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U.S. Senator for Florida: Country Sees this Race as Critical

Posted on 31 October 2010 by The Florida Star Online

The country sees this Florida race as very critical  because of the number of battles that President Obama has  had to fight just to get bills passed the Republicans who  during the past two years, have termed themselves as the  “party of no,” no matter the issues, when it comes to matters  desired by the President, the Democrats and  American citizens. The telephone lines have been more  busy regarding this race than one can remember, not just  from Florida callers, but callers from other parts of the  country, saying Floridians must think about what is best  for the country and not be selfish or egotistical.
 
So what are they referring to when they say ‘selfish and egotistical?” When asked,  it is explained that it is selfish or egotistical for one to feel there are enough Blacks  in Florida to provide Meek with enough numbers to make him win this election and  become the first Black from Florida to become a U.S. Senator or, if Meek could win,  he would be the first Black from the South to become a U. S. Senator and at this time,  he would be the only Black U. S. Senator.
 
Yes, that would be historical but at this time, the polls show that this is an impossible  dream and the voices are saying even louder, that Meek should get out of the  race, agreeing with former president, Bill Clinton, who came to Jacksonville to help  initiate Meek’s campaign. The votes that have been cast for Meek and Crist are not  enough, individually for either to win over Rubio who, according to the latest poll,  has 42 percent, Crist has 35% and Meek has 15%. In a joint effort, one could win,  and even though it won’t make the history list for Blacks, it would give all minorities  a better chance at getting the changes they desire and need, made.
 
Meek, during the debate earlier this week told Crist that when he hears “flip flops  in the hall,” he thinks it is he coming. The comment was made in reference to  Governor Crist being a Republican when he was elected and then changing to  Independent when he had to face Rubio. However, it has not been long enough for  Blacks and other minorities to remember that Rubio moved ahead of Crist by referring  to him giving President Obama a ‘welcome hug’ when he came to Florida.  Many Floridians and other minorities feel that Crist would do more about what is  best for the country and the democrats then Rubio. They feel Rubio is selfish and  will only do what is best for Rubio, not the country and definitely not minorities,  even though he is Cuban.
 
We also learned that many minorities have already voted for Crist prior to Mr.  Clinton’s suggestion, because of the fear they have of Rubio in the senate and the  negative effect it would have on moving ahead.

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Dedicate Votes to Harry T. & Harriette Moore

Posted on 31 October 2010 by The Florida Star Online

On Christmas night of 1951, Florida Civil-Rights crusader Harry T. Moore and his wife, Harriette, were killed  (Mrs. Moore died a few days later in the hospital) by a bomb placed under their house, by members of the Ku  Klux Klan. Moore founded the first branch of the NAACP in Brevard County, Florida and helped organize the  statewide organization. He became the state secretary for the Florida chapter of the NAACP. The NAACP won  a major victory in Florida in 1944 when its Whites-only Democratic Primary was ruled unconstitutional, and  Moore began immediately to take advantage of the opportunity to increase Black political power and stepped up  the organizations voter registration efforts. Largely as a result of his activities, Black voter registration increased  from a miserable 5 percent in 1934 to 31 percent in 1950…a figure that was higher than any other southern state. 

 November 2, 2010 will be almost 59 years from the time the Moore’s gave their lives for us to have the Right  To Vote! December 25, 2010 will be one year shy of six decades when two little girls lost their parents because  some racist thought we should NOT have the Right To Vote! 

 I DON’T THINK WE HAVE A CHOICE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010. I BELIEVE WE OWE IT TO  HARRY AND HARRIETTE MOORE TO GET OUT AND VOTE!!! 

The Conservative are not trying to fool us, they have told us to our faces what they plan to do if they take back  the U. S. House and Senate. They have let us know that they plan to roll back the funds for Education which will  affect Our Children; and Social Security which will affect Our Mothers and Fathers; Health Care, which will  affect All of Us who do not currently have health insurance; and Jobs, which will affect All of Us who do not currently  have jobs or those who wish to have better jobs or the opportunity to move up. 

