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This week, Florida Democrats worked with President Obama to pass historic health insurance reform. But the response from leading Republicans in Florida is to work as hard as they can to repeal it.
The perfect example is Attorney General Bill McCollum, who has yet to offer any comprehensive plans to address the most serious issues Floridians face or even offer his vision on creating jobs in Florida - but he has taken the time to use taxpayer dollars to pursue a politically-motivated lawsuit to stop health insurance reform.
He has even gone as far as to give a no-bid contract to one of his former Washington D.C. lobbying partners to help him with his political grandstanding. But, he may not have even taken the time to follow the law by consulting with Florida's members of Congress before filing the lawsuit - as Florida law requires.
McCollum is desperate to appeal to his political base to get media exposure for his campaign - he is putting his own ambition over what is right for Florida voters. We have to stop these political games and attacks on insurance reform now.
In just 5 days we will have our first major fundraising deadline of the election year and we need your help to make sure we are ready to fight back against their political attacks. Your $5 donation will help us show Democrats are ready to win in November.

Bill McCollum isn't alone. Governor Charlie Crist and former Speaker Marco Rubio are also some of the loudest members of the repeal caucus of the Republican Party as they fight to appeal to extreme right-wing voters in their Senate primary.
While we know that McCollum, Crist, and Rubio are fighting to:

  • Take away health coverage to 32 million Americans
  • Re-open the Medicare Part D 'donut hole' for 565,000 Floridians
  • Raise taxes on 216,000 small businesses in Florida.
  • Allow millions of Florida children to be denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions
We need the resources to ensure all Floridians learn of their schemes to block or repeal President Obama's historic health insurance reforms.
We have a chance to defeat these politicians all in one of the most critical elections we have faced in Florida in our lifetime. With every statewide office open - including the Governor's Office and a U.S. Senate seat - we have a chance to stop these tactics now.
Please join me in making a $5 contribution before our fundraising deadline on March 31st and show those Republican politicians that we are ready to fight back against their desperate attacks on reform.
The difference couldn't be clearer between these Republican politicians and our Democratic elected leaders in Florida.
Just last week, CFO Alex Sink laid out her Business Plan for Florida to help create jobs and improve our economy. So while Bill McCollum was on Fox News talking about his frivolous lawsuit - Alex Sink was traveling the state talking to Floridians about her vision to revitalize our economy.
Six days ago, Kendrick Meek proudly cast his vote for the historic health insurance reform. Meanwhile, Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist were attacking each other to appeal to the "Tea Party" activists and extreme rightwing Republicans, rather than focusing of bring jobs to Florida.
We need to support these strong Democratic leaders - not the political games standing in the way of the change we voted for in 2008.
Help us show them we are ready to fight back, by giving $5 or more before our first major fundraising deadline this Election Year.
Sincerely,
Scott Arceneaux
Executive Director
Florida Democratic Party


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BILL SCHER
Is The Answer To The Jobs Crisis In Cleveland?

Cleveland's "Evergreen" network of large-scale co-ops, backed with a multi-million dollar development fund and a sister organization providing management assistance, employees are also owners with equity stakes built through small payroll deductions, and 10 percent of pre-tax profit goes back to the development fund "to help seed the development of new jobs through additional co-ops. Initial funding is coming from both local government, non-profit foundations and area banks. An idea this ambitious needs a push from the public sector.

 

ISAIAH J. POOLE
The Real Uncertainty For Business: Where's The Credit?

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor today reiterated the claim that "uncertainty" created by the work Democratic congressional leaders are doing to clean up the mess left by conservative economic policies is responsible for the anemic state of the economic recovery and lack of job creation. The only uncertainty that's holding back job-creation is the uncertainty that conservatives get this, and that they will do anything other than kowtow to their wealthy campaign contributors and obstruct meaningful attempts to get the rest of the country back to work.

