Friday, October 21, 2016

Bill Clinton Kicks off Bus Tour in Florida

On Friday, Bill Clinton kicked off a campaign bus tour in Florida. He began in Orlando with a speech at the Florida Education Association Delegate Assembly. During the event, he spoke about the importance of the election and its potential impact on education. Bill spoke about Hillary Clinton's plans to expand access to early childhood education and her plan to ensure that students graduate from college debt-free. He said that Hillary will be better than Donald Trump on education, jobs, and everything else. Bill said, "You can’t build a wall around yourself or the world in this world of social media. You’ve got to build bridges to empowerment. We are close to being able to rise together again. America needs a ‘What are we going to do about it?’ President." Watch a video from the event below.
Bil then traveled to Jacksonville where he spoke to a crowd of supporters at a local library. Bill went after Trump for his proposals to scrap the Affordable Care Act saying that we cannot end a law that helped more than 20 million Americans access to health insurance. He also outlined a number of Hillary's other policies including her plans to invest in the country's infrastructure, clean energy, and the manufacturing sector. Bill explained that these investments would all lead to new jobs. He wrapped up his speech talking about the importance of voting and ensuring that everyone votes on, or before in the case of Florida, November 8th. A video of Bill's speech is below.
Tonight, Bill is scheduled to speak at a stop in Quincy. Full coverage from the event will be posted tomorrow.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Meet And Greet With Congressman Ted Deutch


President Obama Campaigns for Clinton in Miami

President Barack Obama returned to the campaign trail on Thursday and spoke at an event in Miami Gardens, Florida. During his speech on the campus of Florida Memorial University, Obama spoke about the importance of electing Hillary Clinton president and Democrats such as Patrick Murphy to the Senate. He spoke about the progress made during his administration and said that the only way to ensure the progress continues is for Democrats to retake Congress and Donald Trump to never get near the White House. He said, "Donald Trump has nothing to offer but anger and grievance and blame. And so his closing argument asks what do you have to lose? Well, I'm here to tell you: everything. Donald Trump wants to reverse progress. Marco Rubio wants to help him. You want to give me a good sendoff? You want to give Michelle a good sendoff? Work as hard for Hillary and Patrick as you did for us." Obama urged everyone to get out and vote on November 8th. A video from the event is below.

Broward County Calls on Landlords to Help End Homelessness

Broward Commissioner Beam Furr calls on landlords to participate in program to assist homeless veterans and families.
Broward Commissioner Beam Furr calls on landlords to participate in program to assist homeless veterans and families

 Broward County is looking for landlords willing to rent residential units to pre-screened tenants in need of a home. The Landlord Recruitment Initiative is a new innovative program that seeks the help of property owners and landlords to end homelessness.

The program guarantees landlords will be paid a fair and reasonable monthly rent, advanced security and deposit payments and clients who will be pre-screened and qualified. Families and veterans in need of housing will pre-qualify for the new program.

"Landlords are in a powerful position to help us get people off the streets and into a home," said Broward Commissioner Beam Furr. "The County has earmarked $10.5 million to provide homelessness rental assistance. Landlords are guaranteed monthly rent payments and you'll have a team of people behind you, all focused on making this program work."

Fifty landlords are needed to provide housing for fifty veterans and bring the veteran homelessness count in Broward County down to "functional zero," a term that means there is enough housing available for every homeless veteran. Eighty rental units would provide enough housing to get to functional zero for homeless families and an additional 200 homes would all but end chronic homelessness in the County.

"All tenants will be assigned a case manager and a life coach. The ideal situation is to get people processed and in permanent housing in less than sixty days," said Michael Wright, Homeless Initiative Partnership / Continuum of Care Administrator.

Rent is guaranteed by local government, state and federally funded programs and is implemented locally through Broward Partnership for the HomelessBroward Outreach Center and members of the Broward County Homeless Initiative Partnership.

Landlords wanting to participate in the program can contact Broward Outreach Center Housing Navigator Rachel Edwards and or Broward Partnerships Housing Navigator Chantel Pierre at

In 2005, the Broward County Commission and Human Services Department, as the lead agency of the Continuum of Care Board, created a 10-year plan to end homelessness in our community. In 2013, the plan, "A Way Home: Broward County's Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness" was updated to provide a framework for ending homelessness and specific timelines for ending veteran homelessness (by 2016) and chronic homelessness (by 2017).

