Monday, February 19, 2007

The Florida Taliban

The Florida Taliban...

Tom Gallagher, Laura Gallagher, Margaret Hostetter, JOHN STEMBERGER and Barbra Collier.

Shoud pack up their HATE tent and move along.

Nothing to see here folks.....
 
 
ISSUE: Same-sex ban no priority for Crist. Gov. Charlie Crist has received well-deserved kudos for addressing important issues with a common sense approach since taking office in January.
 
 


 

Monday, February 12, 2007

help us take back a state house seat in North


Florida Democrats Florida Democrats
 
Dear Friends,

I need you to help us take back a state house seat in North Florida.

The Republican incumbent in District 3, which includes parts of Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties (Pensacola area), recently resigned, creating a special election on February 27th where anything could happen.

We can win this seat, but only if you help us.


Elizabeth Campbell Last week, retired Navy Chief Elizabeth Campbell captured the District 3 Democratic nomination. Elizabeth, or 'Liz', as she's known to her friends, served our country for more than 20 years in the United States Navy. Liz has spent her life standing up for her country, and now she is ready to serve again.

Elizabeth needs our help to win the general election against a well-funded Republican candidate that managed to beat MSNBC's Joe Scarborough's brother in their primary.

The election is right around the corner. That's right -- two weeks from tomorrow, and Liz needs your support fast. Please contribute to her campaign today!

You can contribute $25, $50, $100..all the way up to $500 -- and every dime will go toward helping her win. For example, $100 will help her pay for almost 250 mailers to voters in the district.

Our internal party analysis shows that if Elizabeth has enough money to communicate her message, and enough volunteers to turn out the vote, she can win this race. We can't let an opportunity like this slip away. Let's lock up Republican-held seats like this now, so we can keep expanding the playing field in 2008.

We have a prime opportunity to win this seat in Republican-leaning North Florida. Elizabeth is a great candidate, and she deserves our help. Elizabeth Campbell served us in our military, now it's time for us to serve her. Please help her today with a contribution. Even a small donation can go a long way in a special election like this.

You can learn more about Elizabeth and her commitment to community at her website: www.lizcampbell2007.com. To volunteer your time, call 850-433-0592.

If Democrats are going to win back the majority in Florida's Legislature, we know we have to compete in more and more districts. In addition to House District 3, there will be another special election, this one in House District #49 (Orange and Osceola counties) in late April. These elections, of course, cost money. You can also contribute to the Florida Democratic Party's long-term efforts to take back the majority at www.fladems.com/contribute.

Please forward this message to your friends, in Florida and around the country. Last November, we gained seven seats in the state house---the sixth largest gain in the country. We are on the right track, and with your help, we can continue to climb toward the majority.

Sincerely,


Congresswoman Karen Thurman
Chair, Florida Democratic Party

P.S. - If you are unable to contribute to Liz Campbell's campaign
online, please send a check to the following address:

Elizabeth Campbell Campaign
3305 W. Lee Street
Pensacola, FL 32505




 

Friday, February 09, 2007

Contact Gov. Crist to Support Civil Rights Restoration

The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition has launched a letter writing campaign to to the Executive Clemency Board to support rights restoration. Below is an e-alert. For more information visit www.restorerights. org. The Executive Clemency Board is meeting March 1st so get your letters in now!


