15th February 2019
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Karen Welzel, DEC Chairwoman 863-318-1087.
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: Polkyoungdems@gmail.com 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 email@example.com.
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!
Firm headed by State Sen. J.D. Alexander
Alico Fights IRS Demand for $26.8 Mil.
By Kevin Bouffard
HAINES CITY | Alico Inc., a land management company headed by state Sen. J.D. Alexander, R-Lake Wales, is disputing the Internal Revenue Service's demand for $26.8 million in back taxes and penalties connected with a failed land deal.
Update: 6-member jury selected in Sansom trial
A six-member jury was selected as defense attorneys previewed some case strategy today in the conspiracy and grand theft trial of former House Speaker Ray Sansom.
Legislature seeks to saw off the judicial branchBy Howard Troxler, Times Columnist In Print: Sunday, March 20, 2011
Why do we need three branches of government, anyway? What an old-fashioned idea, that they should serve as a check and balance on each other! Nope. If you get elected governor of Florida, or if you have the most votes in the Legislature, you should be able to do whatever you want. To the victor, you know.
Ethics investigation of Norman under way, complainant saysTimes staff In Print: Friday, March 18, 2011
TAMPA — Sen. Jim Norman is being investigated by the state ethics commission, according to the man who filed a complaint. The Florida Commission on Ethics confirmed Wednesday it found cause to open an investigation into the former Hillsborough County commissioner's financial reporting, said George Niemann, 61, a retired business consultant from Dover.
Rick knows fraud
Gov. Scott shifting clinics to his wife raises conflict of interest questions
By Stacey Singer
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
As Florida Gov. Rick Scott reorganizes health agencies, cuts spending and pushes for new free-market health policies, his ownership of Solantic, the urgent care chain, increasingly poses conflict of interest questions.
In the News
Tax cap: austerity evermore
Published: March 20, 2011
The state Senate, while still unsure what it will cut to balance this year's budget, has passed a measure that would restrict the amount of revenue available to future lawmakers. Called "Smart Cap," the proposed constitutional amendment, when fully phased in, would allow government's taxes and fees to grow no faster than population plus inflation. Without super-majority approval, revenue per person would remain flat, even if the economy begins to boom. The cap is a bad idea. It is proposed because of politics, not fiscal necessity.
To read more information on the proposed Smart Cap and why it's not good for Florida, go to the Florida Associtation of Counties Web site: ClickHere>>
TABOR-Style Bill Is the Worst Thing In the Legislature This Year
March 18, 2011 at 8:06 am by kennethquinnell
...The unwillingness of Republicans to do anything to raise revenue, even common sense solutions. They are so anti-revenue that they are willing to risk almost any negative impact on the state in order to limit revenue. This bill would give them a constitutional justification to reject further revenue — no matter what the situation was. No matter what had to be cut, no matter what crisis the state was in, 1/3rd of the legislature plus one would be able to prevent any expansion of revenue.
The Fix has a good overview over redistricting across the country. Chris Cilizza declares Florida the No. 1 state to watch in the county:
Florida: In no state is more at stake. That’s because Republicans currently hold a ridiculous 19-to-six edge in the congressional delegation of this swing state...
Redistricting Timeline on the Legislative Calender: Hearings to Begin Summer-Fall 2011
Congressman Jeff Kottkamp? How about Congresswoman Paula Dockery? It looks like the two Republicans live in the perfect spots to take advantage of two new 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.
House wants to give Scott sole power to appoint judges
Posted Mar 18, 2011 by William March
TALLAHASSEE-A move to restructure the Florida court system, giving more power in choosing judges to Gov. Rick Scott, moved forward in the state House Thursday despite objections that the bills are an attempt to take control of the state judiciary.
Obama to participate in education town hall
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is taking on students, teachers and parents in a town hall forum to be broadcast on Univision and hosted by the Spanish-language network's top anchor Jorge Ramos. The March 28 event at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, D.C. will be aired that night. Those involved with the high school can submit questions in advance online. The meeting is part of Univision's "The Moment is Now" ("Es el Momento") campaign to help better prepare Latino families to send their children to college and ensure they graduate.
Women bear brunt of union-busting
By REP. ROSA DELAURO & HEIDI HARTMANN | 3/17/11
Across America, hardworking teachers, police officers, firefighters, nurses and other public employees are being squeezed from two directions. On one hand, cutting deficits has become the main budgetary priority in Washington and state capitals, which means pay freezes or layoffs for hundreds of thousands of these middle-class workers. Meanwhile, in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and other states, governors are using the real problem of budget deficits as a justification to pursue a long-term goal: union busting. Whether by design or default, this two-pronged assault on the public sector disproportionately hurts women.
Medicaid HMOs say no thanks to Medically Needy patients