Friday, December 24, 2010

$10 Billion and Counting!

Merry Christmas to Florida!

According to recipeints' reports of stimulus money in the Sate of Florida, over 11 billion dollars have been awarded to Florida.  Of that amount, 4 billion dollars have been received.  The totals are even higher if you read the federal agency reports

10 billion of the total has been in the form of grants - not loans!  That's a lot of federal money for a state that didn't want to receive any of the funds in the first place. And think about; where would our Republican legislators and Governor found 11 billion dollars to spend on behalf of Florida citizens without raising taxes?  And just think, our Senator-elect Rubio and Governor-elect Scott each believe Washington is broken.  They better hope it remains 'broken" unless they want to replace 10 billion federal grant dollars with Florida tax dollars!

People need to know the facts about how much the Obama Administration has done for Florida and this country via his economic policies.  Yes it's a lot of debt - but more importantly, it's an investment in people and jobs and the future of Florida and the United States at a critical time for both.

We need more responsible political leaders to take the correct bold steps for our collective well being...even if we can't (or won't) see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Back in it to WIN it!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Five Post-Election-Achievements of the "Lame-Duck" Session

It will be important in future elections for Americans to remember the positive accomplishments of this current "lame-duck" session.  Too often we forget the good news and focus on and retell the negative news.

See the digest of the top five, post-election- accomplishments lead by President Obama and Democratic leaders in the House and Senate.

Back in it to WIN it!


Friday, December 17, 2010

Stay Informed So You'll Know The Facts

The pros and cons about heath care reform still make good headlines.  However, it's important to stay on top of the facts as the national conversation - and legal battles - go on.  It's also interesting to watch the Republicans back away from previously held positions on which reform components are's good for the country...they do it regularly and certainly have done so in the heath care debate.  But President Obama has a couple of back-up options if his Heath Care Plan gets struck down.  Many experts on the matter don't believe it will be overturned.

Nonetheless, check out some of the comments made by Gail Wilensky in a recent article on the subject.  Wilensky is an economist who ran the Medicare Program under Bush II and is herself a Republican.

On the economic front, the tax cut compromise bill made it to the President's desk. House Minority Leader Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Reid didn't attend the signing ceremony.  Interesting....when will Democrats play as well together as the Republicans do? I love this "fight" in them now, which is well after wimping out earlier when the President wanted the tax cuts for the middle class to stay and cuts for the richest 2% of Americans to end.  Well Harry and Nancy , you're a "day late and a dollar short".

But, I'm still excited about Democrats growing a little backbone!  Maybe the relatively good economic news of late is helping them.

Stay informed!

Back in it to WIN it!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Plan Ahead For 2011

We can't let Republicans win 2011 local elections across the country like they did in November 2010. Start planning NOW to win the many local races - school board, city/county council, mayor, chief cop, and others....join your local Democratic Executive Committee (or whatever the local Party organization is called) and then help build and implement campaign strategies to help local Democrat win local offices - ANY office. In Jacksonville, call 904-390-7001 or go to

Also, make sure to encourage friends and colleagues in your social/civic/professional organizations to get involved - your faith home; your professional societies and clubs; your workplace groups, etc...there's power in numbers.

I firmly believe Democrats have the right values, policies and practices needed to lead our country back to greatness. But, we can't lead if we don't win political races. And, we can't win unless we commit ourselves to support our Party and our Party candidates. We need All Hands On Deck to make it work...the environmentalist-Democrats; the right to life-Democrats; the faith community-Democrats; the progressive-Democrats; the anti war-Democrats; the big business/top 2%-Democrats, etc....All Hands On Deck!

My mantra for 2011 is: Back in it to WIN it!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Stop the Republicans' Gift to the Wealthy

Once again the Repubilcans are positioned to help the wealthy and not help ease the fiscal crisis facing our Country.  The Administration's preference to lift the tax ban for the wealthiest 2-3% of Amricans is a resonable path to increasing revenues in the short run and minimizing pain for the middle and lower class citizens.  Besides, if "full employment" leaves 3 - 5 percent of Americans unemployment....why can't Republcans accept "tax-breaks for all" that leave out 2-3 percent of Americans -especially the wealthiest ones?  But to hold up government actions on other worthy issues facing the Country over tax breaks for the wealthy is just plain bad business - even if they see it as good politics!

Stand with the Democrats in the US House of Representatives!

Check out one article on the topic......

Back in it to WIN it!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Stay On Top Of Things

We must stay on top of all the positive accomplishments of the Obama Administration and "tell the good news" to everyone we can. That way, the mis-representations and lies told by the opposition can not fool the American people into believing we're on the wrong path.

Below is the bulk of a recent message on health care from the White House.

Back in it to WIN it!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A Grab Bag of Tired Cliches Won't Get The Job Done

Columnist Thomas Friedman does it again.....a clearly articulated message about the challenges we face as a nation and global community and the inability of some leaders to 'do the right thing'.

He closes his article with a comment about the recent big wins by Republicans.  He states - "I don’t mind if Republicans win with fresh new ideas — but not with a grab bag of tired clichés."

Read the full article at: "I Believe I Can Fly".

Back in it to WIN it!



November 14, 2010

Op-Ed Columnist: I Believe I Can Fly

There's a lot of shortsightedness going around these days. Just look at the Middle East or the G.O.P.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

President Obama Should Hold Tough to His Policies

The recent election wins by the Republicans should be no reason for President Obama to automatically back off his policies that many Americans support and need.  The health care bill helps Americans with pre-existing illnesses secure and keep coverage.  College kids can remain on their parents' policies.  And there are positive adjustments to the infamous 'doughnut hole' challenge.  These and other changes in the education and financial reform legislation, along with multiple tax cuts for small businesses have all helped to get America and many Americans back on track - albeit at a slow pace.  

Republicans succeeded in mis-characterizing many of these accomplishments. The Republican threats to repeal much of these accomplishments spells disaster for American moving forward.  They must be stopped.

