Border Wall is an Assault on Our Democracy

  Crises are time-tested means of subverting democracy. Autocratic leaders such as Vladimir Putin have long used national emergencies — some real, some not — to claim extra ordinary power. Autocratic leaders often vex under the constraints of constitutional rule and find democratic politics agonizingly frustrating. They lack the disposition for the give-and-take of everyday…

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FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo on Ron DeSantis’s Decision to Allow Oil Drilling in the Everglades

Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement on the DeSantis administration’s decision not to appeal a court ruling allowing the expansion of oil drilling in the Everglades: “Ron DeSantis today endangered the drinking water of millions of Floridians by allowing oil drilling in the Everglades. From this day forward, DeSantis will now…

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Local Democratic Leader Betty Gissendanner has died

The son of local Democratic leader Betty Gissendanner says that Betty has passed away following a battle with cancer. Gissendanner was a driving force for the Charlotte County Democratic Party, most recently serving as Vice Chair until 2018. She also served as State Committeewoman for seven years, representing the Charlotte Party to the Florida Democratic…

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100 Gather in PG to protest Wall

Englewood Indivisible and Indivisible Action Southwest Florida rallied a large protest outside Congressman Greg Steube’s office on Tuesday. Support for the demonstration from motorists was overwhelmingly positive. The organizers gathered signatures on two petitions that were delivered to Steube’s office. The groups held hand-lettered signs challenging President Trump’s emergency declaration aimed at funding a wall…

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DEC Legislative Committee Holds Its First Meeting

By Teresa Jenkins, Legislative Liaison Committee Chair The Legislative Liaison Committee held its first meeting on February 13. The meeting was deemed, “the calm before the storm,” as Florida’s 60-day legislative session will begin on March 5. Interim committee weeks are about to end and we’ll get the show on the road! DEC members are…

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Developer withdraws Englewood East hotel plan

A developer who had received a recommendation for a planned hotel from a Charlotte County advisory committee has retracted his request for a zoning change, citing public opposition to the plan. (Read more in Englewood Sun) Also in Englewood Sun, ‘We don’t want Naples here’ – Englewood residents object to proposed hotel

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Court rules Florida ‘disenfranchised’ voters by rejecting mail-in ballots for signature mismatches

TALLAHASSEE — Upholding a judge’s decision that sided with former U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and national Democrats, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled that a Florida law requiring voters’ signatures on mail-in ballots to match the signatures on file with elections officials imposes “a serious burden on the right to vote.”…

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Hispanic Caucus of Florida Hosting the 2019 Lobby Days

The Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida will be hosting the 2019 Lobby Days from  Sunday, March 17  to  Tuesday, March 19th. More details will be published soon. You do not have to be a member to attend Lobby Days.  Please help with a preliminary headcount by letting the Lobby Days Committee know if you are attending the DHCF 2019 Lobby Days by Friday, February 22, 2019. We will be…

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