Campaign report from the ground: Just put in three hours volunteering at the Organizing for America office in Little Havana / Miami, FL
What a group of fantastic young people who are the paid workers for the campaign, and us volunteers are a veritable melting pot. Three people were speaking French and Spanish in the same conversation! A couple of expats who live in Spain came to Miami for 4 months just to work on the Obama campaign. We make calls from a list that has lots of stale landline numbers, but it’s a start to purge the list and talk to some people.
Here in Florida, the name of the game is voter turnout. In Miami, turnout is pretty much crucial to winning Florida. The governor is trying to purge voter rolls, suppress the vote, and who knows what they’re planning to do with the Diebold machines. Only way to combat this is with a massive turnout!
Over 1 million people in Florida right now are disenfranchised. Nearly 1 in 3 of them are African American men. If these people were able to vote, Florida would no longer be a swing state.
Desmond Meade of the nonprofit Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, putting into words the evil truth of Governor Rick Scott’s relentless attack on voting rights. One of his first acts in office was to overturn his predecessor’s executive order restoring the voting rights of Floridians with felony convictions.
When the hell did it become the purview of a governor to do everything in his power - and beyond - to prevent people from voting?
Governor Scott makes a habit of ignoring any outcomes that don’t play to his advantage. A fair and impartial judiciary is our last defense against politicians who will be satisfied with nothing short of absolute power.
Miami attorney Elizabeth Hernandez, president of the group Defend Justice from Politics, hitting back on Florida
dictator Governor Scott’s attempt to remove three judges who don’t rubber stamp his draconian policies.
Your vote’s always going to count. They just said I got to vote on a provisional ballot. So my vote still counted.
Florida Governor Rick Scott, lying through his ignorant teeth yet again when telling the story of a mistake with his voter registration in 2006 (he was dead). Provisional ballots are NOT counted unless and until there is a recount. How can a voter have two days to produce evidence of his eligibility if the votes are counted on the night the polls close, you schmuck?
This new program is therefore legally unenforceable in the five covered [under the VRA] counties in Florida unless and until preclearance is obtained. Please immediately take the steps necessary to comply with these preclearance obligations under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.
Excerpt from letter to Florida Secretary of State, Ken Detzner, from U.S Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez. I don’t see how Perez controlled himself from saying "You ignorant, arrogant prick, you’re in blatant violation of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act. Did you get your law degree from Liberty University?"
I recommend that Supervisors of Elections cease any further action until the issues raised by the Department of Justice are resolved between the parties or by a Court
Ron Labasky, general counsel to Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections. All 67 county supervisors have now stopped processing the voter purge lists they received from Governor Skeletor.
I tweeted the CREDO petition for DOJ clamp down on Florida’s abuse of the Voting Rights Act, and voila! Obama for FL starts following me. They rock!
Let’s get this straight: in the midst of a technology revolution, with a shortage of engineers and computer scientists, UF decides to cut computer science completely?
Steven Salzberg, Forbes magazine. The column goes on to say that eliminating the entire computer science department “saves” $1.7 million, even though UF’s athletic department gets a $2 million increase.