The President must stand firm on many fronts and the American people must stand with him. We can not sink back into the hurtful policies of the past which gave private business special interest groups too much power to keep main street Americans down and out while adding significant wealth to those already at the top who, by comparison, need very little help.

Back in it to WIN it!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

We Must Resist Changes in the Heath Care Reform Bill

Don't mistake Tuesday's election outcomes as a repudiation against all the Obama Administration has done, especially not with regard to heath care.  Too much good has already happened and will in the coming months and years all thanks to the bills adopted by this Congress with leadership from President Obama.

We must not let Republicans steal our progress on heath care or other reforms that have not yet had a chance to take firm hold in our economy and lives.  We are adding private sector jobs (albeit modest growth) and have been for several months.  Major banks repaid their TARP loans WITH INTEREST.  The stock market has rebounded from a low in the mid 6,000 to over 11,000.  American auto companies are on sound footing and this past October had their best month in many recent quarters of reporting.  And small businesses have received at least 8-9 tax breaks on this President's watch.  Hardly a track record worth throwing out with the bath water...but then again, I'm not a Republican!

Back in it to WIN it!

Bright Spot in Tuesday's Election

We won and won big on Amendments 5 & 6!

If the League of Women Voters - Florida can hang in there for 30 years on an issue they believe in, then Democrats in Duval County and Florida can do the same when it comes to winning elections.

Back in it to WIN it!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Pick Ourselves Up, Dust Ourselves Off and Start All Over Again!

We didn't win big like many Duval County Democrats had hoped.  However, overall voter turnout doubled from 24%`to 48%.  A quick review of data on the 256 precincts shows 100 precincts had a turnout of at least 50%.  Another 99 were between 40 - 49 %.  And only 57 were below 40% - and 36 of those were 35% or higher.  Go to the Duval County Supervisor of Elections website to review the details of all election results.

Although Kendrick Meek did not prevail in his US Senate race, he beat Charlie Crist in Duval County.  Additionally, the precincts he won were the lion-share of those won by Alex Sink in her bid to become Florida's next governor.  Sink only managed to win two dozen or so precincts outside the precincts won by Meek.

Disappointed?  Yes.  But not deterred. 

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Vote The Democratic Ticket on November 2!

It all boils down to who you vote for.....Come November 2, if all Duval County Democrats vote the straight Party ticket -  AND THAT INCLUDES KENDRICK MEEK as well as Alex Sink - our Party can win and win big here.  If Democrats repeat the strategy across the state, we can win everywhere else, too!

Don't defeat ourselves by believing Meek can't win....he can if Democrats vote for him - it's that simple. 

Now, if Democrats just don't want to vote for him - then own it!  But the Party candidate for US Senate from Florida is KENDRICK MEEK - the ONLY DEMOCRAT in the race.......

Vote A Democratic ticket on November 2 and Democrats will win!

We can do this!!!

Fired Up - Ready to WIN!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Early Voting Is Working

I was an Early Vote Poll Watcher in a largely Democrat sector of Duval County.  At my Early Voting Site, turnout grew by more than 460% from Day 1 to Day 9 - and that was a low turnout site, so I'm told.  At any rate,  looks like a strong finish for Early Voting and a wave of newly energized voters as we approach the run-up to Election Day!

Fired Up - Ready to Win!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Stay Engaged and Demcorats Will Win!

Everyone is tired but......the phone banking, neighborhood canvassing and volunteer recruitment efforts are paying off across the country and it will pay off here in Florida and Duval County as well.

Check out the embedded message from Jeremy Bird and view the video from Mitch Stewart, OFA Director. 

If Democrats vote - Democratic candidates win!

Fired Up - Ready to WIN!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Wind is at Our Back!

E-mails, US mail, phone banks and word of mouth actions have all combined to give life and energy to many of us who are backing the Democratic ticket in Florida and around the country.  It's exciting to be on a roll!!

We are not letting the Republican rhetoric of mis-truths, mis-statements and mis-characterizations stop our plan to hold on to the United States House and Senate in DC and take over the Governor's seat and other key positions in Tallahassee. 

Democrats are coming out to Early Vote.  Democrats are canvassing. Democrats are phone banking,  And Democrats are talking to work colleagues, family members, church friends and anyone else who'll listen!  We are determined to spread the color blue all around the state of Florida.

Don't count Democrats out!  Rather, join the fight to win by calling the Duval County DEC - or your County DEC - and volunteer to help Democrats win.  Put out your yard signs.  Get your bumper stickers on your cars, front doors and notebooks.  Wear your Party t-shirts and caps.  Make your intentions to win known.

And, of course VOTE.  Early Vote began on October 18 in Florida.  Vote early so you can help get others to the polls on November 2!

If Democrats vote - up and down the ballot and all around the State - Democratic candidates will win and win big!

Fired Up - Ready to WIN!

Friday, October 15, 2010

We Can Win This Thing!

The Democratic Party has many strong constituent groups, working class Americans (union and non-union), woman, environmentalists, people of color and more.  It is true the African-American community remains a staunch supporter. 

Once again this demographic seems positioned to help deliver victory in this Fall's elections.  This writer, is beating that they will deliver.  Not because "all is well" in the Party with regard to relations, but because most Democratic African-Americans believe in the principles, practices and values long held by the Party and will fight for them! And, Blacks aren't the only group of supporters who feel this way.  Ask women.  Ask Latinos.  Ask union workers!

A recent article in Black Politics stresses how African-Americans will be pivotal in at least 20 Congressional races across the country.  But, ALL, constituents must turnout in high numbers to cinch the deal. We must focus on what unites us as a Party - not what separates us. 

Don't buy into the hype about a Republican "takeover".  If you do, you'll help it happen.  Just remember, if Democrats vote for Democrats, Democratic candidates win!

Fired Up - Ready to WIN!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Stay Informed! - Check Out What Law Enforcement Officials Are Saying About Rick Scott

Stay on top of the truth about what law enforcement officials are saying about Rick Scott.  And, vote this election cycle.  Too much is at stake to let this election get away from us.  Watch the video and share it with your friends and colleagues!

