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Finally, Some Good News

    Good evening, friends!

    Here’s some good news:  The Florida Supreme Court ruled yesterday that Florida’s next Governor and not Rick Scott will replace the three Florida Supreme Court Justices who are facing mandatory retirement on January 8, 2019.  As if it wasn’t already crucial that Andrew Gillum be elected Governor on November 6th!

     Although voter registration has ended for this cycle, I continue to go to the West Regional Courthouse on Monday and Wednesday from 10 AM to 2 PM to campaign for our winning team of Democratic candidates and for Amendment 4, the voting rights restoration amendment, and to collect vote-by-mail requests and universal background check demands.  At the Courthouse yesterday, Melinda and Henry Ossorio and Marsha Eisenberg helped to collect 28 vote-by-mail requests and 28 universal background check demands.  I will be there again this Wednesday, October 17th and then again next Monday and Wednesday, October 22nd and 24th.  Please let me know if you can join me.

    Let me share two articles about the Supreme Court decision with you.  First:  https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/10/florida-supreme-court-rick-scott.html

    And second, the following (Thanks to Elaine Schwartz for forwarding this to me!):



 

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Recommend “Yes” Vote on amendments 4, 9, and 13

(For backup, download explanations and references on all Amendments, and why I recommend a “Yes” vote on amendments 4, 9, and 13:  amendments_florida_2018 )

Ripe with confusion are 13 Florida Constitutional Amendments on the November 6, 2018 ballot. Amendment 8 is on the ballot but won’t even be tallied.  Other Amendments contain multiple, unrelated issues, and/or are misleading, and/or do not belong in a Constitution. According to Ballotpedia.org the average question on Florida’s ballot requires 20 years of U.S. formal education to read and understand.

My initial door canvassing plan, besides asking voters to show up and support all Democrats on the ballot, was to recommend “Vote yes on 4” but nothing more, consistent with the Tampa Bay Times. My plan has changed a little.

At one of the first doors I knocked on, the voter (an employee of the Seminole Tribe of Florida) asked me about Amendment 3, which I wasn’t planning to mention. Another voter felt strongly in favor of Amendment 6 (modeled after California’s Marsy’s Law) that would supposedly expand victims’ rights.

After careful review, besides a “Yes” vote on Amendment 4 (voting restoration), I decided to mention “Yes” on Amendment 9 (bans near off-shore drilling) and “Yes” on Amendment 13 (ends dog racing), if I have the voter’s attention.

I was not planning, and I will not, argue a “No” opinion to voters on goofy, unreadable, or deceptive Amendments. But I do want to show that I understood the issues and the voter’s concern, if I am asked about another Amendment.

For any other Amendment, I take the passive approach of damnation by not mentioning it. I think the rest, except for 4, 9, and 13, are all bad, but I want to make sure a voter votes and gets through the ballot, whether or not they vote the right way on the gobbledygook.  If voters are slightly suspicious, the 60% required vote for passage will prevent most of the bad Amendments from passing. The best warning I can give is to say, “take the time to carefully read your vote-by-mail ballot.” If a voter asks about another Amendment, I say briefly what it is about, and move on.

Based on my research in amendments_florida_2018, Amendments 4, 9, and 13 are easy “Yes” votes and should be easy to understand. Most voters, and all major groups, already support Amendment 4, and when they see 9 and 13, those will be obvious “Yes” votes.

Amendment 4 is very important and beneficial to society because it will automatically restore voting rights to felons (except not murderers or sex criminals) who have completed their sentences. With some 1.5 million citizens who have completed their sentences and cannot vote, Florida is last in the nation in voting restoration. Florida has a long history of suppression of Black voters, even for ridiculous and made-up reasons just to prevent voting. Anti-voting laws for Blacks were intentionally written into the state Constitution after the end of slavery. The League of Women Voters of Florida, which, along with all other major organizations supports Amendment 4, shows data that post-release recidivism rates are reduced by automatic rights restoration. Vote “Yes” on 4.

