Republicans aren’t fighting Democrats. They’re fighting democracy.

By Dana Milbank, Washington Post, March 5, 2021 On the conservative Bulwark podcast this week, two admirable never-Trumpers marveled at what has become of the Republican Party since President Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn the election. “I am a little amazed by the willingness to go just authoritarian, to really go anti-democratic,” Bulwark editor-at-large Bill Kristol said. Columnist…

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Englewood Democratic Club meets on Wednesday March 24th at 5:30 pm

Do you live in northwest Charlotte County, such as Rotonda, Placida and Englewood?  Then please consider attending the next monthly meeting  of the  Englewood Democratic Club, which serves voters in both Charlotte and Sarasota County. The meeting will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, March 24th at 5:30 pm. Please register in advance at https://www.mobilize.us/sarasotacountydec/event/378001/…

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Vote By Mail works — don’t mess with it!

Editor’s note: SB 90 is on the Wednesday, March 10, meeting agenda of the Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee. This bill will limit the duration of requests for vote-by-mail ballots to all elections held within a calendar year of a request (currently 2 election cycles). It places unnecessary and unwarranted constraints on requests for mail in ballots and…

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Running an election flawlessly just isn’t good enough for vote-suppressing Florida Republicans

Opinion by Lizette Alvarez, Washington Post contributing columnist, March 2, 2021 Something remarkable happened in Florida this past Election Day: A state long lampooned for its ballot bumbling simply added up its votes and secured a winner, Donald Trump, not long after the polls closed. The election efficiency felt like a miracle. “Florida is a model for the rest…

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Vaccine pop-up clinics accused of favoritism draw strong community reaction

Editor’s note: Charlotte Dems helped blow the whistle on this latest version of DeSantis political favoritism after he scheduled a pop up clinic at Kings Gate, a gated community and Republican stronghold in Port Charlotte. By Zac Anderson, Sarasota Herald-Tribune The Palmer Ranch community in Sarasota County encompasses 9,000 acres in the developed portion west…

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Immigration advocates decry possible reopening of Homestead FL detention center

By Elitsa Bizios | Vanessa Borge HOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – Local immigration advocates sounded off on a reported decision by the Biden administration to consider reopening a detention center in Homestead as a temporary shelter for undocumented children. Speakers at a press conference held outside Homestead City Hall on Thursday expressed disbelief and disappointment after reports surfaced…

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Add your support to SB 792

By Laurie Ulrop, DWC Legislative Liaison and Charlotte Dems contributor This bill could make a huge difference for about 3000 women inmates at Lowell Correctional Institution. The crimes against women taking place in the facility has been taking place for decades. The facility has been aware of these crimes since 2006. It’s time for a change and accountability! …

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Charlotte County to vaccinate ‘underserved’ communities following Kings Gate controversy

By Anna Bryson, Charlotte Sun Staff Writer, Feb 23, 2021  Charlotte County Commissioners want to get COVID-19 vaccines to underserved communities particularly following outrage after Gov. Ron DeSantis gave 3,000 coveted COVID-19 vaccine doses to select groups including the high-end Kings Gate community. “As we see these pop up sites at Kings Gate and these…

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FL Rep Grant backs off his airport authority election changes, until November

By Betsy Calvert, Charlotte Sun Staff Writer, Feb 23, 2021   State Rep. Michael Grant Tuesday announced changes to his proposed election law that would provide protections for airport commissioners who opposed him in airport privatization. The Charlotte County Republican also said in a Zoom call Tuesday with his fellow legislators, that he will no longer…

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Top-ranking FL Democrat, Commissioner Nikki Fried, will speak to us on Monday, Mar 1st at 6 PM

Nikki Fried, Florida’s 12th Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services and our top-ranking Florida Democrat will address the Charlotte County Democratic Executive Committee (CCDEC) at its monthly meeting held via Zoom on Monday, March 1st promptly at 6 PM. Register for this event here. She is holding conversations with all stakeholders in our Party, to…

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Attacking the voting rights of soldiers, seniors and working parents

Editor’s Note:  Read an excellent OpEd on this topic by Carl Hiaasen, Miami Herald columnist,  here.  On February 19th,  Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls and Senate President Wilton Simpson had  issued the following joint statement on Governor DeSantis’ election integrity proposal:  “We join the Governor in his efforts to continue to make Florida the national…

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