Election 2020: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly plus candidates Norman and Mele

 

TO WATCH A VIDEO OUR OCTOBER 20 WEB MEETING

WITH BRENDAN GOFF, PH.D. AND CANDIDATES KATHERINE NORMAN AND ANDY MELE

 PLEASE CLICK HERE.

 

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TO WATCH A VIDEO OUR OCTOBER 20 WEB MEETING

WITH BRENDAN GOFF, PH.D. AND CANDIDATES KATHERINE NORMAN AND ANDY MELE

 PLEASE CLICK HERE.

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Margaret Good & Florida Representatives from the Biden/Harris Campaign

 

 

TO VIEW THE VIDEO OF OUR OCTOBER 6 WEB MEETING WITH MARGARET GOOD AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE BIDEN/HARRIS CAMPAIGN

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TO VIEW THE VIDEO OF OUR OCTOBER 6 WEB MEETING WITH MARGARET GOOD AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE BIDEN/HARRIS CAMPAIGN

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Covid-19 and the Challenge for Global Health Cooperation

 

TO VIEW THE VIDEO OF THE SEPTEMBER 22 WEB MEETING CLICK HERE.

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TO VIEW THE VIDEO OF THE SEPTEMBER 22 WEB MEETING CLICK HERE.

 

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Norma Schatz September 2020 Newsletter


To Plymouth Harbor Residents…and others who care                                         September 2020                                       

The nitty gritty on the November 3rd election -

        Vote by Mail ballots are going to be sent out the week of September 21st. Note: They are not forwarded.  There’s much to be filled out - Biden-Harris, of course. And let’s send Margaret Good to Congress from Florida’s 16th District to replace Vern Buchanan.  Democrat candidates for the Florida legislature are Andy Mele for the state House District 71 and Katherine Norman for the state Senate District 23.  You can find out more about these fine candidates and donate if you want to at   <andymeleforflhouse@gmail.com>, <katherinenorman202.com> and <margaretgood.com>.

        And then there are six Amendments to the Florida constitution for you to vote on; amendments 1 through 4 were proposed by different citizen groups, 5 and 6 by the state legislature. (Unfortunately
a proposed amendment banning assault weapons was rejected by the court because of wording. )
Am’t 1 - Only U.S. citizens, permanent residents of Florida, will be qualified to vote.
Am’t 2 - Raising Florida’s minimum wage to $10 an hour in Sept. 2021, then by $1 an hour each year
to $15 an hour on Sept 30, 2026. (Florida’s current minimum wage is $8.46 an hour.)
Am’t 3 - Voters, regardless of party affiliation, vote in primaries for all candidates for state legislature, governor and cabinet regardless of candidates’ party,  The two highest vote getters advance to the general election. If only two candidates qualify or an office, there is no primary and the winner is decided in the general election. (This is a major change in the election process.)
Am’t 4 - Requires all proposed amendments or revisions to the state constitution to be approved by voters in two elections, instead of one. (While many proposals could or should be laws, constitutional
amendments give citizens an opportunity to have a voice.  This amendment makes it more difficult.)
Am’t 5 - Limitation on Homestead Assessments changes from two to three years benefit transfer.
Am’t 6 - Ad Valorem Tax Discount for Spouses of Certain Deceased Veterans Who Had Permanent, Combat-Related Disabilities makes some changes to current practice.
        Remember to send in your VBM ballot early, properly marked, the envelope signed and with
a 55 cent stamp - unless you take it  or someone takes it for you - to the Supervisor of Elections office. After mailing your ballot you can go to www.sarasota votes.com, then to Track My Florida Ballot. (FYI - The reason for mailing your ballot early: 59 mail sorting machines have been removed from Florida by Trump’s Postmaster General DeJoy, more than from any other state.)

        Interested in being a much needed Poll Watcher on election day?  Call Barbara Katz at 703/768-3488 or email <katz.barbara@gmail.com> for information (and no obligation).  If you speak Spanish, you could be particularly helpful. Call Dem HQ at 941/330-9400 about volunteering.   Do you have children or grandchildren 18-35.? That's the group that's being targeted to be sure they know how to – and then get -Vote By Mail ballots  and then fill them out and mail them or go to their polling place and vote.

