ppoll.org Sponsors President’s Day Town Hall and Civic Engagement Fair

ppoll.org is a relatively new organization that purports to influence federal legislation through public polling and other means. There is a local PBC chapter, led by Jay Pellis who sent us the following note regarding an upcoming event that is co-sponsored with the League of Women Voters and Palm Beach State College. It features a town hall meeting with County Mayor Steve Abrams and others, and what they call a “civic engagement fair”, which presumably involves exhibits by local activist groups.

Check it out and let us know what you think.

Here is Jay’s note:

In mid-November (11/16 to be exact), I contacted South Florida 912 to introduce Ppoll Now. We have made progress in our effort to strengthen the relationship between the people and our U.S. Representatives. We still have a long way to go. I hope you will consider joining our community.

I would like to invite you and members of South Florida 912 to a Presidents Day Town Hall meeting on February 18.

Below is event information for the first of a series of Town Hall meetings our organization plans to sponsor. Ppoll Now is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) program seeking to strengthen the relationship between the people and our U.S. Representatives. A prototype is available at Ppoll.org

*Event*: Presidents Day Town Hall Meeting
*Sponsors: *League of Women Voters, Palm Beach State College, and Ppoll Now
*Date:* February 18, 2013
*Time:* 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
*Description:* “Presidents & Citizens: Powers, Rights, and
Responsibilities,” a town hall meeting and civic engagement fair. Discuss
the role and scope of the presidency and citizenship in the 21st century.
Meet local organizations working to improve government.
*Location:* Duncan Theatre at Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth, FL.


*Agenda *
1. Panel discussion (1 hour)
2. Civic engagement fair (1 hour)

Steve Abrams, Mayor of Palm Beach County
Randy Schultz, Editor of the Palm Beach Post editorial page
Kim Ardila-Morgan, Director of Center for Applied Ethics at Palm Beach
State College

Facebook event page

Ppoll Now event page

Via email

South Florida 912 Co-Sponsors PBG City Council Candidate Forum

Palm Beach Gardens City Council

Candidate Forum

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Join us for an evening of in-depth discussion of city issues with the candidates for the March 12th election in Group 4. The seat has been vacant since former Mayor (and current candidate) David Levy resigned to run for the County Commission.

Moderated by Daniel Martell, President and CEO, of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County.

Thursday, February 28, 2013
7:00 PM
Gardens Branch, Palm Beach County Library *
11303 Campus Drive
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

The candidates are:

For information, call 561-972-8789

This event is jointly sponsored by:

Palm Beach County Taxpayer Action Board
Palm Beach County Tea Party
Palm Beach Gardens Residents Coalition
South Florida 912

* This program is not sponsored/endorsed by the Palm Beach County Library

Candidate Biographies

David Levy

Florida native David Levy was born in 1960 and is the owner of environmental engineering firm Southeast Remediation Technnology, and an adjunct professor in environmental geology at Palm Beach State College. He received a B.S in Geology from Florida State University, and a M.S. in Geological Services from Virginia Polytech.

He is the former Mayor of Palm Beach Gardens, and was a City Councilman from 2004 through 2012. County-wide, he chaired the League of Cities Environmental Committee, the Regional Hazardous Material Oversight Committee and the Water Resources Task Force, as well as participating with Workforce Alliance, the Biotech Land Advisory Board, and the Loxahatchee River Management Coordinating Council.

James D’Loughy

James D’Loughy, is a long-time resident of Palm Beach Gardens. A lawyer of over 17 years, James is the founder of AdvisorLaw PLLC, a legal firm that represents clients in complex business matters. He helps individuals and small businesses alike protect their assets, resolve conflicts, and plan for a rainy day.

James’s knowledge of politics is informed by a degree in political science as well as experience working on Capitol Hill. Having worked on corporate transparency and compliance issues, James seeks to bring a new level of ethical governance to the Palm Beach Gardens City Council.

James lives with his wife, Anne Louise, his two daughters, Fredericka and Wilhelmina, and his newborn son, Maximilian, in Frenchman’s Reserve, where he volunteers his time as a member of the community’s governing body.

Moderator Biography

Daniel Martell

Daniel Martell is President and CEO of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County, a not-for-profit, non-governmental, non- partisan organization established in 1975. Its members come from all geographic areas of the county, represent all major business categories and encompass all sizes of businesses. Its mission statement is simply, “Create an environment to help business prosper.”

Mr. Martell came to the Economic Council of Palm Beach County from local sugar company, Florida Crystals Corporation as Vice President of Real Estate. His responsibilities at Florida Crystals included overseeing local government affairs, corporate land development, and real estate investments.

