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The Neighborhood Buzz - 10/13/19


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Editor - Jerry Meyer

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Sumter County wins big at State Convention

The Sumter County Democratic Executive Committee took a top award as the Florida Democratic Party kicked off their bi-annual meeting of over 1,500 energized Democrats in Orlando on October 12th.

DEC Chair Cathie Hardy accepted a gavel, inscribed with recognition of the committee’s Vote by Mail Campaign.  Sumter’s campaign was recognized as the best in the state.

During the morning session FDP Chair Terri Rizzo headlined a star packed group of state and national leaders.  She called out Florida’s Republican leaders for being complacent and a part of the axis of corruption in their unwavering support of President Trump.

Party leaders admitted that in past years they have started late in money raising and organizing, but promised they aren’t repeating that pattern this election cycle.

The chief focus is on voter registration and the party is devoting $3.2 million to register 200,000 Democrats by the 2020 primary.

During the Saturday morning session on Oct. 12th, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried laid out the stakes for 2020, saying, “The entire world is counting on us here in Florida.”

Florida delegates voted to approve a package of 18 resolutions, ranging from affirming their commitment to fight for Democratic values to opposing a proposed jungle primary that would end party primaries.

The convention wrapped up Sunday, October 13th.

Elizabeth  Warren backers in a spontaneous demonstration.

Andrew Yang's supporters pushed his idea of a thousand dollars a month for every family.

Joe Biden's team offered a free cup of Joe to those attending morning sessions, and had this poster available for pictures.

Mayor Pete's poster kept an eye on his staff.

A woman resembling Bernie Sanders wife greeted convention goers at his booth.

Booths for other candidates and causes filled the convention hall of Disney's Coronado Springs for the three day gathering of the Florida Democrats.

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Ron De Santis should return money from shady fundraisers arrested in connection to Ukrainian Peddling.

On October 10th the Miami Herald reported that two Republican fundraisers with connections to Governor Ron DeSantis, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman had been arrested on campaign finance charges.  According to the paper, DeSantis received $50,000 from the pair by way of a company called Global Energy Producers.

Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, slammed DeSantis and demanded he donate the $50,000 to charity.

“The stench of Governor Ron DeSantis dirty money grows more foul with each passing day,” she said. “From lobbyists paying tens of thousands of dollars to dine or play golf with DeSantis, to taking money from Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, it is alarming how he conducts himself.  DeSantis should take the $50,000 in donations he received from Parnas and Fruman and donate it to charity immediately.”

The day after Rizzo's challenge DeSantis is reported to have ordered his political committee to turn $50,000 over to the federal government.

The Miami Herald reported last week that Panas was host for two DeSantis fundraisers last year.  One described as a small event was held at a South Florida residence and attended by fewer than 30 people.  Donald Trump Jr. headlined the other gathering.

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Did You Understand Anything Trump Said?

What was that Trump visit to the Villages all about?  I did an admittedly small survey and can’t find anybody who understands that Executive Order.  So, using Google, I’ve come up with some thoughts about what took place.

Originally titled “Protecting Medicare from Socialist Destruction,” the Executive Order supposedly expanded privatized health care.  Later it was renamed “Protecting Medicare for our Nation’s Seniors.”

In his speech to invited guests, Trump blasted Democratic proposals for reform and said he would tackle issues such as prescription drugs and affordability. He outlined the pillars of his heath care vision, which included protecting vulnerable patients; delivering affordable care and prescription drugs; providing choices and control; and improving care for veterans.

(The following was reported by Shefali Luthra, correspondent for Kaiser Health News.)

Following what continues as the emerging theme of his campaign, he charged that the proposals of his Democratic opponents would put everyone into  single socialist government-run program that would end private insurance.

He said he and Republicans are committed to protecting people who have pre-existing conditions –a claim that PolitiFact and Kaiser Health news previously rated False, because of his administration’s policies.

And, in keeping with the Medicare Advantage theme, he spoke about a controversial move by the Obama administration to reduce future payments to that program by $800 billion.  (This point, previously examined by PolitFact, was found to be half true – but Trump didn’t note that the reductions didn’t affect the program’s beneficiaries, or that he has used a similar approach in projecting future Medicare spending.)

Trump told the audience that “Democrats are draining your health care to finance open borders.”  Luthra asked the White House for the basis of that remark, but never got a specific answer.

In August, the President argued that “Democrats support giving illegal immigrants free healthcare at our expense.”  That isn’t accurate and the statement, part of a 2020 TV ad, was rated mostly false.

That claim, examined Democratic candidates who had said during one of the televised debates that their health care plans would provide care to undocumented immigrants.  But the question posed by a debate host didn’t ask whether coverage would be free.  In fact, multiple candidates said it would not be free.  Some, meanwhile, include copays and deductibles in their health care proposals. Plus, if any Medicare- for- all is financed through, for instance, payroll taxes, undocumented immigrants would also be subject to paying those.

