Strong Turnout at Inaugural Meeting of Republican Club of Central Broward

Plantation—A near-capacity crowd of more than 30 Republican activists from Plantation, Sunrise, Sunrise Lakes, Coral Springs and Hallandale attended the first meeting of the Republican Club of Central Broward. The diverse group included a Plantation resident since 1966 and even a newborn baby (gotta start ’em young in Broward).

RCCB Chairman Walter “Marty” Hughes set the tone for the new club. The RCCB is a grassroots organization with a simple goal: provide the membership with tools to help elect Republican candidates in Broward county. The group gave a hero’s welcome to former Plantation councilman Jerry Fadgen. Mr. Fadgen thanked many in the group for helping his mayoral campaign. Saying he was too young to retire, Fadgen promised to be back in the game.

Jerry Fadgen

Broward Republican Executive Committe Chairman Richard DeNapoli was on hand to welcome the new club and it’s membership. DeNapoli gave important insight on the redistricting battle, Presidency 5, The Grand Old Party BBQ with Allen West and The RNC Convention in Tampa. DeNapoli said Broward is an important firewall that can keep Barack Obama and Bill Nelson from winning Florida in 2012.

Group members were given an opportunity to speak about issues which concern them most. Many of the members had harsh words for corruption at the School Board of Broward County. The fact the corruption is resonating with grassroots voters has to be troubling news for Broward School Board Member Maureen Dinnen. Ms. Dinnen is up for re-election in 2012; Most of her district is in Plantation.

Richard Denapoli (L) listens to members talk about issues

Debbie Wasserman Schultz(D-Out Of Touch) was mentioned by a member or two as well.  Many of the women did not appreciate her harsh tone and over-the-top rhetoric. (And no one called her names or said a mom couldn’t work outside the home or a woman can’t hold two jobs). Wasserman Schultz’s district includes part of Plantation.

When someone expressed dismay with a certain element of the Tea Party movement, many in the group were quick to say every group has problems; Chairman Hughes reminded everyone the left has quite a few bad apples.

Meetings will held on the second Tuesday of each month at Plantation’s Kennedy Community Center, 5555 Palm Tree Road Plantation, FL 33317-2600

Chairman Hughes said the group FACEBOOK page and website will be up and running soon.

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