April 29^th will mark President Joe Biden’s 100 Days in Office. America is Back on Track! Here are just a few highlights from the last 100 days:
* COVID-19: The Biden administration has administered over 200 million shots in less than 100 days. More than half of U.S. adults have gotten one shot; two-thirds of all seniors fully vaccinated. Daily deaths are now down 75% since January 20.
* Checks: The Biden administration has delivered 160 million relief checks of $1400/person, with 85% of all Americans receiving one.
* Jobs: President Biden and the administration created more new jobs in the first 100 days than any president in history, and is the first to create more than 1 million new jobs in that timespan. Additionally, the administration extended – on a bipartisan basis – the loan program for small businesses hard hit by the pandemic and provided relief to 4 million small businesses struggling to keep their doors open.
How does Biden’s American Jobs Plan help Floridians?See how here: [link removed]
* American Rescue Plan: President Biden and Democrats passed the American Rescue Plan, to fund vaccine deployment and economic rescue payments, which many called “the most significant legislation” in a generation. Experts say it will cut child poverty in half by next year.
* Tax Cuts: President Biden cut taxes for families with children, so that families – starting in July – will get a $3,600 tax credit for each child under 18.
* Health Care: The Biden administration cut premiums for those who get health coverage from the Affordable Care Act; four in five now can get plans for $10/month. 500,000 people signed up for coverage during special enrollment.
* Guns: President Biden ordered the strongest actions on gun safety in 20 years, including the first-ever regulation of so-called ghost guns.
* Diversity: President Biden has the most diverse Cabinet in history, including the first openly LGBTQ cabinet secretary, first Native American cabinet secretary, first woman Treasury Secretary, first African American Secretary of Defense, first Latino Secretary of Health and Human Services, and first Asian American U.S. Trade Representative.
* Afghanistan: President Biden ordered the end of 20 years of U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan.
* Climate: The Biden Administration rejoined the Paris Climate Accords, and for the first time ever, the US is hosting a virtual global climate summit for world leaders to make commitments to reduce their emissions.
* Infrastructure: The Biden administration launched the American Jobs Plan, a once-in-a-generation investment in infrastructure to make America more competitive, and help create millions of jobs.
The Effect of the American Rescue Plan on Florida
President Biden’s American Rescue Plan will provide Florida with:
* $9.2 billion in state fiscal relief
* $7.6 billion in local fiscal relief
* More than $7 billion in relief for K-12 schools
* Economic impact payments of up to $1,400 per person (above the $600 per person provided in December) for more than 14 million adults and 4.9 million children. This is 89% of all adults in the state and 89% of all children in the state.
* Additional relief of up to $1,600 per child through the Child Tax Credit to the families of 3.8 million children, lifting 272,000 children out of poverty.
* Additional relief of up to nearly $1,000 through the Earned Income Tax Credit to 1.3 million childless workers, including many in frontline jobs.
* Marketplace health insurance premiums that are $1,410 lower per month for a 60-year old couple earning $75,000 per year.
Details of The American Rescue Plan Nationally
Direct Payments To 85% Of Households: ARP sent checks of up to $1400 per person to 85% of American households – the single largest direct payment to date. A low- or middle-income family of four will get $5,600 in direct checks.
Investment In Vaccine Distribution: ARP allocated $20 billion for vaccine distribution, including $1 billion for the CDC to launch a vaccine awareness and engagement campaign and $7.5 billion to set up vaccination sites across the country.
Unemployment Extended Through September: ARP extends enhanced unemployment insurance for around 11 million Americans who would otherwise have lost them – and protects them from surprise tax bills.
Tens Of Billions Of Dollars For Renters, Homeowners: ARP extends tens of billions of dollars in rental and homeowners assistance that will benefit lower-income, disproportionately Black and Brown, renters and homeowners.
$39 Billion For Child Care Providers: ARP helps working and middle-class families struggling to juggle child care and work by providing money to reopen schools safely and get vaccines in arms, so kids and teachers can safely return to school and parents can go back to work. This includes the most significant investment in American child care since World War II.
66 Million Kids Will Benefit From Child Tax Credit: ARP lifts millions of people out of poverty and cuts child poverty in half, including through a historic expansion of the child tax credit that will benefit 66 million kids across our country.
EITC Expanded To 17 Million Workers: ARP expands the Earned Income Tax Credit to 17 million low-income workers.