        Sept 8   - LBK Dem Club Web meeting, 12 noon, with Ron Turner, Supervisor of Elections on voting questions and Joanne DeVries and Tracy Pratt on upcoming races. For info: lbkdems.com
        Sept 10  - Zoom event to meet Andy Mele; 5 p.m.  Info at <andymeleforflhouse@gmail.com>
        Sept 17 - Margaret Good virtual event on Climate.  Info or RSVP: sophia@margaretgood.com   
        Sept 23 - Fundraiser event for Margaret Good  for Precincts 213 and 109.     
        Sept 29 - The first Trump-Biden debate at Case Western Reserve, Cleveland at 9 p.m. Two more Presidential debates are scheduled and one Pence-Harris VP debate on Oct. 7.

        The Republicans have opted for no platform, only for Trump’s agenda of the moment.  For the
Democratic platform, go to <https://democrats.org/where-we-stand/party-platform/>.
        This election season will get nastier with much misinformation, distortion and outright lies. You can fact check (or challenge your Trumpster friends to) at  slopes/com, Politifact.com, or  Factcheck.org,   
        For a better America…better for ALL…vote…vote Democrat.
        Norma H. Schatz…ext 360…T 1501…nrma520@yahoo.com

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September 8, 2020 - Voting as if Your Life Depended Upon It

TO VIEW THE VIDEO FOR OUR SEPTEMBER 8 WEB MEETING CLICK HERE

 

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TO VIES THE VIDEO OUR SEPTEMBER 8 WEB MEETING CLICK HERE

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Former Ambassadors James McGee and Charles Ray Webinar

LBKDC was fortunate to have two Board members, Bob Gary, prosecutor, and Michael Boorstein, former senior Foreign Service Officer, serve as co-hosts for two distinguished military and diplomatic officers. Click HERE for a link to the video of our August 11 webinar.  

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James McGee served in the US Air Force during Vietnam. He was a member of the Foreign Service  in Africa, South Asia, Europe and the Americas, and Ambassador to Swaziland, Madagascar, the Comoros, and Zimbabwe. 

 

 

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Charles Ray had 20 years of distinguished service in the Army including Vietnam.  Joining the Foreign Service, he served in Asia, Africa and as Ambassador to Cambodia and Zimbabwe.

 

 

A key message emerged from their topic The Use of Military for Civilian Law and Order.   One of the lynchpins of our democracy is that the military is not to be used to control our civilian population except in rare instances.  Trump’s administration has potentially violated this.

James McGee explained that our current situation is exacerbated by the fact that uniformed officers take an oath to uphold the Constitution and speaking out against the President unless he has done something illegal.  is punishable up to court marshal.  Also, the average American citizen isn’t aware of the potential consequences of the President using the military to quell peaceful protests. 

In closing, our guests were asked if the military could fight back if the President acted to the detriment of the country and democracy.   Charles Ray responded that it shouldn’t come to that if Congress and the Senate took the lead to stop it.   He warned that our country could fail like the Roman and British Empires if we elect a President who doesn’t put the needs of the country above his own needs.   It is the role of Congress, the courts, and Americans to exercise their right to vote to change things.   We can’t afford to think about what is good for us in the next few years.   We need to ask what we want the world to be like for our grandchildren.

Also discussed and you can see at (link to video)

• Enablers of President Trump

• Militarization of police forces

• Defunding the police

• Role of the media

•US image abroad

 

 

 

 

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Sarasota County Democratic Party Upcoming Event Calendar



Sarasota County Democratic Party

 

EVENT CALENDAR - The Next Three Weeks ...

SCDP Offices are open

Limited hours - Details here.
Please help us stay safe - call or email ahead so we can limit traffic.
Headquarters (map): 941‑330‑9400, headquarters@sarasotadems.org
South County (map): 941‑888‑0940, soco@sarasotadems.org


Banking for Biden & Down Ballot Candidates

Call from the comfort of your home at a time that is convenient to you. We'll get you all set up and trained remotely by phone and computer.

