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Convention breakfast menu for Florida Dems includes Cory Booker, SEIU, NARAL

by George Bennett | September 2nd, 2012


Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who took constituent service to a heroic level in April when he ran into a burning house to save a woman from a fire, is among the speakers who’ll address Florida delegates at this week’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

Booker also made headlines in May when he said he was “very uncomfortable” with Democratic attacks on Mitt Romney‘s record at Bain Capital.

Booker and Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner are slated to address the Florida delegation on Tuesday.

Wednesday’s breakfast speakers are SEIU Florida 1199 President Monica Russo, former Democratic legislator and 2010 CFO candidate Loranne Ausley and pollster David Beattie.

On Thursday, the lineup is Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who heads the Democratic Governors Association, and NARAL Pro-Choice America President Nancy Keenan.

Florida’s Democratic delegates are staying at the Marriott City Center, which is about three blocks from the Time Warner Cable Arena where the convention is being held. Florida’s Republican delegates last week were housed about 30 miles from the GOP convention site as punishment for holding a primary earlier than party rules allowed.


6 Responses to “Convention breakfast menu for Florida Dems includes Cory Booker, SEIU, NARAL”

  1. Devils in Disguise Says:

    They are the gravediggers of our country.

  2. Vixpopuli Says:

    On this Labor Day let us ponder American labor:
    The flood of Illegal immigration into the US is a direct result of corporations pressuring Government to prevent enforcement of our laws so they will have a fresh crop of low wage workers to exploit, while simultaneously driving down wages and benefits for American workers and those working in this country legally.
    We might want to rethink our anti-Union strategy if we want a working class that is anything more than chattel for corporations or cannon fodder for our wars.
    A little food for thought:
    “As unions picked up members through the first 70 years of the last century, the gap between rich and poor narrowed. As unions were weakened by free-trade agreements, globalization and anti-labour legislation since the 1980s, the gap goes off the charts.”
    “In the U.S., the drop in the well-being of the middle class — usually defined as the middle 60 per cent of households in terms of income — has been precipitous.”
    “In 1968, when 28 per cent of workers were unionized, the middle class claimed 53.2 per cent on the nation’s income, according to the Center for American Progress (CAP). In 2010, union membership had plummeted to 12 per cent, while the middle-class share of income dropped to 46.6 per cent.
    Meanwhile, the proverbial “1%” saw its share more than double, from 9 per cent in 1974 to 23 per cent in 2007.”
    “Meanwhile, CEO salaries are skyrocketing, states the Washington-based Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). Last year, 25 of the top 100 U.S. corporate leaders received more in their paycheques — $20.6 million on average — than their companies paid in taxes, and that includes companies that got government bailouts.
    As for the top 50 “layoff leaders” — those companies that fired the most workers — their CEOs averaged almost $12 million a year in salary.”

    Lets also look at where the Ryan budget plan that Mitt Romney has endorsed will take us.
    According to the Tax Policy Center: Those Making More Than $1 Million Would Receive An Average Tax Cut Of $265,000 In Addition To Their Benefits From The Bush Tax Cuts.

    From a Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) analysis of the Ryan plan:
    “By combining large budget cuts (and tax increases) that disproportionately harm lower-income Americans with big tax cuts that disproportionately help those at the top of the income scale, the Ryan budget would significantly worsen inequality and increase poverty and hardship (and reduce opportunity as well, through deep cuts in programs such as Pell Grants to help low-income students afford college).’

    Under Ryan’s Budget Plan. Tax Policy Center co-director William Gale, who served as a senior staff economist for the Council of Economic Advisers under President George H.W. Bush, wrote that Ryan’s fiscal year 2013 budget plan is “essentially, an effort to have low- and middle-class households bear the entire burden of closing the fiscal gap and bear the costs of financing an additional tax cut for high income households.”

    I”m just saying, we may want to rethink our strategy.

    Happy Labor Day everyone.

  3. Keep on ringing Says:

    I don’t answer when the thugs of the AFL-CIO or the SEIU call to ask for support of President Obama.

    And their political ads go straight from the mailbox to the recycle bin.

    Adios Obama!

    You had your 4 years, failed to lead or compromise and America is too divided to keep you in office.

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