Alan Ehrlich Endorsements: Andrew Dolberg, Andrew Gillum

Good afternoon, friends!

(My endorsements and support are my personal opinion and do not represent endorsements or approval by any political club or party.)

Andrew Dolberg is running for the State House seat in District 98 (representing voters in Sunrise, Plantation, and Davie.)  Andrew is young and full of energy, and that’s one of the reasons why I am supporting him.  We need more young Democrats running for office and fighting for bold progressive change!  Andrew wants to give teachers raises, not guns.  He believes that all Floridians should have access to affordable healthcare.  He will fight to stop any proposals that would allow fracking in the Everglades.  And Andrew will call for universal background checks, a ban on assault weapons, and other common sense gun reform!

    Andrew is excited and proud to have been endorsed by the following dedicated public servants:

State Representative Kristin Jacobs
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis       

Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness

Broward School Board Member Dr. Rosalind Osgood       

LGBT rights watchdog Michael Albetta

    As a member of the Host Committee for his Campaign, I want to invite you to join us for a Day of Action Day of Action on Saturday, May 26th at 10am.  We’re meeting at 681 NW 110 Avenue, Plantation, FL 33324, and will be canvassing in Plantation, Davie, and Sunrise.  We’ll be talking with neighbors about issues that affect all of us.

    I have also endorsed Andrew Gillum in the race to be Florida’s next Governor.  Check out the following link to see who has been helping his campaign:  http://floridapolitics.com/archives/258836-andrew-gillum-heads-california-high-profile-hollywood-fundraiser.  Andrew Gillum has two upcoming events that I want to tell you about:  On Wednesday, May 30th, there will be a fundraiser at the Phoenix at Delray, 5624 Linton Blvd. in Delray Beach.    And at 1 PM on Saturday, June 2nd, there will be a Meet and Greet with Mayor Gillum, hosted by the Women’s March, Broward Chapter and the Dolphin Democrats at the Sea and Olive, 2390 Wilton Drive, in Wilton Manors.  https://www.facebook.com/events/450287058734152/.

    Hope to see you at these events!

Alan

 

Have You Heard About the Universal Background Check Petition?

    Hi, everybody!

    Have you heard about the Universal Background Check Petition?  In addition to registering voters and signing people up to vote by mail, we are now also collecting petitions which read as follows:  “I demand the Florida Legislature take action on universal background checks, and other legislation to take guns out of the hands of dangerous people and to keep our communities safe.  I add my name below to send the message to the Legislature the time to act is today!”

    We had a great team of volunteers at the West Regional Courthouse this week: Beth Feldman, Marcia Kirshner, Marsha Eisenberg, Lauren Tate, John Countryman, and Tim Houghton braved the rain and helped to collect 7 voter registration forms, 9 vote-by-mail requests, and 99 gun safety petitions!  Here’s how you can help going forward:

    John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation tomorrow, May 19th, 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.
 

    I will be back at the West Regional Courthouse (Pine Island & Broward) on Monday and Wednesday, May 21st and 23rd, 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 when you can join me.

    The Broward Democratic Party is offering a large number of workshops to train new volunteers, including an orientation session, voter registration, voter engagement, canvassing, etc.  Many of these trainings are being offered right in the Party Office on Sunrise Boulevard.  Take a look at the following and sign up for one of these training workshops:  http://browarddemocrats.org/events-2/
 
    Alan


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Make a Donation & Help Register Voters

    Hi, friends!

    Can you remember what happened to federal judicial nominees during the Obama Administration?  First, Republicans blocked many of the people President Obama nominated to the federal judiciary.  Then, when Obama nominated Merrick Garland to be a justice on the Supreme Court, they refused to act at all.  When Trump became President and nominated Gorsuch for that same Supreme Court seat, Republicans changed the rules to approve that nomination.  Republican control of the Senate with Donald Trump as President has also resulted in lifetime appointments to the federal bench of a large number of extremely conservative and in many cases unqualified individuals.  The large number of federal judges being approved by the Republican-controlled Senate has the potential of reshaping our laws for a generation, and not for the better!

