Saturday, March 25, 2017

Florida Beware Of "Energy Citizens"

Beware of this group 
Here is what they have to say:
"Politicians in Tallahassee are facing pressure from anti-energy groups to ban hydraulic fracturing in Florida. This ban could hurt our energy savings, jobs and environmental progress. Tell your Florida legislators today to oppose this harmful ban on fracking!" here
Energy Citizens is a front group backed by the American Petroleum Institute, the main trade group and lobbying arm of the oil industry, to fight climate change legislation. 

Tell Rick Scott: Stop attacking Aramis Ayala

Last year, DFA members helped elect Aramis Ayala -- a powerhouse who ran on progressive values to become the first Black State's Attorney ever elected in Florida history, and the first woman to serve as a State Attorney in Orange and Osceola counties.
Now she is under attack by the Florida GOP.


Pat Kemp Hosting Community Conversation: Safe, Scenic, Sensational, Shaded Trails

4.4 - 6 pm
Robert Saunders Library 
Ybor City

Be part of the kick-off for a countywide, high-energy, sustained campaign to build a Safe, Scenic, Sensational (and Shaded) Trail network across Hillsborough County and across the region. here

Friday, March 24, 2017

Ybor Paparazzi

"To change something, at a minimum, you must understand it. And I see a lot of people trying to change things they don't understand."
Donna Davis
At The Bunker

Tampa Gentrification

Save the Kress building 

Florida Mayors Strike Back

Florida INC. is considering a bill that would limit cities’ ability to regulate businesses and industries. here
Florida mayors voice their concerns in  Tallahassee
about bills under consideration by
 the Legislature that limit local control.

Rick Scott's Sabal Trail Natural Gas Pipeline

The Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline, a giant interstate project whose tail reaches over 268 miles into Florida, has generated fierce opposition as its construction moves through the state from Georgia to its end-point in Osceola County. here
"Projects like this will make Floridians dependent on fossil fuel for many decades “when its citizens continually vote for solar energy and renewables. We’re not alone. This is happening all over the country.” 
The Sierra Club

Union-Busting Florida GOP

Florida’s public-sector labor unions which represent thousands of workers ranging from school teachers to public utility linemen would have to convince their members to pay up or else risk being shut down, under a controversial plan by House Republicans that is now headed to the floor despite little chance 
at becoming law. here
HB 11 is a priority of House Speaker Richard Corcoran of Land O’Lakes.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Tampa Paparazzi

Kate M Connolly

In Charge: Curbelo

The Ybor City Rooster

Right of Way

Destructive Seismic Exploration Set To Start In The Everglades

Despite ongoing lawsuit, destructive seismic exploration set to start in Big Cypress’
 sensitive wetlands. here
The Burnett Oil Company has set March 27 as the date they will begin the process of surveying for oil and gas resources beneath 
Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida, even as a federal judge has yet to rule whether the work can proceed.

Andrew Gillum for Governor -- AM Joy

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Coffee with Donna Davis

Donna L. Davis is a well-respected community organizer in the Tampa Bay area. She has spent her adult life engaged in the civic arena fighting for others while empowering communities to make a difference. 

Davis is the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Tampa chapter and has led the charge for the Tampa Civilian Review Board. As an active participant in the Community Protection Coalition, she has inspired Bay Area residents to stand up and heed the call to protect their liberties and freedoms.

Sierra Club Packs The Tampa Theatre

Full house for the screening of the film
Troubled Waters: Connections and Consequences

Guest list

 Tampa Theatre - Tampa, Florida
Join them here

The Florida Murder Of Darren Rainey

No Florida correctional officers are responsible for the scalding hot shower death of mentally ill inmate Darren Rainey. That’s according to Miami Dade’s State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle who has decided to close the investigation without filing any criminal charges. here

HARTLine's Trash Problem

Pick up your trash!
Britton Plaza - Tampa

The Audacity Of Aramis Ayala

Florida State prosecutor Aramis Ayala may have made Florida history last weekwhen she declared publicly and emphatically that she would not, under any circumstances, seek the death penalty. here
Within hours of the announcement Rick Scott called on Ayala, to recuse herself from the cases. When she refused, he appointed a special prosecutor to take over — an action critics said was an overreach of executive power.

119 judges, prosecutors and law professors sign letter questioning Scott's removal of Ayala from death penalty case. here

Our Next Governor Philip Levine Speaks To Hillsborough Democrats

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

High Speed Rail Coming To Florida Despite Rick Scott

Travel from Miami to Orlando in just 3 hours with new Brightline express train. here

Ybor Paparazzi

Kate Connolly

Florida's Right Wing Infestation

Right Wing Florida lawmakers are backing bills that target undocumented immigrants and some refugees by denying in-state tuition and forcing local governments to assist immigration authorities. here
Many of the bills have been offered in past legislative sessions, but some Republicans now say 
Donald Trump’s 
Florida victory shows how a hardline immigration stance can be a positive even in the Hispanic-heavy Sunshine State. And it could draw more conservative 
voters to the polls.

Florida GOP Corporate Welfare

Tucked on page 65 of a 187-page bill is a clause that continues to award $2 million in annual tax credits to the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine for the next six years. Even in their analysis to members, House Republicans called the museum the single worst bet the state is making with tax credits. here
 The Hall of Fame lists Rolex and Shell as two of its top corporate partners, yet has relied on taxpayer support since its 1998 agreement with the state.

Tampa Paparazzi

Carlos Jose Angel Hermida

Call-to-Action III: Ban Conversion Therapy of Minors in Tampa

4.6 - 9 AM
Tampa City Hall

Monday, March 20, 2017

Troubled Waters: Connections and Consequences - Tampa Theatre

Tomorrow night 6:45 PM
Tampa Theatre

Where Are They Now?

Pat Frank - Still serving us
Jan K. Platt - Enjoying life
Chris Hart - Currently living in Orlando
Thomas Scott - Pastor of the 22nd Street Church of God
Jim Norman - Political career appears to be over.  Proved himself untrustworthy in a smelly affair.
Ronda Storms - Ran out of local politics. 
Now living in exile in Valrico, Florida
 Ben Wacksman - Director for Tampa Housing Funding Corporation

Tampa Bay Homeless

Meet Woody
He is a local. Says he is an Navy vet. He is broke.
Can someone please help this man.

Florida's Culture Of Corruption: Aaron Bean

He helped a friend's business obtain 
$1 million hidden in the state budget 
after the two discussed how 
the lawmaker would promote 
the business, budget documents 
and emails show. here

Florida INC. Taking Over Cities

Right-wing corporate interests are pushing state legislatures to curtail the progressive power of city governments. here
Right now, there are two bills filed in the Florida legislature that propose sweeping new restrictions on local governments. One (House Bill 17) would bar them from regulating "businesses, professions, and occupations," the other (SB 1158), would expressly preempt "the regulation of matters relating to commerce, trade, and labor."

Tampa Hoods: Downtown

Washington Station

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Westboro Bigots Chased Out Of Tampa

Hyde Park, Tampa
The Bigots

All 5 of them

The Humans

Jaime, Aaron and Dez






Jaime and Becky


Hyde Park United Methodist Church