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While Republicans want to raise taxes on more than 40% of Floridians, Democrats push to lower costs

While Republicans are already on defense over their agenda of hiking taxes on more than 40% of Floridians and raising healthcare premiums for millions, they will also have to spend this April recess explaining their record of voting against measures to lower costs for Americans. Over the past two weeks, Republicans in Congress have voted against bills that would lower

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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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What’s at stake

By Bill Welsch,  Charlotte Dems contributing writer Michael Cohen, former lawyer for ex-President Trump, describes in his book “Disloyal: A Memoir,” chilling details of the lies and deceit he and other people around Trump employed to keep “the boss” happy. The book is a wakeup call to those of us who fear for our democracy.

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Analysis

Double trouble ahead for millions of Americans

by Catherine Baxter Charlotte Dems writer Millions of out-of-work Americans are going to face double hits that could leave them homeless and penniless unless Congress and the states take quick action. The additional $600 unemployment benefit has expired for roughly 30 million U.S. residents. Also set to expire on August 1st is the eviction and

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Opinion

What Trump has to fear from Rudy Giuliani

Opinion by  George T. Conway III, Washington Post contributing columnist To borrow the infamous line of his ex-presidential ex-client, it looks like Rudolph W. Giuliani is “going to go through some things.” Like possibly being charged with a crime. Worse, some people who might have tried to save him from that fate might have actually guaranteed it.

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Analysis

What should Democrats do now?

By Amber Phillips with Caroline Anders, The Washington Post, Feb 17, 2022 Democrats are worried they could lose the limited control they have in Congress this November. And they have reason to be: With Covid feeling never-ending and groceries and cars and housing costing a lot more, voters are pessimistic about their lives. And that usually

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What should Charlotte County do with its Cultural Center?

By Betsy Calvert,  The Daily Sun Staff Writer, Dec 12, 2021. A 53-year-old institution officially halted Dec. 3 when the Charlotte County Cultural Center handed back the keys to the county. On Tuesday, commissioners will debate what to do with the 117,000-square-foot facility in the immediate future as well as options for the long run.

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What she saw outside, looking in Port Charlotte woman witnesses migrant child detention

Between March 2018 and August 2019, more than 14,300 unaccompanied immigrant children were sheltered at a facility just outside of Miami. The Office of Refugee Resettlement calls this the Homestead Temporary Influx Facility, but Port Charlotte resident Vielka Wambold calls it a prison. Editors note: See the documentary film, “Witness at Tornillo”, featuring activist Josh

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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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What has Joe Biden and team been up to this week?

Joe did interviews with CNN’s Anderson Cooper and MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell where he discussed the killing of Jacon Blake and condemned violence. And, he called out Trump for purposely sowing discord and chaos for political gain.  Joe released a statement on Donald Trump’s America, and how the images of violence are not from “Joe Biden’s America,” but

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Republicans

What Florida newspapers were saying about Marco Rubio this year

From failing to show up for his job to voting against legislation to speed up COVID vaccinations and grow the economy, Marco Rubio spent the year being too cowardly to step up and do what’s right for Florida. Newspapers across the state took notice, excoriating Rubio for his spinelessness and self-serving attempts to score political

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