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State Agriculture Candidate Will Self-Fund "Up To $1Million"

Orange County GOP State Committeeman Paul Paulson is also bringing on board a world renowned digital consultant.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

Following State Senator Denise Grimsley's announcement that she will indeed run for Commissioner of Agriculture, GOP insiders have been wondering what a primary with Orlando businessman Paul Paulson will look like. Grimsley is a career politician who described her intention to become Commissioner of Agriculture as the "next step" forward for her political aspirations.

 

Orange County GOP State Committeeman Paul Paulson is also bringing on board a world renowned digital consultant.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

Following State Senator Denise Grimsley's announcement that she will indeed run for Commissioner of Agriculture, GOP insiders have been wondering what a primary with Orlando businessman Paul Paulson will look like. Grimsley is a career politician who described her intention to become Commissioner of Agriculture as the "next step" forward for her political aspirations.

 

Senator Grimsley took over the family business some time ago, and identifies herself as a Citrus Grower and Registered Nurse in her biography on the Florida Senate's website.

 

The first candidate to announce, Paul Paulson, grew up on a farm run by his father. Paulson owns cattle and farmland in Florida, according to a report from Orlando Rising. Mr. Paulson would go on to serve in the U.S. Army in the Pershing Missile Brigade as a rifle platoon leader and acting inspector general. He also served as a Commander in a Florida Army reserve unit and is currently the JAG officer for a Winter Park, Florida American Legion post.

 

While Grimsley will have the political establishments backing and a majority of statewide agricultural special interests, sources are telling East Orlando Post that Paulson will tap his vast wealth to become competitive.

 

"Paul is willing to spend up to $1million dollars to self-finance his campaign. He does not need the patronage of wealthy donors, nor does he desire to engage in the quid-pro-quo nature of accepting special interest money."

 

The Orlando businessman confirmed this by phone to the East Orlando Post and also told us that he is currently filing out his campaign team.

 

Hines Digitial will help Paulson with online fundraising efforts. The company is run by Ian Hines. Their past clients have included Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, former Presidential candidate Rick Santorum, and Washington State Gubernatorial Candidate Bill Bryant. Hines Digitial received 4 prestigious "Reed Awards" for their work in 2016.

 

The Reed Awards are bestowed upon those who demonstrate "excellence in political campaigning."

 

Paulson's new digitial team is also well known in political circles for helping candidates raises hundreds of thousands of dollars in small dollar contributions, allowing their clients to rely on grassroots support over special interest funding sources.

 

GOP consultant Mike Shirley will act as General Consultant for the campaign. Shirley helped lead political upstart Joel Greenberg defeat 28-year incumbent Seminole County Tax Collector in 2016 and saw his candidates defeat political insiders in several other regions across the United States.

 

"I'm excited to tour the state and return power to the people. Mrs. Grimsley seems like a nice person, but career politicians have had their shot. How many favors does she owe to wealthy donors and political schemers? We simply don't know," concluded Paulson.

 

Paulson has already loaned his campaign $120,000, while Senator Grimsley has raised nearly $50,000 in special interest donations, according to recent campaign finance reports.

 

 

Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. His work through these publications has been showcased in hundreds of publications and news outlets in the state of Florida, the United States, and around the globe. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at info@eastorlandopost.com

 

 

Orlando To Host Brown Liquor Music Festival

Performances from R&B and Southern Soul blues artists, with dozens of brown liquors and wide-ranging food options.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

Performances from R&B and Southern Soul blues artists, with dozens of brown liquors and wide-ranging food options.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

The first week of April will start with April Fools day and end with the Brown Liquor Music Festival on Saturday, April 8th. Promoter Lewis Brutus is organizing the event with Music and Liquor Distributors Entertanment. It promises dozens of different brown liquor choices, a full bar, and food vendors. It will be held at Orlando Festival Park on 2911 E. Robinson Street in the heart of Downtown Orlando.

 

Mr. Brutus was kind enough to sit down with us and share a little more about the Brown Liquor Music Festival last week. Read that Q&A below and buy tickets by clicking here.

 

What types of liquor will the BLMF have available and we heard about food vendors?

 

No matter what you consider to be your "favorite" food, we will have it on deck. Fried seafood, authentic cheese steaks, Mediterranean cuisine, slow cooked BBQ, homemade ice cream, and the list goes on.

