Thursday, September 13, 2007

FLORIDA DIGEST September 13, 2007

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Don't Forget! We need to hear from you!

Many of you haven't responded.....

Florida Red And Blue!!!!

Do your part to fight the right-wing state-wide anti-gay initiativeto amend the Florida constitution.

Friday, September 28, at the GLCC, Ft. Lauderdale - 11:45am to 1:30pm.

Michael and I promised to get a minimum of 10 people to attend thislow dollar boxed lunch - only $25 - to learn about Florida Red And Blue andthe multiple efforts to overcome this hateful amendment. Florida Red andBlue has already raised over $1 million, but our work is only beginning.

Will you support us with this? Every GLBT person in Florida needs to be apart of this effort.

Boxed Lunch Series
Friday, September 28
Noon - 1:30pm
Networking 11:45am
GLCC - Ft. Lauderdale

Send us an e-mail and let us know if you'll join us on the 28th.

And...... If you can't attend, we'll be glad to accept your check made outto "Florida Red and Blue."

Ray and Michael


Volunteering for White Party 2007 - Care Resource

Good Afternoon,
This November will be an exciting time to volunteer. In November, volunteerswill help ensure the success of the 23rd Annual White Party. We ask you toget involved by volunteering for one or more of the events!

Care Resource is the largest HIV/AIDS service organization in South Florida.We are a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3), multicultural, community-basedorganization. The agency provides primary medical care, education, anonymousand confidential testing, case management, and mental health and substanceabuse counseling. Events like White Party help us raise the funds needed tokeep these programs, and the people they serve, alive and well.

We need volunteers for the following White Party positions: setup,survey/greeter, registration, floater and other positions during the week ofWhite Party.

Attached you will find an application for White Party 2007. Please completeand return your application and release form by October 1st and you will besigned up to volunteer for White Party 2007! We will send notification ofyour assignment during the last week of October. Applications can be mailedto our office or faxed to 305-571-2020, attention Annette Peikert.

To learn more about these events and about group volunteering for CareResource, please contact me via e-mail at

Thank you so much for your interest in Care Resource.


Annette Peikert

Care Resource -- Your One Source
Administrative Coordinator

OUR MISSION: "Through education, prevention, research, care & treatment andsupport service, Care Resource improves upon the health and overall qualityof life of our diverse South Florida communities in need"

W. 305.576.1234 x 278
F. 305.571.2020

3510 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 300
Miami, FL 33137


Broward County charter review panel rejects appointing sheriff

Review group also looking at new ways to pick mayor, run port, airport,transit
By Scott Wyman
September 13, 2007

Ken Jenne's demise as Broward County sheriff won't spell an end to publicelections for the powerful job as the area's top cop, at least for now.

The Charter Review Commission, assigned to update county government, refusedWednesday to consider replacing the elected post of sheriff with anappointed public safety director despite pleas from County Mayor JosephusEggelletion.

Eggelletion said he will have county attorneys explore the idea and did notrule out asking the County Commission to schedule its own public vote on thematter.

Jenne pleaded guilty last week to federal charges of mail fraud conspiracyand income tax evasion and now faces up to two years in prison. He alsoadmitted he abused the public trust - that taxpayers should have been ableto count on him not to use his elected office to enrich himself.

Despite rejecting the idea of a public safety director, the charter board isexploring several other major changes to how local government runs. They arelooking at letting voters choose who is mayor, giving county commissionersdirect control over the airport and seaport and putting an independentauthority in charge of mass transit.

more . . . .


Wasserstrom verdict historic day for Broward

Michael Mayo
News Columnist
September 13, 2007

Just when I was getting ready to rip Broward State Attorney Michael Satz'spublic corruption unit for a half-hearted prosecution that made it seem likethey didn't really want that rarest of occurrences - a conviction of aBroward elected official - along comes a jury to restore my faith in thejustice system.

Despite not having a full road map, the six jurors managed to figure outright from wrong, convicting suspended Hollywood commissioner KeithWasserstrom on two felony counts of official misconduct for his tangledroles as public servant and private pitchman.

Little did anybody know it or show it, but Wednesday was an historic day.

It marked the first time a Broward elected official was convicted by a juryin Satz's 30 years.

And it was just the third time in Satz's three decades that a Browardelected official heard the word "guilty" in the county courthouse.

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Gov. Crist visits acting Broward sheriff Lamberti

By Sofia Santana
September 13, 2007


Governor Charlie Crist on Wednesday met with acting Broward County SheriffAl Lamberti but emerged from the brief, closed-door meeting saying that hehad not yet decided whether to keep Lamberti in the job until the post goesup for election next year.

The meeting took place at the Pompano Beach substation of the Sheriff'sOffice.