If Democrats vote a Democratic ticket - Democrats win!!

Fired Up - Ready to WIN!!

Monday, September 27, 2010

More Help From Democrats for US Small Businesses!

It was a good start to the week for American small businesses - the engine for job creation in America! 

Democrats passed a key piece of legislation - with very little help from Republicans. It's official - no one can take the Republicans and their new "Pledge to America" seriously when they continue to be the Party of "No" in Congress.

P.S. -- Have questions about the bill? This Wednesday, September 29th, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, the White House and OPEN Forum are holding a live Q&A on the impact of this and similar legislation on small businesses. Tune in Wednesday at this link:

Fired Up - Ready to WIN!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Let's Not Forget What Excited Us In 2008

Although times are difficult, we must remember that much has been accomplished since that wonderful Fall night in November of 2008 when we elected a new President of the United States. Read the words of one voter who captures the challenges faced, opportunities sought and accomplishments met by our President. 

Let his words reignited your 'hope' and sustain your support for this President and his work on behalf of a nation in need.

Fired Up - Ready to WIN!

FRANK SCHAEFFER: Frank Schaeffer is a New York Times best selling author.

Obama Will Triumph -- So Will America

By Frank Schaeffer

Before he'd served even one year President Obama lost the support of the easily distracted left and engendered the white hot rage of the hate-filled right. But some of us, from all walks of life and ideological backgrounds -- including this white, straight, 57-year-old, former religious right wing agitator, now progressive writer and (given my background as the son of a famous evangelical leader) this unlikely Obama supporter -- are sticking with our President.

Why?-- because he is succeeding.

Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) Stopped in the Senate

If unhappy LGBT Democrats and others what a shot at repealing DADT in the next Congress - everyone better vote a full Democratic ballot on November 2.  If Democrats loose their 59 seat advantage in the US Senate, it will be nearly impossible to see how DADT will ever be passed. 

Click here for the full story on DADT in DiversityInc on-line.

So many other critical gains are also at stake if Democrats loose this Fall.  So, don't let it happen! I believe Democrats in Congress have learned their lesson - play well together or loose all together!  Let's give them one last chance to redeem themselves.  I think they're ready to do the people's business as we the people want it done.  And, only Democratic representatives in Congress can be counted on to deliver on Democratic goals.  Certainly not Republicans.

Fired Up - Ready  to WIN!!!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Al Gore Supports Kendrick Meek - And So Should Florida!

Former Vice President and environmentalist, Al Gore, supports Kendrick Meek's bid to become the next Senator from Florida.  He's among many national, state-wide and local leaders to endorse Meek.
Now all we need is for Florida voters, Democrats, and others to do the same.  He's the best candidate for the job.

Fired Up - Ready to WIN!

Here's what the Vice President had to say recently:

Florida has had its share of close elections, but this Senate race really ought to be a landslide. And it would be if people just look hard at the facts.

Kendrick Meek is the only one in this race who has consistently opposed offshore drilling. He is the only one who will ensure that we all have quality health care, and the only one who will focus on helping working Americans, rather than wealthy corporations.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Democrats Deliver Help to Small Businesses

Too often, people seem to miss the articles detailing the good work done by Senate Democrats and President Obama's Administration on behalf of American small businesses.

Well, in case you missed it, here's an article about another "win" for the small businesses lead by US Senate Democrats in Washington DC.  Take time to share this news with can mean the difference between them voting on November 2 or not.

Fired Up - Ready to WIN!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

What Does $9 Billion in Stimulus Money Get Florida?

Who says this President and his Administration has done nothing to help Florida during this economic slump?

ANSWER: Only the disingenuous and uninformed.

According to government records, since February 2009, Florida has been awarded $9.4 billion dollars.  $3.3 billion has been received.  Jobs reported by recipients totals 40,604.  If you want to see more details on the projects - even those in your neighborhood - click here.

If you want to know more about the plans to secure and spend the $6.1 billion not yet received; contact the Republican Governor and Republican Leadership in Tallahassee for answers.  Can you imagine all economic good and budget stretching this funding buys Florida?  ANSWER: Lots!

Yes, Democrats in Washington spend - but $9.4 billion of that spending is invested in Florida schools, roads, public service, public servants and more.  While the Republican Governor and Republican Leadership in Tallahassee were struggling over how to cut services to the citizens while preserving wealth for the rich, Democrats in Washington - helped by Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown and Congressman Kendrick Meek - were assisting President Obama fashion a stimulus bill to bail-out Florida.

So, who deserves your vote this November?  ANSWER: Democrats - right!

Fired Up - Ready to WIN!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Why Vote for Alex Sink? - Have You Read About Rick Scott Lately?

If you haven't taken the time to read about why Alex Sink is good for Florida; at least read why Rick Scott is not!

Click here for details.

Fired Up Ready to WIN!!!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

News Anchors Must Be Honest Brokers of Facts

News anchors must do a better job in brokering facts.  If not, the American public can be easily mislead on the facts behind critical and sensitive issues facing our nation.  A misinformed public is a misinformed electorate and we can't afford to have a misinformed public going into the Fall 2010 election cycle.

For Democrats, we must recognize the broad-based accomplishments of this Administration,  From an historic effort to stop the economic hemoriging; passing responsible health care and financial reforms; extracting troops from Iraq and restarting face-to-face peace talks on the Middle East; much has been done - but much to do. At bottom, albeit slow and not perfect, we are moving in the right direction.  And most was accomplished WITHOUT REPUBLICAN SUPPORT. 

Don't let the Republican Party of NO increase their strength in the US Congress or maintain control in the State of Florida.  Vote the ENTIRE Democratic ballot in November. 

Fired UP - Ready to WIN!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Democrats Must Stay Focused on Party Candidates to Win In November

Florida Democrats - and Democrats elsewhere - must not find excuses to vote outside the Party in the Fall 2010 elections.  To do so is a sure formula to lose in November. 

