Read Thomas Friedman’s Opinion and Join Me at the Courthouse

    Good evening, everybody!  (if you are new to this list, thank you for offering to volunteer.)

    The day after Donald Trump’s shameful performance at the meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, one of my favorite writers, Thomas Friedman, wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times entitled “A President With No Shame and a Party With No Guts”.  At the end of his article pointing out the mess that our country is in, Friedman pulls no punches in explaining what must be done:

    “The only way to change this situation is not by hoping that the president develops some shame or that this version of the G.O.P. develops some spine.  It is by Democrats winning the House, the Senate or both in the midterm elections.

    Only by dealing an electoral defeat to this version of the G.O.P. in the midterms will we possibly get a healthy conservative party again (which we need) and curb Trump’s power.

    Everything else is just words — and words without power change nothing.”

    Here is the link to the entire opinion piece:  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/17/opinion/trump-putin-republicans.html

    At the West Regional Courthouse this week, we registered 6 voters, collected 19 vote-by-mail forms, and 98 Universal Background Check demands!  Two incredible volunteers braved the heat and the threat of rain to come out and join me.  Many thanks to Joseph Russel and Helen Skinner!

    If we are going to change the situation and deal the G.O.P. an electoral defeat, we need more of you to come out and volunteer.  We need you to help register voters.  We need you to make phone calls.  We need you to canvass and tell your neighbors why they must vote in the midterm elections.

    Here are some of the events going on during the next week or so.  Pick one or two and come out and help!

    1.  At 6 PM tonight, the Broward Young Democrats are hosting a night of food, drink, and fun to raise funds to help bring about a blue wave in November.  This event will take place at Bokampers Sports Bar and Grill, 1280 S. Pine Island Road in Plantation.  The suggested donation is $20;

    2.  Also happening tonight is the July membership meeting of Mons Demand Action where you can learn which gun sense candidates to support and how to help get them elected.  This meeting starts at 6:30 PM at the River of Grass Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 11850 State Road 84 in Davie. You can RSVP at the following link:  https://act.everytown.org/event/moms-demand-action-event/13199/

    3.  On Saturday, July 21st, John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation from 10 AM until 6 PM.  He still needs volunteers for the 12-2 PM, and 4-6 PM 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.

    4.  I’ll be knocking on neighbors’ doors this weekend.  Let me know of you would like to join me.

    5.  And on Monday, July 23rd, and Wednesday, July 25th, 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.  As usual, we will have the canopy to protect us from the sun and/or rain, but I cannot put it up by myself.  I need your help to do this, so please let me know when you can join me.

    6.  Saturday and Sunday, July 28th and 29th, will be a Weekend of Action  for the Broward Democratic Party, so save the dates!

    7.  And finally, on Sunday, August 19th, at least 5 democratic clubs will be co-sponsoring a Pre-Election GOTV Rally starting at 2 PM at the Sunrise Civic Center Theater, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd. in Sunrise.  This event is still in the planning stage, so mure information will be coming.  But for now, SAVE THE DATE!

    Alan
    954-472-6211

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Are You Ready to Help? We Need You!

            [As always, please let me know if you wish to be removed from this email list.]

    Greetings, Democrats!

    The Primary Election for 2018 is on August 28th.  The last day to register a new voter for that Primary Election is July 30th  By mail ballots should start arriving at about the same time.  Vote by mail requests are only active for 2 years, so If you have signed up to receive your ballot by mail, you should check with the Supervisor of Elections to make sure your request is still active.   In the August 28th Primary Election, we will be choosing the Democratic candidates for Florida’s Governor, Attorney General, Commissioner of Agriculture, and State Representative (in my case, that means District 98.)  We will also be electing 12 Circuit and County Court Judges, and a School Board Member (in my case, that means Seat 8.)  The final item on the August 28th Ballot is a proposal to fund security and essential instruction related school expenses through a 1/2 Mil property tax levy.  (I urge a yes vote on that.)

