Broward Democrats May Meeting Recap

Broward Democrats,

The Broward Democratic Party held an exciting and informative monthly meeting on May 17th. Thank you to everyone who attended. BDP hosted three excellent speakers focusing on important issues in our community, and how we can TAKE ACTION to make a difference. SEIU Political Director Marcus Dixon spoke about the importance of “Ban the Box”, George Cavros discussed the significant differences between the August and November solar energy amendments, and SEIU Broward Regional Organizer Candy Herrera spoke about the Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC) and upcoming immigration clinics and volunteer opportunities.

Ban the Box

SEIU’s Political Director, Marcus Dixon gave an informative presentation on Ban the Box. The initiative is designed to delay background checks for job applicants until after a conditional offer of employment has been extended. Studies have shown that a conviction record reduces the likelihood of a job callback or offer by nearly 50%, regardless of skills or qualifications.

There are approximately 70 million adults in the United States with arrest records or convictions, and half of African American men have been arrested before the age of 23. When applicants are forced to check the box, they are often never given an opportunity to address either the merit of the arrest, the circumstances surrounding the arrest, or steps that have been taken towards rehabilitation. In cases like these the innocence of the individual holds no power, and the record follows them throughout their life. Ultimately, an arrest or conviction creates a vicious cycle. Those with convictions are unable to obtain employment. Without a job, they are unable to become law-abiding, tax-paying citizens. Mayor Wayne Messam of Miramar was in attendance to show his support. He went on the record to back Ban the Box, and discussed the need to address the issue at the local level. “Current policies place barriers and prejudices against individuals without giving a fair chance to demonstrate their qualifications.” Mayor Messam is championing a similar initiative in Miramar at the city level.

President Obama has directed the Office of Personnel Management to take action by modifying hiring rules, and to delay inquiries into criminal history until later in the hiring process. In Broward County, Ban the Box is being proposed to codify fairness and opportunity. It does not eliminate background checks, nor does it force employers to hire employees with a criminal background. It simply eliminates the possibility of being immediately judged based off their criminal history. Research indicates that once employers reviewed the skills and qualifications of applicant, they would be more likely to hire, despite the criminal background. In the United States, 23 states have adopted Ban the Box, and over 100 cities and counties have implemented the policy.

CALL TO ACTION: The Broward Democratic Party is calling on members to support Ban the Box at the Broward County Commission Meeting on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at the Broward County Government Center, 115 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Call your commissioners in advance to show your support.

Solar Amendment Initiatives

George Cavros discussed the amendments regarding solar energy. Living in the Sunshine State, we have a great solar resource. Yet, of the 9 million energy customers in Florida, we have 8,500 rooftop solar systems. These numbers are due to burdensome taxes that increase the cost of solar power—but voters can change that. On August 30th, you can vote YES on Amendment 4. If passed, the proposed amendment will exempt solar systems from the tangible personal property tax for 20 years. The taxes are passed on to the customers in the form of increased solar power prices of up to 5 cents per kilowatt-hour. While there are other policies also important to strong solar power development, Amendment 4 tax exemption is the more immediate. Better solar economics leads to better solar development, which begins a cleaner and more sustainable future.

CALL TO ACTION: On August 30th, vote YES on Amendment 4.

Immigration Clinics

Candy Herrera, the South Florida Community Organizer at SEIU, spoke about the Florida Immigrant Coalition. FLIC is an organization that has been around since 1998, consists of lawyers, farm workers, youth, advocates, union, and community organizations. With over 100 allies, it is becoming a social movement. They work to help immigrant families financially, and legally. They “envision a new Florida based on inclusion and equality, without racism and exclusion, where immigrants can live and love without fear.” Their services help immigrants get citizenship and register to vote. Citizenship takes three months to process, leaving enough time where these new citizens can have a voice come time for election.

CALL TO ACTION: The Florida Immigration Clinic is requesting volunteers for upcoming citizenship clinics on May 27, 28, and June 1,2,3,4, and 11. Email Ivan Parra – Ivan@floridaimmigrant.org for more information.

Thank you again to everyone who attended this months meeting. Please join us at our next monthly meeting on June 21st at 7:00 PM!

FDP Announces 2016 Democratic National Convention Delegation

Congratulations to all the Broward Democrats elected to be Delegates to the National Convention!
We know you will represent Broward County and the Democratic party well.

