The Constitution Revision Commission will hold a pair of public meetings today and Friday, giving residents in South Florida a chance to weigh in on whether and how the state’s constitution should be changed.
Today’s meeting is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. at Florida International University’s Student Academic Success Center in Miami.
Friday’s meeting begins at 9 a.m. at Florida Atlantic University’s Acura Club, which is located in the university’s football stadium in Boca Raton.
The meetings are free and open to the public.
“We were pleased to see 400 Floridians attend our first public hearing in Orlando,” CRC Chairman Carlos Beruff said. “Given the public interest in speaking before the CRC, we have found new spaces on the FIU and FAU campuses that can hold even more participants. I encourage all interested Floridians in the greater Miami-Dade and Palm Beach County areas to come make their voices heard on April 6 at FIU in Miami and on April 7 at FAU in Boca Raton.”
Rep. KevinRader (D-Delray Beach) showed off some muscle when he met with The Palm Beach Post Editorial Board on Thursday to answer questions about his campaign for state Senate District 29.
When The Post’s board asked Rader why he thought State Rep. Irving Slosberg (D-Boca Raton) switched campaigns at the last minute, Rader said, “He was scared to run against me.”
And then he flexed his muscle.
“The only thing I can attribute that to is the strength and muscle of Kevin Rader scared Irv Slosberg out of the seat,” Rader said, lifting up his arm.
Here’s some background: Slosberg, who is now running for state Senate District 31, first opened a campaign against Rader in state Senate District 29 but switched at the last minute. Now Slosberg is running against State Sen. Jeff Clemens (D-Atlantis) and Emmanuel Morel, and Rader is running against Mindy Koch.
“That is such a stupid quote,” Slosberg said over the phone.
And it’s false, he added.
“My office is in District 31 and I probably represent more of District 31 than I do of 29. That’s the bottom line. I’ve been in my office there for six years. We’ve had like thousands of constituents come up.”
“When I looked at District 29, I’ve never been with people in the Glades. I’ve never represented people in Wellington. I’ve never represented the community in Coconut Creek, Wynmoor. I never represented Parkland. I never represented Coral Springs. At the end of the day, most of 29, I’ve never represented those people,” he said for why he made the last-minute decision to swap races.
Deutch, whose campaign estimated he could speak as early as 4:30 p.m., said he plans to talk about several topics including early voting and his family.
The speech will be about “the importance of this campaign to me as a son and a father,” he said, adding that this is the first year his twin daughters, 20 years old, and his son, 18, will be able to vote.
Deutch said the chance to speak on the final night of the convention is “an amazing opportunity,” and that when Hillary Clinton’s campaign called to ask if he would participate, “It was an easy yes.”
Deutch is running for re-election in Florida’s recently redrawn District 22, which includes Highland Beach, Boca Raton, Margate and Fort Lauderdale.
U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, said in a statement on his Facebook page that tomorrow, as Congress returns to Washington, D.C., he is going to call for closure of a loophole that allows people on the terror watchlist to purchase firearms.
“When violence strikes our community, we must stand together in solidarity with those whose lives have been forever changed – fifty families who now have a hole that will never be filled, and over fifty more whose injuries and trauma will affect them from this day forward. After the deadliest mass shooting in American history, I feel so deeply for these families, the city of #Orlando, our state of Florida, and our nation. I stand with the LGBT community this Pride month and whenever members of the community face violence, hatred or discrimination. And I am so grateful for the SWAT team, the police, paramedics and firefighters whose heroic actions saved lives.
“I offer sympathy, prayers and strength. I am sure we all do. But I’m also a Member of Congress, and thoughts and prayers alone are not a sufficient response. Tomorrow, upon our return to Washington, we will be briefed about terror threats and radical Islamic violence. We will strengthen our resolve to defeat ISIS. We will continue to fight terrorism here and around the world.
“But that’s not enough. We’re mourning the deadliest mass shooting, and the American people expect us to battle terrorism, stand with the LGBT community AND to address the gun violence epidemic that plagues the country. Silence is not an option.
“TOMORROW, when we return to Washington, we should have moment of silence for the victims – immediately followed by a vote to close the loophole that allows people on the terror watch list to buy assault rifles – or any weapon. This isn’t politics; it’s common sense.
“In the weeks to come, we should not be afraid to ask why, when an AR-15 assault rifle is the one thing that’s common to Orlando, San Bernardino and Newtown, we allow these deadly weapons to be freely available? And why every gun purchaser isn’t subject to a background check? And why the mental health crisis is’t urgently addressed?
“We must fight terrorism. And stand with the LGBT community. And do something to stem the horrific tide of gun violence.
Of more than 200 people, ages 10 to 14, who applied nationwide, 35 were picked, three of those in Florida. And Ben was the only one from South Florida.
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With his dad, attorney Bruce Schiller, serving as his go-fer, Benjamin worked the newsmakers; not just Scott but also presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich and even journalism colleague Anderson Cooper of CNN.
Plus, last week he covered Hilary Clinton’s Super Tuesday rally, also in Miami.
“Wow. It’s Benjamin’s love. He’s been doing this for about two or three years now,” mom Julie Yates, also an attorney, said Friday morning from the Boca Raton law office she and husband Bruce share.
The last question Thursday night to Benjamin: how did the Kasich interview go?
“He said education, and that my future is safe with him,” Benjamin said. “And once I’m out of college, I’ll have a great job if he’s president.”
Benjamin’s said he’d be banging out an online article to run Friday or Saturday.
And, when pressed about who he might support for president, he gave the right answer:
There was a time, nearly a decade ago, when Charles Jacobson believed in Donald Trump.
That was before Jacobson spent $26,000 on a “Trump University” real estate course he says was nothing more than a scheme to make money off ordinary people hoping for tips from the celebrity mogul. That was before the bankruptcy and before a horrific medical diagnosis.
Now, Jacobson says the sound of Trump’s voice makes him “nauseous.”
Jacobson said he’s worried his story and the story of others who say they were victimized by Trump is emerging too late to stop him from becoming the Republican Party’s nominee and, eventually, president.