Local Activists defeat Mosaic Mining

After two days of emotional testimony in support of and against phosphate mining in the county’s rural back reaches, the DeSoto Board of County Commissioners late Wednesday voted to deny the Fortune 500 firm its application to rezone some 14,000 acres from agriculture to industrial mining. (Read more in Sun) Local activists celebrated More Coverage of…

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Voter suppression on Florida college campuses

The following article was written by Charlotte County Democratic Party Legislative Liason Teresa Jenkins The Florida League of Women Voters along with students from the University of Florida and Florida State University are suing Florida’s Secretary of State over a 4-year-old edict banning the use of college buildings as early voting sites. In 2014, Secretary…

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Florida Attorney General candidates react: ‘Stand your ground law should be repealed’

Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense laws are a clear division point between the two Democrats and two Republicans in the state attorney general’s race, and that division showed in responses to questions Monday about the Markeis McGlockton shooting. (Read more in TampaBay.com) FDP Statement on Stand Your Ground Law Being Used in Clearwater Case Posted July…

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Charlotte and Sarasota lack young voters

Young Charlotte County Democrats Vance Herbener and Shanna Salovitz were featured in today’s Charlotte Sun article  More and more young people are registering to vote statewide, but not in Charlotte and Sarasota counties. By now it’s well-known that voter turnout was notoriously low in 2016 — only a little over half the registered voters in the…

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Sen. Nelson on Trump/Putin Summit

From Senator Bill Nelson: Dear Friends, President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met for a private one-on-one meeting in Helsinki, Finland today. While we don’t know what the two presidents said during that meeting, what President Trump said at a press conference afterward – and his refusal to accept the fact that Russia interfered…

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Gubernatorial Debate in Fort Myers

This Wednesday, July 18, the Florida Democratic Party will be hosting a Democratic Gubernatorial Debate in Fort Myers. The debate will be held at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Cohen Center and will be broadcasted live on WINK News in Southwest Florida and on Winknews.com. This will be the first time all five Democratic candidates—Andrew Gillum,…

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Recent letter was plagiarized

The following letter to the editor by Charlotte County DEC member David Finster was published in the Charlotte Sun on Friday, July 13th. Editor: The letter from July 6 submitted by Thomas W. Smith of North Port was plagiarized from an online blog published by Daniel Greenfield, who is “a New York writer focusing on radical…

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Soul of nation is at stake

The following letter to the editor, written by DEC member Teresa Jenkins, was published in the Charlotte Sun on Saturday, July 14th: Editor: Leonard Pitts’ recent editorial column concluded with, “I am a liberal. Because I have, literally, no alternative.” I can empathize and this year I’ll cast my ballot for candidates who will: protect…

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