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FL SEN: “UNION DUES” BILL SET FOR VOTE; Support Of South Florida Delegation Critical

This Wednesday, the Florida Senate is set to vote on SB 830, a bill which will alter how union dues are collected and how a union uses those dues when pursuing political activity. Introduced in February by Sen. John Thrasher, the bill has taken on new importance in light of the legislative battles in Wisconsin. Labor unions, including police, fireman and teacher unions, have rallied their troops in recent weeks; they claim the usual doom and gloom for workers, but they rarely mention why they’re fighting so hard–Unions dues are the lifeblood of Democrat political campaigns.

The Unions do not want its members to be able to withhold dues from union political operations. Right now, conservative Republican union workers dues are used to support Democrat candidates whether they like it or not. Under SB 830m the collection of Union dues would become voluntary instead of automatic.

Employee organizations are likely to have more difficulty collecting dues, fees, assessments and penalties from public employees. Labor organizations are likely to have more difficulty collecting funds from employees for political purposes.

That comes from an analysis of the bill by the Community Affairs Committee. As submitted the bill would:

Prohibits a state agency from deducting from employee wages the dues, uniform assessments, fines, penalties, or special assessments of an employee organization or contributions made for purposes of political activity. Prohibits a county, municipality, or other local governmental entity from deducting from employee wages the dues, uniform assessments, fines, penalties, or special assessments of an employee organization or contributions made for purposes of political activity, etc. EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2011

Union members will have more money in their paychecks, but the bosses don’t care. The DNC/DCCC/OFA/OFA_FL machinery needs the union money.

Tallahassee sources tell RED BROWARD the passage of the bill will greatly depend upon the support of the South Florida delegation. Unions have been pressing them hard; They do not want any reform of Florida’s pension/union system:

“The Florida Senate is preparing to pass SB 830. It prevents union dues deductions from our paychecks. Call your Florida Senators. List of phone numbers here:

April 10, 2011 by gatorbonbc

The Florida Senate is preparing to pass SB 830. It prevents union dues deductions from our paychecks. Its final committee hearing is scheduled on Wednesday, April 13th. We know Senator Oelrich is planning to vote against this if it makes it through committee. Do you know where your Senator stands? PLEASE CALL THEM AND ASK THEM TO VOTE NO.

Perhaps your voices should be heard as well?

February protest by union workers with taped mouths inside FL Capitol

Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s AstroTurf Of The Day

Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Out Of Touch) sez:

“New DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz calls Republican attempts to defund abortion ‘a violent act against women’.”

Yep. Not a moral based arugument. Not a fiscal argument. Not even a political calculation. Disagreement with NARAL Democrats is a “violent act.”

Play by Debbie’s rules, we all lose.


Florida Poll This: Obama In Big Trouble; Wasserman Schultz To The Rescue?

We hate polls; Even polls offering good news about Republican candidates. Today, The St. Pete Times offers up a Sachs/Mason Dixon poll of a few hundred registered independent voters and a few hundred registered Republican voters. The telephone survey was conducted on Monday April 4th through Thursday April 7th (Hmmm, when the want GOP opinion they call during week?)

A new Sachs/Mason-Dixon poll found that only 34 percent of independent voters in Florida — always the key to winning — approve of Obama’s performance, and that either former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney or former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee would beat the president in Florida if the election were held today.

Not exactly Earth-shattering news. But this poll comes on the heels of last week’s Quinnipiac poll. According to Quinninpiac’s website,

From March 29 – April 4, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,499 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.” Now, weekend results plus cell lines of registered voters sounds like a very Democrat-friendly poll. But, the results were not any better for the President:

President Barack Obama hits a losing trifecta with Florida voters: They disapprove 52 – 44 percent of the job he is doing; they prefer an unnamed Republican challenger by a too-close-to- call 41 – 38 percent in the 2012 presidential election and say 51 – 42 percent that the president does not deserve a second term…

These poor results confirm what sources told RED BROWARD months ago; well-connected political operatives were telling local democrats the White House was ready to write-off and focus on other areas. It’s hard to imagine any White House writing-off an electoral prize like Florida in 2010/early 2011. Perhaps this explains the Debbie Wasserman Schultz(D-Out of Touch) ascension to the DNC chair.

Sure the left loves Debbie. Yes, she can raise millions for Democrat candidates. But Ted Strickland could have done the same. Same for Donna Brazile or numerous others. Maybe they wanted Debbie for her Florida game plan.

Make no mistake, Debbie Wasserman Schultz knows Florida politics.  She really knows Broward politics. In 2010, she ignored her own opponent, spending most of her time campaigning against Allen West. The White House, via OFA and OFA_FL’s director ran numerous Broward County campaigns. Broward School Board members Laurie Levinson and Jennifer Gottlieb paid for the OFA_FL expertise. (Perhaps this may explain the “frantic” attempts to stifle any Tallahassee attempts to control the Broward School Board). The Broward School Board elections are important to other Broward Democrat election strategies.

It’s no secret that Broward plays a vital role in statewide and Federal races. Obama and Bill Nelson need more that 65% of the Broward vote to win re-election. They know that; their Republican opponents know this as well.

As we reported last week, there appears to be a concerted effort to demonize Florida Governor Rick Scott. Groups like Progress Florida, Awake the State, Code Pink and unions are “astro turfing” via cheap political stunts. (see last week’s “Judge Strike”). The ultimate aim is to make Rick Scott even more unpopular than Obama, while at the same time energizing the far-left Florida groups.  Weren’t the “Awake the State” rallies the brainchild of a local Democrat operative?

Don’t over look the DCCC attacks on GOP freshman Congressmen. As we reported months ago, the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee started running advertisements and making phone calls in the districts of 19 GOP freshmen. One of the Congressmen targeted was Broward’s own Allen West. Remember who campaigned against West? Yep, Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Guess who is one of the leaders of the DCCC? Bonus points if you said Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

No matter who runs the Democratic National Committee, Broward would always be ground zero in the 2012 elections. Wasserman Schultz being in charge gives the Democrats a homer on the team.

Debbie has set up the “I can be a mom and run the DNC” straw man. I can’t find a single Republican that made that 1950s era argument. Shrill-Debbie made an appearance too,  claiming the GOP wants to starve old people, kill the sick etc.  Debbie has reached out to local media to plant seeds of discontent. Rumors abound of phony tea party groups set up to dupe real patriots. Who would benefit from such a plan? The GOP nominees? Don’t think so.

If you play by Debbie’s rules, we all lose.