After past ‘mockery’, Florida GOP to begin new high-stakes redistricting effort

By John Kennedy, Capital Bureau, USA TODAY NETWORK–FLORIDA, July 24, 2021 TALLAHASSEE – The last time Florida’s ruling Republicans were tasked with redrawing the state’s political districts, a judge concluded they turned it into a “mockery” by secretly and illegally working to enhance their command of the state. Fast-forward to this summer, and an even more powerful GOP-led Legislature…

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DeSantis Mocks, Floridians Die

Editor’s note: this letter by a Charlotte Dems member appeared in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune on July 22nd. Please express your opinion too and then send it to us at this “submit your story” link. The budding presidential campaign of Florida Governor DeSantis is selling t-shirts with the slogan “Don’t Fauci My Florida.” Our Governor apparently…

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Monthly child tax credit payments start hitting bank accounts this week. Here’s what you need to know if you’re eligible.

Editor’s note:  This benefit for struggling families has been brought to you by Democrats.  Our Rep. Greg Steube, Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio all voted against it.  Click HERE to request that this benefit be made permanent.  Democrats are listening to you and really help you. No Lies, No BS. By  Michelle Singletary, The…

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It’s time for both progressives and conservatives to put the Cuba falsehoods aside

Opinion by  Eugene Robinson, Washington Post columnist, July 15, 2021 As protestors take to the streets in Cuba, defying a violent government crackdown, Americans across the political spectrum have a chance to break with old canards about the country. Progressives should understand that there is nothing remotely “progressive” about the thuggish, oppressive, neo-Stalinist government of…

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Seminole Indians hit the jackpot with controversial Florida gambling deal

The tribe, already a financial powerhouse, has signed a ‘historic compact’ with the state that will generate billions of dollars By Craig Pittman, Washington Post, July 11, 2021 TAMPA — The cavernous Seminole Hard Rock Casino rocks around-the-clock with 5,000 noisy slot machines; a couple hundred poker, blackjack and baccarat tables; and superstar artifacts such as…

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Civil rights groups file motion for preliminary injunction to block anti-protest law, H.B.1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 14, 2021 CONTACT: Nadege Green, [email protected]; Gaby Guadalupe, 786-363-2717, [email protected]; Ella Wiley, [email protected] TALLAHASSEE, FL – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), and Community Justice Project (CJP), with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP serving as counsel, filed a motion for preliminary injunction today in…

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Jim Crow 2.0

By Bill Welsch, Charlotte Dems contributing writer ‘If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.” George Bernard Shaw During the Reconstruction period following the U.S. Civil War, it was not uncommon for African Americans to be elected to local and state offices. Although election to…

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For years, Florida collected millions for condo owner education. Lawmakers diverted the money instead.

By Clayton Park & Jeffrey Schweers, The Daytona Beach News-Journal, July 10, 2021 The state of Florida collected $13.7 million in fees in 2020 from condominium owners associations, vacation timeshares and mobile home parks. But instead of using that money for its intended purpose — including training condo associations about things like maintenance — the Florida Legislature swept $5 million…

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‘It’s a new day’: In the wake of Floyd killing, Florida looks to change police culture

By John Kennedy, Capital Bureau, USA TODAY NETWORK-FLORIDA, July 9, 2021 TALLAHASSEE – A year after George Floyd’s death exposed deep divisions over race and policing, a new Florida law seeks to spark what supporters say is a needed cultural change across many law enforcement agencies. The measure orders that every police department have use-of-force policies, bans chokeholds and makes it…

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