had “high hopes” for Cartwright and offered solutions but that it fell on “deaf ears” and as a result the district has “spiraled out of control”. The letter goes on to say “Facilities problems, lack of communication and failure to make decisions in a timely manner have only gotten worse” under Cartwright’s tenure. The BPAA says they stand ready to assist in the selection of an Interim. Of their Twitter The Broward Principals and Assistants Association says they are a “not for profit corporation representing the collective interests of school-based Administrators in Broward County”. Read the full letter here:

    By Chris Nelson. November 18, 2022. The case against Broward School Board Member-Elect Rod Velez has caught the attention of the Florida Department of State. Velez, who won his race to represent District 1 on the Broward School Board, was sued by his opponent Marie Murray Martin on Monday. Martin’s complaint claims Velez lied on an official form about his qualification to hold public office. The complaint alleges under Florida Law a candidate must get his right to hold public office restored and Velez did not do that. Velez pleaded to a felony in 1995. Today Free Florida obtained an Email from Ashley E. Davis, Chief Deputy General Counsel at the Florida Department of State. The Email was sent to an individual at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement who’s name was redacted. The Email shares the complaint of a false swearing of an oath which is a “third degree felony” and ends “Let me know if we can assist further.”

    The Email copies Nathaniel Klitsberg, Broward Deputy County Attorney.

    Velez is set to be sworn in on the Broward School Board on Tuesday.

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    By Chris Nelson. November 14, 2022. After a tumultuous year and a half with Broward Schools Vickie Cartwright is finally out as Superintendent. During her tenure, Cartwright fought to censor parents by attempting to ban sarcasm or any criticism of her performance. This came after she was exposed being a mask hypocrite after helping her Teachers Union cohorts continue forced masking of children against State Law. Perhaps this was due to the Millions of Dollars being doled out by the Biden Administration to continue these abusive and nonsensical policies. Thumbing her nose at the Governor wound up costing the district $25 Million in fines but that did not stop her from

    joining her Teachers Union pals in claiming poverty before the Broward Commission leading to a full mil Property Tax Increase sneakily placed on the August ballot where only Democrats had a gubernatorial primary earning her the name “Sneaky Vickie.”

    Coupled with her mishandling of the hiring of a new Chief Facilities Officer in a scandal nicknamed “Williegate” which led to a crying out from the Broward Black Community for Cartwright to either step down or be fired, the nightmare finally ended today after two disastrous audit reports led to a motion by Board Member Dan Foganholi and a Second by Chair Torey Alston to remove Cartwright as Superintendent. After intense discussion and a moment where the tension in the room could have been cut with a knife, Board Member Kevin Tynan cast the deciding vote which sealed Cartwright’s fate with Broward Schools at near to 11pm on November 14, 2022. Crying ensued from Board Members distraught over the decision. The show of emotion was humiliating coming from adults who are Elected to make tough decisions. The vote came down both party and gender lines with male DeSantis appointees Alston, Tynan, Serrano, Reiter, Foganholi voting yes and female elected members Alhadeff, Hixon, Rupert, and Leonardi voting no and giving mostly emotional based reasons as to why. Alhadeff said she did not think it was right since the motion had not been advertised but there is no requirement that it must be. Controversial motions, as in the case where the board callously moved to continue force masking children are made all the time. Chair Torey Alston said discussions on appointing an interim to replace Cartwright will happen at the November 15 meeting. Watch my Exclusive Interview:

    Chair Torey Alston and Superintendent Cartwright

    Myself and Scott Travis of Sun Sentinel were the only reporters at the School Board to break this HUGE story. Independent Reporters are increasingly relied by the community on for important news breaks and investigations. Support Independent Reporting! Click Here to Support Chris Nelson’s Work!

    ***UPDATE!!*** After this story was published the Governor took action and Federal Agents were NOT ALLOWED in Florida polling places! That is the power of Free Florida!!

    By Chris Nelson. November 7, 2022. According to a memo obtained by Free Florida, the Biden Department of Justice will be dispatching four Agents who will be “roaming the County” on Election Day in Palm Beach County. The memo claims to be from Cristina Rayos, Field Clerk Coordinator with the Palm Beach Supervisor of Elections. It instructs all Field Clerks that they “must grant them access” and treat them the same as Poll Watchers. Read the memo here:

    The DOJ has done this same thing in other States like Missouri where Attorney General John Ashcroft has Tweeted: “It would be highly inappropriate for federal agents to violate the law by intimidating Missouri voters at the polls on Election Day. Cole County Clerk Steve Korsmeyer has rightfully declined to allow this over-reach and the secretary of state’s office fully supports him. If the DOJ desires to meet to discuss this matter further, they may meet at my office instead of trying to bully a hard working county official.“

    UPDATE! After this story was shared the DeSantis Administration responded by saying DOJ Agents are NOT allowed in Florida Polling places! Read here!…ing-in-floridas-election/

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    Below is a Letter from Chris Nelson to John Daly and Amy Shield of Concerned Citizens of Broward County Concerning their Reckless Endorsement of ANOTHER AWFUL Candidate. Oct 30, 2022.