 

As far as our liquor options, we are still finalizing the menu. Currently, we will have a wide variety of brown liquor staples: Rum, Whiskey, Scotch, Bourbon, and more. Right now, we are securing partnerships with Florida and Orlando based distilleries to provide a special "Local Taste" package. This is a family friendly event and will feature a special Kids Zone. Everyone is encouraged to bring out their folding chairs, tents. Our goal is to have our guests enjoy the food, liquor, and music in their own way.

 

Tell us about the current lineup of performers and how people looking to join the BLMF can reach out?

 

Our lineup is currently being headlined by chart-topping R&B legend Rome and international Hip Hop sensation ENT DISTRIKT. Two great talents who are some of the deliver truly legendary live performances. Danny Clay, who gained fame working with Tyler Perry is also attending. We are going to announce the rest of the bill in the coming weeks, and have been focusing on locking down some of Central Florida's best local musicians. R&B, Hip Hop, Blues, Southern Jazz.

 

Lastly and most importantly - how can people buy tickets and learn more?

 

Our Facebook page is the best place for additional information and the many exciting updates that we will post before April 8th. It's all coming together very quickly and we can't wait for everyone to share in the fun.

 

Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. His work through these publications has been showcased in hundreds of publications and news outlets in the state of Florida, the United States, and around the globe. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at info@eastorlandopost.com

 

 

Anti-Hillary Rap Group Cozies Up To Libertarian Women

Alternative hip hop group Freenauts, an Anonymous-inspired outfit of anarchist musicians, is releasing two new singles today focused on singing the praises of libertarian females.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

Alternative hip hop group Freenauts, an Anonymous-inspired outfit of anarchist musicians, is releasing two new singles today focused on singing the praises of libertarian females.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

Freenauts first caught our eye in 2016 with their politically-charged hits, Clinton Crime Cartel and Justice for Danney Williams, that took stabs at the former Presidential family through sensational rap lyrics detailing the worst of Bill and Hillary’s scandals. Those attack anthems gained notoriety after being featured on World Star Hip Hop and Drudge Report at the height of last year’s election.

 

The "Crazy Sexy Rebel" music video can be seen below.

 

 

Now Freenauts founder Alex Vidal says they’re ready to spread more positive vibes.

 

“Ron Paul was right,” Vidal quips, “that any movement of significance must have two things: young people and creative music. With the advent of the Trump era, protest-driven art is making a big comeback.”

 

The new songs, Crazy Sexy Rebel and Third Party Girl, are about celebrating women who’ve dedicated their talents to the message of free minds and free markets. Notable examples include independent journalists and acclaimed TV producers Lauren Southern, Abby Martin, and Kennedy, among others who are mentioned and sampled on the records.

 

Culture precedes politics. If we want more liberty from the political system, we first need to see more liberty in the arts.

 

Freenauts plan to release their debut album, Beats, Rhymes and Liberty, in early 2017. Follow @Freenauts and stream or download their music free at www.Freenauts.com

 

Freenauts "Third Party Girl".

 

Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. His work through these publications has been showcased in hundreds of publications and news outlets in the state of Florida, the United States, and around the globe. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at info@eastorlandopost.com

 

 

Lipstick On A Pig: Everglades SB10 Stinks

A $2.4 billion dollar proposal based on old data and junk science is nothing more than lipstick on a pig.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

A $2.4 billion dollar proposal based on old data and junk science is nothing more than lipstick on a pig.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

The debunked and already denied proposal to buy billions of dollars in South Florida land IS BACK. SB10, being pushed by Senator Joe Negron, is a dressed up version of what Governor Scott rejected recently. SB10 stands almost entirely on old data and junk science, as exposed by Tallahassee based news outlet The Capitolist.

 

And this should come as no surprise, because the people pushing for this government land grab are almost exclusively limited to radical environmental groups like the Everglades Foundation. We exposed the Everglades Foundation and dozens of other shady groups that it passes money through in 2016, you can read that here.

 

On to specifics.

 

This "Negron" Plan is not only a waste of money, it is also entirely dependent on the willingness of the land owners to sell their property. Come to find out, at it's first committee hearing last week, SB10 was opposed by farmers and other community leaders. How does that not disqualify the bill outright? People who own the land and employ thousands don't want to participate in this environmentalist driven hogwash.