A partnership of local governments and community organizations, known as the Homeless Continuum of Care, was established in 1997. Broward County is on track to meet its 2016 and 2017 goals, but in spite of our community's best efforts, homelessness is still an unfortunate reality for more than 2,302 individuals and families, as identified in the January 2016 Broward County Homeless Initiative Partnership Point-In-Time Count of homeless persons.

A new philosophy called "Housing First" is helping change the way communities address issues of homelessness. It aims to first place individuals and families experiencing homelessness in stable housing, then address other needs that help them achieve independence and self-sufficiency.

This approach has proved successful in other states, such as New York, California, Arizona and Utah, and we should experience similar success in Broward County.

About Homeless Initiative Partnership 
The Homeless Initiative Partnership (HIP), a section within the Community Partnerships Division of the Broward County Human Services Department, plans and coordinates services for homeless persons, and serves as liaison to the Homeless Initiative Partnership Advisory Board, which acts as agent for the Board of County Commissioners in the development and implementation of homeless assistance programs. HIP is also the lead agency for the County's Homeless Continuum of Care, a network of organizations, advocates, residents and businesses that plan programs to help alleviate homeless in Broward County. The goal is to end veteran homelessness by March 2016, chronic homelessness by 2017, and family and youth homelessness by 2020. For more information, call 954-357-6101 or visit Homeless Services.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Hillary Clinton Endorsed by Vogue Magazine

In its first ever presidential endorsement, Vogue magazine endorsed Hillary Clinton yesterday saying, "For all the chaos and unpredictability and the sometimes appalling spectacle of this election season, the question of which candidate actually deserves to be president has never been a difficult one. Vogue has no history of political endorsements. Editors in chief have made their opinions known from time to time, but the magazine has never spoken in an election with a single voice. Given the profound stakes of this one, and the history that stands to be made, we feel that should change.Vogue endorses Hillary Clinton for president of the United States." The magazine joins a growing list of publications from across the country backing Clinton. Read the full endorsement HERE.

News Source: Vogue

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Wasserman Schultz Statement on UNESCO Vote on the Temple Mount and Jerusalem

Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) issued the following statement today after UNESCO adopted Resolution 200 EX/25:

“Today’s vote proves once again that UNESCO is primarily concerned with severing the religious, historical and cultural ties between Israel and Jerusalem, and in particular, the Temple Mount and Western Wall. Jerusalem is the most holy city in Judaism, and it has held extraordinary significance for countless generations of Jews from around the world. This resolution’s references to the Temple Mount by only its Muslim name is a direct attempt by Israel’s enemies to delegitimize Israel. It is particularly appalling that this resolution was brought during the High Holidays, and that the draft resolution was voted on during Yom Kippur, the holiest night of the Jewish Year.

“Sadly, this is only the latest chapter in UNESCO’s long history of antagonism towards Israel. These types of actions make the important work of a peaceful two-state solution between Israel and Palestine much more difficult to achieve. I strongly condemn this vote and resolution, and urge others who are committed to a secure and safe Israel to do the same.”

Monday, October 17, 2016

Come OUT For OUT Gay Comics


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Ray Combs & Ron Mills Present: 
Sampson McCormick & Paul Bisuito's 
San Francisco 2 Wilton Manors Show

Inside SPANX The Hog BBQ
147 South Cypress Road,
Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Dinner 7pm throughout the show
2 Drink Min Guarantees Talent
(Beer, Wine, Soda, Water, Juice Tea)
Showtimes 9pm & 11pm (Two 90 min shows)


Sampson- a one word name that perhaps conjures up some distant recollection of a slightly different spelled, bible-based warrior with supernatural powers, who was able to combat his enemies and perform heroic feats… or it may remind you of a Hanna-Barbera TV show of the late 1960’s, featuring another superhero, also imbued with great strength, endurance and agility.

Or you could be talking about Sampson, the self-described, out, gay, black comedian, activist, writer, speaker and fearless advocate of issues and concerns that speak to the challenges of those whose daily lives are marginalized and threatened. So you would not be far off no matter which Sampson/Samson comes to mind. Even though those comparisons are not entirely complete. Because Sampson, the comedian, is distinctly unique: a thinking, funny, passionate comic- who bridges culture, race, age and community with fresh humor, straddling an understanding and a perspective of the world that both an African American straight mom and a young white DL bisexual teenage boy, or someone out, just for a night of fun and laughter all could equally relate to, while trying to recover from non-stop laughs and serious reflection.

