LOCAL UPDATE: Progressive groups plan nationwide protests over Mueller report release

UPDATE – 11:53AM – Indivisibles  Rally to “Release the Report”  4 pm – Thursday, April 4 “Unconditional Surrender” Statute Sarasota, FL Progressive groups around the nation are protesting to insist that Attorney General Barr release the FULL Mueller Report. Please join fellow progressives in Sarasota this Thursday. For more details, click below: Release Report Progressive groups plan nationwide…

Consider sea rise in PG future plan

CharlotteDems Editor’s note: The following letter to the editor by Charlotte Co. DEC Communications Chair Jim Blue was published in the Sun Monday, April 1. Editor: From March 11 through March 15, the planning firm Dover, Kohl and Partners asked Punta Gorda citizens to create city goals. Most of the discussion centered around the City…

Republicans are morally bankrupt

CharlotteDems.com Editor’s Note: The following letter written by Charlotte County Democratic Party Vice Chair Teresa Jenkins was published in the Sun on Saturday, March 30th: Editor: What do Republicans loathe? The Green New Deal. It provides for clean water, clean air, and good-paying jobs. It combines immediate concerns about pollution with carbon emissions reductions. Republicans…

New poll: Florida voters support drug imports, oppose arming teachers

Florida voters support allowing prescription drug imports from Canada but don’t want teachers armed in classrooms. New polling from Florida Atlantic University’s Business and Economics Polling Initiative finds support for most of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ policy priorities. From his environmental plans to voucher expansion, a majority favors the new executive’s direction so far. But positions like a ban on…

Florida Democrats blast Trump on Everglades funding ahead of Lake Okeechobee visit

Democrats in Florida’s congressional delegation blasted President Donald Trump and the White House’s recommendations for Everglades funding during a call with media Thursday, one day before the president plans to visit Lake Okeechobee to tout Everglades projects.  South Florida Reps. Ted Deutch, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell and Donna Shalala spoke to reporters during a call set up by…

Respect the will of Florida voters

CharlotteDems Editor’s note: The following letter to the editor from Democratic Club President Nancy Razvoza was published in the Charlotte Sun Friday March 29th   Editor: This is really a letter to our state legislators: Florida voters have spoken, the Florida courts weighed in on the language of Amendment 4. Will you please stay out…

Help Florida Expand Medicaid

You can help expand Medicaid in Florida and cover more low-income Floridians. Our Party is part of a grassroots efforts to put the question of Medicaid Expansion on the 2020 ballot. But we need your signature on the ballot petition.​ Download the Medicaid Amendment PDF. VERY IMPORTANT:  Print out the two pages back-to-back. Fill in your…

Getting Ready for 2020:

A Q&A on Candidate Recruitment: Perspectives from Teresa Jenkins, Vice Chair of the Charlotte County Democrats and lead recruiter for candidates to run on the Democratic ticket in our local elections Question: What’s being done now to prepare for the 2020 election? Jenkins: We are gearing up and are excited and enthused. Early this year,…

Can Felons Afford to Vote?

More than 1 million felons in Florida would have their voting rights restored thanks to Amendment 4, as long as they completed “all terms of sentence including parole or probation,” according to the amendment. But some lawmakers in Tallahassee have proposed bills to define a sentence far beyond time served behind bars. (Read more in Sun)

Viewpoint: The Mueller Report

  Teresa Jenkins, Vice Chair, Charlotte County Democratic Party The president has not been exonerated. There was no collusion but plenty of corruption as evidenced by the number of deviants close to the president who now face jail time. The Mueller report showed us how a demagogue can degrade key norms, which fall just short…

Florida agreed to let felons vote. Now Republicans are trying to limit who is eligible.

When an overwhelming majority of Floridians voted in November to restore voting rights for as many as 1.4 million felons, liberals and conservatives alike celebrated the largest expansion of voting eligibility in the country since the elimination of poll taxes and literacy tests in the 1960s. The bipartisan cheering waned this month when Republican state lawmakers…

Young Parkland voters’ ballots were rejected at much higher rate than state average

About 1 in 7 mail-in ballots submitted by college-age voters in Parkland were rejected or failed to arrive in time to be counted, according to an analysis. The findings are adding to questions about the reliability and fairness of the Florida electoral system, including its ballot signature requirement that became a flashpoint in the November recount between…