Deputy Christopher Schaub

Sadly, we lost one of our own yesterday. Deputy Christopher Schaub from the Pompano Beach District was a 22-year veteran of our agency. His son, Tim, followed in his father’s footsteps and proudly serves our agency as a deputy sheriff in Pompano Beach. Chris is survived by his son, Tim, and daughter, Kaitlyn.

Chris began his law enforcement career in the State of New Jersey with the Livingston Police Department before moving to South Florida and joining BSO in 1990. During his career, Chris worked road patrol, in the detective bureau and most recently in Pompano Beach as a motorman with the traffic unit.

During his career, Chris received numerous commendations from citizens and supervisors. He received employee of the month honors several times and it is noted that his greatest quality was his persistence and dedication to duty.

Yesterday, Chris did what most of us do every day. He got up, put on his uniform and patrolled the streets of Broward County. He did not know that September 26, 2012 would be the last day of his life. Like Chris, we do not know what the outcome of the day will be, but we still get up, put on our uniform and protect the citizens ofBroward County. A career in public safety is not for everyone, but it was the one Chris chose and excelled in. He knew the dangers of law enforcement, he understood that working with the motor unit had even more potential hazards and accepted the challenge.

Yesterday, Chris made the ultimate sacrifice – he died in the line of duty. His memory and his sacrifice will never be forgotten. Deputy Christopher Schaub is a hero. Please keep his family, friends and fellow motormen in your thoughts and prayers.

The Department of Law Enforcement is working closely with the Chaplain’s Office and the Schaub family to plan a memorial service for Chris. Once these plans are finalized, they will be shared with you.

Stay safe.

Sheriff Al Lamberti

Rep. James Clyburn coming to Broward County

Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn is going to be in Florida on Saturday campaigning for Lois an we would love for you to be there. Will you be able to join us?

James Clyburn is the Assistant Democratic Leader and the highest-ranking African-American in Congress. Congressman Clyburn was active in the civil rights movement before becoming South Carolina's human-affairs commissioner in 1974 and a congressman in 1993

The event details are below. Please click here to RSVP and let us know your coming!

What: Dessert & Coffee with House Democratic Assistant Leader James Clyburn
Where: Home of Ken Evans - 4624 Sea Grape Dr, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 33308-3524
When: Saturday, September 29th
Doors open: 7:00pm
Click here to RSVP!

If you have any questions about the event, please call 561-223-7401.

Hope to see you there!

Obama Opens Wider Lead In Florida

…President Obama has opened up a wider lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney among Florida voters, a new poll released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University found. 

Obama leads Romney 53-44 percent in the Quinnipiac University/CBS News/ New York Times swing state poll, compared to a much slimmer 49-46 margin in a poll taken Aug. 23 before either party had held its nominating convention. 

The survey also gauged the electorate in two other swing states, Ohio and Pennsylvania, and found the president opening up wider leads there as well. Obama was the leader in Ohio 53-43 percent and 54-42 percent in Pennsylvania in the survey of likely voters. 

The poll, taken Sept. 18-24, surveyed 1,196 Florida likely voters, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percent. 

It came on the heels of some remarks Romney had made about the electorate earlier in the year being made public. In the recorded remarks, Romney said he wouldn't ever be able to get the votes of 47 percent of the population, which, he said, viewed government help as an entitlement that they wouldn't give up, and implying that people who don't pay income tax – about half of Americans – were the same part of the population, and wanted to keep it that way.

Romney "had a bad week in the media and it shows in these key swing states," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "The furor over his 47 percent remark almost certainly is a major factor in the roughly double-digit leads … Obama has in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The debates may be Romney's best chance to reverse the trend in his favor.

"The wide difference between the two candidates is not just a result of Romney's bad week," Brown continued. "In Ohio and Florida votes are basically split down the middle on whether the country and they and their families are worse or better off than they were four years ago. If voters don't think they are worse off, it is difficult to see them throwing out an incumbent whose personal ratings with voters remain quite high." 

Women polled in Florida backed Obama 58-39 percent, while men were a closer split, liking Romney by a 50-47 percent margin. Obama leads among Florida Hispanic voters 58-39 percent. Among crucial independents, whom Romney has made his main target, however, he is leading, 49 to 46 percent in Florida. 

