This has been a very different election year. We all know how 3rd party candidates are dismissed as merely “protest votes,” or “symbolic,” or “marginal,” etc. Worst yet, they are excoriated as “spoilers”! But to the Democratic Party professionals, they are generally brushed off as a nuisance. They have been rightly defended by Greens for “raising important issues,” and indeed they do. But typical was Henry Lawrence’s 2014 run for Florida House District 6, where his courageous but underfunded campaign got 3%, which translated into 1,606 people who voted “None of the Above.”
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Contact: Elijah Manley, Communications Secretary,
(561) 672-4081, (954) 854-1555
Green Party of Florida endorses Fair Representation Act
The Fair Representation Act (HR 3057), introduced in the U.S. House in June 2017 by Rep. Donald S. Byer, Jr. (D-VA-8), would introduce three pro-democracy changes to our voting system: ranked choice voting; proportional representation; and fair redistricting. The bill proposes:
- “establish the use of ranked choice voting in elections for Representatives in Congress”;
- “require each state with more than one Representative to establish multi-member Congressional districts”; and
- “require states to conduct Congressional redistricting through independent commissions.”
The Green Party of Florida recommends the following response to the upcoming House and Senate proposed bills in whatever method or methods you can best manage :
1) People can visit locally now until March 6th and locals and/or individuals should endeavor to contact their legislators about these current bills via phone emails or post a letter in the mail. Calls are the easiest. Emails are recorded I suppose, but actual written letters have to be kept on file.
2) Attend town meetings.
3) Meeting in small groups of 2 -6 people with the elected rep (or their aides) with a good speaker to bring up the wishes and one other to take notes on the response.
4) Be vocal with social media and other areas where you communicate at work, school, etc.
5) Be sure to register to vote and urge others to do the same. If our votes did not matter they would not spend so much to try and buy them or suppress them.
6) The session starts March 7th, so join a coalition (or go as united Greens) and lobby in Tallahassee.
7) The Senate is identified as the primary focus, as there are new senators and less senators to lobby. If we can block bills with this group, the bills will not pass into law, even if the whole house votes yes for them.
Strongly suggest that we bring back the Intangible Tax here on Florida which is a tax on EXCESS wealth (it was abolished under Gov. Jeb Bush)
Push for the implementation of SB90 which is the Solar Tax exemption.
Bills we support:
HB 451/SB 442 Fracking ban – of course!!
HB 387/SB 458 Create a Criminal Justice Task Force.
HB51/SN 270 and HB53 /SB 934 – Ex – felon Voting Rights Restoration
HB93/SB 162 Ban plastic bags in coastal communities of 100,000 or less – it’s a start!
HB 319/SB 410 Equal and fair pay for all genders.
HB623/SB 666 No discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Bills we Oppose:
HB 17 (no Senate Bill – which is good!) Destruction of grassroots control – this bill weakens local government’s ability to regulate !
HB 697/ SB Bans sanctuary cities for immigrants.
SB 622 Guns on campuses (no house bill which is good)
HB 351/ SB 478 Secrecy Act which by passes the Sunshine Law
HB 373/ SB 856 Unfair to the best teachers.
HB 11 (no Senate Bill ) HB 599 and SB 534 These bills weaken unions – which, of course, we need for living wages and benefits.
HB 819/SB 610 Punishes businesses for making safety choice about guns on their property.
For more information on these bills and any others, visit MyFlorida.Com and put the bill number into the search at the top left of the page.
Note HB = House Bill and SB + Senate Bill
In addition, there will be a statewide citizens’ lobby day (March 21-22) to support a ban on fracking and to protect water and restore the Everglades, as well as to push enforcement of clean energy Amendment 4 that passed last August.
The Green Party of Duval County invites you to participate in a Legislative Academy in Jacksonville on Feb. 25-26, 2017
In one session we will get an overview of progressive issues with regards to the upcoming Florida Legislative session, which begins March 7. We will have an afternoon/early evening forum, (which will be open to the public), then a closed session on Sunday morning to determine which pieces of legislation the Green Party of Florida will take up as coordinated campaigns.
The plan is to have presentations on the following issues:
Voting Rights Restoration
I also hope to present a bit of information on the legislative process and lobbying tips. This is for the general public who will be in attendance, as well as those of us who need a refresher.
In peace and solidarity,
Event page is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/740564872767670/
Jill Stein – Ajamu Baraka
US House District 11:
US House District 13:
US House District 20:
US House District 23:
US House District 25:
Alina Valdez, M.D.
NO (Sponsored by 4 energy companies that gives dirty energy a cut instead of free independent solar – corporate solar trick amendment)
State Senate District 18:
State Senate District 34:
State Senate District 39:
State Representative District 35:
State Representative District 93:
State Representative District 103:
State Representative District 104:
State Representative District 105:
Supreme Court Justice retention:
Charles T. Canady NO
Jorge Labarga NO
Ricky L. Polston NO
Clerk of Circuit Court-
Write in Shandrell Roscoe
Write in Willie Jones
Supervisor of elections-
Fourth District Court of Appeals-
No recommendations for Cory J. Ciklin, Dorian K. Damoorgian, Jonathan D. Gerber,
Robert M. Gross, Spencer D. Levine, Melanie G. May
Circuit Judge 17th Judicial Circuit
County Court Judge Group 3
County Commissioner Districts 3 & 5
County Commissioner District 9
Broward Soil & Water Conservation District 3
Jelani Anthony Harvey
Broward Soil & Water Conservation District 5
South Broward Drainage District
None of the above
Broward Charter Review commission member terms and future appointments.