Beginning his career as the Director of Government and Political Affairs for the Gold Coast Builders Association, he was responsible for the regulatory and political issues confronting the home building industry in Palm Beach and Broward counties. He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Florida, Juris Doctor from the Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University, and obtained a Certificate of Corporate Finance from Cornell University in 2011.

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Palms West Republican Club Meeting (Co-sponsor: South Florida 912)

  You are invited to attend the meeting with Ralph Reed.  Here are the details:                       



Ralph Reed returns in FEB to speak to the PWRC

Ralph Reed is founder and chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition. As executive director of the Christian Coalition from 1989-1997, he built one of the most effective public policy organizations in recent political history. He is the best-selling author and editor of five books, including his latest novel, The Confirmation. He is married to his wife Jo Anne and is the father of their four children.  

Palms West Republican Club Meeting  (Co-sponsor: South Florida 912)

Speaker, Ralph Reed

Wed. Feb. 20, 2013

Binks Forest Golf Club,   400 Binks Forest Drive,    Wellington, Florida

Doors Open 6:00pm

Buffet Dinner 6:15pm

Meeting 6:45pm

Members $15, Guests $20


RSVP required   Register by phone, email or form here.


January 22 is the 40th Anniversary of the passage of Roe v. Wade, legalizing abortion in the United States.  Mother Teresa said, “The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion, because if a mother can kill her own child — what is left?  For me to kill you and you to kill me?  There is nothing between.”

Please get involved in calling attention to this travesty in American life.  Your church may have activities.  An area-wide event is the following:

March for Life/Prayer Rally led by the Reverend Bishop Barbarito, Diocese of Palm Beach. The location is the corner of 3rd and Dixie Streets, downtown West Palm Beach, at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 22, 2013.


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Palm Beach Faith & Freedom Coalition Contact Information

Palm Beach Faith & Freedom Coalition

Website: www.ccpbc.org    E-mail: ccpbc1@gmail.com

Phone: 561-622-1517    Fax: 561-622-3921

 National Faith and Freedom Coalition:

Website: www.ffcoalition.com

Registration Open: Florida Summit 2013 Jan 25-27 Lake Buena Vista

Dear Friends,
I am sharing with you a phenomenal event to take place in Orlando, Florida this month.  The event planners and presenters are driven liberty-minded activists with a deep core belief in the exceptionalism of the United States.  As such, and given the many partnerships it represents, the leadership committee is extending their invitation to a core group of activists.  All of you are in that select group.  Florida leadership want to hear from passionate activists such as yourselves.   
There will be much training, discussion, brain-trust thinking, and education presented during the Summit days, as well as good fashioned fun!  Additionally, there will be ample opportunities to share your passion and knowledge with like-minded individuals.  Please consider going and representing South Florida.  I know they will be privileged to have you.
Should you have any questions, please let me know.
Warm regards,
We are thrilled to announce the phenomenal addition of Host Committee members for the 2013 Florida Summit:

Nick Stone – President of Broward Young Republicans
Kyle McConnell – President of College Republicans at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Dan Peterson – Coalition for Property Rights
Michael Milhoan – Operation: Hire Our Heroes
Shannon and Doug Armstrong – South Florida 9/12
Continue to share the invitation with other leaders and membership.  History of email communication below:

With the news of how our illustrious leaders have handled the opportunity to address our nation’s financial situation, we know we will have a fascinating time together to regroup, assess, strategize and mobilize.
Everything is coming together for the Summit in just a few weeks.  Thank you to all of you who are reaching out to help.  Be sure to invite your leadership and membership, as well.  We have had several leaders request the invitation to be opned up.  Good call!!!
Guests may either contact our Reservations Department at 1-866-397-6516 or use the link below to directly make reservations, (please do so asap as the block will be held until 1/9, after that reservations will be available if the rooms are still available):


Registration for the event itself: http://floridasummit2013.eventbrite.com
Eager to see everyone!!
Florida Summit Committee
Kathy Gibson
Pam Wohlschlegel
Stephani Scruggs
Debbie Wilson
Karen Jaroch
Sharon Calvert
Ken Mayo
Lonny Leitner
Chris Leggatt
Andrew Schaller
Slade O’Brien
Abigail McIver
Karen Schoen
Francisco Gonzalez
Tony Ledbetter
Ray Sanchez
Kimberly Kelly
Karin Hoffman
Nick Stone
       Kyle McConnell
       Dan Peterson
       Michael Milhoan
       Shannon and Doug Armstrong
Karin Hoffman
Nick Stone
       Kyle McConnell
       Dan Peterson
       Michael Milhoan
       Shannon and Doug Armstrong

Video: Jeff Atwater at January 912 Meeting

Video by Boris Balaban

CFO Jeff Atwater Highlights January Meeting

Refocusing South Florida 912 to action!

