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Call to Action

Participating in Charlotte County government is the focus of a new workgroup

By Lenny Guckenheimer, Charlotte Dems contributing writer, and Larry Kuranowicz, Charlotte Dems Vice-chair. Charlotte County is undergoing another period of exponential growth. This has happened a number of times over the last forty years, and often has occurred without adequate planning by our local governmental bodies. To some, this is most notable in traffic snarls,

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News

Stopping phosphate mining brings Democrats and Republicans together

By Lenny Guckenheimer, Charlotte Dems contributor, June 30,2021 Nothing brings liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans together quite like the specter of a phosphate mine becoming your neighbor. On this topic, most agree: No mining! The possibility that phosphate mining may be moving in next door took one step closer to becoming reality as the Mosaic

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Call to Action

Be an advocate for sustainable, livable Charlotte County

By Lenny Guckenheimer, Charlotte County Dems What brought you here to Charlotte County to live? Was it the warm sun and the beaches and the Gulf? The fabulous fishing in Charlotte Harbor? Or maybe that Charlotte County is much less developed and congested than Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, and also less expensive? Whatever the treasures that attracted

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Democratic Women's Club

DWC recognizes its 2021 scholarship recipients on June 14th

The Democratic Women’s Club (DWC) of Charlotte County is excited to announce this year’s winners of the Betty Gissendanner and Bob Taylor Memorial Scholarship awards. The scholarship recipients, MaKenzie Carter (Charlotte HS) and Talon Bottenfield (Lemon Bay HS) will be recognized at the Monday, June 14th DWC Zoom meeting at 4:00 pm. Michael Riley, the

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Events

June is National Caribbean American Heritage Month

Caribbean American Cultural Connections (CACC, Inc) invites local residents to join the celebration of National Caribbean American Heritage Month/Father’s Day,  co-sponsored by Charlotte County Community Services.  Since 2006, June has been designated as National Caribbean American Heritage Month by Presidential Proclamation. We are pleased to showcase our music, food, culture, achievements, and heritage as Caribbean

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Florida Legislation

I witnessed commissioners declare Charlotte County a Constitution and 2nd Amendment county

By Lenny Guckenheimer, Charlotte Dems contributing writer When I attended the May 11th Charlotte County Board of Commissioners meeting, I discovered two agenda items that had nothing to do with local government but are certainly part of the Republican agenda sweeping the nation. The commissioners found it necessary to pass resolutions declaring that Charlotte County

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Democratic Women's Club

DWC to hear from immigrant support group Grannies Respond/Abuelas Responden

Catherine Cole, the national organizer of Grannies Respond/Abuelas Responden will be the featured speaker at the Monday, May 10th Democratic Women’s Club (DWC)  Zoom meeting at 4:00 p.m. Grannies Respond/Abuelas Responden is an “overground railroad” type project that provides travel support for legal immigrants making their way from the border to their destinations in the

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Call to Action

Tallahassee is still at it. Let them know how you feel!

By Karen Fisk, Charlotte Dems writer and DWC legislative liaison. In this fifth week of the FL Legislature, we have one big bill to support and one to oppose.  Please use the contact information below in (  ) to voice your stance on these bills. SB 208     Renewable Energy:  This bill authorizes businesses to

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Call to Action

More action alerts for you!

By Karen Fisk,  Charlotte Dems legislative tracker The two-month 2021 Florida Legislative Session started March 1st. Several bills will be heard this week. You are requested to contact by phone or email the senators who chair the committees (name is in CAPS below) where the following bills originate. Your letters and phone calls are a

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Call to Action

Call to action: Florida legislative alerts

By Karen Fisk,  Charlotte Dems legislation tracker The 2021 Florida Legislative Session started March 1st. Several bills will be heard this week. You are requested to contact by phone or email the senators who chair the committees where the following bills originate. Your letters and phone calls are a very effective way to urge legislators

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Florida Legislation

Attacking the voting rights of soldiers, seniors and working parents

Editor’s Note:  Read an excellent OpEd on this topic by Carl Hiaasen, Miami Herald columnist,  here.  On February 19th,  Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls and Senate President Wilton Simpson had  issued the following joint statement on Governor DeSantis’ election integrity proposal:  “We join the Governor in his efforts to continue to make Florida the national

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Call to Action

My 3000 character letter to our Senators

By Linda A. Richardson, Charlotte Dems contributor After the acquittal of Donald Trump following his second impeachment, I just had to write our Senators and Mitch McConnell.  We are limited to 3000 characters for a congressional email.  The following message fits that criteria and I offer this as a template for you to send to

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Analysis

From impeachment to eviction: Not on our watch!

Editor’s note:  this article was published on July 29th, 2020.  She was mighty prescient! By Linda Porterfield, Charlotte County Dems writer Listen up, Florida. If Trump loses this election, he may refuse to leave. Whispers among high-profile Republicans, political pundits, constitutional scholars, and even Trump himself are growing louder for such a possibility. Trump’s potential

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Opinion

My 2020 Christmas Letter

Linda A Richardson wrote this in response to a Christmas brag sheet she received which complained about the inconveniences of a family while ignoring the suffering of so many of their neighbors. Instead of Christmas cards, she is mailing post cards to Georgia Democrats to encourage voting in their Senate Runoff. As we stop and

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News

DWC donates gift cards to CCPS’s Homeless Education Program

On December 8, 2020, the Democratic Women’s Club (DWC) of Charlotte County delivered 75 gift cards to the Charlotte County Public School’s (CCPS) Homeless Education Program. Lucy Garner, DWC Vice-president for Membership coordinated the donations, and along with DWC Treasurer Judith Orlowski, made the presentation of the cards to the CCPS program. The gift cards

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Analysis

10 Reasons to Vote Blue

Written by Jess C., a Charlotte County resident who enjoys writing horror short stories in her free time. This year was the first time I voted. I’ve had various reasons for not voting previously, ranging from feeling apathetic to clueless and overwhelmed with how to fill out the ballot. That changed this time around. If

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Call to Action

Proud to march with women

By Bill Welsch, Charlotte County Dems writer, and Indivisible SWFL leader August 18th  was the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which stated: “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account

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