Oppose HB 403 home-based businesses

By Laurie Ulrop, Charlotte Dems Legislative Action Committee There are multiple state preemption bills that have passed their committees and are headed to the floor of the Florida House. We oppose them all, but I want to highlight one in particular that needs you to take action by voicing your opposition to your local Representative,…

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DeSantis looks ready to limit mask-wearing emergency orders by local governments

By John Kennedy, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, March 14, 2021 TALLAHASSEE – Joining a growing swell of states, Gov. Ron DeSantis appears focused on erasing mask requirements across Florida by now demanding that such emergency powers of local governments be rolled back by the Republican-led Legislature. The drive is being met with outrage by city and county officials, along with…

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Are you ready to lose?

By Roxanne Moore, Charlotte County Democratic Club President and Charlotte Dems contributing writer Are you ready to lose local home rule?  Are you ready to lose control?  Get ready! Senate Bill (SB) 856 and companion House Bill (HB) 839 will see that you do lose control and in ways you’ve never imagined.    These two bills…

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All Lives Matter? Right!

By Jim Hussey, Charlotte Dems contributing writer Someday we’ll learn how certain Florida vaccination sites, ranging from privileged ZIP codes to exclusive enclaves, were selected – but from a distance it sure seems politics was as important as epidemiology. Earlier this year, it was reported coronavirus rates were twice as high in Florida’s Black and…

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Demand FL legislators oppose HB 1/SB 484 Combating Public Disorder

Oppose this bill by signing here. This anti-protesting bill appears before the FL House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, March 10th. Don’t let Florida become totalitarian. Preserve our 1st Amendment rights. Do it right now; it only takes a minute! Talking points : HB 1 Combating Public Disorder was initially conceptualized by Gov. DeSantis as a backlash to Black Lives…

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Don’t let them steal your voice!

By Joe Pennisi, Charlotte Dems Contributing Writer Click here to learn what you must do! If you’re like me and most Floridians, you believe that governing is most efficient, and its policies are most responsive to our needs when it is conducted at the local level. Unfortunately, our Republican-controlled state legislature and Governor don’t agree.  Together, they…

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Republicans aren’t fighting Democrats. They’re fighting democracy.

By Dana Milbank, Washington Post, March 5, 2021 On the conservative Bulwark podcast this week, two admirable never-Trumpers marveled at what has become of the Republican Party since President Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn the election. “I am a little amazed by the willingness to go just authoritarian, to really go anti-democratic,” Bulwark editor-at-large Bill Kristol said. Columnist…

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Englewood Democratic Club meets on Wednesday March 24th at 5:30 pm

Do you live in northwest Charlotte County, such as Rotonda, Placida and Englewood?  Then please consider attending the next monthly meeting  of the  Englewood Democratic Club, which serves voters in both Charlotte and Sarasota County. The meeting will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, March 24th at 5:30 pm. Please register in advance at https://www.mobilize.us/sarasotacountydec/event/378001/…

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Vote By Mail works — don’t mess with it!

Editor’s note: SB 90 is on the Wednesday, March 10, meeting agenda of the Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee. This bill will limit the duration of requests for vote-by-mail ballots to all elections held within a calendar year of a request (currently 2 election cycles). It places unnecessary and unwarranted constraints on requests for mail in ballots and…

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Running an election flawlessly just isn’t good enough for vote-suppressing Florida Republicans

Opinion by Lizette Alvarez, Washington Post contributing columnist, March 2, 2021 Something remarkable happened in Florida this past Election Day: A state long lampooned for its ballot bumbling simply added up its votes and secured a winner, Donald Trump, not long after the polls closed. The election efficiency felt like a miracle. “Florida is a model for the rest…

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