The St Johns Republican party will host Senator Ted Cruz and Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-FL 6th District) as special guest speakers for the SJC REC Texas BBQ Fundraiser on Friday, October 6th 2017, 6:30pm – 8:30pm. The event will take place at Sawgrass Country Club, 10034 Golf Club Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. First Coast.TV got a chance to speak with Diane Scherff, the present Vice Chairman of the St Johns County Republican Executive Committee, to get a more detail on the event of October 6th.
St Augustinians took a trip to support the Indivisible”Rubio Empty Suit Town Hall” in Jacksonville this last Wednesday, May 31st. A good size crowd talked to a Trump impersonator, and an empty suit that represented Senator Marco Rubio, wanting both to confront issues that seemed to be of great importance to the attendees of this Town Hall. First Coast.TV went to see what this event was all about.
Trump supporters held a rally on Monday, Feb. 28, on the grounds of the Castillo San Marcos in St Augustine, FL. Diane Scheriff introduced a series of speakers, including local party chair Bill Korach, local party secretary Eric West and others. They spoke in support of the president’s administration and the cabinet members he has been able to get confirmed by the Senate. Some spoke of the Trump “movement” and how the president won the election, while others promised to keep pressure on members of Congress to make sure they support Trump policies. Trump protesters were near, but the rally went on peacefully, and without incident.
The Indivisible movement met at the Ponte Vedra concert Hall. The venue was packed with residents of St Johns County. The Indivisible movement is based on the guide by the same name, its main goal is to resist the Trump agenda just as the Tea Party was formed to resist the Obama agenda.
On Tuesday, November 15th, downtown St. Augustine saw protesters at 12 Noon and 5:30PM in a nationwide day of action in solidarity with those at Standing Rock, and demand the Federal government and the Army Corps reject the Dakota Access pipeline.
The Army Corps fast-tracked the Dakota Access Pipeline without proper consultation, and as a result, bulldozers are now approaching Standing Rock. But with coordinated, massive demonstrations across the country, we’ll make it clear that we will not allow the sacrifice of Indigenous rights, our water, or our climate.
Right now protesters feel they have to keep the pressure on President Obama to do what’s right while he’s still in office and stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Indigenous leaders are calling on people to take to the streets and disrupt “business-as-usual” one week after the election to demand that President Obama’s Army Corps of Engineers and the incoming administration stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.
In solidarity with the Sioux Water Protectors at Standing Rock, protesters demonstrated against the banking institutions which are funding the Dakota Access Pipeline, to demand that they withdraw from the pending loan that would make DAPL possible.
Banks are more susceptible to public pressure than the big oil and gas companies, as they rely on their image and brand. 2 of the 17 banks directly funding DAPL have branches in downtown St Augustine: Wells Fargo and Bank of America. Protesters were asking people to close their accounts with Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and a dozen more banks financing DAPL.
First Coast.TV followed the elections locally and nationally by visiting the places where people were gathering to find out the results. At 1:20 am First Coast.TV called it.