‘Year of the Woman’ for Florida Democrats

As 2018 comes to a close, Florida’s political landscape does not look dramatically different — from a partisan perspective — than before the election. There’s still a Republican in the governor’s mansion. The GOP still controls both chambers of the Florida Legislature. Republicans still hold a majority of the state’s congressional seats. (Read more in…

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Nikki Fried announces key personnel hires

Agriculture Commissioner-elect Nikki Fried is bringing in five hires for important roles at the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Fried, a Democrat, notably opted to hire the agency’s Deputy Commissioner Alan Edwards, who serves in his current capacity under Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, a Republican. Edwards has served at the agency since 1993. Edwards will work with Fried as the agency’s deputy chief…

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Sean Shaw makes clear politics is in his future

In November, Sean Shaw got 3,744,912 votes running for state attorney general, enough to win any previous Florida attorney general race by a wide margin, but he still lost to another Tampa candidate, Republican Ashley Moody. That’s enough to make Shaw a prime Democratic electoral prospect in the future, even leaving aside his personal profile…

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Rift in Charlotte Co. Republicans reveals bi-partisan support for Democrat Joan Fischer

A story in the Charlotte Sun demonstrates that Charlotte County Democratic Commission candidate Joan Fischer attracted bi-partisan support during November’s election. The Sun’s article begins: “Susan Hutt had decided to quit her volunteer job with the Charlotte County Republican Party, after hearing background chatter on her support for a Democratic candidate for county commissioner.” (Read…

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Florida home insurers drop thousands

Between hurricanes and a hullabaloo over water claims, home insurers dropped the policies of more than 87,000 Floridians in the third quarter of 2018 alone, state records show. As another hurricane season ends, it’s one more reason for consumers to arm themselves with knowledge about their options. (Read more in PalmBeachPost.com)

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A Win for Abortion-Rights Advocates

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal by two states — Kansas and Louisiana — that want to cut Medicaid funds from providers like Planned Parenthood. The decision to not hear the appeal means that the ruling by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals stands. The Appeals Court  told Kansas in…

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Legislative Liaison’s Mid Term Election Highlights

The mid-term elections are over and we didn’t get everything we wanted. However, we had a number of notable victories across the state and the country. Charlotte County turned-out to vote in historic numbers for a mid-term election Sixty-six percent of Charlotte County Democrats voted in the mid-term election Democrat Nikki Fried became Florida’s agriculture…

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