    As the Indivisible Team points out, if Democrats can take back the Senate, these lifetime appointments can be stopped.  Of the Senate races to be decided on November 6th, 26 are currently held by Democrats.  Several of the races with Democratic incumbents are in states won by Trump, including Florida.  I have decided to make donations to the campaigns of Bill Nelson and other Democratic Senators in tough races.  If you are able to make political contributions, please consider donating to the following campaigns:

        Senator Bill Nelson, Florida – https://nelsonforsenate.com/
        Senator Sherrod Brown, Ohio – https://www.sherrodbrown.com/
        Senator Jon Tester, Montana – https://www.jontester.com/
        Senator Claire McCaskill, Missouri – https://www.mccaskill.senate.gov/
        Senator Joe Manchin, West Virginia – https://www.manchin.senate.gov/
        Senator Heidi Heitkamp. North Dakota – https://heidifornorthdakota.com/
        Senator Joe Donnelly, Indiana – http://joeforindiana.com/

    And consider these two Democrats running against Republican incumbents:
        Jacky Rosen running against Dean Heller in Nevada – https://www.rosenfornevada.com/
        Beto O’Rourke running against Ted Cruz in Texas – https://betofortexas.com/

    I was joined at the Courthouse this week by Beth Feldman, Marcia Kirshner, Marsha Eisenberg, Lauren Tate, and Beth Mumby.  We registered another 16 voters, collected 21 vote-by-mail requests, and 101 gun safety petitions!  And if you’d like to help with voter registration, here’s how:

   
John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation on Saturday, May 12th.  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.
 

    I will be back at the West Regional Courthouse (Pine Island & Broward) on Monday and Wednesday, May 14th and 16th, 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 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 when you can join me.
 
    Alan

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Have You Seen the Democratic Gubernatorial Debate Yet?

    Hello, Democrats!

    Are You Going to Help With Voter Registration on Wednesday?  I’ll be at the West Regional Courthouse from 10 to 2.  Can you join me?

    As Democrats, we are lucky to have four very compelling candidates seeking the Democratic Nomination for Governor:  Gwen Graham; Chris King; Philip Levine; and Andrew Gillum.  For those of you who have not yet seen the recent televised debate, here is the link (thank you, Lauren):    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXg-alBLIJ0
(And to be completely transparent, my wife and I are supporting Andrew Gillum.)

     Alan

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Time to Get Your Tickets for May 5th and Time to Help With Voter Registration

    Good evening, everybody!

    It’s time 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!  From the day he was elected as Broward county Sheriff, Scott Israel has served with honor, integrity, and distinction.  He immediately instituted an innovative common-sense program to keep youngsters out if the prison pipeline, saying “Our success will be measured by the number of kids we keep out of jail, not the number we put in jail.”  He also established the wearing of body cameras for Broward County deputies.  He has always promoted common-sense gun safety proposals, opposing open-carry legislation and the idea of allowing concealed weapons on campuses.  Check out the mouth-watering menu for this event and the fact that I will once again serve as bartender!  Print out the attached flyer or click here for more information.  Let’s show our support for the Sheriff and for the Plantation Democratic Club!

    A recent Indivisible posting pointed out the following:  (1) One in five eligible voters in the U.S. isn’t registered to vote; (2) 40% of eligible voters sat out the 2016 election; and (3) 435 House seats and 35 Senate seats are up for grabs in November (not to mention governors, state representatives, judges, school boards, city councils, and constitutional amendments) all across the country.  If you would like to help change the direction in our nation, you have to do more than just sit back and complain.  You’ve got to help register voters, you’ve got to sign voters up to vote-by-mail, and you’ve got to knock on doors and talk to your neighbors about getting out and voting in August and November!

    Here’s how you can help:

    John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation tomorrow from 10 AM to 6 PM and next Saturday, April 28th.  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 johnjoeziegler@aol.com.

    I will be back at the West Regional Courthouse (Pine Island & Broward) on Wednesday, April 18th, from 10 AM to 2 PM to register voters and sign people up to vote by mail.  Please let me know whether you can join me on Wednesday.

    Alan
    954-472-6211

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Join Us on Thursday Evening to Meet Andrew Dolberg

     Hi, everybody!

     As a member of the Host Committee for the Andrew Dolberg for State House Campaign, I want to invite you to join us on Thursday, April 19th for the Campaign Kickoff Party.  This event will start at 5:30 PM at Bokampers, 1280 S. Pine Island Road in Plantation.  You can find more information and RSVP at www.AndrewDolberg.com/kickoff.

    Andrew is young and full of energy, and that’s one of the reasons why I am supporting him.  We need more young Democrats running for office and fighting for bold progressive change!  Andrew wants to give teachers raises, not guns.  He believes that all Floridians should have access to affordable healthcare.  He will fight to stop any proposals that would allow fracking in the Everglades.  And Andrew will call for universal background checks, a ban on assault weapons, and other common sense gun reform! 

