Bikers' Rights: LET'S UNSEAT THOSE WHO WOULD UNSADDLE US: Make Anti-Biker Politicos Pay A Penalty At The Polls!

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"Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber."--Plato

"I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians."--Charles de Gaulle

The focus of this article is HB-137, proposed legislation which will authorize the seizure of motorcycles and revocation of motorcycle endorsements in the State of Florida. I am broadcasting this nationwide because if this bill becomes law it will affect ALL bikers: If you ride to Daytona for Bikeweek, you will be subject to these draconian provisions. And even if you don't, passage of this bill will set a precedent for similar legislation to show up in your own statehouse. So please read on ... and please do whatever you can to help us kill this legislation and remove from office the anti-motorcycle politicians who sponsor and support it.

I do not know what the amended wording of HB-137 is as of this writing...


...nor do I know when we can expect their next move on related Senate bill SB-802:


What I do know is that ANY legislation that empowers Big Brother to revoke my motorcycle endorsement or seize my motorcycle for ANY reason is legislation to which I am opposed!

Thanks in large part to our own political apathy and lobbying impotence, on 13 March 2008 a group of anti-biker politicos--many of whom were elected without opposition in 2006, and as of yet face no opposition in 2008--gave HB-137 the approval of the Florida House Committee on Infrastructure by a 9 to 1 vote (see who voted how below). We must see that HB-137 does not pass in the Florida House, and that SB-802 is killed in the Florida Senate. If you do not know what you can do personally to assist in this regard, I encourage you to contact your nearest SMRO chapter for guidance. If such guidance is not provided when requested, I encourage you to challenge your SMRO leadership.

Beyond that, I want to encourage all bikers everywhere to start paying more attention to who we are electing to office, and to what legislation they sponsor or support once they get there. We need to show legislators everywhere that sponsoring or supporting anti-motorcycle legislation will have serious political consequences. And the best way to do that is to work openly and aggressively to oppose the re-election--and hopefully terminate the political careers--of those who legislate against us. Let's support those who support us (like Greg Evers did), and...

Let's unseat those who would unsaddle us! It's high time we started making anti-biker politicos pay a penalty at the polls. We can start with the sponsor and supporters of HB-137, key information about whom I provide below. They are all up for re-election this year, so let's do what we can to boot them out of office. And by "we", I don't just mean those of us who live in their districts ... or even in Florida: If they are running unopposed, let's find a qualified candidate to run against them. If they have opposition that is (or could be persuaded to be) sympathetic to our cause, let's get them elected (and never let them forget how they got there). And if they have skeletons in the closet (as most of them do), let's dig'em out and help the media dish the dirt.

Remember, "It's not about FAIR."

Speaking strictly for myself and no other individuals or organizations,


Author and Publisher, LdrLongDistanceRider.com
Co-Moderator, Bruce-n-Ray's Biker Forum
Premier Member, Iron Butt Association
Sustaining Member, Motorcycle Riders Foundation
2007 Chairman's Circle, American Motorcyclist Association


This is the sponsor of HB-137:

Representative Carlos Lopez-Cantera (R)
District 113 Office:
Suite 111
2300 Coral Way
Miami, FL 33145-3511
Phone: (305) 442-6877
2006 Election Results: Unopposed
Declared Opposition Candidates as of 03/14/2008: Betancourt, Javier (D)

District Map & Statistics:




These 9 Infrastructure Committee Members voted
 ***FOR*** HB-137: 

Representative Gary Aubuchon (R) 
District 74 Office: 
Suite 305 
3501 Del Prado Boulevard 
Cape Coral, FL 33904-7223 
Phone: (239) 344-4900 
2006 Election Results: Unopposed 
Declared Opposition Candidates as of 03/14/2008:

Representative Susan Bucher (D) 
District 88 Office: 
Suite 102 
2240 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard 
West Palm Beach, FL 33409-3403 
Phone: (561) 682-0156 
2006 Election Results: Unopposed 
Declared Opposition Candidates as of 03/14/2008:
 Pafford, Mark S. (D) 

