Friday, November 30, 2007

GOP Race Getting Dirty

Such tactics by people who play dirty have moved beyond the destruction of yard signs or push polls that ply caucusgoers with misleading or inaccurate information.

This time, they've taken to the Internet in the form of e-mail accounts made to look like they were sent from campaign officials.
The latest was an e-mail that was sent this week, using the name of a field director for Republican Mitt Romney's campaign and telling voters that one of Rudy Giuliani's advisers is a "pedophile priest."
The e-mail directed voters to a blog item on InsideCatholic.com about Monsignor Alan Placa, a longtime friend of Giuliani's. Placa, who officiated at Giuliani's second wedding and works in his consulting firm, has been accused of molesting two boys in New York.
 
 


  
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Democratic Congress Still Polling High In The polls

Despite recent coverage of shifting attitudes toward the war in Iraq and the Democratic Congress, the latest public polls show the country's political environment remains fundamentally unchanged, with President Bush and Republicans in Congress still deeply unpopular and Democrats maintaining a significant electoral advantage at the congressional level one year before the next election. Broad disapproval of Congress as an institution reflects the massive change dynamic still driving the electorate and is not directed at the new Democratic leadership.


  
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Black Journalist Blast Gov. Crist For Appointing A Democrat

Columnist Barbara Howard, writing in The Broward Times newspaper, is going after Gov. Charlie Crist for one of his recent appointments.
 
Last week,  Crist named state Rep. Wilbert "Tee" Holloway, a Democrat whose district included part of Miramar, to a vacancy on the Miami-Dade School Board.
 
Howard says Crist should have named a black Republican to the job instead of a black Democrat.
Crist's chief of staff, George LeMieux, said "The governor tries to govern in a bipartisan way and picks the best person regardless of party. That's what the people want"
 
 

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Property Insurance Didn't "Drop Like a Rock," but You Can Still Get a Hot


Representative Ellyn Bogdanoff continues to show she lives in a different
world than most of her district.  Her hosting of the House Majority 2008
Annual Spa Event, in which contributors pay $5000 to $10,000 to get a
massage, facial, and have breakfast with her and other house leaders is
ironic, especially given the hundreds of thousands of dollars it cost
taxpayers to underwrite 4 special sessions. 

"I wonder how Ellyn will enjoy her massage, knowing that it comes on the
heels of further cuts to our schools and in the face of a slowing economy,"
stated Chris Chiari, her opponent in the upcoming District 91 election.  "It
has Nero-like symbolism," he added - referring to the tale of the Roman
Emperor who insanely fiddled as Rome burned.

"Given the way leadership has performed, I would tell these donors to get a
$100 massage, and put the rest of the money in Real Estate.  Despite the
downturn, it's probably a better investment in their future."
Contact: Chris Chiari 954-803-4844
 

Dealing With Ellyn Bogdanoff, Is Like Dealing With The Devil

State Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, and Broward Republican Chairman Chip LaMarca, have bamboozled Darin Lentner, a GOP political neophyte and Republican lawyer.
 
 
Lentner,  started running against Bogdanoff for State House district 91 in July. By the end of the fundraising quarter that ended Sept. 30, he'd already raised more than $15,000 for the August 2008 primary.
 
 
Fort Lauderdale Commision District 4 is not even remotely Republican territory, Lenter is going to be handed his ass in a Winn-Dixe bag.
 
I wonder if Bogdanoff used KY when she had her come to Jesus meeting with Lenter. 


  
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Gay bishop is wary of `religious right'

