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Floridians are paying the price for Marco Rubio’s lack of leadership

Where is Marco Rubio? The Senator’s last public event in Florida was two months ago. Since getting called out for failing to show up for his job in the Senate, Rubio has missed nine more committee hearings, including meetings on small business development, seniors issues, and critical foreign policy discussions about Afghanistan. “When Floridians need strong leadership the most, Marco Rubio

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Florida Legislation

Legislature must look for common ground

The following Editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Jan 11, 2022. OUR POSITION: As the Florida Legislature convenes for 2022 we should be able to expect our representatives to look for bipartisan issues that could help all Floridians. As legislators open up the 2022 lawmaking session in Tallahassee today, there is a lot

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Florida Legislation

Here is the FL Democratic agenda for the 2022 session and all Floridians: Be healthy, prosperous and safe

By IMANI THOMAS , The Florida Phoenix, Jan 11, 2022.  Democrats respond to the governor’s State of the State address, Jan. 11, 2022. Credit: Imani Thomas. With the 2022 legislative session underway, Florida Democrats have an agenda and they’re not losing sight of their goals. Following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ State of the State address, House Democratic

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Charlotte County Democrats

Englewood Democratic Club (EDC) observes the 1st anniversary of attempted insurrection

By Lenny Guckenheimer, Charlotte County Dems contributing writer On Thursday afternoon, about 20 Democrats and EDC  members gathered outside at Paraiso Mexican Grille and Bar in Englewood to reflect on the siege (and thankfully) failed coup on Jan. 6, 2021. Fran Dance, Charlotte County Dems communication committee chair, addressed the group by recalling other tragic

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Environment

An opportunity to discuss water quality

The following Editorial appeared in The Daily Sun on January 10, 2021. There may not be a topic that gets people’s attention in Southwest Florida easier than the condition of our water resources. Be it concerns about phosphate mining, red tide, sewer malfunctions or the question of supply and demand, everyone has a stake in

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Opinion

Governor quiet on COVID. He lost my vote

The following letter to the Editor was published in the Daily Sun on January 9, 2022. At a recent speaking event in South Florida, a reporter from a local TV station attempted to ask Governor Ron DeSantis, who has been notably quiet lately, about the recent increase in COVID cases. An aide to the governor

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News

Sarasota’s Cyber Ninjas is out of business after losses from Arizona vote audit, founder says

By Ryan Randazzo and Derek Gilliam, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Jan 7, 2022. Cyber Ninjas, the Sarasota cybersecurity company that conducted a highly contested election audit in Arizona, has closed and laid off its employees, according to the company’s former CEO. News of the development came as a judge issued an order Thursday finding the company in contempt of court and imposing a

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Democratic Women's Club

DWC Betty Gissendanner Memorial Scholarship applications are available at Charlotte County high schools

Do you know or are you a young female Democrat who will be graduating from a Charlotte County public high school in 2022? If so, application packets for the Democratic Women’s Club (DWC) of Charlotte County’s Betty Gissendanner Memorial Scholarships are now available at your high school.  Completed applications are due by March 1, 2022.

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Opinion

FPL’s rate hikes will be challenged

The following Editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Jan. 6, 2021. OUR POSITION: It appears Florida Power & Light will have to defend its rate hikes to the Florida Supreme Court. A projected rate increase this month for FPL customers might be in trouble if a citizens group is successful appealing the price

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Florida Legislation

Florida state legislators & community leaders will hold a virtual rally to demand people-centered policies in the 2022 legislative session

TALLAHASSEE — With Florida’s 2022 legislative session set to begin on January 11th, State Representative Angie Nixon (D-Jacksonville), along with her Democratic colleagues and advocates from throughout the state, will host a virtual rally on Monday, January 10th, at 12:00pm. Together, they will demand that people centered policies be put first this year instead of concerns

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Call to Action

Will Charlotte County Commissioners have term limits, be non-partisan, or elected in district-only races?

By Lenny Guckenheimer, Charlotte County Dems contributing writer. Charlotte County residents now have a once-in-six year opportunity to make major changes on how elections are held and county offices operate. These changes can be as major as changing the number of terms someone can be a county commissioner or making county commissioners nonpartisan, thus putting

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News

A message from our CC DEC Chair

January 6th was a very bad day for our country. Because on that day, the laws, institutions, and norms that limit presidential power in the United States were stress tested and they barely survived a coup attempt. But this is not to say that American democracy has passed through this crisis unscathed. It has been

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Opinion

Every day is January 6th now

By The Editorial Board,  New York Times,  Jan. 1, 2022. The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values. It is separate from the newsroom. One year after from the smoke and broken glass, the mock gallows and the very real bloodshed of that awful

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Analysis

From Omicron to the governor’s race: Five things to watch in Florida politics in 2022

By Zac Anderson, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Dec 30, 2021. Another year, another coronavirus variant poised to wreak havoc, another Republican governor cruising toward reelection as Democrats desperately try to remain relevant. Florida politics heading into 2022 looks a lot like it has for the last 20 years, with the complications of COVID-19 politics thrown into the mix.

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Opinion

Nothing wrong with being a ‘woke” person

The following Letter to the Editor was published in the Jan 2nd Daily Sun. Governor Ron DeSantis recently proposed a bill he calls the “Anti Woke Act” which allows parents to sue schools for teaching critical race theory. This proposed law is outrageous in too many ways to enumerate here, but let’s start with the concept

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Coronavirus

DeSantis urges healthy, asymptomatic Floridians to forgo COVID-19 testing even as omicron case count skyrockets

By Liz Freeman and Frank Gluck, Naples Daily News, Jan 4, 2022. Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday that Floridians who have not been credibly exposed to COVID-19 and have no symptoms don’t need to get tested and are overwhelming already overcrowded test sites. DeSantis, joined by Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo and Agency for Health

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Coronavirus

DeSantis downplays COVID-19 vaccines and pushes antibody treatment unproven against omicron

By Gerard Albert III and Chris Persaud, Palm Beach Post, Jan 3, 2022. FORT LAUDERDALE — In his first news conference since the omicron variant surged across Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis badmouthed vaccines while pushing for unproven treatments against the mutated pathogen. “With omicron, you know, the vaccinations are not preventing infection,” DeSantis said Monday at Broward Health Medical

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News

Unjust arrest of civil rights leader Ben Frazier at DeSantis press conference

Following the news that respected civil rights leader, activist, and journalist Ben Frazier was arrested for exercising his First Amendment rights at a press conference convened by Governor Ron DeSantis at the Duval County Department of Health, Florida Democratic Party Chair Manny Díaz issued the following statement: “What happened to Ben Frazier today was not only unjust, but un-American.

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News

‘Slow-motion insurrection’: How GOP seizes election power

Please join a Democracy Preservation commemorative vigil event on Jan 6th at your choice of  Babcock Ranch, Englewood or Punta Gorda. Click your preferred location to learn more and register for the event. By NICHOLAS RICCARDI, ASSOCIATED PRESS In the weeks leading up to the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, a handful of Americans — well-known

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News

Rick Scott forecasts ‘unbelievable’ school board changes in 2022

By A.G. Gancarski,  FloridaPolitics.com, December 29, 2021. U.S. Sen. Rick Scott continues to project optimism about the electoral climate for Republicans, forecasting an “unbelievable” shift in school boards in 2022. During an interview Wednesday morning on Fox News Radio’s Brian Kilmeade Show, the Senator said there would be an “unbelievable number of school board changes this next

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