Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The Barack Obama campaign volunteers in Pinellas County were overjoyed by the fact that their hard work for the presidential run paid off.
When the election was called in favor of President Barack Obama, the celebration started at the campaign office in St. Petersburg. "We won Pinellas County and we won the entire country. It's just amazing," said Mallory Stewart Robison, an Obama campaign volunteer. Obama's re-election didn't come as a given for any of the campaign workers, who put in months of hard work promoting Obama's mission, Stewart Robison said. "I've been (at the campaign office) so much, and it's hard to believe that it's actually over," Steward Robison said. NBC News called the presidential election for Obama around 11:15 EST. Florida votes were still too close to call Tuesday night, but Obama won the majority of votes in Pinellas County.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Whether or not you agree with the message, have you ever passed a roadside rally and wondered what motivates the people? One week before the Nov. 6 General Election, Dunedin Patch went to the corner of Curlew Road and U.S. 19 to meet the mystery rallyers.
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Friday, November 2, 2012
Many passing drivers honked in support, others gestured crudely. A dozen or so North Pinellas 9/12 Project demonstrators seemed unfazed. Along with the supportive honks, "we get our fair share of people flipping us off, 'F yous,' and all that," rally organizer Joe Sekula said while holding a "Fire Obama" sign. Just days before the Nov. 6 General Election, Sekula led a roadside rally largely in support of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan as drivers stuck in Tuesday's rush-hour traffic on U.S. 19 slowly passed. Some demonstrators held signs in support of Democrat Carl Zimmerman. Pam Bollenbacher of Safety Harbor was among them. She waved at drivers with her free hand for two hours, with a smile on her face. Although a registered Republican, she …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
President Barack Obama's rally was held this morning in Centennial Park.
On Thursday morning before an energized crowd of thousands of supporters, President Barack Obama made a stop at Ybor City's Centennial Park during a campaign tour that stretched from Iowa to Virginia. After cheers from the crowd, he took the stage around 9 a.m., first thanking Tampa Bay residents for getting up early this morning to see him. Then, he joked about casting his own ballot later today. "I'm going to stop in Chicago, and do some early voting in Chicago," Obama said. "I can't tell you who I'm voting for. It's a secret ballot. Michelle (Obama) said she's voting for me." He moved on to address more serious matters during the "America Forward!" grassroots rally, talking about the importance of trust. He spoke between chants of "Four…
Monday, September 17, 2012
Tickets are $20,000 and include a performance by Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder.
Democrats with $20,000 to spare are invited to get up close and personal with President Barack Obama when he comes to Tampa Thursday, Sept 20. The Hillsborough County Democratic Party is hosting an evening reception with the president at the Tampa home of Lisa DeBartolo and husband Donn Miggs, with a special performance by Eddie Vedder, lead singer of Pearl Jam. The exact address will be given out when guests RSVP. DeBartolo is the executive vice president of DeBartolo Holdings LLC and the daughter of Edward DeBartolo Jr., the former owner of the San Francisco 49ers. This Thursday's fundraiser isn't cheap. According to the Hillsborough County Democratic Party, tickets are $20,000. This is expected be Obama's last major fundraiser before …
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Karen Rogers, owner of Rogers Linen Services, Inc. in Dunedin, says she's just saying what other small business owners are afraid to say — "I built this business."
From Douglas Avenue, the patriotic red, white and blue sign that hangs in the window at Rogers Linen Services, Inc., looks like another innocuous campaign sign around town. But, wait. Look closer. It contains a strong message to the president: "I built this business without gov't help: Obama Can Kiss My Ass." Owner Karen Rogers said she is just saying what a lot of people and small business owners want to say, but don't for fear of retribution. She said anyone can order the signs online and customize the message. "You can have 'butt,' 'fanny' ... but I prefer 'ass,' " she said. "He had no right to say that," she said, referring to President Barack Obama's controversial "You Didn't Build That" speech in July. ("If you’ve got a business — …
Friday, September 7, 2012
Here are the answers to frequently asked questions about President Barack Obama's visit on Sept. 8.
So you have your tickets to hear President Barack Obama on Saturday at St. Petersburg College's Seminole campus. Here's a list of tips for attending from the college's website: 1. Parking. Spaces are limited at St. Petersburg College. There will be a shuttle service from the Seminole Mall, 11201 Park Blvd. in Seminole. The shuttle service starts at 7 a.m. Saturday morning. 2. Strollers. Yes, they are allowed. 3. Bags? No large bags. Please limit personal belongings to a wallet, cell phone and camera. 4. Water bottles? You can bring a water bottle while waiting in line, but you will not be able to bring drinks into the event. Water will be provided. 5. Seating? This outdoor event is a standing rally. Limited seating will be available for …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Want to see the president when he visits the St. Petersburg area? Here are the closest locations to get tickets.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Papa John's CEO John Schnatter said Obamacare will force his company to raise the price of pizzas.
When President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act is implemented, businesses with more than 50 full-time employees will have to provide workers access to health insurance or pay a fine. According to Papa John's CEO John Schnatter, that provision will lead to his pizza chain raising the price of pizzas. According to the Huffington Post: "Schnatter says that Obamacare will result in a $0.11 to $0.14 price increase per pizza, or $0.15 to $0.20 cents per order, Pizza Marketplace, a trade publication, reports. Under Obamacare, the company, which is the third-largest pizza takeout and delivery chain in the United States, will have to offer health care coverage to more of its 16,500 total employees or pay a penalty to the government." …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The free tickets for President Barack Obama's visit Friday to Tampa were all taken in less than five hours.
If you waited to get tickets to see President Barack Obama at Hillsborough Community College Friday, you're out of luck. Obama's Florida campaign said Wednesday that the free tickets were snatched up in less than five hours, when they were made available Tuesday. People flooded the four Tampa Bay-area Obama For America offices where tickets were handed out on a first-come, first-serve basis Tuesday. Even some Republicans got in on the action, like Scott Goldston, who joined his wife and daughter in line at the Obama campaign office in Riverview. "I'm a Republican, I voted for Obama last time," Goldston told Brandon Patch. "I just wanted to hear him talk, to see if I wanted to vote for him again." The free tickets were also handed out at …