    It was standing-room-only at Tuesday night’s Plantation Democratic Club Meeting, featuring some of the candidates for Mayor of Plantation.  The Meeting was covered by WLRN, which published the following account:  http://wlrn.org/post/three-plantations-mayoral-candidates-debate-city-democratic-meeting

    It was another productive week at the West Regional Courthouse.  Many thanks to Joseph Russel, Marsha Eisenberg, Norman Levy, Helen Skinner, and Andy Schweitzer for coming out to help!  We collected 21 voter registration forms, 21 vote-by-mail requests, and 127 Universal Background Check demands!

    The 2018 Mid-Term Elections are on November 6th!  That means we have a limited number of weeks to register as many Democrats as we can.  Remember, the more Democrats we register, the larger the Democratic turnout will be.  And the larger the Democratic turnout, the greater the chances to elect a Democratic Governor and re-elect Senator Bill Nelson.  Broward can play a huge role in turning Florida blue, but only if you join in to make it happen!  If you are ready to come out and help, here’s how:

    On Saturday, July 14th, John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation from 10 AM until 6 PM.  He still needs volunteers for the 2 -4 PM, and 4 – 6 PM shifts.  If you’d like to help with voter registration at the Library, please contact John at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com.

    And on Monday, July 16th, and Wednesday, July 18th, 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.  As usual, we will have our large canopy to protect us from the sun and/or rain and a table and chairs.  Don’t worry if you have never done voter registration before.  It is very easy and rewarding!  Please let me know which days you can join me.

    Alan

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Here’s Andrew Dolberg’s Take on the Supreme Court Nomination


    As soon as Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to fill; Anthony Kennedy’s seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, Andrew Dolberg (who I am supporting for the State Representative seat in District 98) wrote the attached article about what his confirmation would mean for Florida and the rest of the country.

    I urge you to read this very clear statement of the dangers posed by this nomination to women’s healthcare rights.  Andrew also suggests three actions that you can take to protect a woman’s right to choose.  And of course, I urge you to support Andrew Dolberg in this race.  Check out www.Andrew Dolberg.com.

        https://medium.com/@asdolberg/kavanaughs-threat-to-florida-d8bc2e95670c

    Alan

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Sometimes I Just Don’t Recognize My Country!

    Good afternoon, Democratic Volunteers!

    Can you believe that our government embraced the interests of manufacturers of infant formula and opposed a resolution to encourage breast-feeding at the UN-affiliated World Health Assembly.  Take a minute and read this NY Times article.  You won’t believe it either.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/08/health/world-health-breastfeeding-ecuador-trump.html

    Don’t forget about the Plantation Democratic Club Meeting tomorrow night at 7 PM at the Deicke Auditorium, 5701 Cypress Road in Plantation.  The featured speakers will be Pete Tingom, Lynn Stoner, and Aron Davis, all running to be the next Mayor of Plantation.  Come and ask them the hard questions.  The Club is also delighted to welcome Laurie Rich Levinson, who is running for re-election to the Broward County School Board.  As always, admission is free and refreshments will be served.

    I will be back at the West Regional Courthouse (Pine Island & Broward) from 10 AM to 2 PM on Wednesday to register voters and sign people up to vote by mail.  As usual, we will have our large canopy to protect us from the sun and/or rain and a table and chairs.  Don’t worry if you have never done voter registration before.  It is very easy and rewarding!  Please let me know if you can join me.

    Colby and Ralph, it was a pleasure meeting you today.  Let me know if you can help out on Wednesday.  I can show you the ropes very quickly.

    And finally, On Saturday, July 14th, John Zeigler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation from 10 AM until 6 PM.   If you’d like to help with voter registration at the Library, please contact John at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com.

    Alan
    954-472-6211

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Less Than a Month Before We Start Receiving Our Ballots!

    Hi, everybody!  I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July holiday!

    The Primary Election for 2018 is on August 28th.  If you have signed up to receive your ballot by mail, it should arrive in less than 3 weeks from now.  In the August 28th Primary Election, we will be choosing the Democratic candidates for Florida’s Governor, Attorney General, Commissioner of Agriculture, and State Representative (in my case, that means District 98.)  We will also be electing 12 Circuit and County Court Judges, and a School Board Member (in my case, that means Seat 8.)  The final item on the August 28th Ballot is a proposal to fund security and essential instruction related school expenses through a 1/2 Mil property tax levy.  (I urge a yes vote on that.)

