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Who Do We Reach?

Through the website, anyone with an interest in Broward Democratic politics can learn about party and campaign events. Naturally, that activity intensifies around election time.

The chart below shows how much traffic has picked up so far with the pace of election activity, to almost 60,000 views in August so far. The email list reaches a more select group of Democratic insiders such as club officers (539 subscribers as of mid-August 2016).

BlueBroward.org visitors as of August 21
BlueBroward.org visitors as of August 21

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Just returned from 2 weeks in S.Carolina-Vietnam Veteran-Ken Howland

A resident of Hollywood since 2001 as a retired snowbird, I have vote here. I summer in upstate N.Y and signed on in June as soon as Bernie declared his candidacy in late May—$100/month—a retired history teacher and Vietnam era medic.

I had real estate size signs made in N.Y.—on top of the car—[VIETNAM VETERAN FOR]—[BERNIE] AND ON DOORS [BERNIE=MANIN STREET]—[HILARY= WALL STREET].

I returned to Fl from Rochester N.Y. by way of Iowa and put up signs in Des Moines after driving around the capital area returning to Hollywood just before Thanksgiving.

I made 2 trips to S. Carolina—returned from the 1st to participate in the Dr.Martin Luther Day Parade in Miami with 10 other Bernie supporter handing out cards.

Then back to S.Carolina visiting Charleston(Press coverage gained there),Columbia, Spartanburg, Rock Hill, Sumter, Florence and Orangeburg—2,000 cards handed out mostly at colleges.

Now I am ready to go to work in the Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale using a similiar game plan.

An Independent Progressive Democrat for Bernie— Ken Howland—315-430-4439

Video Tour of BlueBroward: Gearing Up for 2014

This tutorial covers all the basics of how to post events, blog articles, and campaign listings to the website.

Democrats need to win some important campaigns in 2014, and I’m trying to make sure BlueBroward.org is as useful a tool as it can be. I’m checking that everything is up to date and working properly.

BlueBroward.org is based on WordPress, a popular blogging tool, with the addition of my RSVPMaker plugin and additional customizations.

If you have bugs to report or features to request, write me at david@bluebroward.org

Adding a Campaign Roundup Email

To make BlueBroward’s free services to campaigns more useful, I am starting a second email roundup of campaign profiles posted to the website starting Monday. It will go out every week, if new campaign profiles have been posted to the site since the last update.

In addition to providing a pointer to the campaign’s own website or Facebook page, I encourage candidates to use their BlueBroward profile to publicize their volunteer needs.

This an experiment. Suggestions on how to make it better are welcome.

Note: I created the basic stub of a profile for Nan Rich’s campaign but will gladly assign editing rights to an official campaign representative. There are only a couple of campaigns that have created their own listing on the website so far. I’m interested to see whether that will change.

Free Tools for Democratic Candidates, Campaigns

BlueBroward was created as a free resource for Democratic candidates and campaigns, and I wish more people would take advantage of them.

In particular, I encourage campaigns to take advantage of:

  • Campaign listings – create a page on BlueBroward.org that describes your campaign and provides links to other resources about your campaign, such as your own website or a donation page. Even if you have a great website of your own, this gives you another link pointing to it, and another way of sending people to it. If you’re running a low-budget campaign and don’t have your own campaign website, this is a way to establish a basic web presence.
  • Event listings – post local campaign events to BlueBroward. You may be posting them to your own website and to Facebook, but this is another way of drawing a crowd.
  • Blog – The blog is set up so any BlueBroward.org member can create posts. Post your positions here. Post links to newspaper op-eds you’ve published or that mention your campaign. Encourage supporters to post messages of endorsement. I have editorial control over the blog and the calendar but have always exercised it with a very light touch (see: editorial policies).

