FLORIDA LGBTA DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS ANNOUNCES AGENDA FOR HERE’S WHERE WE WIN: THE SUMMER CONFERENCE

Event in West Palm Beach Features Gubernatorial and Statewide Candidates, Elected Officials, Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS Students
GAINESVILLE — The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus, representing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to the Florida Democratic Party, announces the agenda for Here’s Where We Win: The Summer Conference, taking place July 27 through 29 in West Palm Beach. The conference brings together Democratic LGBTA activists from around the state for candidate meetings, election training, and presentations on major issues facing Florida voters.
All conference events will be held at the Hilton Palm Beach Airport Hotel, 150 Australian Ave., West Palm Beach, except as otherwise noted. The conference features a Welcome Reception on Friday, July 27; a full day of conference meetings and presentations and a Leadership Dinner on Saturday, July 28; and a Farewell Brunch on Sunday, July 29. The Caucus will also host a Membership Meeting to consider endorsements for statewide candidates and amendments. Conference registration is $25 and includes the Welcome Reception on Friday; and continental breakfast, lunch and snacks on Saturday. The Leadership Dinner is a separately-ticketed event for $75. In addition, rooms are still available in the Caucus’ hotel block at the rate of $109 per night.
Registration, ticket purchases and hotel reservations can be made here: http://www.floridalgbtademocrats.org/2018-summer-conference-and-leadership-dinner/
Sessions are still being added to the program and this advisory will be updated.
FRIDAY, JULY 27
6:30pm to 8:30pm
WELCOME RECEPTION hosted by the Rusty Gordon LGBTA Democratic Caucus of Palm Beach
Sponsored by Philip Levine for Governor; Chris King for Governor; and Nicholas Coppola and David Crespo
Coconut Date Room, Hilton Palm Beach Airport Hotel
Special Guests: Gubernatorial candidate PHILIP LEVINE; Gubernatorial candidate CHRIS KING; Palm Beach County Mayor MELISSA MCKINLAY
SATURDAY, JULY 28
CONFERENCE AND MEMBERSHIP MEETING
7:45 am
REGISTRATION AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
Salon A&B, Hilton Palm Beach Airport Hotel
8:15am
WELCOME
TERRY FLEMING, president, Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus
WAYNE WHITSON, president, Rusty Gordon LGBTA Democratic Caucus of Palm Beach
8:30am
BREAKFAST SPEAKER: Caucus-endorsed LAUREN BAER, candidate for FL-18
Sponsored by Lauren Baer for Congress
9:15am
TRAINING SESSION: Getting Your Neighbors Out to Vote, SALLY BOYNTON BROWN
10:10am to Noon
SPEAKERS, CANDIDATES, PRESENTATIONS
10:30am
GWEN GRAHAM, gubernatorial candidate
11:00am
KEN EVANS, Democratic National Committee
DEIDRE NEWTON, Palm Beach County DEC State Committeewoman
11:15am
PRESENTATION of LGBT Proclamation from Senator Bill Nelson’s office
Noon
LUNCH
Sponsored by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
1:15pm
PANEL DISCUSSION FEATURING STUDENTS FROM MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HS / 
PARKLAND / MARCH FOR OUR LIVES
2:15pm to 3:45pm
SPEAKERS, CANDIDATES, PRESENTATIONS
2:30pm
RAND HOCH, president and founder
Palm Beach Human Rights Council
3:00pm
JUAN PENALOSA, Florida Democratic Party executive director
3:20pm
ROY DAVID WALKER, candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services
3:30pm
NIKKI FRIED, candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services
4:00pm
MEMBERSHIP MEETING to consider endorsements
6:30pm
COCKTAIL RECEPTION
Majestic Ballroom
Special Guest: REP. ALCEE HASTINGS
Sponsored by Rep. Alcee Hastings
7:30pm
LEADERSHIP DINNER
Majestic Ballroom
Sponsored by Jeff Greene for Governor
Program:
Welcome TERRY FLEMING, president, Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus
Invocation REV. DR. LEA BROWN, Metropolitan Community Church of the Palm Beaches
Remarks JEFF GREENE, gubernatorial candidate
Remarks TERRIE RIZZO, chair, Florida Democratic Party
Florida Keynote STATE REP. DAVID RICHARDSON, Caucus-endorsed candidate for Congress
SUNDAY, JULY 29
FAREWELL BRUNCH
Howley’s Restaurant
4700 South Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach
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School Board Candidates Night

Capital Equality is hosting a School Board Candidates Night featuring all Democratic candidates for Leon County School Board. The event will be held at Leon County Library Downtown, Program Room B, Tallahassee, at 6:30pm on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

Grab a friend and join us for casual conversation and an opportunity to learn more about these candidates.

SUMMER CONFERENCE HOTEL BLOCK NOW AVAILABLE!!

We have a few rooms left in our hotel room block for our exciting Summer Conference, Here’s Where We Win, being held July 27-29 at the Hilton Palm Beach Airport Hotel in West Palm Beach. We’ll release more info on the conference shortly, but if you plan on attending, please book your room as soon as you can so we can explore other arrangements if necessary. Please use this link:

Summer Conference Hotel Reservation

You can register for the Summer Conference using this link:

Conference Registration

Judicial Candidates Night

Capital Equality and the Leon County Young Democrats, in partnership with The Family Tree LGBT Community Center, will be hosting a non-partisan Judicial Candidates event featuring candidates for Leon County Judge and Circuit Judge.

