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Will You Earn Your A?

August 15, 2014 August Primary Election Issue #1 No. 14-10E


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3 TALKING POINTS
Primary Election, Tuesday, August 26, 2014
[See Candidate Listings And Ballot Questions On Page 3]
EDITORIAL
WILL YOU EARN AN A.
Ive been a teacher for over 50
years. At the end of every term,
there was almost always one
student who came up to me and
said Why did you give me a C?
I was here every day. You should
have given me an A.
My response, of course, was, I
dont give grades. You earn them.
Just being in class is only part of
your grade. Theres also home-
work and class participation.
A course cycle in Citizenship
101 is four years. Every four
years there are usually 4 0r more
elections. Here is the current
course cycle:
Note: Your Voice Is
More Powerful In
A Primary Election
Than In A November
General Election.
2011
Municipal - March
2012
Municipal - March
Primary - August
General - November
2013
Municipal - March
2014 [this year]
Municipal - March
Primary - August
General - November
Your grade for Citizenship 101
is not only based on showing up
at the polls, but preparing for
that fnal polls test by doing
your homeworkfnding out
[Continued on page 2, Grade Yourself)
There Are Three Ways
To Vote
1. By mail the best way.
2. Early Voting Second
best.
3. At Your Polling Place
last chance.
Early Voting
For The 2014 Primary
Voting Sites Fourteen sites
will be open
10 a.m. to 6 p.m daily,
Monday August 11 through
Sunday August 24.
You may vote at any site in
the County.
Nearest To Boca Nearest to
residents of Boca Raton:
The Old Boca Library,
200 NW Boca Raton Blvd
South County Civic Center
16700 Jog Rd. Delray Beach.
For other sites check the
home page of the Supervisor
of Elections web site
http://www.pbcelections.org
Help choose the candidates who
will represent Democrats in
November.
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Reasons For Not Voting
In a 2008 U.S. Census Bureau study, here are the
reasons given for not voting:
Too busy, conficting schedule (didnt
get a mail ballot) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17.5%
Illness or disability (didnt
get a mail ballot) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14.9%
Not interested . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.4%
Did not like the candidates
or campaign issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12.9%
Other reason . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11.3%
Out of town (didnt
get a mail ballot) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.8%
Dont know or refused . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.0%
Registration problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.0%
Inconvenient polling place (didnt
get a mail ballot) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.7%
Transportation problems (didnt
get a mail ballot) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.6%
Forgot to vote (didnt
get a mail ballot) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.6%
[Grade Yourself, continued from page 1]
candidate best fts your temperament and your
wishes, what is in the ballot measures, and what
your respected sources suggest.
Each election on the chart on page 1 is worth 12%
of your final grade. Grade yourself. What grade did
you earn in the last 4 years ? If you only voted for
President in 2012 [you earned a 12%], what should
your report card show?
0-59 F, 60-69 D, 70-79 C, 80-89 B, 90-100 A
Young Adults and Health Insurance: Not
Invincible But Perhaps Convincible
[Findings from the Deloitte 2014 Survey of Young Adults and Health Insurance]
Held Their Breath When state and federal health
insurance exchanges rolled out, health plans and
policymakers held their breath to see whether young
people would sign up. Their participation could be
key to balancing the older, sicker population whose
expensive medical needs stood to burden new risk
pools. In the end, 28 percent of ACA enrollees were
from the critical 18-to-34-year-old cohort.
Risk Taking? Its popular to categorize this
demographic as healthy, risk-taking young invincibles,
but a Deloitte survey of 500 young adults (age 19-34)
from April 2014 tells a different story:
Reasons For Not Signing Up Among the young
adults who didnt sign up for coverage, fewer than one
in fve said it was because they dont expect to need
insurance. But two-thirds said they just couldnt afford
it. More than half never even visited a state or federal
exchange site.
Reasons For Signing Up Those who did get
insurance said the most important reasons were to pay
medical bills, to secure peace of mind and to avoid
paying the federal penalty.
Unaware Half of those who signed up said Med-
icaid or subsidies were an important part of that de-
cision but more than half of all respondents (those
who signed up and those who did not) remain unaware
that the federal government can help them pay for in-
surance, or that they can stay on their parents policies
until age 26. ###
Bad Officials Are
Elected By Good People
Who Dont Vote.