*TAKE ACTION*

Contact Governor Crist and Cabinet Members

Support Civil Rights Restoration Reform

Reform can happen now!  Let's make our voices heard!
Close to one million Floridians can have their civil rights restored immediately.  Civil rights include the fundamental right to vote, right to hold public office and right to serve on a jury.  Civil rights restoration will also enable people to obtain certain state occupational licenses for meaningful employment opportunities.  
Now, these Florida citizens are locked out of the democratic process by Florida 's Reconstruction Era civil rights ban.
Florida 's current civil rights ban is one of the three worst in the nation.  It's past time for Florida to join the rest of the nation, and other western democracies, by restoring civil rights to citizens who have paid their debt to society
Change can happen NOW.  Gov. Crist, with two other members of the Board of Executive Clemency (composed of Gov. Crist, CFO Alex Sink, Attorney General Bill McCollum, and Commissioner Charles Bronson) can make civil rights restoration virtually automatic now for all Florida citizens. All they need to do is sign an Executive Order or revise the Rules of Executive Clemency. 
Governor Crist supports civil rights restoration: he's said so during his gubernatorial campaign, and his website cites civil rights restoration as Gov. Crist's sole civil rights priority.   CFO Alex Sink and Commissioner Charles Bronson support civil rights restoration, but with some exceptions for certain types of crimes.  Attorney General McCollum supports the current clemency process, which is cumbersome and costs taxpayers millions of dollars each year.

CHANGE CAN HAPPEN NOW!  TAKE ACTION NOW!

Tell Governor Crist and members of the Cabinet that you support civil rights restoration.  They need to know that Florida voters expect immediate reform!


CONTACT GOVERNOR CRIST

By Telephone: (850) 488-3494; ask for Clemency Aide Robert Wheeler
By Letter:  Governor Charlie Crist
                   Office of Governor
                   The Capitol
                   Tallahassee , Florida 32399-0001
Feel free to address these points in your communications to Governor Crist:
  • Thank you for continuing into your administration your campaign statements that you support civil rights restoration
  • Use your leadership on the Board of Executive Clemency so other members of the Board will join you in making civil rights restoration virtually automatic NOW
  • Sign an Executive Order and amend the Rules of Executive Clemency
  • You can help close to one million Floridians regain first class citizenship, become full participants in the democratic process, and become eligible for gainful employment
  • Removing barriers faced by ex-offenders is good for our democracy and good for our communities

 
CONTACT CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER ALEX SINK
By Telephone: (850) 413-2824; ask for Clemency Aide Robert Tornillo
By Letter:  The Honorable Alex Sink, Chief Financial Officer
                   Department of Financial Services 
                   The Capitol
                    Tallahassee , Florida 32399-0300
Feel free to address these points in your communications to CFO Sink:
  • Join Governor Crist by signing an Executive Order and amending the Rules of Executive Clemency to make civil rights restoration virtually automatic NOW for ALL of the close to one million Floridians who have lost their civil rights
  • You can help close to one million Floridians regain first class citizenship, become full participants in the democratic process, and become eligible for gainful employment
  • Support FULL civil rights restoration.  Compelling public safety  considerations support civil rights restoration for ALL citizens, without exception for certain classes of ex-offenders
  • Removing barriers faced by ex-offenders is good for our democracy and good for our communities

 
 

CONTACT COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE CHARLES H. BRONSON

By Telephone: (850) 410-6747; ask for Clemency Aide Cathy Giordano
By Letter: The Honorable Charles H. Bronson, Commissioner of Agriculture 
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
The Capitol
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0810
Feel free to address these points in your communications to Commissioner Bronson
  • Join Governor Crist by signing an Executive Order and amending the Rules of Executive Clemency to making civil rights restoration virtually automatic NOW for ALL of the close to one million Floridians who have lost their civil rights
  • Sign an Executive Order and amend the Rules of Executive Clemency
  • You can help close to one million Floridians regain first class citizenship, become full participants in the democratic process, and become eligible for gainful employment
  • Support FULL civil rights restoration.  Compelling public safety  considerations support civil rights restoration for ALL citizens, without exception for certain classes of ex-offenders
  • Remove barriers faced by ex-offenders is good for our democracy and good for our communities

 
 

