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BIENVENIDO A LA HOJA PRINCIPAL DE LOS DEMOCRATAS DEL CONDADO JEFFERSON, ESTADO DE FLORIDA
We pledge allegiance to the flag of the Unites States of Amirica, and to the Republic for which it stands!
NEXT DEMOCRATIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
Tuesday, July 12, 2022, 6 PM, at the Jefferson County R.J. Bailar Public Library, 375 S. Water St, Monticello.
Click here for the agenda (when available). THESE MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO ALL JEFFERSON COUNTY DEMOCRATS.
Covid Relief Not Received?
Most eligible Americans received their three Covid relief payments, two in 2020, and the final $1,400 in March of this year. And, those eligible for additional child tax credits received half of the amount in monthly payments. At tax time, you can claim any of the eligible relief payments you did not receive, and the remaining child tax credits.
This from CNBC.com Dec. 23, 2021:
"People who qualify but did not receive their payments of up to $1,400 this year may file for that money at tax time. Some people may stand to receive additional money if their income has gone down in the past year or if they added another dependent to their families, for example.
Additionally, those who are still due the first checks for up to $1,200 or second payments of up to $600 can still claim that money. However, they will need to file a separate 2020 tax return to get those funds.
Many families have received monthly payments if they qualify for the higher child tax credit that was put in place for this year.
Those monthly checks only count toward half of the sums due to families, with the rest set to be credited at tax time.
For example, a family with a child under age 5 may receive a total of $3,600 — with $1,800 in advance payments and another $1,800 due when they file their 2021 tax returns, Hanauer noted.
For children ages 6 and over, families stand to receive $3,000 — with $1,500 in advance payments plus $1,500 at tax time."
Note that higher income individuals and some dependents were not eligible for the full amounts, or any.
BY GOV. RON DE SANTIS AND THE REPUBLICANS
Democratic programs for the American people have been put in more jeopardy by the Republican Party's efforts to suppress the vote in Florida. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law Senate Bill 90 on May 6. A few of the impacts of this voter suppression law:
Section 21: The Supervisor of Elections must allow inspection of the return envelopes of mail ballots with voter signatures, and allow comparison to voter signatures on file. This must occur before tabulation of mail ballots can begin. Jefferson County impact: Our county had about 2,000 mail ballots last year. Imagine the difficulty in accommodating this requirement. A single Republican invoking this privilege could stop mail ballot counting for days.
Section 24: Requests for mail ballots must include the driver license number or FL ID number of the voter, or the last four digits of the voter's Social Security number. The number the voter submits is to be verified by the SOE against the number on file. What if a voter submitted a driver license number when registering, which is on file, but submits the last four digits of a Social Security number when requesting an absentee ballot? Good question. Some impacts in Jefferson County: The check box to request a ballot for the next election will be eliminated from the mail ballot return envelope. A closed form will be sent out separately, with spaces for the newly required ID numbers. This will require a second mailing by each voter, both the mail ballot and the mail ballot request form. The US Post Office plans to raise the price of first class mail to 58 cents on Aug. 29. So, for example, a household of three, with all voting by mail and requesting a mail ballot for the next year, would need to send a total of six mail pieces at 58 cents each.
Section 28: The drop box for mail ballots must be monitored in person by an election office employee, and can be available only during hours the election office is open. Some impacts in Jefferson County: We have only one mail ballot drop box, located at the election office on West Washington St in Monticello. It will no longer be anchored in the ground, but will be put on wheels, and wheeled out when the office opens, and wheeled in at closing time. So, if voters arrive before or after office hours, they'll be unable to find a drop box. Their choices then will be, return during office hours, mail their ballot at the post office, vote in person on election day, or don't vote. Additionally, we'll be paying an election office deputy to sit there outside the office, during the hours when a voter could just enter the open office and hand in a ballot.
Section 32: It will be a first degree misdemeanor to have in your possession at any time, more than two mail ballots of non-family members (family: parent, spouse, child, grand parent, grandchild, sibling), striking the current limitation to only those handling such mail ballots for compensation. Planning to bring in the ballot of an unmarried partner and a couple of infirm neighbors? You can be arrested. They can of course mail their ballots. 58 cents apiece. What if you just take those three non-family ballots out to your mailbox or the post office? You can be arrested for a first degree misdemeanor: imprisonment not exceeding one year, or a fine not exceeding $1,000!
There's much more in the Florida Republican Party/Ron De Santis voter suppression law, but this gives you the flavor. The Florida League of Women Voters and several other groups are suing. Of course, Trump and McConnell have stacked the courts.
Let's start discussing our get-out-the-vote efforts for 2022!
Democratic Party of Jefferson County, Florida
The mission of the Democratic Executive Committee of Jefferson County is to foster and advance the goals and ideals of our American democratic society through education and community involvement. The Democratic Executive Committee will actively seek out and encourage local citizens who exemplify the goals and ideals of our democratic society to enter the public arena by pursuing public service, including elective office.
