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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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Analysis

What can Ron DeSantis do now?

By Benjamin Wallace-Wells The New Yorker, May 26, 2023. Presidential campaigns are usually launched in a bright burst of hope. Slick videos are posted, bus tours of the hinterlands are announced, e-mails seeking donations flow into in-boxes like the tide. The candidacy of Governor Ron DeSantis, of Florida, contains some extra, darker emotional layers: defensiveness,

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Elections

No reason for partisan school board elections

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Apr 28, 2023. OUR POSITION: Turning school board races in Florida into potential clashes over party politics does nothing to help students or the state’s goal to be a leader in education. It will be up to voters in 2024 to right a wrong. The wrong

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Charlotte County Democrats

The Democratic party is looking for candidates

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on March 8, 2022. As chair of the Charlotte County Democratic Party, I am compelled to speak out against the alarming trend of overreach by Republican legislators who are blindly rubber-stamping Governor Ron DeSantis’ autocratic, performative, and extreme right-wing initiatives. Many readers of

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Elections

Who will we elect to lead the Florida Democratic Party?

With thanks to Roxy Moore & Politico Florida Playbook , we offer the following synopsis of the 5 candidates.  Also see https://www.floridadems.org/our-party/fdp-chair-candidates/ Please advise Dr. Lucy Huke Garner and Tom Garner of your prefered leader at lucyhuykegarner@gmail.com  and tomgarner1@gmail.com before Feb 25th, when this election will take place. Feb 17th update:  Alex Berrios, one of

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Elections

It’s time to renew your Vote by Mail ballot application

All mail ballot requests in Florida expired after the November 2022 election – including yours. You read that right. Due to the 2021 Florida elections law (SB90), all mail ballot requests from before the 2022 election have been canceled – and now, all Floridians who want to vote by mail in 2023-2024 must submit a new vote-by-mail

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Elections

Values-based politics are winning politics for Democrats

By Perry Bacon Jr., Washington Post Columnist, December 7, 2022. The election results from 2018, 2020 and this year, including Tuesday’s reelection of Sen. Raphael G. Warnock (D-Ga.), have clearly shown that Democrats can win by casting Republicans as a party of bigotry, intolerance and radicalism. They should embrace that approach — and give up on

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Elections

The GOP has a big problem beyond Trump: It lacks compelling alternatives

By Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post Columnist, December 7, 2022. Republican support for former president Donald Trump is declining. Even his popularity among evangelicals has faded — not because they have discovered his abysmal character or lack of reverence for the Constitution, but because they fear he might not be a winning candidate. But Republicans have a significant problem for 2024, even

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Analysis

What a closely watched SCOTUS case could mean for Florida

By GARY FINEOUT ,  Politico Florida Playbook, Dec 7, 2022. Before the court — A lot of attention will be directed to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) as it takes up a North Carolina redistricting case that could determine the future of elections nationwide, including Florida’s. The case known as Moore v. Harper centers around

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Elections

DeSantis’ presidential bid may get easier

By Stephany Matat, Palm Beach Post USA TODAY NETWORK, Nov 30, 2022 Gov. Ron DeSantis hasn’t said he’s running for president, but Florida Republican legislative leaders are considering making it easier for him to do so anyway. Gathered in Tallahassee on Tuesday, these leaders said they are open to revising a Florida law requiring the

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Analysis

New state voter fraud units finding few cases from midterms

The following article was published in The Daily Sun on Nov 27, 2022. WASHINGTON (AP) — State-level law enforcement units created after the 2020 presidential election to investigate voter fraud are looking into scattered complaints more than two weeks after the midterms but have provided no indication of systemic problems. That’s just what election experts

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Analysis

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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Elections

Proposed constitutional amendments were popular, but not popular enough

By MICHAEL MOLINE, The Florida Phoenix, Nov 9, 2022. Florida voters have decided not to grant themselves property tax breaks for armoring their homes against flooding. They also voted on Tuesday to keep the Constitutional Revision Commission — a panel convened every 20 years to decide whether and how to amend Florida’s basic charter. Finally, they

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Gerrymandering

Common Cause’s case against Florida’s discriminatory redistricting process moves forward 

TALLAHASSEE — A federal lawsuit to redraw the unfair and discriminatory Congressional maps in place in Florida overcame a major milestone this week, when a three-judge panel ruled Tuesday the case can continue to the discovery phase. The lawsuit filed by Common Cause, Fair Districts NOW, the Florida NAACP and five individual plaintiffs in the U.S. District Court for

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Elections

Why aren’t the Democrats trouncing these guys?

By David Brooks, New York Times Opinion Columnist, Nov. 3, 2022. My big takeaway from this election season would be this: We’re about where we were. We entered this election season with a nearly evenly divided House and Senate in which the Democrats had a slight advantage. We’ll probably leave it with a nearly evenly divided

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Elections

Democracy was on the ballot. And voters knew it.

Editor:  Maybe this wasn’t so true in Florida, but it sure was nationally! By Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post Columnist, November 9, 2022. Voters cast their ballots at the William R. Talley Recreation Center in Frederick, Md., on Tuesday. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post) Judging by historical trends and high inflation rates, Democrats should have been clobbered in

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Elections

We thank all our candidates and volunteers for a race well run!

We ran a clean and professional race against well funded opponents with all the benefits and power of incumbency. We thank all our volunteers who went door to call, made telephone calls, addressed letters, worked at the polls and so much more. Thank you one and all: Val Demings for United States Senator Andrea Doria Kale for

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Elections

Punta Gorda looks at charter amendments

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Nov 3, 2022. OUR POSITION: Voters will be asked to approve amendments to the Punta Gorda City Charter. Punta Gorda voters have an opportunity through early voting and at the poll Tuesday to pass amendments to the city charter the city’s Charter Review Committee believes

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Analysis

Democracy or Autocracy? The choice is ours. Vote!

Editor’s comment:  Biden addressed this very question last night. Read his comments below. Florida has been under single party rule for over 20 years now. DeSantis controls all three branches of FL government and reaches deeply into our private lives. Vote Democratic…for a change. By Heather Cox Richardson, Nov 2, 2022. “Anecdotal data point,” conservative

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