Updated Member Dashboard; Option for Club Officers to Add Multiple Dates

The next time you log in to BlueBroward, you will see an updated member “dashboard” showing all the things you can do with your BlueBroward.org account.

If you have previously published events to the site (or have editing rights through membership in a club or campaign), your event posting and editing options will be shown on the left side of the screen.

The options that apply to anyone — any BlueBroward member can post an event, a blog, or a campaign listing — are listed on the right.

In response to a request from Democratic club leaders, I’ve added the option to check off several dates and add them in one shot. When you do this, your event listings will be completed using the location and contact details set up in your club’s event template. You can then go back and add details such as the names of speakers as appropriate. An earlier incarnation of the website had this feature, and some club leaders missed it.

I have also tried to provide clear links to previously entered events so members know they can edit them rather than creating a new event. Some people seem to get confused and create duplicate entries, which I then have to go back and delete.

Member Dashboard

Potential EPA Budget Slash Putting Florida’s Water At Risk

According to this article from the LA Times, the House GOP’s bill aiming to restrict the EPA’s authority of environmental regulation may have a
negative impact on water pollution levels in Florida. The article reads:

“The proposal slices the Environmental Protection Agency budget by 30% — the largest cut to any agency. It bars the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions and from implementing new water pollution limits in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and in Florida.

The bill stops the agency from enforcing new limits on toxic emissions, such as mercury, from cement plants and from updating air pollution standards on dust and other coarse particulate matter that exacerbate asthma and lung ailments. It withdraws funding for the enforcement of dredge and fill regulations that the EPA recently used to halt a big mountaintop-removal coal project in West Virginia.”

With Florida water pollution limits under the gun as well, the proposed legislation could have a dramatic impact on the Florida ecosystem. The potential health threat this legislation present s is staggering. With an increase in pollution and environmental toxins comes an increase in the number of annual children diagnosed with asthma, brain cancer, mesothelioma, and other serious health problems.

Asthma, even for adults, is one of the largest contributors to work and school absenteeism. The illness results in almost 15 million lost workdays each year. Furthermore, mesothelioma symptoms (a rare cancer that forms on the lining of the lungs) are often mistaken for symptoms of asthma. When left undiagnosed, the mesothelioma life expectancy does not generally exceed 14 months.

Broward Dems Area Leader Candidate Roundup

Precinct committee representatives on the Democratic Executive Committee should be sure to attend Tuesday night’s meeting, which will include the election for Area Leaders. The DEC divides the county into 13 areas, and a strong area leader can make things happen within that region at election time — for example, by organizing locations for phone banking and recruiting volunteers locally. I encourage you to challenge the candidates to say what they will do to make Democratic victory more likely in coming elections.

The candidates who asked me to include an announcement with their names on BlueBroward are:

Area 4: Chester Just (incumbent) and Nicholas Steffens

Area 7: Geri Peterkin (incumbent)

Area 8: Betty DiMaio

Area 10: Randy Fleisher

Area 11: Maggie Macaulay and Marsha Smith

I’m sharing information, not offering endorsements. A few of these candidates have posted information to the blog, outlining their qualifications, and I’ve linked their names to the blog entries.

Betty DiMaio Candidate for Area 8 Leader

I am a candidate for Area Leader in Area 8 (previously Area 9) which encompasses Northern Ft. Lauderdale, Oakland Park, and Wilton Manors.

I have been a precinct committeewoman in Ft. Lauderdale for the last four years.  I was a Neighborhood Team Leader for Obama in 2008, and am now a volunteer Community Organizer for Organizing for America.  I am a member of several Democratic Clubs in NE Broward and was on the Board of Directors for the Dolphin Democrats in 2010.

Throughout 2009, I led the volunteer effort in Broward County to get Fair Districts petitions signed and was thrilled we not only got Fair Districts Amendments 5&6 on the ballot, but that they both passed.

During the last election cycle, I worked passionately to organize volunteers in NE Broward to get out the Democratic vote.  Working with the Florida Democratic Party’s Coordinated Campaign for all our Democratic candidates in NE Broward, I hosted numerous phone banks and canvasses with the generous assistance of Ken Evans and Tim Ross who provided venues for us.  While we didn’t win any of the seats we worked on, I am more committed than ever to the election of Democratic candidates.   This year, I am continuing to provide opportunities for volunteers to get together to share ideas and stay active politically as we prepare for the 2012 effort.

I have been endorsed by Area Leaders Ken Evans, Ron Mills, Bernie Parness and Cynthia Busch as well as our former Area Leader Tim Ross who is now the Corresponding Secretary for the Broward DEC.

As your Area Leader, I pledge to keep you informed on local, state, and national issues.  I will support you in getting out the vote in your precinct, working with you to make sure you have all the tools you need.  I will coordinate our efforts with other Area Leaders, Democratic Clubs and Organizing for America.

I urge you to attend the Broward DEC meeting and vote for me for your Area Leader.

Marsha Smith

My name is Marsha Smith and I am a candidate for the position of Area Leader in Area 11 which is Pembroke Pines and Miramar. I have resided in Pembroke Pines for 15 years and have enjoyed watching Pembroke Pines and Miramar grow and improve day by day. I live in Pembroke Pines with my husband and little dog Jessy. I am presently a support facilitator (teacher) at Flanagan High school in Pembroke Pines. I am a graduate of Florida International University where I earned a Master of Science. I have worked for  Broward County schools for 30 years. I am a people person who has helped students, parents, teachers and administrators. Growing up in a family of business people , I have a good sense of how businesses operate. I am a precinct captain, district leader and President of the Pembroke Pines Democratic Club. I will talk about my plans for Area 11 at the election on Tuesday February 15th at 7 p.m.  I hope to see you there!