Today, the Florida Democratic Party announced the finalized 2016 Democratic National Convention delegation. Following the completion of today’s delegate selection process, Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant made the following statement:

“We’re thrilled to announce that after record-breaking turnout we have completed our delegate selection process for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. I want to thank each and every Democrat who participated in this process and helped make it an incredible success. Florida Democrats are fired up and ready to take on Donald Trump and the Florida Republicans who have rushed to embrace his brand of bigotry and xenophobia.”

For a list of the 140 pledged delegates, please click here.

The following Florida Democrats were elected today by the 140 pledged delegates to serve as At Large, PLEO, and Alternate delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention:

Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) Delegates

For Secretary Hillary Clinton:

Lori Berman
Cynthia Chestnut
Janet Cruz
Anne Gannon
Audrey Gibson
Mia Jones
Darden Rice
Barbara Shareif
Oscar Braynon
Bob Buckhorn
Buddy Dyer
Andrew Gillum
Philip Levine
Thomas Masters
Wayne Messam
Jean Monestime
Jared Moskowitz
Eleanor Sobel

For Senator Bernie Sanders:

Deanie Bergbreiter
Cynthia Busch
Amber Cansino
Adriana Gonzalez
Samantha Herring
James Auffant
Dwight Bullard
Alix Desulme
Matt Killen
Ali Kurnaz

 

At Large Delegates

For Secretary Hillary Clinton:

Ana Cruz
Jessica Davis
Margo Dixon
Wanda Francis
Kat Gordon
Karen Green
Millie Herrera
Ginger Lew
Wendi Lipsich
Lynette Long
Joanne McCall
Deidra Newton
Nan Rich
Ghazala Salam
Isabel Santos
Alex Sink
Freddy Balsera
Vince Cameron
Manny Diaz
Marcus Dixon
Bob Graham
Steven Hall
Alex Heckler
Christopher Korge
Luis Lauredo
Raul Martinez
Deandre Poole
John Ramos
David Richardson
Chirstian Ulvert

For Senator Bernie Sanders:

Rose Campbell
Maria Camillo
Sara Coutu
Gillian Edwards Brown
Marissa Lee
Denise Lombardi
Wendy Marie Sejour
Ciera Smith
Kris Zolondek
Thomas Egan
Amos Miers
AJ Nichols
Kirk Root
Nkume Sobe
Bradley Van Waus
Adam Woodhall

Alternate Delegates

For Secretary Hillary Clinton:

Toni Alfred
Linda Bird
Margaret Ellington
Stephanie Garza
Catherine Theriault
Vangie Watson
Mohammad Akther
Arthur Costa
Vincent Evans
Luke Flynt
Jonathan Oriole
Dean Trantalis

For Senator Bernie Sanders:

Doreen Dupont
Shivani Patel
Rhetta Peoples
Nico Armesto
Shane Harris
Paul Stolc

Broward Democratic Party National Convention Delegate Election Results

Below are the results for the elections for delegates to the Democratic National Convention held on May 5 & 7th 2016 as well as additional information on the selection process for at-large, alternates, and PLEO delegates.

Congratulations to the winners, we look forward to you representing us in Philadelphia!

2016 Democratic National Convention

The 2016 Democratic National Convention will be held the week of July 25th – 28th in Philadelphia, PA.

The process to select Florida’s delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA will work as follows:

1. The results of Florida’s March 15, 2016 presidential primary election will be used to apportion delegates to the national convention. 

2. On May 7, 2016, grassroots Democrats from each of Florida’s 27 congressional districts will meet in congressional district caucuses to elect 135 district-level delegates to the Democratic National Convention. 

3. Following the congressional district caucuses, the Florida Democratic Party will hold a special meeting in Orlando, Florida, May 21, 2016, where the district-level delegates will meet to select 27 Pledged Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) Delegates, 45 At-Large Delegates, and 17 At-Large Alternates to the Democratic National Convention. 

By ensuring all Democrats have a voice in the national convention, this Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Plan will ensure that the Florida Democratic Party delegation will truly represent the tremendous diversity of Florida and the Democratic Party.

2016 District Level Delegates: Official Winners

Click here to view the list of district Level Delegates, pledged to the Clinton Campaign, who were elected at the Congressional District Caucuses.

Click here to view the list of district Level Delegates, pledged to the Sanders Campaign, who were elected at the Congressional District Caucuses.

Delegate Allocation

Florida’s Delegates to the Democratic National Convention are a allocated to each Presidential Campaign based on vote of the March 15, 2016 Presidential Preference Primary.

