Fed, State & Local Activity Feb 24 – Mar 2

Hello team!

LOCAL

Alachua County Commission Regular Meeting. The agenda for the 9am meeting can be found here. And the agenda for the 5pm meeting can be found here.
Date: Tuesday, February 26
Time: 9am and 5pm
Location: 12 SE 1st Street, Second Floor, John “Jack” Durrance Auditorium, Board Room 209

The Gainesville City Elections are fast approaching! Here are some events involving the candidates happening this week:

The ACEL (Alachua County Emerging Leaders) are sponsoring a Candidate Meet and Greet. Details can be found on their Facebook page, here.
Date: Thursday, February 28
Time: 6 – 8pm
Location: Cypress & Grove Brewing Co.: 1001 NW 4th St, 32601

We will be holding a Candidate Forum for the challengers of the mayor’s seat (Lauren Poe will not be able to make it due to prior commitments) at our March Chapter meeting.
Date: Saturday, March 2
Time: 10 – 11:30am
Location: Resilience Charter School 1717 NE 9th Street, 32609

There will be a Candidate Feminist Forum put on by the Gainesville Area NOW (National Organization of Women). Details can be found on their Facebook page, here.
Date: Saturday, March 2
Time: 2 – 4pm
Location: Alachua County Headquarters Library 401 East University Avenue, 32601

STATE

The 2019 Florida Legislative Session officially begins next Tuesday, March 5. As you have seen in our previous newsletters, a lot happens prior to the session in committee. We thoughts we’d share some of the sources for state politics with you. If we left any of your favorites out, let us know.

Tampa Bay Times’ The Buzz on Florida Politics blog

FlaPol Blog

The Sarasota Herald-Tribunes Inside Florida Politics (Check out their weekly podcast, too.)

Sayfie Review

And of course, we also recommend going straight to the source:

Florida Senate’s Official Website

Florida House’s Official Website

FEDERAL

The House is expected to pass a bill¬†denouncing Trump’s (fake) National Emergency declaration this week. If passed (and it is expected to), the Senate will have to vote on the measure within 18 days.

Our Congressman once wrote that part of his job “is to give the people a voice and to hold our president accountable; regardless of party.” Because if the representative doesn’t, “who will?”

Those words were written when a Democrat occupied the White House. This will be a good opportunity to remind Yoho that the President’s National Emergency declaration displayed a complete disregard for Congress’ control of the purse, which the Constitution spells out quite clearly. Unless his statement about holding the President accountable was merely cheap partisan talk?

Here are our Members of Congress:
House of Representatives:
* Ted Yoho
Email: Click here to fill out your email.
Phone:
* DC office: (202)225-5744
* Gainesville office: (352)505-0838
Senate
Marco Rubio
* Email: Click here to fill out your email.
* Phone:
DC office: (202)224-3041
Rick Scott
* Phone:
DC office: (202)224-5274

Have a great week!

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