If Democrats vote in Florida elections....Democrats can win!!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Meek Reception in Jacksonville Was a High Energy Event

Congressman Meek fired up a crowd of over 150 supporters at a reception in his honor at the IBEW Hall in downtown Jacksonville Sunday, August 20, 2010.  Duval County DEC chair, Travis Brides, introduced him as the "next US Senator from Florida" drew loud applause from the crowd. 

The Party nominee for US Senate reiterated his platform positions and urged everyone present to redouble their efforts to get out the vote in November.  He reiterated and reconfirmed his long standing commitment to all the people of Florida...regardless to color, gender, religion, economic status, veterans, women etc.   He ended his time in Jacksonville placing hand-signed, bumper stickers to the autos of those assembled at the reception.

Recent polls show Meek holds a slight lead over rival Charlie Crist, current Governor of Florida.  Check out a recent news story in Newsweek for more details on Meek's win and the Fall race.

Fired Up - Ready to WIN!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Duval County and Florida Democrats Should Keep The Faith!

According to early news reports. Duval County voter turnout was around 22%.  In spite of a low voter turnout in Duval County, a very talented and impressive slate of strong Democrats have advanced to the General Elections in November.  Lead by Alex Sink, Dan Gelber, Kendrick Meek and Corrine Brown, Democrats have an excellent chance to change the face of leadership in Tallahassee and maintain control in Washington DC.  But only if Democrats 'keep the faith'.

To view election outcomes in your area, check out your Supervisor of Elections website.  In Duval County, click here

State-wide, more Republicans turned out to vote this cycle than Democrats.  However, Democrats have 70 plus days to fire up our voters and get them to cast their vote in the General Election.  We can register more new voters.  We can help voters register to 'vote by mail' for those voters who are unlikely or unable to go to the polls in November.  We can implement 'get out the vote' (GOTV)strategies to get more voters to the polls on election day. And, we must not underestimate the unshakable commitment and sustained political engagement of the Florida Young Democrats. 

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Florida Wins Race to the Top Grant

Florida secures a "Race to the Top" award in the second round of funding from the US Department of Education. Click here to read the article in The Washington Post

Now, all we need is to give Democrats control of our State Legislature to best manage the money and educational reforms needed to ensure the future and vitality of our State and our citizens!  We know what Republican leaders in Tallahassee want to do about teachers and their pay - remember SB 6?  Well, it was rejected by working and retired educators, union workers, many citizens and the sitting Governor!  We can't trust them to do the right thing with the "Race to the Top" dollars.

Let's take back the Florida Legislature and the Governor's Office this Fall.  Vote today for all the top Democrats on Florida ballot.  Then vote again in November!  If the majority of FL Democrats vote - Democrats win in Florida.  That's how it works!

Take someone to the Polls before they close today!

Fired Up - Ready to WIN!!!!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Republicans Must Be Running Scared, But Still Offer Crazy Ammendments, Arguments and Ideas

Democrats have a chance to change the political landscape in Florida  and the national scene in DC.  How?  If we just go out and vote this primary season and again in November in the General Election races.  We have have the registered voter edge and the right position on key policy matters.

Republicans still seem to think their way is best on every issue.  Take the redistricting issue in Florida. Amendment 7 was removed from the ballot remember?  Well, Republican, Dean Cannon wants it back on.  He is trying to get the high court to reverse the decision.  Check out the news article on the subject.  Go to:

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Exercise Your Right to Vote

Please make every effort to get to the polls this month for FL primary races and again in November for the General Election.  If Florida Democrats vote, Democrats can win and win big - Statewide!!!

For information on Early Voting locations and times as well as the Precinct changes resulting in some new Polling locations for the General Election in November, please visit for detailed information.  If you are not aware of where and when to vote, you may lose out and Democrats have less a chance to turn NE Florida BLUE.

Therefore each citizen must educate him/herself on the recent precinct changes and new polling locations so you will not be left out of the voting process in November.

Don't let confusion over postage amounts for vote-by-mail ballots, new precincts and new polling locations keep us from winning elections for Democrats!

Fired Up - Ready to WIN!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Quote to Share..............

Dear Duval County FL Democrats:

There are lots of great quotes out there....but here's one that one of our readers found particularly good and thought we should share on our DEC Website Blog - I agree with one edit - I believe too many 'rank-n-file' citizens of both parties as well as some 'elites' share the sentiments advanced in the quote.

"This is a nation where citizens are politically divided, distracted, uninterested, and submissive, and where 'elites' are happy to keep them that way."---Paul Street, historian

Remember - In Duval County and across the State of Florida, if Democrats turn out and vote Party and vote the ENTIRE ballot- we can win elections!  Let's make it happen later this month and again in November. 

Ain't nothing to it but to do it! Go Vote!

Fired UP - Ready to WIN!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

A More Perfect Way Forward

Below is a response to a recent e-mail sent by CREDO Action - a strong, grassroots, progressive organization that I respect!

July 22, 2010

On balance I support the work of CREDO Action. I have signed on-line petitions, letters, etc. I have also forwarded countless items to friends, family and colleagues. I have also posted CREDO Action items to my personal Facebook Page.

I am concerned, however, that due to rising disagreement with some actions, inaction, positions on issues, etc. of the Obama Administration, CREDO Action seems to be increasingly more an attack voice than advocate of the Administration. No matter what your differences are with the Obama Administration, on balance, it's still more aligned with bedrock democratic principles than the Republican Party will ever be.

Although not perfect, the many significant accomplishments of this Administration, just two years into it's tenure, have been unparalleled in many ways to previous Administrations. The sheer magnitude, diversity and complexity of the challenges facing our country are staggering, overdue for attention and very little time left to correct the messes. Add to this, the reality of an extremely over-polarized Congress and a Democratic Caucus that can't seem to work together in the Senate, and you have a situation worthy of concern but not contempt.

Unfortunately, I am beginning to see organizations such as CREDO Action seeming to place their own agendas and time lines for action/accomplishment - alb them laudable in many instances - above the realities of the difficulties to govern in a highly charged political environment. And doing so in such a manner that the Republicans need only use your words and conclusions to successfully make the case against the Democratic Party and our candidates - incumbents or new Democrat-Progressives - in the upcoming primaries and general election this Fall. With your help, the Republicans can win in the Fall! Don't play into that trap - please!!