People must ''rescue the Bible from the religious right'' and fight for civil rights to be extended to everyone, including gays and lesbians, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop said Tuesday night.
Gene Robinson, the Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire, told a crowd of about 150 people at Nova Southeastern University's Shepard Broad Law Center in Davie that society suffers from a system set up to benefit heterosexual couples, which he called ``heterosexism.''
Only straight couples can marry in most states. In the military, gays and lesbians work under a ''don't ask, don't tell'' policy.
And that system needs to end, Robinson said.
''We have lost the distinction between what the state does and what the church and synagogue does,'' Robinson said.
CONTROVERSIAL CHOICE
Robinson was named an Episcopal bishop in 2003. Afterward, several U.S. churches broke away from the Episcopal Church.
His peech Tuesday night at NSU was part of the university's symposium on sexuality, morality and the law.
Robinson cited the example of a man who beats up a gay man. A typical defense, he said, would be that the gay man made sexual advances at him. And some people, he said, would say that made the attack justified.
But he said a similar defense would not work if the gay man were a woman.
''Can you imagine how empty the streets would be if we locked up every man who hit on a woman?'' Robinson asked.
He urged Christians to take the Bible back from the ``religious right.''
As people change, their understanding of Scripture changes too, he said.
''Just because God is perfect doesn't mean we perfectly understand God,'' Robinson said.
During a question-and-answer session, two men implied implied that they disapproved of Robinson's homosexuality.
''Why do you know better or more than Jesus and the apostles?'' asked one of the men, Mike Ray, 36, of Sunrise.
Robinson replied, ``I would be very nervous about anyone who claims to know what God thinks.''
AUDIENCE BOOS
Both times, when the men tried asking more questions, the crowd booed.
Also in the audience was John J. McNeill, of Hollywood, an ordained Jesuit priest who said he was expelled from the Jesuit order after he criticized the Vatican's position on homosexuality. ''Having you come along and do such a beautiful job fills my heart with gratitude and joy,'' McNeill said.
 
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Hometown: Miami, Florida, U.S.
Died: November 18, 2007 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Ryan Skipper's Parents: Questions For GOP Cadidates On YouTube Dabate

Becoming public figures for gay rights was not something they hesitated to do - once Pat Mulder got over her fear of public speaking.

"Do we sit and do nothing or do we become advocates and make something good out of a tragedy?" asked Lynn Mulder, 49.


"People can believe whatever they want to believe, but they shouldn't use it to jeopardize lives," Pat Mulder said.

Former inmate files federal lawsuit claiming he was denied HIV medication

Former inmate files federal lawsuit claiming he was denied HIV medication while in jail

 

During the three months he spent in a Broward County jail, Kevin Sauve made request after request for HIV medication. Not one was granted, according to a lawsuit recently filed in Fort Lauderdale federal court.
 

Saturday, November 24, 2007

South Florida Under Water Restriction

Twice-a-week water rules are in effect.

Odd-numbered addresses: 4 to 8 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays; hand watering allowed those hours and 5 to 7 p.m.

Even-numbered addresses: 4 to 8 a.m. Thursdays and Sundays; hand watering allowed those hours and 5 to 7 p.m.

Exceptions: Dania Beach, Hallandale Beach, Lake Worth, Lantana and West Palm Beach, where landscape irrigation is limited to four hours one day a week: odd-numbered addresses, 4 to 8 a.m. Saturdays; even-numbered addresses, 4 to 8 a.m. Sundays.

Outdoor water uses: Low-volume pressure cleaning and washing of cars and boats no longer are restricted.

For information, call the Water Management District's conservation hotline at
800-662-8876.

Nominate The Bush Administration For: 2007 Stonewall Award

--Josh Marshall

Friday, November 23, 2007

NYC Fire Chief: Giuliani Is A Coward

NYC Fire Chief Says Giuliani Ran Away like a Coward on 9/11

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Gerald Ford: "There was a conspiracy to kill John F. Kennedy,"

Ford argues that the CIA destroyed information about the assassination, but he "contends with interesting specificity that Oswald was the only shooter.
"There was a conspiracy to kill John F. Kennedy," says Tim Miller, CEO of FlatSigned.com, in a release. "There is no doubt that President Gerald Ford knew more about the JFK death. There is no doubt President Clinton knows more. Has he or any other US President since November 22, 1963 ever swore under oath that they know no more?"
 


  
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W= Worst President Ever

The Bush presidency will be found to have perverted not only our system but also the very principles on which our nation was founded ...more

Trillions for Endless War Leaves Everglades Restoration High, Dry and Dying

 

The multibillion-dollar project to restore the Everglades has come to a near standstill, and the government can no longer estimate how much it will cost or how long it will take, the top federal official in charge of construction told The Associated Press.

In part because Congress has failed to come through with the promised money, some tasks have fallen years behind schedule. In the meantime, construction costs are rising, along with the price of the Florida real estate that must be bought up as part of the plan to restore the natural flow of water in the Everglades.

The largest wetlands restoration effort in the world — approved in 2000 and formally known as the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, or CERP — was originally estimated to cost $7.8 billion and take 30 years. By last year, the price tag had been put at $10.5 billion, and experts said it could take 50 years.

Now it's anybody's guess.

"I don't know what the cost of CERP is right now because the cost of land down there has skyrocketed and the cost of construction in South Florida has also gone through the roof," Gary Hardesty, the Everglades restoration chief for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, told the AP.

