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Your listing of Meetings & Events in Polk County plus News from around the state. Local Happenings This WeeK:

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. Contact Frank Chichetto, President Greater Winter Haven Democratic Club, Phone: 863-604-9203 - Email: for more information.

Reception for Senator Bill Nelson Florida's with special guest Vice President Joe Biden Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 3:30 p.m. Tampa, FL. To RSVP or for additional information please contact Marley Wilkes at, or by phone at 813-992-071.

Solivita Democratic Club will meet on Wednesday, March 24th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Solivita Community Ballroom.

Young Dems  will meet Thursday, March 24th, at 7:30 p.m. Location TBA. Contact Jessica L. Barrett, President Polk Young Democrats, Phone: 863-207-5330 - Email: for more information.

Join Alex Sink & Bill McBride for an Old Fashion Barbecue: March 27th to support Kathy Castor's election bid. Contact Kevin to RSVP at (813) 454-9080 or

Thinking Nationally, Acting Locally!

Local Government Meetings:

March 21: Auburndale Commissioner's Meeting, Bartow Commissioner's Meeting, Eagle Lake Commissioner's Meeting, Frostproof Commissioner's Meeting, Lake Alfred Commissioner's Meeting, Lakeland Commissioner's Meeting.

March 22: Polk County Commissioner's Meeting, Dundee Commissioner's Meeting.

March 23: Polk Transit Authority Meeting.

Attend A Meeting, Get Involved, Make Your Voice Heard

Your Are Cordially Invited To Join

Senator Bill Nelson
Florida's Senior United States Senator
For a reception with special guest

Vice President Joe Biden

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 at 3:30 p.m.

Embassy Suites Downtown

513 South Florida Ave | Tampa, FL 33602

$100 donation, $50 for labor/activist volunteers, $35 Students

RSVP: Karen Welzel, DEC Chairwoman 863-318-1087

or online at:

By Adam C. Smith
St. Petersburg Times

Election seasons are always unpredictable in Florida, but 2012 is shaping up to be downright crazy.Consider that state legislative candidates already are opening up fundraising accounts unsure what their districts will look like by the summer of 2012.


Census data informs Florida redistricting plans

By Marc Caputo, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau
In Print: Friday, March 18, 2011

TALLAHASSEE — U.S. Rep. Jeff Kottkamp? How about U.S. Rep. Paula Dockery? It looks like the two state-level Republicans live in the perfect spots to take advantage of two congressional seats Florida could gain because of population growth, according to consultants and political maps based on new estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.


Florida Vice: Will Rick Scott and the GOP turn Florida into the fraud capitol of the U.S.?

March 15, 2011

Rick Scott and his tea party pals in Tallahassee have got deregulation fever! Now, even Walt Disney World is getting the heebie-jeebies … Achoo! Say, do heebie-jeebies really make you sneeze??? Remember “Miami Vice?” Remember how the 1980s and the rampant drug trade saddled Miami and Miami Beach with a reputation for coke dealing, crime and scantily clad women (snorting coke at the beachside disco?) Well welcome back to the future. Tricky Ricky’s turning the dirty south into the wild, wild west for bidness.

Rick Scott Knows Fraud.


Fla. gains clout: Picks up 2 House seats with 17.6 percent growth in past decade

By George Bennett
Palm Beach Post

Florida will gain two congressional seats and become an even more coveted presidential prize with two more electoral votes as a result of new census figures released today. Florida, which has 25 U.S. House seats now, will have 27 beginning with the 2012 elections. And the perennially up-for-grabs Sunshine State will have 29 electoral votes in the 2012 presidential sweepstakes, up from 27 in 2008.


The Progress Report

The rise of the Tea Party in Congress has inspired an all-out assault on public health and a clean environment. Several freshman Republicans have joined Newt Gingrich's call to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency. Republicans in the House Energy Committee unanimously voted not once, not twice, but three times, to deny that climate change is real, despite the broad scientific consensus that "climate change is happening and human beings are a major reason for it."


Bill to loosen Florida's school class size cap advances

TALLAHASSEE — A new proposal to loosen Florida's class size caps sailed through a Senate committee on a unanimous vote without debate or objection today, although the statewide teachers union later said it opposes the legislation.


A punishing policy on jobless

A Times Editorial

Chip Bok | Akron Beacon-Journal

Jobless benefits have been a lifeline to Floridians during this recession, injecting an estimated $9 billion into the state economy...Cutting unemployment benefits now would drive more of the unemployed into destitution and take money out of the economy, while saving businesses relatively little.


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