BlueBroward runs on a version of WordPress, a popular blogging tool, with my own add-ons for managing events and campaign listings. This means that the same tools for formatting posts and uploading images (or documents such as PDFs) are available across the blog editor, event editor, and campaign editor — once you get the hang of them, you can apply the same techniques to all. The key differences are that you need to set an event date and time for events, and specify the election date and seat you’re running for in the form fields of a campaign listing, whereas neither would apply to a blog post.

If you run into technical issues while posting to the site, I’m available to help: david@bluebroward.org

South Florida Divide: Haves, have nots, and fine line between them sometimes

 

picture of a cartoon money tree christmas tree with red starSo a colleague of mine calls because he is offended by crass comments by an attorney whose office is down the hall.  Apparently, the two were observing President Obama discussing a bi-partisan collaboration on the latest healthcare reform proposal.  He called and asked my opinion on the opposing viewpoints at hand.

“Economics”, I said.  “Economics…actually, socio-economics rather”.

This instance is not about Republicans versus Democrats for political ideals and whether to provide for sick and elderly people…well not primarily.

If one politician were to stand up and explain the mechanics between “haves” and “have nots” with differing views on this sensitive topic, it would likely leave a majority of citizens absolutely dumbfounded.

“Haves”, like the colleague-office neighbor of my friend, will generally prefer not co-financing everyone else’s healthcare in the form of nationalized or socialist systems.

Reason being is economics, not necessarily political values or personal viewpoints. 

That “have” can afford to have his teeth cleaned and penicillin for the family during flu season.  Why should he have to ante up for the bill to cover a stranger’s family is his argument.

The “have not”, on the contrary, differs.  An individual with tooth decay, diabetes and no health coverage has nothing to lose of course, therefore, such an individual will be likely to vote in favor of a program to “pool together” benefits of a revamped healthcare system.

Someone with nothing to lose and minimum earning powe usually will support a tax increase. Again, basic economics; a hierarchy of needs at hand.

The media and other such spheres of influence are the ones turning this into a political and personal show down.  What probably stings the most is this: For figures within the elite socio-economic circles, those either practicing politics professionally or as a hobby…many are wealthy and can therefore remain virtually unaffected, financially, regardless of outcome.

Tax hikes will be annoying at worst for such an individual, as lack of affordable healthcare is not a threat.  It is easier for a wealthy individual to enjoy the luxury of not having to play economics.

For example, a Kennedy running for office knows, much like corporate strategists, the majority of a population is comprised of “have nots” as a rule of thumb.  Statistically, the population of those in the “have not” category overshadow the “haves” almost universally.  The prudent political campaign, therefore, must satisfy the concerns of the “haves” while still leaving the majority, the “have nots”, with hope.

This potentially accounts for the grandiose promises a political campaign would typically make which, to most, such as in the case of the Palm Beach attorney we began with.  It is fairly natural to comment in frustration at a healthcare program designed to accommodate a majority.  These are, however, more economic concerns than social class or personal insensitivity as those on television hosting talk shows often depict.

In my friend’s case, we both concluded the gentleman’s comments were likely not a byproduct of his lack of compassion for healthcare to those less fortunate, but rather the degree to which he would be find himself fiscally affected by new legislation.

Economics.  Most members of Congressional committees and those in various political offices with differing opinions are likely the same as my friend and his colleague.  They both agree as to the importance of an efficient healthcare system and sincerely mean to harm.   The economic impact of financing it is another story.

Greater Pompano Beach Democratic Club’s Monthly Meetings

Greater Pompano Beach Democratic Club meet on the 4th Thursday night of every month at 7 pm at the E Pat Larkins Center 520 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. If you have any questions or would like to join the club please contact Mr. Ronald Thurston Jr. President at 954-691-6019 batt671@yahoo.com or Ms. Phyllis Smith Vice President at 954-971-1062 Miss_PrettyP@bellsouth.net

Coverage of Redistricting Hearing Features Broward Activists

The Sun-Sentinel’s Broward Politics blog called out Alanna O. Mersinger for summing up the importance of redistricting reform at Tuesday’s hearing in Davie. Broward Democrats turned out to speak on behalf of implementation of the reforms approved by constitutional amendment last year, which the Legislature seems determined to sabotage.

