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"Milk Party" promotes Children's Movement agenda, urges Rick Scott to debate



A "Milk Party" hosted by the Children's Movement of Florida is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. It's one of 15 stops statewide for the Children's Movement, which wants lawmakers to make children's issues a top priority. Another Milk Party is scheduled for Monday at 5:30 p.m. at Calvary Chapel on U.S. 19 in St. Petersburg.  

The rallies precede a gubernatorial debate Oct. 16 in Miami, hosted by the Children’s Movement and focusing solely on children's issues. So far, though, it's not going to be much of a debate. Only Democratic candidate Alex Sink has agreed to participate. Children's Movement spokesman Martin Merzer said the organization is still trying to convince Republican Rick Scott to accept their invitation, and the rallies are part of that. They ask the crowd to contact Scott's campaign and urge him to make the trip to Miami, he said.

In a news release, Movement President David Lawrence Jr. says voters should demand that lawmakers put children before "high-speed trains, prisons and roads." Lawrence will share the platform Thursday with former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Ryan Nece. Zoo admission will be free beginning at 3 p.m. Milk and cookies will be served.

Janet Zink, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Thursday, September 16, 2010 3:42pm]


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