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    Mickey Kaline for Florida

    AP Remaining: 8 AP Starting Budget: 7,100,000 Ending Budget:1,600,000 Stump Speech- 2 AP Thank you *city*, I am running for Senate because I believe in the promise of America. I believe in the American Dream and American ingenuity. I promise you not a radical new approach, nor do I offer another grand new deal, but rather I am running to save the old one. We have strayed too far from what makes our nation the envy of all nations. I am running to fight for the American Dream, to fight for the new deal, to fight for the ideals which this country was founded upon. A nation for the people by the people where all of us are created equal. *Pulls out a one-dollar bill* This one-dollar bill is more than a denomination of currency. In fact, if you flip it over it contains a symbol of one of the promises of our country. The unfinished pyramid is a constant reminder of the ideal our Government and nation must strive for, the building of a more perfect union. The reason this pyramid is unfished is because our nation is unfished. Each generation is meant to build upon the last to create a more perfect America. This promise is tied to the unwritten commandment that all parents strive to fulfill, that we shall give our children a better life than the one we had. That idea of not only a more perfect union but a more perfect life is truly the foundation of the American dream. This dream led the pilgrims to seek out a place in the new world, it led my mother to leave Ireland in hope of finding opportunity and continues to lead thousands of immigrants to our nation fleeing from oppression and poverty. It is the responsibility of government to ensure this dream is accessible for all Americans. Making any dream a reality is hard and the American Dream is no different. That’s the way it should be. Hard work and dedication should make the American Dream a reality for all those willing to work for it. Sadly, that is not always the case. Too often hard-working Americans are held back by the chains of discrimination and lack of economic mobility. Send me to the Senate and I will give Americans the key to unlock those chains. I will fight to ensure that we raise the minimum wage, provide paid family leave, and protect our unions. I will fight to protect social security from privatization, raise the EITC, and cut taxes for working Americans and family farms not the corporations. Most importantly I will ensure a better future for our children I will protect the environment by restoring the Everglades and protecting our beachfronts, and make ensure that college is affordable for all our children. In the Senate, I will expand Pell Grants, end the monopoly on student loans, make college tuition 100% tax deductible for working class Americans, and to bring down the price of community college to Zero, make it free. Community College should be free for all students who work hard to get good grades. A quality education should not be reserved to the few. I am running to build that more perfect union and restore the promises that make America great. I want to build a better American together. An America that we are proud to pass on to our children. An America where we finally establish truth to the ideal that all men and women are create equal. I am running and ask for your vote, because Retirement, a word class education, and the American Dream are not luxuries for the rich, but rather the birthright of all our citizens and the promise to all our immigrants. Thank you all, God Bless, and God Bless the United States of America. 3 Senate Fundraisers 6 AP Talking Points 12: 4 AP 1. A world class education should not be a luxury for a few, but a right for all. Elect me to the Senate and I will fight to make community college free for hardworking students. 2. Social Security is a fundamental promise of the American Dream. Retirement is a right of all Americans. Send me to the Senate and I will ensure that we fund social security for generations to come. 3. Unions brought us the minimum wage, safe working conditions, and the weekend. Now Republicans are trying to strip them of their collective bargaining powers. Send me to the Senate and I will end these attacks on unions. 4. It is time to end the policy of tax cuts for the 1% and cut taxes for the 99%. Let’s raise the minimum wage and give working Americans a tax cut. 5. Our government must ensure that our water and air are clean for our children to drink and breath. Not only will I fight to uphold economic protections I will restore Florida’s greatest natural treasure, the everglades. 6. In Congress I will do everything in my power to stand up to Fidel Castro and ensure that all Cuban refugees fleeing oppression can find refuge in the United States. 7. It is time for congress to stop maxing out our national credit card, and to finally balance the budget. Send me to congress and I will cut reckless spending and fight for a balanced budget. 8. We must finally leave racism and discrimination where it belongs, in the past. Send me to congress and I will fight to make lynching a federal crime and establish stricter penalties for hate crimes. 9. Working Americans have been left behind by congress. I will fight for paid family leave, and job retraining for all Americans who lose their jobs to out sourcing. 10. Family Farms are at the heart of our nation and in this global age it is our job to give them a hand up. Send me to congress and I will cut taxes and increase subsides for family farms. 11. It is time to finally affirm that all men and women are created equal by closing the pay gap, establishing paid family leave, and fighting for the equal rights amendment. 12. Basic Health care is not a privilege for the rich rather a right for all Americans. We must ensure that all Americans have access to quality health care. Total AP spent: 12 Targeted Outreach: 75,000*10=750,000 North Florida Corridor- Unions African Americans: Tallahassee, Miami-Gardens Cuban Americans: Miami Farmers: Central Florida*2 Seniors: St Petersburg, Miami, Palm Beach Women: Miami College Voters: Gainesville Campaign Offices: 750,000*10=750,000 Tallahassee Miami St. Petersburg Tampa Palm Beach Tallahassee Ft. Lauderdale Naples Jacksonville Gainesville Tv Ad #1: Half State Primetime 1 run 2,000,000 Radio Ad #1 2,000,000 Full state morning drive time Total Spent: 2,000,000+2,000,000+1,500,000