Above all else- Sampson is a uniquely talented and extremely funny storyteller. He draws from the brilliant comic styling’s of America’s top comic legends, such as Moms Mabley, Redd Foxx, Richard Pryor, Joan Rivers, George Carlin and Whoopi Goldberg- just a few of his own comic heroes. Sampson draws from a rich reservoir of personal triumphs and everyday occurrences. Finding humor from his tough roots, being raised by a single mother in rural North Carolina to facing head-on, the judgmental cruelty and fierce hypocrisy of homophobic preachers and self-appointed, so-called ‘family values’ bigots. Sampson deals with the toxic daggers of our society’s sometimes judgmental and hateful tendencies with warm grace, intellectual honesty and damn funny jokes.

For over a decade, he has built his brand from the ground up, developing an almost cult-like following, literally working the smallest of stages, as he puts it, “in coffee shops, STD clinics, gas stations, and apartment kitchens” to most recently in the largest of venues, headlining the Howard Theater in his own show, as the first African American, out, gay male comic, as well as The White House, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Broadway in NYC, The Famous Comedy Store in Hollywood, San Francisco Punch Line, colleges, cruises and sold out concert venues around the world. He's recorded three acclaimed live, stand-up comedy concert albums, including his most recent "That B*@&! Better Be Funny", which was considered for a 2014 Grammy Nomination for Best Comedy Album. Sampson has collaborated with notable entertainers such as Whoopi Goldberg, Luenell, Thea Vidale, Paul Mooney, Charo, Margaret Cho, Angela Bassett, Bruce Vilanch and appeared on BET, VH-1, CBS, OWN Network and MTV. He is also a gifted writer, penning two successful books and he has gained a serious following as a prolific public speaker, invited to campuses to lecture at places like Harvard University.

Among the myriad of accolades that he's received for his comedy, he's been named "One of the 12 Queer Comics That Every One Must Know", and "One of The Funniest LGBT Comics" by Buzz Feed, Huffington Post, The Advocate & SWERV Magazine. In 2014, he was awarded the Entertainer of The Year Award by Blatino Oasis in Palm Springs, CA and in 2016 was nominated by the Bay Area Reporter for Best Male Comic in The San Francisco Bay Area.

Feature: Peter Bisuito

As seen on Oprah, internationally known comedian Peter Bisuito aka “My Big Funny Peter” is the world’s ONLY Gay Bodybuilding Muscle-Bear Comedian. He travels the world including his recent successful European tour with sold out shows in Manchester & Amsterdam. He also performs on cruise ships and his comedy was briefly seen on Oprah. He was also the opening act for Bianca Del Rio, Del Shores and Erasure's lead singer Andy Bell. Peter is not your typical stand-up comedian. Due to his theater background, Peter incorporates musical numbers and funny video presentations during his shows. Peter recently performed a SOLD OUT show at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale and will be performing another show this December in a "Back by Popular Demand Holiday Concert" called My Big Funny Peter - Stuff Me for the Holidays as part of The Broward Centers fall/winter season line-up!

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Commissioner Julie Carson Meet And Greet


Broward LGBT Presidential Debate Watch Party

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WED, OCT 19, 2016, 8:00PM – 11:00PM EDT

LGBT Presidential Debate Watch Party

 Official event

Rosie’s Bar and Grill
2449 Wilton Dr Wilton Manors, Florida 33305
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Hillary for Florida invite you to Rosie's to come cheer on Hillary Clinton with other supporters and learn about opportunities to get involved with the campaign. There's no better time to show your support for Hillary Clinton and the LGBT community!

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Hillary Clinton Statement on Alleged Plot Against Somali Community

Following news that the FBI had charged three Kansas men for plotting to use a weapon of mass destruction against an apartment complex in Garden City, Kansas, that is home to many Somali immigrants, Hillary Clinton issues the following statement:
"I applaud law enforcement for detecting and disrupting a highly disturbing terror plot in Kansas, in which men were allegedly planning an elaborate attack directed at Muslim Americans, including directing four car bombs at an apartment complex housing more than 100 men, women, and children. This plot is an affront to all Americans. We all must stand firm in fighting terror and rejecting hateful and divisive rhetoric--and we must do it together. According to the FBI, their eight-month investigation uncovered 'a hidden culture of hatred and violence.' We should all be grateful to law enforcement for preventing this plot from being carried out, and as President, I will work with law enforcement at all levels and with our communities to make sure we have the tools we need to prevent both domestic and international terrorist threats."

