Florida Hometown Democracy - Don't believe the Hype Against It. By Fran Bohnsack
Note the press release below. It is hype. Ryan Houck is a young political operative who worked for Republican Senator Martinez. He was hired to keep Hometown Democracy off the ballot. Now it appears he is trying to smear it, i.e. by calling it the Anti-Jobs amendment. Don't believe the hype! Look at the word "Radical" that he uses. That couldn't be further from the truth. I am going to vote for Amendment 4. I have seen growth management railroaded. I think letting the people vote on Land-Use changes, after they have been approved by a city or a county, is not radical: It is democratic. And it is not 'Vote on Everything,' as they say, it is vote for what the government changes in the State Approved Growth Management Plans (changes that are usually developer driven).
Tell the truth Floridians for Smarter Growth (better known as the Chamber and the development lobby).
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Ryan Houck
AFTER THREE FAILED ATTEMPTS, ANTI-JOBS "AMENDMENT 4" IS CERTIFIED FOR BALLOT Led by Floridians for Smarter Growth, the business community is ready for battle (ORLANDO, FL - June 22, 2009) The radical "Hometown Democracy" proposal failed to reach the ballot in 2004, 2006 and 2008. However, the Secretary of State today certified the anti-jobs amendment for the 2010 ballot. It will appear on the ballot as Amendment 4.
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