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TUESDAY E-NEWS BRIEFS FROM THE FLORIDA DEMOCRATIC PARTY

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3/06/07
Your State. Your Party. Stay in touch!

  • DEMOCRATS WIN BIG IN TAMPA
  • PARTY HOLDS FIRST CENTRAL & EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2007
  • FLORIDA LEGISLATIVE SESSION BEGINS TODAY, TUESDAY MARCH 6
  • FLORIDA DEMOCRATS TO PROPOSE PROPERTY TAX PLAN THAT DOES NOT ABANDON MIDDLE CLASS OR RENTERS
  • MAJORITY WHIP CLYBURN TO KEYNOTE SARASOTA DINNER
  • SPEAKER PELOSI PLEDGES AGRICULTURE DISASTER RELIEF IN ORLANDO
  • HAMILTON DEC ACTIVISTS RECEIVE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
DEMOCRATS WIN BIG IN TAMPA

We delayed sending our E-News so that we could report great news out of the Tampa City elections yesterday. 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.

PARTY HOLDS FIRST CENTRAL & EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2007
The Florida Democratic Party's Central and Executive Committees met in Tallahassee on Monday to discuss party matters regarding the 2006 election results, 2007 organization and training goals, the 2007 State Convention, and the 2008 Presidential primary and national delegate selection process. The Party remains committed to building on the successes of 2006 by strengthening its county party infrastructure and raising the necessary funds to be competitive in 2008.

FLORIDA LEGISLATIVE SESSION BEGINS TODAY, TUESDAY MARCH 6
Be certain to follow the happenings in the Florida Legislature as Democrats fight to deliver meaningful and fair property tax and insurance relief, ensure that no child lacks health insurance, reform the FCAT to build a world-class student-based education system, bring about political reform to reduce the influence of special interest money, and provide a voter verifiable paper trial. Let's make sure to keep the Republican majority in check by staying informed and contacting our legislators!

FLORIDA DEMOCRATS TO PROPOSE PROPERTY TAX PLAN THAT DOES NOT ABANDON MIDDLE CLASS OR RENTERS
Florida Democrats have been discussing possible options to bring tax relief to the citizens of Florida by adding to the $25,000 homestead exemption and another exemption worth half of the median home value within a county. House Democratic Leader Dan Gelber said, "We're trying to come up with a method that responsibly delivers relief, but especially for the people hurting most. We want everybody to receive a benefit, but primarily middle-class homeowners, primary residential renters and small businesses."

MAJORITY WHIP CLYBURN TO KEYNOTE SARASOTA DINNER
The Sarasota County DEC would like to invite you to attend the annual Kennedy/King Dinner on Sunday, March 11, featuring U.S. House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn. The event will take place at Michael's on East, 1212 East Avenue South in Sarasota, FL. The reception begins at 6pm with dinner and speakers at 7pm. Reservations can be made online by credit card at http://www.sarasotadems.org/KK07.html.

SPEAKER PELOSI PLEDGES AGRICULTURE DISASTER RELIEF IN ORLANDO
Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, spoke to a crowd of farmers last week in Orlando about the need for assistance in the rural communities of the United States. Priorities include drought relief in the Great Plains states and better levees in New Orleans. The measure would be inserted into the 100 billion dollar Iraq spending bill, Pelosi said.

HAMILTON DEC ACTIVISTS RECEIVE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
At the Second Annual Hamilton County Democratic Dinner, two DEC members were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards: Elizabeth Barrett and Isaac Chandler, Jr. Elizabeth served as the State Committeewoman from 1970-1992 and has been active in the Hamilton County DEC since 1942. She retired from the Florida Legislature in the 1980s. Isaac served as Chair of the Hamilton County DEC from 1993-2006 and has been a member since 1980. Both remain active in the Hamilton County DEC.


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