PRESS RELEASE from City of Tampa

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Ali Glisson, Public Affairs Director
City of Tampa Announces Public Viewing Areas and Official Parade Route for the RNC
Tampa, FL June 26, 2012 - The City of Tampa announced the official parade route and public viewing areas for demonstrations during the Republican National Convention.

The official parade route runs down Washington Street, turning south at Morgan Street, east on Whiting Street and then south along S. Nebraska Avenue.

The goal of the parade route is to minimize disruption to traffic in downtown while providing space for demonstrations. However, groups may hold demonstrations and march in other public areas, such as sidewalks in downtown.

There will be two public viewing areas available that are linked by S. Nebraska Avenue. There is viewing area under the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway along Jefferson Street and one available along S. Nebraska Avenue up to Brorein Street.

In total, the public viewing areas equate to over seven acres. Comparatively, the public viewing area in Denver equaled just over one acre, and the area in Minneapolis equaled to about four acres.

The public viewing area is where protestors can be within sight and sound of the Republican national Convention, which will be at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Along S. Nebraska Avenue and Walton Street, the City of Tampa will provide a stage as well as a sound system for participants.

In order to provide the space for the public viewing areas, the City of Tampa has leased several parking lots. The lots under the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway along Jefferson Street have already been leased and approved by Tampa City Council. The agreements for the lots along S. Nebraska Avenue and E. Cumberland Avenue will go before City Council for approval. The leases will cost $57,500, and the City of Tampa expects to be reimbursed by the Department of Justice security grant.

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former Presidential Candidate Gary Bauer congratulated Governor Scott Walker for his win in Wisconsin's recall election, calling it "another sign that taxpayers will award office holders ready to do the hard work of reigning in out-of-control government spending."

Bauer, the chairman of the Campaign for Working Families,  made the following statement:

"I congratulate Governor Scott Walker for his hard-fought victory tonight, and most especially for having the courage of his convictions to fight the good fight. But the victory in Wisconsin is not Scott Walker's alone.  It is a victory for the hard-working taxpayers of Wisconsin, who foot the bill year after year.  It is a victory for common sense over powerful special interests.  It is a victory that taxpayers in every state can celebrate.  It is a victory, yes, even for some union members.

"Since Gov. Walker's reforms were enacted, tens of thousands of state employees have opted to keep more of the money they earn rather than let the public employees union siphon off their hard-earned dollars.  In other words, once given the choice, more than half of the public employees union's members decided that they didn't need the union.  These reforms will pay real dividends for the taxpayers of Wisconsin.  They are the real winners tonight.

"The recall election is a sign of good things to come.  The power of the Big Labor bosses has finally been checked, not just in Wisconsin, but also in scores of other states across the country.  More governors, legislators and taxpayers will be inspired to stand up against the liberal labor unions and do what is truly in the best interests of their communities.  Wisconsin's 10 Electoral College votes are now in play, and the anti-tax, small government movement that swept the country in 2010 is about to sweep Barack Obama out of office in 154 days!"

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