WFlorida's Legislature rejected Medicaid expansion and the accompanying 51 billion federal dollars that would have provided healthcare to nearly 1 million Floridians. Several studies provide estimates that the Medicaid expansion would add more than $2 billion to the Florida economy annually and add over 55,000 new private sector jobs. Leaving 100% of the federal funding on the table to be sent to other states is a mis-representation of the citizens of Florida whose tax dollars will be sent to other states.
That's why I created a petition to The Florida State House, which says:
"Tell Florida legislators to reverse their decision and accept $51 billion in Federal Funding for Medicaid Expansion. If the Republican legislators truly believe in a “safety net” as they allege, then they must vote “Yes” for Medicaid expansion."
Will you sign this petition? Click here:
Sign the Petition!
We are proud to present our new electronic newsletter of the Democratic Women's Club of Florida which is being sent to all members with an email address.
Enjoy reading the DWCF newsletter and discover what is going on in across Florida DWC's.
Special thanks to Judy Schnabel and to all those who have contributed to our first newsletter.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PDF FILE.
Dr. Maureen McKenna, President
Democratic Women's Club of Florida
President Obama and the Congress have made tremendous progress reducing the unemployment rate for veterans since the start of the Great Recession.
It'd be a shame to reverse course now.
But that's just what Trans Pacific Partnership would do -- known as "NAFTA on Steroids" -- the trade agreement would hasten the departure of even more manufacturing and service sector jobs that the U.S. economy has already been hemorrhaging for decades.
If you or your family have been impacted by jobs being shipped overseas, we'd love to hear from you. Please let us know here:
There has always been a great relationship between veterans who return home and the manufacturing jobs that support their families when they leave the service.
Help us stand with them today.
All the best,
Iraq War Veteran and Chairman
There is an imminent Senate vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) which, if passed, would add sexual orientation and gender identify as protected classes in national employment law.
Visit the action page of the American Association of University Women. Just enter your zip code on that page to see a prepared message to our two U.S. Senators, Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio. There are 55 sponsors already for this bill, so it’s quite possible to reach the 60 votes likely to be needed for passage.
You don’t need to be an AAUW member to take advantage of this Two-Minute Activist tool and you can change the message and the subject line to reflect your own thoughts and experiences for a more personal touch. Please do this right away – a final vote is expected on very soon.
President, Manatee GLBTA Democratic Caucus
Progress Florida, Nov. 6, 2013
In just 55 days, 14 hours and 30 minutes, Florida will begin losing millions of dollars every day. Why? Because on January 1st billions of already allocated federal dollars were to begin flowing to our state to provide health care to 1.2 million working Floridians who cannot afford health insurance. In a travesty of politics over people, Rick Scott’s allies in the Florida legislature said “no thanks.” This week, those same state legislators are back in Tallahassee gearing up for the 2014 legislative session and this issue is once again front and center.
Call 866-443-1844 today and tell your state representative that it is time to stop playing politics with people’s lives and expand health care for more than one million hard-working Floridians. (If you’ve already called before, thank you and consider calling again.)
Earlier this year, Florida legislators rejected critical federal funds which would have provided health care to working families in dire need of coverage, and at the same time create thousands of new jobs. Gov. Rick Scott and his legislative allies failed to bring federal tax dollars paid by Florida taxpayers back to our state, contributing to the staggering figure of 4 million Floridians with no health care insurance, making Florida second only to Texas.
What’s worse, this new funding would have led to a huge economic boost for Florida. With the federal government fully funding the cost of newly covered Floridians for three years and then covering 90 percent or more of the cost each year after, we would have seen a resulting addition of thousands of health care related jobs across the state.
Enough is enough! Call 866-443-1844 today and urge your state representative to bring jobs to our state and expand access to health care for more than one million hard-working Floridians.
The Affordable Care Act is having a tangible, positive impact in many peoples’ lives, providing the security of affordable health care desperately needed by so many Americans. But if Gov. Rick Scott and legislative leadership have their way, thousands of Florida families will be denied the critical insurance coverage they need. We can’t let that happen.
The clock is ticking. It’s time for Gov. Scott and his allies in the legislature to quit putting partisan politics above the health of hardworking Florida families. Send a powerful message to lawmakers right now by calling 866–443–1844 and making your voice heard on this life and death issue.
For a healthier Florida,
Mark and the progress Florida team
P.S. Do you have a good story about how the Affordable Care Act has benefited you or someone you know? Sharing your story is an important step that you can take to impact real change in our state. Your story allows us to track successes and areas in need of improvement in working to ensure access to quality, affordable health care for every Floridian. Please take a moment to share your health care story by clicking here. We are grateful for your time and willingness to share.
