Demand our legislators oppose HB 1 Combating Public Disorder

The second committee in the Florida House — the Justice Appropriations Subcommittee — will be hearing the anti-Democratic/anti-free speech HB 1 Combating Public Disorder  bill today March 3 at 4:15 pm ET. We sent an Action Alert prior to the first House hearing in January, but we need you to mobilize again and let the Representatives on this next committee know…

Running an election flawlessly just isn’t good enough for vote-suppressing Florida Republicans

Opinion by Lizette Alvarez, Washington Post contributing columnist, March 2, 2021 Something remarkable happened in Florida this past Election Day: A state long lampooned for its ballot bumbling simply added up its votes and secured a winner, Donald Trump, not long after the polls closed. The election efficiency felt like a miracle. “Florida is a model for the rest…

Vaccine pop-up clinics accused of favoritism draw strong community reaction

Editor’s note: Charlotte Dems helped blow the whistle on this latest version of DeSantis political favoritism after he scheduled a pop up clinic at Kings Gate, a gated community and Republican stronghold in Port Charlotte. By Zac Anderson, Sarasota Herald-Tribune The Palmer Ranch community in Sarasota County encompasses 9,000 acres in the developed portion west…

Immigration advocates decry possible reopening of Homestead FL detention center

By Elitsa Bizios | Vanessa Borge HOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – Local immigration advocates sounded off on a reported decision by the Biden administration to consider reopening a detention center in Homestead as a temporary shelter for undocumented children. Speakers at a press conference held outside Homestead City Hall on Thursday expressed disbelief and disappointment after reports surfaced…

Add your support to SB 792

By Laurie Ulrop, DWC Legislative Liaison and Charlotte Dems contributor This bill could make a huge difference for about 3000 women inmates at Lowell Correctional Institution. The crimes against women taking place in the facility has been taking place for decades. The facility has been aware of these crimes since 2006. It’s time for a change and accountability! …

Charlotte County to vaccinate ‘underserved’ communities following Kings Gate controversy

By Anna Bryson, Charlotte Sun Staff Writer, Feb 23, 2021  Charlotte County Commissioners want to get COVID-19 vaccines to underserved communities particularly following outrage after Gov. Ron DeSantis gave 3,000 coveted COVID-19 vaccine doses to select groups including the high-end Kings Gate community. “As we see these pop up sites at Kings Gate and these…

Attacking the voting rights of soldiers, seniors and working parents

Editor’s Note:  Read an excellent OpEd on this topic by Carl Hiaasen, Miami Herald columnist,  here.  On February 19th,  Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls and Senate President Wilton Simpson had  issued the following joint statement on Governor DeSantis’ election integrity proposal:  “We join the Governor in his efforts to continue to make Florida the national…

FL now leads nation in the # of cases of a troubling new COVID 19 strain; state officials aren’t alerting public

Editor’s note:  Between Sunday and Monday, the number of Florida coronavirus cases increased by 8,002 (0.5 percent), to 1,579,281; active hospitalizations went up by 29 (nearly 0.4 percent), to 7,448; deaths rose by 137 (nearly 0.6 percent), to 24,274. In Charlotte County, we have had 9,023 cases and 270 deaths attributed to coronavirus. You can…

Florida to begin statewide appointment system for vaccine

Editor’s note:  Charlotte County’s distribution effort has been stymied by a surging demand from its 65+ population and limited supply.  When vaccine is available, residents quickly overwhelm this registration site. By BOBBY CAINA CALVAN and TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press, Jan 14, 2021   TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida’s director of emergency management said Thursday that a statewide…

Model homes imminent in West Port

By Betsy Calvert, Charlotte Sun Staff Writer, Nov 29, 2020  This aerial view of the planned community called West Port under development shows State Road 776/El Jobean Road at the bottom and U.S. 41 at the top. The Charlotte County Centennial Park is the green in the middle. The first model homes may go in…

Gov. Ron DeSantis doesn’t want to shut down Florida. What power do mayors and counties have to control the virus?

By RYAN GILLESPIE and STEPHEN HUDAK, published in the ORLANDO SENTINEL, Nov 20, 2020 Across the country, states and counties are ordering residents to hunker down or wear masks as governors brace for another surge of coronavirus cases. But in Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis has prohibited nearly all shutdown actions that local counties were able to take early…

Charlotte leaders at odds over impact fees

By Betsy Calvert, Charlotte Sun staff writer, published Nov 22, 2020 Charlotte County commissioners may agree that impact fees on new construction should go up, but they disagree on how much. Commissioners may consider raising assessments next year County staff told the board at a workshop Tuesday that they could have something for the board to…

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Disposable Seniors

By Sue Busko, as published in Medium, Oct. 25, 2020 Co-conspirators in the War on Boomers I admit I grew bored with all the declarations of war over the last five decades. There was the War on Poverty (a nice idea, but have you noticed the lines at the food banks?) Then there was the…