Looking for Speaking Opportunities

I’m interested in speaking in front of any group, political or business oriented, on techniques for using the web, email, and social media effectively. For Democratic groups and clubs, I can also give a tutorial on the free services available through BlueBroward for promoting campaigns, causes, and events.

I don’t deny that there is some self-promotional aspect to this, as I’m looking for consulting work. But I’m also good for some free advice, based on my consulting experience, campaign experience, volunteer projects, and my writing for Forbes.com, Internet World, and Baseline Magazine.

Advertising and Paying the Bills

I just reactivated the Google ads that appear on BlueBroward.org, and immediately up popped ads to vote for Rick Scott and Jeff Greene.

Rick Scott ad
Yikes! Cheek to Jowl with Rick Scott

This is through the Google Adsense program, which is supposed to match advertisements with relevant comment. Apparently the software figured out this was a political site pretty quickly, but not necessarily what partisan frequency it’s on.

Mismatch or not, the ads will remain, for now as I need to try to raise a little money to cover the cost of the email broadcast service I’m using and a few other expenses. BlueBroward isn’t a moneymaking venture, but I don’t want to lose money on it, either. This kind of advertising doesn’t necessarily bring in a lot of money, but at this point I’ll take what I can get. Also open to a sponsorship for the BlueBroward Sunday email – although I would prefer to sell it to a business, rather than a campaign.

After mulling it over, I decided to move the ads to the bottom of the page so they wouldn’t be quite as prominent (and I wouldn’t have to look at Rick Scott’s bald head popping up right next to my face).

Meanwhile, feel free to click on Jeff Greene and Rick Scott ads to drain some dollars from their campaign accounts. Just don’t vote for those guys.

Support Dan Gelber for Attorney General

Florida is facing serious challenges in the coming years:  cracking down on public corruption, ending the proliferation of pill mills, going after con artists who prey on seniors, putting criminals and street gangs behind bars, fighting mortgage fraud and taking on BP.  Florida’s next Attorney General will be responsible for all of these, and there is only one Democratic candidate with the broad legal experience to meet these challenges: Dan Gelber.

Dan was born into a family of public service – his father was a prosecutor and judge, and his mother was a public school teacher.  After graduating from law school, Dan followed the path of public service and was appointed one of the youngest Federal prosecutors in America.  He served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for nearly a decade and managed hundreds of attorneys in the Miami office while prosecuting thousands of cases – the only Democratic candidate with actual jury trial experience and management experience.

Later, Dan served as Chief Counsel in the U.S. Senate’s investigations committee, tracking down international terrorist networks all over the world.  He investigated the Oklahoma City bombing, the Atlanta Olympic bombing and the Japanese subway attacks, among other cases.

In the Legislature, Dan spent eight years in the Florida House, including a term as the House Democratic Leader where he fought for Democratic principles as one of the most effective Minority Leaders ever.  Shortly after 9/11, he was chosen by the Republican leadership to write most of Florida’s domestic security and terrorism laws.  He is currently a State Senator representing Miami-Dade and parts of Broward County.

Dan has been endorsed by Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, incoming Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich, Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs, every Democratic State Attorney who has endorsed, the Broward Teachers Union and many others.

10 out of 10 newspapers statewide – a clean sweep – have endorsed Dan, saying:

  • “Sen. Dan Gelber…however, has stronger legal credentials and record of leadership” (Sun-Sentinel)
  • “[Gelber] is the most qualified Attorney General candidate in some time” (Pensacola News Journal)
  • “Gelber’s breadth of legal experience and superior leadership skills make him the better choice for the state’s top legal job” (St. Petersburg Times)
  • “We give Gelber an edge because of his extensive experience and leadership roles as a prosecutor and legislator” (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)
  • “Sen. Gelber looks more like Attorney General material than Sen. Aronberg” (Palm Beach Post)

The under-the-radar race for Attorney General is one of Florida’s most important, given the challenges we face.  Experience matters, and I strongly encourage you, as Broward activists, leaders and voters, to consider my good friend Dan Gelber as your choice for Florida’s next Attorney General.  Check out www.DanGelber.com for more details.

The primary election is August 24th, and we need more than your vote – we need your help to canvass, make phone calls and help at Early Vote locations.  Contact me at franco@dangelber.com for more details, and thanks for all that you do.