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    Fundraisers of Mickey Kaline

    Fundraiser 3- Environmentalists Location Miami Florida On March 1, 1872, President Theodore Roosevelt established the world's first true national park. He did this to protect our natural recourses for the future of this nation. Our nation was built on the idea, the promise of a better nation for our children. He ensured that our nations would protect our recourses for future generations. He established a fundamental promise that our environment would not be plundered by special interests, and that we would ensure that the right to clean air and clean water would be the birthright of all Americans. Democratic leadership has given these United States the clean air and clean water act. However, in this area of deregulation, we need a renewed leadership in congress to ensure that the environment will be protected for generations to come. Elect me to the Senate and I will be that leader we need to protect the environment. One of my top priorities in the Senate will be the protection and restoration of the Everglades. The Everglades are a national treasure and its conservation is paramount to the State of Florida. In 1970, businesses attempted to build an airport in the Big Cypress Swamp, and in 1986 high levels of phosphorus and mercury were discovered in the waterways. Congress must take action today. If we don’t save the Everglades not only will we lose a precious national treasure, but we will lose 15,000 jobs, and 250 million dollars if we don’t protect the Everglades. In my first days in congress, I will introduce a bill which will require the EPA to set phosphorous criteria and establish a plan to restore water quality, provide the state of Florida 200 million dollars to buy land to help restore the everglades, and have congress fund water treatment to ensure the Everglades will remain for generation. Our environment is once again under attack, but together we can build a better America. Thank you all and God Bless America
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    Fundraisers of Mickey Kaline

    Fundraiser 2 Unions Location: Jacksonville Unions are the indispensable voices that protect millions of working Americans and stand up for their rights. Before unions working Americans were played a hand with the deck stacked against them. Children were working in coal mines. There was no minimum wage, no work place protections, and definitely no weekend. Unions gave rise to the middle class and made the American Dream a reality for countless individuals. Unions have provided and protection to a middle class in desperate need of a champion. These very unions which have shielded workers from attacks have come under attack during the past congress. The Republican Nominee for President introduced an attack on unions under the misnomer the “Real Right to Work Act”. The only right this bill offers is the right to work for less. Collective bargaining is the backbone of workers’ rights and it is under attack by the Republican party. Right to work is an attempt to stop unions and empower big business. In the face of this attack we need leaders who will stand up to protect unions to ensure the middle class will always have a voice. Elect me to congress and I will be a true voice for working class Americans. The first bill I introduce in the Senate will be the “Workers Protection Act” which would end right to work across the nation and protect unions for generations to come. Our children should never know a nation where workers are at the mercy of corporate greed. We must ensure higher wages, the right to unionize, and ensure we never return to an America where workers are exploited. Collective bargaining is a fundamental right of all working Americans. Together we can build a better American Thank God and God Bless America
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    Press Office of the Democratic Party

    DNC Offers Change; RNC More of the Same Washington D.C. — Our Party held their convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this week, culminating one of the closest primary seasons in recent memory. We were proud to nominate John White, from Florida, and Jackson Clay, from Indiana, as our President and Vice President to represent our Party in the General Election. Not only were we able to lay out clear policy visions for the next four years, we were able to unify our Party behind one solid message and that is the rejection of trickle-down economics, which has failed us time and time again. Throughout our convention you heard the calls for change, for hope, for unity and for a stronger tomorrow. The stark difference between our convention and the Republican convention is clear. The Republican ticket offers more of the same, despite their rhetoric on the campaign trail. Congressman Kaine, embraced more tax cuts for the rich, leaving the middle-class to fend for themselves. Congressman Kaine embraced a divided nation and rejected equal rights for all Americans with his choice of speakers to represent him. Congressman Kaine stood against the hard-working men and women of our nation, time and time again during his convention. There was no doubt that their convention was a double-down on trickle-down. However, the alternative was clear. Congressman White spoke of a