Most voters immediately understand and support Amendment 4, so you may not have to explain it, and Amendment 9 (bans near-offshore drilling) and Amendment 13 (ends dog racing) are clear. Voters will see that there is an anti-indoor-workplace-vaping part of Amendment 9, which is weird. But it is so necessary for us in Florida to put a ban on near-offshore drilling, to protect our beaches, that we should just hold our noses on indoor -workplace-vaping, and vote “Yes” on 9.  Amendment 13 is also an easy “Yes” vote, which will end wagering on dog racing because dog racing is cruel. Isn’t horse racing cruel? Yes, sometimes, but that’s no reason not to vote “Yes” on 13. Does this belong in the Constitution? No, but the legislature has not acted on it. How many more Greyhounds have to die before the legislature gets around to it?

Voters think that Amendment 3 gives them the right to vote on casinos, but it effectively does the opposite. Amendment 3 dis-empowers the local vote on gambling and/or the Legislature, because any new gambling would have to be approved by a statewide petition drive, and statewide vote, as a Constitutional Amendment. Not likely.

The Tallahassee Democrat explains, “Amendment 3 purports to put citizens in charge of any expansion of gambling, but it’s mainly a sop to Disney, which opposes all casino gambling, and the Seminole Tribe, which doesn’t want any competition for its gambling operations.” Amendment 3 is supported by the Miami-Dade Democratic Party, the Broward Democratic Party, and the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida. From the beginning of time, Democratic groups in South Florida have voted for anything that mentions gambling. The League of Women Voters supports Amendment 3 but for the opposite reason, because “the League has held a consistent position against gambling”!  Don’t drink the Kool-Aid on Amendment 3. Is it worth the time no explain to voters? No.

Feel-good Amendment 6 deceptively appears to  protect victims’ rights, but the League of Women Voters of Florida argues, “Victims’ rights are already protected in the Constitution, and this amendment would eliminate an existing provision that victims’ rights do not interfere with the constitutional rights of the accused.” This is a very comfortable “No” vote, and Amendment 6 is opposed by all major groups, but unfortunately some voters will drink the Kool-Aid.

Two other Amendments, 11 and 12, may look good to some progressive groups but, in my opinion, are bad. The Miami-Dade Democratic Party and the ACLU of Florida (but not the Broward Democratic Party and not the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida) support Amendment 11, which might allow some criminal justice reforms to apply retroactively which might shorten prison terms and might save taxpayers’ money by reducing prison populations. Which is why Florida Tax Watch also supports 11. (Amendment 11 also cleans up obsolete, unenforceable language in the Constitution, by preventing the Legislature from preventing non-citizen ownership of property and removing Bullet Train language, which was already repealed.)

But the true results of feel-good Amendment 11, specifically the retroactive sentencing changes, are unpredictable. Florida Today staff explain that, “Gun rights groups support [Amendment 11] in hopes that will make retroactive a change to the “stand your ground” law that put[s] the burden of proof on the prosecution instead of defendants in pre-trial hearings.”  A sentenced gun murderer might later claim a reduced sentence in future revisions to Stand Your Ground gun laws. Don’t drink the Kool-Aid.

The Miami-Dade Democratic Party supports Amendment 12, which would lengthen the ban on lobbying by elected officials to 6 years, from 2 years presently. That’s excessive and out-of-step nationally. Don’t drink the Kool-Aid. We should slow down the political revolving door but we don’t have to slam it shut. Lobbyists are part of the political-ecological web and provide information to legislators. Amendment 12 is opposed by the Broward Democratic Party, the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida, and Florida Tax Watch, and you should, too.

Roundup of Voting Recommendations

Every election, I find myself seeking out voting recommendations from people who are smarter and better informed than I am — particularly on the judicial races and those long lists of amendments and other ballot measures. Here is a roundup of what has been shared with me.

Still on my todo list: comparing notes between all these to see how much they agree or disagree. If you have different opinions, you are always welcome to share them on this blog between now and election day.

