Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Happy Rosh Hashanah



Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is celebrated with family gatherings, special meals and sweet foods, which often symbolize good health throughout the new year.

For those who will be celebrating this evening, we would like to wish you a sweet celebration and an even sweeter new year.
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is celebrated with family gatherings, special meals and sweet foods, which often symbolize good health throughout the new year.
For those who will be celebrating this evening, we would like to wish you a sweet celebration and an even sweeter new year.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

PLEASE HELP SAYLOR WIN JR. BOAT CAPT!*

**PLEASE HELP SAYLOR WIN JR. BOAT CAPT!**
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We need your help in voting for our little girl, Saylor,
to become the Junior Boat Captain of the Winterfest Boat Parade!

Saylor is in 2nd PLACE and we REALLY need YOU to vote Today, Tomorrow & Sunday
and then share with your entire Facebook Network!

Saylor and her family’s story is inspirational to all of us!
She really wants to be on the lead boat to represent CDTC!
The parade is actually taking place on her 8th birthdayLet’s help make her birthday wish come true!
Vote for Saylor- she’s in 2nd place!
Voting is now open for Winterfest Boat Parade Jr. Captain Nominees. Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center needs your help for our very own little hero, Miss Saylor!

SaylorSaylor is a determined seven year old who has surpassed so many expectations; she was born with Spina Bifida so severe that initially there was doubt she would ever be able to walk. Saylor has been receiving her medical care at Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center since she was one year old and we are thrilled to say she is walking with just the aid of a single crutch. Sometimes, she can even walk without it! Everyone at CDTC is very proud of Saylor which is why we need your help in for voting for her for Junior Captain of the Winterfest Boat Parade.


Voting takes place on Facebook.

You can vote once a day, until
 Sunday, September 14th.

Voting is easy! CLICK HERE

First, "Like" the Winterfest Boat Parade Page
then click 
VOTE on Saylor's Page to vote for Saylor. 

Don't forget to share with your friends!

*If you are voting on your mobile phone you will be asked to "Like" the Winterfest Boat Parade Page then "Like" the Offerpop Page (they're hosting the contest!) before you are able to vote for Saylor. 



Sunday, September 07, 2014

President Bill Clinton Rally For Charlie Crist In Miami

  By Carol Porter

Former President Bill Clinton was in Miami on Friday, September 5, to stump for Gubernatorial Candidate Charlie Crist, who is running for Florida Governor against incumbent Rick Scott. Crist is a former Republican turned Democrat, and he won the primary election in August. The event was held at the JW Marriott Marquis in Miami, and between 350 to 400 people were in attendance. Also speaking for Crist were Lieutenant Governor Candidate Annette Taddeo-Goldstein and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson.




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Thursday, September 04, 2014

Florida Health Choices has found only about 30 customers

Nearly six months after going online, and six years after the state's GOP leaders conceived it as a "free-market" response to calls for federal health reform, Florida Health Choices has found only about 30 customers, according to its Chief Executive Officer Rose Naff. Florida's alternative to Obamacare has 30 customers Nearly six months after going online, and six years after the state's GOP leaders conceived it as a "free-market" response to calls for federal health reform, Florida Health Choices has found only about 30 customers, according to its Chief Executive Officer Rose Naff.
It’s generally pretty tough to defend the health care system in Florida, though this report from theTampa Bay Times actually makes it look a little worse.
Last year, legislators allocated $900,000 to help Floridians find affordable health care through a new state-backed website.
 
At the same time, they refused to expand Medicaid or work with the federal government to offer subsidized insurance plans.
 
Six months after the launch of the state’s effort, called Florida Health Choices, just 30 people have signed up.
That’s not a typo. We’re not talking about 30% of the population; we’re talking about literally just 30 individuals.
 
Charles Gaba crunched the numbers to find the costs per enrollee and found that Florida Health Choices is vastly more expensive than, say, the Affordable Care Act’s healthcare.gov, while offering much less.
 
Indeed, Florida Health Choices is not an exchange marketplace, where private insurers compete for consumers’ business. It’s not. In fact, it doesn’t sell actual health insurance at all. Rather, Florida spent $900,000 on an online project that lists “limited benefit options and discount plans for items like dental visits, prescription drugs and eyeglasses.”
 
And a whopping 30 people took advantage of these amazing opportunities.
 
Florida Health Choices administrators “acknowledge they are off to a slow start,” but still hope to appeal to more customers, possibly by adding insurance options for pets.
 
Whose bright idea was Florida Health Choices in the first place? That would be Marco Rubio.
 
