The GDP has grown at its fastest rate since 2003

Florida Democratic Party Chair Karen Thurman issued the following statement on the news that the nation's GDP grew by 5.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009, the fastest growth since 2003--a sign that the national economy is moving out of recession:

"Today's news that the GDP has grown at its fastest rate since 2003 is a welcome sign that our nation's economy is turning a corner. President Obama and Democratic Leaders have worked tirelessly to implement smart policies like the Recovery Act that will help our economy grow and end the decline we experienced due to failed Republican policies.

"But as President Obama has made clear, our unemployment rate is still unacceptably high. Until every Floridian has a job, until every student is able to attend college, and until folks are able to stay in their homes and make their monthly mortgage payments, the President and Democratic Leaders will continue working to build our economy and create growth for the long-term. Floridians call on Republicans like Gov. Charlie Crist, former Speaker Marco Rubio and Sen. George LeMieux to stop playing politics with Florida's jobs and start working with Democrats to move our country forward. The Sunshine State deserves nothing less."

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The Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus, an arm of the Florida Democratic Party representing the Sunshine State's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) residents, will hold its winter conference in St. Petersburg Friday, February 26 through Sunday, February 28. The event, whose theme is OUTburst!, is hosted by the Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County and is being held to coincide with the Pinellas County DEC dinner.

Speakers include a wide range of state, local and national political figures and candidates, including a number of Florida's openly-gay elected officials. Expected to participate are Attorney General candidates Dan Gelber and Dave Aronburg; US Senate candidates Kendrick Meek, Maurice Ferre and Kevin Burns; Alabama's first openly-gay member of the state legislature, Patricia Todd; Michael Mitchell, executive director of the National Stonewall Democrats; Florida Democratic Party Executive Director Scott Arceneaux; and White House Deputy Director of Public Engagement Brian Bond (invited). Also participating are several of Florida's openly-gay elected officials, including St. Petersburg Councilmember Steve Kornell, Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner, and Broward County Mayor Ken Keechl.

In addition, the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus PAC and the National Stonewall Democrats PAC will host a joint fundraiser Saturday immediately following the conference. Themed "Honoring Florida's GLBT Elected Officials," this event is a separate ticket and will feature a number of the state's openly-gay elected leaders.

Early registration through February 19 is $55 for Caucus members is $65 for non-members, which covers the cost of the event and includes continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday. After February 19 the registration fee will increase to $60 for Caucus members and $75 for non-members. The conference hotel is the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, located at 333 First Street South. Participants can register for the conference and the joint Caucus PAC/National Stonewall Democrats PAC fundraiser, and make hotel reservations at
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Tell Democrats To Grow A Pair

After one bad Senate election, most Democrats in Washington are on the verge of full-fledged retreat and everything we've fought for together hangs in the balance.

They have signaled they are open to dramatically scaling back health care reform. The chairman of the Senate Banking Committee says he might gut the financial reform bill to appease Republicans. And on top of all that, the Supreme Court just opened the floodgates of corporate cash on politics!

Retreat is exactly the wrong message for Democrats to take from recent election losses. The lesson from Massachusetts is that voters want more change -- not less. It's time for Democrats to stand up to corporate interests and fight for working families by passing healthcare reform and taking on Wall Street.

So Democracy for America members are joining with our friends at MoveOn in organizing emergency rallies nationwide on Tuesday to demand Democrats show backbone and leadership -- starting with passage of real healthcare reform.


We need a big turnout to show Democrats we're still waiting on them to deliver the change we voted for on healthcare and everything else.

Make no mistake; Democrats still have the ability to pass healthcare reform and other progressive legislation. Even after last Tuesday's election loss, Democrats still have larger majorities in Congress than Republicans ever did under George W. Bush.

All Democrats in Washington need is to show some backbone. It's up to us to demand they use it, because progressives don't retreat -- we lead.


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Howard Finkelstein Speaking at ACLU Meeting

Broward ACLU Annual Meeting
Saturday, January 23, 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm (doors open at 11:30 am)
Jim Ward Community Center
301 NW 46th Ave., Plantation, FL
(a few blocks west of US-441 and a few blocks north of Broward Blvd.

A light lunch will be served. You do not need to be a member to attend, however the ACLU appreciates your support.
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Protect your family. Protect your contacts.

Protect yourself. Get vaccinated.

