Help Us Welcome DWS on Tuesday Night! (Plantation Democratic Club)

Good evening, friends!

You are not going to want to miss the Plantation Democratic Club Meeting on Tuesday night, October 25th. Our guest speaker will be our own Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz! I can’t wait to hear what she says about the Debate and Donald unbelievably refusing to support the outcome of the election! The Meeting starts at 7 PM at the Deicke Auditorium, 5701 Cypress Road (just north of Broward) in Plantation.

And please join us in knocking on doors this weekend to make sure we get out every single Democratic and Independent vote for Hillary Clinton!

Now, even before the Donald shocked everyone in the Country with his latest craziness: that he will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election……….if he wins, the Miami Herald endorsed Hillary Clinton for President. It is such a clear and persuasive statement that I just wanted to share it with you:

Enjoy this and then do something to make sure we get out every vote in Broward County!

Alan

Voter Registration Push and Reasons to Vote No On Amendment 1

So, we really dodged a bullet with Matthew.  But it has put a dent in our voter registration efforts.  Remember all voter registration forms must be submitted to the Supervisor of Elections Office by Tuesday at 5 PM.

My wife and I have received our ballots by mail, and are using this time to complete them.  If you have received your ballots, and need any help with any of the races, just give me a call.  I will be voting NO on Constitutional Amendment No. 1, the Solar Energy Amendment, and YES on Constitutional Amendment No. 2, the Medical Marijuana Amendment.  (I have included at the end of this message the reasoning for my no vote on the Solar Energy Amendment. – Please share.)

I will be delivering our ballots in person to the Supervisor of Elections Office.  If you would like me to deliver yours as well, just give me a call and drop off your ballot(s).

John Ziegler has also organized shifts for voter registration at the West Regional Library on Saturday and Sunday.  If you can help out, please contact John at johnjoeziegler@aol.com or 954-232-3918.

There will also be canvassing once again this coming Saturday and Sunday.  Let me know if you’d like to help.

There will be a MiniVan Training on Sunday October 9th, at 6:00PM and 7:00PM at the Broward Democratic Party Headquarters, 8320 West Sunrise Blvd, Suite 203, Plantation, FL 33322.  This will prepare you to use your smartphone to knock on Democratic doors in your neighborhood.  Please RSVP HERE!

On Monday, October 10th, from 6 to 7:30 PM, there will be a friend-raiser Rally for Hillary Clinton, sponsored by Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Nan Rich, at Scuotto’s Pizza & Pasta, 3455 N. Hiatus Road (& Oakland Park), in Sunrise.  The chairs for this event are Steven Schultz, Caryn Grainer Dunn, and Elaine Geller.  Please RSVP to Caryn Grainer Dunn at 954-483-6372 or caryn.grainer@gmail.com.

Finally, save the date for the Plantation Democratic Club meeting which has been changed this month to Tuesday, October 25th.  We have very exciting news about that meeting.  We will be welcoming back to the Club our own Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz!  The meeting will start at 7 PM at the Deicke Auditorium.

It’s time to start getting out the vote.  Please help!

Alan
954-472-6211

Vote No on Amendment 1 (Solar Energy proposal)

Here is my take on the Solar Amendment.  Please share with all people on your lists:

Proposed Constitutional Amendment 1 was put on the ballot, as Phil Busey has pointed out, “because the utility companies and right-wing political groups such as Ralph Reed’s Florida Faith and Freedom Coalition paid over $7 million to put it on the ballot.”  This amendment is designed to really “put one over” on unsuspecting voters by using deceptive language to make voters think it’s something it isn’t.  Called the “Rights of Electricity Consumers Regarding Solar Energy Choice ” Amendment, it is nothing of the sort.  While it gives consumers the right to own or lease solar equipment on their property, the real point of this amendment is contained in the last sentence which days that “consumers who do not choose to install solar are not required to subsidize the costs of backup power and electrical grid access to those who do.”  As I understand it, up until now, people generating more energy than they need with solar equipment, could sell the excess to the grid, meaning less revenue for the utility companies.  What the amendment will do to that kind of subsidy is unclear.

