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AUGUST 9, 2014

--People can arrive at 10am. The Speakers start at 1PM. Come and go as you please.

--Inverness, Florida  (message me (or Vetwife) on Dkos if you are coming, or you can email me @ emeraldcoast2000@yahoo.IE (not .com), or post in comments if you are coming.  I will provide you the exact address.  This also helps for planning purposes.)

-MEETUP Skype sessions with candidates 1:15-2:00pm
-Speakers:  2:00pm to 3:15/4:15pm*
-(*The speakers are told to go one after the other, so it may be sooner rather than later... but we giving them 10 minutes with another 5 for QA)    

Let's Review:

Incumbent Congresswoman
Lois Frankel, US Congressional District 22  
1:15 (Skype)
Likely/Still Negotiating
Lois Frankel was mayor of Palm Beach until she ran and won a legislative seat. She became the MINORITY LEADER for the State House, until she ran for and won a seat in Congress in 2012.  She currently serves on committees for Transportation and Infrastructure, and on Foreign Affairs.  She is always on the TV for her expertise in these matters.

She sent me a personalized letter that she requested me to read for this meetup.  I told her I absolutely would and asked if she would like to Skype.  I am currently in talks with her scheduler and we are still trying to make it work.  We negotiated times and tentatively, we have her scheduled at 1:15 but have not received final confirmation. Honestly I won't know until the morning of.  

State Senate Candidate Judithanne McLaunchlan, State Senate District 22:
1:30 Skype
Confirmed

State Senate Candidate is in a real grudge match with Jeff Landes. She was named one of the top 25 professors in Florida. Previously, Judithanne worked for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Supreme Court and the White House during both terms of the Clinton Administration.

Congressional candidate Alan Cohn,
1:45 Skype. Congressional District 15
Confirmed

Currently, even though the district is conservative, his opponent, Dennis Ross, has only 60% of GOPers plan on voting for the GOP candidate, Ross.  He is currently polling only 2 points behind Ross.  C'mon, let's do this one Dems!!

He is an Emmy award-winning investigative reporter who covered Hillsborough and Polk Counties with WFTS Channel 28. As a reporter, Cohn uncovered the biggest case of political corruption in the last decade. He has always stood up for consumers and veterans. Cohn says he’s running for Congress because he wants to fight for middle class families, so they have a level playing field to succeed. In Congress, he will work to create jobs, balance the budget, raise the minimum wage, invest in education, and protect Medicare and Social Security benefits.

Congressional candidate David Koller
2:00 pm (In Person), District 2
Confirmed

Koller describes himself as a social progressive and fiscal conservative who would make a jobs bill a priority to improve the nation's schools and infrastructure. He said the tea party's obstructionists have hijacked the Republican Party and that Nugent's voting record on the debt ceiling and the budget have hurt underprivileged people in his district. "I believe he marches to whatever the tea party wants and not constituents," Koller said. "It's an absolutist point of view."  He is brining a reporter with him.

Congressional candidate Joe Murray, District 51
2:15pm (In person, District 51)
Confirmed

Joe Murray, House candidate for District 51, was a paratrooper in the Army and became Col Murray soon after he as promoted to the Chief Computer Engineer for the entire US Army. He is also a successful small business owner.

Congressional candidate Jim Bryan, District 1
2:30 pm (In person), District 1
Confirmed

Vietnam Vet who is taking on a Tea Party nut.  DKos writeup here

Congressional candidate David Kearns, District 53
2:45 pm (In person), District 53
Confirmed

John Tobia is his opponent.  He mocked his gay oppenent.  He was called out for his "inappropriate comments about women.  And he only won by 2% points.  

Charlie Crist, candidate for Governor
No firm time yet (told to be ready)
Very likely/Not Confirmed

My contact for his office as well as Amanda's several phone calls with the governor's scheduling office is that he wants to attend and is planning on it.  He has requested several forms (which were given) and an agenda.  He is trying to work us in between two events that day and has conveyed that this race is going to come down to the grassroots--so every effort will be made.  I probably won't get a firm time so we will work around his schedule since he can't stay too long anyway.  It is very likely that he coming, but I can't give a final confirmation.  We were just told to be ready.

Congressional candidate Gwen Graham  (daughter of Gov. Bob Graham), District 2
No firm time yet
Likely/Still Negotiating

Still working with her scheduler.  She is trying to attend but won't know till last minute.  A few minutes ago I offered a Skype session if the distance is an issue.

OTHERS: Veteran advocates, Medical MJ leaders, an Occupier organizer, the Rev. Robert of NAACP AME Moral Mondays, and I am still getting emails and messages from others.

Folks its 5:41 and I HAVE to visit my wife in the hospital so I have to end my writeup and split.  (FL Hosp. East has no working wifi, great hospital though).  

-Free Food. DK's Gordon is bringing a ton of food for the party
-Blogging station w/ WiFi
-Podium with PA system
-Tables and chairs, canopy
-A huge bonfire  if you stay till early evening
-Large pool with towels, sunblock, natural mosquito repellant
-Child care and activities for the youngins.  Feel free to jump in the pool as well
-a chance to meet your fellow Florida bloggers, politicians, and candidates. Ask them questions; if satisfied, offer to help the last few weeks.

This is a family-friendly gathering.  No stress.  Live music, food and good time for all.

IF you want to attend from Central Florida, meet me at at the Winn Dixie parking lot at 8am (intersection of Lockwood and 434).  Email me at emeraldcoast2000@yahoo.IE for any questions or concerns.

You don't have to bring anything, but if you want to bring a dish, or water, or a Styrofoam cooler with ice feel free.

This event is being hosted by a popular FL blogger and Kossack, Vetwife, who is generously offering her house in Inverness. She has run many of these in the past.

If you can't come, please donate.  The entire event is being done  by disabled veterans and advocates , and they aren't rich.  Amanda is pouring money she doesn't have into this. Some of the cleaners and lawn people ran off or didn't show, so Amanda and a few disabled Veterans are spending all day finishing up the work.  

We are all going through a lot of obstacles to pull this off.  Even small stuff like bottled water for the amount of people coming adds up. Please donate if you can't attend.

5:42 PM PT: I totally forgot to men the bloggers coming!  Can't type now with phone.  Sorry guys...See u tomorrow


Originally posted to SemDem on Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 03:15 PM PDT.

Also republished by North & Central Florida Kossacks and DKos Florida.

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