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FNM Convention Results - Nov 21, 2014 - 4:00:04 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following are results from the Free National Movement Convention held today, November 21st.

Dr. Hubert Minnis wins for Party Leader who wrote on his Facebook page at the start of the day, "
I look forward to the support and peaceful collaboration of the delegates at today's convention. IN UNITY THERE IS STRENGTH! Stay focused on the goal! VICTORY 2017!!"

Peter Turnquest, MP, East Grand Bahama is the party's Deputy Leader.
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DNA: The Horse is about to receive its Trophy - Nov 20, 2014 - 11:50:28 AM

Prior to the 18th January 2013, the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas indicated that he would abide by the outcome of the Referendum/ Opinion Poll. His words were that he had “no horse in the race”.

Subsequent to the Referendum/Opinion Poll this country witnessed a travesty of Democracy (some have even called it the “Death of Democracy”) when the Bahamian people voted NO to the Referendum/Opinion Poll but the Prime Minister decided to ignore the Will of the people and moved to legislate a Gaming Act. This Act will be enacted on the 24th November 2014 and on that date the government will start processing license applications for web shop owners.

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DNA: Crafting a firm and fair immigration policy - Nov 6, 2014 - 11:24:39 AM

Former US President Ronald Regan once said that “A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation”. For years, successive governments in this country have failed to adequately control our borders and have failed to effectively address the long standing socio-economic problems stemming from the movement of illegal migrants across our borders. The absence of firm and fair immigration policy has given rise to resentment, anger, hatred, frustration and fear that has, particularly in recent weeks, spilled over in the public domain.

On November 1, this Christie led administration took the first of what will undoubtedly be a series of difficult steps to securing sustainability for future generations of Bahamians...

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Butler-Turner shares her vision in Grand Bahama - Oct 28, 2014 - 8:05:36 PM

Freeport, Bahamas – The Deputy Leader of the Free National Movement spent the weekend in Freeport meeting FNM delegates, attending the 5th Annual Chamber awards and greeting students at a local basketball tournament.

The Long Island MP traveled to Freeport on Friday to meet with her team in Grand Bahama as she promotes her run for Leader of the FNM party. “I’m pleased to be in Freeport, many people know the importance of Grand Bahama in our party and in The Bahamas generally” said Butler-Turner. “I’ve come to talk to my fellow FNM’s and attend some events I’ve been invited too and listen to local constituents about their issues and where they see The Bahamas.”
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This Week in Bahamian Politics - Feb 22, 2013 - 11:48:36 PM

Check here for the past week in Bahamian Politics!

The Bahamas Weekly provides a category just for the political voices of The Bahamas, whether it be the Free National Movement, the Progressive Liberal Party, the Bahamas Democratic Movement, the National Development Party, or a place for anyone to write about their political opinion in The Bahamas.

Read the latest viewpoints or banter right here on The Bahamas Weekly...

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Commentary: The chill of government financial irresponsibility - Jan 1, 2012 - 3:15:21 PM

As financial analysts the world over await the outcome of the "negotiations" in the United States to see if they can avoid the so called fiscal cliff - the day automatic tax hikes and spending cuts will kick in - many people believe it will push their economy back into a recession. To unsettle things even more, the fiscal problems have not abated in Europe and right here at home there are unsettling concerns among the business sector and taxpayers.

With The Bahamas debt to GDP ratio approaching 60% (including unfunded liabilities), and rumours of government cash flow troubles, they remain remarkably quiet on plans to help revive the struggling Bahamian economy and avoid...

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DNA: No Bailout For Struggling Bahamians - Nov 18, 2014 - 11:59:33 PM

Since taking office, this PLP administration has neglected the mandate given to it by the Bahamian people and has abandoned the litany of promises made on the campaign trail. Rather than rescue struggling home owners through mortgage relief, the government has stood by as countless more homes have been seized by the banks. Instead, those families have watched as the Prime Minister, who failed to intervene on their behalves, used his position to personally intervene in the mortgage affairs of a man he called “a good friend.”