When the Florida Supreme Court barely approved the ballot language by a 4 to 3 vote, Justice Barbara Pariente wrote a very sharp dissent: “Let the pro-solar energy consumers beware.  Masquerading as a pro-solar energy initiative, this proposed constitutional amendment, supported by some of Florida’s major investor-owned electric utility companies, actually seeks to constitutionalize the status quo.  The ballot title is affirmatively misleading by its focus on ‘Solar Energy Choice”, when no real choice exists for those who favor expansion of solar energy.”  Pariente goes on to emphasize that the word “subsidize” is vague and open to wildly different interpretations.  She is suggesting that utility companies could use the amendment to block cheaper competitors, by claiming that they are insufficiently regulated or that they somehow impose a subsidy.

There is a rival proposal that is much better, sponsored by Floridians for Solar Choice.  That group said an amendment was, as a Sun-Sentinel Editorial put it, “necessary to allow solar firms and individuals with rooftop solar to provide alternatives to Florida’s big utilities, which have been using their economic and political clout to squelch competition.”  They were not, however, able to collect enough signatures to get that proposed amendment on the ballot.

So, in summary, vote NO on Amendment 1!

Voter Registration Volunteers Needed for Broward College, Coconut Creek

Another good week at the west regional Courthouse! We collected 27 voter registration forms (and only one Republican!), 27 vote-by-mail requests, and 192 rights restoration petitions!  Many thanks to Chris Gulla, Cindy Johnson, Penny Cukier, Deborah Lauer, Norman Levy, John Countryman, Lil Sayer, and Barbara Burk for doing such a great job!

1.  We still need volunteers for next Wednesday and Thursday, August 24th and 25th, from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Broward College Campus in Coconut Creek.  Please let me know if you can help out on either day in Coconut Creek.

2.  We will also be at the Davie Campus and could use more volunteers on Thursday, August 25th.  Let me know if you can join us.

3.  And finally, Chris Gulla will be organizing the voter registration effort at the West Regional Courthouse next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, August 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, from 10 AM to 2 PM.  He needs volunteers to join him at the Courthouse.  Please let me know which days you can help out.

Remember:  As Broward goes, so goes Florida!  And without Florida, Trump won’t get anywhere near the white House!

Come out and help!

Alan (pan1@comcast.net)

Are You Going to Help Elect the First Woman President This Country Has Ever Had?

(re-posted from email)

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Alan G. Ehrlich <pan1@comcast.net>
Date: Sat, Jun 27, 2015 at 2:54 AM
Subject: Are You Going to Help Elect the First Woman President This Country Has Ever Had?
Greetings and best wishes for a great weekend!  IT HAS CERTAINLY BEEN AN AMAZING WEEK!

Yesterday’s Hillary House Party at Ralph and Mary Rickel’s home was wonderful.  Special Guest Craig Smith, former White House Political Director, and someone who has known Bill and Hillary Clinton for 40 years gave an outstanding talk.  He made it clear that, once again, Florida will be ground zero in the 2016 Presidential Election.  That the Republican candidate, whoever that turns out to be, cannot win unless he wins Florida.  And, as all of us who live in Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, and Broward counties know, we have the power right here in South Florida to make sure that that person does not win this state!  So if you are ready for Hillary and would like to get involved in her campaign right now, please let me know.  There are many ways for you to help.

It’s been an inspiring few days.  Yesterday (Thursday), the United States Supreme Court upheld Obamacare and made it clear that it is and will continue to be the law of the land, providing affordable health insurance coverage to millions of Americans.  Also yesterday, the Court handed down a decision strongly endorsing the 1968 Fair Housing Act, making it clear that racial discrimination in housing can be proven by statistics showing the disparate impact a particular practice has on minorities, as well as by proving overt racial bias.

And then today (Friday), the Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision that just a few years ago (like the idea of an African-American being elected President) would have seemed unbelievable.  The Court held that the constitutional guarantees of due process and equal protection mean that states may not ban same-sex marriage.  Here’s what Justice Kennedy said in his majority opinion:  “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.

