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Ron DeSantis is afraid of questions from a 15 year-old

By Jake Lahut, The Daily Beast, September 1, 2023. Quinn Mitchell has seen at least 35 presidential candidates in person since 2019, when he first started showing up at New Hampshire primary events to ask them questions. Not a single one of them had ever treated the now-15-year-old as if he were a threat—until Ron DeSantis came

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DeSantis gets mixed reviews from 1st GOP presidential debate

By MITCH PERRY, The Florida Phoenix,  Aug 24, 2023  MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – AUGUST 23: Republican presidential candidates (L-R), former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Vivek Ramaswamy participate in the first debate of the GOP primary season hosted by FOX News at the Fiserv Forum on August 23, 2023 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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I won’t let Donald Trump invade my brain

By David Brooks, Opinion Columnist, The New York Times, June 15, 2023 I try to be a reasonable person. I try to be someone who looks out on the world with trusting eyes. Over the decades, I’ve built up certain expectations about how the world works and how people behave. I rely on those expectations

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Brennan Center for Justice: wealthy donor impact on elections

In the 2022 midterms, the 100 largest donors collectively spent 60 percent more than every small donor in the United States combined, according to a Brennan Center analysis of publicly available data. (Small donors are those who give $200 or less.) The wealthy have always wielded disproportionate power over American government. In 1895, GOP strategist

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Albritton challenged by Proia for State Senate seat

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Oct 22, 2022. OUR POSITION: Republican Sen. Ben Albritton seeks a return to the Florida Senate in District 27 against Democrat Christopher Proia, a first-time candidate. Christopher Proia fully realizes the challenge he faces. The 40-year-old, first-time political candidate is challenging powerful Republican Sen. Ben Albritton

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You are invited to the Englewood Democratic Club meeting on Oct 26th

Please join us on ZOOM  for our monthly EDC membership meeting on Wednesday Oct. 26 at 5:30.  We are very honored to have ANDREA DORIA KALE as our speaker. Andrea is our Democratic candidate running against Rep. Steube -US Congressional District 17 which includes all of Sarasota, Charlotte and part of Lee County.  Andrea will speak at

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Charlotte County Commission incumbents flush with cash

By Frank DiFiore, The Daily Sun Staff Writer, July 24, 2022. PUNTA GORDA — Charlotte County Commission incumbents continue to hold a commanding fundraising advantage over challengers. Stephen R. Deutsch, representing District 4, has raised just over $86,000 as of July 15, according to campaign finance disclosure forms. His District 2 colleague, Christopher George Constance,

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Charlie Crist and Nikki Fried tangle over abortion, housing crisis in Florida governor debate

By John Kennedy, Capital Bureau | USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA, July 22, 2022. TALLAHASSEE — Democrats Charlie Crist and Nikki Fried tangled Thursday night over affordable housing, the economy, climate change and abortion, but agreed that Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has to be stopped from winning a second term during a tough-edged, hour-long televised debate. Crist and Fried also turned

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Gavin Newsom’s TV ad slamming DeSantis fills a void among Democrats

By Paul Waldman and Greg Sargent, The Washington Post, July 5, 2022. The shooting at a July Fourth parade in Illinois seemed somehow different — it wasn’t just one more massacre. This was obvious to everyone, especially liberals who criticize American gun culture and the difficulty of passing legislation at the national level. Nowhere seems safe, and politicians

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Kale to run against Steube for District 17 Congressional seat

Donate to her campaign by clicking HERE.  By Sue Erwin, Daily Sun Staff Writer, July 5, 2022. NORTH PORT — Andrea Doria Kale, of North Port, is running against U.S. Rep. Greg Steube for his U.S. House of Representatives seat. Steube, a Republican, has been Florida’s 17th District congressman since 2019. Kale, a Democrat, has

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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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Introducing our six candidates for FDP Chair

Editor’s Note:  Since Terrie Rizzo announced she will not run for re-election, six candidates have announced their candidacy for Chair of the Florida Democratic Party (FDP). Below are the announcements by Dr. Cynthia Moore Chestnut and former Miami-Dade Mayor Mannie Diaz, followed by articles on candidates Dr. Janelle Christensen, President of the Democratic Environmental Caucus

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Candidates Address Impact of Covid-19 on Seniors and Black Americans

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”23931″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]On June 18 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm the Charlotte County Democratic Party will host a virtual roundtable discussion with three candidates: Allen Ellison—Candidate U.S. Congressional District 17 David Jones —Candidate State House District 75 Katherine Norman—Candidate State Senate District 23 The roundtable discussion allows voters to get to know their Democratic candidates who

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Deceptive Republican Campaign Mailings Arrive in Charlotte County

Official-looking forms mimic Census Questionnaire   The Republican Party is mailing campaign literature that looks like US census forms to voters across the country including here in Charlotte County. The mailings are titled “2020 Congressional District Census” and instruct the recipients to “answer all questions to the best of your ability.” The mailing asks respondents

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Blue Wave Coalition’s winning strategies come to Gulf Coast

by Jane Merriam, CCDEC Secretary Imagine more than doubling the number of Democratic elected officials in your area. That is what a grassroots organization did in St. Johns County in the 2018 elections. (St. Johns County is located on the Atlantic coast and St. Augustine is the county seat.) The grassroots organization, St. Johns County

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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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