Health Insurance Premiums Lowered, 100% Of Cobra Premiums Covered For Laid-Off Workers: APR significantly reduces health insurance premiums for millions of American families. A family of four making $90,000 could see their monthly premium come down by $200 per month.
Rick Scott Denounces Democrats on Green New Deal and Infrastructure
Senator Rick Scott released the below statement after Democrats in the U.S. House and Senate announced the reintroduction of a resolution supporting a Green New Deal.
Senator Rick Scott said, “The Green New Deal is as unserious and useless as the rest of the Democrats’ radical agenda. While Washington liberals remain detached from reality and insistent on killing jobs to appease their woke base, I’m staying focused on serving Florida’s families and addressing the real issues facing our nation like Biden’s border crisis, rising inflation and liberal attacks on our voting systems and courts.”
Senator Rick Scott also wrote an op-ed for the Washington Times on how President Biden should ditch his wasteful $2 trillion “infrastructure” package, which would ultimately be paid for by taxes increases on Americans, and only devotes eight percent of funding to traditional infrastructure.
In the op-ed, Senator Rick Scott wrote, “Democrats in Washington have a big problem when it comes to explaining their policies. Over the years, they have come to rely on a false equivalence between massive spending, higher taxes, and progress. The latest example of this came just a few weeks ago as President Biden rolled out his massive $2.5 trillion so-called “infrastructure” plan funded by, you guessed it, $2 trillion in tax increases. That’s Democrat politics in a nutshell. Their answer to every problem is higher taxes, bigger government bureaucracies, and endless deficit spending. It doesn’t work and it’s going to kill the American dream.
…Of the more than $2 trillion he’s asking for, just $157 billion, less than 8%, would go toward traditional infrastructure projects like roads, bridges, highways, air and seaports, and waterways. The other 92% simply funds liberal wish list priorities sloppily banded together as “infrastructure” initiatives. It’s a joke.
…My advice to Biden and Democrats in Washington is simple. Ditch this insane tax and spend agenda and follow Florida’s proven playbook for economic success.”
Read the full op-ed in the Washington Times: [link removed]
We say, “LET’S DITCH RICK SCOTT!”
Florida State Legislature
The Florida State Legislature is set to adjourn (also known as sine die) tomorrow. This session may go down in history as the most dangerous, blatant attack on civil and human rights. Voting rights, health care, children’s safety, public education, and our constitutional rights are just a few that took a hit this session. We CANNOT let the Florida GOP continue to destroy our state. Erin Grall must go. Debbie Mayfield must go. We have a lot of work to do, and we will be calling on all of you to help us get rid of these legislators who don’t represent anyone other than themselves.
DeSantis’ Anti- Riot Bill
Here is a quick summary of DeSantis’ Anti-Riot Bill ramifications:
Parental Rights in Our Schools
Erin Grall’s “Parental Rights” bill was passed in the legislature this session after 3 years of attempts. One of her cohorts and supporters, former school board member Tiffany Justice, is now using her “parental rights” to terrorize teachers, staff and students at Beachland Elementary. Sadly, this is the future for our education system in Florida.
You can read about Mrs. Justice and her behavior in the 2 articles below.
In full transparency, which School Board Members Teri Barenborg and Jackie Rosario won’t disclose in these articles, is that they have both very publicly supported the Parental Rights bill and movement in this state. They have spoken about their support in TC Palm and on their social media. Now that Mrs. Justice is using this legislation (that they supported), in the manner for which the legislation was intended, they both claim to condemn Mrs. Justice’s behavior. If you would like to email Mrs. Barenborg (whose husband is Erin Grall’s aide) or Ms. Rosario and let them know that their hypocrisy is hurting our educators, staff and students, their emails are below.
The Democratic Club Board Zoom meeting will be held on May 5th at 4:30 pm.
The Democratic Club Members Zoom meeting will be held on May 12th at 6:00 pm. Paul Seldes will be the speaker.
Mr. Paul Seldes is an experienced emergency management and homeland security professional with over 30 years as a trainer and practitioner. Mr. Seldes is the Director of Operations for NTB group, LLC (www.ntb- group.com) a Florida based woman owned company specializing in all phases of emergency management and homeland security.
Mr. Seldes has participated in responses for many large-scale disasters and was witness to, survivor of and first responder for the Sept 11, 2011 attacks in New York and spent 9 months working at Ground Zero.
