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The desperation at tonight's Fox News Republican Presidential Debate was palpable - and pathetic.

One might think that a candidate for President would, at the very least, occasionally mention the current officeholder, especially when he hails from the same party. Not tonight.

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Why Draft Kitty?

Are you unsatisfied with the current field of Republican candidates?

Are you frustrated because they just don’t have what it takes to be a REAL Republican?

Are you frightened that the Democrats will take back the White House?

Are you worried that caring about children, promoting education, lowering insurance rates, tax cuts for the middle class and bringing our troops home from Iraq might actually become White House priorities?

Then the only candidate for you is Katherine Harris.

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What a year this has been for the Florida Netroots! You've been on a roll since we were last together at the Jefferson-Jackson Weekend Netroots luncheon in June.  Recent accomplishments include:

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On Sunday night, Democrats made history at the University of Miami when, for the first time, our presidential candidates directly addressed the issues of the Hispanic community in Spanish.

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Tue Sep 04, 2007 at 07:06 PM PDT

Eyes on the Prize

by FloridaNeedsDemocrats

I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend. As you may have heard, on Friday and Saturday, the Democratic Presidential candidates signed a pledge to not campaign in any state, other than the four pre-authorized states (IA, NV, NH, SC), that holds its primary prior to Feb. 5, 2008. Of course, Florida's state-run Presidential Preference Primary is scheduled for one week prior to that date. This came on the heels of a DNC Rules & Bylaws Committee meeting to penalize Florida Democrats with a 100% delegate reduction if our delegates are not selected on Feb. 5 or later.

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Florida Democratic Party Chair Karen Thurman, will go before the Rules & Bylaws Committee of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Saturday to fight to preserve Florida's full and diverse representation in the presidential primary process.

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The following is a message from Florida House Democratic Leader Dan Gelber:

As the Democratic leader in a State House controlled by Republicans, forlorn frustration can be an unfortunate reality of life in a Legislature that has become known more for the mistakes it has made than the good it can do.

My fellow Democrats and I fight tooth and nail for children's healthcare, middle class tax relief, better schools, and other sensible policies - sometimes with little or muted support from the other side.

There are many issues that strike close to home. My young children, as I did, attend our public schools so Florida's disrespect of teachers and public education is easy for me to get passionate about. But more recently the danger of unmitigated climate change has become an issue where the past short-sightedness of my colleagues causes me to worry greatly about the world my children will live in.

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"The debate is over! There’s no longer any debate in the scientific community about this. But the political systems around the world have held this at arm’s length because it’s an inconvenient truth." – Former Vice President Al Gore

Dear Friends,

Sometimes, as Democrats in Florida, it can feel like we’re banging our heads against a wall, trying to talk sense into the Republicans in Tallahassee.

But if we keep trying... keep fighting... once in blue moon, we can get through to them.

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On the same day that an influential, bipartisan Latino group convenes its annual convention in Florida without a major Republican presidential candidate in attendance, former special-interest lobbyist and actor turned presidential candidate Fred Thompson – who is known for his affection for Cuban cigars – slammed Cubans, suggesting that they come to America not in search of freedom, but to bring "suitcase bombs."

The Associated Press reported the following just hours ago: "In his speech, Thompson... expressed his opposition to the immigration bill in Congress and decried the flow of illegal immigrants from Cuba, saying: ‘I don't imagine they’re coming here to bring greetings from [Fidel] Castro. We're living in the era of the suitcase bomb.’" [AP, 6/28/07]

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Visit the Florida Democratic Party's comprehensive Feeney website at

Mark Matthews of the Orlando Sentinel's Washington Bureau just filed the following:

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Tom Feeney established a legal defense fund this week to defray costs relating to an ongoing federal inquiry into his ties with convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Department of Justice lawyers and our lawyers have been speaking. We will cooperate," said the Oviedo Republican, who denied Friday that he is the target of a federal probe.

When asked why he established the fund, Feeney said he was being cautious and that it would be used to "demonstrate conclusively that I always have acted with honesty and integrity."

Federal investigators called three Florida newspapers earlier this year -- including the Orlando Sentinel -- asking for more information about 2003 golfing trip to Scotland Feeney took with Abramoff.

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We are proud to officially announce that Florida’s Democratic Presidential Preference Primary will be held on January 29, 2008, in accordance with a new state law and the will of Florida’s Democratic voters.

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In This Issue

   * Thursday: Join Democrats in SW Florida – Chairwoman in Naples, Ft. Myers
   * The Tragedy of the Touch-Screen Voting Machine
   * J-J Tickets Are Selling Fast – Don’t Miss Your Chance to Join the Excitement!
   * Rep. Klein and Sen. Nelson Make Hurricane Tracking a Priority
   * Building the Netroots: Blogger Lunch at the J-J in June
   * Become a Delegate to the 2007 Florida Democratic Party State Convention

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