HFA Statement on Trump’s Comments about the Election

Hillary for America Campaign Manager Robby Mook offered the following statement in response to Donald Trump’s tweets and statements about the election:
"Campaigns should be hard-fought and elections hard-won, but what is fundamental about the American electoral system is that it is free, fair and open to the people. Participation in the system—and particularly voting—should be encouraged, not dismissed or undermined because a candidate is afraid he’s going to lose. This election will have record turnout, because voters see through Donald Trump’s shameful attempts to undermine an election weeks before it happens."

Loud & Proud in Miami on October 22!

Loud & Proud

Join the Miami HEAT, ACLU of Florida, and various community organizations on Saturday, October 22at Loud & Proud 2016, a free event celebrating the diversity of South Florida's LGBTQ community.
Loud & Proud 2016
Saturday, October 22, 8 p.m. - 2 a.m.
AmericanAirlines Arena, XFINITY East Plaza
601 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, Florida 33132
Loud & Proud is an evening for all of South Florida — especially the LGBTQ community — to dance, have fun and celebrate life and diversity. The dance party will take place at AmericanAirlines Arena’s new outdoor venue, the XFINITY East Plaza overlooking beautiful Biscayne Bay. Donations will benefit Pridelines, Miami’s LGBTQ community center and South Florida’s oldest LGBTQ services agency. The ACLU of Florida is proud to cosponsor this celebration.
The event is free and open to the public. RSVP today to receive your free tickets!
The fight for LGBTQ civil rights and liberties is one of the most crucial and ongoing movements of our time. With lingering wounds from the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in June, we must remain committed to supporting Florida's LGBTQ community more than ever.
Whether you're a member of Florida's LGBTQ community or an ally, we hope to see you at Loud & Proud in Miami on October 22!

Friday, October 14, 2016


DWS: “I am outraged and am more determined than ever to mobilize the Jewish community and ensure that Donald Trump, hatemonger, gets nowhere near the White House and that his bid is stopped in its tracks right here in South Florida.”

“In the past day, right in South Florida, Donald Trump has referred to Hillary Clinton’s ‘meeting in secret with bankers to plot world domination.’ It is difficult to believe that last statement is no more than Trump vitriol and paranoia as his campaign implodes. I am especially alarmed by the parallels between his comments and the dangerous propaganda pushed during the last century by enemies of the Jewish community who referred directly to such meetings and wild theories in influential anti-Semitic works such as The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion and The International Jew: The World's Foremost Problem.  

She continued, “Trump and his campaign's comments, social media posts and innuendo are not so much a dog whistle but a bullhorn of anti-Jewish sentiment. This fits into a disturbing pattern of anti-Semitism that the Trump campaign has tolerated and promoted for months, from citing and retweeting the works of anti-Semitic leaders and imagery to refusal to condemn prominent anti-Semitic supporters. The candidate - and his campaign staff - should be absolutely ashamed of themselves. It’s also right in line with fringe ultra-right-wing philosophies pushed by Breitbart, the so-called alt-right media organization helming the Trump campaign in its final days.  As the first Jewish woman elected to represent Florida in Congress, I am outraged and am more determined than ever to mobilize the Jewish community and ensure that Donald Trump, hatemonger, gets nowhere near the White House and that his bid is stopped in its tracks right here in South Florida.”

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Wasserman Schultz Statement on FDP Lawsuit on Voter Registration Deadline

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement in response to the Florida Democratic Party’s lawsuit pushing Governor Rick Scott to do right by Florida and extend voter registration deadlines in light of Hurricane Matthew:

“What's Rick Scott afraid of?" said Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “His track record of promoting voter suppression makes his refusal to extend the voter registration deadline by a few days sadly unsurprising. He must be afraid that the more Floridians register to vote and turn out in November, the less likely his candidate, Donald Trump, will be successful. If he weren't afraid of turnout, he'd follow the example of many of his fellow Republican governors, including Nikki Haley and Chris Christie, who have done the right thing by their states and extended deadlines around voting after hurricanes have struck.

