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- ATTENTION BROWARD, PALM BEACH, PINELLAS & SARASOTA RESIDENTS: VOTE TODAY!
- IS MY VOTE MISSING... STILL?
- PARTY WINS GOLD AT POLLIE AWARDS
- CFO SINK AND INSURANCE CONSUMER ADVOCATE UNVEIL NEW WEBSITE
- SMALL COUNTY COALITION ELECTS '07-'08 LEADERSHIP
- NELSON TOURS HALEY, FIGHTS FOR WOUNDED SERVICE MEMBERS IN WAKE OF WALTER REED SCANDAL
- TAMPA ELECTION REVIEW
IS MY VOTE MISSING... STILL?
Yes. The Secretary of State has yet to release the correct voter file and has responded with uncertainty as to when a correct file can be delivered. We expected to receive the file by early March, as promised by the SOS, but it never came. The Florida Democratic Party will continue to pressure the SOS to release a correct version, but may be forced to consider other methods of obtaining and merging individual county voter files.
PARTY WINS GOLD AT POLLIE AWARDS
The Florida Democratic Party won two awards for its aggressive and creative direct mail programs at the 2007 Pollie Awards for Excellence in Communications, a competition in which there were more than 2000 entries this year. In the Bilingual/Multilingual/Foreign Language: Statewide Category, the Party won GOLD for a piece called "The Cost of War." See it here. The Party also won a Silver for a piece in support of Charlie Justice's campaign for State Senate. Additionally, Justice's campaign won Silver in the overall Direct Mail for a Democrat category (this includes U.S. Senate, U.S. House, Governor, and all other statewide and legislative races in the country). The pieces were designed by Tallahassee's Democratic direct mail guru Dylan Sumner of the Mack/Crounse Group.
CFO SINK AND INSURANCE CONSUMER ADVOCATE UNVEIL NEW WEBSITE
Florida's Democratic Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink joined General Bob Milligan on his first day reporting for duty as Florida's new Insurance Consumer Advocate. Pledging to increase awareness of the Insurance Consumer Advocate's office, the two unveiled a new website designed to educate Floridians about their vision for the position, as well as provide contact information for consumers with insurance-related questions. Floridians can now go online at www.fldfs.com/ica/ to access the Insurance Consumer Advocate's Web page. "As I stated during the campaign, I want the Insurance Consumer Advocate to become a household name in Florida," said CFO Sink. "One of the first steps in strengthening the Insurance Consumer Advocate is educating Floridians about this position and how it serves the people."
SMALL COUNTY COALITION ELECTS '07-'08 LEADERSHIP
The Party's Small County Coalition (SCC) held its election of officers on March 5. Officers of the coalition are elected to a two-year term, and are listed below.
The SCC is made up of the counties in Florida that have less than 30,000 registered Democrats, which includes more than half of the counties in Florida. The mobilization and organization of small counties through the SCC is an important asset to Florida Democrats. As one of the finest examples of what cooperation within the Party can achieve, the SCC, Florida's largest Democratic voting block, gives Democrats from smaller counties a chance to deliver our message in underrepresented areas of Florida.
Chair: Doug Courtney (reelected), Flagler County Chair/State Committeeman
Vice-Chair: Linda Spencer (reelected), Nassau County State Committeewoman
Secretary: Bernita Dinwiddie, Nassau County Vice-Chair
Treasurer: Tom Nazworth (reelected), Clay County State Committeeman
Board of Directors:
Judy Mount (reelected), Jackson County Chair
Rhett Bullard - Hamilton County Chair/State Committeeman
Paul Still - Bradford County State Committeeman
Dave Dew - Martin County Chair
Harold Webb - Santa Rosa County State Committeeman
Zane Thomas - Highlands County Chair
NELSON TOURS HALEY, FIGHTS FOR WOUNDED SERVICE MEMBERS IN WAKE OF WALTER REED SCANDAL
Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson came away from a tour of James A. Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa comfortable that the hospital doesn't suffer from the same problems facing Walter Reed Medical Center, the nation's premier military hospital that has come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks after the Washington Post reported dire conditions at some of its facilities. "The American people expect the best medical care for our men and women sacrificing in Iraq and Afghanistan," Nelson said. Read more in the Tampa Tribune at http://www.tbo.com/news/nationworld/MGB56V8S7ZE.html.
Senator Nelson continues to fight for the men and women of the Armed Forces as he has done throughout his career. Unfortunately, the Bush Administration has utterly failed to keep the promise we make to each and every service member when they sign up. For four years, the President has mismanaged the war in Iraq with a casual disregard that allows our troops to enter battle without the armor they need and to return home without the medical treatment they deserve. This has to change.
Senate Democrats, including Nelson, are committed to fixing the problems our troops face by establishing a system that meets their needs and finds comprehensive solutions for our heroes, from the battlefield to the local VA and everywhere in between.
TAMPA ELECTION REVIEW
Last week, while publicizing our incredible victories for Tampa City Council, we neglected to mention the reelection of the longest serving member of the City Council, Linda Saul-Sena. Running unopposed as an incumbent in city-wide District 3, Saul-Sena will continue to serve with the devotion and enthusiasm her constituents have become accustomed to.
To review the fantastic victories in last week's elections, Mayor Pam Iorio was re-elected by an overwhelming margin (80 percent!). Democrats John Dingfelder, Mary Mulhern, Tom Scott and Charlie Miranda all won their City Council races. Incumbent Gwen Miller was the leading vote-getter in the District #1 race, which now heads to a run-off. Republicans tried to take the Council by pouring tons of money into these races, but hard-working Tampa Democrats prevailed, guaranteeing a 6-1 majority. These victories, in the pivotal I-4 corridor, are a huge boost for Florida Democrats.
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