KENDRICK MEEK IN THE NEWS: Time, NPR, Politico

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

KENDRICK MEEK IN THE NEWS

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

2PM
7620 N Nob Hill Rd
Tamarac, FL 33321

Thursday, June 3

Holiday Springs Margate
1:30PM
Clubhouse
3131 Holiday Springs Blvd
Margate

Monday, June 21
Century Village
Deerfield Bch Activity Ctr
10AM
3501 West Drive
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Monday, June 21 Wynmoor Coconut Creek
Clubhouse Ballrooms

2PM
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

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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.

Coffee Party vs. Tea Party Debate on May 11

c/o my friend Ilene Singer
THIS WILL TRUELY BE SOMETHING TO BE A PART OF !!
If you’re not familiar with the Coffee Party Movement, check out the National Website
Let’s show the Tea Party people, a better way to bring about change.
Please sign up and get your ticket today, before they’re all gone.

From: cpmbroward@gmail.com
To: coffeepartypbc@gmail.com
Sent: 4/26/2010 4:29:18 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Coffee or Tea Summit

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Hello Coffee Party Broward Members,

I would like to tell you about a very exciting event we have coming up next month. The Sun-Sentinel is sponsoring a debate between the South Florida Tea Party and the Coffee Party Broward. The event is scheduled to take place on Tuesday,May 11th at Nova Southeastern University’s Terry Building, from 6:30p.m. to 8:30p.m.
You must have a ticket to be allowed inside for the event so I am linking the web site in this email. Please register and show your support for the Coffee Party Movement.
We are hoping to have some National members attend the event too, so with any luck we may even have Annabel Park come down to show her support too. As soon as I have absolute conformation on that I will let you know.

Our representative will be Jonathan Abramson from Coral Springs and the Tea Party representative will be Ed Fulop from Palm Beach County. We’re looking forward to a healthy civil debate on the issues that both parties feel strongly about. The Sun-Sentinel has made it clear that this is not a political event and that they will not tolerate signs inside the building.

I hope to see you all there! Please feel free to share this link with your friends too, the more support we can show for Jonathan and the Coffee Party the better. This event is getting a lot of attention in the South Florida Tea Party circles as well as the South Florida “9/12 Project” circles. CPM needs a lot of friendly faces in the audience too!

Thank you all so much for your support. If you have any questions please email me at this address or send me a message on Facebook.

See you there!

Lucy Rowles-Springer
CPM-Broward

Coffee or Tea Summit – sign up here

Relaunching electscottjbrook.com for the *2012* Florida House District 96 Race

Coral Springs Mayor Scott J. Brook has begun his race for Florida House District 96, getting an early start on the 2012 cycle. He is not running against Rep. Ari Porth, who will be running for his final term this Fall before running up against term limits. Scott is finishing his final term on the Coral Springs City Commission, with a new Mayor to be elected this Fall.

To follow Scott’s campaign, please volunteer or sign up for his email list at www.electscottjbrook.com.

District 96 includes Coral Springs, Tamarac, and parts of Sunrise, Lauderhill, and North Lauderdale.

Congressman Klein: Olbermann Calls out Allen West on Threats

Reposting this message from Congressman Klein. He turned it into a fundraising appeal, which is perfectly legitimate when you consider how important it is to counter this kind of a dangerous opponent.

Olbermann Calls out Allen West on Threats

Dear Friend,

Yesterday, I wrote to tell you about the outrageous behavior of our tea party radical opponent who issued a threat by telling his supporters ‘You’ve got to make the fellow scared to come out of his house’.

His outrageous behavior is drawing national attention. Last week, Sarah Palin endorsed him and last night Keith Olbermann made note in his special comment of his despicable threats regarding his threatening behavior.

The national Republicans, the media and the political pundits are watching our fundraising totals in the next few days in order to gage West’s chances against me in November. We cannot let the spewing of hate, intimidation and violence get the last word.

We set a goal of raising $10,000 more for our urgent rapid response funds before Friday. We are close to hitting our goal but it’s clear we are going to need additional support.

We must show our strength.

Check out Keith Olbermann’s special comment on this and contribute $20, $35 or even a generous gift of $100 to send Sarah Palin and her friends a message – we stand united and strong!

You can count on me to stand strong in the face of whatever dirty tricks or shameful attacks that Sarah Palin and her tea party friends want to throw at us. But, I will need resources to make sure that I can continue to make sure to set the record straight.

I wouldn’t ask this of you if it weren’t so important that we have these resources to fight back.Keith Olbermann said it best when he said there is no room in our democracy for threats and intimidation. I couldn’t agree more.