nation united, spoke of placing our economy on a firm foundation for long-lasting growth by investing in our middle-class. Our convention stood for the moment in history our nation can look back on and say that is when we chose a new path forward, that is where we chose to end the politics of hate, fear and division and embrace the politics of unity and hope. One thing was clear from our Party’s convention, that when we come together, we can achieve more and when we come together this election we will ensure that we are promising our nation a stronger tomorrow. The Party is excited to also highlight several key senate and gubernatorial candidates that were able to effectively show why they should be elected as well. The Party is committed to ensuring that Democrats across the nation are elected to the Congress and Governor’s Mansion and that John White is elected our next President of the United States.
  5. Fundraiser 1- AARP Location Tampa Florida There was a time when growing old meant growing poor in this country. Unless you had family to support you, or if you were rich enough to support yourself, there was no retirement you had to keep working. The Golden years were only for the rich, and for the rest of Americans those golden years were more gray. Social security put an end to this grim reality. Our government made a promise to every American that we could all live life to its fullest. That every American would be given a chance to live their “Golden years”. Sadly, this fundamental promise has come under attack. Social Security is running out of funds. We need reform now, but instead we have seen the social security trust fund be looted to pay for tax cuts. This nation was founded on the idea of a more perfect union that every generation would improve to provide for future generations. If we do nothing 50 years from now, we will have failed our children and grandchildren. Social Security is at the heart of our governments promise to America. The epitome of Government for the People. Send me to congress and my top priority will be fighting for a better future for working class Americans. Retirement should not be a luxury but a right of all Americans. Send me to congress and I will be the loudest voice against raising the retirement age, against cutting benefits, against privatizing social security, and the loudest for making all Americans pay their fair share raising the income cap to make social security solvent. Together we can build a better America. Thank you all God Bless, and God Bless the United State of America
  6. Platform Kaline for Senate Protecting Florida’s Natural Treasures- • Florida is home to some of our country’s greatest treasures. If elected I will fight to restore the Everglades and protect our states national treasures. We must fight for environmental protection to ensure the health of our beaches and our national parks which make Florida such a special state. I will fight for greater environmental protection and funding for Florida’s national parks to protect our biodiversity and tourism. Saving Social Security • When the Social Security act was passed, we promised our seniors that growing old would not mean growing poor. Florida is home to millions of seniors who depend on social security. We must protect social security from Republican attempts to cut benefits and funding as they loot the trust fund to pay for tax giveaways to the rich. Social security should not be used to pay for corporate tax breaks. Immigration – • Florida has a proud history of immigration and we pride our self on this tradition. We must protect the rights of refugees and the millions of Latinos escaping persecution and must ensure that those fleeing communism in Cuba can find refuge in the United States. We must continue to strengthen our border to prevent drugs from coming into our nation, but we should reform our immigration system to facilitate asylum for those fleeing the drug war. Middle Class Tax Cut – • The Middle Class is the backbone of our economy and the American Dream. Republicans have forced the Middle Class to bear the burden of their tax giveaway to corporations. It is time to ensure that the upper class pays their fair share and that we give tax relief to the middle class not the millionaires. Cut the Deficit – • Our nation’s debt and deficit have grown out of control as the Republicans have recklessly cut taxes and will pass on a debt for our children to pay off. I will work to reform the tax code to bring in more revenue by closing loopholes and will cut wasteful programs to balance our budget. Fighting for Human Rights – • We must stand up to the atrocious violations of human right across the globe. As the leaders of the free world we must stand up the violent dictators such as Fidel Castro and promote change via sanctions and end our reckless support of autocrats such as the Contras that we have seen under this administration Education – • Education is the foundation of the American dream and as Senator I will give our children the best education in the world. We must make college affordable for all by expanding Pell grants revising our student loans programs. We must provide more incentives to become teachers and provide more funding to urban schools to close the gap between suburban and urban schools. We must finally ensure that our schools are equal for all Americans. Protecting Family Farms – • Family farms are at the heart of the agriculture industry and our nation. Our government has turned a blind eye to their plight of farmers. When 1/3 of American farmers faced foreclosure President Reagan vetoed a bill that would help thousands of farmers save their farms. In the Senate, I will fight to increase subsidies to family farms and ensure that we expand trade with new markets so that our farmers are able to reach global markets. In the Senate I will be an extra hand for farmers who need it.
