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AAPI Month: it remains important

By Jim Hussey, Charlotte County Dems contributing writer. Even the most decent person can often look out at the world and assume that life beyond their direct experience is probably close to what they’ve seen. If we – as residents of Charlotte County – were to make a similar judgment about the Asian American and

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Opinion

Action, not words, needed on insurance reform

The following editorial appeared in The Daily Sun on May 22, 2022. OUR POSITION: Legislators are headed back to Tallahassee Monday for a second special session that will explore ways to deal with soaring home insurance policy costs and the flight of insurance companies from Florida. We are expecting positive answers to the dilemma. Gov.

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Opinion

Republicans are officially the “Stop the Steal” party now

By Frank Bruni, New York Times Contributing Opinion Writer, May 19, 2022. I keep flashing back to Ronald Reagan’s preternaturally smiley face. That’s not because I yearn for his presidency. It’s because his signature expression — his glow — provides such a clear counterpoint to the Republican mien of the moment, equal parts scowl and sneer.

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Republicans

Marco Rubio is breaking Senate ethics rules…again 

Marco Rubio is once again using the taxpayer-funded resources of his Senate office to promote himself and his campaign. Last year, Rubio gave an interview about his campaign from behind his desk in his Senate office, a potential violation of Senate Ethics rules. Now his campaign’s Twitter account is using photos, videos, and other materials Rubio’s campaign

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Florida Legislation

Florida bans protests outside homes

By Lindsey Bever, The Washington Post, May 17, 2022. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed a bill Monday to outlaw protests outside private residences — a move opponents say violates First Amendment rights. The new law will make it a second-degree misdemeanor to picket or protest outside a person’s house to “harass or disturb” that person. Violators will

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Call to Action

Join Charlotte County Dems’ biggest-ever voter registration drive!

More than 5000 Voter Registration bags are ready for delivery! NO KNOCKING. NO TALKING. Prizes will be awarded! All homes are occupied by left-leaning individuals or individuals living with registered Democrats.   We have a plan that will suit you perfectly!  Take your pick! Just one house (seriously). Five to ten houses spaced some distance apart,

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Opinion

‘America First’ is America at its worst

Our US Congressional Representative, Greg Steube, was one of the 57 Republicans who voted against the $40 billion Ukrainian military aid package. By the Washington Post  Editorial Board, May 14, 2022. The history of U.S. foreign policy is, in part, a story of the ebb and flow of isolationist sentiment, sometimes elaborated into an ideology

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Schools

Resident demands teacher’s firing at School Board meeting

Editor’s note:  Dems need to support our teachers and School Board members by attending these public meetings and refuting positions made by certain members of the public. We also need to identify and support a centrist candidate to succeed Ian Vincent on the Board. He has decided  to not retain this position.  By Nancy J.

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News

Providing power to those who want solar

By Morgan Simpson, Staff Writer, The Daily Sun , May 11, 2022 VENICE — In the future, solar technology will become even more accessible for homeowners because of ideas for solar tiles and shingles coupled with incentives on solar investment. However, legislation in Florida almost stopped the growth of solar for homeowners in the state.

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Call to Action

Voters deserve a choice in state elections

 Please consider running for public office. Contact Larry Kuranowicz at [email protected] to learn more! In the May 8th edition of the Daily Sun, the following editorial was published. OUR POSITION: We would like to see any candidate running for office have to address the issues against an opponent.It’s a new game for candidates running for

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News

Roe v. Wade is at risk – A message from the Chair

By Teresa Jenkins, Chair, Charlotte County Democrats, May 8, 2022. We are angered, outraged, and offended that women’s lives and their bodies remain subject to political debate.  Every poll suggests most Americans support a woman’s right to choose, while Republicans continue to fight to overturn Roe v. Wade. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr.’s draft

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Opinion

Steube snubs NATO, fails his constituents

The following letter to the editor appeared in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune on May 6, 2022.  Keep those cards and letters coming! U.S. Rep. Greg Steube has given us another reason to replace him this November. Steube joined 62 other Republicans voting in opposition to a resolution supporting NATO. Citing the threat posed by “authoritarian regimes,”

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Housing

Miami project may be a model for affordable housing

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on May 4, 2022. OUR POSITION: The need for workforce housing has never been greater and Miami might have a blueprint for other cities/counties to copy. We’ve been on the workforce housing bandwagon for years. And, despite all the talk, not much is happening. The Punta

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Call to Action

Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month

     By Richard Patrick, Chair of Charlotte County Democrats Diversity & Inclusion Committee      In 1992, May was officially designated as Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month to celebrate and embrace the many contributions that the AAPI community has made to the United States. With its endless diversity of peoples, places

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Events

Rally in the rain for housing and abortion rights

Editor’s comment: Charlotte County Democrats and allied organizations were not protesting the lack of action on affordable housing on the local level, but rather at the state level.  By Frank DiFiore, The Daily Sun Staff Writer, May 3, 2022. Supportive honks from passing cars were heard at the rally as chants of “Roe Can’t Go”

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Housing

Solutions scarce for out-of-sight housing costs

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on May 3, 2022. OUR POSITION: There’s no relief on the horizon for soaring housing costs. The lack of affordable housing options for many of our neighbors here in Florida and across the country is at a crisis level. Home prices jumped 32.6% in Tampa and

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Health Care

Draft SCOTUS opinion shines light on DeSantis’ dangerous and unpopular attack on reproductive freedom

Miami, FL — As new reporting on a draft Supreme Court opinion confirms what many have feared, that the Supreme Court is preparing to overturn the decades-long precedent of Roe v. Wade, Ron DeSantis has already shown he’ll stop at nothing to attack reproductive freedom in Florida. Polling of Florida voters earlier this year showed that most voters

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