Because of the uncertainty over federal funding and a lack of scientific data that the projects will actually work, Hardesty said, the Corps is being forced to adopt a slower, more deliberate pace.

The project — signed into law by President Clinton with bipartisan support — called for the construction of reservoirs, back-filling of canals and rerouting of water to rescue the fast-shrinking Everglades and preserve the remarkable variety of plants and wildlife that inhabit it, including egrets, rare orchids, alligators and panthers.

'Price just keeps going up'
Eric Draper, policy director for the conservation group Audubon of Florida, was once optimistic but now isn't so sure.

"The federal government simply isn't in a position now to be able to afford the promises made with Everglades restoration, and the price just keeps going up," Draper said. "The federal government is broke. The state has deep budget shortfalls. Where's the money going to come from?"

The Everglades once covered 4 million acres of swampland but has shrunk to half its size over the past 150 years because of the building of dikes, dams and homes in booming Florida and the effects of the sugar cane fields and other farms on its fringes. The swampland that remains is in ecological distress because of pollution from urban runoff and farm fertilizers.

The 2000 plan made the federal government and Florida 50-50 partners in the project to heal the River of Grass.

To date, the state has committed more than $2 billion and pushed ahead alone with a few projects — including the building of several reservoirs to store water for use during dry spells — in the hope the Corps would catch up.

But in large part because of the cost of the Iraq war and Hurricane Katrina, Congress has appropriated only several million dollars. And the only work that has been done on any of the Corps' 68 projects has been on paper.

In the meantime, wildlife habitat continues to disappear, and pollution is killing native plants, allowing nonnative species to invade.



  
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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Karl Rove Gives GOP Candidates Advice

 
"Rove has no substantive advice to give to candidates other than to 'smile and pretend Bush doesn't exist.'"
 
The column also included Rove's urgings for the eventual Republican nominee to be "strong on Iraq," to talk about issues like "health care, the cost of college and social mobility," and to go after minority voters "who aren't traditional Republicans."
 
 
Read the full Rove column in Newsweek here.
 
 
The following video is from MSNBC's Abrams Report, broadcast on November 19, 2007

Monday, November 19, 2007

"How to Rig an Election: Confessions of a Republican Operative"

Confessions of a Phone Jammer
Allen Raymond, the Republican political consultant who went to jail after pleading guilty to his involvement in the 2002 New Hampshire phone jamming scheme, is writing a tell-all book about his involvement in "the Republican election machine." During the 2002 midterm election, which included a hotly contested race for U.S. Senate, Raymond and others conspired to flood Democratic get-out-the-vote phone centers. The book, called, "How to Rig an Election: Confessions of a Republican Operative," is slated to come out on Jan. 22 and is co-written by former Page Six columnist Ian Spiegelman READ MORE

"flood the Oval Office with copies of the Constitution this holiday season ... as a seasonal reminder that the Constitution needs to be upheld; not destroyed."

Even though a human rights group believes the Commander in Chief has been naughty, they plan to play Santa Claus this year and make a political statement at the same time.
The Center for Constitutional Rights plans to "flood the Oval Office with copies of the Constitution this holiday season ... as a seasonal reminder that the Constitution needs to be upheld; not destroyed."
 
Those interested can also sign an accompanying letter addressed to President Bush, which poses a multitude of questions reminding the president "that he swore an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States."
 
"I would have hoped that you'd be pretty familiar with [the Constitution] already," writes the anonymous author, "because you have at least three times in your life taken a solemn oath to uphold, protect and defend it, but all the signs indicate that you either don't know what's in it, or you don't care."
 
The diatribe covers controversial topics such as habeas corpus and torture, and beseeches the President to "uphold, protect and defend [the Constitution], like you swore you would."
Interested parties can donate money to help cover costs if they wish, but the offer itself is completely free. The CCR hopes to send the President more than 25,000 copies of the Constitution by January 2008.
 
Go To: www.ccrjustice.org for more details.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Linda McDonalds's Opponent A Big Hypocrite

Matt Hudson, Linda McDonald's opponent in the HD 101 race. Is a hypocrite, he had a DUI and accident  in1998, but attacked his primary opponent Zichella for attempting to buy alcohol when he was underage.
 
