“The voices of peaceful protest are being hijacked by violent radical elements.”

“The voices of peaceful protest are being hijacked by violent radical elements.”

I stand 100% with the words of our President and Attorney General.

Barr said “Groups of outside radicals and agitators are exploiting the situation to pursue their own separate and violent agenda. In many places, it appears the violence is planned, organized and driven by anarchic and…far left extremist groups using Antifa-like tactics.”

Outrage over over Floyd’s death is “real and legitimate.”

“Accountability for his death must be addressed, and is being addressed, through the regular process of our criminal justice system, both at the state and at the federal level,” he said. “That system is working and moving at exceptional speed.  Already initial charges have been filed by the state. That process continues to move forward and justice will be served.”

Our President said earlier, 80% of the RIOTERS in Minneapolis last night were from OUT OF STATE. They are harming businesses (especially African American small businesses), homes, and the community of good, hardworking Minneapolis residents who want peace, equality, and to provide for their families.

I couldn’t agree more. Opportunists and extremists are taking advantage of a tragedy to push their own agendas and cause harm to great American citizens and businesses. We must stand together as a community, and hold those responsible for destruction accountable.

Incomprehensible and Inexcusable

Incomprehensible and Inexcusable

Many of us have witnessed the death of George Floyd which was chronicled in a 10-minute by-stander video. To me, the video evidence indicates some form of murder as the law enforcement officer clearly kept his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck despite Floyd’s repetitive pleas for relief, insistence that he could not breathe, along with several minutes of his non-responsiveness. However, it took 4 days for Derek Chauvin, the arresting officer, to be arrested himself. This is incomprehensible and inexcusable.

We also recently saw a reporter and his video crew be arrested by Minneapolis State Police for what appears to be no valid reason. Anchor Omar Jimenez repeatedly, politely explained to officers that they would move anywhere police directed them to move. Regardless, no directions were given and they were arrested. The refrain repeats: incomprehensible and inexcusable. Not long ago a former law enforcement officer, his son and a neighbor chased, shot and killed jogging Amaud Arbery but 2 months passed before the assailants were arrested. The refrain repeats: incomprehensive and inexcusable.

Our collective stomachs hurt and eyes flood with indignant tears. We all want full explanations and action. However, another problem arises: generally speaking, leaders of all parties on all levels sit silent. The refrain repeats: incomprehensible and inexcusable.

Those with the power to make change must call for change. This is not the time for silence. I will never be silent but instead will stand for what’s right and confront these heart-wrenching, real-life issues.

Higher Education, Lower Political Influence

Higher Education, Lower Political Influence

Politicians are to Serve; Not be Served.

Bad legislature allows opportunities for politicians to serve themselves and their interests over the people’s.

We should be looking to reduce political influence and excess regulations in our education system wherever possible. 

In the past 2 years, Randy Fine has introduced bills or made statements which have directly damaged 6 of 12 schools in the State University System. 

Fine Sponsored the Florida House’s 2020 ‘Naming Rights Bill

CS/HB 7073 was bad business for all of Florida’s colleges and universities as it effectively transferred the property rights of the venues from the colleges and universities to the powers of the State Legislature.  I would characterize this power-play as theft: taking from the schools and student athletes and giving to the powerful.  

This horrendous bill highlights the key question:  Who is in the best position to make decisions that will affect collegian’s education and college experiences in a positive way; the university they attend or the politicians who are protecting their special interest donors?  

From an economic perspective, this bill was bad business for all of Florida’s citizenry except for the politicians.  It’s in the State of Florida’s citizenry’s interest for our colleges and universities to thrive since a great State University System and Florida College System is good for our economy and for our residents.

Each state university is governed by a Board of Trustees which are the university’s legal owners and final authority. Six members are appointed by the Governor, 5 are appointed by the Board of Governors, and the chair of the university’s Faculty Senate and president of the Student Government Association complete the Board.   

Why would Randy Fine and his political power brokers friends feel the need to bypass all those assigned the duty of oversight by our Florida Constitution?  There can only be one reason:  Political power play!

Threat to Shutdown UCF

One of the most outrageous statements that the incumbent legislator from House District ever made was his suggestion that the lack of oversight at the University of Central Florida was so egregious that it deserved to closed.

