So, it took the Republican healthcare proposal only 17 days to wither and die. For now, Obamacare remains the law of the land. Hooray and congratulations to all the Indivisible groups that made their voices heard in support of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act!
Speaking of Indivisible groups, I attended Sunday’s meeting of Indivisible South Florida and collected another 55 rights restoration petitions. The meeting was great, packed with a whole bunch of enthusiastic activists and a lot of energy.
Here’s something else that happened during the past week. (Thanks to Barbara Effman for sharing this with me.) When this becomes law, it will go a long way towards solving the unsettling potential problem of mismatched signatures on vote-by-mail ballots.
Tallahassee, FL — Today, the Florida House of Representatives passed Democratic Leader Janet Cruz’s House Bill 105 which will solve serious voter disenfranchisement issues throughout the state. The bill creates a uniform standard for curing vote by mail ballots by offering the voter a chance to fix a ballot that was rejected due to a mismatched signature. This common sense solution to our voting system comes after the Florida Democratic Party won a lawsuit against Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner.
****** The bill, put forth by Democrats, will put into statute that the local Supervisor of Elections must offer a voter the chance to cure a ballot that was rejected due to a mismatched signature by signing an affidavit attributing to the validity of the ballot by 5pm on the day before Election Day.
And then there was this wonderful news from our own Senator Bill Nelson. (Thanks to John Ziegler for sharing this with the rest of us.):
Re: My vote on Judge Neil Gorsuch
John,I will vote “no” on the motion to invoke cloture and, if that succeeds, I will vote “no” on the confirmation of President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch.I have real concerns with his thinking on protecting the right to vote and allowing unlimited money in political campaigns. In addition, the judge has consistently sided with corporations over employees, as in the case of a freezing truck driver who, contrary to common sense, Judge Gorsuch would have allowed to be fired for abandoning his disabled rig during extreme weather conditions.This is a responsibility I take very seriously.I appreciate your support and input.Sincerely,Bill Nelson
Ron McCoy was back out at the West Regional Courthouse on Monday, and collected 5 voter registration forms and 29 rights restoration petitions. Many thanks to Ron and all the volunteers who were out there with him!
And here’s how you can help during the next couple of weeks:
1. John Ziegler still needs a couple of volunteers at the West Regional Library in Plantation on Saturday, April 1st (No kidding!) to register voters and collect rights restoration petitions. If you’d like to help at the Library, please contact John at 954-232-3918 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. I will be back out at the West Regional Courthouse on Monday, April 3rd, and Wednesday, April 5th from 10 AM to 2 PM. Please let me know if you can help out.
3. The next meeting of South Florida Women Rise Up will be on Monday, April 3rd at 6:30 PM, at the E. Pat Larkins Community Center, 620 NW 3rd Street in Pompano Beach.
4. And don’t forget to save Saturday, April 15th for two amazing events: First join the Tax Day March and Rally at 9:30 AM at the Trump Tower, 2711 S. Ocean Drive in Hollywood. Join the Indivisible Groups and demand that Trump releases his tax returns. And then at 12 Noon, join Rise Up!, Indivisible south Florida, Women’s March, and South Florida Activism at Trump Plaza at 525 S. Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach, for the “Show Us Your Taxes March-a-Lago”. This non-violent demonstration of our First Amendment rights will begin in front of Trump Plaza and the march will lead to Bingham Island, directly adjacent to Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Winter White House. Bring your passion, your energy, signs, flags, and noise-makers!
Hope to see you out at the West Regional Courthouse next week!