Volunteers Needed For Klein Campaign Office!!!

Cross-posting this on behalf of the Klein campaign:

From: Anthony Morse <amorse@ronkleinforcongress.com>

We have come up with the temporary schedule for phone banks for the next two weeks. These are temporary schedules as the campaign is working towards being open every day. The two week schedule is as follows.

Monday: 10 am to 8 pm
Tuesday: 10 am to 8 pm
Wednesday: 4 pm to 8 pm
Thursday: 4 pm to 8 pm
Friday: 10 am to 4 pm

The office address is
623 North Federal Highway( North West Side of Federal and NE 6th St.)
Pompano Beach

Please let me know if you can volunteer any of your time

Anthony Morse
Volunteer Coordinator
Ron Klein for Congress


Standing Room Only at Congressman Klein’s Kickoff

This was good to see, an overflow crowd of supporters coming out to cheer on Congressman Ron Klein as he officially kicked off his 2010 re-election campaign. The event at the new Broward campaign headquarters, 623 North Federal Highway, Pompano Beach (Map), followed two other kickoff events at the parts of his district that reach up into Palm Beach County.

Standing Room Only

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Our Successful Weekend and Other Items

I just took action on an issue that I consider very important.  I have (again) asked Governor Crist to veto HB 1143 – a bill that will drastically undermine women’s privacy rights and access to reproductive healthcare.  Please call his office at (850) 488-4441 or (850) 488-7146 or send him an email at charlie.crist@myflorida.com and ask him to veto HB 1143.

We had a very successful weekend of canvassing for Organizing for America in Plantation.  We knocked on over 300 doors, had mostly enthusiastic responses, collected dozens of commitments from neighbors that they will vote again this year.  Many thanks to Ralph Rickel for helping to plan and organize this event, and to canvassers Don Borim, Susan and Robert Mencia, Debra and Ron Edouard, Felicia Grey, Jessica Ryner, Kitty Gearhart, John Ziegler, Janet Thompson, and Errol Brown.

I still have maps and lists of our targeted voters (people who voted for the first time in 2008) in Plantation.  So let me know if you’d like to volunteer a few hours next weekend or the weekend after that, and I’ll set you up.

Another item:

My friend and fellow ACLU Board member Barry Butin would like to have an organizational meeting about setting up a mass protest against BP and its oil spill at a time and location to be discussed.  Barry says that “While many valuable protests, comments, and discussions are held on the internet, I believe we should be out there in droves to protest BP’s arrogance and incompetence.”  Please call or send your thoughts about organizing such an event to Barry Butin at 954-217-6916 or bbcrimdef@aol.com.

2010 BlueBroward.org Membership Drive

Please tell your friends about BlueBroward.org and why they should join. Tell them about the Calendar, the Community Blog, and the Campaign Listings, and tell them we need more activists and more campaigns registered and participating in this online community for the 2010 campaign cycle.

Or tell me I’m all wet, if you don’t really believe those things. But I’m hoping enough of you will see the value in what BlueBroward represents to encourage your friends to sign up. BlueBroward’s continuing mission is to grassroots provide organizing tools for Democratic activists and campaigns in Broward. Nothing more, nothing less.

All that’s required for registration is an email address. Oh, and you have to solve one of those “type the hidden message” riddles to prove you’re a real person and not a spam robot (sorry, but those robots are a pain).

See the how to category on the blog for guidelines on how to post events, campaign listings, and blog entries.


David F. Carr, webmaster, david@bluebroward.org

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Disaffected Democrats

This was a bit discouraging. When I sent out an appeal for volunteers to help with the Organizing for America campaign 2010 kickoff event on Saturday, the only people who wrote back did so to complain about Obama and tell me why they were not motivated to help.

This is from Lisa Owen, who had written me a couple of times previously to complain about the direction of the health care reform legislation when I announced events in support of that effort.

