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Donald Trump presidential election victory speech, transcription. With some omissions.

Thank you. Thank you very much, every one.
Sorry to keep you waiting. Complicated business. Complicated business. Thank you very much.
I just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us, it's about us, on our victory and I congratulated her and her family on a very very hard fought campaign.. I mean she, she fought very hard. Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country. I mean that very sincerely. And now it's time for america to bind the wounds of division. We have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats across this nation I say it is time for us to come together as one united people. It's time.
I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be President for all Americans and this is so important to me. For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I'm reaching out to you for your guidance and you…

Neartheast Dade MAC! Come on out!

If you live in this area of unincorporated dade, or the surrounding areas this meeting may interest you! June 21, 2016 at 6:00pm Northeast Dade Municipal Advisory Committee Public Hearing on Proposed Incorporation

Highloand Oaks Middle School, 2375 Northeast 203rd Street, Miami, FL 33180
The Northeast Dade Municipal Advisory Committee (NEMAC) will conducta public present the findings of the completed accordance with requirements...public is invited to attend and express their views and concerns regarding the proposed incorporation. Notification...sent to all property owners. 305-375-5143

I may find out more about this, however come out if you have interest!

Differences between transparency and disclosure.

Understanding when disclosure satisfies the notion of transparency assists in adequately analyzing efforts of public officials to increase transparency by demanding more disclosure.

In the middle of town, in a tiny room sits a person watching a screen for an important message which they should immediately give to the general public. In designing the room public officials considered two possibilities for achieving the end goal of informing the public as to the contents of the message.
In a first option the watch-person, upon seeing the message, should leave their seat, exit the room, and personally inform the public of the message's contents.
In a second option officials install a window behind the watch-person, allowing passers by to look in to the room and read the message for themselves, and when a message appears the watch-person should also personally inform the public.

Both options satisfy the notion of disclosure, with the same possible effect of important information achiev…

Why I support Levine-Cava's campaign fundraising transparency ordinance!

(the following is still a draft, and should be edited for accuracy and clarity)

I begin with the short and sweet of it.

County Commissioner Daniella Levine-Cava's proposed ordinance to increase campaign fundraising transparency is a step in the right direction. There is little burden in a simple disclosure in campaign finance reports accounting for when candidates and officials raise funds on behalf of political organizations. Any notion that politicians should spend their time raising money, but that it's a burdento do so in the light of public view calls in to question the purpose of  public service. What's more, I question the integrity of any politician who opposes this legislation because they think it would burden them. Here's looking at Barbara Jordan, and others on the commission.
I previously criticized the proposal in hopes that it could promote public discourse about what transparency really means in our times, but unfortunately none of the county commission…

Reaching out to better understand the future of campaign finance.

Only time will tell if the proposed ordinance has actual positive effect on electioneering in Miami-Dade County. While I appreciate the responsiveness of the commissioner's COO, I wait for the final language to personally conclude on the issue. It began with a letter I wrote regarding campaign finance reform and ended with a promise from the Levine-Cava's COO Adele Valencia promising to address some of my concerns.