Thursday, December 14, 2017
Politics

President Obama to appear Saturday at St. Petersburg College in Seminole

President Barack Obama will hold a grass roots rally Saturday morning at St. Petersburg College's Seminole Campus at Natural Habitat Park Field. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. One ticket per person will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 5 p.m. today at these locations: OFA-FL Office — St. Petersburg, 951 Central Ave., Suite B; OFA-FL Office — Pinellas Park, 6537 Park Blvd.; OFA-FL Office — Largo, 225 West Bay Drive; OFA-FL Office — Clearwater, 1820 Drew St.; OFA-FL Office — Ybor City, 1702 N 14th St.; St. Petersburg College, Seminole Campus, University Partnership Center, 9200 113th St. N.

Party's platform is approved

The Democratic Party approved its platform Tuesday. Among the issues:

Abortion: The Democratic platform states the party "strongly and unequivocally supports Roe vs. Wade and a woman's right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion.''

Same-sex marriage: For the first time, the platform supports same-sex marriage.

Medicare: "Democrats adamantly oppose any efforts to privatize or voucherize Medicare."

Social Security: The Democrats pledge to "find a solution to protect Social Security for future generations" and to "block Republican efforts to subject Americans' guaranteed retirement income to the whims of the stock market through privatization."

Taxes: The platform says President Obama will "extend key tax relief for working families and those paying for college, while asking the wealthiest and corporations to pay their fair share."

Newark's mayor fires up delegation

Cory Booker, the reform-minded Newark, N.J., mayor, injured his ankle Tuesday morning stepping out of his SUV en route to talk to the Florida delegation at the Marriott Charlotte City Center. Despite the injury, the 43-year-old Rhodes scholar clearly stole the show at a breakfast that also included Virginia Gov. Mark Warner and U.S. Reps. Kathy Castor and Corrine Brown. Booker said he worries that Democrats won't get as engaged in this election as they did four years ago and will fall into a "state of sedentary agitation," fuming about the critics of President Obama. "Change is never made in a sedentary position. Democracy is not a spectator sport. You can't sit back and just throw out commentary about what's going on. You've got to get up and get into the game," Booker said, drawing the crowd to its feet as he thundered about how much better off America is today than four years ago. "Four years ago we were hemorrhaging jobs, 750,000 jobs a month. Four years ago our financial industry was in free fall. Four years ago we had an auto industry that was crashing. Four years ago we had a foreclosure rate that was off the charts," he said. "Now here we are four years later and we have had 29 straight months of job creation. We have a stabilized financial industry, we saved 1.4 million jobs in the auto industry, and we have our country back on the road to recovery from a Bush economy that drove us into the ditch in the first place."

Meet Florida's delegates to DNC

Florida's voting delegation to the Democratic National Convention is 300 strong, its largest ever. Meet the delegates in our interactive database at politics.tampabay.com.

Times political editor Adam C. Smith contributed to this report, which includes information from the New York Times.

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