“I commend the Florida Democratic Party for doing what's right and filing suit in light of Governor Scott's stubborn and suspicious implacability. I hope the Florida Republican Party will follow suit to pressure the Governor to extend voter registration in Florida in light of Hurricane Matthew. This should be not just a nonpartisan issue but a non-issue. We should be making it as easy to vote as possible no matter the circumstances.”

President Obama Signs Florida Disaster Declaration

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The President yesterday declared a major disaster exists in the State of Florida and ordered Federal aid to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by Hurricane Matthew beginning October 3, 2016, and continuing. 

Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work in the counties of Brevard, Duval, Flagler, Indian River, Nassau, St. Johns, St. Lucie, and Volusia.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide. 

W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Terry L. Quarles as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. 

FEMA said that damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and more counties and additional forms of assistance may be designated after the assessments are fully completed.

Saturday, October 08, 2016


"As a mother of two young daughters, I'm revolted by Donald Trump's predatory and disrespectful language that was revealed today - he set a low bar, but this turned my stomach. It's the worst yet," said Debbie Wasserman Schultz. "We are all sickened - but we shouldn't be surprised. Trump has been clear who he is from the beginning and now we know he thinks his celebrity gives him license to engage in sexually predatory behavior.  It's up to all of us to make sure he gets nowhere near the White House."

Friday, October 07, 2016

Wasserman Schultz Sends Letter to Governor Scott on Voter Registration Deadline

 Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) sent the following letter to Governor Rick Scott urging him in the wake of Hurricane Matthew to move the Florida Voter Registration Deadline from October 11th to October 14th. The letter was signed by Sen. Bill Nelson and Reps. Alcee L. Hastings, Corrine Brown, Kathy Castor, Theodore E. Deutch, Frederica S. Wilson, Alan Grayson, Lois Frankel, Patrick Murphy, and Gwen Graham.

October 7, 2016

Office of Governor Rick Scott
State of Florida
The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0001

Dear Governor Scott:

Thank you for your leadership and all of the hard work that you and state employees are doing to ensure the safety and security of Floridians as we prepare for Hurricane Matthew and related tropical storm and hurricane watches and warnings.

We appreciate your steady communication with federal, state, and local leaders, as well as public health, transportation, and law enforcement experts, to ensure our state is fully prepared for evacuations, shelter openings, prevention of power outages, monitoring of fuel supply, search and rescue, and provisioning of resources and supplies.

As you have rightly cautioned our citizens, Hurricane Matthew is a life-threatening storm that Floridians must take seriously, or risk being killed by it. President Obama has officially declared Hurricane Matthew’s expected impact in Florida to be a federal emergency, and we will work with you to ensure Florida has the federal recovery resources and support we need.

Some of the potential impacts of the storm include structural damage to even the sturdiest buildings, which will be worsened by large airborne projectiles, and make some locations uninhabitable for months. In addition, we can expect trees to snap or uproot, rendering many roads impassable and causing widespread power and communications outages.

The federal government has further cautioned that surging and deadly winds are not the only areas of concern – major rainfall flooding can also be life-threatening, with rivers and tributaries rapidly overflowing their banks, causing flood control systems and barriers to become stressed, and escape routes to become submerged.

The bottom line is that Floridians do not and should not have anything on their minds right now other than keeping themselves and their families safe from what could be a historic Category 4 blow to a large part of our state. As a result, it will be logistically challenging and likely impossible for many who would like to register to vote to be able to do so before the impending deadline on October 11th.

We strongly urge you to extend the deadline for our citizens to register to vote in November’s election, at least from October 11th to October 14th. It goes without saying that our democracy is stronger when more people vote.  With a natural disaster on our doorstep, registering to vote understandably will not be possible in the immediate aftermath of such a significant storm. Of course, clean up and dealing with storm-related damage will be many Floridians’ primary focus. 

Therefore, we respectfully request an extension of the voter registration deadline so that we may ensure the franchise, the integrity of our democracy, and the rights we as Americans hold dear, are fully protected.

As elected officials, we must do all that we can to keep our citizens safe as well as safeguard the freedom of every individual to elect their representatives, from the state house to the White House.


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Debbie Wasserman Schultz                                                                Bill Nelson 
Member of Congress                                                                           United States Senator

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Alcee L. Hastings                                                                               Corrine Brown
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Kathy Castor                                                                                       Theodore E. Deutch
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Frederica S. Wilson                                                                             Alan Grayson
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Lois Frankel                                                                                        Patrick Murphy                      
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Gwen Graham
Member of Congress