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Bring Completed Petitions to Me!

    Hi, everybody!

    I was delighted and gratified to see that enough people in Alabama had the decency to do the right thing yesterday by electing the Democrat over the pedophile!  If we can maintain this level of Democratic motivation and excitement, 2018 will be a great year for Democratic candidates!

    Today was our last day at the South Regional Courthouse to collect rights restoration petitions.  On Monday, I was joined by Judy Ford, Ron McCoy, and Lauren Tate, and we registered 2 voters and collected 56 petitions.  On Tuesday, Jackie Braun and her Hollywood volunteers registered 2 more voters and collected 29 petitions.  And today, Janet Thompson, Ronnie Heller, and John Countryman came out and helped to register 5 voters and collect 64 more petitions.  Also today, Jon Cope appeared at the Courthouse with 21 petitions that he had gathered and Mary O’Donnell presented me with 4 more.  Thanks to everyone for making this last week so productive!

    All completed petitions should be delivered to me either tomorrow (Thursday) or Friday.  I will be at my address (see below) all day on Thursday for you to drop off petitions.  Just call first and let me know you’re on the way.  If you have any questions, just give me a call.

    AGAIN THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO PUT THIS AMENDMENT ON THE 2018 BALLOT!

    Alan
    9411 NW 10 Street
    Plantation, FL 33322
    (in Jacaranda Lakes just south of Sunrise and just west of Pine Island)
    954-472-6211

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Last Five Days!


    This is the last week to collect Rights Restoration Petitions.  THE FINAL DAY TO TURN OVER ALL COMPLETED PETITIONS TO ALAN EHRLICH IS DECEMBER 15TH!  The Voting Restoration Amendment would allow Floridians who have paid their debt to society by completing all terms of their sentence, including probation and parole, to earn back their right to vote.  We must make sure that we collect enough petitions (valid, certified petitions) to get the Amendment on the 2018 Ballot.  Attached is a copy of the petition.  You can also print out the petition at the following link:  https://www.aclufl.org/sites/default/files/field_documents/blank_petition_form.pdf  If you have completed petitions, please call or email Alan at 954-472-6211 or pan1@comcast.net, so that he can get them from you.

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Only One Week Left to Get on the Ballot!

    Hi, everybody!

    The Rights Restoration Campaign is now in the final week of petition collection.  THE FINAL DAY TO TURN OVER ALL COMPLETED PETITIONS TO ME IS DECEMBER 15TH! 
The Voting Restoration Amendment would allow Floridians who have paid their debt to society by completing all terms of their sentence, including probation and parole, to earn back their right to vote.  In order to get the Amendment on the 2018 Ballot, we need to submit 766,000 valid, certified petitions.  I have been told that the Campaign has collected over 900.000 petitions, but because many will be discarded as duplicates or invalid submissions, we need to continue to collect until the very last minute.  If you have completed petitions, call or email me during the next week so that I can get them from you.

    Last Sunday, at the Jazz Festival at Riverwalk in Fort Lauderdale, I was joined by Stephanie Rosendorf and Daniel Diaz.  The event was great and in just three hours, we collected 86 rights restoration petitions!  On Monday at the South Regional Courthouse, Judy Ford, Ronnie Heller, Lauren Tate, and Tracy McNeil helped to register 6 voters and collect 50 petitions.  On Tuesday at the South Regional Courthouse, Jackie Braun and her Hollywood volunteers collected another 17 petitions.  And at the South Regional Courthouse earlier today, John Countryman, Penny Cukier, and David Brown did an amazing job collecting 77 more petitions.  My thanks and gratitude to everyone who came out to help!

    We have one week to go!  These are the last few days for you to help make sure that we have enough valid petitions to get on the Ballot!

    Saturday is a State-wide Day of Action.  At 11 AM, I will join those collecting rights restoration petitions at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd in Fort Lauderdale (between Sunrise and Broward, west of I-95).  Please let me know if you would like to join us.

​    And on Monday and Wednesday, December 11th and 13th, I will be back at the South Regional Courthouse 3550 Hollywood Blvd., just west of I-95, in Hollywood.  I have all the forms needed, a table and chairs, and an overhang to protect us from the sun or the rain.   We start at 10 AM and work until 2 PM.  If you’d like to just fill a 2-hour shift, just let me know the times. The weather is better.  These will be the last 2 days that I will be collecting petitions!  Please let me know when you can join me.

    Alan Ehrlich
    954-472-6211

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Great Day in Sunrise!

    ​Hi, everybody!

    It was an awesome day at the Woodstock Arts Festival in Sunrise.  The weather was glorious, and with the help of Robin Larson, Teresa Williams, and my own Shoshanna Ehrlich, we collected 145 rights restoration petitions!

