Renowned pollster and political consultant Stanley Greenberg, the man who helped get Bill Clinton elected in 1992, predicts the end of the Republican Party as we know it.
Further, he argues that the US is about to enter a progressive era where the pent-up demand for government action will be reflected in deep civic engagement that will continue well after the 2020 election. HERE
Two health care workers charged with aggravated manslaughter last year in connection with the deaths of 12 people at a stifling hot Hollywood nursing home are asking a judge to dismiss the cases against them, claiming former Gov. Rick Scott destroyed evidence that would have helped their defense.
“As a direct result of Governor Scott’s order to destroy the recordings so as to cover up his own failings, the jury in this case will never have the opportunity to listen to heartfelt and desperate pleas to Governor Scott to please order (Florida Power & Light) to restore power to the A/C chiller,” the motion read.HERE
A family in our community is in dire need of help.
A few days ago, I sat down for a conversation with Mrs. Alvarez at the Alvarez Authentic Latin Food restaurant. For the most part, she reiterated the story reported by ABC Action News (HERE) and the Tampa Bay Times (HERE) but what these articles couldn't tell the reader was the pain, and fear, and the desperation I heard in her voice. A loving migrant family, who has been productively living in the United States for 20 years, who has never asked for or received any public assistance in any form, who has never broken even a minor law, has been torn apart by I.C.E. When Mr. Wilfredo Alvarez, owner of a successful restaurant, reported to the I.C.E. office here in Tampa for his yearly extension of the humanitarian deportation waver he was granted 13 years ago. he was detained by I.C.E, given 30 seconds to record a goodbye message to his family, then sent to Miami for deportation. Mr. Alvarez is now in Honduras, facing constant harm or death. Mrs. Alvarez told me that poverty is so bad there that the residents assume that anyone who has been deported back from the United States has money, making them a target of the gangs there. Mr. Alvarez stays in hiding.
Meanwhile, his wife, Veronica and their children Lindsay, 15; Dariel, 2; Dariannellys, 3; Sheila, 16; and Sheilind, 14, remain here in Tampa, struggling to maintain the family business and pursuing the costly process of trying to reinstate Mr. Alvarez' legal status in this country so that he can return to his family. Since Mr. Alvarez was deported, the revenue from the business has dropped from $5,000 per month to $2,000 per month. They are in fear of losing the business and they need the help of the community.
From left are Lindsay, 15; Dariel, 2; Dariannellys, 3; Sheila, 16; Sheilind, 14; cousin Kelsey Alvarez, 15; and mother Veronica. [JUAN CARLOS CHAVEZ / TAMPA BAY TIMES | Times]
The location of the restaurant is: Alvarez Authentic Latin Food 12227 N Florida Ave Tampa, FL
Stop by. Enjoy a delicious, authentic latin meal and show your love and support. You may decide, as I have, to make this restaurant a regular dining spot.
In a plan released by the House Transportation and Tourism Appropriations subcommittee on Tuesday, the House wants to shift some $240 million out of the housing programs to use in other areas of the budget.
Over the last two decades (GOP Control) lawmakers have swept more than $2 billion from the housing programs. MORE
Education Week’s Quality Counts report released in June showed Florida received an F grade for spending (with a score of 43.4 out of 100 possible points), ranking it 45th in that category. The states that ranked lower than Florida were Tennessee, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Idaho, Utah and Arizona. HERE
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes's incredible rise to national political prominence is one of the highpoints against the shock of Donald Trump's presidency . In the immediate aftermath of her stunning grassroots victory over Democratic Establishment stalwart Joe Crawley, grassroots liberal activist and leftist- who rarely get excited with democratic candidates- were both thrilled to see her in Congress. That enthusiasm by liberals is starting to fade. Libs are generally motivated by a type of "identity politics" where often the style and projection of a candidate is the motivating factor and scrutiny of the candidates actual policies is, at best, secondary. To leftist, identity politics is an anathema. Leftist are driven by governmental policy that results in reduction of class stratums and, therefore, how a candidate projects oneself is unimportant. AOC has rejected the identity politics mold. According to capitalist-class logic and our country's celebrity culture, AOC was suppose to use her immediate popularity, youth, and beauty to "brand" herself and to ultimately become part of the celebrity liberal elite. To the consternation of liberals, she has endorsed Bernie Sanders, hasn't shied away from her support for democratic socialism, and is offering big government proposals to fix our decaying institutions. All this and her outspoken criticism of other democratic presidential candidates with their "market solution" approaches is starting to end the romance of the moderate democratic class. If Bernie and AOC's political revolution can continue to empower the working-class and transform America away from the reliance of super philanthropist, non-profits foundations, and return the Federal Government to an institution that serves the needs of the people, maybe identity liberals will renew their romance with AOC.