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  • Tuesday, October 20, 2020 9:18 PM | Heather Rabinowitz (Administrator)

    6 Reasons Not to Panic About the Election
    Yes, Trump is threatening the vote count. But our institutions might be stronger than you think.

    First, presidents don’t run elections, states do.

    Second, it’s really hard to steal an election.

    Third, even with presidential encouragement, voter intimidation is illegal.

    Fourth, public expectations of how long the vote might take have already shifted.

    Fifth, the system is more prepared than you might think for challenges to vote counting.

    Sixth, even the Electoral College has (a bit) less uncertainty than advertised.

    Source:  https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/10/05/6-reasons-not-to-panic-about-the-election-426415

  • Saturday, October 17, 2020 9:00 AM | Bryan Casey (Administrator)

    The following excerpt is from an article that appeared in the Orlando Sentinel on October 16th. You can click HERE to read the full article on their website.

    "No ex-felons suspected of still owing fines or fees will be removed from voter rolls prior to the Nov. 3 election, county elections officials said Friday, despite a memo from the state this week telling them some of those voters could be ineligible." 

  • Friday, October 16, 2020 9:47 AM | Bryan Casey (Administrator)

    The following provided by Hardy Merriman, who presented at our October membership meeting via Zoom.


    The authors of Hold the Line: A Guide to Defending Democracy are leading workshops to help people organize local election protection groups and ensure that the results are respected. We are researchers, organizers, and activists who've seen how people-powered movements have protected freedom and democracy around the world. 

    We have just announced two new training dates:

    Oct. 15+22 

    More info and sign up: bit.ly/holdthelinetraining2

    Oct. 20+27

    More info and sign up: bit.ly/holdthelinetraining3

    We start by reviewing potential scenarios that might unfold between Election Day (Nov. 3, 2020) and Inauguration Day (Jan. 20, 2021). Then we offer evidence-based strategies to respond, and steps to plan nonviolent resistance if attempts are made to subvert the election. Participants are encouraged (but it’s not required) to read the Hold the Line guide to get up to speed: http://bit.ly/holdthelinepdf

    Thanks and hope to see you there!



  • Monday, October 05, 2020 1:02 PM | Bryan Casey (Administrator)

    Autographed copies of "America in Crisis: Essays on the Failed Presidency of Donald J. Trump" by Marsha Shearer are for sale at the Sumter County Democratic headquarters (located at 300 South Main St., Wildwood, FL).

    Cost is $19.95 - checks only, made out to the author. $5.00 from each sale will be donated to the DNC.

    Holidays are coming - the book makes a great gift and in the process, you'll be helping the Democratic Party.

  • Saturday, September 19, 2020 12:40 PM | Bryan Casey (Administrator)

    For those of you who have not collected this year’s club badge, The Villages Democratic Club 2020 name badges will be available for you to pick up on Mondays from 10am - 2pm at the Sumter County Democratic Headquarters 300 S Main, Wildwood.

    Please note: These are name badges ordered between January and August this year.  September name badges will be ordered at the end of the month and will be available in mid- October.


  • Friday, September 18, 2020 4:39 PM | Heather Rabinowitz (Administrator)

    NRLN President's Forum
    Announcing First NRLN Podcast https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-y3xwa-eb8a61?utm_campaign=w_share_ep&utm_medium=dlink&utm_source=w_share

    I am pleased to announce that we have produced the first NRLN Podcast as part of our effort to better inform NRLN members and reach a wider audience. To access our Podcast message The NRLN - Creating a Better Future for Retirees go to the NRLN website at www.nrln.org . Click on the Podcast link posted below the Action Alert message in the center column of our website's home page.


    You will be linked to the "PodBean" webpage. When the Podcast player appears under the Introduction to the NRLN headline, click on the green arrow in the green circle to start the audio. If you need to pause the audio, click on the pause icon in the green circle. To resume the audio, click on the green arrow in the green circle again. If you need to increase the volume, click on the green speaker icon at the right and move the volume line to the right.


    Most computers, iPads (tablets) and smartphones are capable of allowing you to listen to the Podcast. The host site for the Podcast places the message, in addition to the NRLN website, on Apple, Google, Spotify, Amazon Music, and Pandora for broad exposure.


    The first Podcast episode describes the organizational structure of the NRLN and our work in Washington, DC. Although you may think you know about the work of the NRLN, I believe you will learn more by listening to the first Podcast. In addition, I comment on the Podcast that I will be spending much more time in the coming days and weeks on Podcast and Videos providing factual information and comparisons you don't often read or hear about regarding Medicare A, B and C, and Private Medicare Advantage.


