Nye Earns Game-Changing Young Americans for Liberty Endorsement, Organization Will Knock 35,000 Doors

The Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) announced last Friday evening they are endorsing Matt Nye in his run for the Florida House District 52 seat currently occupied by career politician Thad Altman.

The endorsement is part of a new strategy YAL is pursuing this cycle called “Win at the Door”, where the organization focuses on state races instead of congressional races. YAL will deploy a team of 10 activists to flood the district and knock on 35,000 doors.

“This is an absolute game-changer in terms of my …

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Nye bests Altman in Brevard Republican Party Picnic Straw Poll

Nye bests Altman in Brevard Republican Party Picnic Straw Poll

Outsider watchdog Matt Nye bested incumbent career politician Thad Altman in the Brevard Republican Party Picnic and Straw Poll for the Florida House District 52 race on Sunday at the Melbourne auditorium. Of 555 votes cast, Nye received 284 (51%) and Altman 271 (49%).

“Today’s results are significant,” Nye said, “because this is traditionally establishment friendly territory, and for at least the last decade, Altman has won the straw poll at this event.”

Nye is campaigning as a citizen watchdog on a platform of fiscal conservatism, transparency …

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Clerk of Courts & Local Conservative Icon Scott Ellis Endorses Nye in District 52 Race

Clerk of Courts & Local Conservative Icon Scott Ellis Endorses Nye in District 52 Race

MELBOURNE, FL – Brevard Clerk of Courts and local conservative icon Scott Ellis has endorsed Matt Nye for the District 52 Florida House seat currently held by incumbent Thad Altman.

“I’m pleased to announce my support of Matt Nye in the State House District 52 race. I’ve known Matt for nearly ten years beginning with his efforts to put on the massive Tea Party rallies we had in Brevard County,” Ellis said.

“Matt is a long-standing proponent of limited government and will not be swayed nor bought …

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Brevard County District 4 Commissioner Curt Smith stipulates to numerous ethics violations, pays $1,750 in fines

Brevard County District 4 Commissioner Curt Smith stipulates to numerous ethics violations, pays $1,750 in fines

In 2014 when then-candidate Curt Smith was asked by the Florida Today what he hoped his legacy would be if elected, his answer was when other future Commissioners were faced with difficult decisions, they would ask “what would Curt Smith do?”

One thing future Commissioners won’t be looking to Commissioner Smith to be an example of is how to complete their financial disclosures.

Last Thursday Commissioner Smith stipulated to numerous violations on his financial disclosures before the Florida Commission on Ethics, making him the second sitting Brevard …

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Brevard County District 2 Commissioner Jim Barfield stipulates to two ethics violations, pays $1,750 in fines

Brevard County District 2 Commissioner Jim Barfield stipulates to two ethics violations, pays $1,750 in fines

Almost one year to the day local political activist Matt Nye filed an ethics complaint against him for misstating his finances on his Form 6 financial disclosures, Brevard County District 2 Commissioner Jim Barfield’s representative stipulated at the January 19th Commission on Ethics meeting that he violated the Florida Constitution, Article II, Section 8, and Section 112.3144 of the Florida Statutes. Barfield agreed to pay a combined civil penalty of $1,750.

In January of last year District 3 Commissioner John Tobia proposed an ordinance that would …

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Commissioner Smith seeks to shut down Commissioner Tobia, free speech at Commission meetings

Commissioner Smith seeks to shut down Commissioner Tobia, free speech at Commission meetings

In a move that can be described as both authoritarian and hypocritical, District 4 Commissioner Curt Smith has proposed a “civility ordinance” designed to muzzle Commissioners who might question or criticize the expenditures, actions or comments of other Commissioners.

The proposed ordinance appears to be a result of perceived personal slights on the part of Commissioner Smith, after Commissioner Tobia questioned some of his travel expenses and acted in a manner that Smith deemed to be “a discredit to the commission”. For background on Smith’s motivations, …

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Brevard Tea Party Organizer, Republican Liberty Caucus National Chairman Matt Nye files for Florida House 52 seat

Brevard Tea Party Organizer, Republican Liberty Caucus National Chairman Matt Nye files for Florida House 52 seat

MELBOURNE, FL – Local political activist Matt Nye has filed to run against Representative Thad Altman in the District 52 Florida House race. Mr. Nye organized the Brevard Tea Parties and currently serves as the Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus, the national parent organization of the local Republican Liberty Caucus of Central East Florida, which he founded back in 2008.

“The citizens of Florida deserve a state representative who will work to reduce, not expand, government, and who will not use the position as leverage …

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Why is the GOP folding a winning hand on health care reform?

Why is the GOP folding a winning hand on health care reform?

One thing that never ceases to amaze is the Republican Party’s uncanny ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

When the Democrats have control of the levers of power they work ruthlessly to get their agenda passed, even if it means using arcane budget rules to pass a health care bill with a simple majority in the Senate, the contents of which were so secret we were told they would have to “pass the bill to see what was in it”.

Contrast this hard-charging, take-no-prisoners …

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Tobia’s Lobbyist Registration Ordinance Fails

Tobia’s Lobbyist Registration Ordinance Fails

District 3 Commissioner John Tobia’s proposed lobbyist registration ordinance failed to pass this evening, with only District 5 Commissioner Kristine Isnardi supporting the measure.

There seemed to be two primary concerns among the other Commissioners:

That the ordinance would somehow prohibit citizens or volunteers from speaking to Commissioners without paying a registration fee. This was in spite of the fact Tobia repeatedly said they could further clarify the language to ensure there was no confusion about the definition of “lobbyist”.
The most amusing concern cited by the staunch …

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New ‘conservative’ Commissioner’s first official vote of record raises eyebrows; helps elect Democrat Fisher to Chair

New ‘conservative’ Commissioner’s first official vote of record raises eyebrows; helps elect Democrat Fisher to Chair

Newly elected “conservative” County Commissioner Curt Smith’s first official vote of record raised eyebrows amongst supporters last night when he voted with three other commissioners to elect Robin Fisher as Chair of the Brevard County Commission. Commissioner Infantini was the sole dissenting vote.

Fisher, the only sitting Democrat on the board, has a proven track record as a sexist bully, and has used the Chair position in the past to fire off insults at and cut off comments from District 3 Commisisoner Trudie Infantini. One of …

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