As a U.S. senator, the Florida Republican has had very little success in sponsoring legislation that became law, but let’s not forget that before going to Capitol Hill, Rubio was the Speaker of the Florida House. In 2008, two years before his successful Senate campaign, the conservative lawmaker championed the Florida Health Choices project.
 
Of course, it’d be more of a feather in Rubio’s cap if the project was actually reaching a large number of Floridians.
 
Asked if the senator still supports the concept of Florida Health Choices in light of its poor results, Rubio’s office told Dylan Scott, “Yeah, we have nothing against free market exchanges,” Rubio spokesman Alex Conant said in an email.
 
But if Rubio’s vision was for a website in which Florida consumers could purchase health care benefits, and Republicans continue to support such an approach, why doesn’t Florida simply create an exchange marketplace through the Affordable Care Act, as many other states have done?
 
Apparently, the GOP-led state government just doesn’t want to. As a consequence, nearly 1 million Floridians went to healthcare.gov to get actual, subsidized health care coverage, largely ignoring Florida Health Choices’ discount plans for items like dental visits.
 
Florida still has the option of creating its own exchange marketplace and embracing Medicaid expansion, which would extend coverage to nearly 764,000 low-income residents. But no one seems to think that’s likely.

Amendment 2 on Medical Marijuana Gets More Support



Amendment 2, a proposed state constitutional amendment expanding the use of medical marijuana in Florida, continues to draw supporters and opponents as the Sunshine State heads into the general election. 

The proposal has won the support of  Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a group of more than 150,000 supporters across the nation. LEAP came out strongly behind Amendment 2 and pushed back against criticism of the proposal from the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA). 


“Voters deserve to know that many of us in law enforcement do not wish to stand between them and their doctors when it comes to marijuana,” said Neill Franklin, the executive director of LEAP,  Franklin served 34 years in law enforcement in Maryland, rising to the rank of major and working for the state police and the Baltimore Police Department.

“It is a waste of taxpayer dollars to make suffering people risk arrest, a criminal record, physical danger and even poisoning on the illicit market,” Franklin said. “Like any other medicine their doctors recommend, they should be able to obtain quality medical marijuana in a safe, lawful marketplace where the proceeds are not going to benefit criminal gangs and drug cartels.” 

Noting some media reports have hit the FSA for going overboard in attacking Amendment 2, Franklin said his group would fight their claims. 

“As these newspapers point out, the sheriffs’ fear-mongering claims are nonsense: repeated studies over many years in states that permit medicinal marijuana have found no evidence of increased teen usage, no increase in crime -- and an actual reduction in the number of traffic fatalities,” said Franklin. “In the face of a desperate fear campaign, LEAP’s members will continue to serve the people of Florida as a ‘truth squad’ that will respond to the wild misstatements and distortions about Amendment 2.”  

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Broward County Democratic Unity Rally

  By Carol Porter

A strong message of unity was on display at the Democratic Unity Rally on August 28 at the Urban League of Broward County. Democrats united behind gubernatorial candidate and former governor Charlie Crist after the primary on August 26. In attendance at the rally were Crist and his primary opponent, former Senator Nan Rich; Attorney General Candidate George Sheldon and his primary opponent Perry Thurston; Senator Maria Sachs, Palm Beach Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo, Broward Democratic Party Chair Mitch Ceasar, Florida Democratic  Party Chair Allison Tant Richard, Rep. Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Senator Chris Smith, Broward County Commissioner Marty Kiar and many others, and all with the same message, that current Governor Rick Scott should not be granted a second term. The room was packed with about 100 to 150 supporters.
Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant
Mayor Joe Varsallone & Ron Mills


Senator Chris Smith
DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Gov. Charlie Crist
Annette Taddeo

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

At Koch Retreat, Top GOP Senate Candidates Credited Koch Network For Their Rise

Three top Republican Senate candidates heaped praise on the political network built by the conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch during a secretive conference held by the brothers this past summer, according to audio of the event.
Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst and Arkansas Rep. Tom Cotton directly credited donors present at the June 16 retreat in Dana Point, California, for propelling them forward. Colorado Rep. Cory Gardner told attendees that his race would likely be decided by the presence of "third party" money -- an obvious pitch for generosity from the well-heeled crowd.
The presence of Gardner and Cotton was previously reported by The Nation magazine, though it is unclear if Cotton ever confirmed his appearance. Ernst's attendance had not previously been reported.
For all three, the association with the Koch brothers' network is likely to provide kindling for their opponents, who have already argued that the Republicans are steered by deep-pocketed conservatives.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Rally for The People’s Team 4:00 PM, Thursday, August 28

Join a unity rally celebrating “The People’s Team" on Thursday, August 28th. Governor Charlie Crist, Senator Nan Rich, Representative Perry Thurston, George Sheldon, and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz will rally Florida Democrats and stand together to take on Rick Scott and Pam Bondi this November.  


