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…

Details

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…

Details

“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…

Details

Oppose these 7 anti-democratic bills

These seven anti-democratic bills are coming before the Senate Rules Committee on April 6th. Email or call your Senator and the Chair of the Senate Rules Committee using the contact information below. Copy and paste the following along with your name and address in the text of your message. SB 78, SB 90, SB 268, HB 529, SB 582, SB 1890 and SB 1924 are on the Tuesday,…

Details

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…

Details

Stop Attacks on our Public Schools and Universities!

Public Versus Private School Funding We must stop Senate Bill (SB) 48 from becoming law!  This “Educational Scholarship” bill is the most dangerous piece of legislation in Florida’s long campaign to privatize public education.  Some dangerous parts of SB 48 include:  switching vouchers to educational savings accounts (ESA) funded out of the treasury; increasing coverage of…

Details

Charlotte County Democrats seek candidates for public office

By Fran Dance, Charlotte Dems Communications Committee Chair and contributing writer There are many opportunities for dynamic, viable Democratic candidates to win elected local positions, in addition to the major 2022 races for Governor, US Senator and US Representative. In 2022, these will include the Florida House seat, District 75 covering Charlotte County and the…

Details

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…

Details

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?…

Details

Do you listen to Podcasts? Here are some good ones!

https://www.salon.com/2017/11/05/best-political-podcasts/ The 25 best political podcasts for anxious liberals (just like you!) | Salon.com The 25 best political podcasts for anxious liberals (just like you!) Hours of sharp, addictive punditry and insight for your hungry, hungry ears www.salon.com   https://blog.credo.com/2019/10/6-progressive-podcasts-to-subscribe-to-right-now/ 6 progressive podcasts to subscribe to right now – CREDO Mobile Blog Most companies go…

Details

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…

Details