    Today I will try out the Jazz Festival at Riverwalk in Fort Lauderdale from 11 AM to 2 PM.

​    On Monday and Wednesday, December 4th and 6th, I will be back at the South Regional Courthouse 3550 Hollywood Blvd., just west of I-95, in Hollywood.  I have all the forms needed, a table and chairs, and an overhang to protect us from the sun or the rain.   We start at 10 AM and work until 2 PM.  If you’d like to just fill a 2-hour shift, just let me know the times. The weather is better.  Please let me know when you can join me.

    Come out to help 1.6 million Floridians get back their right to vote!  We have less than 2 weeks to go.

    Alan
    954-472-6211

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Volunteers Still Needed on Saturday and Sunday

    Hi, everybody!

   On Saturday, December 2nd, a Day of Action for petition collection, I will be at the Woodstock Arts Festival at the Sunrise Athletic Facility, 11501 NW 44 Street in Sunrise, starting at 10 AM to collect rights restoration petitions.  Can you join me for some of that time?  The Festival will last all day, so we can have three 2-hour shifts:  from 10 to 12, 12 to 2, and 2 to 4 PM.  Please let me know the hours you would like to come and help.

    Also on Saturday, the Campaign will be collecting petitions at the Yellow Green Farmers Market in Hollywood and at the Riptide Music Festival on the Fort Lauderdale Beach.  For further information and to RSVP please follow this link:  https://secondchancesfl.nationbuilder.com/second_chances_events?utm_campaign=rsvpdayofaction&utm_campaign=rsvp_1130_122&utm_medium=email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=secondchancesfl&utm_source=secondchancesfl

    And on Sunday, December 3rd, I will be at the Sunday Jazz Brunch along Riverwalk off Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale.  It sounds like a fun event and is scheduled to last only three hours from 11 AM to 2 PM!  Please let me know if you can join me at this event to collect rights restoration petitions.

    Don’t forget:  We only have two more weeks to collect petitions!

    Alan
    954-472-6211

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Last Chance to Get a Free T-shirt When You Come Out to Help

    Good evening, friends!  Please forward this to anyone who you think might be interested in volunteering.

    The Rights Restoration Campaign is now in the final few weeks of petition collection.  THE FINAL DAY TO TURN OVER ALL COMPLETED PETITIONS IS DECEMBER 15TH!  The Voting Restoration Amendment would allow Floridians who have paid their debt to society by completing all terms of their sentence, including probation and parole, to earn back their right to vote.  As grassroots volunteers, we must make sure that we collect enough petitions, (valid, certified petitions) to get the Amendment on the 2018 Ballot.  If you have completed petitions, call or email me during the next week so that I can get them from you.

    Yesterday at the South Regional Courthouse in Hollywood, Judy Ford, Tracy McNeil, Lauren Tate, and Janet Thompson helped register 4 voters and collect 67 rights restoration petitions!  Here’s how you can help during the next week or so, including Saturday’s Day of Action.  I have a new supply of free t-shirts for everyone who comes out to help collect petitions! 

    1.  Tomorrow, Wednesday the 29th I will be back at the South Regional Courthouse 3550 Hollywood Blvd., just west of I-95, in Hollywood from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Please let me know if you can come out to volunteer for a couple of hours.

    2.  On Thursday, November 30th, starting at 5 PM, the Restoration Campaign will be collecting petitions at the Lady Gaga Concert at the American Airlines Arena in Miami.  I you are interested in collecting petitions at that event, RSVP at https://secondchancesfl.nationbuilder.com/second_chances_events?utm_campaign=rsvpdayofaction&utm_campaign=rsvp_1130_122&utm_medium=email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=secondchancesfl&utm_source=secondchancesfl

    3.  Saturday, December 2nd will be a Day of Action for petition collection!  You can choose from three different events on that day:

            I will be at the Woodstock Arts Festival at the Sunrise Athletic Facility, 11501 NW 44 Street in Sunrise, starting at 10 AM to collect rights restoration petitions.  The Festival is supposed to last until 5 PM, so please let me know the hours you would like to come and help.

            Also on Saturday, the Campaign will be collecting petitions at the Yellow Green Farmers Market in Hollywood and at the Riptide Music Festival on the Fort Lauderdale Beach.  For further information and to RSVP please follow this link:  https://secondchancesfl.nationbuilder.com/second_chances_events?utm_campaign=rsvpdayofaction&utm_campaign=rsvp_1130_122&utm_medium=email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=secondchancesfl&utm_source=secondchancesfl

    4.  On Sunday, December 3rd, the Sunday Jazz Brunch is scheduled from 11 AM to 2 PM along Riverwalk off Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale.  Sounds like a fun event!  Please let me know if you would like to join me in collecting petitions.

