Sun Sentinel Newspaper Hit By Cyber Attack

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A cyber attack caused major printing and delivery disruptions on Saturday at the Los Angeles Times and other major US newspapers, including ones owned by the Tribune Publishing Co.
The cyber attack appeared to originate outside the United States, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing a source with knowledge of the situation.
The attack led to distribution delays in the Saturday edition of The Times, Tribune, Sun and other newspapers that share a production platform in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Tribune Publishing, whose newspapers also include the New York Daily News and Sun Sentinel, said it first detected the malware on Friday and reported it to the FBI. Sun Sentinel failed to publish it's Saturday Paper and sent it out on Sunday.

Spread The Vote Names New Florida State Director

Spread The Vote Names New Florida State Director
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Spread The Vote, a national non-profit organization committed to helping people get government issued IDs so they can vote, apply for jobs, get housing, receive medical care and much more, has named a new Florida State Director.

Matthew Tisdol has been named Spread The Vote’s new Florida State Director, and will continue to expand the organization’s presencence across the state.

Tisdol, a Miami native, comes to Spread The Vote with a background in non-profit and grassroots organizing and has dedicated his professional career to fighting for those without a voice.

“We are thrilled to have Matt on board to lead the Spread The Vote Florida team,” said Spread The Vote Founder, Kat Calvin. “For too many Floridians, getting an ID has been extremely challenging, but we know that with Matt’s experience in fighting for justice, he can help people across state with the barriers they face in getting identification.”

Prior to Spread The Vote, Tisdol worked for years at a fair housing organization, where his investigations led the organization to recovering over $1 million dollars in damages and housing fees for victims of housing discrimination in South Florida.

“Spread The Vote is doing very powerful work, helping people in communities across Florida who are too often forgotten and left behind,” said Tisdol. “As state director here in Florida, my mission will be to continue and expand on the work that has been done to ensure that Floridians across the state get the IDs they need to not only participate in our democracy, but have access to more opportunity.”
Leading up to the midterm elections Spread The Vote’s Florida chapter helped hundreds across the state receive IDs. These IDs have not only helped people vote, but get a job, healthcare, housing and make them feel like a person again.

Spread The Vote Florida currently has local chapters in South Florida, Palm Beach, Tampa, Central Florida, Northeast Florida, Tallahassee, and Northwest Florida Miami, and will only continue to expand under Tisdol’s leadership.

To learn more about Spread The Vote, visit

Mayor Mark Bogen Announces Mayor's Council of Broward County

Broward County Mayor Mark Bogen will bring together the Mayors of all thirty-one cities for the newly created Mayor’s Council of Broward County.              

“This is precedent setting. The Mayor’s Council of Broward County will unite all city leaders to address issues and solve problems together in the spirit of cooperation to better serve our 1.9 million residents,” said Mayor Bogen. The Council also has the support of the Broward League of Cities.  

Mayor Bogen and the thirty-one city Mayors will meet on a quarterly basis with initial meetings scheduled for January 28th, 30th, and 31st

“For a number of years, the cities and County have not always gotten along.  In some cases, there have been lawsuits and tension.  This coming year, we’ll meet face to face to set an agenda and discuss whatever issues are brought to the table. We’ll open up lines of communication and the end result will be progress,” said Bogen.

The Mayor’s Council of Broward County is part of the Mayor Bogen’s overall theme this year to “get things done.”  He’s incorporated a Triple A strategy that includes accountability of government, achievement on a countywide basis and award incentives for ideas that will lead to more efficient government. 

Deutch Statement on Reports that Trump Admin. Plans to Withdraw US Forces from Syria

Deutch Statement on Reports that Trump Admin. Plans to Withdraw US Forces from Syria
(Washington) Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), Ranking Member of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, made the following statement in response to reports that the Trump Administration would withdraw U.S. forces from Syria:

“Today the Trump Administration announced it would begin pulling U.S. forces and personnel from Syria. I’m deeply concerned about this decision and the impact it will have on the ground and on our ability to influence a political resolution to the conflict.

“The decision to remove our forces contradicts the Administration’s stated goals of ensuring the enduring defeat of ISIS and countering Iran’s dangerous expansion in Syria. The removal of U.S. forces and the lack of stabilization efforts will only exacerbate the conditions that make a resurgence of radicalized actors more likely.

"This move directly contradicts public statements made by Trump Administration officials. Just last month, the U.S. Special Representative for Syria Engagement Ambassador James Jeffrey told the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee that 'such an untimely U.S. military departure from Syria would enable ISIS to return, allow Iran to fill the vacuum, place Iraq’s stability at risk, and increase the threats to Syria’s neighbors such as our key allies Israel, Jordan, and Turkey.'