When he is not working Mr. Seldes is an avid scuba diver and scuba instructor. He is also the founder of the Vero Beach Scuba Club.
For those who are not Club members who may be interested in joining the Club, as well as hearing Paul Seldes speak, you may contact Al Griffiths at [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) with your email address to obtain a Zoom link.
Club Annual Membership Dues are due in July. Dues cover from July 1st through June 30th of the next year. Members can pay their membership dues by going online to: democratsofindianriver.org, click the “Local Democrats” tab, then click the “Democrats of Indian River Club” tab, then click the “Join or Renew Your Membership Today” tab. You can choose to either to renew your membership or to become a new member. You will have the option to pay by credit card or PayPal. You may also send a check, payable to “Democratic Club of IRC” to DEC Headquarters, 2345 14th Ave., Vero Beach FL 32960.
For Members who have joined in 2021, their membership dues will be valid through June 30, 2022.
Annual Membership Dues are $25.00. Additional donations are greatly appreciated.
Democratic Women’s Club of Indian River
NOW Lobbyist Barbara DeVane will be the guest speaker at the next DWC Virtual Program on May 8th at noon. If you are not a DWC member and would like to attend, contact Pat O'Hara at [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) .
CANDIDATE & CAMPAIGN TRAINING
If you are thinking about running for office, but it seems a bit daunting, here is a course offered by the National Democratic Training Committee.
If you are thinking about helping on a campaign or running for office, Kevin Winchell is excellent. It is worth the $35.
Campaign Management Training for Candidates and Campaign Teams
Register Here: [link removed]
Date: Saturday, May 15th - Sunday, May 16th
Time: 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT Saturday & Sunday
Description: Interested in running for office or being on a team that gets others elected? This live, online, interactive workshop, hosted by the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida and the Blue Wave Coalition, covers all the essentials of campaign management that will make you a more effective candidate or campaign leader, including strategies and best-practices for candidates, committees, clubs, and caucuses.
About the Trainer: Kevin Winchell is the Founder and Executive Director of Democracy Strategies, a civic engagement consulting firm based in Florida specializing in training political candidates, clubs, caucuses, and committees in how to turn their passions into policy through evidence-based, values-driven campaigning.
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
8:30 a.m. – Vero Beach City Council
For agenda and meeting information go to [link removed]
9:00 a.m. – IRC County Commission
For agenda and meeting information go to
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
9:00 a.m. – Orchid Town Council
For agenda and meeting information go to
4:30 p.m. – Democratic Club of Indian River Board Meeting. Contact Al Griffiths via email at [email protected] or text 203-537-1762 to receive the Zoom link.
Thursday, May 6, 2021
7:00 p.m. - Fellsmere City Council
For agenda and meeting information go to www.cityoffellsmere.org/citycouncil
Saturday, May 8, 2021
11:30 p.m. – Democratic Women’s Club Monthly Meeting. If you are not a DWC member and would like to attend, please contact Pat O'Hara at [email protected]
TCCH is taking appointments for 2 locations – Fellsmere and South County Park. Call 772-257-8224 for an appointment.
Indian River County Health Department Vaccinations
Indian River County Department of health is ceasing Covid-19 vaccinations at the Fairgrounds. Tomorrow is their last clinic. Vaccinations will still be available at the Department of Health offices at 1900 27^th Street in Vero Beach.
Appointments for Publix vaccinations can only be made online. Once you are on the website, scroll down to the county you live in and if there are appointments available it will indicate that.
Here is a video that explains how to sign up for the vaccine at Publix:
Guide to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at Publix - YouTube ([link removed])
Hint – there have been reports that the page refreshes itself when making an appointment. Don’t refresh the page yourself or you will lose your spot. Here is the link to the sign up page:
Sharecare Statewide System
The state recently announced the launch of a statewide preregistration system to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments for individuals 65 and older and frontline health care workers. Individuals can pre-register for vaccine appointments and be notified when appointments are available in their area by visiting [link removed].
This website will allow individuals who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to be proactively contacted when vaccine appointments are available through your local health department. On the site, residents can select their county and submit their contact information. Once appointments are available, individuals will be contacted by phone call, text or email and will be assisted in scheduling an appointment.
Other Retail Options
Walmart and Sam's Club –
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Let’s end this newsletter with an uplifting song by Carsie Blanton – Be Good.
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