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2/13/07
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MAHONEY VISITS INJURED SOLDIER FROM FLA. AT WALTER REED
Congressman Tim Mahoney (D-Venus) visited Sgt. Luke Shirley at Walter Reed Army Medical Center yesterday. Sgt. Luke Shirley and his brother, Specialist Joshua Shirley, residents of LaBelle, FL, were stationed in Iraq when Sgt. Luke Shirley was severely injured by a land mine in December. After receiving orders to return to Iraq, Joshua petitioned to stay stateside to help his brother recover. Congressman Mahoney, local officials, and the Shirley family assisted Joshua's petition efforts. Specialist Joshua Shirley was Congressman Mahoney's guest at the State of the Union Address last month.

MARTINEZ DELUSIONAL AS USUAL
The Sun-Sentinel reported today that Florida's Republican Senator Mel Martinez, who recently skipped a major vote on the Iraq War, had the audacity to claim last week: "We are engaging an enemy that is the very enemy that attacked us here on 9-11." Unfortunately for Martinez, as most Americans understand, the bipartisan 9/11 Commission declared in July 2004 that "...we have seen no evidence... indicating that Iraq cooperated with al Qaeda in developing or carrying out any attacks against the United States." -- 9/11 Commission Report, Sec. 2.5, 7/22/04.

CAMPBELL WINS 3RD DISTRICT SPECIAL PRIMARY - HELP CARRY HER TO VICTORY
Retired Navy Chief and community activist Liz Campbell won a commanding victory in the Democratic primary for the 3rd District seat in the State House. The special general election will be held Feb. 27. Please help Liz's campaign to pick up a Republican-held seat in conservative North Florida today! Visit http://www.lizcampbell2007.com to learn more.

REPUBLICAN QUITS DISTRICT 49, OPENS OPPORTUNITY FOR DEMS
The Republican representing the 49th District in the State House has resigned his post. There are about 9000 more Democrats than Republicans in the Kissimmee-Orlando district, where Hispanics make up 42% of registered voters. This provides a unique opportunity to pick up another seat in the Florida House of Representatives. Please stay tuned for more information.

GOV. GRANHOLM TO STUMP FOR MULHERN IN TAMPA

Michigan's Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm will be the honored guest at Tampa City Council candidate Mary Mulhern's celebration of Women in Politics on Saturday, February 17. For more information, visit http://www.marymulhern.com.

RPOF CONSIDER SUPPORTING GAY MARRIAGE BAN, AGAIN
Jim Greer, the new chairman of the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF), made it clear Monday that he supports a constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. Last year, RPOF donated $300,000 to a group collecting signatures to put the issue on the 2008 ballot, and Greer says they have "not ruled out" doing it again.

FORMER DNC CHAIR BRINGS BOOK TOUR TO FLORIDA
Former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe will be promoting his new book, What a Party!, across Florida this week. The book contains insights and anecdotes from McAuliffe's any years as a tenacious Democratic fundraiser. One Florida-specific tale: Back in 1986, then-Congressman Bill Nelson was at Kennedy Space Center, preparing to blast off into space on the shuttle, when he got a call. It was McAuliffe checking on a $5000 contribution. "Holy cow, Terry, I'm about to go up in the shuttle," Nelson said. "Are you nuts?" McAuliffe will visit Coral Gables, West Palm Beach, Tampa and Orlando on his tour. For more information, visit http://www.whataparty.us/tour.htm


PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE SURVEY AND 2008 CANDIDATE VISITS

Thank you to all those who responded to our presidential preference survey. If you haven't responded yet, you can sign up at www.fladems.com/presidential to stay informed. In ‘08 news, Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, Gov. Tom Visack of Iowa, and former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina are expected to be in Miami this week for closed meetings at the annual American Association for Justice Winter Convention. Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York is planning fundraisers in Tampa and South Florida for later month.

RICHARDSON TO KEYNOTE BROWARD JJ
Presidential candidate/Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico will be the keynote speaker for the Broward County Democratic Executive Committee's Jefferson Jackson Dinner on Feb. 24. More info: www.bcdec.org or call 954-423-2200.

AN EXPLANATION FOR THE MISSING VOTES?

We found a major problem with the Secretary of State's (SOS) election results file, which was delivered to the state legislature as the SOS is statutorily obligated to do within 75 days of the general election. This file, obtained from the SOS's office, indicated that a total of 4,389,616 of Florida's registered voters cast a ballot in the 2006 election. Unfortunately, this number is 494,928 fewer than the Official Results posted on the SOS website. Disturbingly, the 494,928 missing voters represent more than 10% of the voters that, according to the SOS website, cast ballots - a significant error. While this error may not be indicated on the local Supervisor of Election (SOE) file, it is in the official SOS file released to the state legislative leaders. In essence, the SOS office corrupted the data of the local SOEs - and this happened statewide, with every county's data. You helped apply pressure to the SOS, forcing them to respond - committing to fixing the file and delivering it to us this week. We'll keep you posted on this important issue.

CHECK OUT KAREN THURMAN'S LATEST PODCAST

Congresswoman Thurman talks about the War in Iraq and Republican National Committee Chairman Senator Mel Martinez's absence from a key vote in the U.S. Senate. You can listen to the latest podcasts at www.fladems.com/podcasts.
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