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Then, also on Friday, our President, Barack Obama gave one of the best speeches he has ever given, in eulogizing the Reverend Clementa Pinckney.  If you have not yet seen this talk, either live or on Rachel Maddow, you owe it to yourself to watch and listen.  It’s a bit over 30 minutes long, but you should take the time; it’s amazing!  Here’s a link to watch:

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/president-obama-warns-against-comfortable-silence

Now, if you are at all moved to help out with voter registration, we will be at the West Regional Library (at Broward & Pine Island) on Wednesday and Thursday, July 8th & 9th, from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM.  Please let me know if you can volunteer either from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM or from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM.  If you’d like to help out with voter registration at the West Regional Library on weekends, contact John Ziegler at 954-232-3918 orjohnjoeziegler@aol.com

And if you’d like to register students at Broward College, either in Davie or Coconut Creek, please let me know.  The Fall Semester starts on August 24th with a whole new crop of students, and we will need volunteers for several days at that time.  So please put it on your calendar and let me know that we can count on you to help.

As always, thanks for all you do!

Alan
954-472-6211

Why I Am Knocking Myself Out To Elect Charlie Crist (And You Should, Too)

I have always thought that Charlie Crist made a better Democrat than a Republican. In fact, he should have been a Democrat the fist time he ran for Governor.

But he was a Republican when he was elected. And yet, look at some of the actions he took while he was Governor. He used his line-item veto power at least twice to benefit teachers and Florida’s educational system, preventing the Legislature from decreasing funding for education and from reducing retirement benefits for public school employees and retirees. He also vetoed a bill that would have required women seeking abortions to have medically unnecessary ultrasounds. He also overruled Republicans in Tallahassee and extended voting hours during the 2008 election, making sure that all Florida voters could cast their ballots. And, most impressive for me as a cooperating attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, Governor Crist tried to make it easier for Floridians who had been convicted of a felony and had served their time in prison to get their voting and other rights restored. This is something that affects hundreds of thousands of Florida citizens and that many other states do automatically. Like I said, Charlie Crist should have been a Democrat to begin with!

And now, let me talk about why I am knocking on so many doors to help elect Charlie Crist (and why you should too). I will limit myself to what I see as the five main reasons for electing Charlie and retiring Rick Scott. First and most importantly, Charlie is the one candidate who won’t just talk the talk, but will really stand up for our teachers, our schools, and Florida’s education system. Second, while he is not a scientist either, Charlie believes that science has conclusively shown that climate change is partially caused by actions we have taken, and he is the one candidate who will work to reduce pollution and fight to protect our environment. Third, he is the one candidate who will stand up for women’s rights, whether at a workplace or at a doctor’s office. Fourth, Charlie Crist is the one candidate who will not turn down Federal money which would help to bring jobs and healthcare coverage to millions of Floridians. Fifth and finally, Charlie Crist is the one candidate who, as a Democratic Governor in 2016, will ensure that Florida helps to elect the first woman President in our history!

This election is very close and is going to depend on TURNOUT! From Saturday, November 1st, through Tuesday, November 4th, we will be organizing four shifts each day for you to help get out the vote (GOTV). The GOTV shift times are as follows:

Saturday, November 1st:
10 AM to 1 PM
1 PM to 4 PM
4 PM to 7 PM
6 PM to 9 PM

Sunday, November 2nd:
10 AM to 1 PM
1 PM to 4 PM
4 PM to 7 PM
6 PM to 9 PM

Monday, November 3rd:
10 AM to 1 PM
1 PM to 4 PM
4 PM to 7 PM
6 PM to 9 PM

Tuesday, November 4th:
7 AM to 10 AM
9 AM to 1 PM
1 PM to 4 PM
4 PM to 7 PM

I am asking you to pick out at least two shifts during these four crucial days, and commit to coming out to help get out the vote. Let me know as soon as you can which days and what times you will be available. My house will be one of the staging areas, so you can come and go from a familiar place!

Alan
9411 NW 10 Street
Plantation, FL 33322
954-472-6211

It’s Time for a Change!

Why I am supporting Cynthia Busch for Chair of the Broward Democratic Party:

When Barack Obama was running for President in 2007, and people wondered whether he had a prayer of winning, he came up with a three word phrase that summed up what is possible in America:

YES WE CAN!

