Politics, Government & Law

CALL TO ACTION: Proposed Energy Bill Bad for All Floridians

 

AARP Florida seeks your help in opposing a bill that is bad for all FPL customers. Please read. Share. Contact the committee members and ask them to vote NO.

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The proposed Utility Investment in Gas Reserves legislation (House Bill 1043) by Rep. Brodeur could cost residential ratepayers millions. If passed, this bill would set up a regulatory framework that would allow public utilities (Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy, Tampa Electric and Gulf Power) to invest in oil and gas exploration (which involves fracking) in other states and recoup the cost from residential customers.

Under this legislation, utilities would have to rely on natural gas to generate at least 65 percent of their electricity to be eligible to recover money from customers for such investments. Currently, Florida Power & Light is the only electric utility that uses that much natural gas.

Last year, the Florida Supreme Court rejected a move by Florida Power & Light to invest ratepayer money in a controversial Oklahoma natural-gas project. Justices ruled that the Florida Public Service Commission didn't have legal authority in 2014 to approve FPL's request to invest in the drilling and production of natural gas in what is known as the Oklahoma Woodford Gas Reserves Project.

If passed, this legislation would allow public utilities to charge you for the cost of risky investments. This is bad public policy and a risky business venture that would be funded by you, the residential ratepayers. This bill is up for a vote in the House Energy, and Utilities Subcommittee on Tuesday, March 28 at noon ET. Call the Representative on the committee today and tell them to vote NO!

 Tell your Representative:

  • Florida electric companies shouldn't be allowed to use ratepayer dollars to invest in risky natural gas reserve development (much less in Oklahoma).
  • FPL has already lost hundreds of millions of dollars on this venture that was struck down by the courts.
  • Gas exploration is the purview of private companies and developers, not investor-owned electric utilities.
  • We should not let a regulated monopoly use our electric bill as a source of financing for risky business ventures.  
  • We should not have to pay to support fracking in other states.
  • This is not allowed anywhere else in the country. 

 

 

 Call or email Representatives on the committee:

2017 House Energy & Utilities Subcommittee

Representative

Party

District

Phone

Email

Kathleen Peters (Chair)

(R)

69

850.717.5069

Kathleen.Peters@myfloridahouse.gov

Eric Eisnaugle (Vice Chair)

(R)

44

850.717.5044

Eric.Eisnaugle@myfloridahouse.gov

Lori Berman

(D)

90

805.717.5090

lori.berman@myfloridahouse.gov

Bryan Avila

(R)

111

850.717.5111

Bryan.Avila@myfloridahouse.gov

Kimberly Daniels

(D)

14

850.717.5014

Kimberly.Daniels@myfloridahouse.gov

Bobby DuBose

(D)

94

850.717.5094

Bobby.DuBose@myfloridahouse.gov

Nicholas Duran

(D)

112

850.717.5112

Nicholas.Duran@myfloridahouse.gov

Jason Fischer

(R)

16

850.717.5016

Jason.Fischer@myfloridahouse.gov

Erin Grall

(R)

54

850.717.5054

Erin.Grall@myfloridahouse.gov

Joe Gruters

(R)

73

850.717.5073

Joe.Gruters@myfloridahouse.gov

Stan McClain

(R)

23

850.717.5023

Stan.McClain@myfloridahouse.gov

Bobby Payne

(R)

19

850.717.5019

bobby.payne@myfloridahouse.gov

Sean Shaw

(D)

61

850.717.5061

Sean.Shaw@myfloridahouse.gov

Jackie Toledo

(R)

60

850.717.5060

Jackie.Toledo@myfloridahouse.gov

Frank White

(R)

2

850.717.5002

frank.white@myfloridahouse.gov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


ICYMI: Andrew Gillum Is Running For Governor of Florida

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Miami-born, Jacksonville, and Gainesville raised Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum has declared his candidacy for governor of Florida. Gillum is going hard and smart in his appeal via social media. His ground game is strong too. He has garnered some high-profile appearances on television as well as speaking engagements with large organizations and endorsements from key influencers. 

Andrew Gillum could become the first black person elected governor of Florida. He is also an alum of my alma mater, THE Florida A&M University. Go Rattlers! 

Gillum has, no doubt, disrupted plans by many, to see former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham (daughter of former Florida governor Bob Graham) as the next governor of Florida. With her political and personal pedigree, she is seen as a strong traditional Democratic candidate. Gillum has charisma and experience. He is smart enough to appeal to all Floridians. Gillum brings an energy to the race that the Democrats need to win. He also should have been Chair of the Florida Democratic Party many years ago but let me not go there.

