Take Action Committee


Tea Party Take Action Committee Mission Statement

To work closely with other TPM Committees to set and obtain objectives for the promotion of Tea Party ideals of Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility and God and Country.
 
The Objective of the Take Action Committee is to get the membership’s input, to target specific campaign action plans and to assist and support members in following a cohesive and planned political action which will have an effect on our representatives locally, at the State level and at the Federal level.
 
Current  members:   Judi Hood, Jody Wilcox,   Margie Pappa,   Darian Taylor 
 

TAKE ACTION  -  Introduction

For Evil to prevail

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke)

“So much of the history of the struggle between good and evil can be explained by Edmund Burke's observation. Time and again those who profess to be good seem to clearly outnumber those who are evil, yet those who are evil seem to prevail far too often. Seldom is it the numbers that determine the outcome, but whether those who claim to be good men are willing to stand up and fight for what they know to be right. There are numerous examples of this sad and awful scenario being played out over and over again in the scriptures.”

 “Too many Christians and too many churches do nothing. They are standing idly by, they are mere spectators. They sit on the sidelines instead of actively participating and working for the good. If good wins, they join in the celebration though they did nothing to produce the victory. If evil wins, they will complain long and loud though their own apathy helped produce the undesirable result.”

They Help Evil To Triumph

“When good men do nothing, evil triumphs.  Evil, sin and sinful men must be opposed. God commands those who are good, not just to avoid evil but actively oppose it. Those who do nothing about sin and evil, help the sin and evil to prevail. One who is silent when there are those around him in sin becomes a partaker with them .  The silence of  people  speaks volumes of their indecisiveness and inaction. Their failure to stand up, speak up and speak out permit wicked and evil men to run rampant.

Do not allow evil to triumph. Do not sit by and do nothing. Stand up and be counted, speak up against evil and speak out against evil men and their sinful deeds.”

 

Tips for writing an effective letter to your elected officials. 

Tips for writing an effective letter to your elected officials.  If you're going to write your Congressman.

Write a LETTER -Send a FAX

We will  offer sample letters for people to use when writing to their legislators. But we strongly urge you to avoid using only a sample letter or form letter to contact your elected officials. You need to add your own personal input to your letter. Use our samples, cut and paste from our fact sheets, but make it your own.  Why?

  1. A recent Gallup Poll found that over 70% of all lawmakers said they pay a great deal of attention to personally written letters, while only 19% pay great attention to form letters.
  2. lected officials believe that similar-sounding letters come from lobby groups engaging in pressure campaigns. If your letter sounds like it’s been copied, you get lumped in with the “radicals.”
  3. Form letters are quick and easy—and elected officials know it. They aren’t going to believe that you are genuinely concerned about the issue if you don’t take the time to write your own letter.

Here are some quick tips for writing an effective letter to your elected officials. The actual words are up to you, but even if you don’t think you’re a very good writer, don’t freak out! Just do your best, be polite, and touch on what you feel are the most important points. Your personal attention and effort will count much more than any textbook form letter.

  • Be polite and respectful.
  • Address your elected official properly. For senators and representatives, “The Honorable” precedes the name on an envelope, and the letter starts with “Dear Senator…” or “Dear Representative…” If you aren’t sure, do a Google search. 
  • Your first sentence should hit the main point of your letter. “I am writing to ask you to vote against HB 2304.” “Please make the community a safer place by supporting non-breed-specific dog legislation.”
  • Explain who you are, whether you are a constituent, and how the legislation would affect you. Include your contact information.
  • Keep your argument brief. With a few exceptions, letters should be short (one page long) and to the point.
  • Choose a few most important points to make and forget about the rest. Don’t worry about not covering everything—any points that you can’t fit into your letter will probably be hit on by someone else.
  • Cite facts and examples to support your argument. Make sure what you’re saying is factual—find reliable sources for any facts you provide.
  • Say “thank you for your consideration” or “thank you for your assistance” at the close of the letter.

Do NOT: 

  • Don’t send a form letter or a barely-altered sample letter.
  • Don’t be rude, threatening, insulting, etc. Do not name-call. This will backfire.
  • You do not need to mention that you are “a taxpayer and a citizen.” It sounds aggressive and arrogant, and besides, the elected official probably assumes as much already.
  • Do not issue an ultimatum (also known as the “or else” statement). In other words, do not say “Vote against this or else I won’t vote for you.”
  • Don’t send additional material. But do offer to send additional material upon request.
  • If the legislator sends you a response (this is rare, but does happen), you do not need to write again unless the legislator is requesting additional information.
  • If you don’t get a response from an elected official, don’t take it personally. This is normal. They get a great deal of correspondence and they don’t have enough time to reply to all of it. You can make a follow-up call to the official if you feel it is necessary.

