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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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
By Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post Columnist, June 21, 2022. A noose pictured near the U.S. Capitol is displayed on a screen during a hearing of the House Jan. 6 select committee on June 16. (Tom Brenner/Bloomberg News) Retired federal judge J. Michael Luttig warned at the House Jan. 6 committee’s hearing last Thursday that Donald
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
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
BY KIRA LERNER , THE OHIO CAPITAL JOURNAL, MAY 2, 2022. Florida authorities arrested a Black man while he was staying in a homeless shelter and charged him with voting illegally in a case tied to Republicans’ drive to root out election fraud. But Kelvin Bolton’s arrest raises questions about the rollout of Amendment 4,
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?”
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
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Friday, April 1, 2022, a U.S. federal court struck down key provisions of Florida’s Senate Bill 90 that equated to voter suppression. Chief U.S. District Judge Mark E. Walker ruled that Florida’s Senate Bill 90 violates federal law, unconstitutionally impeding the right to vote for Floridians. He noted that “the right
Rick Scott’s plan to raise taxes on more than 50% of Americans is a political disaster for Republicans
Last week, Sen. Rick Scott released an 11-point roadmap for Republicans to “Save America” should they win back majorities in Congress this year. However, one of the key provisions of his plan is to raise taxes on more than 50% of Americans. Now, Republicans across the country are starting to pay a political price as they either
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
By Zac Anderson, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Feb 1, 2022. Democratic U.S. Rep. Val Demings again had a better fundraising quarter than her GOP opponent as she seeks to unseat U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. Demings raised $7.2 million in the last three months of 2021, compared to $5.2 million for Rubio, a Republican. It was the third quarter
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.
By the Washington Post Editorial Board, Dec 26, 2021. American democracy frayed in 2021, as Republicans in states such as Georgia and Texas passed laws making it harder to vote, premised on the lie that fraud tipped the 2020 presidential election. As GOP-controlled state legislatures forced through these antidemocratic policies on party-line votes, the U.S.
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
By Dan Balz, Washington Post chief correspondent, Dec 18, 2021. President Biden’s impassioned rhetoric on Friday about securing voting rights collided once again with the realities of the Democrats’ limited options to turn words into action. Democrats end the year in an even worse place than when the year began amid the barest signs of progress.