Florida Democratic Party, Nov. 5, 2013
Tallahassee, FL – Tonight, in response to Rick Kriseman's victory in the St. Petersburg mayoral campaign, Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant released the following statement:
"I want to congratulate Mayor-elect Rick Kriseman on his victory. I know that Rick will be the hands-on leader that St. Pete needs in tough economic times. Tonight, voters have again rejected the candidate backed by Rick Scott and the Florida Republican establishment. The voters of St. Petersburg have shown Rick Scott and his Republican allies that they have no faith in the GOP’s ability to help middle class Floridians.”
Published in The Bradenton Times, Nov. 2, 2013.
MANATEE COUNTY -- The Manatee County Schools’ Citizens’ Advisory Committee is conducting a series of meetings across Manatee County where a survey will be given to community members to determine their priorities relevant to the Manatee County School Board's 2014-2015 Budget and the 5-year Strategic Plan. The goal of the meetings is to include community input into the budget planning and strategic planning processes to give them a sense of ownership in these important endeavors.
The meetings are scheduled for the following dates and will be held from 6 p.m to 8 p.m.:
• Nov 5 – King Middle
• Nov 7 – Harllee Middle
• Nov 12 – Buffalo Creek Middle
• Nov 14 – GD Rodgers Elementary
• Nov 19 – Lakewood Ranch High
• Nov 21– Lincoln Middle
The meetings will include food, homework help, tutoring and other educational activities for kids of all ages.
Published in The Bradenton Times, Nov. 1, 2013.
PALMETTO – City of Palmetto Commissioner Charles Smith has been elected president of the Florida Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (FBC-LEO).
Smith was elected in a vote among the group's state board of directors on October 25 and will serve until at least August of 2014 and a maximum of three consecutive years.
Established in 1985, the FBC-LEO consists of all black elected officials: commissioners, mayors and council members from across the state. It is intended to serve as a platform for sharing information and ideas among members in order to improve local government administration.
Commissioner Smith said that he was honored by the confidence the body showed in him and would not take the position lightly.
Smith was elected to the city commission in 2012, after being appointed in 2011 to fill the seat vacated by Mary Lancaster. He has since filed to run for the Manatee County Commission District 2 in 2014.
Here is information that will make every vets' blood boil. In short, the VA is now withholding information about the troops wounded and injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, a decision that hurts veterans. Veterans and the American public deserve better.
Of course, all politicians and the public mouth "support the troops" and all sorts of events honor the troops and veterans, but actions speak much louder than words.
FLVCS ask all veterans, their friends, and families to contact the President, your congressional representative, and your senators to demand that VA continue to release information on the number of veterans injured and wounded from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
President Obama promised a transparent administration. He can, and should, take action.
Sarasota, FL - October, 2013: In light of recent events and debates in Florida, the Office of State Senator Dwight Bullard, The Democratic Black Caucus of Florida, and The Florida Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials have come together to launch the “Florida Speaks Tour”.
The Florida Speaks tour is a series of town hall assemblies allowing residents of Florida the opportunity to publicly address their frustrations and hardships as a result of violations to their civil liberties, racial profiling, “Stand Your Ground” law abuses, overuse of law enforcement in schools, and lack of access to suitable healthcare.
We will be collecting and documenting the testimonies of Sarasota and Manatee County participants, and will use our findings to report the many issues plaguing our residents, as well as other Florida residents, all to lawmakers, the Governor, and his cabinet.
Henry Crespo, president of the Florida State Democratic Black Caucus says “As an organization we are dedicated to addressing voter concerns. This effort helps to raise the collective voices of residents, across this great state, that have been negatively impacted by current policies. We stand committed towards taking proactive steps in this much needed effort.”
Cornelle J. Maxfield, President of the local Manatee/Sarasota Chapter of the Democratic Black Caucus adds: “We have seen terrible abuses in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, and we sorely need to be heard. I feel strongly that we’re going to find commonalities of this experience all across our state; and that the combined outcry cannot be ignored. I encourage the citizens of Sarasota and Manatee to come out and share their testimonies, or simply give an audience to their fellow citizens.”
Legislators, Candidates, Supporters and Media are encouraged to attend as well.
Event Details: Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
2826 Leonard Reid Ave., Sarasota, FL 34234
For More info: http://www.floridaspeakstour.org/
Salary of retired US Presidents . . . . . . . . . . $180,000 FOR LIFE
Salary of House/Senate members . . . . . . . . $174,000 FOR LIFE - This is stupid
Salary of Speaker of the House . . . . . . . . . $223,500 FOR LIFE - This is really stupid
Salary of Majority/Minority Leaders . . . . . . . $193,400 FOR LIFE - Ditto last line
Average Salary of a teacher . . . . . . . . . . . . $40,065
Average Salary of a deployed Soldier . . . . . . $38,000
I think we found where the cuts should be made! If you agree pass it on, I just did.
Warren Buffet, in an interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:
"I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election.
The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971 - before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc.
Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) year or less to become the law of the land - all because of public pressure.
Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.
In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.
Congressional Reform Act of 2013
1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they're out of office.
2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.
3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 12/1/13. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women.
Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.
If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S.) to receive the message. Don't you think it's time?
THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!
A businessman in the private sector has built a memorial to those who died in Mid-East wars. Fifteen thousand motorcyclists gather to pay tribute every year. Regrettably, the mainstream media has ignored this...apparently, including FOX News. (That many motorcycles in one place is noteworthy in itself!)
"KFC Hillary Special: 2 fat thighs, 2 small breasts... left wing"
That's the text from a sexist button directed at Hillary Clinton that was available at the California Republican Convention this weekend.1 Taking a cheap dig at a woman's body just because you don't like her politics is disgusting, and we've got to call it out.
Word is spreading about these vile buttons. The Huffington Post, Salon, and the San Francisco Chronicle have already reported this story.2 Media backlash got the buttons removed from the convention but party leaders have yet to condemn them.
It's still not clear if Hillary Clinton will run in 2016. But a toxic political field that lets sexist attacks against female candidates slide is bad for all of us. Will you sign the petition demanding the California GOP and the Republican National Committee condemn these sexist buttons?
Ask the California and national Republicans to condemn the sexist buttons attacking Hillary Clinton.
You can bet a seasoned political figure like Hillary Clinton has thick skin. But this kind of vicious attack about her body sends dangerous messages to a far more vulnerable group--young girls and teens.
Research shows that 80% of 10-year-old girls are worried about being fat and that girls' self-esteem plummets at 12 and doesn't rebound until 20.3 For young girls who want to be leaders, the sexist buttons from California just reinforce the negative messages they already get about their bodies. And it sends a dangerous signal to their peers that these kind of nasty, mean comments are acceptable.
Judging a powerful, accomplished woman simply by her appearance has real consequences. 20 million American women will suffer from an eating disorder over their lifetime.4 Sexist attacks about a woman's weight, size, or shape deserves a swift and loud condemnation.
Can you ask the California Republican Party and the national GOP to condemn these sexist buttons?
Add your name.
Thanks for speaking out.
--Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Malinda, Adam, and Gabriela, the UltraViolet team
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TALLAHASSEE, FL – As Republicans continue to march the country toward a government shutdown and a default on our obligations in an effort to defund Obamacare, the Florida Democratic Party touted new data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services showing that Obamacare is working and will cost Floridians less than anticipated.
“The new report found that health care rates in Florida are affordable, especially with new subsidies that will be available for around half of Americans buying their health insurance. The report found that right here in Florida, a 27 year old making $25,000 a year would have access to insurance plans as low as $96 per month, and a family of four making $50,000 would only pay $104,” said FDP Chair Allison Tant. “Obamacare is working and Republicans in Washington are doing everything in their power to take it away, even if it means hurting our economy by shutting down the government and not paying our nation's bills.”
The report found that in addition to lower premiums, in Florida, consumers will be able to choose from an average of 102 plans so they can pick the plan that works best for them and their family. The health care plans give Floridians access to quality affordable coverage with no lifetime caps on care, ends discrimination due to preexisting conditions, bars insurers from charging women more and so much more. In contrast, the House of Representatives last week passed a bill with the support of Marco Rubio to demand a shutdown of the government unless Obamacare was defunded and all those hard-fought previsions were removed.
To view the report with a breakdown of how the Affordable Care Act is helping Floridians click here.
Obamacare is changing the face of American health care for the better — but Republicans are doing everything they can to block, delay, and defund the law.
Join the team that's going to fight for Obamacare, and against Republican obstruction.
Contradicting Florida's Office of Insurance Regulation, a study from the RAND Corporation reports that the Affordable Care Act is unlikely to cause a hike in premiums for the individual market in this state or nationally.
The RAND study findings stand in stark contrast to the widely publicized predictions of Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty. On July 30, the Palm Beach Post published a prediction from McCarty that customers in the individual market would see rate increases of 30 to 40 percent for next year. Newspapers across the state picked up the refrain.
McCarty at the time said the premiums would shoot up because insurance carriers will no longer be able to screen out customers who have health risks. The forecast applied only to 5 percent or so of Floridians who bought their own policies, rather than getting them through their workplace or some other source.
But researchers from the well-known, non-partisan Rand Corp. found something quite different when they modeled what will likely happen in Florida, one of 10 states they focused on.
In Florida and four other states, in an apples-to-apples comparison, "the law causes no change in premiums," the study summary concludes. Among the other states, premiums for the individual or "nongroup" market were forecast to rise in three and go down in two.
RAND forecast that there would be little or no rise in premiums in the small group market in nine of the 10 states, including Florida. McCarty's staff predicted a hike of 5 to 20 percent in small-group premiums.
