Dump the Pump on Thursday June 18th

Hello everyone:

Are you tired of paying skyrocketing prices at the gas pump? In these tough economic times everyone is looking to save wherever they can. Using public transportation is one of the best alternatives to beat high gas prices. On Thursday, June 18th Broward County will join transit systems across the county to celebrate National Dump the Pump Day.

The day is designed to encourage people to get out of their cars and ride public transportation to raise awareness of the financial benefits of transit. Public transportation has the ability to save people money, conserve gasoline, and reduce the harmful greenhouse gases emitted into our environment.

It has been reported that households with two workers and one car that use public transportation save $6,200 every year, compared to a household with no access to public transportation.

To find the most direct bus route to take to your office or school, go to http://www.google.com/intl/en/landing/transit/#mdy. This is a great tool that will tell you ALL the information you will need to effectively utilize public transportation for your commute.

We would love to hear about your experience. South Florida Commuter Services is asking that you contact them at http://1800234ride.com/ and share your thoughts.

I hope you join thousands of other South Floridians in Dumping the Pump!


Kristin Jacobs, Commissioner

Broward County, District 2


Sink leads in latest poll

According to a new Quinnipiac poll, Democrat Alex Sink holds a slight lead over Republican Bill McCollum in the race for governor.

The poll, which was released this morning, shows that Sink holds a 38 to 34 percent lead over McCollum. 25 percent were undecided.

"Ms. Sink's gender and the fact that she would be the state's first woman governor are working to her benefit," Peter Brown, assistant director of Quinnipiac's Polling Institute said in a statement. The poll shows McCollum being slightly favored by male- 39 to 37 percent- but Sink is leading 39 to 30 percent among female voters.

Brown also said McCollum's Republican label may be hurting him. "In Florida, as in much of the nation these days the GOP label is no necessarily a plus," he said.

Sink as governor would provide much needed balance in Florida state government. Right now both chambers of the legislature, the Governor and a majority of the cabinet are controlled by the Republican party. As our current CFO, Ms. Sink is the only statewide elected Democrat.

The poll of 1,245 FLorida voters was conducted from June 2-7 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

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Hillary Clinton Recognizes Stonewall, Gay and Lesbian Pride Month

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has released a statement recognizing June as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month.

Clinton It reads:

"Forty years ago this month, the gay rights movement began with the Stonewall riots in New York City, as gays and lesbians demanded an end to the persecution they had long endured. Now, after decades of hard work, the fight has grown into a global movement to achieve a world in which all people live free from violence and fear, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

"In honor of Gay and Lesbian Pride Month and on behalf of the State Department, I extend our appreciation to the global LGBT community for its courage and determination during the past 40 years, and I offer our support for the significant work that still lies ahead.

"At the State Department and throughout the Administration, we are grateful for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees in Washington and around the world. They and their families make many sacrifices to serve our nation. Their contributions are vital to our efforts to establish stability, prosperity and peace worldwide.

"Human rights are at the heart of those efforts. Gays and lesbians in many parts of the world live under constant threat of arrest, violence, even torture. The persecution of gays and lesbians is a violation of human rights and an affront to human decency, and it must end. As Secretary of State, I will advance a comprehensive human rights agenda that includes the elimination of violence and discrimination against people based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

"Though the road to full equality for LGBT Americans is long, the example set by those fighting for equal rights in the United States gives hope to men and women around the world who yearn for a better future for themselves and their loved ones.

"This June, let us recommit ourselves to achieving a world in which all people can live in safety and freedom, no matter who they are or whom they love."