Want Proof That Every Vote Counts?

    Good evening, everybody!

    Did you watch the election returns on Tuesday night from the House district race between Conor Lamb and Rick Saccone?  If we ever needed confirmation that every single vote counts, we got it big time as we watched the results come in!  I hope you are as encouraged as I am about what this should mean for the November mid-terms.  Those who can afford it should double down on contributions to take back the House AND the Senate.  I’ll include links in a future email.

    On Tuesday, the Plantation Democratic Club unanimously passed a 13-point resolution to encourage the passage of common sense measures to curb gun violence.  I will share this resolution with you in a future email.

    So, there I was yesterday at the West Regional Courthouse with Emily Park, Robin Adell, Scott Sharp, Beth Mumby, Lauren Tate, and Ron McCoy, when a large group of students who had walked out of their school to protest gun violence and encourage more common sense regulations walked by on Pine Island Road.  We cheered them on as loudly as we could!  We ended up collecting 8 voter registration forms and 31 requests to vote-by-mail.  Many thanks to all of you for coming out!

    On Saturday, March 17th, from 10 AM to 1 PM, Never Again, an Enlightened Discussion on Gun Reform, will take place at the War Memorial Auditorium, 800 NE 8th Street, in Fort Lauderdale.  Join local, state, and federal legislators; educational, faith-based, and community leaders; and students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for a public forum on gun reform, school safety, and collective action we can take to bring about meaningful change.

    I will be back at the West Regional Courthouse and Library (Pine Island & Broward) on Wednesday, March 21st, from 10 AM to 2 PM, registering voters and collecting requests to vote-by-mail.  Please let me know if you can join me out there on that day.

    On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington DC and elsewhere to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.  One of the marches will take place at 9 AM on Saturday, March 24th at the Pine Trails Park, 10555 Trails End in Parkland.  For further information, check out https://marchforourlives.com/

    Alan

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Join Us at These 2 Meetings

    Good afternoon, everybody!

    Another productive Wednesday at the West Regional Courthouse.  Despite the rain, Janet Thompson, Robin Adell, Norman Levy, Penny Cukier, and Ron McCoy came out and helped to collect 9 voter registration forms and 15 vote-by-mail requests.

     I hope you can join us at these upcoming meetings:

    The Annual Meeting of the Broward Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union will be from 12 to 3 PM tomorrow, Saturday,March 10th at the West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd. in Plantation.  The discussion will include the proposals that the Constitutional Revision Commission could put on November’s Ballot.  This event is free and refreshments will be served.

    Also tomorrow, John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation from 10 AM to 6 PM to register voters.  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.

    The next Meeting of the Plantation Democratic Club will take place at 7 PM on Tuesday, March 13th at the Deicke Auditorium, 5701 Cypress Road in Plantation.  Our speaker will be Dr. Alan Lieberman, who will be presenting an FBI-authorized Power Point lecture on Russian Espionage and Election Tampering.
  

    I will be back at the West Regional Courthouse and Library (Pine Island & Broward) on Wednesday, March 14th, from 10 AM to 2 PM, registering voters and collecting requests to vote-by-mail.  Please let me know if you can join me out there on that day?

    On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington DC and elsewhere to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.  One of the marches will take place at 9 AM on Saturday, March 24th at the Pine Trails Park, 10555 Trails End in Parkland.  For further information, check out https://marchforourlives.com/

    Alan

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I Hereby Endorse Louis Reinstein!

    Good afternoon, everybody!

    A couple of days ago, State Representative Katie Edwards announced that she would not run for re-election this year.

    I am very happy to announce that my very good friend (and racquetball team member) Louis Reinstein has announced his intention to run in November for that State House seat in District 98 (representing voters in Sunrise, Plantation, and Davie.)

    In addition to being a very valued friend, Louis is a well-respected attorney in Broward County (He even represented me when I was arrested several years ago for registering voters on federal property, but that’s another story!) and the current President of the B’nai Brith Justice Unit.  Louis has helped to register voters, canvassed, and supported Democratic candidates up and down the ticket.