MEET & GREET GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE CHARLIE CRIST
The meeting with Governor Crist was held at the Jefferson County library on Friday, June 3. Here's a link to a you-tube posting of excerpts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOy3RfNPiwM
Thank you Lillie for the videography!
The coming November election to replace Republican Governor DeSantis with a good Democrat is extremely important, to our state and our country. Congressman, and former Governor, Charlie Crist is a leading candidate for the job. Before the general election in November, he'll be involved in a Democratic primary with Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried.
If you joined us June 3 to hear Congressman Crist make his case, as well as respond to any questions or suggestions you offered, thank you! If you donated, double thank you.
For questions or more information on the Crist campaign for Governor, you can visit his website at https://charliecrist.com/.
Democratic programs lift 20 million Americans out of poverty
From the New York Times July 29, 2021
"WASHINGTON — The huge increase in government aid (with ZERO Republican votes, 100% Democratic. ed.) prompted by the coronavirus pandemic will cut poverty nearly in half this year from prepandemic levels and push the share of Americans in poverty to the lowest level on record, according to the most comprehensive analysis yet of a vast but temporary expansion of the safety net.
The number of poor Americans is expected to fall by nearly 20 million (emphasis added) from 2018 levels, a decline of almost 45 percent. The country has never cut poverty so much in such a short period of time (emphasis added), and the development is especially notable since it defies economic headwinds — the economy has nearly seven million fewer jobs than it did before the pandemic...."
Scroll down to "Covid Relief, The American Recovery Act for additional detail on what the Democratic administration accomplished. Covid relief is temporary. Vote Democratic to fight for new high paid jobs in building and repairing roads and bridges, building out "green" energy: solar, wind, tidal, geothermal, free tuition for two years of community college, expanding Medicare to provide vision, hearing and dental care. Republican wins would bring all this progress to a screeching halt.
NEED HEALTH INSURANCE?
President Joe Biden has extended the enrollment period due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Go to
November 1, 2020: Open Enrollment began — first day to enroll, re-enroll, or change a 2021 insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
December 15, 2020: Last day to enroll in or change plans for 2021 coverage. After this date, you can enroll or change plans only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.
January 1, 2021: 2021 coverage began, if you've paid your first premium.
Did you know that life changes, like moving, having a child, turning 26, losing your coverage, or getting married may qualify you for a Special Enrollment Period?
Even though the open enrollment period for 2021 coverage ended on December 15, 2020 you may still be able to get 2020 coverage if you’ve experienced a life change recently.
Important: If you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period, you’ll have 60 days from the time the life event occurs to enroll.
We care about your health. Take time today to see if you can still get Marketplace coverage.
The HealthCare.gov Team
Likewise, persons who become qualified for Medicaid or Medicare may apply anytime. Telephone the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596, or visit the website www.healthcare.gov .
You can now see what insurance plans are offered, and their costs in your area by clicking www.healthcare.gov. Haga un clic aqui para buscar seguros medicales.
You can also see how much subsidy or tax credit you can use to reduce your health insurance costs. The plans offered are from private for-profit insurance companies, but thanks to Obamacare all must meet certain legal requirements: Pay for prescription drugs, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, and preventative care. Also, children can remain on the parents' policy until age 26, and "pre-existing conditions" are no longer excluded. There are no longer maximum expenses after which insurers can drop you, either.
Buscando seguros medicales por Obamacare? Hay cuatro maneras para obtener informacion y conseguir seguros. Vayase a este sitio Internet y sigua las instrucciones.
Do you want us to email you a scholarship application? Email us at democratsofjeffersoncounty.com, and we'll attach an application form to our reply. Application deadline second Tuesday in April for the Fall semester.
REPUBLICANS USE THE FILIBUSTER TO PREVENT THE PASSAGE OF LAWS THAT THE MAJORITY OF SENATORS SUPPORT The filibuster is a means of voter suppression. Twenty-one small (by population) states with ten percent of the population can prevent the senators from 29 states with 90 percent of the population from passing legislation the majority of Americans support.
WHO HEADS UP THE "BILLIONAIRE CLASS:"
Click here for a list of the world's billionaires. The first 85 own half of all wealth in the world. If you don't see your name among them, you're among more than seven billion four hundred million people who own the other half. Most own approximately... nothing. Or have debts that exceed the value of what they own.
Think of it like a large pie. One half will be eaten by 85 billionaires. The other half will be shared by more than 7,400,000,000 people, representing the rest of humanity. We'd list the names, but that's a lot of typing, and, what with births and deaths every second, you can see the problem with that...
If you have any questions or comments, or would like to participate in the efforts of the Jefferson County Democratic Party, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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You may also contact us by U.S. mail/Se puede ponerse en contacto por correo:
Jefferson County Democratic Party
P.O. Box 1074
Monticello, FL 32345
Unprecedented heat, hundreds dead and a town destroyed. Climate change is frying the Northern Hemisphere
"Roads melted last week in America's Northwest, and residents in New York City were told not to use high-energy appliances, like washers and dryers — and painfully, even their air conditioners — for the sake of the power grid.