There, Crist praised Lamberti for unflinchingly taking the helm of an agencythat in the last month has seen its leader resign and plead guilty tocorruption charges, an on-duty sergeant shot to death and an on-duty deputyfall critically wounded.

"I pray confidence in him," Crist said of Lamberti, a career lawman with theSheriff's Office who has said he wants to stay sheriff and run in theelection for the post next year.

Crist last week appointed Lamberti to replace Ken Jenne, who had led theagency since 1998.

In another show of support for the Sheriff's Office, Crist traveled toHollywood to visit the bedside of wounded deputy Maury Hernandez who wasshot in the head on Aug. 6 in Hollywood while chasing a man who ran from atraffic stop. David Maldonado, 24, of Hollywood, was charged with attemptedfirst-degree murder of a law enforcement officer and is awaiting trial.

Hernandez has shown signs of improvement, but he remains in criticalcondition at Memorial Regional Hospital, sheriff's officials said.


Gay/lesbian center's bingo night makes newspaper too politically correct

September 13, 2007

Re Saturday's article, "It's not grandma's bingo: Gay and lesbian centerputs new spin on old game of chance": Now here is an article that warrantsthe front page of the Local section of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Isthis why everyone who reads a newspaper knows that newspapers are run byleft-wing, bleeding heart liberals who try to be so politically correct thatthey make most people sick? Next thing you know, the Sun-Sentinel will haveits own homosexual section. Is this a "get even with Mayor Naugle" thing?

Let me ask: Why are men "gay" and women "lesbian"? Men are happy about beinghomosexual and women aren't? Why do they have to have a label? Why can'tthey keep their sexuality to themselves? The world would be a better placeto live.

Charlie Houghtaling

Deerfield Beach


How Lauderdale Mayor Naugle can check out safety of public restrooms

September 13, 2007

If Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle wants to ensure the safety of the city'spublic men's rooms all he has to do before entering is yell out, "Tax cutsfor the wealthy!"

If no one inside cheers, then it is probably safe to go in.

David Ferebee
Savannah, Ga.


Debate renewed over election or appointment of sheriff

Posted on Thu, Sep. 13, 2007

It will be up to the Broward County Commission to decide whether to put apolitical hot potato before voters: Should the office of sheriff be electedor appointed?

The Charter Review Commission took a pass Wednesday on putting the questionon the November 2008 ballot by voting 9-6 against researching the issue.Broward Mayor Josephus Eggelletion Jr. earlier had asked the chartercommission to study it.

Appointing a public safety director would reduce the power amassed in theelected office under former Sheriff Ken Jenne. After Jenne took office in1998, he nearly doubled the size of the agency to 6,300 employees with a$696 million budget.

Jenne also took over fire rescue and provided law enforcement services to 14cities.

Jenne resigned last week and pleaded guilty to earning tens of thousands ofdollars in unreported income.

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Corruption conviction a rarity

Posted on Thu, Sep. 13, 2007

Keith Wasserstrom's conviction Wednesday makes him the first electedofficial in Broward to be found guilty of public corruption by a jury inmore than 30 years.

Since State Attorney Michael Satz took office in 1976, he has broughtcharges against more than 20 of Broward's elected officials.

Three -- including Wasserstrom, a suspended Hollywood city commissioner --have resulted in convictions. The other two were the result of pleabargains:

. Pembroke Park Commissioner Frank Badalamente pleaded guilty in 1991 totaking $20,000 from his homeowners association.

. Broward County Commissioner Scott Cowan pleaded guilty in 2001 to electionlaw violations.

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Express Gay News

Black community's opinions vary on Naugle
Local NAACP president's pro-gay rights stand draws praise and criticism

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Standing before a group of activists, preachers and news crews, MarshaEllison, president of the Fort Lauderdale branch of the NAACP, took a riskwhen she spoke out for gay rights at a press conference Sept. 5 on the stepsof City Hall.

She was one of many featured speakers to protest Fort Lauderdale Mayor JimNaugle's anti-gay statements, which have driven a rift throughout thecommunity in recent weeks and brought gay rights once again to theheadlines.

Ellison's mission was clear: She would speak out against what she consideredhate speech and discrimination, regardless of the fact that the offendingwords were aimed at the gay community, a community she is not charged withrepresenting.

"Mayor Naugle's message is about one thing - hate," she said. "Homophobia ishate, and hate has no place in the beloved community."

Ellison's words were received with much praise among gay activists. Theycountered the actions of some local African-American ministers, such as theRev. O'Neal Dozier, who have spoken out in favor of Naugle. Dozier appearedwith Naugle and other right-wing religious leaders at an Aug. 21 pressconference.


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