    5.  And on Monday and Wednesday, December 4th and 6th, we will be back at the South Regional Courthouse 3550 Hollywood Blvd., just west of I-95, in Hollywood.  We have all the forms needed, a table and chairs, and that overhang to protect us from the sun.   We will start at 10 AM and work until 2 PM.  If you’d like to just fill a 2-hour shift, just let me know the times. The weather is better.  Please let me know when you can join us.

    Come out to help 1.6 million Floridians get back their right to vote!

    Alan
    954-472-6211

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NEWSeMAIL 6 Nov-Dec

From:  The Communications Committee of Broward Democratic Party

NEWSeMAIL 6 Nov-Dec

BECOME AN ARMCHAIR WARRIOR

The Broward Democratic Party executive board is launching a new campaign to fight the effect of Russian influence and propaganda on American media. Russia-linked Facebook accounts were found to have encouraged politically-motivated violence in the U.S. during the contentious 2016 election. Facebook also revealed during testimony this week that the Kremlin-linked ad campaign reached about 146 million Americans. And, Russia trolls are on facebook now. Facebook now estimates that nearly 200 million of its users may be fake accounts.

We are asking you to become an armchair warrior to fight for American Democracy. Please go on Facebook, Google, and Twitter and share, copy and paste postings to your timeline and ask your friends and neighbors to join the fight and post valid source information to fight the Russian, KKK, White Nationalist, Neo-Nazis, and Republican false propaganda and fake news.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

November 27, Monday, 11 AM to 3 PM “PROTEST OF THE TAX SCAM REFORM BILL” hosted by Joanne Reichin Goodwin of Indivisible Rise Up  at Trump Hollywood 2711 S. Ocean Dr. Hollywood,

November 27, Monday, 3 PM to 5 PM “PROTEST THE SNEAKY, SINISTER GOP TAX BILL” at the office of US Senator Marco Rubio, 8669 NW 36 St. Doral, Fl. Sponsored by PBA Broward National Nurses United, CWA Tim Canovova, Progress for All, Democratic Progressives, Indivisible South Fl.

IF You can’t go to any of the Protests  CALL THESE REPUBLICAN SENATORS TO DEFEAT THE TAX BILL  –  WE NEED 1 MORE VOTE

Call these Republican Senators who are on the fence to urge them to come out against the bill

Sen. Bob Corker (TN). 202-224-3344 @SenBobCorker  Sen. John McCain (AZ). 202-224-2235 @SenJohnMcCainSen. Jeff Flake (AZ). 202-224-4521 @JeffFlakeSen. Rob Portman (OH). 202-224-3353 @senrobportmanSen. Susan Collins (ME). 202-224-2523 @SenatorCollinsSen. Dean Heller (NV). 202-224-6244 @SenDeanHellerSen. Johnny Isakson (GA). 202-224-3643 @SenatorIsaksonSen. Tom MacArthur (NJ). 202-225-4765 @RepTomMacArthurSen. Shelly Moore (WV). 202-224-6472 @SenCapitoSen. Jerry Moran (KS). 202-224-6521 @JerryMoran Sen. James Lankford (OK) 202-224-5754 Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Ak) 202-224-6665

 

Call these Republican Senators to say thank you for coming out against the bill:  Sen. Ron Johnson (WI) 202-224-5323

LET RUBIO KNOW THAT HE WILL NOT BE ELECTED DOG CATCHER IN FLORIDA IF HE VOTES FOR THIS BILL

JAM UP HIS PHONES MAKE THAT CALL TO SENATOR RUBIO – – Even this weekend – leave a message

In Florida alone, the richest 1% would receive $10,174,600,000 in tax breaks in 2018, if the proposed tax scam is passed. That’s the equivalent of 1,916,510 health insurance premiums, 1,718,682 Pell Grants, or 96,455 infrastructure-related jobs in the state.1

Don’t give massive tax cuts to corporations and the wealthiest Americans by taking trillions from everyone else. Medicare, Medicaid, education, job programs, and all of the other great things that the government pays for deserve MORE funding from the richest Americans, not massive cuts that would pay for tax cuts for corporations and the superrich.

Support Senator Nelson – He is against this bill

Call Rubio’s office: Bombard him with phone calls

Miami-Dade office: (305) 418-8553 / D.C. office: (202) 224-3041/

Palm Beach 561-775-3360/ Orlando 407-254-2573/ Jacksonville 904-354-4300/ Pensacola 850-433-2603/

Ansley Rhyne, Legislative Assistant

ansley_rhyne@rubio.senate.gov  202-224-3041

 Ted Sacasa, Legislative Aide

eduardo_sacasa@rubio.senate.go v  202-224-3041

The House passed the #TrumpTaxScam. The bill now moves on to the Senate where, somehow, the Republicans have made the bill even worse by including a repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate.

November 27, Monday 10 AM to Noon “Tax Rally at Rubio’s WPB Office”, 4580 PGA Blvd. Palm Beach Gardens, Fl. 33418 sponsored by Palm Beach Indivisible

November 28, Tuesday  “THE DACA DILEMMA: BEYOND POLITICS with US Congressman Carlos Curbelo, Ted Deutch, and Frederica Wilson moderated by Ana Navarro sponsored by U. of Miami, at U. of M. Newman Alumni Center. For tickets and info visit www.impacfund.org

November 27 and 29, Monday and Wednesday, 10 AM to 2 PM Petition Drive at South Regional Courthouse 3550 Hollywood Blvd., just west of I-95, in Hollywood. We have the forms needed, a table and chairs, and an overhang to protect us from the sun.   If you’d like to just fill a 2-hour shift, just let me know the times. The weather has been wonderful!  Please let me know when you can join us. Thank you for helping to restore the right to vote to over 1.6 million Floridians!  Alan

December 2, Saturday – What’s Happening with my Healthcare? 2 PM to 3 PM –  Hollywood Branch Library, 2600 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood 33020 sponsored by Women’s March Broward, Fight Like Health, and SEIU guest speaker Fl. Senator Gary Farmer

December 3, Sunday, 2 PM to 4 PM HARVEST WITHOUT VIOLENCE; BOYCOTT WENDY’S PICKET IN WEST PALM hosted by South Florid Activism, Equsl Club at PBSC, and Coalition of Immokalee Workers at 951 City Side Dr., West Palm Beach 33401

December 7, Thursday, 12:00 PM “Protest Net Neutrality” at Fort Lauderdale Verizon Store, 2501 N. Federal Highway (southbound) hosted by Garrin Hirschhorn

Dec 8th is the North Broward Democratic Club’s annual Holiday Party.  Price is $10 pp for members $15 for nonmembers.  The money must be paid in advance – checks to NBDC PO Box 331 Pompano Beach Fl 33061. For more details contact Joanne Goodwin 954 683 7789 or jgoodwinNBDC@gmail.com  https://www.facebook.com/events/1554766311232861/

December 9 & 10  Broward for Progress Voter Rights Restoration Weekend of Action, 18282 SW 33 St., Miramar, Fl. 33029 Join Broward for Progress every SECOND SATURDAY AND SUNDAY of the month for a petition drive as we work to restore the voting rights to nearly 1.5 million Florida

 

December 12, Tuesday Joint meeting of COCONUT CREEK, MARGATE DEERFIELD BEACH DEMOCRATIC CLUBS Guest Mayor Andrew Gillum, democratic candidate for Governor at Cocunut Creek Community Center 1100 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek Admission is free

December 13, Wednesday “March For Net Neutrality” Protest to Save Net Neutrality in Washington DC and cities across the nation – more information coming

December 15, Friday – Cut off date for petition collection for Restitution of Rights.  So we have less than a month to collect enough to make sure that this Amendment gets on the 2018 ballot.

December 16, “Saturday Day of Action” Broward Democratic Party Area Leader canvassing and phone bank

JANUARY 20, NATIONAL MARCH FOR IMPEACHMENT – more information coming

January 21, 2018, Sunday, 11 AM  – “Florida Day of Action in support of our Sister Islands” in Jacksonville,, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Miami sponsored by Women’s March – Florida Chapter

Broward Democratic Party is providing information about events solely as a community service. Except where Broward Democratic Party or it’s clubs are hosting an event, BDP is not sponsoring or organizing these events, and not encouraging anyone to attend, as this is a personal decision.  There are no steps that any person can take to completely guarantee safety during a street action involving a crowd of people. While one may be able to limit some risk through proper preparation and vigilance, no amount of preparation or vigilance can ever completely guarantee safety. Please exercise your own discretion and use good sense in making your decision to participate and engage in any event.

GETTING OUT THE VOTE IN ALABAMA – OUR NEXT BIG BATTLEGROUND

We all know that every election is critical to creating the kind of government that supports a progressive agenda and protects its citizens. A few weeks ago, we saw how a strong grassroots effort contributed to Democrats and Progressives winning in New Jersey and Virginia, and many of you were a part of that effort.

The next critical election is December 12 in Alabama. We need to do everything we can to get Alabamians to the polls! However – first we must do no harm. For those of you who may not know, Alabama is a closed society. Alabamians do not typically react well to “outsiders” (us) getting involved in their political races. We can help, but we must be sensitive to and take direction from those on the ground in Alabama. Out of state volunteers have been asked to work from their home states and to NOT travel to Alabama to assist. This cannot be stressed strongly enough.

Below is a list of actions you can take that will help, not hinder, the grassroots efforts to get out the vote in Alabama. This is a compilation of resources from Sarah Gore Maiani, Admin, Flip Alabama Facebook group and from Ebony Milton Washington, Founder, Indivisible Alabama.

How out of state volunteers can help #FlipAlabama

#1-from Ebony -” The most powerful support you can give is financial and administrative. Please do what you can from where you are. Voter-facing interactions are tricky for “outsiders.” Alabama is a closed society and see outsiders as agitators. Any claims of outside agitation could hurt Doug Jones’s campaign. Trust us on this!”

#2 – STAY ON MESSAGE! This cannot be emphasized enough. Do not talk about Roy Moore, do not talk about the GOP. Talk about what Doug Jones will do for those in Alabama. Go to www.DougJonesforSenate.com for talking points and information.

#3- Register to volunteer at IndivisibleAlabama.com/FlipAlabama. Please note – you need to select a volunteer activity in order to register. After registering, you will receive emails and updates from Indivisible Alabama.

#4-Join the FlipAlabama Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/147427572654343/ – for updates, information, resources and ideas.

#5-Join the Pledge to Vote #FlipAlabama event. Share the event with your friends and ask them to share with their friends. This event will send a calendar reminder to Alabamians (who sign up) to vote on December 12. https://www.facebook.com/events/540328359635718/

#6-Donate to Alabama grassroots organizations that are providing rides, canvassing, helping Alabama residents obtain voter IDs and giving out yard signs and also donate to candidates you support.

https://www.voteriders.org/ – for voter ID assistance

https://www.gofundme.com/EliminateRoyMoore – GoFundMe account asking for money to rent 25 buses on December 12 to get people to the polls

https://www.organizealabama.com/ and http://www.alnaacp.org/ are organizations that, in Sarah’s words, “have been committed to grassroots canvassing all year and would welcome resources.”

#7-ask your family and friends living in Alabama to verify their voter registration before November 27 – share the link https://myinfo.alabamavotes.gov/VoterView/Mobile.do on your Facebook page. Ask your friends to share the link and remind everyone that the deadline to register is November 27.

#8-Listen to Indivisible Alabama’s webinar about volunteering and out of state help (about an hour long, starts at approximately 3:00 on the recording)

https://zoom.us/…/xmnofMqZWxVP4KcJDbh6FRO3Vv__Y90N6RP

#9-Check out these opportunities for out of state volunteers:

  • Postcard ambassadors – Text “hello” to 484 ask abby (484-275-2229). NOTE – Indivisible Alabama, Flip Alabama and the Doug Jones campaign are asking people to use ONLY this postcard resource because they do not want voters to receive multiple postcards from different sources. Trying to avoid duplication of effort.
  • phone bank operators – email volunteer@dougjonesforsenate.com and ask for phone banking opportunities. Be sure to tell them you are an out of state volunteer!
  • social media ambassadors – using Facebook and Twitter to share and retweet posts from the FlipAlabama Facebook page, the Pledge to Vote #FlipAlabama event and follow Indivisible Alabama (@IndivisibleAL) on Twitter.
  • event managers – create your own event, for example, postcard writing parties, phone banking parties or house parties to raise funds for donation to the organizations listed above
  • other ideas? Post it in the FlipAlabama Facebook page and ask for input on your idea.

Doug Jones for U.S. Senate  I’m running for U.S. Senate because our leaders have lost sight of what it means to serve — to make a positive difference in people’s lives.

10 Problems Congress Faces According to CNN

  1. Harvey relief money

The Trump administration is asking for just south of $8 billion in new federal dollars as a sort of first chunk of spending that some are estimating might need to be in the $100 billion range. Despite the deficit hawks in the House especially, it’s hard to see how this funding doesn’t get approved given the horrifying images of damage coming out of Houston over the last week.

The debt ceiling

Think of this like paying the credit card bill for the country. Once a non-issue, raising the debt ceiling has turned into a major pinch-point in recent years among conservatives, particularly in the House, who see increasing the nation’s borrowing limit as a sign of fiscal profligacy. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has floated the idea of linking the debt ceiling and Harvey aid, which could work. But, for the House Freedom Caucus, that’s government spending on top of even more government spending, and they won’t like it.

  1. Government shutdown

If Congress can’t pass a budget to fund the government, the government shuts down — and political disaster ensues for Republicans. The prospect of a shutdown seemed far more plausible a few weeks ago after Trump insisted that if Congress didn’t fund his border wall, he would push for a shutdown. He’s since backed off that pledge, according to The Washington Post. And, with Harvey looming over the country, it’s very hard to imagine congressional Republicans taking their ball and going home — even for a day or two.

  1. DACA

Trump — through Attorney General Jeff Sessions — appears likely today to indicate a plan to eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program if Congress can’t find a solution to it in the next six months. Trump teased the announcement in a tweet Tuesday morning: “Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!” And Congress — with Speaker Paul Ryan leading the charge — appears gung-ho to do just that. But, as I outlined in my Point newsletter on Monday night, the 2010 votes on the DREAM Act suggest that the road to any sort of legislation that would protect the nearly 800,000 people DACA currently covers is a rocky one.

  1. Tax reform

Trump as well as Mnuchin, Ryan, chief economic adviser Gary Cohn and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are slated to sit down Tuesday to begin hashing out a legislative proposal to make good on Trump’s campaign promise to overhaul the tax code. There’s lots of desire in GOP circles to get this done but, at the moment, very little consensus on the specific proposals that can win majorities. Also, tax reform isn’t a short process — and, from all the reporting on it, the Trump White House is still in the very early stages.

  1. National Flood Insurance Program

An arm of FEMA, the NFIP was $25 billion in debt BEFORE Harvey hit the Gulf Coast. There are an estimated 400,000 homes in Harvey’s path that carry flood insurance, and it’s not at all clear whether the NFIP can pay out to those people without a cash infusion. Plus, the NFIP has to be re-authorized by Congress before October 1 or it’s unable to pay out any new claims.

  1. Russia

While the main thrust of the criminal investigation into whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia is being handled by special counsel Robert Mueller, House and Senate committees continue to examine Russia’s meddling in the election as well. Donald Trump Jr. has agreed to a transcribed interview with the Senate judiciary committee this fall, which will be a major moment in trying to understand just what went on in that June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower

  1. North Korea

On Monday, in the wake of another alleged missile test by the rogue nation, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that North Korea is “begging for war.” Trump himself spent some of the summer ramping up the rhetoric — promising “fire and fury” leveled at North Korea if it continued with its bellicose behavior. The question is, short of a military strike that could broaden into a broader conflagration on the Korean Peninsula, what can be done to stymie North Korea’s nuclear ambitions? And, at the moment, good answers to that question are few and far between.

  1. Obamacare repeal

Republicans’ big push to get rid of the Affordable Care Act broke up on the rocks of political reality in July. And, despite Trump’s insistence that the Senate find another way to replace the ACA, it seems unlikely. Thanks to a ruling from the Senate parliamentarian last month, Republicans in the Senate now have only until September 30 to pass any sort of repeal/replace measure with a simple majority. After that date, Republicans would need a 60-vote, filibuster-proof majority which, um, they ain’t getting.

 

  1. FAA reauthorization

Not the sexiest of the legislative items on the docket, the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration is, nonetheless, problematic politically. Trump made a high-profile pitch earlier this summer to privatize the air traffic control system, but its legislative fate isn’t certain. The Senate’s version of the re-authorization bill leaves out Trump’s privatization plan. So, how hard will the administration fight to get it back in?

BROWARD DEMOCRATIC PARTY TRAINING FOR CANVASSING,

VOTER REGISTRATION, AND VAN TRAINING

This is open for all Indivisible, Rise Up, and Trump Resistance groups as well as all Broward Democratic Party Members.

We want all our volunteers to complete both Canvassing 1 and Canvassing 2 training. (This applies to everyone – no matter their level of canvassing experience!)

Canvassing 1 – Saturday December 9, DEC Office, 8320 W Sunrise Blvd, Plantation 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM**** VR Training will follow the above course last 30 min (12:30-1:00 PM)

Canvassing 2 – Sunday December 10, DEC Office, 8320 W Sunrise Blvd, Plantation 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

VAN Training – Saturday January 6, DEC Office, 8320 W Sunrise Blvd, Plantation 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Canvassing 1 – Tuesday January 23, Skolnick Center, 800 SW 36th Ave, Pompano Beach, 33068, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Canvassing 1 – Thursday January 25, Deicke Auditorium, 5701 Cypress Road, Plantation, 33317, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Canvassing 2 – Saturday January 27, Dania Beach Lions Club, 279 SW 5 St, Dania Beach, 33004, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Canvassing 1 – Thursday February 1, Hollywood Democratic Club, 1301 South Ocean Drive (SR A1A), Hollywood, 33019, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Canvassing 1 –Tuesday February 27, Skolnick Center, 800 SW 36th Ave, Pompano Beach, 33068, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Canvassing 1 – Tuesday March 1, **** TBA **** 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Canvassing 1 – Saturday March 3, Dania Beach Lions Club, 279 SW 5 St, Dania Beach, 33004, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Canvassing 1 – Tuesday March 27, Skolnick Center, 800 SW 36th Ave, Pompano Beach, 33068, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Canvassing 1 – Thursday March 29, Deicke Auditorium, 5701 Cypress Road, Plantation, 33317, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Canvassing 2 – Saturday March 31, Broward Teachers Union, 6000 N. University Drive, Tamarac, 33321, 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM

You can register by clicking on the link below.  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeubXDMTlb9sk8pHwBEvEsTUHTuuF7sIsrrDNb7J-12r8-pnw/viewform  Once you have registered, you will receive an email confirming your registration.

STAY IN TOUCH

http://browarddemocrats.org SIGN UP FOR UP emails FROM THE BROWARD DEMOCRATIC PARTY

https://www.facebook.com/pg/BrowardDemocrats/posts/?ref=page_internal OFFICIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY FACEBOOK SITE

https://www.facebook.com/groups/BROWARDCOUNTYDEMOCRATS/  COPY AND PASTE FACEBOOK POSTS TO YOUR TIMELINE

With your local Democratic club or Indivisible, Resist org.

BROWARD DEMOCRATS HAVE A NEW TOOL AND EASY WAY TO MAKE THOSE CALLS TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS OR LOCAL OFFICIALS AMPLIFY, a free app that makes it easy to call with other members.

1_ Install the app for iPhone or Android at getamplify.org/iphone or getamplify.org/android

2_ Sign up for a new account

3_ Enter the Broward Democrats team code 009-565=000

Support These Two Efforts for Thanksgiving (and Then Come Out to Help!)

    Good afternoon, everybody!  Allow me to wish every single one of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

    Many Republicans (including the President) appear to believe that it would be better to elect to the United States Senate someone who has done what Roy Moore has done than a Democrat.  Should Moore win, then the Republican Party becomes the party of Moore and Trump, and (as Jeff Flake said) it will be toast!

    I just made two contributions, first to the campaign of Doug Jones, the Democratic candidate in Alabama (https://dougjonesforsenate.com/) and second, to the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (https://democraticredistricting.com/)  (This is the effort being worked on by Barack Obama and Eric Holder to fight against gerrymandering and restore fairness to elections in congressional and legislative districts.)  Let’s fix our political system!

    It was another good weekend for the collection of rights restoration petitions.  On Saturday, Janet Thompson and I collected 26 petitions at the Craft Fair in Davie before they made us leave.  The Craft Fair in Weston on Sunday was much more welcoming:  Lonnie Supnick and Mary O’Donnell helped to collect 78 petitions.  On Monday at the South Regional Courthouse, Ronnie Heller and Lauren Tate joined me to register 4 voters and collect 49 petitions.  On Tuesday, Jackie Braun and her Hollywood volunteers registered 4 voters and collected 43 more petitions.  Also yesterday at the Broward Democratic Party Meeting, several people gave me a total of another 33 petitions.  And today, at the Hollywood Courthouse, Penny Cukier and Andrew Dolberg (a wonderful brand-new volunteer) came out to help collect 51 rights restoration petitions. That’s another 280 petitions since Saturday!  Awesome!

    But the Campaign has set December 15th as the cut-off date for petition collection.  So we have less than a month to collect enough to make sure that this Amendment gets on the 2018 ballot.  Want to help?  Here’s how:  Join an event this coming weekend or just go out and collect petitions in front of your local supermarket or knock on doors in your neighborhood.  I can provide you with all the blank petitions you need.

    On Monday and Wednesday, November 27th and 29th, we will be back at the South Regional Courthouse 3550 Hollywood Blvd., just west of I-95, in Hollywood, from 10 AM to 2 PM.  We have the forms needed, a table and chairs, and an overhang to protect us from the sun.   If you’d like to just fill a 2-hour shift, just let me know the times. The weather has been wonderful!  Please let me know when you can join us.

    Thank you for helping to restore the right to vote to over 1.6 million Floridians!

    Alan

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Can You Join Us This Weekend in Davie or Weston?

    Good evening, everybody!

    The Rights Restoration Campaign is now within sight of the finish line.  The Campaign has set December 15th as the date by which they are hoping to have collected on million rights restoration petitions.  We need your help now more than ever!

     It was an amazing weekend at the 51st Annual Art in the Park event in Plantation.  On Saturday, we collected 186 rights restoration petitions.  And then on Sunday, we collected another 128 petitions.  That’s 314 in two days!  John Ziegler did an amazing job of organizing over 30 volunteers to cover the shifts on both days.  I’ve already recognized the Saturday helpers, so now let’s thank the Sunday volunteers, including Cindy Johnson, Steven Siegel, Cathy Bowers, Teresa Williams, Linda Gutierrez, Bev Kaufman, Maude King Bruce, Giorgina Liguori, Richard Grosso, Ellen Molrz, Dennis Henry, and Ellie Forte!

    On Monday, we were back at the Hollywood Courthouse, where Tracy McNeil and I collected 3 voter registration forms and 55 petitions.  On Monday night, I spoke at the Broward Young Democrats Meeting and asked for their help in getting to our goal of one million petitions.  On Tuesday, Jackie Braun and her Hollywood volunteers registered 8 more voters and collected 43 petitions.  And earlier today, at the Hollywood Courthouse, Ronnie Heller, Janet Thompson, and John Countryman helped to register 3 voters and collect 61 more petitions!

    Here’s how you can help during the next few days before Thanksgiving:

    1.  On Saturday and Sunday, November 18th and 19th, from 9 AM to 4 PM, there is a Holiday Craft Festival and Green Fair at the Bergeron Rodeo located at 4271 Davie Road in Davie.  This event will have work by local artists and artisans.  Entry and parking is free.  I’m hoping we can get a good number of volunteers to join me there on Saturday at about 10 AM.  Please let me know if you can help out.

    2.  Also on Saturday, November 18th, John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation from 10 AM to  PM to register voters.  He still needs volunteers for 2-hour shifts.  If you’d like to help at the Library, please contact John at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com.

    3.  On Sunday, November 19th, from 12 Noon to 6 PM, there is a Craft and Talent Show at the Weston Town Center, 1675 Market Street in Weston.   If you can join me there on Sunday for even a couple of hours, please let me know.

    4On Monday and Wednesday, November 20th and 22nd, we will be back at the South Regional Courthouse 3550 Hollywood Blvd., just west of I-95, in Hollywood.  We have all the forms needed, a table and chairs, and that overhang to protect us from the sun.   We start at 10 AM and work until 2 PM.  If you’d like to just fill a 2-hour shift, just let me know the times. The weather has been wonderful!  Please let me know when you can join us.

    Please come out to help; we have only a few weeks left to collect enough petitions to get on the 2018 Ballot!

    Alan

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Fwd: Plantation Dems host Broward Democratic Party Chair Cynthia Busch

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Plantation Dems host Broward Democratic Party Chair Cynthia Busch

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Next Meeting – Tuesday, November 14th – 7PM 
Deicke Auditorium
5701 Cypress Road, Plantation 33317

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Special Request — Please bring canned goods to the meeting for inclusion in Thanksgiving baskets for Veterans.  Thank you! 
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We are excited to host Broward Democratic Party Chair Cynthia Busch at our November 14th meeting,  Cynthia graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec and in 2006 she earned an MA from FIU in Economic History, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 Average. 

In 2006, she joined the Plantation Democratic Club. Although a full time Mom, she continued to be an active volunteer for Democratic causes and candidates in her Community and in 2008 she won in her precinct and went on to accept the neighborhood team leader position in Plantation and later was elected Plantation’s Area Leader.  She focused on activating precinct people to gather thousands of petitions, voter registrations and Vote-by-mail requests. 

In the winter of 2012, again in response to the constant lack of activism in the local Democratic Party and also wishing to increase diversity of the Party, Cynthia originated an effort to recruit volunteers to run for precinct positions. She and others formed the Broward Blues, a grassroots group of volunteer Democratic Leaders, Organizers and Activists. Their purpose is to motivate, energize, and build an effective, dynamic movement through community activism and efficient organizing. The result: Over 400 activists filed for positions. She financed and led the effort for those who had strong competition, winning over 65% of the contested races. Cynthia won her own precinct with over 70% of the votes. 

The Broward Blues were some of the most active volunteers in the 2012 election cycle supporting President Obama and OFA as team leaders, staging location directors and voter registration captains. Her area of Plantation led the state in voter registration, voter contacts and vote by mail requests. Blues volunteers also worked tirelessly on behalf of local candidates, covering early vote sites and distributed hundreds of thousands of palm cards. They have an active online presence with their Facebook page. 

As an elected Florida Democratic Party Delegate, Cynthia M. Busch had the privilege of casting her vote for President Obama in the 2012 Democratic National Convention. She is a committed community leader who works hard to move Broward and America FORWARD

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