Month: March 2019

Young Parkland voters’ ballots were rejected at much higher rate than state average

About 1 in 7 mail-in ballots submitted by college-age voters in Parkland were rejected or failed to arrive in time to be counted, according to an analysis. The findings are adding to questions about the reliability and fairness of the Florida electoral system, including its ballot signature requirement that became a flashpoint in the November recount between …

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No one wants to murder Newborns

CharlotteDems.com Editor’s note: The following letter to the Editor from DEC Board member Jane Merriam was published in the Charlotte Sun on Monday, March 25th. Editor: After seeing two letters to the editor claiming that Democrats support killing newborn infants and children, I must respond. On Feb. 25, the Senate debated the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors …

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Welcome to Babcock Ranch, the Sunshine State’s first solar-powered town

In a state whose government is known for lax pollution controls and an aversion to even mentioning climate change, Babcock Ranch is a groundbreaking concept that residents say they hope will catch on in other parts of Florida. (Read more in NewsHerald.com)

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Take Action Monday March 25-Protect Amendment 4!

Monday, March 25 at 1:30, the Senate Criminal Justice Subcommittee will vote on SB 7086 that, if passed, would narrow the definition of who is and who is not eligible to have their voting rights restored as a result of the passage of Amendment 4. Amendment 4 restored the eligibility to vote to over 1 million …

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Legislative Activity – Week of March 18

Bills we are watching in the Florida House: HB 1335 would amend Florida’s statute to require that teenagers who don’t get permission from their parents/guardian to get an abortion would have to plead their case before a judge. The bill was approved in the Health Quality Subcommittee; it is now in the Judiciary Committee. HB 7089 …

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EDITORIAL: At last, Tallahassee is talking about sea-level rise

Every journey of a thousand miles, the adage goes, begins with a single step. Last week, a state Senate committee took a small step toward protecting our region against the devastation that can be foreseen as the sea keeps rising. Voting 5-0, Republicans and Democrats on the Environment and Natural Resources Committee together passed Senate Bill …

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BREAKING: Mueller report sent to attorney general, signaling his Russia investigation has ended

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has submitted a confidential report to Attorney General William P. Barr, marking the end of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible obstruction of justice by President Trump, a Justice Department spokeswoman said. The Justice Department notified Congress late Friday that it had received Mueller’s …

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Florida Democrats support protection and aid for Venezuelans

Today, U.S. Representatives Darren Soto and Val Demings, State Representatives Carlos Guillermo Smith and John Cortes, and Mayor of Kissimmee Jose Alvarez joined a round table hosted by Casa Venezuela to talk about efforts to support Venezuelans in the U.S. and in their country. During the event, elected officials called on the Trump administration and …

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Florida Democratic Party prepares for 2020 with latest hires

With Democrats focused on ousting Donald Trump from the White House in 2020, the Florida arm of the party is looking to do its part with a hefty group of hires announced Friday morning — exclusively on Florida Politics. Coming on as a Senior Advisor to the Florida Democratic Party is Christina Diamond. Diamond has also served as the finance director …

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Florida House panel approves guns for teachers

Florida House committee voted Thursday for a broad school safety bill that would expand an existing guardian program to allow classroom teachers to volunteer to carry weapons on campus if local school boards approve. The Republican-led legislation adopted 11-5 along party lines by the House Education Committee builds on a law passed after last year’s …

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