BILL SCHER
Message From NYT/CBS Poll: Public Wants Government That Delivers

The picture of an ideologically conflicted American people is starkly depicted in the latest NYT/CBS poll. While conservatives can cling to the 56% of the public that says they want "smaller government providing fewer services" in theory, liberals can point to reluctance to put that into practice, as 62% are "not willing" to "decrease spending in areas such as health care and education" to reduce the deficit. What should congressional leaders take from those paradoxical responses?

MARY BOTTARI
Goldman Accused of Rigging "Robin Hood Tax" Vote

It's really unbelievable. The way that Goldman Sachs keeps sticking its foot in it is simply unbelievable. Let's not review their gross profits and bonuses or their many failed PR schemes to gloss over unseemly profits (a practice we have dubbed "greedwashing"). Let's simply recap this week's news.

DAVE JOHNSON
Union Values and the Test of Time

A couple of weeks ago I bought a hat with "AFL-CIO" written on it. Inside the hat there is a label that reads, "Union Made in the USA." I was thinking about how unions wouldn't buy cheap hats made in China or by some non-union sweatshop even if it was in the US. They stick with their values.

ROBERT B. REICH
One Free Market System for Wall Street, Another Free Market System for Main Street

robertreich.org - Free market system? As I remember it, American taxpayers forked out hundreds of billions to keep JPMorgan, Goldman, and other big Wall Street banks afloat through most of 2009. Had we not done so, Dimon, Blankfein, and most other top executives on Wall Street would not have earned a dime last year. In fact, some would be out on the street, rather than sitting pretty on the Street. The free market system has been unleashed instead on average Americans.

MICHAEL TOMASKY
Political Softball

guardian.co.uk - Okay. So now, quiz time. Guess how many recess appointments Bush made to the National Labor Relations Board? No, keep guessing. No again. No again. Give up? Seven. See, Republicans don't mess around when money is at stake. Bush made sure, against Democratic opposition similar to the GOP opposition Obama faces on this question, just went ahead and stacked the board. I would like to see the White House not cower and just do what they need to do here. But somehow Democrats get afraid of Republicans in these matters, because R's so readily out-spin them. And yes, it would be nice if the system weren't so screwed up that these things had to be done through the side door, but alas it is that screwed up.

THE NATION
Tea Party Hypocrisy

thenation.com - For branding purposes that the right-wing organizers and activists draping themselves in nostalgia for the founding fathers would rather not find themselves tied in the public mind to the Republican Party, loathed by a significant minority of the electorate and distrusted by an overwhelming majority. The reason is not hard to divine: over the last decade, the GOP ran the country into the ground. While the party's rhetorical fidelity is to small government and a big military, it has for decades been operationally committed to no philosophy other than perpetual war, upward redistribution of wealth, the defense of corporate power and white Christian identity politics. But despite the tea party's arm's-length stance toward the GOP, these are precisely the values for which it stands.

MATTHEW ROTHSCHILD
The Dangers of Sarah Palin

progressive.org - People are looking for answers. And Sarah Palin is providing them. They are simplistic answers. They are foolish answers. They are the wrong answers. But they have an appeal. And so does she. To dismiss her would be a terrible blunder.


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Staff posted on December 31, 2009 12:48

In just two days it will be 2010, and I have no doubt in my mind that when the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve we will be starting an historic year in Florida.
The election next November will be another one that we will tell our grandchildren about. You've heard talk about the 2010 election before. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change Florida for the better; with every statewide elected office open, a U.S. Senate seat, and many state legislative races up for grabs.
But, the political landscape is not why I am sure that we are set to make history when the clock strikes midnight- it's because of you.
You and thousands of other Floridians have decided to help shape our destiny as a state and broken a record for the number of grassroots donors for our Party. If you include all the people that have given to our candidates it's been an amazing year for Democrats. We are coming together to make history in Florida.
Let's finish the year with a bang before midnight tomorrow and show everyone that we are ready to win next November.
There isn't a more important time to build our party for the next election. The historic opportunity we have isn't just a chance to make electoral change, but to change the course of our state.
We all know the last two governors haven't built a solid foundation for our future - just look around at our own friends and neighbors. Too many Floridians are suffering, looking for jobs, and trying to hold on to their homes.
We need to win because it gives us the opportunity to change the face of Florida with new leaders like Alex Sink, Kendrick Meek, and other strong Democrats up and down the ballot.
The only way we are ever going to do that is with your help and the help of thousands of Floridians like you. We have already made our own little piece of history this year - but let's reach even higher - so we can make a lot more history next year.
Please take a minute and donate today before our fundraising deadline at midnight tomorrow and help us end the year with a bang.
Thank you so much for everything you've done this year - from donating to standing up for Florida. Together we will make 2010 a year to remember.
Sincerely,
Karen L. Thurman
Chair, Florida Democratic Party


