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Democratic Club member, John Washburn, shares a Labor Day Story

Editor’s note: John Washburn is a Charlotte County Democratic Club member. He also has served as State Committee Man. Washburn started his 30-year career in 1969 as a Teamster Union member, driving a delivery truck in Detroit for Continental Bakery. His job was delivering Wonder Bread and other baked goods to grocery stores. This was

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Suncoast Waterkeeper’s Healthy Tributaries Program gets donation from Charlotte Dem Environmental Caucus

by Mary Lundeberg, Secretary, Charlotte County Democratic Environment Caucus A plan to monitor water-quality on the Peace River and other area waterways is getting closer to being fulfilled. Suncoast Waterkeepers wants to monitor water quality by developing a network of trained volunteers who will gather water samples from the Alafia, Little Manatee, Braden, Myakka and

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Relationships key for successful campaigns

A campaign manager for Amy McGrath, running for U.S. Senate against Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), was in town visiting family. Taking some time from their visit, Scott Johnson and his father, Steve, stopped by the Charlotte Dems office to chat about Scott’s experiences with McGrath’s 2018 Congressional campaign. Like many of us, Scott had no

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Letter to the Editor: Focus on the similarities

A letter writer to the Sun Newspaper cuts through the differences between the political parties.  The  writer states, ” Actually, Democrats have the same basic values as most Republicans and independents”. See the letter in the Charlotte Sun newspaper (July 26, 2019, pg C7): Focus On Similarities To Solve Issues

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Local Action

Democrats Values

A vigorous debate over a resolution urging Congress to conduct an impeachment inquiry, a resolution demanding the closure of immigrant children camps, and a visit by a Republican Charlotte County commissioner highlighted the July Charlotte County Democratic Executive Committee (CCDEC) business meeting that was anything but business as usual. The local Democrats’ meeting began with

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Local environmental Dems go to statewide Environmental Caucus

Nearly half of Charlotte County Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida (CCDECF) membership traveled to Orlando this past weekend to help elect officers for the statewide environmental caucus. Phyllis Wojcik CCDECF president, proudly reports, “We had 10 members go to the Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida (DECF) elections. We have a total of 26 official members

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Voter outreach continues strong even in summer heat

By Larry Kuran, Precinct Captains’ Committee The past few weeks have seen near record heat in Southwest Florida. Nonetheless, the Charlotte Dem’s Precinct Captains and their helpers have made steady progress in contacting Democratic voters that need to re-enroll to continue participating in Vote By Mail.   This is critical work as Vote By Mail

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Vigil in Homestead-Miami Detention Center to support Migrant children

Charlotte County Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida joins two local groups to participate in a Mother’s Day vigil at the Homestead Detention Center for migrant children. The other groups are the Immigration Justice Committee – Universalist Unitarian Fellowship of Charlotte County and the Immigration Action Group – SWFL Indivisible. Local participation is being organized by

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Charlotte Young Democrat talks about his trip to Tallahassee

I recently had the privilege to go to Tallahassee for the Florida Young Democrats Lobby Days. I was able to speak to legislators and meet fellow young Democrats from around the State of Florida. We were able to see how the Young Democrats empower young people to become more engaged in politics by fostering strong leadership skills.

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Voting and registration

Voter registration drive launched by Charlotte Dems and Indivisible Action SWFLA

Voter registration is a key strategy that gets a lot of attention during election years. But not so much attention in off-years. This year is different. “Charlotte Democratic Party and Indivisible Action SWFLA are partnering to train volunteers to register voters,” says Nancy Razvoza, Presidentof the Charlotte Democratic Club. “The goal is for trained volunteers

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Welcome our youngest Charlotte Dems member, Daniel Schwarz

Daniel Schwarz recently joined Charlotte Dems and became our youngest member. Only 18, he is a junior at Florida Gulf Coast University, studying Political Science and Criminal Justice. Daniel skipped two years of college by earning both his high school diploma and an associate’s degree through a dual enrollment program at his high school. Because

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Talking about racism

How do you have a conversation with someone who just made a racist comment? There are different ways to deal with this situation. How do you respond? Do you tell them they are racist for saying that? Then they feel insulted and they say something back at you that is not very flattering. And by

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DEC Legislative Committee Holds Its First Meeting

By Teresa Jenkins, Legislative Liaison Committee Chair The Legislative Liaison Committee held its first meeting on February 13. The meeting was deemed, “the calm before the storm,” as Florida’s 60-day legislative session will begin on March 5. Interim committee weeks are about to end and we’ll get the show on the road! DEC members are

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Developer withdraws Englewood East hotel plan

A developer who had received a recommendation for a planned hotel from a Charlotte County advisory committee has retracted his request for a zoning change, citing public opposition to the plan. (Read more in Englewood Sun) Also in Englewood Sun, ‘We don’t want Naples here’ – Englewood residents object to proposed hotel

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Water and Sewer Rates Going Up

Two hours of angry testimony persuaded Charlotte County Commissioners to drop the last two years of planned water and sewer rate increases. That leaves three years of 7 percent rate increases — the first to take effect on April 1. (Read more in Englewood Sun)

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