Friday, October 26, 2012

Don't have any regrets


From First Read from MSNBC today: 
According to brand-new NBC/WSJ/Marist polls, Obama and Romney are deadlocked at 48% among likely voters in Colorado, while Obama holds a narrow three-point lead in Nevada, 50%-47%.  
Among the broader sample of registered voters, Obama is up by one in Colorado, 48%-47%, and he leads by six in Nevada, 51%-45%.
And what’s going on in Colorado could signal what happens in Florida and Virginia.
Notice that Obama holds a greater lead among registered voters than among likely voters. That's why get out the vote is so important. 

If we can get some of those supporters who were counted as unlikely voters to actually go to the polls, we can win this thing!  

That's why I'll be spending every waking hour of the day from now until Election Day to get out the vote in my little portion of Florida.

Don't have any regrets. If you were to wake up on November 7 facing four years of a Romney presidency, you would wish you had made the time to volunteer. Go to www.BarackObama.com/events and sign up for a volunteer shift near you.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

It's what each one of us can do

Pundits say we will win Florida ONLY IF we get our supporters to the polls.

An article in Monday's paper put it this way:
"To date, conventional wisdom has been that the turnout race will swing toward the Republicans, that the GOP is fired up about replacing Obama, that Democrats lack the same infectious enthusiasm they had in 2008. But many also are disenchanted by political bickering, contemplating whether to stay home next month out of sheer frustration. Others are angered by new voting laws that, depending on your view, either sniff out voter fraud or disenfranchise minority and poor voters. And some feel hopeless, as if neither candidate can help pull them out of joblessness or poverty. 
"Taken together, those who vote — and those who don't — will help direct the future of our country, deciding whether Florida turns red or blue in 2012."
There's nothing more important than knocking those doors and making those calls, because it's a proven fact that personal contact - especially with those who are undecided or sporadic voters - DOES make a difference.

If each of us makes a difference with just ONE voter, together we could swing the state.

Have you completed a volunteer shift yet? Are you ready to help us get out the vote? Have you visited www.barackobama.com/events or signed up with your local Neighborhood Team on Dashboard?

If you have - thank you! If not, what can I do or say to get you in? Seriously - we need you!

If you live in North Naples, please sign up and attend one of our two Get-Out-the-Vote Training Sessions for volunteers this Sunday.

  • 10AM-12PM - North Naples East Training - Click here
  • 2PM-4PM -      North Naples Training - Click here

If you live anywhere else in the COUNTRY, find an event near you at www.barackobama.com/events.

Learn what you need to know to be the most effective and productive volunteer you can be in the less-than-three-weeks that remain until Election Day.

Friday, October 12, 2012

CHANGE RE: OCTOBER 16 AMENDMENTS FORUM


The location for the Forum on the Proposed Amendments to the Florida Constitution has been changed to accommodate what is expected to be a LARGE CROWD.  The new location is the North Naples United Methodist Church, 6000 Goodlette Road North.  Below is repeated the original Sparkers Soapbox post.

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The League of Women Voters of Florida - and I - recommend a NO vote on all eleven constitutional amendments placed on the ballot by the Florida Legislature. You can read the League's rationale at www.thefloridavoter.org, where you can also download the League's 2012 Voter Guide for nonpartisan information on statewide candidates and Supreme Court Justices.

To hear both sides of each issue from an extremely qualified group of speakers, attend the Amendments Forum on Oct. 16 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the NABOR Community Center, 1455 Pine Ridge Road (just east of Goodlette-Frank Road). Some "heavy hitters" are lined up as panelists (see the guest commentary by Lydia Galton and Dave Trecker, founding members and officers of the Collier Community Alliance):

  • Former state representative Dudley Goodlette will describe how the amendments come about.
  • Florida ACLU head Howard Simon and Ave Maria president Jim Towey will debate the merits of Amendment 8, which would make public money available for religious institutions, including schools.
  • Carolyn Johnson, statewide manager of Vote Yes for No. 4, and Andrew Dickman, a Naples land-use attorney, will present the pros and cons of Amendment 4, which would cut property taxes, helping homeowners and realtors but stripping tax revenues from local government.
  • Char Wendel, head of Planned Parenthood, will debate Dr. Jaine Carter, a behavioral expert and author, on Amendment 6, which would prohibit state funding of abortions.
  • Ken Ginsberg of Hodges University and Chuck Mohlke, Democratic Party majordomo, will discuss the pros and cons of Amendment 3, which would set a limit on state revenues.
  • Jeff Fridkin, a prominent litigation attorney, will discuss Amendment 5, which would allow the Legislature to overturn Florida Supreme Court rulings by a simple majority vote of both houses.
  • Patrick Neale, a Naples land-use attorney, will discuss Amendments 2, 9, 10 and 11, all involving property tax changes.
  • Jeff Lytle, Daily News editorial page editor, will serve as moderator.