 

Stay tuned and buckle up. We'll address this race and others on the local, state and national level. 

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Photo: Florida Political Review


NAACP Statement on the Renewed Muslim Ban

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BALTIMORE, MD — The NAACP today released the following statement regarding the most recent Muslim Ban executive order from President Trump.

The new executive order restricting travel from six Muslim-majority countries is just the latest in a series of actions that threaten our nation’s values.  In a few short months, this administration has withdrawn from voting rights cases, reversed course on private prisons, revoked guidance on transgender youth, intensified immigration raids, and announced its intention to limit investigation of abusive and discriminatory law enforcement.  The message is clear: this administration is unwilling to protect and is in some cases actively targeting vulnerable communities.

Even though the new executive order purports to be rooted in national security interests, it cannot mask its true origins. The civil rights community is keenly aware of seemingly neutral laws that mask intentional discrimination. We have seen poll taxes and literacy tests being imposed as supposedly race-neutral voter qualification measures.  We continue to see voter ID laws that act as modern day poll taxes that rob communities of their vote.  Regardless of the smokescreen of security justifications, this executive order is a continuation of the administration’s stated goal: the implementation of a Muslim ban.

Just as we fight against voter suppression and police brutality, the NAACP continues to stand against discrimination based on racial identity, ethnicity, national origin, or religion.  We know that actions that rely on unfounded assumptions about dangerousness will always come at the expense of the most vulnerable populations.  We have seen the results of the divisive rhetoric that form the true rationale for this executive order.  We are witnessing a record number of hate crimes—including the death of an Indian student, Jewish cemeteries being defaced and community centers being threatened, and numerous attacks based on xenophobia and Islamophobia. We know that this hatred is poisonous and antithetical to the ideals that we fight to uphold.

The NAACP is made up of Christians, Muslims, Jews, and more.  Our members are individuals of many religions and some of no religion.  We stand with our Muslim brothers and sisters. We will join in protest of this ban.  We will continue to fight for equal rights for all, for policies based on evidence and not on fear.

 


Here's why YOU should VOTE NO on Amendment 1

By now you've either heard the commercials on the radio or seen the commercials on television touting Amendment 1 as favorable to Florida's consumers. Don't fall for the okey doke. Here's what you need to know AND share with your family, friends, co-workers, etc. VOTE NO ON AMENDMENT 1!

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Early voting has begun in Miami-Dade County. Go vote.

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Early voting for the November 2016 General Election has begun in Miami-Dade County. Please get out and vote today. This election, like others in previous years, is important. While the presidential race is garnering most of the news coverage but our state and local races are equally important also.  

Make sure all of your family and friends vote. Do you want to exercise your right to vote or do you want to wallow in regret? No excuses. No complaining. Inarguably, this presidential election cycle has been particularly nasty and polarizing. Many Americans are tired of the divisiveness and lies and just want the election to be over already.

Here is a list of the early voting sites in Miami-Dade County. Each location will be open 7am-7pm through Sunday, November 6. Don’t boo, vote. 

Early voting sites

 


President Obama to Campaign for Hillary Clinton in South Florida Thursday 10/20

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On Thursday, October 20, President Barack Obama will campaign for Hillary Clinton in South Florida. At a public event, President Obama will lay out the high stakes of November's election for Florida families and highlight Clinton's vision for an America that is stronger together, with an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top.

With more people voting in this election than any in history, President Obama will urge Florida voters to take advantage of in-person early voting, which begins in Florida on Monday, October 24.


Members of the public interested in attending this event should RSVP here
Additional details for the trip will be announced in the coming days. This is the event that was previously postponed due to Hurricane Matthew.
 
 

Hillary for Florida Opened Office in Little Haiti

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Miami, FL - On Saturday, September 3, Hillary for Florida and the Democratic National Committee opened a DNC Headquarters in the Miami neighborhood of Little Haiti. The office serves as a hub for organizing activity in the local Haitian community - allowing supporters to mobilize and help elect Hillary Clinton and Democrats up and down the ballot in the upcoming General Election.

Several community leaders, campaign staff and volunteers were on hand for the office opening as was a handful of Anti-Clinton protestors. American voters, regardless of political affiliation, can’t afford to sit out this election. We also can’t afford a racist, hateful, divisive Donald Trump presidency.

