@FLYoungDems Couch Campaigner’s Guide to Tweeting

Social media is no substitute for canvassing, phone banking, and other forms of volunteering, but we still spend a lot of time on it. For all of the young Democrats tweeting out there, here are some tips for getting the word out about candidates we have endorsed. Give us a follow on @FLYoungDems and take a minute every day to share something with your followers about a candidate you believe in!


@CharlieCrist for Governor of Florida

Hashtag: #TeamCharlie


This is our fight for a @ScottFreeFLA and to elect Florida’s first Democratic governor in 16 years. The polls are showing it is going to be a long, tough battle, but this race is imperative to stop the damage Rick Scott is doing to Florida. We all need to be on #TeamCharlie.


@Sheldon_FL for Attorney General

Attorney General candidate George Sheldon has a good chance to defeat incumbent Pam Bondi, who believes gay marriage would impose significant public harm. Help spread the word about a candidate who will fight for #equality.


@Shayan4Congress for U.S. Congress, FL District 10

Hashtags: #TeamShayan #ShayanForCongress #FL10


Shayan Modarres is running against Daniel Webster in District 10. We chose to endorse him because we believe he provides hope for immigration reform, defense for the Affordable Care Act, and will advocate strongly for equality in Central Florida. #TeamShayan needs your help to bring a new progressive voice to Orlando!


@WesNeuman for U.S. Congress, FL District 7

Hashtags: #YestoWes #FlipaDistrict #Yeson2 #FL07

#Yeson2 = #YestoWes

We are trying to flip 22 year incumbent John Mica’s district with progressive, young Democrat Wes Neuman. It’s important to motivate our base and young Democrats to say #YestoWes and to help convince @billmaher to feature his district on his show for #FlipaDistrict. If you say #Yesto2 supporting medical marijuana, you should say #YestoWes in #FL07 to support the amendment with smart, progressive leadership.

RELEASE: Florida Young Democrats endorse Charlie Crist

Crist Press Release

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ORLANDO, FL (May 15, 2014) – Members of county chapters of the Florida Young Democrats across the state voted to endorse Charlie Crist for Governor of Florida at the 2014 State Convention. Florida Young Democrats is the first statewide organization to endorse in the primary race.

Convention attendees heard from candidates and their representatives for several statewide races and voted in a straw poll to endorse candidates. Crist won the straw poll with 72 percent of the vote and was then approved by the endorsement committee.

“Throughout the conference, our members expressed their wishes to move past the partisan fighting and focus on their number one priority: defeating Rick Scott,” Florida Young Democrats President Shannon Love said. “As young professionals, we believe Charlie Crist is both the best candidate to win the Governor’s mansion and to advance Florida towards a brighter future.”

South Florida chapters demonstrated strong support for Crist in the poll. The Pinellas County chapter voted unanimously in favor of the former Governor.

“Defeating Rick Scott should be the number one priority for all democrats in the upcoming election and Charlie Crist represents our best opportunity to do so,” said Broward County chapter President Michael Friedel. “It is time for our party to unite for victory in 2014.”

The Florida Young Democrats are committed to defeating incumbent Rick Scott and bringing progressive leadership back to Tallahassee. By endorsing in May, we can focus on winning in November.

Visit www.FLYoungDems.org for more information and to find a chapter near you.



Ryan Rabac, Communications Director


FYD 2014 State Convention | May 9th-11th, 2014

Hilton Orlando Pool Area



It’s that time of year again: time for the Florida Young Democrats Annual Convention! This year, we are excited to be visiting our Orange County chapter as we head to Orlando for a full weekend of trainings, networking, and our always-popular Awards Luncheon. The convention will take place May 9-11 at the Orlando Hilton.


Register Today

Registration is currently open, and gets you in to all of the trainings, lunch and our straw poll!

Registration is currently only $55, but prices will go up soon! So register today.


Our Host Hotel

This year our host hotel is the Orlando Hilton. We were able to negotiate a block of rooms at a reduced rate of $109 a plus night plus tax with a reduced resort fee, but only for a limited time and while supplies last!

Not only will you be on site for all of the excited events of the convention, you’ll be able to spend your down time floating down the lazy river at the pool, enjoying the spa or enjoying one of the many on-site restaurants and bars.

