The Death of the Affordable Care Act

By Catherine Baxter, Charlotte County Dems writer The latest threat to the health of millions of Americans is looming large – the death of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Enacted in stages from 2010-2014, the ACA required employers with over 50 full-time employees to provide health insurance.  It subsidized coverage for those who earned under…

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Over 200,000 Americans dead

On March 2, 2020, there were 102 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S.  There now have been more than 7 million cases resulting in over 200,000 American deaths.                                     Over 200,000 Americans dead. Read that line again … By Sarah Lewerenz, Attorney at Law and Charlotte County Dems writer Over 200,000 Americans have died of…

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Charlotte County Dems endorse supplemental sales tax

By Fran Dance, Charlotte County Dems writer The Democratic Executive Committee recently convened to review the pros and cons of extending the current 1% Charlotte County tax, originally approved in 1994, for another 6-year period (2021-2026). The decision was based upon the many beneficial community improvements that were funded over the previous term and are…

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Economic concern from a taxpayer

By Charles Magoffin, Charlotte County Dems writer How do we recover from the worst economic crash since the Great Depression? The government has spent trillions of dollars, which ultimately lands on the backs of taxpayers.  Thus far, Trump’s plan is limited to endorsing the idea of payroll-tax reductions, which could threaten Social Security. Tweets about…

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Economic recovery and sustainability for “Main Street”

By Charles Magoffin, Charlotte County Dem writer Editor’s note: And if you think Wall Street does better under Republican administrations, guess again. Read the historic truth here. This administration believes they can drive a strong recovery by maintaining a commitment to “growth-focused policy,” but our extraordinary economic concerns undermine it. Like millions on Main Street,…

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No joy in the White House

By Elayne Griffin Baker There’s no literature or poetry in the White House. No music. No Kennedy Center award celebrations. There are no pets in this White House. No loyal man’s best friend. No Socks the family cat. No kids’ science fairs. No times when this president takes off his blue suit-red tie uniform and…

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Three days are not enough

By Linda Porterfield, Charlotte Dems writer America formally honors our veterans with two national holidays during the year: Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day. In recognition of Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, Charlotte County Democrats will host a third, local day of opportunity to pay tribute to fallen and returning veterans who served our country.…

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dead at 87

Editor’s note: The following is an edited extract from https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/18/politics/ruth-bader-ginsburg-dead/index.html, written by Joan Biskupic and Ariane de Vogue, at CNN. You can read her full ACLU obituary here. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87 years old, died on Friday due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer. Ginsburg was appointed in 1993 by President Bill Clinton and in…

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First time voter at age 69: why now?

By Linda Porterfield, Charlotte Dems writer Editor’s Note: (The voter described in this article requested anonymity and is referred to as Jane Dem.) What could possibly motivate a 69-year-old Port Charlotte resident of 41 years, who has never before voted, to register to vote in the 2020 presidential election? You guessed it.  The answer is…

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Have you completed your census questionnaire yet?

The U.S. Census Bureau is ending its counting efforts for the 2020 census, including door-knocking measures. Act now; it’s quick and easy, taking less than 10 minutes. Also, it’s safe, secure, and confidential. Your information and privacy are protected. Your response helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to our communities for schools,…

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