 

So, that means the government would have to forcefully take the land from unwilling Floridians. Worse, the bill ignores fresh data and solid science for something entirely different. One scientist I had review the proposal inquired about "what decade" this was from because of the stale research. All of us want to stop the harmful effects of things like leaky septic tanks, illegal dumping, and more to keep our Florida healthy.

 

As such, our legislators should show more respect for our time (paid by us) and give Floridians a win-win-win deal. Update the Herbert Hoover Dike, ban septic, just a few ideas that the state of Florida could do. And not just do, actually be immediately effective. SB10 could take 20 years to take hold. Our beautiful state deserves so much more, to adequately protect our natural gems.

 

Floridians should visit this site and demand their Senators reconsider SB10. Lipstick on a pig, nothing more.

 

 

Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. His work through these publications has been showcased in hundreds of publications and news outlets in the state of Florida, the United States, and around the globe. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at info@eastorlandopost.com

 

 

UCF Socialist Club Incites Young Kids To "Kill Donald Trump"

In the same week that the club held a "Leftist Fight Club", it was caught indoctrinating elementary to middle school aged children on a campus visit.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

In the same week that the club held a "Leftist Fight Club", it was caught indoctrinating elementary to middle school aged children on a campus visit.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

Days after the University of Central Florida faced national outrage over letting an unregistered student group hold an event promoting violence, the Knights for Socialism have taken their radical antics a step further. On Friday, the group held an event where they allowed students to bash Pinatas with the faces of President Donald J. Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and presidential advisor Steve Bannon.

 

East Orlando Post obtained exclusive footage from UCF College Republican Douglas Mactye, which includes disturbing content involving an elementary to middle school aged student yelling "Kill Trump." The young children were being encouraged to hit the Pinatas by members of the Knights for Socialism for the duration.

 

The "Killl Trump" segment can be seen during the ninth minute of the video.

 

 

Mactye said it was sad to see his generation act like this. “Time to suck it up, stop crying, and move on.” The footage also shows a bearded man wearing an "Antifa International" sweatshirt, presumably monitoring the event for the Knights for Socialism.

 

Antifa has been responsible for violent Anti-Trump riots across the country that have resulted in millions of dollars in damage, vicious beatings of Trump supporters, and even shutting down Milo Yiannopoulos' campus talk at Berkeley. The speech was part of his "Dangerous Faggot" tour that visited college campuses across the United States.

 

Mr. Yiannopoulos is known for his provocative and engaging speeches criticizing feminism, identify politics, and Radical Islam. His book, Dangerous, shot to the #1 on Amazon when announced and has remained there ever since.

 

In an interview to campus based mainstream news source Knight News, Knights for Socialism president Dylan J. Tyer claimed the event was not negative at all and completely welcoming. "There’s been no negativity by any means but definitely a lot of interest and a lot of good conversations with people." However, Tyer is clearly seen in our exclusive footage yelling about "Beating Pete Sessions' face in," among other violent profanities.

 

State Representative Bob Cortes, who represents parts of Seminole and Orange County near the UCF campus, was not happy about the undertones.

 

"It's really sad to see young children being indoctrinated to a radical political belief system while touring a college campus. The Knights for Socialism should be ashamed of themselves for promoting hate and encouraging these kids to chant "Kill Donald Trump." Free speech is one thing, but the message being spread is not what the majority of Americans want to see on college campuses or anywhere else."

 

In neighboring Seminole County, Tax Collector Joel Greenberg, one of Florida's youngest countywide constitutional officers slammed the display from Knights for Socialism.

 

"This is the result of a generation of kids raising kids. One half of the country relies on the government, while the other half understands the free market. This is trickle down immorality. A vote is like a rifle, it's usefulness depends on the character of the user. Shame on their parents."

 

Graduates are not pleased with the event either. Justin York, a UCF alumnus who once served as Chairman of the UCF College Republicans labeled the event as "extremely hypocritical" and a "red flag."

 

"I think it is shocking that the university would permit a group of students to hang pinata-type effigies of President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to be beaten and battered. Had our CR chapter done anything remotely similar to effigies of former President Barack Obama or former Attorney Generals Eric Holder or Loretta Lynch, you can be sure the public outcry would be swift and the university would have taken corrective if not punitive action. Reports that 5th grade children in the presence of a teacher were exposed to this bizarre spectacle makes this all the more troubling."