Cynthia Busch is asking for your vote to be Chair of the Management Committee and lead the Broward County Democratic Party into the 21st Century.

YES WE CAN!

I have worked with Cynthia in Democratic politics for over ten years, and she has never stopped impressing me with how hard-working and organized she is. First she joined the Plantation Democratic Club. The she became the precinct woman in her community. Then she was elected as the Democratic Party’s Area Leader for Plantation. Now she is Vice-President of the Plantation Democratic Club, as well as one of the primary organizers of Awake Broward. And she was a SUPER VOLUNTEER with President Obama’s election and re-election campaigns. And during all of these years, while fulfilling the responsibilities of these positions, she also found the time for the kind of grassroots activities that can serve as a model for Democratic groups anywhere. If there were voters that had to be registered, if there were volunteers that had to be signed up, if there were Democratic voters that had to be called, if there were petitions that had to be collected, if there were Democratic candidates to be campaigned for, if there were neighborhood teams that had to be organized, and if there were doors that had to be knocked on to GET OUT THE VOTE, Cynthia took on these tasks with energy and dedication to the Democratic Cause. Early on, I concluded that she never slept…. And did I mention that she has a husband and two beautiful daughters?

YES WE CAN!

Cynthia wants to bring people together to help build a modern, organized, and transparent Democratic Party. She will strengthen, expand, and enhance Democratic Clubs. She will make more efficient use of our website, emails, and mailers. She will rebuild the trust necessary to raise funds to build and maintain a 21st century political party. She will staff a Democratic Party office that will bring together eager and hardworking volunteers, that will be open and available at convenient times, and that will help to support and elect Democratic candidates all across Broward county. She has no conflict of interests which would get in the way of the Democratic agenda. And she will be open and completely accessible to the ideas and concerns of others, recruiting and empowering community leaders to be part of the decision-making process, and making human contact the heart and soul of the Democratic Party.

YES WE CAN!

As Rick Hoye, President of the Broward young Democrats, has so eloquently written: The Democratic Party has to do a much better job of reaching out to young people, minorities, and other demographic groups. We need leadership that fosters grassroots efforts and motivates activists to go the extra mile and understands the importance of delegating and holding others accountable with clearly defined duties. And as David Carr, creator of BlueBroward, says: Cynthia has near-universal support from the volunteers who did the grunt work of registering voters and getting out the vote. They know her as a leader because the has been doing that work side-by-side with them. She never lets her ego or sense of self-importance get in the way of the job that has to be done for the Party.

YES WE CAN!

Cynthia is fond of repeating President Obama’s refrain that “Change is hard.” But we all know that working for progress and a secure future for the middle class is change worth fighting for. We are fired up and ready to go with change in Florida, by standing up, organizing, and replacing Rick Scott in 2014.

YES WE CAN!

Now, Mitch Caesar has been the Chair of the Broward Democratic Party for 16 years. And you have to admit that he does have some admirable qualities. He has a louder voice and is taller than Cynthia Busch. But only Cynthia can build a team that supports each others’ efforts. Only Cynthia will bring together Democratic Party, Organizing for America, Union, and faith-based volunteers in a team effort to support our shared goals for the future. And only Cynthia has a specific plan of action to lead us to become the Broward Democratic Party we need to be. It is time for a change! And Cynthia Busch is that change!

YES WE CAN!

One Election Down, One to Go! (Endorsing Cynthia Busch for DEC Chair)

Re-posted, by permission, from Alan’s email list.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Alan G. Ehrlich <pan1@comcast.net>
Date: Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 4:42 AM
Subject: One Election Down, One to Go!
To:

    Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!  I still have not stopped giving thanks for the amazingly good results on November 6th.  Let me again thank you for everything you did to make that happen!    But now you have to do more.  You see, we have one more election coming up, which is hugely important to every Democrat in Broward County.  The Reorganizational Meeting of the Broward Democratic Party, also known as the Broward County Democratic Executive Committee, has been set for Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 1:30 PM at Diamantes, located at 6501 W. Commercial Blvd. in Tamarac.  The only purpose of this meeting is the election of officers, including the Chair and other officers.Cynthia Busch, Broward’s Area 6 Leader and Vice President of the Plantation Democratic Club, has announced her candidacy for Chair of the Party, and I enthusiastically endorse and support her in this election.  I have worked with Cynthia for over ten years in local and national election campaigns.  Together, we have registered thousands of new voters in Broward County, helped to put on the ballot and then pass the Fair Districts Amendments, collected hundreds of absentee ballot requests, campaigned for national and local Democratic Party leaders and candidates, and knocked on the doors of thousands of Broward County voters to get out the vote.  Cynthia is one of the hardest working volunteers in Broward County, whether the work is for the Plantation Democratic Club, Awake Broward, the Broward Democratic Party, or Organizing for America’s campaign to re-elect Barack Obama.  Just like the example set by Bill Kling, the sorely-missed former President of the Plantation Club, Cynthia has NEVER let her ego get in the way of doing what is best for the Democratic Party; she never thinks that she is too good or too important or too busy to personally participate in the kinds of effective grassroots activities mentioned above!

To see more about why Cynthia Busch is the perfect person for this position, please click on the following link:   http://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=f7b4d0a77b799eca88ad7dfbd&id=766f28248d#

As Rick Hoye, the President of the Broward Young Democrats, has said:  “We need leadership that fosters grassroots efforts and motivates activists to go the extra mile and understands the importance of delegating and holding others accountable by clearly defined duties.  Indeed, we as a party will be stronger if collectively we know what our roles are and what is expected of us all.”  Cynthia Busch will provide such leadership and will help to revitalize the Broward Democratic Party.  IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE!  CYNTHIA BUSCH IS THE CHANGE WE NEED!

The only people eligible to vote in this election are those precinct committee members who were elected (including those who ran unopposed) in the August 14, 2012 Democratic Primary Election.  A precinct committee member, who for any reason, is unable to attend the Reorganizational Meeting, may execute a written proxy to designate another Democrat residing in the same precinct to vote on their behalf.  The proxy must be sworn to before a Notary Public or validated by two registered Democrats signing as witnesses, and the written proxy must be submitted to the Chair before the meeting is called to order.  (I have proxy forms for any precinct committee member who is unable to attend the meeting.)

(And, yes, I do plan on running with Cynthia to be one of the officers, and I am asking for your vote as well.)

So please make note of the time and place of this election:  Sunday, December 9, 2012.  The meeting is scheduled for 1:30 PM and pre-registration will start at  12:30 PM.  The location is Diamantes at 6501 W. Commercial Blvd., in Tamarac (on the north side of Commercial east of University Drive and just west of NW 64th Avenue.)

Call or write if you have any questions.  And, thank you for your support!

Alan
954-472-6211

Our Successful Weekend and Other Items

I just took action on an issue that I consider very important.  I have (again) asked Governor Crist to veto HB 1143 – a bill that will drastically undermine women’s privacy rights and access to reproductive healthcare.  Please call his office at (850) 488-4441 or (850) 488-7146 or send him an email at charlie.crist@myflorida.com and ask him to veto HB 1143.

We had a very successful weekend of canvassing for Organizing for America in Plantation.  We knocked on over 300 doors, had mostly enthusiastic responses, collected dozens of commitments from neighbors that they will vote again this year.  Many thanks to Ralph Rickel for helping to plan and organize this event, and to canvassers Don Borim, Susan and Robert Mencia, Debra and Ron Edouard, Felicia Grey, Jessica Ryner, Kitty Gearhart, John Ziegler, Janet Thompson, and Errol Brown.

I still have maps and lists of our targeted voters (people who voted for the first time in 2008) in Plantation.  So let me know if you’d like to volunteer a few hours next weekend or the weekend after that, and I’ll set you up.

Another item:

My friend and fellow ACLU Board member Barry Butin would like to have an organizational meeting about setting up a mass protest against BP and its oil spill at a time and location to be discussed.  Barry says that “While many valuable protests, comments, and discussions are held on the internet, I believe we should be out there in droves to protest BP’s arrogance and incompetence.”  Please call or send your thoughts about organizing such an event to Barry Butin at 954-217-6916 or bbcrimdef@aol.com.