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Dear Supporter,

We are please to announce our New Club Presidents:

  • Winter Haven's new club president is Frank Chichetto, Precint 330. You can contact Frank at: frankchichetto@yahoo.com.

  • The Auburndale Area Democratic Club's new president is Gene Huckabay. You can contact Gene at: genehuckabay@hotmail.com.
Thinking Nationally, Acting Locally.
News Alerts:

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A Message from the Chair:

Are you angry enough yet? Does the situation in Wisconsin concern you? It should Gov. Scott has announced he is rolling out the same union busting strategy that played out in Wisconsin and when the unions lose so does every middle class American worker.

As you probably are aware, there is momentum building across the State of Florida to organize grass roots rallies in towns and cities against the severe budget cuts proposed by Rick Scott. These rallies will be occurring across the State of Florida on Tuesday, March 8th – the day the Florida Legislative Session begins.

We are planning an event here in Polk County and we need your support and member participation. It will be at Munn Park in downtown Lakeland.

We will have more information and links posted on our website:  www.polkdemocrats.org soon!

We need to find people who would be able and willing to speak to participants on any of the following subjects:

1.   Education

2.   Jobs that are well paying and include benefits

3.   Union busting attempts

4.   Unemployment

5.   Affordable healthcare

If you are a union leader or a club leader, a church leader or a teacher, we need you to mobilize your members, your families and your friends.

We already know that the Tea Party will be in full force in Tallahassee, as early as 7 am. But, our efforts will be here in Polk County with our supporters across the state.

We must make our voice in Polk County heard all the way to Tallahassee.

We need you help to get the message out that Floridians cannot afford more budget cuts that hurt the middle class?

When the Florida Legislature convenes on March 8th, 2011, our state faces a choice.  Do we continue to cut critical funding and harm Florida’s children's future, our police officers and our firefighters, the uninsured, and our natural resources?

Or, will we finally say enough and force legislators to close down the unnecessary, unproductive exemptions and loopholes that cost Floridians billions of dollars every year, and tell them to balance the budget responsibly and not on the backs of the middle class workers and their families?

Are you willing to help mobilize our fellow citizens, co-workers, friends and families together on March 8th to support the middle class? We need your support for this historic statewide event.

Even if you cannot help in the coordination of this event, please keep the date open on your calendar so  you can join us in support.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.  Please share this with your mail lists. 

Karen Welzel, Chairwoman
Polk County Democratic Party
863.318.1087 - Office
www.polkdemocrats.org

This message does not necissarily imply any endorsement by the Polk County DEC.


To my progressive friends,

As we watch the events unfolding in Wisconsin, we are not in a position to let the Republican Party continue to destroy the middle class that our parents and grandparents worked to create and shed blood to fight for the simple privileges we enjoy today. It is more important than ever that if we wish to maintain our standard of living we must stand in solidarity with all union members. When the unions are threatened with their very existence, we as Democrats must be poised to use our voice to support them or our way of life is also jeopardized.

Yours In Solidarity,

Eric Saporito, Web Site Administrator, Communications Chair

This message does not necissarily imply any endorsement by the Polk County DEC.


Firestorm Sign up - 180 People making Change 3 Minutes at a Time

 We are asking people to sign up for Firestorm, a coordinated effort between 180 people making a 3 minute phone call into the Governor's office, letting him know how you feel about his proposed budget. No Floridian can afford the huge cuts in education, public safety, veterans benefits, and community programs.

The March 8th Firestorm will enable us to maintain a constant stream of pressure on the governor's office so that his ent...
ire first day of session, his office hears nothing else but our demand that he stop the draconian budget cuts. See the massive budget cuts and the 8681 jobs that will be lost here at http://letsgettowork.state .fl.us/bdagencies.aspx

The governor's number is (850) 488-7146.

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If you are interested in signing up for this, please call me at 813-532-9846 (RSVPing YES is not enough to sign up. This is just to get the information out there). We will sign you up for a 3-minute shift (and if you are not sure what exactly you want to say, we have a script from which you can read which contain our demands!) Please share with EVERYONE around the State of Florida.