Broward Democratic Party Voting Guide

Alan Ehrlich’s How I’m Voting Message

I suspect one reason some people are discouraged from voting is they are bewildered by all the choices, and I can sympathize. If you’re really overwhelmed, you have my permission to vote for Andrew Gillum, Bill Nelson and anyone else who has a “D” next to their name and leave most of the rest blank.

Well, before I say that: Amendment 4, restoring voting rights for felons who have served their time, is also important because of the racist slant of who gets prosecuted and convicted for nonviolent offenses such as drug crimes.

The partisan dimension of this year’s election — the need to counter the rise of Trumpism — is more important than the finer points of policy in my book. On the other hand, if you are willing to do a little homework, there are knowledgeable people out there you can turn to for advice on the whole ballot.

This is How Alan Ehrlich is Voting

    Hi, everybody!

    (This message represents my opinion alone and does not represent the view of any political party, club, or other organization.)

    With the understanding that what is on my ballot may not be the same as what’s on your ballot, this is how I am voting in the November 6th Mid-Term Election:

    United States Senator…………………………………..Bill Nelson

    Representative, District 23……..Debbie Wasserman Schultz

    Governor………………………………………………Andrew Gillum

    Attorney General…………………………………………Sean Shaw

    Chief Financial Officer…………………………………Jeremy Ring

    Commissioner of Agriculture……………..Nicole “Nikki” Fried

    State Representative, District 98…………….Michael Gottlieb

    Yes for Retention………………………… All Justices and Judges

    Circuit Judge, Group 38…………………Stefanie Camille Moon
    Circuit Judge, Group 46……………..Maria Markhasin-Weekes
    County Judge, Group 9……………Tanner Channing Demmery
    County Judge, Group 19……………………………Allison Gilman

    Plantation Mayor……………………………………Peter S. Tingom
    Plantation City Council, Group 1………………….Eric Anderson
    Plantation City Council, Group 2………………..Denise Horland
    Plantation City Council, Group 5………………………Nick Sortal

    Broward Soil and Water, Seat 2……………………..Richard Leys

    Constitutional Amendment No. 1………………………………No
    Constitutional Amendment No. 2………………………………No
    Constitutional Amendment No. 3………………………………Yes
    Constitutional Amendment No. 4………………………………Yes
    Constitutional Amendment No. 5………………………………No
    Constitutional Amendment No. 6………………………………No
    Constitutional Amendment No. 7………………………………No
    Constitutional Amendment No. 9………………………………No
    Constitutional Amendment No. 10…………………………….No
    Constitutional Amendment No. 11…………………………….No
    Constitutional Amendment No. 12…………………………….No
    Constitutional Amendment No. 13…………………………….No

    Broward County Transportation Tax…………………………..No

    Broward County Charter Amendments…………………..All Yes

    Should you wish to know why I am voting as I am, call me or ask me the next time we see each other.  You don’t have to agree with my choices or vote the same way, but please vote!

    Alan

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If you vote by mail in Florida, it’s 10 times more likely that ballot won’t count From Miami Herald

I consider this headline which most will not read the whole story, just the headline, to be voter suppression 

Before you freak out at this headline and panic about voting by mail, consider these important facts:
Voting By Mail increases turnout by about 20%, far outpaces the rejection rate which is very low particularly in midterms.
I vote by mail early. Missing signatures can be cured by affidavit.
Finally, VBM leaves a paper trail, of increasing importance as hostile foreign countries seeks to disrupt our election machinery.

We absolutely need to understand why “rejection rates for mail ballots cast by blacks and Hispanics went up between 2012 and 2016,“ but voting by mail is a clear net positive in the number of counted ballots cast that should not be discouraged.

Remember to sign the back of the envelop.
Make sure you put enough postage on – better too much than not enough. (Stamps.com)

The study included six specific recommendations to reduce the vote-by-mail rejection rates:

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There should be greater statewide uniformity in the design of mail ballots and the return vote-by-mail (VBM) envelope.