In February 2019, Fine, the Chairman of the House Education Appropriations Subcommittee stated at one of his committee’s meetings, “If this was a private business I owned, I’d shut it down.”  In fact, he said he was “working on a five- or ten-year shutdown of the university” because of its dearth of “corporate governance.”

These comments were made after, in the Summer of 2018, the state auditor general’s office flagged unspent operating funds budgeted for Trevor Colbourn Hall.  The usage of operating funds for capital expenses; in this case replacing a dilapidated academic building for students, was technically against the rules, but common practice. UCF paid back the fund with the appropriate monies, did a full investigation and put processes and oversight in place to avoid such mistakes in the future. 

The suggestion that UCF should be closed for such mistakes was extraordinarily draconian and clearly inappropriate.  

More appropriate, wise, prudent legislative action would have been to suggest and ensure that administrators are educated as to the State spending rules and that the university’s oversight and self-auditing be improved so that such problems are not repeated, actions that UCF has naturally implemented. 

I am running because of who Randy Fine is, but more importantly for who he is not.  We need a level-headed, thoughtful, judicious Legislator with integrity, respect for others and who will collaborate.

UCF President Dale Whittaker

A university’s success is dependent more than any other matrix on its leadership.  UCF’s President Dale Whittaker rose through the UCF ranks and was beloved by all, in both his position as President and previously when he served as Provost.  

However, amidst the misspending probe over Trevor Colbourn Hall, Randy Fine bullied President Whittaker and UCF administration, resulting in Whittaker’s and two other administrators’ firings.  Fine’s behavior indicated to me that his most important goal is making a name for himself and that he doesn’t seem to ever care who he destroys in the process.  

I agree with the entire UCF community who all firmly believe that President Whittaker served the UCF community well and in the best interest of the university.  His selection was highly vetted, the decision was made with the utmost scrutiny and in the best interest of the success of the University and its students.


This is one of many examples of Fine’s bullying tactics all of which serve only to feed his ego and fame but have negative effects on the entire state of Florida.

New College and Florida Polytechnic

The incumbent filed CS/HB 7087 on February 10, 2020.  This bill proposed shuttering the administrations of both New College and Florida Polytechnic and transferring their administrative functions to UF and FSU.  

Some of the major problems with this bill, however, were that he (1) never spoke with UF, FSU, New College or Florida Polytechnic before filling, (2) the bill was not openly discussed in his committee, (3) the bill had no plan, (4) the transfer would happen in 4 months with no thought, substance or discussion, (5) no one liked it.  Even worse, I later observed him lie to all the legislators at House Education Committee in a televised meeting.  He also ignored my correspondences and misled the public with skewed data and rhetoric.

If you would like to see the Tallahassee Democrat article where FSU President John Thrasher said “I didn’t know about it until it was filed,” see the following link.

https://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2020/02/12/university-consolidation-bill-makes-new-college-part-of-fsu-advances-florida-house/4741700002/

This Motivated Me to Run

Seeing the incumbent’s disrespect for and lack of collaboration with UF, FSU, New College, Florida Polytechnic, UCF and FAU during this past legislative session prompted me to run.

The incumbent’s incomprehensible and misguided attempt to merge New College and Florida Polytechnic with other Universities was the last straw. 

In my strongly held opinion, in no shape, form or fashion has the incumbent advocated for his constituents in the realm of higher education during the past 2 years. Instead, I believe that he has represented himself and the interest groups that give him money. He has also been a bully, a narcissist, and frequently and illegally blocked those he represents from communicating with him.

I decided plainly and simply that it is time for his recklessness to come to an end.  As such, I am running because of who Randy Fine is, but more importantly for who he is not.   


I believe that the citizenry of South Brevard deserves a Representative with integrity, respect for others and sees the need for collaboration.  I will be that Representative.

Below are links to several articles from various news outlets in the state that highlight these very issues.

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/scott-maxwell-commentary/os-op-ucf-naming-rights-roofingclaim-scott-maxwell-20200207-6aosgyi7ljbbhczp7irkv35n5a-story.html?

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/editorials/os-op-ucf-roofclaim-stadium-naming-rights-legislature-20200304-tewtsearg5fxzdu2jj2bkubgre-story.html

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/education/os-ne-randy-fine-ucf-shutdown-20190213-story.html

https://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2020/02/26/bill-to-merge-florida-poly-new-college-into-uf-advances-in-florida-legislature/

Issue Analysis:  Covid19 and Freedom

Issue Analysis: Covid19 and Freedom

Americans must be very cautious to preserve our liberties in the wake of Covid19.  Brevard County should lead the nation in standing up for freedom and declare:

THE ECONOMY

We MUST open up our local economy.

