Author: Teresa Jenkins

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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March 8 is International Women’s Day

Every March 8 is a United Nations observance called “International Women’s Day.” Take a look at this video filled with incredible facts and statistics about changes and developments impacting women. The first women’s day occurred in 1909 in New York City. The following year, March 8 was chosen as International Women’s Day, as it was …

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Border Wall is an Assault on Our Democracy

  Crises are time-tested means of subverting democracy. Autocratic leaders such as Vladimir Putin have long used national emergencies — some real, some not — to claim extra ordinary power. Autocratic leaders often vex under the constraints of constitutional rule and find democratic politics agonizingly frustrating. They lack the disposition for the give-and-take of everyday …

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Divert, Deflect, Attack—How Our President Deals With Mass Shootings

  February 14 marks the one-year anniversary of the school shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Florida has a serious gun problem with a total of 51 mass shootings between 2016 and 2018 leaving 118 people dead. Much will be written about the tragic killing of 17 innocent people one year …

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Florida Must Expand Medicaid Eligibility

A group called “Florida Decides Healthcare, Inc.,” is leading the initiative to expand Medicaid in Florida through a proposed Constitutional Amendment. Please stop by the Charlotte County Democratic Party’s office and sign their petition. If enough signatures are received, Medicaid expansion as a Constitutional Amendment will appear on the November 2020 ballot. Republicans—who have controlled …

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Action Alert – ARMING CLASSROOM TEACHERS

  The Senate Education Committee filed a proposed bill that would allow arming Florida’s school teachers. SPB 7030, if passed, would repeal the provision of the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program that exempts those individuals who exclusively perform duties as classroom teachers to be armed. This bill is scheduled to be heard on Tuesday, February 12, …

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