It promises to be an informative evening of political theater!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

11 constitutional amendments on the ballot


thefloridavoter.org
The League of Women Voters of Florida - and I - recommend a NO vote on all eleven constitutional amendments placed on the ballot by the Florida Legislature. You can read the League's rationale at www.thefloridavoter.org, where you can also download the League's 2012 Voter Guide for nonpartisan information on statewide candidates and Supreme Court Justices.

To hear both sides of each issue from an extremely qualified group of speakers, attend the Amendments Forum on Oct. 16 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the NABOR Community Center, 1455 Pine Ridge Road (just east of Goodlette-Frank Road). Some "heavy hitters" are lined up as panelists (see the guest commentary by Lydia Galton and Dave Trecker, founding members and officers of the Collier Community Alliance):

  • Former state representative Dudley Goodlette will describe how the amendments come about.
  • Florida ACLU head Howard Simon and Ave Maria president Jim Towey will debate the merits of Amendment 8, which would make public money available for religious institutions, including schools.
  • Carolyn Johnson, statewide manager of Vote Yes for No. 4, and Andrew Dickman, a Naples land-use attorney, will present the pros and cons of Amendment 4, which would cut property taxes, helping homeowners and realtors but stripping tax revenues from local government.
  • Char Wendel, head of Planned Parenthood, will debate Dr. Jaine Carter, a behavioral expert and author, on Amendment 6, which would prohibit state funding of abortions.
  • Ken Ginsberg of Hodges University and Chuck Mohlke, Democratic Party majordomo, will discuss the pros and cons of Amendment 3, which would set a limit on state revenues.
  • Jeff Fridkin, a prominent litigation attorney, will discuss Amendment 5, which would allow the Legislature to overturn Florida Supreme Court rulings by a simple majority vote of both houses.
  • Patrick Neale, a Naples land-use attorney, will discuss Amendments 2, 9, 10 and 11, all involving property tax changes.
  • Jeff Lytle, Daily News editorial page editor, will serve as moderator.

It promises to be an informative evening of political theater!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

What's with the push for early voting?





"For millions of Americans, the election is no longer on a fixed date. It is increasingly becoming another item on the fall checklist, a civic duty steeped in the convenience of everyday life. The development is reshaping campaigns, with Election Day becoming Election Month for as much as 40 percent of the electorate this year, including voters in the vital swing states of Ohio, Florida, Colorado and others." So wrote From Jeff Zeleny in the New York Times ("September, November: 40 Precious Days to Spend on Early Vote").

He continued: “It has made the October surprises way less relevant,” said Jim Messina, the campaign manager for Mr. Obama, who has built the president’s re-election strategy around the growing trend of voting early. “In a close election, you can increase your number of voters in a very important way.”

From "Early voting alters presidential-campaign tactics" (The Seattle Times): "By encouraging our supporters to vote early, we can focus our resources more efficiently on Election Day to make sure those less likely to vote get out to the polls," said Adam Fetcher, an Obama campaign spokesman. "We've made early investments in battleground states, where we've been registering folks and keeping an open conversation going with undecided voters for months."

Using advanced technology, campaigns track, or "chase," voters who request absentee ballots, often on a daily basis, until they are turned in. Then the campaign moves on. "You stop sending them mail. You stop calling them. You don't need to knock on their door anymore," said a senior Obama campaign aide, who requested anonymity because he is not an authorized spokesman.

The Obama campaign WANTS its supporters to vote early. It's that simple. Let's do it!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Did your mail ballot arrive?


My absentee/mail ballot arrived Saturday. If you requested one but didn’t receive it yet, it's time to track it down.

In Collier County, go to the Supervisor of Elections’ website www.colliervotes.com and click on “Am I Registered?” On the next screen, enter your last name, date of birth and house number. This will bring up your voter registration record. Scroll down to the section called “Future Elections” and click on “Show My Absentee/Mail Ballot Information.” It will tell you if you've requested a mail ballot, and what date it was mailed.

If it says yours was mailed last Tuesday (as mine was) and you haven’t received it yet, don’t assume that the mail was just delayed. Call the Supervisor’s Office at 239-252-8450 and ask them to send out another one. Better yet, ask if you can go pick it up. It's important that you stay on top of this.

If it doesn't show that you requested one, it’s not too late. Click here. You have until October 31 – but why wait?

If we are successful at getting every one of our supporters to actually VOTE, we will WIN in Florida – and FOUR MORE YEARS!