Similarly, the PM offered no comment when it was revealed that a member of his government failed to pay his own electricity bills while overseeing the disconnection of thousands of Bahamian households. Most recently, the government intervened yet again on behalf of PLP supporters and cronies...
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National Chairman, Bradley Roberts remarks at PLP Prayer Breakfast - Nov 16, 2014 - 9:23:09 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed are remarks by Bradley B. Roberts National Chairman, Progressive Liberal Party under the theme "In all Things Give Thanks" at the Progressive Liberal Party Prayer Breakfast held a Melia Resort on November 16th:

Let us begin by observing a moment of silence in honour of the life of Rev. Dr. Myles and Ruth Ann Munroe and seven others who perished in that tragic plane crash in Grand Bahama last Sunday, the 9th November 2014...

It is my honour and distinct pleasure to welcome such an attractive, colourful and lively group to this prayer breakfast on behalf of the Progressive Liberal Party....
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Sarah Kirkby: Proud of My Party‏ - Nov 12, 2014 - 1:06:46 PM

Dear Editor,

There have been a lot of letters and articles about who should lead the Free National Movement in 2015 and beyond. Some of them are nice and supportive and some are tinged with a bit if dirt-throwing, but despite all that, the beauty of this upcoming leadership campaign is that a woman is running! And whether she wins or not I am so proud that my party is the first to have a women do this.

In today’s Bahamas women are still classed as second-class citizens in legal terms as we do not have equal rights for our children or husbands. It’s a sad fact that successive governments have not changed this as of yet. But, despite this and the negative comments made by some men and women when equality for women is brought up, I have not seen anyone say that Loretta Butler- Turner SHOULD NOT RUN BECAUSE SHE IS A WOMAN. Of this I am very proud!...

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DNA: Provide JOBS, not JOB LOSSES! - Nov 11, 2014 - 12:05:00 PM

The Progressive Liberal Party’s (PLP) now infamous promise of ten thousand new jobs for Bahamians has failed to come to fruition. In fact, despite the announcement of their grandiose employment strategy, this past two years of PLP governance has seen thousands of Bahamians, particularly in the banking and tourism industries lose their jobs. That highly touted employment strategy has proven nothing more than another empty campaign promise.

The termination of nearly 200 employees of the Bahamar resort property on Cable Beach and the reported imminent redundancies that are expected to take place at a local bank are the latest in a series of economic blows dealt to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas...
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Dorsett: FNM should admit dire state in which they left Housing - Oct 29, 2014 - 6:04:25 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by Minister of the Environment and Housing, the Hon. Kendred Dorsett in response to a statement released by Mr. Brensil Rolle. 

It is obvious from the statement released by the FNM's Deputy Chairman, Mr. Brensil Rolle, that he and his party are in dire need of political points and are seeking to get them by continually releasing statements concerning the housing portfolio of my ministry. As minister responsible for Environment and Housing, I have endeavoured to keep the public abreast of the activities of my ministry as regards our efforts to provide affordable housing options for the Bahamian people...
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Roberts: Turnquest and Cash Shamelessly Promote Hysteria and Ignorance‏ - Oct 27, 2014 - 8:44:39 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is a statement by Bradley B. Roberts National Chairman, Progressive Liberal Party:

Political leaders and aspiring leaders must be able to speak with reason and sincerity to national issues and not seek to promote ignorance, hypocrisy and hysteria as smoke screens to hide the truth.

The comments in the media attributed to both Peter Turnquest and Darren Cash of the FNM were hypocritical, misleading and downright disgraceful given the truth of the diplomacy and the foreign and investment policies of the FNM relative to the People’s Republic of China
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DNA: EBOLA and the Bahamas: Proper planning will prevent Panic - Oct 22, 2014 - 1:04:36 AM

Amid rising concern regarding the Ebola health crisis, Government officials from around the globe are taking the necessary action to prepare their respective countries for a potential outbreak and protect their citizens. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of this Christie led administration. The Government of the Bahamas has taken too lax an approach to the handling of this disease which is now at our back door; and as with countless other national issues, our leaders have shown themselves ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL.

The Democratic National Alliance, more than two weeks ago, called for the Ministry of Health, helmed by Dr. Perry Gomez, to begin a widespread education campaign on the effects of the disease and outline specifically...
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(Video) Duane Sands announces bid for FNM Deputy Leader - Oct 17, 2014 - 1:21:34 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Just two days after  Loretta Butler-Turner announced her bid to run for FNM Leader, Dr. Duane Sands has today, October 15th announced his bid to run for Deputy Leader of the Free National Movement.

