Posts Tagged ‘ Florida ’

Romney stance on Dream Act is magnified in Florida

January 22, 2012
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Romney stance on Dream Act is magnified in Florida

MIAMI (AP) — Mitt Romney’s promise to veto a measure that would create a path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants threatens to turn off some Hispanic voters, whose support could be critical in a general election match-up against President Barack Obama. The issue is gaining prominence as the GOP front-runner heads toward the Jan. 31 primary in Florida, even though most of the state’s Hispanics are Puerto Rican or Cuban-American and, thus, aren’t affected by U.S. immigration law, nor view it as a priority. Still, it’s a state where 13 percent of registered voters are Hispanic, where the...

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Statement from FLA Dems Chairman Smith on Mitt Romney’s Pledge to Veto the DREAM Act

January 6, 2012
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Tallahassee, FL – Mitt Romney recently told a group of voters in Iowa that he would veto the DREAM Act if he were elected and Congress passed the bill. In response, Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith released the following statement: “Mitt Romney’s pledge to veto the DREAM Act is a reminder that his far-right positions are dangerous for everyone – not only Hispanics trying to build a life in America, but all Americans trying to stay in the middle class and those still struggling to make it there. It’s shameful he continues to pander to the Tea Party,...

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Rick Scott Hits a New Low, Plus Marco Rubio and More

December 6, 2011
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Rick Scott Hits a New Low, Plus Marco Rubio and More

Rick Scott has hit a new low in Public Policy Poll’s  Florida polling with only 26% of voters now approving of his job performance to 58% who disapprove. Rick Scott has hit a new low in PPP’s Florida polling with only 26% of voters now approving of his job performance to 58% who disapprove… Scott is the most unpopular Governor in the country in PPP’s polling.   Marco Rubio’s poll numbers have declined every time PPP’s polled Florida this year…There’s not much evidence Rubio would be a game changer as Republican Vice Presidential pick next year either. Only 24%...

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TAKE ACTION NOW against the Voter Suppression Act!!

July 23, 2011
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TAKE ACTION NOW against the Voter Suppression Act!!

The United States Justice Department is currently reviewing Florida’s “Voter Suppression Act” for pre-clearance under the Voting Rights Act. Help us defend against his attack on democracy: tell Attorney General Holder deny pre-clearance to the Voter Suppression Act!

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June 28th Monthly Meeting: Voter Suppression Act, KNOW THE FACTS

June 21, 2011
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June 28th Monthly Meeting: Voter Suppression Act, KNOW THE FACTS

JOIN US at our MDYD General Meeting: Voter Suppression Act, KNOW THE FACTS Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 Time: 6:30p.m. Gordon Biersch Restaurant 1201 Brickell Avenue, Miami Arrive early and Enjoy FREE Appetizers and Drink Specials! SPEAKER: Ronald Bilbao, Senior Legislative Associate and Advocacy Coordinator, American Civil Liberties Union of Florida HB 1355 – Voter Suppression Act HB 1355 relating to Elections passed the Florida Legislature during the 2011 session on a fully party-line vote. The bill’s House sponsor Rep. Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala) claims the reforms are necessary to prevent supposed wide-spread voter fraud at the polls. For this reason,...

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REP. CYNTHIA STAFFORD EXPRESSES DISAPPOINTMENT IN GOV. RICK SCOTT FOR SIGNING ELECTIONS BILL

May 23, 2011
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 20, 2011 CONTACT: Mary Cowart (305) 571-2100 REP. CYNTHIA STAFFORD EXPRESSES DISAPPOINTMENT IN GOV. RICK SCOTT FOR SIGNING ELECTIONS BILL MIAMI, Fla. – Representative Cynthia Stafford (D-Miami) expressed disappointment over Governor Rick Scott’s signing into law of House Bill 1355 regarding elections in Florida. Rep. Stafford made the following statement: “Voting is one of the most precious rights we have as Americans. Too many people have fought and died so we could exercise this right. This new law will disenfranchise tens of thousands of Florida voters. “This law creates barriers to voting, and anything that...

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Article: Why the election bill only hurts young voters

May 10, 2011
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By Meghan Hammond, Miami Senate Bill 2086, the new bill which was passed in this past session, is a loosely veiled aim to disenfranchise young voters in the 2012 presidential election, where Florida will be a crucial state.  The bill reduces early voting days from 14 to 8 and increases the hurdles to casting a ballot, especially for those who have changed their names or addresses since they last registered. Miami Senator Diaz de la Portilla’s claims the reduction of early voting days is simply an efficiency measure. However, PolitiFact discredited his statement that “there is a trickle of two or...

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What Florida’s 2011-12 budget means to our state

May 7, 2011
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The $69.7 billion budget cuts spending on everything from public schools to affordable housing and environmental protection while impairing the state’s economy with the elimination of thousands of jobs. This budget: HURTS THE MIDDLE CLASS AND WORKING FAMILIES.  The plan: Institutes a 3-percent income tax on teachers, police officers, firefighters, and other public-sector workers throughout Florida. Raises tuition by 8 percent at every state university and college, and allows universities to increase tuition up to 15 percent. Deploys a “reverse Robin Hood approach” by taking from the poor and middle class and continuing tax breaks to the wealthy. DRASTICALLY CUTS...

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Elections Bill HB 1355: What this means to you

May 6, 2011
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Elections Bill HB 1355: What this means to you

FLORIDA HOUSE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS MEMBERS OPPOSE VOTER SUPPRESSION LEGISLATION  NEWS SUMMARY re House Bill 1355: Critics say it will be harder for college students and minorities who flocked to the polls in 2008 to elect President Barack Obama to have their votes counted in next year’s presidential election.          “This is just a mean-spirited attempt to disenfranchise Democratic leaning voters,” said Rep. Franklin Sands, D-Weston. The bill would cut the time for early voting from 14 days to eight. County election supervisors could keep their early voting sites open anywhere from six hours to 12 hours per day. That...

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“Every citizen deserves the right to vote!” Sen. Nelson opposes voting law changes

April 29, 2011
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“Every citizen deserves the right to vote!” Sen. Nelson opposes voting law changes

OPPOSITION GROWING TO PROPOSED CURBS ON EARLY VOTING Officials also taking aim at politicizing of Supreme Court Source: Florida House Dems TALLAHASSEE, FL  – A broad group of Floridians alarmed by a legislative proposal they say would dramatically alter access to the voting booth plan to raise their voices in opposition at the state Capitol on Monday morning.  From election supervisors to the state’s senior U.S. senator to the Democratic Leadership in the Florida Senate and House, all agree the measure would make it more difficult for voters and would prevent many from casting ballots during early voting. “We’ve got kids dying...

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