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There should be greater uniformity in the procedures employed by supervisors of elections, their staff, and canvassing boards to process, validate and, if necessary, cure VBM ballots.

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The Florida statewide voter history file (the FVRS database) should include information about why a voter’s mail ballot was rejected, including whether it was rejected because it lacked a signature or the voter’s signature was mismatched, and if the voter attempted to cure the VBM ballot if it was flagged as invalid.

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The October 17, 2016 memorandum to supervisors of elections from Secretary of State Ken Detzner should be revised to include specific procedures that county election officials should follow when notifying voters of a rejected VBM ballot and the cure process for missing and mismatched signatures.

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The Florida Division of Elections should study procedures for processing VBM ballots as well as procedures in place for voters to cure an invalid mailed ballot, promoting “best practices” from those counties with the lowest rejection and highest cure rates.

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The legislature should create guidelines for how supervisors of elections shall notify voters of their rejected ballot status and how voters can cure their VBM ballot prior to Election Day -Nadine Smith   

Please forward and comment Ron Mills         https://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article218654810.html

How I Am Voting on the Amendments


    Hi, everybody!

    (This message represents my opinion alone and does not represent the view of any political club, party, or other organization.)

    This is How I am Voting on the Proposed Constitutional Amendments

    There are 12 proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution on the November Ballot.  Three were put on the ballot by the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature, and have the general goal of lowering property taxes and thereby reducing the money that local governments need for basic services, such as parks, libraries, and public safety.  Two reached the ballot through citizen-initiated petitions, each covering a single issue.  The remaining seven, many covering totally unrelated topics, were placed on the ballot by the Florida Constitution Revision Commission.  (There originally were 8, but the Florida Supreme Court removed Amendment 8 from the Ballot.)

    (Be sure to vote NO on each proposed amendment you are against.  Do not leave any question clank!)

    NO on Amendment 1, the Homestead Exemption Increase Amendment, put on the ballot by the Florida Legislature, would exempt more of a home’s value from property taxes.

    NO on Amendment 2, the Permanent Cap on Nonhomestead Parcel Assessment Increases Amendment, also put on the ballot by the Florida Legislature, would make permanent the 10% cap on property tax increases of nonhomestead property ( 2nd homes, rentals, and other commercial property), which would otherwise expire on January 1, 2019.

    NO POSITION on Amendment 3, the Voter Approval of Casino Gambling Initiative, put on the ballot by a citizen-initiated petition drive, would take the authority to authorize casino gambling in Florida away from the Legislature, and would make the citizen-initiated petition process the exclusive method for authorizing casino gambling in Florida.  Horse racing, dog racing, jai alai, and casino gambling at the Seminole Tribe’s facilities would not be impacted by this proposal.

    YES on Amendment 4, the Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative, also on the ballot through the citizen-initiated petition process, would automatically restore the right to vote to Floridians with prior felony convictions, except for those convicted of murder or felony sexual offenses, upon completion of their sentences, including prison, parole, and probation.  Florida is one of only 3 states to impose a lifetime ban on voting for those with prior felony convictions, and as a result there are over 1.4 million of our friends and neighbors who cannot vote even after paying their debt to society.  The current system takes forever and is arbitrary.  Voting YES on Amendment 4 is a common sense approach to fixing our broken system and creating a more inclusive democracy.

    NO on Amendment 5, the 2/3 Vote of Legislature to Increase Taxes or Fees Amendment, placed on the ballot by the Florida Legislature, would require a 60% supermajority rather than a simple majority vote to enact new taxes or fees or increase existing taxes or fees.  (As the Democratic Progressive Caucus says, this would make it nearly impossible for future legislatures to address budget needs, such as teacher raises or natural catastrophes.)

    All of the remaining proposals were put on the ballot by the Constitution Revision Commission.

