Thursday, May 31, 2012

Tampa Bay Homeless

Meet Donna
She has been homeless since 2010, She is from Chicago.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn

Today’s caption contest asks you to identify what you think
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is targeting with that .50 caliber machine gun.
 Leave your answers here.

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Here we go again. They did it for George W. Bush in 2000, and now the Republicans are working to steal the 2012 Presidential election for Mitt Romney in Florida.

It's straight out of Katherine Harris' playbook. Florida Governor Rick Scott is currently deploying a massive and systematic effort to purge up to 182,000 Floridians who are likely Democratic voters from the state's voting rolls.

Welcome to

I am VoteForEddie.Com an Independent candidate for U.S. House of Representatives District 25 in South Florida. I am running on a platform of "New Energy, New Ideas". My main issue is securing energy independence through a renewable energy only initiative.

Vote For Eddie
He is running against Right Winger and enemy of the Cuban people Mario Diaz Balart.

Edward Condry, Jr., Of Fort Meyers

Tampa Police arrested a Lee County man Tuesday morning for child neglect after he left his toddler unattended in a car while visiting a Tampa strip club.

Obama's New Spanish Ad In Florida

Big Truck


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Obama 2012

We Can Do It!

Republican Picnic


Tampa Bay Homeless

Homeless Living In Tampa

St. Pete PD A Paramilitary Organization

Management at the St. Pete PD will tell you they are a paramilitary organization. They follow command protocol. The rules are the law and they follow the rules.

A Pro - Obama Veteran

Recent polls seem to indicate that a majority of older military veterans support Mitt the Romney over President Obama. Well, hot damn, they didn't ask me!

Brandon Areana

Local Babe!

Monday, May 28, 2012

March On The RNC

20,000 Political Prisoners Arrested in Tampa

Like the other 19,999 prisoners that were rounded up and taken away, I had no idea what hit me until the moment the trap was sprung and I certainly had no idea that I had unwillingly participated in helping the government round up thousands of my fellow Domestic Belligerents…until it was too late.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Tampa Bay Homeless

Homeless Living In Tampa

President Obama and the Fight for LGBT Rights

Glee star Jane Lynch narrates this documentary about LGBT rights in America. The video features a candid interview with President Obama, who speaks about the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, why he supports marriage equality, and what's at stake for the LGBT community in this election.

What Stogie Had For Lunch

Something Yummy
At The Yummy House, 2620 E. Hillsborough Avenue, Tampa
Eat Local!

Rick Scott's Florida Unemployment Reform Shortchanges The Jobless

Two legal groups want the federal government to investigate Florida's treatment of jobless workers following reforms that made the Sunshine State's unemployment insurance program the stingiest in the nation.

Tampa Bay Homeless

Meet Lonnie
He is a local. He has been homeless 19 years.

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

Finding Tampa

Friday, May 25, 2012

Florida Governor Purges Voters From Voting Rolls

Governor Rick Scott is questioning the eligibility of the thousands of Florida voters, but his methods are being questioned by officials on both sides of the aisle.

What Stogie Had For Lunch

Fried Chicken
$4.95 at Dodge's in Dunedin
Eat Local!

Cuban Sandwich Showdown: Miami or Tampa?

Tampa can lay claim to the original Cuban Sandwich, but with a population of more than 1 million cuban residents, Miami believes it deserves to be considered the Cuban Sandwich Capital. You be the judge as we feature a Cuban Sandwich Showdown between Versailles restaurant of Miami and The Columbia in Ybor City.

The End of Florida Progressive Coalition?

In 2004, after the re-election of George W. Bush, which was shocking to me, I was kind of at a loss as to what to do in terms of blogging. I had been blogging since 1998, mostly about national topics. But the national blogosphere was clogged and I wasn’t covering national politics from any kind of angle that others weren’t covering better than I was. And it was clear that I needed to try to do something that would have more of an impact, otherwise I wouldn’t feel satisfied with my place in the political world. So, after talking to a number of other bloggers around the state, Florida Progressive Coalition was launched. I shifted my focus to state-level politics, something that was being very poorly covered both by the mainstream media and by bloggers. FPC launched in 2005.