  7. Miami Florida- Today in front of the Freedom Tower in Miami Congressman Mickey Kaline announced his candidacy for Senator of Florida the transcript of his announcemnt is below.
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    1988 Senate Registration

    Name: Mickey Kaline State: Florida Party: Democrat Bio Link: Announcement Link:
  9. Name: Mickey Kaline Place of Birth: Miami Florida Place of Residence: Miami Florida Date of Birth: April 18 1944 Family: Father: Robert Kaline Mother: Donna Kaline Wife: Alyssa Kaline Son: Michael Kaline Daughter: Stacy Kaline Education History: BA in Political Science: University of Florida: 1962-1966 JD: Yale Law School 1966-1969 Work History: Clerk Florida Supreme Court: 1969-1972 Supreme Court Clerk: 1972-1976 Associate White House Council: 1976-1980 Congressman Florida 9th Congressional District 1981-Present
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    Estate Tax Repeal Act

    Mr Speaker, I second the motion to table this bill. I am ashamed that my colleges across the isle insist on ballooning the deficit to give handouts to the rich. This will not help the middle class nor the economy. I yield
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    Leave of Absence

    Limited activity for today and tommorow
  13. Mr. Landigham with thanks to Mr. Kennedy for himself and others introduces A BILL To amend the National Labor Relations Act to establish an efficient system to enable employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to provide for mandatory injunctions for unfair labor practices during organizing efforts, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the “Workers Protection Act ”. SEC. 2. STREAMLINING UNION CERTIFICATION. (a) In General.—Section 9(c) of the National Labor Relations Act (29 U.S.C. 159(c)) is amended by adding at the end the following: “(6) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, whenever a petition shall have been filed by an employee or group of employees or any individual or labor organization acting in their behalf alleging that a majority of employees in a unit appropriate for the purposes of collective bargaining wish to be represented by an individual or labor organization for such purposes, the Board shall investigate the petition. If the Board finds that a majority of the employees in a unit appropriate for bargaining has signed valid authorizations designating the individual or labor organization specified in the petition as their bargaining representative and that no other individual or labor organization is currently certified or recognized as the exclusive representative of any of the employees in the unit, the Board shall not direct an election but shall certify the individual or labor organization as the representative described in subsection (a). “(7) The Board shall develop guidelines and procedures for the designation by employees of a bargaining representative in the manner described in paragraph (6). Such guidelines and procedures shall include— “(A) model collective bargaining authorization language that may be used for purposes of making the designations described in paragraph (6); and “(B) procedures to be used by the Board to establish the validity of signed authorizations designating bargaining representatives.”. (b) Conforming Amendments.— (1) NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD.—Section 3(b) of the National Labor Relations Act (29 U.S.C. 153(b)) is amended, in the second sentence— (A) by striking “and to” and inserting “to”; and (B) by striking “and certify the results thereof,” and inserting “, and to issue certifications as provided for in that section,”. (2) UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICES.—Section 8(b) of the National Labor Relations Act (29 U.S.C. 158(b)) is amended— (A) in paragraph (7)(B) by striking “, or” and inserting “or a petition has been filed under section 9(c)(6), or”; and (B) in paragraph (7)(C) by striking “when such a petition has been filed” and inserting “when such a petition other than a petition under section 9(c)(6) has been filed”. SEC. 3. FACILITATING INITIAL COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS. Section 8 of the National Labor Relations Act (29 U.S.C. 158) is amended by adding at the end the following: “(h) Whenever collective bargaining is for the purpose of establishing an initial agreement following certification or recognition, the provisions of subsection (d) shall be modified as follows: “(1) Not later than 10 days after receiving a written request for collective bargaining from an individual or labor organization that has been newly organized or certified as a representative as defined in section 9(a), or within such further period as the parties agree upon, the parties shall meet and commence to bargain collectively and shall make every reasonable effort