This government that I helped get elected is happy to instigate more studies of what happened in the Gulf, spend endless time blaming George Bush and do nothing as oil threatens to land on the Florida Wetlands Beaches, and incase you did not know it can go miles up our canals. The Government has no plan to protect the state. This is worse than 9/11 and the incompetence is unbelieveable. There is no leadership and no concern for what can happen here in Florida. PB does not have enough money to pay for destroying our environment. I am completely disgusted. Why would I help bring more incompetence to destroy my very home.

Did the Obama administration give BP the permit or not? Did they not know the level of compromise gong on in the energy department. They are completly complicit it is disgusting. Prostitution is completely destroying America. Why not call it what is it Organizing to help corporations rape us and take everything we have of value. Nothing is more valuable than our own state. That health bill is nothing but a gift the health insurance industry. I can assure you it will only make people sicker.

This note is from Paul (I didn’t get his permission to use his full name, so I won’t)

Continuous war and huge military spending, wall street fat cats cash in and get a “get out of jail free” card, backtracking on legal rights of detainees, oil companies in bed with regulators, an immigration policy that is a joke, little progress getting onto clean energy, an economy with fundamental problems (except for health care) that have not begun to be addressed…what do I have to be enthused about?

I don’t know either of these people well, but the fact that they’re BlueBroward members tells me that at some point they were motivated to work for the Democratic cause. And now they’re apparently not.

It’s not necessarily news that some people who supported Obama are disillusioned. Some probably had unrealistic expectations about how much of that magical Change he could achieve and how fast.

I’d be lying if I didn’t admit we’ve had some of these conversations in my own household:

  • Can’t believe Obama is doing X.
  • Can’t believe Obama isn’t doing Y.
  • Why don’t the Democrats in Congress stand up for Z, instead of caving in to Republican demands?

Good volunteers are not robots, programmed to love every position every Democrat takes, no matter what principles have been compromised away. We want something to believe in, but candidates and campaigns still have to earn our respect. And when you’ve spent a lot of evenings and weekends working the phones or getting sweaty and sunburned knocking on doors, it hurts to be left wondering if it was worth it. So I can understand people being discouraged, burned out, even bitter.

Ultimately, I have my frustrations, but I come to a different conclusion. I believe the health care reform is too little and coming too slowly, but I also believe it represents progress. It’s something we can build on, given a chance — if we don’t let that chance slip away in November. I see a President who inherited a recession and two wars trying his best to get the country back on track. I may not always agree with him on strategy or tactics, speaking as an arm chair quarterback, but I wouldn’t want the job he has.

Meanwhile, I don’t want to see 2010 produce a Republican Revolution like the one that happened two years into the Clinton presidency, making it even more difficult to get anything worthwhile done.

I never believed Obama would be able to wave his hands and make all that is wrong with Washington go away. But I do believe he is trying to move the country in the right direction, a step at a time. I hope he has learned a few things about what works and what doesn’t, when it comes to compromising versus fighting.

And I believe in the mission of Organizing for America, which recognizes that Obama can’t do it alone. The 2008 volunteers who are thinking about sitting out the 2010 campaigns need to give some serious thought to whether they really want to wind up living in Sarah Palin’s America. Things can always get worse, but only we can make them better.

I invite your comments.


Good to see this attention for Kendrick Meek’s campaign for Senate.


Time Magazine, NPR, Politico and The White House Comment on Kendrick Meek’s Position in the Race

MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. – U.S. Democratic Senate candidate Kendrick Meek made national news this week as Time Magazine, NPR, Politico and the White House commented on Kendrick Meek’s strong position in the race:

Time Magazine joined Kendrick on the trail this week. The title of the article says it all: How Florida’s Forgotten Democrat Could Win the Senate Seat.