Franco Ripple, Vice President of Political Affairs, Broward Young Democrats

Support Dave Aronberg for Attorney General

“I hope you will join me in voting for my friend, Dave Aronberg, for Florida Attorney General.

Dave has the best experience to be Attorney General, as he is the only one in this race who actually worked in the AG’s office.  He served under Bob Butterworth as an Assistant Attorney General in the economic crimes division, where he took on consumer fraud and financial scams.

As a White House Fellow, Dave served as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury Department for international money laundering, including the laundering of terrorist assets.

Dave’s experience in protecting public safety has led 18 Democratic Sheriffs to endorse him.  In fact, every endorsing Democratic Sheriff has endorsed Dave in this race, making the count 18 to 0.  Dave also has been endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police and the Police Benevolent Association, making Dave the clear choice of the law enforcement community.

For the past 8 years, Dave Aronberg has distinguished himself as State Senator, where he has been called the “strongest consumer advocate” by both the Sun-Sentinel and Fort Myers News-Press, and a “fierce consumer advocate” by the Tampa Tribune.  He has gained national attention for his work to keep our streets safer from sex offenders and has passed landmark legislation that safeguards our privacy from the growing threat of identity theft.

See for yourself at www.davearonberg.com <http://www.davearonberg.com/> why Dave Aronberg is the best choice for Attorney General.  Our state needs real change, and Dave will be the one to shake up the status quo.

The Democratic primary election is August 24th – so please spread the word!

Sincerely,

Ron Mills

Please help Dave out at the polls for early voting and election day. Email Aronberg@therbuzz.com or Call Ron Mills

Update Your BlueBroward Profile

I invite you to update your BlueBroward.org volunteer profile to share details on the issues you care about and the skills you can bring to a campaign. Some candidates like to make their profile public and share some additional details, besides what they put in their campaign profile. But mostly this is meant to be a way for volunteers to connect with each other and with worthy campaigns.

The link to update your profile is displayed at the top of the screen when you log in. It shows the date your profile was last updated — several years ago for some of you who signed up early, when this site got its start after the Kerry vs. Bush election.

Update Your Profile Prompt

Make your profile public if you want it to appear on the Members page, or just fill in the details so I can try to match you up with campaigns that could use your skills.

You can upload a photo to appear with your profile, or you can register on the Gravitar service, which works with multiple blogs and social networking services. Gravitar has some nicer features for uploading, resizing, and cropping the photo or cartoon avatar image you upload.

Members Page
Members Page

How-To Roundup: BlueBroward Helps Those Who Help Themselves

Some of the instructions here are outdated. For updated instructions, see the how-to category on the blog.

BlueBroward.org has always had a big emphasis on self-service. That’s because it’s a volunteer project with no budget or staff, meant to be maintained for the community by the community. At times, I do post items people send to me by email, particularly if they’re not regular contributors. But the best way to make sure something gets posted is to do it yourself. Sometimes, when those email notices come in, I either don’t see them or I’m busy with other things like chasing paying work.

Any BlueBroward.org member can post an event, campaign listing, or blog entry. Don’t get hung up on the word “blog” – you don’t have to transform yourself into a regular blogger. It’s just an easy way for you to share your opinions, news, photos, and candidate endorsements.

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There is a Login link at the top of every page. If you don’t remember your password, you can always reset it. If you’re not a member, sign up now.

Here are some instructions:

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 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 […]

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 […]

How to Post Events to the Calendar (RSVPs Optional)

For an updated guide, see this video.

Most of the information below is still valid, but the screen shots of the event editor are outdated.

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 instructions also apply to them.

Links to the screens for posting blog entries, events, and campaign listings are displayed on the main “Dashboard” that welcomes you after you log in.

Member Posting Options on Dashboard

Click “Post an Event” to display the event editor screen. Here, you can set date and time, the headline for your event, and a description.

Headlines should include the name of the organization or campaign. Descriptions should include directions to the event location and contact information for someone who can answer questions about the event.

Event Editor Form

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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 update the campaign profile and post campaign-related events. For a campaign, this includes rights to edit the campaign profile listed on our campaigns page, as well as any campaign events.

This can be useful as a way to hand off responsibilities when people come and go, or for people to back each other up when someone is on vacation or tied up with other responsibilities.

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