“In addition, this move makes our partners on the ground, including the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), more vulnerable to aggression from Syrian regime forces backed by Iran and Russia and Turkish-backed opposition forces. The SDF has fearlessly and selflessly sacrificed to help our mission in combating ISIS.

“The Administration is yielding American leadership to powers like Russia, Iran, and Turkey to decide the future of Syria. The removal of U.S. troops will not further our national security objectives in Syria or secure our allies in the region. In fact, this move plays into Iran's long-desired goal to establish a land bridge from Tehran to Beirut to extend its regime and terror proxies.

"This decision contravenes advice from both the State Department and the Pentagon, once again showing the Administration’s lack of a cohesive and coherent strategy. Unfortunately, this haphazard decision may well further destabilize the region, threaten our key allies, and threaten U.S. security at home.” 

Stranahan House Museum will celebrate its inaugural Pioneer Honorees

During its 2019 Pineapple Jam, the Historic Stranahan House Museum will celebrate its inaugural Pioneer Honorees. Community leader and Broward College President Gregory A. Haile, Esq. and landscape architecture firm EDSA will be recognized during Stranahan House’s largest annual gala and fundraising event, themed the “Party in Paradise for Preservation,” on Friday, April 12, 2019.

“We are thrilled to recognize President Haile and ESDA as our inaugural Pioneer Honorees at the 2019 Pineapple Jam,” said event chair Maggie Gunther, director of communications and programs for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance. “They are groundbreaking leaders in the community who are making history and boldly moving forward while valuing the importance of preserving Greater Fort Lauderdale and Broward County’s past. We appreciate the many contributions of President Haile and EDSA.”

The seventh president of Broward College, Haile has served on more than 35 boards or committees and in 20 chair or president positions. His current positions include service on the board of Leadership Florida and membership of the Higher Education Committee of 50 (“Forward 50”), supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. An accomplished educator and corporate litigator, Haile has served at Broward College in teaching and leadership positions since 2011.

EDSA, the inaugural corporate Pioneer Honoree for Pineapple Jam 2019, is a planning, architecture and urban design firm headquartered in Fort Lauderdale. President and Principal Doug Smith is the immediate past-president of the Stranahan House Board of Directors. In his position, Smith provided invaluable leadership in spearheading fundraising initiatives and expertise in landscape architecture, helping to preserve structural components of the House and implement sustainable designs.

Pineapple Jam is an annual “gala” celebration featuring live music and entertainment, Floribbean cuisine, a premium open bar and silent auction. Proceeds support year-round historic preservation and education programs at the Historic Stranahan House Museum, the oldest and most historically significant landmark in Broward County. For more information on supporting the event, sponsorships and ticket sales, visit

About Historic Stranahan House and Museum
The Stranahan House was built in 1901, when Broward County was no more than a bleak southern frontier supposedly unsuited for human habitation. The existing residents were the Seminoles who traveled down the New River to Frank Stranahan’s trading post to do business. Over the years as Fort Lauderdale grew and developed, the house became a post office, boarding house, restaurant and home to the “Founding Father” and “First Lady” of Fort Lauderdale – Ivy and Frank Stranahan. Today it stands as the oldest house in Fort Lauderdale and an epicenter of Broward County’s long and fascinating history. For more information about the Historic Stranahan House Museum, visit

Deutch, Brooks Lead Call to Leadership to Pass Reforms to the Congressional Accountability Act

Deutch, Brooks Lead Call to Leadership to Pass Reforms to the Congressional Accountability Act
(Washington) Today, Chairwoman of the House Committee on Ethics Susan W. Brooks (R-IN-05) and Ranking Member Ted Deutch (D-FL-22), along with the entire Committee membership sent a letter to leaders in the House of Representatives and Senate urging passage of legislation to reform the Congressional Accountability Act (CAA), which would strengthen workplace rights and protections for employees in the legislative branch and also hold Members and Senators accountable for their own personal conduct.

The Committee wrote, “Members and employees alike should be able to work free from sexual harassment or discrimination of any kind. The American public must also have confidence that we in Congress not only view these issues with the seriousness they demand – but that we are taking action. Reforms to the Congressional Accountability Act of 1994 are sorely needed to protect the integrity of and public confidence in Congress, to ensure that the legislative brand remains a place where men and women want to serve, and to improve accountability on these vital issues. The reforms we have advocated have overwhelming bipartisan support in the House…

To read the complete letter, click here

Ballot Recount Broward updates

UPDATE 5:30 pm 11-15-18

Image: HEADED TO HAND RECOUNT? It appears the Fla. Senate race is headed to a hand recount, while the race for Fla. Governor may be over.