Regardless how difficult, I respectfully encourage CREDO Action, Firedoglake, and other wonderfully committed, progressive-democratic organizations to rethink your strategies on how you publicly frame and ultimately share your understandable frustration with the Administration. But never forget, a loss for this Democratic Administration and the Democratic Party in general, is a loss for CREDO Action.

Republicans don't need your help to soil or otherwise weaken the Democratic Party's image and mass appeal. And the Republican Party WILL NOT embrace any of your issues if they increase or take control of Congress - on that you can be sure!

Therefore, I respectfully suggest you take a deep breath and think harder to finds ways to successfully strengthen and align the work of this Administration and the Democratic Party with your goals. I believe CREDO Action can ultimately find an avenue to follow that can move the Administration closer to your goals without destroying the control Democrats currently hold over two of the three pillars of power in our Republic; namely, the Legislative and Executive branches of our government.

There must be a win-win solution out there. As people and organizations with shared values and hopes for our country, let's seek and find it together.

For more on CREDO Action, check them out on-line at:

Fired Up - Ready to WIN!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Finally - Financial Reform - And Democrats Delivered It!

Stay on top of what the Obama Administration is doing on behalf of the American public.  Read the White House website for the official version of this Administration's position on Bills and other initiatives. 

Then, of course you should seek additional sources to augment your knowledge and understanding.  BUT start with the White House version! Don't just read what media outlets, talking heads and pundits say and accept how they frame the issues.  Be an informed citizen and voter!  If you aren't, the Republic is at risk of failure through our own ignorance and penchant for arguing from an UNINFORMED position or perspective.

The stakes are too high to be uninformed.  Democrats must be informed and engaged if we are to hold the House and Senate this Fall - WHICH WE CAN DO IF WE STICK TOGETHER AND VOTE FOR THE BEST DEMOCRATS on ballots across this country.

Fired Up - Ready to WIN!

Take a moment and read the Vice President's comments on the Financial Reform Bill...

Friday, July 16, 2010

President and America Get Wall Street Refom

Wall Street reform was a hard fought battle.  Like most other Bills, Democrats didn't get all we wanted and had to settle for some things we didn't want.  However, this is still much better than the "business as usual" the other side seemed hell-bent on having.

Check out the video of the Presidents remarks on this critical milestone

Americans should pause a moment and really take in all the positive, forward movement on the economic recovery front (albeit slow), health care advances and now financial reforms that have happened on this President's watch. This President is not afraid of the difficult choices and the unpopular nature of some decisions in the eyes of some people. Rather, he is committed to moving the ball forward on the many fronts he pledged during his campaign - some of which have been painful to experience. Not every bill passed or budget approved have been perfect or easy to accept, but they have been necessary!

Stand with the President and Democratic Party, it's still the best political team we've got!

Fired Up - Ready to WIN!!!

US Senate Candidate Comparisons from Florida Trends

Check out the simple comparisons of the four, major candidates running for US Senate from Florida.

Remember - only a Democrat can truly advance and support the overarching and bedrock policies, values, practices and preferences of the Democratic party. We may not all agree on every detail or point of emphasis on every issue...but Democratic principles in general still trump those of the other political parties. 

The best way to keep those principles in play is to elect Democrats...not recently returned to the Party Democrats, nor, non-affiliated, former Republicans....but rather long serving Democrats.  There's only one of those in the US Senate race in Florida!! But let's be clear....we want a Democrat to win in the Fall General Election.

Check out the comparisons at: and Government&rName=Capitol Trend&whatID=1&aID=53179

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Health Car Reform is Working.......

Check out this update on the outcomes to date of the health care reform initiative.  In spite of what was not in the legislation, lots of needed change s have gone live and literally thousands of Americans are getting the relief they needed. has been tracking results.  Check out their recent letter to members and friends.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Get The Facts on How Health Care Refom Impacts You

The Obama Adminstration has been accused of doing too much too fast.  Nonetheless, lots of good measures have been passed since he took office.  Let's embrace positive movement on critical issues...even if we don't get all that we want the first time around.  Politics will always play too heavy a role in US governance.  But that's where well informed voters can make a difference.

Don't rely exclusively on the media and others to explain how health care, Wall Street and other reform efforts work.  At least educate yourself on the plans that are approved so you'll have a solid grasp of the issues at hand.  To aid this educational process on health care reform, the Administration has launched a website to help you know the facts.  Start there.  Then seek out other resources you trust to balance out your understanding of what's what!  But don't knock a plan if you don't know the plan.  That doesn't help anyone.

For the details on health care reform and its impacts, go to:

An informed voter is the best voter.

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

What's The Latest on Repubilcan Scandals and Candidates?

It seems there's always something Republican elected officials and candidates are linked to that gives most voters cause to pause.  Whether it's questionable uses of credit cards, changing party affiliations mid-stream, back-room business deals or whatever...the time is NOW to work to send Democratic candidates to our State Legislature as well as Washington DC. 
Stay informed.  Check out the FDP's June newsletter.  Go to: FDP Newsletter June 25, 2010.

AND - get engaged with your local DEC Precinct and District. Plan now to vote in the upcoming primary and general elections.  Set aside some personal time to phonebank and/or canvass for Democratic candidates.  Finally, skip a favorite beverage, give up lunch or dinner out once a week and re-direct those funds to the campaign for your favorite Democratic candidate for office.  You won't miss the treats much, but you'll greatly help usher in the change needed both in Florida State government and our National affairs.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Don't Become A One-Issue Democrat - Keep Current On Multiple Issues

Don't fall victim to seeing the latest "major, national issue" as the only issue that matters in our country.  Seek out information on the many challenges facing our nation.  Issues like Wall Street reforms, economic recovery, housing and of course health care reform.  Also, use multiple sources to inform you, including The site can educate you on what the Obama Administration is doing to meet these challenges.  Don't just take what you read in the "press" as the definitive authority on issues. An informed Democrat is the best defense against the opposition false claims, misrepresentations and lies.