Representative Richard "Rich" Glorioso (R) 
District 62 Office: 
Suite 204 
110 W. Reynolds Street 
Plant City, FL 33563-3379 
Phone: (813) 757-9110 
2006 Election Results: Won 26,994 to 12,850 over
 Jeremy Zelanes (D) 
Declared Opposition Candidates as of 03/14/2008:

Representative Ed Hooper (R) 
District 50 Office: 
Suite 206 
2963 Gulf to Bay Boulevard 
Clearwater, FL 33759-4259 
Phone: (727) 724-3000 
2006 Election Results: Won 21,138 to 17,525 over
 Candice Jovan (D) 
Declared Opposition Candidates as of 03/14/2008:
 McMullen, Neil (D) 

Representative Jimmy Patronis (R) 
District 6 Office: 
Suite A 
455 Harrison Avenue 
Panama City, FL 32401-2775 
Phone: (850) 914-6300 
2006 Election Results: Won 28,688 to 14,049 over
 Janice Lucas (D) 
Declared Opposition Candidates as of 03/14/2008:

Representative Stephen L. Precourt (R) 
District 41 Office: 
310 South Dillard Street 
Suite 400 
Winter Garden, FL 34787-3515 
Phone: (407) 814-6138 
2006 Election Results: Won 28,077 to 20,270 over
 Bill McManus (D) 
Declared Opposition Candidates as of 03/14/2008:

Representative Michael Scionti (D) 
District 58 Office: 
Suite 102 
4221 North Himes Avenue 
Tampa, FL 33607-6228 
Phone: (813) 673-4674 
2006 Election Results: Won 16,393 to 7,404 over
 Alfred Ruiz (R) 
Declared Opposition Candidates as of 03/14/2008:
 Vazquez, Jose (D) 

Rep. Kelly Skidmore (D) 
District 90 Office: 
Suite 205 
7100 W. Camino Real Boulevard 
Boca Raton, FL 33433-5510 
Phone: (561) 470-6593 
2006 Election Results: Unopposed 
Declared Opposition Candidates as of 03/14/2008:

Representative Nicholas R. "Nick" Thompson (R) 
District 73 Office: 
Suite 208 
2120 Main Street 
Fort Myers, FL 33901-3010 
Phone: (239) 533-2411 
2006 Election Results: Won 18,324 to 16,272 over
 Pete Burkert 
Declared Opposition Candidates as of 03/14/2008:

This 1 Infrastructure Committee Member voted
 ***AGAINST*** HB-137: 

Representative Greg Evers (R) 
District 1 Office: 
5224 Willing Street 
Milton, FL 32570-4971 
Phone: (850) 983-5550 
2006 Election Results: Unopposed 
Declared Opposition Candidates as of 03/14/2008:


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-----Original Message-----
From: IronBoltBruce [mailto:Bruce@LdrLongDistanceRider.com]
Sent: Friday, January 11, 2008 8:31 AM
To: 'carlos.lopez-cantera@myfloridahouse.gov'
Cc: 'gary.aubuchon@myfloridahouse.gov'; 'susan.bucher@myfloridahouse.gov'; 'greg.evers@myfloridahouse.gov'; 'rich.glorioso@myfloridahouse.gov'; 'ed.hooper@myfloridahouse.gov'; 'jimmy.patronis@myfloridahouse.gov'; 'steve.precourt@myfloridahouse.gov'; 'scott.randolph@myfloridahouse.gov'; 'nick.thompson@myfloridahouse.gov'
Subject: HB 137 Has You Speeding Recklessly Towards the Loss of Your Next Election

To Carlos Lopez-Cantera:

Be advised that the legislation you propose as "HB 137 - Offenses Committed While Operating a Motorcycle" is unconstitutionally discriminatory. If enacted, it would not survive its first contest in the courts. All you will have done is waste a lot of people's time and money, and guarantee yourself and your supporters stiff opposition at the polls and seriously diminished future political prospects.



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