Businesses MUST be allowed to open and create their own policies to comply with physical distancing as they deem fit.

The general public MUST be allowed the freedom to evaluate the marketplace and decide what risks they are willing to take themselves.

TRACKING TECHNOLOGY

Tracking technology systems by our tech giants, Google and Apple, will be able to track everyone through the use of their phones.  Banjo is under contract in Utah to use traffic cameras for mass surveillance.

Tracking must NEVER become mandatory

Tracking must NEVER be punitive.

Tracking must ALWAYS be voluntary.

Tracking must ALWAYS be auditable.

We must ALWAYS preserve an exit plan for anyone to exit the tracking systems if they decide they want to exit.

FINES AND JAIL TIME

Osceola County and other local governments have established fines and potential jail for not wearing masks.  While Osceola County and other non-freedom-loving communities are free to impose fines and jail time, Brevard County MUST never follow their draconian examples.

MANDATORY VACCINATIONS

While the numerous vaccine research and development programs Big Pharma pursues are necessary and laudable, I realize that no one can ever guarantee the effectiveness of ANY vaccination.

Vaccinations, like anything else in the United States of America, must remain our choice and MUST NOT become mandatory requirements for the entire population.School children whose parents choose not to vaccinate MUST have the option of declining vaccination and preserve their freedoms.

SUMMARY

There is no pandemic exemption to our Constitution and Bill of Rights.   

I value my freedom, I respect and honor all those who have gone before me fighting to obtain & protect our rights, and I will stand strong in the fight to preserve them.

#run53

#run53


Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, my husband and I walk a few streets, rotating through the 37 different precincts that comprise District 37. 

I do this for several reasons (1) to familiarize myself with all the different regions of our District, (2) to pray for all the homes on the streets we walk, the precinct, district, county, state, nation and world, (3) and to make myself available to District 53 constituents.

This is the schedule for the last 10 days of the full 37 precinct rotation. 

You are welcome to join us. We just ask that we continue to observe physical distancing.

Social Media Policies – I Will Not Suppress Your Freedom of Speech

Social Media Policies – I Will Not Suppress Your Freedom of Speech

(1) No one can be blocked from my campaign Facebook, Twitter, or any social media because of the opinions they hold. 

•. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Davidson v. Randall ruled on January 7, 2019 that a public official’s Facebook is a “public forum”. As such, given and the fact that one the core purposes of our First Amendment is to hold our government accountable by allowing constituents their unfettered, free, open rights to communicate with their elected officials and for their views to be heard, no one can be blocked from my Facebook because of the opinions they hold.

• The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York decided on May 23, 2018 in Knight First Amendment Institute v. Trump that elected officials’ Twitter accounts are public forums as well. Any elected official who blocks access to constituents’ Twitter accounts violates their First Amendment Rights.

(2) I will blacklist (or block) anyone from my Facebook who spams or floods the page.
• There have been no legal decisions on spamming or flooding to date. Nevertheless, it is clear to me that a spammer’s or flooder’s malicious choice to flood the page violates everyone else’s right to free speech. 

• Spamming or flooding is disrespectful, waste everyone’s time and blocks the ability for every other District 53 constituent to have unfettered, free, open rights to communicate. This must always be stopped.

• However, in my opinion, it would be improper to permanently block a spammer/flooder as that would violate the individual’s rights to free speech. 

• Instead, anytime a person is blacklisted, he or she will be blacklisted for 30 days. Should that person wish to return to the page, he or she may request the right to return as long as he or she is willing to abide by our no spamming/no flooding rules. This request should be in writing and mailed to Friends of Marcie Adkins, PO Box 50053, Malabar, FL. 32950. 

• The blacklisted individual will be allowed to return to the public forum as long as he or she stops spamming or flooding, otherwise the person will be blacklisted again and the process will repeat itself.

(3) I request civility and globally denounce all cursing or hate speech of any kind. However, we must also recognize that Americans all have the right to speak in different ways and we enshrine and protect all individuals’ rights to free speech in our public forum. 

(4) No posts can be deleted.

• The First Amendment Foundation, an organization established to protect and advance all Floridian’s constitutional right to open government, has advised me that any public material posted to my Facebook or any other social media page, whether it be on my personal page or my official page, may not be deleted. 