We all know that fighting Rick Scott’s $100 million dollar onslaught won’t be easy, so it’s more important than ever that Florida Democrats stand united to bring change to Tallahassee and move our state forward. 

Rally for The People’s Team 
4:00 PM, Thursday, August 28
Urban League of Broward County
560 NW 27th Ave., Ft Lauderdale 33311

Please RSVP to Mayra Macias at mmacias@fladems.com if you plan on attending.

It's Election Day! In Florida You Must Vote!

TODAY is Primary Election Day! Let YOUR voice be heard!


Polls open at 7am close at 7pm 
Sample Ballot                 Precinct Finder


f you have requested a vote by mail ballot for the upcoming primary, and still have not received it please call the Broward Supervisor of Elections today to make sure it is being sent to you:     954 357 7055 

Voting by mail: Absentee ballots are due back at the county Elections Office by 7 p.m. Tuesday. Postmarks don't count. Besides mailing ballots back, Palm Beach County voters can drop them off at the main Elections Office west of West Palm Beach until 7 p.m. on Election Day or until 5 p.m. at a branch office in Delray Beach, Belle Glade or Palm Beach Gardens. Broward voters can return them to the elections offices in Fort Lauderdale or Lauderhill until 7 p.m. on Election Day.places at any of the times indicated:  Please remember to bring a photo ID


Monday, August 25, 2014

White House will honor "Champions of Change


On Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 1:00 PM ET, the White House will honor "Champions of Change," veterans and their families who are doing extraordinary work across the country as leaders in entrepreneurship.  The Champions have distinguished themselves by continuing to serve our country through their successful small businesses and non-profits that create jobs, spur economic growth, and help their communities.

The Champions include veterans who have started a for-profit or non-profit business, veteran spouses who have started their own business, and individuals that support veteran entrepreneurs by providing them with skills, capital, and other necessary resources. This event will showcase these inspirational leaders and highlight the importance of their work.  The program will feature remarks by Dr. Jill Biden and will also feature Daymond John, Kevin O’Leary, and Robert Herjavec, from ABC’s Emmy Award-winning TV show Shark Tank.

The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.  The event will be live streamed on the White House website atwww.whitehouse.gov/live.  To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program, visitwww.whitehouse.gov/champions.

Adrianna Domingos-Lupher, Tampa, FL
Adrianna Domingos-Lupher is the CEO of MSB New Media, a digital media marketing and publishing firm that houses the Military Spouse Blogger Network™. Adrianna has played a significant role in launching ground-breaking programs for military spouses that include the Military Spouse CEO Experience and Homefront Rising. Adrianna is a passionate advocate for military spouse employment, entrepreneurship, and political engagement.

Dr. Stephanie Parson, Windermere, FL
Dr. Stephanie Parson is the CEO and Founder of Crowned Grace International, a global management consulting firm.  Crowned Grace International works with companies around the world to identify, develop and implement the winning strategies required to produce business results. Dr. Parson served as a decorated officer in the United States Air Force prior to entering the corporate sector.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Good News Bad News For Gov, Tick Scott



 A new survey from Republican pollster Cherry Communications, taken on behalf of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, finds GOP Gov. Rick Scott leading Democrat Charlie Crist 41-35, with Libertarian Adrian Wyllie taking four percent. That might sound bad for Crist, but it's actually disappointing for Scott, who had a 41-38 lead in June. Yes, Crist's dropped a few points, but Scott hasn't seen his numbers improve despite a massive advertising campaign, so releasing these numbers is a bit of a bonehead move by the Florida Chamber, which has endorsed Scott.

Monday, August 18, 2014

‎Not My Boss' Business Press Conference with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman



Recently the Supreme Court handed down the decision that a woman’s boss could decide if you can have access to birth control coverage. We at Planned Parenthood believe that a woman should have the right to make her own medical decisions in consultation with her doctor, not her boss.

In response, members of congress have introduced HR 5051, “The Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act of 2014” otherwise known as the “Not My Boss’ Business” Act. Please #JoinTheDissent and become part of our rally to support this new bill.



