Good evening, friends!
Two things to talk about before listing upcoming events that you can participate in:
First, last Friday Federal Judge Beth Bloom rejected arguments made in a lawsuit filed by a conservative legal group that sought to purge voter lists in Broward County, which could have resulted in the removal of eligible voters from the voter rolls. As reported in Mother Jones, Judge Bloom ruled that the Broward County Supervisor of Elections was already adequately fulfilling her voter list maintenance responsibilities. In 2016, this conservative legal group filed lawsuits against large, Democratic-leaning jurisdictions in swing states, including Broward County. Ours was the first jurisdiction to get to trial. Hooray!
Second, last week the Constitutional Revision Commission (CRC) surprised many people in Florida by not advancing 2 harmful proposals. Proposal 4, which would have repealed the No-Aid to Religion Provision (maintaining the separation of church and state In Florida) was debated but not voted on. And Proposal 45, which would have repealed the Uniform Public Education Provision and allowed more private school vouchers in Florida, was withdrawn. As a result, neither proposal moved to the next stage in the process, and so neither will be on the ballot in November. Hooray again!
Another good Wednesday at the Courthouse. Many thanks to Lauren Tate, John Underhill, and Errol Brown for coming out and helping to collect 6 voter registration forms and 12 vote-by-mail requests. There’s lots going on during the next few weeks, so here’s a list:
1. At tonight’s (Thursday’s) meeting of the Davie Cooper City Democratic Club at 7 PM at the Davie Pine Island Multipurpose Center, they will be showing Al Gore’s feature length documentary “An Inconvenient Sequel, Truth to Power”. This event is free and the movie is definitely worth seeing;
2. On Saturday, April 7th, starting at 9:45 AM, the Andrew Dolberg Campaign for State Representative in District 98 will have its first orientation and day of action in Room 4 of the Plantation Central Park Multipurpose Center, 9151 NW 2nd Street in Plantation;
3. Also on Saturday, John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation from 10 AM to 6 PM. He needs volunteers for 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 firstname.lastname@example.org;
4. Also on Saturday, there will be a Town Hall Meeting from 2 to 4 PM on Gun Violence and School Safety at the SW Focal Point Community Center, 301 MW 103 Avenue in Pembroke Pines. The Town Hall will be hosted by Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Rick Stark and others will be in attendance. RSVP: http://gunviolencetownhall.eventbrite.com;
5. On Tuesday, April 10th, at 7 PM at the Deicke Auditorium, 5701 Cypress Road in Plantation, the Plantation Democratic is very happy to welcome State Senator Lauren Book as its featured speaker. As always, admission is free and refreshments will be served;
6. On Wednesday, April 11th, 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 next Wednesday;
7. And finally, don’t forget to buy your tickets for the Plantation Democratic Club’s annual celebration and open bar at 5:30 on Saturday, May 5th, at Volunteer Park’s Banquet Room, this year honoring the service of our own Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel!