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Congratulations and Thank You

Congratulations to the winners in Tuesday’s election — and to everyone who helped make those wins possible by making phone calls, knocking on doors, waving signs, manning polls, and/or writing a check or two.

Of course, we had some notable disappointments on the state level, and we ought to be thinking about what we could do better next time to produce the bigger turnout that might have put candidates like Jim Davis and Skip Campbell over the top. But first let’s take time to celebrate winning a Democratic majority in Congress and picking up seats in the State House for the first time in way too long. Let’s be proud of Ron Klein, Martin Kiar, and Ken Keechl for winning very tough races with enthusiasm, hard work, and the backing of a lot of great volunteers.

Winners from among the campaigns registered with BlueBroward.org included:

Congressman Kendrick Meek and Senator Bill Nelson

Ron Klein for Congress

Jeremy Ring and Ted Deutch for State Senate

Martin David Kiar and Elaine Schwartz for State House

Alex Sink For CFO

Ken Keechl for Broward County Commission

Phyllis Hope for Broward County School Board

(There were others who won without BlueBroward’s help, and congratulations to them, too, but here I’m emphasizing those who participated in our campaign and event listings).

I hope that BlueBroward.org provided some useful services to these campaigns. Feedback on what we could do better in the future is always welcome.

Broward Get Out the Vote Locations

Master List of Office Locations

All these locations should have yard signs and literature. Call to check on phone bank hours, which are being expanded as election day approaches.

Broward County Democratic Party

1824 N. University Dr.

Plantation, FL

954-423-2200

All Broward Realty office (Dale Holness)

4325 W Sunrise Blvd

Plantation, FL 33313

Pembroke Pines/Miamar Democratic Club (Howard Forman)

8367 Pines Blvd

954-297-4626

954-261-2306

Hollywood (HQ for Elaine Schwartz, Eleanor Sobel, and “the top of the ticket”)

4231 Hollywood Boulevard

954-478-7586

954-985-8505

Seeking volunteers to:

  • Phone bank
  • Sign wave
  • Man the polls on election day

Coconut Creek/Margate Dem Club Office

5217 Coconut Creek Parkway,

Coconut Creek, FL

(954) 979-3838

Note from Jack Shifrel: The campaign HQ on Coconut Creek Pkwy needs people on the phones for the next 5 days, we need people to drive voters to the polls & to be at several polling places on election day.

GLBT Democratic Vote Center

1700 N. Andrews Ave

Ft. Lauderdale

954-763-1880

Phone Bank Locations

MoveOn Ft. Lauderdale Phone Bank

729 NE 20 Avenue

Ft. Lauderdale FL 33304

Call 954-253-4840

Open 8:00 am to 9:00 pm

GLBT Democratic Vote Center

1700 N. Andrews Ave.

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

954-763-1880

OPEN DAILY 10am-8pm

SouthEast Campaign HQ (being used for Elaine Schwartz, Eleanor Sobel and the Top of the Democratic Ticket)

4231 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood

954-985-8505 / Wefisher77@hotmail.com

Office open most days 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (call for phone bank schedule)

Coconut Creek and Margate Democratic Clubs

5217 Coconut Creek Parkway in Margate (just east of 441, by Banks Rd.)

954-979-3838

Operating 10 am to 5 pm weekdays, hoping to expand hours if they can get more volunteers.

I’m told there are several others, but these are the only ones I’ve been able to get a substantial amount of info on, other than those run by the campaigns themselves.

If you want to support Klien for Congress, they’re phone banking day and night at their office in Pompano Beach.

Klein for Congress Broward Office

1440 N Federal Highway

Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Contact: Julie Petrick

Email: staff@ronklein2006.com

Phone Numbers: (954) 941-2965

I’m also looking for volunteers to man a phone bank for Klein in Coral Springs – contact me at david@bluebroward.org if you can help with that.

Phone Bank from Home for Jim Davis

Want to help Jim Davis but can’t fit in a trip to one of the local Democratic phone banks? You can also sign up to call voters from home at this website:

http://jimdavis.vivademocracy.com/

I would have publicized this before now, but I just found out about it today.

There are lots of ways to help, including the Grassroots Patriots canvass that I’ve been helping publicize, so do what makes sense to you — but do something, and help achieve the broad-based victory we’re all hoping for.

My afternoon knocking on doors

I’m not going to win the award for the volunteer who knocked on the most doors, but I did get out from behind the keyboard this afternoon and canvass an apartment complex in Coral Springs for Ron Klein and Grassroots Patriots (juggling the two lists and trying to see where they overlap).

I wound up dragging my kids along with me for the first half hour, but then had to take a break and run them over to McDonald’s as their reward for being patient with me. Dropped them back with their Mom, and did another hour but then had to get back home for another family obligation in the evening.

So how does that make me different from a lot of other people who are busy with work and family? It doesn’t. But it does show where the do-it-yourself campaign style of the Grassroots Patriots Lightning Strike get out the vote effort can fit into any schedule. The time I put in may have been fractured, and not as much as I ideally might have liked, but I still knocked on a few doors that would not have been knocked on otherwise. The Klein campaign had a more formal canvassing effort they were doing in another city on Sunday, but I never would have been able to fit that in. By talking them into giving me a walk list to do on my own schedule, I at least got something done. I had them assign me a precinct just a few blocks from where I live (my own precinct is just outside of the district Klein is targeting), so I’d be more likely to be able to get over there in whatever small blocks of time I can shake free.

I’m hoping to keep chipping away at that walk list over the next few weeks and make a little bit of a difference on the ground, rather than just on the web.

Now Available – Grassroots Patriots Get-Out-the-Vote Lists

Over the next few weeks, we need to make sure the people who are telling the pollsters they want change actually come out and vote. Grassroots Patriots has compiled a precinct-by-precinct list of Democrats who too rarely vote, as well as independents who need to be persuaded to vote Democratic. You can now download the list for one or more precincts through BlueBroward.org.

This is just one of many ways to volunteer, and if you’re already doing productive work for a campaign or for the party, it’s not our attention to steal you away. But if you can do this in addition — or if you haven’t found a volunteer opportunity in your area, or one that fits your schedule — this can be your do-it-yourself get-out-the-vote kit.

The link to the voter list query page will appear after you enter your BlueBroward.org password.

Please coordinate with Coordinate with Grassroots Patriots organizer Phil Busey –

philip@busey.org

– to avoid duplication of effort. Phil is also preparing some literature that you will be able to print and distribute. You may also want to check in with key campaigns in the areas you’re covering to get literature to distribute.

Voter lists and analysis by Grassroots Patriots, a political action committee dedicated to Democratic victory. Web distribution of data provided on a volunteer basis by BlueBroward.org, an independent web publication of David Carr not financed by any campaign or political committee.

For those of you who aren’t on the Grassroots Patriots list, I’m including Phil’s message announcing this effort, which includes more guidelines on how this is intended to work.

——– Original Message ——–

Subject: [Volunteers] Download your voter walklist now

From: Philip Busey

Dear David Carr,

Lightning Strike campaign plan has just been accelerated. The prize

remains to elect Democrats to partisan positions. So please keep your

eyes on the prize and download voter walklists for Broward County

(details below) and start knocking on some doors this weekend.

1. Just a reminder, please make sure to work for the campaigns of

Martin Kiar, Christian Chiari, Ron Klein, Michael Calderin, Jim Davis

and Daryl Jones, Skip Campbell, Alex Sink, and Eric Copeland. These are

the Democrats with significant opposition, but with a good chance of

winning, with your help. You can obtain campaign literature from them,

to distribute with the targeted walklists, or do other necessary work at

their direction to get them elected. And when the campaigns are not

putting you to work, walk your neighborhood and distribute literature

including a reminder of Early Voting on Monday.

2. For example, Martin David Kiar requests your help as a volunteer to

knock on doors and request votes in Weston, this Saturday, October 21,

10:30 a.m., meeting at the Weston Town Center. Please come early for

coffee and treats with us at 10:00 am. The Weston Town Center is

located just north of Royal Palm Blvd (formerly Arvida Parkway) on the

west side of Bonaventure Blvd. We will meet in the parking area facing

the lake and the fountains, nearest the east entrance off Bonaventure

Blvd. Drive past Bank of America on your left, and we will be just past

the Grill on your left, just off Bell Tower Drive facing the fountain.

3. In cooperation with BlueBroward.org and with the outstanding server

databasing of David Carr, GRASSROOTS PATRIOTS walklists are available

for you to download for your precinct or any precinct in Broward County.

Just go to the LOGIN in http://bluebroward.org and if you are not

already a member, you can register and download your walklist.

4. I suggest that you choose especially the “Independents” box because

this will give you a targeted list of households with at least one

Independent (NPA, etc.) voter with a 60% or higher chance of voting.

5. If you want a larger list, you can also check the “Sleepy Dems” box.

These are households containing one or more Democratic voters with a

probability of voting at least 30%, but not more than 60%. All other

household members are listed, so when you go to the door or make the

phone call, you have a pretty good idea of who you are talking to if it

is not the person you are looking for. By the way, the phone numbers

are good, not great. The addresses are outstanding except for apartment

complexes.

6. Both “Independents” and “Sleepy Dems” households have been filtered

to remove households with strong Republican leanings; however, you will

find occasional Republicans but they should not be strong Republicans.

7. The plan for palm cards has changed drastically. They should be

available through Internet download in a few days, but you will have to

print your own. I received a multitude of different requests for

different kinds of ballot cards, therefore we realized that there would

be no feasibility of printing all the different requested numbers and

getting them distributed in time. To make matters more complicated,

there were requests to discuss consider endorsing candidates for judge,

school board, and to endorse some Democrats running against other

Democrats. Sorry, the answer is no, and we don’t have time for that.

8. To cut through the confusion, GRASSROOTS PATRIOTS only endorses

Democrats in partisan races in general elections, and in some cases in

nonpartisan races where there is no opposition from another Democrat.

Our endorsements do not distinguish between one Democrat and another

Democrat, and we do not oppose any Democrat. And we have our eyes on

the prize of electing Democrats to partisan positions.

9. In view of the change of plan for the palm cards, and in order to

empty out our campaign account before November 7 so that we have no

money left over on November 8, GRASSROOTS PATRIOTS has proudly written a

$500.00 contribution to the campaign of Martin David Kiar, for State

Representative District 97, and another $500.00 contribution to the

campaign of Jim Davis and Daryl Jones for Governor and Lieutenant Governor.

God bless you, and let’s go gather a ton of votes,

Phil

954-579-3932

_______________________________________________

“Feet-on-the-Street Democrats.”

Paid Political Advertisement, approved and paid for by GRASSROOTS PATRIOTS.

_______________________________________________

GRASSROOTS PATRIOTS Volunteers mailing list –

http://grassrootspatriots.org/mailman/listinfo/volunteers

BTW, it’s still dead

The Broward County DEC website still isn’t being updated. Wouldn’t you think they would be publishing little details like how to volunteer for the get out the vote phone bank?

Since I mentioned it:

Ft. Lauderdale Phone bank, open 8:00 am to 9:00 pm

Location: 729 NE 20 Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale FL 33304

Call 954-253-4840

Klein Campaign Activities – Final Push

Dear Friends,

Attached and below is an email list containing our Debate, Canvassing, and

GOTV opportunities. It would be greatly appreciated if you all could send

this out to your lists, it would be greatly appreciated! Only 23 Days left

and I want to reach as many people as possible! Please let me know if this

is ok, and thank you all so much for your help.

Sincerely,

Julie Ann Petrick

Field Director

Klein For Congress

561.832.2661 (Palm Beach)

954.941.2965 (Broward)

julie@ronklein2006.com

WITH LESS THAN A MONTH, WE NEED YOUR HELP.

GET INVOLVED TODAY AND CHANGE HISTORY

COME SUPPORT SENATOR RON KLEIN AS HE DEBATES CLAY SHAW

Forum Club Candidates Luncheon

When:

Monday, October 16, 11:30 AM

Where:

The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.

701 Okeechobee Boulevard

West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Kravis Center tickets needed

Box Office Phone Number: 561-832-7469

Palm Beach County Civic Association Debate

When: Friday, October 20, Noon

Where:

141 South County Road Palm Beach, FL 33480

TELEVISED DEBATE ON WPEC (this debate will be taped at a television studio,

there will be no live audience)

The Debate will be aired from 7:30pm to 8:00pm Saturday October 14, and will

be re-broadcasted on Sunday October 15 at 11am

(WPEC Channel 12 in Palm Beach County)

Please contact Felicia @ 561.995.9626 or info@ronklein2006.com for more

information

THE TIME IS NOW- COME WALK WITH US THIS WEEKEND FOR CHANGE

Palm Beach County

11 AM

Please meet us at the Palm Beach County MAIN DEC office

6266 South Congress Ave, Lantana FL

? Sunday October 22nd

1 PM

Please Meet us in the Albertsons Parking Lot

4801 Linton Blvd

Delray Beach, FL 33445

Please Contact Julie @ 954.941.2965 for more information

Join our Election Day Team.

Be a part of taking back our Country, sign up to volunteer for GOTV!

WHAT:

Please join Klein For Congress as we make our final to push to turn the 22nd

Congressional District BLUE.

? Door Knocking

? Lit Dropping

? Phone Calls

? Visibility

? Poll Watching

WHEN:

November 4th ?November 7th

8 AM-10PM

Please Contact Julie @ 954.941.2965 or staff@ronklein2006.com for more

information