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Staff posted on December 4, 2009 10:26

Florida Democrats

 

 

Since over 4,500 of you stood up and asked Governor Crist to put his job as Governor over his personal ambition he's shown no sign of heading our call. In fact he joined his handpicked political crony Senator George LeMieux for a fundraiser in Washington D.C.
Earlier this week, we asked you to help us combat their collusion with the only thing Governor Crist does these days - raising money. But to win next November we need to go one step further: We need to get organized and spread the message.
We need your help to bring what Crist is doing into the light of day and bring it to the attention of every Floridian. Take a minute and watch this video, that every Floridian needs to see, about the relationship between Governor Crist and Senator LeMeiux:
http://www.fladems.com/cristvideo
The best way to combat the culture of cronyism and corruption displayed by Crist and LeMeiux to make sure that people know it and aren't fooled by their recent lip service about "stopping" corruption. Together we can Stop Crist by making sure that he can't get away with using his office to further his own political fortunes anymore.
As the old saying goes, "Sunshine is the most powerful of disinfectants," so with your help we can bring their tactics into the light of day. Please help us by watching this video about Crist and LeMeiux, and then forward it on to all you friends:
http://www.fladems.com/cristvideo
After you watch the video, please join our Stop Crist group on Facebook. With this group we hope to reach out to thousands of voters that may not know about the Republican culture of cronyism and corruption in Tallahassee - and show them what their Governor is doing.
If we work together we can bring Crist and LeMeiux's dealings in to the light of day and put a stop to them once and for all next November.
Sincerely,
Scott Arceneaux
Executive Director
Florida Democratic Party


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Newest Report on Women's Unique and Urgent Service and Homecoming Challenges

Today, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the nation's first and largest non-partisan, nonprofit organization representing veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, released its new issue report, "Women Warriors: Supporting She 'Who Has Borne the Battle,'" on the unique service and homecoming challenges facing female troops and veterans. The report is the cornerstone of IAVA's first annual "Week of the Women Warriors," a multi-faceted effort to honor the courage and sacrifice of female servicemembers.

"Women make up 11% of the force in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet, their challenges have largely been overlooked and underreported. IAVA's new report pulls together the most up to date information on a broad range of issues confronting female servicemembers and veterans," said IAVA Executive Director Paul Rieckhoff. "Countless women have served bravely and honorably for their country.  It's time for the Department of Defense, the VA, lawmakers and the public to take bold action on behalf of these women warriors and give them the support they have earned."

IAVA's newly released report explores a wide range of issues, including:

  • Sexual Assault, Harassment and Military Sexual Trauma (MST): Women in the military have been coping with significant and underreported sexual assault and harassment for decades. The report examines the statistics behind this prevalent issue, the measures that are currently in place and steps that must be taken to aggressively address this systematic problem.
  • Higher Divorce Rates for Female Servicemembers: Marriages of female troops are failing at almost three times the rate of male servicemembers. The report examines the data behind this troubling trend. More...

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Netting $2.5 billion in profits last year wasn't enough for WellPoint, the nation's largest insurance company.
Now, WellPoint's affiliate, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, is suing the state of Maine for refusing to guarantee it a profit margin in the midst of a painful recession.
Forward this video to a friend in Maine!

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