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Why economists support more stimulus

By The New York Times, Dec 3, 2020 Independent economists overwhelmingly favor the passage of more stimulus money before the end of the year — and the prospects for such a bill seem to be improving. Democratic leaders in Congress yesterday signaled their openness to a bipartisan $908 billion stimulus package. Democrats would prefer a

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Opinion

Why Do Republicans Hate Cops?

By Maureen Dowd, New York Times Opinion Columnist, July 31, 2021 WASHINGTON — It was, I must admit, a virtuoso performance by Sean Hannity. Not since the sheriff in “Blazing Saddles” put a gun to his own head and took himself hostage has anyone executed such a nutty loop de loop. Opening his show Tuesday night,

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Biden's Vision

Why do Democrats let Republicans set the terms of debate?

By E.J. Dionne Jr., Washington Post Columnist, November 14, 2021. Who knew that infrastructure was a wedge issue? Ever since the House passed the bipartisan bill to do lots of building and rebuilding around the country, Republicans have been at each other’s throats. Some Republicans said it was great to vote for roads, bridges and broadband. But most

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Volunteer Needed

Why Didn’t They Vote?

By Penelope Mayer, Charlotte Dems contributing writer, June 20, 2021 Currently our Precinct Captains and volunteers are engaged in a deep canvassing phone campaign with the 9000 registered Democrats who did not vote in 2020. We hope to learn why some of our Charlotte County Democrats sat out this very critical election, but in the

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Opinion

Why did Trump caravan get covered?

Letter to the Charlotte Sun Editor, Dec 18, 2020 The day after the Supreme Court shredded the Republican attempt to overturn a free and fair election with a partisan power grab thwarting the will of a majority of American voters, the Sun ran a front-page story on a Trump caravan whose main purpose is to

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Debbie Mucarsel-Powell
Opinion

Why did the Florida Latino community swing to Trump? It’s complicated

Opinion by Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, published in Washington Post, November 27, 2020 Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, a Democrat, represents Florida’s 26th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. She lost her seat in the 2020 election. My family immigrated to the United States when I was 14, seeking economic opportunity and escaping the instability all too common in

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Why are y’all so surprised Andrew Gillum won?

Andrew Gillum’s victory in the Florida Democratic gubernatorial primary on Tuesday may have seemed like a surprise. Of the five people in the race, he was the only non-millionaire or billionaire and the only African American. He was outspent and was at the bottom of the polls through most of the campaign. In short, few gave him a shot —

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News

Who’s voting in Florida and where?

Floridaturnout.com, a pet project of media and political consultant Kevin Cate, is back and counting who’s already voting in Florida ahead of the Aug. 28 primary. The website, which Cate’s Tallahassee-based company CATECOMM partnered with PROXEME to create in 2016, pulls daily from county election supervisors the number of voters who have returned ballots. (Read more in Orlando Sentinel)

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Florida Democratic Party

Who will lead the Florida Democratic Party?

Following the 2020 election, it is clear that Florida Democrats must plot our political comeback. We are facing a tough reality: The Sunshine State voted for Trump. He carried the state by more than 370,000 votes; more than he did in 2016. Florida Republicans successfully swayed Latino voters, boosted support in the state’s rural heartland,

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Environment

Who should get the dirty water?

Editorial by The Daily Sun, Aug 8, 2021 Top of Form OUR POSITION: We support the Charlotte County commissioners’ efforts to tweak the Army Corps of Engineers’ plan on where to send Lake Okeechobee’s runoff. We don’t want Lake Okeechobee’s toxic water. That’s a message we need to make clear. It wasn’t that long ago, 2017

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Charlotte County Democrats

Who are those people waving on Tamiami Trail?

By Linda Porterfield, Charlotte County Dems writer You may have seen us on Saturday mornings or Tuesday afternoons standing by the north side of Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte. We’re wearing blue or sometimes crazy apparel, holding Biden-Harris, David Jones or Allen Ellison signs (occasionally all three!) and rigorously waving. Frequently we receive an appreciative

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Ballot Box
News

Where to find election results

As the 2020 election cycle comes to a close and we all eagerly anticipate results in every race, Charlotte County Dems want to provide you with a few resources that we think you might find useful over the coming days and possibly weeks: https://floridaelectionwatch.gov/How Long Will Vote Counting Take? Estimates and Deadlines in All 50

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Opinion

Where are Ron DeSantis and Marco Rubio?

The state of our state continues to decline due to Republican negligence. Day after day, in city after city, horrific news about the toll COVID-19 is taking on Florida continues to spill out. Thousands of children have either tested positive or are in quarantine due to potential exposure. Hospital systems in Tampa Bay and Orlando

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Opinion

When a political party is defined by the opposition  

By Tom Kneebis, Charlotte County Dems contributing writer. Here in Southwest Florida with a Republican majority, it is not surprising that Letters to the Editor and bar conversations often include nasty and misleading definitions of Democrats.  I find these comments not only inaccurate but also divisive.  Defining Democrats as Marxists, Communists, and/or Socialists appears to

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People

What’s next for Florida’s Val Demings after a breakout 2020?

By Steve Contorno, Tampa Bay Times,  published Dec. 29, 2020 The vetting of Rep. Val Demings for vice president started with her earliest childhood memories. From there, Joe Biden’s selection committee talked to classmates of Demings from elementary school. The members bugged her brother about events that took place in the Air Force when he was 20

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