Amending charter to eliminate the management and efficiency study committee.
- Funding for countywide transportation system through levy of ½ penny sales surtax.
- Funding for local government infrastructure projects through levy of ½ penny sales surtax.
Supervisor of Elections:
Commissioner District 1:
Commissioner District 3:
Commissioner District 5:
2. Citizens Bill of Rights Including
Right to Copy County Records YES
City of Miami Charter Amendments:
3. (Provide Further Independence of
the Civilian Investigation Panel) YES
4. (City Charter – Allow Residents to
Enforce Charter) YES
Saturday, June 4th
Location – Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library 2902 W Bearss Ave, Tampa, FL 33618 (Carrolwood) ROOM D
10:00 am – 10:30 Introductions approval of schedule/ choose facilitator & time keeper
10:30 – 11:00 Treasurer, secretary, co-chair reports
11:00 – 11:30 Local reports
11:30 – 12:15 workshop – John Henry – Manager from an electronic recycling business in Tampa. We encourage you to bring along any old or broken electronics, cell phones, etc. – better than land fill – here’s his contact number if you have questions (813) 463-0079 – You can arrange a Sunday tour of the facility.
12:15 – 1:00 lunch on your own
1:00 pm – 1:45 skype from POTUS candidates and Elijah Manley presentation
1:45 – 2:30 – workshop – Organizing locals and outreach to nearby counties.
2:30 – 3:15 workshop – TBA
3:15 – 4:00 workshop – TBA
4:00 – 4:45 workshop – TBA
4:45 – 5:00 closing plans
Sunday, June 5th
Location – Dome Auditorium at the John F Germany Public Library 900 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, FL
12:30 pm – 1:15 voting rules
1: 15 – 2:30 meet the candidates for state offices/ nominations
2:30 pm – 3:15 meet candidates for GPUS committees & delegates/ nominations
3:15 – 4:00 – Voting
4:00 – 4:45 – View the results of POTUS voting so far plans going forward. Adjourn
5:00 pm – 6 pm – Dinner and after meeting at Cafe Hey (1540 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL ) New co-chairs, Treasurer and Secretary should get together with old co-chairs to plan upcoming year.
Naples, FL, October 8, 2014 — New public records documents reveal that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection knew on December 23 of last year, and possibly as early as October, that the Dan A. Hughes oil company was planning to hydraulically fracture their Orangetree oil well outside of Naples. The documents were received on Friday, when Hughes dropped their “trade secret” opposition to a public records lawsuit filed by Preserve Our Paradise, Inc. against the DEP.
The first released document is a Halliburton “Fracpro 2012 Hydraulic Fracture” recommendation to Hughes dated October 21, 2013. The second released document is a “Well Proposal” dated 23 December 2013 prepared for Dan A. Hughes Company by the Baker-Hughes oil services company notifying the Florida Department of Environmental Protection of Hughes intention to conduct “fracking-like” activities. Although the second document nowhere uses the term “hydraulic fracturing”, the technical specifications are virtually identical to the earlier Halliburton hydraulic fracturing recommendation. Hughes has continued to claim that the workover operation conducted at the well was not a “fracking” operation.
Don Loritz, Vice President of Preserve Our Paradise, reiterated the organization’s concern that Hughes had long planned to secretly conduct the fracking operations at the Orangetree well over the Christmas holidays, while no one would be paying attention. An anonymous phone tip on December 27, 2013 alerted Preserve Our Paradise to an oil services convoy heading for the Orangetree well alerting Preserve to concerns about fracking. Because information and public records on the Orangetree Well was not promptly provided, Paradise filed a public records case in circuit court on April 2, 2014 seeking the release of all public records on the Orangetree Well (1394). Less than a week later, on April 7, 2014, the DEP and Dan A Hughes Company signed a consent order imposing a $25,000 fine on Hughes and requiring Dan A. Hughes Company test for possible contamination. On April 18, the DEP revealed this consent order to the press alleging that it had “caught” Hughes performing an “unauthorized operation” on January 1, 2014.
Loritz explained, “For some reason, these new documents do not include cover letters or the usual DEP timestamps, so we do not know exactly when the DEP obtained the Halliburton recommendation. DEP has filed a lawsuit against Dan A. Hughes in circuit court regarding the workover, but Preserve or Paradise still has concerns about:
1) what was done to protect the public health in advance of the ‘fracking-like’ incident in Orangetree and
2) whether fracking that has changed the landscape in many parts of the nation will be allowed in Florida.”
A chronology of events surrounding the “fracking” of the Orangetree well is available at http://preserveourparadise.org/?page_id=3703.
The trade secret documents, along with other public records concerning the Orangetree Well released to Paradise in the DEP records response, are available at ftp://vsymp.org/prr%20fdep%204-2-14/Brookes%2010-3-14.