Depending on the timeframe before election day, we're already underway calling voters in Sarasota County to inform them about how to register to Vote by Mail (VBM), remind those who have received VBM ballots to mail them in, and get them to turn out for early voting. Join us! Details & Sign up here


Neighbor2Neighbor Training  Online

Join the Neighbor 2 Neighbor (N2N) Team & Get Out the Vote from the comfort of your home as an N2N Volunteer.

Sign up here for N2N Training via Zoom and learn how to use remote techniques to engage with YOUR Democratic and Democratic-leaning neighbors. Together we'll turn Florida BLUE!


No-Contact Literature 'Drop & Go' Voter Outreach

Get Vote By Mail, Candidate literature & election info into the hands of Democratic voters. No contact with voters at all - just 'drop & go' a literature bag. Sign up based on your own schedule. Details & Sign up here.


August 25, 2020  12:00 pm to 2:00 pm  Online

LBK Club - Corruption of the Justice Department

The US Dept. of Justice has traditionally been the lawyer for the people with the interest of the people as its paramount objective. Under Trump it has been used to investigate enemies of the President and to protect his friends. This webinar will examine the actions of Attorney General Barr and why all Americans should be concerned. Details & Sign up here.

Location: Zoom Virtual Meet-up,


August 29, 2020  9:30 am to 10:30 am  Venice

Sign and Wave for Joe Biden

Together We Rise. Every Saturday. Support Democrats, 2020 Biden. We need everyone! Details here.

Location: US 41 & Laurel Road, Venice


September 3, 2020  5:00 pm to 7:00 pm  Online

Hispanic Caucus Monthly Meeting

Join us for discussions, trainings, plans and actions to integrate the Hispanic and Latino community in the political spectrum. Details & Sign up here.


September 3, 2020  6:00 pm to 8:00 pm  Online

Sarasota Democratic Black Caucus Monthly Meeting

Join us as we engage in initiatives of voter registration, voter education, and Get Out The Vote (GOTV). SDBC is setting local goals and initiatives. Come join us! Details & Sign up here.


September 10, 2020  4:00 pm to 5:00 pm  Online

A Conversation with Terry Turner, Candidate for Sarasota City Commission, District 2

Terry wants to talk with you about your concerns and issues that are important to YOU. Details & Sign up here.


Take Action:
Click Here for more ways YOU can make a difference!


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Not all of the above events are organized by the SCDP.

Community groups with aligned interests and common goals are welcome to submit their events for inclusion on our calendar. If you are a member of a group and would like to submit an event, please coordinate your submission with your group’s leadership in order to avoid multiple submissions.

Submissions can be made by filling out the SCDP event submission form.

 
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Summary and Video - Why The Democrats Need A Compelling Story To Win In 2020

JULY 21, 2020 WEBINAR SUMMARY

WHY THE DEMOCRATS NEED A COMPELLING STORY TO WIN IN 2020

Here is the link to our video of our July 21, 2020 webinar

 

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Here is the link to our video of our July 21, 2020 webinar

 

 

 

 

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Board Member Bob Gary and Susie Taft Discuss Saving Our Democracy

Susie Taft married into the Ohio Taft family which has produced a President of the United States, a Supreme Court Justice, a Governor and a US Senator. She is a passionate Democratic and a long-standing friend of LBKDC Board member Bob Gary.  Susie and Bob had this very interesting email exchange recently.   Susie Taft has been engaged in many presidential campaigns and understands our democracy is on the line in 2020. 

Susie Taft — America is in (justifiable) chaos tonight while Trump is hiding out beneath his desk in the White House, the pandemic is killing thousands while tearing apart our economy, and Trump's record shows he has been remarkably facile at dismantling our democratic agencies and institutions in just 3+ years. I'm in this fight through the 2020 election, but my heart is faltering. I applaud all efforts, but tell me when some impact will be registered on the swing states. Just looking for rays of meaningful light. 