    Louis firmly believes, as I do, that it is our responsibility to make the world a better place.  He lives in Plantation with his wife, Adi, (who like my wife, is also an attorney) and their two sons.  And from what I have seen, he may be the world’s best father.

    I am convinced that, when elected, he will serve with honor, integrity, and distinction.  I am delighted to say that I endorse Louis Reinstein as the next State Representative from District 98 and will do everything I can to help him get elected!

    The time is short before the November election, so please let me know if you would like to join me in supporting this campaign.

    Alan

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It Must Have Been a Slow News Day

    Hi, everybody!

    So, after registering voters in Broward County for almost 20 years, the Sun-Sentinel decided it was time to put my picture in the paper.

    http://enewspaper.sun-sentinel.com/infinity/article_share.aspx?guid=3604d89f-40d4-415d-89cb-4ccdc9ab6fb9

    I don’t particularly care for the fact that the high school senior looks so much younger than I do!

    It was a productive week.  On Wednesday, Emily Park, Janet Thompson, and Beth Mumby helped to collect 11 voter registration forms and 16 vote-by-mail requests at the West Regional Courthouse.  On Friday, at an Andrew Gillum sponsored event at the Weston Regional Park, Ronnie Heller joined me to help register about two dozen citizens, most of them brand-new voters.  And yesterday, at the Sunrise Community Block Party, Ellen Moltz, Mark Henderson, Ronnie Heller, and Michael Goldfarb helped to register 6 Dems and 1 Rep and collect another 21 vote-by-mail requests.  And last night’s Obama Roosevelt Legacy Dinner was awesome. The room was filled with enthusiastic Democrats and Joe Kennedy III and Jason Kandar were amazing!

    Here’s what’s coming up during the next few weeks:

    I will be back at the West Regional Courthouse and Library (Pine Island & Broward) on Wednesday, February 28th, from 10 AM to 2 PM, registering voters and collecting requests to vote-by-mail.  Please let me know if you can join me out there on that day?

    The Annual Meeting of the Broward Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union will be from 12 to 3 PM on Saturday,March 10th at the West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd. in Plantation.  The discussion will include the proposals that the Constitutional Revision Commission could put on November’s Ballot.  This event is free and refreshments will be served.

    On that same day, Saturday, March 10th, John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation from 10 AM to 6 PM to register voters.  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.

    The next Meeting of the Plantation Democratic Club will take place at 7 PM on Tuesday, March 13th at the Deicke Auditorium, 5701 Cypress Road in Plantation.  Our speaker will be Dr. Alan Lieberman, who will be presenting an FBI-authorized Power Point lecture on Russian Espionage and Election Tampering.

    On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington DC and elsewhere to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.  One of the marches will take place at 9 AM on Saturday, March 24th at the Pine Trails Park, 10555 Trails End in Parkland.  For further information, check out https://marchforourlives.com/

    RESIST!

    Alan


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I Stand With Our Sheriff!

    Good afternoon, everybody!

    I want to thank David Singer for sending out the message about Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.  Like David, I stand with our Sheriff.  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.  As David has suggested, I urge you to call or email Governor Scott and tell him you support Sheriff Israel and the job he is doing:  850-717-9249 or https://www.flgov.com/contact-gov-scott/email-the-governor/

    I will be back at the West Regional Courthouse and Library (Pine Island & Broward) on Wednesday, February 28th, from 10 AM to 2 PM, registering voters and collecting requests to vote-by-mail.  Would you like to join me out there on that day?

    On Saturday, March 3rd, from 11 AM to 2 PM, there will be a Community Block Party in front of Sam’s Club at 13550 W. Sunrise Blvd.  The Plantation Democratic Club will have a table and will be registering voters and collecting requests to vote by mail.  Let us know if you would like to help.

    The Annual Meeting of the Broward Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union will be from 12 to 3 PM on Saturday,March 10th at the West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd. in Plantation.  The discussion will include the proposals that the Constitutional Revision Commission could put on November’s Ballot.  This event is freed and refreshments will be served.

    Alan

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Will You Join the Kids in Washington?

