Month: May 2019

Veterans group hosts Steube town hall

A town hall meeting on veterans affairs has been set for North Port. Concerned Veterans for America is hosting U.S. Rep. Greg Steube with its Defend & Reform Veterans and Military Town Hall. The event is scheduled from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at Suncoast Technical College Conference Center, 4445 Career Lane, North Port. (Read …

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Democratic Party Announces Launch Of Statewide Voter Protection Program

In response to Florida Republicans long history of voter suppression — underlined by the recent passage of SB 7066, that created a poll tax on ex-felons and would have invalidated 53,929 mail-in ballots if it were law in 2018 — the Florida Democratic Party is announcing a year-round voter protection program to tackle this growing …

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DWC Members Attend Education Summit

Florida Public Education: “We can agonize or organize.” Over 1300 participants, including teachers, parents, pastors, school board members, administrators, civic organizations, and legislators convened to form action strategies to support public education in Florida.

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South Florida immigration controversy underscores chaos of Trump’s border policy

As South Florida’s sheriffs and mayors prepared Friday for a looming immigration crisis manufactured by the federal government, U.S. Customs and Border Protection moved to downplay the possibility that planes filled with border-crossing families will begin touching down soon in Broward and Palm Beach counties. (Read more in Bradenton.com)

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The Homestead Mother’s March: A Reflection of who we are and what we affirm

Editor’s Note: The following report was written by Charlotte County Democrat Judith Fincher, who joined in the Mother’s Day march at the Homestead Detention Facility for young immigrants in Homestead Florida. Photos are courtesy of Judith Fincher and Al Crespo. The motto of the United States is e plu·ri·bus u·num, meaning “Out of Many, One. …

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Image Credits: Al Crespo
/ In Immigration / By Jim Blue / Comments Off on The Homestead Mother’s March: A Reflection of who we are and what we affirm

Blanchard House to celebrate Emancipation Day

The Blanchard House Museum in Punta Gorda is holding its annual Emancipation Day Program on Saturday. Beginning at 10 a.m., the program is a celebration for all Americans to pay homage to enslaved African-Americans and their contributions to the country, according to Blanchard House Director Martha Bireda. (Read more in Sun)

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Russian government hackers targeted small county in Florida panhandle in 2016

The voter registration database of a small county in the Florida panhandle was breached by Russian government hackers in 2016, according to two U.S. officials. The Russian military spy agency, the GRU, was responsible for the penetration of Washington County’s database, according to the two officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss …

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Administration To Release Hundreds Of Migrants To South Florida, Local Officials Say

The Trump administration plans to release hundreds of asylum-seeking migrants detained at the southern border to both Broward and Palm Beach counties in Florida every month, according to local officials who say they have been informed by the federal government. “Hundreds of immigrants will be arriving in Broward County on a weekly basis without designated …

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Expert Explains why the Gulf Coast gets Red Tide while the East Coast (mostly) doesn’t

On Tuesday, May 14th the Charlotte County Democrat Environmental Caucus hosted Andy Mele, a member of the Suncoast Waterkeepers. Andy’s presentation, attended by over 30 people, titled “The Phosphate Factor in Red Tide” summarized his thoughts on why Florida’s west coast ecosystem is hit by Red Tide but the east coast ecosystem remains mostly unaffected. …

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The Public Has A Right To Know: DeSantis Must Disclose Which Counties Were Hacked

Governor Ron DeSantis acknowledged that Russians hacked Florida Supervisors of Elections, but refused to disclose which counties in the state were hacked –– because he signed a nondisclosure agreement with Donald Trump’s administration. Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, stated: “Florida voters deserve to know the truth about Russian hackers accessing Florida election information. …

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