October 2009


Source: GOVERNOR’S PRESS OFFICE, (850) 488-5394

Governor Crist Appoints Thomas W. Arnold as Secretary of Agency for Health Care Administration

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Charlie Crist today appointed Thomas W. Arnold of Tallahassee as Secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration. He has served as the agency’s Chief of Staff since 2008.

“Tom’s extensive knowledge of managing Florida’s Medicaid programs is especially important as our nation’s discussion of health care moves forward,” Governor Crist said. “With 30 years of experience with Florida’s health and human service programs, Tom has the expertise we need at this critical time.”

Arnold, 60, has served in a wide variety of public health administrative roles.  Previously, he was the state Medicaid director within the Agency for Health Care Administration from 2004 to 2007. He has also served within the Florida Department of Health as deputy state health officer during 2008, deputy secretary from 2003 to 2004 and director of administration from 1998 to 2003. Prior to the creation of the two state agencies, he served in various roles within the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services from 1979 to 1998.  Arnold served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1970 to 1976 and earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Florida State University.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to put my years of service to work as head of Florida’s Medicaid agency,” Arnold said.  “I look forward to addressing the challenges and opportunities that lie before us.”

Arnold replaces Holly Benson who resigned earlier this month.  The Agency for Health Care Administration works to improve access to affordable, quality health care to all Floridians through the management of Florida’s $18-billion Medicaid program.  It also licenses and regulates health care facilities and health maintenance organizations, and publishes health care data and statistics.


Source: Mark Moskowitz (202-730-4178) or emai

Dear Marina,

As part of our Impact ’08 campaign, you made a difference.  With Secretaries Madeleine Albright and Frank Carlucci at the lead, and your effort in FL, both national candidates endorsed our smart power agenda calling for elevating and strengthening our non-military tools of foreign policy.

But now the hard work begins translating bipartisan campaign commitments into real policy change.

Today, the USGLC is launching our Putting Smart Power to Work campaign, and we need you to be a part of the conversation. While our first program is in D.C. you can and should participate.

Interactive Dialogue with Senior State Department Leadership
Wednesday October 14, 2009
8:30-10:00 a.m. EST
Live Webcast
Ask Questions

Renowned PBS journalist Judy Woodruff will moderate an interactive dialogue with the State Department’s QDDR leadership including Deputy Secretary of State Jacob Lew and the Acting USAID Administrator, taking questions from you.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tasked her team with creating a new blueprint for the future of development and diplomacy.  It is known as the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review and yes, that’s a mouthful but it will have a real impact on the future of America’s engagement in the world. That’s why we need you to participate.

Mark your calendar and join me and the rest of the USGLC Field team on October 14.  Let’s make sure the Administration knows that leaders all over the country care about building a better, safer world.


Mark Moskowitz, Field Director


 Source: GLEE Advocacy Team,

Living & Energy Education

Action Alert: US Senate Committee

Climate Bill Is Here!
Yesterday, Senator Boxer, Chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, and Senator Kerry, Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee introduced the Clean Energy Jobs & American Power Act.

Many climate advocates have applauded the Bill’s introduction as a crucial next step for Congress to pass national legislation that reduces global warming pollution, creates jobs and ensures that the United States is a leader in developing and deploying clean-energy technologies at home and around the world.

While some important provisions are not yet spelled out, the current draft of this bill does reflect some important improvements over the legislation passed by the House of Representatives this summer including a strengthened emissions cap with reduction targets of 20 percent below 2005 levels by 2020; provisions to enhance energy efficiency in buildings and transportation; and significant investment in innovative technologies and clean technology deployment.

Support for innovative and emerging technologies is critical: it will be essential to deploy new technologies that are abundant, replicable and globally scalable if we are serious about addressing climate change. 

What can you do?

ACTION  ITEM  #1: In response, multiple national conservation entities have designated today, Thursday, October 1st as a National Call In Day. In a coordinated action across the country, conservation organizations are asking their staff, members and supporters to call Senate offices to underscore the URGENCY of climate action this year and the importance of strong ADAPTATION provisions to help cope with change that is already underway.

The following talking points may come in handy:
·        Pass a climate and clean energy bill  this year that will:
·        Significantly reduce U.S. emissions of carbon pollution, and
·        Dedicate 5% of climate allowances to safeguard the plants, animals and 

         natural communities we all rely upon.
We all rely on nature for survival, so we must strengthen our efforts to address the impacts of global warming.  When we reduce global warming pollution and invest in ways to safeguard nature and wildlife, we are not only helping nature, we are helping ourselves.

For Florida, please contact;
 Sen. Nelson   —   202-224-5274
Sen. LeMieux —   202-224- 3041

ACTION  ITEM  #2:  If you know anyone that lives in the districts of these crucial Environment and Public Works Committee members, please pass this on!

Boxer (D-CA)                             Inhofe (R-OK)                Udall (D-NM)

Klobuchar (D-MN)                      Baucus (D-MT)              Voinovich (R-OH)
Specter (D-PA)                          Gillibrand (D-NY)           Carper (D-DE)
Vitter (R-LA)                              Merkley (D-OR)             Bond (R-MO)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)                      Barrasso, (R-WY)          Whitehouse (D-RI)
Sanders (I-VT)                           Cardin, (D-MD)               Crapo (R-ID)
Alexander (R-TN)

ACTION  ITEM  #3: Sign on to this letter from the Florida Climate Alliance. You can sign on as a community leader, business person, organization, or citizen. Read it here: SenateCoastalClimateLetter.pdf

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