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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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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.
News

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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News

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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