Capital Equality: March Meeting with For Our Future

The March meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will include a presentation by David Akintonde, Field Organizer for For Our Future. For Our Future is a group that advocates progressive politics in Florida and works with grassroots organizing to energize voters.

This meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will be held on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at 6:30pm, in Program Room A of the Leon County Downtown Public Library, 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!

Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus Elects New Leaders

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus, representing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Floridians to the Florida Democratic Party (FDP), elected new leadership at its Winter Conference in Jacksonville, Moving Forward Together, this past weekend.

Stephen Gaskill of Delray Beach is the new Caucus President. A veteran of Florida and national politics, Gaskill is an independent communications and political consultant counseling corporations, advocacy groups, nonprofits, and trade associations in Florida and across the country. A longtime resident of South Florida and Washington DC, he was one of the Caucus’ founding members when it was re-formed in 2004-5. Gaskill has served for many years as the organization’s Communications Director.

“Our goal is simple: to elect Democrats who support the LGBTQ community and who will enact policies that advance equality,” Gaskill said. “The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus has demonstrated that we’ll do the work, and we’ll keep preaching that inclusion, diversity and equality are what will grow Florida.”

Nik Harris of Fort Lauderdale was elected Vice President. Since 2009 she has been Assistant General Counsel with the State of Florida Department of Transportation. She has also worked for the State of Florida Department of Health and State of Florida Public Defender’s Office. Harris is also Vice President of the Dolphin Democrats, the Caucus’ Broward chapter.

Adam N. Sabin of Fort Lauderdale is the new Treasurer. Sabin is a certified public accountant who is currently a Tax Manager for Citrix Systems, Inc., where he is chiefly responsible for the company’s income tax compliance, audit management, and ad hoc special projects. Sabin is also Treasurer of the Dolphin Democrats, the Caucus’ Broward County chapter.

Dave Cutler of Tampa was reelected to a second term as Secretary. Cutler has worked in lab billing at Quest Diagnostics/Optum360 since 2015 after more than a decade in a similar role at LabCorp. Cutler is president of the Hillsborough County LGBTA Democratic Caucus, the Hillsborough County chapter of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus.

In addition to the elected Officers, the Caucus has a robust structure of elected Regional Directors as well as several appointed At-Large Directors charged with specific responsibilities. Leadership of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus serves for two-year terms. The election was held February 23 at the Caucus’ Winter Conference, Moving Forward Together, in Jacksonville, which featured presentations by openly gay State Reps. Carlos Guillermo Smith, Jennifer Webb, and Shevrin Jones; State Rep. Anna Eskamani; FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo; and FDP Executive Director Juan Penalosa, among others.

2019 Lobby Days

Caucus Lobby Days are coming — and we want you!

Join the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus for our 2019 Lobby Days in Tallahassee. There is much on the agenda, and as always equality is at stake. With new leadership in Tallahassee it’s imperative that we make our voices heard.

We have two intensive days of meetings with elected officials and staff, including a training session on our issues and how to talk about them. We welcome everyone to participate!

Our draft schedule is below to help you plan. Please note there will be a $10 charge to cover printing and supplies, and lunch is sponsored for both days we’re in the Capitol.

One other note — Tallahassee is busy during session, so be sure to make your hotel reservations as soon as you can!

Sunday, March 24th

Travel to Tallahassee (on your own)

Monday, March 25th

Lobby Days Training/Lobbying 101
With Susan Smith, President, Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida
Check-In: 9:00am
Location: Minority Office Conference Room, Florida Capitol

Tuesday, March 26th

Appointments
Check-In: 9:00am
Location: Minority Office Conference Room, Florida Capitol

Wednesday, March 27th

Working Breakfast/Debrief

Registration

Registration for Lobby Days is required and a payment of $10 per attendee covers the cost of lunch for both days and all training materials. Agendas and additional information will be provided to registered attendees a few days before Lobby Days. Click this link to register for Lobby Days!

Parking

There is metered street parking all around the Capitol complex. There are also several parking garages, including Kleman Plaza parking garage, one block from the Capitol.

Attire

Business-appropriate attire should be worn while in the Capitol. This includes suits, slacks, button-up shirts, knee-length skirts, dresses and close-toed shoes. No jeans, sleeveless shirts, or open-toed shoes. Please wear comfortable (but business appropriate) shoes as there is a lot of walking involved in Lobby Days.

Hotels

In lieu of a host hotel, we encourage attendees to book their favorite lodging that fits their budget, such as through Orbitz, Travelocity, Priceline, or Airbnb.

There are several hotels nearby and within walking distance to the Capitol. Please see the list below to begin making arrangements.

Red Roof Inn Tallahassee
2930 Hospitality Street
850-385-7884

DoubleTree by Hilton Tallahassee
101 S. Adams Street
850-224-5000

Aloft Tallahassee Downtown
200 N. Monroe Street
850-513-0313

Four Points by Sheraton Tallahassee Downtown
316 W. Tennessee Street
850-422-0071

Residence Inn Tallahassee Universities at the Capitol
600 W. Gaines Street
850-329-9080

Wyndham Garden Tallahassee Capitol
1355 Apalachee Parkway
850-877-3171

We’re joining the fight for MEDICAID EXPANSION in Florida!

