How will Piney Point affect us?

By Betsy Calvert, Charlotte Sun Staff Writer, Apr 7, 2021 What happened? Stacks of waste water and phosphogypsum remain at the site of the defunct Piney Point phosphate plant mine in Bradenton.  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency last Saturday after a significant leak of wastewater threatened to burst a system that…

“60 Minutes” CBS segment on Florida’s COVID vaccine rollout spotlights claims of DeSantis favoring the wealthy

Editor’s note:  You can watch the complete “60 Minutes”  segment by clicking here and then click here to learn how retired NFL star Anquan Boldin helped his hometown of the Glades get vaccinated. By Zac Anderson, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, April 4, 2021 The vaccine favoritism questions swirling around Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis received a national spotlight…

Accountability questions swirl around Piney Point phosphogypsum stack leaks

By Jesse Mendoza, Sarasota Herald-Tribune,  USA TODAY NETWORK, April 3, 2021 As yet another potential environmental disaster connected to the former Piney Point fertilizer processing plant along Tampa Bay in Manatee County unfolds, questions about accountability for the repeated problems loom. Elected officials and regulators at both the local and state levels have long grappled…

A salute to shame

By Linda Porterfield, Charlotte Dems Writer Was CNN’s March 28th special, “COVID WAR – The Pandemic Doctors Speak Out” which gave the former administration’s public health officials valuable air time a truly relevant journalistic opportunity, or rather,  a stage to highlight their shameful malpractice regarding their malevolent silence on the deadliness and spread of COVID-19?…

Gov. DeSantis is saying no to Medicaid expansion, even though the massive relief package would help out

By Issac Morgan, Florida Phoenix, March 25, 2021 Tucked into the Biden administration’s massive federal relief package is a major provision to expand benefits for low-income people in Florida and other states that haven’t adopted Medicaid expansion, according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The $1.9 trillion stimulus plan signed earlier this March provides financial…

Legislation targeting mail ballots advances in Florida House with GOP support

By John Kennedy, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, March 23, 2021 TALLAHASSEE – Florida Republican lawmakers continued to push changes making it harder to vote by mail while limiting the use of ballot drop boxes, despite opposition Monday from elections supervisors and voting rights advocates who warn it will reduce turnout in Florida. A GOP-dominated House committee rolled out its overhaul package…

Punta Gorda Airport still struggling to cut off consultant

By Betsy Calvert, Charlotte Sun Staff Writer, March 18, 2021 Echoes of the failed attempt to privatize the Punta Gorda Airport reverberated at the Airport Commission meeting Thursday, March 18th. Fight with consultant Airport lawyer Darol Carr told the commission not to sign a proposed termination agreement with the consultant they have accused of strategizing…

Call on senators to block voter suppression bill

By Vilia Johnson, Longboat Key, election reform chair, League of Women Voters of Sarasota County, published in the Sarasota Herald Tribune, March 15, 2021 After the remarkable turnout in the November 2020 election, Florida was lauded for conducting a model election – efficient and transparent. However, current legislation in the Florida Senate would undermine this success…

Oppose HB 403 home-based businesses

By Laurie Ulrop, Charlotte Dems Legislative Action Committee There are multiple state preemption bills that have passed their committees and are headed to the floor of the Florida House. We oppose them all, but I want to highlight one in particular that needs you to take action by voicing your opposition to your local Representative,…

Are you ready to lose?

By Roxanne Moore, Charlotte County Democratic Club President and Charlotte Dems contributing writer Are you ready to lose local home rule?  Are you ready to lose control?  Get ready! Senate Bill (SB) 856 and companion House Bill (HB) 839 will see that you do lose control and in ways you’ve never imagined.    These two bills…

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…

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…