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EDITORIAL: The NRA should not dictate who licenses concealed weapons

Marion Hammer, the public face and political enforcer of the National Rifle Association in Florida, is in a snit about Democrat Nikki Fried having been elected commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the agency that issues concealed weapon permits. Hammer is lobbying to move weapons permitting to the office of Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis,

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Confusion clouds restoration of Florida felons’ voting rights

Florida voters spoke clearly four weeks ago: They restored the right to vote to most convicted felons who complete their sentences. When it becomes Florida law in five weeks, an estimated 1.2 million felons will be eligible to rejoin the voter rolls. But at a statewide elections conference Tuesday, it was obvious that confusion and

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Editorial: Florida hurt by inaction on climate change

Florida is on the front lines of climate change and its elected officials should be leading the charge to prevent its most severe consequences. A recently released scientific report from 13 federal agencies found that if significant measures aren’t taken to reduce global warming, the United States could take a 10 percent hit to its

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CCDEC Chair Patrick Hurley Re-Elected

Charlotte County Chair Patrick Hurley was re-elected at Monday night’s CCDEC meeting. New Vice Chair Teresa Jenkins was elected. Treasurer Jim Ellsworth and Secretary Jane Merriam were re-elected. Their elections were affirmed by acclamation by the membership. Former Vice-Chair Betty Gissendanner was recognized for her long-time service in many roles at the CCDEC. Gissendanner encouraged

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Andrew Gillum campaign looks toward ‘Next Steps’ after defeat

What’s a political campaign to do once their candidate loses? The Andrew Gillum campaign vowed to continue as a movement and build Florida’s progressive grassroots. An email headlined “The Mid-Terms are over … Now What?!’ was blasted out to supporters statewide Sunday evening, encouraging those who worked to elect Gillum as Governor to continue the fight. (Read

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Unqualified legislator to chair House education committee

Get ready for a fight. Florida’s public education system is at stake. A chasm over education big enough to swallow a Volkswagen has opened in the Florida Legislature, and this year’s tussle over the more than $20 billion the state spends annually on schools promises to be particularly acrimonious. (Read more in OrlandoSentinel.com)

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Former President George H.W. Bush Dies At 94

George Herbert Walker Bush died Friday at the age of 94. George W. Bush released a statement, saying for himself and his siblings, “Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died.” (Read more in NPR.org) Jeb Bush and Florida remember George H. W. Bush

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The Florida Democratic Party is Hiring!

WORK WITH US WE’RE HIRING Deputy Finance Director, North and Central Florida Statewide Press Secretary Hispanic Press Secretary Deputy Finance Director, South Florida Finance Assistant The Florida Democratic Party is committed to hiring an inclusive, diverse staff. The FDP is an equal opportunity employer and it is our policy to recruit, hire, train, promote and

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The Depravity of Climate-Change Denial

Wait, isn’t depravity too strong a term? Aren’t people allowed to disagree with conventional wisdom, even if that wisdom is supported by overwhelming scientific consensus? Yes, they are — as long as their arguments are made in good faith. But there are almost no good-faith climate-change deniers. And denying science for profit, political advantage or

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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 TampaBay.com)  

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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 FloridaPolitics.com)

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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. https://t.co/INmpuX36yc — 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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