 In 2008 we elected President Barack H. Obama, the first African American President. November 2, 2010 at the  top of the ticket we have the opportunity to elect Kendrick Meek to the U. S. Senate. As the Senator for Florida  Kendrick Meek would be the first African American elected to the Senate past the Mason Dixon Line. The whole  south is watching Florida in this race. This is the half way point in President Obama’s presidency and we owe it  to him to give him the help he needs to enable him to keep working and succeeding the way he has for us.  Contrary to what the conservatives want us to think, President Obama has been very successful during the first  half of his presidency. Try and name another president who accomplished what he told us he would accomplish  when he was campaigning for our vote. (See attached list of accomplishments of Obama Administration) 

If we don’t send him the support personnel he needs we will spend the next 2 years with our mouths hanging  open gasping for air…”oh I didn’t know it was that important…I should have voted!” 

President Obama campaigned on “Yes We Can” and here in Florida we all caught the fire and agreed “Yes We  Can”! Nowhere did the president say “Yes I Can” and WE must continue to work WITH the president so that he  can continue to move the progressive agenda which will benefit all of US. 

Harry and Harriette Moore were ordinary people. Mr. Moore taught school in the segregated public school system  in Mims, Florida, eventually moving up to a Junior High Principal and then a Senior High Principal, remaining  an educator until he was fired for his political activities in 1946. The Moore’s probably could not even dream  of the number of registered African American voters in Florida today, which is 1.6 million African American and  Caribbean voters…let’s make this clear, not that just live in Florida, but are registered to vote…1.6 MILLION…  and certainly they would not even think of Florida having Early Voting. Harry & Harriette Moore are the first  NAACP activist to be murdered and Harry Moore has been called the first 1950’s era Civil Rights Martyr. 

You know how we like to “study” history and you can rest assured the historians will look back at the 2010 elections  and say what did WE as African Americans do to prevent a back slide from  2008 and a slap in the face to Harry and Harriette Moore for giving their lives in 1951. 

Yes we won in 2008…and we won BIG… Let’s not be accused of Now Parking In  Our Success! 

 We who live in Florida have no excuse as to why we won’t vote. We actually have  to go out of our way not to vote. We can vote early, We can vote by mail, or we can  vote the traditional election day, November 2, 2010 and take five (5) people to the  polls with you!!! 

We cannot continue to listen to people who don’t have our best interest at heart, conservative  talk radio, trying to use religion to pit us against each other. 

We all live in the same house, unless you have a helicopter pad in your back yard or  a yacht docked nearby. You can’t go anywhere without me and I’m too scared to go  anywhere without you. 
Your Vote Is No Joke!!! 
Tony Hill  State Senator – District 1 
Chairman, FACE Alliance – www.FACE.org

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High credit card fees – Why vote?

Posted on 31 October 2010 by The Florida Star Online

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Jobs for Americans – Why vote?

Posted on 31 October 2010 by The Florida Star Online

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Unemployment benefits

Posted on 31 October 2010 by The Florida Star Online

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Mother Dies After Loss of Heroic Only Son

Posted on 01 October 2010 by The Florida Star Online

Corey Hunter (Chilly), a military veteran and a City of Jacksonville Parks and Recreation Department employee, was well respected and loved. He died on Sunday, September 12 after jumping into a retention pond to save his 8-year-old niece. The child did not drown but Corey, who could not swim, did not make it. He was at the pond with his son and niece, doing what he enjoyed the most, being with the children. Five days after his death, his mother, Karolyn Hunter, was on the way to the funeral home to visit her only son, when she died of an apparent heart attack. Many said that Hunter would do anything to help a child. Losing his life to do so, proved that was true. Others said he was “a mama’s boy” and that too was apparently true so she truly could not live without him.

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Obamacare Benefits effective Sept. 23rd

Posted on 01 October 2010 by The Florida Star Online

The Affordable Care Act
was signed by President
Obama on March 23, 2010.
An appeal to stop health care
for Americans was filed on
the same day, led by
Florida’s Attorney General
Bill McCollum who sought
to become the state’s governor,
joined with the “party of no” (GOP and the Tea
Party) against an affordable health care plan.
On September 22, President Obama marked the six
month anniversary by meeting with Americans across
the country who will benefit from the new law.
Details of the Patient’s Bill of Rights and examples of
how it has already helped are included here so that all
can see and wonder why, the party of no does not wish
this bill of rights for citizens.