 
To Volunteer To Help Linda this weekend call:
 
Anthony Joyce
Broward Field Director, Linda McDonald for State Rep. 101
954-536-1330
ajoyc001@fiu.edu
 

Las Vegas Debate: Wrapup

ABC News' David Chalian: "Targeting Rivals, Clinton Gets Back on Track" LINK
New York Times' PATRICK HEALY and JEFF ZELENY: "Clinton's in Thick of Barbed Democratic Debate" LINK
Washington Post's Anne E. Kornblut and Dan Balz: "Democratic Contenders Step Up Attacks in Debate" LINK
Politico's Ben Smith: "Clinton fights back in Las Vegas" LINK
Wall Street Journal's JACKIE CALMES and CHRISTOPHER COOPER: "Rivals Pick Up Clinton Criticism As Caucuses Near" LINK

Fox News: Campaign Manager For Rudy

Dan Abrams is joined by Air America's Rachel Maddow and others to discuss Rudy Giuliani's very special relationship with FOX News
The following video is from MSNBC's Abrams Report, broadcast on November 14, 2007
 

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Dems Challenged on Immigration

Dems Challenged on Immigration

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Cynthia Tucker shows why she won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in her Sunday op-ed, "Democrats must lead way on immigration." Any Dems thinking about going all wobbly on the issue should first give Tucker's eloquent essay a read. Tucker gives the GOP a richly-deserved blistering for their nativist position on immigration and adds:
...here's some counterintuitive advice for the Democratic ranks: Don't hedge. Lead. Do the right thing. Come out clearly and forcefully for putting illegal immigrants already in the country on a path to citizenship. This is no time to trim or triangulate. Show some spine. America is ready for reasoned leadership on this issue.
...So let the GOP be the party of fear and division. Democrats ought to stand for something else. The modern Democratic Party also made its choice in the 1960s, choosing hope over fear, tolerance over division and the beloved community over bigotry.
...This is no time for Democrats to turn their backs on that heritage. America is too generous and compassionate to expel millions of productive and otherwise law-abiding people. The nation has taken advantage of their labor for decades, and it would be inhumane (and outrageously expensive) to round them up and send them back.
Tucker suggests a reasonable alternative:
But Americans also want to be assured that this is the last time a broad legalization option is offered to illegal immigrants. Democrats ought to make it clear that they'll enforce the borders and crack down on employers who hire illegally, a cheaper and more effective strategy for addressing the problem than building fences. After a few CEOs have done the perp walk for illegal hiring, they'll stop offering jobs to those without proper documents. And when word gets across the border that U.S. companies have stopped hiring, those laborers will stop coming. They come for jobs, after all, not jihad.
This is a win-win platform. Not only is it wise and honorable, calling on the highest ideals of a nation of immigrants, it can also produce victories at the ballot box. Last week, Virginia Democrats made gains in state and local elections even though the state has been embroiled in fiery debate over illegal immigration. As an analysis by the Washington Post concluded, voting trends didn't benefit "those who campaigned the loudest for tough sanctions against illegal immigrants."
Let Republicans take the low road. It doesn't end in a place the rest of the country wants to go.
This debate is just getting started, and Tucker's challenge merits consideration.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

The Bob Allen story

The Bob Allen story in TPMtv episode "GOP Bathroom Etiquette Breakdown"


Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz On Ed Schultz Show

This week, Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich brought a privileged resolution to the House floor that would have impeached Cheney. Republicans foiled an attempt by Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to kill the motion, and the bill was referred to the Judiciary Committee. Wasserman Schultz voted for Hoyer's motion to table the impeachment bill, and she was defending that vote on Schultz's show Thursday.
 
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said Conyer's committee would not begin impeachment hearings, although several members of the committee are co-sponsors of Kucinich's impeachment resolution. Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL), who's district neighbors Wasserman Schultz's, called for the committee to "schedule impeachment hearings immediately".
"I believe Robert Wexler is off base," Wasserman Schultz said.
 
 
The following audio clip is from the Ed Schultz Show Thusday, Nov. 8.

Florida Mayor Arrested For Molesting Children

Mascotte Mayor, Jeff Krull, Arrested On alleged Molestation Charges
The mayor of Mascotte was supposed to be getting ready to stump for last minute votes Tuesday morning, but instead he'll be heading to jail. Mascotte police arrested Mayor Jeff Krull on molestation charges one day before he was up for re-election.


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Sgt. Daniel L. McCall

Hometown: Pace, Florida, U.S.
Died: October 30, 2007 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Unit: Army, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Ga.
Incident: Killed when enemy forces engaged his unit with small arms fire and a makeshift bomb in Baghdad.

The Florida League of Cities Opposes New Tax Amendment

The Florida League of Cities, wrapping up an annual legislative conference in Orlando, decided Friday to fight a $12 billion property-tax relief package that lawmakers placed on the Jan. 29 ballot.