Please click here to view the Allocation of Delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Additional Information and Documents

Click here to view the 2016 “Delegate Selection Plan.”

National Convention and Delegate Election Information

2016 Democratic National Convention

The 2016 Democratic National Convention will be held the week of July 25th – 28th in Philadelphia, PA.

The process to select Florida’s delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA will work as follows:

1. The results of Florida’s March 15, 2016 presidential primary election will be used to apportion delegates to the national convention. 

2. On May 7, 2016, grassroots Democrats from each of Florida’s 27 congressional districts will meet in congressional district caucuses to elect 135 district-level delegates to the Democratic National Convention. 

3. Following the congressional district caucuses, the Florida Democratic Party will hold a special meeting in Orlando, Florida, May 21, 2016, where the district-level delegates will meet to select 27 Pledged Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) Delegates, 45 At-Large Delegates, and 17 At-Large Alternates to the Democratic National Convention. 

By ensuring all Democrats have a voice in the national convention, this Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Plan will ensure that the Florida Democratic Party delegation will truly represent the tremendous diversity of Florida and the Democratic Party.

List of Official Candidates

Per the rules of Florida’s 2016 Delegate Selection Plan, the Presidential campaigns were permitted a right of review period concluding on April 20, 2016.  Below, please find the list of official Candidates for District Level Delegates as certified by their respective Presidential Campaigns.

Click here to access the List of official Candidates for district level delegates, pledged to the Clinton Campaign.

Click here to access the List of official Candidates for district level delegates, pledged to the Sanders Campaign.

Information on Florida’s 2016 Congressional District Caucuses

The Florida Democratic Party will host Congressional District Caucuses to elect District Level Delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Congressional District caucuses will take place across the state between 10AM and 2PM on Saturday, May 7, 2016, with early voting in select Congressional Districts to be held on Thursday, May 5,2016.

Click here to download Location and Contact information for the 2016 Congressional District Caucuses.

 

If you wish to file as a candidate for PLEO, At-Large, or Alternate Delegate, please follow the instructions below:

Click here to download the 2016 PLEO, At-Large and Alternate Delegate Filing Form.

 

Please complete the form and mail to:

Florida Democratic Party

ATTN: PLEO, At-Large, Alternate

214 S. Bronough Street

Tallahassee, FL 32301 

 

Please Note:  PLEO, At-Large, and Alternate candidates must fully complete the statement of candidacy, pledge of support and loyalty oath and file it with the Florida Democratic Party between February 17, 2016, and May 9, 2016, by 12:00 pm.  Incomplete submissions will result in your form not being accepted.  Please call 850-222-3411 for questions regarding your filing status.

Delegate Allocation

Florida’s Delegates to the Democratic National Convention are a allocated to each Presidential Campaign based on vote of the March 15, 2016 Presidential Preference Primary.

Please click here to view the Allocation of Delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

 

Additional Information and Documents

Click here to view the 2016 “How To Become a DNC Delegate” Presentation.

Click here to view the 2016 “How to Run for District Level Delegate” Handout.

Click here to view the 2016 “Delegate Selection Plan.”