    It was a shortened week for voter registration because of the holiday, but we still managed to collect 10 voter registration forms, 10 vote-by-mail requests, and 60 demands for universal background checks and other common sense gun safety legislation!  Many thanks to Joseph Russel, Marcia Kirshner, Norman Levy, Marsha Eisenberg, and John Countryman for their wonderful assistance.

    If you are ready to come out and help, here is a list of how you can participate during the next week or so:

    1.  On Monday, July 9th, and Wednesday, July 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.  As usual, we will have our large canopy to protect us from the sun and/or rain and a table and chairs.  Don’t worry if you have never done voter registration before.  It is very easy and rewarding!  Please let me know which days you can join me.

     2.  On Tuesday, July 10th, the Plantation Democratic Club will have its next meeting at 7 PM at the Deicke Auditorium, 5701 Cypress Road in Plantation.  The featured speakers will be Pete Tingom, Lynn Stoner, and Aron Davis, all running to be the next Mayor of Plantation.  Come and ask them the hard questions.  The Club is also delighted to welcome Laurie Rich Levinson, who is running for re-election to the Broward County School Board.  As always, admission is free and refreshments will be served.

    3.  For those who live in Jacaranda Lakes, at 7 PM on Wednesday, July 11th, at the Volunteer Park Community Center, 12050 W. Sunrise Blvd. in Plantation, the Neighbors for Neighbors committee will have a follow-up on neighborhood traffic and the changes to the park and playground, and information about plans for the election and those Jacaranda Lakes residents who are running for seats on the City Council.

    4.  On Saturday, July 14th, John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation from 10 AM until 6 PM.  If you’d like to help with voter registration at the Library, please contact John at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com.

    Hope to see you at these events!

    Alan

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It’s Been a Terrible Week!

    Good afternoon, my Democratic friends!

    If you ever needed proof that elections have consequences, just look at what happened at the United States Supreme Court during the past few weeks:  First, the Court upholds by a 5 to 4 vote Ohio’s aggressive program to purge its voter rolls; then the Court put off for another time a challenge to partisan gerrymandering leaving the status quo in place; then the Court, in another 5 to 4 decision, blocked a California law that required “crisis pregnancy centers” to provide abortion information; then the Court ruled 5 to 4 that President Trump had the legal authority to restrict travel from several Muslim countries; and then the Court, in still another 5-4 ruling that will severely weaken labor unions, held that government workers who choose not to join unions may not be required to help pay for collective bargaining.

    AND THEN JUSTICE ANTHONY KENNEDY ANNOUNCED THAT HE IS RETIRING!

    More than ever, we have to register people to vote, make sure that they vote in the mid-terms, and do whatever is necessary to re-elect Bill Nelson as our Senator!

    It was a fairly productive week at the West Regional Courthouse.  Along with the help of Andrew Dolberg, Nigel MacDonald, Beth Mumby, Fran Savarick, Marsha Eisenberg, and a brand new college student volunteer named Joseph Russel, we registered 8 voters, signed up 11 people to vote by mail, and collected 122 calls for universal background checks and other common sense gun safety legislation!

    Here is some of what’s going on during the next couple of weeks:

    1.  At 2 PM on Thursday, June 28th, join Andrew Gillum on the phone for some important updates on the state of the gubernatorial race and other pertinent matters.  To RSVP for this call, use the following link:  https://zoom.us/meeting/register/9b94ceda6049a2118c34be5db4a05ad8 ;

    2.  Also on Thursday, join Ralph Rickel at the Broward Democratic Party office, 8320 West Sunrise Blvd, Suite 203 Plantation, FL 33322, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm for a voter engagement phone bank;

    3.  On Friday, June 29th starting at 5:30 PM, Jelani Harvey is hosting a fundraiser event for young professionals to meet and talk with Andrew Gillum at The Brass Tap, 551 N. Federal Highway, # 600, in Fort Lauderdale: https://act.andrewgillum.com/page/event/detail/volunteeractivityormeeting/wrt5 ;