HEADED TO HAND RECOUNT? It appears the Fla. Senate race is headed to a hand recount, while the race for Fla. Governor may be over.

After recount numbers were counted, it appears the Florida Senate race is headed to a hand recount.
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UPDATE 2:00PM 11-15-18

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Federal judge denies request to extend Florida recount deadline

Federal judge denies request to extend approaching deadline for recounts in tight Florida races for US Senate, governor.  
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UPDATE 1:00 PM 11-15-18
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judge gives voters more time to fix ballots
Judge Mark Walker on Thursday told lawyers during a recount hearing that Florida is the "laughingstock of the world election after election" when it comes to voting and gave residents more time to fix their ballots so they can be tallied in the Senate and governor races.
"We chose not to fix this," said Walker, the U.S. chief district judge. He ruled Thursday that the state's law on mail-in ballots places a substantial burden on voters and he gave them until Saturday to fix any mismatched signatures that might prevent their ballots from being counted.

UPDATE 11:30 AM 11-14-18

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Gov. Rick Scott to step down from elections board responsible for certifying results of Florida recount

Florida Gov. Rick Scott will step down from the state panel responsible for certifying the results in the state's highly contested elections.
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UPDATE 5pm 11-13-18
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Embattled Broward elections chief says she may step down after recount

Brenda Snipes said Tuesday that she's considering stepping aside as Broward County supervisor of elections after the recount amid a firestorm of criticism over how her office has handled recent elections.
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Broward County elections workers were still sorting ballots early Tuesday ahead of Thursday's state-mandated recount.

UPDATE 9:30 AM 11-13-18

Broward County hasn't begun recount, while Miami-Dade County more than halfway done

Broward County Supervisor of Elections Dr. Brenda Snipes said the process was delayed after one of the county's 10 ballot-counting machines malfunctioned. The machines had to be calibrated during the weekend, so workers weren't able to start sorting through all the ballots until Sunday.
"I've worked here for about 15 years, and I have to say, this is the first time that this office or I have been under such a tax," Snipes said.
Despite the delay, Snipes said she is confident the recount will be finished by the state-mandated deadline.
Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner on Saturday ordered statewide recounts for three races -- governor, U.S. Senate and agriculture commissioner.
The recount was ordered after unofficial results showed Republican former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis leading Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum by 0.41 percentage points for governor. Republican Gov. Rick Scott's lead over Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson was 0.14 per

All eyes are on South Florida, as elections workers have until Thursday to finish a statewide recount.

UPDATE 11-13-18
From NY Times
Republicans’ push to discredit the vote recount in Florida reflects a cold political calculation, aimed at securing the party’s Senate majority and its agenda. Here’s more on the strategy.
 A judge in Florida urged lawyers involved in the recount battle to “ramp down the rhetoric” and take accusations of electoral fraud where they belong: to the police. Read about the controversy.

UPDATE 11-12-18
From Miami Herald
Two days after state officials ordered a statewide recount in three key races that ended within razor-thin margins, Broward County elections officials said Monday they have not yet started their recount of more than 700,000 ballots it must tally before Thursday’s deadline.
Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes said she was not concerned that her office would not meet its deadline, even if the start of the recount is delayed until Tuesday morning.
“No, there is not” any concern, said Snipes, whose headquarters in Lauderhill was once again surrounded Monday by a small Trump, crowd of protesters critical of the elections chief and her competence to serve.
Broward will conduct three statewide recounts and additional recounts on four municipal races, all of which are on the first page of Broward’s ballots. The machines have to first separate that page from the rest of each ballot before they can then be refed and recounted. (Ballots in Broward county can range from four to seven pages, depending on the city.)

Florida law requires an automatic recount in a race in which the difference in vote totals is half a percent or less. The law requires a manual recount if the difference in the vote totals is 1/4 of a percent or less.

