Democrats fill vacancy in District 17 congressional race

Editor’s note: The Sun’s account of Monday night’s election appeared in the Wednesday edition. Charlotte County Democrats received the news on CharlotteDems.com Monday night, only minutes after the election was completed. CharlotteDems Newsletter subscribers received the breaking news in their inboxes at 5:00 AM on Tuesday. These are compelling reasons to check our Web site frequently…

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Disney and Seminole Tribe fund Amendment 3

Walt Disney Co. and the Seminole Tribe of Florida are pumping money into efforts to support Amendment 3, which would give voters the final say on whether to expand gambling in the sunshine state. Disney has given the most money to Voters in Charge, the group that is supporting the amendment—$19.6 million; the Seminole Tribe…

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Incumbent faces a Democrat for first time in years

A Charlotte County commissioner will face a Democratic opponent for the first time in 10 years in the Nov. 6 election. Two-term incumbent and Republican Stephen R. Deutsch will face Democrat Joan V. Fischer to decide the District 4 seat. Deutsch narrowly defeated a Republican opponent, Thomas Sullivan, in the August primary. (Read more in Sun)

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Nelson and Gillum leading in their respective Races

Bill Nelson leading Rick Scott by 4 points in latest poll The turnaround may be real for incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, as he is leading Republican challenger Rick Scott in yet another poll. The newest Public Policy Polling survey puts Nelson up 4 points against Scott, the outgoing Florida Governor. (Read more in FloridaPolitics.com) Another poll, another lead…

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Nikki Fried to NRA: ‘I won’t be beholden to you’

Nikki Fried, the Democratic candidate for the state’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, sent a clear message to the National Rifle Association Monday morning: “I won’t be beholden to you.”

The message comes in the form of a signed letter to NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer. Fried says the letter was prompted by a Tampa Bay Times report that unveiled emails exchanged between Hammer and officials within the agriculture commissioner’s office.

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