"It really fails to deal with the disparities and the inequities in our current tax system," said John Thomas, the league's legislative director. "It further exacerbates an unfair system."

The League has been critical of the proposal since lawmakers struck a last-minute compromise in a special session last month.

It asks voters to approve constitutional changes that would double the $25,000 homestead exemption for homes worth more than $50,000 and would allow homeowners to take their Save Our Homes assessment cap savings with them when they move to new Florida homesteads.

The proposal also would grant a 10 percent Save Our Homes-like cap to nonhomestead property and give businesses a $25,000 exemption for the taxes they pay for equipment and other personal tangible property.

Thomas said the League is disappointed that the measure does nothing to offset the increasing burden the Legislature has placed on local property owners to pay for schools over the past eight years while cutting state budgets in Tallahassee.


  
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Broward County Right Wing Nut Job Joins Thompson Campaign

Christian conservative leaders nationally are torn between the various GOP front-runners. But Fred Thompson announced a key local addition to his Florida team Friday.
 
Barbara Collier, leader of the Christian Coalition in Broward County and local co-chair of the Bush-Cheney 2004 effort, joined the former Tennessee senator's campaign as a Broward County Aluminum Foil Hat Brigade Leader.

Florida Republican Party Chair: Time For Bob Allen To Retire

Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer released a statement on the Allen verdict: "The nature of this conviction requires (Rep.) Allen to seriously consider his ability to effectively serve the citizens of his district, which should be one of his utmost priorities.
"I am confident that Speaker Rubio and the House of Representatives will take steps to uphold the integrity of the office, which may include Representative Allen's resignation or other available options."
 
But Greer was stronger in an interview with the St.Pete Times "He needs to resign," Greer said. "He can't effectively serve his citizens with this type of conviction."

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Wexler is calling for the committee "to schedule impeachment hearings immediately

The following is from a letter sent to constituents today by Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, where the matter has been sent again. Wexler is calling for the committee "to schedule impeachment hearings immediately and not let this issue languish as it has over the last six months."...
 
 
I share your belief that Vice President Cheney must answer for his deceptive actions in office, particularly with regard to the preparations for the Iraq war and the revelation of the identity of covert agent Valerie Plame Wilson as part of political retribution against her husband. That is why I voted against the motion to table debate on H.Res. 333. Along with only 85 other Democrats, I opposed tabling the measure and supported beginning immediate debate and a vote on the Cheney impeachment resolution. The vote on tabling the Kucinich resolution was rejected, and the House subsequently voted to refer the matter to the Judiciary Committee.
...
The American people are served well with a legitimate and thorough impeachment inquiry. I will urge the Judiciary Committee to schedule impeachment hearings immediately and not let this issue languish as it has over the last six months. Only through hearings can we bring begin to correct the abuses of Dick Cheney and the Bush Administration; and, if it is determined in these hearings that Vice President Cheney has committed High Crimes and Misdemeanors, he should be impeached and removed from office.

Rep. Wexler: Consider Cheney impeachment

Upholding his status as one of the most anti-Bush politicians in South Florida, U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler voted in favor of having Congress consider the impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney.
Wexler, a Delray Beach Democrat, represents a swath of northern Broward.
Here's his statement:
"Vice President Dick Cheney and the Bush Administration have demonstrated a consistent pattern of abusing the law and misleading Congress and the American people. We see the consequences of these actions abroad in Iraq and at home through the violations of our civil liberties.
"The American people are served well with a legitimate and thorough impeachment inquiry. I urge the Judiciary Committee to schedule impeachment hearings immediately and not let this issue languish as it has over the last six months. Only through hearings can we begin to correct the abuses of Dick Cheney and the Bush Administration; and, if it is determined in these hearings that Vice President Cheney has committed High Crimes and Misdemeanors, he should be impeached and removed from office."
 

Sunday, November 04, 2007

South Florida GOP Will Override Bush's Veto

Sen. Mel Martinez,  Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Lincoln Diaz-Balart say they're ready to vote to override the presidential veto. The Water Resources Development Act HR 1495 contains more than $2 billion for Everglades restoration efforts.
 
Martinez said "at the end of the day, as a Floridian, Everglades restoration is such an integral part of this WRDA bill we have to take the good with the bad."
 
 Rep. Connie Mack, R-Cape Coral, assailed the presidential veto
"I'm confident that both the House and Senate can override his veto," Mack said. "And I hope we do so without delay."
 
