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Call to Action

Listen to RBG: the power of dissent and your vote

By Bill Welsch, Charlotte County Dems writer, and Indivisible SWFL leader While we all sit by helplessly and watch the Senate ignore pandemic relief legislation as they jam through a Supreme Court nominee appealing to President Trump’s evangelical base, we are left wondering what we can do to stop this process. Republican senators have shamelessly

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Voting and registration

How to Vote By Mail (VBM) in Charlotte County

By Jane Merriam, Charlotte County Dem writer Editor’s note:  Maria and Greg Metge answer all your VBM questions in this video.  To see exactly how to complete your VBM ballot, please watch this video. Voting by Mail (VBM) in Charlotte County, Florida is the easy, safe, efficient, and HEALTHY way to vote in 2020.  There

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Candidate Profile

Allen Ellison: a much more decent representative

By Bill Welsch, Charlotte County Dems writer, and Indivisible SWFL leader When Allen Ellison, our Democratic nominee for US House of Representatives, FL District 17, was a boy of eleven, his dad told him: “If you can play two songs on the piano by Christmas, I will buy you a go-kart.”  Allen won the bet,

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Analysis

The shocking cost of income inequality

By Catherine Baxter, Charlotte Dems writer Editor’s note: Adapted from articles by Nick Hanauer and David M. Rolf for Time, and Rick Wartzman for Fast Company   Most of us have heard the news that 39% of Americans lack the ability to pay a $400 emergency bill, either at all or without borrowing.  This fact

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Events

DWC celebrates south Florida indigenous cultures

By Kay Blue, Charlotte County Women’s Club Sara Ayers-Rigby, Director of the Southeast/Southwest Regions of the Florida Public Archaeology Network will be the presenter at the Monday, October 12, 2020, virtual meeting of the Charlotte County Democratic Women’s Club, which will start at 4:00 pm on Zoom. The program is in keeping with October’s focus

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Voter Protection

Measures in place to make voting safe and secure

By Greg Metge, Charlotte County Voter Protection Committee There has been much consternation surrounding voting this cycle.  Nobody should be afraid to exercise their right to the franchise. This is what I know from working in close conjunction with the Charlotte County Supervisor of Elections. First, Vote by mail is safe and secure. No one

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Analysis

Home rule rules!

By Joe Pennisi, Charlotte County Dems writer If you’re like me and most Floridians, you believe that governing is most efficient, and its policies are most responsive to our needs when it is conducted at the local level. Unfortunately, our Republican-controlled state legislature and Governor don’t agree.  Together, they have accelerated a disturbing trend in

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Opinion

Don the Con – King of Opposite World

By Denise Candea, Charlotte Dem writer While I wish the President a speedy recovery from COVID-19, I am still compelled to write truth to power….. He was an entitled bully in military high school.  He dodged real military service with phony bone spurs and got into college with fake SAT scores. Funded by his father,

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Opinion

And the Supreme Court Nominee Is…June Cleaver

By Professor David McGrath, guest writer       Who knew that June Cleaver would be the president’s pick to fill the Supreme Court vacancy?       Yes, that’s right: Amy Coney Barrett is a contemporary version of Beaver Cleaver’s Mom.       An explanation is in order since the name may be unfamiliar to anyone under a certain

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Analysis

The Death of the Affordable Care Act

By Catherine Baxter, Charlotte County Dems writer The latest threat to the health of millions of Americans is looming large – the death of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Enacted in stages from 2010-2014, the ACA required employers with over 50 full-time employees to provide health insurance.  It subsidized coverage for those who earned under

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Analysis

Unemployment benefits: turn on, turn off

By Catherine Baxter, Charlotte County Dems writer It’s a confusing and frustrating sequence of events surrounding Florida’s unemployment payments.  The extra $600 per week in benefits provided by the Federal Government expired in July, and Congress has been unable to come to an agreement on further federal aid.  In the meantime, Florida’s unemployment payouts shrunk

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Events

Three days are not enough

By Linda Porterfield, Charlotte Dems writer America formally honors our veterans with two national holidays during the year: Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day. In recognition of Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, Charlotte County Democrats will host a third, local day of opportunity to pay tribute to fallen and returning veterans who served our country.

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Democratic Women's Club

Dr. Pepe briefs DWC on COVID-19 and county health services

  Dr. Joseph Pepe, the administrator at the Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County, spoke at the Democratic Women’s Club (DWC) meeting on September 14, 2020. He introduced himself as a native Floridian, who grew up as a child of modest means, raised by his mother and grandmother. His childhood experiences led to his

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People

First time voter at age 69: why now?

By Linda Porterfield, Charlotte Dems writer Editor’s Note: (The voter described in this article requested anonymity and is referred to as Jane Dem.) What could possibly motivate a 69-year-old Port Charlotte resident of 41 years, who has never before voted, to register to vote in the 2020 presidential election? You guessed it.  The answer is

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Call to Action

DAVID JONES 2020 campaign needs your help!

We must support David Jones if we want to make DeSantis and the Legislature accountable to the citizens of Florida and to hold DeSantis and the Republicans in Tallahassee to a higher standard. Please consider making phone calls for David Jones to voters from your home to help grow Democratic support and win FL House

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Volunteer Spotlight

Meet A Powerhouse Couple

Editor’s Note: This is the seventh in a Charlotte County Dems Profile series, Influencers, by Linda Conklin, a Charlotte County Dems writer. President Charlotte County Democratic Women’s Club – Kay Blue Meet a Powerhouse Couple Jim and Kay Blue left Toledo, OH, and arrived in Punta Gorda in 2016. Kay was initially interested in meeting

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