    4.  Also starting on Friday, the Annual Florida Democratic Party Leadership Blue Weekend will start at the Diplomat Hotel and Resort, 3555 S. Ocean Drive in Hollywood.  You can engage with like-minded Democrats, meet candidates, and learn more about the Florida Democratic Party.  Campaign trainings will be offered at no cost.  And on Friday night from 7 to 9 PM, you can meet each of the Gubernatorial Candidates.   Here is a list of the events and trainings: http://www.floridadems.org/leadershipblue ;

    5.  On Saturday, June 30th, John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation from 10 AM until 6 PM.  If you’d like to help with voter registration at the Library, please contact John at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com ;

    6.  Also on Saturday, MoveOn, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the ACLU, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and other organizations are hosting a Families Belong Together national day of action.  This protest will start at 10 AM right in front of the Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, 3555 S. Ocean Drive. Join us to send a clear message to Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans to stop separating kids from their parents!

    8.  And on Monday, July 2nd, 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.  As usual, we will have our large canopy to protect us from the sun and/or rain and a table and chairs.  Don’t worry if you have never done voter registration before.  It is very easy and rewarding!  Please let me know if you can join me.

    Alan
    954-472-6211

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We Will Vote You Out for Taking Children Away from Their Parents!

    Good afternoon, everybody!

    Just got back from the protest at the Federal Courthouse against separating children and parents at the border.  Debbie, Ted, Gary, Nan,  Phillip Levine, Andrew Gillum, and Andrew Dolberg were all there.  Huge crowd, lots of enthusiasm!

    Earlier today, we returned from the Galapagos where we saw marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, and giant tortoises.  I’ll be back at the West Regional Courthouse tomorrow, Monday and Wednesday, from 10 AM to 2 PM for more voter registration.  Let me know if you can join me there!

    Alan
    954-472-6211

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Donald Trump is a Bully!

    Good evening, everybody!

    So we have a President who wants to bully the Prime Minister of Canada, one of our closest allies, but who only needs one minute to know that he can trust one of the most brutal dictators in the world.  Curious-er and curious-er…   How I wish we were voting tomorrow!

    It was another good week at the West Regional Courthouse:  7 voter registration forms, 8 vote-by-mail requests, and 134 demands for universal background checks and other common-sense gun safety legislation.  Many thanks to Nigel MacDonald, John Underhill, Fran Savarick, Marsha Eisenberg, Penny Cukier, Elizabeth Mumby, Ricki Franklin, Ruby Foster, and Lauren Tate for doing such an awesome job!
 
    Here’s a list of some of what will be going on during the next couple of weeks:

    1.  On Saturday, June 16th, John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation from 10 AM until 6 PM.  If you’d like to help with voter registration at the Library, please contact John at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com.

    2.  We will NOT be doing voter registration on Monday, June 18th at the Courthouse.

    3.  On Tuesday, June 19th, gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham will speak at the Broward Democratic Party Meeting at the Deicke Auditorium.

    4.  On Wednesday, June 20th, Andrew Dolberg has agreed to manage voter registration at the West Regional Courthouse from 10 AM to 2 PM.  If you would like to help, let Andrew know at asdolberg@gmail.com or 954-651-5954.

    5.  On Thursday, June 21st, there will be a Debate for Florida House District 98 starting at 7 PM at the Jim Ward Community Center, 301 NW 46 Avenue in Plantation.

    6.  On Saturday, June 23rd, John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation from 10 AM until 6 PM.  If you’d like to help with voter registration at the Library, please contact John at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com.

    7.  Also on Saturday, June 23rd , Andrew Dolberg will be having a Kickoff BBQ for his campaign for the State House at 5 PM at 681 NW 110 Avenue in Plantation.  You can RSVP at http://bit.ly/bbq-ad4sh.

    8.  On Monday, June 25th,
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.  As usual, we will have our large canopy to protect us from the sun and/or rain and a table and chairs.  Don’t worry if you have never done voter registration before.  It is very easy and rewarding!  Please let me know if you can join me.
 

    Alan

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Can You Join Me on Monday?

    Hi, Friends!

