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  • Friday, September 19, 2008

    FLORIDA FOCUS: Blogs, Obama, Christine Jennings, Joe Garcia, Voter Registration, Groups and Events

    A reader wrote to say:

    South Floridians have been abandoned by their Congressmen. Find out the TRUTH about the Diaz-Balart brothers at www.OneSouthFlorida.com
    . This seems to be a bipartisan group exposing the Diaz-Balart brothers as being out of touch with Florida.


    BLOGGING FLORIDA: FLA Politics covers the Florida Netroots and Florida politics.

    The Florida Progressive Coalition coverse progressive politics in Florida.

    Here are some stories of interest:

    Palin driving undecided Floridians to Obama

    Right wing racism rears it's ugly head yet again. The ill-named American Values and Focus on the Family Action Forum (a group which seems unAmerican and displays terrible values) sells "Obama Waffles" with racial stereotype. What is with Republicans? How can they think this kind of adolescent racism is okay?

    Mario Diaz-Balart Loves George W. Bush

    FL-25: Joe Garcia endorsed by Bob Graham

    Lincoln Chafee's "Republicans for Obama" Tour

    Obama preparing for election fraud. If you are a lawyer who cares about democracy, time to join The Florida Democratic Lawyers Council.

    A run down of amendments on the ballot for November. Read this to be informed about how to vote on November's amendments. Summary: 2, 5, 7, and 9 are the measures to vote "no" on. [NOTE: Amendments 5, 7 and 9 have been thrown off the ballot for being too misleading]


    Alternative Energy in Florida:

    Here is a biodiesel cooperative in Florida. If you drive a diesel truck or car, check them out.

    Brevard BioDiesel
    Brevard County
    Check out their website

    Here are some other alternative energy groups in Florida:

    SolarCity Gainesville is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of solar and renewable energy in Gainesville and Alachua County. Go here for more info.

    Jacksonville's Sustainable Future:
    Jacksonville's Sustainable Future is a resource for those who are concerned about Global Climate Change and want to do something, as well as a resource for those who want to learn more.

    Our focus is on creating a better world for future generations.

    Join us to discuss citizen awareness projects, personal endeavors, and other plans for a better future for Jacksonville, Orange Park, the Beaches, St. Augustine, Fernandina, and the other areas that make up Greater Jacksonville. Go here for more info.

    We are working on a number of projects related to energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.

    Please join us if you want to work towards a greener, cleaner, and healthier future for our community.

    Alternative Energy Resources in Florida: a short summary of alternative energy resources for Florida. For more information on each technology, visit the State Energy Alternatives Technology Options page.

    Alternative Fuels & Vehicles Conference + Expo
    Apr 19, 2009 - Apr 22, 2009

    Orlando, Florida - The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute (AFVi) presents the 15th annual AF&V Conference + Expo April 19-22, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. Alternative fuels, vehicles and advanced technologies for public and private fleet applications are the focal points of this fuel and technology neutral conference. As the largest conference and tradeshow of its kind, AF&V 2009 is the place to educate, demonstrate and sell. More info here.


    Next I want to continue to present information on some good candidates in Florida.

    I heard Christine Jennings speak in 2006 and was very impressed. She may well have one in 2006 but thousands of votes from Democratic districts went missing. That election remains in dispute, but she is also running again this year. The latest endorsements she has picked up are Clean Water Action and the Sierra Club. She has already been endorsed by the AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers, Democracy for America, the International Union of Police Associations AFL-CIO, National Education Association, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, United Auto Workers and many others.

    Volunteer for Christine Jennings here.


    And from Joe Garcia's campaign for Congress (25th District) comes a video of Joe at the July 4th parade:



    y un video en espanol:



    Here is another video of Joe Garcia discussing our Troops:



    If you can help out, please visit Joe Garcia's website.


    Here are some Florida groups and events:

    Miami-Dade Democratic Black Caucus Regularly Scheduled Meeting
    Second Saturday of every month at 10 AM
    Event Location: El-Portal City Hall 500 NE 87 Street, The Village of El-Portal.

    We welcome new membership, please join us, free continental breakfast served! Honorable Joyce A. Davis, President 305-754-0934

    Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Miami-Dade
    Fourth Wednesday of every month, 7:00PM
    Hoja Nueva Restaurant at the Westin Colonade
    Please attend the monthly meeting for the Miami Dade Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida. For more info: 305 632-0036

    Miami Dade Cuban American Democratic Club
    Miami Dade Cuban American Democratic Club Breakfast Meeting
    Event Location: “Versailles” restaurant located at 3555 SW 8 ST Miami, FL 33135 Fourth Saturday of each month, 9:00 a.m. (If this is the same Versailles Cuban restaurant that I know in California, the food is fantastic! Particularly the roast chicken and rost pork).

