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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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Republicans

Governor DeSantis should denounce instances of alleged voter fraud from GOP actors across the state

Recent media reports indicate that three residents of The Villages have been arrested and face charges for allegedly casting multiple ballots in the November 2020 election. Two of them are registered Republicans and the third has no party affiliation, although social media posts on a Facebook account appearing to belong to him exhibited pro-Trump posts.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) in Miami on May 4.
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DeSantis wants felony penalties for ‘ballot harvesting’ and more hurdles for voters

By MICHAEL MOLINE , The Florida Phoenix, Nov 3,  2021. Gov. Ron DeSantis called Wednesday for new laws to make voting harder, including imposing felony penalties for “ballot harvesting,” creation of a special unit to investigate election fraud, and stricter deadlines for striking inactive voters off the rolls. The day after the Democrats lost the Virginia governor’s

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University of Florida bars faculty from testifying in voting rights lawsuit against DeSantis administration

By Andrew Jeong, The Washington Post, Oct 30, 2021. The University of Florida barred three faculty members from testifying for plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging a voting-restrictions law enthusiastically embraced by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), which activists say makes it harder for racial minorities to vote, in a move that raises sharp concerns about academic freedom and free

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Analysis

DeSantis policy moves often followed by fundraising pitch

By John Kennedy, Capital Bureau, USA TODAY NETWORK—FLORIDA, October 8, 2021. TALLAHASSEE – When Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered Florida’s secretary of state to investigate Facebook, alleging it may have manipulated 2020 elections in the state, he made sure his donors didn’t miss the news. Forty-eight hours after the Republican governor dispatched Laurel Lee last month on a search for

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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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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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Elections

Candidate for Governor Charlie Crist addresses Charlotte County Dems

By Fran Dance, Charlotte Dems contributing writer Port Charlotte, FL – On July 12th, US Representative Charlie Crist addressed 25 Charlotte County Democratic Party donors in a special meet and greet meeting via Zoom. He  is an American lawyer and politician serving as the U.S. Representative from Florida’s 13th congressional district, based in St. Petersburg,

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Elections

Supreme Court decisions are not always right

By Bill Welsch, Charlotte Dems contributing writer In March 1857, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 against Dred Scott, an enslaved black man, who was seeking his freedom on the basis that his owners had moved him to a free state.  The Court ruled that people of African descent “are not included, and were not intended

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Elections

Is Charlotte County a hotbed of anarchy?

A Punta Gorda man is accused of conspiring to breach the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Charlotte Sun Staff Report, July 2, 2021 David Moerschel, 43, is the 18th member of the Oath Keepers organization to be arrested in connection with the riots, the Washington Post reported. He was charged with obstruction of justice/Congress, conspiracy

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Volunteer Needed

Why Didn’t They Vote?

By Penelope Mayer, Charlotte Dems contributing writer, June 20, 2021 Currently our Precinct Captains and volunteers are engaged in a deep canvassing phone campaign with the 9000 registered Democrats who did not vote in 2020. We hope to learn why some of our Charlotte County Democrats sat out this very critical election, but in the

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Elections

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried files to run for governor

By Zac Anderson and John Kennedy, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, June 1, 2021 After a surprise 2018 win that made her a leading Democratic voice in Florida and a pandemic spent as Gov. Ron DeSantis’ chief antagonist, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried filed Tuesday to try to unseat the governor in 2022. Fried’s candidate filing was posted on the Florida Division of Elections website

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Charlotte County Democrats

Charlotte County Democrats seek candidates for public office

By Fran Dance, Charlotte Dems Communications Committee Chair and contributing writer There are many opportunities for dynamic, viable Democratic candidates to win elected local positions, in addition to the major 2022 races for Governor, US Senator and US Representative. In 2022, these will include the Florida House seat, District 75 covering Charlotte County and the

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Election Hacking

Amid allegations of spoiler candidate scheme, FL Democrats call for GOP Senator to resign

Editor’s note:  While Republicans in Tallahassee attempt to suppress Vote by Mail via SB 90, ostensibly to address election fraud; they will likely do nothing to address this alleged crime within their party.  How two faced! By SAMANTHA J. GROSS and  ANA CEBALLOS,  Miami Herald, March 19, 2021 Florida Democrats on Friday called for Republican Sen.

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Elections

Democrat Alice White is elected city commissioner of North Port

Editor’s note: Total votes cast were 8,921, which was a strong turnout; attributed to an excellent get out the vote campaign by Alice and our sister Sarasota County Dems organization. Congratulations to all!  This victory is an inspiration to Charlotte County Dems.  We can win elections, too! By Craig Garrett, Charlotte Sun Staff Writer, March 9,

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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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Florida Legislation

Florida GOP voting restrictions target Black voters

By Carl Hiaasen, Miami Herald columnist. Readers may write to him at: The Miami Herald, 3511 NW 91st Ave., Miami, FL 33172. One of many historic footnotes to the tense November election was that Florida didn’t screw everything up for the rest of the country. For once, the ballot-counting here was mostly uneventful, uncontroversial and

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