It has been a week of good news/bad news at the speed of a melting glacier. (Which is much faster than you think)
Let’s get the bad news out of the way first. Floriduh is a RED STATE. So is Monroe County. We could balance that out a bit if we change to Single Member District voting for County Commission. Just sayin’!
We make it work in Key West. Just sayin.’
Now the good news. Democracy Won! The American people saved the day.
According to the New York Times at 11 pm Saturday night.- “After a defeat in Nevada, every election denier who tried to become top election official in a battleground state has lost at the polls!”
According to the Washington Post, Saturday – “All five ballot measures on abortion during the midterms resulted in losses for the forced-birth crowd. The power of women voters is not to be underestimated. That might have far-reaching consequences for years to come as Republicans continue to defend overwhelmingly unpopular abortion bans.”
However, it is not all Sunshine and happy faces. Here is a snippet from Steve Schmidt’s Nov. 12 edition of The Warning: “Candidates won and lost on Tuesday night. The “red wave” turned into one more Fox News delusion and one more example of NYT’s errant political predictions and obtuseness around what is happening in America. In fact, most news organizations have failed to properly analyze the most important outcome of the 2022 election: Donald Trump is finished.
Seven long years have passed since Donald Trump descended an escalator in Trump Tower, and nearly wrecked American society. His rise revealed corruption, hypocrisy, decay, immorality, arrogance, self-interest, and rot throughout the whole of American society. He was a product of brokenness and evidence of a great national sickness. In the end, it was the American people who ended the madness from which the American media and business community made billions, while simultaneously stoking and ignoring.”
Nationally, the Democrats shut down the Red Wave. But we are not done. If you have time and want to help Warnock in the Georgia Senate Run-off, here is something you can do:
Postcards and Letter Writing to voters to support Rev. Warnock for Senate https://www.mobilize.us/browardforprogress/event/543504/
Call Voters in Georgia to support Rev. Warnock for Senate
Locally we are reviewing what happened in Floriduh and Monroe County and where we go from here. Activists with the FDP are sending folks to GA. To help canvass and get out the vote for Warnock, postponing Executive and Central Committee meetings until January.
The Keys Dems will hold their last county-wide meeting for the year this Thursday, November 17, at 5:30 pm in the Community Room of the Marathon Public Library, 3490 Overseas Hwy. This will be an in-person/Zoom hybrid meeting. We will have stats from the Election to share with you and would appreciate your ideas. We encourage candidates to attend and share their concerns and experiences as well. The Link for this meeting is:
OTHER ACTIVIST GROUP ACTIVITIES
Wednesday, November 16
Key West NOW will meet at 5:30 pm, in the back room at Sally O’Brien’s on the corner of Flagler and Bertha.
Local Govt Meetings this week
Tuesday, November 15
- The Key West City Commission will meet at 5 pm in City Hall, 1300 White St., Key West. Click here for the agenda and details: http://keywest.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx
- The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners will meet from 9 am -5 pm at the Harvey Govt. Ctr., 1200 Truman Ave., Key West
- The Marathon City Council will meet at 5:30 pm in City Hall, 9805 Overseas Hwy. Marathon. For more details click here: https://www.ci.marathon.fl.us/citycouncil/page/city-council-meeting-63
Wednesday, November 16
- The Utility Board of the City of Key West (Keys Energy) will meet at 5 pm in the Board Room at 1001 James St. Key West. For the Agenda click here: https://www.keysenergy.com/utility-board/
Thursday, November 17
- The Key Colony Beach City Commission will meet at 9:35 am in their temporary City Hall. For zoom link and agenda: https://keycolonybeach.net/citydocs-1/
- The Islamorada Village Council will meet at 5:30 pm in the Founders Park Community Center, 87000 Overseas Hwy, Plantation Key. For details click here: https://www.islamorada.fl.us/calendar.php?view=day&month=11&day=17&year=2022&calendar=&id=42
I am thrilled that we saved the Senate and as I write the House is still a possibility. We must be vigilant.
Thanks to all who donated time, talent, and treasure to our efforts in this cycle.
We begin again with our Traditional Holiday Fundraiser, this year in honor of Steve Smith, on December 2, 6 – 8:30 pm at 1525 Atlantic Boulevard. Music, wine, and door prizes!!! For tickets, click here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/holidayminglejingle22
See you Thursday!!!
One last Comment.
“Unlike Clinton and Obama, Biden lacks natural charisma. Unlike Kennedy, Biden has not demonstrated the ability to inspire. Unlike Roosevelt, in particular, Biden does not display jaunty optimism or possess the magic gift to forge an emotional connection through the sound of his voice. Biden, instead, is more like Harry Truman – a long-time Senator, who ascended to power at a time of national crises. At his best, Biden offers calm competence. Which is why, top White House officials should stop overhyping Biden as a modern-day Roosevelt. Instead, they should honestly portray Biden as a good man – like Truman, and unlike Trump – doing his best in terrible times.” Walter Shapiro in The New Republic