Check out Keith Olbermann’s special comment on this and contribute $20, $35 or even a generous gift of $100 to send Sarah Palin and her friends a message – we stand united and strong!

Thank you for always standing with me.

Onward to victory,

Rep. Ron Klein

Palm Beach Post Endorses Ted Deutch

Endorsement: Pick Deutch for U.S. House

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/opinion/editorials/endorsement-pick-deutch-for-u-s-house-514472.html

In the Florida Legislature, Ted Deutch has shown he can work across the aisle to get things done. But the Democratic state senator from Boca Raton also knows when to take a stand on principle. Sen. Deutch is the best choice to fill the U.S. House District 19 seat in the April 13 special election. Early voting starts tomorrow. The seat will be up for election again in November.

Democrats are badly outnumbered in the Florida Senate and House. But last year Sen. Deutch persuaded the fervently anti-tax Republicans to support a $1 per pack tax on cigarettes. The revenue has been important to the state this year, even if Sen. Deutch’s primary goal was to discourage smoking.

Given that he’s running in an overwhelmingly Democratic district to replace Rep. Robert Wexler, who resigned to run a Middle East think tank in Washington, it’s no surprise that Sen. Deutch is reliably liberal. It’s also no surprise he frequently has been on the losing side in the Legislature. When the Florida Senate approved SB 6, a heavy-handed attempt to impose FCAT-based merit pay on teachers, Sen. Deutch voted against it and said, “Let’s be clear about one thing. Testing is not teaching.” He was one of only two senators who also stood up to the gun lobby to vote against a bill to keep adoption agencies from asking prospective parents about gun ownership.

Mr. Deutch will fit in better in the U.S. House, which is controlled, at least until the November election, by Democrats. There, he will be a supporter of President Obama’s recently passed health care legislation, particularly covering existing conditions and closing the doughnut hole.

Sen. Deutch also supports Mr. Obama’s policy of sending more troops to Afghanistan. To justify the U.S. commitment, however, Afghanistan has to assume increasing responsibility. Keeping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and threatening the United States and Israel is another top foreign policy concern. He has said such issues outweigh any momentary U.S.-Israeli disagreements, such as Israel’s announcement of housing construction in East Jerusalem during Vice President Biden’s recent trip.

Domestically, he wants to ensure that stimulus dollars are disbursed as quickly as possible and that future spending is focused on helping small businesses. Helping homeowners facing foreclosure is another priority.

He faces two opponents, Republican Edward Lynch and Jim McCormick, a former Republican with no party affiliation. Neither has supported key domestic objectives of the Obama administration. Mr. Lynch’s record features a number of financial disputes. Most recently, his homeowners’ association filed a lien against him for unpaid maintenance assessments. Both opponents are long shots in the district. Both deserve to be, and not just because it is a Democratic stronghold.

Marleine Bastien: Help Me Change How Business Is Done In Washington

Sharing this on behalf of my friend and client Marleine Bastien.

Help Me Change How Business Is Done In Washington

My Dear Friends:

Several months ago, I declared my candidacy to be the Congresswoman for District 17. I want to change the way business is done in Washington. For too long, we’ve bailed out companies that hurt our communities. We have used our resources to wage unnecessary wars.

On Tuesday, January 12th, a strong earthquake hit Haiti. Thousands, including members of my own family, lost their lives. After the earthquake, I went to Haiti to advocate for a strong and immediate recovery. I brought food, water, tents, and medication to those in need. While there, I was struck by the vibrancy of the community and the incredible resilience of the Haitian people.

Americans are also resilient in the face of adversity, but we need leadership to achieve goals like affordable healthcare and fair economic recovery. Our country needs to regain its strength if it is to continue to extend a helping hand when other nations suffer, or even, to protect its own people when the next Hurricane Katrina strikes.

My recent experiences have strengthened my resolve to become your Congresswoman.

Our economy needs to be rebuilt. I am running for Congress to make government work for you instead of rich corporations. You deserve to have stable, gainful employment to take care of your family, send your children to college and save for your retirement. Your children deserve the best education so that they can look at the future with hopeful eyes and trusting hearts, not with the anxiety of a fearful nation.

My life has been one of service. My parents taught me the importance of caring for others and giving back. For more than 28 years, I have championed issues like immigration reform, affordable housing, health care, good jobs, women’s and workers’ rights. I have been deeply engaged in the district, and I know the challenges facing our community today. We are tired of more of the same. We need new visionary leadership, and I’m ready for the challenge.

But I cannot do it without you. Please make a $20, $50, $100 donation to my campaign before the March 31st reporting deadline so that I can fight for you in Washington. You can give as much as $2,400. Go to www.votebastien.com and make your donation today.

Sincerely,

Marleine Bastien