Six weeks – the difference between life or death!

By Charles Magoffin, Charlotte County Dems writer On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization Director-General declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern; it’s highest alarm level. From February 7 through March 19, the President held numerous campaign rallies littered with lies about the severity of COVID-19. He made on…

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Meet A Powerhouse Couple

Editor’s Note: This is the seventh in a Charlotte County Dems Profile series, Influencers, by Linda Conklin, a Charlotte County Dems writer. President Charlotte County Democratic Women’s Club – Kay Blue Meet a Powerhouse Couple Jim and Kay Blue left Toledo, OH, and arrived in Punta Gorda in 2016. Kay was initially interested in meeting…

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Two Americas

  By Denise Candea, Charlotte County Dems writer The Charlotte Sun newspaper recently featured a full-page story about cosmetic Botox. It seems that our COVID-induced “quarantine” has some folks unhappy with their Zoom faces. Since we’re wearing masks in public anyway, this may be the ideal time for secret cosmetic surgery. It’s expensive and not…

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America Is My Home Now

State Committeewoman at Charlotte County Democratic Party and Precinct Captain #38 at Charlotte County Democratic Party – Dr. Lucy Huyke Garner Editor’s Note: This is the sixth in a Charlotte County Dems Profile series, Influencers, by Linda Conklin, a Charlotte County Dems writer. Dr. Lucy Huyke Garner demonstrates her influence by listening. When talking with…

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Violent rhetoric stokes violent behavior

Denise Candea, Charlotte County Dems writer Last Saturday I participated in a sign-waving event for the Biden/Harris presidential ticket at the Charlotte County Democratic Offices at 3596 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte.  Most cars passed peacefully, many waving and honking support. As is typical, some expressed their disapproval with the upraised middle-finger salute. Or one…

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Trump’s economy isn’t keeping America (or Florida) great

By Nikki Fried, a Democrat and Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Editor’s note:  This is an August 27th article previously published at https://www.foxbusiness.com/economy/trump-economy-keeping-america-great At this week’s Republican National Convention, President Trump is focusing on the economy as a way to distract from his scattershot response to COVID-19. If Trump wants to talk about the economy, that’s fine…

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Tom Garner’s “Aha” Moment

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a Charlotte County Dems Profile series, Influencers, by Linda Conklin,  a Charlotte County Dems writer. Florida Democratic Party State Committeeman representing Charlotte County-Tom Garner Growing up in a small community seemed idyllic to Tom Garner. “I felt everything I could ever want was right there in Gritney, Florida”,…

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Why we celebrate Labor Day

by Charlotte County Dems The Labor Movement built the American middle class. We enjoy the end to child labor, better pay, 40-hour workweek, overtime pay, health insurance, family and medical leave, worker safety, and much more because workers fought for their well-earned and fair compensations. Labor Day celebrates these hard-fought gains. According to the U.…

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Joe Biden speaks out against violence

“I want to be very clear about all of this: Rioting is not protesting. Looting is not protesting. Setting fires is not protesting. None of this is protesting. It’s lawlessness, plain and simple. And those who do it should be prosecuted,” Biden said. “Violence will not bring change, it will only bring destruction. It’s wrong…

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Happy Labor Day! But not for everybody

By Denise Candea, Charlotte County Dems writer Many American employees have nothing to celebrate this Labor Day.  They are the hourly, low-wage workers that makeup almost 50% of the American workforce. While the unemployment rate had been low at 3.5%, there was a caveat:  63% of all new pre-pandemic jobs were low-wage, low-hour jobs; with…

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Working in health care during a pandemic

Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, healthcare workers are putting their lives on the line as they take care of their patients. Who is taking care of healthcare workers? The answer is the same now is it has been for over 100 years: workers organizing and uniting to demand better pay and working conditions. A strong…

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