Representative Scott Randolph (D-Orlando) filed a bill today that aims to bring jobs to Florida. The Competitive Workforce Act (H.B. 361) would prohibit all forms of discrimination in the workplace, including sexual orientation.

According to Human Rights Campaign, diversity is good for business. Eighty-seven percent of Fortune 500 Companies include sexual orientation provisions in their anti-discrimination policies. In a modern market place, a fully inclusive anti-discrimination policy allows businesses to be more competitive.

Florida law fails to protect all Floridians against workplace discrimination. The Competitive Workforce Act will not only ensure equal protection for all Floridians, it will make Florida a more attractive location for business investments.

“In a time of serious economic hardship, it is imperative that we do everything we can to encourage economic growth and investment,” Representative Scott Randolph said. “This bill promotes smart business practices that will attract employers to our state and create jobs. The Competitive Workforce Act seeks to move Florida forward.”


The Broward County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted in favor of the Dania Beach Fire Rescue Department’s plan to merge with the Broward Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday.

“This is a win-win situation for the residents and visitors of Dania Beach,” said Sheriff Al Lamberti. The Sheriff added, “Not only will they be getting the resources of Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, but we’ll continue to be their hometown fire department at a significant cost savings.”

The merger will take effect officially on January 29 at 8 a.m. Sheriff Lamberti will swear in all 67 Dania Beach personnel at a ceremony scheduled for Friday, January 28.

Dania Beach will become the sixth municipality to contract with BSO as a fire-rescue service provider. They will join Cooper City, Lauderdale Lakes, Pembroke Park, West Park and Weston. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue also provides fire-rescue services to Broward County’s Port Everglades, Ft. Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport and unincorporated areas of the county. Additionally, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue provides the following regional services: Regional Logistics services, Air Rescue, Hazardous Materials Team, Technical Rescue Team and service to the western Broward I-75 corridor through Everglades Regional Fire Station 106.

Broward Democratic Party - Leadership Workshop

The Broward Democratic Party would like to invite you to attend our Leadership Workshop. We will be joined by elected officials and Campaign Coordinators to discuss past elections and the future of our Party.

Please join us Saturday January 29, 2011

For a public meeting from 9:30-12:00 at the

Davie Police Department

Community Room

1230 South Nob Hill Road

Davie, FL 33324

A light breakfast will be served.

Immediately following will be a closed session for the Broward Democratic Party Management Team from 12:00-3:00 p.m.

A light lunch will be served.

BSO CyberVisor In Oakland Park

Former Mayor Larry Gierer thanks The Broward Sheriffs Office for providing this service to the residents and business owners of Broward County. Especially Oakland Park. "This is a perfect tool to keep neighborhood's and business owners informed on all incidents happening throughout their community. The more we know, the more aware we will be".
"When I was commissioner, vice mayor and mayor of the City of Oakland Park, resident's and business owners spoke during public comments asking to be more informed about incidents taking place within their neighborhood. It gives me great pleasure to see that BSO and Sheriff Al Lambertti listened and provided this service. Nice job! Time to spread the word about BSO CyberVisor to all members of the commission so they can respond to a resident who feels they are left in the dark".

The More Information You Have The Safer You Can Be

This BSO program is designed to keep information readily available through email alerts on topics such as criminal activity, traffic information, upcoming events, security issues and important safety information.

To learn more & to register

The more information you have the safer you can be. Registering for BSO's CyberVisorsm will enable you to receive e-mail or text messages from the Broward Sheriff's Office with information on criminal activity, traffic, events or other security concerns arising in your business or residential neighborhood. You may also sign up to receive important messages from Sheriff Al Lamberti or breaking news from our Media Relations staff. To get started, simply enter the required information below and choose one or more of the BSO-patrolled cities from which you would like to receive information.

BSO's CyberVisorsm will enable you to receive e-mail or text messages from the Broward Sheriff's Office

The More Information You Have The Safer You Can Be

This BSO program is designed to keep information readily available through email alerts on topics such as criminal activity, traffic information, upcoming events, security issues and important safety information.

To learn more & to register

The more information you have the safer you can be. Registering for BSO's CyberVisorsm will enable you to receive e-mail or text messages from the Broward Sheriff's Office with information on criminal activity, traffic, events or other security concerns arising in your business or residential neighborhood. You may also sign up to receive important messages from Sheriff Al Lamberti or breaking news from our Media Relations staff. To get started, simply enter the required information below and choose one or more of the BSO-patrolled cities from which you would like to receive information.

Florida Democrats Announces Select Committee Charged With Drafting 2012 Delegate Selection Plan

Chairman Smith Announces Select Committee Charged With Drafting 2012 Delegate Selection Plan

Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith is pleased to announce today the appointment of the Select Committee on Delegate Selection.

“Today, as we begin working on the 2012 delegate selection process, I am pleased to announce the appointment of our Select Committee on Delegate Selection. Led by Florida Democratic Party Secretary Rick Boylan, this committee is charged with drafting the plan for selecting Florida’s delegation to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.”

