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FNM Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis's remarks at Grand Bahama Candidates Launch - Mar 18, 2017 - 10:24:49 AM

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I know you in Grand Bahama are tired of the broken promises on jobs and our economy. Recently, Perry Christie had the nerve to brag about spending 100 million dollars here in Grand Bahama. Even The Freeport News refuted what Christie said.  Imagine that: 100 million and unemployment still high; 100 million and the people still suffering; 100 million and businesses and hotels still closed; 100 MILLION and little to no hurricane relief.   Despite all that big talk very little was actually done. Grand Bahama, aren’t you tired of all the broken promises and excuses?  When they come asking for more time… tell them No… it's the people's time now!

Grand Bahama! The Prime Minister was brazen enough to come to Bahamas Business Outlook in Grand Bahama to once again put together a bunch of words saying absolutely nothing. His speeches are like cotton candy...
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Michael Pintard video series: Returning power to The People - Mar 17, 2017 - 6:05:40 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - FNM Marco City candidate Michael Pintard's campaign has released a four part series of informative videos that were extracted from his presentation to The Rotaract Club of Freeport on March 8, 2017 on the topic, Returning Power to The People.

In Part 1 Mr. Michael Pintard discusses the need for checks and balances and how the substantive power of a sitting Prime Minister ought to be reduced and more...

In Part 2 addressing the Independence of Department of Public Prosecution Pintard asks the questions; Have we...

In Part 3  the FNM candidate for Marco City quotes Frederick Douglass  who In 1857 said; "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." In order to return power back to the people Pintard...
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Dr. Minnis on the Nation’s Debt to GDP - Mar 16, 2017 - 10:09:55 PM

Dr. Minnis, Leader of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the following statement on the nation’s debt to GDP:

“I can’t remember the last time that we heard the PLP admit that they are at fault for anything that is happening in The Bahamas.  Time and time again, the people of our great country receive bad news about our economy, and yet the PLP will not admit that they have not fixed the problem.  Not only has the PLP not fixed the debt to GDP, they have made it worse.  In fact, much worse, with this week bringing more bad news that our debt to GDP now stands at 87.4 percent...
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Dr. Minnis: The Continued Waste of Taxpayer Money - Mar 15, 2017 - 11:57:16 PM

“When does it end? When first seizing power the PLP put their VAT tax in place, insisting it was needed for the deficit. Far from bringing about fiscal accountability this PLP Government has been on a brazen, barrage of reckless spending forcing taxpayers to foot the bill for their largess. We have seen them hand out countless government contracts under their control to friends, donors, even families. From bizarrely overpriced contracts to friends to put up holiday decorations downtown in Nassau to continuing to pay to clean the streets - yet it’s clear to anyone and everyone the work is not being done. The Bahamian people are being ripped off at every turn.”

“With their grip on power slipping, the PLP continues its abuse of power by using taxpayer dollars to advertise their re-election campaign. The Punch earlier this week carried an advertisement from the government – specifically on BAMSI..."
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Terneille Burrows: Walkabout Wars - Mar 15, 2017 - 9:42:59 PM

Last night’s incident surrounding a clash between FNM and PLP street campaign teams creates cause for concern. The Bahamas has historically held relatively peaceful elections and I would like it to remain that way. People can get heated about politics and the upcoming general election may be cause for contention between those vying for office. Party and candidate supporters need to observe basic principles of decency. Mob mentality is real, and parties with gangs of people on the campaign trail can feel emboldened while promoting their particular brand. A certain level of sports-like “trash talk” is acceptable, but abusive language can cause the situation to escalate to physical violence. Bullying, intimidation, threats, restriction of movement and physical altercations cannot be tolerated, and should be publicly condemned by the respective party of the offenders. Internal party penalties or fines should be levied upon proven perpetrators for less volatile offenses and the justice system should intervene in more serious cases...
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Sidney Collie: The PLP’s Desperate Campaign Tactics - Mar 15, 2017 - 8:27:12 PM


“Last night the PLP continued to show their desperation to hold on to power by engaging FNM supporters that were out campaigning.  They continue to have only a negative message for the people of The Bahamas.  They do not have a record to run on so they have resorted to do nothing but act in a negative manor.  Bahamians across our country can see through their tactics and their negativity.”  

