Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Patrick Murphy: Why Florida Dems Suck

Murphy's campaign has announced the endorsements from Amanda Murphy of New Port Richey (Shame, this blog HAD high hopes for her), Cynthia Stafford of Miami, Richard Stark of Weston and Mia Jones and Reggie Fullwood, both of Jacksonville. The added support gives Murphy the backing of almost 60 percent of the 53 Democrats in the Florida Legislature: seven in the Senate and 24 in the House. here

Please note, in a poll at THE FLORIDA SQUEEZE, he is in 3rd place behind Alan Grayson and Pam Keith. Is it to early to start taking bets on how bad he will lose to the GOP if he is nominated?

Support For Planned Parenthood In Tampa

56th St. Tampa

What Stogie Had For Lunch

Beef Brisket
With Baked Beans and Cole Slaw
At Fat Boy’s Bar-B-Q in Crystal River
Visit them here

God Is Protecting Daniel Webster's District

Uber right wing Florida GOP 
Daniel Webster 
Wants Boehner's job. He could win support from the Religious Right, as he has, “aligned himself with organizations and individuals who advocate the application of biblical law to contemporary society, including wives submitting to their husbands.”

Webster has long history of collaborating with the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP), a ministry founded by Bill Gothard. Webster’s speeches to Gothard’s group emphasized that “God is on his side and that God opposes his opponents,” he told participants at Gothard events that God is protecting his district to make sure that conservatives are in the majority. here

Anti Abortion Protesters In Tampa

Womens Health Center
Flecther Ave. Tampa

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Rude And Ungrateful HART Drivers

Saturday this blog sponsored a team in 
A scavenger hunt to raise money for  
Teams were given a list of task, one of them was to get a picture of a team member holding a bus pass next to a bus driver. Our team visited the Marion Transit Center to try to accomplish this task. After talking to several bus drivers, not one would help us. We showed them our tasker, told them why we needed the pic and even offered to block out their faces. Still they were rude and would not help us. We checked with other teams and with the hunt director and no one was able to accomplish this task. May we remind these drivers that it is activist like us who fight super highways (TBX) and promote mass transit so they can keep their jobs. If you would like to let HART know what you think, please do it here.

Spacial thanks to:
The bartenders at The Hub, the folks at MF Arts Ybor for the use of their awesome space, Red Star Rock Bar, the man at Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe who let us in to get our pic of the two headed gator even though they were not open yet (Thanks for the offer Dude!), 
La Segunda Cenral Bakery, Ulele, Mermaid Tavern, Nicko'sKing Corona and many more for being so HELPFUL!
And The Heights Collective for this awesome event!  

Ben Affleck: Corporate Welfare Whore

Ben Affleck bought the film rights to “Live By Night” a novel by former Tampa area writer Dennis Lehane set in Ybor City during the 1920s and 1930s about a petty Boston thief’s rise to successful Gulf Coast rum runner. (Un)fortunately for Tampa, the absence of state tax incentives for movie productions “Live By Night” will bypass the original. Instead, 
a fake Ybor City 
is being erected in Georgia. here
Remember this when this movie comes to local theaters.

Alan Grayson In Tampa (Video)

Florida Lawmakers To Live On Minimum Wage For A Week

At least 18 Florida lawmakers plan to live on a minimum wage this week to draw attention to efforts to increase the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour. Starting Monday, the lawmakers will live for five days on $17 per day. here

Tallahassee Swindlers

 Florida GOP Show Contempt For Constitution And Voters
Most embezzlers try to conceal their thefts, but not in Tallahassee. The looting of Florida’s Amendment One conservation funds took place in broad daylight, orchestrated by two poker-faced swindlers named Andy Gardiner and Steve Crisafulli. here

Monday, September 28, 2015


What Stogie Had For Lunch

With Pasta Salad
At The Independent in Seminole Heights
Visit them here

Florida Is One Of America’s Most Corrupt States

Harvard Law School’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics is out with a fascinating new report measuring legal and illegal corruption in American states, and Florida does not fare particularly well. here

Peace In The Park ☮ - St. Pete

Saturday, October 3 - 2:00pm
Willians Park, Downtown St. Pete

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Alan Grayson In Tampa

Alan Grayson

Gil Sainz and Pat Kemp

Norwood Orrick and Chris Regalado

Mike Fox

Tampa Letter Carriers Hall

The Heights Collective‎: HUBB2015‬ ‪#‎HeightsUnitesBenefitBonanza‬

Ybor City

In Florida fewer than one in eight unemployed workers receive unemployment benefits

The lowest recipiency rate 
in the country. here

Party With Pat Kemp In Tampa

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 5:30pm
Copperfish Seafood Grill
1502 S. Howard Avenue, Tampa
Rsvp, or to join host committee: or (813) 508-0965

Alan Grayson Meets With Fight For 15 In Tampa

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Florida’s Dems are setting themselves up for failure once again

If they make U.S. Representative Patrick Murphy their nominee for U.S. Senate in 2016. here
Come hear what Mr. Grayson has to say 
today in Tampa. info

Hillsborough County GOP Reject Transportation Tax Plan

Last week,
 The Hillsborough Republican Party Executive Committee 
voted unanimously to oppose putting a sales tax referendum on the November 2016 ballot to pay for transportation projects. here