• No comments may be deleted because all public discussion in a public forum is a public record and is therefore subject to disclosure and retention requirements.

• Deleting a post is deleting a public record which is illegal.

• Since it is illegal for me to remove posts, if you object to any posts on hate-speech grounds, you are responsible to complain to Facebook yourself.

(5) I may not discuss legislative business with other members of the Florida House of Representatives on social media.

• The reasoning for this prohibition is Florida’s Government in the Sunshine Law (F.S. 286.011) which protects the citizenry’s right of access to governmental proceedings. 

• Any gathering (or talk on social media) of 2 or more members of the House of Representatives must be open to the public, given advance notice of and minutes of the meetings must be taken and recorded.

• Therefore, if I was to discuss public policy with other members of the Florida House of Representatives on social media, I would be violating Florida’s Sunshine Law.

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NOTES:  
(1) These policies do not apply to me yet as I have not yet been elected. However, they DO apply to the incumbent who is notorious for violating these laws. 

As such, I have decided to set myself apart and to prepare myself for properly following the law when I AM elected to serve you. Therefore, these policies will be invoked immediately, as of 6:50 am, 5/14/2020.

(2) I have previously posted that we would return the anti-gay and anti-semitic posts to Facebook that we removed after we denounced them last Thursday, 5-7-2020. However, we are unable to do so for some computer-Facebook reason.

How to FAIL at Homeschool … and 7 tips to Succeed Instead!

How to FAIL at Homeschool … and 7 tips to Succeed Instead!

One of the facts about me is that I homeschooled our son, Jacob, all the way through from preschool through high school.  As such, I have strong beliefs about this current HOMESCHOOLING CRISIS.

Another fact is that I never intended to homeschool Jacob.  My husband and I both were products of the public-school system and that was our original intent.  However, our son was bullied in preschool for a full year.  When the bullying started again in his 4-year-old-class, he flat refused to go to school  —  thus homeschooling began.

With that background, I offer you these 7 tips to succeed:

(1) Realize that homeschooling is HARD.  The fact that you feel frustrated is normal.  The fact that your child feels frustrated is normal.  

(2) Realize that this is a CRISIS situation and everyone is on edge. 

(3) Realize that you are doing your best.  You are doing a great job and so are your kids.  Tip:  Pat yourselves on the back every day!!!

(4) KNOW that it is a LIE that your neighbors and friends are doing a better job than you.  Do NOT compare yourselves with others.  Remember that you are doing your best and you ARE doing a great job.

(5) KNOW that you are the very BEST teacher your child could ever have for such a time as this.   Who knows your child better than you?  No one.

(6) KNOW that this is a great opportunity for your family to grow closer and make that your goal.  Plan on working on interpersonal skills and how to best resolve temper tantrums that are universal.  (Go back to number 4 if you believe the LIE that no one else is yelling and screaming.)

(7) When frustrated, STOP, REST, RELAX, or do something FUN.  Figure out the maximum amount of schooling you can do without a melt down and stop there.  School is not that important.  What’s most important is that you all take care of your health and love one another.  School can wait.

Repeat all these things over and over.  This is HARD, a CRISIS, you are doing GREAT, no one is doing better than you, you are the BEST, this is a great opportunity, and your health is MOST important.

Good luck and may God bless your homeschooling.

Fake News and Censorship

Fake News and Censorship

A Response to Randy Fine’s Allegations of Mother’s Day Abuse

Yesterday, on his public Facebook page, Representative Randy Fine posted a press release in which he asked Marcie Adkins, Republican Candidate for Florida House District 53, to (1) denounce anti-Semitic comments made online over the weekend by her and her supporters and (2) denounce and apologize for the harassment of his mother by her campaign consultant on Mother’s Day. 

Anti-Semitic Comments
With respect to any anti-Semitic comments the questions stand: What comments were made by whom, when and where over the weekend? No anti-Semitic comments were made by me or any of my supporters, to my knowledge. Allegations such as this should be made only with proof. 

Representative Fine provided no evidence to support any of his claims.

Harassment on Mother’s Day
With respect to Randy Fine’s claim of his mother being harassed by my campaign consultant, I see a different picture. 

Apparently, there is a publicly posted news article on the Space Coast Rocket dated February 2020 which discusses the FBI’s investigation into an alleged prostitution scandal that Mr. Fine and others were allegedly involved in. 