A New Patient’s Bill of Rights
On September 23, critical new consumer protections in the new law – a
Patient’s Bill of Rights — begin to take effect. The Patient’s Bill of Rights puts an
end to some of the worst insurance company abuses, and puts consumers, not insurance
companies, in control of their health care. These new protections include:

Ban on Discriminating Against Kids with Pre-Existing Conditions: Before
reform, tens of the thousands of families had been denied insurance each year for
their children because of an illness or condition. Starting September 23rd, plans
cannot discriminate against kids with pre-existing conditions. In 2014, no one
seeking coverage can be discriminated against because of a preexisting condition.
Up to 72,000 uninsured children are expected to gain coverage by banning insurers
from refusing them coverage due to a pre-existing condition. Coverage for up to
90,000 children will no longer exclude benefits because of a pre-existing condition.

Ban on Insurance Companies Dropping Coverage:
Before reform, insurance
companies could cancel your coverage when you got sick and needed it most
because of a simple mistake on your application. Starting September 23rd, insurance
companies are banned from cutting off your coverage due to an unintentional
mistake on your application. Approximately 10,700 people’s coverage, whose coverage
is dropped each year because they get sick or make a technical mistake on
their application, will be protected under the new law.

Ban on Insurance Companies Limiting Coverage: Before reform, cancer
patients and individuals suffering from other serious and chronic diseases were
often forced to limit or go without treatment because of an insurer’s lifetime limit
on their coverage. Starting September 23rd, insurance companies can no longer put
a lifetime limit on the amount of coverage they provide, so families can live with
the security of knowing that their coverage will be there when they need it most. Up
to 20,400 people who typically hit their lifetime limits on the dollar amount that can
be spent on coverage, along with the nearly 102 million enrollees who have policies
with lifetime limits, will no longer have to worry about hitting their benefits caps.
The use of annual dollar limits will be restricted, and in 2014will be banned completely.
By 2013, up to 3,500 people will gain coverage as a result of the ban on
annual limits that insurers impose on nearly 18 million people today.

Ban on Insurance Companies Limiting Choice of Doctors: Before reform,
insurance companies could decide which doctor you could go to. Starting
September 23rd, if you purchase or join a new plan you have the right to choose
your own doctor in your insurer network. Up to 88 million people will benefit from
the provision that protects primary care provider choice by 2013.

Ban on Insurance Companies Restricting Emergency Room Care: Before
reform, insurance companies could limit which emergency room you could go to or
charge you more if you went out of network. Starting September 23rd, if you purchase
or join a new plan, those plans are banned from charging more for emergency
services obtained out of network. Up to 88 million people will benefit from this
provision.

Guarantee You a Right to Appeal: Before reform, when insurers denied you
coverage or restricted your treatment, you were left with few options to appeal.
Starting September 23rd, if you purchase or join a new policy, you will be guaranteed
the right to appeal insurance company decisions to an independent third party.
Up to 88 million people will benefit from the new appeals process provisions by
2013.

Covering Young Adults on Parent’s Plan: Starting September 23rd, young
adults will be allowed to remain on their parent’s plan until their 26th birthday,
unless they are offered coverage at work. Up to 2.4 million young adults, up to 1.8
million who are uninsured and nearly 600,000 who purchase coverage in the individual
market, could gain coverage through their parents.

Covering Preventive Care With No Cost: Starting September 23rd, if you
join or purchase a new plan, you will receive recommended preventive care with no
out-of-pocket cost. Services like mammograms, colonoscopies, immunizations, prenatal
and new baby care will be covered and insurance companies will be prohibited
from charging deductibles, co-payments or co-insurance. Up to 88 million people
will have access to preventive care with no out of pocket costs.