    Context: Concerned Citizens of Broward County are a medium sized Facebook group formed after the Parkland Murders that worked to elect School Board Members who will make Broward Schools safer. Their endorsements carry a lot of weight and they have been successful in getting Lori Alhadeff and Deb Hixon elected. Alhadeff has been pretty decent but Hixon has turned out to be a pawn of the Broward Teachers Union and aligns her actions and votes completely with the Union’s wishes as in the case with illegal forced masking and supporting Vickie Cartwright for Superintendent. Concerned Citizens of Broward are forming a reputation for endorsing AWFUL candidates and aligning with the Broward Teachers Union against Freedom-Minded Candidates who put Parental Rights first. This piece of work Steven Julian is the latest example.

    Here is my open letter to them from Oct 30, 2022:

    Dear Amy and John,

    I read your statement in regard to the MANY messages and calls you received yesterday after the childish and abusive behavior of Steven Julien, School Board Candidate endorsed by your group Concerned Citizens of Broward County was exposed. Now I am even more convinced your group is doing serious damage to our community with your reckless endorsements. You admit in your post you do not even believe in the positions of the candidates you endorse so WHY ENDORSE THEM? The Broward Teachers Union has proven to be a cancer on our community and their candidates are responsible for making Broward Schools unsafe yet your endorsement list is indistinguishable from theirs! Bad behavior is not coming from “both sides” in this case like your letter says, it is coming from ONE SIDE. In this case YOUR CANDIDATE Steven Julian. I do not see any real meaningful condemnation of his abusive behavior at the polls toward Brenda Fam in your letter.

    The part of the letter where you “feel the pain” of those like myself who you have expelled from your group for challenging your endorsements and other positions and use a Leftist buzzword like “marginalized” is insulting. I am not marginalized and I will never BE marginalized because I do not ALLOW myself to be marginalized. Marginalization is a choice and a victim mentality. I do not need your Facebook group to get my message out as I have a substantial platform of my own. Amy and John, your leadership and judgement in this Election Cycle has been awful and it is in the best interest of the children of Broward for you to step down. Your endorsements are putting children in danger and hurting our community.


    Chris Nelson, Concerned Citizen

    CCOB Endorsed Candidate Steven Julian blocking his opponents car and being an ass.

    CCOB Endorsed Candidate Steven Julian with Miami Teachers Union Boss Karla Mats aka Karla Marx aka Karla Hernandez and Broward Teachers Union Boss Anna Fusco. Julian is endorsed by Broward Teachers Union



    US Senator

    Marco Rubio

    (Depending on where you live in Broward, the following race may appear on your ballot for:)

    Representative in Congress:

    District 20: Drew-Montez Clark

    District 23: Joe Budd

    District 24: Jesus G. Navarro

    District 25: Carla Spalding

    (The following races appear on every ballot in Broward:)

    Governor & Lieutenant Governor

    Ron DeSantis & Jeanette Nunez

    Attorney General

    Ashley Moody

    Chief Financial Officer

    Jimmy Patronis

    Commissioner of Agriculture

    Wilton Simpson

    (Depending on where you live in Broward, the following race may appear on your ballot for:)

    State Senator

    District 30: William "Bill" Reicherter

    (Depending on where you live in Broward, the following race may appear on your ballot for:)

    State Representative

    District 96: Jenna Hague

    District 100: Chip LaMarca

    District 101: Guy Silla

    District 103: George Navarini

    District 105: Vincent Parlatore

    (Judicial Retention and Circuit Judge races appear on every ballot in Broward.

    Important Note: Judicial races are all Non-Partisan, which means Party Affiliation will NOT appear on your ballot.)

