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Amendment 4 Backers to Help Pay Fines and Fees

Days after Governor DeSantis signed a bill requiring all fines and restitution be paid before voting rights are restored t former felons, the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition launched a fund to help pay off outstanding fines and fees preventing thousands from voting. Former felons can apply for funding at floridarrc.com. Returning citizens with questions can call

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Opinion

Almost no one wants a neighbor like Donald Trump

By  Helaine Olen, Washington Post Columnist, Dec. 18, 2020 This week, The Post reported that a lawyer for the evangelical DeMoss family, President Trump’s next-door neighbor at Mar-a-Lago, had submitted a letter to the town of Palm Beach pointing out that an agreement Trump signed with the town decades ago forbids anyone — including the soon-to-be-former president

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Allen Ellison speaks to the DWC

Congressional District 17 candidate Allen Ellison spoke at the October 8 meeting of the Charlotte County Democratic Women’s Club.  He emphasized his commitment to women’s issues such as equal pay for equal work. 

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Candidate Profile

Allen Ellison: a much more decent representative

By Bill Welsch, Charlotte County Dems writer, and Indivisible SWFL leader When Allen Ellison, our Democratic nominee for US House of Representatives, FL District 17, was a boy of eleven, his dad told him: “If you can play two songs on the piano by Christmas, I will buy you a go-kart.”  Allen won the bet,

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All Women’s Freedom of Choice Endangered

Florida’s legislative session begins January 14. One bill that will be heard and voted on when the session convenes would require notarized parental consent for minors (under age 18) to obtain abortions. HB 265 and SB/CS 404 would add a requirement that minors must obtain parent or guardian’s consent to have an abortion. Florida law

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All unaccompanied children removed from Homestead migrant detention facility

All unaccompanied children have been removed from the Homestead migrant detention facility in Homestead, Florida, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) confirmed on Saturday. Homestead, which has been criticized by politicians for its treatment of unaccompanied minors, was the nation’s largest facility for migrant children, housing 14,300 unaccompanied minors since March 2018. (Read more

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Coronavirus

All Lives Matter? Right!

By Jim Hussey, Charlotte Dems contributing writer Someday we’ll learn how certain Florida vaccination sites, ranging from privileged ZIP codes to exclusive enclaves, were selected – but from a distance it sure seems politics was as important as epidemiology. Earlier this year, it was reported coronavirus rates were twice as high in Florida’s Black and

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ALERT – VOTING & ABORTION RIGHTS !

Monday, April 8, 4pm, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hear SB 7086, that would undermine the implementation of Amendment 4. Call or email the Committee Chair and/or Vice Chair and say:” My name is _______ and I am a voter in Charlotte County. I am opposed to any bill that would undermine what the nearly 65% of

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ALERT: Red tide meeting expected to draw hundreds

At 6 p.m., the Englewood Event Center, 3069 S. McCall Road, is opening its doors for a public red tide panel and question-and-answer session. Due to fire code restrictions, the doors will close when the venue is at capacity. (See event in CharlotteDems.com) (Read more in Sun) (See event page in Facebook)

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Campaigning

After the storm: Andrew Gillum resumes campaigning

There’s so much at stake for Floridians, and I’m ready to get back out there to talk to voters about the issues that matter to them. We have just 19 days left in this race — it’s time to #BringItHome! pic.twitter.com/6nBIy98aB6 — Andrew Gillum (@AndrewGillum) October 18, 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum returned to the trail

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After state docked pay from school board, Broward County pushes DeSantis to stop sitting on billions for schools

By Danielle Brown, The Florida Phoenix, Sep 8, 2021. While state education officials withheld the salaries of Broward County School Board members because of strict mask mandates, the school district has called on Gov. Ron DeSantis to distribute billions in federal relief funds to help schools recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter addressed

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