    NO on Amendment 6, the Marsy’s Law Crime Victims Rights, Judicial Retirement Age, and Judicial Interpretation of Laws and Rules Amendment would: (a) add specific rights for victims of crime to the Constitution; (b) increase the retirement age of judges, from 70 to 75 years of age; and (c) prohibit state courts from continuing to defer to an administrative agency’s interpretation of a statute or rule.  (This proposal is a perfect example of why an amendment should only cover one topic.  Many people like the idea of increasing the retirement age of judges, but don’t want to be forced to vote for the two other proposals.)

    NO on Amendment 7, the First Responder and Military Member Survivor Benefits, Supermajority Board Votes for College Fees, and State College System Amendment would: (a) require an employer or the state to provide death benefits to surviving spouses of 1st responders and active duty military members; (b) require a supermajority vote to increase college fees; and (c) add the current structure of Florida’s system of higher education to the Constitution.

    NO on Amendment 9, the Ban Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling, and Ban Vaping in Enclosed Indoor Workplaces Amendment, containing only two unrelated topics, would: (a) ban offshore drilling for oil and natural gas on land beneath all state waters; and (b) ban vaping (including the use of vapor-generating devices like electronic cigarettes) in enclosed indoor workplaces.

    NO on Amendment 10, the Florida State and Local Government Structure Amendment, with four unrelated topics, would: (a) require the Legislature to provide for a State Department of Veterans Affairs; (b) create a State Office of Domestic Security and Counter-Terrorism; (c) change the start date of legislative sessions from March to January; and (d) prohibit counties from abolishing certain local offices, including sheriffs, property appraisers, supervisors of elections, tax collectors, and clerks of courts, and require them to be elected.  (This would take away the control granted to charter counties and limit their ability to respond to local conditions.)

    NO on Amendment 11, the Repeal Prohibition on Aliens’ Property Ownership, Delete Obsolete Provision on High-Speed Rail, and Repeal of Criminal Statutes Effect on Prosecution Amendment would: (a) repeal the constitutional provision prohibiting aliens from owning, inheriting, disposing, and possessing property. (A similar proposal was rejected in 2008.); (b) repeal obsolete language in the Constitution about developing a high-speed monorail in Florida. (The original proposal was repealed in 2004.); and (c) delete a provision saying that changes to a criminal statute will not effect the prosecution or penalties for a crime committed before the change. (After re-reading this proposal multiple times, its impact is unclear and disputed.)

    NO on Amendment 12, the Lobbying Restrictions Amendment would prohibit public officials from lobbying for compensation while in office and six years thereafter.  (As the Democratic Progressive Caucus says, this could be applied too broadly at the local level, and would not solve the problem of money and influence in politics.)

    NO on Amendment 13, the Ban on Wagering on Dog Races Amendment would ban betting on dog races, including greyhound races.  (Many feel that dog racing is inhumane, but should this really be in the Constitution?)

    Many groups and individuals have different opinions about these proposed amendments.  The Broward Democratic Party’s Platform Committee, for example, recommends a yes vote on Amendments 3, 4, 9, and 13.  I happen to feel very strongly about some issues not being appropriate to include in the Florida Constitution, and about including totally unrelated topics in a single proposal.  It is absolutely essential that Amendment 4, the Rights Restoration Amendment, be approved and not just because I worked so hard to get it on the ballot.  Restoring the right to vote to over a million Florida residents could go a long way towards turning Florida into a reliably blue state.  And even if it does not accomplish that, it is still the right thing to do for people who have paid their debt to society.  Rather than confuse voters by trying to explain that they should vote yes on some amendments and no on others, I think it is a much better idea to make the slogan for the constitutional amendments on the 2018 Ballot: “YES ON 4 AND NO MORE!”

    And remember that for proposed amendments that you are against, you must vote NO and not just leave that question blank!

    Alan

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Our President is Definitely Not a Scientist!

    Hi, friends!

