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Florida ballot measure on assault weapons ban proposed

A Miami-based political committee has proposed a constitutional amendment that would ban possession of “assault” weapons in Florida if approved by voters. The proposal, backed by the committee Ban Assault Weapons Now, was posted on the state Division of Elections website this month.   (Read more in  

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Charlotte Dems will march in Holiday Parade

Charlotte Dems will march in style alongside our float in the Holiday Parade. The parade departs Charlotte Center for Performing Arts (CCPA) at noon, Sat. Dec. 8, and marches on Carmelita and Taylor streets to the Charlotte Harbor Events Center. We need marchers to accompany the float. Please arrive Performing Arts Center before 11:00 AM.

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Sand wars: Beach access fight re-emerges in Legislature

A Senate Democrat this week filed a proposal that could refuel a debate about beach access in Florida. But Senate President Bill Galvano, a Bradenton Republican, says he doesn’t want to revisit the controversial law that critics say can help private landowners prevent public access to some beach areas. (Read more in

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Gun safety advocates claim victory with Nikki Fried win

It was my honor to add support @nikkifried and to campaign for her. This is a victory for those of us who believe we can do more for gun safety. I am honored to now have the opportunity to be part of her transition. Nikki, thank you for running. — Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) November

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Chair Report – Charlotte County Democrats

Editor’s note: Patrick Hurley, Chair, gave the following report at the November general meeting of the Charlotte Democratic Party. I am grateful to report to you tonight that the Charlotte County Democrats have made impressive gains in our outreach and engagement with voters.  We knew that Change Takes Action, and so many eager, helpful, and

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How Nikki Fried became Florida’s agriculture commissioner

When Nicole “Nikki” Fried went to sleep on Tuesday, Nov. 6, the candidate for agriculture commissioner was behind her opponent, state Rep. Matt Caldwell by half of 1 percent. She didn’t see the bump in votes she expected from Broward, her home county, and she had a gut feeling that the numbers weren’t right. “For

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Bill Nelson concedes Florida Senate race

Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson on Sunday conceded the Florida Senate race to Republican Gov. Rick Scott, ending his re-election bid after the completion of a statewide recount. Scott announced the concession in a statement, saying, “I just spoke with Senator Bill Nelson, who graciously conceded, and I thanked him for his years of public service.”

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Andrew Gillum concedes

Florida Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum officially conceded on Saturday to Republican Ron DeSantis, two days after a machine recount ended. The machine recount had DeSantis still leading by over 3,000 votes. (Read more in

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Do you know if your mail-in vote counted?

Voters have until 5 p.m. today to “cure” a mismatched signature on their ballot with the supervisor of elections offices in Charlotte and Sarasota counties. There won’t be a courtesy call, though. It’s up to you to check if your vote counted, or if it needs to be fixed.  (Read more in Sun)

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Florida’s Senate Race Heads to the Wire in a Manual Recount

After a chaotic statewide machine recount left a high-profile Senate race still undecided, Florida on Friday set out in earnest on a manual recount of ballots cast in the midterm election, a daunting effort to examine problem ballots that must completed by Sunday. Election workers in the state’s 67 counties were examining tens of thousands

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2018 Manual Recount Completed

The manual recount of the 2018 General Election in Charlotte County was completed mid-afternoon on Friday, November 16th. A small number of votes were added to the election results. Unofficially, this resulted in a net gain of 14 votes for Bill Nelson and 4 votes for Nikki Fried. The certified vote totals will be published after

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Charlotte County Manual Vote Recount for US Senate Complete

The manual vote count in Charlotte County for the US Senate race wrapped up Friday afternoon with a net gain of 22 for Senator Bill Nelson and eight votes for Rick Scott. Observers from the Nelson and Scott campaigns were involved in the count along with staff from the County Supervisor of Elections office. The manual

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