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Protesters to rally on Legislature's opening day



As legislators bang the gavel on the opening day of the session Tuesday, the Capitol will be buttressed by dueling rallies from groups with opposing views over how deep to cut the state budget.

On one side will be the tea party, a disparate group of antigovernment activists who want lawmakers to pass Gov. Rick Scott's plan to eliminate 6,700 jobs, cut property taxes and phase out the corporate income tax. With an assist from Americans for Prosperity, the Koch-brothers supported small government group, tea party activists plan to bus about 2,000 protesters here to do what is rarely done in Tallahassee: lobby for less money from government.

On the other side is a ragtag group of progressives, Democrats and union sympathizers who have organized Awake the State rallies in Tallahassee and 26 other cities. By Friday, 1,300 people had preregistered to attend the rallies from Key West to Pensacola, most of them scheduled for drive-time sign waving between 4 and 6 p.m. Tuesday. Read more here.

[Last modified: Monday, March 7, 2011 9:57am]


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