Friday, September 28, 2012

Obama Space Coast Visit Photo Gallery

Bill Clinton Stumps for Obama in Orlando

ORLANDO, Florida -- A rockstar greeting was extended to Bill Clinton at last night's grassroots event at Orlando's Rosen Plaza Hotel.  After a joint introduction by Grace Nelson, wife of Senator Bill Nelson, and former Orlando Chief of Police and current congressional candidate Val Demings, Clinton spoke to the audience of 2000 for about 30 minutes with his typical folksy demeanor, albeit hoarse-toned, perhaps revealing the rigorous schedule of stump speeches that has had him crossing the state for the past 2 days campaigning for President Obama. 

In his inimitable fashion, Clinton related the democratic platform to the central Florida audience.  Tying Obama's increased funding of the Pell Grant scholarship and the American Opportunity Tax Credit to the 53000 students at Orlando's University of Central Florida, which he called "the country's largest unknown university."  Clinton decried Romney's education plan and policy to reintroduce private sector lenders to student financial aid, citing America's current standing at 16th in the world in the percentage of young people with college degrees.  

Addressing Romney's proposed tax cuts and the ailing economy, Clinton said trying to close the deficit with tax cuts has already been shown to be a fallacy, adding with Arkansas drawl "when you're in a hole I've been taught the first thing you do is to quit digging."  Clinton blasted Romney's assertion that tax cuts and subsequent economic growth would reduce the deficit, and said in reality Romney's planned tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans would be paid for by gutting Medicaid, education and Medicare.  

Clinton also referred to central Florida's space industry and technological innovators, adding that he had spoken earlier in the day at the Solar Power International conference to 10000 attendees involved in the development of alternative energy sources.  He added that nationwide there are now more people employed by the solar energy industry than there are coal miners.  He asserted that a Romney budget would slash funding for research & development, and "cut the heart out of the space program."  

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Free Melbourne Event for Progressives

MELBOURNE, Florida --  The Space Coast Progressive Alliance-sponsored 2012 Progressive Fest will take place on Sunday, October 21, from 11am-5pm, at the Eau Gallie Civic Center in Melbourne.  Admission is free and open to the public.  

The community wide event plans to focus on Communities in Action, with tables devoted to free health screenings, environmental causes, domestic violence awareness, local and organic food production, and animal rescue.  There will also be political candidate information and exhibits on Florida Ballot Amendments.  A straw poll is planned.  Limited space is available for additional sponsored tables, registration deadline is October 14 (  

Food vendors and kids activities will be available.  The Eau Gallie Civic Center is located at 1551 Highland Ave, Melbourne FL 32935.

Current list of participants:

Brevard Health Alliance


Brevard County Solid Waste Managment Department

Marine Resources Council

Brevard County Supervisor of Elections office


League of Women Voters of the Space Coast

ACLU of Florida, Brevard Chapter

ACLU of Florida

Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program (EEL)



Brevard Federation of Teachers!home/mainPage

Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando

Healthy Planet of Brevard

Florida Initiative for Electoral Reform (FLIER)

Sierra Club--Turtle Coast

Vote No On 6

Brevard Aiding Shelter Animals Project, Inc.

Ryan J. Vescio for State Attorney

Project Response

Curt Jacobus for Judge

Seeta Media

Artworks of Eau Gallie

Hazel Buggs Campaign

Bill Rettinger Campaign

Home Schoolers for Peace & Justice

Chantels Boutique

Brevard NOW-TBTN

Serene Harbor-TBTN

Womens Center-TBTN

Animal Safehouse Of Brevard-TBTN

Brevard County Domestic Violence Task Force members -TBTN

Brevard NOW

Vote Paccione

Christopher Charles Pennington, Candidate Senate District 13

Changes Youth & Family Services

Citizen Exit Poll 2012

Watt Family Chiropractic, LLC

Friendship Fellowship at Pineda

The People's Sheriff

Thirty One Gifts

Beachside Democratic Club

South Democrat Women's Club

Brevard Drop-in Center

Charlie Sitton Candidate for Property Appraiser

East Central Florida Memory Disorder Clinic

Transformations of Soul, Mind and Body

Brevard Democrats

Shannon Roberts for Congress

Joe Pishgar for Brevard County Commission


The Prismatic Peacock

Space Coast Freethought Association

Everything Wheatgrass

The Campaign for John Paul Alvarez for State Representative HD53

PFLAG Melbourne/ Space Coast

Jotkoff Financial Group

Nature's Sunshine

Florida Cannabis Action Network

Maple Street Natives

Riviera United Church of Christ