What Stogie And Pilar Had For Lunch

Smoked Mullet
With Yellow Rice, Black Beans and Veggies 
Mahi Mahi Sandwich
At Skippers Smokehouse In Tampa
Visit them here

Florida Latino Voters Want Climate Action Now

According to a new poll conducted by Latino Decisions for Earthjustice and GreenLatinos, a leading national nonprofit of Latino environmental leaders, 76 percent of registered Latino voters in Florida strongly support national clean energy standards and 74 percent strongly support state clean energy standards to combat climate change. here

Pink Out Tampa Health Center

Tuesday, September 29th, 12:00 PM 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Florida Frackers

File bills that would prevent communities from regulating fracking.
On Sept. 17, Sen. Garrett Richter, R-Naples, introduced SB 318 (aka, "Regulation of Oil and Gas Resources"). The bill summary is completely blunt about what it's proposing: "Preempting the regulation of all matters relating to the exploration, development, production, processing, storage, and transportation of oil and gas."
Meanwhile, over in the House, Rep. Ray Wesley Rodriques, R-Fort Myers, filed a bill the same day that would do essentially the same thing as SB 318. Rodrigues' bill, HB 191, declares that it's the state's job to regulate all things relating to the oil and gas industry, "to the exclusion of all existing and future ordinances or regulations relating thereto adopted by any county, municipality, or other political subdivision of the state.

Hey, Ft. Myers and Naples. We got your back!

President Bartlet on Alan Grayson

In honor of the Tea Party comparing 
Rep. Grayson to Charlie Sheen, we’d like to share with you what Charlie Sheen’s dad (and easily our favorite fictional President) Martin Sheen had to say about our soon-to-be Senator with Guts.
He will be in Tampa tomorrow. Come out and support him!

Rick Scott Steals 40 Jobs From Kentucky

Standing next to Chris Yeazel, the owner of 1st Choice Aerospace, Scott announced that Yeazel's company will take its $7 million expansion to Florida instead of Kentucky.
Scott cited 
Florida's lower taxes 
Higher credit rating
Less regulation 
and, of course, "right-to-work" laws that mean "you don't have to join a union if you don't want to."
Florida, a workers paradise!
"Gov. Scott, it's time to get out of Kentucky, and take your cheap political stunts with you." Sam Youngman

Dionte Walton to Stop TBX

Save the Seminole

Let's come together to restore and rehabilitate the former Seminole Heights Theater. here 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Florida GOP: Key To Defeating Corrine Brown

Boost the number of black prisoners in her district. here

What Stogie And Pilar Had For Lunch

Quesadillas and Tacos
With Rice and Beans
At Chulas Mexican Grill in Spring Hill
Visit them here

Jason Ball to Stop TBX

Florida Purging Sick Kids From Treatment Program

Florida administrative law judge Darren A. Schwartz of Tallahassee has tossed out a controversial screening tool state health regulators have used to purge thousands of impoverished children from a program that coordinates medical care for chronically sick and disabled children. here

Read more here:

Joy-Ann Reid, "Fracture"

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

New Dems puting their thumb on the scale for a chosen candidate

 Today, the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida (DPCF), a chartered caucus of the Florida Democratic Party, called on DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to expand the presidential primary debate schedule.
"Chair Wasserman Schultz not only made the decision to limit debate among our candidates, she scheduled the debates during weekends and holidays when television viewership is known to be low," said DPCF President Susan Smith. "What was she thinking?"
"By refusing to give Democratic candidates an equitable debate stage with Republicans, she is allowing the normalization of extreme rhetoric that is filled with hatred and lies. Positive and inspiring Democratic voices are not being heard," Smith said. "Much like we saw in 2009 when Democrats failed to answer right-wing falsehoods about the President's healthcare plan, the vacuum is being filled with the Republican narrative."
"We fear that establishment forces within the party are once again trying to put their thumb on the scale for a chosen candidate," said Smith. "In doing so, they are showing a lack of respect for Democratic voters and a lack of faith in our Democratic candidates." 

Florida Least Fair" State Tax Systems In The United States

According to one personal finance website, the Sunshine State has among the "least fair" state tax systems in the United States. WalletHub released its annual survey of "2015’s Most & Least Fair State Tax Systems," and Florida came in near the bottom of the pack: 45th out 
of the 50 states. here
The wealthiest 1 percent are most undertaxed and the poor are among the most overtaxed.

Hey you poor fucks who vote GOP
We got your back!

GOP's Plan to Steal & Erase Healthcare for Millions

What Stogie Had For Lunch

The Key Largo
At key west Subs in Englewood
Visit them here 

Florida Voters Don't Want To Pay for Scott's Legal Bills

Florida voters overwhelmingly do not want to foot the bill to defend against allegations that Gov. Rick Scott has violated the state's Sunshine Laws. here 

Party With Richard Corcoran In Tallahassee

On the eve of a fiery speech in which he urged members to “build an absolute firewall between our private lives and the influence of special interests,” House Speaker-designate Richard Corcoran held a party at a posh Capital City hotel bar for upward of 400 lobbyists. here