For an update on health care reform go to:

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Religion and Politics: Strange Bedfellows

There are literally hundreds of print and electronic media outlets to consider when blogging.  Democrats from all around Duval County regularly scan multiple media platforms and sources and share their findings in an effort to stay abreast of breaking news, trends, movements, accusations, half-truths, misrepresentations and from time to time out-right lies.  Our goal is to increase awareness and encourage appropriate action through shining the spotlight of public awareness on any and all of the above goings-on.  Here's an interesting article by B.E. Wilson from that sounds the alarm for caution on religious personalities and their growing influence in conservative politics, their Party leadership, elected officials and candidates seeking office.  More of his writings and others can be viewed at

Stay on top of things around you.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Vote By Mail Rules Change - 2 Cycle Request is Repealed

A recent message from the Florida Democratic County Chairs Association (DCCA) states that the absentee ballot provision that was good for all elections through the next regularly scheduled general elections has been repealed.  The Bill was CS/CS/HS 131.  With this change, the shift may challenge eligibility to receive an absentee ballot for those who who are on their second general election under the prior law.

Please check with your local Supervisor of Elections Office for more information.  and, make sure voters in your DEC Districts and Precincts are aware of the details of the shift.  We can't allow a Vote By Mail rule change to negatively impact our ability to get out the vote! Stay informed and and tell others.

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Close the Loopholes That Favor Hedge Fund Managers

Did you know that the many hedge fund managers at the top hedge funds in the country pay lower taxes than most, fire fighters, teachers and police offices?  And, it appears Congress may be backing away from closing the loopholes that afford this tax-favorable treatment for hedge fund managers.  We must stand-up for the American worker and tell Congress to close the loopholes.

Click below to see a chart showing how outrageous this system is and to get the phone numbers for your members of Congress for Jacksonville, FL so you can tell them it's time to close the loophole.
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

FL AFL-CIO Supports A New Voice for Tallahassee

US Senate Candidate, Kendrick Meek, was not the only political candidate supported by the AFL-CIO at their convention in Jacksonville last week-end.

On Sunday, Amy Mercado, a hard-working mother, wife and daughter of a union house-hold also walked away with full endorsement from the AFL-CIO.  The FL Education Association endorsed her earlier, on Saturday. She has a growing wind at her back!

Amy is running for the House District 35.  She is challenging the powerful Speaker Designate, Dean Cannon.  A bold, but necessary move.  We need more Democrats to run for elective office in order to balance the power and influence of the Republican Party in the life and livelihood of Florida citizens.  Amy, like US Senate Candidate, Meek and a growing number of Democratic candidates in Duval County, collected enough signatures via petition to be on the ballot.

Visit her website at: and learn more about the candidate and her campaign for changing the face, tone and direction in District 35 and the State of Florida.  As a matter of fact, learn more about all the Democratic candidates for office state-wide. Democrats can win in Florida if we know our candidates and go out and vote!

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Amendment 7 - The Poison Pill Bill Must Go!

The Poison Pill Bill was rightfully opposed by some Florida groups.  It's a "bad day in the neighborhood" when the Republicans leaders in Tallahassee tries to paint lip-stick on this pig...

Democrats must stand with the FL NAACP, FL League of Women Voters and Democracia Ahora and oppose this bill!

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Deomcrats Should Vote A Democratic Ticket to Win Florida US Senate Seat

In a May 24 article in Salon, it was suggested that President Obama should consider pushing Kendrick Meek out of the Florida US Senate race in order to support Governor Charlie Crist, who is believed to be able to beat Republican hopeful, Marco Rubio

(Read full Salon article here:

Current polls show Crist with 30 percent, Rubio at 27 and Meek trailing at 15 percent.  However, because Florida Democrats enjoy a 700,000-800,000 registered voter advantage, if Democrats vote Party, they can win.  Also, Kendrick Meek is an appealing candidate to moderate Republicans and many Independents.  His successful petition drive to get on the Florida ballot (he needed over 100,000 signatures) is testament to his growing name recognition, potential state-wide support and personal drive and determination.  In Duval County alone, a long standing Republican stronghold, he collected over 10,000 signatures - twice the number anticipated. Additionally, Meek has been viewed positively by Independents for his advocacy for small class sizes and his opposition to off-shore drilling.

Crist's slight lead is due in part to Democrats who were favorably impressed with Crist's veto against Florida Senate Bill 6 (an education reform Bill of sorts).  This spike in support of Crist may  explain why Meek did not receive full endorsement from the teacher's union.   But Democrats must not mistake a veto as full compliance or alignment with Democratic principles, values, policies and practices. 

If Florida Democrats want to send two Democratic Senators to Washington DC, we must vote for the real deal, true Democrat in August and again in November!

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To read a May 24, 2010 e-mail announcement from Abe Dyk, Meek Campaign manager, regarding recent union endorsements,

Saturday, May 22, 2010

It will take the "Big Tent" for Democrats to Hold Power in 2010 & 2012

Who will the angry, hard-working, tired of being pinched from the left and right, American citizen - of ALL colors and nationalities and BOTH genders - vote for in 2010 and gain in 2012?

New York Times columnist, David Brooks, tells the story of Ben in his May 20, 2010 article. Whatever you think about David Brooks or his character, Ben, the Democrats must begin to figure out how to 'make the case' for support from voters like Ben...and there are plenty of them.  And, make no mistake; if you think Ben is White - think again.  Ben is representative of many American voters regardless of color, race, ethnicity, nationality, and Party affiliation.  Ben is angry!  And, Ben is looking for a political partner to represent him, his family and their best interest not only in Washington but also back home in his state and local municipality.  If smart, the Democrats will work hard to be that Party - again!  It can happen.  It must happen!

