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The Neighborhood Buzz - 11/17/19


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Editor - Jerry Meyer

Mike Faulk Appointed to Villages Democrats Board

Mike Faulk is taking over the job of VP of Operations replacing Ellen Dugan  who  has accepted the job of Treasurer. Dugan is replacing Paul Hausner, who will be stepping down from the Board.

Faulk brings an impressive resume to the job.  His background summary describes him as a results focused professional and project manager, known  for continuous process improvement and innovative solutions to management challenges.

His career history includes work for UnitedHealth Group, U.S. Bank, St. Paul and Northwest Airlines, among others.

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Democratic Activist Brings her Message to Local Democrats

Pam Keith brought her "Making Our Values Real' (MOVRS) message to a full house at party headquarters in Wildwood Friday, Nov. 15th.  The former Congressional candidate, whose father was in the Foreign service, grew up in a half dozen countries and used that knowledge to give the audience a clear picture of current events in the Ukraine.

She also detailed what she sees as a more and more irrelevant Republican Party, and outlined how she sees taking Democratic values to the public, which she believes will get out the vote for Democrats

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Monthly Breakfast coming up on Nov. 26th.

Nov. 26th is the date of next Villages Democrats breakfast.  The breakfast is held at the World of Beer in SPANISH SPRINGS, at 9:00 am.  It is open to all Democrats, no Village ID necessary.  Breakfast, beverage and tip $10.00.  Mingle with Democrats and get a brief update on Club activities.   The Breakfast is held at this time and location on the fourth Tuesday of every month.

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Book Launch December 7, 2019

"America in Crisis; Essays on the Failed Presidency of Donald J. Trump," written by Marsha Shearer, is now up on Amazon as a paperback and also available on Kindle.  Sumter County Democrats and the Villages Democratic Club family are invited to attend the "Launch" Saturday December 7th from 1-4 at the Sumter County Democratic Headquarters in Wildwood.  Copies of the book will be available for sale or attendees can bring their own copy if they would like it signed.  There will also be book readings.

A percentage of sales that day will be donated to the Sumter County Executive Committee.

The Sumter County Democratic Headquarters is located at 300 S. Main in Wildwood, across from Ace Hardware in the Save-A-Lot shopping center.   Main Street in Wildwood is also U.S. Highway 301.

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Cancelled Newspaper Subscription May be Costly for Citrus Co.

Citrus County Commissioners, in a move they apparently see as supporting President Trump, have denied  $2,700 for a New York Times subscription at the public library.  

A Citrus County Chronicle survey found a large number of readers disappointed or aghast at the decision, and the Director of the County Visitors Bureau  says Tourists are cancelling trips because of the decision.

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Governor had January Meeting Scheduled With Arrested Giullani Associate

Politico reports that Governor Ron DeSantis had a meeting scheduled with Lev Pamas in January. Pamas and Igor Fruman have been charged with attempting to interfere in U.S. elections.   The Governor's spokesperson says no substantive meeting occurred.

The Florida Democratic Party has requested all records related to the three men and FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo says Floridians deserve to know what Pamas and Fruman wanted from the Governor.

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Resignations Demanded

Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo is calling for the resignations of Fl. Congressman Ross Spano and White House Aide Stephen Miller.

Spano has admitted his campaign could have broken the law by borrowing money from two friends for his campaign and lending money to his campaign.

Miller shows affinity toward white nationalism, according to a Southern Poverty Law Center report.  Rizzo said Miller's beliefs are against American values and he needs to leave the White House immediately.

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Villages Democrats Continue Support For Education

The Villages Democratic Club has voted to continue a $250 level sponsorship for the monthly progress monitoring breakfast at the Sumter P.R.E.P. academy in Wildwood.

P.R.E.P. is the name given the County School District's Alternatives School.  This program has enjoyed success in promoting students in grades 6-12 who have a difficult time either academically or behaviorally on the regular school campus.

Principal James Presley say one of the biggest reasons for the school's success is the local business support of the Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS) program. 

The monthly breakfast brings together District Staff, DJJ, Teen Court, Zone-School administrators as well as students and parents to discuss academic and behavioral progress.  Presley credits the PBIS system for a 93% success rate of students who transition to their zoned schools.

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FDP Wins Florida Court Case

In a major victory ahead of the 2020 vote, Florida federal court throws out Florida's ballot order law that lists candidates of the Governor's party first on every ballot for every office.  The FDP says this gives GOP candidates an unfair 5% advantage. In a state where elections are decided by less than half a percentage point, this is a monumental ruling.

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Thank You

The silent auction at the recent Sumter County Democratic Executive Committee Gala was truly impressive, with many donated items from individuals, artists and businesses. including gift certificates from:  Darrell's Diner, Metro Diner, Lil' Bits Cafe and PDQ.

Please consider these dining options in your future plans as a gesture of appreciation. 

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Wall of Honor Nominations Sought

The Wall of Honor Committee is in the process of filling the Wall of Honor for the 4th Quarter of this year long project.  All nominations should be turned in by Jan. 4th.  Please submit your nomination as soon as possible as compiling the information is labor intensive A nomination form is printed below.  The small donation requested with the nomination is used to fund Headquarters expenses.

Our third annual HoneyBaked Fundraiser

HoneyBaked will give the Sumter Co. Democratic Executive Committee 20% of the value of gift cards ordered now through April 30th when the purchaser buys online at the following unique website:  Click HERE    You must use the website to participate in this fundraiser.   

Cards purchased in a store are not part of the fundraiser.  You receive the full amount of the gift card you choose. Cards are sent within 7 days of ordering.  Anyone can order so tell your friends.

Please email HelenKelly2009@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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