 

York called on the university to take the "appropriate steps" to insure the safety of all UCF students before things spiral out of control. "This activity coming against the backdrop of a “Leftism Fight Club” should be red flag to the university that it has a growing problem with aggressive, leftist activities. I hope the university will take appropriate steps to insure the safety of all UCF students before things spiral out of control."

 

A spokesman for the school said the group is not registered and receives no funding from the university.

 

"We expect our entire campus community to be inclusive and respect the diverse perspectives of others. In fact, “an open and supportive campus environment and respecting the rights of every individual” is so important to us that it is one of the tenets of the UCF Creed."

 

UCF relies heavily on state and federal funding as the second largest public university in the nation.

 

On February 8th, a local news station reported that parents had emailed the school threatening to pull their kids if they did not ban the Knights for Socialism.

 

University of College Republicans Chairwoman Karis Lockhart called for an educated debate with the Knights for Socialism, a request she has made multiple times to no avail.

 

"I hope students walked by that demonstration on campus and realized that there is a problem with radical left’s way of getting things done. I totally understand that they have every right to express their opinions, but I think their “anger” and “stresses” could be better addressed with an educated debate. Instead, they are whacking a Trump piñata and encouraging children to “Kill Donald Trump.”

 

You can view the entire video below, which concludes with Knights for Socialism members declaring their club chairman as "Supreme Leader" during a cult like exchange.

 

 

Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. His work through these publications has been showcased in hundreds of publications and news outlets in the state of Florida, the United States, and around the globe. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at info@eastorlandopost.com

 

 

UCF Socialist Club Encourages Violence Between Students

The Knights for Socialism are hosting an event deemed "Leftist Fight Club: The Rumble at Lake Claire" Sunday on UCF's main campus. UCF officials have been mum on the planned event.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

A progressive group at the University of Central Florida called "Knights for Socialism" is encouraging students to attend a self-defense training class that will teach attendees how to "defend themselves" against physical violence from people who they identify as Neo-Nazis or members of the Alt-Right.

 

The Knights for Socialism are hosting an event deemed "Leftist Fight Club: The Rumble at Lake Claire" Sunday on UCF's main campus. UCF officials have been mum on the planned event.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

A progressive group at the University of Central Florida called "Knights for Socialism" is encouraging students to attend a self-defense training class that will teach attendees how to "defend themselves" against physical violence from people who they identify as Neo-Nazis or members of the Alt-Right.

 

The University of Central Florida is the second largest school in the nation and known for providing one of the best educations of any public university in the Southeast.

 

A screenshot of the event can be seen below. 

 

 

 

Organizers explicitly deny access to anyone who identifies as a Republican from the event. Excluding Republican students from attending the event demonizes the Republican Party as a whole, as the vast majority of each political party do not actively engage in violence on a frequent basis.

 

"This event is open to everyone and anyone, EXCEPT REPUBLICANS."

 

By doing so, Knights for Socialism significantly harms their effort to teach self-defense tactics to students, by demonstrating that the training has room only for people of a certain political mindset.

 

The use of the term BASH THE FASH gives the impression that the club could potentially approve of causing a confrontation with other students whom the group identifies as "Facist, Alt-Right, or Nazi" based on the Knights for Socialism understanding of a persons own political stances. Such incidents have occured during the week of President Trump's swearing in and since he has officially become President.

 

UCF College Republicans Chairwoman Karis Lockhart was saddened to hear of the event and spoke about the University of Central Florida's ongoing commitment to inclusiveness.

 

"As Republicans we are firm believers in self-defense. However, encouraging violence between other students with whom you disagree with politically is downright shameful."

 

Lockhart also questioned whether or not the group had obtained proper approval from the school to hold the event, citing an important SAFE form that club leadership is required to fill out and gain approval. Our efforts to reach UCF's College Democrats organization and other progressive campus groups were unsuccessful.

 

Orange County Republican State Committeeman Paul Paulson, who is running to become Florida's Commissioner of Agriculture was shocked and saddened to hear about the group's plans.

 

"Encouraging young minds to become violent instead of debating the issues peacefully is completely unacceptable. The University of Central Florida should revoke the charter of any student group that is training students to be aggressively and physically violent towards others."

 

The event was created on January 30th. Knights for Socialism has been an active group on campus during the election and recently supported a measure that would make the University of Central Florida a "Sanctuary Campus".