Six Months of Progress
In addition to implementing the Patient’s Bill of Rights, the Obama Administration
has worked to deliver other benefits of reform to the American people. In the last
six months, the Administration has:

Fought Waste, Fraud and Abuse: The Affordable Care Act includes robust
new tools that will help fight fraud and protect taxpayer dollars. Using these new
tools, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has pledged to cut Medicare’s error rate
(the percentage of claims paid inappropriately) in half by 2012. A proposed regulation
that implements the first round of Affordable Care Act policies to combat
Medicare and Medicaid fraud was issued on September 17.

Helped Fight Premium Increases: The Affordable Care Act also includes
critical new resources and authorities to crack down on unjustified rate hikes.
Today, 46 states are using resources under the new reform law to pass or strengthen
premium rate review laws which will have a significant impact on keeping yearto-
year increases in premiums low. In a number of states (California,
Massachusetts, Maine) regulators have already reviewed and rejected these proposed
increases. We expect this pattern to continue. The Administration has also
been working on rules that require insurance companies to spend at least 80 percent
of premium dollars on health care instead of overhead, salaries or administrative
expenses, in 2011. If they fail to do so, they will be required to provide rebates to
consumers.

Offered Support for Small Businesses: Under the Affordable Care Act, up
to 4 million small businesses nationwide could qualify for a small business tax credit
this year, which will provide a total of $40 billion in relief for small firms over the
next 10 years. Small businesses have been notified of these tax credits and can make
plans knowing the credits will help bring down their health care costs.

Helped Make Prescription Drugs More Affordable: More than 1 million
seniors who have fallen into the prescription drug coverage gap known as the donut
hole have received $250 rebate checks. The checks are the first step toward closing
the donut hole in 2020.

Launched a New Website to Make it Easier to Find Coverage: On July 1,
the Administration launched www.HealthCare.gov. www.Healthcare.gov is a new,
easy to use website that helps consumers take control of their health care and make
the choices that are right for them by putting the power of information at their fingertips.
The website is the first of its kind to bring information and links to health
insurance plans and other coverage options to one place, making it easier for consumers
to learn about their insurance options. The site includes extensive, easy to
understand information about patients’ rights, how to navigate the current insurance
market, and how the Affordable Care Act will help them. A Spanish language version
– www.CuidadodeSalud.gov – was launched on September 8, and additional
pricing information will be added on October 1.

Started Covering Individuals With Pre-Existing Conditions: On July 1, the
Administration announced the establishment of the Pre-Existing Condition
Insurance Program to provide coverage for eligible Americans who have been uninsured
for six months because of a pre-existing condition. Coverage started in 47
states by August, and will be provided in all states by the end of September.

Provided Employers Support to Cover Early Retirees: On August 31, the
Administration announced that over 2,000 employers and unions across all fifty
states had been approved to receive help to pay for their early retirees’ health care
through the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program. This program will help many older
Americans, who are not yet eligible for Medicare, continue to have quality affordable
coverage through their employer.

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Bishop Eddie Long Accused by 3

Posted on 01 October 2010 by The Florida Star Online

Some heard the news that three males filed a lawsuit
in DeKalb County, Georgia, claiming that their
pastor and mentor, Bishop Eddie Long, abused his
spiritual authority to seduce them with cars, money,
clothes, jewelry, international trips and access to
celebrities. Bishop Eddie Long is pastor of New Birth
Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia, with
a membership of around 25,000. Long was appointed
pastor of the church in 1987. At that time, the church
had about 150 members.

The Rev. Bernice King, youngest daughter of Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr., is a clergy at the church. Her
mother’s homegoing service was held there where
Bishop Long was able to host many prominent
Americans.

The three men, who have all given their names, and one provided the picture above
as evidence of some of the bishop’s behavior. Bishop Long is standing in front of a
mirror taking his own picture. According to the report, the picture was sent to the
young man to encourage a sexual engagement. Other say it was sent to show the
man that with proper exercise, he could get that look.

Even though the suits have been filed, all of the men were above Georgia’s legal
age of 15, for consensual sex, therefore, no criminal charges can be filed.
Bishop Long said he will talk to his congregation on Sunday as his first public
appearance regarding the matter. He is known for his dislike of homosexual behavior
and strong opposition to same sex marriage.

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