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The Progressive Democrat Newsletter grew out of the frustration of the 2004 election. Originally intended for New York City progressives, its readership is now national. For anyone who wants to be alerted by email whenever this newsletter is updated (usually weekly), please send your email address and let me know what state you live in (so I can keep track of my readership).

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  • Friday, December 12, 2008

    FLORIDA FOCUS: Blogs, Alternative Energy, Groups and Events

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

    The Florida Progressive Coalition coverse progressive politics in Florida.

    LeftyBlogs Florida is the place to find out what's happening in the progressive blogosphere across Florida.

    Here are some stories of interest:

    On This Date (12/12/2000): Supreme Court Declared Bush President

    Yep...and look where that Supreme Court decision led us: Florida's Broke...and on a related note: It's your recession, Republicans: own it!

    Speaking of Republican corruption ... and on a related note: Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom: just another corrupt Republican


    Cigarette Tax Eyed As Tallahassee Faces Budget Shortfalls

    From Daily Kos, here is a preview of Florida Politics in 2010:

    The Sunshine State ought to have one of the most exciting, highest-profile, and most expensive U.S. Senate races in the nation in 2010, when freshman Republican Mel Martinez is expected to seek reelection.

    Martinez is considered one of the most vulnerable Republicans on the 2010 slate. He won election just 51% to 49% in 2004 over Democrat Betty Castor, and his approvals and reelects are in the toilet:

    Public Policy Polling did three surveys over the summer looking at Mel Martinez's job approval rating and how some potential opponents would fare against him.

    In June his approval rating was 23%, in July it was 24%, and in September it was 23%.

    We found that in hypothetical 2010 matchups Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink would lead Martinez 37-31, Congressman Robert Wexler would be tied with him 31-31, former Senator Bill Graham would lead him 51-31, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz would lead him 38-37, Congressman Allen Boyd would lead him 37-33, and Congressman Ron Klein would lead him 37-33. Martinez is probably the most endangered incumbent in the country for 2010 and given his lack of popularity even with Republicans is ripe for a strong primary challenge.

    "Bill Graham", I assume, refers to Bob Graham. He's not running, but it's very possible that any of the others - Reps. Wexler, Klein, Boyd and Debbie Wasserman Schultz - might give it a go, and so might Rep. Kathy Castor, Betty Castor's daughter and a rising star in the state party.

    Sink is the biggest name in current state Democratic politics and the best equipped for a statewide run. As the polling numbers indicate, she'd start the race in the best position against Martinez, but whether she runs will depend somewhat on whether she decides to run for Governor, either now or in the future.

    Martinez is the big target for 2010, but there's also a Governor's race to be held. Unfortunately, Republican Governor Charlie Crist enjoys exceptionally high approval ratings, and is likely not to draw a particularly strong opponent. Alex Sink and State Sen. Dan Gelber (who gets a free shot at the race, as his term expires in 2012) are the only ones rumored for the race, and it certainly seems that Sink would be best served either running against Martinez, or waiting until 2014 to run for Governor.

    In the House, there are three races which look especially promising for next cycle (because of Florida's ridiculous gerrymandering, there's always a race that can be won somewhere, if only because Democrats start from such a position of disadvantage.

    FL-10 is home to ancient Republican Rep. C.W. "Bill" Young. C.W. Bill has been around for several generations, having been first elected in 1970, and he'll turn 80 years old in 2010. He's bound to retire some day, and he holds a district which leans slightly Democratic at the presidential level (with a PVI of D+1.1).

    Democrats have a built-in candidate just waiting for Young to hang up his spikes - State Senator Charlie Justice (and if ever there was a great name for a politician, it is "Charlie Justice"). He'd have to resign his Senate seat to run for Congress, but that should be a fairly easy call given the opportunity.

    FL-16: Sex scandals have flipped this R+2 district twice in the past two cycles - once from Republican Mark Foley to Democrat Tim Mahoney, and once from Mahoney to Republican Tom Rooney. (Foley, Mahoney, Rooney...apparently being Irish is a prerequisite to holding this seat).

    Rooney should get a fairly strong challenge his first time out of the gate, before he gets too entrenched, and there's one especially strong Democrat to take him on. That would be State Senator Dave Aronberg of Greenacres. Aronberg lives just outside the district, in the 19th Congressional District, but his Senate district overlaps considerably with the 16th.

    Aronberg is young (37), considered fairly moderate, has a base of support in his Senate district, and is exceptionally intelligent. The DCCC would do well to try and recruit Aronberg into the race, although he is not, in fact, Irish.

    FL-25: Orange to Blue candidate Joe Garcia came exceptionally close to knocking off incumbent Republican Mario Diaz-Balart in 2008, losing just 53% to 47%.

    With a seemingly strong base of support in Miami-Dade County, Garcia seems fairly well positioned to take another crack at the race. Garcia is only 40, and has a bright future in electoral politics if he wants to stay in the game. It doesn't look as though redistricting will help much (the Republicans will control it), so 2010 seems as good a time as any.

    White supremacist still battling for his seat on Palm Beach County Republican Executive Committee. What the HELL is the connection between white supremicists and the Republican Party??? It is disgusting!

    Alex Sink for Senate? Or governor? A year ago, after I commented on something cool Alex Sink did, someone told me she had an excellent future in Florida and national politics. This is an indication that may well come to pass. Some are saying Senate is out of the picture for Sink...does that mean Governor?

    Action Alert: Help Save America’s Fisheries. This is extremely important. Scientists tell us that at least a third of the world's fisheries are on the verge of collapse.

    Questions over Florida GOP spending

    Wal-mart and China's Human Rights Abuses

    Our Top Priority Now: Fair Districts Florida

    Obama first Democrat to win Florida's Hispanic vote

    Jewish voters stuck by Barack Obama despite rumors

    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.

    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

    Fourth Tuesday of every month, 7pm
    Gordon Biersch
    1201 Biscayne Ave. Miami, FL 33131
    For info: 786-425-1130

    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.

    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

    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 UPDATED
    * Every Wednesday, 7:00 pm onward (used to only be first Thursday)
    * Rock-N-Sports, 1600 E 8th Ave, #E200 (Above Starbucks, Across from Muvico, Next to Adobe Guilas)
    * Hosted by Tim Heberlein, southtampa (at) drinkingliberally.org
    * http://livingliberally.org/drinking/chapters/FL/southtampa

    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

    * Every Thursday, 7:00 pm onward
    * Giordano's, 11310 Causeway Blvd, Brandon FL 33511 (Outside patio) (NEW location)
    * Hosted by Joe Litton and Shirley Litton, brandon (at) drinkingliberally.org
    * http://livingliberally.org/drinking/chapters/FL/brandon

    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.orgF


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