A Little Bit of Rant, a Little Bit of Thanks.

I must start with a HUGE Thank You to everyone who attended our event on Friday at the home of Steve Smith and Paul Murray. This annual Fundraiser was Steve’s idea, and this year was more successful than ever. We toasted Steve and shared memories of this kind, generous, and lovely man. Paul outdid himself with the decorations, and there was a very sweet surprise ending to our evening. If you missed it, you missed it. Thank you, Paul!

Right now, I am wondering why DJT is not under protective custody. After his latest outburst on “Truth” Social, demanding the constitution be burned and he be declared President, it is obvious he should be Baker Acted! He is delusional, a danger to himself and others! Get out the straight jacket and let him scream in a private room!
The only other reason he could possibly be continuing to spread these Lies and make ridiculous demands is that he thinks his private army of disgruntled losers will jump at his command. In that case, arrest him NOW for Treason, Sedition, and whatever else might apply.
Then, make every media company in America refuse to say his name or mention him in the news for at least a week. He will go out of his mind. (Not a far trip)
We need a break from this insanity. Make Faux News recite a disclaimer before every “news” show, admitting they are not a licensed news outlet but rather a purveyor of misinformation with a fascist lean and the express intent of distorting the facts. (Assuming they ever get close to one)

Bring back the Fairness Doctrine!!! (Another Christmas Wish)

Meanwhile, here in the Free Fascist State of Floriduh, the state legislature is fixin’ to hold pre-session meetings to decide how much they can improve (impede) our Freedoms.
That means it’s time to crank up our Legislative Committee to monitor the circus.

Back here in Monroe County, it’s beginning to look a lot like the Holiday Season! There were at least 2 Holiday Parades in the Keys on Saturday night, and by all accounts, they were FABULOUS. I think the Key West Parade was the longest one I had ever attended!

How do you feel about a petition to make Abortion/Women’s rights an Amendment to the state Constitution on the ballot in 2024? Let me know what you think.

We will be working on a few petitions next year. More on that soon.

We are holding no meetings this month.

Government Meetings this Week

Tuesday, December 6

• The Key West City Commission will meet at 5 pm in City Hall, 1300 White St. In Key West. The City is giving away some property; click here for the agenda: http://keywest.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx


• The Islamorada Village Council will meet at 5:30 pm in the Community Center at Founders Park, 87000 Overseas Hwy. Plantation Key. For info/agenda and zoom link, click here: https://www.islamorada.fl.us/calendar.php?view=day&month=12&day=06&year=2022&calendar=&id=43

Special thanks to our Fundraising team, who labor in the background but make so many things possible.

Stay well and get vaccinated!!!

Bert Sise/Chair
KeysDems

I am still moving a little slowly after a FABULOUS Thanksgiving with friends old and new, and lots of really great food.

The Holiday Season is cranking up with all kinds of Community Events. I suggest you pick up a copy of the Keys Weekly and get the scoop about what is happening in your area.

Meanwhile, the senseless killing continues. Does the GOP want to address that issue, or any other of importance to regular citizens who would like to live in peaceful, safe communities? NO! It’s not even on their radar!

This lame-duck Congress had best get their act together and jam some important stuff through! How about an assault weapons ban, Voting Rights or codify Abortion rights, or better yet, the ERA! I have a Christmas wish list. Seeing Trump and many of his co-conspirators in handcuffs is still at the top! How about we take the drawing of voting districts away from elected officials? We tried that in Florida, but the Gov. shoved through an illegal map. I think it’s in court. Why does it have to be in court? What he did was illegal. Arrest Him!

Our Local Elected officials are back at it this week and they always bear watching. Here goes:

Thursday, December 1
The Key Colony Beach City Council will meet at 9:30 am in the Temporary City Hall. For more info, click here: https://keycolonybeach.net/citydocs-1/

Can you believe that’s the only one?
Here is a community Event we should all support:

Thursday, December 1
World Aids Day Ceremony in Key West. 4:30 – 6 pm at the Aids Memorial, 1707 White St. Key West, Fl. 33040.

If you are in Key West this Friday, check out our Annual Holiday Fundraiser this Friday, DEC. 2, 6-8:30 pm at the home of Steve Smith and Paul Murray, located at 1525 Atlantic Blvd.
You cannot miss this house because Paul loves to decorate for every holiday. We will be honoring our friend Steve, a true-blue Democrat and a political Junkie! We loved him! For tickets, please click on this link: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/holidayminglejingle22

As our winter residents return along with the tourists, remember to get your booster shots. The flu AKA the “Key West Crud” is going around as well as more COVID. Protect yourself and your family. We need you!!!

I hope to see you soon!

Bert Sise/Chair
KeysDems

The United States has survived another Election Cycle. This time with a lot less DRAMA and lying, well except for the Desert Queen who obviously wants to be the Wanna be emperor’s new Vice-emperor.