The razor-thin margins in the races of U.S. Senate, agriculture commissioner and the governor’s race caused Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner to order mandatory machine recounts in all three statewide races Saturday after all counties submitted their unofficial results by noon.
Here’s a timeline on what happens next:
Thursday, Nov. 15: The second round of unofficial returns is due from the counties at 3 p.m.
Those in charge of recounting votes, the county canvassing boards, are comprised of the county supervisor of elections, a circuit court judge, Betsy Benson and county commission chair. This group is tasked with testing voting machines for technical errors and reporting any problems to the Secretary of State’s Office within 11 days.
At that point, the Florida Secretary of State and the Divison of Elections will determine whether the returns of those results meet the statutory threshold for a manual recount.
A manual recount is legally required under Florida law for federal, state or multicounty races or issues if the margin between candidates/issues is below 0.25 percent.
Nov. 16: Overseas Ballots Deadline
In compliance with the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, the deadline in Florida for overseas ballots from applicable military and civilian is Nov. 16.
The ballots must be postmarked or signed and dated on or before the Nov. 6 Election Day.
Nov. 18: Official Returns Deadline
County canvassing boards have a noon deadline on Nov. 18 to produce official returns.
Nov. 20: Official Returns Certified
The Elections Canvassing Commission, which is made up of the Florida governor and two members of the Florida Cabinet selected by the governor, meet in Tallahassee at 9 a.m. on Nov. 20 to certify the official returns from federal, state and multi-county offices

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Just 15,092 votes out of 8.2 million separate Sen. Bill Nelson and Gov. Rick Scott in the Florida Senate race. And the margin continues to narrow — it was at nearly 60,000 on election night and 34,000 Wednesday afternoon. One thing is clear: This race is headed to a recount. Scott, the Republican, leads Nelson, the Democrat, by 0.18 percentage points. That is well within the margin for a machine recount (0.5 percent) and within the threshold for a recount by hand (0.25 percent).

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Not all the ballots have been counted yet in South Florida, a Democratic stronghold

As of Thursday morning, two voter-rich counties were still tabulating an unknown number of ballots.
Broward County, where Nelson received 68.9 percent of the votes, was still counting early-voting, vote-by-mail and Election Day ballots.
Palm Beach County, where Nelson received 58.4 percent of the votes, was still counting vote-by-mail ballots.
If the breakdown of these pending ballots is anything close to the results so far, Nelson should pick up more votes than Scott.

Undervote in Senate race in Broward County

In Broward County, 695,799 people turned in ballots. But only 665,688 voted in the Senate race.

Rep. Deutch Op-Ed: Every Vote Should Count

(Washington) On Sunday, November 11, Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) published the following op-ed in the Sun Sentinel in which he pushes back on baseless accusations by Senator Marco Rubio, Governor Rick Scott, and President Donald Trump regarding certain close statewide elections and their legally-mandated recounts.

The op-ed can be read here and below.

Every Vote Should Count.Congressman Ted Deutch
Count every vote. Why is that such a troubling goal for Governor Rick Scott, Senator Marco Rubio, and President Donald Trump?

As the margins narrowed in the U.S. Senate, Florida Governor, and Florida Commissioner of Agriculture races, Republicans responded to a close election by trying to erode confidence in our democratic institutions and prevent Florida voters’ voices from being heard.

Since Election Day, Senator Marco Rubio and Governor Rick Scott have spouted conspiracy theories, requested law enforcement investigations to harass elections officials, and filed lawsuits to cloud the vote counting process in suspicion. These are acts of desperation and show that Republicans are afraid of what will happen if every Florida vote is counted.

Marco Rubio should remember that he is our U.S. Senator and is supposed to be representing every Floridian. His post-election tweets were irresponsible and are intended to slowly erode confidence in the results. He baselessly claimed that Democrats “are here to change the results of election,” and that lawyers will “try to steal a seat in the U.S. Senate and Florida Cabinet.”

Senator Rubio is not telling the truth and offered zero evidence for his conspiracy theories. He portrayed post-election night vote counting as a troubling anomaly. It wasn’t. After the 2016 election, 10 million ballots were counted over the course of ten days after polls closed nationwide. This year, five million ballots across the country had yet to be counted by Friday. In many races, overseas, mail-in, and provisional ballots that are counted and verified after Election Day won’t change the outcome. But in Florida, we have six very close races that deserve to have every vote counted without interference from our senator.

Senator Rubio was joined by Governor Scott who claimed “unethical liberals” are trying to steal the election. He unsuccessfully ordered the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate. In response, a FDLE spokesperson said that they would be willing to investigate credible allegations of fraud, but they hadn’t seen any. That’s because our own governor’s allegations are a farce.

As Senator Rubio and Governor Scott could have guessed, President Trump took the bait and joined the fray on Twitter. He tweeted about “Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach” and claimed Florida already chose Rick Scott for Senate. He even closed a Friday afternoon twitter tirade by thanking Senator Rubio for “exposing the potential corruption going on.” But Senator Rubio hasn’t exposed anything. He’s made baseless conspiracy theories that he knew would be fodder for a president that has used similar false allegations in the past to attack election results.