The event will be held at Milano Pizzeria, 1940 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee, at 6:30pm on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

Grab a friend, a slice of pizza, and join us for casual conversation and an opportunity to learn more about these candidates and the role of a Leon County’s local judges.

* Due to strict campaign laws regarding judicial candidates, this event is considered non-partisan. All filed candidates have been invited to participate, regardless of party or political affiliation. *

FLORIDA LGBTA DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS ANNOUNCES ENDORSEMENTS FOR 2018 FEDERAL RACES

Gainesville FL — The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus, an arm of the Florida Democratic Party representing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Democrats, announced its first round of endorsements for federal elections during the primary season.

“Florida’s candidates and elected officials know that the LGBT community can be the margin of victory in their races, and that our members work hard to elect our endorsed candidates,” Caucus President Terry Fleming said. “In such a highly charged political year, our involvement has a definitive impact.”

Candidates receiving the Caucus endorsement in this round include:

US Senate – Senator Bill Nelson

District 3 – Yvonne Hayes Hinson

District 8 – Sanjay Patel

District 9 – Congressman Darren Soto

District 13 – Congressman Charlie Crist

District 15 – Andrew Learned

District 17 – April Freeman

District 18 – Lauren Baer

District 22 – Congressman Ted Deutch

District 23 – Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz

District 27 – State Representative David Richardson

In addition, the Caucus voted to support Amendment 4, the Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative.

Candidates seeking endorsement filled out an extensive questionnaire on a range of issues. Those questionnaires were reviewed by the Campaign Committee, which made its recommendations to the membership. The Caucus’ members then voted to accept or deny the recommendation.

“The Caucus also congratulates Congresswomen Kathy Castor and Lois Frankel for their uncontested victories,” Fleming said. “We look forward to working with them and all our endorsed candidates throughout the campaign season.”

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2018 Summer Conference and Leadership Dinner

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus, representing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Democrats in Florida, presents its 2018 Summer Conference, July 27 through 29, at the Hilton Palm Beach Airport Hotel. Caucus conferences bring together a wide range of politically active Democrats to hear from state, local and national elected officials and candidates, party officials, allied activists, and issue experts for an invigorating and productive weekend. Our conferences receive statewide media coverage that underscores the experience and commitment our members bring to Florida politics.

July 27-29, 2018
Hilton Palm Beach Airport Hotel
150 Australian Avenue
West Palm Beach, FL 33406

Tentative Schedule
Friday, July 27, 2018
Welcome Reception Hosted by Rusty Gordon LGBTA Democratic Caucus

Saturday, July 28, 2018
Summer Conference with Continental Breakfast – 8:00am
Morning Session with Presentations and Trainings – 9:00am
Sponsored Lunch – 12:00pm
Afternoon Session with Presentations and Trainings – 1:00pm
Membership Meeting – 3:30pm
Adjourn – 5:00pm
Cocktail Reception – 6:30pm
Leadership Dinner – 7:30pm

Sunday, July 29, 2018
Farewell Brunch – 10:00am

Conference Registration
Register for the conference by clicking this link.

Leadership Dinner Tickets
Purchase your individual or table tickets to the Leadership Dinner online.

Hotel Block
We have a block of rooms available at the host hotel, the Hilton Palm Beach Airport Hotel, for $109 per night. Use this link to book your hotel room.

Sponsorship Options and Program Advertisements
Click this link to learn more about sponsorship and promotional opportunities during the conference.

Join us as we prepare for victory in 2018! Additional event details will be announced as they become available.

May Membership Meeting with Bob Rackleff

The next meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at 6:30pm. Our special guest is Bob Rackleff, Candidate for Congress, District 2.

The membership meeting will be held at Milano Pizzeria, 514 W. Tharpe Street, Tallahassee, and is open to all Democrats.

Grab a friend and join us for an informative and entertaining session! We hope to see you there!

We hope to see you at our Summer Conference in West Palm Beach, July 27-29!

Bowl-A-Thon FUNdraiser!

STATEMENT OF FLORIDA LGBTA DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS ON RICK SCOTT’S SENATE CAMPAIGN

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus, an arm of the Florida Democratic Party representing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Democrats, issued the following statement from President Terry Fleming on Rick Scott entering the US Senate race against Senator Bill Nelson:
“Despite his disastrous tenure as governor of Florida, Rick Scott wants a promotion to the US Senate. Florida, don’t be fooled again. Wages for Florida workers are near the bottom, but Rick Scott’s wealth while in office has grown by $46 million. He promised to expand health care coverage, then admitted he lied about that promise. He could easily ensure Florida’s LGBT state employees are protected from discrimination with the stroke of a pen, yet refuses to take action. And most importantly for Florida’s LGBT community, Rick Scott has barely acknowledged the devastating and lasting impact the Pulse massacre has had on LGBT Floridians, passing up even the simple gesture of wearing a Pulse ribbon in memory of the 46 victims. In Washington, Rick Scott would be a cheerleader for the Trump administration, instead of being a check on the craziness.”
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