    Retention Vote Justice of the Florida Supreme Court

    Charles T. Canady - Vote YES

    John D. Couriel - Vote YES (DeSantis appointed)

    Jamie Grosshans - Vote YES (DeSantis appointed)

    Jorge Labarga – Vote NO (Broward GOP in 2016 made this same recommendation as a result of Justice Labarga's decision to not allow Florida voters to vote on Obamacare)

    Ricky Polston – Vote YES

    Retention Vote 4th District Court of Appeal Justices

    Ed Artau – Vote YES (DeSantis appointed)

    Cory J. Ciklin – Vote YES

    Dorian K. Damoorgian – Vote YES

    Jonathan D. Gerber – Vote YES

    Robert M. Gross –Vote NO (Broward GOP in 2016 made this same recommendation referencing that Justice Gross was appointed by Dem. Gov. Lawton Chiles)

    Spencer D. Levine – Vote YES

    Melanie G. May – Vote YES




    Lorena Mastrarrigo


    Chris Marion Brown

    (The following race for School Board appears on every ballot in Broward

    Important Note: This races is Non-Partisan, which means Party Affiliation will NOT appear on your ballot.)


    No recommendation (you may pick one based on your own research or leave it blank)

    (Depending on where you live in Broward, the following race for School Board may appear on your ballot.

    Important Note: This race is Non-Partisan, which means Party Affiliation will NOT appear on your ballot.)



    (Important Note: Municipal races are all Non-Partisan, which means Party Affiliation will NOTappear on your ballot. Candidates appear in alphabetical order. If there are municipal races on your ballot that are not on this guide below, that means the Republican Party of Broward County did not take a stance in that race.

    Depending on where you live in Broward, the following city races may appear on your ballot:)






























    (Statewide Amendments and Broward Charter Amendments appear on every ballot in Broward.)

    Statewide Amendments

    Amendment 1, Limitation on the Assessment of Real Property Used for Residential Purposes:

    Vote YES (makes sense to me, especially after Hurricane Ian since it relates to not counting in the assessed valued improvements made to the property's resistance to flood damage)

    Amendment 2, Abolishing the Constitution Revision Commission:

    Vote YES (It's a non-elected board that meets every 20 years to put ballot initiatives on the ballot, only one of its kind in the entire nation, and has suggested some odd things over the years.)

    Amendment 3, Additional Homestead Property Tax Exemption for Specified Critical Public Services Workforce:

    Vote YES (it would give an extra non-school $50,000 exemption of the assessed value of homestead property owned by classroom teachers, law enforcement officers, correctional officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, child welfare services professionals, active duty members of the United States Armed Forces, and Florida National Guard members.)

    Broward Charter Amendments

    Question 1, Amends County Charter to be Consistent with Constitutional Amendment and Special Law Regarding County Offices:

    Vote YES (doesn't seem politically motivated, but just getting local Broward Charter in line with state constitution)

    Question 2, Amends County Charter to Consolidate Central Examining Boards and to Ensure Consistency with State Law:

    Vote YES (doesn't seem politically motivated, but just getting local Broward Charter in line with state constitution)

    The above picks made by the Broward GOP are Paid for and Approved by the Republican Party of Broward County, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. Commentary from Richard DeNapoli or individual recommendations by Richard DeNapoli are specifically noted in parentheses or with highlights above and is not part of the official Broward Republican Voter Guide.


    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Today, Governor Ron DeSantis suspended Broward School Board Members Patricia Good, Donna Korn, Ann Murray and Laurie Rich Levinson from office following the recommendations of the Twentieth Statewide Grand Jury to suspend these board members due to their incompetence, neglect of duty, and misuse of authority. Even four years after the events of February 14, 2018, the final report of the Grand Jury found that a safety-related alarm that could have possibly saved lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School “was and is such a low priority that it remains uninstalled at multiple schools,” and “students continue to be educated in unsafe, aging, decrepit, moldy buildings that were supposed to have been renovated years ago.” These are inexcusable actions by school board members who have shown a pattern of emboldening unacceptable behavior, including fraud and mismanagement, across the district.

    These suspensions are effective immediately. To read Executive Order 22-202, click here.

    “It is my duty to suspend people from office when there is clear evidence of incompetence, neglect of duty, misfeasance or malfeasance,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “The findings of the Statewide Grand Jury affirm the work of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School Safety Commission. We are grateful to the members of the jury who have dedicated countless hours to this mission and we hope this suspension brings the Parkland community another step towards justice. This action is in the best interest of the residents and students of Broward County and all citizens of Florida.”

    Today, Governor DeSantis also made four appointments to the Broward County School Board in the place of the four suspended members:

    • Torey Alston, former Commissioner of the Broward County Board of County Commissioners and President of Indelible Solutions;
    • Manual “Nandy” A. Serrano, member of the Florida Sports Foundation Board of Directors, and CEO and Founder of Clubhouse Private Wealth;
    • Ryan Reiter, a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and Director of Government Relations for Kaufman Lynn Construction; and
    • Kevin Tynan, Attorney with Richardson and Tynan, who previously served on the Broward County School Board and South Broward Hospital District.