Call 1-800-Hiltons and say you’re with FYD, or book online with the group code FYD today!


Convention Sponsorships

If you are able to join us at convention or not, please consider becoming a sponsor of this year’s event. Ad space for your campaign or organization in our program book starts at $100, and Sponsorship Levels begin at only $125!

We also are selling individual and blocks of seats for the Luncheon and Straw Poll to Young at Heart Democrats!

For more information and detailed rates, please contact Amanda at 305-209-7133. Click here to donate now!


New This Year: Democratic Straw Poll

For the first time this year, the Florida Young Democrats are conducting a statewide straw-poll on all contested Democratic primaries and state ballot initiatives. We are currently scheduled to vote on the Governor and Attorney General races as well as Amendments 1 and 2.

Chapters will have the opportunity to cast votes for their favorites, but don’t worry, if you aren’t a member of a chapter you can still participate! Registering for the straw poll makes it so you too can have a voice.

This straw poll will be the first measure of the mood of the 2014 primary electorate and a good indicator of where young voters in this state are leaning.


A Sneak Peak at our Schedule

We have excellent programs lined up for our 2014 State Convention!
One of our panels will be on messaging women’s issues that has Florida NOW, Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando, the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, and Ruth’s List Florida confirmed to attend. Another panel we have will focus on outreach to the Hispanic community with an emphasis being placed on messaging to Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Mexican American voters. A third panel will offer a preview of the 2014 elections in Florida and will feature notable political strategists from across the state.
This is just a sample of year’s panels and trainings. More details will be released as we get closer, so stay tuned.


FYD Endorsements

Are you a candidate who would like to be endorsed by FYD? Please take a moment to complete our questionnaire.

The FYD Endorsements Committee will be meeting during the convention to consider our 2014 candidate endorsements.

Health Care and What to Expect in 2014

The major provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) took effect on January 1, 2014. What this means to the average individual is that applications for health insurance anywhere in the United States be no longer be determined based on medical history, and that any ongoing health issues must be covered immediately.  In Florida, business groups that applied for health insurance in the past were always able to get coverage, however individuals were medically underwritten and could be declined.  Those covered by an employer were also subject to a one-year probationary period for pre-existing medical conditions if they did not have prior insurance before joining the health plan.

Some of the other important items now mandated to health insurance include maternity, unisex premium rates, and pediatric dental. The Affordable Care Act also allows people up to the age of 26 to retain coverage on their parents insurance plans if they are unmarried. In the state of Florida, there is added coverage of up to age 30 from a law passed by the legislature in 2008.

As a consequence of the PPACA most insurance commissioners believe insurance costs will most likely rise due to much more use of health care services, and because plans must cover more than they did in the past. With rates now being the same for males and females, there is concern about making sure all young men apply and accept health insurance coverage, as their average rates will now be higher.  Most of the old plans were excellent, but they were not mandated to cover all of the items outlined by the PPACA, such as maternity and dental coverage for children. New plans also cannot have an annual out-of-pocket limit that people are responsible for of more than $6250.

The United States is the only industrialized nation that before the PPACA did not have a basic health plan for all citizens. Although costs are expected to rise in the short run, many experts believe that by having a healthier population, in the long run, those costs will stabilize.  There are many like me who believe that we have a moral obligation to make sure that everyone has the ability to receive health care regardless of their ability to pay. Part of the Affordable Care Act includes a sliding scale for people earning between 100-400% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) to receive a tax credit, which in many cases covers the entire premium for people applying for coverage. In order to receive this tax relief, the insurance must be purchased on www.healthcare.gov.  This can be done with assistance by an insurance agent. People who do not qualify for a tax break can buy at the website, directly with an insurance company, or through an insurance agent.

The Affordable Care Act also included a provision to expand Medicaid. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court struck down this provision, making it optional to the states.  Florida has not expanded Medicaid. It is an issue that the Florida legislature will discuss again this year, and one that I will be working with other legislators to help make a reality. I encourage all readers to contact members of the legislature and remind them that $50 billion in Federal funds is at stake here, and that all major business groups are in favor of this.


-Richard Stark, Florida State Representative for District 104