“Every person has the right to be politically active.  People have the right to support any candidate or party that they choose to, and should not have to worry about supporters of other parties verbally assaulting them on the streets...
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Dr. Minnis: Needed Educational Reforms - Mar 15, 2017 - 1:04:07 PM

“The Free National Movement is dedicated to making sure that all Bahamian people know that the FNM is going to change the way that we educate and train our children and other learners. We will immediately begin the crucial and significant investment in our learners, teachers, educational professionals and infrastructure, including technology, to ensure positive, sustainable outcomes in the near future and beyond. These changes are compelling, and our society cannot afford to wait any longer.

“Too many of our children leave school without the skills needed to become contributing members of the society and so our curriculum changes will include the introduction of skills and vocational training in all high schools, a greater emphasis on promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, and the establishment of magnet schools..."
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Collie: Prime Minister’s secret deal on Baha Mar - Mar 14, 2017 - 2:47:36 PM

“Today, the Free National Movement is again joining with the Bahamian people in calling for the full release of the embattled Prime Minister’s secret deal on Baha Mar with his Chinese allies. The people have been promised the details of this deal for months now and their patience has grown thin. If the deal is as good as the PLP Government says it is, then why keep it secret – hidden away from the public? Their actions raise the question if there truly is even a deal in place?

“The president of Baha Mar says that no deal has been made with a new buyer. Is this just another example of career politicians using smoke and mirrors to deceive the Bahamian people in their desperate attempt to hold on to power?
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DPM Davis: Minnis betting against Bahamians - Mar 13, 2017 - 9:58:26 PM

The following is a Statement by the Hon. Philip Brave Davis, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development:

It is unfortunate that we have come to a place in our country where some would bet against the interest of their fellow Bahamians to better their own political lot. Another day, another lie from Minnis, who appears to be crossing his fingers and praying that Baha Mar doesn’t open, for his own political benefit – never mind the thousands of Bahamians who would suffer. I understand he thinks his only way to succeed is to tear down any progress we make – to distract from the utter turmoil and startling accusations about Minnis from his own colleagues - but what about the thousands of Bahamians who are training right now for their job at Baha Mar?
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Marvin Dames Launches Constituency Plan for Mount Moriah - Mar 13, 2017 - 10:05:55 AM

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A Vision for Mount Moriah...

I am a firm believer, that empowerment is a fundamental priority of good leadership. Throughout my adult life-- in which I have been privileged to serve in public office for more than two decades, I have understood this principle; that when you give people the tools they need to thrive, they will.

It is this same belief that has laid the foundation for my campaign, and has helped me design a five-year plan for the constituency of Mount Moriah that I believe will transform these communities for the better. From the beginning...
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PLP National Chairman appears on Dare To Be Great radio show - Mar 13, 2017 - 8:57:06 AM

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The National Chairman of the governing Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) , the Hon. Bradley B. Roberts was a special guest on Bahamian International Speaker , Spence Finlayson’s radio show Dare To Be Great on ZSR 103.lFM in Nassau recently.

Mr Roberts served for 25 years as the Member of Parliament for Bain & Grants Town Constituency in the Lynden Pindling Administration . He also served as Minister of Works in the Perry Christie Administration where he also had responsibility for the three government corporations; BATELCO, Water & Sewerage and Bahamas Electricity Corporation...
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Turnquest: The Prime Minister’s Reckless Spending Habits - Mar 10, 2017 - 4:57:52 PM

“We all know of the infamous Roman Emperor Nero, who fiddled while Rome burned. In fact, our esteem Prime Minister Perry Christie has often been compared to him. For historical accuracy, and in fairness to Nero, we must compare Prime Minister Christie to Nero’s uncle, the Roman Emperor Caligula, for history records him as being worst then Nero.

“Caligula’s reckless spending threw the Roman Empireinto a financial crisis. Hence, the comparison to Caligula, as The Bahamas has been downgraded four timesin five yearsand is now at Non-Investor Grade Status (Junk) according to the world’s largest credit rating agency, S&P, under the watch of Perry Christie..."
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The FNM’s Inner City Economic Initiative - Mar 10, 2017 - 1:49:26 AM

Dr. Minnis, Leader of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the following statement on the FNM’s Inner City Economic Initiative:

“Our Over-the-Hill communities have suffered for decades under PLP disinterest. The PLP Leaders who should represent these areas have all but ignored it. But this upcoming election gives the people here a chance at a new beginning.”

