Senator Gwen Margolis passed away today, Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Senator Margolis served in the Miami-Dade County Commission, in the Florida House, and in the Florida Senate. Over the course of her 42-year career in public office, Senator Margolis championed women’s rights, gay rights, and pushed for social justice, and she became the first female president of the Florida Senate.
If you are reading this, there is still time to qualify to be on the ballot this summer to represent your district within the local Democratic Party!
This August, Miami-Dade county registered Democrats will elect the 110 people to make up the Democratic Executive Committee (DEC). The elections correspond to 55 district designations with a man and woman elected per district.
Committeemen and Committeewomen are expected to organize their designated precincts, and represent constituents within the local Democratic Party.Read more
Legitimate, Peaceful Protest is Protected Under Our Constitution; Trump Should Embrace the First Amendment
Miami-Dade County, FL: Reports emerged Monday that Attorney General William Barr would be sending Federal riot teams to Washington DC and Miami. Instead of condemning the racist violence that started the nationwide protests, Donald Trump has encouraged division, instigated violence, and threatened protesters with shooting. Today, he urged governors to “dominate” protesters and give anyone arrested at these protests a 10-year jail sentence.
Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair Steve Simeonidis drew a parallel between Trump’s behavior and the Latin American dictatorships from which many residents of South Florida fled.
“For many Miami-Dade residents who fled dictatorships in Latin America, Donald Trump’s behavior is an awful reminder of what they left behind,” said Steve Simeonidis, Chair of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party. “When Donald Trump attacks the press, and calls them ‘fake news,’ when Donald Trump claims that his authority to re-open states is ‘total,’ when Donald Trump threatens violence on peaceful protesters, when Donald Trump calls his political opponents ‘scum,’ and retweets videos that say ‘The only good Democrat is a dead Democrat,’ he is acting like a ‘caudillo,’ or a ‘demagogue strongman’—the kind of leader from whom many in South Florida have fled. We can’t allow another four years of Donald Trump’s chaos and authoritarian impulses.”
Miami-Dade Democratic Party Demands Maduro-Funded Steve Bovo Call for Investigation into His Campaign
Miami-Dade County, FL: One week ago, County Commissioner Esteban “Steve” Bovo and Commissioner Sosa called earned sick leave “communism.” Just after that, it was revealed that Steve Bovo received donations from an agent of Venezuelan dictator Nicholas Maduro. Yesterday, it came out that his chief fundraiser had a direct connection to the murderous Maduro regime. Steve Bovo sought to placate constituents by firing the fundraiser, but the damage is done.
All of the money Steve Bovo has received through that fundraiser should be questioned and there are now two links from the Bovo campaign to the Maduro regime.
Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair Steve Simeonidis condemned the growing trend of Maduro Money finding its ways into the hands of Republican politicians in Miami-Dade. “If Steve Bovo was so concerned with these transactions that it caused him to immediately fire his advisor, then he should join the call for the US Attorney’s office to move with an immediate investigation,” Simeonidis said. “The investigation should also focus on all donations made by the tainted Maduro Money to campaigns, including Bovo’s. We hope he would welcome that as part of the investigatory process.”
“We Will Protect the Rule of Law No Matter What They Try”
Miami, FL: In response to extraordinary Republican voter suppression efforts, the Miami-Dade Democratic Party is gearing up to provide heightened voter protection in this year’s August and November elections.
Starting June 1, Democrats will train an unprecedented number of voter protection volunteers. “We’re standing up for all of Miami-Dade, making sure that every citizen counts,” explained Wayne Brody, Chair of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party Voter Protection Committee. “To do that, we are looking for lawyers, activists, problem solvers, and anyone who feels the need to make a difference.”Read more