Demand our legislators oppose HB 1 Combating Public Disorder

The second committee in the Florida House — the Justice Appropriations Subcommittee — will be hearing the anti-Democratic/anti-free speech HB 1 Combating Public Disorder  bill today March 3 at 4:15 pm ET. We sent an Action Alert prior to the first House hearing in January, but we need you to mobilize again and let the Representatives on this next committee know…

Running an election flawlessly just isn’t good enough for vote-suppressing Florida Republicans

Opinion by Lizette Alvarez, Washington Post contributing columnist, March 2, 2021 Something remarkable happened in Florida this past Election Day: A state long lampooned for its ballot bumbling simply added up its votes and secured a winner, Donald Trump, not long after the polls closed. The election efficiency felt like a miracle. “Florida is a model for the rest…

Vaccine pop-up clinics accused of favoritism draw strong community reaction

Editor’s note: Charlotte Dems helped blow the whistle on this latest version of DeSantis political favoritism after he scheduled a pop up clinic at Kings Gate, a gated community and Republican stronghold in Port Charlotte. By Zac Anderson, Sarasota Herald-Tribune The Palmer Ranch community in Sarasota County encompasses 9,000 acres in the developed portion west…

Immigration advocates decry possible reopening of Homestead FL detention center

By Elitsa Bizios | Vanessa Borge HOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – Local immigration advocates sounded off on a reported decision by the Biden administration to consider reopening a detention center in Homestead as a temporary shelter for undocumented children. Speakers at a press conference held outside Homestead City Hall on Thursday expressed disbelief and disappointment after reports surfaced…

Add your support to SB 792

By Laurie Ulrop, DWC Legislative Liaison and Charlotte Dems contributor This bill could make a huge difference for about 3000 women inmates at Lowell Correctional Institution. The crimes against women taking place in the facility has been taking place for decades. The facility has been aware of these crimes since 2006. It’s time for a change and accountability! …

Charlotte County to vaccinate ‘underserved’ communities following Kings Gate controversy

By Anna Bryson, Charlotte Sun Staff Writer, Feb 23, 2021  Charlotte County Commissioners want to get COVID-19 vaccines to underserved communities particularly following outrage after Gov. Ron DeSantis gave 3,000 coveted COVID-19 vaccine doses to select groups including the high-end Kings Gate community. “As we see these pop up sites at Kings Gate and these…

Top-ranking FL Democrat, Commissioner Nikki Fried, will speak to us on Monday, Mar 1st at 6 PM

Nikki Fried, Florida’s 12th Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services and our top-ranking Florida Democrat will address the Charlotte County Democratic Executive Committee (CCDEC) at its monthly meeting held via Zoom on Monday, March 1st promptly at 6 PM. Register for this event here. She is holding conversations with all stakeholders in our Party, to…

Election supervisors oppose bill to require yearly mail-in voting ballot requests

Editor’s note: This blatant voter suppression bill bill made it out of committee. Tell our Sen. Albritton and/or Gruters to vote against it! State Senator Joe Gruters (District 23) 1-850-487-5023 State Senator Ben Albritton  (District 26) 1- 850-487-5026 By Valerie Crowder, WFSU, published February 15, 2021 Elections supervisors have been speaking out against a proposal to require voters…

4 final takeaways from Trump’s impeachment trial

Editor’s comment: Trump is guilty. He incited the Capitol riot. A majority of the Senate agreed. A majority of the country agrees. Senate Republicans, aided and abetted by Mitch McConnell, acquitted him anyway.  By Aaron Blake, The Washington Post, Feb 13, 2021 The impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump has ended with his acquittal — the second…

Call FL senators to oppose anti-union SB 78

FL Senate Bill 78 will be heard in Committee next week, Thursday, Feb 18 at 9 am. Please call the Committee members and say you OPPOSE this bill. This Anti-Union bill SB 78 (Rodrigues) Dues and Uniform Assessments continues to move in the Florida Senate. It is strongly opposed by public union employees because it is unnecessary and inserts employers into…