    Hi, Friends!

    Another great day at the West Regional Courthouse on Wednesday.  Janet Thompson and Elizabeth Mumby came out and helped to collect 14 voter registration forms and 20 vote-by-mail requests!

    1.  This evening, there will be a special forum sponsored by various Democratic Clubs, hosting Tallahassee Mayor and Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Gillum.  The location is the Jim Ward Community Center, 301 NW 46 Avenue in Plantation, and doors will open at 5:30 PM.  Refreshments will be served.

    2.  On Saturday, February 24th, John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation from 10 AM to 6 PM to register voters.  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.

    3.  Also on Saturday, the Broward Democratic Party is sponsoring a Canvassing Day of Action to Get Out the Vote for Dean Trantalis.  Any volunteer who has been trained as a certified canvasser can come out to help at 1 PM at the All Broward Realty Office at 4325 W. Sunrise Blvd. in Plantation.

    4.  Also on Saturday, starting at 3 PM, that same real estate office will become the first South Florida Field Office for the Andrew Gillum for Governor Campaign, and Mayor Gillum will be there ready to meet you, answer your questions, and get you involved.

    5.  I will be back at the West Regional Courthouse and Library (Pine Island & Broward) on Wednesday, February 28th, from 10 AM to 2 PM, registering voters and collecting requests to vote-by-mail.  Can you come out and help on that day?

    6.  On Saturday, March 3rd, from 11 AM to 2 PM, there will be a Community Block Party in front of Sam’s Club at 13550 W. Sunrise Blvd.  The Plantation Democratic Club will have a table and will be registering voters and collecting requests to vote by mail.  Let us know if you would like to help.
 
    7.  Also on
Saturday, March 3rd starting at 6 PM Saturday, March 3rd starting at 6 PM, the Broward Democratic Party is having its Obama Roosevelt Legacy Dinner at the Hyatt Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale.  The Keynote Speaker will be Joe Kennedy, III!  For more information and tickets, go to:  www.browarddemocrats.org/ORL2018.

    8.  The Annual Meeting of the Broward Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union will be from 12 to 3 PM on Saturday,March 10th at the West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd. in Plantation.  The discussion will include the proposals that the Constitutional Revision Commission could put on November’s Ballot.  This event is freed and refreshments will be served.

    9.  On Saturday, March 24th, the kids and families of Parkland invite you to march with them on the streets of Washington, DC to demand that lives and safety become a priority and that gun violence and mass shootings in schools come to an end.

     Alan

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Have You Seen Thomas Friedman’s Op-Ed Yet?

    Good afternoon, everybody!

    There is so much going on that I almost don’t know where to begin.

    1.  I will be back at the West Regional Courthouse and Library (Pine Island & Broward) tomorrow (Wednesday) from 10 AM to 2 PM, registering voters and collecting requests to vote-by-mail.  How about joining me out there?

    2.  The Town Hall “Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action” will air on CNN at 9 PM tomorrow night.

    3.  On Friday, February 23rd, there will be a special forum sponsored by various Democratic Clubs, hosting Tallahassee Mayor and Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Gillum.  The location is the Jim Ward Community Center, 301 NW 46 Avenue in Plantation, and doors will open at 5:30 PM.  Refreshments will be served.

    4.  On Saturday, February 24th, John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation from 10 AM to 6 PM to register voters.  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.

    5.  Also on Saturday, February 24th, the Broward Democratic Party is sponsoring a Canvassing Day of Action to Get Out the Vote for Dean Trantalis.  Any volunteer who has been trained as a certified canvasser can come out to help at 1 PM at Dale Holness’ All Broward Realty Office at 4325 W. Sunrise Blvd. in Plantation.

    6.  On Saturday, March 3rd, from 11 AM to 2 PM, there will be a Community Block Party in front of Sam’s Club at 13550 W. Sunrise Blvd.  The Plantation Democratic Club will have a table and will be registering voters and collecting requests to vote by mail.  Let us know if you would like to help.
 