The Affordable Care Act gave states the opportunity to expand Medicaid to low-income adults and families — with the federal government footing most of the cost. Today, 34 states have opted to take this deal and have covered over 17 million Americans. Unfortunately, Florida has not.

We’re joining the campaign to take the question directly to Florida voters and ask them to vote on a ballot measure to expand Medicaid in 2020. Ballot measures have recently expanded Medicaid in states across the country: Maine, Nebraska, Utah, and Idaho – and it can work in Florida, too.

Click this link to learn more about the campaign or to sign up as a volunteer. Additionally, you may sign up to attend one of five upcoming volunteer training webinars.

Capital Equality: February Meeting with Commissioner Rick Minor

Leon County Commissioner Rick Minor will address the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus during its February meeting. Commissioner Minor will discuss his priorities for Leon County, including District 3, and share his insights and experiences since being sworn in to office in November.

This meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will be held on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at 6:30pm, in Program Room A of the Leon County Downtown Public Library, 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!

2019 Winter Conference and Leadership Dinner

Moving Forward Together, the Winter Conference of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus, is just around the corner and we want to see YOU!

Join us in Jacksonville, February 22 through 24, for an exciting program that builds on the groundwork we laid in 2018 and looks ahead to 2020! You’ll hear inspiring speakers, learn from innovative training programs, and participate in our Caucus elections. Plus, our Leadership Dinner features Florida and National Keynote Speakers to fire you up!

We’re meeting at the Lexington Hotel, and we’ve secured an amazing rate. Plus, our $35 registration fee covers our Welcome Reception on Friday, February 22; and continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks throughout the conference day on Saturday, February 23. (What a deal!) Add in our separately-ticketed Leadership Dinner and our Farewell Brunch on Sunday and you’ve got a full weekend with LGBTA activists, officials and colleagues that will get you moving.

February 22-24, 2019
Lexington Hotel
1515 Prudential Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Tentative Schedule
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22

Welcome Reception – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23

Registration and Continental Breakfast – 8am
Speakers and Presentations – 9am
Lunch Speaker – Noon
Speakers and Candidates – 1pm
Membership Meeting: Caucus Leadership Elections – 4pm
Cocktail Reception – 6:30pm
Leadership Dinner – 7:30pm

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24

Farewell Brunch – 10am

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 Lexington Hotel, for $119 per night. Use this link to book your hotel room. The hotel is providing free parking.

We hope to see you! We’ll update the schedule shortly, and you won’t want to miss this energizing conference!

LGBTQ Legislative Outlook

We are gearing up for Florida’s Legislative Session that includes many new faces in the House and Senate and the first Democratic member of the Florida Cabinet in many years. Equality Florida’s Public Policy Director Jon Harris Maurer will share his insights on ways to get involved in Lobby Days, as well as providing updates on legislative goals, including advancing the Florida Competitive Workforce Act.

This meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will be held on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at 6:30pm, in Program Room A of the Leon County Downtown Public Library, 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!

SAVE THE DATE! Winter Conference & Membership Meeting in Jacksonville

Details are coming together now but we wanted to be sure you Save the Date for our Winter Conference, which is scheduled for February 22-24, 2019 in Jacksonville.

We’ll have more information to announce shortly, including hotel information and how to register, but you won’t want to miss this exciting and informative weekend that brings together LGBT leaders from around the state. Our Winter Conference will feature appearances from elected officials, presentations on current and emerging issues, and social activities to meet Florida and national activists.

We will also host a Membership Meeting on Saturday, February 23 during the Conference to elect Caucus leadership for the next two years. Caucus members: please plan to attend this important meeting during the weekend!

And FYI — our bylaws state that you must be a member of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus at least 45 days prior to the election. While we encourage you to join your local chapter, you MUST be a registered member of the Caucus to vote in this election. Here’s a link to join or renew your membership — do it today!

Be sure to mark your calendar, and be on the lookout for more information!

Capital Equality Holiday Social

Join the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus as we celebrate the holiday season and the end of an active election year with cold drinks and delicious bites at one of our favorite local watering holes, Waterworks, 1133 Thomasviile Road, Tallahassee! The event begins at 6:30pm. Local Democratic leaders have been invited to celebrate with us!

LGBTQ Supportive Candidate Endorsements

The next meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at 6:30pm. At this very special meeting, members will be approving our slate of endorsed candidates in Leon County and Tallahassee Democratic races! Candidates seeking endorsement by the Caucus have been invited to attend.

Responses from candidates to our endorsement questionnaire have been posted to our website. Please take a moment to review these responses before Wednesday’s membership meeting.

Click here to view candidate responses.

The membership meeting will be held at Krewe de Gras, 1304 North Monroe 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!

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