FL DEMS FACT SHEET: Affordable Care Act’s Impact in Florida

Health Care Accomplishments in Florida

After Health Reform: Improved Access to Care
  • Lowers the uninsured rate. Gallup recently estimated that the uninsured rate in Florida in 2015 was 15.7 percent, down from 22.1 percent in 2013.
  • Prohibits coverage denials and reduced benefits, protecting as many as 7,838,642 Floridians who have some type of pre-existing health condition, including 960,492 children.
  • Eliminates lifetime and annual limits on insurance coverage and establishes annual limits on out-of-pocket spending on essential health benefits, benefiting 5,587,000 people in Florida, including 2,170,000 women and 1,411,000 children.
  • Allows states to expand Medicaid to all non-eligible adults with incomes under 133 percent of the federal poverty level. If Florida expands Medicaid, an additional 750,000 uninsured people would gain coverage.
  • Establishes a system of state and federal Health Insurance Exchanges, or Marketplaces, to make it easier for individuals and small-business employees to purchase health plans at affordable prices. During the open enrollment period for 2016 coverage, 1,742,819 people in Florida selected a plan through the Marketplace, including approximately 731,984 new consumers and 487,989 young adults. In Florida, 82 percent of Marketplace consumers could have selected a plan for $100 per month or less after tax credits for 2016 coverage.
  • Created a temporary high-risk pool program to cover uninsured people with pre- existing conditions prior to 2014 reforms, which helped 11,873 people in Florida.
  • Creates health plan disclosure requirements and simple, standardized summaries so 7,731,600 people in Florida can better understand coverage information and compare benefits.
    After Health Reform: More Affordable Care
  • Creates a tax credit that, during the most recent open enrollment period, has helped 1,585,781 Marketplace enrollees in Florida who otherwise might not be able to afford it sign up for health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
  • Requires health insurers to provide consumers with rebates if the amount they spend on health benefits and quality of care, as opposed to advertising and marketing, is too low. Last year, 821,814 consumers in Florida received $59,908,232 in rebates. Since this requirement was put in place in 2011 more than $2.4 billion in total refunds have been paid to consumers nationwide through 2014.
  • Eliminates out-of-pocket costs for preventive services like immunizations, certain cancer screenings, contraception, reproductive counseling, obesity screening, and behavioral assessments for children. This coverage is guaranteed for 7,289,873 people in Florida, including 3,024,126 women.
  • Eliminates out-of-pocket costs for 3,070,451 Medicare beneficiaries in Florida for preventive services like cancer screenings, bone-mass measurements, annual physicals, and smoking cessation.
  • Phases out the “donut hole” coverage gap for nearly 355,360 Medicare prescription drug beneficiaries in Florida, who have saved an average of $987 per beneficiary.
  • Creates Accountable Care Organizations consisting of doctors and other health-care providers who come together to provide coordinated, high-quality care at lower costs to 550,728 Medicare beneficiaries in Florida.
  • Phases out overpayments through the Medicare Advantage system, while requiring Medicare Advantage plans to spend at least 85 percent of Medicare revenue on patient care. Since 2009, Medicare Advantage enrollment has grown by 738,237 to 1,676,049 in Florida while premiums have dropped by 10 percent nationwide.
    After Health Reform: Improved Quality and Accountability to You
  • Provides incentives to hospitals in Medicare to reduce hospital-acquired infections and avoidable readmissions. Creates a collaborative health-safety learning network, the Partnership for Patients, which includes 129 hospitals in Florida, to promote best quality practices. Avoidable readmissions have fallen since 2010, saving 87,000 lives and $20 billion in health care costs, and the rate of one common deadly hospital acquired infection, central-line blood stream infections, fell by 50 percent from 2008 to 2014 nationwide.

We’re not done. Other legislation and executive actions are continuing to advance the cause of effective, accountable and affordable health care.This includes:

Advancing innovative care delivery models and value-based payments in Medicare and Medicaid. The Administration set goals of tying 30 percent of traditional Medicare payments to alternative payment models by the end of 2016 and 50 percent by the end of 2018, and met its 2016 goal 11 months early.

  • Proposals to invest in targeted research and technologies to advance the BRAIN Initiative, Precision Medicine Initiative, and cancer research.
  • A new funding pool for Community Health Centers to build, expand and operate health-care facilities in underserved communities. Health Center grantees in Florida served 1,197,948 patients in 2014 and received $502,975,163 through fiscal year 2015 under the health care law to offer a broader array of primary care services, extend their hours of operations, hire more providers, and renovate or build new clinical spaces.
  • Health provider training opportunities, with an emphasis on primary care, including a significant expansion of the National Health Service Corps. As of September 30, 2015, there were 354 Corps clinicians providing primary care services in Florida, compared to 167 clinicians in 2008.

Apply to be a Delegate at the Democratic National Convention

Broward Democrats,

The deadline to apply to run as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention is approaching!

There is still time to participate! If you would like to take part in Florida’s 2016 National Convention Delegate Selection Process, you must complete the 2016 “District Level Delegate Filing Form” and return it to the Florida Democratic Party no later than Friday April 7th. 2016.

This year’s convention will be held the week of July 25th – 28th in Philadelphia, PA.

Florida Democrats will elect 140 district-level delegates on May 7th, 2016 from each of Florida’s 27 congressional districts at designated congressional district caucuses. The results of Florida’s March 15, 2016 presidential primary election were used to apportion delegates to the national convention.

You can download and complete your District level Delegate form here.

Click here to get more information on the delegate process

District level Caucus Locations will be located throughout Broward County. For further information about caucus locations and voting times click here.

If you have any questions about the process and submitting your application please contact State Committeeman Ken Evans at 954-684-3690 or State Committeewoman Maggie Davidson at 954-942-8711.