Broward County Health Department encourages all persons to get vaccinated against H1N1 Influenza and reminds parents and guardians to get children, 6 months to 10 years of age, their second dose of the H1N1 vaccine.

H1N1 Influenza vaccine is available for everyone over age 6 months at your healthcare provider, local pharmacies or at the following locations:

Sunrise Civic Center

10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd. - Sunrise, 33351

Sunday, January 24, 2010


Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue

9500 Pines Boulevard, Bldg. B - Pembroke Pines, 33024

Second Dose for Children ONLY

Monday, January 25, 2010


Fort Lauderdale Health Center

2421 SW 6th Avenue

Fort Lauderdale, 33315

For convenient dates and times, please call (954) 467-4705

South Regional Health Center

4105 Pembroke Road

Hollywood, 33021

For convenient dates and times, please call (954) 467-4705

North Regional Health Center - 3rd Floor Immunization Clinic

601 W Atlantic Blvd

Pompano Beach, 33060

For convenient dates and times, please call (954) 467-4705

A Flu Vaccine Locator is also available at Enter your zip code to locate Influenza clinics in Broward County and the State of Florida.

To prevent the spread of Influenza and other respiratory illnesses:

· Take the time to get vaccinated against Seasonal and H1N1 Influenza.

· Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash.

· Wash your hands often with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand cleaners.

· Keep your hands away from your face.

· Stay home if you are sick for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever reducing medicine.

· See your healthcare provider if you are sick.

· Take antiviral medicine if recommended.

Broward County Health Department also offers childhood, adult and travel vaccinations. For more information call (954) 467-4705 or visit


Candy Sims

Public Information Officer


780 SW 24th Street

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315

(954) 467-4784 Office

(954) 895-5745 Cell

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A bill that would add homelessness to the list of hate crime enhancements in the State of Florida passed unopposed in both House and Senate subcommittees.

With Florida leading the nation in the number of attacks on the homeless, Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti created the Hate Crimes Anti-Bias Task Force in October 2008 to address the problem.

Lamberti also saw the need for legislative changes and solicited the help of State Representative Ari Porth (D) and Senator Jeremy Ring (D). As a result, HB 11 sponsored by Porth and SB 506 sponsored by Ring were created and both bills passed unanimously this week in the House Committee on Public Safety and Domestic Security Policy and the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice.

"I found these unprovoked attacks against our homeless population disturbing, and while I wanted to know why, I also knew that action was needed," Sheriff Lamberti said. "Discrimination against any member of our society can't be tolerated."

Following the brutal beatings of the homeless in Fort Lauderdale that made national news, last year Maryland passed similar legislation that expanded its hate-crime law to add stiffer penalties for attacks on the homeless – the first state in the nation to do so. Sheriff Lamberti hopes Florida will follow Maryland's lead.

While in Tallahassee this week, BSO Commander Richard Wierzbicki testified before the subcommittees about the severity of the homeless situation in Broward and the state. "This is only the first hurdle, but once this bill becomes law it will go a long way toward protecting the homeless," said Commander Wierzbicki, member of the task force.

The task force hopes to partner this year with the Broward County School District to start a tolerance and diversity program.

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Situation in Haiti remains serious

We at Broward For Change want to do all we can to assist in the saving of lives, the protection of the survivors and the rebuilding of a safe environment for all the people of Haiti. At this point, making financial contributions to the groups with strong track records seems the best avenue to take. Please, if you can, help CARE deliver much-needed services to Haiti's women and families.

Ron Mills
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DO NOT collect Items to send to Haiti

The recent earthquake in Haiti has caused a level of devastation that we hope most us will never have to suffer
through in our lifetimes. .

This site s called "Charity Navigator" will
provide an overview of a dozen or so charities that are currently
active in the Haitian relief efforts.

In their own words:

" Here are a few of our 3 and 4-star
responding to the crisis along with a synopsis of their plans. Each of
these charities has a history of working on massive disasters and/or of working in Haiti"

Do Not Send Supplies – Knowing that millions of people aredesperately in need of food and water, it is hard not to want to
pack up a box of supplies and send it to Haiti.
But this type of philanthropy is simply not practical or efficient.
Even if mail could get to Haiti, no one is set up to receive these
goods, much less organize and distribute them to the victims.
Furthermore, charities are often able to partner with companies to
acquire large amounts of in-kind donations such as bottled water and new clothing. Instead of boxing up and sending your old clothing, have a garage sale and turn your used goods
into cash and donate that to a worthy charity.