On Sunday, 5/10/2020, Mrs. Fine found that article and posted her own public comment, “Fake News” and attached her comment to the article. My campaign consultant responded and the two of them conducted what could be deemed as a public argument. Regardless, I do not characterize their argument as anything more than an argument and Mr. Burns did not name call, harass or insult Mrs. Fine.

To my knowledge, Mr. Burns has not contacted Mrs. Fine in any other form or fashion nor has he ever insulted her in any way, on Mother’s Day or any other day.

Like his anti-Semitic claims, Fine offered no evidence of his harassment claims and I see none.

Freedom of Speech
Behind all of this un-necessary drama lies the foundation of our nation’s rights to free speech and the incumbent’s violation of those rights. This is because Representative Fine is notorious for blocking his District 53 constituents and removing their posts. In fact, he did so in real time last night on his press release post about this matter. When constituents asked him for proof of his allegations or contradicted his allegations, he deleted them.

Mr. Fine is an elected official. As such, his actions are illegal and infringe on his constituents’ first amendment rights.

Given his long standing history of violating his constituents’ rights, many constituents have asked me my own policies for my campaign Facebook page. I have said that I would not block people except for spamming and that all would be allowed to speak.

Directly related to all of this is that last week, on Thursday, 5/7/2020, anti-Semitic and anti-gay comments as well as cursing occurred on my page. I denounced all of this and the anti-Semitic and anti-gay comments were removed. I later said that I should not have removed the posts, just denounced them, due to free speech.

All this has created quite a controversy with the incumbent crying foul. Hence, I have asked the First Amendment Foundation for their input and guidance as to how an elected official must conduct themselves. Their answers will guide my campaign going forward and how I will conduct myself now and when elected.

Honorably Moving Forward
I have emailed Mr. Fine and asked him that we work together to honorably move forward, for the good of South Brevard.

Specifically, I asked him to call me in the future any time he has any concerns with any anti-Semitism or anti-anything or any insults of his mother. None will be tolerated but, to my knowledge, none exist except for those aforementioned anti-Semitic and anti-gay comments on 5/7/2020 which were previously denounced and deleted within 2 hours of their posting. 

I view this entire matter as a miscommunication that could have been simply avoided by Mr. Fine picking up the phone and calling me. I would hope that, going forward, should Mr. Fine be faced with any fears or misinformation as appear to have grabbed him yesterday, that he will call me.

I am committed to running and winning this race with honor, integrity, and respect for others. I hope that this will describe the rest of this election cycle.

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Economics PhD – A Professional – An Advocate

Economics PhD – A Professional – An Advocate

Marcie Adkins has a deep love for Brevard County since she first moved here as a child, 53 years ago in 1967. She attended Ocean Breeze Elementary, Hoover Junior High, and graduated from Melbourne High school in 1977.

She is has been a long-time community leader and has served as an active member of Boy Scouts of America for 9 years, various homeschooling groups for 16 years, an Advisory Board member for UF IFAS Agricultural Extension for 10 years, Zeta Tau Alpha sorority alumnae, and the Board of Directors for the University Boxing Club.

Professionally, Marcie has worked as a professional economist and holds a PhD from the University of Florida. She has worked for businesses, local and state government and operated her own consulting firm for 27 years.

She is a second amendment advocate, a member of the National Rifle Association and a long-standing member of the Florida Frontiersmen gun club.

The main issue that prompted Marcie to run is that she could see that the incumbent lacked integrity, respect for others and a willingness to collaborate in the manner he handled CS/HS 7087 during the past legislative session. In addition, as a PhD economist, she believes she is well suited to help foster the state’s economic growth. Her love of nature prompts her to protect our natural resources which undergird our tourism industry. In particular, her key priority of working to restore the Indian River Lagoon to at least resemble the vibrant ecosystem of her youth is of paramount importance. Elder care and their protection is also a key issue for Marcie as her own mother has advanced Alzheimer’s disease.

Marcie has lived with her husband, Theo, on their small farm in Valkaria for the past 24 years. They enjoy their border collie, Oreo, and their various farm animals, especially their loud rooster, “Bartholo-Roo”. They enjoy the beach, running, half-marathons, triathlons and yoga. Her son Jacob, is a second year student Computer Science and Applied Mathematics double major at New College of Florida in Sarasota.