Nikki Fried asserts herself as de facto leader of Florida Democrats

Though she doesn’t officially take office for more than a month, Agriculture Commissioner-elect Nikki Fried is already making a splash in the Capital, and laying out clear markers for both her nascent administration and her stewardship of the state Democratic Party — of which she is now, somewhat improbably, the de facto leader. (Read more in FloridaPolitics.com)

EDITORIAL: The NRA should not dictate who licenses concealed weapons

Marion Hammer, the public face and political enforcer of the National Rifle Association in Florida, is in a snit about Democrat Nikki Fried having been elected commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the agency that issues concealed weapon permits. Hammer is lobbying to move weapons permitting to the office of Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis,…

CCDEC Chair Patrick Hurley Re-Elected

Charlotte County Chair Patrick Hurley was re-elected at Monday night’s CCDEC meeting. New Vice Chair Teresa Jenkins was elected. Treasurer Jim Ellsworth and Secretary Jane Merriam were re-elected. Their elections were affirmed by acclamation by the membership. Former Vice-Chair Betty Gissendanner was recognized for her long-time service in many roles at the CCDEC. Gissendanner encouraged…

1.4 million ex-felons get their voting rights back, but Democrats shouldn’t count on them swinging Florida

On Jan. 8, David Ayala and thousands of former felons will be able to walk into their county elections office and do something they had been banned by law from doing before – register to vote. “This moment is a lifetime moment for me,” said Ayala, husband of Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala whose first felony drug…

Federal report says what Florida already knows — climate change is affecting us now

The message of the most comprehensive climate change report the United States has ever released is clear: climate change is already impacting Americans, and if nothing is done it will devastate the economy and disrupt millions of lives. For South Florida, among the most vulnerable regions in the country, the report also underlines that spiraling effects are…