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Florida redistricting plans include a surprise – praise from Democrats (so far, so good)

By John Kennedy, Capital Bureau USA TODAY NETWORK—FLORIDA, Nov. 27, 2021. TALLAHASSEE – With Florida’s political future riding in the balance, lawmakers and analysts predicted a bitter, partisan clash over the state’s unfolding attempt to redraw state House, Senate and congressional boundaries. But the first redistricting plans emerging from the Republican-controlled Legislature have been greeted calmly, maybe even welcomed by

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News

Joe Biden is succeeding

By David Brooks, NY Times Opinion Columnist, Nov 18, 2021. Joe Biden came to the White House at a pivotal moment in American history. We had become a country dividing into two nations, one highly educated and affluent and the other left behind. The economic gaps further inflamed cultural and social gaps, creating an atmosphere of

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Gun Violence

Guilty verdicts in Ahmaud Arbery case

Today a jury in Glynn County, Georgia found Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William Bryan Jr., accused of killing 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery in February of last year, to be guilty of murder. In reaction to these verdicts, Florida Democratic Party Chair Manny Diaz issued the following statement: “The jury’s verdicts in the Ahmaud Arbery trial

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Gun Violence

Rittenhouse photo not a good look for anyone

By Chris Anderson, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Nov 23, 2021. Kyle Rittenhouse was seen over the weekend checking out the rib platter at Smokin’ Jerry’s in Placida, it appears, all gussied up and grinning after his homicide acquittal. How do we know? Because Evan Power, the Republican Party of Florida Chairman of Chairs, posted a photograph on social media,

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News

Okeechobee plan should help protect our water

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on November 22, 2021.  OUR POSITION: Some progress is being made on cleaning up Lake Okeechobee and the harmful runoffs that have damaged our ecosystem and the rivers and canals on the Gulf Coast in the past. There is now a rule book for how the

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Opinion

The GOP bets on resentment over problem solving

By E.J. Dionne Jr., Washington Post Columnist, Nov 21, 2021. The leaders of both parties in the House of Representatives offered the nation an important lesson last week about why our politics are broken and our national mood is so surly. The master class was taught inadvertently by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and somewhat more

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Gun Violence

Rittenhouse and the Right’s White Vigilante Heroes

By Charles M. Blow, New York Times Opinion Columnist, Nov. 19, 2021 Kyle Rittenhouse, the 18-year-old who shot and killed two men and wounded a third last year during protests of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, was found not guilty Friday of all charges by a Wisconsin jury. One can argue about the particulars of the case,

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Republicans

Condemning Senator Rick Scott’s latest acts to play politics with our economy

Following the reports of Senator Rick Scott celebrating inflation as a “gold mine” for Republicans’ efforts to regain power in Washington, Florida Democratic Party Chairman Manny Diaz released the following statement: “Instead of voting to invest millions of dollars in Florida’s crumbling infrastructure and combating inflation, Senator Rick Scott is rooting against the economic recovery and continues

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Analysis

What have Democrats and Biden accomplished in 2021?

By Fran Dance, Charlotte County Dems Communications Committee Chair, November 15,2021. Yes, our nation is facing high inflation due to a supply chain crisis (which will hopefully alleviate in 2022) and an immigration surge. But let’s consider all the positives so far in 2021! When Joe Biden was inaugurated as our president on January 20th,

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Florida Legislation

DeSantis brings back Florida lawmakers to crack down on pandemic mandates

By Lori Rozsa,  The Washington Post, November 14, 2021. TALLAHASSEE — A special legislative session dubbed “Keep Florida Free” began Monday at the behest of Gov. Ron DeSantis, who wants lawmakers to pass more measures to block coronavirus vaccine mandates by public and private employers. The four bills being considered would ratchet up the penalties for businesses,

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Biden's Vision

Biden asks ALL Democrats to support Build Back Better

Here’s my Build Back Better Framework, a plan for my agenda I believe can pass the House and Senate. It’s a big deal, folks! And I want you to know what it’s going to mean for you. Here are some of the details: Families around the country will be able to afford child care for

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Charlotte County Democratic Club

The Charlotte County Democratic Club will again feed veterans this Thanksgiving

The Charlotte County Democratic Club will deliver turkey dinners with all the fixings to residents at Veterans Village in Punta Gorda, FL to thank them for their service to our country.  This is transitional housing for veterans provided by Volunteers of America, currently serving 22 formerly homeless veterans, male and female.   Charlotte County Democrats have

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Opinion

We’ll take some of that stimulus cash

The following Editorial appeared in The Daily Sun on November 12, 2021.  OUR POSITION: Southwest Florida should not get left out when they begin funding state projects with the $19 billion or so the state should receive as its share of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Not one Republican congressman (editor: from Florida) voted

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Analysis

The Democratic Women’s Club collects holiday donations for Charlotte County homeless moms

Every year the Democratic Women’s Club (DWC) of Charlotte County collects gift cards and personal items, such as lotions, soaps, and shampoos for the homeless mothers whose children attend Charlotte Public Schools. Gift cards for grocery stores, supercenter stores, or gas stations are especially appreciated. If you would like to donate to the DWC’s 2021

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Call to Action

DeSantis has called the Florida Legislature into Special Session next week!

Democrats are outraged!  Where was the Special Session when Floridians were desperate, suffering from illness/loss, food/housing/employment insecurities, and more? Where was the direction? DeSantis’ motives are clear, self-serving, and dangerous. While pandering misinformation to his base, he furthers the divide amongst Floridians with an anti-medical science, anti-vax, anti-big government message. Meanwhile, he is putting our

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Opinion

We should be fed up with Steube’s hypocrisy

The following Letter to the Editor appeared in The Daily Sun on Nov 10, 2021.   In a recent newsletter, U.S. Rep. Steube posted, “I took this opportunity to press Garland for answers explaining his egregious politicization of the department, most recently displayed in the difference in treatment of the violent extremists who raided the Department

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News

Ladapo’s medical license a rush job?

By Jeffrey Schweers,  Capital Bureau USA TODAY NETWORK, Nov 11, 2021. Dr. Joseph Ladapo, the unorthodox surgeon general of Gov. Ron DeSantis, whose employment at the University of Florida was fast-tracked with the help of a powerful donor, also got his new Florida medical license application approved in record time. Records show it only took the

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