Now Here’s a Suggestion That You Almost Never Hear From Me

  	Good evening, everybody!    	Donald Trump wants to build a wall on our border with Mexico.  Congress disagrees and refuses to give him the money to build that wall.  So he exceeds his constitutional authority and declares a national emergency in order to try to redirect money designated for other projects to pay for that wall.  Then the House of Representatives passes a resolution disapproving of this attempt to divert funds.  And now, the Republican-controlled Senate has also voted  to overturn Trump's declaration of a national emergency, with 12 Republicans siding with Senate Democrats!    	I am so encouraged by the passage of this resolution, that I am going to suggest something I don't believe I have ever suggested before: Praise Marco Rubio!  Yes, I am going to call Marco Rubio's Office to thank him for his courageous vote and for putting the Constitution ahead of his allegiance to Donald Trump.  If enough people contact Rubio to thank him, maybe in future votes, he'll again put the country first.  Marco Rubio:  202-224-3041 (DC); 305-418-8553 (Miami)    	And if you live in any of the following states where a Republican Senator supported the resolution of disapproval, call up and give them a shout-out:  Kansas (Jerry Moran); Tennessee (Lamar Alexander); Missouri (Roy Blunt); Maine (Susan Collins); Utah (Mike Lee and Mitt Romney); Alaska (Lisa Murkowski);  Pennsylvania (Patrick Toomey); Ohio (Rob Portman); Kentucky (Rand Paul); and Mississippi (Roger Wicker).    	This has been another good week for voter registration and petition collection.  With the help of Lonnie Supnick, Marsha Eisenberg, Michael Goldfarb,  Lauren Tate, and Debra Longberg, we registered 7 voters (including 2 felons!) and collected 129 Medicaid Expension petitions.    	We will be out at the West Regional Courthouse again next Monday and Wednesday, March 18th and 20th, from 10 AM to 2 PM.  As always, we will have  our canopy to protect is from the sun, a table and chairs for people to use while registering, and all the voter registration and petition forms we need.  The only additional thing we need is for you to come out and join us (even for 2 hours).  Please let me know when you can help out!    	One last thing:  If you believe that arming teachers in Florida schools is a terrible idea, please sign the following petition (Thank you, Kathryn Reeve)  and forward the link to your contacts:  

https://act.everytown.org/letter/tell-fl-lawmakers-oppose-arming-teachers?fbclid=IwAR2M5pXVCYS8NIvM9uBZ35jTsXW9KqijcjqM6hROqr-oLAkPmyWepGMYBgk

Alan

  

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Come and Vote on Tuesday Night!

  	Hello, everybody!    	It was another good week at the West Regional Courthouse.  Along with our wonderful volunteers Lonnie Supnick, Beth Mumby, Marsha Eisenberg, Michael Goldfarb,  Lauren Tate, and Debra Longberg, we registered 13 voters (including 3 felons!) and collected 114 Medicaid Expansion petitions.    	We will be back at the Courthouse on Monday and Wednesday, March 11th & 13th, from 10 AM to 2 PM, and we can sure use your help.  Let me know.    	And for all members of the Plantation Democratic Club, Tuesday night starting at 7 PM, we will be electing  officers and Board members.  Come out and vote!  As always, we meet at the Deicke Auditorium, 5701 Cypress Road in Plantation.    	Alan  

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Our President Doesn’t Want Anyone to Know How Stupid He Is

  	Hi, everybody!    	Did you see any of Michael Cohen's testimony before Congress today?  Much of it was a very revealing look inside the ego and character of our 45th President.  I can't decide whether my favorite anecdote was Cohen's revelation of the threats Trump had his lawyer make against all of the colleges that Trump attended  to prevent any of them from releasing his grades, or the fact that Trump had his people purchase the painting of himself for the highest price paid for the items  auctioned off in that sale (to make it seem like his portrait was the most valuable item sold that day!)    	It has been a very productive week for voter registration and petition collection.  On Saturday, at the Community Block Party in Sunrise, organized by Ellen  Moltz, our wonderful team of volunteers including Janet Thompson, Robin Adell, Michael Goldfarb, Tina Kaplan, Ruby Foster, Ronnie Heller, and Ruby Foster  helped to collect 6 voter registration forms, 115 Medicaid Expansion petitions, 22 Assault Weapons Ban petitions, and 6 Minimum Wage Increase petitions!  And our new Area Leader, Cheryl Levin, collected more voter registration forms and petitions at the Block Party.    	Then, on Monday, Lonnie Supnick, Norman Levy, and Marsha Eisenberg helped to register 7 voters (including one felon) and collect 1 vote-by-mail request,  and 64 Medicaid petitions.  And yesterday, Lauren Tate, Debra Longberg, and Marsha Eisenberg joined me to collect 4 voter registration forms and 76 Medicaid  petitions.    	New volunteers are needed to come out and help with these efforts!  So don't hesitate.  Let us know when you can help out.    	On Saturdays, you can work with John Ziegler at the West Regional Library from 10 AM to 4 OM in three 2-hour shifts.  To volunteer for one of those shifts,  please contact John at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com.    	And on Monday and Wednesday, March 4th and 6th, I will be back at the West Regional Courthouse from 10 AM to 2 PM.  We can really use your help, so  please let me know when you can join me.    	Alan      

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Wednesday was a Great Day at the Courthouse!

