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Public meeting on red tide turns into spirited rally for clean water

The meeting was part science class, courtesy of Richard Pierce, of Mote Marine Laboratory, part political activist rally, courtesy of John G. Heim, co-founder of the South Florida Clean Water Movement, and part call to environmental awareness, courtesy of Garrett Stuart, an algae scientist who goes by the nickname Captain Planet. (Read more in HeraldTribune.com)

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Charlotte Dems belong to Everybody

We welcome everybody with open arms. We are glad to have the chance to meet and talk with people. The Democratic Party has a strong, proud tradition of supporting civil rights. We are continuing that effort here and today. 

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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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Doughnuts, Coffee, and Canvassing!

Turning out Democrats to knock on doors!   SIGN UP NOW! Saturday, Aug. 25, 11:30AM-2:30PM   Where Charlotte County Democrats 3596 Tamiami Trl #202 Port Charlotte, FL 33952 Bring all your friends to socialize, enjoy doughnuts/coffee, and knock on doors! This is crucial to getting Democrats elected up and down the ballot! SIGN UP NOW!

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Latest poll: Democratic race for Florida governor is as close as ever

With eight days before Election Day in the race for the Democratic nomination for Florida governor, three candidates, including a surging Andrew Gillum, are separated by just six points. Leading the field is former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham at 27 percent. Right on her heels is former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine at 25 percent. Those two have been atop

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Block Brett Kavanaugh’s Nomination to the Supreme Court

Senate Republicans are rushing the confirmation process of Judge Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court without a review of his entire legal record. The speed of the process begs the question: what are Senate Republicans hiding from the public? Without this review, it is unclear how Kavanaugh would rule on issues of concern to

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SUN EDITORIAL: Study of water issues is needed

The following Editorial was published in the Sun newspapers Sunday, August 19th The governor could use some of the $700 million he slashed from the state’s water management districts in his first couple of years in office. That was money that would have paid for things like monitoring water quality. (Read the Editorial in the

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Knock the Vote in Port Charlotte

Bring all of your friends to canvass in Port Charlotte to get Democrats elected up and down the ballot! Please wear blue shirts – let’s show everyone the wave is coming! SIGN UP NOW! Where? Charlotte County Democrats 3596 Tamiami Trl #202 Port Charlotte, FL 33952 When? Sun, Aug 19, 12:00pm-3:00pm SIGN UP NOW!

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Learn about Voting Technology

CharlotteDems.com Editors note: The following Letter to the Editor from Webmaster David Finster was published in The Sun Friday, August 17th: Learn more about voting technology Editor: I had the privilege of attending the recent Logic and Accuracy test of Charlotte County’s voting equipment. I wrote an article about the test for the Charlotte County

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Voting rights organization sues over lack of bilingual ballots in Florida

The voting rights organization Demos has filed a lawsuit alleging violations of the Voting Rights Act because of Alachua County’s failure to provide ballots and other election materials in Spanish. The suit details the situation of 70-year-old Marta Rivera, who lives in Alachua County after fleeing Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. Rivera had lived the entirety of her life in the U.S. territory

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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 WEEKLY Commentary: The Republican dilemma

Gov. Scott killed the Florida Forever conservation program established by Gov. Jeb Bush. In 2012, he backed off the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, claiming with fellow Republicans it would create undue burdens to business owners by enforcing clean-water standards that might have prevented or at least greatly reduced the severity of the current devastation. (Read

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SUN EDITORIAL: Free press is essential for democracy

CharlotteDems.com Editor’s Note: More than 300 U.S. newspapers are running editorials today supporting press freedom to counter President Donald Trump’s attacks on the media. The Sun Newspapers are among them. Scroll down for a link to the Editorial: “In the First Amendment, the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill

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Charlotte County Commission Emergency Session on Red Tide

UPDATE – State of Emergency Declaration Passes Unanimously CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (Aug. 14, 2018) – The Board of County Commissioners has voted unanimously to declare a local emergency in response to red tide. The vote is expected to pave the way for any potential emergency funding made available through state and federal sources. Watch the

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