Democrats Pass Bill to Reopen the Government!

Say it loud and make it clear: the newly Democratic-controlled House approved a legislative package to reopen parts of the federal government.  The bill passed the House 241-190. And Democrats in the House approved a spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security that would not allocate any new fall funding. The bill passed 239-192,…

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Lawmaker Tries to End Monopoly-Solar Stronghold

State Democratic Senator Jose Javier Rodriguez filed a bill that would, if enacted, legalize power-purchase agreements across Florida. Florida remains one of the last four states where it is illegal for property owners to sell home-generated solar power to others, including tenants. Statute 366.02 states that most anyone who sells power in Florida is considered…

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Panel investigating Parkland shooting unanimously approves report calling to arm some teachers

A state commission in Parkland, Fla., investigating the February mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School unanimously approved a report on Wednesday that calls for some teachers to be armed. The 458-page report, produced by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, makes dozens of recommendations, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel,…

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Trump cares only about himself

CharlotteDems.com Editor’s Note: The following letter to the editor from CCDEC Vice Chair Teresa Jenkins was published Wednesday, Dec. 26, in the Charlotte Sun. Editor: Donald Trump can’t be bothered with visiting troops that he ordered to the front lines. Rather, he’ll be spending Christmas and New Years – 16 days — at his home…

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‘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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