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25th June 2019

Dear Supporter

We had an exciting day on Tuesday, March 8 with the Awake the State Rally in Munn Park, Lakeland. With over 500 in Munn Park and more than 15,000 people statewide joining us to denounce Governor Scott's economic proposals, we made our discontent known. Scott’s new economic proposals will not only afflict the middle class with cuts to education. His economic reform will decimate funding for those most destitute in our state, Scott claims-we need to cut child welfare to create jobs, and the desire to eliminate a union’s right to collective bargaining to help balance the state's budget.  And yet, Governor Scott fails to acknowledge that the high-speed rail project would have made a profit after its completion. See the news articles collected from around the state below.

Yours in Solidarity,

Eric Saporito Local Happenings:

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. Contact Karen Welzel, Chairwoman for more information:

Lake Wales Democratic Club will meet on Tuesday, March 15th, 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:

Polk Education Association is hosting a Rally on Tuesday March 15th from 11:30am-1:00pm at Rep. Seth McKeel’s office. His address is 4250 South Florida Ave, Lakeland 33813. Contact Marianne Capoziello, President, Polk Education Association, phone: 863-533-0908, e-mail:

Lakeland Democratic Club will hold its annual Spring Social Event on March 17 at The Red Door, corner of McDonald and Tennessee streets, from 6:30-10p.m. Admission is $35 in advance or at the door. RSVP Contact: 863-640-6641.

Thinking Nationally, Acting Locally

Florida Is Awakening
On March 8, thousands of Floridians attended local Awake The State rallies from Pensacola to Key West and delivered a clear message to Florida’s political leaders: we can’t afford more budget cuts.

Watch the Video-Lakeland Included>>

Stephen King's vision of horror: Rick Scott?

By Dale White
Published: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 7:24 a.m.

Noted horror writer and Casey Key resident Stephen King joined other Sarasota area residents in a rally on the downtown bayfront Tuesday night against state budget cuts, saying the government needs to protect education, unions and veterans services.


Polk Educators: Measure A 'Dark Day' for Schools
By Merissa Green
Published: Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 10:16 p.m.

LAKELAND | School Board Chairwoman Kay Fields wasn't surprised the Florida Senate gave approval Thursday to a bill that will tie teachers' pay to students' performance. She said she wishes she were. "I think it is a dark day for public education," she said Thursday after the vote.



Scott's budget bullies schools

Gov. Rick Scott is jeopardizing Florida's economy and national reputation by seeking massive cuts in public education funding while districts throughout the state continue to face major budget shortfalls...So what does Scott do? He adds to the pain by recommending more than $3 billion in additional cuts to education in his first budget as the state's chief executive...It's a thoughtless move by a man who touts job creation as his top objective — and who previously pledged to hold schools harmless in his quest to cut government spending and reduce taxes. What corporation or industry would want to come to Florida knowing its governor cares more about appeasing tea-party activists than building a quality workforce?


Governor: Child welfare cuts needed to create jobs
By Matt Sedensky
DAVIE, Fla. — Gov. Rick Scott defended proposed budget cuts to education and child welfare Friday, saying they were necessary to make good on his plan to create 700,000 jobs in Florida.


Florida Republicans join march to target unions
Bills tightening limits on unions get fast-track approval in Florida’s GOP-led Legislature.
Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau

TALLAHASSEE -- With a national wind at their back and a Republican majority in their grip, the Florida Legislature is going after unions.
Only days into this year’s session, House and Senate lawmakers have taken up three bills that would weaken the teacher’s labor organization, restrict the political clout of all public unions, and reduce the benefits of all state workers.


High-speed rail ridership study found line would have made profit
By Janet Zink
TALLAHASSEE — Three weeks after Gov. Rick Scott put the brakes on high-speed rail, the Florida Department of Transportation on Wednesday released a study showing the line connecting Tampa to Orlando would have had a $10.2 million operating surplus in 2015, its first year of operation. The study showed the line would have had a $28.6 million surplus in its 10th year.


Tallahassee Corrupted


Mike Haridopolos ('The Senator from the 26th') admonished by Senate

For the first time anyone can remember around here, a Florida Senate President was admonished by his own Senate in the first week of session for breaking ethics rules -- specifically failing to fully and accurately detail his finances as required by the state Constitution.


Ray Sansom case shocker: Ex-college president flips on him, developer
By Alex Leary and Michael C. Bender, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau
In Print: Saturday, March 12, 2011

TALLAHASSEE — The criminal case against former House Speaker Ray Sansom took a dramatic turn Friday as a co-defendant turned state's evidence and acknowledged that $6 million Sansom put in the state budget was to benefit a developer




In the News

Proposed Florida Law Would Cut Benefits for the Unemployed

By Michael C. Bender & Jeff Harrington
St. Petersburg Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau
Published: Friday, March 11, 2011 at 7:57 a.m.

TALLAHASSEE | Florida is a tough place to be out of work. And it could get worse. The Republican-led House approved a bill on Thursday that would finance a tax cut for businesses by reducing benefits paid to unemployed Floridians. The move comes on the heels of a study that shows the state's relatively meager unemployment insurance is already more difficult to collect than almost anywhere in the country.


Feds to probe ouster of Florida's nursing-home watchdog
By Kate Santich, Orlando Sentinel
7:32 p.m. EST, March 10, 2011

The federal Administration on Aging will investigate the dismissal of Florida's top nursing-home watchdog, who left his post last month after what patient advocates say was illegal interference by Florida Gov. Rick Scott. The federal agency sent a letter this week to Voices for Quality Care, a Maryland-based consumer-rights group that had called for the investigation. The letter confirmed there will be a review of Florida's long-term-care ombudsman program, "including the circumstances surrounding [the] resignation" of the former head of that program, Brian Lee.


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My Fellow Polk Democrats:

I am asking for your vote to win another scholarship this year. I hope to increase my learning at every level by attending Netroots Nation.  I am going to focus on field organizing as well as using new media ( the web and social networking in political campaigns e.g. FaceBook, Twitter) more this year. --I need your help. Attending last year was not only a learning experience, but an exciting one as well, I was able to meet people like Al Franken and Elizabeth Warren!

Netroots Nation is a conference dedicated to providing progressive activists and candidates for office a forum to strengthen the online community and grow the progressive movement. All the while inspiring action and growing new ideas to affect change.

What does the scholarship provide?
The DFA Netroots Nation Scholarship covers the cost of one all-access pass to Netroots Nation 2011 and hotel accommodations for one from June 15th - June 19th 2011, as well as a few select meals and outside events sponsored by Democracy for America.

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Democratically yours,

Jessica L. Barrett

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Polk County Democrats

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