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Vote in the Aug 23rd primary to determine your local representatives

Dear Fellow Democrats, There is a phrase: “All politics is local.”  Local elections impact the way we live. Mid-term elections, like this year’s election, typically see low-voter turnout and the result is that an unrepresentative set of residents determines how local government serves the community. In some places like Charlotte County, it means politically active

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Elections

Free pass to Legislature cheats voters

The following editorial appeared in The Daily Sun on June 26, 2022. Candidate Andrea Doria Kale will address Charlotte County Dems at our next meeting on July 11th. Register for that meeting HERE. OUR POSITION: Democrats should be ashamed they cannot offer candidates in so many races for a seat in the Florida House and

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Elections

Demings has backbone which Rubio is missing

Editor’s note:  The following letter to the editor was published in the Sarasota Herald Tribune on June 7, 2022. The headline June 2, “Demings files to battle Rubio,” brought to mind a headline last August from the New York Times, “Why do Republicans hate cops?” Congresswoman Val Demings, a Democrat, was formerly a successful police chief

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Call to Action

Voters deserve a choice in state elections

 Please consider running for public office. Contact Larry Kuranowicz at [email protected] to learn more! In the May 8th edition of the Daily Sun, the following editorial was published. OUR POSITION: We would like to see any candidate running for office have to address the issues against an opponent.It’s a new game for candidates running for

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Elections

Can Democrats knock Republicans off their two-faced midterm strategy?

By E.J. Dionne Jr., Washington Post Columnist, May 2, 2022. Republicans are running two very different campaigns for November’s midterms. So far, it’s working. To their base, they promote an unending culture war around race, education and LGBTQ issues. But to appeal to independents and more moderate conservatives, Republicans are offering a thoroughly conventional “Had enough?”

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Florida Legislation

Lawmakers bow to DeSantis on congressional redistricting maps

The following editorial was published by The Daily Sun on April 15, 2022.   OUR POSITION: The leaders in the Florida House and Senate have abandoned their duties by giving Gov. Ron DeSantis the task of drawing up new maps for the state’s congressional districts. Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson and House Speaker Chris Sprowls

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Call to Action

Democrats! Double-check your voter registration to ensure your party affiliation has not been changed by Republican operatives

As recent reports have shown, many Florida voters have unwillingly and unknowingly had their party affiliation changed to Republican. Thus far, evidence suggests that Republican-affiliated operatives have targeted elderly and non-English-speaking Democrats who live in public housing complexes in Cuban- and Haitian-American areas of Miami-Dade County – but the full extent of this voter suppression effort is still unknown.

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Elections

US Representative Sean Patrick Maloney shows how it is done

By Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post Columnist, Feb 20, 2022 He might not be a household name, but Rep. Sean Maloney (N.Y.) is among the Democrats most attuned to the public mood. Politico reports that Maloney, head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, recently shared some polling with members of his party confirming that they better not ignore “cultural” issues.

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Analysis

What should Democrats do now?

By Amber Phillips with Caroline Anders, The Washington Post, Feb 17, 2022 Democrats are worried they could lose the limited control they have in Congress this November. And they have reason to be: With Covid feeling never-ending and groceries and cars and housing costing a lot more, voters are pessimistic about their lives. And that usually

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Opinion

A recipe for disaster for voting by mail in Florida

ANOTHER VIEW: ORLANDO SUN SENTINEL, Feb 14,2022. How many envelopes does it take to return a mail ballot in Florida? Four, according to the Senate’s latest scheme to frustrate the will of Floridians who want to vote by mail. A secrecy envelope. A certificate envelope. A return mailing envelope. All tucked inside a fourth main envelope.

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Election Hacking

Ron DeSantis scrambles Florida’s redistricting debate, with an eye to the 2022 and perhaps 2024 elections

By Colby Itkowitz, Lori Rozsa and  Michael Scherer, The Washington Post, Feb 11, 2022. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has cast himself as the nation’s boldest and most aggressively conservative Republican leader, his eye on a 2022 reelection campaign and a potential presidential run two years later. DeSantis last month introduced legislation that would allow parents to sue

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Florida Legislation

Florida voting law put under the microscope in Federal court

By Anjali Huynh and Jane C. Timm, NBC News,  Jan. 31, 2022. Civil rights groups went to federal court Monday morning to challenge Florida’s new restrictive voting law, lambasting state lawmakers for making it harder to vote. Florida is one of 19 states that enacted new voting restrictions last year, fueled by former President Donald Trump’s stolen election lie. Gov.

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Voting and registration

The nation’s poor have less access to polls

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Jan 30, 2022. A recent (1/26) Daily Sun letter applied right-wing spin to question legitimate concerns for voting rights. Far from attempting to marginalize groups of voters, voting rights advocates are trying to ensure that all citizens have fair and equitable access.

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News

DeSantis worries voter groups and local officials with his Elections Police proposal

By John Kennedy, Capital Bureau | USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA, Dec 22, 2021. TALLAHASSEE – Ron DeSantis’ push to create a new law enforcement arm to police Florida elections is sparking concern among voter outreach organizations and state elections officials worried about how the Republican governor could deploy this force. DeSantis has praised Florida’s election performance in the

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