Good Luck to all our candidates!

Thank You! The 2016 Broward Democratic Party Victory Dinner was a resounding success.

Dear Broward Democrats,

The 2016 Broward Democratic Party Victory Dinner was a resounding success. We had an outstanding turnout – Almost 500 people attended and over $120,000 was raised at the event.

Gov. Dannel Malloy of Connecticut gave an inspiring keynote speech on important issues like the restoration of voting rights, and environmental protection and water issues here in Florida. He also earned his credentials as the Chair of the Democratic Governors Association by calling on us to focus on long-term strategies for Broward that will allow us to not only win the Presidential Election in 2016, but also the Gubernatorial Election in 2018. We look forward to growing our partnership with the Governor, and working with the DGA in the next election cycle.

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us this year!  A special thank you to our Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant for her support of the event.  And, of course, we want to express our gratitude to our generous event sponsors (listed below) as well the artists who donated their time to make the event truly memorable, Carolyn Jones, Ernesto Torres, Jery Bazua, Commando and Hora Loca.

We look forward to a successful 2016 Election Cycle!

Cynthia Busch, Acting Chair Broward Democratic Executive Committee

2016 Broward Democratic Party Victory Dinner Event Sponsors

Speaker’s Table Sponsor

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz

Diamond Sponsor

Congressman Ted Deutch

Platinum Sponsors

Congressman Alcee L. Hastings // Lauren Book for State Senate Dist. 32 // Greenspoon Marder Law

Gold Sponsors

Congresswoman Lois Frankel // Waste Management

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 78

Electropac 728 I.B.E.W.

Gary Farmer for State Senate Dist. 34 //  Sen. Nan Rich for County Commission Dist 1

Ivette Gonzalez Petkovich for State Representative Dist. 103 // State Representative Evan Jenne

Florida United Federation of Teachers Retired Teachers Section // Tim Canova for Congress

Partybuilder Sponsors

Broward County AFL-CIO //  Broward Teachers Union //  Broward Young Democrats

Century Village of Pembroke Pines Democratic Club

State Representative Katie Edwards // State Representative Shevrin Jones // State Representative Richard Stark

Broward County Mayor Martin Kiar // County Commissioner Tim Ryan

Mayor Gary Resnick  //  Commissioner Dean Trantalis

John Milledge // Patricia Walsh and Rachel Walsh // Patricia Duaybes // Jocelyn Schnier

The Plantation Democratic Club

Our Advertisers

Krupnick Campbell Malone Buser Slama Hancock Lieberman, P.A.

Moskowitz, Mandell, Salim, & Simowitz, P.A.

Pine Island Ridge Democratic Club // Austin & Christine Forman and Jim and Stacey Kane

North Broward Democratic Club // Becker & Poliakoff // Everglades Resources

MDWComm // Coral Springs & Parkland Democratic Club // Jim Norton for County Commission Dist. 1

State Representative Jared Moskowitz and State Representative Shevrin Jones

LSN Partners // Greater Sunrise Democratic Club // National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 2550

Kings Point Democratic Club // Broward County Council of Club Presidents // GO GO Democrats // Anthony Quackenbush

Sunrise Democratic Club & Tamarac/Sawgrass Democratic Club

The Margate Democratic Club // The Pembroke Pines Democratic Club // AFL-CIO Young Workers Group

Publications

Banyon Printing // MDWComm

Photography

Michael Murphy Photography // Carol Porter

See you all in 2017!

VIDEO: Broward Democratic Meeting, Justice and Race Relations

Broward Democratic Party Chairman Mitch Ceasar speaks about “Law Enforcement & Race Relations (April 21, 2015)

Video Credit: thegothiclily

Broward Dems Chair Mitch Ceasar on The Ed Show Talking Hillary Clinton

The Ed Show 4/10/15

Clinton’s candidacy kicks off over the weekend

The wait is over, with sources revealing Hillary Clinton will announce her presidential run “as early as Sunday.” Ed Schultz, Michael Steele, Caroline Heldman, and Mitch Ceasar discuss the biggest hurdles for Hillary.

Broward Dems Chair Mitch Ceasar on The Ed Show; Trump Explores Presidential Run

THE ED SHOW
3/18/15

Trump eyes DC based home

Donald Trump launches his exploratory committee, hoping to finally get hired for his dream job in the White House. Ed Schultz, David Brock, Mitch Caesar and Irina Vilarino discuss.