  	Hi, friends!    	Today at the West Regional Courthouse was the kind of voter registration day I always hope for.  We registered 4 new voters, and 3 of them were felons.  All of  them registered as Democrats!  So on Monday and Wednesday, we collected 7 voter registration forms and 123 Medicaid Expansion petitions.  Many thanks to Lonnie  Supnick, Norman Levy, Penny Cukier, Lauren Tate, and Marsha Eisenberg for coming out and doing such a great job!    	For those of you who promised to come out and help register our neighbors and colleagues who have felony convictions in their past, now is the time to put your  money where your mouth is.  Come out and volunteer with me on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 10 AM to 2 PM.    	I will be at the West Regional Courthouse next Monday and Wednesday, February 25th and 27th.  Can you join me on either or both days?    	And for those who would like to be trained by the Broward Democratic Party, the upcoming dates can be found at http://browarddemocrats.org/trainings/    	Alan     

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We Need More Help on Saturday

  	Good afternoon, everybody!          On Saturday, February 23rd, from 11 AM to 2 PM, the Sunrise Police Department in partnership with Sam's Club will have its annual  Community Block Party.  This is a free afternoon of entertainment and education.  There will be children's activities, games, live music,  public safety demonstrations, free refreshments, and giveaways.          Ellen Moltz has reserved a table for us to do voter registration and petition collection.  We will have a canopy to protect us from the  elements and all the forms.  All we need are volunteers to help out for 3 hours.          The location is at the Sam's Club Parking Lot, 13559 W. Sunrise Blvd. in Sunrise (opposite the Sawgrass Mills Mall.)  There will be food  and drinks and live music.  Please let me or Ellen Moltz, e.moltz@yahoo.com, know of you'll be able to help out.          Alan        954-472-6211        

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Check Out This Video!

  	 Hi, everybody!    	What can you say?  Another week, another embarrassment from our infant president.  This time, he is declaring a national emergency where there  isn't one.  But what the heck; why shouldn't he violate our Constitution?    	We got rained out at the West Regional Courthouse on Wednesday.  But on Monday, Lonnie Supnick, Vicky Taylor, and Marsha Eisenberg helped to  collect 5 voter registration forms, 2 vote-by-mail requests, and 76 petitions for the proposed amendment for medicaid expansion in Florida!    	The West Regional Courthouse is not closed for President's Day, so we will be out there again on Monday and Wednesday, February 18th  and 20th, between 10 AM and 2 PM.  Can you come out and join us?  Please let me know which days you can help.    	 And on Saturdays, John Ziegler's team is at the West Regional Library from 10 AM to 4 PM in three 2-hour shifts.  If you can volunteer  for one of those shifts, please contact John Ziegler at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com.    	On Saturday, February 23rd, we will be registering voters and collecting petitions at the Sunrise Community Block Party from 11 AM to  2 PM.  The location is at the Sam's Club Parking Lot, 13559 W. Sunrise Blvd. in Sunrise (opposite the Sawgrass Mills Mall.)  There will be foos  and drinks and live music.  Please let me know of you'll be able to help out.     	And finally, if you have not yet seen this wonderful video (Thanks, Marcia!) about the child in the White House, please enjoy!    	https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57jRBt4h6ks    	Alan  

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Com Join Us; It’s Nice at the Courthouse!

  	 Good afternoon, friends!    	We had another productive week at the West Regional Courthouse, collecting 9 voter registration forms, 6 vote-by-mail requests, and 160  petitions for the proposed amendment for medicaid expansion in Florida.  Many thanks to John Underhill, Lonnie Supnick, Lauren Tate,  and Marsha Eisenberg for coming out to help!  We can do even better if more of you could come out and join us, so no more hesitation.    	We will be out at the West Regional Courthouse again on Monday and Wednesday, February 11th and 13th, between 10 AM and 2 PM.  We can definitely use your help.  The more volunteers we have, the more forms we collect!.  Please let me know which days you can join us.    	 And on Saturdays, John Ziegler's team is at the West Regional Library from 10 AM to 4 PM in three 2-hour shifts.  If you can volunteer  for one of those shifts, please contact John Ziegler at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com.     	Come on out and help us register more Democrats!    	Alan  

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We Need Your Help!

