We did it! Now, let's do it again for Eileen Higgins

We did it! Our friend Eileen Higgins came in first in the County Commission election tonight. No one expected us to even make the runoff, but together we knocked on over 20,000 doors and made over 15,000 phone calls. This is how we win. Now, we head into a June 19 runoff election against Republican Zoraida Barreiro. And there is no time to waste! Vote by mail ballots get mailed out next week and early voting starts June 4.

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Election Day is here in Miami / Miami Beach. Eileen Higgins wants to be your voice on the County Commission

Election Day is Tuesday, May 22

From city councils to mayoral offices, Republicans have effectively kept progressive voices suppressed in South Florida local government. The consequences have been dire: investments in public transportation have not kept pace with our growing population, funding for affordable housing has been minimal, and environmental protection has taken a back seat to development. However, we now have a chance to bring bold, progressive leadership to the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners, by electing Eileen Higgins in District 5.

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Eileen Higgins - tu voz en la lucha por un futuro mejor en Miami

En los consejos municipales y en las alcaldías, los republicanos han logrado apagar las voces progresistas en el Sur de la Florida, con consecuencias nefastas: las inversiones en el transporte público no han seguido el ritmo de nuestra creciente población, las asignaciones para proveer viviendas a bajo costo han sido mínimas, y se ha permitido que el desarrollo amenace al medio ambiente. Por suerte, ya tenemos la oportunidad de llevar una líder audaz y progresista a la Comisión del Condado de Miami-Dade con la elección de Eileen Higgins en el Distrito 5.

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The "American Dream" Mega Mall would be an actual nightmare for South Florida's Environment

By Wayne Brody and Dany Garcia

The American Dream Mega Mall, the proposed shopping and entertainment behemoth at the edge of the Everglades, will exacerbate every one of the region’s environmental threats. It could have nightmarish impacts on South Florida’s water, energy, air quality, transit, traffic, resilience, and Everglades restoration. (read the full letter by the Caucus to the commission here)

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Javier Fernandez Wins Election in FL District 114 (Coral Gables, Cutler Bay, Pinecrest, West Miami)

Thank you  residents of Coral Gables, Pinecrest, Cutler Bay, and West Miami for voting and electing Javier for 114 to be your state rep! And special recognition to all the volunteers who helped get the word out. We have a big year ahead and hope to get more of you engaged in deciding our local leaders.
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Final call to elect Javier Fernandez on May 1st in District 114

For over 20 years, the Republican-controlled state legislature has had a foothold on setting policy in our state. Republican majorities in the House, Senate, and governor’s mansion have allowed lawmakers to drive through legislation that benefits campaign donors and special interests at the expense of the middle class, minorities, and the environment. For everyday Floridians, the impact of a self-serving legislature is clear – a lack of affordable housing and mass transit, unaffordable basic health care options, stagnant wages, and ongoing gun violence.

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A plantar bandera con nuestros votos, como buenos boricuas que somos

La comunidad puertorriqueña en la Florida debe demostrar su fuerza en el ámbito político para así mejorar nuestras oportunidades de lograr cambios muy específicos a nuestro pueblo. Muchos de nosotros nos fuimos de nuestra isla en busca de una mejor vida, y para que esto se haga realidad, debemos de unirnos y exigir acción a nuestros líderes con nuestro voto. Sólo de esta manera podremos mantener una buena calidad de vida en los Estados Unidos y a la vez, ayudar la situación que actualmente deteriora a nuestro Puerto Rico.

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Say no to extending 836 past the Urban Development Boundary

The Kendall Parkway is a proposed north-south expressway west of 167th Avenue from the Tamiami Trail to SW 136th Street which connects to SR 836 at 137th Avenue and NW 12th Street. The project requires expansion of our current urban development boundary. There are multiple issues, including impacts on drinking water, increased flood risk, more urban sprawl. County commissioners need to hear your thoughts now in advance of the April 25th public hearing. 

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FDP Rules and Bylaws proposed changes

I was recently appointed to the FDP Rules Committee. In a recent conference call last Thursday, the Rules Committee discussed how to best present the proposed FDP bylaws changes, the culmination of a year-long process. There are some major changes to the bylaws including changes to the "weighted voted," changing eligibility rules to run for State Chair, and other changes (many of which are dependent on changing the weighted voted).

On Thursday March 22, the Rules committee voted to ask the State Executive Committee to consider the "weighted vote" question first, followed by the rest of the amendments. While I'm not entirely sure in what exact manner the amendments will be presented, I would like to share the documents that were discussed:

The State Party will meet on Sunday, April 15 at 10am in Orlando to vote on these proposed amendments. Over the next few days, I hope to break down what all these amendments mean and how it will impact our DEC.

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High school students to host full-day summit on April 7

This movement is being led and will be won by young people. With a coalition of partners, we are organizing a large scale convening of high school student leaders in Miami-Dade.

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