I am hoping Mr. Jack Smith smacks the cuffs on and says, “Uh, we need to talk”. Or, REP Cicilline, (D-RI) might get a referendum passed to prevent 45 from being eligible under Amendment 14 of the Constitution. Something about people who organized an insurrection being prevented from running for office. DUH, Let’s get on with it.

Meanwhile, it’s Thanksgiving week! I am thankful I will not be missing Thanksgiving Dinner with my Key West Family! (Unlike last year when I had COVID)

I am thankful for all the volunteers, and donors who helped us along the way. I am thankful for the great candidates who ran. We did not have a quality candidate issue. We are just outnumbered by folks with a different worldview (in Floriduh!)

Enjoy however you celebrate the day the original Americans fed a bunch of illegal, undocumented refugees! (Fleeing Religious persecution, according to legend).
Be mindful of traffic as your travel this week. Give yourself a break from National news and enjoy the cooler weather!

If you are looking for a civic project, our favorite School Board member, Sue Woltanski would like folks to be aware of a Book Banning effort by Moms for Liberty. This group of closed-minded authoritarians has been attending School Board meetings and reading parts of books in an effort to get them banned. We need a few Volunteers willing to show up and counter the effort with positive comments about the book. Get in touch with Sue for more info. kingwolt@yahoo.com or 305-240-1565.

Don’t forget about our traditional December Holiday Fundraiser at the home of Steve Smith and Paul Murray on Atlantic Blvd. in Key West, Friday, December 2. We want to remember Steve in a way he would enjoy. This event was his idea back in 2017. There will be wine to taste, door prizes, food, and good company. RSVP and get your tickets at: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/holidayminglejingle22

I would be remiss if I did not mention the mass shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs. All is not well in a country that cannot respect other ways of living that harm NO ONE! My life has been enriched by the members of the LGBTQ community I have gotten to know.
Note – to honor those killed or injured, Historic Section 93 of the Key West Rainbow 25 Sea to Sea flag leaves Key West for Colorado Springs today. There will possibly be a ceremony/unfurling in front of their City Hall on Weds.

Please continue to let your elected officials know that we need better Gun Laws!

More info about other December events next week!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

Bert Sise/Chair
KeysDems

Thank you to everyone who VOTED, encouraged others to vote, and refuted the Maga Cult BS.

I have said for some time that these folks are not the majority, they are just louder than the rest of us. (Ruder and cruder as well)

Many citizens who voted nationwide, knew what to do – protect Democracy.

Florida Democrats are not the majority, however. As a political party, we have suffered from poor leadership at the state level, FDP, and abandonment on the part of the DNC. Much like Tim Ryan’s race in Ohio, Val Demings, Robert Asencio, and many other Federal Candidates in Florida got little to no support from the DNC. The FDP seemed to do nothing but hand out directives, but no state candidate support, unlike the previous FDP leadership, for Adam Gentle.

Here in Monroe County, we are fortunate to have a team of savvy, dedicated citizens who work hard (for no money) to get out our voters and educate the electorate about the issues.
I am grateful to every one of them, who brings a lifetime of experience in many fields to collaborate on how to improve our communities, political discourse, and the quality of elected officials!

Congratulations to those DEMS who won in local municipal elections this week: Elizabeth Jolin and Henry Rosenthal in Islamorada for Village Council, and Jeff Smith in Marathon for City Commission.

Special thanks to our Fundraising team for their efforts to “raise the dough” that keeps us functioning.

Thanks to our Precinct Leaders for their GOTV efforts.
Thanks to the members of our Steering Committee who share their talents for the good of all.

Democracy survived this election. We must be ever vigilant to insure it continues to thrive!

Join us next week on the 17th for our final business meeting of the year. We will have election reports/stats, feedback from the Supervisor of Elections, and a little clue about our plans for next year.

See you soon!

Bert Sise/Chair
KeysDems

“Now is the time for all of us to come to the aid of our country”.

In Monroe County, 35% of the vote is in. We fielded volunteers this weekend to remind voters to get to the polls. It was hot and I got rained on, but there was work to be done. Thanks to all the folks who were walking and dropping bundles of Candidate lit and our list of endorsed candidates.

Thanks to Phil and his team of texters who have been busy reminding keys voters that they need to get to the polls.

Big Thanks to all the candidates who put themselves out there for public scrutiny and persevered through the primary to reach this point. It’s hard work and lots of time away from family.

Big Thanks to the team of Poll Watchers who have been monitoring the early voting locations up and down the keys.

The Big Show is Tuesday. Our Poll Watchers will have a lot more ground to cover.

We could use one or 2 more sign-holders in Key West. I have a few Crist & Asencio signs available. Email me if you are willing. chair@keysdems.com

After everyone VOTES, we will be gathering at the VFW on N Roosevelt Blvd in Key West in the back room to watch the results come in. The polls close at 7…so 7:30 or so, or go early and have some dinner. Great Food.

I hope to see you there!

Bert Sise/Chair
KeysDems

At 7 pm you can watch the results at home on MCTV – AT&T channel 99, Comcast channel 76