VOTE  *****  MARSHA  SMITH  *****

Nicholas Steffens for Area 4 Leader

Dear Fellow Democrat:

For those of you who do not know me, my name is Nicholas Steffens and I have decided to run for Area 4 Leader of the Broward County Democratic Executive Committee (“DEC”.)  Over the past year, I have closely monitored our local club (the Coral Springs/Parkland Democratic Club), the DEC, political activities in the area and the election results, both primary and general.  After considering all of this and at the urging of several local Democrats, I have decided that I should run for this position.  The election will take place on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at Deicke Auditorium in Plantation, Florida.

For those of you who do not know me, I currently serve as a District Leader for Area 4 in the DEC and Secretary of the Coral Springs/Parkland Democratic Club.  I am also a member of the Broward Young Democrats and the Regular Democratic Club of Margate.  I am a local lawyer with my own practice in Coral Springs.  My wife, daughter and I live in Parkland.  Further, I currently serve on the City of Parkland’s Education Advisory Board and the Broward County Parks Advisory Board. I also serve on the Executive Committee of the Parkland Chamber of Commerce.  My family is a member of Congregation Kol Tikvah in Parkland.

To be clear, this is neither a race against the current office holder nor a part of some plot against the current leadership of the DEC.  Instead, my candidacy represents something quite different – an opportunity for genuine, progressive activism in northwest Broward County.

During the primary and the general election, our area had virtually no leadership to provide direction on election activities.  Fortunately, I was able to coordinate with the Ron Klein/Florida Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign to have a phone bank established at my law office to support Congressman Klein, Alex Sink and Dan Gelber.  While we may have come up short, thousands of phone calls were made out of this phone bank thanks to local volunteers coordinated by myself and the coordinated campaign and our area was one of the best performing in 22nd Congressional District.  Recently, I also helped Commissioner Le Peerman win her election in Margate by organizing voter turnout drives and her internet presence.

The other area I will focus on is being an emissary between different communities of interest and the Democratic Party.  Specifically, the Area Leader should be working to develop relationships with faith leaders, small business owners, community organizers, local activists, young people, senior citizens and other potential sources of volunteers, voters and leaders.  While some members of these groups would be new to me, I already have strong ties in many of them which will increase our chance for success.

The unquestionable fact is that modern politics is evolving quickly.  We have no idea what the political landscape will look like in two years.  However, in two years, we must have known that we did all we could to re-elect Barack Obama, to take advantage of new legislative and Congressional Districts and ensure that a Democrat is sent to the U.S. Senate from Florida.  It is my solemn promise to all of you that I will work hard as your Area Leader to make sure all of these things happen.

If you would like to speak to me further about my candidacy, do not hesitate to do so.  I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, December 15, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at Deicke Auditorium.




(954) 399-0529

CHESTER JUST, Candidate for DEC Area 4 Leader

Download the campaign flyer (PDF)

I am a candidate  for Re-election as DEC Area 4 Leader.  The election will be at a regular DEC Meeting at 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, February 15, 2011. Deicke Auditorium, 5701 Cypress Road, Plantation.  I ask for your support.  The rules require your  personal presence.

Area 4  consists of all precincts in Coral Springs (E-003 thru E-043) and Parkland

(Q-040 thru Q-046).
Facts –  about the position of Area 4 Leader:
1.   I have served as Area 4 Leader for the past 2 years.
2.   The election is limited to DEC Precinct  Committeepersons  who appear  at  the election in
person.  Proxies are not permitted.

3.  I have  reasons for seeking re-election:  I will continue to  be an effective voice in the DEC  with definite proposals to advance and strengthen our party. I am open to your suggestions.

a. Serve  as a voice for  liberal and  progressive Democratic positions  on political  issues.  Protecting advancements in Health Care reform.  Defending Social Security from privatization. Ending our engagements in futile foreign wars.  Investing our resources in job-creating infra-structure projects.  Moving Florida from the bottom of the list in education funding.  Enacting more favorable labor laws in Florida. Support of EFCA. Seeking a more progressive taxing system based on ability to pay.  Closing down the SOA.  Protection of choice in reproductive rights.  Promotion of  Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.  Work to nominate and elect candidates who support these goals.

b. Politics.  The DEC must bring out the vote and support Democratic candidates – but it also has an obligation to provide its members with a forum, a sounding board – a means to be heard – on vital social and political issues.  Your voice counts.

c. Specifics.  I would like our party to consider seeking partisan municipal elections – so we know if we are voting for a Democrat or a Republican or for someone who does not know who they are. I would like to see an Election Ballot set up along party lines.  We would have many more Democratic elected officials if our last ballot had been organized along party lines. I would like to see the  Democratic Party  as the primary  source of funding to run elections – rather than each candidate  currently having his or her own  separate  political organization.

d.  Positions.  These  ideas are not cast in stone.  Politics is the art of the possible.  But a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step, and I believe that I can advance the best interests of our party.  Your input is welcome.
QUALIFICATIONS:  Labor law attorney.  Law practice and Administrative Law Adjudicator.  Liberal and progressive Democrat.  ACLU.  Anti-Defamation League, Amnesty International. SOA Watch. Gold Card (35 year) American Federation of Musicians AFL-CIO member.  FADP. American United for Separation of Church and State.   Democratic club memberships.

Thank you for your consideration.
Your calls are welcome. Chester Just  (Committeeman Pct E-13)      8501 Shadow Court, Coral Springs,  FL 33071
Tel 954-971-1998 &  Fax  954-971-4838
Cel 954-464-1022  E-mail:  LegalMr@aol.com