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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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Call to Action

Participating in Charlotte County government is the focus of a new workgroup

By Lenny Guckenheimer, Charlotte Dems contributing writer, and Larry Kuranowicz, Charlotte Dems Vice-chair. Charlotte County is undergoing another period of exponential growth. This has happened a number of times over the last forty years, and often has occurred without adequate planning by our local governmental bodies. To some, this is most notable in traffic snarls,

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Analysis

Jim Crow 2.0

By Bill Welsch, Charlotte Dems contributing writer ‘If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.” George Bernard Shaw During the Reconstruction period following the U.S. Civil War, it was not uncommon for African Americans to be elected to local and state offices. Although election to

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Call to Action

Be an advocate for sustainable, livable Charlotte County

By Lenny Guckenheimer, Charlotte County Dems What brought you here to Charlotte County to live? Was it the warm sun and the beaches and the Gulf? The fabulous fishing in Charlotte Harbor? Or maybe that Charlotte County is much less developed and congested than Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, and also less expensive? Whatever the treasures that attracted

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Call to Action

An update from our Charlotte County Dems chair

Editor’s note:  At our June 7th monthly meeting, Teresa Jenkins delivered the following update to our members, guests and all committed Democrats. I want to continue our conversation about the impact of the Florida legislative session from last month’s meeting and the importance of volunteering. What we saw in this legislative session was a clear

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Call to Action

Anti-protest bill will get its Senate vote on Wednesday April 14th

The anti-protest bill — HB 1 Combating Public Disorder — will be debated and voted on the Senate floor Wednesday April 14th. If it passes, goes to the Governor for his signature. So, we ask you to contact your individual Senator before Wednesday to VOTE NO on this anti-democracy bill. If this bill passes, it will be sent directly to the Governor. Our

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Call to Action

Stop Attacks on our Public Schools and Universities!

Public Versus Private School Funding We must stop Senate Bill (SB) 48 from becoming law!  This “Educational Scholarship” bill is the most dangerous piece of legislation in Florida’s long campaign to privatize public education.  Some dangerous parts of SB 48 include:  switching vouchers to educational savings accounts (ESA) funded out of the treasury; increasing coverage of

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Call to Action

Oppose these 7 anti-democratic bills

These seven anti-democratic bills are coming before the Senate Rules Committee on April 6th. Email or call your Senator and the Chair of the Senate Rules Committee using the contact information below. Copy and paste the following along with your name and address in the text of your message. SB 78, SB 90, SB 268, HB 529, SB 582, SB 1890 and SB 1924 are on the Tuesday,

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Call to Action

Tallahassee is still at it. Let them know how you feel!

By Karen Fisk, Charlotte Dems writer and DWC legislative liaison. In this fifth week of the FL Legislature, we have one big bill to support and one to oppose.  Please use the contact information below in (  ) to voice your stance on these bills. SB 208     Renewable Energy:  This bill authorizes businesses to

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Call to Action

Just say NO to Senator Joe Gruters

Several anti-democratic bills are rushing through the legislature this week and  next.  We need an avalanche of letters or phone calls to stop them in their tracks!  Here are the  the worst offenders: HB 1/ SB 484 Combating Public Disorder – This bill would arrest anyone affiliated with a protest who becomes  “disorderly.”  This bill

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Call to Action

 Oppose SB 1922 (Gruters-R) Dissolution of Marriage Bill

Submitted by Laurie Ulrop, Charlotte County DWC Legislative Liaison Ask yourself one question; why when laws are made regarding marriage, they usually benefit the male counterpart of the marriage but the woman is ignored, belittled and undervalued. These laws are openly misogynistic. WHY?  Because they are written by Republican men. This proposed law is no

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Call to Action

Oppose HB 1 Combating Public Disorder

By Laurie Ulrop, DWC Legislative Liaison and Charlotte Dems contributing writer HB 1 Combating Public Disorder passed all of its House committees and is now awaiting a vote on the House floor, possibly by the end of this week. Please OPPOSE this bill today by contacting your local House Representative Michael Grant, (R) via Email:

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Call to Action

Demand FL legislators oppose HB 1/SB 484 Combating Public Disorder

Oppose this bill by signing here. This anti-protesting bill appears before the FL House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, March 10th. Don’t let Florida become totalitarian. Preserve our 1st Amendment rights. Do it right now; it only takes a minute! Talking points : HB 1 Combating Public Disorder was initially conceptualized by Gov. DeSantis as a backlash to Black Lives

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Call to Action

Don’t let them steal your voice!

By Joe Pennisi, Charlotte Dems Contributing Writer Click here to learn what you must do! If you’re like me and most Floridians, you believe that governing is most efficient, and its policies are most responsive to our needs when it is conducted at the local level. Unfortunately, our Republican-controlled state legislature and Governor don’t agree.  Together, they

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Call to Action

Vote By Mail works — don’t mess with it!

Editor’s note: SB 90 is on the Wednesday, March 10, meeting agenda of the Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee. This bill will limit the duration of requests for vote-by-mail ballots to all elections held within a calendar year of a request (currently 2 election cycles). It places unnecessary and unwarranted constraints on requests for mail in ballots and

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Call to Action

More action alerts for you!

By Karen Fisk,  Charlotte Dems legislative tracker The two-month 2021 Florida Legislative Session started March 1st. Several bills will be heard this week. You are requested to contact by phone or email the senators who chair the committees (name is in CAPS below) where the following bills originate. Your letters and phone calls are a

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Call to Action

Call to action: Florida legislative alerts

By Karen Fisk,  Charlotte Dems legislation tracker The 2021 Florida Legislative Session started March 1st. Several bills will be heard this week. You are requested to contact by phone or email the senators who chair the committees where the following bills originate. Your letters and phone calls are a very effective way to urge legislators

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