 Legislative Contact information and Email addresses

Immigration Issue: Identified as Top Priority - Florida State Legislators to contact:

1. Senate President Mike Haridopolos
409 The Capitol, 404 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Phone: (850) 487-5056
Email: haridopolos.mike.web@flsenate.gov
Fax: 850-487-5844

2. Speaker of the House Dean Cannon   
420 The Capitol, 402 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (850) 488-2742 / (850) 488-1450
Fax: (850) 488-1456
Miami District Office: (905) 654-7100   Fax: 905-654-7102
Email: Dean.Cannon@myfloridahouse.gov

3. Chairman of House Judiciary William Snyder   
322 The Capitol, 402 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (850) 488-3022  / (850) 488-4202
Palm Beach office: Tel: 561.833.4321 Fax: 561.833.4320
Email: William.Snyder@myfloridahouse.gov
Fax: 772-221-4906             

4. State Representative Gayle B. Harrell
214 House Office Building, 402 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (850) 488-8749
Fax: (772) 873-6502
Email: Gayle.Harrell@myfloridahouse.gov

5. Speaker Pro Tempore John Legg
418 The Capitol, 402 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (850) 488-5522  - (850) 488-1450
Fax: (850) 488- 1456
Email: John.Legg@myfloridahouse.gov

6. Majority Leader Carlos Lopez-Cantera  
322 The Capitol, 402 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (850) 488-4202 
Email: Carlos.Lopez-Cantera@myfloridahouse.gov

7. Senate Pro Tempore Mike Bennett     
404 Senate Office Building, 404 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Phone:(850) 487-5078
Email: bennett.mike.web@flsenate.gov 
District Office: Wildewood Professional Park, Suite 90, 3653 Cortez Road West, Bradenton, FL 34210
Phone:(941) 727-6349
FAX (941) 727-6352
Statewide: 1-800-500-1239          

8. Senate Majority Leader Andy Gardiner
330 Senate Office Building, 404 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Phone: (850) 487-5047
Phone: (850) 487-5184. Fax: (850) 487-5842
Email: gardiner.andy.web@flsenate.gov

9. Senate Majority Whip David Simmons
320 Senate Office Building, 404 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Phone: (850) 487-5184. Fax: (850) 487-5842
Email: simmons.david.web@flsenate.gov

10. Senator D. Alan Hays  
324 Senate Office Building, 404 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5014
The Villages, FL 32159 
Phone:(352) 360-6739. FAX (352) 360-6748
Email: hays.alan.web@flsenate.gov

11. Senate Majority Whip Anitere Flores - (against e-verify)
Chair of Committee on Judiciary
316 Senate Office Building, 404 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Phone 1: (850) 487-5130, Phone 2: Phone: (850) 487-5184.
Fax: (850) 487-5842
Email: flores.anitere.web@flsenate.gov

12. Senate Conference Chair  Evelyn J. Lynn (against e-verify)
416 Senate Office Building, 404 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Phone:(850) 487-5033
Daytona Beach, FL 32118   FAX (386) 238-3179
Email: lynn.evelyn.web@flsenate.gov

13. CFO Jeff Atwater - Florida’s  Chief Financial Officer 
Office of the Chief Financial Officer, 200 E. Gaines Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0301
Phone: 561-842-4040
FAX Suncom 242-5103
atwater.jeff.web@flsenate.gov Tallahass1100
North Palm Beachth P FAX (561) 625-5103 Beach 33408
Email: CFO.Jeff.Atwater@myfloridacfo.com

14. Commissioner Adam Putnam
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, The Capitol, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0800
Phone: (850) 488-3022
Email: Adam.Putnam@freshfromflorida.com

15. State Representative Greg Steube
1102 The Capitol, 2 South Monroe Street,  Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (850) 488-6341
Email: Greg.Steube@myfloridahouse.gov

16. State Representative Ray Pilon          
1101 The Capitol, 2 South Monroe Street, Tallassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (850) 488-7754
Email: Ray.Pilon@myfloridahouse.gov

17. State Representative Doug Holder
204 House Office Building, 2 South Monroe Street,  Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (850) 488-1171
Email: Doug.Holder@myfloridahouse.gov
District Office,  8486 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34238-2953
Phone: (941) 918-4028

18. State Representative Jim Boyd                                                    
1102 The Capitol, 402 South Monroe Street , Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300   
Phone: (850) 488-4086
Email:  Jim.Boyd@myfloridahouse.gov
District  68 Office:
717 Manatee Avenue West Suite 100, Bradenton, FL 34205-8654
Phone: (941) 708-4968

STATE OFFICIALS
Rick Scott Governor
The Capitol, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
Phone:850-488-7146 / Fax 850-487-0801

Jennifer Carroll, Lieutenant Governor
Phone:850-488-4711
State Websites: myflorida.com flsenate.com,
myfloridahouse.com

Sample Postcards and Letters

Reference Data and Research
 
Research Information

Under Immigration:

E-verify, Dream Act-No financial aid to Illegal’s, End Birthright Citizenship, End Chain migration,  S.A.F.E. End Visa lottery,  C.L.E.A.R .ACT,  H-2A and H-2B -visas for farm workers , maids and lawn maintenance, Churches supporting  Illegal immigration, English as official language of Florida,   Florida - Grim statistics,  Financial costs to the state of Florida,   Acorn, SEIU and  and Voter Fraud,  Congressman Vern Buchanan, IDEA H.R. 3580 - Illegal Deduction Elimination,  Executive Action Amnesty,  Bills to Oppose-example S.3932,   Who is using E-Verify and who is opposing it, The Secure Community Program - No Sheriff left Behind.
 
6. Research on other specific current issues, as the Board and membership determine with sample postcards and letters.

 

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