EDITORIAL: The NRA should not dictate who licenses concealed weapons

Marion Hammer, the public face and political enforcer of the National Rifle Association in Florida, is in a snit about Democrat Nikki Fried having been elected commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the agency that issues concealed weapon permits. Hammer is lobbying to move weapons permitting to the office of Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis,…

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CCDEC Chair Patrick Hurley Re-Elected

Charlotte County Chair Patrick Hurley was re-elected at Monday night’s CCDEC meeting. New Vice Chair Teresa Jenkins was elected. Treasurer Jim Ellsworth and Secretary Jane Merriam were re-elected. Their elections were affirmed by acclamation by the membership. Former Vice-Chair Betty Gissendanner was recognized for her long-time service in many roles at the CCDEC. Gissendanner encouraged…

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Former President George H.W. Bush Dies At 94

George Herbert Walker Bush died Friday at the age of 94. George W. Bush released a statement, saying for himself and his siblings, “Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died.” (Read more in NPR.org) Jeb Bush and Florida remember George H. W. Bush…

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The Depravity of Climate-Change Denial

Wait, isn’t depravity too strong a term? Aren’t people allowed to disagree with conventional wisdom, even if that wisdom is supported by overwhelming scientific consensus? Yes, they are — as long as their arguments are made in good faith. But there are almost no good-faith climate-change deniers. And denying science for profit, political advantage or…

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Charlotte Dems will march in Holiday Parade

Charlotte Dems will march in style alongside our float in the Holiday Parade. The parade departs Charlotte Center for Performing Arts (CCPA) at noon, Sat. Dec. 8, and marches on Carmelita and Taylor streets to the Charlotte Harbor Events Center. We need marchers to accompany the float. Please arrive Performing Arts Center before 11:00 AM.…

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Chair Report – Charlotte County Democrats

Editor’s note: Patrick Hurley, Chair, gave the following report at the November general meeting of the Charlotte Democratic Party. I am grateful to report to you tonight that the Charlotte County Democrats have made impressive gains in our outreach and engagement with voters.  We knew that Change Takes Action, and so many eager, helpful, and…

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