Specifically, the Select Committee on Delegate Selection will develop a plan that complies with the rules set by the Democratic National Committee and reflects the great diversity of the Sunshine State.

Additionally, Chairman Smith is appointing Ron Mills of Broward County to Chair the subcommittee responsible for drafting the Affirmative Action, Outreach and Inclusion Plan, which will ensure Florida’s delegation has broad representation by all of the Party’s constituencies.

Select Committee on Delegate Selection Members include:

Florida Democratic Party Secretary Rick Boylan – Chair

Orange County Democratic Party Chair Amy Mercado – Vice-Chair

Florida Democratic Party Affirmative Action Committee Chair Adora Obi Nweze

Collier County State Committeeman Chuck Mohlke

Hillsborough County State Committeewoman Sally Phillips

Florida Democratic Party Vice Chair Alison Morano

Florida Democratic Party First Vice Chair Rhett Bullard

Commissioner Andrew Gillium

Duval County State Committeeman Ray Alfred

Hillsborough County State Committeeman Alan Clendenin


50 Years Ago A Warning From Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered 17 January 1961

Audio mp3 of Address

Good evening, my fellow Americans.

First, I should like to express my gratitude to the radio and television networks for the opportunities they have given me over the years to bring reports and messages to our nation. My special thanks go to them for the opportunity of addressing you this evening.

Three days from now, after half century in the service of our country, I shall lay down the responsibilities of office as, in traditional and solemn ceremony, the authority of the Presidency is vested in my successor. This evening, I come to you with a message of leave-taking and farewell, and to share a few final thoughts with you, my countrymen.

Like every other -- Like every other citizen, I wish the new President, and all who will labor with him, Godspeed. I pray that the coming years will be blessed with peace and prosperity for all.

Our people expect their President and the Congress to find essential agreement on issues of great moment, the wise resolution of which will better shape the future of the nation. My own relations with the Congress, which began on a remote and tenuous basis when, long ago, a member of the Senate appointed me to West Point, have since ranged to the intimate during the war and immediate post-war period, and finally to the mutually interdependent during these past eight years. In this final relationship, the Congress and the Administration have, on most vital issues, cooperated well, to serve the nation good, rather than mere partisanship, and so have assured that the business of the nation should go forward. So, my official relationship with the Congress ends in a feeling -- on my part -- of gratitude that we have been able to do so much together.

We now stand ten years past the midpoint of a century that has witnessed four major wars among great nations. Three of these involved our own country. Despite these holocausts, America is today the strongest, the most influential, and most productive nation in the world. Understandably proud of this pre-eminence, we yet realize that America's leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches, and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment.

Throughout America's adventure in free government, our basic purposes have been to keep the peace, to foster progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity, and integrity among peoples and among nations. To strive for less would be unworthy of a free and religious people. Any failure traceable to arrogance, or our lack of comprehension, or readiness to sacrifice would inflict upon us grievous hurt, both at home and abroad.

Progress toward these noble goals is persistently threatened by the conflict now engulfing the world. It commands our whole attention, absorbs our very beings. We face a hostile ideology global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose, and insiduous [insidious] in method. Unhappily, the danger it poses promises to be of indefinite duration. To meet it successfully, there is called for, not so much the emotional and transitory sacrifices of crisis, but rather those which enable us to carry forward steadily, surely, and without complaint the burdens of a prolonged and complex struggle with liberty the stake. Only thus shall we remain, despite every provocation, on our charted course toward permanent peace and human betterment.

Crises there will continue to be. In meeting them, whether foreign or domestic, great or small, there is a recurring temptation to feel that some spectacular and costly action could become the miraculous solution to all current difficulties. A huge increase in newer elements of our defenses; development of unrealistic programs to cure every ill in agriculture; a dramatic expansion in basic and applied research -- these and many other possibilities, each possibly promising in itself, may be suggested as the only way to the road we wish to travel.

But each proposal must be weighed in the light of a broader consideration: the need to maintain balance in and among national programs, balance between the private and the public economy, balance between the cost and hoped for advantages, balance between the clearly necessary and the comfortably desirable, balance between our essential requirements as a nation and the duties imposed by the nation upon the individual, balance between actions of the moment and the national welfare of the future. Good judgment seeks balance and progress. Lack of it eventually finds imbalance and frustration. The record of many decades stands as proof that our people and their Government have, in the main, understood these truths and have responded to them well, in the face of threat and stress.

But threats, new in kind or degree, constantly arise. Of these, I mention two only.

A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction. Our military organization today bears little relation to that known of any of my predecessors in peacetime, or, indeed, by the fighting men of World War II or Korea.

Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense. We have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security alone more than the net income of all United States cooperations -- corporations.

Now this conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence -- economic, political, even spiritual -- is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet, we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources, and livelihood are all involved. So is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades. In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.

Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers. The prospect of domination of the nation's scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present -- and is gravely to be regarded.

Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.

It is the task of statesmanship to mold, to balance, and to integrate these and other forces, new and old, within the principles of our democratic system -- ever aiming toward the supreme goals of our free society.