The first meeting of South Florida 912 gently turned our focus from national politics to civic participation.

Dennis Lipp kicked off the meeting – with David DiCreczenso leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer.  Shannon talked about changes to South Florida 912’s format, gearing ourselves more for action than monthly meetings – such as co-sponsoring events and local action, and having quarterly meetings.  She also described a membership plan which will roll out shortly.  All will be described on the website and in emails in the next few weeks.

MJ Dunstan described what it was like handing out toys to children  and Shannon also recounted a different encounter with a family.  Shannon said the next similar event will be Balloons and Smiles around Valentine’s Day (see last year’s event) and that along with volunteers to hand out the balloons, she’ll also need help with getting 50 balloons to the hospital. 

Dennis described opportunities for the group to participate locally;  to become known in the community for doing.  Examples are adopt-a-road or participating in a Habitat for Humanity weekend.  Many in the audience raised their hands when Dennis asked for potential volunteers for Habitat – so we’ll post more info on the website as plans firm up.  No special skills are required – all are welcome.

Dennis then introduced our keynote – Florida CFO Jeff Atwater.  Many 912ers have known Jeff for quite a while as he represented us in the Florida Senate, made policy as Senate President, and hit the ground running on Rick Scott’s dynamic cabinet.


He started his remarks by outlining his responsibilities as CFO and how Florida is unique in the varied tasks that fall in his court. In an overview of the “state of the state”, he pointed out some significant bright points – for example the reduction of the budget to its current $70B or so (which should be flat next year), and that spending is and will continue to grow at a slower rate than revenue. Florida’s size – 19M people make us 4th in the nation, soon to overtake New York as #3, if measured as soverign nation would rate in the top 20 worldwide for its $750B GDP. Good stewardship grants us an AAA bond rating – one of only 12 states in the country, and better than the federal government.


The audience was primed for the extensive Q&A session, and Jeff delved into economic development, the Scripps record, the cost to the state of extended unemployment insurance in the ‘fiscal cliff’ deal, implications of Obamacare and extensions to Medicare, one-stop-shopping for permitting as an attraction to incoming businesses, the process for deciding rate increases at FPL and Citizens, and several other areas.

He was complimentary to the 912, and encouraged our community involvement activities like hospital visits and Habitat projects, and the amount of focus we put on holding elected officials accountable (like the county commission for their budget). Always approachable and a skilled explainer of complex subjects, Jeff’s visit with us was a great way to start the year.

Other news:  John Brooks talked about a letter to the editor he got published ( See Moral Decline the Key Issue  in the list of letters);  Anita Carbone spoke about the new coalition of county grass-roots groups – Alliance for Ethical Leadership – focused on action.  Karen Hoffman, leader of DC Works for Us also spoke about January’s Florida Summit (of grassroots activists) in Orlando January 25-27.  Madi Page mentioned that she now works for the Weekender – which can post upcoming meetings as well as politically incorrect letters and encouraged us to write.  We also ended with 50:50 – with the winner donating the winnings back to the group. 

Thanks to Mickey Polulack for the use of his sound equipment. 

All in all – a great start to the New Year!  Thanks to all who came.

Some pictures from the event:

Glenn Beck Reveals American Dream Labs This Week

To kick off the New Year, Glenn Beck is unveiling the much hinted at American Dream Labs, a project Glenn has been cultivating since The Restoring Honor Rally nearly 3 years ago. The less political, more inspirational shows on his 5pm program this week on TheBlaze TV introduce his vision for the next year and what he wants to see happen with the network you are building.

Monday night Glenn highlighted Walt Disney and how his creativity and bold dreams tie into the American Dream Labs.

Tuesday night Glenn revealed his plans to reinvent the media with a groundbreaking technology called Second Screen that allows viewers to interact with the show. He also announced a new show coming soon to the network called For the Record, which will be a 60 Minutes style show with investigative reporting.

Wednesday’s show will look at the projects Glenn and his team are working on around the globe.

Thursday, Glenn will showcase some of the amazing innovations happening in food, energy, education, TV and more.

Friday, you can be a part of the show by submitting questions to askglenn@glennbeck.com or tweet them using #AskGlenn. Glenn wants to know your thoughts and questions for him.

Tune in the rest of this week at 5pm or on demand for more of a glimpse into the American Dream Labs on TheBlaze TV.

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