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Surgeon General Ladapo receives 52% raise

By Jeffrey Schweers, Capital Bureau USA TODAY NETWORK, Oct 12, 2021 Florida’s new Health Secretary, Dr. Joseph Ladapo, will make $362,000 a year — his combined pay from the Department of Health and the University of Florida, where he is a professor of general internal medicine. Ladapo’s salary marks a $123,000 bump over that of his

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What’s at stake

By Bill Welsch,  Charlotte Dems contributing writer Michael Cohen, former lawyer for ex-President Trump, describes in his book “Disloyal: A Memoir,” chilling details of the lies and deceit he and other people around Trump employed to keep “the boss” happy. The book is a wakeup call to those of us who fear for our democracy.

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Analysis

A tribute to Walter Mondale and other great Minnesotans

By Sarah Lewerenz, Charlotte Dems contributing writer I am a Floridian and have the driver’s license to prove it. But, I will always in my heart also be a Minnesota DFL’er — a member of the Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor Party or the DFL — Minnesota’s affiliate of the national Democratic Party. And, this week,

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People

What’s next for Florida’s Val Demings after a breakout 2020?

By Steve Contorno, Tampa Bay Times,  published Dec. 29, 2020 The vetting of Rep. Val Demings for vice president started with her earliest childhood memories. From there, Joe Biden’s selection committee talked to classmates of Demings from elementary school. The members bugged her brother about events that took place in the Air Force when he was 20

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dead at 87

Editor’s note: The following is an edited extract from https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/18/politics/ruth-bader-ginsburg-dead/index.html, written by Joan Biskupic and Ariane de Vogue, at CNN. You can read her full ACLU obituary here. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87 years old, died on Friday due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer. Ginsburg was appointed in 1993 by President Bill Clinton and in

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People

First time voter at age 69: why now?

By Linda Porterfield, Charlotte Dems writer Editor’s Note: (The voter described in this article requested anonymity and is referred to as Jane Dem.) What could possibly motivate a 69-year-old Port Charlotte resident of 41 years, who has never before voted, to register to vote in the 2020 presidential election? You guessed it.  The answer is

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Charlotte County Democrats

Who are those people waving on Tamiami Trail?

By Linda Porterfield, Charlotte County Dems writer You may have seen us on Saturday mornings or Tuesday afternoons standing by the north side of Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte. We’re wearing blue or sometimes crazy apparel, holding Biden-Harris, David Jones or Allen Ellison signs (occasionally all three!) and rigorously waving. Frequently we receive an appreciative

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People

Influenced by Warrior Women

Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a Charlotte County Dems Profile  series, Influencers, by Linda Conklin,  a Charlotte County Dems writer. Nancy Razvoza, Vice-Chair of the Charlotte County Democrats (CC Dems), says she is a Democrat because she cares about people, society, our environment, and much more. Her activism in many passionate causes led

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Charlotte County Democrats

From U.S. government executive to political activist

Editor’s note: This is the third in a Charlotte County Dems Profile series, Influencers, by Linda Conklin,  a Charlotte County Dems writer. There is a saying that if you want anything done, ask a busy person to do it. Teresa Jenkins is one busy lady. She supports several Punta Gorda and Charlotte County community endeavors. She

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Law Enforcement

Punta Gorda police chief models open communications

By Becky Smith and Kay Blue Punta Gorda Police Chief Pamela Davis was the featured speaker at the July 13, 2020 Zoom meeting of the Charlotte County Democratic Women’s Club (DWC). Davis, Punta Gorda’s first woman police chief, arrived in 2018 after serving in Maryland police departments for over 20 years. Her presentation focused on

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Analysis

Switching sides: why I am now a Democrat

Submitted by Linda Porterfield Originally from Stratford, Connecticut, life-long Republicans Eileen and George Kachmar are retired teachers and have called Florida home for the past thirty years. Recently, on July 10th at 11:00 am while driving north on Route 41 in Port Charlotte, they noticed Charlotte County Democrat volunteers holding Biden signs near the road

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The Bailey Brothers: Bronze Warriors for Freedom

The Bailey Brothers were seven African Americans from Punta Gorda who served their country in World War II and the Korean War. On February 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Democratic Party Headquarters on 3596 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte, local publisher James Abraham told the story of these seven brothers. Lt.

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The Bailey Brothers’ Story: Told by James Abraham

On February 27, James Abraham told the story of seven African Americans from Punta Gorda who served in WW II and the Korean War. About 50 attendees heard the incredible and heroic stories of these seven brothers. “What happened after the war to the Bailey Brothers? They were forgotten because that’s the way things were

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‘Loyalty to Party Must Yield to a Higher Obligation’

Opinion Steny Hoyer: I Understand Party Loyalty. I’ve Never Seen Anything Like This. Republicans of courage and conscience ought to join the Democrats who cast their votes for impeachment. By Steny H. Hoyer Mr. Hoyer is the majority leader of the United States House of Representatives, from Maryland’s Fifth Congressional District. Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/18/opinion/steny-hoyer-trump-impeachment.html? By Steny H. Hoyer

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Veterans are the epitome of courage

While the current president boasts about his devotion to the men and women who have served the military, we learn of a legal settlement whereby he was ordered to pay $2 million in damages after it was divulged that his charitable foundation benefited only himself and not veteran charities. In the wake of a 2016

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Campaigning

Giant ad buy rips Rick Scott and his Navy cap

  VoteVets, a Democratic-leaning veterans’ advocacy group backing Bill Nelson for U.S. Senate, is spending $4 million for a tough ad accusing Scott of ripping off the military’s health care company when he led a healthcare conglomerate. The ad will run 10 days in every media market. (Read more in TampaBay.com)

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