    The Twentieth Statewide Grand Jury was impaneled by the Florida Supreme Court in February 2019, following the tragic loss of 17 individuals at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School one year prior. The Statewide Grand Jury was asked to examine four issues, including whether public entities and school officials committed fraud and deceit by mismanaging funds devoted to school safety. In its final report, the statewide grand jury found that these board members mismanaged the SMART Program, a multimillion-dollar bond specifically solicited for school safety and renovation initiatives. The Statewide Grand Jury also found that the Board was aware of serious problems with the SMART Program, including former Superintendent Runcie’s inability or unwillingness to manage those problems, yet did not take action. In concluding and issuing its final report, the Statewide Grand Jury recommended the suspension of four current school board members from office. The Statewide Grand Jury also mentioned a now-former fifth school board member, Rosalind Osgood, who is no longer working as a school board member, and is therefore not subject to the Governor’s executive suspension authority.

    To read the full Statewide Grand Jury report, click here.

    By Chris Nelson. August 22, 2022. Many people have asked me for a Voter Guide. Here it is!!

    Who I Support:

    1) Laura Loomer for Congress, District 11.

    This is the most important race in the Nation. Laura has been a bold, fearless warrior for America First since before it was popular. She has selflessly put herself on the front line fighting against the Left and their censorship and has a long track record showing her commitment. She has become a personal friend and her victory tomorrow is imperative in fighting back against tyranny.

    2) Darlene Swaffar for Congress,District 23.

    Darlene has proven herself to be an America First warrior. I have known Darlene since 2020 when she fought with me against mandates and shutdowns. She shows up to the School Board and Commission meetings and puts in the work. Darlene is the clear choice in the GOP Primary to take on the Democrat in November. She will fight tooth and nail to take this seat for the GOP!

    3) Angelique Contreras for Palm

    Beach School Board

    Angelique is a close friend of mine and a co-founder of ReOpen South Florida. She has taken on the Palm Beach School Board week after week for almost two years to fight against mandates and the indoctrination of children. Here is one of the most important races in the State.

    4) Brenda Fam for Broward School Board

    Brenda is a fighter who supports the DeSantis Education Plan 100%!!

    Other candidates I support:

    Amanda Silvestri for Palm

    Beach School Board

    Drew Montez Clark for Congress

    Lavern Spicer for Congress Miami

    Rubin Young for Congress Broward

    Melissa Martz for Congress Palm


    Dr. Saulis Banionis for State Rep Boca

    Steve Byers for State Senate District 26


    Click here for my picks for Broward School Board

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    By Chris Nelson. August 17, 2022.

    Broward Superintendent Vickie Cartwright’s recommendation of a five day suspension for a teacher who allegedly unzipped a 15 year old female student’s jacket and commented on her breasts has been withdrawn,. According to the report, Willie Holmes was a Language Arts teacher at Stranahan High School last year when a female student accused him of making multiple sexual advances. In one case, she says he wrote her a note saying “I realized you been looking good lately” and asked for her phone number. According to the report, Holmes liked to sell snacks to students and due to a “Code Yellow” the girl identified as J.J. was not allowed to leave the room, trapping her with Holmes. According to the report Holmes sent her several text messages over the next few days. She told him she is 15 but he said, “no one had to know if she didn’t say anything.” During another reported incident, Holmes was alone with the girl when he “unzipped her jacket, glanced at her breasts and zipped her jacket back up”. Holmes commented, “there’s a lot down there” and “Don’t tell anyone, I could get in a lot of trouble for that,” according to the report. The report also shows Holmes sending the girl tongue emojis through Cash App, which he was using to sell candy to students.

    Broward Teachers Union President Anna Fusco arguing for a tax increase.

    Broward Teachers Union President Anna Fusco defended Holmes behavior according to Sun Sentinel, calling the allegations here say. Last year, Teacher Joseph Carter was fired after sharing a viral video calling out Fusco and Cartwright’s hypocrisy over wearing a mask. Carter said in an interview there is a double standard for teachers in the Union, and that the Union has defended teachers who made sexual advances on students in the past. Watch clip:

    The matter was to be taken up at today’s Board Meeting but was withdrawn yesterday to “provide further time for review of this matter.” Holmes temporary teaching certificate has expired but his name and extension remains on the school’s website.

    Correspondence between administration reveals that if Holmes renews his certificate he could be back in the classroom in Broward. “If Mr. Holmes is rehired by BCOS, he will need to complete his five day suspension upon return,” the note says. The disciplinary board requested a ten day suspension but Cartwright shortened in to five days.

    So far no criminal charges have been filed. Read the full report here.


    Superintendent Vickie Cartwright

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