Friday, May 31, 2019

Stogie Expedition: Nearly There!

We are driving through rainfall and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside. We are ready to be in Vermont!
We should be there tomorrow. And then, I will settle down, and start anew! I have a few places I’d like to show Julio, such as Kevin’s Sports Bar! Exciting stuff. 
I hope all is well in Tampa!

What Did Luis Viera Hear?

Is this legit or an overreaction?

Florida GOP Sued

An open-government watchdog group and several news outlets filed a lawsuit against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and members of the Florida State Cabinet over a meeting being held in Jerusalem. HERE
Republican megadonors Sheldon and Miriam Adelson were there 

Bernie Leading The Pack

Daily Kos Democratic Straw Poll: 
End of May edition

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Stogie Expedition: North Through South

Day two on the long road has me contemplating family, friends, and the future. What political prospects might await me in Vermont? Will I be able to help heal our society? Time will tell, friends.

Through downpour rain in North Florida, marshlands in Georgia, woods in South Carolina, and now open land in North Carolina, we approach our Nation’s Capitol. We may stop before or after crossing through Washington DC. Time will tell, friends.


Tampa Berners Needed

Hillsborough County's Gift To Hollywood

Nearly three years after Florida stopped giving out tax incentives for film and TV crews, producers are making their way back to the Sunshine State now that counties are picking up where the 
state left off.
 Hillsborough County
$500,000 HERE

Ybor McDonald's workers walk out for union rights

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Stogie Expedition: 2 Cats, 1 Hedgehog

As I make my way up to Bennington, Vermont, to start the next chapter of my life, I feel rather overwhelmed with all of the positive people in my life.

Together with my dear friend, Julio Rodriguez (founder of the Ybor City Stogie!), we are driving north with my two cats, Mia & Frodo Othello, and hedgehog, Pluto. I am eternally thankful to Julio for his helping me on this voyage, and I am eager to show him Bennington! Maybe introduce him to some original Berners!

From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank and praise my friends Jason Marlow, Chris Bacon, John Godwin (whom, I didn’t realize, agreed to help on his Anniversary!) & my two amazing parents for helping me to pack up the truck in preparation for this trip. The help was monumental and I hope to host each of you whenever you’re up in Vermont—same goes for other friends and family.

So it’s Julio, 2 cats, 1 hedgehog, and myself, all on a road trip to Bennington. I am stoked and grateful.


Monday, May 27, 2019

Ybor Musicians


Ybor City Walk

Tampa Hoods

West Tampa

TECO Propaganda

TECO repeatedly cites their 2023 coal burning projection, artfully ignoring that the 10-plan that TECO filed with the Florida Public Services Commission just last month calls for future coal burning that vastly exceeds even 2019 levels. As a Public Utility TECO violates the Public Trust when they mislead the public about their plans for coal burning 
in Apollo Beach. HERE

Tampa Hero Thomas Dunn RIP

"In loving memory of HART driver Thomas Dunn. He was a loving father, and he lived his life w purpose. He was well loved by his union brothers & sisters in ATU 1593 and joined them in demonstrations against transit privatization in Sarasota. Reps from transit agencies across the country & as far away as Toronto attended. Thomas was fatally wounded by a deranged passenger as he was driving a bus. He managed to pull the bus to the curb as his last act. Rest In Peace." Commissioner Pat Kemp

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Gloria La Riva in West Tampa

Eyewitness Venezuela: National Speaking Tour

With longtime Venezuela activist Alvaro Montealegre

David Manard and Russell Giambrone 

Hosted by Answer Suncoast and  Answer Coalition

Party of a lifetime in Palm City

Ybor Bartenders

Hank at Reservoir Bar

Tampa Clean Team


Friday, May 24, 2019

Ybor City Homeless

Meet Randy

Glock and Ready Teacher Betty Soto of Seminole

Soto had a loaded Glock 9mm handgun, a six-inch fighting knife, and another smaller knife in a backpack she carried with her into a classroom full of children at Starkey Elementary School. HERE
When asked why she did it, Soto replied: 
"Ask DeSantis."

Abolitionist Society of Tampa recruiting at Randall Middle School

Florida GOP Dennis Baxley Encouraged By Alabama Abortion Law

Days after Alabama’s governor signed the nation’s most restrictive abortion law, he almost wet his pants thinking about what that could mean for similar legislation here. MORE

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Fight for 15 Protest McDonalds in Ybor City

Sadie Dean

Tim Heberlein and Debbie King

Jodi Cohen


Nina Tatlock

Jason Eames with Debbie

Wayne Schucker and Kelly Benjamin with Tim

Ybor City, Florida

Ybor City Homeless


Florida GOP Alex Diaz de la Portilla Exposed

His campaign’s involvement in possible ballot tampering is being questioned after a WhatsApp conversation was leaked to local media.
 The transcripts shows alleged stealing and destruction of ballots for a special election to fill a seat on the Miami-Dade County Commission for District 5 last year. HERE

Florida GOP Desperate

Already, Florida Republicans have instituted what amounts to a poll tax on former felons. And now, on Tuesday, state GOP lawmakers snuck a provision into a bill that would shield the public from accessing records of how many have had their voting rights restored. HERE

They are desperately trying to find ways to keep disenfranchising ex-felons — many of them black voters who overwhelmingly vote Democratic and thus could impact the GOP's stranglehold on the state.