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Awake (UP) Broward: Democrat Insider Barbara Miller Isn’t Part Of The 99 Percent

On Tuesday, Barbara Miller, the ultimate Broward Democrat insider, joined Awake Broward Democrats and the Occupy Fort Lauderdale crowd at their Awake The State rally in Fort Lauderdale. They held signs and sang songs bemoaning the “one percent” and Republican politicians as the root of all evil. Lots of “we are the 99 percent” chants too.

But c’mon man. Barbara Miller? Really? Part of the 99%? The woman who’s had a hand in picking Broward judges and school board members for decades? The woman who spents more time vacationing in Europe than visiting the Sawgrass Mills mall? The “godmother” of vanished ex-school board member Jennifer Gottlieb? The good friend of lobbyist Neil Sterling?

Sorry, Ms. Miller may be nice. She may be powerful. But she definitely ain’t the 99 percent.

In this video, Tea Party Fort Lauderdale recognizes Ms. Miller and says hello. Lots of the Broward insiders are more recognizable these days. People are paying attention.

Does the 99% pick Broward Judges and School Board members? Nope.

Casinos Bet Big Money On Broward School Board Candidate Franklin Sands


Just last week, the Awake Broward Democrats crowned Florida House Representative Franklin Sands a “Middle Class Champion”. Well, the casino and gaming interests are betting big on this middle class champion, hoping he will “champion” their interests in Tallahassee. Sure, Sands is running for the Broward County School Board, but this week he is in Tallahassee for the start of the legislative session. The legislature will vote on a destination casino bill that would bring mega-casino resorts to South Florida.

Sands’ School Board campaign finance reports shows money coming in from numerous gaming interests, including the Genting Group. Genting is an Asian company seeking to build a casino in downtown Miami.

In all, Sands raised $33, 391.13 of which, $3,700 came from gaming companies. This comes on top of the big bucks the Florida Democratic Party was sending to a consulting company headquartered in Sands’ Weston home.

11-21-11 West Flager Association     $500

11-29-11 JGR Services                       $500

11-29-11 North FL Racing                 $500

11-30-11 Palm Bch Kennel Club       $200

12-08-11 Genting                               $500

12-20-11 PPI, Inc                              $500

12-31-11 Hollywood Concessions    $500

12-31-11 Hartman & Tyner             $500

If you ask Franklin we’re sure he will tell you he’s doing it all “for the kids”.