    I spent all day at Broward College where the National Democratic Training Committee was putting on a Candidate and Campaign Training event.  It was wonderful seeing so many committed Democrats who are ready to come out and do whatever is necessary for success in November!

    How about you?  Are you ready to come out and help register voters and sign people up to vote by mail and collect universal background check demands?  I will be back at the West Regional Courthouse (Broward and Pine Island) on Monday at 10 AM, and can use some help in setting up our canopy.  I will also be there on Wednesday from 10 AM until 2 PM.  Please let me know if you can join me.

    Also on Monday, June 11th, starting at 5:30 PM, there will be a Gubernatorial Debate at the Miramar Cultural Center Artspark, 2400 Civic Center Pl. in Miramar.
   
        https://indivisiblecfl.org/event/miramar-florida-freedom-forum-for-the-gubernatorial-democratic-primary/

    And don’t forget about the Plantation Democratic Club’s meeting on Tuesday, the 12th at 7 PM at the Deicke Auditorium, 5701 Cypress Road in Plantation (just north of Broward Blvd. and just east of Fig Tree Lane.)  This month’s speaker is the always fabulous Marty Kiar, Broward County’s Property Appraiser!  Hope to see you there!

    As for the following week, we will NOT be at the Courthouse on Monday the 18th, but on Wednesday the 20th, Andrew Dolberg will be there to manage the voter registration.

    I will be back at the Courthouse on Monday the 25th.  Hope you can join me at that time.

    Alan
 

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Not Long Until We Vote; Time to Get Involved

    Good evening, everybody!

    There are only 153 days left until the 2018 Mid-Term Elections!  That means we only have about 120 days to register as many Democrats as we can in Broward County.  Remember, the more Democrats we register, the larger the Democratic turnout will be.  And the larger the Democratic turnout, the greater the chances to elect a Democratic Governor and re-elect Senator Bill Nelson.  Broward can play a huge role in turning Florida blue, but only if you join in to make it happen!

    It was another productive week at the West Regional Courthouse.  Many thanks to Fran Savarick, Marsha Eisenberg, Lauren Tate, and Robin Adell for coming out to help!  We collected 7 voter registration forms, 14 vote-by-mail requests, and 133 Universal Background Check demands.

    There’s a whole lot of upcoming events to talk about:

    1.  On Saturday, June 9th, starting at 8:30 AM, the National Democratic Training Committee will have a Candidate and Campaign Training event at Broward College.   This is an all-day event that includes breakfast, lunch, and all training materials.  Sign up at  www.browarddemocrats.org/NDTC2018
 
    2.  John Ziegler’s team will be back at the Library in Plantation on Saturday, June 9th, from 10 AM until 6 PM.  He still need volunteers for the 4 to 6 PM shift.  If you’d like to help with voter registration at the Library, please contact John at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com.

    3.  On Saturday night, starting at 6 PM, the Women’s March, Broward Chapter, will be hosting a Viewing Party of the Democratic Gubernatorial Debate at Art Serve, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/viewing-party-florida-democratic-gubernatorial-debate-tickets-46439384449

    4.  I will be back at the West Regional Courthouse (Pine Island & Broward) on Monday and Wednesday, June 11th and 13th, from 10 AM to 2 PM to register voters and sign people up to vote by mail.  As usual, we will have our large canopy to protect us from the sun and/or rain and a table and chairs.  Don’t worry if you have never done voter registration before.  It is very easy and rewarding!  Please let me know if you can join us.

    5.  Also on Monday, June 11th, starting at 5:30 PM, there will be another Gubernatorial Debate at the Miramar Cultural Center Artspark, 2400 Civic Center Pl. in Miramar.
   
        https://indivisiblecfl.org/event/miramar-florida-freedom-forum-for-the-gubernatorial-democratic-primary/

    6.  On Tuesday, June 19th, gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham will speak at the Broward Democratic Party Meeting at the Deicke Auditorium.

    7.  On Thursday, June 21st, there will be a Debate for Florida House District 98 starting at 7 PM at the Jim Ward Community Center, 301 NW 46 Avenue in Plantation

    Alan

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