In 2018, Senator Rubio amplified a President Trump tactic from 2016. After he lost the popular vote by a historic margin of 3 million votes, President Trump used unfounded voter fraud claims to waste taxpayer resources on a so-called Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The commission was shut down after states refused to provide it with information that violated voters’ privacy and could have been used in erroneous voter purges like we’ve seen multiple times in Florida.

Senator Rubio often portrays himself as a responsible and reasonable actor in a political world that has gone mad. Friday afternoon, he tried to dial back his false allegations of fraud by claiming that he just wants information on the state-mandated schedule. But it’s too late. Senator Rubio fueled the president’s conspiracy engine this week in an effort to drive Florida’s election off the rails. We can all hope that the damage he’s caused won’t stop the work Florida’s elections officials are doing as three very close races proceed to automatic recounts that will ensure that every vote is counted.


Message From #Indivisible Founders

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Dear Indivisibles,
We took the House. We keep repeating it over and over to ourselves: We took the House. 

How we built the wave.

When Trump won, the political establishment assumed that the Affordable Care Act was as good as dead. They assumed that Republicans had built, through gerrymandering, a secure majority in the House. They assumed Trump could count on four years of a Republican Congress.
They didn’t count on us.
A lot of people in Washington will rush to claim credit for Tuesday’s results.But you know the truth: this didn’t start in Washington.
It started in our cities and towns. It started in our living rooms, or in a community center, or at a march (or on a bus on the way back from a march), or in a church or mosque or synagogue. It started with finding our voices, our communities, and our power. It started with us coming together.
We showed up -- first at marches and airports, then at town halls and district offices. We held our representatives’ feet to the fire. We made sure they answered for every vote they took and every statement they made. We fought -- long and hard -- to stop the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, to turn Trump’s tax scam into a political liability, and to join in defense of DACA recipients and our communities under threat.
We forced many of these Republicans into early retirements. We tied others to their most unpopular votes and quotes. We laid the groundwork for the campaigns that took shape this year… and for Democrats to have a competitive House map.
And then we went from pressuring our representatives to replacing them. We got behind exciting candidates. We knocked doors, made calls, sent texts, and raised money. We ran for office ourselves. And on Tuesday, whether our candidates won or lost, we were part of a nationwide wave that has changed the course of American democracy.
We didn’t win everywhere -- in some states, Republicans have rigged the rules, or we’re still building the power we’ll need to win. We’re mourning losses in critical places like Florida, Georgia, and Texas. But we’ve achieved something fundamental: we’ve taken control of one chamber of Congress. And we can use it as a check on this administration, and to lead the path forward.

What comes next: we go on offense.

The original Indivisible Guide was all about defense. Republicans had unified control of the House, the Senate, and the White House. We had lost state legislatures and governorships. We felt lost and scared and alone. And the best thing we could think to do was write a practical guide to making Congress listen to their constituents (that’s you!).
We knew that Trump would threaten our families, our neighbors, and our democracy. We believed that the only thing that could stop him and his Congressional Republican footsoldiers was a massive, nationwide surge of everyday people banding together, getting organized, and fighting for the America that we believed in.
But then something incredible happened: we took our anger and grief and turned it into fuel for collective action. We organized and we built power.
Tuesday’s enormous victory changes the game. In a few days, we’ll release a new Indivisible guide: Indivisible on Offense(We’ve been working on a new guide for months… we kind of had a feeling last night's victory might happen.) In 2017, we made Congress listen. In 2018, we remade Congress. And in 2019, the next Congress will feature a new generation of brave, diverse leaders.
The new Democratic House majority has agenda-setting power. They can pass legislation. They can use investigatory and subpoena power. They can act as a check on this Administration. This all gets a little wonky and complex, but it’s hugely powerful. And we’ll release Indivisible on Offense next week to walk you through all the ins and outs, and help you work to ensure Democrats use all their new powers.
This is how we’ll go from taking the House to taking the White House. Want to get a sneak peek of the plan? Sign up here to join this call and let us know you’re in for this next phase of our movement. And, please, forward this to your friends too -- what better time to join this movement than after a historic, nationwide win?
We all know Trump won’t take this loss sitting down. The fight for our democracy is far from over. But we also know that Indivisibles all over the country made last night's win possible and showed how we can win again.
We’re not scared anymore. We’re not lost. We’re not alone. We know that America belongs to all of us -- and that we’re all in this together. Indivisible.
In solidarity,
Ezra and Leah

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