Democrats are realistic problem solvers

Editor’s note:  This letter to the editor was published in the Charlotte Sun on April 9th By Cindy Scaruffi-Klispie, Charlotte Dems contributor I grew up in a conservative northwest suburb in the Chicago area and registered as a Republican at age 18. I changed my affiliation to “Independent” after I moved to Florida because I…

Ban assault weapons. Every last damn one of them. The answer is staring us in the face.

Editor’s note:  also read: https://www.charlottedems.com/what-connects-americas-mass-shootings-easy-access-to-guns/ By John Micek, Florida Phoenix, March 28, 2021 Where do we go next? What do we do now? Those are the questions I found myself asking after I spoke to a panel of gun violence reduction activists this week. It was two nights after the murders in Boulder, a week after the…

What connects America’s mass shootings? Easy access to guns.

Editor’s Note: On March 16th, eight individuals were murdered in Georgia because of a toxic combination of white supremacy, systemic racism, classism, and gender-based violence. It was all facilitated by easy access to guns. Our US Representative, Greg Steube, is one of the 164 Republicans who voted against Rep. Meng’s resolution condemning Anti-Asian racism, and one of the 172…

All Lives Matter? Right!

By Jim Hussey, Charlotte Dems contributing writer Someday we’ll learn how certain Florida vaccination sites, ranging from privileged ZIP codes to exclusive enclaves, were selected – but from a distance it sure seems politics was as important as epidemiology. Earlier this year, it was reported coronavirus rates were twice as high in Florida’s Black and…

Don’t let them steal your voice!

By Joe Pennisi, Charlotte Dems Contributing Writer Click here to learn what you must do! If you’re like me and most Floridians, you believe that governing is most efficient, and its policies are most responsive to our needs when it is conducted at the local level. Unfortunately, our Republican-controlled state legislature and Governor don’t agree.  Together, they…

Republicans aren’t fighting Democrats. They’re fighting democracy.

By Dana Milbank, Washington Post, March 5, 2021 On the conservative Bulwark podcast this week, two admirable never-Trumpers marveled at what has become of the Republican Party since President Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn the election. “I am a little amazed by the willingness to go just authoritarian, to really go anti-democratic,” Bulwark editor-at-large Bill Kristol said. Columnist…

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…

DeSantis claims Florida doesn’t need Biden’s vaccine plan, since his has been a flaming success

By Carl Hiaasen, Miami Herald,  Jan 30, 2021  Florida’s COVID vaccine rollout is more like a flaming ant farm, only less organized. Day after day, millions of exasperated seniors armed with laptops, cell phones, iPads and tech-savvy grandchildren try to penetrate swamped local websites that fleetingly offer appointments. Meanwhile, in the blue-sky parallel universe accessible…