 

"Leftist Fight Club" is set to be held just days after violent progressive rioters set fires to the Berkeley College campus in California during a planned speech by Gay Conservative journalist Milo Yiannopoulos.

 

Several people hoping to attend the speech were viciously beaten by rioters after the school cancelled the event. Commercial grade fireworks and Molotov cocktails were hurled at police officers.

 

President Donald J. Trump addressed the event in on Twitter by suggesting that publicly funded schools that allow violence to stop free speech could lost federal funding.

 

Former law enforcement officer and Central Florida based private investigator James Copenhaver added by saying the following. 

 

"If the University of Central Florida is aware of this and condoning this, all federal funding should be suspended. Not only is it a safety issue for students and faculty... it presents a substantial risk to UCF Police who will have to intervene if this group directly or indirectly causes violence to occur."

 

When we get a response from UCF officials, we will update the article to reflect that contribution.

 

Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. His work through these publications has been showcased in hundreds of publications and news outlets in the state of Florida, the United States, and around the globe. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at info@eastorlandopost.com

 

Okeechobee 2017 - Enter The Portal

More Like Awesomechobee, Amirite?!

 

By Croix Provence

 

Once again we look towards the beginning of March as we excitedly prepare to enter the portal, and return to Okeechobee Music Festival! With an intensely successful first year, the second year can only get bigger, better, and more exciting! Located in the warm center of Florida, this festival takes place right before we get drenched in rain and swamped with humidity (well, more humidity than normal), making it a beautiful time to pack your friends in a van and head to OMF.

More Like Awesomechobee, Amirite?!

 

By Croix Provence

 

Once again we look towards the beginning of March as we excitedly prepare to enter the portal, and return to Okeechobee Music Festival! With an intensely successful first year, the second year can only get bigger, better, and more exciting! Located in the warm center of Florida, this festival takes place right before we get drenched in rain and swamped with humidity (well, more humidity than normal), making it a beautiful time to pack your friends in a van and head to OMF.

Let's take a peek at the 2017 lineup to see what kind of ear-blasting, life-changing madness that Okee has in store for us mortals:

 

 

If you are interested in buying a ticket and escaping to Okeechobee, check out www.okeechobeefest.com (it's spelled incorrectly on their lineup -- whoops!) for information and purchases. Tickets are starting at $269, but some tiers have already sold out! Get 'em while they're hot! 

 

 

Croix Provence, abridged: Singer. Actress. Model. Dork. Snack enthusiast. Freelance writer. Music lover. Comic Con freak. Adrenaline junkie. Short sentence sorcerer. Follow @CroixProvence on Twitter and Instagram, and like Croix Provence on Facebook.

Trump Advisor Releases Book On 2016

Roger Stone, a Trump confidante and retainer for nearly four decades, gives readers an inside look at how DJT won the presidency.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

A longtime friend and advisor to President Donald J. Trump has released a book detailing Trump's decades old presidential ambitions and his part in cultivating a revolution.

 

Roger Stone, a Trump confidante and retainer for nearly four decades, gives readers an inside look at how DJT won the presidency.

 

By Jacob Engels

 

A longtime friend and advisor to President Donald J. Trump has released a book detailing Trump's decades old presidential ambitions and his part in cultivating a revolution.

 

The Making of the President 2016: How Donald Trump Orchestrated A Revolution by Roger Stone will be the first and only expected book from a true and legitimate ally of the President.

 

Breitbart.com recently featured an oped from Stone, in which he described Trump's handling of the 2016 campaign for The White House.

 

"Donald Trump is his own strategist, campaign manager, and tactician, and all credit for his incredible election belongs to him. I’m just glad to have been along for the ride." Mr. Stone expanded on the high points of the book.

 

"The rise of Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, and the alternative media amplified Trump's strong man appeal. He challenged political correctness, fake news, and globalists to Make America Great Again."

 

Roger Stone has advised numerous Presidents and Presidential candidates. Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and Bob Dole were his biggest gets. But Donald Trump was the one he had to wait the longest to become elected.

 

Roger Stone's book can be purchased by clicking here.

 

"He (Trump) has been worried about the direction of our country a longtime now. I still have a large collection of "Trump 2000" promotional items secured in a storage unit," Stone continued.

 

His latest books include The Clintons' War on Women, Jeb! & The Bush Crime Family, Nixon's Secrets, and the New York Times bestseller The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ. You can order his new book via Amazon, by purchasing it at Barnes & Noble, or anywhere books are sold.