    Earlier today (Wednesday), Donald Trump made an insane and embarrassing statement about Hurricane Florence.  If I had not seen the video of his observation, I would not have believed these words could have come out if the mouth of the person who currently heads our government.  He said: “Florence is a tough hurricane, one of the wettest we’ve ever seen from the standpoint of water.”    
 
    I know, I know, it’s just unbelievable!  And yet, have you noticed the silence of Republicans all through each and every embarrassing action that Trump takes?  No Republican Senator or candidate who is running for a Senate seat in the Mid-Term Election on November 6th says anything.  By not speaking out, these Republicans enable the President and everything he does.  Democrats must point out that the inaction of these Republican is harmful to our country.  Democrats must point out that by supporting Trump, these Republicans are not worthy of being elected or re-elected to the Senate.

    So, the time has come again for all of us to make a contribution to the campaigns of the Democrats in tough races for the Senate, starting with our own Bill Nelson, right here in Florida:  https://www.nelsonforsenate.com/

    Think about all of the harm to the Federal Judiciary we can help prevent if the Democrats can retake the Senate!  Here are some of the other campaigns you can help with:

        Claire McCaskill (Missouri) – https://clairemccaskill.com/
        Joe Donelly (Indiana) – https://joeforindiana.com/
        Jacky Rosen (Nevada) – https://rosenfornevada.com/
        Heidi Heitkamp (North Dakota) – https://heidifornorthdakota.com/
        Phil Bredesen (Tennessee) – https://www.bredesen.com/

        and my personal favorite wish for November 6th:

        Beto O’Rourke – https://betofortexas.com/    (If Ted Cruz loses, I will dance a jig!)

    Thank you everybody for what you are doing to bring some sanity back to our country!

    (And please forward this message to everyone you know.)

    Alan

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We Need Your Help During Last 2 Weeks of Voter Registration!


    Hi, Democrats!

    There are only 3 weeks left for voter registration for the November 6th Mid-Terms. October 9th is the last day to turn in voter registration forms!

    I will be at the West Regional Courthouse (Broward & Pine Island) today (Monday) and Thursday, September 20th from 10 AM until 2 PM.  I can use your help.  Please let me know if you can join me.

    Volunteers are still needed for the following dates when I, unfortunately, will be out of town.  If you can help on any of these dates, please let me know now so I can schedule you and connect you with those who will handle voter registration on these dates at the Courthouse:

    Monday, September 24th from 10 AM to 2 PM;

    Wednesday, September 26th from 10 AM to 2 PM;

    Wednesday, October 3rd from 10 AM to 2 PM; and

    Monday, October 8th from 10 AM to 2 PM.

    Please choose the dates you can help and let me know as soon as possible.

    If you prefer to work on Saturdays at the West Regional Library in Plantation, John Ziegler’s team will be there next Saturday, September 22nd from 10 AM until 6 PM, and probably on the 29th, and October 7th.  Volunteers take 2-hour shifts.  If you’d like to help with voter registration at the Library on Saturday, please contact John at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com.

    Alan

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Dates and Times That Your Help is Sorely Needed

    Good evening everyone!

    I am going to give you the links to two videos you must watch if you have not yet seen them:  the first is Barack Obama’s speech last Friday and the second is John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight show from this past Sunday.

    But first I have to ask for your help!

    Voter registration closes for the November 6th General Election on Tuesday, October 9th.  That means there are only three more weeks to try to register voters to help Democrats succeed in this very crucial Mid-Term Election.

    I will be back at the West Regional Courthouse on Monday, September 17th from 10 AM until 2 PM.  The Courthouse will be closed on Wednesday the 19th for Yom Kippur, so I will go back to the Courthouse on Thursday, September 20th from 10 to 2.  Please let me know of you can join me on that Thursday.

    Volunteers will be greatly needed for the following dates when I, unfortunately, will be out of town.  If you can help on any of these dates, please let me know now so I can schedule you and connect you with those who will handle voter registration on these dates at the Courthouse:

    Monday, September 24th from 10 AM to 2 PM;

    Wednesday, September 26th from 10 AM to 2 PM;

    Monday, October 1st from 10 AM to 2 PM;

    Wednesday, October 3rd from 10 AM to 2 PM; and

    Monday, October 8th from 10 AM to 2 PM.

