Saturday, April 18, 2015

: The Tampa Accord

By a 5-0 vote, Tampa City Council on Thursday passed “The Tampa Accord.” (Any major agreement between the Cuban and U.S governments to be signed in Tampa.) The  resolution proposed by Councilwoman Yolie Capin offers the city to host any official agreement signings between the two neighboring countries. here

“It is only natural that Tampa be the location for formalizing the reestablishment of diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Cuba, It has been well established that no city in the U.S. has stronger historic ties with Cuba than Tampa does.” Yolie Capin

Party With Kevin Beckner

April 29 5-7pm at Uele in Tampa

Florida's Culture Of Corruption: Corporate Service Commission

Duke Energy Florida customers will see their electric bills drop on average by $3.45 a month starting in May after state regulators on Thursday approved an end to charges related to the failed Levy County nuclear project. 
As early as Jan. 1, Duke plans to tack on charges related to the closing of the Crystal River nuclear plant. Those charges will reach $5 a month for the typical customer here, WTF?

Central Florida Methodist Daycare: Don't Discriminate Against Lesbian Teachers!

Despite being adored by parents and her class of young children at Aloma Methodist Childhood Learning Center in central Florida, teacher Jaclyn Pfeiffer was fired after the daycare's Christian management found out she was a lesbian. She didn't share that information with managers until she was asked if she was in a relationship with substitute teacher Kelly Bardier, who had recently started working at the daycare as well. here

Aloma Methodist Early Childhood Learning Center receives over $4,000 in Florida taxpayer funds per child for a year of daycare. It's outrageous that they are taking taxpayer dollars to discriminate!

WMNF Cigar City Brewing Tropical Heatwave Beer Party

New World Brewery is generously donating proceeds from each Tropical Heatwave Beer sold!
Saturday, April 18, 6-8pm
 New World Brewery
1313 8th Avenue, Ybor City


Retired teacher who is feeling great anger at the use of public funds to benefit private companies who want to profit from education. here

Friday, April 17, 2015

Celebrate 4/20 in Ybor City

APRIL 18th 2015
Ybor Daily Market
1920 E 7th Ave
Ybor City info

Tampa Bay Homeless

Meet Howard, Again

Florida GOP: Gang of Six

 Six Republican members of Congress are coming to the defense of Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida House in their battle with the Obama administration over expanding health insurance and federal funding for state hospitals. Marco Rubio, U.S. Reps. Ted Yoho, Gus Bilirakis, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Richard Nugent 
and Curt Clawson. here

Shocker In Tampa

DINO Bob Buckhorn attends and speaks at a Fight For 15 rally in Tampa here

Marco Rubio: New Face, Same Old Problems

Florida, The Corporate Welfare State

Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund (QTI): 
The Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund incentive is available for companies that create high wage jobs in targeted high value-added industries. This incentive includes refunds on corporate income, sales, ad valorem, intangible personal property, insurance premium, and certain other taxes. more
They should be paying us to do business here!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Our Leader: Susan Smith

"We can't afford to lose more seats to Republicans by running former Republicans, or Democrats who otherwise can't be distinguished from Republicans." 
Susan Smith, president of the 
Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida. here

“We cannot afford to replace Marco Rubio with another senator who will stand with the Republican caucus more than the [Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth] Warren wing of the party,” Smith said. “Patrick Murphy is wrong more often than he is right. Wall Street Democrats may have settled on him, but
progressive Democrats certainly have 

Last month, 63 percent of the state's progressive caucus picked Grayson to run as the Democratic nominee and hinted that Murphy is too moderate. A poll at The Florida Squeeze has Grayson at 77% and Murphy at 17%. here

Grayson said he's considering running for the seat if another liberal Democrat doesn't jump into the race.

What Stogie Had For Lunch

The Queen Mary
with Potato Salad and a Bloody Mary
At Hamburger Marys in Ybor City
Eat Local

The event Governor Scott doesn't want you to know about

Hillsborough County
WHERE: C Blythe Library, 2607 E. MLK Blvd, Tampa
WHEN: Thursday, April 16th, 6:30pm

Broward County
WHERE: US Solar Institute, 1024 NE 43rd Ct, Oakland Park WHEN: Monday, April 20, time 6:30 pm

Polk County
WHERE: Lakeland Main Library, 100 Lake Morton Drive, Lakeland
WHEN: Tuesday, April 28th, 6:30 pm

Pam Keith, Florida Democratic Candidate For US Senate

Left up to mainstream media, one would think that there is only one declared Democrat in the race for Marco Rubio’s U.S. Senate seat. In fact, it has been reported as such. There are some who want Floridians to think that Patrick Murphy is the only candidate that is in the race. That is not the case. Pam Keith is a delightful breath of fresh air in the staleness that is the Florida Democratic Party. here

Local Merchants: Hippie's Homemade Candles

Meet Krista, Candle Maker
Visit her here

Florida United for Care 2016

With Tallahassee incapable (to date) of passing a truly comprehensive medical marijuana law, it is clearer than ever that it will be left to us to provide medical marijuana access to the hundreds of thousands of sick and suffering patients that need help.
So I want to be clear on one major difference between the 2014 and 2016 petitions:

In 2014, our opposition falsely claimed that people with nearly any condition ("headaches and hangnails" they liked to say) would be considered a qualifying patient. We never agreed with that misrepresentation - and neither did the Florida Supreme Court. 

However, backed by an out-of-state billionaire, they convinced a lot of voters it was true.

In the 2016 petition, we simply clarified what the Supreme Court said and what our intent was: only people with serious, debilitating conditions would have access. As before, a doctor will be able to recommend marijuana for a patient, whether or not that patient's particular disease or condition is listed in the amendment language itself. We could not list every possible debilitating condition and didn't need to: It's not more limited or more restrictive. It's just clearer. The Legislature has proven itself unwilling to address what 24 other states have, so it's likely going to be back on the ballot - and this time we'll get the 60% we need to win.

Please help support our efforts by making a contribution, here:
If you've already contributed, please make sure you have signed the petition (here) and, please share this email with at least a few of your friends.
- Ben Pollara

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

What Democracy Looks Like In Tampa

Picnic at Copeland Park

Susan Smith, Pat Kemp, Mayor Bob, Lisa Montelione
and host Ashley Whitney with her boss of Fight For 15 were there.

Fowler ave blocked off.

Tampa PD Guarding Mc Donalds
Great job Ashley Whitney and the crew at Fight For 15
and Tampa PD

Fight For $15 Tampa Rally Today

Copeland Park, 11001 N 15th St, Tampa

Tampa's Sunset Bridge Band

Recorded on the Railroad Tracks behind Skippers Smokehouse in Tampa, which is actually a Felony if charged. We got lucky and the cops let us pack up and leave without getting arrested. Thanks Tampa PD.

Live at the Seminole Heights Market
Visit them here

What Stogie Had For Lunch

A sample of some awesome stuff
At Mouna's Delicacies, Seminole Heights market

Florida's Right Wing Infestation: Michele Bachmann

Florida lawmakers were urged to demonstrate courage and be a strong voice for the faith community when serving the public. Former Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann delivered the keynote address Tuesday for the Florida Faith & Freedom Coalition annual prayer breakfast. here

Brand GOP

Tampa protest disrupts event honoring Israeli Occupation Forces

A group of ten activists stood out in front of the University of South Florida (USF) Hillel building, April 12, in protest of a vigil being held for Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). here

Percy Sledge RIP