Little Haiti DNC Headquarters/Hillary for Florida Office:

5905 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33150 

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From left, Me, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, and Michelle Austin

 

 

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Zeta Day on the Hill 2016 - "Unleash Your Superpower: Vote. Advocate. Run."

 


Zeta Day on the Hill 2016 Addresses How African Americans Can Leverage Their Power in Government

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated will convene in Washington D.C. for Zeta Day on the Hill (ZDOTH) 2016. ZDOTH will provide community leaders from 15 states a platform to voice their concerns on issues that affect minority communities across the United States.  This day-long event informs attendees how to make significant policy changes in their communities by getting engaged in government.

The theme of this year's ZDOTH will be "Unleash Your Superpower: Vote. Advocate. Run." Preceding the 46th Annual Legislative Conference hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, ZDOTH will focus its discussion on sharing ways that African Americans can unleash their collective power to drive change in their communities, and ultimately run for political office.

"In 2012, when President Barack Obama was re-elected, African American women were 33% more likely than any other sub-group to vote," said Dr. Mary Breaux Wright, Zeta International President. "Our power goes far beyond our vote. Zeta is demonstrating how community leaders can take their rightful seat at the political table and direct the kind of change we want to see in our communities."

Past Zeta International President, Dr. Barbara West Carpenter, a member of the Louisiana State House of Representatives, will be joined by leadership representatives from the NAACP, the White House Council of Women and Girls, the American Association of University Women, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to host workshops to help Zeta leaders tackle key issues that plague their communities. 

The day will culminate with a public community forum, A Seat at the Table: Black Women as VotersAdvocates, and Elected Officials featuring an expert panel of women, including Congresswoman Donna Edwards.

Zeta Day on the Hill will take place at the Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C Street SW in Washington, D.C.

 


Pastor Wayne Lomax to Deliver Opening Prayer before Congress Today

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WASHINGTON —This morning, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson will welcome Pastor Wayne Lomax as guest chaplain to lead the day’s opening prayer before Congress. Pastor Lomax is the founder and senior pastor of the Fountain of New Life church located in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Founded nearly 20 years ago, the Fountain of New Life is one of the largest churches in Florida and an indispensable community partner in South Florida. The church enriches thousands of lives in Florida’s 24th congressional district and tackles many pressing issues, including hunger, poverty, and crime. The pastor is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He is a proud husband and father of three beautiful children.

Tune into your local C-SPAN station, at 11:30 a.m. ET, to watch Pastor Lomax deliver the prayer and Rep. Wilson welcome him to the House floor.


Hillary for Florida Releases New Haitian Radio Ad, "Our Home"/Hillary pou Florid ap anonse yon nouvo reklam nan radyo ayisyen ki rele: “Lakay nou”

 
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Miami, FL - In a new Hillary for Florida radio ad, "Our Home", a Haitian American supporter describes what's at stake for the Haitian American community this election and explains why everyone must do his or her part to elect Hillary Clinton as our next president.
 
The ad describes Hillary Clinton's vision for the Haitian American community, including good-paying jobs; quality, affordable health care; quality education; and comprehensive immigration reform. The ad also argues how important it is to cast a vote in this historic election: "If you do not vote, you do not count. We must do our part and vote for Hillary Clinton for President."
 
The ad will be running in key markets across the state of Florida starting Thursday, September 8. Audio available here.
 
Hillary pou Florid ap anonse yon nouvo reklam nan radyo ayisyen ki rele: “Lakay nou”
 
Miyami, an Florid –Nan yon nouvo reklam nan radyo pou Hillary pou Florid ki releLakay nou,” gen yon  sipòte ki yon Ayisyen–ki-Ameriken  ki dekri  sa ki an je pou nou nan eleksyon sa a  epi sipòtè esplike poutèt ki sa tout moun dwe fè tout sa yo dwepou yo voye Hillary Clinton monte kòm pochen prezidan peyi isit.
 

Reklam nan dekri vizyon Hillary Clinton genyen pou kominote Ayisyen ki Ameriken yo paregzanp: travay ki peye byen, swen medikal ki abòdab epi ki debòn kalite, edikasyon lekòl ki siperyè, epi refòm total kapital nan sistèm imigrasyon peyi isitReklam nan fè moun santi jan li enpòtan pou yon moun al vote nan eleksyon istorik sa a:  “Si w pa vote ou pa konte Se devwa nou pou nou vote  Hillary Clinton prezidan.’’ 

Y ap pase reklam nan  nan yon seri sipèmakèt kle kòmanse jedi 8 sektanmOu kab tande yon anrejistreman reklam nan isit la.