The Villages Democratic Club
Two VERY IMPORTANT special runoff elections will take place in Georgia on January 5, 2021. Democrat Jon Ossoff will square off against incumbent Republican David Perdue. Democrat Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock is vying for the seat held by Republican Kelly Loeffler.
Please visit our Georgia Runoffs page for additional information and links to the candidates' websites.
My fellow Americans —
The people of this nation have spoken.
They have delivered us a clear victory. A convincing victory.
A victory for “We the People.”
We have won with the most votes ever cast for a presidential ticket in the history of this nation — 74 million.
I am humbled by the trust and confidence you have placed in me.
I pledge to be a President who seeks not to divide, but to unify.
Who doesn’t see Red and Blue states, but a United States.
And who will work with all my heart to win the confidence of the whole people.
For that is what America is about: The people.
You may read the full statement on joebiden.com
6 Reasons Not to Panic About the ElectionYes, Trump is threatening the vote count. But our institutions might be stronger than you think.
First, presidents don’t run elections, states do.
Second, it’s really hard to steal an election.
Third, even with presidential encouragement, voter intimidation is illegal.
Fourth, public expectations of how long the vote might take have already shifted.
Fifth, the system is more prepared than you might think for challenges to vote counting.
Sixth, even the Electoral College has (a bit) less uncertainty than advertised.
The following excerpt is from an article that appeared in the Orlando Sentinel on October 16th. You can click HERE to read the full article on their website.
"No ex-felons suspected of still owing fines or fees will be removed from voter rolls prior to the Nov. 3 election, county elections officials said Friday, despite a memo from the state this week telling them some of those voters could be ineligible."
The following provided by Hardy Merriman, who presented at our October membership meeting via Zoom.
The authors of Hold the Line: A Guide to Defending Democracy are leading workshops to help people organize local election protection groups and ensure that the results are respected. We are researchers, organizers, and activists who've seen how people-powered movements have protected freedom and democracy around the world.
We have just announced two new training dates:
More info and sign up: bit.ly/holdthelinetraining2
More info and sign up: bit.ly/holdthelinetraining3
We start by reviewing potential scenarios that might unfold between Election Day (Nov. 3, 2020) and Inauguration Day (Jan. 20, 2021). Then we offer evidence-based strategies to respond, and steps to plan nonviolent resistance if attempts are made to subvert the election. Participants are encouraged (but it’s not required) to read the Hold the Line guide to get up to speed: http://bit.ly/holdthelinepdf
Thanks and hope to see you there!
Autographed copies of "America in Crisis: Essays on the Failed Presidency of Donald J. Trump" by Marsha Shearer are for sale at the Sumter County Democratic headquarters (located at 300 South Main St., Wildwood, FL).
Cost is $19.95 - checks only, made out to the author. $5.00 from each sale will be donated to the DNC.
Holidays are coming - the book makes a great gift and in the process, you'll be helping the Democratic Party.
For those of you who have not collected this year’s club badge, The Villages Democratic Club 2020 name badges will be available for you to pick up on Mondays from 10am - 2pm at the Sumter County Democratic Headquarters 300 S Main, Wildwood.
Please note: These are name badges ordered between January and August this year. September name badges will be ordered at the end of the month and will be available in mid- October.
NRLN President's ForumAnnouncing First NRLN Podcast https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-y3xwa-eb8a61?utm_campaign=w_share_ep&utm_medium=dlink&utm_source=w_share
I am pleased to announce that we have produced the first NRLN Podcast as part of our effort to better inform NRLN members and reach a wider audience. To access our Podcast message The NRLN - Creating a Better Future for Retirees go to the NRLN website at www.nrln.org . Click on the Podcast link posted below the Action Alert message in the center column of our website's home page.
You will be linked to the "PodBean" webpage. When the Podcast player appears under the Introduction to the NRLN headline, click on the green arrow in the green circle to start the audio. If you need to pause the audio, click on the pause icon in the green circle. To resume the audio, click on the green arrow in the green circle again. If you need to increase the volume, click on the green speaker icon at the right and move the volume line to the right.
Most computers, iPads (tablets) and smartphones are capable of allowing you to listen to the Podcast. The host site for the Podcast places the message, in addition to the NRLN website, on Apple, Google, Spotify, Amazon Music, and Pandora for broad exposure.
The first Podcast episode describes the organizational structure of the NRLN and our work in Washington, DC. Although you may think you know about the work of the NRLN, I believe you will learn more by listening to the first Podcast. In addition, I comment on the Podcast that I will be spending much more time in the coming days and weeks on Podcast and Videos providing factual information and comparisons you don't often read or hear about regarding Medicare A, B and C, and Private Medicare Advantage.
My upcoming Podcast and Video episodes will address:
Episode #2 - History of Medicare Privatization & Results After 23 Years
Episode #3 - Medicare A-D Revenue, MA Plan Rebates/Market Share & Medicare 10 yr. Budget
Episode #4 - Rebates and the Quality Bonus Plan (QBP) - The House of Cards
Episode #5 - Comparing Medicare Advantage Plans & Original Medicare plus Medigap G
Episodes 2-5 will be added to the currently available first episode at least weekly as we approach the October 15 start of the annual Medicare enrollment period. Later we will have episodes about prescription drugs and other and healthcare topics plus retirement income security that should be of interest to you.
The NRLN is interested in receiving your feedback and/or questions on the Podcasts and Videos. You can contact us at email@example.com or call Toll-Free at 1-866-360-7197.
Bill Kadereit, President
National Retiree Legislative Network
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NRLN, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. Suite 900, South Building, Washington, D.C. 20004-2601
The following is an excerpt from an article that appeared in the Citrus County Chronicle on September 9, 2020. You can visit their website to read the entire article here: Webster, Cottrell Clash Again for Congressional Seat
"The race for Citrus County’s representative in Congress is a repeat of 2018.
Republican Rep. Daniel Webster of Clermont faces Democrat Dana Cottrell of Spring Hill in the Nov. 3, 2020, election in the 11th Congressional District.
Two years ago, Webster was re-elected with 65% of the vote in the district that contains Citrus and parts of four other counties.
The Chronicle sent four questions to each candidate. Here are their answers, edited only for length..."
The 2020 Presidential Campaign Debates are scheduled for
Tues. September 29th,
Thurs. October 15th
Thurs. October 22nd.
All live streamed: 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm EST.
The vice presidential debate is scheduled to take place on
Wed. October 7, 2020. Live streamed 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm EST.
Click Here For Details
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