Florida Attorney General candidates react: ‘Stand your ground law should be repealed’

Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense laws are a clear division point between the two Democrats and two Republicans in the state attorney general’s race, and that division showed in responses to questions Monday about the Markeis McGlockton shooting. (Read more in TampaBay.com) FDP Statement on Stand Your Ground Law Being Used in Clearwater Case Posted July…

Charlotte and Sarasota lack young voters

Young Charlotte County Democrats Vance Herbener and Shanna Salovitz were featured in today’s Charlotte Sun article  More and more young people are registering to vote statewide, but not in Charlotte and Sarasota counties. By now it’s well-known that voter turnout was notoriously low in 2016 — only a little over half the registered voters in the…

Philip Levine, Chris King look for votes in deep red Charlotte

While Charlotte County can safely be called Republican country, Democratic gubernatorial candidates Philip Levine and Chris King weathered pouring rain to speak to voters there on Saturday. The two candidates spoke at the Politics in the Park event at Harbor Heights Park near Punta Gorda. There, Levine touted his record as a climate-conscious mayor in Miami Beach while King…

Sen. Nelson on Trump/Putin Summit

From Senator Bill Nelson: Dear Friends, President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met for a private one-on-one meeting in Helsinki, Finland today. While we don’t know what the two presidents said during that meeting, what President Trump said at a press conference afterward – and his refusal to accept the fact that Russia interfered…

Gubernatorial Debate in Fort Myers

This Wednesday, July 18, the Florida Democratic Party will be hosting a Democratic Gubernatorial Debate in Fort Myers. The debate will be held at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Cohen Center and will be broadcasted live on WINK News in Southwest Florida and on Winknews.com. This will be the first time all five Democratic candidates—Andrew Gillum,…

Ron DeSantis on Disastrous Trump-Putin Presser: It’s Obama’s Fault

Amidst Bipartisan Condemnation, DeSantis (Once Again) Backs Trump. Does Adam Putnam Agree? Almost immediately after Donald Trump’s disastrous press conference with Fox News, Ron DeSantis took to Fox News to back the President’s approach to Russia, trash the Mueller investigation — and pin the blame for Russian malfeasance on the Obama administration. DeSantis stands nearly…

Recent letter was plagiarized

The following letter to the editor by Charlotte County DEC member David Finster was published in the Charlotte Sun on Friday, July 13th. Editor: The letter from July 6 submitted by Thomas W. Smith of North Port was plagiarized from an online blog published by Daniel Greenfield, who is “a New York writer focusing on radical…

Soul of nation is at stake

The following letter to the editor, written by DEC member Teresa Jenkins, was published in the Charlotte Sun on Saturday, July 14th: Editor: Leonard Pitts’ recent editorial column concluded with, “I am a liberal. Because I have, literally, no alternative.” I can empathize and this year I’ll cast my ballot for candidates who will: protect…

How the Charlotte Sun gets it right… and Wrong

The following letter to the editor written by Charlotte Co. DEC Communications Chair Jim Blue appeared in the Charlotte Sun on Thursday, July 12 Charlotte Democrats riding the wave Editor: My applause for the Sun’s July 4 article on the enthusiasm among Charlotte County Democrats under the leadership of local party Chairman Patrick Hurley. Democrats are rebounding…

The importance of controlling the courts

In these polarized times, court nominations unite political parties even more than individual issues. Justice Kennedy’s retirement can be a clarifying moment for the Democratic Party. We have a Supreme Court nomination from an unpopular president who lost the popular vote by 2.8 million. Unpopular Republicans in the Senate will attempt to rush through the…