Dr. Duane Sands, a cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon, was born in Nassau to Basil and Roberta Sands in 1962. During his formative years, he spent quite a bit of time with his grandmothers who resided on Freetown Lane off Kemp Road and Hay Street in Grants Town (his paternal grandfather died before he was born and his maternal grandfather died when he was four). His parents and grandparents hail from Long Island and Eleuthera.
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(Video) Loretta Butler-Turner's official announcement in her bid to run for FNM leadership - Oct 17, 2014 - 11:00:18 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Loretta Butler Turner, Deputy Leader of the FNM and MP for Long Island, announced on October 13th, National Heroes Day, her decision to run for Leader of the Free National Movement at the party’s convention on November 21st.

In attendance were her husband, attorney Ed Turner, her son, her sister Clarice Butler and her brother, Craig Butler. Before making the announcement from her home, she was introduced by her husband, who noted in his introduction: “As a father and as I citizen I want the very best for our country. I have seen the kind of leadership that Loretta offers. I know her values and her convictions. I know where her heart is. Her heart is with the Bahamian people. She has a passion for public service.”
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Roberts: Minnis must have bit tongue during LOI comment - Oct 15, 2014 - 5:15:41 PM

I hope Dr. Minnis bit his tongue during his media comments about the Prime Minister’s decision to enforce discipline regarding Renward Wells and the LOI.

The record clearly shows that Minnis was confronted with tough decisions time and time again both as a minister and as the leader of the opposition and each time he either failed to make a decision or he made the wrong decision.

For five whole years he failed to make a decision or act as the substantive minister of Health where repeated systemic failures, irregularities, risks and vulnerabilities plagued the Public Hospital Authority (PHA), costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.
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DNA: Government Crime Scenes and Unsolved Mysteries - Oct 15, 2014 - 1:56:33 PM

Wasteful; Corrupt; Dishonest; these are just some of the words which can be used to describe the governance of the Progressive Liberal Party since taking office in 2012. While in opposition this administration led by Perry Christie, promised Bahamian voters transparent, accountable, governance. The now PM promised to Believe in Bahamians, provide jobs and improve the quality of life for the entire citizenry. The PLP even promised to lower electricity rates. What the PLP has delivered however, is slack governance, a blatant mismanagement of the country’s resources, cronyism, increased government wastage, higher taxes and a system of corruption which continues to cost taxpayers some 200 million dollars annually.
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(Video) Loretta Butler-Turner to challenge Minnis for Leadership of FNM Watch NB12 Report - Oct 14, 2014 - 8:45:08 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Loretta Butler Turner, Deputy Leader of the FNM and MP for Long Island, announced on October 13th, National Heroes Day, her decision to run for Leader of the Free National Movement at the party’s convention on November 21st.

In attendance were her husband, attorney Ed Turner, her son, her sister Clarice Butler and her brother, Craig Butler. Before making the announcement from her home, she was introduced by her husband, who noted in his introduction: “As a father and as I citizen I want the very best for our country. I have seen the kind of leadership that Loretta offers. I know her values and her convictions. I know where her heart is. Her heart is with the Bahamian people. She has a passion for public service.” He also stated: “I introduce not..."
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DNA: The PHA Corruption and Cronyism! - Oct 9, 2014 - 12:03:20 PM

A forensic report of pharmaceutical and medical supplies which found its way into the hands of the local media this week have renewed concerns about the blatant mismanagement of the country’s resources. The report which appeared as a lead story in the local dailies, revealed the “loss” of some ten million dollars from the Public Hospital’s Authority in addition to countless instances of alleged abuse and ineffective management controls which in effect led to the fleecing of the Bahamas Government.

The details revealed within the report suggest a level of dishonesty, collusion, and inattention which has unfortunately become synonymous with many government ministries and departments over the past many years. In the face of such blatant fraud, one would think that the government would have immediately enlisted the Royal Bahamas Police Force and other relevant authorities to bring those responsible to justice...
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Fred Smith: McCartney to be praised for his stance against crowd buying - Oct 7, 2014 - 6:50:48 PM

Save The Bays supports DNA leader’s assault on culture of political inducements; says it has been the victim of personal and racist attacks by ‘rent-a-crowds’

Nassau, Bahamas – Branville McCartney is to be praised for his attack on crowd buying and the many other forms of underhanded inducement that have contaminated our political system from time immemorial.

In hitting out at cronyism, vote buying and mutual back-scratching arrangements, the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) leader identified the festering infection at the root of many of our woes as a nation...
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