 

Mr. Stone will roll out a full schedule for a nationwide book tour in the next few weeks. Snag your own copy and start digesting this brilliant tale of 2016!

 

Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. His work through these publications has been showcased in hundreds of publications and news outlets in the state of Florida, the United States, and around the globe. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at info@eastorlandopost.com

 

Shared Parenting 101: Why It Makes Sense For Families

Feminists and the legal industry squashed shared parenting in 2016.

 

By Dianna Thompson

 

In April 2016 Florida Governor Rick Scott vetoed SB668, a bill encouraging shared and equal parenting time that would have allowed children equal access to their parents following a divorce or separation. Instead Scott caved to pressure from feminist organizations, lawyers and special interest groups protecting the billion-dollar divorce industry, effectively squelching the advancement of “shared parenting.”

 

Feminists and the legal industry squashed shared parenting in 2016.

 

By Dianna Thompson

 

In April 2016 Florida Governor Rick Scott vetoed SB668, a bill encouraging shared and equal parenting time that would have allowed children equal access to their parents following a divorce or separation. Instead Scott caved to pressure from feminist organizations, lawyers and special interest groups protecting the billion-dollar divorce industry, effectively squelching the advancement of “shared parenting.”

 

Governor Scott ignored the research, grassroots effort, and overwhelming public support that got the shared parenting bill to his desk. And what’s most disappointing, he ignored the children who do not have a voice. For definition’s sake, “shared parenting” supports the child’s relationship with both parents and encourages and allows each fit parent the opportunity to maximize the time with their child so they can fulfill their parental responsibilities.

 

Many who opposed the shared parenting provisions in the bill called them controversial, and yet, this couldn't be further from the truth. During a marriage, a child has an unrestricted joint custody arrangement with unlimited access to both parents. It is actually more controversial to take that away from children when their parents decide to divorce or separate.

 

If children were raised in a shared parenting situation then we should work hard to preserve for the children as much of that preexisting shared parenting. We should maintain as much of that access to both parents as we can. When a divorce or separation happens, does a child have less need for the involvement of both parents? No. In reality, the child's need for both parents is actually greater because of the insecurity created by the divorce itself.

 

Instead, we have an adversarial family law court system under which a judge (who knows relatively nothing about the family) is mandated to pick a winner and a loser in a custody fight. The real loser in this situation is the child because that child walked into court with two parents and walks out with only one. Shared parenting legislation is designed to preserve for children what we know they need: both parents.

 

Every single example of social pathology – teenage pregnancies, drug and alcohol abuse, low self-esteem, gang violence, school dropouts, and suicides – is related to family breakdown and father absence. Period. Opposition to shared parenting would have you believe that in cases where conflict exists between parents, shared parenting is impossible.

 

Of course conflict is bad for children. Conflict during a marriage is bad for children; conflict in sole custody is bad for children; conflict anywhere is bad for children. But think for a moment which situation is more likely to engender hostility, which is more likely to create conflict:

 

1. A situation in which both parents are told, "Relax, you’re not going to lose your role as a parent."

 

2. A situation in which the courts say, "I'm going to pick a winner and pick a loser. Choose your weapons and come out fighting, the last one standing is the winner."

 

Sole custody determinations are the source of conflict. Shared parenting is designed to reduce this conflict and work towards the best interest of the children. A related concern against shared parenting is that this form of parenting forces unwilling parents to interact with each other.

 

And yet, parents will always have to interact with each other over issues concerning their children. In sole custody situations, however, they interact from a base of hostility. They interact from a place of power and powerlessness in which one parent has been declared to be the loser in the custody battle. Non-custodial parents become even more fearful of losing every last shred of contact with their children.

 

Rightly so, because each year hundreds of thousands of non-custodial parents are victims of "Access and Visitation Denial" by custodial parents who either do not value their children’s relationships with the other parent or place their own needs above those of their children. Giving custody to a parent in a high-conflict divorce who is unwilling to interact with the other almost assures that the child will not have ongoing contact with the other parent.