    Please choose the dates you can help and let me know as soon as possible.

    If you prefer to work on Saturdays at the West Regional Library in Plantation, John Ziegler’s team will be there this Saturday, September 15th from 10 AM until 6 PM, and probably on the 22nd, the 29th, and October 7th.  Volunteers take 2-hour shifts.  If you’d like to help with voter registration at the Library on Saturday, please contact John at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com;   

    We had a very productive day yesterday at the West Regional Courthouse.  Marsha Eisenberg, John Countryman, and Joseph Russel (on his very last day of volunteering before going back to UCLU where he is studying) helped to collect 14 voter registration forms (10 Democrats!), 13 vote-by-mail requests, and 31 pledge cards to vote yes on Amendment 4.  Many thanks to these wonderful and dedicated volunteers!

    Now for those video links:  The first is Obama’s Friday speech.  He says what we all already know.  That not only do we have a President who every day embarrasses our country and the rest of the world, but we also have a Republican Party, Congressmen, and Senators who remain silent and enable the craziness.  Barack Obama offers a great solution to restore some sanity to our country.  Don’t complain, don’t boo, don’t withdraw.  In the Mid-Terms, VOTE!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHAkDTlv8fA

    The second is John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight show from last Sunday.  This short show is dedicated to exploring felony disenfranchisement in Florida.  John demonstrates why the current system is a joke, and he holds out the hope that Amendment 4 which would automatically restore the right to vote to Floridians with prior felony convictions (in my opinion, the most important Amendment on the ballot!) passes on November 6th.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpPyLcQ2vdI

    I hope you enjoy President Obama’s speech and John Oliver’s show as much as I did.

    And to all of my Jewish friends, a very Happy New Year!

    Alan

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Courthouse Closed Monday for Rosh Hashanah, But You Can Still Come to Tuesday’s Meeting

    The Courthouse is closed tomorrow for Rosh Hashanah, so we won’t be back there until Wednesday. Here is my corrected list of activities:

    On Tuesday, September 11th, the Plantation Democratic Club will have its monthly meeting at 7 PM at the Jim Ward Community Center 301 NW 46 Avenue in Plantation.  We will be talking about what’s going on in Washington, and what will be on the ballot.  I will be making a presentation on the Constitutional Amendments which will be on the November Ballot.  Save the date and join us!

    On Wednesday, September 12th, I will be back at the West Regional Courthouse (Pine Island & Broward) from 10 AM to 2 PM to register voters and sign people up to vote by mail.  Please let me know if you can join me.

n Wednesday, September 12th, I will be back at the West Regional Courthouse (Pine Island & Broward) from 10 AM to 2 PM to register voters and sign people up to vote by mail.  Please let me know if you can join me.
    For those who live in Plantation, at 7 PM on Thursday, September 13th, there will be a Meet and Greet (NOT a fund-raiser) for Nick Sortal who is in the race for Plantation City Council at the home of Ryan & Maris Barth, 9343 NW 10 Street in the Enclave at Jacaranda Lakes in Plantation.  RSVP to Maria at 954-588-3982.

    My wonderful summer volunteer, Joseph Russel, will be going back to UCLA next week.  I will miss him sorely and will need help at the Courthouse on Monday and Wednesday, September 17th & 19th.  I arrive at 10 AM and leave at 2 PM and I need help putting up and taking down the canopy.  So please let me know if you will be able to join me at the West Regional Courthouse on those days

    As for the North Broward Democratic Club’s Annual Labor Day Picnic which was rained out on Monday, September 3rd, I believe it is being re-scheduled in October.  More when I find out.

    Remember: Broward County and Florida can lead the nation in voting for blue candidates who will bring sanity back to our nation.  And you can help!

    Alan


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