Congress votes to make Pulse nightclub a national memorial

Just one week after Governor Ron DeSantis signed the Florida Budget that slashed Orlando’s LGBTQ Community Center and an organization that houses homeless LGBTQ youth, the US Senate unanimously passed legislation designating the site of the gay club a national memorial. The bill was introduced to the US House of Representatives by Reps. Val Demings, Darren Soto,…

Biden’s economic recovery is in full swing

On the back of a strong jobs report for the month of May, President Joe Biden and the Democratic Congress are delivering on the promise of rebuilding the US economy after the Trump administration’s failed response to the Covid-19 pandemic brought about the largest economic collapse in history. The over 550,000 new jobs added bring…

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried files to run for governor

By Zac Anderson and John Kennedy, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, June 1, 2021 After a surprise 2018 win that made her a leading Democratic voice in Florida and a pandemic spent as Gov. Ron DeSantis’ chief antagonist, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried filed Tuesday to try to unseat the governor in 2022. Fried’s candidate filing was posted on the Florida Division of Elections website…

Florida plans to end extra jobless benefits next month

By Mike Schneider, Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida is joining a growing list of Republican-led states that plan to end participation in a federal program that gave an extra $300 per week in benefits to the unemployed during the pandemic. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announced Monday that the state will withdraw…

I witnessed commissioners declare Charlotte County a Constitution and 2nd Amendment county

By Lenny Guckenheimer, Charlotte Dems contributing writer When I attended the May 11th Charlotte County Board of Commissioners meeting, I discovered two agenda items that had nothing to do with local government but are certainly part of the Republican agenda sweeping the nation. The commissioners found it necessary to pass resolutions declaring that Charlotte County…

NAACP and ACLU add national clout to courtroom fight against FL’s new ‘anti-riot’ law

By Laura Cassels, Florida Phoenix,  May 11, 2021 Florida’s new anti-riot/protest law targets people of color protesting racial injustice in the United States and subjects them to harsh treatment at the hands of the police they are criticizing, asserts a major lawsuit filed in federal court on Tuesday. It is the second lawsuit filed against the “Combating…

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund files lawsuit against the State of Florida over suppressive voting law

  On May 6, 2021, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) filed a federal lawsuit against Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee challenging Florida’s new law that greatly obstructs voting access. The lawsuit argues that S.B. 90 creates barriers and burdens that impact all Florida voters and disproportionately impacts the ability of Black voters, Latino…

Charlotte Dems honor Earth Day

On April 22nd, members of the Charlotte County Democratic Club honored Earth Day by picking up four bags of trash and debris from the roadside and ditches along Olean Blvd from Beacon St. to Kings Hwy.  The Club services this road throughout the year as a participant in the “Adopt a Road” program, keeping Charlotte…

What does the Republican Party stand for anymore?

Editor’s note: This letter was published in The Sun last Friday, April 9th ` By Jane Merriam, Charlotte County Dems contributing writer ` There has been much discussion recently about what the Republican Party stands for. What is often ignored in this conversation is that for years the Party has been an amalgam of factions:…

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…