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Dear Supporter,

Please lend your voice to tell Governor Scott and the Republican Legislature that they, in Michael Moore's words, "have aroused the sleeping giant, known as the Working People," and that their days in office are numbered!

Awake Florida Cartoon

Written by Leaflet on 7 March 2011

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What: Awake the State Rally
When: March 8, 2011, at 5:00 -- 7:00 p.m.
Where: Munn Park, 100 S. Kentucky Ave., Lakeland
Who: Polk County Democrats, Polk PEA, The Sierra Club,
Homeless Coalition of Polk, Educators of Polk County,
City Commissioners, NALC, Utility Workers,
other Labor Leaders, Emergency Services.
Why: To rally against Gov. Scott's and the Florida
legislature's irresponsible and dangerous budget
which guts education, healthcare, public safety, and support for the poor.

All across Florida on March 8th, rallies will be held in protest of the reckless and irresponsible gutting of public services and personal freedoms being put forward by Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida legislature.

The most unpopular governor in U.S. history, he is ranked with only 28% of the state now supporting him, after three months after taking office, Gov. Scott is proposing the disemboweling of nearly every government service in the state save his own, which he is doubling to the tune of $600 million:
  • Thousands of teachers' jobs gone. Education severely cut.
  • Federal funds for a high-speed rail project that would create tens of thousands of new jobs rejected.
  • Eyeglasses, hearing aids, and dentures for the poor and elderly gone.
  • Medicaid cut severely, with federal matching funds opted out of and privatized to the hilt.
  • Veterans' Affairs funding slashed in half.
  • Collective Bargaining rights for state employees in jeopardy.
  • Firefighter, police, and justice system budgets drastically cut.
  • The Office of the Homeless, which creates programs and shelters for the state's ever-growing homeless population wiped out.
  • Funding for HIV prevention and drug assistance -- gone
  • Pensions for our policemen, firefighters and state employees cut deeply.
Polk County citizens too, will be heard on March 8th. Lakeland will be host to a rally to Awake the State from 5:00 -- 7:00 p.m. on March 8 at Munn Park, near the flag pole, in downtown Lakeland. Speakers at the rally will include city council members, teachers, parents, union leaders, members of law enforcement and emergency services, advocates for the uninsured, the disabled, and the poor. Members of all communities affected by the legislature's unconscionable push to balance the state's budget by destroying people's jobs and lives rather than closing corporate tax loopholes are invited to attend. For groups and organizations that plan to participate, please contact Karen Welzel at 863-318-1087.

Awake the State Rally!!
March 8, 2011, at 5:00 -- 7:00 p.m.
Munn Park, 100 S. Kentucky Ave.
Lakeland, FL


Speech to Wisconsin Protestors By Michael Moore, March 5, 2011

Contrary to what those in power would like you to believe so that you'll give up your pension, cut your wages, and settle for the life your great-grandparents had, America is not broke. Not by a long shot. The country is awash in wealth and cash. It's just that it's not in your hands. It has been transferred, in the greatest heist in history, from the workers and consumers to the banks and the portfolios of the uber-rich.

Today just 400 Americans have more wealth than half of all Americans combined. Let me say that again. 400 obscenely rich people, most of whom benefited in some way from the multi-trillion dollar taxpayer "bailout" of 2008, now have more loot, stock and property than the assets of 155 million Americans combined. If you can't bring yourself to call that a financial coup d'état, then you are simply not being honest about what you know in your heart to be true.

And I can see why. For us to admit that we have let a small group of men abscond with and hoard the bulk of the wealth that runs our economy, would mean that we'd have to accept the humiliating acknowledgment that we have indeed surrendered our precious Democracy to the moneyed elite. Wall Street, the banks and the Fortune 500 now run this Republic -- and, until this past month, the rest of us have felt completely helpless, unable to find a way to do anything about it.


Rarely in Florida history has a piece of legislation been so crafted to benefit a specific special interest as has Sen Dennis Jones’ “Destination Resort” casino gambling bill.

S.B. 1708 was designed to help Sheldon Adelson and Las Vegas Sands, who are now under federal investigation for bribing officials in Macao to speed up approval of $1 billion worth of condos in their gaming complex in the Chinese State. Probes by the DOJ and SEC were announced last week.


We need your help to elect Democrats who will speak for the working class people of Polk County. In order to do this, we need your financial support to fund local Democratic candidates so please consider a donation today to assist us in our goals. The more Democrats we elect to Tallahassee and Washington D.C., the louder our middle-class voices will be heard from Polk County. Thank you for your support.

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.

For More Information Contact: Andy Crossfield, President Lakeland Democratic Club, Phone: 863 640-6641 - Email:

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.

For More Information Contact: Jennifer Nanek, President Lake Wales Democratic Club, Phone: 863-678-1807 - Email:

Young Democrats of Polk County will meet on Thursday, March 24th, 7:30 p.m., Location: TBA.

For More Information Contact: Jessica L. Barrett, President Polk Young Democrats, Phone: 863-207-5330 - Email:

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.

Yours In Solidarity,

Polk County Democrats

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