Go To Charity Navigator
or type in the url to your browser address

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Ron Mills- To become an Editor For Broward News-

This week, I became an editor for I will be editing the Broward County Florida News Page. I have used a domain owned by me to re-direct to the Broward Page. Please visit the page and forward any comments to

Topix is a news aggregator which categorizes news stories by topic and geography. It was created by the founders of the Open Directory Project. In March 2005, the Knight Ridder (later taken over by The McClatchy Company), Tribune Company and Gannett media companies purchased a 75% share of the company.[1] On April 1, 2007, it acquired the Over 100 journalists and editors from various newspapers are already editors.[2]

Topix has gone on to create a community news platform, and popular forum system, allowing users to comment on news articles and the goings on of local communities.[3]

What is

Topix is the world's largest community news website. You can read, talk about the news on over 360,000 of our news pages. Whatever your interests are, we have a news page for you!

Topix is also a place for you to post your own news stories, as well as comment about stories you've seen on the Topix site. Each story and every Topix page comes with the ability to add your voice to the conversation.

Here are just a few of the types of news pages on Topix:

  • All US cities and towns
  • Publicly traded companies
  • Sports and Professional Athletes
  • Celebrities
  • Industry news
  • Health and Drug

If you have a story or item you would like to see posted on Broward News please send to

If, you have a news story or blog post please send the url with the email or you can write your own news item or even a press release and I may post to giving you wide international exposure.

Ron Mills

Editor, Broward News on

Senator Dave Aronberg To Make Inquiry Into State’s Emergency Preparedness

Senator Dave Aronberg To Make Inquiry Into State's Emergency Preparedness

in Wake of Ex-EOC Chief Resignation

State Senator Dave Aronberg (D-Greenacres) , chairman of the Senate Military Affairs and Domestic Security Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the recent changes at the Division of Emergency Management.

"In the recent wake of yet another attempted terrorist attack over American soil, I have serious questions about the impact the alleged actions of the previous interim director may have had on the Division of Emergency Management, its resources, and our preparedness.

"To that end, I have sent a letter on behalf of the committee to the new interim director David Halstead with a series of questions intended to ascertain the readiness of his agency in the wake of recent top personnel changes and any resulting vulnerabilities. Depending on the information we receive, our committee may request Mr. Halstead's appearance at an upcoming meeting."

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DENISE KING, Mother of 17-year old murder victim Simmie Williams, Jr. DIES at 40 on NEW YEAR’s Eve

Fort lauderdale, FL: Less than two hours before midnight on New Year’s Eve 2009, Denise King, mother of Simmie Williams, Jr. (a 17-year old openly gay African-American teen murdered on Sistrunk Blvd. on February 22, 2008) collapsed and passed away at age 40 in her apartment, just two blocks from her son’s murder site.

Denise is survived by her children: Brittany (21), Terrell (17), Tavaris (16), and Davaughn (12); grandson Jamar, Jr. (3); her mother Maudie Lee; and her sister Rose Barnes. Brittany is expected to give birth to a baby boy on February 22, 2010.

Denise was a devoted mother to her family and worked hard to provide opportunities for her children. Since February 2008, she struggled daily with anguish in the torment of Simmie’s murderer(s) not having been brought to justice. In the face of adversity, Denise remained a brave and strong woman and became a passionate spokeswoman fighting intolerance.

On February 22, 2008, 17-year old Simmie Williams, Jr. was gunned down on Sistrunk Boulevard. The case remains unsolved. Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Frank Adderley met with Brittany on New Year’s Day to personally extend his condolences and assure the family the Fort Lauderdale Police Department is still actively pursuing the murder investigation. The King family is calling upon anyone with information on Simmie’s murder to come forward and honor Denise King by providing information to Broward County Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS. Broward County Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for anonymous information leading to an arrest.

A special fund has been established at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center/Pride Center to assist the King Family with funeral related expenses for Denise King. Checks should be made payable to “GLCC,” note the memo with “Denise King funeral,” and be mailed to GLCC/Pride Center, 2040 North Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors, FL 33305.

In 2008, the South Florida lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community raised nearly $4,000 to assist with funeral expenses for Simmie Williams, Jr. The Florida Attorney General’s Office still refuses to approve a claim for Simmie’s funeral expenses under the state’s Crime Victim Compensation Program.

Contact: Michael Emanuel Rajner

(954) 288-1999

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