Awake The State to hold new rally in Tampa

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That would be former Florida CFO Alex Sink, the Democratic nominee for Governor in 2010 who lost by a percentage point to Scott last year.

Her appearance is certainly noteworthy. While some analysts said she fared well, considering she was outspent and running uphill against a national "tsunami" of Republicans who won national, state and local seats in huge numbers last year, others still can't get over how Sink wasn't able to defeat an extremely flawed candidate whose troubles with Medicaid and Medicare fraud with his former company, Columbia/HCA were well known.

Call it a lack of much of a Democratic party bench, but when people chat about who might challenge Scott in three years time, Sink's name rises to the top, along with former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio (about to explore the state on a tour promoting her new book) and yes, Charlie Crist.

Who else? We think St. Pete Democrat Rick Kriseman was joking when he asked Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn at a Tiger Bay Event recently if he was considering a run (Buckhorn said "no thanks," saying he currently is in his dream job).

All that is a backdrop to Alex Sink's speech next week. Could it be her unofficial declaration that she's already back in the game? And do Democrats want her to be?


The activist group Awake The State, which has many offshoots, such as Awake Tampa, led a series of protest rallies against Governor Rick Scott and the GOP-led Florida Legislature last spring, and they were some of the most successful political rallies by liberal Democrats seen in Florida in a long time (Awake The State was named by Cl last month as the activist group of the year).

Next Tuesday, November 1, Awake Tampa is calling for a rally in downtown Tampa at Joe Chillura Courthouse Square, from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

The group is dubbing the event, "The Year of Engagement Kickoff," as it marks a year before the 2012 national election.

Organizers say they will "have trainings, work groups, and resources to help get YOU and every single voter ready, not only to be well informed, but to have the tools to create real change, and to effectively advocate to legislators and decision makers."

And there is a special keynote speaker.

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