It was crystal clear when Alanna O. Mersinger of Miramar got her turn at the mic Tuesday night in Davie at a joint House-Senate hearing on redistricting.

Here’s what she said:

I came to the last redistricting [hearing] and I said please make it contiguous, compact and the communities of interest together.
So my city, the fabulous city of Miramar, has five representatives and senators, because they cut it up like a little jigsaw.

Now my representative is a lovely man, but he lives in Collier County.

In between myself and my representative is 110 miles and about 18 alligators.

Why? What do I have in common with these alligators? Nothing.

All I’m asking for is this time when you do it, don’t take my power and disburse it. You have taken the power of Miramar, where we can really not have an impact on any of these races. We are almost a sidebar.

Give us back our power. We’re entitled to our power.

This is a democracy. I want a republic. Let me have my power back in my republic.

Read the whole story: Miramar resident explains why redistricting is important to everyone

Also: coverage from the day of the event, featuring an outspoken Randy Fleischer.

 

 

When To Add an Event vs. a Blog Post on BlueBroward

Because this is a point of confusion for some members, I wanted to clear up the difference between an event and a blog article on BlueBroward.org.

This website is best known for its event calendar, and all members are invited to post relevant events. I provide some additional features to the leaders of Democratic clubs and allied organizations, but these are mostly to make it easier for people to post recurring events.

A couple of years ago, I converted this site to run on blogging software called WordPress, which makes it easier for members to post opinion articles and carry on discussions through the website. The editor for blog posts and the editor for events use the same basic user interface, with buttons for marking text bold or italic and for adding links.

The major difference is that blog posts are displayed with the most recent posts shown first. So blog posts are shown in reverse chronological order.

Events, on the other hand, are shown are shown in the order that the events are coming up, starting with today’s date. When you add an event to the calendar, make sure you set the event date and time in the control panel below the main editing area.

In general, I’d ask you to put information about your events in the event listings. After you have a great event, come back and post a blog article with photos and commentary to show people why it’s worthwhile and important to get involved. Also use the blog to give your take on important issues like healthcare reform, tax policy, war, peace, and effective tactics for organizing. Democrats are supposed to be the party of ideas, and I invite you to share your best ideas here.

For more details:

How to Post Events to the Calendar (RSVPs Optional)
These are general instructions on posting an event. Any member can post events to the BlueBroward Calendar. There are a few extra options available for members who are registered to edit the events for a Democratic Club or other organization that holds regular meetings (see How to Post and Maintain Club Listings). But these general […]

How to Post and Maintain Club Listings
This is an update for Democratic club presidents and other people who hold official or unofficial meetings in support of the Democratic cause on a regular basis. When an organization registers with BlueBroward, I create an event template that includes the name of the organization and boilerplate details like the regular meeting schedule and meeting […]

How To Post to the BlueBroward Blog

Every BlueBroward member is invited to share opinions, criticisms, candidate endorsements, and tips for more effective organizing on the BlueBroward Community Blog, either regularly or occasionally. I reserve the right to edit or delete postings at my own discretion, but my goal is to encourage discussion, not to be a censor. Posting a blog is […]

Also, as we get into the next campaign cycle:

How to Post a Campaign On BlueBroward.org
Just as any BlueBroward.org member can post events or blog entries, any BlueBroward member can post a campaign listing. When you log in, you should see Post a Campaign Listing as one of the first options on the welcome screen or “Dashboard.” Click there to display the data entry form. (The “Edit Campaigns” button on […]

How to Share/Delegate Editing Rights for a Campaign, Club, or Organization
BlueBroward allows officers and representatives of Democratic clubs, allied groups, and campaigns to appoint multiple editors for their event listings and related information. For example, both the president and the secretary of a club could have editing rights on this system. A candidate might create a campaign profile but then allow a campaign manager to also[…]