15th February 2019
Your listing of Meetings & Events in Polk County plus News from around the state.
Local Happenings This WeeK:
April 4: 6:00 PM, Auburndale Democratic Club, Auburndale VFW, 231 E Lake Ave, Auburndale, FL 33823. For more information contact: Gene Huckabay, President Auburndale Democratic Club, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 4: 6:30 PM, We Are One Polk Rally w/ Progressive Democarats of America Congressional District-12. Streetside, S. Florida Ave & E. Edgewood Drive, Lakeland, FL. For more information contact: Jessica L. Barrett, President Polk Young Democrats, Phone: 863-207-5330 - Email: Polkyoungdems@gmail.com
April 7: 7:00 PM, The MacArthur Center, 811 S. Lakeside Ave, Lakeland, FL 33803. For more information contact: Andy Crossfield, President Lakeland Democratic Club, Phone: 863 640-6641 - Email: email@example.com
April 4: 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.
April 5: Polk County Day in Tallahassee, Lake Hamilton Commissioner's Meeting, Mulberry Commissioner's Meeting.
April 7: Haines City Commissioner's Meeting
The St. Petersburgh Times
Florida — the sad state of our state
By Bob Graham
As the Legislature enters its second half, there has emerged a disturbing pattern of ignoring many of Florida's core values. Over the last half-century these values have given Florida government — whether in Republican or Democratic hands — a stability and predictability that is now threatened.
The Gainsville Sun; Gainesville.com
No new taxes, but Florida's consumers may pay moreState lawmakers are pushing bills that would increase property insurance rates, utility bills and more
By Gary Fineout
TALLAHASSEE — The Republican-controlled Legislature has insisted that, in order to overcome the state's nearly $4 billion budget shortfall, it will slash state spending rather than raise taxes on Floridians during tough economic times.
More Americans Back Unions Than Governors in State Disputes;
Nearly 8 in 10 adults in union households are following the issue closely
By Lydia Saad
PRINCETON, NJ -- With political battles over state budgets and collective bargaining still playing out to varying degrees in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Maine, and several other states, 48% of Americans say they agree more with the unions in these disputes, while 39% agree more with the governors. Thirteen percent favor neither side or have no opinion.
Cops, firefighters turn on GOP in labor fight
By Jeanne Cummings
Many cops and firefighters have thrown their allegiance to the GOP for years — union members who frequently stray from labor's longtime support for Democrats.A host of new Republican governors is changing all that.
St. Petersburg Times
Boo-birds, supporters plan to greet Scott at Rays openerBy David DeCamp
Excerpt: Spurred by the boos Gov. Rick Scott received at recent Yankees spring training game, St. Petersburg blogger Peter Schorsch has organized an effort for fans to boo Scott when he tosses the first pitch at the Rays opener on Friday. Mark Ferrulo, who is leader of the Progress Florida progressive activist group, is helping, too.
Florida Progressive Coalition
Just When You Think Florida Republicans Can’t Get Any DumberBy Kenneth Quinnell
I’ll give it to Katie Betta for doing a amazing job of making her boss’s idiocy almost sound like a legitimate thing, but the simple fact is that this is just plain stupid.
Politics will top Census numbers in carving out legislative representationBy William March and Kevin Wiatrowski
For politicians, numbers spell victory or defeat, and a big batch of numbers just arrived in Tallahassee that could change politics in Florida.
Floridians Are Maybe Starting To Understand Their Governor Is A GrifterBy Jason Linkins
Despite his being best known as a cartoon villain fraudster who bilked Medicare and incurred a record-setting fine from authorities, Florida Governor Rick Scott outspent and outgunned his primary opponent Bill McCollum and then slipped past Democratic challenger Alex Sink in the 2010 GOP wave.
The Fanjuls: The Koch brothers of South Florida?By Kyle Daly
Following revelations of their involvement in the war on public unions in Wisconsin, the once-anonymous Koch Industries Executive Vice President David and his brother Charles have in a short time become boogeymen of the left, the liberal answer to the man behind many conservative conspiracies: George Soros — something David groused about in a recent, fawning Weekly Standard profile.
St. Petersburg Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau
Lawmakers seek ways around class-size rulesBy Patricia Mazzei
Florida voters in November rejected relaxing constitutionally mandated limits on class sizes.
Gov. Rick Scott's policies could benefit his family's $62M investment
By Kris Hundley
ST. PETERSBURG TIMES
If you have a $62 million investment, representing the biggest single chunk of your $218 million in wealth, and you put it in a trust under your wife's name, does that mean you're no longer involved in the company?
Florida Gov. Rick Scott says it does.
Don't Forget, Rick Scott Knows Fraud!
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