Read the full article at:

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Senate Financial Reform Bill Passes

The Jacksonville Times-Union article on page A-5 today says the Senate Financial Reform Bill passed with a little help from RRepublicans.  Evidently four Republicans supported the Bill and 2 Democrats voted against it.  Well, four Republican votes don't make it bi-partisan.  Republicans still seem to be more bent on stoping Obama legislation than stopping harmful practices by some big banks and other financial institutions that dealt a crippling blow to our entire global financial structure.  And, it's this entrenched "defeat the President or bust' attitude that the Republicans in DC seemingly advocate and use as a guide for their decision making.  This will not be turned around by a electing a few Republicans who turned Democrat or Independent.  The answer remains the same...more Democrats must be elected at all levels of government....especially in Duval County and the State of Florida!

That same page had two other stories of interest. The one on extending unemployment benefits and streamlining the patent application process for 'clean energy' or 'green' inventions.  What's the Republican position on these issues? If they're against the unemployment extension, that will hurt thousands of deserving Floridians who are hurting from the slow economy.  If they disagree with expediting clean energy patents, it prolongs the timeline for America to become energy independent. We can't afford the Party of 'No" to go unchallenged.

So tell me, who should be representing the people of Florida in DC, Tallahassee and Duval County & Jacksonville?  Right - Democrats!

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

News You Can Use

To often as Democrats we fail to keep up with our Party's position on major issues, critical bills in the State Legislature, or even the latest scandals affecting Republican leaders and rank and file members. 

Well, one way to remedy this information gap is to read the Florida Democratic Party Newsletter.  An educated Democratic voter is the best weapon to bring about the change we seek and need in Florida and beyond!

To receive the official Party newsletter, The Florida Democrat, go to the Florida Democratic Party website and sign-up.

Stay informed!

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Is Elena Kagan Going to the Bench?

Is Elena Kagan going to the Bench?  Who knows?  Supports of both answers have begun their own debate on this question.  It is fair to say that history suggest a Justice can be great without prior experience on the bench.  It is also true that judge experience can be helpful.

What is also true is that the work of a judge is not the same has that of a surgeon as has been suggested by some.  The surgeon must attend to his/her patient - right now - in real time so to speak.  The Justices of the U S Supreme Court (and lower courts for that matter) by design, have ample time to ruminate over facts presented in oral arguments as well as the legal briefs associated with a given case.  The stellar work of law clerks certainly aids the process as well.  This deliberative process seems to more than adequately accommodate the great legal minds of the day as well as the experienced jurists. 

So, is Elena Kagan a good choice?  Reasonable minds can disagree.  However, it seems the combination of a bright legal scholar and a deliberative process is a good combination.

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Friday, May 7, 2010

A Republican Turned Independent is NOT A DEMOCRAT


As we assess the pool of top candidates for the US Senate seat in Florida, we must never forget that a Republican Governor who makes a few decisions that align with some democratic preferences does not a Democrat make!  The value of voting for the best candidate is powerful and certainly sustains the candidate for the duration of his/her campaign and/or term of service.  However, if sustaining and preserving Party values, principles and practices is important to you, then the value of voting for the best Party candidate is essential.

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Poll gives Charlie Crist 6-point lead over Rubio

By Jim Stratton, Orlando Sentinel

May 7 2010, 12:08 AM EDT

Gov. Charlie Crist has spent the past few months battling Republican Marco Rubio, but if Crist wants a seat in the U.S. Senate, he might want to focus on Democrat Kendrick Meek.

The complete article can be viewed at:,0,1491281.story

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Left - Right Media Perspectives...Fair and Balanced?

Ever get the feeling one side is winning in the war for media attention and coverage and most importantly the heart, soul and conscience of America?  Well maybe you should.  But more importantly is to figure out what can be done to achieve greater 'balance' of what and who get covered.  Unless the reading and viewing public insists on 'fair and balanced', sensationalism, the rush to be first with the latest "breaking news" and the lure of 'rants' and 'tyraids' (many unsubstantiated) will rule the airways and some print media publications for the foreseeable future...not a good way to run a democracy or a republic.

Check out what Ernest Partridge of The Crisis Papers had to say on the subject.  Go to:

or read it here:

Monday, May 3, 2010

Wall Street Reform Forums Come to Jax

We can't loose sight of the critical need to advance sound, responsible and comprehensive financial reform slip off the front burner in the United States.  There's too much at stake for the general public to give-up and let Washington work out the solutions without our voices being heard.

To keep the American public informed and engaged, two very important and active organizations supporting Democrats and democratic principles are hosting Wall Street Reform Forums in Jacksonville this week - and Organizing For America (OFA). 

For more information on both events, please click on their link below, or, in the "Hot Links"" section of this blog.

Stay informed and engaged!
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What: Community Forum to end corporate influence in our democracy
Where: Boone Park at Park Street (in Jacksonville)
When: Saturday, May 8, 2010, at 11:00 AM

Here's the link to RSVP:


Organizing For America

What: Wall Street Reform
Where: Downtown Jax: Laura St @Hemming Plaza
When: Thursday, May 6 from 12 PM - 1 PM

Here's the link to RSVP:

Sunday, May 2, 2010

FL State 2010 Legislative Session - What' Going On?

Well, it's over...or is it?

The session may be over, but not the impact of the $70 billion dollar budget that passed.  By the way, what do we get for this investment of taxpayers hard earned dollars?

Are decisions final?  Well, after passing, SB6 was vetoed by Governor Crist.  Will this stop the Republicans who are fuming over the veto from pursuing wrong-headed legislation next session?  Not likely. 

What about the raiding of the Transportation Trust Fund - good idea or not?  Can funding gimmicks like raiding State trust funds be sustained over time and Florida survive, let alone grow and prosper? So, has the practice of robbing Peter to pay Paul become the defacto road map for state funding and operations? Is anyone concerned about these practices?  At any rate, it really is time to change the leadership specifically and political party in general that now controls the governance and future direction of Florida and our voice at the national level.

But, remember, whether it's local or state-wide elections, supporting a Republican turned Independent is not necessarily the answer either.  Supporting Democrats is the answer. 