"We conclude that the Affordable Care Act will lead to an increase in insurance coverage and higher enrollment in the nongroup market," the authors wrote. "Our analysis suggests that comparisons of average premiums with and without the Affordable Care Act may overstate the potential for premium increases."
McCarty's analysis, led by Deputy Commissioner Wences Troncoso, forecast an influx of sick people into the nongroup market that would force up costs and premiums. The Rand team predicts that will be offset by an influx of healthy young people, motivated by the law's requirement to get coverage and the subsidies available to those with modest incomes.
In Florida, the federal online Marketplace will make tax credits available on a sliding scale to individuals and families with incomes between 100 and 400 percent of the federal poverty level. (Families USA has posted an income reference chart, and Kaiser Family Foundation provides a subsidy calculator.) The Marketplace is scheduled to be open Oct. 1 through March 31 for 2014 coverage.
The six researchers who performed the RAND analysis say they think the nongroup market in all 10 states will expand, growing from around 4.3 percent to about 9.5 percent. The small-group market, used mainly by businesses with fewer than 50 workers, will remain stable, they predicted.
They think that while some employers may drop coverage for workers, that will be offset by employers taking advantage of new "SHOP" exchanges. In the 33 states that are letting the federal government create and manage the exchanges, including Florida, the one for small businesses will be delayed for a year.
The study was commissioned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It was peer-reviewed.
Get Ready For Your HealthCare Benefits
You can find everything you need to know by visiting the Federal website for the Healthcare Marketplace:
The website provides great information that will help you to obtain your benefits.
There is a link to https://www.healthcare.gov/ which will provide you with your benefit choices, costs and enrollment information.
The home page Welcome to the Marketplace will appear. Scroll down to the box “See What Your State is Doing” and select Florida from the list (use the down arrow). A blue box will appear. Since your benefits will be available soon, it is important that you sign up now to receive detailed information as it is published.
Scroll down to "How the Marketplace works" and click on “Create An Account”. Provide your email and you have just completed the first step to receiving the information.
If you have any questions, the Federal Call Center is open 24/7. The number is (800) 318-2596.
Welcome! The Democratic Executive Committee of Manatee County is proud to welcome you to the party of inclusion. We are the party that is dedicated to creating jobs, protecting the health of all Americans, preserving our environment and standing behind soldiers, seniors, businesses and students in their pursuit of quality of life and happiness.
Since 2008 President Obama and the Democratic Party have stabilized a devastated economy, saved tens of thousands of jobs in the automotive industry and throughout the nation, secured the college loan system, and steadied banking, mortgages and the stock market.
We have passed healthcare legislation that will mean it will soon be illegal for insurance companies to drop you when you are sick. Seniors who fell into the donut hole and could not afford their medications will now receive help instead of doing without. Countless millions will be insured who would otherwise be left vulnerable. Insurance companies will be required to spend 80% of their premiums on actual coverage, and children with pre-existing and/or terminal conditions nationwide will get the coverage they and their families deserve.
The party that brought Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, unemployment insurance, comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation, college loans, the G.I. Bill, small business loans, clean air and clean water to the nation is now working on job creation, an American health care safety net and a common sense immigration policy.
There are many ways to get involved locally such as joining our great clubs or the Democratic Executive Committee, or participating in events and volunteer activities. You can also receive our e-mailed newsletter or informational e-blasts. I encourage you to join us. You are part of a larger American family and we, the 67,368 Manatee Democrats, welcome you.
Patty Benson, Chair
Manatee County Democratic Party
Send an email.
The Manatee County Democratic Executive Committee is the official governing body of the Manatee County Democratic Party and works in cooperation with the Florida Democratic Party and the National Democratic Committee.
The Manatee County DEC conducts Democratic Party campaigns in Manatee County under the general direction of the Florida Democratic Party. It is responsible to build the party, to register Democratic voters and to encourage Election Day turnout among Democratic voters.
The essence of the Manatee County DEC mission is to encourage participation of all Democratic voters and to disseminate the Democratic message, platform and philosophy. The Manatee County DEC is the official charter of Democratic clubs and groups in the Manatee County area. There are five active clubs in the county.
Manatee County Democratic Executive Committee
P.O. Box 10605
Bradenton, FL 34282
Precinct Development Team:
• Saturday, Dec. 14, 1:30 p.m., Location TBD
Steering Committee Meeting:
• Monday, Dec. 16, 6 p.m.
Patty Benson's Home, 3508 Wood Owl Circle
DEC Monthly Meeting:
• No meeting in December.
Bradenton Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton
See Clubs and Caucuses for their regular meeting information.
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State Committeeman Mitch Mallett has returned to the Airwaves.
Listen & call the politically-charged,
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"It's Your Gavel" from 9-10 a.m.
on 1490AM Tampa Bay.
Your individual participation is needed! Click here!
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