Another factor in maintaining balance involves the element of time. As we peer into society's future, we -- you and I, and our government -- must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for our own ease and convenience the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.

During the long lane of the history yet to be written, America knows that this world of ours, ever growing smaller, must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect. Such a confederation must be one of equals. The weakest must come to the conference table with the same confidence as do we, protected as we are by our moral, economic, and military strength. That table, though scarred by many fast frustrations -- past frustrations, cannot be abandoned for the certain agony of disarmament -- of the battlefield.

Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose. Because this need is so sharp and apparent, I confess that I lay down my official responsibilities in this field with a definite sense of disappointment. As one who has witnessed the horror and the lingering sadness of war, as one who knows that another war could utterly destroy this civilization which has been so slowly and painfully built over thousands of years, I wish I could say tonight that a lasting peace is in sight.

Happily, I can say that war has been avoided. Steady progress toward our ultimate goal has been made. But so much remains to be done. As a private citizen, I shall never cease to do what little I can to help the world advance along that road.

So, in this, my last good night to you as your President, I thank you for the many opportunities you have given me for public service in war and in peace. I trust in that -- in that -- in that service you find some things worthy. As for the rest of it, I know you will find ways to improve performance in the future.

You and I, my fellow citizens, need to be strong in our faith that all nations, under God, will reach the goal of peace with justice. May we be ever unswerving in devotion to principle, confident but humble with power, diligent in pursuit of the Nations' great goals.

To all the peoples of the world, I once more give expression to America's prayerful and continuing aspiration: We pray that peoples of all faiths, all races, all nations, may have their great human needs satisfied; that those now denied opportunity shall come to enjoy it to the full; that all who yearn for freedom may experience its few spiritual blessings. Those who have freedom will understand, also, its heavy responsibility; that all who are insensitive to the needs of others will learn charity; and that the sources -- scourges of poverty, disease, and ignorance will be made [to] disappear from the earth; and that in the goodness of time, all peoples will come to live together in a peace guaranteed by the binding force of mutual respect and love.

Now, on Friday noon, I am to become a private citizen. I am proud to do so. I look forward to it.

Thank you, and good night.

Cold weather emergency shelters to open Wednesday in Broward County

With temperatures predicted by the National Weather Service to fall to the low 40s in Broward County Wednesday night, four cold weather emergency shelters will be open.

Those who seek cover overnight from the cold in Broward County should gather no later than 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at any of the following pickup up points for bus transportation to shelters:

Pompano Beach City Hall, 100 W. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach.

The Salvation Army, 1445 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. The organization will serve food and hot beverages from 4 p.m. and says no one will be turned away, though it needs donated blankets, either new or used and clean, that can be dropped off at this address. For more information call 954-524-6991.

Broward Outreach Center, 2056 Scott St., Hollywood.

Can you call Sen. Rubio and ask him to support rules reform to end abuse of the filibuster?

Remember when Jimmy Stewart takes the Senate floor in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" and refuses to cede it until he's made his point? That's how filibusters are supposed to work: A principled senator would stand up in the light of day to stop the majority from doing something bad.

These days, though, filibusters—the procedure that the minority party in the Senate uses to block a majority favored bill—don't work that way. All it takes is one anonymous objection from a single senator to trigger a filibuster. In fact, in the 1960s, only 8% of all bills were blocked by a filibuster—but since 2006 that has ballooned to more than 70%.1

Now, Senators Tom Udall and Jeff Merkley are pushing for rule changes that would end the abuse of the filibuster. Those changes could come up for a vote as soon as this week. So we need to speak out right away to show how important this reform is to voters at home. Can you call Sen. Rubio and ask him to support rules reform to end abuse of the filibuster?

Here's where to call:

Senator Marco Rubio
Phone: 202-224-3041

Then, please report your call by clicking here:

This vote is not about ending the filibuster or crushing minority rights in government. It's about returning our government to a more democratic and transparent process.

In the last two Congressional terms Democrats have had to overcome more than 275 filibusters—the most in history.2

Here's what the New York Times says is on the table for rules reform:3

"No lazy filibusters. At least 10 senators would have to file a filibuster petition, and members would have to speak continuously on the floor to keep the filibuster going. To ensure the seriousness of the attempt, the requirements would grow each day: five senators would have to hold the floor for the first day, 10 the second day, etc. Those conducting the filibuster would thus have to make their case on camera. (A cloture vote of 60 senators would still be required to break the blockade.)

"Fewer bites of the apple. Republicans now routinely filibuster not only the final vote on a bill, but the initial motion to even debate it, as well as amendments and votes on conference committees. Breaking each of these filibusters adds days or weeks to every bill. The plan would limit filibusters to the actual passage of a bill.

"Minority amendments. Harry Reid, the majority leader, frequently prevents Republicans from offering amendments because he fears they will lead to more opportunities to filibuster. Republicans say they mount filibusters because they are precluded from offering amendments. This situation would be resolved by allowing a fixed number of amendments from each side on a bill, followed by a fixed amount of debate on each one."

Please call Sen. Rubio today and ask him to support rules reform to end abuse of the filibuster.