Robert_Gary.jpgBob Gary — Susan, your email resonated with me.  It reflects the concerns that so many Americans harbor regardless of party. I know how passionately you wish to see our country return to the basic values of decency and honesty which have been trampled on so callously by President Trump.

You say “my heart is faltering” and ask if I have  any “assurance that what we do will register any impact on the swing  states.” I hear your fear. It is true that we are are close to the abyss.  We are close to losing our democracy.  I hear your plea for “rays of meaningful light” that the fight will bring about positive change.

I cannot  offer false promises. The reality is that  each of us individually and collectively must engage fully with whatever tools are available. The  day after the election we must all be able to say,  regardless of the outcome, that we left nothing on the table.  We must be able to say we expended every ounce of creativity and energy to extricate our beloved country from the grip of this man without soul or empathy, a man who plays on our darkest impulses to divide us.

We will win because we cannot afford to lose. We will engage at all levels because the battle involves our children and grandchildren who without our efforts may be governed by a malignant kleptocracy that serves only itself.

We cannot condition our tireless  efforts to turn out the vote, end voter suppression, advance ideas of fairness and justice on the   assurance of a  positive result. There is no such assurance.  If we   lose we  lose everything.  We have to fight with all we have because there is no option, no alternative, no time to question.

 

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LBKDC Interview with David Verinder, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System CEO

David Verinder & Michael Boorstein Discussion of Current, Future Impacts of Covid-19: Summary

Board members of the Longboat Key Democratic Club were pleased to have worked with Sarasota Memorial Health System so that our members and the community at large could gain a better understanding of the impacts of Covid-19 on Sarasota and Longboat Key.

In addition to the discussions with Dr. Manuel Gordillo, Medical Director of Infection Prevention and control at Sarasota Memorial, and Dr. Kirk Voelker, Medical Director of Clinical Research and the Covid-19 clinical trials, our Board member Michael Boorstein had a very interesting and productive discussion with David Verinder, President and CEO of the health system.  Here is a summary of Mr. Verinder’s responses to Michael’s questions.

 

  • Mr. Verinder emphasized the challenges that the patients, his staff and the community have faced in coping with this crisis.  Physicians and staff at the hospital have worked around the clock to provide the best care possible.  The hospital has received enormous generosity and support from the community including daily meal deliveries for the hospital’s frontline workers and homemade masks.  Local organizations have provided critical equipment, supplies and funding for critical Covid-19 research.  This outpouring of support has been tremendously uplifting to all Sarasota Memorial staff.

 

  • Through all of this, Mr. Verinder told us that the pandemic has had a severe financial impact on the health system.  Sarasota Memorial experienced a $16 revenue reduction in revenue in March.  Surgery cases fell by more than 50% and there were significant volume decreases in the hospital’s two Emergency Care Centers and seven Urgent Care Centers.  The Urgent Care Center at St. Armand’s Circle has been temporarily closed.

 

  • Fortunately, the situation has begun to turn around for the better. The hospital’s elective and non-emergency volume has now begun to increase and staff are being called back to work.  The hospital and physician offices are now better prepared to care for patients because of safeguards and work practices they have put in place.
  • The hospital is confident they can now safely resume care to all patients. The hospital has a small number of Covid-19 patients and they remain isolated from other patients.  Hospital staff caring for these patients are dedicated only to their care. Their top priority has been and always will be for the safety of patients, staff and others visiting or working in their facilities.

 

  • Mr. Verinder assured us that the hospital is now prepared should their be a resurgence of Covid-19.  The health system is receiving a steady shipment of supplies.  The hospital has ample supply of ventilators, critical care beds, and Intensive Care Unit capacity.  He is confident that the hospital has the capacity to manage any future spread of the virus. 

 

  • He encouraged citizens to visit the SMH website, www.smh.com/covid19 for the latest updates on the virus and related topics.

 

In summary, we are very encouraged by our discussions with Mr. Verinder and Drs. Gordillo and Voelker.  Not only is the hospital now fully prepared to care for all patients, but the clinical trials they are doing with Covid-19 treatments could have a significant impact on the management of the virus going forward.  We are indeed very fortunate to have the Sarasota Health System in our community.

 

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