    The Miami Dade Cuban American Democratic Club invites you to its next breakfast meeting at “Versailles” restaurant located at 3555 SW 8 St
    Cost: $15 per person.

    For more info contact: Hector Caraballo (President, Miami Dade Cuban American Democratic Club) at hector_at_miamicubandems.org

    MIAMI-DADE YOUNG DEMS MONTHLY MEETING
    Fourth Tuesday of every month, 7pm
    Location:
    Gordon Biersch
    1201 Biscayne Ave. Miami, FL 33131
    For info: 786-425-1130

    Peace Vigil West New Haven 5:00PM - 6:30PM
    First Wednesday of the month at the "Peace Corner" 1700 West New Haven (just west of the Melbourne Square Mall). Signs provided or bring your own. Please bring nonperishable food items for "Food Not Bombs". Food is distributed to local families in need.

    More info 321-720-3520 or vimpoco@cfl.rr.com
    Organization: Patriots For Peace

    Weekly Peace Vigil in Homosassa
    Every Tuesday, 4:00 PM
    Meet at Hardee's at Route 19 & Hall's River Road - Homosassa

    Call Ed Murphy 382-0876 for more info

    Weekly Peace Vigil in Inverness
    Every Thursday, 5:00 PM
    Old Citrus Courthouse

    Call Beverly at 400-4174 for more info

    Planned Parenthood Mixer
    Join us at On Tapp Lounge for our monthly mixer with Planned Parenthood. On Tapp is located on New Haven Haven just before you go over the Melbourne Causeway on the left side.

    We meet at 5:30 pm the 4th Tuesday of every month. Brevard NOW and Planned Parenthood will celebrate the 35th anniversary of Roe v Wade and discuss the 2008 plans for both our organization. For more info, please call Michele Paccione/President at 480-9295 or e-mail at shellymk1@aol.com
    Organization: Brevard NOW
    Event link: www.myspace.com/brevardnow

    Sumter County Democratic Club
    P.O. Box 1066 Wildwood, FL 34785
    General Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd Thursday of every month Sumterville Community Center

    Tri-County Women's Democratic Club
    General Meeting at 9:30 a.m. on the 1st Monday of every month at the Sumter County Sheriff's Annex on Highway 466 @ Morse Boulevard.

    Charlotte County Democrats meeting
    The Charlotte County Democratic Club meets on the second Saturday of every month. Please join us at 9:30 AM for coffee and snacks. The meeting starts at 10 AM. Location is the upstairs meeting room at the Public Library on Aaron Street in Port Charlotte. Call 743-5560 for directions or more info.


    And for those interested in a more fun way to be liberal, here are Florida's Drinking Liberal groups:

    Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
    * Every Thursday, 7:00 pm onward
    * Island Jack's Patio Bar and Grille, 5425 W Atlantic Blvd, Margate (just East of 441)
    * Hosted by Jacqueline Hope Derby and Dave Pfeffer, ftlauderdale (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Orlando, Florida
    * Every Wednesday, 6:00 pm onward
    * Johnny's Fillin' Station, 2706 S Ferncreek Ave (NE corner of Michigan and Fern Creek)
    * Hosted by Dan Hill, orlando (at) drinkingliberally.or

    Pensacola, Florida
    * Every Thursday, 7:00 pm onward
    * Intermission, 214 S Palafox St
    * Hosted by Terry Welch, pensacola (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Tallahassee, Florida
    * Third Thursday of each month, 6:00 pm onward
    * Gill's Tavern, 2545 North Monroe Street
    * Hosted by Sharon Collins, tallahassee (at) drinkingliberally.org

    South Tampa
    * First Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * MacDintons Irish Pub, 405 S Howard Ave, Tampa (map)
    * Hosted by Shadia Alame and Kirk Sander, southtampa (at) drinkingliberally.org

    St. Petersburg
    * Last Thursday of each month, 8:30 pm onward
    * Limey's Pub, 1492 4th St N
    * Hosted by Connor Davis and Dave Lee, stpetersburg (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Brandon
    * Every Thursday, 7:00 pm onward
    * Old Chicago, 2042 Badlands Dr (Outside patio)
    * Hosted by Joe Litton and Shirley Litton, brandon (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Land O Lakes
    * Second Tuesday of each month, 7:00-9:00 pm
    * Rapscallions, 4422 Land O Lakes Blvd (US-41)
    * Hosted by Brian Reach and Michael Greenman, landolakes (at) drinkingliberally.org

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