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FEDERAL
CONGRESS
U.S. Representative, Dist. 20 -
Democratic Party
Jean L. Enright
Alcee L. Hastings (Incumbent)
Jameel Mccline
U.S. Representative, Dist. 21 -
Democratic Party
Ted Deutch (Incumbent)
Emmanuel G. Morel
STATE:
EXECUTIVE
Governor and Lieutenant
Governor - Democratic Party
Charlie Crist/Not Yet Designated
Nan H. Rich/Not Yet Designated
Attorney General
Democratic Party
George Sheldon
Perry E. Thurston
STATE HOUSE
State District Representative, Dist. 81
(Universal Primary Contest. )
Joshua Izaak
Kevin Rader (Incumbent)
FIFTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
(Palm Beach County)
(Non-Partisan)
[Most criminal and civil cases
originate at the Circuit court level,
the circuit Court handles cases over
$15,000.]
Circuit Court Judge, Grp. 14
Diana Lewis (Incumbent)
Jessica Ticktin
Circuit Court Judge, Grp. 30
Maxine Cheesman
Jaimie Goodman
Peggy Rowe-Linn
COUNTY:
COUNTY COMMISSIONER,
Dist. 6 - Democratic Party
Kathy Foster (D)
Melissa Mckinlay (D)
SCHOOL BOARD (Non-Partisan)
School Board, Dist. 3
Karen Brill (Incumbent) (D)
John Michael Hartman (R)
David Benoit Mech (L)
School Board, Dist. 4
Justin Katz (D)
Larry Rosensweig (D)
Tom Sutterfeld (R)
Erica Whitfeld (D)
School Board, Dist. 6
Marcia Andrews (Incumbent) (D)
Joe Moore (R)
School Board, Dist. 7
Piaget Peppi Hendrix (D)
Debra L. Robinson (Incumbent) (D)
SPECIAL TAXING DISTRICTS
(Non-Partisan)
Indian Trail Improvement
District Seat 3
Ralph Bair (Incumbent) (D)
Alan Ballweg (D)
David A. Bradley (D)
Jupiter Inlet Commission
District 4
Shawn Ray Lopez (D)
Kenneth H. Mays, Jr. (D)
MUNICIPAL:
DELRAY BEACH: BALLOT QUESTION
Question One
Charter Amendment
Removal Of The Manager
The charter currently requires the
affrmative vote of four members of
the commission to terminate the city
manager. Under the proposed charter
amendment, the affrmative vote of at
least three members of the commission
would be required to terminate the city
manager.
Shall the charter amendment be
adopted? [Yes/No]
LAKE WORTH: BALLOT QUESTION
Primary Election 08/26/2014
CITY OF LAKE WORTH
QUESTION
Vote For 1
APPROVAL OF LAKE WORTH
2020 BONDS FOR PUBLIC
INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS
WITHIN THE CITY.
Shall the City of Lake Worth be
authorized to issue bonds to acquire and
improve roadway, sidewalk, streetlight,
streetscape,drainage and water and
sewer facilities located within the City
in one or more series not exceeding a
total principal amount of $63,500,000,
payable from an annual ad valorem tax
maturing not later than 30 years from
the date of each issuance and bearing
interest at a rate not exceeding the
maximum legal rate?
[For Bonds/Against Bonds]
SOUTH BAY: BALLOT QUESTION
Primary Election 08/26/2014
CITY OF SOUTH BAY
QUESTION
Vote For 1
A REFERENDUM FOR THE
REVISION OF THE CHARTER OF
THE CITY OF SOUTH BAY.
1. A revision of the City Charter for the
appointment of a City Commissioner
by the remaining Commissioners in
the event of resignation, suspension,
removal or death of a sitting
Commissioner.
Do you agree with the proposed revision
to Chapter 1 of the City of South Bay,
Florida Charter? [Yes/No]
Calendar of Election Dates
2014 Election Day Dates
Primary Election: August 26, 2014
Polls open: 7-7
General Election: November 4, 2014
Polls open: 7-7
2014 Early Voting Dates
Primary Election
August 11, 2014 - August 24, 2014
Polls open: 10-6
General Election
October 20, 2014 - November 2, 2014
Polls open: 7-7
2014 Voter Registration Deadline
General Election: October 6, 2014
PALM BEACH COUNTY DEMOCRATIC AUGUST 26th PRIMARY BALLOT
(ALL CANDIDATES AND QUESTIONS)
Non-partisan (except for judicial contests): (D) Registered Democrat - (R) Registered Republican - (L) Registered Libertarian
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Hi Neighbor.