... Even in the Arctic Circle, temperatures soared into the 30s (Centigrade. 30 degrees Centigrade is 86 degrees Fahrenheit). The World Meteorological Organization is seeking to verify the highest-ever temperature north of the Arctic Circle since records there began, after a weather station in Siberia's Verkhoyansk recorded a 38-degree day on June 20 (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)....
"We carried out a quick attribution study to get some fast answers to 'What is the role of climate change?'" said UK Met Office meteorologist, Nikos Christidis, who has been developing simulations to carry out such analysis.
"We found that without human influence, it would be almost impossible to hit a new record and such a hot June in the region," he said, referring to an area including those affected in Canada and the US.
Christidis said in the past, without human-caused climate change, extreme heat in the northwest US or southwest Canada would have occurred "once every tens of thousands of years." Presently, it can occur every 15 years or so, Christidis said.
And if greenhouse gas emissions continue? Christidis said as often as every year or two by the turn of the century."
What is the Green New Deal so many Democrats are talking about?
It's an update of the Democratic New Deal of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Administration, which brought us more jobs, higher pay and Social Security, among other things. It adds to the ongoing fight for economic democracy, the fight for sustainable energy, to fight the global warming that threatens our climate, our health, and our environment generally.
Click here for an analysis by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Columbia University Center for Sustainable Development, published February 23, 2019, on cnn.com.
THE AMERICAN RECOVERY ACT
Fighting Covid Billions to expand testing & vaccination
Relief Payments $1,400 each for most Americans added to earlier $600. Family of two, $2,800. Family of 3, $4,200, and so on, IRS tax free Estimate about $15 million to Jefferson County residents.
Unemployment Comp Adds $300/week thru Sept. 6, no benefit tax to $10,200
Health Insurance Cap Obamacare premiums at 8.5% of income.
$20 billion for veterans health. Pay 100% of COBRA.
Families Increase child tax credit to $3,600. Grants to child care providers. Expands eligibility for Earned Income Tax Credit. Adds one billion for Temp Aid to Needy Families
Food Extends 15% increase to food stamps. $3 billion for Women Infants Children program. And more.
Housing Extends eviction/foreclosure moratorium. $25 billion to emergency rental payments, $5 billion each to utility assistance and homelessness assistance.
Small Business Relief Billions in grants and loan guarantees
State & Local Govt. $390 billion. Thanks to President Joe Biden and Congressman Al Lawson, Monticello & Jefferson County are projected to receive a combined $3,770,000.
Cybersecurity $9 billion for Tech Modernization Fund, $200 million IT oversight & reform.
And much more Essential workers, Mental health, Combating Domestic
Violence and Child Abuse, Prison Issues, Student Loan Relief will be tax free, Covid related funeral expenses, Emergency paid leave
HOW CONGRESS VOTED
SENATORS VOTING YES
Democrats, 50 Republicans, Zero
REPRESENTATIVES VOTING YES
Democrats, 220 Republicans, Zero
WHEN YOU VOTE in 2022 & 2024,
Vote for the Democratic Party of YES, not the Republican Party of ZERO.
Zero votes for Senator Marco Rubio, exactly what he gave us.
Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee, PO Box 1074, Monticello, FL 32345
Increased child tax credit included in the American Relief Act
Passed 100% by Democrats. Zero Republicans voted for it.
For the child tax credit, here is what President Biden signed into law:. "For those with children, the American Rescue Plan increased the Child Tax Credit from $2,000 per child to $3,000 per child for children over the age of six and from $2,000 to $3,600 for children under the age of six, and raised the age limit from 16 to 17. All working families will get the full credit if they make less than $150,000 for a couple or $112,500 for a family with a single parent (also called Head of Household)." Also new: half the child tax credit will be sent to parents every month, instead of waiting until the end of the year.
If you filed federal income taxes in 2019 or 2020, you don't need to do anything else to get your monthly checks. Starting July 15, these checks will be sent to you automatically for six months, with the rest coming when you file your 2021 taxes at the end of the year.. For example, for a $3600 credit, you'll get a $300 dollar check every month July through December, plus $1,800 at the end of the year when you file your tax return.
If you did not file Federal income taxes in 2019 or 2020, you have to sign up for the child tax credit. You can do it online at www.childtaxcredit.gov. If you don't have Internet or need help using it, our Jefferson County R.J. Bailar Public Library has a computer room where you can get on the Internet. And you can ask for help. The Library computer room is open Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit them at 375 S. Water St, Monticello, or telephone the Library at 850-342-0205.
Democrats want to continue this child tax credit in future years, and have included it in the American Families Plan, which they are trying to pass into law. However, the Republicans are blocking it. Be sure to vote Democratic next November, and ask others to do so. The Republicans cut a trillion dollars in taxes for the rich in 2017. For the extra $1,400 per person in the American Relief Plan, and for the extra child tax credits, not one single Republican voted for that! None! Zero! Ninguno!(sp) Aucun!(fr) The Democrats want to cut taxes for American Families. With your help, we can do this. Working together we can change America for the better for us all. We haven't seen an opportunity like this for years. Share this information! Participate in the next election! Pass it on!