Florida Voters Deserve an Answer from Putnam on HB7069
Posted May 22, 2017 Florida Voters Deserve an Answer from Putnam on HB7069 MIAMI, FL – All across the state, concerned communities are mobilizing against HB7069. Parents, teachers, superintendents, school boards, and community leaders are all speaking out against HB7069. This includes every declared candidate for governor—every candidate besides Adam Putnam, that is. While Mayor Andrew Gillum, Congresswoman Gwen Graham, and…
TALLAHASSEE – By a margin of at least 3-to-1 so far, Floridians are telling Gov. Rick Scott they want him to veto a controversial $419 million K-12 public schools bill House Republicans pushed through at the end of session… (Read more in Miami Herald)
Young Democrats Bring A Fresh Voice
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Saturday, May 20th – Energized young Democrats from Lee, Charlotte and Sarasota counties gathered to share their concerns, organize new groups and learn how to run for office. Their ages ranged from high school to mid-twenties. The Charlotte County Democratic Club in Port Charlotte hosted the group. Nancy Razvoza, Captain of the 46th Precinct, welcomed them warmly with pizza and refreshments.
Englewood Indivisible Out in Force at Sen. Rubio Event in St. Pete
Armed with signs bearing messages like “Hey Marco, Town Hall Now!,” “No Show Rubio!” and “Where is Marco? Follow the $$,” protesters gathered outside Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Friday afternoon to protest Sen. Marco Rubio’s refusal to hold town halls. (Read more at CLTampa.com)
Rubio Refuses to meet with Constituents, Courts Donors, Attacks Media
ST. PETERSBURG, May 19 – With homemade signs and chants, activists demanded Rubio hold a town hall meeting to hear from constituents, something he has not done since Trump was elected in November. (Read story in TampaBay.com)
Parents, Teachers, Superintendents and Grassroots Orgs Resist HB 7069
Across the state, concerned community members are calling on Rick Scott to veto HB 7069. The Republican sponsored legislation is a massive, 278 page bill written in secret that siphons taxpayer money away from public schools and hands it to privately managed charter schools. FDP spokesperson Johanna Cervone stated “All children deserve a quality education, no matter where they live.” and “Our kids deserve better.”
Indivisible Die-In at Rep. Rooney’s Office
(Punta Gorda) For the second time in nine days, protesters from the activist group Indivisible demonstrated outside the office of Rep. Tom Rooney (R) FL-District 17. The demonstrators demanded that Congressman Rooney explain his vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with Trumpcare, the Republican-supported plan. Opponents fear that millions of Americans will be left without health insurance under Trumpcare.
Sen. Bill Nelson Praises Choice of Robert Mueller for Trump Investigation
Bill Nelson react(s) to the news that Robert Mueller will be special counsel for the investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election. “Bob Mueller has the experience to conduct a thorough investigation. Now, the administration must provide him the resources and independent authority he needs to follow the facts wherever they lead.”
Group wants Congressman Tom Rooney investigated for calling for Bill Nelson’s defeat
WASHINGTON – A liberal group wants the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate whether Rep. Tom Rooney violated House rules by issuing a sharply-worded news release about Sen. Bill Nelson that declared, “I hope Florida voters replace him next year.”
Proposed Florida law would steer federal money away from poor students, districts say
If signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott, the measure would spread the money to more schools, including charters, for the first time, and reduce the amount available for district-level initiatives such as summer school.