NPR focuses on how Florida’s Meek Faces Powerful Rivals for Senate Seat:

“But Meek says to wait until the general election, when he’ll be able to draw on the influence of the state Democratic Party and President Obama. ‘I can tell you, when Air Force One lands, it won’t be landing for Charlie Crist – it will be landing for Kendrick Meek,’ he says. ‘When Democratic executive committees start to make phone calls on Aug. 25, the day after the primary, it will not be for the governor, it will be for the Democratic nominee, Kendrick Meek – me.'”

Politico discusses the role that the oil spill has had on political campaigns in Dems Drill Campaign Foes Over BP, and cites the conflicting positions on offshore drilling of Florida Senate candidates:

“While Rubio has moderated his rhetoric on drilling and Crist has effectively reversed his past support for offshore exploration, Meek’s campaign is quick to note that he’s the only major candidate in the race who’s always opposed near-shore drilling projects.”

During his briefing yesterday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs strongly stated:

“[The President] supports his campaign for Senate….We are supportive of Congressman Meek.”

Congressman Deutch Town Hall Meetings

Please join
Congressman Ted Deutch
for Town Hall Meetings in your area. Invited guests include your city, county and state officials.

Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, June 2
Kings Point Tamarac
Cabaret Room in Clubhouse

7620 N Nob Hill Rd
Tamarac, FL 33321

Thursday, June 3

Holiday Springs Margate
3131 Holiday Springs Blvd

Monday, June 21
Century Village
Deerfield Bch Activity Ctr
3501 West Drive
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Monday, June 21 Wynmoor Coconut Creek
Clubhouse Ballrooms

1001 Wynmoor Circle
Coconut Creek, Florida, 33066

Ron Klein: Keep West off the podium and in the audience

Reposting this, from Congress Ron Klein, because I think it’s really important that we win this race.

Dear David,

Make no mistake: my opponent isn’t simply attempting to bring his radical and dangerous views to Congress – he’s attempting to make himself a national figure and leader of the Republican party.

With the recent announcement that 2012 GOP Convention will be in Florida, the Washington Post suggested that Allen West could be a potential keynote speaker. The National Republican Congressional Committee is already supporting West, a self-declared “right-wing extremist.”

This the same person who has said, “I hate big-tent. I hate inclusiveness. And I hate outreach.” He has literally encouraged physical intimidation as a political tactic – saying this to supporters about me: “You’ve got to make the fellow scared to come out of his house.”

Help us make sure that the only seat Allen West gets at the convention is in the audience.

Reject West’s Tea-Party, Palin-esque politics – Donate to our campaign today!

It’s often the case that elections are between two people with essentially similar views… the differences in the margins of issues. This isn’t one of those races.

Allen West and I couldn’t be more different. This is truly a race that divides on tremendous ideological ground. He may make for great TV – but West’s positions are simply dangerous for our health as a country and our standing around the world.

Donate today – and send a message to the GOP that West is a tremendous boost – for Democrats.

Thank you as always for your support,

Congressman Ron Klein

Paid for by Klein for Congress

1900 Glades Road
Suite 200
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Formerly Known as the Tamarac Democratic Club

An insider controversy over the decertification of the Tamarac Democratic Club has broken into the media. The question is whether Mitch Caesar, chair of the Broward Democratic Party, acted because of egregious violations by the club or because of personal grudge against Patty Lynn, who had been elected president of the club (in an election Caesar has challenged as illegal).

From Bob Norman at the New Times, you can read an account titled Down With Ceasar. As you can tell from the headline, he is skeptical of the accusations made by Mitch Caesar and sympathetic to the appeal by the Tamarac Democratic Club (a.k.a., the organization formerly known as …)

From BrowardBeat.com, an account more critical of the club by Buddy Nevins (formerly the Sun-Sentinel political columnist):  Tamarac Democratic Club Killed By State Party

Attorney Randy Fleisher is representing the Tamarac club and has field a grievance addressed to the Broward Democratic Executive Committee, the Florida Democratic Party, and the Judicial Council.