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Charlotte County Democrats

A message from our Charlotte Dems Chair on Hispanic Heritage Month

Please join me in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th to October 15th! I am grateful for the immeasurable contributions of Hispanic Americans to Florida and Charlotte County. Part of what makes neighborhoods so special is diversity, and we wouldn’t have that today without our strong and vibrant Hispanic communities. Charlotte County Democrats are

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News

CDC: 50,000 Floridians dead due to Covid

By Chris Persaud,  Palm Beach Post, USA TODAY NETWORK, Sept 18, 2021. It took nearly six months for Florida’s COVID-19 death toll to climb to about 40,000 from 30,000, but just over a month for the state to surpass 50,000 lives lost to what health officials are increasingly calling a preventable disease. COVID-19 has killed 50,811

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Biden's Vision

Joe Biden’s response to my request to protect voting rights

When I took the oath of office, I pledged to defend America against all threats—both foreign and domestic—and that includes the assault on free and fair elections and the sacred, constitutional right to vote. The right to vote is the beating heart of American democracy:  with it, anything is possible for us; without it, nothing

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News

A message from our Charlotte County Democrats Treasurer

As individual Democrats, we each support our progressive candidates as our personal circumstances allow and dictate. But by banding together as members and supporters of the Charlotte County Democratic Executive Committee (CCDEC) we are able to magnify our potential effect by pooling our money, our volunteerism, our energy, our spirit and mindset for doing good

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News

National Hispanic Heritage Month Begins

September 15, 2021 marks the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month. This period of time, ending on October 15, will feature events and activities across the nation celebrating the history, influence and contributions of Hispanic-Americans to life in the United States. In recognition of the beginning of this important month-long period, Florida Democratic Party Chair

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News

DeSantis’ anti-mandate stance edges him closer to anti-vaxxers

By Gary Fineout, Florida Politico, Sept 14, 2021. Roll back the tape – As Florida’s Delta surge exploded this summer Gov. Ron DeSantis and his team would snap when the time he was spending touting monoclonal antibody treatment for those infected with Covid-19 was used to question his support for vaccination. Pro-vaccine — The state’s Republican

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Coronavirus

Biden Is Right: Vaccine Refusal ‘Has Cost All of Us’

By The Editorial Board, The New York Times, Sept. 10, 2021. As Americans contemplate the prospect of a second winter trapped in the grip of Covid-19, remember that it didn’t need to be this way. Vaccines were developed in record time, and have proved to be both incredibly safe and stunningly effective. Nearly two-thirds of eligible Americans

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News

Please join us at our annual fundraiser on Oct 9th

Due to the Delta variant and out of an abundance of caution, we have made the difficult decision to hold our 2021 Annual Fundraiser virtually. This decision has changed many aspects of this event, however, the need to raise money to fund our operations is more  important than ever. Candidates know that to win elections

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News

After state docked pay from school board, Broward County pushes DeSantis to stop sitting on billions for schools

By Danielle Brown, The Florida Phoenix, Sep 8, 2021. While state education officials withheld the salaries of Broward County School Board members because of strict mask mandates, the school district has called on Gov. Ron DeSantis to distribute billions in federal relief funds to help schools recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter addressed

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Florida Legislation

‘Anti-riot’ law backed by Florida Gov. DeSantis blocked by federal judge

By John Kennedy, Capital Bureau, USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA, Sep 10, 2021 TALLAHASSEE – Another of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ policy priorities has been blocked, with a federal court Thursday stopping enforcement of his so-called anti-riot law that opponents said was riddled with constitutional defects. Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker agreed with arguments made by several civil rights

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Charlotte County Democrats

Attend the Englewood Democratic Club meeting on Sept 22nd at 5:30 pm

The Englewood Democratic Club invites you to our monthly meeting via Zoom on Sept. 22 at 5:30 pm. All members and friends are welcome. We have two guest speakers from the Englewood Water District (EWD): Sidney Crampton, Chair of the Board of Supervisors, and Ray Burroughs, Administrative Manager. The title is “Water: What is it

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Charlotte County Democrats

Learn how Democrats can win the 2022 Florida elections

Please register by clicking HERE to attend our next Charlotte County Dems monthly meeting, held virtually via ZOOM at 5:30 PM on Monday September 13th. Our guest speaker will be Craig Smith, who currently serves as co-chair of the Florida Democratic Party (FDP) Campaign Committee. In this role he is helping counties across Florida turn

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Biden's Vision

Stop fretting, Democrats. Use your power.

Opinion by  James Downie, Washington Post digital opinions editor, Sept 5, 2021 The past few days have provided a vivid example of how the country’s two major parties exercise political power. On the one hand, Democrats hold Congress and the White House, but they’ve hit the brakes on a signature spending package and the extension

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News

Florida judge blocks DeSantis attempt to halt mask mandate ruling

By Andrew Atterbury, Politico.com, Sep 8, 2021. TALLAHASSEE — Florida school districts are free to implement mask mandates for students as of Wednesday after a judge struck down the DeSantis administration’s attempt to halt a recent ruling on face coverings. The decision marks the latest chapter in a weekslong fight in schools and courts over masking children amid

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Opinion

Florida vying to outdo ‘Texas Crazy’

Editor’s note:  the following letter to the editor was published today in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. I’m from Texas. My wife is from Sarasota. Early in the pandemic, the lieutenant governor of Texas declared older folks should be willing to die to preserve a good economy. That gave me the early lead in our debate over

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Analysis

Democrats say DeSantis stumble gives hope, but campaign needs work

By John Kennedy, Capital Bureau, USA TODAY NETWORK-FLORIDA, Sept 4, 2021. TALLAHASSEE – With recent polls showing Gov. Ron DeSantis losing support among Floridians as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge, Florida Democrats sense a political opening. But DeSantis’ stumbles also are being greeted with a cold dose of reality among  Democrats exiled from state leadership for more than

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Economy

DeSantis is ignoring workers’ needs

Editor’s note: This was published as a Letter to the Editor in The Daily Sun on Sept 5, 2021. Members of the Charlotte County Democratic Party have been collecting and donating food to food banks for almost a year. And the need not only continues but increases. There are a lot of people in this

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Elections

Local legislators ready for state abortion ban

Editor’s note:  Both Michael Grant (R) and Ben Albritton (R) are up for re-election in 2022.  Currently, there are no Democratic candidates. Please consider running against them. Click HERE for more information. By Betsy Calvert, The Daily Sun Staff Writer, Sept 4, 2021. Local state legislators expect to try again in 2022 to enact a

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