For a look at how the local pressed summed up the 2010 session, go to:  If you disagree with the characterizations, write the editor.  Make sure your voice is heard. Also, go to some of the political sources in the "Hot Links" section of this blog to see what Democrats are saying on a full range of topics.

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Are Some Insurance Companies 'seeing the light'?

Recent news from suggests some big insurance companies may be 'seeing the light'.  Evidently Anthem Blue Cross has backed away from a premium increase of as much as 39 percent for some customers.

Friday, April 30, 2010

ALERT from Howard Dean About His Support for Kendrick Meek

Please read this message from Howard Dean received via e-mail from the FL Democratic Party.  It clears up a rumor about who he backs for the US Senate race for Florida.

"You may have heard a ridiculous - and completely false - rumor that I'm backing Charlie Crist.

No way, no how.  I am supporting just one candidate in the Florida Senate race: Kendrick Meek.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Another City Council Meeting Disappoints the Public

It can be argued that the only thing that can save our city budget from the projected financial shortfall is prayer. However, is that what Councilman Don Redman was thinking about when he invited Human Rights Commission nominee, name, to pray at the recent Jacksonville City Council meeting? Check out the full story and you decide if the episode was worth the time it took away from more pressing issues facing our the Trail Ridge landfill issue. Oh yes, I forgot. That's no longer an issue. Even with the evidence shared by John Winkler, Chairman of the Concerned Taxpayers of Duval County, in a recent news release which seems to suggest some conflict of interest surrounding the matter, Waste Management is back in! For more on John Winkler's position, check out his post on-line at:

But back to prayer-gate. Follow the link below to the full text of the article on the prayer situation and see what you think.

I think it's time for a change in who represents the people of Jacksonville on City Council. Go Blue!

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Lies Still Happen - They Must Stop!

Did you see this outrage?

Crooks and Liars
Saturday March 28, 2009 06:45 am

Once Forced to Resign in Massive Fraud Case, Rick Scott Reborn as Leader of Anti-Healthcare Reform Lobby
By Susie Madrak

From the Politico:
The Conservative Patients' Rights Action Fund -- the first group out of the box opposing Obama's healthcare plan -- has launched a second round of its campaign on the issue, a source involved in the group says.
The campaign focuses on Obama's proposal to set $634 billion in the federal budget aside for healthcare reform, and links the issue to the Congress's treatment of bonuses for AIG executives.
“Isn’t it amazing folks in Congress were shocked the plan THEY passed allowed those huge bonuses for AIG?" asks Rick Scott, the former healthcare executive who chairs the group, in a new television ad to be released tomorrow. "Now some in Congress want to raise taxes and spend $634 billion for the President’s healthcare overhaul - - WITHOUT even seeing all the details of his plan. They just never seem to learn."
Ah, yes, Rick Scott. Funny, the details the Politico leaves out of their stories!

From Christopher Hayes in The Nation:
Having Scott lead the charge against healthcare reform is like tapping Bernie Madoff to campaign against tighter securities regulation. You see, the for-profit hospital chain Scott helped found--the one he ran and built his entire reputation on--was discovered to be in the habit of defrauding the government out of hundreds of millions of dollars.

A Reminder of Why We Voted for Barack Obama

Given the easy access to 24-hour news shows, we sometimes limit our sense of what's going on in the world around us to what we hear on the radio, see on TV or the Internet. Given this reality we can miss some substantive information about efforts AND accomplishments of people, programs, organizations, and yes,even our own President. Check out what one media commentator had to say about President Obama's work thus far. It reminded me of why I voted for him. Oh yes, a friend sent it to me via the was released before health care reform was officially passed!

You’ll NEVER hear this on the NEWS!!!

By: "Robert P. Watson, Ph.D. Coordinator of American Studies Lynn University" Email:

I am always being asked to grade Obama's presidency. In place of offering him a grade, I put together a list of his accomplishments thus far. I think you would agree that it is very impressive. His first six months have been even more active than FDRs or LBJs the two standards for such assessments. Yet, there is little media attention given to much of what he has done. Of late, the media is focusing almost exclusively on Obama's critics, without holding them responsible for the uncivil, unconstructive tone of their disagreements or without holding the previous administration responsible for getting us in such a deep hole. The misinformation and venom that now passes for political reporting and civic debate is beyond description.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Stop the Give-a-ways

A quick read of today's Florida Times-Union shows our local and state elected officials continue to have a love affair with giving away our tax dollars to corporations. Even though some of the recent bills have failed - or not moved forward in one or the other legislative chambers in Tallahassee - our State Republican leaders remain cozy with businesses often at the expense of our citizens. According to one article, Rep. Lake Ray (R - Jax) lost his fight to get a $500 million bill to aid expansion of Florida's ports. A smaller, $100 million dollar version which calls for tax credits reducing the premium taxes they would otherwise pay passed the House. Funding would be from State encouraged investments from insurance companies. A Ray-sponsored aviation-related bill to exempt hangars used for aircraft manufacturing and assembly from state laws that pay for road construction when over capacity. See Business Section, front page, above the fold. In another article on the same page, the steel mill tax break move pushed by Jacksonville City Councilman, Ray Holt which would have waived $3.5 million dollars in public service taxes for electricity use will be withdrawn. When the cities and the state need revenue, give-aways seem wrong-headed unless they can generate revenues to off-set the tax loss. If current elected officials can't see that - let's change them. Vote blue!

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Just Starting

Today I begin my blog. I want to be a voice of reason, hope, challenge and encouragement for those who seek an America that reflects our founding principles that extend to ALL of us, not just some of us. I believe an honest dialog on the pressing issues of the day tempered by fair reasoning and an open mind to multiple points of view can result in best practices every time. I am a Democrat - but am not against Republicans. I am Black - but I value diversity and I practice inclusion. I am not always right - but strive to find truth no matter how difficult it may be. I'm guided by a basic principle that has worked for me most of my adult life. Namely, consider "both-and" vs. "either- or" as a practical approach and solution to problem solving and most often, both sides win!