Anti-protest bill will get its Senate vote on Wednesday April 14th

The anti-protest bill — HB 1 Combating Public Disorder — will be debated and voted on the Senate floor Wednesday April 14th. If it passes, goes to the Governor for his signature. So, we ask you to contact your individual Senator before Wednesday to VOTE NO on this anti-democracy bill. If this bill passes, it will be sent directly to the Governor. Our…

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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:…

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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…

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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…

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“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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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