to conclude and sign a collective bargaining agreement. “(2) If after the expiration of the 90-day period beginning on the date on which bargaining is commenced, or such additional period as the parties may agree upon, the parties have failed to reach an agreement, either party may notify the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service of the existence of a dispute and request mediation. Whenever such a request is received, it shall be the duty of the Service promptly to put itself in communication with the parties and to use its best efforts, by mediation and conciliation, to bring them to agreement. “(3) If after the expiration of the 30-day period beginning on the date on which the request for mediation is made under paragraph (2), or such additional period as the parties may agree upon, the Service is not able to bring the parties to agreement by conciliation, the Service shall refer the dispute to an arbitration board established in accordance with such regulations as may be prescribed by the Service. The arbitration panel shall render a decision settling the dispute and such decision shall be binding upon the parties for a period of 2 years, unless amended during such period by written consent of the parties.”. SEC. 4. STRENGTHENING ENFORCEMENT. (a) Injunctions Against Unfair Labor Practices During Organizing Drives.— (1) IN GENERAL.—Section 10(l) of the National Labor Relations Act (29 U.S.C. 160(l)) is amended— (A) in the second sentence, by striking “If, after such” and inserting the following: “(2) If, after such”; and (B) by striking the first sentence and inserting the following: “(1) Whenever it is charged— “(A) that any employer— “(i) discharged or otherwise discriminated against an employee in violation of subsection (a)(3) of section 8; “(ii) threatened to discharge or to otherwise discriminate against an employee in violation of subsection (a)(1) of section 8; or “(iii) engaged in any other unfair labor practice within the meaning of subsection (a)(1) that significantly interferes with, restrains, or coerces employees in the exercise of the rights guaranteed in section 7; while employees of that employer were seeking representation by a labor organization or during the period after a labor organization was recognized as a representative defined in section 9(a) until the first collective bargaining contract is entered into between the employer and the representative; or “(B) that any person has engaged in an unfair labor practice within the meaning of subparagraph (A), (B) or (C) of section 8(b)(4), section 8(e), or section 8(b)(7); the preliminary investigation of such charge shall be made forthwith and given priority over all other cases except cases of like character in the office where it is filed or to which it is referred.”. (2) CONFORMING AMENDMENT.—Section 10(m) of the National Labor Relations Act (29 U.S.C. 160(m)) is amended by inserting “under circumstances not subject to section 10(l)” after “section 8”. (b) Remedies For Violations.— (1) BACKPAY.—Section 10(c) of the National Labor Relations Act (29 U.S.C. 160(c)) is amended by striking “And provided further,” and inserting “Provided further,That if the Board finds that an employer has discriminated against an employee in violation of subsection (a)(3) of section 8 while employees of the employer were seeking representation by a labor organization, or during the period after a labor organization was recognized as a representative defined in subsection (a) of section 9 until the first collective bargaining contract was entered into between the employer and the representative, the Board in such order shall award the employee back pay and, in addition, 2 times that amount as liquidated damages: Provided further,”. (2) CIVIL PENALTIES.—Section 12 of the National Labor Relations Act (29 U.S.C. 162) is amended— (A) by striking “Any” and inserting “(a) Any”; and (B) by adding at the end the following: “(b) Any employer who willfully or repeatedly commits any unfair labor practice within the meaning of subsections (a)(1) or (a)(3) of section 8 while employees of the employer are seeking representation by a labor organization or during the period after a labor organization has been recognized as a representative defined in subsection (a) of section 9 until the first collective bargaining contract is entered into between the employer and the representative shall, in addition to any make-whole remedy ordered, be subject to a civil penalty of not to exceed $20,000 for each violation. In determining the amount of any penalty under this section, the Board shall consider the gravity of the unfair labor practice and the impact of the unfair labor practice on the charging party, on other persons seeking to exercise rights guaranteed by this Act, or on the public interest.”.
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