Two major problems were identified. One, that people didn’t have enough information about state and local politics. The media did a poor job of covering it and since state politics was drastically different from national politics, most of us, me included, didn’t have enough inherent knowledge about how things worked. In order to do a good job of covering Florida politics, bloggers needed to increase their knowledge of the players in the system, the rules of the system and the issues important to the state. A second major problem was that there wasn’t much money being put into covering politics, be it the media or blogging, and without some kind of influx of cash into the system, few, if any people, would be able to devote enough time to learning about the system to do it justice.

More than six years later, these problems have never been solved. Media coverage of state and local politics is much worse now than it was then. And because of silly laws like term limits, the system is so frequently changing that I’ve found, personally, that my knowledge of state politics is actually getting worse. And I don’t have the time or resources to fix that problem. Few state-level bloggers in the country have found models of funding that allow them to devote serious time to state and local politics. The overwhelming majority of bloggers from the 50 states that were invited to a state-level blogger summit in 2007 are no longer blogging about state politics. Only a few blogs that cover state and local politics can pay their bills, much less pay salaries to their writers.

I’ve come to the conclusion that I can’t solve either of these problems. I’ve tried numerous different approaches to it and none of them have worked. Some of that is the difficulty of the problems, which are widespread across the country at the state level. Some of it is because of my own personal failings. Since 2009, I’ve been divided among numerous projects and have never been able to devote the time to FPC that I need to, usually because paying gigs have to take priority. And because other FPC writers also have to have paying gigs and I never found a way to pay them or a way to inspire them to work extensively for FPC for free (except for a few people over the years for periods of time), FPC never became what it could’ve been and what it needed to be. And I see no way that is going to change.

On top of that, one of the key reasons, as I mentioned above, that I moved my focus to state politics was that my voice wasn’t adding to the national conversation. Now that I have been writing for Crooks and Liars on labor issues (and other topics) for nearly nine months, that’s not true any more. Thousands of people read my national writing each week and I regularly see my posts get picked up by other blogs and websites. And there are only a few national bloggers focused on labor issues. And there are a lot more labor stories that we need to cover than are currently covered. And labor issues are truly one of the key battlegrounds in American politics these days and one of the most important battles we have to win. So, I have decided that I am ending my time as executive director of Florida Progressive Coalition and, barring someone else stepping up to take over, the blog will end. I’m not going to take the site down, but I won’t be publishing any future content.

I’m willing to entertain offers from others if they are interested in taking over and maintaining FPC in whatever way they see fit and I’m certainly hoping that someone will pick up on the wiki and continue to add content to it, since it is a valuable resource for Floridians. One thing I know is that I can’t do it anymore and I have to shift my time and efforts more fully to the battles that I know more about and I have more of a chance to successfully pursue. FPC no longer fits that description. The last things I will post here will be the continuation of the 2012 Florida Netroots Awards, and after that I will entertain offers to take that over, too. It’s been a great few years and I’ve learned more than I ever expected and met more great people than I could’ve imagined, but it’s time to move on to other projects.

Occupy Tampa TV

Tampa Bay Homeless

Homeless Living In Tampa

What Stogie Had For Lunch

Palomilla Steak
With Collard Greens Soup and Rice
$7.95 At Arco- Iris, in West Tampa
Eat Local! 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Wednesday, May 23 @ 8:30pm
Cafe Bohemia, 937 Central Ave. St. Petersburg

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Florida School Sets World Record For Recycling

Kids at Sugg Middle School in Florida don't just learn about history -- they make it. For the last four years, students and faculty at Sugg have celebrated Earth Day by hosting the Recycling Round-Up, an event aimed at collecting as many plastic bottles as possible from throughout the school district over an eight hour period.

Occupy Tampa takes to the Hillsborough River

Occupy Tampa has been in and out of the spotlight since relocating to West Tampa in December. Members gathered to Occupy the Hillsborough River on Saturday, to have fun and to remind Tampa they are still here.

Help President Obama

Kickoff for the Paris Project

Join us on Saturday May 19th at  712 15th Avenue South, St. Pete

Monday, May 14, 2012

Can the Friendship Trail Bridge Be Saved?

A volunteer group fighting to keep the Friendship Trail Bridge from
being demolished received good news at a conference held at the foot of the bridge.

Occupy Tampa, Occupy Wall Street, Bank of America