    7.  Also on
Saturday, March 3rd starting at 6 PM Saturday, March 3rd starting at 6 PM, the Broward Democratic Party is having its Obama Roosevelt Legacy Dinner at the Hyatt Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale.  The Keynote Speaker will be Joe Kennedy, III!  For more information and tickets, go to:  www.browarddemocrats.org/ORL2018.

    8.  The Annual Meeting of the Broward Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union will be from 12 to 3 PM on Saturday,March 10th at the West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd. in Plantation.  The discussion will include the proposals that the Constitutional Revision Commission could put on November’s Ballot.  This event is freed and refreshments will be served.

    Finally, if you have not yet read Thomas Friedman’s Op-Ed in the New York Times, you’ve got to see it.  Here’s how his opinion piece begins:

    President Trump is either totally compromised by the Russians or is a towering fool, or both, but either way he has shown himself unwilling or unable to defend America against a Russian campaign to divide and undermine our democracy.”

    To see the rest, use either of these links: 

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/18/opinion/trump-russia-putin.html


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Here’s an Op-Ed You Should Read

    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 President of Champion Briefs, an education resources company helping students with public speaking and debate skills.  Last Friday, 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 will be back at the West Regional Courthouse and Library (Pine Island & Broward) on Wednesday, February 21st, from 10 AM to 2 PM, registering voters and collecting requests to vote-by-mail.  How about joining me out there?

    On Friday, February 23rd, there will be a special forum sponsored by various Democratic Clubs, hosting Tallahassee Mayor and Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Gillum.  The location is the Jim Ward Community Center, 301 NW 46 Avenue in Plantation, and doors will open at 5:30 PM.  Refreshments will be served.

    On Saturday, February 24th, John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation from 10 AM to 6 PM to register voters.  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.
Saturday, February 17th, John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation from 10 AM to 6 PM to register voters.  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. John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation from 10 AM to 6 PM to register voters.  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.
    The Broward Democratic Party’s Obama Roosevelt Legacy Dinner will be at the Hyatt Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, March 3rd starting at 6 PM.  The Keynote Speaker will be Joe Kennedy, III!  For more information and tickets, go to:  www.browarddemocrats.org/ORL2018  Save the date!

    You may have also heard that students are organizing a March on Washington later in March.  Stay tuned for more information about that event.

    And finally, save the date Saturday, May 5th for the Plantation Democratic Club’s annual celebration and open bar at Volunteer Park’s Banquet Room, this year honoring the service of our own Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel!  I will be making my world famous punch once again!

    Alan

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One More Event Tomorrow

    Hi again!

    Just wanted to let you know about the Rally which is also taking place tomorrow at the Federal Courthouse from 1 to 3 PM.  Cynthia Busch, Chair of the Broward Democratic Party, has sent out the following notice:

    Dear Broward Democrats,

    Of course, we’re all devastated here in Broward County. Many of you have been reaching out asking what you can do to make a difference. We are supporting the efforts of Community Leaders, Elected Officials and Allied organizations who are focusing on legislation that is currently pending in Tallahassee. They are organizing to ensure that bills that could prevent these tragedies in the future are heard and voted upon. 

    As a first step we are encouraging anyone who wants to participate to gather for a rally tomorrow at the Federal Courthouse, 299 E. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 33301 from 1PM – 3PM.

    Let’s work together to get these important bills heard and passed this session.

    In solidarity,

    Cynthia Busch, Chair

 

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Are You Horrified? Join Us on Saturday!

    In response to the horrific shooting in Parkland this week, a professional basketball player said this:  “It doesn’t seem to matter to our government that children are being shot to death day after day in schools!”  Isn’t it past time for common sense action on our gun problem?

    Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is one of the most active movements to end gun violence and build safer communities in our country.  They are having a New Members Meeting this Saturday, February 17th at 11 AM at the West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd. (at the intersection of Pine Island and Broward) in Plantation.  You can RSVP through the following link:  http://act.everytown.org/event/moms-demand-action-event/8120/signup/?akid=69519.5374385.bPfRWk&zip=&source=emne_20180215-Parkland

    Hope to see you there!

    Alan

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