“I grew up in these communities shining shoes and sewing pants, I know what it will take to revitalize our communities. Our ‘Change Team’ has strong candidates that will step up and represent these communities, from Travis Robinson in Bain and Grants Town, to Reece Chipman in Centreville, and Mark Humes in Ft. Charlotte..."
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DPM Davis slams Minnis over Baha Mar comments - Mar 9, 2017 - 6:36:38 PM

"Every day seems to bring another set of misguided statements about Baha Mar.It’s political season, and Bahamians have learned to discount the negative voices as having their own self-interested agenda.The problem for all the critics is that reality has a way of catching up — even in this era of fake news, reality matters. And what’s real is that 650 Bahamians have already been hired at Baha Mar. What’s real is that Baha Mar is opening in April. What’s real is that CTFE has increased its commitment on preopening expenses from $200 Million to $250 Million of which $65 Million has already been spent. What’s real is that Baha Mar is finally in safe hands, with a world-class operator that has succeeded with high-end properties in the Caribbean and across the globe..."
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Sidney Collie: Bahamas Debt Hitting $7 Billion - Mar 8, 2017 - 2:21:29 PM

Sidney Collie, Chairman of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the following statement:
 
“‘Hope’ is not a strategy to lower our deficit.”Sadly, that was Minister Halkitis’ response when asked if this year’s deficit would be under $300 million.  ‘We hope so,’ was his response.  He’s right-now that the national deficit has grown to over $7 billion according to the Central Bank of The Bahamas, we all ‘hope’ the deficit comes in lower than it is projected. But while Bahamians ‘hope’, Minister Halkitis and this inept PLP Government should be doing something about it.  After 5 years under their disastrously failed leadership, the people are all out of hope..."
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FNM Leader Remarks at Ratification of FNM Candidates - Mar 8, 2017 - 10:38:21 AM

Remarks Honorable Dr. Hubert Minnis, MP Leader of the We are here tonight to officially ratify Pakesia Parker for West End and Bimini, Shanendon Cartwright for St. Barnabas, Vaughn Miller for Golden Isles, Brent Symonette for St. Anne’s and yours truly for Killarney.

Let me begin by saying something about the fires near and at the New Providence landfill and dump.

I want to thank all of the officials for their heroic and hard work in combatting the fire and helping the residents of Jubilee Gardens...
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Komolafe: Time for Effective Governance - Mar 8, 2017 - 7:52:18 AM


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The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) Candidate for Killarney, Arinthia S. Komolafe is calling for better and effective governance of the country. Komolafe was speaking on the ongoing fire at the dump site located off Gladstone Road.

“It is high time that our national leaders stopped implementing adhoc policies and makeshift measures to address matters that are having a significant impact on the lives of Bahamians and residents of The Bahamas from both an environmental and health perspective” said Komolafe...
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Minnis Remarks as FNM Candidate, Hank Johnson for South Eleuthera Ratified - Mar 6, 2017 - 1:49:32 AM

The name Eleuthera means freedom.

This is the place where the Eleutheran Adventurers came.

They came here to find a place free of persecution; a place where they could enjoy religious and political freedom.

The FNM, whose name includes the word freedom, is the party of freedom and democracy.

People forget that before the FNM came to office, many Bahamians were afraid to speak their minds...
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Dr. Minnis Statement on Delays in Baha Mar Openings - Mar 5, 2017 - 6:01:16 PM

Dr. Minnis, Leader of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the following statement on the already announced delays in Baha Mar openings:

“Every new detail that drips out about Baha Mar sheds even more light on the tenuous, secret deal the embattled Prime Minister made with his Chinese allies.  None of them can produce a firm completion date on construction, nor let the public know if any delays are associated with the main contractor.  They have done much to publicize a ‘soft launch’, yet we learn that the resort has no intention of advertising that opening.  An opening without customers – how sadly ironic...
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PLP Chairman: The opposition is in a state of great confusion - Mar 4, 2017 - 9:33:47 AM

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McCartney’s Senate resignation further underscores opposition’s “ball of confusion”

Bahamian voters in the valley of decision about who should lead this country after the 2017 general election are not and should not be surprised by the sudden resignation of Opposition Leader in the Senate, DNA Leader Branville McCartney.

McCARTNEY’S SENATE RESIGNATION FURTHER UNDERSCORES THE FACT THAT THE OPPOSITION IS A “BALL OF CONFUSION.”

This decision calls into question Mr. McCartney’s judgment. Was Branville McCartney in a Ripvanwinklesque cryogenic slumber when Loretta Butler-Turner sowed the seeds that created one big “BALL OF CONFUSION”

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