Now Or Later? If you already received your
Vote-by-Mail ballot (and/or havent voted yet),
or if you plan to vote later at the polls, Id like
to share my experience with you.
Your Precinct 4178 Ballot If you are
registered in Precinct 4178 as Other, you
have these 2 choices:
Circuit Judge, Group 14
Diana Lewis
Jessica Ticktin
Circuit Judge, Group 30
Maxine Cheeseman
Jamie Goodman
Peggy Rowe-Linn
If you are registered in Precinct 4178 as
Democrat, you have these 2 additional choices:
Governor
Charlie Crist
Nan H. Rich
Attorney General
George Sheldon
Perry E. Thurston
Editors Choice During the campaign season,
Ive been fortunate enough to meet, listen to,
and question every one of the candidates on
your ballot.
For Governor, I pick Charlie Crist. Either
candidate would make a fine governor. Either
one would be a welcome change from our present
governor. However, Nan Rich does not have the
funds, name recognition, or charisma to win in
the November election.
For Attorney General, I pick George Sheldon.
Again, either candidate would make a fine
attorney general. Both have had much experience
in many areas of government, however George
Sheldons credentials and experience are the
more extensive of the two.
For Circuit Judge, Group 14, I find it a
toss up. The incumbent Judge Lewis judicial
demeanor leaves much to be desired and many
of her decisions have been overturned in
higher courts. Jessica Ticktin has much less
experience. I have a tendency to vote for the
less experienced than the proven intemperate.
So Ill vote for Jessica Ticktin.
For Circuit Judge Group 30, I pick Jamie
Goodman. He is a constitutional law student
and has judicial temperament.
For Precinct 4178 Voters
Dan I s aac s on - Pr ec i nc t 41 78
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[Nonpartisan, continued from page 2]
When Was The Last Time You Checked
Your Voter Records?
Its very easy to check your voter file. Go to:
http://www.pbcelections.org
Check out the Home screen (shown below).
1. Do a VOTER INFORMATION LOOKUP
Is your name spelled correctly?
Are you registered for the correct party?
Is your birthdate correct?
Is your address correctincluding apartment
number?
If you requested a mail ballot, is it active?
2. Look at MY SAMPLE BALLOT.
Enjoy.
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WHICH OF THESE DO REPUBLICANS STAND FOR?
Maps Drawn Illegally State Judge Terry
Lewis ordered Florida to redraw its congressional
districts July 10 after he found them to be
gerrymandered. His ruling was made as he found
two districts were drawn in a partisan manner that
violated the state constitution.
Unnecessarily Gerrymandered Lewis said
the two districts were unnecessarily gerryman-
dered to put more African-American voters than
necessary into Congressional District 5, repre-
sented by Democratic Congresswoman Corrine
Brown, to keep those Democratic-leaning voters
out of surrounding districts. District 5 is meant to
provide black voters with an opportunity to elect a
candidate of their choice.
The judge also found fault with Congressional
District 10, currently held by Republican
Congressman Dan Webster, because of an
appendage of white voters added to the Orlando-
area district.
Conspiracy In his opinion, the state judge
wrote that he found Republican political consul-
tants or operatives did in fact conspire to manipu-
late and infuence the redistricting process.
Intentional The grounds for fnding faws in
the two districts were different. Lewis found the
5th Congressional District was intentionally drawn
to pack as many Democratic voters as possible
in order to improve Republican performance in
neighboring districts. In contrast, the 10th, while
originally drawn in accordance with the states
laws, was modifed late in the process for partisan
advantage.
Judge Lewis order will not affect Palm Beach
County Districts in our 2014 elections.
Although Lewis specifcally invalidated only two
districts, redrawing those lines would cause a
ripple effect that could change the boundaries for
several other districts as well.
The State Legislature is currently revising its maps.
Stay tuned.
IN CASE YOU DIDNT SEE THIS:
Florida Has To Redraw Its Congressional Districts Because, Florida
Based on reporting by WESH.com and The Daily Beast
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