Wednesday August 20th at 
 4:30pm
Out front of Hobby Lobby in Davie, 1901 S University Dr, Davie, FL 33324

We will have guest speakers and Selfie Station where we will have plenty of signs to take selfies with!

RSVP to mayte.canino@ppsoflo.org or 786-594-4741

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Turnout Light on Broward's first day of early voting



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Avoiding the "Trashy Four" When Packing School Lunches


PHOTO: Some simple changes in packing a school lunch can prevent tons of trash from ending up in Tennessee landfills. Photo credit: www.anotherlunch.com/Flickr.
PHOTO: Some simple changes in packing a school lunch can prevent tons of trash from ending up in Tennessee landfills. Photo credit: www.anotherlunch.com/Flickr.

Students across the state returning to school this week, forming friendships and making the team, but also generating a massive amount of trash. Over the next school year it's estimated the average student lunch will generate more than 60 pounds of garbage, 

Proper planning, according to Holsapple, can help greatly reduce waste.

"We urge parents and kids to especially avoid having lunch with the ’trashy four’ and that includes packing lunches with paper, plastic, Styrofoam and foil,".

Alternatives include using a lunch box with reusable food-and-drink containers or cutting down on the trash by going "old school" and using actual silverware or cloth napkins.

"Paper napkins and paper towels are not recyclable," said Holsapple. "We would urge people to use a cloth napkin. It can be washed and reused and kids will think it's kind of fun to have a lunch that's a little different than their friends. It might start a new trend."

Holsapple says each year, more than 34-million tons of paper towels and napkins wind up in landfills and enough Styrofoam cups and containers are thrown away to circle the earth more - 

Source: http://publicnewsservice.org

New School Year Brings Some Changes For South Florida Students








Broward County, students should anticipate a quite a few changes.
Some students, who use the bus, may notice a more quiet ride to school as the district will introduce 98 brand new propane-fueled buses.

The fleet of propane buses for the school district, which has over 260,000 students, is the largest such purchase in the nation’s history, according to the district Propane buses aren’t the only thing new.
Another addition for the 2014-2014 school year is that debate will now be offered in every high school and all middle schools .
Middle school athletics are back with the addition of of volleyball and flag football .
Scholastic chess is being added to second and third grade classes.
High school students will be able to take advanced computer science classes.
The district is also adding ‘three’ K-8 schools. That means some students will no longer attend a middle school but stay in their elementary school grades six through eight.
Superintendent Robert Runcie tells CBS 4 that he expects more schools to go toward the K-8 model in the coming years although some middle schools will remain.
The biggest change however is the end of the controversial FCAT testing system.
Beginning in the Spring of 2015 students will begin a new state devised testing system to prove they are making the grade.
“The FCAT was about facts. The new world is can you apply what you’ve learned to solve real world problems,” explains Runcie.
The Superintendent who is now making three full years with the District (his contract was extended to 2019) says one of his top priorities is to get the $800 million dollar bond issue passed in November that will be used to renovate older schools in disrepair and build real classrooms to replace portables in the overcrowded newer schools.
“We’re going to have a great school year. I welcome back all students, teachers, and support staff,” said Runcie.
Runcie plans to visit a half dozen schools on Monday and then hold a news conference Monday afternoon to give an overview of how the first day went.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Representative Perry Thurston, demanded that Rick Scott quit his pandering and push for Medicaid Expansion

 Photos  By Carol Porter
Representative Perry Thurston, Corey Shearer, President of the Broward County Democratic Black Caucus of Florida  joined local health care advocates in demanding that Rick Scott quit his pandering and actually push for Medicaid expansion.

Last Friday, Scott said in an interview that he “would not stand in the way” of accepting federal funds to expand the program. However, two days later during the special legislative session, Scott had the opportunity to push its passage and failed, yet again, to do so.

A new study released by the Urban Institute this month shows that Scott's inaction has cost Floridians over $66 billion dollars in federal funding and an additional $22 billion for Florida hospitals. That’s almost $90 billion that could have benefited the state of Florida.

The financial cost pales in comparison, however, to the thousands of Floridians who are literally dying because they do not the have health insurance coverage that they would have otherwise been eligible for under Medicaid Expansion.  

Thurston says the governor needs to accept the federal funds offered under Obamacare to insure millions of Floridians.
"The Governor would prefer us to ignore his hypocrisy and his inaction on health care. But we have a moral responsibility to remind him that helping his constituents is his job," said Corey Shearer, President of the Broward County Democratic Black Caucus. "If he’s not up for it, then maybe someone else is."


Rep. Perry Thurston & Cory Shearer