Slightly over half of Florida voters say they're either very confident or somewhat confident in Obama's decision making on the Middle East, well ahead of the 46 percent who say that about Romney.

Quinnipiac also polled Florida's U.S. Senate race and found Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson leading Republican challenger and U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, 53-39 percent. Gov. Rick Scott continues to have a higher disapproval rating than approval, with 48 percent of those polled saying they disapprove of the job he's doing, compared to 38 percent who approve.

The poll also gauged the popularity of former Gov. Charlie Crist, who has been rumored as a possible future candidate. His favorability was split 40-40 with the rest undecided.

For full results and all questions, go to:

Representative John Lewis (Dem-Georgia) coming to Broward County

Chairman, Mitch Ceasar and the Broward Democratic Party are so proud to announce the arrival of Representative John Lewis (Dem-Georgia).

         Congressman Lewis, a revered figure in the Civil Rights movement, and all other fights for freedom, will appear at a cocktail fundraiser on behalf of the Broward Democratic Party. Tickets are available for $100.00. Please contact Tammy at the Democratic Headquarters(954) 423-2200. We encourage you to purchase your tickets early, as there can be no guarantee on that evening.

        The event will be at the house of Mr. Mark Sturman, 12281 N.W. 8th Street, Plantation. The date is September 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

South Florida's chance to stand up against Amendment 8

Free Speech
Rally to Oppose Amendment 8
Saturday, September 29th
Jim Ward Community Center
301 NW 46th Ave.
Plantation, FL 33317 

In just seven weeks, the people of Florida will vote on an amendment that would remove the state’s 107-year-old constitutional protection against taxpayer funding of religious activities. Amendment 8, the misleadingly-called “Religious Freedom Amendment,” would blur the line separating church and state and create a constitutional entitlement for any entity calling itself a religion to receive any government benefit.
Join us on Saturday, September 29th for a rally against Amendment 8 to oppose this threat to religious freedom.
Join your fellow civil libertarians in support of real religious freedom, not what Amendment 8 would bring. Religion can only truly be free when it's free of government entanglement. Speakers include:
  • Howard Simon, Executive Director of the ACLU of Florida
  • Rep. Perry E. Thurston Jr., incoming Minority Leader of the Florida House of Representatives
  • Maureen S. Dinnen, Broward County School Board
  • Howard Finkelstein, Broward County Public Defender
  • David Barkey, Religious Freedom Counsel of the Anti-Defamation League
The rally is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available.
Thank you for standing with us in support of freedom. We look forward to seeing you on the 29th!

Senator Maria Sachs to hold a press conference in Broward Today

On Monday, September 10, 2012, Senator Maria Sachs (D-Delray) will join Mayor Lamar Fisher of Pompano Beach to announce a proposed bill that will improve the safety of commercial parasailing operations around the State of Florida.  The bill, to be titled the White-Miskell Bill, will be named for Kathleen Miskell who died in a parasailing accident earlier this month and Amber White, a 15-year-old girl who lost her life in a parasailing accident in Pompano Beach in 2007. 

A press conference will be held Monday, September 10th at 2 p.m. at the Pompano Beach City Hall, 100 West Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach

Important Message From Debbie Wasserman Schultz

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The American people have heard too many distortions about what Obamacare truly does.

As you talk to friends and neighbors in the days and months ahead, here are some facts to share. Because of health care reform:
  • 3.1 million young Americans, ages 18-26, are now covered under their parents' health insurance  
  • 32 million Americans will now have access to affordable health coverage
  • 105 million people have seen lifetime limits on their insurance lifted
  • 33 million people with Medicare have already taken advantage of free preventative care services
Health care reform has helped millions of Americans obtain insurance already. It's set to help millions more gain access to affordable care in the near future. Yet Republicans in Congress have still tried to overturn or defund Obamacare more than 30 times in the past two years.

Republicans want to go back to square one, and have the same fight all over again. But because of the involvement of people like you, we’re moving forward.

I can't thank you enough for adding your voice to the more than 46,000 others that have signed our petition to protect Obamacare. Now I need you to do one more thing. Click here to share our petition with your friends on Facebook, or send a tweet to your followers on Twitter.

Thank you so much for staying engaged on this critically important issue.