    My upcoming Podcast and Video episodes will address:


    Episode #2 - History of Medicare Privatization & Results After 23 Years

    Episode #3 - Medicare A-D Revenue, MA Plan Rebates/Market Share & Medicare 10 yr. Budget

    Episode #4 - Rebates and the Quality Bonus Plan (QBP) - The House of Cards

    Episode #5 - Comparing Medicare Advantage Plans & Original Medicare plus Medigap G


    Episodes 2-5 will be added to the currently available first episode at least weekly as we approach the October 15 start of the annual Medicare enrollment period. Later we will have episodes about prescription drugs and other and healthcare topics plus retirement income security that should be of interest to you. 


    The NRLN is interested in receiving your feedback and/or questions on the Podcasts and Videos. You can contact us at contact@nrln.org or call Toll-Free at 1-866-360-7197.


    Bill Kadereit, President

    National Retiree Legislative Network

    Support NRLN's Work

    NRLN, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. Suite 900, South Building, Washington, D.C. 20004-2601

  • Saturday, September 12, 2020 6:00 AM | Bryan Casey (Administrator)

    The following is an excerpt from an article that appeared in the Citrus County Chronicle on September 9, 2020.  You can visit their website to read the entire article here:  Webster, Cottrell Clash Again for Congressional Seat 

    "The race for Citrus County’s representative in Congress is a repeat of 2018.

    Republican Rep. Daniel Webster of Clermont faces Democrat Dana Cottrell of Spring Hill in the Nov. 3, 2020, election in the 11th Congressional District.

    Two years ago, Webster was re-elected with 65% of the vote in the district that contains Citrus and parts of four other counties.

    The Chronicle sent four questions to each candidate. Here are their answers, edited only for length..."

  • Saturday, September 05, 2020 12:40 PM | Heather Rabinowitz (Administrator)

    The 2020 Presidential Campaign Debates are scheduled for
    Tues. September 29th,
    Thurs. October 15th
    Thurs. October 22nd.
    All live streamed: 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm EST.

    The vice presidential debate is scheduled to take place on
    Wed. October 7, 
    2020. Live streamed 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm EST.

    Click Here For Details

  • Thursday, September 03, 2020 8:00 AM | Bryan Casey (Administrator)

    Following is a PSA from Lake County Library System. While primarily of interest to our Lake County members - who can get a library card FREE, did you know that Sumter County residents can apply for a Lake County library card, by paying a fee ($40/year, at last check)?

    A Lake County library card gives one access to the wonderful Lynda.com library of online courses! This access pays for the library card many times over (if you don't reside in the county and have to pay for a card)!

    You can visit the Lake County Library System by clicking THIS LINK

    September is National Library Card Sign Up Month! 

    Many of our libraries are open and accepting library card registrations. Visit today!

    We also have free, temporary, digital-only cards for those unable to visit our libraries. This card is only for ebooks, audiobooks and online movies. 

    Did you know that Lake County residents can get a free library card from Marion, Seminole and Volusia Counties? Details here!

  • Tuesday, August 25, 2020 10:27 PM | Heather Rabinowitz (Administrator)

    The Villages Chapter of the National Retiree Legislative Network (NRLN) is concerned executive orders to defer from September 1 through December 31 the payroll tax will deplete the Social Security retirement trust fund by 2023, and its disability insurance funding by the middle of 2021.

    According to Jim Bodenner “If the Social Security Trust is drained and there is a subsequent recession, then General Tax Revenues will  dry up which will create a crisis for a large portion of the 65 million Social Security beneficiaries, destroying Social Security for our children and grandchildren.  Bodenner is a member of the Villages Chapter leadership team

    A 12.4 percent payroll tax split evenly between employers and workers earning up to $137,700 (for 2020) is a vital funding source for Social Security.

    If no alternative source of revenue to replace the payroll tax, the Social Security Administration estimates that Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Fund asset reserves would become permanently depleted in about the middle of calendar year 2021, with no ability to pay DI benefits thereafter. The Old Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) Trust Fund reserves would become permanently depleted by the middle of calendar year 2023, with no ability to pay OASI benefits thereafter.

    Bodenner said the Villages Chapter has endorsed the NRLN’s support for House bill H.R. 860 and Senate bill S. 269, the Social Security 2100 Act.

    He said the Social Security 2100 Act comes the closest to the NRLN’s position to make Social Security financially strong for the current generation, our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren by funding the program for the next 75 years. The bill would achieve the funding by a minimal increase of 1.2 percent in the payroll tax for employees and employers on earnings with the annual escalation of a few hundred dollars as it  does now. The major difference in funding is that the payroll tax would apply on earnings of $400,000 and above.

    For Information Contact:
    Jim BodennerNRLN Villages Chapter Leader
    Phone: 616-866-8180Email: Bodennerj@gmail.com
    Website: https://www.nrln.org/CHAPTERS/VILLAGES/villchapter.html

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