Wednesday, January 26, 2011

COMPETITIVE WORKFORCE ACT

LEGISLATION AIMS TO BRING JOBS TO FLORIDA
Representative Scott Randolph (D-Orlando) filed a bill today that aims to bring jobs to Florida. The Competitive Workforce Act (H.B. 361) would prohibit all forms of discrimination in the workplace, including sexual orientation.

According to Human Rights Campaign, diversity is good for business. Eighty-seven percent of Fortune 500 Companies include sexual orientation provisions in their anti-discrimination policies. In a modern market place, a fully inclusive anti-discrimination policy allows businesses to be more competitive.

Florida law fails to protect all Floridians against workplace discrimination. The Competitive Workforce Act will not only ensure equal protection for all Floridians, it will make Florida a more attractive location for business investments.

“In a time of serious economic hardship, it is imperative that we do everything we can to encourage economic growth and investment,” Representative Scott Randolph said. “This bill promotes smart business practices that will attract employers to our state and create jobs. The Competitive Workforce Act seeks to move Florida forward.”


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Florida Democrats Announces Select Committee Charged With Drafting 2012 Delegate Selection Plan

Chairman Smith Announces Select Committee Charged With Drafting 2012 Delegate Selection Plan

Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith is pleased to announce today the appointment of the Select Committee on Delegate Selection.

“Today, as we begin working on the 2012 delegate selection process, I am pleased to announce the appointment of our Select Committee on Delegate Selection. Led by Florida Democratic Party Secretary Rick Boylan, this committee is charged with drafting the plan for selecting Florida’s delegation to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.”

Specifically, the Select Committee on Delegate Selection will develop a plan that complies with the rules set by the Democratic National Committee and reflects the great diversity of the Sunshine State.

Additionally, Chairman Smith is appointing Ron Mills of Broward County to Chair the subcommittee responsible for drafting the Affirmative Action, Outreach and Inclusion Plan, which will ensure Florida’s delegation has broad representation by all of the Party’s constituencies.

Select Committee on Delegate Selection Members include:

Florida Democratic Party Secretary Rick Boylan – Chair

Orange County Democratic Party Chair Amy Mercado – Vice-Chair

Florida Democratic Party Affirmative Action Committee Chair Adora Obi Nweze

Collier County State Committeeman Chuck Mohlke

Hillsborough County State Committeewoman Sally Phillips

Florida Democratic Party Vice Chair Alison Morano

Florida Democratic Party First Vice Chair Rhett Bullard

Commissioner Andrew Gillium

Duval County State Committeeman Ray Alfred

Hillsborough County State Committeeman Alan Clendenin

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Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Can you call Sen. Rubio and ask him to support rules reform to end abuse of the filibuster?

Remember when Jimmy Stewart takes the Senate floor in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" and refuses to cede it until he's made his point? That's how filibusters are supposed to work: A principled senator would stand up in the light of day to stop the majority from doing something bad.

These days, though, filibusters—the procedure that the minority party in the Senate uses to block a majority favored bill—don't work that way. All it takes is one anonymous objection from a single senator to trigger a filibuster. In fact, in the 1960s, only 8% of all bills were blocked by a filibuster—but since 2006 that has ballooned to more than 70%.1

Now, Senators Tom Udall and Jeff Merkley are pushing for rule changes that would end the abuse of the filibuster. Those changes could come up for a vote as soon as this week. So we need to speak out right away to show how important this reform is to voters at home. Can you call Sen. Rubio and ask him to support rules reform to end abuse of the filibuster?

Here's where to call:

Senator Marco Rubio
Phone: 202-224-3041

Then, please report your call by clicking here:

http://pol.moveon.org/call?tg=FSFL_2&cp_id=1514&id=25708-2954536-HZcETQx&t=3

This vote is not about ending the filibuster or crushing minority rights in government. It's about returning our government to a more democratic and transparent process.

In the last two Congressional terms Democrats have had to overcome more than 275 filibusters—the most in history.2

Here's what the New York Times says is on the table for rules reform:3

"No lazy filibusters. At least 10 senators would have to file a filibuster petition, and members would have to speak continuously on the floor to keep the filibuster going. To ensure the seriousness of the attempt, the requirements would grow each day: five senators would have to hold the floor for the first day, 10 the second day, etc. Those conducting the filibuster would thus have to make their case on camera. (A cloture vote of 60 senators would still be required to break the blockade.)

"Fewer bites of the apple. Republicans now routinely filibuster not only the final vote on a bill, but the initial motion to even debate it, as well as amendments and votes on conference committees. Breaking each of these filibusters adds days or weeks to every bill. The plan would limit filibusters to the actual passage of a bill.

"Minority amendments. Harry Reid, the majority leader, frequently prevents Republicans from offering amendments because he fears they will lead to more opportunities to filibuster. Republicans say they mount filibusters because they are precluded from offering amendments. This situation would be resolved by allowing a fixed number of amendments from each side on a bill, followed by a fixed amount of debate on each one."

Please call Sen. Rubio today and ask him to support rules reform to end abuse of the filibuster.