CONTACT ATTORNEY GENERAL BILL MCCOLLUM

By Telephone: (850) 414-3300; ask for Clemency Aide Carolyn Snurkowski
By Email:    AG McCollum's office does not provide his email address; use the online form:

http://myfloridaleg al.com/contact. nsf/contact? Open&Section=Attorney_ General
                 
also email
CarolynSnurkowski@ oag.state. fl.us
By Letter: The Honorable Bill McCollum, Attorney General
       Department of Legal Affairs
       The Capitol
        Tallahassee , Florida 32399-1050
Feel free to address these points in your communications to Attorney General McCollum:
  • Join Governor Crist by signing an Executive Order and amending the Rules of Executive Clemency to making civil rights restoration virtually automatic NOW for ALL of the close to one million Floridians who have lost their civil rights
  • Sign an Executive Order and amend the Rules of Executive Clemency
  • You can help close to one million Floridians regain first class citizenship, become full participants in the democratic process, and become eligible for gainful employment
  • Support FULL civil rights restoration.  Compelling public safety  considerations support civil rights restoration for ALL citizens, without exception for certain classes of ex-offenders
  • Lifetime punishment of ex-offenders does not make our communities safer; compelling public safety considerations support civil rights restoration for ALL citizens who have paid their debt to society. 
  • This is good for our democracy and good for our communities


 

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

FLORIDIANS STRONGLY APPROVE

FLORIDIANS STRONGLY APPROVE OF NEW GOVERNOR'S FIRST MONTH
Associated Press -- February 6, 2007
by Brent Kallestad

Tallahassee -- New Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who has led bipartisan
efforts to lower property insurance rates and replace touch-screen
voting machines, is getting overwhelming support from voters, a poll
released Tuesday shows.

More than two-thirds of Floridians, 69 percent, sampled in a random
telephone survey by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute approve
of the way their new governor has taken to his duties while only 6
percent disapproved.

Even an overwhelming majority of Democrats applauded the Republican
governor's performance with 65 percent giving a thumbs up and just 7
percent disapproving.

"It's very gratifying, but what's most important is to continue to
serve
the people," said Crist, who was traveling in the tornado-ravaged
central Florida area Tuesday.

"The paper trail, insurance reform, it's the right thing to do,"
Democratic Party spokesman Mark Bubriski said Tuesday. "He (Crist) has
taken a lot of Democratic ideas and pushed them to the forefront which
is a lot more than we expected."

More than half of the survey, taken between Jan. 29 and Feb. 4, was
completed by the time the tornados tore through central Florida.
Quinnipiac said the poll of 1,003 voters had a margin of error of plus
or minus 3.1 percentage points.

Former Gov. Jeb Bush's top rating came in September 2004 after a series
of destructive hurricanes when 62 percent approved of his performance
compared to 30 percent who didn't. Quinnipiac wasn't polling in Florida
in early 1999 when Bush took office.

Two-thirds of the respondents in Quinnipiac's newest poll believe Crist
has kept his campaign promises and three of five believe he'll get
homeowners insurance rates and property taxes reduced. Crist worked
with
Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature last month to pass a bill
aimed at lowering insurance rates.

He also appeared with Democratic U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler to announce a
proposal that would replace touch-screen voting machines, which have no
paper trail, with optical scan machines, which count paper ballots.

"He has made a very strong first impression," said Peter Brown,
assistant polling director for Quinnipiac. "It's Charlie Crist's show."

By comparison, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, who won re-election the same day
Crist was elected, has a 54 percent approval rating compared to 18
percent who said they don't like how the Democrat is handling his job.

Florida's junior senator, Republican Mel Martinez, was at 48 percent
favorable to 22 percent unfavorable.

According to the poll, 59 percent said owners of homes of equal value
should pay the same amount of property tax no matter how long they've
resided in the home. Seventy-seven percent support the governor's call
to double the homestead exemption from $25,000 to $50,000.

Florida voters, however, were not enthused about moving up the date of
its early March presidential primary to increase the state's presence
in
picking the eventual nominees.

While Democratic voters were slightly more amenable to the idea, just
46
percent overall said they liked the idea compared to 36 percent opposed
to it with 19 percent unsure.

"It's hard to get people excited about political maneuvering," Brown
said.

   more details and data tables at
http://www.quinnipiac.edu/x1297.xml?ReleaseID=1011