Trump also argued that Democratic proposals for universal health care, “would totally obliterate Medicare’—adding that whether it’s single payer or the so-called public option…they want to raid Medicare to fund a thing called socialism.”

The argument, Luthra wrote, is nuanced, but fundamentally misses the mark and is misleading.

(The following is from Priorities USA.)

President Trump claims the economy is the greatest ever, but many Americans aren’t personally feeling the benefits.   Trump’s $2 trillion tax law has been a boon for billionaires and big corporations, but most working Americans haven’t seen their paychecks grow, despite the President’s promises they would.  In fact, as of August 2018 the average American wage had the same purchasing power as about 40 years ago.

A recent study found that 62% of jobs do not support a middle-class lifestyle when factoring in today’s wages and cost of living, including things like health care, housing, education and everyday expenses like groceries and gas.  The majority of workers today are living paycheck to paycheck- one medical emergency, job loss or divorce away from a personal financial crisis. In fact, 40% of Americans don’t have $400 to cover an emergency expense.

Health care costs are rising faster than wages, causing families to decide between delaying care, or going into debt to afford treatment.  Half of working adults say they or a close family member has put off or postponed medical care because they can’t afford it.  And in 2018 alone, Americans borrowed $88 billion to pay for health care.

Trump’s tax law has increased heath care premiums while saving health insurance and drug companies billions in taxes.  The administration has rolled back key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that helped keep costs down.  Today, the President is still fighting to repeal the ACA, which would directly eliminate protections for pre-existing conditions like asthma and diabetes and increase health care premiums by 20-25%.  Seven million Americans have already lost insurance because of Trump’s policies with 13 million more set to be uninsured by 2027.  Repealing protections for pre-existing conditions would endanger coverage for as many as 134 million Americans.

Many American families can’t afford retirement or worry about if they’ll retire at all. Only 36% of people say their retirement savings are on track and 23% say they never plan to retire, with many citing lack of sufficient funds as the cause. 

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The Supreme Court Should Stand With LGBTQ Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court has heard oral arguments on Altitude Express, Inc. v. Zarda, Bostock v. Clayton  County, and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc. v. EEOC, which all look at issues around LGBTQ rights.

Terrie Rizzo, Chair of the Florida Democratic Party issued the following statement:

“The cases before the Supreme Court are motivated by a hard right agenda that seeks to give those with power to discriminate against LGBTQ Americans.

Groups pushing these cases, such as the hate-group called the Alliance Defending Freedom, claim they are just trying to protect religious freedom, but the reality is that what they claim is religious freedom is an employer having the right to fire you for who you love, a doctor refusing to treat you because they don’t approve of your life, and a landlord throwing you onto the street for not meeting their narrow definition of gender.  This hard-right agenda doesn’t seek to protect anyone, it is bigotry masquerading as piety designed to hurt LGBTQ people.”

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Bill would require background checks for Ammunition

A bill filed in the Florida House and Senate would require background checks for buying ammunition.

As we understand it, a person prohibited from buying a gun is also prohibited from buying ammunition. But, if they ask only for ammunition, they can buy it.  The proposed law requires background checks for buying ammunition, just as the required background check for buying a gun.

Jaime’s law, named for Jaime Guttenberg, who was killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school, would close a loophole that allows people prohibited from buying guns to still purchase ammunition.

Jaime’s father, Fred Guttenberg, worked on language of the bill with Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

The Florida House bill was filed by Rep. Dan Daley, a Democrat from Coral Springs. Sen. Lauren Book, a Democrat from Plantation, filed the bill in the Senate.   They are cautiously optimistic about success in Florida’s Republican controlled legislature.

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Abortion issue looms again in Tallahassee

Florida Republicans are again filing bills that would require parental consent before girls under 18 could have an abortion.

Similar bills, filed in the 2019 legislative session, passed the House, but did not  make it to consideration in the Senate, which is considered more moderate.

Nationwide, Planned Parenthood is unveiling a new campaign, focused on the 2020 elections.  They plan to spend at least 45 million dollars on candidates at all levels who support abortion rights.

A Planned Parenthood spokesperson says the group is pushing back against a coordinated level of attack from abortion-rights opponents whose goal is to undermine and gut Roe v. Wade. 

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Lake County

4 Corners Clermont and Southlake Democratic Clubs

will be holding a yard sale on

Saturday, October 19th from, 8 am - 12 pm

at The Savannas 16114 Green Cove Blvd. , Clermont, FL 34714 

to raise money for 2020 campaign efforts.

www.lake democrats.com

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