Timeshare Companies Overplay Their Hand in Florida

Timeshare Companies Overplay Their Hand in Florida

  Florida HB 435, a sweeping bill which would have made it virtually impossible for citizens to use timeshare exit companies to end their contracts blew up during a recent legislative workshop held on the bill. It wasn’t crafty lobbyists who brought the bill down but instead statements by legislators who were present. Several House members told their own stories of trying to deal with timeshares, including one state Representative who had to turn to bankruptcy to escape. “The irony is thick” says Gordon Newton who founded one of the first and most successful timeshare exit companies in the nation. “At the same time this legislation is being considered, states like Arizona have introduced additional laws to protect consumers from the tactics that plague the timeshare industry.” The legislation appears to be dying on the vine, but Newton and other industry leaders see the Florida bill as “just the first salvo” by large timeshare resort companies trying to hamstring exit companies. His Newton Group plans to use their company’s consumer protection guide to help craft future, more pro-consumer legislation in southern states. “We’ve been the leader in ethically getting folks out of these absurd timeshare agreements where fees run rampant and the children of those who pass away are forced to inherit those costs” Newton declares. “We plan on seeing to it that our own industry is run right and that the big timeshare companies aren’t allowed to put consumers, even legislators into financial ruin, with their deceptive practices.” As of now “crickets” from the advocates of HB...
Miami will host first Democratic 2020 debates

Miami will host first Democratic 2020 debates

By Katie Galioto (Politico) – The Democratic National Committee will host the first presidential debates of the 2020 election in Miami on June 26 and 27, the committee announced Thursday. The two-night event, to be broadcast on NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo, will be the first chance for candidates to square off against one another on stage before a national audience. The lineups for the debates will be chosen at random and announced at a later date, the DNC said, The crowded pool of Democrats fighting for the chance to challenge President Donald Trump has grown to more than a dozen since the beginning of the year, with more candidates expected to join the race in the coming weeks. Read...
Isakson, Perdue Call On Colleagues To Support Disaster Relief Package

Isakson, Perdue Call On Colleagues To Support Disaster Relief Package

Both U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) have called on their colleagues to support the bipartisan disaster relief package that would mean funding for Georgia and other states that are recovering from hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters. Senators Perdue and Isakson have been fighting for disaster relief funding since Hurricane Michael devastated Georgia and other states last October. “Our farmers are resilient. They’ve weathered droughts, low-yield harvests, and poor farm economies. They’ve suffered through several years of low commodity prices as well,” said Perdue. “But they’ve never faced anything like this before. The strength and magnitude of Hurricane Michael was unprecedented.” Legislation before U.S. Senators is similar to what was introduced last month by Isakson and Perdue that includes $13.6 billion in overall relief efforts, with $3 billion for critical agriculture disaster relief for farmers in the affected states. Also included in this bipartisan disaster relief package is an additional $600 million for Puerto Rico to maintain enhanced nutrition benefits for low-income families in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in 2017. Isakson made the point on the Senate floor that Puerto Rico has already received $40 billion dollars for disaster recovery and has yet to spend $21.4 billion of those federal funds, while Georgia and other states impacted by recent natural disasters, such as Hurricane Michael last year, have not received the federal disaster assistance they were promised. “I want to give you the facts,” Isakson began. “Georgia, which I represent, is one of a number of states that includes Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Alaska, California, and Hawaii, which have experienced significant disasters....
For 2020 field, South Carolina race pales next to Iowa frenzy

For 2020 field, South Carolina race pales next to Iowa frenzy

By Nolan McCaskill (Politico) – The 2020 Democratic presidential field swarmed Iowa to help a Cedar Falls school board member win a state Senate special election last week. But the state Senate special election in South Carolina on Tuesday? Not so much. A few candidates have offered support to Democrat Tina Belge, but there’s been nothing like the outpouring of fundraising and canvassing support that helped elect Eric Giddens in Iowa. Read...
Senator Perdue receives 2019 Inspirational Leader Award for work for veterans

Senator Perdue receives 2019 Inspirational Leader Award for work for veterans

Each year, one member of Congress is presented with the Military Order of the Purple Heart’s Inspirational Leader Award in recognition of their outstanding leadership and legislative achievement. This year, U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) received the award for his work to protect the Purple Heart medal and enhance medical care for veterans through the No Hero Left Untreated Act. The Act enhances medical care for America’s heroes by establishing a pilot program at two VA medical centers and enrolling up to 50 veterans in Magnetic EEG/ECG-Guided Resonance Therapy (MeRT) for a one-year period. This is an individualized non-pharmaceutical, non-invasive procedure that applies magnetic stimulation to help facilitate restoration of proper brain function in those who have suffered neurological injuries. The bill became law on December 21, 2018. “The women and men who have worn the uniform represent the very best of our nation. As Americans, we have a responsibility to uphold the commitments we made to our veterans, and it’s a job I take very seriously,” said Senator Perdue, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “The Military Order of the Purple Heart has been a strong partner in our efforts to stop second-hand parties from selling our veterans’ treasured medals, and I appreciate their support for our bipartisan bill to increase access to innovative therapy options for veterans,” Perdue added. “I will continue to do all I can to honor the many sacrifices our service members have made and ensure veterans receive the care they deserve.” In 2017, Senator Perdue led a bipartisan group of senators in introducing the Private Corrado Piccoli Purple Heart Preservation Act,...
‘He’s the real deal’: Beto’s jaw-dropping windfall quiets critics

‘He’s the real deal’: Beto’s jaw-dropping windfall quiets critics

By David Siders (Politico) – CENTER LINE, Mich. — One great question surrounding Beto O’Rourke has been whether he could replicate the massive fundraising totals he mustered in the Texas Senate race last year. On Monday, O’Rourke put any doubt to rest, announcing that in the first 24 hours of his campaign, he had raised a staggering $6.1 million. In so doing, the Texas Democrat signaled that he’s in for a sustained campaign— with the fundraising capacity to last deep into the primary and compete with anyone in the race. Read...