    I am convinced that, when elected, he will serve with honor, integrity, and distinction.  I hope you will join me in supporting Andrew Dolberg in the race for the next State Representative from District 98 (representing voters in Sunrise, Plantation, and Davie.)  To learn more about Andrew, just go to the following website:  https://andrewdolberg.com/

    Hope to see you on Thursday evening!

    Alan

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Join the PDC Tomorrow Night and Join Me on Wednesday

    Good afternoon, everybody!

    The next meeting of the Plantation Democratic Club is tomorrow, Tuesday, April 10th,
at 7 PM at the Deicke Auditorium, 5701 Cypress Road in Plantation.  State Senator Lauren Book us the featured speaker.  Senator Book is a nationally acclaimed advocate for survivors of childhood sexual abuse and the founder and CEO of Lauren’s Kids, a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to prevent sexual abuse through education and awareness and to help survivors to heal with guidance and support.  As a strong and active voice for abused children she has worked for tougher laws to make sure repeat violent offenders are kept off the streets and away from their intended victims.  As always, admission is free and refreshments will be served; As always, admission is free and refreshments will be served;
   
    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 on Wednesday.

    Don’t forget to purchase your tickets for the annual William “Bill” Kling Awards Dinner on May 5th!  Click here for more information.

    Alan

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Two Victories and Lots of Events For You to Know About!

    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 johnjoeziegler@aol.com;

    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!

    Alan

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Why I Am Endorsing Andrew Dolberg

    Good afternoon, everybody!

    When State Representative Katie Edwards announced that she would not run for re-election this year, I was delighted to announce my support for Louis Reinstein for that State House seat in District 98 (representing voters in Sunrise, Plantation, and Davie.)  As most of you know, Louis decided that for the good of his family, this was not the time for him to run and he withdrew from that race.  As soon as he did, another friend of mine announced that he would file and run for that seat.

    Andrew Dolberg is a Board Member of the Broward Young Democrats and a member of the Plantation Democratic Club.  He is Broward County native and a community activist.  As founder and CEO of Champion Briefs, an education resources company teaching students public speaking and debate skills, he has helped thousands of students find their voices.  In addition to providing classroom materials to every school in Broward County and 1,500 schools across the country, Andrew hosts a summer camp welcoming about 400 high school students each year to practice critical thinking, media literacy, civic education, and public advocacy.

    Andrew is also extremely active in the Broward political community.  Like Louis, Andrew firmly believes that it is our responsibility to make the world a better place.  Andrew has also helped to register voters, canvassed, supported Democratic candidates up and down the ticket, and helped to collect petitions to put the Rights Restoration Amendment on the November Ballot.  As a Board Member of the Broward Young Democrats, Andrew helps to develop educational panels about political issues, to organize days of action to activate new volunteers, and to create opportunities for millennials to engage with local politics.

    Andrew is running for this State House seat because he wants to find long term solutions to problems, rather than the kinds of ineffective band-aids that legislators often implement.  He believes that we can reverse the divisiveness of our political landscape by working together to find pragmatic, progressive solutions to the problems that Floridians face every day.  Andrew talks a lot about how his generation was the first to be told that a four-year degree might not be enough to be successful, the first to see and worry about the consequences of failing to protect the environment, and the first to grow up afraid of gun violence in schools.

   On February 16th, two days after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, the Sun-Sentinel published Andrew’s Op-Ed on how to curb gun violence in our country.  I urge you to read it and pay particular attention to his list of common sense proposals that should become the law of the land:
    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/commentary/fl-op-viewpoint-parkland-school-shooting-end-gun-violence-20180215-story.html 

    I am convinced that, when elected, he will serve with honor, integrity, and distinction.  I am delighted to say that I endorse Andrew Dolberg in the race for the next State Representative from District 98 and will do everything I can to help him get elected!  If you would like to donate to Andrew’s Campaign, just go to the following website:  https://andrewdolberg.com/

    On Saturday, April 7th, starting at 9:45 AM, there will be a kickoff day of action for his campaign.  We will meet in Room 4 of the Plantation Central Park Multipurpose Center, 9151 NW 2nd Street in Plantation.  After a quick training session, volunteers will be canvassing to talk with neighbors, hand out flyers, and collect petitions designed to help get Andrew’s name on the ballot.  If you’d like to join me in supporting Andrew’s Campaign, check out and sign up at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/events/179340506023763/   The more volunteers that turn out, the more effective the campaign.  Hope to see you on Saturday!

    Alan

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