 

So why reward this behavior? Those who oppose shared parenting claim that parents asking for shared parenting are just trying to control the other parent. This is completely illogical. Who is trying to control who in these two scenarios:

 

1. A parent goes to a judge and asks to have shared parenting so their child can have two parents.

 

2. A parent says, “I want sole custody, I want to own this child only.”

 

Who's trying to exercise power? Who's trying to exercise control? Who is it that is being dominating? And who's the parent who has the best interest of the child at heart? Court is where we would expect to find equity, and yet, the courts are where many parents feel they have lost their rights to their children.

 

Parents entering into a custody dispute are scared that they will lose their children. So rather than run that risk, many parents choose to fight aggressively for custody, often times spending thousands of dollars in legal fees that would have been better spent on their children. Out of this fear we often see parents:

 

· Using parent alienation as a way to brainwash their children into thinking that the other parent is a bad parent.

 

· False allegations are routinely used to discredit one of the parents and gain the “upper-hand” during a custody battle.

 

· Parental abductions are more likely when a parent loses custody and feels they didn't get a fair hearing.

 

Children are not trophies handed out at the end of a bitter custody fight. Parents must have equal rights and responsibilities in raising their children in a cooperative environment where the child has balanced access to both parents. Opponents of shared parenting bills want it to appear that battle lines are made along gender lines, but that's not the case.

 

What you find is that there is a broad range of people in favor of shared parenting including: men, women, mothers, fathers, children, grandparents, advocates and even taxpayers. Where you find a very limited opposition, where you find a very limited perspective, is in the people who are opposed to shared parenting.

 

They come at it from a winner-take-all mentality that says that one parent should own the child and have complete control over the child. Shared parenting has received tremendous support as an overwhelming amount of research reveals the practice is best for children, families and society.

 

Shared parenting has been endorsed by 110 world experts, is supported by 43 peer-reviewed papers and was the solution in the conclusion of the largest study ever on child well-being, reviewing 150,000 children who experienced separation or divorce of their parents.

 

The purpose of shared parenting is to get past winners and losers. Despite parental differences, the needs of children must come first. It should be up to parents, our lawmakers, and the courts to do everything possible to see that children suffer as little as possible as a result of the parent’s decision to divorce or separate. The future of our society lies in our children, and the key to that future rests primarily with stability within families.

 

Well-loved children, and well-parented children, make good students, good citizens, good workers, and one day good parents themselves. Child custody reform is happening all over the country. There have been several shared parenting bills that have either passed or are under consideration. Shared parenting continually receives over 70% favorability in both polling and legislative votes. The logic behind shared parenting is hard to dispute.

 

Kids love, want and need both of their parents. Until laws equally respect the bonds children share with both of their parents and encourages co-parenting and cooperation between divorced and separated parents … the movement for shared parenting will be here to stay.

 

Dianna Thompson is an expert on families, stepfamilies, and divorce-related issues. She has testified all over the country on Shared Parenting and is a member of Leading Women for Shared Parenting and the President of Family Reunion, a 501(c)(3) organization that reunites families that have been estranged due to divorce, separation or by destructive family laws and policies. Dianna can be reached at dthompson2232@gmail.com.

 

 

GASP! Gasparilla Music Festival 2017 Looks Great!

Tampa Turns It Up To 11

By Croix Provence

 

It's the time of the year where Tampa changes slowly from a beautiful urban area, to the land of pirates and booty! Gasparilla is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than with the release of the 2017 Gasparilla Music Festival lineup?!

 

Every year the lineup seems to grow in size and quality, while the price never gets too overwhelming. Enough from me: feast your eyes on the GMF breakdown below:

 

Tampa Turns It Up To 11

By Croix Provence

 

It's the time of the year where Tampa changes slowly from a beautiful urban area, to the land of pirates and booty! Gasparilla is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than with the release of the 2017 Gasparilla Music Festival lineup?!

 

Every year the lineup seems to grow in size and quality, while the price never gets too overwhelming. Enough from me: feast your eyes on the GMF breakdown below:

 

 

Do not miss out on such an eclectic variety of music, all to be found in one place! Weekend tickets begin at $60 (holy smokes!), and are sure to sell quickly, so head to www.gmftickets.com to get yours. See you of the west coast of Florida! 

 

 

 

Croix Provence, abridged: Singer. Actress. Model. Dork. Snack enthusiast. Freelance writer. Music lover. Comic Con freak. Adrenaline junkie. Short sentence sorcerer. Follow @CroixProvence on Twitter and Instagram, and like Croix Provence on Facebook.

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