Month: March 2019

HB 7101: Florida Republicans’ Latest Attack on the Rights of Florida Voters

Just weeks after trying to overturn Amendment Four, Florida Republicans are backing another voter suppression bill, HB 7101, that so far has flown under the radar. The bill, which is sponsored by the former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida and passed the House Public Integrity and Ethics Committee yesterday, is another attempt to …

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Tallahassee: Stay Out of Local Government’s Business

Every year the Florida Legislature puts forth bills with the goal of hamstringing local governments. From prohibiting local bans on plastic straws to preventing any new business regulation by a city or county, our lawmakers are filing bills intended to do nothing but prevent local control. The worst offender in 2019 is Port Charlotte Republican …

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Republicans are morally bankrupt

CharlotteDems.com Editor’s Note: The following letter written by Charlotte County Democratic Party Vice Chair Teresa Jenkins was published in the Sun on Saturday, March 30th: Editor: What do Republicans loathe? The Green New Deal. It provides for clean water, clean air, and good-paying jobs. It combines immediate concerns about pollution with carbon emissions reductions. Republicans …

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New poll: Florida voters support drug imports, oppose arming teachers

Florida voters support allowing prescription drug imports from Canada but don’t want teachers armed in classrooms. New polling from Florida Atlantic University’s Business and Economics Polling Initiative finds support for most of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ policy priorities. From his environmental plans to voucher expansion, a majority favors the new executive’s direction so far. But positions like a ban on …

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Florida Democrats blast Trump on Everglades funding ahead of Lake Okeechobee visit

Democrats in Florida’s congressional delegation blasted President Donald Trump and the White House’s recommendations for Everglades funding during a call with media Thursday, one day before the president plans to visit Lake Okeechobee to tout Everglades projects.  South Florida Reps. Ted Deutch, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell and Donna Shalala spoke to reporters during a call set up by …

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Volunteers clean up as they honor Party Leader Betty Gissendanner

  The late Betty Gissendanner was honored recently as local Democrats cleaned their adopted roadway. Betty died February 20th following a battle with cancer. Among her many accomplishments was the implementation of the Adopt-a-Road program sponsored by Charlotte County Democrats. On March 27th, a group of local Democrats picked up trash along Peachland Blvd. and …

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Respect the will of Florida voters

CharlotteDems Editor’s note: The following letter to the editor from Democratic Club President Nancy Razvoza was published in the Charlotte Sun Friday March 29th   Editor: This is really a letter to our state legislators: Florida voters have spoken, the Florida courts weighed in on the language of Amendment 4. Will you please stay out …

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ACTION ALERT!! Bill to restrict Florida Constitutional Petitions

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hear SPB 7096 on Monday, April 1 at 4:00 p.m.    The bill would require a petition gatherer to register with the Secretary of State. It would place new hurdles in the path of citizen groups that want to propose their own laws and place them on a ballot as a proposed Constitutional …

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Local State Senator Gruters tied to White Nationalists

The modern anti-immigrant movement in America was largely created by white nationalists and eugenicists. Among the nation’s loudest voices is the Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR, a group founded in 1979 by John Tanton, a doctor who believed in eugenics. State Sen. Joe Gruters, Dist. 23 — who is also the chair of the …

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First DNC Presidential Primary Debate to be Held in Miami

Today, the DNC is proud to announce that the first presidential primary debate, broadcast live on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo, will be held in Miami, Florida. The debate will take place in prime time on back-to-back nights on June 26 and 27. The debate will be broadcast live across all three networks with real-time Spanish …

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