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You've got to see this new video of Wisconsin Assembly Republicans holding a vote at 1am Friday morning for literally a few seconds and ramming through Gov. Walker's radical bill to cut worker benefits and rights. It's a crazy abuse of power.

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Watch The Video>>


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Wisconsin's Political Crisis Is a Good Deal More Serious Than Its Fiscal Crisis

"...Pocan bluntly declares: “The need for a budget ‘repair’ bill is manufactured so that Governor Scott Walker can bring in a ‘Trojan Horse’ of bad conservative ideas promoted nationally by the far right. The non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau said no statutory trigger was met to require a repair bill.”

GoTo TheNation>>


 

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War on labor will backfire
By Markos Moulitsas

It took fewer than 50 days for the rash of newly inaugurated Republican governors to turn their sights on their biggest boogeyman — labor unions. It's certainly true that the Chamber of Commerce's single-minded antipathy toward labor is a contributing factor to the attacks on unions. But there's more than that — without labor's financial help and boots on the ground, Democrats would have a far tougher time winning elections.

By targeting the unions, Republicans are doing the single most effective thing they can to ensure their reelection efforts and the future of their party — and they're pleasing their corporate masters.

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Poll: Americans favor union bargaining rights
By Dennis Cauchon

MADISON, Wis. — Americans strongly oppose laws taking away the collective bargaining power of public employee unions, according to a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll. The poll found 61% would oppose a law in their state similar to such a proposal in Wisconsin, compared with 33% who would favor such a law.

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Profiles in jelly
By Daniel Ruth

Amazing, isn't it, how political ambition can turn a couple of pols into born-again profiles in polenta.

You can't escape the nagging suspicion that if state Sens. Mike Haridopolos, R-Brave, Brave Sir Robin, and Greg Evers, R-Barney Fife, were ever taken prisoners of war they would give up the nuclear codes, the formula for Coca-Cola and the D-day invasion plans under the brutal duress of a noogie.


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A Times Editorial
Facts don't faze Scott's world


There will be no second coming for high-speed rail, because satisfying the tea party movement is more important to Gov. Rick Scott than regional collaboration and hard facts. Scott killed the project (again) Thursday, declaring that Florida would not accept $2.4 billion in federal money for the Tampa-to-Orlando line no matter how well the state would be financially protected. Logic and bipartisan support are no match for a stubborn ideologue.

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The Arrogance of the New Budget-Cutters
By Gloria Borger

Washington (CNN) -- Well, we said we wanted budget cutters, so that's what we have.

In fact, it's a downright frenzy of fiscal rectitude in Washington. You've heard it all: Every cut matters. No cut is too small. Nothing is off limits, even the unkindest cuts of all. After all, the problem is just too large to put off any longer.

Most convinced of their task are the 87 House Republican newcomers. They are not awestruck by Washington. (A good thing.) They are not remotely humbled by the hallowed and marbled halls. (Still good.) Instead, they come with the arrogance of absolute conviction. (Dangerous.) Here's the mantra: We were sent here to cut the budget, and that is what we intend to do. Period.

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Cut to unemployment benefits headed to House floor

The state House Republican plan to cut reduce the burden on businesses by cutting unemployment compensation from the state for out-of-work Floridians passed through its final committee stop this morning and is ready for a vote by on the House floor.

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Upcoming Meetings:

Polk County Democratic Executive Committee will meet on, Monday, March 14th 7:00pm in the County Commissioner's Chambers, Bartow. All are invited to attend.

Club Meetings:
Auburndale Democratic Club will meet on Tuesday, March 2nd, 6:30p.m. in the Auburndale VFW.  All Democrats are invited to attend.

Greater Winter Haven Democratic Club will meet on Tuesday, March 22nd, 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Complex. All Democrats are invited to attend.

Lakeland Democratic Club will meet on Thursday, March 3rd, 7:00p.m. at The McArthur Center,  811 S. Lakeside Avenue. All Democrats are invited to attend.

Lake Wales Democratic Club will meet on Monday, March 21st, 7:00 p.m. at the B Street Center. All Democrats are invited to attend.

Solivita Democratic Club will meet on Wednesday, March 9th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Solivita Community Ballroom. All Democrats are invited to attend.

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