  	Hi, everybody!    	Ever since the Voting Rights Restoration Amendment became effective, our team of volunteers in West Broward have registered 8 returning citizens  (people who could not vote because of a felony conviction.)  Think about how many more we could register if we could get out the word more widely in  Broward County.  If these neighbors and colleagues knew where and when they could register to vote, many more would take advantage and come out.    	The restoration of voting rights went into effect on January 8, 2019.  Returning citizens who have completed all of the terms of their  sentences, can register to vote at the following locations and times:    	Every Monday and Wednesday (except for holidays) from 10 AM to 2 PM at the West Regional Courthouse, 100 N. Pine Island Rd., in  Plantation (at the intersection of Broward Blvd. & Pine Island Road.)  	  	Every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (except for holidays) from 9 AM to 12 Noon at the Main Broward County Courthouse, 201 SE  6th Street, in Fort Lauderdale.    	Every Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM at the West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd. in Plantation (at the intersection of Broward  Blvd. & Pine Island Road.)    	This past week at the West Regional Courthouse, we collected 9 voter registration forms (including 3 new voters with prior felony  convictions), and 161 petitions for the proposed amendment for medicaid expansion in Florida.  Many thanks to John Underhill, Lonnie  Supnick, Lauren Tate, Penny Cukier, and Marsha Eisenberg for coming out to help.    	I will be out at the West Regional Courthouse again on Monday and Wednesday, February 4th and 6th, between 10 AM and 2 PM.  I can  definitely use your help.  The more volunteers we have, the more forms we collect!.  Please let me know which days you can join me.    	 And on Saturday, February 9th, John Ziegler's team will be back at the West Regional Library from 10 AM to 4 PM in three 2-hour shifts.  If you can volunteer for one of  these shifts, please contact John Ziegler at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com.     	Hope to see you out there!    	Alan    

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Sometimes Things Just Go Right!

  	Hi, everybody!    	What an incredible week we have had:  First, Trump agrees with Speaker Pelosi to postpone the State of the Union, then Trump agrees to reopen the Federal Government  without getting any money for a border wall, and then, the Special Counsel indicts Roger Stone!  So, what did Trump accomplish by shutting down the Government?    	It was a also great week for voter registration.  On Monday, with the help of Kathy and Steve DiBenedetto and Marcia Kirshner at the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at  Esplanade Park in Fort Lauderdale, we collected 9 voter registration forms, including 2 from people with former felony convictions!  And then on Wednesday, at the West  Regional Courthouse, we collected 12 voter registration forms (including 2 whose rights were just restored), 2 vote-by-mail requests, and 88 petitions for a new  constitutional amendment to expand Medicaid coverage to eligible low-income adults in Florida.  Many thanks to Lonnie Supnick, Lauren Tate, Debra Longberg, and  Marsha Eisenberg for coming out to help!    	Here's the upcoming schedule for voter registration.  Let us know when you can join us.    	1.  Tomorrow, Saturday, January 26th, John Ziegler's team will be at the West Regional Library from 10 AM to 4 PM in three 2-hour shifts.  If you can volunteer for one of  these shifts, please contact John Ziegler at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com.    	2.  On Monday and Wednesday, January 28th and 30th, I'll be back at the West Regional Courthouse from 10 AM until 2 PM.  The weather has been spectacular!  Let me  know when you can join me.    	Alan  

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Help Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by Registering Voters!

  	Good afternoon, everybody!    	Wednesday was the first day for voter registration at the West Regional Courthouse in 2019.  With the help of Marsha Eisenberg, we collected 8 voter registration forms,  including one from a neighbor whose right to vote was just restored by the passage of Amendment 4!  The breakdown of the 8 forms collected was also very encouraging:  7 Democrats and 1 No Party Affiliation!    	Here's the upcoming schedule for voter registration.  Let us know when you can join us.    	1.  The Courthouse is closed on Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so we will be registering voters from 10 AM to 2 PM at the King Celebration of Unity &  Multicultural Festival.  The location is Esplanade Park, 400 SW 2nd Street in Fort Lauderdale (next to the Performing Arts Center just south of Broward Blvd.)  Please let me  know if you'd like to help out.    	2.  On Wednesday, January 23rd, I'll be back at the West Regional Courthouse from 10 AM until 2 PM.  Let me know if you can join me on Wednesday.  For the past  few days, the weather has been wonderful!    	3.  And on Saturday, January 26th, John Ziegler's team will be at the West Regional Library from 10 AM to 4 PM in three 2-hour shifts.  If you can volunteer for one of  these shifts, please contact John Ziegler at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com    	Alan  

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