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Elections

Answers to your voting questions

Voters throughout Florida have already started casting ballots in the November election, and in record numbers. Voter enthusiasm is through the roof. Many Florida voters are voting in new ways — they may have requested a vote-by-mail ballot for the first time, or they may be voting early in-person in order to get their vote

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Analysis

State house candidates don’t agree on much

By Betsy Calvert, Charlotte Sun Staff Writer, Oct 25, 2020 The two candidates for Charlotte County’s seat in the state house of representatives disagree on many topics, including expanding Medicaid for the poor and limiting local authority on key policies. Both incumbent Rep. Michael Grant and his opponent David Jones, agree, however, with a focus

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News

A message from our Charlotte County Democrats Chair

By Teresa Jenkins We are close to the finish line in this election season and we can’t take our foot off the gas!  Yes, early voters and those who voted by mail have turned out in record-breaking numbers this year. But there are still many voters we need to reach and persuade to partake in

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Voting and registration

Donate to the Amendment 4 Fines and Fees Campaign

 A Project of FRRC Education Fund Help Returning Citizens Pay Fines & Fees We at the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, as returning citizens ourselves, know first-hand how financial hardships can prevent people from fully engaging in their communities. So we created a fund to help returning citizens with outstanding fines and fees complete their sentence and

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Anna and Gudrun - poll watchers
Opinion

Biden can’t let up on Trump’s incoherent fiasco

Opinion by  E.J. Dionne Jr. published on Oct. 21, 2020 in the Washington Post Okay, family values voter, can you honestly tell yourself that it’s consistent with your moral commitments to support a president whose administration not only separated migrant children from their parents but has now apparently lost track of the parents of 545 of

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Analysis

The final debate

Analysis by David Leonhardt, NY Times, Oct 23, 2020 Last night’s presidential debate felt much more normal than this year’s first one. The candidates interrupted each other only occasionally rather than constantly. They argued about big policy issues like the coronavirus, foreign policy and more. But the debate wasn’t normal by the standards of nearly

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Opinion

Boomer under the bus

By Sue Busko as published on October 18 on Medium.com Talkin’ ‘bout My Generation… What an interesting juxtaposition — Governor Ron DeSantis promising to deliver Florida to Trump at the same time both he and the President prepare to throw seniors under the bus. Indeed, it may well be the senior vote, the aging boomers

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Elections

Virtual slate card aids your voting decisions

2020 Sample Ballot Democratic Party President and Vice President __X_ Joseph R Biden            Kamala D. Harris Representative of Congress District 17 __X_ Allen Ellison State Representative District 75 __X_ David G. Jones State Senator District 23 __X_ Katherine Norman Clerk of the Court – no opinion Sheriff – no opinion Airport Authority – no

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News

Voter intimidation threats sent to Florida Dems via email

Oct 22nd update: Iran is the source of threatening, faked emails sent to voters, said John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence, and Christopher A. Wray, the F.B.I. director, in an announcement from the bureau’s headquarters. A widespread but ineffective effort at intimidating Florida Democratic voters has occurred.  Specifically, voters are receiving the following email

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News

Democrats will not be intimidated

Gross exaggeration, outright fabrication and voter intimidation are at the center of the effort to re-elect the president. Many Charlotte County Democratic voters have received a threatening email supposedly from “Proud Boys” as an attempt to intimidate them. At one of the County’s polling locations, voters have been shouted at and vehicles with Trump flags

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Call to Action

URGENT: we need poll greeters, canvassers & more!

We’re in the homestretch and we still have way too many voters who need to vote if we’re going to elect our strong Democratic candidates running for National and State offices! Early Voting is now open until November 1st from 7 am to 7 pm every day. We need your help to get our Democratic

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Opinion

A conservative’s case for Biden

By  Michael Gerson,  Washington Post Columnist The reasons for a traditional conservative to oppose President Trump’s reelection grow daily. There is his abdication of leadership in fighting the coronavirus pandemic; his active encouragement of citizens to adopt reckless and unhealthy behavior; his corruption of public institutions for political gain; his cultivation of right-wing extremism; his determined effort

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Analysis

Biden has narrow lead in Florida

By GARY FINEOUT  10/16/2020, courtesy: POLITICO Stop me if you have heard this one before — The presidential race remains effectively tied in Florida, according to the latest poll from Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy released early Friday. Tight — Former Vice President Joe Biden holds a narrow lead of 48 percent to 45 percent over President Donald Trump,

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News

Biden and Trump key in on seniors in campaign’s final weeks

BARBARA SPRUNT | OCTOBER 13, 2020 With just three weeks left in the presidential race, Democratic nominee Joe Biden and President Trump are heavily courting senior citizens, a crucial voting bloc that has been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic. “[Trump’s] never been focused on you. His handling of this pandemic has been erratic, just like

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Analysis

Trump’s false prescription drug claims

President Trump’s loud and repeated claims about lowering drug prices and taking on Big Pharma are helping him in some polls, but his policies aren’t helping patients who need affordable medicines. It’s time to set the record straight. Trump Claim: Thanks to me, insulin is now “as cheap as water.” Insulin is definitely not cheap

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Biden's Vision

Joe Biden’s vision for America – a brief summary

Campaign Finance Reform Joe Biden and the Democrats support restricting SuperPACs, ending dark money groups, keeping foreign money out of our elections, and transparent public financing of our elections. Civil Rights  Joe Biden and the Democrats believe in equal opportunity and freedom for all – no matter your race, disability, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation,

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Analysis

Democrats push for affordable Floridian health care

Editor’s note:  This is an abridged article published by Florida Phoenix on October 8, 2020 By  Issac Morgan Florida is among the worst states in the nation when it comes to people who are uninsured — an estimated 13.2 percent in 2019, according to a recent U.S. Census Bureau report. Voters in Florida and across

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Analysis

The problems Judge Barrett poses

By David Leonhardt, of the NY Times, October 13, 2020 The opening day of Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing showed the very different problems that her nomination creates for each political party. For Democrats, the problem is one of political power. So long as at least 50 of the 53 Republican senators favor her confirmation

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Opinion

The New York Times endorses Biden

The former vice president is the leader our nation needs now. By the New York Times Editorial Board, October 7, 2020 Joe Biden has vowed to be a president for all Americans, even those who do not support him. In previous elections, such a promise might have sounded trite or treacly. Today, the idea that

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