The White House issued a press release in which the President explains why he vetoed HR 1495. Bush's first comment was that "this bill lacks fiscal discipline." Bush goes on to admonish the bill for making promises that Congress cannot keep, based on past bills that also promised certain funds to local communities that the communities never saw. Bush points out that the House version of the bill was set at a cost of $15 billion, and the Senate bill called for $14 billion, and the compromised bill between the two chambers is now set at $23 million.
 
 
The bill has overwhelming bi-partisan support in both chambers. It cleared the House by a vote of 381 to 40 and the Senate by 81 to 12. Two-thirds of each chamber must support the override for the bill to become law.
 
 
The White House issued a press release in which the President explains why he vetoed HR 1495. Bush's first comment was that "this bill lacks fiscal discipline." Bush goes on to admonish the bill for making promises that Congress cannot keep, based on past bills that also promised certain funds to local communities that the communities never saw. Bush points out that the House version of the bill was set at a cost of $15 billion, and the Senate bill called for $14 billion, and the compromised bill between the two chambers is now set at $23 million.
 
 
 

Florida GLBT Caucus Demands Kathy Castor Withrdraw Her Endorsement Of Gershom Faulkner

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Caucus of the Florida Democratic Party has called on U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor of Tampa to withdraw her endorsement of a St. Petersburg City Council candidate who expressed lack of sympathy with gay rights causes.
The candidate, Gershom Faulkner, is outreach director for Castor.
The caucus made its request in a letter Saturday to Castor from Michael Albetta, president of the Florida GLBT Caucus.

According to the letter, Faulkner said during an Aug. 16 appearance before the Pinellas gay Democratic group that he considers homosexuality a lifestyle "preference" or "choice"; he won't attend the annual St. Pete Pride celebration; he won't oppose the proposed state constitutional amendment "that would write discrimination into Florida's Constitution" by limiting marriage to men and women; that he won't support repealing Florida's ban on gay adoptions or gay foster parents; and won't oppose prohibiting straight-gay alliance organizations in public schools.
Read The Letter

Contact Castor At:

Washington Office
317 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202)225-3376
Fax: (202)225-5652

Tampa Office
4144 N Armenia Ave
Suite 300
Tampa, FL 33607
Phone: (813)871-2817
Fax: (813)871-2864


To email Rep. Castor, please click here



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Saturday, November 03, 2007

Dean: Dems 'only writing off the hard right'

We're only writing off the hard right that beats up on gays and women," Dean said.
 
After meeting with evangelical leaders like Joel Osteen and Rick Warren, Dean said there are some areas where they don't see eye-to-eye but there are similar goals.
 
Dean said they should be able to "sit down and say, let's agree to disagree on Roe. v Wade" without dismissing the possibility of agreeing to try to reduce the number of abortions.
 
Leah Daughtry, the minister Dean picked to head the Democratic National Convention Committee, said abortions should be legal but that churches and community groups should work toward making them rare.
 
But that's where Focus on the Family would have a problem.
 


  
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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Florida Redistricting Petition

Redistricting Basics
Every ten years the United States conducts a census. The next one will be in 2010. After the data is in, Congress will reapportion its 435 seats among the states and the Florida legislature must readjust Congressional district boundaries to account for shifts in population. At the same time, the legislature will redraw the legislative districts.
Unfortunately, unless we stop them, politicians will use sophisticated computer programs to manipulate the census data to create districts that favor their own political parties and incumbents. Currently, there are no rules that stop the legislators from drawing districts to perpetuate their own power. Not surprisingly, it is almost impossible for challengers to win and incumbents rarely have meaningful opposition. Click here to learn more about redistricting.

Redistricting In Florida
Florida's present system permits politicians to choose their voters, instead of voters choosing their represenataives. The result is bizarrely shaped, uncompetitive districts that senselessly divide Florida's cities, counties and neighborhoods.

Allowing legislators to draw their own districts without any real standards is like having "the fox guard the henhouse." Without opposition and competitive elections, politicians have little incentive to be responsive to their constituents. They see no reason to compromise for the public good. This puts partisan politics ahead of Florida's needs.

It's Time To Act!

Join FairDistrictsFlorida.org in restoring a real voice to voters by establishing clear standards for drawing legislative and congressional districts fairly. We need you and everyone you know to sign petitions to create strong, binding rules for the next redistricting that is coming up in 2011.

Lend your support now! Click here to sign the petitions to restore fair, competitive elections in Florida.

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Died: October 22, 2007 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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